African Penguin

When you think of Africa, it’s not normally associated with penguins; at least not in my mind. Penguins are usually associated with snow and cold somewhere. But today’s endangered animal comes hails straight from the coastal waters of Namibia and South Africa where they are endemic. The African Penguin is known by other names such as Black-footed penguin and Jackass Penguin; the latter of which is because of the sound of their braying call which sounds very much like a donkey.

penguin-447714_640Like most other genus of penguin, these have the black and white tuxedo look. They are quite tiny in size — weighing about 4-11 pounds (2-5 kilograms) as adults. They also have wings but they don’t fly in the air; they “fly” (glide) really well in the water. Mature adults have pale pink around their eyes. Their diet consists of mostly fish including: anchovies, sardines and herring but they have been know to eat squid and other shellfish. African penguins can stay underwater for about two and a half minutes before it needs to come up for air which is why its wings are specialized in such a way that allows the penguin to swim very fast.

African penguins dig their own nesting burrows to lay eggs in. The nests usually consist of sand or guano, which, if you don’t know what guano is, I’ll tell you; it’s seabird poop. Back in the 19th century, humans were guano crazy because it’s such a rich mixture of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium that it makes very good fertilizer. It’s also a good place to incubate eggs for African penguins. A pair of African penguins are monogamous and they actually share nesting duties such as incubation. When a female lays her clutch, the offspring hatches about 30 days later. African penguins don’t reach sexual maturity until about 4 years old and can live anywhere between 10 to 25 years in the wild.african-penguin-3242888_640

African penguins are marked as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and have been that way since 2010. Population decline has been quite rapid. For example, in 1978 there were a little over 12,000 pairs in Namibia but by 2015 there were only a little over 5,000 pairs. Same for South Africa. In the 1970s there were 70,000 pairs but by 2015 there were only a little over 19,000 pairs. These are huge decreases and they’re still steadily declining. Today there are about 50,000 total individuals between Namibia and South Africa.

The major threats to this species are competition with commercial fisheries, the decrease in guano, oil spills, and in the early 20th century it was due to egg stealing. Because a combination of all of these things, African penguins have had to work harder to find food to raise their chicks, have nests out in the open instead of burrows or deal harshly with human disturbance. Conservation efforts are underway. Seabirds and their guano are strictly protected, all penguins are rehabilitated when oil spills occur, fiberglass igloo burrows have been installed around colonies so the penguins have a safe place to nest, and there are marine “no-take” zones in some parts of the ocean to combat competition against commercial fisheries.

If after reading this you decide you would like to donate to help save the African Penguin, check out The South African Foundation for the Conservation of Sea Birds (SANCCOB) and adopt a penguin!

(Sources: IUCN, OurEndangeredWorld)

Half Priced Books

Yesterday I spoke a bit about spring cleaning and one of those cleanings involved going through my books and sorting out ones I either know I never read or I found something out about an author (coughtheyareracistcough) that made me want to give away all their books that I own. This ended up with me having 2 bags full of books. If you’re new to my blog, I’m not a book blogger but I am an avid reader. I probably have about 400 physical books in my house because I constantly go to library sales when I can or I visit Half Price Books, the latter of which I want to talk to you about today cause this store isn’t everywhere.

The closest one to me is about a 40 minute drive North. I remember when I first realized that there was one in the vicinity of NorthEast Ohio and got super excited to go. Believe me when I say it’s pretty amazing. The concept of the place is every book and even DVD, manga, game, journal, etc that you buy is half the price of what the publisher printed on the book jacket. For hardcovers, that logic sometimes applies and sometimes it’s an even better deal because a hardcover can be $30 and Half Price will sell it for like $9.99. Suffice to say, it’s quite easy to get stuck in this store for hours at a time. They also have a counter set up where they will buy your books from you. The less often they see books come across the desk, the more money you’ll get. For example, I took The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown up there and it got pennies because they see this book all the time so it’s not really worth a lot. But if you bring in a popular book, for example, a book by Ilona Andrews, it’s worth more because I personally have never seen an Ilona Andrews in Half Price Books. She’s just a hot author and the books just don’t stay on the shelves long enough once they’re brought in.

