Wednesday, September 3, 2014

You Need to Read This

A few weeks ago, I read Tiffany's review of Lea Michele's book. This led me to see her disclaimer of "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." And I thought "Blogging for books? TELL ME MORE." And that is how I came to be able to review How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Natural Disasters aka the best book ever.

First, if you haven't figured it out, I got this book from Blogging for Books for this review and all opinions are my own. Second, you need to read this book. And I mean NEED. It's the most amusing book I think I have ever read.

That is partially due to awesome lines such as:

"Your brain shorts out. Your legs won't move. Without this book, the best you can hope for is to be killed in a dry pair of underwear." (pg 15)

Then there are real science facts interspersed within the science fiction:

"Arachnoquake spiders live in a colony. While this isn't unique, it is rare. Out of close to 40,000 species of spider, less than two dozen exhibit social behavior. Forget dinner and a movie -- most spiders don't socialize outside of mating." (pg 28)

All of the (un)natural disasters mentioned in the book are based on SyFy original movies or have had movies based on them. I don't normally watch those movies, but I've seen bits and pieces of a few. I think once you come to accept the fact that they're not trying to win Oscars, they become better movies.

The two biggest things I learned reading the book are that the further from the coast you are, the safer you are (usually) and everybody should have access to a nuclear fallout shelter. In some cases, that's the only way to survive. At the end of the book, there's also the Shepard Survival Assessment Test (SSAT) to determine if you'd survive any of the aforementioned disasters. Jarrod and I both passed, luckily.

If you'd like to know more about Andrew Shaffer, you can find him on Twitter and at his website.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cute Clothes, Cuter Kids

I wasn't able to blog about Quinn's July outfit from Fab Kids because there were shipping issues. Do you remember the blue dress she got around the same time as Crocky? That dress and this skirt are very similar looking in their packages AND their sku numbers (if you've never worked retail, the number that tells the computer what item is what) are only one off. So we were accidentally sent the blue dress again. We finally got it fixed (shoutout to Jane at Fab Kids for being awesome about it!) and she finally got her blue tutu.


She wore her cute new outfit on my birthday to jump in puddles and go to Target. She kept twirling around and around. I'm pretty sure she's obsessed with tutus/skirts/dresses/etc.

However, I love that she can go from girly clothes to play clothes that are basic t-shirts. This is nice because even though she owns a LOT of dresses, there are only so many dresses to be worn. I chose this shirt because I wanted to test out Fab Kids jeans and they don't really offer any in the girls section. Quinn loves jeggings and I wouldn't hate for some to be included ;)

Headphone Smart Tee: c/o FabKids
The shirt is super soft and comfy and she loves the headphones because they remind her of Jarrod (he's super into music and video gaming, he uses headphones for both). As you can see, she's not wearing the jeans. The jeans did not fit her at all. I got a 3T since that's pretty much what she's in, although I was prepared for them to be a little bit big. They were a LOT big, but they had an adjustable waist so I figured I could make it work. I could not make it work.

I do have a nephew (often referred to as Cousin L) who's a little taller and a little heavier than Quinn (despite being 2.5 months younger) so I thought they might work on him, even though his mom said he was in a 4T. They were hard to get around his feet and they were too big in the waist too. I'm really not sure if it was just these two or what. I'd be more than happy to try a pair of jeans from Fab Kids again because the quality was awesome, especially for $10 jeans.

Contrast Denim: c/o FabKids
 And, L, if you're randomly reading this when you're older I apologize for the lack of your face in pictures. This is what happens when you won't stand still and make wonky faces while running around.

Cousin C had to get in on the action as well. My sister got this ADORABLE dress, I love the exposed bright zipper. Seeing all my posts and seeing Quinn's cute clothes in person, I think my sister was finally convinced to get something. She also got L this adorable ant shirt, but again, he wouldn't cooperate. It's okay, he's a toddler, it's expected.

Back Zip Marled Dress: Fab Kids
 I did finally get her to stand still, but couldn't get a stand still AND smile. She loves the dress so it passes the 4-year-old comfort test as well.

Then this happened. Not really sure what's going on, but that's par for the course.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ADIML: 25th Birthday

I really like doing A Day In My Life posts, but usually whenever I think about doing them I've already been up for hours and it feels pointless. Luckily, I finally remembered and the day I did was my birthday!

I usually wake up with Quinn, but Jarrod got up with her to let me sleep in, which only lasted about 15 minutes.

And when I did get up, they were gone. I was confused, but figured they were doing something for my birthday because I'm a smarty like that.

I forgot to take a picture of the giant cupcake Jarrod got me, but I did remember the numbers. I thought it was cute and I might have to buy a 6 for Jarrod's birthday in December.

After breakfast, for which I did not eat my cupcake, I got dressed and ready to go out for my present. Getting to go to garage sales alone! I love taking Quinn, but it's not so fun getting her in and out of the car.

