Quick 5 for 2013

I thought since I have no mind for writing a blog tonight after working about 10 hours at the day job (not to mention the 50+ hours I’ve already worked this week) that we could do a quick five.. So here’s a fun Quick 5 with a 2013 theme.

1. What was the best book you read in 2013?

2. What was your favorite movie of 2013?

3. Did you try anything new in 2013?

4. What is your favorite memory of 2013?

5. And one for 2014…any thought on resolutions yet?

Ok, here are my answers:

1. Honestly, I read so little this year that nothing is coming to mind.

2. Captain Phillips

3. Online dating

4. Seeing my banita sisters at RWA.

5. Read more books (see #1)



  • Helen says:

    Is he still wanting to stay with Me ?

    Have Fun

  • Kaelee says:

    1~I can’t pick a favorite as I’ve read quite a few that I’ve really enjoyed.

    2~ I haven’t watched any movies this year so far.

    3 ~ Ate kangaroo stew, elk stew and a few other odd things at a few wild game buffets. Also tried my yaktrax out and really enjoyed the freedom they gave me to walk on icy surfaces.

    4 ~ This is going to sound awful but I enjoyed seeing a lot of my cousins at my brother in law’s funeral.

    5 ~ See some of my cousins in a better setting.

  • Helen says:


    Sorry you have been working so hard it is not fair my job has been yuk as well lately I really need to retire πŸ™‚ I hope things get better for you

    1. What was the best book you read in 2013?

    This is a hard one I have read some fantastic books this year I couldn’t just name one but I have to say that some of the best have been written by Bandits πŸ™‚

    2. What was your favorite movie of 2013?

    I haven’t seen any of the new movies out this year that I can think of

    3. Did you try anything new in 2013?

    No boring me LOL

    4. What is your favorite memory of 2013?

    Well my son got married in September and it was just wonderful

    5. And one for 2014…any thought on resolutions yet?

    Not really of course I would like to retire πŸ™‚

    Have Fun

  • Amy Conley says:

    1 Best book? More like fab series would have to be THE CHATTEN SERIES by Cathy Maxwell.

    2. Fav movie? Haven’t seen any real movies.

    3. Anything new? Well I just did something I haven’t done in about 9 years. I cut my hair. Over 11″ and donated it to Locks of Love.

    4.Fav memory? Taking my grandson to the ocean this summer with my teen nephews.

    5. I refuse to make resolutions.

    • Kaelee says:

      Amy ~ I have done the locks of love bit twice. Wish I had done it sooner. It’s great to get a new look and give something at the same time.

    • 11″ of hair! That’s fantastic. I just got mine cut again and I think we cut a little more than I wanted off but nowhere near that much.

  • flchen1 says:

    Hi, Christie! Aack! Best of 2013 stuff already? πŸ˜‰

    1. What was the best book you read in 2013?
    Not sure I could choose just one–a few of the more recent wows were Ann Aguirre’s Horde (end of her Razorland trilogy) and Perdition (start of her new series). Also very much loved catching up with Julie James’s backlist, Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changelings, and Jeannie Lin…

    2. What was your favorite movie of 2013?
    Probably Despicable Me 2, but I see very few movies…

    3. Did you try anything new in 2013?
    Being a soccer mom πŸ˜‰ I guess that’s actually that DS2 tried something new, and brought the rest of the family along for the ride πŸ™‚

    4. What is your favorite memory of 2013?
    Not sure we have one yet–lots of joyful time with family, an excellent trip to Boston for fun, and more to look forward to, I’m sure!

    5. And one for 2014…any thought on resolutions yet? Same as last year–decluttering!

  • Jane says:

    Hello Christie,
    1. Too many favorites, but my most recent fave is “Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith.
    2. Star Trek Into Darkness
    3. Can’t think of anything at this moment.
    4. Going to the Museum of Natural History with my little niece.
    5. To stay healthy and be more active.

  • ki pha says:

    LOl I haven’t been able to read as much as I want too this year too.

