Monday, April 30, 2012

Dear Monday [4.30.12]

Linking up here!

Dear Monday, I don't hate you this week. I have the day off to take care of some stuff, I'm chillin at my parents' house with a dog on each side of me, I just ate a snack pack pudding cup. Life's pretty good.



Dear boyfriend, tomorrow is 1.7, aka a year and 7 months. Woah. Where has the time gone? I like you.

Dear Avengers, I'll be meeting you Friday at midnight. I hope you're worth the lack of sleep I'll be suffering all day as a result.

Dear blog friends, I keep finding myself talking about you to my real life friends. Funny how we get to know people electronically? Anyway, I am thankful for these new friendships.


Happy Monday friends! I'm a girl of limited words, today, it seems. I'm soaking in the peace of sitting with some puppy dogs and feeling a spring breeze run through the room. Hope you all are in a happy place today, too. :)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Book review: If Only It Were True

Hey-o! I just wanted to say hi before my normal book review post.

I've been super busy lately, leaving less time to blog. I promise there will be more real posts soon. Like, next week.

In the meantime, here's my weekly book review. I don't know if you guys even read them, but they're one of the things about blogging I've really come to love doing. So they're gonna stick around.

I promise promise promise this is the last negative review for a while. I've really enjoyed the books I've read since this one!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! <3

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If Only It Were True by Marc Levy

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. Linking up with Blonde... Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday.

What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet; particularly when she's surprised that you can even see her -- and she can disappear and reappear at whim? What if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town? Should you have her see a psychiatrist or should you consult one yourself? Or do you take a chance and believe in her, and allow yourself to be swept up in an extraordinary adventure?

This is the beginning of the dilemma that Arthur, a young San Francisco architect, is faced with when he discovers Lauren in his apartment.

Arthur is the only man who can share Lauren's secret, the only one who can see her, hear her, and talk to her when no one else so much as senses her presence. So when doctors prepare to end Lauren's physical care -- which would destroy the magical bond she and Arthur cherish -- he must find a way to save her. For, after all, it is only her love that can save him.


Have you all seen the super cute Reese Witherspoon movie Just Like Heaven? It was one of my faaaaavorites in high school--a fun, quirky, sweet chick flick. Turns out it was based on a book called If Only It Were True.

So when I was looking for an audiobook for my trip home for Easter and I found the book version of Just Like Heaven, I was excited. I also got The Kite Runner, but decided to listen to Just Like Heaven (which I later discovered was originally called "If Only It Were True") first because I thought it would be lighter and more fun.

Wrong.

Guys, don't read this book. Probably. I mean, it has good reviews on Goodreads, so I guess some people like it. But seriously, don't. Here are a few reasons I didn't like it:

1. Holy sentimentalism, Batman! The whole book is overly dramatic. Granted, it makes sense to have an increased awareness of the value of life when you're kind of a ghost and don't know if you'll ever be alive for real again. But man, did this book drag. When I think of it I think of The Notebook (which I didn't like, btw) dipped in molasses and dragged through a vat of icing. Yup, that's what I'm going with. It was just too much.

2. There was a lot of the whole creating-situations-and-or-characters-for-a-singular-reason business that I don't like. For example (spoiler alert!): Arthur at one point  steals Lauren's comatose body for a while. Since he ends up giving it back and not getting in any trouble, the only point I could find to him stealing her was to force him to go to his mother's old house and remember and be sad and force his relationship with his mother to the front. Which brings me to my final point...

3. Aaaaaaaaaaaargh the mother stuff! It was just awful. No one talks like the mom does. No one. And it didn't relate to the Lauren stuff and was just stupid.

The book is also sprinkled with terrible writing, like when we conveniently find out only right before they wanna have sexy time that Lauren can change (or eliminate) her clothes just by thinking about it. Which she does and she's suddenly naked -- then she stands there naked and explains that she can do it. Isn't that awkward? I thought it was terribly awkward.

Anyway. Maybe read this book. But probably don't.

Has anyone else read Just Like Heaven or If Only It Were True? What did you think?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Calling all runners!

I want to start running, but I am full of questions.


Yes I know running is a pretty natural thing that all toddlers can do, but still. I have questions.

Like, are running tights really worth the bajillion dollars when I already have plenty pairs of athletic shorts?

And do you carry water? How do you do it?

Ideally, I'd like to look like the female version of this when I run:

Source

And not how I would look naturally. Which is like this:

Source



And any other wisdom you can offer, would be great, really. Time of day that's best, advice for when it's super hot. Favorite running shoes. I'm all ears.

