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.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Finish This 25

1. I have a quarter to use a pay phone, I call... I'm pretty sure I'd need more than a quarter and some luck to find a payphone. Although, I have my mom's cell, Jarrod's cell, and my grandma's home number memorized so it'd be one of those three. Most likely my mom depending on where Jarrod was at the time.

 2. I found $25 in my pocket, I buy... I'd keep it til the weekend and hit up some garage sales. That's pretty much all I do with my spending money during the summer.

 3. I have 25 minutes to watch TV, I turn on... Friends or the news, depending on the time of day. I don't watch a lot of random tv, unless it's Disney channel for Quinn. I'm pretty sure I have all of the cartoon theme songs memorized.

 4. A meal I can prepare from start to finish in 25 minutes... A lot of things. Breakfast, pasta with sauce, chicken nuggets, fried rice. Sometimes I forget to start dinner until we start getting hungry, so I've become pretty good at getting food ready in less than half an hour.

I'm also really good at ordering food in less than 25 minutes.
5. At the age of 25 I wish I had known... Come back to me in a few years, I don't turn 25 for another five weeks.

 6. If I drove 25 miles east from my house, I'd be in... Leon, KS. I've never been to Leon, but I have heard of it at least. I thought it was the other direction though. If I go 25 miles west or south I wind up in cities, but if I go north I just wind up in the middle of nowhere. There's a lot of that in Kansas.

I just found this link up randomly, but these questions were from a week or so ago so I'm not actually linking up this time. I did link the button in case you're interested in the link ups.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Spin Me Right Round

There are no affiliate links in this post, but we were sent the dress for a review.

I don't have much to say, but I feel bad that I haven't gotten a post up for Fab Kids yet this month. Especially because Quinn loves her dress so much. So much so that I've had issues trying to get pictures of her in it because she won't stop spinning while wearing it.

Fab Kids has so many styles starting at just $10! Technically $9.95, but we all know that means $10. Personally I'm obsessed with this Toucan Dress and I really wish Quinn would have chosen it for her July outfit, but she didn't. Sigh. I might need to find some similar fabric and just make myself one. Quinn's "pretty princess" dress and the blue ombre dress in this post (aka ice princess aka Elsa) are each only $10 right now too. So your little girl and Quinn can be twinsies, like all the cool kids. Okay, I have to stop looking at those dresses now because I'm getting sad they don't come in my size. There are some striped dresses that are SO CUTE.

You can also meet Crocky, aka baby Tick Tock Crock from Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy. Quinn's new favorite movie. Now she insists on sleeping with Momo (the monkey she's had since birth) and Crocky. He's a little cumbersome, but we make it work.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Muggle Life with Allied Shirts

disclaimer: I was given a free t-shirt of my own design in exchange for my review, all opinions are my own

First off, I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Allied Shirts for being patient with me since it's taken far too long to get this up. Luckily, the actual process with Allied Shirts was super easy and uncomplicated. I just wish I could say the same about getting pictures for this post!

 First of all, the shirt I got is SUPER soft and this great hunter green color. It was easy to figure out which shirt I wanted, but not so easy to figure out what I wanted it to say. I polled my friends with a few quotes from HIMYM, Harry Potter, Psych, and Supernatural. Six out of seven people chose the Harry Potter reference "It's days like these I wish I weren't a Muggle." Jarrod was the seventh and he chose a HIMYM quote that wound up being too long to put on the shirt, anyway.

The quote is incredibly applicable in the process of trying to write this post. I originally had Jarrod take pictures of me, but they turned out blurry. Then I couldn't figure out my tripod to use my real camera, nor did I have time for it today. I finally just decided that phone pictures would have to work, but my hair wasn't cooperating (I don't think you can really tell though, small blessings) and I don't have a full length mirror. I fully Muggled it up and just did what I could.

This was attempt number one at a picture. Then I realized that because I was holding my phone lower than my head, I didn't need to squat.

Take two. Still not great, but it'll work. Shorts are from JCPenney, if you're curious. They're the best and I wish they still sold them because I want another pair.

And one more so that you can actually read the shirt.

I'd highly recommend Allied Shirts. The shirts are printed great and it's super comfy. However, if you do I hope you have an easier time writing a blog post about it!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

We Went to the Zoo

I organized a bunch of pictures yesterday and realized I had some that I could make a post out of AND link up with Deanna. Wah-bam!

My parents had been talking about taking their grandkids (Quinn, Cousin C, and Cousin L (they're siblings)) to the zoo for a while. Of course the adult kids were thinking "Um, me too!" so FINALLY we all went. By we "all" I mean there were twelve of us. My family, my sister's family, parents, two of our younger siblings, and my baby brother's girlfriend. That was WEIRD. He's still 10 in my mind, not 17.

We got there a little earlier than everybody else so we fed duckies and fishies (goodness, will I ever call them by their actual names?) and climbed on rocks, as you do.

top: Goodwill (no tag) capris: Rewind shoes: Target sunglasses: Color Me Rad
We had to skip the petting zoo, which Quinn wasn't happy about, but she cheered up pretty quickly once she saw the monkeys. And yes, I know an orangutan isn't a monkey, I was singing this the entire time.

THEN WE GOT TO FEED GIRAFFES. I didn't even know that was a thing we could do. Mom paid for each of the grandkids to do one feeding, but Quinn was throwing the lettuce at the giraffes instead of letting them get it themselves because she was afraid of the tongue, so I got to take over. IT WAS SO COOL.

I had to include a picture of Jarrod. Goober.

Ooh, and look at these!!! The first one is my youngest sister Jessica. Age 10 in the first picture and 15 in the second. Her style has vastly improved, haha!

As has mine, which you can see in this next picture that is FIFTEEN years apart. That Tweety hat was pretty rockin' though. I had included the 1999 picture in a post not too long ago, so I had to recreate it when we went to the zoo. Getting Jessica's with the orangutan was just awesome coincidence.


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