TFIOS

So obviously something crazy has happened that has completely prevented me from doing anything remotely blog related. I’m blaming my lack of laptop accessibility. It hasn’t per say bit the dust but it has lost all power. In other words the power cord somehow has fizzled out. Any who I am at least now cooking with power on the kids desktop which has now become pretty much mine. 

On to the point of this post… my thoughts on TFIOS. Never too late for thoughts right? What about if it’s not really a review but more of an experience. Sure whatever for a post right?

 

The hubs decided the boys should endure TFIOS with me because… well no reason other than to pay for their crimes against humanity. AKA not doing chores when told. I thought in theory it would be a brilliant idea to experience a movie that did not involve super heroes-comic heroes-or digital animation of any kind. A real movie that was loosely real life based. 

We got there fairly early, partly because the hubs had an earlier movie time for X-Men and because obviously it was opening weekend and YA girls would be taking over the theater. Is it sad that I told the oldest that with him  watching the movie and admitting it to a girl, his swoon worthiness points would increase by ten fold? He’s taking it in to consideration. 

That brings us to the beast of our story the youngest. Dragging him to this movie for punishment was really for me and not him. From the beginning it was complete anarchy for him seeing this movie and he was going to do everything in his power to drive me nuts. The complaints were non stop throughout the movie despite the fact I made sure he wasn’t sitting next to me. I learned that lesson from the drama debut. Somehow, someway he learned that since he would be thrown out of the movies by his mother if he made a peep during the show that he would consistently sniff his nose non stop. This would have been okay during parts that were sniffle worthy…like toward the end maybe. No this was through the entire movie. I seriously about lost every ounce of patience in my well being. 

We finally made it to the end where his sniffling was acceptable and when it completely ended and everyone was gaining their composure he boldly exclaimed “I have seen sadder movies.”  I’m pretty sure he waited the entire movies just to utter those very words. I honestly feared for his safety from hundreds (not really) of YA girls throwing popcorn at his head.

My thoughts on the movie… From what I  could keep my attention on, despite my child distracting me, it followed the book fairly well. Here’s where I mention this oversight that I hope was just based on my distraction and not lack of it not being in the movie. The quote, the whole premise of the title of the book, I missed. I hope. Because surely surely they wouldn’t have not included that quote? I haven’t done any research on this issue and I’m pretty sure I would have heard something by now from other readers/watchers of the book. I really hate the thought that I missed it. If there is one thing I love, is a vague book title and then finding the quote or situation that goes with the title. It’s like a light house, your lost at shore and finally see it and understand the premise and it guides you home, guides you on in to the rest of the book. 

I’m pretty sure my lack of sleep in the past few days lead me to that strange analogy. I’m just going to roll with it. 

At this point I can’t guarantee another post for another long while. I so miss my blogging.  I’m jumping back on the knowledge train mastering my marketing skills.  You see what I did there? You’re on to me aren’t you?

A to Z Bookish Meme

It’s becoming quite the trend with all the book memes but that’s pretty much the big thing I’m doing with the last of my free time, so why not blog about it? I blame Jen @mommmablogsalot. She has a meme supplier, http://betsys4.blogspot.com/

Author you’ve read the most books from: At this point Eloisa James has surpassed any other author I’ve read. I know I talk about her a lot. I blame my guilty pleasure of historical romance and that I could read two or three of her books in a week. Like popcorn I keep telling you. Before that it had to be LM Montgomery when I plowed through most of the Anne and Emily series.

Best sequel ever: I agree with everyone else you might as well call it best series ever. This is hard. The Selection series is great. Hunger Games was probably my first read series that I had read in quite awhile…in other words since Twilight. I would say for sure Hunger Games, Anne of Green Gables, and The Selection Series not in that order. There really is too many.

Currently reading: I’m sort of reading Pride and Prejudice but I’m really just waiting for The One-from the Selection Series. I probably shouldn’t put that as my best series list yet, if I haven’t read the last one.

Drink of choice while reading: I’ll go with a Diet Dr. Pepper as that’s usually what I’m drinking, if I’m drinking something.

E-reader or physical book?: E-reader-it’s where the library is ya know.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school. Everyone is saying Mr. Darcy. Hello.. I would marry Mr. Darcy not just date him. He was more of the marrying than dating type. I would honestly have to say if we are talking about who I wanted to date based on what I read in high school it would be Gilbert Blythe from Anne. I could never understand her and why she couldn’t see how much he loved her all those gazillion times he asked to marry her. Silly Anne. I sooo skimmed for Gilbert scenes in the book than I did when reading Pride. Just saying. I would get giddy as it would seem to take forever sometimes.
Now if we are talking on who I would date based on what I’ve read currently…. I think it would have to be what’s his face from Divergent, sheesh obviously I’m already soo over him, as I can’t even think of his name. Typical teenage boy book crushes.

