Today, I wanted to talk about my favorite subject.

No, not books.

Food. (Sorry in advance if I make you hungry!)

I’m eating waffles for breakfast and it got me thinking about comfort foods. When you think of comfort food, I’m sure you think of eating food that turns your sadness into happiness if that’s what you’re experiencing at this time. For example, in most movies, people go for that favorite pint or bigger size, depending, of ice cream in the freezer and eat their little hearts out! Or it’s something with chocolate, brownies or giant Hershey bars.

I’ve always been a savory kind of comfort eater. Well with the exception of waffles. I go for the alfredo noodles or scrambled eggs and grits. I started to really think about when I eat these comfort foods. Usually I’m not even sad. I’m just feeling some kind of way in general. Could be about literally anything. But then I thought isn’t really comfort for my feelings or is it just a comfort craving? For example, last night after fixing my turtle’s unexpected fiasco madness (story for tomorrow), I decided I wanted lasagna. I wasn’t upset about the situation. I knew it was inevitable and I was just being lazy but I randomly decided lasagna would make me feel better. Luckily my husband was going out to buy snacks for his work and I asked him to pick up some of those frozen lasagnas. Beautiful soul that he is, he literally bought four different brands and I proceeded to eat two of them. Great Value (Walmart brand) makes good frozen lasagna, just FYI. Anyway, I felt my spirits lifting eating this, probably not good for you, frozen lasagna that turned out to be super delicious.

But, my spirits were never down to begin with. I was quite happy before the lasagna even came into the picture cause my turtle was a happy little turtle swimming around in his new and improved tank. So how did lasagna shoot my happiness levels higher?

Now I’m at work and my feelings are blah. Probably cause it’s Monday and it’s work and waffles can’t even make me happier. So now what do I do? Cross my fingers that the day goes faster I suppose.

And that my friends, are my random thoughts for today. Hope you enjoyed them and their chaotic flow from my mind to this blog post. 🙂 Do you have any go to comfort cravings? How do they normally make you feel? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Monday!

Facebook Friday 12/1/17

Hey, hey it’s Facebook Friday and there’s frost on the ground in Northeast Ohio! One step closer to a real winter maybe? We’ll see! Let the countdown to the end of 2017 commence!

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

For the whole month of November, I participated in a Twitter challenge where everyday was a new book couple. It ended yesterday but I do want to share with you my last 10 days of books. Funnily enough, the creator of the challenge and few other were so happy I participated that they asked me to join their December challenge as well. So I’ve signed myself up for another challenge and I’ll be sure to share my choices with you along the way 😀

Here is the meme again and below my choices:

Day 21: Online – Kaleb and Sahara in Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
Day 22: Paranormal – Charley and Reyes in the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones
Day 23: Royal/Non Royal – Colin and Alexandra in Never a Lady by Jacquie D’Alessandro
Day 24: Sci-Fi – Amaranthe and Sicarius in the Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker
Day 25: Second Chance – Javier and Laura in Striking Distance by Pamela Clare
Day 26: Sports – Phoebe and Dan in It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Day 27: Stockholm Syndrome – Lora and Max in Wild Orchids by Karen Robards
Day 28: Taboo – Raphael and Elena in Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh
Day 29: Teacher/Student – Yelena and Valek in Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Day 30: Teen – Ember and Barrow in Rise by Andrea Cremer

Next up is the video. This animal video is soooooooooooo cool! I saw it and shared it instantly. I’m sure you’ve all seen starfish before and maybe touched them but have you ever seen one move??? It’s so cool! Check it out!:

And that’s it for this week. I didn’t share any pictures this round but maybe next Friday. Did you see anything cool in your social medias this week? Let me know in the comments below and have a good weekend everyone! See you Monday!

Sunshine-y Questions

I’m feeling pretty decent this morning. 9 hours of sleep with only one bladder interruption in the night seems to have done the trick. Why can’t that happen every night?? Silly body.

