There are a lot of things in life that I consider scrumptious, these things to me are always needed in large amounts and you never get tired of them.

Topping my list of these things are a few of the following items
(see also...these are a few of my favorite things...)

If you know me at all this comes as no surprise. Rarely does a day go by that I don't enjoy some. I like it buttered and salted, or oiled with Old Bay Seasoning on it or occasionally caramelized. I am not really a kettle corn girl but it will do in a pinch. I love the sound of it popping, the different shapes it creates, the way it melts in your mouth and how topping get stuck in the crevices. And no, I don't mind the kernels in my teeth...that's what dental floss is for!

Really Soft Fabrics
As my Grandma always says, I shop with my hands first and my eyes next. If it doesn't feel good I don't care how amazingly fashionably it is I am NOT wearing it. I like soft, cozy things and this doesn't include wool.... Blankets, sweaters, shirts, scraps of fabric for projects...it has to be pleasing to my skin or it goes in the scrap pile. Such is life.

Dog Kisses
on my Toes
I do not like to have my face licked but I think that having your toes cleaned by a dog that thinks you hung the moon is pretty special. I mean really, how many people in your life think that licking your feet is the best way to show affection? Loki loves to lick my toes and I love to let him. Actually Loki loves to lick any part of you and Chris maintains that it is his way of "petting us back". Too cute.

you can't put down
I love to read. I always have and I always will. I will read just about anything but the true joy comes in when I find a book I just can't put down. There have been a lot of them in my life. The books that got me in trouble for reading during class or under the covers late into the night, the books that help pass hours of travel and the books that fueled my imagination for years to come. There have been thousands. Yes, I am a book whore (Sorry Mom). So many in fact that on more than one occasion I have gotten a few pages into a book only to realize I have read it before. Some have been read and re-read, my personal copies worn around the edges and dog- eared to death. Watership Down. Jane Eyre. The Golden Compass. Anything Jodi Picoult. I love finding new favorites to add to the list.

Which brings me to the reason for writing this post about things I find Scrumptious.

A little while ago my book loving sister recommended a book titled Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Well, I trust her opinion a lot and so I suggested it for my book club out here in Yuma. I knew it would be a quick read from my sister's glowing review so I put off buying it until this week so that I wouldn't have to wait too long for book club next week to discuss it. What I didn't know was I would only need one day to consume this book. And I do mean consume. I started at 6:30 in the morning on Wednesday and was done by 5 pm (taking breaks to feed, change and play with the twins of course!). When Chris walked in the door he didn't know what hit him. I immediately told him he MUST read this book and that he needed to hurry up and eat dinner so we could go buy the next book in the series. I spent Thursday reading Catching Fire, the second book in what will eventually be a trilogy. Now begins the torturous wait for that third book to be released.

So, to pass the time I am doing a little PR for Suzanne Collins. You MUST read these books. They are young adult fiction so it doesn't take long to read the 370ish pages in each book. You will be sucked in quickly to this tale of a civilization that exists where North America used to be. The plight of societies that must once a year send one girl and one boy to join the 22 others and fight to the death in a large arena. For me it was a somewhat futuristic view of something that is close to the gladiator games of ancient Rome but with hauntingly attainable attributes. We live in a society fractured by people's unwillingness to compromise, deadened to shock by reality television and driven to desperation by desire for physical perfection. When (and I say when not if on purpose) you read this book I hope you will see how easy it would be to make the jump from where we are to where this book lands. The characters are easy to love or hate and the landscape is easy to imagine.

I could go on for days about this but I won't because I know you have busy lives and need this precious time to run to the book store and get this book. Do it. I will wait here until you are ready to discuss it.

And yes, it is Scrumptious.



Razzles...first it's a candy, then it's a gum...

This seems like the appropriate candy to choose for a post about changes. Much like Razzles this blog started out as one thing and is about to change into something a little different. When I began writing it was solely because I wanted a place to let out the silly little snip-its that come into my mind at random intervals. However, as our life continues to change and become ever busier and crazier and more unpredictable it seems like a good idea to shift the focus of the posts. The plan is to write more about our day to day life in order to keep all of our loved ones, who are scattered with the wind, updated.

Since I (Jen) am the one who began the blog it seems likely that I will be the one who does the posting, but we will see if we can corral Chris into jotting down something every once and a while.

At the moment we are enjoying the changes taking place as fall creeps into Yuma. The temperature is no longer shooting into the triple digits and we are finally able to appreciate the perpetual sunshine. It is now walk weather, Barbecue weather, jeans weather and my favorite-sitting on the back patio and playing with the dogs weather! As I hear more and more about snow and ice in Colorado it is nice to open the garage door each day with no concern for shoveling. Our big black dogs are so relieved to be able to venture outside for more then 5 minutes at a time without needing to scurry back indoors to gulp water and pant heavily.

One part of fall that I do miss is the leaves. Watching them change color as they cling to the bare branches, floating slowly to the ground and creating a blanket of hues over the dead grass. Here we don't have many leaves but oh well, do you have cacti? Didn't think so!

As you enjoy your crisp fall day, perhaps sipping the requisite Pumpkin Spice Latte or Carmel Apple Cider, just know that we wish we could celebrate fall with all of you!