Anyway, here are a couple pictures I took to give you an idea of what this awesome book store looks like inside:

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Pretty awesome right? Great way to feed an addiction at half the cost 😉 . And majority of the books are in great condition!


Do you have a favorite book store by you that you go to that has awesome deals such as this one? How do you feel about book buying addictions? Not necessarily a bad one to have eh? Let me know in the comments below!

Life Shenanigans

Normally I have time to go through WordPress over the weekend and blog hop and comment and what not. This weekend, that was completely not an option in any capacity. You see, that floor project I discussed a few posts ago commences today and because we always like to be ahead of the game, we prepared the room the contractor would be working in ahead of time so he wouldn’t have to; that means, we moved all the furniture out. And when I say “we”, I mean my husband because I’m not allowed to lift more than 25 pounds being 7 months pregnant and all.

Basically our plan of attack was to clean out closets first and do a bit of spring cleaning. We’ve only been living in this house for a little under 2 years and we came from a one bedroom apartment to a three bedroom house so we’ve accumulated a bit of stuff in that time. You never really realize how much stuff you have though until you go through it all for a big house project. We ended up donating 4 trash bags full of clothing and 1 trash bag of shoes between the both of us and on top of that, got rid of 2 bags of books I knew I’d never read, a 29 gallon bowfront fish tank and a cat tree. The cat tree is the only thing that went to the trash. Then I gave away some odds and ends to my mother in law because she was homeless before and now has her own apartment to accumulate stuff in. We were also fortunate that she came over because she was able to help my husband move some of the big stuff while I just took the small stuff upstairs or relocated it to a temporary spot for the time being.

By the time it was all said and done, we had our dining room and bedroom cleared of furniture (except the bed; that will be moved during the project) and our living room full of furniture that needs two people to move. However, the poor pets are in a sad panda state at the moment. My turtle’s tank had to be drained in order for it to be mobile so he’s sitting in about 3 inches of water for the time being and the cats are locked in a room upstairs until the project is finished. Milliardo is most especially not amused:

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I hope to share some before and after pictures with you all at a later date but for now it looks like it’s gonna be a Wendy’s kind of week (not that I’m complaining!). I hope you all had less exhausting weekends than I did.

Have you done any spring cleaning yet? If you have, are you surprised at the amount of stuff you accumulated over the years? Got any big projects coming up? Let me know in the comments below!

Facebook Friday 4/13/18

Hey, hey! It’s Facebook Friday!

It’s also Friday the 13th. Black cats are cool though so don’t be that superstitious but I’d avoid walking under ladders and breaking glass if you can help it. 😉 This was quite an interesting week weather wise in my neck of the woods. It started out in the 30s, Monday and Tuesday and then Wednesday we got all 4 seasons in one day. It started out a warm, sunny 50° F and then dropped to where it was cold enough to start snowing. The snow then turned to hail and the hail into rain followed by 50mph winds. All we were waiting for at that point was a tornado and an earthquake and we would have been set. Yesterday was a nice and toasty 75°F and I actually had to switch my car to AC from heat and this morning it’s a nice and breezy 65°F but it’s supposed to go back to being cold next week. Boo.

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 went into this post today thinking I didn’t share any memes on any platform but I actually did share a meme on my personal Twitter. It’s quite cool too! It’s showing the evolution of the alphabet from ancient symbols to English:

Pretty cool right?

As for the video, this was also shared through Twitter. My husband actually saw it on his Twitter first and I laughed so hard I almost peed so I told him to share it to me:

If you’ve never heard this song, it’s okay because the whole point is just me imagining someone listening to their dryer making weird noises and starts bopping their head to the beat because it sounds like an actual song, bahahahaha.