Or eyes, really. Since, you know, it's a blog.


Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dear Monday [4.23.12]

Dear Monday, It should not have taken me that long to think of today's date. My bad, world. Once again, slow start to the week.



Dear boyfriend, I'm sorry we're both feeling a little yucky. Of all the things in the world to do together, being sick is one of my least favorites. I am still excited, though, for to caddy for you today in disc golf and to practice my skills more sometime soon!

Dear water, you are my new bff till this cold goes away.

Dear new boss lady, You are scary. I am anxious.

Pin. Source.
Dear food lovers, I made these this weekend. (Another new recipe down!) Oh. My. Gosh. are they good. They're pretty labor intensive with all the veggie cutting and assembling, but I made ten (ten!) and have my lunch ready for every day this week. I recommend cutting the veggies one night and assembling the next day, but you can totally knock them all out at once. Still, try them. Yumm.



Happy Monday, friends! How's your start to the week going? Have any of you tried any recipes that you've loooved lately? I'd love to hear, especially if they're vegetarian-friendly!

I'm linking up with Megan for Dear Monday and Meg for Mingle Monday this week!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Book review: The Lovely Bones


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews.

The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family's need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that's calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive -- and then some. But Susie isn't ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.


Linked up with Blonde... Undercover Blonde again for Book Club Friday!

Guys, I know this book sounds depressing. And it is sad. But somehow I loved it.

I was waiting to post a review because I wanted to get ahold of a physical copy of the book since I listened to it on audio. Well, that hasn't happened yet, and I don't want to forget why I loved this book, so I'm going to try to write this anyway.

The Goodreads page for The Lovely Bones is full of negative reviews, so I guess take mine with a grain of salt.

1. I wrote here about a quote I found in this book that talks about the main character's mother. This is only one example of the beautiful portrayal of the mother, Abigail. But really, all of the characters are so dynamic, so intricate, so interesting. Sebold takes each character and charts their reaction to Susie's death and each one is so different and each is so believable. This book is about  the rape and murder of a young girl, yes, but to me, it's more about grief and reaction and what do people do when their world falls apart.

2. I loved how she showed grief and reaction for Susie's family but also in the lives of many others -- a classmate she'd only spoken to once in her life, the boy who had a crush on her and gave Susie her first kiss, that boy's mother, some of the neighbors. It shows the spiderweb of the lives one person touches and the way every action affects people you'd never expect to feel the ripple caused by what you did.

I think the essence of the book is shown in the quote from which it was named:

"These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections-sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent--that happened after I was gone."

3. I love, love, loved the grandmother. She was hilarious and perfect. I wouldn't mind if I grew up to be her.

4. I could see myself in Lindsay, Susie's sister, who works hard to protect the rest of her family from feeling the grief too much.

The book did have a weird ending--starting around chapter 22, I think. I haven't quite decided what to think about a few chapters there at the end. I don't think I liked them.

But the rest of it was so beautiful to me that I guess I don't quite care. I loved it anyway.

I recommended the book to my mom and she said it didn't sound like her kind of book. Like I said, it is sad. And there is rape and murder, though it isn't super graphic and it all happens pretty quickly. But this book... This book shows relationships, love, and grief more clearly than I've ever seen them presented.


Have any of you read The Lovely Bones? I'd love to hear what you thought, especially since reviews on Goodreads are so polarized.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Speaking the same language

Have you guys ever heard of the five love languages?

They've been floating around my brain forever. Ok, since freshman year of college when I first heard about them.

They were created/discovered/explained by a marriage counselor named Gary Chapman. The basic idea is that all people express love--in all relationships, not just romantic ones--in one of five ways:

Words of affirmation
Physical touch
Quality time
Gifts
Acts of Service 
(think about your dad checking the oil on your car)


And often, the language you express love in is the same language you like to receive. So if you speak the gift-giving language, a small gift might make you feel more loved than all the hugs in the world.

So I've known about these for a super long time, but I never tested or really experienced the theory.

Enter boyfriend.


Pat and I do NOT speak the same love language.

I am pretty definitely Words of affirmation. When someone compliments me, I can glow and cheer up thinking about it 3 months later. Likewise, insults stick with me foreeeeverrrrr. I leave lots of notes for Pat and constantly am using words to express my feelings.

Pat... He's not so big on the communication.

