Friday, April 25, 2014

Books that I'm Reading!

I have a full list of books to read on my mind. If I don't get control of it in the early stages, it gets out of control. Growing longer and longer by the days and weeks! It's full of writing books, short stories, fantasy, biography books, and young adult.

Per usual, the fantasy genre wins out most of the time for me. I can't say no to a good book riddle with fantasy elements. That's why I am pouring my extra time into finishing the Game of Thrones series! I'm on the fourth book right now, and I LOVE it.

I haven't watched any of the TV series, and I don't plan on watching them until I have finished the whole series. It's becoming increasingly harder to wait, but I'm betting anything that the books are better than the screen version.

I've had a few favorite characters that are kind of surprising to me. I've admired Arya and Sansa at the same time even though you would have to think that you would hate Sansa if you like Arya. (If you know those characters.) I like Arya because the crazy situations she happens across and how she deals with them. She's pretty ingenious and smart for being so young.

I like Sansa because without asking for it, she is a controversial character to the others who are around her, and once again, the circumstances that engulf her life (in the book) are overwhelming and dramatic to say the least. Sansa is forced to be creative and adventurous whereas it's more of a natural thing for Arya. Both are interesting.

Some nights, I like to take a break from reading the Game of Thrones and go with a more simple read that involves less detail. I like B.J. Novak's One More Thing. It's a collection of short stories that are smart and funny! I like his work.

On the writing front, I've been reading Now Write! (Nonfiction) and Writing Tools (50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer). These books are great for all writers of nonfiction and fiction. I've had Writing Tools for a while now, and I'm always gaining something valuable from it. I've really benefited from it. Now Write! includes advice along with writing exercises to enhance writing skills in different ways. It's written by all different authors and freelance writers.

Even though my list of books to read is long, I'm committing to these four books for a while. I hate reading too many books at a time. These four are pretty different, and I'm mostly dedicated to A Feast for Crows (the fourth book of the Game of Thrones series) so I'm perfectly fine with that.

What's on your reading list?

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bill's Selection: Coco Wheats for Dinner

The other night Bill asked me what I wanted for dinner. I replied with, "Grilled cheese or maybe a BLT?"

He kindly and very promptly denied both and said, "How about Coco Wheats? Have you ever had them?"

I have never had Coco Wheats in my life, friends! I'm not a huge fan of breakfast so I'm always a little reluctant to try new breakfast type of foods.  Bill started to cook the Coco Wheats, and I toasted some whole grain bread and slathered a little bit of butter on them.

After 15 minutes or so, everything was ready. I have to admit that after I added a little bit of sugar to it, Coco Wheats weren't that bad. They had pretty good flavor and texture. Bill told me it's hard to get the texture smooth and more often than not, there are lumps in it. He did pretty good though.

A couple hours after our meal, we were both hungry! We were watching a infomercial on a smoothie making device. All we wanted after that were fresh fruit smoothies that tasted like ice cream. I'm still craving it.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Day

Bill and I had a great Easter weekend. We went to church on Saturday night with my mom, and we grilled out burgers at her house afterwards. It was such a nice night, and it was great spending time together.

Bill had an awesome idea to bring Kevin to the farm to play with the kids on Easter Sunday. He was a hit! At first, he wanted to run back home, and we had to run and catch him while he hobbled as fast as he could down the drive way in a last ditch effort to return home. It was pretty cute, but eventually, Kevin calmed down and played with the kids.

Kevin playing with the nieces. He looks huge next to them!

This picture cracks me up! I love how Kevin looks like he's just hanging out with his family. What a cutie.

Later in the day, we went to my dad's where we played frisbe, grilled out, and hung out with each other. I had a great time visiting with everyone. It was the best!

I went with my brother over to my mom's house where we went for a walk and later had dinner. Sometimes the simple things in life are the best when you're with the people you love.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

He is Risen!

This year, Easter really seemed to sneak up on me even though it's not early. This is the weekend we take the time to remember that Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead 3 days later! We can have eternal life through him because of his sacrifice. Truly the best gift of all. :)  John 3:16 comes to mind whenever I think of our Easter celebration.

