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What are you questioning?

Ahh, so many things I'm questioning--from large, existential topics to the mundane. What really has me going right now, though, is the national political climate. I'm wondering how it's possible for a legitimate candidate to combat the money machines of big politics. Right now, this shit-show is making me cringe when I have to explain to my students what is going on. They want to know why there are so many candidates running and how the process is going to eliminate them. Unfortunately, money talks and the issues are buried behind personalities. There's too much rhetoric. And too much money.


deciding to not decide...

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What decision do you wish you didn't have to make?

Being a singleton, I have to make alllllllll the decisions. There are times the simple ones (what's for dinner?) tip me over the edge of reason. On the other hand, I don't enjoy being told what to do. So, there's that.

ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is 10 Favorite Song remakes. (Noodling around in the archives)

1) Johnny Cash's version of the U2 song "One"

2) Mary J. Blige's version of the U2 song "One"

3) Eva Cassidy's version of "Songbird," the Christine McVie song

4) Annie Lennox's version of the Paul Simon song "Something So Right"

5) The Red Hot Chili Pepper's version of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground"

6) Aaron Neville's cover of the Van Morrison song "Crazy Love"

7) Jennifer Warnes' cover of Leonard Cohen's "Ain't No Cure For Love"

8) Jeff Buckley's version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

9) Aretha Franklin's cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep"

10) Billy Joel's cover of Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed"


happy day 31

Day 31: Wow! Has this month flown by!

Today's happy comes from a really cute outfit.

september challenge

I found this on Pinterest and thought the prompts were fun. It's from Tami Taylor's 365 Questions. I'll see if I can snag some nifty September icon to use for my posts.

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musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• I’m currently reading…
• Up next I think I’ll read…
• I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
• I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I can’t wait to get a copy of…
• I wish I could read ___, but…
• I blogged about ____ this past week…

This week’s random question: What is your favorite book? (or, one of your favorites!)

It's too hard to choose just one favorite book, so I'll pick my favorite book from 2015: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, I read it in the beginning of the year and I've compared most other books to how much I liked reading it. I enjoyed other books this year, of course, but TGOTT was the one that got my attention!


happy day 30

Day 30: No alarm clock morning!

just finished reading

From the publisher:
Evie Rosen has had enough. She's tired of the partners at her law firm e-mailing her at all hours of the night. The thought of another online date makes her break out in a cold sweat. She's over the clever hashtags and the endless selfies. So when her career hits a surprising roadblock and her heart is crushed by Facebook, Evie decides it's time to put down her smartphone for good. (Beats stowing it in her underwear—she's done that too!)

And that's when she discovers a fresh start for real conversations, fewer distractions, and living in the moment, even if the moments are heartbreakingly difficult. Babies are born; marriages teeter; friendships are tested. Evie just may find love and a new direction when she least expects it, but she also learns that just because you unplug your phone doesn't mean you can unplug from life.

I was afraid that this would turn into a whine-athon of a book, where the main character woes and groans about their shitty plot in life and so forth, but I liked how Evie worked through the situations that she found herself in. Some of the secondary characters could have used a bit more development, like her crazy friends, but others seemed real--like Bette and Jack. Edward was a little too good to be true, but he made my heart pitter-pat for him.

A fun, light chick-lit rom-com. Just what I was in the mood for!

sunday stealing

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Sunday Stealing: Well, I'll Be... Meme

If I were a month, I’d be: September
If I were a day of the week, I’d be: a vacation day
If I were a planet, I’d be: Jupiter
If I were a god or goddess, I’d be: if I was Greek: Eirene, or if Roman: Pax
If I were a sea animal, I’d be: manatee
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be: ottoman
If I were a gemstone, I’d be: moonstone
If I were a flower, I’d be a: peony
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be: a 68 to 75 degree, sunny day with puffy clouds and low wind
If I were a color, I’d be: royal purple
If I were an emotion, I’d be: mellow
If I were a fruit, I’d be a: honeycrisp apple
If I were a sound, I’d be: baby giggles
If I were an element, I’d be: gentle breeze
If I were a place, I’d be: home
If I were a taste, I’d be: sweet but not too sweet
If I were a scent, I’d be: clean laundry
If I were an object, I’d be a: squishy yarn
If I were a body part, I’d be: fingertips
If I were a song, I’d be: catchy, an earworm
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be: comfortable loafers