When we first started dating, our mismatched languages bugged me. I felt like I never knew what he was thinking and worried that I was secretly annoying him but he'd never tell me and felt very unsure of where we stood.

I utterly failed to pick up on the ways he was showing me that he liked me.

See, Pat's language is Physical touch.

Alright, friends. Get your minds out of the gutter.

Pat shows me he cares about me aaaaaaaalllll the time, but not in the ways I was used to.

When we play games (he on his Xbox (Playstation? idk...), me on his iPhone) he stops between games to poke me or put his hand on my leg.

When something exciting happens, he'll grab my arm while he asks if I saw it.

Every time we drive anywhere, his hand is always on my leg.

But I was missing all these cues for a long long longlong time. I just thought that's the way couples were. That he was doing what any boyfriend would do.

It eventually hit me that Physical touch is Pat's language. Duh.


Have you guys ever heard of the love languages? Do you think you fit any of the categories?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Weekend recap: Visiting Meleah!

Hey lovelies!

This weekend I was able to cross off one of my major 24 before 24 goals: I visited my high school bff Meleah at med school!

I don't have a whole lot of pictures, because it was a super lazy weekend -- exactly what I needed.

I got in at around 8:30 Friday night. I was so. relieved. to make it ok because on my way I had to drive on a country road and a deer dashed in front of me! No exaggeration, it was less than a foot in front of my car, but I managed to avoid injury. Whew.

Friday night we chilled and watched all the wedding shows on TV. There seemed to be a Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids marathon this weekend. We weren't complaining!

Saturday we slept in and then made pancakes with peanut butter chips in them for breakfast. Yumm. When the rain let up a little bit, Meleah took me into town and showed me around her school! I got a few kind of odd pictures there.

Remember when Meleah worked on my back over Christmas break? Here she is working on her fiance's back:

It's called Osteopathic manipulative medicine. She did it again Sunday night before I left and realigned my hips and vertabrae and she popped my neck! Here's the room where she learned how to do it.


Those are lots and lots of fancy massage tables--they can be raised and lowered according to the med students' height.


That wall behind the podium is made up of giant screens. The fellows that teach the class operate cameras and can zoom in on students around the room to show what they're doing and help them do it better!

I was impressed. When she fixed me Sunday night she said that one of my pelvic/hip bones had rotated forward--so if you put your hand on the bumps that stick out from your hips in front? one of mine was lower than the other, and in the back it was higher, so she could tell it was rotated forward.

So cool!

We also saw this lovely display:



That, my friends, is the entire human nervous system. There are only three complete sets in the whole world--Meleah said it's really easy to accidentally cut through a nerve while you're dissecting without even noticing. Really gross, but really cool.

After our tour of the school we stopped by good ol' Walmart and picked up some veggies to snack on and then drove out to the lake. Her fiance proposed to her there! We were lucky and the sun came out for a little bit and we had a mini picnic.



Please excuse her winded hair and my messy ponytail. :)

After that we went home and tried this recipe for "Insalata Pizzas."


(She had googled vegetarian recipes and bought all the ingredients for like four of them. :) She's so nice!)

I liked it a lot! It was a few things I would never have put together but it was really good. I'd use less vinegar next time though.

Sunday morning we went to church and then a couple of her friends came over and we made this:


This recipe kept making us laugh because of the ENORMOUS amount of veggies it said to put in for only two servings. I think we ended up using less veggies and still feeding four people! We were using linguine, though, so we couldn't measure that and probably had more pasta in our version. We also added red pasta sauce. It was a hit!

Mel's friends brought over fresh strawberries and cake and we had strawberry short cake! Yummm.

We took an accidental nap after lunch and then Meleah worked on my back and then it was time to leave! A too-quick visit, for sure, but a wonderfully relaxing weekend with my friend who I see far too rarely.

Also, I managed to check off one of my 24 before 24 goals! I also added two new recipes to my tally. :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dear Monday [4.16.12]




Dear Monday, Man we had a sleepy start today. But the day's lookin' good so far! Here's to hopin' it stays that way!

Dear lovelies (that's you!), I had a great weekend and checked a few more things off my 24 before 24 list! I'll be posting it about tomorrow. Also, if you're gearing up and excited for summer (aren't we all?) check out this giveaway! I know, I know... I feel like I'm spamming you. But it will be worth it if you win, right? :)

Dear boyfriend, I'm so proud of you for winning that scholarship! Of course you deserved it!

