Tuesday, June 25, 2013

What are you reading?

It's Tuesday and one of my favorite things in life is the joy of reading. 

So I thought, hey why not update you guys on my latest reads for this year and maybe you'll find something to spark you interest.

Ugg, movie adaptation covers. The husband bugged me for over a year to give this book a try. I'm not the biggest King fan. But I gave in finally and gave it a go. The book is set in '60s and follow a few different story lines that all interconnect through the characters. Over all, good. Strange, but hey it's Stephen King so one should expect that. This is not horror genre strange, just at times mystical strange, but then again the other story lines are just normal life.

A set of books that will be a trilogy by Veronica Roth. It feed my post Hunger Games blues. It's YA (young adult), dystopian (I love dystopians) and awesome! The 3rd one doesn't come out until November though. Basically, there is one heroine that is in a dystopian world where everyone lives in 1 of the 5 factions that are governed by different principals. Generally each person at selection time picks the faction they were tested highest in, but our heroine is....divergent. And it's time to shake this world down to it's core and crack open some secrets. Whoo.
I've read Margaret Atwood's book, The Handmaid's Tale, previously and really like it. It was another dystopian. So, when Borders was going out of the business I snapped this one up for a bargain price. Unfortunately, I pretty much had to power through this one. Not at all fond of it. It's about an eccentric artist that is reminiscing about her past and coming to terms with who she is now. Still, I like the author, so I'm putting it on here just to say enough though this book was meh, Atwood is still good. 

 Yay for zombies. They are everywhere, so of course I had to get in on the fun and read a book about something zombie related. I enjoyed it too. It's actually a series of 'personal accounts' from the zombie infestation of the world. The accounts are in chronological order so you get to see the progression of the infestation. I know they adapted this book into a movie and I'm kind of hesitant to see it since they turned it into just one long story line. I really liked the way the book was set up into mini-personal accounts.

I loved this book. I will definitely be rereading this book in the future. The atmosphere of this book was just so rich and wonderful.  
"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.
This is the circus that is the backdrop to the magical duel going on between two contestants who don't know the rules of the game and everyone is involved whatever they know it or not.

Any books you guys have read that I just must try out?

Currently I'm reading The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. A little return to the high fantasy, epic novels of former days. I haven't read much of them lately, but they are one of my favorites.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Eating is my Favorite

Silly tree, you are in the way
In case anyone missed the news. The husband and I bought our first house.

After 7 years of apartment dwelling we are taking ownership of our own parcel of land and lumber. Loud music and jumping around now 100% guilt free.

We moved from a 2 bedroom apartment to a 3 bedroom house with rooms and doors and closets-oh my! Our measly stuff didn't fill half the space we have now. So, since we are all just goldfishes growing to fit the size of our bowls: We need stuff! Lots o' stuff. Okay, maybe need is a bit misleading. Want might be more accurate. Exciting either way.

You get to come along for the journey and see our new acquisitions.
We got the shelter part, so food part was next. Mainly what we will eat our food on.
Out with the old Wal-Mart special blue glass dishes that were different sizes than each other...

In with pretty new dishes and silverware.

We have managed not to break any yet either. Win.

Also, we needed a fancy new table to eat on. 

There is glass on the top. Our friends have all their table tops fitted for glass and we though that it was brilliant and will help keep the table looking snazzy and new. Also, if you can't notice we went with a counter height table. It is kind of fun to swing your legs while eating.

Bonus picture! John got a new toy. A weather radio. Now we will be prepared for tornadoes, hurricanes or alien invasions. We've been watch X-Files lately...The truth is out there.

Well, until next time you wonderful people you! 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Isaac Newton Understands

I'm sure you have heard it in passing, Newton's 3 laws of motion. I'm going to completely pop culture it (dumb it down) but law one says a body in motion (or rest) stays in motion (or rest) unless an outside force acts upon it.

Definitely how I work.

The moment I sit down to relax with a little TV or the 'net- BAM -4 hours later, nothing has gotten done.
BUT, if I actually get up and going, I can ride that wave until at least lunch time.
I have the crazy habit of wanting to go on 5 mile walks after I've run 10 miles. When I'm going, I'm really going. (I have not run anywhere near 10 miles since January though)

This is what I am trying to work on. Being a wee bit more productive with my time. (Especially the whole summer gig-with all that free time to bask in)

Don't let this blog fool you. I can blog while lounging on the couch eating graham crackers in my snowflake pjs. Not much motion going on there.

So I have to get going and keep going. Give myself a plan and some motivation.

This was part of the reason I started the blog. Kind of as an outside motivator to get things done. If I put it out there that I want to do something, hopefully a little part of me will push myself to do it so I can come back with happy pictures of a job well done.

The plan for this coming week:
Run, walk, bike and build a little muscle
Plant the bushes that have been chilling on the patio for a week or two
Clean house
Picture frames (HA, this one has been waiting for over a month and a half now)
Plan some meals out
Spend some time reading
And of course have some fun and enjoy summer living

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Embracing the internet to stay connected and record my thoughts and pictures for-ev-er. Brilliant!

Since it is summer and all, I have a few more minutes of lounging around time to use up in fun and adventurous ways. And how the internet calls to me. It wants me to divulge my random thoughts and share pictures that I will be able to Google (or whatever the next big conglomerate is) for decades hence.

Sure, sure, there is Facebook; but I want a bit more than a status update. It has to be all about me. Or mostly about me. Plus, I don't want to clog up your feeds and such.

Older photo (from KY days), but good sentiment

What exactly am I aiming to do? Will I stick with it? Why are you reading this?

Well, who really knows. I am making this up as I go.
I want to share pictures that I said I would share. Tell everyone all about my battles with the weeds. Share projects I keep saying I want to tackle. And also, maybe, this will motivate me to actually tackle said projects if someone out there is expecting an update about them.

All that, plus, you'll get to hear about my running (I know you all love that topic), what I'm reading, watching, seeing, feeling and of course, my cats!! Love them so. Except the puking part. Not so much love for that. (Which has happened twice today, FYI)

Seriously, who cannot adore Kitty Boy?

Well, that is all for now. I'll ponder what to share first. Most likely the exciting, filling of the house stuff we've been getting. Starting with the most important- nourishment.