What Goes In…

Good morning my friends!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a funny story and I feel like we all could use some laughs. As you all know, last weekend, my husband and I went on vacation to Florida with my best friend and her husband for a nice, relaxing getaway in this fancy suite. I still plan to talk about that trip… eventually. I always have so many thoughts in my head. I’m totally contemplating writing about Poldark tomorrow to convince all you lovely souls that you should watch this show. We’ll see.

So while we were driving to Canaveral or Tampa (I can’t remember which), we recounted stories of the past. You see, my best friend and I have been friends for almost as long as I’ve been with my husband (upwards of 10 years). I met her in a video game called Final Fantasy XI and we pretty much connected instantly over our love for being mages in this game. About two years into playing the game, we all got it into our head that we should have a meet up. I live in Ohio and she lived in Alabama at the time. We were all poor college students at the time so airfare was too expensive. We got it into our heads that a road trip would be fun. My husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, drove a 1993 Honda Civic Hatchback. When we informed my mother of our plans to drive to Alabama in his car, she wasn’t a fan. I remember we had an argument about it because she wanted us to pay for a rental car but hello, poor college students, we could basically only afford gas. I ended up caving though when she offered to pay. I mean if my pennies aren’t being used, I will so take you up on that offer! I was poor, what can I say, haha.

We got a rental car, to my boyfriend’s (husband now) dismay. He was very attached to his old car. Then we packed up and drove 13 hours to Auburn, Alabama. He did most of the driving because I was quite nervous to drive back then. I didn’t get my license until I was 20 but driving in general freaked me out especially considering I was learning on a manual and not an automatic. Have you ever been on a long drive? It can be quite fun. I read or slept during most of it. A lot of people have motion sickness whether they know it or not but man, the best reading time for me occurs on long trips in the car.

We make it to Auburn and decide to plan out our trip. One of the main things I really wanted to do was go to the Georgia Aquarium. I had never been to one before and had heard nothing but good things about that one. I’ve been to the Baltimore Aquarium since that trip and I actually think that one is really cool as well but Georgia has whale sharks that swim over your head and that experience is truly something else. Another spot we hit up was the Columbus, GA mall. My friend wanted to take us because she said it’s a highly rated mall that we must see. I’m not much of a mall goer myself. Too much temptation to spend money I don’t have but It was something fun to do as a group.

The best thing about malls is mall food! Especially he Japanese fusion types of food. If you ever walk through a mall food court, chances are, there are a few people from each stall handing out samples. I can’t remember what the husband ate but me and the best friend decided to split a Japanese meal. They usually consists of you choosing rice or noodles with one meat and a side or pay extra and get two sides. Sides range from plain vegetables to egg rolls to crab rangoon. I believe we got noodles and some teriyaki or bourbon chicken with some veggies. On top of that, we all decided that we all decided we wanted smoothies form Orange Julius. If you don’t know what an orange julius is, let me explain it to you. It’s not quite a milkshake but not quite a smoothie either. It consists of mixing orange juice with milk and adding vanilla and ice. A creamsicle essentially. When you go to Orange Julius, you have the option to choose different flavors. I think we chose raspberry.

We all get back in the car to drive back home and I’m sitting up front with my friend while the guys are sitting in the back. We’re all just talking away when I start feeling really thirsty. I get my husband’s water bottle from him and start drinking it. The feeling doesn’t go away… My friend notices I’m quiet and asks me if anything is wrong. I just keep saying I’m thirsty. So I keep drinking water and trying to listen to the conversation. Next thing you know….

I bend forward and vomit all over the passenger seat floor!

I give my friend credit. She didn’t even brake! There were crickets from the testosterone gallery behind us because everyone was taken by such surprise. I lift my head up, grab the bottle of water, take a sip and state, “I feel better now” and smile; cause that’s just how I roll. My friend’s brother looks at my husband and goes, “Did she forget to tell you something?!”. Poor guy looks at me all shellshocked like, “Did you forget to tell me something?!” We get home and my best friend proves why she’s my best friend. She goes in the house and grabs cleaning stuff and just starts cleaning up my vomit like a champion. Didn’t even phase her. The funniest part? It wasn’t even her van. She borrowed it cause it would fit the whole group! I felt less bad cause I vomited in someone else’s van instead of hers. I’m horrible, I know. Mall food and Orange Julius doesn’t mix well for Nel. (Hey, I rhymed!)

