Growing Self Award

I recently decided not to post on the weekends because I’m so behind on my Goodreads challenge I figured I’d be able to devote more time to reading if I cut back on my posting. I still interact and read all of your posts, I just don’t post any of my own. I’ve been nominated for quite a few awards over the past few weeks. I’m also behind on those and I want to say I apologize for that and admit that I’m probably not going to catch up on them if they aren’t book related (please don’t hate me).

Duck Song

I’m pretty much drawing a blank today. All I’m trying to not think about is how the world is turning into one big ball of hate and depression from events in America to Sierra Leone. So, instead of talking about those things, and making it worse (cause my opinions aren’t nice), I’m going to share this video that makes me laugh like a maniac because laughter is the best medicine.

Skills Set

I was thinking about what I wanted to write about today and I keep thinking about my skills sets. My husband and I watched this episode of Black Mirror last night. The premise of the episode was that all humans are rated on a five star scale; kind of like when you leave a restaurant or book review. Each person you encountered was rated based on the experience you had with them. The higher your rating the more you could get in life. For example, the main character was looking to move into this prestigious housing complex but in order to pay a discounted price, her star rating had to be 4.5 and above. At the time, her rating was only a 4.2 so she would go around the neighborhood interacting in a friendly way with people in order to get a boost in her ratings. She would also post happy go lucky pictures on her feed to get people to give her more 5 star ratings.

Eye Candy

I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to write about today but thanks to the lovely Peela, I got some inspiration in a round about way during our conversation.You can probably get a little bit of an idea where this post is going based off the title but here we go.

Do you ever watch a show purely based on who’s in it, specifically who’s hot that’s in it? Or do you start watching a show and even if it’s terribad, you continue to watch it because of the eye candy?

Try Before You… Wait What?

I try to take a lunch to work every day. Usually it doesn’t happen because I’m the type who likes to sleep as long as possible before getting out of bed. I have the brush teeth, shower, get dressed routine down in 20 minutes before I have to be out the door to get to work on time. Most days, unless some leftovers are packed form the night before, I’m getting lunch from somewhere.

Ode To This Tree

I love nature. I really do. I love animals and their habitats and humans are evil for destroying them and all that. You all know I love all things nature??

So believe me when I say it breaks my heart that one of these days, this tree is coming down.

Our house was built in 1950. You can tell the whole block used to be a forest because there are trees and tree stumps everywhere. In our yard alone, there are 4 of these beauties. I love trees, I really do. They bring all kinds of wholesome, clean oxygen to our air thanks to all that photosynthesizing they do. They also bring shade from the burning sun. Our house doesn’t have air conditioning (yet) but thanks to these trees, the house stays relatively cool because of the wonderful canopy cover.

By Popular Request/Demand

As you all know, I have an addiction. I freely admit that this addiction will never die and it’s the best kind of addiction one could have. My name is Nel and I’m a bookaholic. That’s right. I live to read. I often stay up way past my bedtime to read. I take my reading responsibility very seriously to the point where I’ve decided not to post on the weekends because I want to focus on catching up on my Goodreads challenge. I’ve committed to reading 100 books this year which is 17 more than I read last year and, because I love torture, I’ve made it so that I can only read books I’ve never read before in an attempt to discover new authors. I’m dedicated!

Product Junkie

I was going through my morning routine this morning and realized that I have a ridiculous amount of hair and body products and I don’t even remember when I got half of them.

I’m the type of girl that is too cheap to pay for a salon to do my hair. I’ve probably walked into a salon maybe twice my whole life and both times, all the stylists wanted to do is straighten my hair.

Tea Enthusiast

Today’s post is brought to you by my wonderful husband. The daily prompt word is tea and in the past few months or so, my husband has learned a great deal about different aspects of tea that I would like to share with you today.

I’m not a tea expert but an enthusiast.

First thing to note is tea can be made out of a lot of different things. Leaves, pine needles, etc. We are just going to focus on the tea leaf. There are many different types of tea. As I know it, they are all derived from the same plant. The four types I’m going to focus on are white, green, oolong and black tea. The difference between these four is how old the leaf is, how oxidized it is and how long it’s roasted. Other factors include geographical location and the altitude where the tea is grown.