Hidden gem book: I know I’m going to be so made fun of but I think it would be (based on recent reads) When Beauty Tamed The Beast. This was the first Eloisa James I read and I no idea what to expect, it was just an in between book to tide me over between want to reads. It’s her fairy tale historic fiction series, it’s very tastefully done and it’s fluffy romance and the humor and wit alone sold me. Some of the character names alone slay me. This one was actually very loosely in jest based on House the TV series. Wait? How is Beauty and Beast related to House? Read and see.

Important moment in your reading life: I think I have two. My second grade teacher was the biggest reading influence I had. She read out loud to us Little House On The Prairie among other chapter books. She also gave books away for good behavior. I think it helped that I was her pet so I got a lot books. I was hooked. I’ve seen her twice in the past year at our town hamburger joint. It’s always such a thrill. I’m thinking next time I just need to add her as a friend on facebook. My class was literally her first class she taught right out of college. Obviously she was a big inspiration to me on the reading front.
The second was when I inspired the lady I babysat for in Jr High to read Anne of Green Gables. She was a former teacher at the time but had not read the series, me being all of 12 informed her that it was a requirement that she read these books and I would ride my bike around the block in a fury to get her the next the book, because obviously I had and still have the whole series. There is no bigger thrill when someone loves a book/book series that you love yourself.

Just finished: The Night Circus. I wouldn’t say it’s in my top read list. I think it was a great filler book to get me through until my next really want to read books. I think I would have been okay if I hadn’t read it but I now feel like I can move on and check it off my to read list. That sounds so callous.

Kinds of books you won’t read: The vampire/werewolf changling such and such books some of them are the heavy romance others just spin offs of Twilight. I gave it an honest try once for a friend who is really into them but just couldn’t do it. Twilight was probably as good as it was going to get for me on vampires and all of their diaries/stories and what have you. I won’t read Horror and I’m not too big on mysteries anymore, though I really used to be. In Jr. High, I had a big obsession with Agatha Christie for some reason.

Longest book you’ve read: Mmmm…The Clan of The Cave Bear series was pretty hefty if I remember correctly. I actually read these at 12. Since the lady I babysat for read my Anne books, it was only proper for me to read her series. They may have been hefty based on my age at the time, but for some reason they stand out.

Most major book hangover : That’s hard. I have so many. I kind of didn’t want Fault In Our Stars to be over. Oh the feels. I’d also say that Hunger Games kind of did that for me too.

Number of bookcases you own: One very decent sized one. I honestly don’t splurge ever on books if I know I can get most of them free from the library. The ones I don’t get so far I haven’t died yet that I haven’t read. I admit it is kind of getting there where I may have to expand from the library. Yet, very soon I probably won’t have time to read anymore so I won’t be buying or downloading. I better really hurry and them all in.

One book you have read multiple times: Okay I know I’ve admitted my sad addiction before but (whispers) I’ve read 50SOFG 3 times now. If you don’t get the abbreviation it’s okay. Total guilty pleasure, like eating a whole container of ice cream in one sitting kind of guilt. You know it’s really bad but it’s just sadly so good.

Preferred place to read: My couch or my bed. I’m not fancy.

Quote that you like, from a book you’ve read:
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have a say in who hurts you. I like my choices” -Fault In Our Stars
I’m seriously thinking of buying the actual real copy just so I can highlight the quotes.

Reading regret: I do regret that I have yet to buckle down and read the entire Harry Potter series. I know, hangs head in shame. I got through to book two. Maybe one day when I’m retired I finally will get to it, just to say I did it. Too many other book series, so little time for Harry.

Series you started and need to finish: Obviously Harry Potter. I plan to finish The Selection like in the next week. I’m 3 on the list so it should be any day now. I also want to finish the Lunar series, she also needs to finish writing the books so there is that.

Three of your all-time favorite books: This is like naming my favorite child. I just keep a random running list in my head that really isn’t in any particular order. Just off the top of my head – A Prayer For Owen Meany, Pride and Prejudice, The Book Thief.

Unapologetic fangirl for: dytopian and young adult- I really am fanning for John Green and TFIOS. I don’ always go to movies on opening weekend but when I do it’s because I really loved the book and just needed a little more. I’m looking forward to reading Paper Towns next once I get through my other need to reads.

Very excited for this release more than all the others: Probably whenever the next one in the Lunar series comes out, of course I have to read book 3 first but it just came and the last one doesn’t come out until next year.