Lastly, I shared a picture of an inspirational message from my new favorite yogurt:

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And, I didn’t share this picture, but I took it extra special for my buddy Cim. Cim, I got Wendy’s that same day thanks to our comment thread and it was glorious. 😉

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That’s it this week for Facebook Friday. Did you see anything fun or interesting in your social medias this week? Are you having stupid crazy weather in your area too?? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a great weekend everyone and see you Monday!

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Can You Hear Them?

Mixing it up today since my two previous posts were a little heavy. I want to lighthearted today and talk about music. Have you ever listened to a song and was drawn in not only by the main singer but also the backup vocalist(s)? It has recently come to my attention that a song I’ve listened to at least 10 times features a backup singer and I didn’t even realize it til I listened closely! Most songs that have an underlying singer included is usually listed as “Jack ft. Jill” and then you know Jill is in the song. However, there are a few songs that don’t say that even though Jill is still in the background and I wanted to share a couple that I’ve noticed to see if you hear them as well.

First, I want to start by saying, there are a lot of songs that feature the artists themselves as the background harmonics. Basically the recorded the song in three different tones of their own voice and then merged them together to create the song. An example of this is the song Miss You by Beyonce:

If you don’t want to listen to the whole song, skip ahead to 0:52, this is when you start to hear the harmony of her own making.

Now, the next couple songs I share are not the same person doing their own vocals for the song. These feature artists who are credited on album track lists in the tiny print but not credited at the forefront because most people don’t even hear them or they do and just assume its like a choir or, like above, the singer channeling a different note themselves. My first example comes from artist Jessie Ware and her song Say You Love Me:

Again, if you don’t want to listen to the whole thing, skip ahead to 0:40 because that’s when the background vocals kick in. The voice behind those vocals is actually Ed Sheeran. So of course I’ve heard this a million times and didn’t hear it but once you hear it, you can’t unhear it and it actually makes the song even better for me because I’m an Ed Sheeran fan.

Here’s another one by Phil Collins called True Colors:

At 0:40 the background vocals kick in and for all intents and purposes, it sounds like a different vocal range of Phil Collins himself. It’s not til you get further along into the song that you realize, that’s someone else. He’s not listed and he’s not in the music video but the background vocalist for this song is actually Babyface.

In this next one, the background vocalist is quite obviously different from the main singer, Amy Lee. However, I was so drawn in by his vocal harmony that I wanted to know who the singer was. There’s a lot of conflicting answers on the web because it is a member of the group but the question is which one. The song is Anywhere by Evanescence:

Some people say it’s Ben Moody. Other’s say it’s David Hodges. I don’t know but his voice is beautiful. Let me know in the comments if you’ve hears this and know.

Lastly, I wanted to share an acapella video because what better way to hear a variety of vocal tones then to listen to a song with simply voices and no instruments? I’ve heard the studio version of this next song many times and I always thought I had the voices pegged out for each part. However, recently I found out I was wrong and the one who usually beatboxes or has his voice overpowered by the others actually stands out more than I ever imagined until I saw this live performance. The song here is Run to You by Pentatonix (PTX):

For the first 2 and a half minutes, it’s all of them in harmony but once you  hit 2:48, this is where things get interesting. Kevin, who is the last guy on the right, is usually drowned out by the other 4 in mostly all song because again, he normally beatboxes instead of sings but in this one his voice stands out like a siren and it gives me chills because I always thought it was one of the other ones who broke off at that part to sing with Kiersty and he was just background humming or something. Gives me goosebumps, man.


I know this is a lot of videos and if you listen to all of them, you’re pretty fantastic. Have you ever noticed a background vocalist that you thought was just the artist but turned out to be someone else? Share your examples in the comments below and let me know what if you like any of these songs/artists.

