Weekend Shenanigans

So this is what I woke up to this morning:

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Can’t deny that it’s not gorgeous even though I’m so over snow it’s not even funny. That’s okay though cause tomorrow is supposed to be 65 degrees and thunderstorm-y which is marginally better. Weather ups and down woes.

Friday I got off a little bit early so that was kind of neat. I went straight home and actually picked up a book! I’ve mentioned the slump I’ve been in for a while and well there’s nothing like a paranormal romance to bring me back. I randomly decided to read this author I never heard of before cause she has some pretty fantastic reviews on most of her series and I was feeling a really good paranormal. I would actually dub this one as having hints of urban fantasy and it’s super great cause there’s a lot of cursing in the book and it makes me feel like I’m not as bad with my cursing as the characters in these books. The little things I find to make me smile eh? 😉 Plus! It aligns with my #UltimateReadingChallenge cause April’s book is one with a one word title and by the time I finish it tonight or tomorrow, it’ll fit in those parameters.

My husband and I finished season 2 of Jessica Jones which wasn’t as mind blowing as Season 1 but still pretty good nevertheless. I just love Jessica Jones’ snarky character attitude. She’s kind of like the girl version of Deadpool.. sort of. We started watching The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes and let me tell you, you have to watch this show! We’ve only watched the pilot so far but absolutely amazed. For example, one woman made her home out of abandoned 747 plane wings. I kid you not. It was the coolest thing I’d ever seen, not to mention the other houses in the set. Seriously, watch this show.

Sunday was Easter. My husband and I don’t celebrate though that might change when this kid gets here just cause kids. We spent the day just hanging out on the couch with the cats which is always so nice cause we don’t get to do it as often as we like. Then in the afternoon I met Patty for lunch. If you don’t know Patty, you should. She runs the blog Moohnshine’s Corner and it’s all about books. She hosts a lot of tours and blitzs and she’s just a lot of fun. Whenever she comes to visit family in my neck of the woods, we make a point to get a bite and talk. We could literally talk for hours if we didn’t have responsibilities. I always try to take her to a place she won’t find it in SC because who goes and visits a person and goes to the chain restaurants we always eat at right?? So she was introduced to the place my husband and I went to on our second date. It was great. She gave me a lot of pregnancy tips too cause I need them all. Here’s a picture of us:

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and feel free to share your shenanigans in the comments below!

Happy Monday! 🙂

 

Conversation

I’ve been wracking my brain on what to write today and I’m just blank. I did spend the day talking to one of my closest friends just about life in general and I have to say, it made me feel good. Not that I’m having a bad day or anything but you ever just have a conversation with someone and it just makes your bright day even brighter? It can’t exactly be explained in simple words but I’m pretty grateful for moments like these especially when you didn’t plan on it; it just happened.

There you have it. My 100 words today because I can’t think of anything else. Hope you all are having a great Wednesday! 🙂

If You’re Feeling Adrift

I just heard this song and I think its perfect.

If you’re feeling some kind of way today, tomorrow, next week sometime, give this song a listen. This is how I feel about all my friends. There are some people in the world who can handle your burdens; who won’t make your situation even seem like a burden at all.

Just remember that during those times. We’re here and we aren’t going anywhere so let loose, hit me with what you got, I promise I can handle it and I’ll help you get through it because it’s my job, as your friend, as your confidante as your random stranger that cares.

There’s always someone here. Remember that. Please.

 

Where did all the people go?
They got scared when the lights went low.
I’ll get you through it nice and slow,
When the world’s spinning out of control.

Afraid of what they might lose
Might get scraped or they might get bruised.
You could beg them, what’s the use?
That’s why it’s called a moment of truth

I’ll get it if you need it,
I’ll search if you don’t see it,
You’re thirsty, I’ll be rain,
You get hurt, I’ll take your pain.

I know you don’t believe it,
But I said it and I still mean it,
When you heard what I told you,
When you get worried I’ll be your soldier.