What are you doing this weekend, friends? Bill and I are getting together with my mom on Saturday night to celebrate Easter. We'll go to church in the evening and have a cook out afterwards. I can't wait! Plus, it's supposed to be 67 degrees tomorrow. We have only had one other warm day this year so I'm very excited for that.

Sunday, we're going to the farm in the early morning for an Easter brunch with Bill's family, and in the afternoon, we're going to my dad's house for dinner. I'm glad we're splitting up our time with the family to two days instead of one! It's nearly impossible to visit three different homes in one day on a holiday. Ha

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Purse from Brew Me a Bag!!

I'm a purse collector of sorts. I love all purses, and I'm particularly drawn to over the shoulder bags currently. My friend Michelle knows the awesome lady who brews these bags! Ha Her company is called Brew Me a Bag, and you can find her on Facebook here. Deb, the person behind the super cute bags, just started sewing them last fall! She has a huge selection to browse from, and she will ship your bag to you!

I just loved how my bag turned out! The print on the coffee sack is striking and the bling button is adorable. :)

The fabric lining is perfect! I love the big outlined flowers with the muted purple color.

The strap has a black cloth fabric with a tan leather part where I can adjust the length. I love it!

What's your favorite type of bag?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Things

Lately, I've been doing a lot of new things. Things that force me out of my comfort zone. Every time, this happens, I get nervous and freak out usually for no reason. I like how every single time this happens, my fears are for nothing.

I just finished writing three different stories that were around 1,200 words each. I was a little nervous to write them since I haven't written anything that long for anyone except maybe on my blog. I've had long posts on my blog, and I realized after writing those three stories that it is not that different from the writing I've already done. I was shocked at how the words flowed out of me.

All the sudden, I'm no longer nervous to write long stories after finishing them this week! It's a wonderful feeling. I also gained a better idea of what it's like to write a story that's more than 500-700 words. This recent realization is inspiring me to write some different posts on this blog of mine that I can't wait to get started on soon. I'm thinking I would write about stories from my childhood. I'll keep you posted, friends.

This isn't recent, but another thing that totally shoved me out of my comfort zone was when me and Bill started planning our trip for Europe. We watched a bunch of Rick Steve's shows on channel 11 and each time we did, I either got really excited about the trip or I felt like Germany, Slovenia, and Italy were so far away that there was no way I could plan a trip there.

In reality, I put off creating and finalizing plans, because that way, I could ignore my fears and my lack of experience. We ended up having three or so months left to plan when we got serious about it. Procrastinating did in fact make our fears worse, but I honestly felt better once we started making progress. 

We left for Germany on a sunny afternoon in June last year. We had a small family get together with Bill's family at the farm where we had breakfast with everyone as a "going away" party. The whole trip to O'hare and while we were sitting waiting to board our plane, I was picking at my nails and asking Bill, "Do you think this trip will go okay?" He reassured me it would, but at the same time, he was pacing the hallways with a lot of nervous energy mirroring how I felt even though I chose to sit against the wall and fret silently for the most part.

After boarding the plane and being in the air for a couple of hours, I began to relax. I watched movies and read snippets from the Game of Thrones book I brought with me. It was wonderful. Those six hours from Chicago to our layover in Dublin, Ireland were a breeze! Our plane was huge with three isles and everyone had there own TV on the seat in front of them with a big selection of movies and TV shows to enjoy during the flight. When we landed in Dublin, we all mentioned how surprised we were that it was that easy. Almost painless.

The hours of dread were all for nothing. What shocked us even more was that we could rent a car and seemingly drive around Europe with no problem. Aside from a little set back with the GPS, we felt like it was free sailing from there on out and it was. 

Suddenly, our two week trip to Europe seemed like a very manageable thing.

I found that when you try something new or are unexpectedly in a new situation, it is best to "go with the flow!" Your worries and fears will not help you. In fact, they will only stop you from enjoying the experience.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

5 Things

The sunset I captured on my walk last night.