Balance

Recently there’s been a lot of talk in my world about jobs and what people sign up for when they take on a job. For example, I heard a story on the radio this morning about special needs teachers and their preparedness for anything that could possibly happen while teaching the students. I won’t get into the super details but the story involved a teacher who I believed grossly overreacted to a situation she encountered with an autistic student. It got me thinking about my own experiences with jobs I’ve had and jobs my friends have had and I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the matter today.

With everything there are positives and there are negatives. I believe the way in which we handle these occurrences head on is what makes us either better or worse individuals. I’m sure anyone would love to live in a world where ignorance is bliss. In fact the entirety of that quote is “ignorance is bliss; knowledge is misery”. It’s usually equated to a child vs. a grown up. As children (hopefully) we live in this blissful world where nothing affects us much except for the next time we get to play our favorite game or go outside or hang out with our cousins. We aren’t thinking about the real world. Then there’s that point in life where you have to deal with those facts because it either creeps up on you too soon or it’s around the corner waiting to creep up on you eventually. We all have to grow up and be adults even if we don’t want to.

The “knowledge is misery” part of the quote quite fascinated me because I happen to think knowledge is an essential part of life. Most people are thirsty for knowledge instead of viewing it as something miserable. For example, I don’t want to know about politics but I still pay attention because I want to be prepared for anything that occurs in this country that may or may not affect me and my loved ones in some way.

Circling back to the bit about jobs, I feel like when you sign up for a particular job, you have to know what to expect going in. For example if you’re an artist of some sort: writer, movie director, music producer, painter, you have to know going in that when you release your art to the world that there are going to be some who absolutely love it and some who absolutely hate it. Now, I am none of those things but I feel like on some level you have to know what to expect and how to handle what gets thrown at you in any form. Obviously you are going to praise the ones who give you glowing reviews but should you ignore the ones who don’t or worse, call them all trolls or put them down? I don’t think that’s right. If anything, you’d learn from every bit of feedback or critique you receive so that you have a better direction going forward; learn how to to turn a negative into something that can strengthen you and your fan base so that you don’t lose anyone, including the negative Nancies because there is always that possibility that they’ll still support you and even like future works even if this one flopped for them.

Another example, and this is personal experience, is being a manager. Being promoted is a great feeling but with it comes great responsibility and one of those things is the ability to handle a rude customer. First you have have to acknowledge that it’s not a personal attack at you. The person may be having a shitty day. Such is life. Then you have to strive to fulfill their needs as best you can without making it worse than it already is. Now are there some customers who are just rude out the gate? Absolutely. Even so, there are methods in which you can handle the situation that could potentially open their eyes to their own behavior and get them to calm down. Is this a perfect be all end all method? Of course not. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction, I’d say.

One last example is having that tough conversation with an employee who is just not doing what they are supposed to do. I don’t want them to think I’m personally attacking them because they are not doing a great job lately but I also want to make it clear that it’s not going to be tolerated either. Sitting them down one on one and going through what I see and trying to get to the root of what’s going on so that we can figure out how best to proceed going forward is usually the best route. Again, is it foolproof? Absolutely not and sometimes it ends more badly than you wanted it to but sometimes that’s just the right route.

I think life is all about balance. You need to make mistakes and fail to become a better, well rounded person. Sometimes our emotions dictate our actions before we fully comprehended what happened later but if you have the ability to acknowledge that and correct it either in the now or in the future, I think that makes a good recipe for greatness.

What do you think about balancing positives with negatives in life? Do you agree about jobs and what to expect when you take a specific job on? Any examples you want to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Own It

I was talking to my amazing, magnificent friend over the weekend as we usually do and we got on the subject of honesty. We discussed it in the form of book reviews but, like I usually do, I went off on a slight tangent about this particular subject and one of the first lessons I plan to teach my child in the future.

When you achieve something great or are rewarded for a job well done, how do you normally feel? You feel amazing; on top of the world. Then you want to tell everyone you know so they can feel wonderful with you. You are owning your greatness in that moment. You earned it, it was well deserved and you want to flaunt it. That’s a natural reaction to a positive experience right?