Funny when times get hard,
At the last moment when you’re supposed to charge,
Always on the longest yard,
Oh, they feel their feet getting cold.

Hiding here, hiding there,
Find them underneath the stairs,
People hiding everywhere,
Trying to be still like a stone.

I’ll get it if you need it,
I’ll search if you can’t see it,
You’re thirsty, I’ll be rain,
You get hurt, I’ll take your pain.

I know you don’t believe it,
But I said it and I still mean it,
When you heard what I told you,
When you get worried I’ll be your soldier.

My aim is so true,
I wanna show you,
I’ll try forever,
I’m never gonna say “surrender”.

I’ll get it if you need it,
I’ll search if you can’t see it,
You’re thirsty, I’ll be rain,
You get hurt, I’ll take your pain.

I know you don’t believe it,
But I said it and I still mean it,
When you heard what I told you,
When you get worried I’ll be your soldier.

I’ll be your soldier
Well I’ll be, oh I’ll be your soldier

I’ll be your soldier

‘Alala aka The Hawaiian Crow

Crows of any sort aren’t typically my thing, but because my co-author spent quite a bit of time in Hawaii, this post is pretty near and dear to her. As with anything, if something is extinct or nearing extinction there’s a pretty clear problem. Getting to the root of that problem can sometimes be a little challenging, but well worth it, IMO.

…because there are no living ‘alala in the wild these birds have been reproduced in captivity. Upon being released into the wild, researchers are learning of many difficulties that these little guys have been facing. Some aren’t finding proper mates and others aren’t feeding their babies properly.

Crows on the mainland are a large part of the literary world. They can symbolize death, mystery, and magic. Have any of you had any experience with wildlife conservation in any capacity? I’ve been lucky enough to befriend two conservationists. I believe that they are invaluable to the sustainability of our little winged friends and hope that you do, too!

For more information on them here’s a quick excerpt from the San Diego ZooContinue reading “‘Alala aka The Hawaiian Crow”

Friends for Days Tag

I have been summoned! Well sort of, 😉

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Cheila from pinkfordays created this tag but NewMoonPlan (thank you!) nominated me! Do visit her blog because its amazing and inspirational. Some of the posts I’ve read have been really thought provoking and very encouraging. I’ve felt a huge sense of connection since following and I always look forward to the next post :D!

The rules:

  • Say who created the tag and provide a link to their blog.
  • Do a blog post showing your Tag.
  • Add the logo to the post.
  • Always thank the person who nominated you, provide a link to their blog and, if you like, say something positive and supportive about their blog.
  • Choose 5 bloggers that you don’t know very well or that are just starting their blog.
  • Go over to their blogs and read a few posts, like and comment.
  • Say 3 things you love about their blogs; (3 things for each blogger)
  • Those 5 bloggers are automatically nominated to do the same.
  • Nominate two bloggers who have been doing this for a longer time! Don’t forget to let them know you’re nominated them!

Since I’ve only been blogging since middle/end of February, I don’t know a lot of people BUT here are the people who are also fairly new, that I interact with on an almost daily basis because they’re awesome:

PoeticBliss
I stumbled upon her blog from a daily prompt about her encounter in a store with a man looking for tampons! After laughing until my lungs hurt, I hit that Follow button. She writes a little bit of everything, from poetry, to late night ramblings to the edgeofmyseat 6 word romance story she’s been posting every day! I’m telling you, you won’t regret following this blog.

ThisIsMyTruthNow
Not sure if he’s new but he’s new to me (that counts right?). I met James from the Community Pool about 2 weeks or so ago. If you love book/movie reviews and 365 day challenges, you’ll love his blog. He posts daily so there’s always something to look forward to!

EverydayStrange
If you need a muse for the day, this is the blog to follow. If you consider yourself an odd soul looking to connect with another odd soul, again, this is the blog to follow! Expect to see quotes every day as well as picture posts from places you may think about travelling to some time! There’s one post about bizarre plants that’s really, super cool!