Anyway, a few days ago, I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award – Dani style. Dani blogs over at Perspective of a Writer and if you haven’t met her yet, you should. She always has the coolest, colorful graphics paired with such insightful posts about reading and writing as well as her many, varied reviews. I’ve done this award a few times but besides another one with really great questions, she mentioned that my blog is one of many that she looks forward to reading because it brings sunshine into her world each day. As you can probably tell, that made me feel really, really good so I’m really excited to answer these questions and thank you Dani. ♥

Sunshine Blogger Award

(Graphic above brought to you by the talented Dani. Isn’t it cool??) I’m sure you all have been nominated for this award at one time or another so I’m going to refrain from posting the rules and jump right into answering the questions.

Who is the one person that is the sunshine in your life?
There are plenty of people I could name here but I have to give it to my husband. We’ve been together for 10 years so far and we are just the silliest of people. He always makes lame jokes that only I understand and he calls me wif and I call him hubbanero. We just get along so well and he makes me smile even when I want to strangle him. 😉

Do you prefer all happy movies, or occasional sad movies?
I am a huge fantasy, sci-fi movie watcher so I kind of want to say my preference falls under both categories because I never know if it’s going to be sad or happy. That being said though, I occasionally have moments where I want to watch a sappy, romantic comedy because I know it’ll be a tearjerker at some point but still have a happy ending. I watch Grey’s Anatomy which is like the king of kings of the emotional spectrum so yeah, I have to say both. As a side note though, there is a super CUTE movie that just got added to Netflix called, “The Christmas Prince” and it’s a good, happy go lucky film if you’re looking to watch something holiday related!

What is the one food that always makes you happy?
Oh man, just one? I love eating in general. I’d have to say maybe anything with noodles in it. Like, I love linguine so spaghetti or alfredo or that balsamic steak pasta dish at Olive Garden. I also really like potatoes. Hash browns, mashed, tater tots, french fries, baked.. I really like potatoes. And broccoli too. Raw or fresh, doesn’t matter to me. Oh and chicken wings and waffles. And eggs! Oh, eggs are so good especially paired with bacon. I need to stop, I can go forever…

What is the sunshine on your blog?
Hmm, I think my stories are lots of pockets of sunshine. People seem to really enjoy them and my goal is usually to bring smiles and even laughs to my readers’ faces. I also think the Endangered posts are sunshine. They’re not exactly happy but they bring awareness which is a varied brand of sunshine on its own. Lastly, I think the Facebook Friday posts are all types of sunshine cause I always post something funny that is guaranteed smiles!

What is your favorite holiday? wacky “fun” day?
Saturdays and Sundays and all the other days in between throughout the year when I don’t have to work. Having no obligations and spending the day doing absolutely whatever you want are the best, fun days always.

What is one thing you love about yourself?
I love that I have the ability to love in many ways; from people to animals to inanimate objects. And it’s honest love too. I just have so much of it to spread. 🙂

What is one think you love about the blogging community?
I have to steal Dani’s answer for this one and also say diversity. I’ve met so many people from all over the world who all have their own unique writing styles and writing content. It’s pretty wonderful and makes for something to look forward to each day.

What is the one book that made you smile the most?
What is with the one questions?? I honestly don’t even know because almost every book I read has made me smile and I can’t gauge which book was more smile-ly than the other. I’m totally passing on this one considering it would require me to go through a history of my life.

Where is your corner of sunshine in your home?
Our couch setup. I can sit and watch Netflix or Amazon or read and my husband can sit and play video games or listen to podcasts. At dinner we merge in the corner and watch something together on the TV. Last show was The Punisher. I think next up is Voltron maybe. And the cats will come up and pile on us. Here’s a picture:

What is your favorite color or colors?
My favorite color, if it isn’t obvious yet, is purple. I also like green a lot. When I was younger, my favorite color was blue. It’s so crazy how that changes over time.

What is the one movie (or drama) that always makes you happy?
Oh! Okay, I can’t name just one again but I’m going to say Rush Hour. They are sooooo funny! And also Underworld and The Road to El Dorado and Aladdin. Oh and Lion King. See? One is impossible!