So moral of this story, get all season floor mats in case someone has a case of sickness in your car so you don’t ruin your carpets and what goes in must come out somehow.. eventually. 😉

Has anything like this ever happened to you? Are their food combinations that you know for a fact will not agree with your stomach? Let me know in the comments below!

Facebook Friday 11/3/17

Hey, hey! It’s Facebook Friday!!

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.

So I had to reach back a bit to find some cool Facebook funs to share with you all today since I was on vacation and I’m saving some of those pictures for next week. I found a meme, a video and picture! How lucky is that? Let’s get started. I shared a bookish meme that definitely applies to me on more than one occasion:


I am a huge fan of reading a good series. When I find one that gives me unhealthy sleepless nights, I absolutely become obsessed with that author and grow to adore them.

The next video I shared to my friend as soon as we landed in Florida because I have NEVER seen anything like this. It’s the craziest, coolest natural thing ever and you must watch the video from beginning to end. I promise you, your jaw will probably drop open a bit. It’s borderline sorcery!


Last but not least, here is a sneak peak of pictures to come next week when I describe our trip. This was taken as close as it looks at Busch Gardens Park in Tampa. I honestly didn’t think these dinosaurs were real but their eye flaps were definitely moving every once in a while. I also was surprised to see Mr. Turtle chillin’ right next to Mr. Gator’s mouth. I guess they can be friends?

That’s it for Facebook Friday. Since I don’t post on weekends, I leave this quote with you early: “Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot…” (Kudos to you if you know the reference 😉 )

Did you see anything cool in your social medias in the past two weeks? Did you watch that video? Isn’t nature something else?? Let me know in the comments below!

The Fall Book Tag

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This tag was created by Shanah from Bionic Book Worm. All of the graphics used belong to her.

I was tagged by two of my favorites to do the Fall Book Tag: Mischenko at ReadRantRock&Roll and Claire at Brizzlelass Books. I decided to focus only on books I’ve read this year cause I imagine I may get tagged in this next year and I’ll have a new set of books to recommend (beg you to read) by then. 😉

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Ferromancer by Becca Andre. First book in her new series and its set in a time where canals were the main mode of transportation for manufacturing businesses. There’s also a super freaking cool character named Lock who’s an iron pocket watch that can transform into a little iron dragon! If you like steampunk elements in a fantasy novel, you have to check this book out!

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Gotta go with Wildfire by Ilona Andrews. I pray that they continue this series because it’s ridiculously good.

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Definitely Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh. I can’t tell you how much I swooned and melted into a puddle of emotions while reading this book because Raphael and Elena…. ❤️❤️😍

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Besides Ferromancer that has all the colors in it, I’ll have to go with Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. Great intro book into a very long space opera series.

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This year there were many but in order for me to not repeat authors, I’m going to go with A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. So much stuff goes down in that massive 700 page book that it’ll leave you in a bit of awe.

Yay for Autumn! I hope you enjoyed this tag. I’m only going to tag a couple people but feel free to do this tag if you haven’t already: Lana, Noriko, Orangutan, Patty

Have you read any of these books before? Do any of them look interesting to you? Let me know in the comments below!

Facebook Friday 10/20/17

Anyone else feel like October flew by in a blink of time?? But…

It’s Facebook Friday!!

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 I did not share any memes. None of them made me laugh enough to share. However, I did share two videos and a picture of my own so here we go.

The first video I shared came from The Dodo page and it was this guy who was on a hike and found a little lamb that was lost. After seeing so much negativity in the news, this video warmed my heart and restored my faith in humanity:

The following day I shared another video that I thought was pretty cool. I don’t know how much you follow Google searches but they have what’s called Google Doodles almost everyday. They usually celebrate a holiday, a season, a person, etc etc. On October 17th the Google Doodle celebrated Selena Quintanilla. Now when I saw the name, I had no idea that that was THE Selena’s last name until I played the doodle and it was one of her iconic songs “Bidi, bidi bom bom”. The funniest part was my husband was watching it with me and was like, “That’s not Selena Gomez”. And I just looked at him like……. no, it’s THE Selena. The BEST Selena. Selena Gomez got nothing on Selena. Then I caught him humming the tune later, hahaha. If you haven’t heard it before, give it a listen. It’s quite catchy and she was an amazing individual when she lived:

Lastly, I shared a picture of my sleepy, cute jerk last night signalling that it was late and time for bed:

That’s it for Facebook Friday. Did you see anything interesting in your social medias this week? Let me know in the comments below and have a wonderful weekend everyone!