    1. Best book? Please, I have a list to choose from! Many of the ladies here are on there. πŸ™‚

    2. I haven’t seen many movies this year so I’ll have to say none….

    3. I didn’t try something new but I got a job so that’s new.

    4. Oh my favorite memory was getting picked to chat with the lovely ladies of the anthology At the Duke’s Wedding!!! Maya Rodale, Caroline Linden, Katharine Ashe, and Miranda Neville!!! Amazing ladies~

    5. Of course my resolution for 2014 is getting to read more fabulous books!!! And catching up on my readings from this year. ^_^

  • Quantum says:

    1. What was the best book you read in 2013?
    Discovered Jojo Moyes and listened to all of her audio books …. they are all brilliant!

    2. What was your favourite movie of 2013?
    Rarely watch movies but did dig out a few old John Wayne Westerns …. I love the big guy!

    3. Did you try anything new in 2013?
    I tried garden design on my rockery. Verdict next year when the stuff grows!

    4. What is your favourite memory of 2013?
    Teaching my Grand to scramble eggs.

    5. And one for 2014…any thought on resolutions yet?
    I would like to say try a new Kama Sutra position but realistically I never make resolutions that I can’t keep. πŸ™‚

  • Mozette says:

    1. What was the best book you read in 2013?

    There really hasn’t been one… I’ve read quite a few good books and have enjoyed them all equally.

    2. What was your favorite movie of 2013?

    *blush* I’m sorry to say, but I haven’t been to the movies here. I find the cinemas too crowded, cold and loud … yeah, I’m a fuss-pot when it comes to the movies. Besides, I hate it when some idiot in front of me keeps on checking their facebook on their phone (and I get pretty rude myself by kicking the back of their seat to make them stop).

    3. Did you try anything new in 2013?

    yeah… πŸ˜€ I started a up a small business called Crafty Pegs… you can find it on Facebook here:


    and I’m going to the Creative Markets at Springwood State School next Sunday … lots of fun! πŸ˜€

    4. What is your favorite memory of 2013?

    Oooh… that’s a toughie… I really can’t say.

    5. And one for 2014…any thought on resolutions yet?

    yeah… keep up my business, score myself a car from Mum and Dad and keep my garden looking beautiful so I can read in it. πŸ˜€

    • Congratulations on the new business! That is huge! I don’t think I have the nerve to do it myself.

      • Mozette says:

        Truthfully, I’m constantly tired… I’ve been working every day for around 6 hours a day on painting my pegs… Phew! I’m looking forward to kicking back this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for a big of R & R before the big day πŸ˜€

  • Christie –

    I’m anxious to hear how that on-line dating thing worked out! Any good stories?

    1. I read some great books this year. Really liked SCORCHED by Laura Griffin and SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIANTS by Erica Bauermeister.

    2. THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK . We saw that movie last January and I loved it. It leaves you with a huge smile.

    3. I went to a chiropractor for the first time after I screwed up my back the day before we left for a Mexican vacation – which has since been know as the vacation from hell. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to walk again comfortably, but the chiropractor did magic.

    4. favorite memory – this year’s RWA conference in Atlanta. I had so much fun and won a service award which is hanging on my office wall – so I remember the fun time every time I see it.

    5. the perennial LOSE WEIGHT. Maybe this year will be the one it actually happens! πŸ™‚

    • Donna, the online dating is not working out. Had a few dates but none worth mentioning.

      As far as the weight, I bought a pedometer and started the 10,000 steps a day program. It was shocking to see how few steps I took unless I forced myself to walk at lunch or hit the treadmill after work. It has definitely helped.

  • Shannon says:

    1. What was the best book you read in 2013?
    Lots, but the Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig and A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah Maclean.

    2. What was your favorite movie of 2013?
    Technically it’s a 2012 film-Les Miserables. But I went to it a second time in 2013.

    3. Did you try anything new in 2013? Started on a creative project and joined a support group of ladies doing the same thing.