Instead of nominating specific people, I just want to point out the wonderful souls I’ve met in the blogging world that bring me sunshine daily whether through your blogs or social media:

Mr. Mel

Glad to have met you all and you’re all are awesome. Keep bringing sunshine to my world pretty please. 🙂

Facebook Friday 11/24/17

Hey, hey! It’s Facebook Friday! Also known as Black Friday where people get crazy to shop for steals! I don’t need anything this year so I’m not participating but even if I did it would definitely take place online.

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

This week was all about videos and pictures. I did not see a meme that struck out for me so here’s a bit of what I did share.

First, we have another animal video. I saw it and thought, this is just too surreal! It also was added to my bucket list to see in person eventually:

Daredevils indeed right?!?

Secondly I shared 3 photos. One taken my me and the two others taken by my husband. We both have Pixel phones but he has the newest model and man, does it work well!

The first is our baby (she’s the youngest cat) Isabel and then the middle picture is our wood stove burning for the first time since we moved in over a year ago. Finally got it maintenanced and its awesome! Lastly, is the jerk looking as cute as can be!

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving or a Happy Thursday (depending on where you are in the world) and I look forward to sharing my stories with you next week as well as catching up on yours this weekend.


Book Challenge Update

Since I’ve just finished the second half of the #BookCouplesChallenge on Twitter, I wanted today’s post to be about the books that I shared from Day 11 to day 20 (today).

Here is the meme again so you can see each days category:

Here are my picks:

Day 11: Forbidden – Sascha and Lucas in Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh


Day 12: Friends to Lovers – Summer and Joe in Seeing Red by Jill Shalvis


Day 13: Geeks – Hierax and Indigo in Hierax by Ruby Lionsdrake (also fits day 16 for interracial cause Indigo is black and Hierax is white)


Day 14: High School Sweethearts – Lissa and Christian in Frostbite by Richelle Mead


Day 15: Historical – Gillian and Brodick in Ransom by Julie Garwood


Day 16: Interracial –  Summer and Takashi in Ice Blue by Anne Stuart (plus, Hierax above)


Day 17: LGBT – I didn’t know one so I borrowed one of my Twitter’s friend’s answers for mine – Pike and Zack in Off Base by Annabeth Albert

Day 18: Long Distance – Jaime and Claire in Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon


Day 19: New Chance – Meredith and Matt in Paradise by Judith McNaught


Lastly, the one I’m posting today:

Day 20: One With Disability – Maris and Parker in Envy by Sandra Brown


That’s it for the second third of this challenge. I’m really proud of myself for sticking it out this long cause I usually suck at challenges. 10 more days to go! Happy Monday everyone!


Facebook Friday 11/17/17

Hey, hey! It’s Facebook Friday! A little late but better later than I usually post but better late than never right?

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

Here we go. This week, I was pretty dead on Facebook. There was just not a lot going on. I’m guessing its because Thanksgiving is coming up next week and people are getting into Thanksgiving break mode. I did, however, see a funny meme even though I didn’t share it and it happens to be Turkey Day related:

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A video I saw was soooo cute! It was a pitbull cuddling with his two guinea pig friends! Not something you see everyday especially since pitties have such a bad reputation but this was too adorable!:

Lastly, I actually didn’t share any photos this week. I didn’t even take any! Slacker, I know. I’ll remedy that by next week I’m sure especially with Thanksgiving on Thursday!

Hope you enjoyed this short Facebook Friday. Have a good weekend everyone. See you Monday. 🙂

Florida Recap: Part 3

The final installment on my Florida vacation. If you’ve been following so far, we crammed two amusement parks and a day at the beach in the span of three days. The fourth and final day, our flight back to Ohio was scheduled for 8pm. That means we have plenty of time to make our last day in Florida a good one. The weather took a little dip from the previous days. When we first arrived, it was 80ºF. The last day, day before Halloween, it was a chilly 47ºF in Florida! I was quite surprised because coming from a state where it can snow one day and be scorching the next, I expected Florida to have stagnant hot weather all the time. Clearly I was wrong but you know what? Nothing could ruin my day, not even cold weather.

