Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday & Oh, How Pinteresting

Howdy Folks! Happy Wednesday!
Half way there to a loo-oong weekend! 

I'll admit - I'm all over the place this week, which means 
I'm LOVING a bunch of random stuff this week! 
Link-Up w/Jamie - HERE
I'm LOVING my granny squares project that I'm working on. So far I have 240 squares made! 

I'm LOVING The Naked Grape Wine! I've been downing the Cabernet Sauvignon and I have a bottle of Pinot Grigio in the fridge.

I'm STILL LOVING this necklace (even though I've had it for a couple years now. I got it on my London Trip)

I'm LOVING Heads & Tails Oreos - have you had them? DELISH!

I'm LOVING my little sister's stories about the first week of 4th grade!

I'm LOVING this candle:
Smells SO good - fills the whole room {via}
I'm LOVING Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesdays
Link Up w/Michelle - HERE
Here are some of my favorite pins this week
(you can check out all my pins by clicking - HERE):

Ahahah - I want this! {via}

Gotta Love Her {via}

Nuff Said {via}

Door Sign - LOL! {via}

Buahaha! Story of my life! {via}

This needs to be my front door! {via}

That says it all {via}
That's all folks! I hope you have a good rest of the week!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: The Devil in the White City ...

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser for this week:

Erik Larson

"HOW EASY IT WAS TO DISAPPEAR: A thousand trains a day entered or left Chicago. Many of these trains brought single women who had never seen a city buy now hoped to make one the biggest and toughest their home."
page 11

What do you think? Have you read this book? 
It's been on my TBR pile for a long time and I'm excited to get into it.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Getting My Hook On - WIPs

Happy Monday!

Last week was ... uh ... interesting.  
Let's just hope this week that we don't have another Earthquake or Hurricane! 

Today's post is all about my crochet projects (my work in progress {WIP}).
Thanks to Pinterest & Ravelry I'm finding SOOOO many things I want to make (and TRY to make) and I'm actually feeling encouraged to share! 


I'm currently working on 3 projects:

The 1st:
Mosaic Afghan
(about 65% complete)
The Pattern:

The 2nd:
Mini Grannys
(40% complete)

So far I've made 100 of these mini grannys. I think I'll have to make about a 100 more. 
My original inspiration was this:
But I then discovered this:
So, I'm going to combine both and come up with my own creation - so stay tuned for updates!

3rd Project:
African Flower Hexagons
(10% complete)

My Inspiration:
{via - Heidi Bears Blog}
So those are my projects! What do you think? 
What are you working on?


Friday, August 26, 2011

REVIEW: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Okay folks - this is my FIRST attempt at writing a book review.
 I don't want to give too much away. I personally hate reading reviews that once you finish reading the review - there's no point of reading the book. And I'll keep it short - I also hate LONG book reviews.

By Ransom Riggs

Ok, so, let's get right into it -- I had to force myself to finish reading this book. I got right to the last 50 pages and I had no desire to finish this book (I did finish it ... but it took some effort).

I really REALLY wanted to like this book. I love the cover, I love the look of the book, I love the pages, and the pictures. Visually the book is very appealing.

When it comes to the story - there were some good parts. I thought some of the writing was witty and original and all around good but then I'd turn a couple pages and would feel like the writing was boring, and forced. It seemed like the author had these pictures and forced the story to go along with them.

I wanted so much more from this book.
Maybe my expectations were too high.
I think if you have time to read the book, take a trip to the library - or borrow it from a friend. Look at all the pictures, skim thru the story and call it a day.

All-in-All: I give this book 2 stars.
It was "just ok"

Have you read this book? Am I the only one that feels this way?
If you're on the fence of reading this book?

Check out my Teasers for this book


Follow Friday, TGIF, & Book Blogger Hop

Happy Friday!

Time for Friday's Memes - yay!

Link-up w/Parajunkee -- HERE
Q: In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real?

A: I WOULD say Vampires - if I could have a "don't kill me clause". But with my luck - I'd be the first one dead on the DAY of the announcement of Vampires "coming out of the closet".  
So I think I'd want some safe mythical creature -- like a a from a children's book (not like a fairy from the Sookie books). Or...wait...Unicorns. Even better! Much Safer! I'm going to go with that :)

Link-Up w/Jen - HERE
Q: Non-book-related this week!  Do you have pets?

Yes!  I have a cat - Stitch. He's like 10+ years old and is just slightly overweight/big-boned.  I also have 2 red-eared sliders (turtles) that I got on a trip to Florida a few years ago AND we have a 2 year-old German Shepherd named Sammie.
Sammie & Stitch

Link-Up w/Ginger - HERE

Q: Book Associations: which genre, authors, or particular books do you think people associate with your reading style?

I don't think any of my friends would associate me with a particular genre, authors or particular book style. I'm just known as a "reader". I don't think I even associate myself with a particular genre/author (although, recently, I'm being more & more of a YA reader).