The Playlist Shuffle Tag

I was so graciously tagged by Claire at Brizzlelass Books for this fun award! If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you should. She’s an avid book blogger who is very engaging with her audience and a cool person. 🙂 So here’s the thing. I have amassed quite an MP3 collection over the years in my Google Play music account and I used to put it on shuffle while driving to and from work. But then my husband bought Tidal and now I just listen to whole albums or NPR on the way to work and Pandora at work. So I went into said Google Play account and hit the shuffle button to see what happens. Here are the rules and following those are my songs chosen by a robot.

The Rules

  • Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating).
  • Tag 10 others to do it as well.

Beyonce – End of Time

I am a Beyonce fan. Mostly of her newer stuff from the album 4 and newer. Her songs are so upbeat! This was actually my “omg we were just pronounced married!” walk back down the aisle song. I know its called something else but the name is eluding me at this moment.

The Sleeping – Don’t Hold Back

I am not ashamed to admit that I learned this song from playing Guitar Hero 3 back in the day. I didn’t have much of a rock background before guitar playing video games so this is a time that I thank video games for expanding my horizons.

Void of a Legend – Triptyq (Antoniette Costa and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola

If you like acapella, cello and beatboxing combined, you’ll love this track!

Killswitch Engage – My Curse

Guitar Hero 3 and you had to unlock a certain amount of levels in order to be able to play this song! (Also, the main singer is a black man, whaaat!)

Sia – One Million Bullets

I adore Sia. She is so underrated.

Michael Jackson – Remember the Time

If you have not seen this video, you should watch it. Just once! And then imagine me doing the same dances the “Egyptians” are doing because everytime I hear this song I get up and I mostly do them, hahaha. I mean it’s MJ! You can’t not dance when you hear MJ.

Donna Burke – Kaze No Ne

So this apparently came off of a Final Fantasy video game but I learned about it from a random CD mix a friend used to send me back in the day and I love this woman’s voice.

Tracy Chapman – Fast Car

Classic. So many covers of this song on singing competitions.

Gorillaz – Kids With Guns

I mean it doesn’t get any more varied than Gorillaz

Rush – YYZ

Guitar Hero 2….. Hey! I went from not having any hand eye coordination to playing on expert! And yes, we played Rock Band too and still do on occasion if you were wondering.


I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did cause man it’s been a while since I’ve done that. We’re lucky we didn’t get some Disney tunes this round cause trust me I have a least two Disney soundtracks in that shuffle 😉 . Now I’m thinking of listening on my way home and see what else I have in there! Isn’t it so cool how many songs you have memorized? I feel like if my entire schooling and work career were taught using song, I’d be a genius.

Oh yeah! Tagging people! Umm….

I’m lazy. If you feel like doing this tag go for it! Link me back. I would love to know your musical tastes!

Have you heard anything off my list? If you haven’t and deigned to listen to a couple tracks, did you like what you heard? Let me know in the comments below!

Facebook Friday 10/13/17

Hey, Hey! It’s Facebook Friday!! It’s also Friday the 13th so don’t go walking under ladders or breaking mirrors or you’ll get 7 years bad luck! I walked under a tow motor though.. hmm does that count??

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.

I shared two memes this week. One on Facebook and one on my personal Twitter (which we can be friends if you want, just let me know). The first meme was from one of those Facebook memories. I posted this 3 years ago this week and I think it still applies:

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The other meme I shared on Twitter was originally posted by Goodreads’ Twitter that I retweeted cause this is something that literally always happens to me:

 

Now for the video. I shared two videos. One on my page and one in a private message. A friend and I were discussing acapella music or music that makes your brain freeze up because it’s so amazing and I shared to her one Pentatonix song that makes my head explode. It’s called “Run To You” and its a pretty slow song but there’s one part that won’t ever allow me to skip this song if it appears on any playlist:

My favorite lyrics of this song are:

I will break down the gates of heaven; A thousand angels stand waiting for me.

