Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday & Oh, How Pinteresting!!!

Wanna know what I'm LOVING today?!
Ok - Ok ... let's get started :)

Join in w/Jamie - HERE
I'm LOVING the little crochet project that I'm working on -- which I will reveal & share with you soon!!
I'm LOVING my current read: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson. SO good!

I'm LOVING my the games Bakery Story and Restaurant Story. I get addicted to these stupid games so quickly. I may need an intervention soon.

I'm LOVING the guest post Jenn did for me last Monday. Did you see it? It's quite funny! 

and as always:
I'm LOVING Pinterest!
Join in w/Michelle - HERE

Ransom Note Cookies -- LOOOOOVVVEEEEE


Weener Kleener anyone?!

What are you loving this Wednesday?


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Happy Tuesday!
Today is ESPECIALLY happy because it's the first day of my vacation -- YAY!!
Bright and early tomorrow I'll be flying to Saint Louis to visit my family. 

Today will be spent running errands {I need some stuff} 
packing {don't let me forget to pack pajamas!} 
cleaning {gotta come home to a clean room}...

time for Teaser Tuesday
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

My tease this week comes from a read 
I just started the other day:

"Something was standing six inches from me. I staggered backward and tipped over the folding chair, falling and banging he back of my head against the corner of the old tanker desk.  My eyes were thrown out of focus. I could already feel the warmth of the blood running through my hair. Something leaned over me. Its eyes were a pair of black marbles. Its skin a translucent collage of pulsing blue veins. And its mouth-its mouth could barely contain its wet, glassy fangs."
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
By Seth Grahame-Smith
pg 13

I'm not that many pages past this teaser - yet - but I like it so far.
Have you read this?  Is it in your TBR pile?
What are your thoughts on it?


Teaser Tuesday ::: The Family Fang

Time for Teaser Tuesday!!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

My tease this week comes from:
By: Kevin Wilson

"Standing in line at the bus station, he realized that he did not have enough money to get back to Florida. Unable to control the tremors of his hands, he laid out his cash on the counter and then asked, "Where does this get me?""
pg 74

Do you want to know where it gets him?! 
I'll tell you -- it's actually the place/city I was last week.
Coincidence .... yup. Totally!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Pillows - YAY - Pillows {3}


Good News: I finished my second set of pillows!

This set is for my Aunt:

I'm happy with them!
They are a bit smaller than the set I made for my Grandma but we'll see if anyone notices.

For this first pillow I used this pattern.
It was very easy! I like this pattern so much I may have to make one for myself!

Here's the back of the pillow:

For the second pillow I just did a simple granny square stitch:


What do you think?


Saturday, November 26, 2011

REVIEW ::: City of Bones

SO, I finally hopped on the Mortal Instruments train and took a ride...

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.  {via}


Hmmm. I'm not sure where to start with this one. 
I'll be honest and admit that I DID go on and buy books 2 & 3 of this series BUT this first book left me a little unsettled. And if you read this book you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. DON'T WORRY I'm not going to tell you the twist of this book -- but it's bothersome.  To me at least.
I'm hopeful that in the second book they untwist this twist in the first couple chapters (I won't hold my breath). 

 I had a couple instances when I laughed out loud at the dialogue between Clary and her BFF Simon. And at first I was excited to see another book with another love triangle (Twilight...Hunger Games...) - who doesn't love two guys in love with the same girl? 

I enjoyed the writing, I enjoyed the story and I actually liked some of the characters.  Yes -- only some. I'm still debating which ones exactly but I liked them enough to read the next book.

Overall I would say the book was 'good'. Not my favorite YA but it was decent. 
I will definitely read the the rest of the books in the series.

I give this book:

Did you read this book?
What did you think?

If you haven't read this book -- Do you think  you will?

I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

Here are my teaser tuesday posts for this book -- in case you missed them :)

Friday, November 25, 2011


Helllloooo & Happy Friday!

It's been a week since I've last blogged - I've been busy - vacationing and stuff.

But I'm back now! I'm back home in MD and I'm getting back into my normal routine.