I should start by saying like many people, I have a bucket list. Visiting Japan is numero uno on that list for my husband and I because we are huge anime fans and we love Japanese cuisine. I also would like to go to New Zealand, Ireland and go back to Florence, Italy someday. Besides travel, I also have regular bucket list items. I want a home library someday, I want another dog, I want to be an author’s assistant and I absolutely wanted to not only pet a horse but go horseback riding.

Well, horseback riding got slashed off my bucket list on this last day of our Florida trip. You cannot imagine how insanely happy I was! We traveled to Kissimmee, Florida to the Lazy H Ranch to  participate in the second best experience of my life (seeing a sea turtle in the ocean was the first). We pulled up and was greeted by some fairly loud chickens. One of which was very bold but I’ll come back to him in a second. Previously, we had to send our height and weights to the woman so she could match us with our horses. They were so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We told her we were from Ohio and my friends from Maryland and soon as she heard Ohio, she told us about the horse she wants to get that lives in Ohio. The horse was white with a blonde name and her name was Blondie. She said the horse was $8000 and she really, really wanted Blondie but was hesitant because, and we learned this, horses from the North sometimes have a hard time acclimated to Southern weather. Also, the insects are different so they may not be able to handle certain insect bites.

So anyway, my horse’s name was Briar. Briar was a rescue horse. She was abused and malnourished and this woman met her and fell in love because even though Briar had been through a lot, she was still the sweetest horse ever. She brought her back to health and now Briar is a happy horse. My husband rode a horse named Cash who was a retired show horse. Acrobatics would do tricks on his back! My best friend rode Ally and her husband rode Chevy. We used these stairs to get on the horses and she strapped us in. Then we got a basic lesson on how to control the reins and off we went. We walked to this conservation area across the street from her ranch and she told us about how Hurricane Irma devastated her land a little bit. Uprooted two trees on her property and she started off with 9 chickens but by the time hurricane Irma passed, she only had 4 chickens left. The conservation park we rode through was known as Twin Oaks and it was a nice hour and 15 minute ride.

I realized that horseback riding is very therapeutic. I could literally do that all day long. Oh! Another thing she told us was if our horses tried to eat grass or bushes to stop them from doing so. Apparently horses will eat until their stomachs explode and even then, they’d keep eating. She said that while we were riding them, they were working and when they were done, they would go out to pasture and eat to their hearts content. Cash actually got loose one time and got into the horse feed and 300 lbs of food. The vet had to come every day for a week and give him an IV to help flush his stomach of all that feed. Crazy! We rode past this lake, I forget the name of it, but she had us guess how many gators were in it. Since it was a lake, we guessed pretty low, about 3000 or less. Boy were we wrong! She said at last survey they counted 30,000 gators in that lake! Just wow. We also saw a lot of eagles soaring while we were riding through and we got to trot which I am so bad at and definitely felt every bit of that horse ride the next day but it was sooooo worth it! I want to horseback ride again!

Anyway, here is the gallery of pictures. Chevy was a super lovebug at the end! Horse noses are so freaking soft and fuzzy and I wanted to stay and cuddle him all day long! Cujo the chicken also wanted attention, to the point that I swear he posed for me for this picture. Such a special chicken:

That’s it for Florida. I hope you all enjoyed reading about the trip in these three posts. 🙂

