And Another One Down…

We survived the first week of school with little to no scarring except for the scars in my mind of my two oldest children and their quest to achieve school picture day failure. A backwards shirt wouldn’t normally be too much of a big deal and it probably won’t be that noticeable in the picture, it’s just the thought that it was a V NECK shirt of all things. That was probably very noticeable. Unless kids these days are so into their phones walking down the halls that stuff like that really doesn’t get noticed. Scary Thought.

Then there is the oldest and his hair. He has uncontrollable Elvis like hair. It’s crazy thick and crazy. Not to mention the combing regiment, which there is nothing to mention because there isn’t one. The hubs and I have already decided to just let it go…let it go. He’s 15 and he can do what he wants (with his hair). If you saw the Doctor Who special and Strax mentions removing Clara’s hat which was really her hair….cracked me up. Now I call the son’s hair his hat. Shall I remove your hat son? He didn’t find it as comical as I did.

I can only imagine what their school pic looks like. It’s a darn good thing that I haven’t purchased school pics since the oldest was in Pre-K. How lame am I? I know it’s about the memories but why pay for something that I can do myself and control how and when to do it.

I do love these boys and my incessant teasing and gnashing of teeth is only because what little control I do have is zero to one and I know I have to just pick my battles and declare it could be worse, a lot worse.

The youngest is also controlling his mouth so far, which thank goodness that wretched hole punch behavior system from last year is behind us. His teacher seems as if she has some experience under her belt and I believe is going to be a good challenge for this one. He actually admitted that he likes her enough that he’s learning something. Hello Latin contexts in spelling words. Hopefully we have hit the teacher jackpot with this one. Hopefully I didn’t speak too soon.

As for me, my first semester is won and done. I have to admit I enjoyed it for the most part and reading the Wall Street Journal now is a part of my daily routine at work and a lot of terminology from class amazingly pops up in the WSJ. The funny thing is I read it for my own lack of a better term “enjoyment” and not so much for research/discussion for class. It did come in handy though. Now on to Quantitative Business Strategies. Doesn’t that sound like one to lull you to sleep at night? I’m trying to be open minded but it’s really hard when the word “quantitative” is involved.

Lastly I just wanted to randomly say that a co-worker mentioned to me she is writing a book. She never had any aspirations of writing a book but she had a vivid dream that she just could not get out of her mind and finally decided to write about it and it’s just completely evolved from there. She said that she has literally formed spreadsheets of just characterization stuff that isn’t’ completely relevant to the story but a means for her to know her characters inside and out. I found this fascinating. Any who I told her I would love to be what she considers a second reader which means I will get to read it once she is done and then come to her with my input and what not. I mention that I blog and have tens of tons of readers to help spread the word. I don’t always like to mention the blog because it makes me self conscious and I’m not that consistent and well context could use some work. You know like pimples on your pretty face that kind of thing. Anyway she was somewhat intrigued by the blog but thankfully didn’t ask for the url. I don’t think I could have done it…yet. I have close friends that don’t even know about the blog. Sometimes it’s just best to leave it as my own little personal enigma. /total of course randomness right there..again why we don’t give out the url to friends and work peeps. I have to face them everyday, unlike you dear reader who can judge me all day and it not phase me.

 

What I’m Into…:

Well I have no real excuse for completely disappearing off the planet. You catch me on facebook don’t you? So it’s not like I have gone too far.

Any who, I needed a Meme and this one seemed where I’m at mentally.

Books I Read: I really thought that I had gotten over the dystopian YA hump but no of course not. It’s never ending and there’s a few series that I wrote down at the bookstore that peaked my interest. Yes friends, I physically went into a bookstore the other day and it was bliss.  I wrote down a few new titles I want to try. That’s for later though. I also wanted to mention how nerdy full circle I came by browsing the YA dystopian section and my text alert sounded, which happens to be Rue’s whistle from HG. No one whistled back, which would have been the most awesome thing on the planet.

Right now I’m reading Cress by Marissa Meyer. If you already read my FB post than you know I am hanging by a thread .. in a good way. This series really increases a notch of thrills each book. The first is always that steady chugging up the roller coaster hill to get you acquainted with things and then it just escalates from there. If you are considering reading Divergent, read this one first honestly, it’s better. I think if you go with out reading the books on Divergent and just watch the movie you won’t miss a thing. In my opinion. One of those rarities where the movie may actually be better,

I also finished The One earlier this month. I enjoyed it. Though I admit at this point I’ve almost completely forgotten how it ended. We’ll just chalk that up with I’ve read a few others since. I am totally into everything in this series too. Just saying. I also didn’t realize that this series is also going to be a movie. I have no further detail than that.