Worst bookish habit: It’s probably that I really do devote way more time than I should to reading and staying up way too late on a school night…I mean work nigh.

X marks the spot: Start at the top of your shelf and pick the 27th book: How about the Good Reads list instead? Wicked The LIfe and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Ooh..that was a good one. I would love to see the musical.

Your latest book purchase: Does downloading a free one count? Pride and Prejudice

Zzz snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY too late): I guess it was Night Circus. The ending is just a huge downhill roller coaster and you might as well stay on until the ride comes to a complete stop. It’s better that way.

Day Book 6.16.14

Outside My Window: It’s getting warmer. It was bound to happen eventually.

I Am Hearing: Doctor Who. We are sad really, but there’s really not much on during the summer so yeah.

I Am Thinking: I’m just oddly tired. I think the early morning earthquakes this morning did not help. We had 3 good size ones this morning. If you have seen the Yahoo main page, our local meteorologist made the home page. I’m sure you always visit Yahoo for your newsworthy browsing right?
I’m also thinking how idiotic I feel that I was convinced I outright lost though my purse was stolen. Then find it after you have had your loving husband call the bank/ credit cards. Yeah good times. I’m just really glad that I didn’t have to go through getting a new license and all the other stuff. So there is that.

I Am Hoping: That I get everything squared away for school. Transcript stuff and looking into seeing if the workplace will pay up to a percentage of school which they do and which would be helpful.

Currently Reading: I just finished The Night Circus. I’m glad I stuck it through because I really enjoyed it. It was like a Harry Potter for adults in my opinion. I understood it took a moment to establish the background and character development. It really didn’t strongly peak my interest until the very end. I’m nine on the waiting list Kierra Cass so I may just take a break until that one is ready.

Plans For The Week: Not much this week. There is a zoo trip for this weekend. The hubs work place does their picnic thing there and this is really probably the only reason we would go. The hubs is not big on zoos, so I know he’s kind of just doing it for me. I’m sensing a photo shoot in my future.

Picture Thoughts: Yeah about that… I know I also promised a content full post. I have it, it’s just at work. I write at work now cause I can, sort of.

Spur Of The Moment Decision

So I got an urgent inkling to go back to school for my Masters like right now. (What the heck is wrong with me?) I seriously filled out the application and my FAFSA like just now. (Wait.. What?) I know.
Of course, it’s another online college but I really like the options with this school. I plan to get my Masters in Marketing with a focus on Digital Marketing and Advertising. It sounds so super fantastic.
I think since I’ve been out of school these last 6 months, my brain has literally melted to mush. It hasn’t helped that my current “gig” has really slowed down my brain function, no fault of theirs, and I’m thrilled to just be a part of something that I’m fairly passionate about, even if I’m sort of watching from a far for now.
I’m ready to rock this (once all that official stuff is done).
I strangely don’t really feel like blasting this bit of information to other social media. I just feel like this is going to be my own little personal thing and we’ll see what comes out of it.
Lucky you three that you are the first to know and are in on my little secret.
I will keep you posted as things unfold.

Go Me!

Reading Habits A Meme

I realize I am way behind as usual on any kind of blogging. I’m really not sure what the deal is. I do have another post of substance coming very soon and it has to do with TFIOS-not per say a review but more of my experience watching it. I’m sure your on baited breathe for that. In the mean time a meme. Thank you again Jen @ mommablogsalot

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I’m like Jen on this one the couch or bed. I’m not particular. Depends on the time of day and what I’m doing.

Bookmark or random piece of paper? I technically use the fancy bookmark on my Kindle since that is how the majority of my reading is done. I did acquire a few books marks from a friend who got a mountain of swag from the Romantic Times conference so I think I’m well covered if I need an actual bookmark.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or certain number of pages? It really depends on how tired I am, as that’s when most of my books are read at bedtime. I hate to have to stop in between chapters but will if I feel I’m at a good place or just that tired.

Do you eat or drink while reading? A drink sometimes if I’m on the couch..maybe a snack of chips or something if anything.
Do you watch TV or listen to music while reading? If I’m on the couch again and the TV is on and that’s usually if it’s something I’m not interested in watching, I will. I can’t do music and read. My brain wouldn’t process what I read at all. Funny how I’m okay with TV.
One book at a time or several at once? Very rarely is two unless I’m just really not feeling a particular book and just need something else to tide me over. Right now I am currently reading The Night Circus but have kind of switched from that to Quiet a non fiction about introverts. I’ve kind of waned off of it for now and may not get to finish it before it expires. It’s very rare for me to read non-fiction but this one seemed up my alley.

