Saturday, January 31, 2015

Book of the Month - Gone Girl

 Well, I kept up with at least one of my resolutions so far - I read a book this month!  I kept hearing about the Gone Girl movie on tumblr, but not in an way that I actually knew what it was, exactly.  Just a bunch of vaguely confusing collages and comments on whether or not it did the book justice.  So I was thinking about maybe making that the book of the month for February, since I already had a book in queue to be read for January.

Well, before I even got a chance to start the planned January book, a friend of mine decided to give Gone Girl a try.  She plowed through it in a day or two and when I asked her if she enjoyed it, she said "OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! (*official review)."  Something you have to understand about this friend is that she hates basically everything.  So when I heard this, I knew I had to drop everything and read Gone Girl immediately.  And so I did.

I read it in several hour chunks over the course of a Sunday and it was everything she'd promised it would be.  I had to pause in the middle to have a ten minute long ranting session at Chris about just how amazing it was.  I don't want to give anything away, because I think going into it not knowing what to expect is definitely the best way, but there is a giant twist and I 100% did not see it coming at all.  This is so unbelievably rare - I think the last time I had been so throw by a book was when I read The Thirteenth Tale a few years back.  So that would have been enough to make me rave about it, but I also just genuinely enjoyed the writing style.  The author made me care about the characters even though they were difficult to love at times.

Again, I can't really give you a plot synopsis or anything, I really think it's best to read without knowing anything ahead of time.  But I really really super suggest that you go out and read it right away.  Definitely before seeing the movie - which was good, but not nearly as good as the book (which is almost always the case, I suppose)

Sunday, January 25, 2015


This week I:
  • drank coconut margaritas.
  • found Morgaine's adoption papers.
  • watched history repeat itself.
  • admired the snow.
  • watched my grandfather receive his long-awaited WWII medals.
  • cuddled some cats.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday Tunes - Shut Up And Dance

This is the song I currently cannot stop singing.  I feel bad for the cats; they have the misfortune of being my most frequent audience.

Shut Up and Dance - Walk The Moon

Sunday, January 18, 2015


This week I:
  • put up some wall liner (or, more accurately, watched my family do it for me).
  • had a very fluffy cat.
  •  saw some fish but did not buy them.

Sorry there aren't many pictures - this was a rough week.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuesday Tunes - Long Way Down

I just love the sound of this one, it's really good driving music.  And I just realized it's the same guy who did Global Concepts back in 2013, which I also loved!

Long Way Down - Robert DeLong

Sunday, January 11, 2015


This week I:
  • wore the wrong shoes.
  • ate a smoothie bowl.
  • read Gone Girl.
  • ate the most delicious steak ever.
  • cuddled with some cats.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday Tunes - Through The Dark

Something about this song feels to me like a nice hug.  That's the best way I can describe it.
It's coming to me, I feel everything
And we're not afraid, we'll never be
And whatever hurts the most, I'm breathing it out, like smoke
I know I'm getting close to letting go
Through The Dark - The Mowgli's

Sunday, January 4, 2015


This week I:
  • took the first photo of 2015.
  • ate pork and sauerkraut.
  • tended my growing things.
  • embroidered.
  • took our loveseat for a walk.
  • drove off into nothingness.
  • spotted this jolly Christmas shark.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Looking forward and looking back.

So 2014 is over.  It was... a year.  Some really amazing stuff happened during it.  And most of it was fine.  But the last month or so was not great, and for me those few weeks are kind of overshadowing the whole thing. 

I guess part of the problem is that 2013 was SO good for me, and I had really hoped that 2014 would be more of the same.  And while I feel I've grown as a person somewhat over this past year, I feel like I've had a bit of a backslide in a number of areas as well.  I've been rather loose with my interpretation of "healthy" food.  I've been going to the gym, but I haven't really been pushing myself.  I've been giving in too much to the creeping mope that is constantly in the back of my mind.  I have not been trying.

And that's what I want to work on in this brand new year.  I want to try.  I want to push myself.  I want to enjoy things, even when I don't feel like it.  But these are very broad, overarching goals, aren't they?  So let's narrow them down a bit.

1.) Read one book per month.  I was going to make it two, but since I have hardly been reading at all, twelve books in a year is a pretty lofty goal.  I love reading.  I used to read continuously.  I suppose it's one of those things that has fallen by the wayside in favor of things like Netflix and the internet in general.  So this year, I'm taking back one of my favorite hobbies - I am going to read.  And audiobooks don't count.  I have to sit down and physically read a book (or ebook on my kindle) every month and then report back here about it.

2.) Sell things on Etsy.  Over the last two months I have made a quilt and done quite a bit of embroidering.  Guess what - I loved it!  I want to do more of the same.  Small problem though: my house is already way too cluttered with stuff.  Solution?  I'll sell it.

3) Write something.  One of the things that helped me fight my way out of the Sadness before was writing down my thoughts in a journal.  I've done one each year since my 28th birthday, but my year 30 journal has been rather neglected.  So I want to get back on that.  And I want to write some fiction as well.  I have a lot of stories swimming around in my head, and it might feel good to get some of them out of there.

4.) Take better care of myself.  As I mentioned a few paragraphs ago, I've become rather lax with myself.  I don't know why I've allowed this to happen - it's been proven time and time again that I genuinely feel better when I eat better and work out.  I guess because it takes work and I am, at heart, extremely lazy.  But I've bought myself a fitbit as motivation, and I have plans to start up my fitness videos again as accountability. 

5.) Clean this place up.  My house is usually a mess.  I'd been doing an okay job, but then the holiday season came around and Chris was at work most of the time and I just completely lost the motivation to even bother trying.  I just threw everything on the ground, both literally and figuratively.  But let's be honest - it's not great, even on the best day.  There's too much clutter - everything is everywhere all of the time.  So this year I'm going to really work on not only keeping my house cleaner, but also clearing it out a little. I want it to look (and feel) like a real house.

So that's where I'm at right now.  Wish me luck.