    4. What is your favorite memory of 2013? Two different things: Realizing in July that my health had really improved and seeing my mother get out of the hospital

    5. And one for 2014…any thought on resolutions yet?
    Continue all the good things I’ve been doing: doing what my health care professionals tell me, setting aside time for creativity even though I’m busy, and spending time with friends.

  • Becke Turner says:

    Wow! Kudos for trying the online dating. My niece met her husband that way.

    Yea, Amy on donating your hair.

    1- I read a lot of great books and new authors. The one that sticks in my mind-Ain’t She Sweet- SEP

    2- Agree with Donna, Silver Linings Playbook

    3- Quinoa- love it and I’ve lost weight since I substituted it with a lunch sandwich.

    4- I lead a fabulous life so there are so many good memories. Watching our oldest grand take my BIL hand leaving the baseball stadium. GS is such a sweet little man.

    5-Since I lose muscle as I age, I try to reduce my goal weight by one pound.

    • Deb says:

      Becke, my husband and I discovered quinoa (and finally learned how to pronounce it) last spring. We really like it as a side dish. I sometimes throw in a bit of minced garlic and crushed red pepper.

    • Kaelee says:

      Becke ~ Isn’t quinoa great. It’s so versatile. It gives you a lot of protein without a lot of calories. I didn’t know how to pronounce it either. Who would have thought that the correct pronunciation of this “pseudocereal” is “KEEN-wah”.

    • Becke, I love quinoa too. I often add something too it like broccoli and garlic. Hmm, maybe I’ll cook some tonight.

  • Caren Crane says:

    Christie, you’re making me realize how close we are to the end of the year. Ack!

    1. Best book – Always a tough one. I really loved Deanna Raybourn’s A Spear of Summer Grass. But the setting, colonial Kenya in the roaring 20’s, isn’t for everyone.

    2. Favorite movie – Again, a toughie! Probably The Avengers, though. They did a great job with the story, the action and the character development.

    3. Did you try anything new in 2013?

    Um…I published my first book! Believe it or not, I struggled to come up with that. Once something is done, it is ancient history for my poor brain! But getting Kick Start out in the world was a first worth celebrating!

    4. Favorite memory – Seeing my grandmother for the last time in Jan 2013 when I was at Mama’s for her 93rd birthday. She was near death, but was in that short “rallying” stage. She remembered me twice that weekend, though she hadn’t at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Definitely a favorite memory.

    5. 2014 resolutions – Normally I am a dyed-in-the-wool anti-resolutionary, but I seriously need to write more in 2014. I might possibly resolve to do that. But why wait? I could start today! πŸ˜€

    • Publishing a first book is a milestone, Caren! Congratulations again. And I need to write more too. I just wish there were a few more hours in the day (or less hours in the work day).

  • Deb says:

    1. What was the best book you read in 2013?
    I have read several really good books this year, and would usually choose any new book by Julia Quinn, but I can honestly say the best book I read was our very own Joanie’s THE PATRICIAN! LOVED it!!!

    2. What was your favorite movie of 2013?
    Well, I don’t go to many theater movies and the Bruce Willis one the DH I went to a few months ago wouldn’t be a fave. I will say that I enjoy some of the new HALLMARK Christmas movies. πŸ˜‰

    3. Did you try anything new in 2013?
    Nope. But, a friend wants me to try yoga soon. Not sure about that.

    4. What is your favorite memory of 2013?
    My daughter played the part of Marta in the school’s production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Fave and proudest memory! One mama and papa bursting with pride along with mama crying after the final performance.

    5. And one for 2014…any thought on resolutions yet?
    There’s always that “gotta lose weight” resolution. I hope I will get rid of my terrible and yucky kitchen floor and replace it with either wood laminate or a durable carpet.

    • Deb, hardwood works really well in a kitchen and it looks great. Good luck. I need to put a new ceramic tile in my hall bath. Not sure I can tackle that myself but I might just try.