Cimmerian Sentiment
There’s no way I can do a friend tag without tagging Cim. Mac and Blythe ’nuff said! Okay, there are other great stories too but Cim is one of the first blogs I followed and the storytelling is brilliant and emotional and everything else in between. If you like romantic short stories, hit the button. Seriously!

AresThree
To piggyback off of short stories, this is another blog to follow if you like stories. Mark’s stories are a little more on the darker side but still very riveting! He also mixes it up with photography posts and book reviews here and there.


Now for the veterans. There are two that stood out to me the most entering the blogging world and are just so super nice!

theorangutanlibrarian
If you’re like me and are obsessed with all things book related (book worm, book nerd, books, books….. more books), this is a great blog to follow! The reviews are fantastic and range from fiction, to nonfiction, classics and even graphic novels! The review scale is by bananas which so fun!

LoveitNow
I honestly can’t say enough nice things about this blog. Monika is such a wonderful soul who writes the sweetest poems that say a whole lot in a tiny poetry footprint. She’s very inspirational in everything she posts about and she’s really good at connecting with all of her readers.


So that’s it. These are my friends! I hope you make them your friends too!

(P.S. If you didn’t want to be tagged, I’m sorry, I tagged you anyway, :D)

 

 

Love Controls Me

If you look at the spokes of a tire or the hands of a clock you see the central mechanism and what it’s pointing to. The center controls the movement. Looking at your own life, you probably have many things that you work toward or care about. Each of those items can be listed as a spoke on your own wheel or a number on your clock.

When you begin to reflect on each of those items, what do they look like? What do you have listed? Mine are probably family, friends, work, my animals, my boyfriend, my home, my religion, fitness, overall health, travel, books…etc. Those are clearly all things that I care about, not necessarily in that order. I think the center of my world revolves around love. Love controls my actions, emotions, needs, and wants.

I love my family and my friends, my boyfriend, and my job (most of the time), I love to read and explore new places. Strip away all the things that you work for and all the things that are important to you. Now, what would you have left?  Is it a noble cause? …like family or faith?  Or is it something a little more deep rooted? …like wealth? …or like pride?

We all want to be our own master. Typically, however, something is the master of us. You just need to figure out what that is to really Control  it.

Reading Vivaciously Through Another

When I’m not completely exhausted from life, I love to read. On average I read anywhere between 85 to 110 books a year. Lately I’ve been trying to up that number but, unfortunately, there’s only so much time in a day. Usually it only takes me about a day or two, three tops, to read a 300-400 page book. I felt really bad this last week because I received and advanced reader copy of a story and it took me 10 days to read it! 10. whole. days. It made me feel like crap because I was tasked with a mission essentially and I felt like I was dropping the ball. Because of that, and many other factors, I decided to rearrange my life a little to heap more of what want to do on my plate instead of what I didn’t want to do. (Goodbye long-term, online job)

What’s nice about having book loving friends is during those times mentioned above, I have friends spamming me about the book I gave (forced) them to read. My co-author is currently telling me about the part she’s at in the current series I told her to read and I LOVE it! The express reason I buy books, besides to support the author, is so that I can share them with others and they can tell me all about it. I know I already read it but re-living it through another person’s perspective, especially my friends is such a fantastic feeling. To know that they are feeling the things that I felt at the time I read that part of the story makes my feelings feel a little bit more validated? You know how sometimes reactions are over exaggerated? I feel like mine are sometimes. It probably stems from the fact that I can be overly emotional at times but when my friends are feeling the same excitement, emotional, wtf feelings that I felt then I’m for sure certain it’s not just me.