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme (mostly) about books and reading.

Sometimes I feel like the only person I know who finds reading history fascinating. It’s so full of amazing-yet-true stories of people driven to the edge and how they reacted to it. I keep telling friends that a good history book (as opposed to some of those textbooks in school that are all lists and dates) does everything a good novel does–it grips you with real characters doing amazing things.
Am I REALLY the only person who feels this way? When is the last time you read a history book? Historical biography? You know, something that took place in the past but was REAL.

Well...the last time I probably read a history book/historical biography was when I was still in school --- in college --- which was 5/6 years ago. 

I was into historical fiction for a hot minute when I was loving Philippa Gregory books. But that's probably the closes I got to anything historical.

I sometimes get the feeling that I SHOULD be reading some history books to educate my mind instead of feeling it with muck & make believe worlds -- but the whole pleasure in reading {for me} is to escape everyday and to get lost in someone else's story.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday & Oh, How Pinteresting

Howdy! Happy Wednesday! Good News for you - I survived yesterday's EAST COAST EARTHQUAKE and I'm here today to do my two favorite Wednesday Link-ups! 

Link-Up With Jamie - HERE

I'm LOVING my co-worker's reactions from the Earthquake yesterday (after the shock of "WTF ... did you feel that?!") - 1 of them said she was in the Bathroom during the shake, another one said she ran out holding her pregger belly, and another one didn't even move from her desk!  

I'm LOVING that the MLK Jr. Memorial is open. I can't wait to go see it. Yesterday I was suppose to see it with my Beau but due to the earthquake we decided against taking the metro. The pics online of it look a-ma-zing! I can't wait to see it with my own 2 eyes.

I'm LOVING that I went to the Montgomery County Fair last weekend, for the first time in YEARS! I had good QT time with my mama and I loved all the animals (I took tons of pics - I'll post them later).

I'm LOVING I have no friends on there - but I don't care - the site keeps me busy (and day-dreaming) for hours.  I've already found like 10 projects I want to do. 

I'm LOVING this blanket:
I'm LOVING this scarf:
I'm LOVING these hearts
And as usual I'm LOVING Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday! 
Link-up with Michelle - HERE





Did you just fall for this?!  Me Too. {via}

this cracks me up! {via}

Okay Folks!
Thanks for Stopping By! 
Have a Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB
of Should Be Reading
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser comes from the same book I teased last week (same book - different tease).
I hope you don't mind!
"One theory is that they reversed-aged themselves to a time before even their soul had been conceived, which is why we call them hollowgast--because their hearts, their souls, are empty. They achieved the immortality they'd been seeking."

page 256
By Ransom Riggs


Friday, August 19, 2011

Follow Friday, Book Blogger Hop & TGIF

Happy Friday!
I'm so relieved it's Friday! I've waited all week for this day! Now all I have to do is make it to 5pm and I'll be HAPPY!

Time for my favorite Friday Memes:

Link-Up with Parajunkee HERE

Q: If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?

A: This is a GOOD question. Hmmm...I'm really loving dystopian right now (Hunger Games, Divergent, Blood Red Road) BUT I don't think I would want to have a role in those type of books. I need something more "cushy" and "safe".  I think I would like to be one of the kids in the Harry Potter Series -- you know -- one of the ones feasting, or playing in the hallway, learning magic, "helping" Harry save everyone. That seems like a good role for me.

Link-Up with Jen HERE

Q: What's the LONGEST book you've ever read?

 Oh, my. I feel silly just thinking about what my answer to this would be...because I don't know. I don't think I've read some massively long book. I think most recently (within the past year or two) the longest book that I've read (and enjoyed) was The Other Boleyn Girl by Philipa Gregory...and that was 664 pages.


Link-up with Ginger HERE
Q: Have you ever read a book and not want to review it? Are some books too personal that we want to keep our thoughts to our own? 

I have never written a book review (yet). I'm going to try my hand on one soon but I haven't officially written my own yet. BUT I can say there are reviews that I have happened across that I DON'T want to read. Some books I just don't want my own opinion tainted by someone else's. Does that make sense? I've been turned off of books that I probably would've really enjoyed because of someone's review. So I haven't had this problem yet, but I will revisit this after I write some of my own reviews and let you know.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme (mostly) about books and reading.
You've just had a long, hard, exhausting day, and all you want to do is curl up with something light, fun, easy, fluffly, distracting, and entertaining.
What do you pick up?

Typically I would pick up whatever I'm currenlty reading - because any (good) book is an excellent means to escape the daily stresses and pressures.

BUT if I'm not wrapped up in a particular book I would go to some ol'faithfuls that make excellent distractions:

I would pick up either The Twilight Books:

or The Sookie Stackhouse Books:

The Twilight Series books are very light and easy and full of fluff but for more entertainment/adult purposes I'd go with Sookie!

What about you?