  • Teresa Hughes says:

    1. I ready sooooo many great books I’m not sure I can pick my but, my favorite new series is Faces of Evil by Debra Webb.
    2. I didn’t get to the movies this year (I also have been 50-60 hours a week). But, I did finally get to see Pitch Perfect on HBO which is now a favorite!
    3. I didn’t really try anything new. But, I am starting in a new position at work next week.
    4. I have two favorite memories. My grandson Harley was born in July. I was with my daughter in the delivery room. Such a wonderful day! Then my great nephew was born. Getting to hold him for the first time was pretty awesome πŸ™‚
    5. For 2014, I don’t make resolutions. I just wish for a good year with all my loved ones happy and healthy.

  • catslady says:

    1. What was the best book you read in 2013? I will pick best new author for me which was Sarah MacLean – A Rogue by any Other Name.

    2. What was your favorite movie of 2013? I don’t go to a lot of movies so I’ll say Gravity – it was good but not fantastic.

    3. Did you try anything new in 2013? Yes, sushi – not bad lol.

    4. What is your favorite memory of 2013? Celebrating my mom’s 91st birthday and my newest nephew’s 1st birthday. They were born o day and 90 years apart lol.

    5. And one for 2014…any thought on resolutions yet? More reading lol.

  • 1. Best book read in 2013? Hmm tough one! I have read so many great books this year! I would have to say A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS by La Divina Campbell and GABRIEL by Grace Burrowes.

    2. Favorite movie. I don’t go to the movies, but I do buy the ones I want to see on DVD. My fav’s this year have been – Star Trek INTO DARKNESS and an older movie I just bought and watched THE THREE MUSKETEERS – the one with Matthew Mac and the air ships. It was FUN!

    3. Anything new? I tried hummus. Didn’t care for it at all.

    4. Favorite memory of 2013? RWA Nationals in Atlanta – so good to see everyone! And my first Moonlight and Magnolias conference, also in Atlanta. Roomed with the fabulous PJ Ausdenmore, got to hang out with Trish and Nancy and spent time with a couple of hunky cover models!

    5. And for 2014? Keep writing and SELL A DAMNED BOOK!

  • Gail Nichols says:

    1. What is the best book I read in 2013?
    “Making Faces” by Amy Harmon

    2. What was your favorite movie of 2013?
    “Les Miserables”

    3. Did I do anything new in 2013?
    Yes, I did a youtube video of hope for country Music star Randy Travis who is ill. Here is a link in case you, your readers or the Bamditas or cabana boys want to see it:http://youtu.be/L-eMs5gUVNw I hope Randy will see it too.
    4. Favorite memory of 2013? Seeing my kids in marching band(they are silver medal winners in uil marching band for the state of Texas in 2A schools.

    5. And in 2014? I try not to make resolutions I just end up breaking them:)

  • Christie, what a fun quick 5!

    My favorite book of 2013 would likely be different on a different day, but for today let’s go with Darius by Grace Burrowes. It’s a very dark Regency historical, truly heart-wrenching.

    Favorite movie–Argo. Yeah, yeah, it was a 2012 release, but we saw it a couple of weeks before the Oscars.

    Something new for 2013–Portuguese cherry brandy, which was pretty good.

    Favorite thing for 2013–signing at RWA for the first time and going to Portugal with the dh.

    Resolutions for 2014–clear out the books!

  • EC Spurlock says:

    Sorry to hear you’ve been buried in work, Christie! Same here, what with end-of-year stuff going on at work and at home both.

    Here’s my five:

    Best book — tough one, I read a LOT of good books this year (several from you lovely ladies) but I think the one that really left me whomped breathless was Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson.

    Best movie — Gravity. Best Movie Oscar right there.

    Something new — did my first solo convention table and my first mundane craft fair. The first was a resounding success, the second a resounding bomb.

    Best memory — Both my sons’ graduations, and DH walking into the stadium both times under his own power. (Although we have our 25th anniversary coming up next month, so there might be another great memory then.)

    Resolutions – it’s time to get a new job, one that pays more and has better insurance.