I am not going to tell you I am busy anymore, it is boring and seriously right now there is no end in sight, so maybe this is just my new state of being! I just have to figure out a better routine as my blogging is suffering. I feel worn down (due to all that being busy I am not going to tell you about) and it saps my creative energy, again boring!
So how are you? From the blog reading I got to do this week it looks like mostly everyone is in the holiday spirit…decorating and baking up a storm. Some expats have headed home, others are embracing their new home (more on that below), while lots of travelers are still blazing a trail around the world. I am not big on the holidays, I just like the time off and my employer is very generous and I am going to have eleven straight days off (including the weekends)!
Mr. Misadventures and I are going to pop down to San Diego for a few days, but then I am heading home and I am going to do some serious spring cleaning…you can call it six months early, or six months late! I’ve got major house chores and blog chores to take care of and I am looking forward to the partial staycation.
I will be reading blogs too, catching up on whatever I may have missed in the last couple of weeks. But for now I offer you this week’s Saturday Six picks:
 My intent with sharing this post from Kristin of Camels & Chocolate is not to depress you. Instead, it’s to share that the death of a loved one, which is never welcomed, is an opportunity to celebrate someone’s life. And in some rare cases, like in the case of my grandfather passing away, it is actually not so terrible because you can be comforted in the fact that they are finally going to reunited with the love of their life. From reading the post Kristin wrote about her grandfather in which she eloquently laureates his life, it sounds like he was finally going to meet his long lost sweetheart too.
 That is the thing about death. It makes you appreciate life. Sometimes we need reminders for doing it a little better. A little simpler. More joyfully. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits post “28 Tips for Living Life” a collaborative post with some great reminders. My personal favorites are #14, #16, #21, #24, #26, #28 – how about you?
 So back to that expat who is embrace her adopted home, Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland acquiesces to and finds delight during a season in which most people might not think Paris is at its best. I personally love Paris in the fall and winter over spring and summer. It is my favorite time of year to be there. I prefer the seasonal foods during that time period, the clothes, the weather, the people and city itself (except when I need a taxi in the rain!). Bottom line is that it is about finding the small things, which Lindsey is very good at doing.
 I am not a big fan of the holidays, but I am a huge fan of retro and I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying Jennifer of Are You There God, It’s Me Generation X‘s photo series on Christmas pasts. Like Jen, I’m into studying the elements of the photos, what people are wearing or driving, what’s in the background, etc. I find it fascinating. It can also be scary. Whatever the case may be, it is like getting a daily present from Jen!
 I am completely head over heels in love with the photos on Carin’s Paris in Four Months blog. She recently moved back to Paris from Sweden after having spent several months in Paris and then leaving. She quite frankly missed and I quite frankly believe it! When she touched down in Paris she had a few things she wanted to do, places she wanted to see and eat at, and as usual she chronicled it with spectacular images.
 NASCAR is not top on my list as something I would plan to do. But if I got the opportunity to go, I wouldn’t say no! And that is exactly what happened to Andi Perullo of My Beautiful Adventures. Of course, it was hosted in her backyard making it even more special and I loved seeing the photos and learning a little more about the experience of attending this massive event. She wrote two great posts about her time there (Day 1/2 and Day 3) and I feel like I went! I was incredibly lucky to finally meet Andi in person during my Trafalgar San Francisco/Napa trip and I can tell you that she is just as beautiful, adorable and effervescent in person as she is online. Having met her, I assure you that the earrings that one of her readers designed for her are absolutely perfect!
That’s it for this week!
How about you? Have any good posts you discovered in your blogosphere journeys that you want to share? How do you discover new blogs?
Featured image photo credit: Leo Reynolds