I went for a walk yesterday that calmed my nerves. Sometimes, I get myself worked up with what I'm doing at that moment, and it's hard to be calm. I want to have everything be in order or whatever. What does that even mean? Anyways, I think exercise is the best especially when I'm stressing about getting something done. :)

I'm crocheting this huge blanket right now. I've been working on it for a few weeks. I'm not following any certain pattern. I just did what I wanted and what I thought looked good. I can't wait to take some pictures of my progress later today. Crocheting is one of the most relaxing and meditative hobbies for me! My mom and my mother-in-law have given me pointers along the way that have been great.

I was up before 5 a.m. today, because I couldn't sleep. Ha I don't usually wake up that early! I kind of like it though. It's 6:31 a.m. now, and I'm writing a blog post. I'm loving this early start to the day. I think I'll go ahead and write an article after this. I think jumping out my bed early in the morning is exactly what I needed to feel good about my work. Yay.

Easter is coming up on Sunday, April 20. I've been wondering how am I going to visit three different homes on that day? My in-laws, my mom's, and my dad's? The thought of visiting three homes in one day sounds like a horrible idea. There has to be a good solution. I just need to think of it.

I've avoided lengthy personal posts for a while. I've been focused on my writing for work, but I'm ready to start writing more for my blog. I think I'm becoming more comfortable with my jobs so it's time to allot more time for this treasured spot that I've had for over three years now. 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks

I saw Saving Mr. Banks in the theater, and I bought it a couple of weeks ago.

I've watched it numerous times since then because I found the movie so intriguing.
Emma Thompson plays Mrs. P.L. Travers who wrote Mary Poppins. I absolutely LOVED her character for many reasons. She's strong, determined, smart, direct, and possesses a lot of self awareness. She knows what she wants and isn't afraid to voice it.

I found the story behind the making of Mary Poppins interesting to say the least. The viewer finds out throughout the movie that the story she wrote is based on her own life. The movie switches back and forth between present day where she is working with Walt Disney (and his staff) to her childhood.
I was surprised to learn there was a lot of sadness behind the story of Mary Poppins. Mrs. Travers grew up with an alcoholic farther and a mother who was overwhelmed with it all. She had two younger sisters. The family's problems progressed throughout the movie, and then Mary Poppins swooped in one day to save Mr. Banks. 

The relationship Mrs. Travers had with her dad was really sweet. Even though he wasn't responsible as an adult, he was the one who played with her and was her friend. Those scenes in the movie with them interacting were some of my favorite parts.

I also adored Tom Hanks in this movie. He plays Walt Disney in it, and he's wonderful! Also, it was nice to have B.J. Novak play a bigger role in the movie since I loved his character in The Office. He worked for Walt Disney and had some comical interactions with Emma Thompson.

Have you seen Saving Mr. Banks? What do you like most about it?

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Kitty, you look like a fluffy bear.

Last week, Kitty got a trim that left her looking like a very cute stuffed bear. We all LOVE how she looks. She has so much fluffy hair that we love.

When I picked her up, the groomer mentioned to me that I really need to brush her more if we're wanting to keep her hair long. I haven't brushed her once since she got said hair cut. I'm bad. Really bad. I'm going over to my mom's tomorrow, and I'm bringing the brush out so I won't forget.

Kitty is the cutest she's ever been with this fluffy hair cut. I can't get enough.

That face is precious.

When I take breaks from working on my writing, Kitty loves to lay on the blanket that I'm crocheting. I think she approves of it. Isn't that sweet? Ha

Do you regularly brush your furry friend's hair? Do they get mats easily?

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rashida Jone's new COLUMN on Glamour!

I was so happy when I found out this morning that Rashida Jone's has a new column in Glamour in the form of a comic! I personally love comics and have read a couple of comic books. I also adore Rashida mainly because of her character on the The Office and Parks and Recreation.

I read that her comics are going to be about dating, relationships, and love. The one above is about mixed messages in dating advice. I laughed out loud when I read it. It appears that Rashida is just as funny in real life as she is on TV.

What do you think of her column? Do you like comics?

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