So why is it that when a person does something wrong, instead of owning their mistake, they blame everything else under the sun? Or, even worse, flip the tables to make it seem like the other party was delusional in their assessment of the situation because there is just no way you could be wrong even though you KNOW (because trust me, you know) that you were part of the wrong or even fully responsible for it?

Speaking from experience, I understand how easily it is to tell a little white lie when you don’t want to feel the wrath of another person. I truly get it, I do. But I learned over time that that literally makes things 1000 times worse because something so small that I could have owned up to in the beginning ends up getting blown out of proportion and multiple parties end up hurt. Then instead of just one person you have to apologize to, there are many and from there, people’s trust meter of you has faltered a bit.

Losing someone’s trust or even confidence in your own ability to take and receive information is one of the worst feelings. I personally own up to everything I say. If someone asks me for an honest opinion about something, they better be prepared to hear an honest answer. I’m not one for sugarcoating especially when I made the mistake. It’s quite easy to say “That was totally my fault, I’m sorry” or “My bad, I messed up or misinterpreted what you said” to avoid a total explosion of unnecessary drama. Now if I didn’t do it or say it, I definitely won’t take the blame.

When I worked as a manager in retail, this concept was something I pretty much drilled into my staff. If you messed up, seriously, it’s okay. Just tell me so we can fix it together and then you’ll know how better to handle the situation the next time. If you lie to me, I will find out so let’s not waste time. Now, is there times when things should be tactfully said? Sure. But that is one reason why I always lead in with something like “I mean no disrespect but…” and then lay it all out. That way the receiver is already prepared for what I’m about to drop on them but I also hope it makes them feel comfortable enough to do the same for me in return because who doesn’t want 100% honesty all the time?

At the end of the day, I know I can’t make people change. Some people are so good at lying or being two faced that that is their natural instinct. It just sucks for the rest of us who have to figure that out further along in a friendship or relationship instead of right up front. The world would truly be a better place if people owned up to all of their judgments instead of just some of them and not only that, be able to take information, even if it’s information they don’t like, gracefully. That’s the very definition of being an adult wouldn’t you say?

I’m quite interested in what you all think on this topic. Let me know in the comments below and feel free to share experiences of your own if you feel comfortable. 🙂

Facebook Friday 4/6/18

Hey, hey it’s Facebook Friday!

I apologize for not posting the last two days. Wednesday I just had mush for brains. I attribute it to the weather because it snowed the entire day. Spring is looking farther and farther away. So sad especially considering my birthday is next month and I’ve never had snow on my birthday that I can remember so cross your fingers we kick this cold! And then yesterday I spent half the morning at the OB because I had to do an hour long glucose test. For those that don’t know, that’s where they make you drink a small bottle of this orange syrup, sit for an hour, and then draw your blood so they can test your blood sugar. It’s all related to diabetes. I don’t have it but babies in the womb could possibly develop it. I also got a TDAP shot which is tetnaus and whooping cough so now I can’t lift my arm to shoulder height cause it just hurts today. Joy.

On a happier note, I went to Wendy’s yesterday and it was glorious because I haven’t had Wendy’s in weeks since mine burned down and the next closest one is out of my way. Chicken nuggets are the best!

Anyway, this Facebook Friday is going to be a special edition because it’s basically an exclusive to you my lovely WordPress followers. I did not post anything to social media at all this week in the ways of memes, pictures or videos. I didn’t even realize I didn’t until I looked and saw that Friday was coming up and I had nothing from Facebook or Twitter. However, a few followers (looking at you Susan 😉 ) have been wanting to see my pregnant belly. My mother bugs me for a picture every month so I thought today I’d share that picture for you all but in black and white cause I’m a tiny bit self conscious about being so round especially considering this is the biggest  I’ve ever been in my entire life. But before we get to the picture, I took a quick video clip of baby’s heartbeat while I was at the doctor. You’ll have to turn your volume up to hear it real good but if you ever wondered what it sounds like when you’re sharing a body, that’s not from TV, here you go:

That’s 150 beats per minute. To give you an idea, average adult resting heart rate is only 60-100 beats per minute. Smaller the heart, faster it beats. Larger the heart slower it beats. Fascinating stuff.