Oh, take my heart and I’ll lay down my weapons; Break my shackles and set me free.

I can barely write this post without listening to this song again! I mean those lyrics combined with their harmonics literally breaks me for about 30 seconds.

Lastly, I didn’t share a picture this week. I did take a cool book quiz though. It’s called “Which book genre are you?” If you would like to take the quiz, click here. My result was Science Fiction (spot on!) and this is the description:

That’s it from social media this week! Did you see anything interesting in your social circles? Do you like acapella music? Did you take the book genre quiz and if so, which book genre are you? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

Facebook Friday 10/6/17

Hey, Hey! It’s Facebook Friday!!

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.

Going through my feed this week, I did not share a meme, however, my coworker tagged me in one with the comment: “Thank goodness for Chanel. She alone is changing those stats.”

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Now to give you a bit of back story.. Last Friday I went to a book sale with one of my closest friends because she knows how much I love book sales (apparently she’s learning a lot from my bookish habits). This sale happened to be a library sale and it happened to be bag day. Bag day at a library sale is exactly what it sounds like. You pay a flat price for a bag, usually between $1-$5 and you fill the bag with however many books you can fit in it. It’s super awesome. Anyway, I go to quite a few throughout the year and one bag sale I went to I told John, my favorite old man in the plant, that I’d get him a book. At first he was adamant that I not do so and he wouldn’t say why. I just kept saying, it’s fine. I’ll grab you a fun one.

He finally confessed to me that he can’t read well. He’s 60 years old and he seemed to have felt a little self conscious about that. But I didn’t bat an eyelash, and told him that it was okay and that I would just get him a picture book. Well, he still told me no. I went to the sale and got a ton of books for myself and my coworker but didn’t get a book for him. I go to work the next day and he asks me if I got him a book and I told him that I didn’t because he was so adamant against it. He told me he thought I would surprise him and do it anyway so I told him next time, it was a done deal. The sale I went to last Friday, I got him a really cool picture book that talked about the Earth and it’s animals and it even had a cat in it, which is is favorite! Long story, I know. But this, I believe, is what spurred my coworker to tag me in this meme.

Next, I shared 3 videos on Facebook this week. I think I’m going to share two of them since I did not share a picture of my own and they are both pretty fun in my opinion.

The first video made me smile huge because this woman is just fantastic in her interaction with this hot cop:

The second video I shared as well because I have a weakness for watching men dance and when you put a bunch of them together doing a line dance I’ve never seen before, creating their own variations in between, and come from a bunch of different backgrounds, I just become a super fan! Plus who doesn’t love to dance and smile at the same time?!


That’s it for Facebook Friday! I hope I’ve brought a smile to all your beautiful faces today. Did you see anything interesting in your social media this week? Let me know in the comments below and have a great weekend everyone!

Emperor’s New Clothes Tag

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My favorite monkey has tagged me in her new debut, awesomesauce tag! It’s pretty self explanatory so here we go:

“Your Majesty, this is a magic suit” – An Overhyped Book That Promised to be *Something More*  

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The entire Twilight Series. I only read it because it was hyped up so much. I enjoyed the first book but that was the beginning and end of Twilight for me. And I won’t even get started on the movies. I still don’t know why I watched them; probably the hypeness.

“Somebody send for the Queen” – A Love Interest That Wasn’t Called For

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In the Tiger’s Quest books, having Kelsey get into a love triangle with both brothers wasn’t necessary. In a series so rich in culture and plot, it was ruined by her wishy washiness about them.

“The doublet is a lovely shade of green” – A Book That Seduced You with Its Cover (that you ended up disliking)

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Eternal by Kristi Cook. It was the 3rd book in the trilogy and I enjoyed the first two well enough and I loved all the cover art with their vibrant colors and minimalism but that third book was awful! It was one of those build you up only to completely let you down. Oh, my best friend and I were so disappointed!

“Summon the court to convene” – A Book Where You Were Swayed by Public Opinion

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On the Edge by Ilona Andrews. I read it because all Andrews fans love everything they write, including me but this book just did not do it for me. I made it through the first book rating it 3 stars but I did not continue with it nor do I plan to despite the ratings.

