22 October 2013

What's Up?

Goodness Gracious! I've sure let my blog slip to the wayside. I've been otherwise preoccupied; working, living, daydreaming. You know how it goes. I'm sure I'll have to participate soon in a blog hop, I kind of miss that!

Otherwise, I shall do a short recap of life since February:

March: Slipped on ice, got a concussion. Mood issues, Major sound sensitivity, Inability to form sentances and think clearly. Head and neck aches.

April: I finally got back to work after a month off.

May: It was my mom's birthday. That's all I can recall about May. Oh yes, also- my boss at work announced she was leaving. So me and two other ladies took over her duties. Now I do scheduling, payroll, invoicing, in addition to my normal job of watching children!

June: Work and Life.

July: There were fireworks. Ooooh. Ahhhh.

August: Work, field trips. On one, we went to the Horicon Marsh. So, out of a group of 4-8 year olds, I'm the only one who screamed at a bug.

September: I turned 28. Put purple/pink streaks in my hair.

October: Current month! Trick or Treat is on Saturday!

And that's that folks!

25 February 2013


Last night was my favorite night of the year, Oscar night! Though I did enjoy Seth MacFarlane as host (I loved his joke about Daniel Day Lewis freeing Don Cheadle), I felt that the show just draaaaagged on! And for me, it wasn't the show that caused my feelings of boredom, it was all of the commercial breaks! I found  it overly frustrating... I understand that commercials are how things are paid for, but when the show is running over there really isn't any need to go to a commercial break every 5 minutes!

Moving on, did you see those dresses? BEAUTIFUL! Nothing really screamed "Worst Dressed" to me, which I found refreshing. Of course there were dresses that were just 'eh' (Kerry Washington in Miu Miu, Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta, Olivia Munn). My biggest disappointment of the night was Anne Hathaway in Prada. It was so incredibly blah...

On to my favorites!

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive. She looked amazing, I loved how the dress was cut and it was sparkly!

Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen. Simply stunning!

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive. Classic in copper!

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture. I'll admit that I wasn't too fond of it when I first saw it. I'm just not a fan of uber-mermaid dresses. But the light pink is great, I love the subtle print on the dress, and she looked great! Plus, I kind of loved that she tripped (not in a mean way, but in a 'that's why she's my fake bff' way)

On a random fashion note. Zoe Saldana. Is it just me, or did her dress last night seem overly reminiscent of her 2010 Oscar dress? It's basically a toned down version... (2013 on left, 2010 on right) I'm not a fan of either. Thoughts?

Honorable best dressed mentions: Sandra Bullock, Stacy Keibler, Halle Berry.

07 January 2013

YA Faeries & Fantasy Giveaway Hop

Fantasy. It's one of my favorite things. To many people, I'm sure fantasy means faeries and unicorns and far off magical places. And that is fantasy.  But fantasy can also refer to anything that is based in the actual present or past. Dystopian... fantasy. Science Fiction... fantasy. Most Romance novels... fantasy. 

Because of my love of fantasy, I was really excited to participate in this particular hop! I have a couple things to give away!

I have two books & a set of bookmarks to give away and will pick a winner for each...

First up, is a bookplate signed copy of Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck.


Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Second up, is my ARC of Shades of Earth by Beth Revis. It comes out January 15 and is the third book in the Across the Universe trilogy (now, since that's the last day of the giveaway, you won't receive it before the book is actually released. But hey, it's still an ARC and ARC's are pretty awesome!)


Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceshipGodspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.

But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.

Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing.


Lastly, you can enter to win some bookmarks. The first one is signed by Jessica Spotswood and it promotes Born Wicked and Star Cursed. The second is signed by Victoria Schwab and promotes The Archived (such a great, GREAT book!). The third isn't signed but it's for Starters by Lissa Price (which if you haven't read it yet... is AMAZING!)

Interested? Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I'm seriously incompetent when it come's to getting the Linky to work, so here's a link back to the list of blogs participating:

Faeries & Fantasy Blogs

01 January 2013

A Photo A Day: January

One of my goals this year is to attempt to take a photo a day (hopefully!) for a month. Therefore, I may as well make it this month! The photo will be of something I did or saw on that particular day...

January 1, 2013 
Coloring in the Alphonse Mucha coloring book

January 2, 2013
The 18 books (mostly signed) that I have received in the past month.  Only 8 left to get! (I'm sure I'll be giving some away in the coming year, as long as you don't mind that some are personalized!)

January 3, 2013
Sending fanmail/Autograph requests: IRC & photos. 

January 4, 2013
The view out of my window, Main Street Mayville

January 5, 2013
Today I got a signed picture of Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) in the mail!

January 6, 2013
Icicles on neighbouring building

January 7, 2013
The Importance of Blood Donation!

January 8, 2013
The joy of carrying groceries up the back steps...

January 9, 2013
I made cookies (Oatmeal Raisin)

January 10, 2013
I received my signed copy of Origin by Jessica Khoury in the mail!

January 11, 2013
Received signed photo of Ginnifer Goodwin that I sent out in September back today!

January 12, 2013
Not a new picture but I'm missing my cat, Annabelle (she lives in Missouri and technically I've only spent a day with her. But she's still my cat!)