Link-up HERE

This Friday's Question:
When you're not reading: What occupies your time when your nose isn't stuck in a book?

oh - I have so many hobbies & stuff I like to do when I'm not reading! I swear there are not enough hours in the day for me to do all the stuff I want to do!

But I'll share my top 3 things I like to do when I'm not reading:


I'll admit it -- I'm pret-ty lazy. I'm not ashamed. I'm always tired therefore one of my FAVORITE things to do when I'm not reading is to lay in bed and watch tv. My DVR is pretty high on the list of my favorite possessions -- ever. I couldn't live with out that. And I have a whole LIST of television shows that I MUST watch every week: Survivor, America's Next Top Model, Revenge, Bones, Basketball Wives, The Real Housewives (from wherever - doesn't matter), Pop-up Video ... HEY! Don't judge me!


Right now the main thing I've been doing when I'm not reading is crocheting. I have quite a few holiday gifts I'm making AND I have a baby shower gift to make so I've been crocheting pretty much every day.

I'm almost starting to panic and worry that I will not have enough time to make all the things I want to make before Christmas.

Next year I'll have to plan better!


If I do manage to get out of bed, I like to hang with friends, family and my beau. I don't hang out as much as I should/could. I realize I need to work on being a better friend/girlfriend and probably stop being so involved with myself (notice all the things I like to do are solo stuff -- crochet, watching tv ... reading).

Anyhoo.  I wish I was doing one of those three things right now!
But I gotta wait til I get off of work.

What do you like to do ... you know ... when you're not reading?!


Monday, November 21, 2011

The interesting people and things you see when travelling...

Hi all! I'm Jenn, from the blog Going the Distance, and I'm guest posting for Trish while she makes her way back to DC from St. Louis!

I've talked to her while she's been gone and it seems like she's had a really nice trip visiting her family, especially her little sisters.

Given that she has been travelling, and I just got back from a conference in San Diego myself, I thought it would be a fun topic to share the interesting people and things that I've encountered while travelling. Some of them horrifying, awkward or hilarious, and some that just leave you scratching your head, wondering "What the h*ll??" After doing long distance for two years with my ex, I had a plethora of experiences to pull from, but for this case, I'll just share some from this past week (and there were plenty!)

Let's get to it!

One of the people I encountered while travelling last week was a lady whose shirt looked very similar to the bag the people are carrying in this picture:
And, sadly, this is a picture of people who were actually AT the conference that I was at last week
The bag is from Super Duper Publications which is a pretty well known company when you're in the world of Speech Pathology and schools (like I am). But, the bag is also HIDEOUS. It has every color you can imagine on it, all combined in one extremely gaudy place. The lady I encountered (who did not work for this company) had a shirt with small (about 2-3inch) squares all over her shirt, each with all of those colors within it. It looked like a box of crayons had exploded onto her shirt. Perhaps Super Duper should have looked into hiring her as their mascot for the conference. She would have fit right in!

The next was the lady who decided to wear leggings as pants to the conference. Keep in mind, most people there were dressed in business casual. Well, this girl apparently missed the memo that leggings are see-through and you should probably wear something over them (like a sweater dress, skirt, etc) that people can't see your zebra patterned underwear through them. Ladies, this is NOT a good look. If you want to do this, just wear your underwear and nothing else, because that's essentially what we're all seeing anyway!
<---this was not the lady, however you can imagine zebra underwear in this picture and you would have the general idea.

Then there are the individuals you encounter in public bathrooms, specifically at the airport. WHY is it that people seem to lose all social graces in these places? There's always a line (at least in the Women's), half the people don't flush the toilet (and are usually the ones who really should have) and/or don't wash their hands. People rush to get out of the bathroom (which I can't blame them for) paying no mind to others trying to do the same, and usually it does not have a very pleasant odor. I felt like I was doing the sketched out hokey pokey yesterday when I tried to get into and out of the bathroom at the airport!