Reading at home or everywhere? I would say that if I know I’m going somewhere that is going to cause me to wait or the rare chance that I’m going on a long trip and am not driving I will bring the Kindle along with me. So far neither of these cases have happened for me to need to bring the Kindle in a long time.

Do you ever read ahead or skip pages? I don’t necessarily read ahead or skip pages but I may skim if it looks like things are going to be more descriptive than I really need. I admit the Anne of Green Gables books really go into a lot of description about the meadows and lakes and trees and it can kind of seem like it’s never going to end. Don’t get me wrong I love me some Anne but I just don’t have the time for all of the flowery stuff.

Reading out loud or silently in your head? Silently always- I think I’d get strange looks from the male species that live in the house. They probably would think I was talking to myself.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? I’ve never really had a “urge” to just break the spine, I guess to make it easier to keep it open to read? Can’t say that I have.

Do you write in your books? I’ve never been one to highlight or take notes in my books, of course I’ve never been in a book club either so that may be why. I do keep thinking that there are some quotes from books like TFIOS that I loved, and would like to have to refer back to, but if it’s a library book it’s kind of pointless. I do enjoy seeing popular highlights in the Kindle library books.

Birthday Interview Take 10

I told the youngest last year that he had my permission to stay 9 for basically the rest of his life. Did he listen? Of course not. Although we had our moments of gnashing of teeth and stubbornness he still found a way to charm his own mother.

I knew the first time when he was old enough to understand what “No” meant but wouldn’t listen anyway and could somehow pull off a dimpled smile and an evil ploy to take over the world in defiance of me saying No and make me laugh, that I lost him forever on the whole discipline thing. -Sad but True Story.

With out further adieu the annual birthday interview.

1 Who Is Your Favorite Person: Definitely my friend Quintin ..it could have been my friend Ethan but I see Quintin more.
2. Your Favorite Color? Green and Yellow

3. What is your favorite television show? …long pause as he doesn’t watch a lot of TV… Drake and Josh I guess?
4. What sport do you like best? Soccer
5. What is your favorite song? “There’s too many… I guess Let It Go for now.
6. What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms
7. Who is your best friend? Aaron, Aaron, Quintin and Ethon
8. What do you want to be when you grow up?” Firefighter that sings. I didn’t want to really announce that but yes singing.”

9. What is your favorite book? That Middle School book that I can’t remember the name of.
10. What are you really good at? I guess singing. Sigh.

11. Where do you wish to go on vacation? The Beach
12. What is your best memory? Going to Quintin’s for his birthday and spending the night.
13. What would you buy with a $1000? A boat, I’ve really considered wanting to go sailing.
14. What vegetable do you hate the most? Tomatoes
15. If you could have one wish what it would be? Wish for invisible fairy god parents.
16. What is your favorite ice cream? I don’t really like icecream..I’m very sensitive to it.
17. Who is your biggest hero? Mom and Dad
18. What do you like to do with your friends? Play this type of game that I don’t know what it’s called.
19. What do you hope to get to do before your next birthday? Beat a new video game.

Day Book 6/02

Outside My Window: The weather has been almost too delightful like I feel any minute now I’m going to think it’s just my imagination and it really is 110 outside. That day will come and it will be too soon.

I Am Hearing: Just the faint sound of boys being boys. The T.V. is off and I’m here entertaining myself quietly.

I Am Thinking: It seems I only take road trips for funerals. Sadly, it’s a fairly true statement. I will be headed for a whirlwind trip to Kansas for my god mother’s funeral. I will admit that I had a small glimmer of hope to stay in a hotel for the night, if for anything a change of scenery. My mother on the other hand just wants to take a 3 hour drive, pay our respects and turn and around and go home.

I Am Hoping: That somehow the pace will pick up at the 9 to 5. If that’s all I really have to hope for I guess I’m doing pretty good.

Plans For The Week: Tomorrow is my baby’s birthday. He will be 10. There will be many tears and gnashing of teeth by me simply because my baby is ten. SOB. Wednesday is my whirlwind trip to Kansas. Since I requested 2 days off for this trip and it looks like I only the need one, I am so going to do something on Thursday. So help me.

I’m Currently Reading: The Night Circus. Also to my udder shock, The One by Kiera Cass was in the library database. I almost squeed out loud with joy. I’m on the waiting list so I’m sure it will be a week or 5 but that’s okay. At this point I think I’m still too early in on Night Circus to really form any opinion. Can I ask if it is a slow go at first, because I’ve found myself skimming the pages and only halfway paying attention.

Picture Thoughts: I will spare you for now as the next post will be chalk full of photos and you might want to thank me now. You’re welcome.