Florida Recap: Part 2

Following Islands of Adventure, we went into the next day bright and perky. One of my goals this trip was to see a beach; put my feet into the ocean. Orlando is in central Florida so there’s not a lot of beaches around. My friend and I googled a bit beforehand looking for some beaches that were close by that we could go splash in. We ended up coming across Cape Canaveral National Seashore which happens to be a national beach park that stretches for many miles. It’s undeveloped as well which means no building beach front properties on this stretch of beach; very natural. It’s about a 1 hour 20 minute drive from Orlando so we got a good headstart in the morning. I usually read on long trips in the car but I didn’t get enough sleep the night before and ended up sleeping the whole way there. By the time we got there it was a little cloudy but it was still a nice and toasty 80ºF. When you first get out of the car, you can hear the beach even though you cant see it. There’s a wooden ramp built up this hill that leads to the beach. There was a sign with beach rules with the very first one being “Know how to swim.” I don’t know how to 100% swim but I didn’t plan on going out deeper than what my feet could touch. We get to the beach, strip down and slowly inch forward to the tide. The water was warm but cold to our bodies initially. You know how you always have to acclimate to a body of water cause your natural temperature is so much warmer. But once we were in, we were in! The waves were so fun to splash in (and get knocked over by) but even though we had sand in all kinds of places and a mouthful or two of saltwater, it was one of the best days of the trip.

Later on we decided we were hungry. Naturally, after splashing around in the ocean, we wanted seafood. We went back to the suite to shower all the sand out (and believe it was A TON of sand, probably half the beach) and then went to a seafood joint I found through Google that had really good reviews. When a local, eat like the locals do! And man was the food fan-freaking-tastic. The restaurant was called Winter Park Fish Company and I got the best fish and grits of my life. If you’ve never had this food combination, you’re missing out. It was seared mahi-mahi over sugary cheesy grits (which btw, I never put sugar in my grits but oh my goodness gracious), with this spicy lobster gravy sauce drizzled on top and brussels salad on the side. My husband had fried snapper fish and chips with these powdered sugar hushpuppies. I wish I could order the whole menu and take it home. We found out the owners live half the year in Florida and the other half of the year in Costa Rica so they always have fresh fish. Anyway, if you ever find yourself in Florida, make sure you eat here! Here’s some pictures:

We settled down for the night after dinner to prepare for the next day. We went to Busch Gardens Tampa which is a theme park/animal park. There used to be an old show on TV with Jack Hanna who would talk about animals and animal welfare and I remember he would always host these shows at Busch Gardens. You all know I loved animals so I got great enjoyment out of the animals more than the rides although Cheetah Hunt was a pretty fun ride as well as Montu and Cobra’s Curse. Walking through to get to the actual Cobra’s Curse ride was really cool cause there was a couple of boa constrictors inside and it was all dark and stuff talking about serpent gods and what not. When we’d rode every coaster and seen all the animals, we decided we were hungry and went and got Jamaican food this time. Here’s a picture gallery from Busch Gardens (and me and my best friend just cause):

Tomorrow will be the last part of my Florida vacation recap. It also happens to be my most favorite day so I had to share it in it’s own post. You’ll see why. 🙂

Florida Recap: Part 1

I’m finally getting around to talking about Florida. Partly because I’m drawing a blank on what to write about today which also has to do with the fact that my reading slump was murdered yesterday when I binge read The Trouble with the Twelfth Grave in just under 4 hours as well as started a new book right behind it and can barely think of anything else. So, over my biscuit breakfast, I give you Florida.

A few months ago, my best friend presented me and the husband with a proposal of joining them in Florida for a vacation. You see, her parents own a timeshare and offered her the use of it. Since the suite sleeps six, she figured it’d be fun to have a bit of a group honeymoon. She got married last year and they haven’t exactly honeymooned yet so this was to be sort of a mini honeymoon. One of the days of the vacation, the 26th to be exact, was my husband’s birthday so I asked him if he wanted to go to Florida for his birthday and he initially said he’d think about it. When a man tells you he’ll think about it, that can mean months to years. I ended up making the decision for us considering I would be the one finding flight deals. I ended up finding our tickets for about $200 bucks but I bought them as 4 one way tickets instead of 2 round trip tickets. You’d be surprised at how much money you can save when you buy like that!