Another great thing I like about sharing my books is it encourages me to go out and find more, new authors to read. Currently I’m thinking about exploring the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold. I’ve been on a science fiction fantasy kick lately and I’ve heard a lot of great things. But I’m hesitant to jump in this series since A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas is coming in days and I’ve been anticipating the release of this book for over a year! My co-author is currently reading the Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews. This is her first foray into urban, paranormal fantasy coming off her contemporary romance kick. My other friend has decided to start reading historical romances coming off her own science fiction series. It also strongly encourages me to do re-reads. So far I’ve made a list of all the books I plan to re-read once I fulfill my Goodreads challenge which involves reading 100 books this year not including re-reads. (I’m at 27 so far and we’re almost half way through the year! I’m so behind!)

I always know that whatever I read will most probably be a hit with them. Whenever they finish a series, they always ask me, “So what am I reading next?” I always have my recommendation list handy and ready to recommend something to them so that I can vivaciously read through them all over again.

Do you have any activities that you enjoy even more because of your friends? Do they provide encouragement or similar feelings? Feel free to share in the comments!

Home

I’m going “Home” this weekend – which means I’ll pack up my three dogs, maybe my boyfriend (if he’s lucky) and I’ll make the three hour drive down south. My hometown is full of big trucks, football games, corn fields, and southern slang. It’s where I grew up, went to high school, had my first kiss, played sports and made some of my best friends.

It’s strange to me now. I don’t know the people like I used to. The shops have changed and so have the restaurants. Even the schools have been rebuilt and moved on. My name, my mom’s name, and my brother’s names are still etched into the walls and on plaques and trophies that line the halls. I set records and broke them in both swimming and soccer. My mom coached. I skipped school, had snow days, and stayed after to serve dinners for fund raising events.

Now, I walk into the massive gym for basketball games and see my last name written on banners, on t-shirts, and on the backs of jerseys. I get choked up watching my brothers play football and basketball. I’m proud of their accomplishments on and off the field. I go home to support them, teach them, and love them.

I enjoy my own house and my pets and my neighborhood. I love living in a new town – that’s still small. …but I love being close to so many other great things. Big cities with great restaurants, sporting events, and theaters were not things I grew up around. They are things that I want my future children to have access to, however. So, now, at 25, I am attempting to convince my parents to move up north.

Home is where the heart it…or where my dogs are…I don’t really know. To me…my home is where family trumps everything. My friends come to visit and are welcomed with open arms. Maybe you trip over an extra pair of shoes or dog toys but that’s my life and what I love. Maybe there’s take out pizza on the counter because we’re all too busy to eat at once. …but we aren’t too busy to play games, or sit in bed with grandma until late at night.

Home is where you have Secrets and share them…but most importantly where you keep them. Heart break is mended, depression is squashed, and a shoulder to cry on is just a room away.

…so whether my home is here or there, I can feel it anywhere.

I Don’t Doubt It…

I got a call late last night from a dear friend who told me she’s likely getting a divorce. As I sat up in bed to focus on the call and her situation, I realized how I felt when I was in her shoes. As a young person who has also been divorced, I know the thoughts of doubt, hurt and uncertainty that she was having. The longer I spoke with her (and then her sister) I also began to understand why I never doubted my own divorce.

I got married right after turning 20 to someone who I had spent the prior 5 years dating. We were married for 3 years before I pulled the plug. My friend is in a similar boat – she married at 18 and is now facing the reality of a pending divorce at 25. I could hear how worried and scared she was just thinking of starting over on her own. …and I know that I was once there, too.

However, looking back, I can see that it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve grown more from my divorce than anything else I’ve experienced. Only through that experience did I learn not to doubt my integrity, character, and hard work. I began to see my value and worth outside of my appearance and the things I owned. I learned what it meant to be a real friend and how truly special it is to find those real friends.

…and now to one of my very best friends, I am able to stand alone and tell her that I cannot and will not Doubt  her decisions. I will be beside her to hold her hand and to laugh with her through the good times and the bad. Real friends care about truth and happiness.

The truth is: I don’t doubt that it will hurt and I don’t doubt that she will be stronger, wiser, and better because of this.