TV SHOWS: I will say that I haven’t marathoned a TV show since my long stint of Doctor Who, but we of course do keep a constant recording of Big Bang Theory on hand and DW too of course.

I caught that new Pawnograpy game show on History and I really like the trivia and the premise. Basically if the contestant wins the round over the Pawn Stars they win an item from the Pawn Shop if they lose they don’t. At the end they “bargain” on a value of Pawn Shop items or cash in exchange of who got more questions right -of course they don’t know who got more right so they haggle the deal before. If they both agree on the deal than no matter what they get the deal. It’s very enjoyable for Trivia buffs like me.

I’m also trying to catch Food Network Stars. I was kind of rooting for the butcher girl and still have hopes for the cowboy dude but I’m not sure how much longer he will last. Can I also just say the girl from last week who made shrimp tacos for kids and then put saraccha sauce on it. Who in their right mind does that? I totally wanted her off just based on that logic. I’m also watching Who’s Line Is It Anyway. I love that they brought back the old cast and it is just as funny as ever. I’m not too into them bringing in C list celebrities for their rounds but it’s not terrible.

MUSIC I’M JAMMING TO: Since my Pitch Perfect tirade I’m listening to a lot of acapella kind of stuff on Pandora like Pennintonix. My jam on the radio right now is AjR I’m Ready -it has that kid from South Park in part of saying I’m Ready I’m Ready… but there’s something about the beat I think that has me totally hooked. Yes I am a top 40 junkie. #sorrynotsorry. Did I totally add a hashtag into a blog post? I do what I want.  I also cannot get Boom Clap out of my head which is from TFIOS soundtrack. I know I should get a life.

LINKS I’M LOVING: I had no idea that Adam Savage did a podcast and he has a sight called TESTED -just  search for it on the YouTube. It’s just fascinating and he talks about his ComicCon adventures and everything else. It’s been fun just watching one after the other.

If that’s not nerdy enough for you there is always epbot which is the Jen that does cake wrecks. She is a big sci fi nut and she does not disappoint. Which I think is why I adore and appreciate her humor on cake wrecks so much.

I’ll also be the first to admit that buzz feed is my favorite time waster. I’m not sure how they think of the most random lists but they always seem so fitting for my random entertainment/sense of humor.

On a side note, I am over the hump of my first semester of graduate school. Which sounds so grown up and sophisticated. This is partly the real reason I have slacked on the blog..that and reading cause it’s really up there on my if I can’t physically go on vacation, than I must go mentally list. Mental sacrifices for my sanity ya know?

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.

Who’s The Blog Slacker?

This girl that’s who.

I’m not sure what happened to cause my lapse. I’m going to make the excuse that I’ve been busy, real busy.
Let’s break it down shall we?

Work (of course)

Since I left my previous position, they have been in dire straights, in that someone else left right after me, leaving them with a 4 person workload for 2. This is all SO very familiar as I have been the one that was of the 2 and even down to the 1. Yes friends, 1 person for a 4 person workload. This meant lots of “helpers” that really didn’t help much because their constant questions and fixing their mistakes made the workload more stressful. So yeah been there done that. Needless to say, my old boss who is a dear friend, had the cahonies to ask the VP of that department to ask my boss, who is the VP of my department, if they could spare me for a week or six. He actually brought me into his office with another boss and was reluctant to even ask me. It was kind of sweet in a weird way. So technically I have my full-time job and then leave for my “part-time” job at 5 and work a few more hours everyday. Everyone thinks I have lost my ever loving mind to go back to my old place but they are paying me OT and it is with my new pay, so who’s crazy now? I probably wouldn’t have done it if it was anybody else, though I probably would have because I enjoy the thought that I’m “valuable” and all that fuzzy stuff that goes with it.

At the new place I’m getting more “responsibilities” like proofing marketing items that are about to be finalized. This could be anything from web promotion stuff going on the website, radio scripts for ads, and anything and everything in between. They wanted a fresh set of eyes. If you knew the approval process and how many eyes and hands one piece is rotated around, your head would spin. If something is changed it has to go through the whole process again. One would think that that many eyes would find something amiss, you would be wrong. It’s basically when you’ve seen the same project 3-4 -8 times it gets a little tedious as I’m learning.
I will admit the whole proofing process has been a learning process as I figure out what I’m allowed to change content and sentence structure not so much. It’s been a challenge, if I think a sentence doesn’t sound/flow right and should be changed and they say it’s fine based on the marketing premise of the item, it makes things confusing. When I do find a glaring error that does need fixed..one does feel empowered that you found it out of 4-5 people that missed it. (flexes muscles). I never saw myself as a grammar Natzi but my spidey senses have heightened and I’m asking a lot of questions. We actually have a proof/writer but even he makes mistakes.

I’m sure you’ve heard enough of that… Can you tell though, that I really am enjoying my job and the new challenges it’s bringing me?