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.


happy day 29

Day 29: So many happy events today: breakfast with The Breakfast Club, a really cool manicure using colors from the OPI Venice collection, bumping into dear old friends at the grocery store, visiting with my parents--and laughing so hard, and a chat with my Virginia niece. Plus a delicious nap!

saturday 9

Viva la Vida

1) The song refers to the singing of choirs. Have you ever been in a choir or a vocal group? for most of my life I have belonged to a choir or vocal group. This past ten years has been hit or miss, because of my school schedule

2) Chris Martin sings of when he "ruled the world." If you were in charge and had infinite power, what would you change right away? I would heal the ills of the world

3) Chris used to be married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow. USA Today, The Washington Post and The Daily Telegraph have all run articles about how Gwyneth seems to annoy so very many people. What celebrity gets on your nerves? any of the celebutants (those who are famous for being famous)

4) Coldplay's first big hit was, "Yellow." What color are you wearing right now? my shirt is multi-colored

5) Sam remembers when she used to hear this song everywhere and can't believe that was 7 years ago! When is the last time you had a similar "my, how time flies!" moment? I helped my niece move into her Freshman dorm at college--wow!

6) In 2008, when "Viva la Vida" was popular, John Grisham's latest legal thriller, The Appeal, was jumping off bookshelves. What have you read this summer? I was a busy reader this summer: The Curvy Girls Club, The Little Paris Bookshop, All the Bright Places, The Paying Guests, Scents and Sensibility, The Kidney Hypothetical, Geek Girl, Murder on a Girls' Night Out, The Book of Speculation, Chose The Wrong Guy Gave Him The Wrong Finger, The Rocks, Paper Towns, The Crime of Julian Wells, As You Wish, Eight Hundred Grapes, Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie, The Bone Clocks, and Eeny Meeny!

7) Thinking of books: Let's say a biographer has taken the task of writing your biography. What would you title your life story? What if this is as good as it gets?

8) 2008 is also the year Paul Newman died of cancer. Name a Newman movie. Nobody's Fool

9) Random question: Do you like garlic? I like it but it doesn't like me!


happy day 28

Day 28: I took my niece Rachel to move into her Freshman dorm today. We spend so much time together, this is going to be a big adjustment for both of us! I'm happy that the trip (roughly 5.5 hours in the car) was uneventful.

friday 5

  1. What forms of media consumption do you pay for?
  2. some for music and netflix, cable
  3. When did you last read a physical newspaper?
  4. when I was house-sitting for my parents--end of July
  5. What percentage of your television consumption is watched live as it’s broadcast, versus on-demand, via recording, or some other stored or streamed medium?
  6. maybe 10%, I tend to watch DVRd shows so I can skip commercials
  7. What’s been the big local story in your area this week?
  8. this weekend is the Crown Of Maine Balloon Festial
  9. What is the most recent thing you regretted clicking?
  10. I downloaded an app that I don't need, nothing too earth shaking


happy day 27

Day 27: The humidity has broken.

booking through thursday

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Do you like to read books about far-away places? Travel guides, memoirs, whatever? Places you’ve been? Or places you’ve never been? .

I love reading about places I have been to or may go to. I feel guilty putting this out there but I don't enjoy books set in the middle east or Asia. I love books set in Australia, Africa, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe. I've only read travel guides for places I had planned travel excursions to, but I love the Lonely Planet website. I have read quite a few travel memoirs and enjoyed them--especially when there was a huge adventure involved. I love novels where the setting is as much a character as any of the people in the book!