“Look at the the King! Look at the King, the King, the King!” – A Stark Raving Mad Book That Just Boggles the Mind

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Gonna have to go with The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. Can you believe I read this book in high school?? If you weren’t afraid of diseases before, you will by the end of this book. The craziest part for me is that it was based on a true story. I can’t even say “man that author thought up some crazy shit” cause it was partially real….

“It’s altogether the very least the King has ever worn” – A Tropey Get Up You’ve Seen Before That Probably Needs Redressing (aka a trope you’re bored with seeing)

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The rich guy or girl who is spoiled and whiny and has the “woe is me” outlook on the world but then ends up getting the girl/guy next door and salvaging the mess some older relative left behind before they died (or were murdered) aka The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward. Been there, done that, didn’t work for me this round.

“Summon the court physician! Call an intermission!” – A Book That Needs Medical Attention AKA A REWRITE

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Haha, I’d have to go with Fifty Shades of Grey here. I know we see this book pop up on ugly lists a lot but the series at least needs grammatical resuscitation before complete plastic surgery.

“It’s altogether the very least the King has ever worn” – There’s No Hiding For This One: A Book That Is Just Nakedly Bad

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I had to consult Goodreads on this one so I avoid saying Fifty Shades again and I’d have to say Forbidden Blood by Kristen Painter. I don’t remember why it was bad but I rated it a one star and didn’t read the rest of the series.

Bonus: “His majesty is wide open to ridicule and scorn”- Something (anything) That Astounds You With Its Popularity

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I’m probably going to get some crazy flack for this but I’m going to have to say The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve never read the books mostly because the story idea just never appealed to me but I’ve seen 2 of the movies with my husband and we just weren’t impressed. It could have been bad acting but we can overlook that when there’s a good story (I mean just watch John Wick, haha). I’m just not seeing what everyone else is seeing but I also attribute to not being super into the dystopian genre in general as well. Maybe that’ll change one day? Who knows.


Thanks for tagging me orangutan! I quite enjoyed this tag and I hope you as well as everyone else enjoys my answers! I may have given you books you may want to read (READ THE HOT ZONE *cough*) or I may have just given you a ton of books you’ll want to avoid.

In any case, I tag:

Mischenko, Lana, Patty, Susan, Des, Hsimone, Brizzlelass, Dani

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I had a great idea for a post this morning but I need more time than I have right now to really write it up into something brilliant. Instead, because it is Monday and I have to post something, here’s a throwback video that always makes me smile and even laugh a bit especially in times of sadness like the world has been consistently experiencing lately. Please take two minutes and enjoy Harry Potter Puppet Pals and I’m sorrynotsorry if this gets stuck in your head today. 😉 (P.S. If you’ve seen this already, watch it again because you need it!)

Facebook Friday 9/29/17

Hey, Hey! It’s Facebook Friday!!

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.

Good morning my lovelies! Or evening depending on where you are in the world. It’s starting to feel like Fall here in Northeast Ohio. Our 90° did a 360 and now it’s a freezing 60°! Well not freezing but when you go from hot to cool really fast, it’s a bit of a shock.

Anyway, on to the social bits! This meme actually comes from the Twitter world. I did share a Facebook meme but it may or may not offend so I think this meme is more appropriate for the blog. This applies to us all! Especially all of you who are MUCH more creative in your writing skills than I am:

Next, I found a video that I found really quite unique and amazing. If you’ve ever seen Phantom of the Opera, you’ll definitely recognize the modern twist on this song. Plus, can we just admire how talented these two are???

Modern movie reboot anyone?

I also shared the video tribute/salute to the TV show Scandal because it showed just how much it impacted their audience in 6th seasons and it’s so sad that this is the final one!! I teared up a little, I can’t deny. (I’m such an emotional sucker 😉)

Lastly, I shared my own photo that I took from my sunroof yesterday morning while driving to work. I just happened to look up while sitting at a red light and quickly snapped a picture:

That’s it for social media this week! Did you see anything interesting or fun in your social feeds this week? Let me know in the comments below!

(P.S. As much as I like the theme that I have, I’m changing it over the course of the weekend. It will look similar but the biggest difference is the typography will be a lot more readable. If you experience issues accessing my site or with commenting, just shoot me a message via the contact form or through social media if you’re friends with me there. Thanks!)