Then, of course, I had to fuel up with some free birthday coffee from Starbucks. Which I promptly spilled on myself.

I also got my free birthday donut and drink from Krispy Kreme, I take advantage of as many birthday freebies as I can, but I forgot to take a picture of it until after I ate it. It was a chocolate cake donut and it was delicious.

After driving past two sales that were closed it started raining and I was worried I wouldn't get to go to ANY sales.

I was able to go to about five sales and I got some really good deals! In the picture below the pink thing on the left is a snow bib that will hopefully still fit Quinn this winter (if not it was only $1, so no big), the floral thing on the bottom left is a dress for her, the floral thing in the middle is a kimono for dress-up, the stars and black fuzzy thing is a dress and cover up that is GORGEOUS and only worn once by the previous owner. I also got Pinkalicious Scrabble, a couple books, a Little Einsteins DVD, and some other things.

After I got back we decided to run to Target because I had a giftcard burning a hole in my pocket. Quinn decided to dance in puddles before we left.

shirt: c/o FabKids skirt: c/o FabKids shoes: c/o Grammy
I tried quite a few things on at Target, including the pink/grey maxi I mentioned in my vlog, but I wound up getting two shirts (again, the ones mentioned in my vlog).

This was cute, but not quite the right color for me and a teeny bit short for a maxi.

This was SO cute, but not the right shape for me. There's no cinching in at the waist or anything and that's something I need.

I really liked the idea of this, but it just wasn't quite me.

One of the shirts I got, but the skirt fit super tight through the tummy/hips and made me look lumpy.

This was also a resident of lumpsville. I wanted it to work because it was super comfy.

The dress I wanted. It technically fit, but was just too tight in the waist and I knew I wouldn't wear it.
We were originally going to go to a fancy-ish place for brunch on Sunday, but it wound up being even more expensive than we thought so we got Chick-fil-A instead. Delicious.

Then we watched Lego Movie until Quinn's nap time and I worked on a Shutterfly book and caught up on blogs while she napped. And I ate my cupcake, mostly so I wouldn't have to share.

After Quinn woke up from her nap we played. And Darth Vader finally got into the father role and taught Luke how to drive.

Took advantage of my Starbucks giftcard birthday gifts and went to get Jarrod and I drinks for the afternoon. We watched some Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, I drank some wine, we watched the Tinkerbell Bake Off (which, I'm not gonna lie, I had totally been looking forward to), then I painted my nails (which I forgot to take a picture of).

Nothing extravagant, but it was a really good birthday :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Closet Vlog, Because Why Not?

If you don't edit your video or have to film multiple times, vlogging is so much easier than blogging. But I really don't think I could do it consistently. I fidget too much and what you'll see in this video is even less than it would have been normally because I tried REALLY hard to tell myself to STOP FIDGETING. It didn't really work. Also, enunciation. You'd think acting and being a theatre major, I'd remember to enunciate. So I apologize for any mumbling.

Moving on... Amanda started this by talking about vlogging on twitter, then I actually had a chance to watch Jennie's video and made Quinn let me watch Amanda's too (Quinn's not a big fan of YouTube videos unless they're music or cartoons) then I decided I should do it too. Also because I'm still editing pictures and if I didn't, it might be a bit before an actual post gets posted.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Movie Challenge List

I found out from Erin that Jenn is doing a fall movie challenge. Since it starts right after the book challenge, I figured why not? Might be a nice change of pace. Especially since I finally finished watching Veronica Mars (hopefully will get to watch the movie today or tomorrow) and I had nothing lined up next. This is my list of movies. Try not to judge too harshly, some of them might be odd. I tried to choose movies I already wanted to see and movies that were on Netflix, since we're already paying for it. All the links go to IMDB.

one. any action/adventure flick. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
two. any shot in budapest, hungary. - The Raven
three. any awarded an oscar for best cinematography. Legends of the Fall
four. any drama/biography/documentary. Mortified Nation
five. any awarded an oscar for best film editing. The English Patient
six. any science-fiction/fantasy flick. Serenity
seven. any starring an actress whose last name begins with the letter g. - Veronika Decides to Die (Sarah Michelle Gellar)
eight. any set during any holiday. Deadfall
nine. any from internet movie database's top flicks list. - Guardians of the Galaxy
ten. any starring an actor whose last name begins with the letter j. - X-Men Days of Future Past (Hugh Jackman)
eleven. any starring an actress whose last name begins with the letter k. Camp (Anna Kendrick)
twelve. any shot in london, england. Love Actually
thirteen. any awarded an oscar for best original score. Cabaret
fourteen. any adapted from any novel. The Fault in Our Stars
fifteen. any awarded an oscar for best original screenplay. The Usual Suspects
sixteen. any awarded an oscar for best picture. All About Eve
seventeen. any featured on american movie classic's fifty great movie quote's list. The Hours
eighteen. any romance or comedy. Waiting for Forever
nineteen. any sports flick. The Longest Yard
twenty. any thriller or mystery. The Factory
twenty-one. any starring an actor whose last name begins with the letter u. Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (Blair Underwood)
twenty-two. any shot in a country you've never visited. Angels Crest (Canada)
twenty-three. any shot in wilmington, north carolina. 28 Days
twenty-four. any western or war film. The Last Rites of Ransom Pride
twenty-five. any from american film institute's greatest american movies of all time. The Graduate