Following that, here’s the little body snatcher from the outside. I’m currently 26 weeks and some change. About 2 and a half more months to go:

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So there you have it. Life information dump for extra special exclusive Facebook Friday, baby edition. I hope you all had a wonderful week and if you saw anything cool in your social medias this week, let me know in the comments below!

Have a great weekend and see you Monday! 🙂

Why I Like Social Media

I was debating whether or not I should write about food today but I have a habit of making everyone hungry every single time so I decided to switch it up this morning and talk about social media. Lately there’s been a big hoopla about how evil social media is these days especially in regards to tragic events and the like. I understand how it can be viewed in a negative light. I mean it’s come a long way since MySpace days where it was very basic and all you had to worry about was exes sending you harassing messages or subjecting yourself to chatrooms to meet new people and smartphones weren’t a thing (man I feel old). Regardless of all these factors however, I’m a huge fan of social media and I wanted to outline a few reasons why.

For the record, I only dabble with Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and YouTube.

Diversity

The number one reason I love social media is it’s diversity. There are so many subjects that I never would have even thought of thinking about if it wasn’t for the many people discussing these things. I follow a lot of animal related pages, cooking pages, book related pages, some of my TV shows, etc etc. The list goes on for a while but I feel like my mind is constantly becoming more open and my tastes are constantly evolving. It’s also great to see other people’s reactions to the same thing I’m viewing to get another way at looking at something. Before social media, it was pretty restricted to what you learned in school and what you physically experienced but now you have the added aspect of virtual experience. You also get to meet different types of people from all around the world and learn about their culture and heritage. WordPress is a great example here and blogging in general because you’re exposed to new and interesting content each day.

Communication

Second reason I love social media is the communication aspect. I was reluctant to get Facebook for the longest time because I was so heavily involved with MySpace and thought it was the best. However, as more of my family joined the platform and I saw how clean and sophisticated it looked, I decided to switch. In the beginning I mainly used it to communicate with cousins and family I didn’t often see. Now I can communicate with pretty much anyone. Its honestly a genius resource regardless of all the negativity it receives. It’s nice when you leave a job and can still have contact with a person you became close with without having to call or text message them constantly. And the amount of control you have is great. There all kinds of settings for how you want your Facebook to operate and I think nowadays, a lot of people don’t take advantage of those so they end up hating it. I have mine set to Private and only Friends can see what I post; not friends of friends and the general public can only see a very basic profile from the outside. There is also that wonderful block button and unfriend/unfollow button whenever you need it. Same goes for Twitter essentially and I love Twitter because who’d ever thought they’d have the ability to speak to their favorite authors or celebrities without writing a letter and pray it gets answered?? I mean that’s just the coolest thing ever.

Learning

Lastly, at least for today, the third thing I love about social media kind of ties with the diversity aspect. I learn a lot each day. For example, last night I watched a cooking video and literally after work went grocery shopping for all the ingredients, went home and proceeded to cook it. Turned out to be a huge success that my husband praised me for and I just felt really great because it was social media that encouraged me to do that. You also learn other cool things like household cleaning hacks, upcoming book and movie releases and even the news. For someone who’s “cut the cord” long before cutting the cord was even a thing, social media is a huge resource in keeping me in the know about what’s going on in the world without having to visit a million news sites. YouTube is especially helpful in DIY videos that help you save money or for me right now, prenatal exercises without having to go out to a gym and paying someone to guide me in these (I’m so cheap).


These are the three big ones for me. I could go on but I don’t want to subject you to reading a super long blog post. How about you? How do you feel about social media? Do you agree with my reasons? Disagree? Have any additional reasons you’d like to add? Let me know in the comments below!

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! 🙂