Friday, June 28, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I am a lover of books. I love to read, especially mysteries. The analytical part of me gets the biggest kick out of trying to figure out the plot twists and the ending before I get to them. Sometimes I get it wrong, but I seem to get it at least partly right more often than not.
Even with my love of mysteries, it still took me a long time to read this book. I heard about it a lot before I checked it out....it was all over Goodreads, and Amazon, and was featured quite prominently in bookstores like Barnes and Noble, which we all know I frequent like I'm getting paid to do it. (Actually, Barnes and Noble people - I really would appreciate the opportunity to get paid for visiting your store, so let's talk about a way to make that happen, mmmkay?? Great, thanks.) I flipped through the book a few times, and it never really caught me, so I didn't purchase it. But then after I lost my job in February, I had more free time than anticipated, so I figured I'd give it a go.
And I'm really glad I did.....
Here's the Goodreads editorial review:
The book is also just kind of ... weird, for lack of a better way to describe it. The first thing I thought when I finished it was, "Wow, that was kind of a mind f*ck." I tend to like books like that, that get me all engrossed and then just rip my psyche to shreds.
Monday, June 24, 2013
I will never, ever, ever…
...stop laughing a little bit at the fact that my mother once believed an April Fool's TV special about marshmallows growing on trees
...be able to keep all my clothing organized and neat
...stop making my bed in the mornings
…think that the Mac OS is easier than a PC
...be one of those girls who is always perfectly put together, with the great outfit and the awesome makeup and the hair done just right
|Isn't this a cute car??|
|This is where I was stranded - right in the middle of nowhere.|
|My poor wheel, just struggling to stay attached|
|Clearly, not quite the way this is supposed to look...|
|My dad is the best ever.|
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Okay, so confession: Technically, I wasn't tagged to do this (probably because not too many people even know that I exist, but whatever), but I saw it on Pinky's page and decided I wanted to do it anyway. So there you have it. You're welcome.
Linking up with Northern Belle Diaries and Confessions of A Northern Belle for Just Because!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully in five years I will have completed both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Psychology, and I will be working as a therapist. I doubt that I will be able to get all of those things done in five years, especially with the way my life is going, but hey, a girl can always dream and work for it, right?
3. Do you honestly want kids?
Yes, I do.
4. What has been the best moment of your life so far?
Um…. This one is tough, because I've had a lot of really great moments. I guess the best moment of my life was when my plane back from the Philippines landed in the United States. Coming home to a culture I understood, safe water, and working plumbing was kind of amazing.
5. What is your life theme song?
"The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. It may be cheesy, but as far as I'm concerned, life really is all about the climb, and going through the journey, rather than trying to get to a specific destination.
6. What is one thing you have yet to accomplish that you want to do before you die?
7. If you could choose one thing to be known for, what would it be?
I want to be that person who is known for being sweet, for loving, for forgiving, for always being honest, for accepting others, who is intelligent, whose company is desired…
8. If you could do anything you wanted right in this very moment (no consequences, no fear, etc), what would it be?
I would buy a brand new car, and a completely new wardrobe. I’d also buy a house, or at the very least, rent a really nice apartment.
9. What has been the most challenging moment in your life?
I think I’m living it right now…I've gone through some pretty significant life changes lately, and while I really believe them to be positive things, the changes and adjustments I've had to make are still somewhat difficult to handle.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
In honor of that, here are nine of the many, many things (because it's the 9th!) I love about my papa.
1.) I know I've said this before, but there is something really, incredibly amazing about knowing without a doubt that no matter what - even when I mess up, even when I'm generally bad at life - my amazing papa will love me completely and totally and without condition.
3.) Even when my life is completely void of anything even remotely interesting, Daddy always acts like I am totally cool, and wildly fascinating. It's good for my ego, and I adore him for it.
4.) My dad is one of those men that you could send out in to the forest with nothing but a pocketknife and a book of matches, and he'll build you an entire shopping mall. That also means that whenever I move (which is often), he can come and hang all of my wall shelves up again, and get them straight. He can even find the studs in a wall without a stud finder. Yep, he's awesome like that.
5.) I am pretty much constantly laughing any time I am around him. His looks, his jokes (even the totally lame ones - just kidding, Papa, they're never lame!), his witty little quips.. He makes me laugh all of the time. Even when we are having a serious conversation about serious matters. I still laugh.
6.) And speaking of making me laugh, he is one of the only people in the entire world who can make me go from crying hysterically to giggling in the space of like 2.2 seconds. I don't know how he does it, but he always helps me find the positives in any situation, even when I would much prefer he just let me wallow in self-pity for a while.
7.) He is a really good cook. Obviously, since I don't live at home anymore, I don't get to enjoy his cooking much. But the man knows his way around a kitchen, and can produce some pretty great stuff.
8.) The map he somehow has in his head of oh, I don't know, pretty much the entire world, I think, has saved me on many, many occasions. I'm nearly thirty years old, and to this day, any time I am lost or might not know where I'm going, my first instinct isn't to consult a map, it's to call my father. And usually, Dad "finds me" wherever I am and gets me going the right direction faster than a map would, anyway.
9.) My father is incredibly wise. He just knows things, and he is always willing to share his wisdom, or insights he has gained from his life experience, without seeming overbearing about it. He is always available to give me advice when I ask for it, and as I get older, I put more and more stock in it, because I realize that really, he is basically always right.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
I am LOVING the fact that I can use Skype to chat with my sisters in Vegas, and see my little nephews. It's really tough being away from them, but I sure do love being able to see and talk to them online!
I am LOVING that Barnes and Noble has free wi-fi.
I'm LOVING that I have another job interview scheduled for next week, in case the interview I went to last week doesn't turn into a job.
What are you all LOVING this week?
Sunday, June 2, 2013
1. What is your favorite Social Media outlet? ----- I'd have to say Facebook, since that's really the only one I use with any regularity. I use Pinterest too, but a lot less frequently now than I used to. I also use Instagram, but I don't post pictures, really, so much as I look at everyone else's. And I'm on Twitter, too, but I find it to be a ridiculously confusing and complicated interface that I have neither the time nor the inclination to really learn right now, so I mostly just ignore my Twitter.
2. Do you subscribe to any daily news reads? ----- Nope. I have Google News as my homepage, though, so I see headlines a lot, and I will check out cnn.com or nbc.com a lot, to see what they know.
3. Favorite magazine to have by the pool? ----- Cosmopolitan is still a guilty pleasure of mine, for no reason that I can actually articulate. I also enjoy reading HGTV magazine, and used to swipe my sister's copies when we still lived together. *sniff....I miss living with that little rascal...sniff*
4. Favorite summertime song? ----- Jake Owens' "Barefoot Blue Jean Night". Also, Keith Urban's "Where the Blacktop Ends", since that song always reminds me of running around barefoot "where the grass and the dirt and the gravel all meet", which is pretty much what I did all day, every day in the summer, since I grew up in the country.
5. Best summer concert you've been to? ----- I have really only been to one, so I guess that wins by default.... I went to a Rascal Flatts concert with my then-bf JD back in 2006. It was an outdoor concert, and The Wreckers and Gary Allan opened. We sat on a blanket on the amphitheater part of the arena, and had a blast. The only rotten part was that I had torn a tendon in my knee the week before, so I was on crutches and in a straight-leg brace, which made climbing the hill a lot more complicated and difficult than it should have been.