We left that Thursday, the 26th. I worked half the day and my husband was off. I get home to make sure he finished the list of things I told him to do to prep for our leaving (he was off after all), and then we made sure the cats had enough food to last until Monday, that Turtle was fed (cause he can go without eating for weeks), and off we went to the airport. We landed in Florida around 8PM. My friend picked us up and took us to suite. Oh, btw, it was really nice going from 50ºF to 80ºF; from seeing fall colors to palm trees. We dropped off our stuff then went back out and had a hibachi dinner for my husband with gong banging and lit cupcake included. He was so adorable.

The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, we headed out to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure. I’ve never been here before so it was very exciting. We went about an hour after park opened because we did not want to wait an hour or more to ride some rides. We started at the Incredible Hulk rollercoaster. I have to be honest, I haven’t rode a rollercoaster in years so there was a high probability I was going to to scream. And scream I did. You know how rollercoasters start off slow going up that first hill and then build speed once it hits the downward slope? This one didn’t do that. Halfway going up the hill, I’m sitting her having a conversation with my husband, asking if he was excited and what not when all of sudden we go warp speed and whatever he was saying got cut off by my screaming “holy shit!” and then laughing because I tend to laugh at my reactions. That was a good adrenaline rush to start the day. From there we went to the Spiderman ride which was a super cool 3D simulation ride and we got to be in the front car so felt every bit of those special effects! Those 3D glasses were legit! From there we rode the Kong Skull Island ride which is also a 3D simulated ride. That one wasn’t as cool as I though it was going to be.

After leaving Marvel and Jurassic Park came Harry Potter World. We spent a good amount of time traversing the castle (Hogwarts). They did a really good job building that massive place. They even had the talking portraits which looked completely real! The ride in there was 3D simulated where you start by playing Quidditch and then you’re trying to escape dementers who are after you. Very fun! After leaving the castle, we got some butterbeer which tastes like frozen cream soda and traversed Diagon Alley. After Harry Potter, we walked through Morroco and then came upon Posiedon’s Fury. This was a sort of 3D guided walk where decisions are made based on a series of events. There was this one part where the guide opened this gate and all this water come splashing down and for a second we thought we were going to have to walk through the water but then the whole room, except the floor, started spinning really fast and created this crazy water tunnel. It ultimately led us to Posiedon’s final battle against his enemy and it was really cool. The final ride we rode was Doctor Doom’s Fear Fall. This was another one where what you prepare for in your mind is not what actually happens. I thought we’d slowly go up the tower and then drop. Nope. We shot up that tower so fast it stole our breaths and then we dropped just as fast! All four of us were cracking up and it was definitely a good thing my husband took his flip flops off cause he defnitely would have lost then. After that, we left. We had authentic Hong Kong cuisine that night and prepared ourselves for the next day’s outing which I’ll talk about tomorrow. 🙂

Ending this post here with a picture gallery. Scroll over the pictures for captions:

Facebook Friday 11/10/17

Hey, hey it’s Friday! A chilly one at that, at least in Northeast Ohio.

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

For the meme, I’m deciding to do something a little bit different. I came across this meme on Twitter actually and it’s a 30 Day challenge where each day you post a book couple that follows the topic of the day. I have to admit, I’m usually really bad at challenges but this one, I really got into. Today is day 10 and I would like to share with you my answers so far (because I can’t help spreading the book love especially when it comes to romance) So here’s the meme:

And here are my books from Day 1 to Day 10 in a sort of collage:

If any of them look good to you, just let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to go into detail about them. 🙂

Next, the only video I shared in the past 2 weeks really is this pretty funny one of Snoop Dogg narrating an episode of Planet Earth. Fair warning, he does curse but they beep it out so it’s suitable to share:

Lastly, I shared two photos this week. One was my copy of The Trouble with the Twelfth Grave that I preordered signed. The book came out on Halloween but the copies were delayed so I didn’t get it til November 7th. I’m excited to binge read it this weekend! The other picture I shared was from this morning show a little bit of snow flurry we got overnight with the caption, “Winter is coming!”:

That’s it for Facebook Friday! Did you see anything interesting in your social medias this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a great weekend everyone! See you on Monday!