The last one I will talk about is the person who dresses so that it is VERY obvious where they are from. And, in my experience, it is usually Texas. I have NO problem with people from Texas, so don't get upset if you're from there, BUT you all know what I'm talking about. The man or woman who rolls into an airport (or any other public area) sporting their authentic cowboy hat, a suede jacket with fringe on it, cowboy boots, and for the ladies--big hair with some form of hair accessory, like a ribbon, in it. I saw a man and a woman, on separate occasions, who fit this exact description this weekend. Realistically, I have no problem with people dressing the way they want and are comfortable. I'm just saying that full on get-ups like this make me laugh....and I bet they make you laugh too (unless you're one of the people who wears them.. in which case, oopsie!) hehe

Obviously this only scratches the surface in terms of the things that you encounter while travelling, but I thought I would share some of the highlights of who and what I saw while I was gone. And, I'll secretly hope that Trish encounters some of those interesting folk on her trip back from the midwest to DC today. Maybe she'll share some of her tales with us! :)

In the meantime, I hope you all have a great start to the week, and get yourselves prepared for lots of eating at the end of the week! Hope to see you stop by my blog!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Follow Friday ::: Dear Santa ... I can explain!!

Gooood Friday to you!
I'm still blogging from St. Louis enjoying my vacation and family.
I only have a couple minutes to post today because I'm about to go and spend the day with my Dad. :)

So, let's link up with Parajunkee & Alison:
Link-up HERE

Q: Letter to Santa: Tell Santa what books you want for Christmas!

oh, I LOVE this question because I ALWAYS ask Mommy-Claus and Family-Claus to get me books for Christmas.

On my wish list this year:
I've been dying to re-read this {via}
This looks so interesting! {via}
Just love this cover {via}
Been eyeing this one for awhile now {via}
If "Santa" REALLY loves me. She'll get me this :)
Okay - That's all for now!
What's on your wishlist for this holiday season!
Please share -- you know...just-in-case I want/NEED to add the same to mine!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday & Oh, How Pinteresting -- SAINT LOUIS ETD.

GREETINGS from Saint Louis!!!

I have a couple minutes to do my favorite Wednesday link-ups!

Link-up w/Jamie HERE

I'm LOVING that I'm in Saint Louis! I'm here to visit my Dad, Step-mom and my two little sisters.

I'm LOVING the welcome signed that greeted me when I walked into the house:

I'm LOVING that when I walked into the girl's room they have the blankets I made for them (about 2 years ago) proudly displayed (I asked if they pulled them out from hiding since they knew I was coming - LOL)
This is M's blanket
This is C's blanket
I'm LOVING that when I was flying into STL I remembered to look out the window to see the ARCH. Very pretty! 

I'm LOVING that I'm on vacation until next Wednesday -- WHOOOO HOOO!!!

And as always
I'm LOVING Pinterest!

Link-up w/Michelle HERE
I wanted to do all Saint Louis Themed pins....BUT...I couldn't find any I liked therefore I'm going with all these other fantasical pins! 

I MUST make these this winter! Look Yummy!
So Cute! I want to make!

My only Saint Louis related pin -- MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (movie)
So True - I probably seem less creative to folks now that I reveal my sources.
But Oh-Well! I appreciate all those who share their patterns and stuff online.

This made me laugh - loudly.
all pins via

What are you LOVING this week?


Monday, November 14, 2011

Handmade Holiday - What Should I Do?!

As you know by now I'm making pillows for holiday gifts for my family.
I'm about 80% done with my second set which I hope to finish sometime this week.

I've been thinking {debating really} if I should make some small handmade gifts for my co-workers/friends.

I was thinking wine covers like this:
But I'm having a hard time finding a "cute" pattern.
I'm sure I can make one up but I'm not sure how long that would take. 
And if I feel like putting in that effort.

Then I thought of perhaps making something smaller - easier - like this:
But after you're done with the wine bottle -- that wine hat and scarf becomes pointless. Right?

So now I'm thinking -- maybe I'll make some of these:
and I can stuff them with candy and/or mini liquor bottles. 
But I'm not completely sold on that idea.

As I type this I'm thinking maybe I'll just make some ornaments:

Those are cute -- right?

I don't know what to do! 
What do you think I should do?
Should I make wine covers?
Should I make the stockings?
Should I make the ornaments?
Should I just not worry about making anything and just stick to what I'm making for my family?

Help me decide!