2.01.2015

sunday stealing

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Sunday Stealing: Nosy Meme

Average hours of sleep: 8.5

Last thing I googled: I was looking for a coupon code to use for online shopping

One place that makes me happy: my parents' house

How many blankets I sleep under: last night it was 5

What are you wearing right now: pajamas

Last book you read: Love and Other Subjects by Kathleen Shoop

Favorite fictional character: Cormoran Strike is my current favorite detective

Last movie I watched in the cinema: I don't even remember

Dream vacation: Italy

Dream wedding: uh, I don't think I dream about weddings as much as receptions

Dream pet: a French bulldog

Dream job: I'm not sure

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 27

Which is worse, failing or never trying? not trying, but I'm being hypocritical

If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do? fear

postsecret


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.

1.31.2015

saturday 9





Papa Loved Mama

1) This song is about a trucking "accident" that was covered extensively in the local paper. What's the big news story in your neighborhood? this snowstorm (our second in a week) with another predicted for Sunday/Monday

2) The action centers around a motel. When is the last time you stayed in a hotel or motel? last July

3) In the song, Papa wants to surprise Mama with a bottle of wine. Do you prefer white or red? white zinfandel

4) This week's featured artist, Garth Brooks, has said that the late Chris LeDoux -- singer, sculptor and rodeo champion -- is his hero. If you had to single out someone this morning as your hero, who would it be? my stepmother, she inspires me to be real

5) Before he was able to support himself as a singer, Brooks was a bouncer at a bar. Have you ever had an encounter with a bouncer (either that he threw you out or came to your aid)? no experiences other than being carded

6) According to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), Garth surpassed The Beatles as the top selling artist of the last 25 years. Whose music do you listen to more -- Garth Brooks or the The Beatles? the Beatles

7) While 1992 was a banner year for Garth Brooks, it was a bad one for another country legend, Willie Nelson. Willie ended up paying the IRS more than $9,000,000. When you file your taxes, will you qualify for a refund? Or will you owe money? I have already filed my taxes and received my refund

8) When this song was popular in 1992, Sarah Ferguson, then the Duchess of York, was in all the papers and magazines for her controversial conduct -- including being photographed sunbathing topless with a man not her husband. Today no one seems to care much about what Sarah Ferguson does. Can you think of someone else whose fame was fleeting? Ebola Nurse

9) This is Super Bowl weekend. Where will you be watching The Big Game? probably, but not necessarily--especially if I get binge watching something else

1.30.2015

the sisterhood


Here are the rules for the The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you, and link back to their site.
2. Post the award's logo onto your blog.
3. Answer the 10 questions you've been asked.
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and ask them 10 questions.


What a treat to get a blog award from my new blog buddy, Cynthia at Bingeing On Books!

Her questions for me:
1. If you were a character in a book, who would you be and why? I would like to be the main character in a Jill Mansell romantic-comedy
2. What are you reading right now? I'm reading Lucky Us by Amy Bloom, my book group's February selection
3. Who is your favorite author? Stephen King, Maeve Binchy, JK Rowling,
4. Describe your favorite reading spot. I like to read in bed
5. What is your favorite book to movie adaptation? the Harry Potter movies
6. What do you like most about blogging? I like rambling about whatever's on my mind and answering meme questions
7. Which book do you recommend the most and why? lately I've been recommending All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
8. Do you prefer coffee or tea? I prefer coffee
9. Fun fact about yourself! I've already filed my tax return and received my refund.
10. Rough estimate, how many books are in your TBR pile? I just checked my Nook and that has 401 books on it, so I would say that probably 275 are TBR

I'm nominating you! Yes, you! So, answer these questions:

  1. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
  2. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
  3. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
  4. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
  5. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
  6. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
  7. Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
  8. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
  9. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
  10. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

And don't forget to link back because I'd love to see your answers!

turn to page 123

The Page 123 Meme

Grab the book closest to you.
Open to page 123, look down to the 5th sentence.
Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog.
Include the title and the author’s name.