Also, thanks for getting ice cream with me last night and letting me tackle you a couple times when you tried to throw my trash away for me and I wanted to do it myself. It was fun.You're the best!



Dear 14th pound, So happy to see you finally gone! Losing this last pound has taken the longest and been the hardest and I'm so excited to be working on the 15th pound now!

Dear hands, Why do you smell like latex gloves? Yuck. I have not been a part of any biology frog dissections. What gives?

Dear "Delirium," I've loved reading you (listening?) since I first popped in the CD and heard Sarah Drew (aka Dr. Kepnar from Grey's) narrating. Finally I'll have a good book to review!



Happy Monday everyone! I hope the weekend treated you well and that you and all your loved ones are safe from the scary tornadoes that blew through the Midwest this weekend! Anyone spend their Saturday night in a basement?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Book review: The Maze Runner


The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.


I think I found this book through recommendations from Goodreads. It's often recommended for people who like the Hunger Games trilogy. I'm going to jump right in to likes and dislikes.

Likes:
1. The plot of the book sucks you in, very quickly and very strongly. There were surprises throughout the book and it was one of those audiobooks I take inside with me to listen because I don't want to wait until I'm in the car again. Even though there was a lot I didn't like about it, I couldn't stop reading it.
2. I love Chuck. If you read it, I bet you will too.
3. I listened to the audio book and one of the characters had an Irish accent. Awesome.
4. This book has the most creative bad guys I've ever seen ever. They are called Grievers and they are giant slugs with machinery they can suck into their yuck or spit out to fight. Seriously.

Dislikes:
1. James Dashner just doesn't seem to be a good writer. His story line was great. It had me hooked. But his style leaves a lot to be desired. I'll say more--
2. Thomas, the main character, seems to have no personality. He's actually kind of annoying. And since I don't like him, I don't really care what happens to him at all. Which is when I would normally stop, but there was so much mystery to it all that I kept going.
3. Dashner repeats things a lot. He harps on the details of Thomas' memory loss over and over, well past the first half of the book. We get it before then. We really do. He also seems to forget what he's already written? I don't know how that works. But Thomas will hear or see something and then a little while later see it again and be surprised and you're like, dude! You already saw that!
4. Thomas also seems to ignore really obvious clues as to What is Going On in favor of being clueless.

I feel like I keep reviewing books that I'm telling you not to read. Which is not as fun or helpful as getting a book recommendation. I have a feeling a lot of people would really enjoy this book. It just wasn't for me. So yet another "eh" book for you all.

Linked up with Blonde... Undercover Blonde again for Book Club Friday!



Thursday, April 12, 2012

A momentous occasion

A Very Big Thing happened yesterday. And did I get pictures? Did I stop to smell the roses? Nope. Suuuuure didn't.

Let me tell you all about it. :) Starting from the verrryyy beginning...

About a year and a half ago, Pat and I started dating. Here's us:



At the time, we were both resident assistants and lived in the res halls at KU. KU is a dry campus, so we weren't allowed to have alcohol in our rooms even if we were twenty one.

Luckily, though, my big sister lived off campus and generously donated the use of her home, lovingly called the hobbit hole, for our weekend activities.

This is one of the images that comes up when you google "hobbit hole."
Also, that is a sheep.
We called it that because it was a tiny, one-bedroom apartment in the basement of a house where other college students lived. We had to be verrrrryyy selective with who we invited to the hobbit hole because 5 people was a crowd. Like I said, tiny.

You guys remember Sam? Here's me and Pat with Sam:



Well Sam was one of the people who regularly visited the hobbit hole with us, along with some other regulars, for such activities as Lion King drinking games, and Beauty and the Beast drinking games, and Seussical the Musical singalongs.

One night in the hobbit hole, after a few adult beverages, we started discussing our plans for the next few years. We all had living arrangements planned out for this year, but somehow, Sam convinced us that the three of us needed to live together the year after.

By the end of the night, Pat and I had pinky promised Sam not to break up so we could all live together.

Why did I make this promise? I have no idea how I thought it would work out. I was a senior and didn't know what I was doing with my life or if I would stay in town or move to Montana or Alaska or Prague. But I made the promise, so there you have it.

Adding a picture here to break up the text. Look! Snow! Remember snow?

Fast forward to this year. I know I'm staying in town, not moving to Montana or Prague. We've found a fourth roommate, found a place we want to live, and everything is really happening.

Then I find out I might have to live on campus for grad school. Yikes.