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Few Book Reviews

When I signed up for the book challenge I told myself "Self, you are going to blog about the books! And in a timely manner!". Well, I haven't. Are you surprised? Nope. So don't lie to me. However, I'm doing it now! I don't think I'm really good at writing reviews, at least not ones that can hold their own on a post so I'm gonna stick them all together. (All links go to Goodreads, fyi)

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
10 points: Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Both of those books are part of the Vampire Academy series and they FABULOUS. Just like the other four books in the series. They're nothing like Twilight or House of Night, if that's what you're worried about. These books have a whole class system going on with royals that are pure vampire and their dhampir (half human, half vampire) body guards. The entire series follows a set of best friends, one who is royalty and one who is a dhampir. Lots of fighting, a bit of romance, and a lot of teenage not thinking before acting. I also read Last Sacrifice, the last book in the series, but it didn't fit a category for the challenge. I didn't enjoy the ending 100% because a character I had grown to like got hurt by my favorite character, due to stupid actions, and I think it could have been handled better. Otherwise I adore this series, especially Rose's sarcasm.

15 points: Read a book that is on the New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This is one of the few super hyped books I've read that deserves ALL of its praise. ALL of it. It's serious and funny and heartwarming. If you don't know what it's about yet I'm going to assume this is your first day on the internet, welcome! Now go check it out. Next on my to-do list is to see the movie, I always go into seeing a movie based on a book with a grain of salt, but I think this one should be good.

I have no relevant pictures for this post without bombarding you with book covers again, so enjoy this picture of me "graduating" Kindergarten. May 1995

20 points: Read a book with "son(s)", "daughter(s)", or "child(ren)" in the title. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Oh. My. Goodness. This book draaaaaaaaaaagged. I think at some point in the book I was supposed to feel sympathy for the main character, but I never did. I hated reading his chapters and only wanted to read Caroline's chapters. I was so glad to be done with this book. It's such an interesting premise that was told horribly. Well, not horribly, but not even good. Would not recommend.

20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I know some people are completely turned off by Gillian Flynn's dark nature in her books, but for whatever reason I love them! I read Gone Girl earlier this year and it was great. Dark Places is no different. Crazy, dark, and twisted, but also smart and really well written. I'm not terribly happy about the casting for the movie, so I'm less excited to see the film version than I am of TFIOS, but I'll probably see it sooner or later anyway. This is a book I would 100% recommend, unless you're not a fan of thriller/mystery type books.

25 points: Read a biography, autobiography, or memoir. Bossypants by Tina Fey

Don't get me wrong, I really like Tina Fey, but this book just didn't do it for me. It was eh. Maybe she's just funnier to me when I can see her. I felt like the book was choppy and at times it seemed forced. If you like Tina then I'd say read it, but it's not something I feel is necessary to have read.

25 points: Read a book written by a blogger. Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (of Go Fug Yourself)

This was a cute book. DEFINITELY a young adult book, but still good. It's got a very stereotypical outcome and I figured out the "twist" about halfway through, but that's okay. It was well written and I think the authors did a pretty good job keeping the characters balanced instead of heavy on their clich├ęd personalities. It's a cute, light read. Perfect for summer, actually.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Currently July 23rd, 2014

I feel like I often turn to a "Currently" post when I haven't blogged in a while, but it also happens to be the prompt for Juliette's Blog Every Day in July link up. Win/win?
I just finished the Vampire Academy series, which I'm slightly obsessed with, but I wanted a little bit of a break before starting on the Bloodlines series (a companion series to VA) and I finally got to the top of the list for TFIOS. It's cute so far, but I know what's coming. Considering it was crazy popular on Tumblr for what seems like a million years before I finally got around to reading it, I don't think I could have escaped spoilers unless I had tried REALLY hard.

Writing: This blog post, duh.

Listening to: Barbie on Netflix. It's what Quinn requested to watch during lunch. It's idiotic.

Thinking: That I really should be cleaning, but I'm eating right now so it's okay that I'm taking a break, right?

Smelling: My soup.

Wishing: I had some fresh baked bread to eat with the soup.

Hoping: Quinn's birthday party next month is awesome.

Wearing: An exercise tank and bike shorts. Because it's hot and I'm not leaving the apartment.

Wanting: Someone else to come pack/clean for me.

Loving: A LOT of things I can't afford. But it's my birthday in a couple weeks, so maybe some of them will become a reality?

Needing: A tissue. That soup was kinda spicy and now my nose is running.


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