"Good, Clara said. She said it was bad enough when white people believed in Jesus but it was insane for black people to believe in Jesus, although she didn't go around saying that. She didn't believe, ever, that Jesus was going to deliver her to anything, anywhere."
                                      ~Amy Bloom, Lucky Us

friday 5

  1. How regularly do you get interrupted at work, and how well do you handle it?
  2. I am constantly interrupted and I just roll with it
  3. What was the occasion the last time a TV program you were watching was interrupted by breaking news?
  4. last Tuesday a storm warning
  5. Whose flow did you most recently interrupt, and what was so important?
  6. one of my colleagues, I didn't realize he was in the zone
  7. How easily does your train of thought get interrupted?
  8. when I'm by myself, it doesn't really. When I'm at school, it's pretty constant. And I'm not a very good multi-tasker so I get confused with what I'm working on sometimes.
  9. What’s something in your life that could use some interrupting?
  10. my shopping habits need to be interrupted!

1.29.2015

booking through thursday

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Do your TBR books (that’s “To Be Read,” if you didn’t know) haunt you, make you feel guilty that you haven’t read them yet? From the archives.

Sometimes I feel really guilty for having a TBR. Like I'm a major waste--time and money! So many books are on sale, though, that I pick them up for less than $5! Besides, having a Nook means there aren't shelves and shelves of physical books fighting for space.

1.28.2015

get funky!

I am so crazy for this video!

finished reading...

I liked that this book takes a realistic look at education today--how policies are followed, even when teachers know there are other ways of achieving results and the frustration that goes along with that. I liked the "meet cute" of the romance. I liked how the main character was fleshed out. But I didn't like the secondary characters, they were too cliche. And I was slightly disappointed in the Happily Ever After. I guess because the portrayal of the classroom was so spot-on, I expected a more realistic storyline.

From the Publisher:
For every woman who wonders if she chose the right career...

Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things--to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She's as skilled at both as an infant trying to eat with a fork. Carolyn's suburban upbringing and genuine compassion for people who don't fit effortlessly into society are no match for weapon-wielding, struggling students, drug-using colleagues, and a wicked principal.

Meanwhile, her budding relationship with a mystery man is thwarted by his gaggle of eccentric sisters. Carolyn depends on her friends to get her through the hard times, but with poverty-stricken children at her feet and a wealthy man at her side, she must define who she is. The reality of life after college can be daunting, the road to full-fledged adulthood long and unscripted. Can Carolyn take control and craft the existence she always wanted?

w.w.w. wednesdays

MizB at Should Be Reading has made some changes to her weekly meme line up and W.W.W. Wednesdays is no longer a weekly meme. But I love this meme and am going to continue it on my own.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading Lucky Us by Amy Bloom and Dimensions of Learning Teacher's Manual by Robert Marzano.

• What did you recently finish reading? Snowed In: A Novel by Christina Bartolomeo and Love and Other Subjects by Kathleen Shoop.

• What do you think you’ll read next? Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini.

1.27.2015

ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is 10 Types of Footwear You Own.

1) Flip flops (cheapie sandals)

2) Leather thongs (like flip flops but fancier)

3) Sandals (no toe separator like flip flops, so maybe they're called slides)

4) Winter boots (industrial--good for winter)

5) Dress boots (suede)

6) Hiking-style boots

7) Sneakers (walking/running)

8) Suede Mary Janes (in purple, tan, dark brown, and black)

9) All-weather mocs (in blue, brown, and black)

10) Dress shoes (brown, black, and navy)

I thought this would be difficult, but I can think of other shoes...

1.26.2015

snowmageddon

Instead of whining about Snowmageddon 2015, I thought I would share what I bought at the supermarket:

I'm not sure if school will be canceled Tuesday or Wednesday... it's hard to predict. Regardless, I'm set with my groceries.

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: Give a list of 4 books you read last year that you’d recommend to others — and why.

Over the weekend I started reading a book called Love And Other Subjects by Kathleen Shoop. I can relate to it because it's an idealistic first-year teacher and her adventures in love and at school. It's a quick read and I'm enjoying it.