So the signing of the lease is put off, and put off, and put off, until this week when I finally said, Alright. I will go and apply to live there Thursday and whatever happens with grad school after that, happens, but I'm keeping my pinky promise, dangit.

I tell Pat and ask him if he wants to go turn in his paperwork too and he says yes, but Wednesday is better for him.

So last night we go down to the leasing office, nbd, to turn in our applications.

Where the lovely girl behind the desk tells us they only have one townhome left for next year. ONE.

And she says someone is coming to tour it in the next half hour and if they decide to sign their lease, we're out of luck.

We call Sam and he rushes down and we all turn in our applications, she runs our background checks while we're standing there, Pat tries to get a hold of Jake, our fourth roommate, but Jake doesn't answer, so the three of us have to put up the deposit without him and sign our lease right that second and he'll sign it later or we risk losing our house for next year, so we each hand over checks for over two hundred dollars, read quickly through the lease and sign some papers.


So. The Very Big Thing?

Me and Pat signed a lease last night.

I'm officially moving in with my boyfriend next year.

And I'll be living with three boys next year...

The end.  For now. :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

For my Dad...


When I was little and didn't want to go to bed, my dad would scoop me up and carry me to my room. As we walked along, he would pause in different spots in the house, setting me down for a second.

"All right, bedtime, here you go," he'd say, setting me on the kitchen counter next to the sink. I'd giggle and say, "Daddy, nooo!" And he'd scoop me back up. We'd go a little farther down the hall.

"Here's your bed, now close your eyes," he'd say, holding me over the bath tub. I'd giggle and shake my head.

We'd finally reach my room, unmade bed in sight, but first we'd visit the closet, or I'd sit on the dresser, or even in my sister's bed, before finally making it to my bed.

For the dad who carried me to all the wrong places before bed time...



For the dad who made us PB&J sandwiches while mom was out of town and decided to give us a little something extra, accidentally creating polka-dotted bread when the M&Ms he'd slipped into the bag sat pressed against the bread for too long...

For the "Blue day"...

For taking care of the birds, bunnies, hamsters, dogs and frogs...

For teaching me to throw a softball, cast a line, check the oil on my car...

For the trips to the beach where you stay in the house because you don't even like sand or sun...

(Before prom sophomore year)

For the lemonade you shared with Pat at my graduation...

For the volleyball tournaments, the high school musicals, the graduation ceremonies, for the birthday parties you threw us, and for all the hard work to pay for every moment of it...

Thank you.


Happy birthday, Dad!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Dear Monday [4.9.12]

Linking up with Megan at Happy Day Blog


Dear Monday, As always, I'm sleepy and dreaming of going to bed early tonight. But first, six or so more hours of work, a bit of shopping [laundry detergent, bleach, toothbrush, milk--not exciting], and maybe some leftover pie with Pat. :)

Dear roommate, I knew there would be trouble when you came home with a toothbrush the same color as mine, so I can't say I was surprised when I went into the bathroom this morning and yours was in the holder and mine was in your cabinet. I understand your early morning confusion. But still.... Really? My replacement will not be orange, I assure you.




Dear boyfriend, I like you because when I'm sad you're silly, and when I dance like crazy in public, you don't walk away, even if you were maybe a little embarrassed. Freyday night has officially become one of my favorite memories. Thanks, dood.

Dear Mom, Dad, Anna, and pets, I loved this weekend. It was pretty perfect. See you in a few weeks!

Dear five-year journal, I haven't written in you since I got my bad news last Tuesday. I promise, promise, promise I will update you today. If only I can remember what I did last Wednesday...

Dear anyone who tries to comment, Today I turned off word verification for the third time. It keeps coming back. I'm sorry. I promise I'm not trying to torture anyone.

Dear blog friends, I'm also linking up with Meg for Mingle Monday! I have been for the past few weeks and have met so many lovely ladies! Head on over if you'd like to mingle, too!

Happy Monday, friends! I hope your weekend was as fun, relaxing, and full of good food as mine was!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Book review(s): The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest



by Stieg Larsson

Descriptions and other reviews can be found here and hereBecause I read these books one after another and because the plot stretches from one into the next, I've decided to review these together. You can find my review of the first in the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo here.

Remember how the first book was really boring sometimes and really hard to get into and I had to try more than once to read it?

Not so with these books.

I think part of that is that a lot a lot a lot of the beginning of the first book was character development. Since these two books revisit familiar characters, we didn't need that so much. We could jump right into the action.