The Boys

The oldest had his first dramatic debut last night. As a freshman the drama teacher normally doesn’t do “heavy” subjects for the newbs but she really thought they could handle it. It was a pretty dark message about drugs and teen pregnancy. They did a great job and he was able to play several different characters based on the boy to girl ratio of the class. I must also say that he was probably the greatest coat rack that I have ever seen. :)
I’m just so glad that he has found his niche and this probably is something he will carry on through high school. His teacher told him he certainly should do it competitively next year. The middle child is on his way to drama next year as well. I’m thinking this means I will be a future drama mama and will need their nifty bedazzled shirts that the “drama mama’s” sported last night.
The hubs is also adamant on getting the youngest into voice lessons. We really feel he has a inner singing talent that needs to be molded and hopefully produce something awesome. He’s very shy about it as I think I’ve mentioned before but we’re hoping voice lessons will get him over it.

The Latest On The Leaf

The latest on the Leaf thus far, is that Nissan worked really hard with us to get the payment back down to where we were more comfortable and so YAY we have a Leaf! I admit I am still very apprehensive about our new purchase and really hope it will make a huge difference in a lot of things. I’m pretty sure this very apprehension is why most Americans don’t take that leap to look more into electric cars.

The following are a few things to note about our/my experience so far….

I think I mentioned before that it only comes with a trickle charger. This means this particular power source to charge it is a lower voltage and takes a lot longer to charge -we’re talking 12 plus hours to charge. This is why it is imperative to purchase the actual wall charger and have it installed. We checked both Home Depot and Lowes and they don’t carry them in store so it will have to be purchased online. This was kind of a bummer as we really wanted to check our options on the chargers in person. In fact they looked at us like we had grown an extra head when we asked. For now we are still charging on the trickle and it works good enough for now. If you don’t let it get the full charge you may only get 45 to 50 miles which may seem like a lot but it really depends on how your going to drive it. Which brings me to the next point.

How it’s driven:
If your main commute is all highway and your going more than 20 miles one way it’s going to be always best to have a full charge, at least it is in my opinion based on my personal comfort. The hubs says he does fine going back to work even on a partial charge. When it is at a stop it gets a recharge for a few more miles. It’s actually fantastic for stop and go and we drive it on the weekends for errands.
One must also look at the amenities of radio, air conditioning and all the extras that use power. It’s another one of those things you have to take into account and adjust to. This kind of adjustment maybe an inconvenience for many as who wants to turn the AC off if power is getting too low? We really haven’t made that much of an adjustment and don’t feel it’s too big a deal. I’m just a little paranoid so I watch the power gauge like a hawk and if I feel like the miles are dropping too much for my comfort than the A/C goes off.
We have done a lot of research and apparently extreme temperature cold or hot also has a lot to do with its charge. This is something we are planning to really test, as Oklahoma is the epitome of one extreme to the other for weather. When I say “we” I mainly mean the hubs, as this whole Leaf thing is his big picture science experiment.
The drive is no different from any other car it’s just a big adjustment on getting used to the get up and go from stop to start.
All 3 boys actually fit just as comfortably as they do in the back of my Toyota, so the roominess is decent for a smaller car. I admit I feel like we’re a bunch of clowns getting out of the car when we get out but the youngest hasn’t complained and he is not one to hold back on his discomfort.
This whole power concept instead of gas is a completely different way of thinking. You plan your trips accordingly. If absolutely necessary, the Nissan dealer near us has reassured us that even if we need a charge on a Sunday when they are closed, they will open the gate for us if we call security ahead of time.

The plan is to try to keep you guys up to date on our findings at least once every two weeks. The hubs is actually starting up his own blog based on our experience as well.

Well Better Later Than Never

It’s a good thing I never made any resolution to blog more in 2014. I do hope to remedy that, just getting here and starting a post is half the battle.

I think my mood and attitude is finally coming around. Winter is always so bleak for me. The sun really makes a difference. I’m probably one of those few people who can actually notice the slightest difference that the days are gradually getting longer already.

Well enough with that….

As for the new year, it’s here and I have decided no life changing goals or any of that. I’m playing this one day by day. I have some really hopeful prospects (I think) in the works. I’m trying to be optimistic but also focused on my task at hand which has been extremely hard when you want to get started on this thing they call living to work instead of working to live. Sending me good vibes this week would really help a girl out.

I hate to admit that I don’t think I’ve even taken all of 3 pictures this year if that, and that includes my phone. January has always been the month with the least picture taking.

This is probably enough rambling for now. Looks like someone is really late taking down the Chirstmas decor this year. (Yes I still have a Christmas header up…let’s see if after this post I get something new and fresh up. I probably should brush up on my mad design skills.)