And boy, is there a lot of action.


I'll start with things I didn't like about the book:

1. Holy potatoes is it graphic sometimes. Yeah, the first one was too, but these were medical, physical, things-that-are-not-supposed-to-be-like-that-on-your-body graphic descriptions that had me cringing. Yuck. But that wouldn't bother some people, I guess.

2. A whole chunk at the beginning of the second book wasn't really important. Like at all. I'm thinking back, and it maybe filled some plot holes, but they could easily have mentioned a few things and moved on in a sentence or two instead of pages and pages. For those of you who have read it--Salander's time at the beach/hotel/with the dude she picks up? Why was that important? If you know, clue me in!

That being said, it wasn't boring. Larsson just spent so much time on it I thought it would be important. It wasn't. There are various other subplots (Poison Pen?) that seem to do nothing but get a character in the right place at the right time, or just get someone out of the way. I think this is lack of skill (creating a whole scenario to accomplish a small thing) covered by decent/interesting writing and details (a la Poison Pen--gets Berger out of the way for a while and is interesting enough to hold our attention, but really has nothing to do with anything except that it's another dude that mistreats women.)

3. I also don't know why they spend so much time on Blomkvist's love affairs. I get it. Ladies like him. Once again, not really that essential.

4. We NEVER meet one character who is mentioned again and again and again and I was dyyyyyyyyyying to meet. Never. Never even see her. *hmph*

I liked things too!

1. The second book is full of action. It gets you hooked and doesn't let you go.

2. There are fun/interesting characters that weren't in the other books, like Paulo Roberto.

3. We learn lots lots lots about Lisbeth's background and why she is the way she is and why she has a guardian and whatnot.

4. Once you've read all the books, read this. It's funny. :)


From looking at my what I liked vs my what I didn't like, you'd think I didn't like the books. But I really enjoyed them, enough so that I might read them again someday. I even recommend them! Woah!

If you've read them, please let me know what you thought!

<3

PS. I'm linking up with Book Club Friday. How cool! Didn't know it even existed! Click the pic to see other book reviews!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thursday thoughts [4.5.12]

Hi friends!

I'm excited to link up with Sar from [life of love] today. Her Thursday Thoughts link up is just what I need with the list of randoms I've been thinking about lately.

One.
Thank you all for your support after my post Tuesday. It was a definite shock since ... you know what? On to positivity! You all were wonderful, especially my real-life friend Jenna. I hope it's ok with her if I share some of what she sent me in an email:

"We can't know everything about life, no matter how much we study and reflect. There will always be mystery. What we can do is enjoy each stage as we go through life, knowing that another, perhaps very different stage, will follow."

Her entire email, especially this part, really helped me feel better. I think I might have to print the whole thing out and hang it somewhere. This girl is too good to me! (Hi Jenna!)

Two.
Big sister got a job offer! Yay! Not sure if she'll see this since she's at a wedding, but congrats to her!


Three.
Does this font and size work for you? I'm constantly changing my font/size. I had a friend tell me it was too small on her computer, so I made it bigger, but I'm still not really satisfied. Be prepared for another new font! Possibly.

Four.
I have been losing weight (13 pounds so far! woohoo!) But I have been STUCK on this one pound for a couple weeks now. It is so frustrating.

Five.
Here are some other things that have helped distract me and make me feel better.

This video:


This comic:



And this one:


Happy Thursday, everyone!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Well shit.

Hi lovelies.

Remember the good news I've been talking about that I couldn't really tell you about?

Well, it was that I got into grad school. But now I found out that I didn't really get in after all--or, more accurately, I'm on sort of a wait list.

I didn't even know this was a possibility. I'm really upset and crying at work. Please think good thoughts for me, or pray or do whatever it is you do.

Thanks, friends. Hopefully more, happier posts coming soon.

PS. Maybe reading this would help me feel better?


Monday, April 2, 2012

So sweet to be a Jayhawk

I love my alma mater.



And I love our basketball team. From my very first game with people I don't talk to anymore to my most recent game with one of my favorite people in the world...


Whatever happens tonight, I'm proud of my school and my team, and proud to be a Jayhawk!

Rock chalk!!


P.S. This weekend I tried another new food--vegetarian spring rolls! Loved the first one, ate only the fried outside of the second one... still counts! I also tried this easy pasta salad (pin) and really liked it! That's 2/5 new foods and 1/24 new recipes for my 24 before 24 list!

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