Face Lift!

Woo! Update! How do you like the face lift on my blog? Had to flip over to autumn, you know. Get that fall feel going! I was ready to do it in like, July but I refrained 😛 Anyway, I’ve been MIA for a little bit because…you know…life. But here is a little update before we resume with the bookish.

Quick life updates:
– My husband and I just celebrated our 1-year wedding anniversary!
– I’ve been a bit bummed because I applied for an amazing position within my workplace and unfortunately I didn’t get it. So I needed to take a little time for myself and breathe. I am still coping a little bit but time is healing.
– A big project is starting up in my Book sleeve shop and I have been weighing the pro’s and con’s before committing to anything. I finally decided to say yes so then came the prep work and that has been crazy!!!! 
– On top of that, our basement flooded and everything has been wet. And smelly. And moved around for the project. And wet. But on a brighter note….
– Fall is here and its my FAVORITE.

That is mostly what has been keeping me away from the blog. Things are leveling out now so my updates will be more regular and I am glad for that because–as I will soon introduce–big events are coming in October! Let’s do it!!

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OTSPSecret Sister – Seeking Sisters for Book Exchange

Hiya everyone!

For the past six months, I have been participating in a book exchange project that I have wanted to be a part of for years….probably since I first discovered the bookish community. The ladies I have met and corresponded with under #OTSPSecretSister have shared joys, fears, anxieties, everyday goings on, and everything in between. The letters and packages that we exchange are just a fun side effect of our community.

becca-tapert-u5e1kqW6E3M-unsplashIf you are interested in being a part of our group, there are just a couple more things to know. First off, we chat mainly on Twitter under the hash tag mentioned above. Second, you do need to know and understand that this is a commitment. If you come on board with us, you’re in the fam for six months. There are different tiers or monetary groups to sign up for, including $0 where you can be a penpal with someone or someones. If you choose to exchange monthly bookish packages with a secret sister then that’s great too but in the end, its about the connections with the group!

So of course this is all a summary, but what you mostly need to know you can find on the Round 11 information and sign up page. There you will find more information as well as a link to an FAQ page. And in the meantime, if you have any other questions feel free to ask me or search up our hash tag on Twitter! Sign-ups are open NOW and will remain open until August 23rd.

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Food for thought with Kermit the Frog

I picked up this little gem today and I just had to share it!

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This is not a literal talk on gender, just the evolution of language. I’m not the expert in all of this, but I do find linguistics fascinating. Per the post where I found this, our Old English third person pronouns were hē, hine, his & him for male and hēo, hīe & hire for female. Middle English evolved into him/his & her/hers. In this day and age, we are stuck having “hers” and “her” both being possessive words used for different situations while “his” solely being used for all. And there you have it….more or less!

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SELF CARE SATURDAY – Books, Baths, & Breakfast

A normal Saturday night for me is not a bad night by any means. “Normal” is usually a quiet evening at home with my husband watching a movie or show that he picks. I’ll maybe be working on a couple booksleeves for the small business, followed by some reading. Some weekends of course we go out with friends or family. I don’t really know what is it, but something about weekends never really feels like “me” time. Don’t get me wrong. I love my husband, my friends, my family, and doing weekend things. But always doing things or never stopping to breathe and reflect on my center gets rough.

olesia-buyar-1659756-unsplashAnd so here I am. This Saturday I have a house to myself, as my parents are out of town for the weekend. I am planning to make the most out of this time with myself (and the two fur babies I am sitting) and care for myself as much as I am able to. So really, I foresee myself taking a little time to catch up on a blog post or two, catching up on some reading, and maybe doing some journalling…and doing this in the peace in quiet. I always have a loud television on in the background, or music blaring in my ears to cover up the loud television. Sometimes, I just want quiet. Another thing I might get to: taking a walk and/or taking a bath. Burn a candle. Get a good night’s sleep. Take my time eating breakfast and drinking coffee.

Note (and this is my recommendation for if and when you do this for yourself) that I am keeping my list loose. These are all things I want to do, not things I feel I must do to have a “successful self care day.” I don’t want to promise myself anything and set myself up for disappointment. That being said though, I feel these are completely reasonable within the next 24 hours. I have enough time and more to do these things.

What is your definition of self care? What does your regimine include? Please share!

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Game of Thrones – the first two episodes (no spoilers)

Hi everyone! I just want to give a couple thoughts on the final (*sob*) season of Game of Thrones thus far.

We are now through two out of only seven episodes of the last of seven seasons. Past seasons have had ten episodes so its kind of heartbreaking that a) we are losing out on three episodes that we usually get. and b) we had to wait extra as well.

So far this season, I feel that there has just been so much fluff. There are so many reunions and relationships and worlds colliding that could have happened along the way. Now, don’t get me wrong. There have been some good moments and they have been enjoyable–magic carpet rides, trapeses in dungeons, singalongs in the Great Hall…

All of that being said though, I know things are going to escalate. And quickly. Too quickly? Probably. But we’ll see. Afterall, “In the game of thrones, you win or you die.”

Oh, and just for fun, I have to post this selection of emojis that you can play around with if you use the proper hashtag on Twitter. I love them!

Do you watch GoT at all? Who is your favorite character?

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What would your book nook look like?

I was just browsing Pinterest today (a dangerous past time, I know) and I ended up looking through cozy reading nooks. Now I am designing my dream space and I’m just all warm and fuzzy and excited inside! So here are a couple spaces I am in love with:

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tumblr_inline_nfipm43cax1s7b3jyOk, this next one is just great. Doesn’t everyone need this?? Unfortunately, I don’t have a proper tub for baths right now but I absolutely wish that I did. I get so many bath bombs in book boxes so obviously baths + books go together! Plus, heaven knows that we all need more bookshelves. So basically, this setting pretty much has it all! Also the toilet is there too so you’ll never be bored while taking care of that business either. All bases are covered.

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And finally, for my grand finale, I had to choose my musical library. This baby is grand. Its got high ceilings, natural light, comfy seating (I might switch it out for something a little classier later on, but in the mean time I’ll take what I can get), a fire place, and of course books, books, and more books!!  I can only hope that some of those taller windows are doors. Maybe there is also a window seat somewhere around there? Oh, how perfect! I’m in heaven, you guys!

Have you thought about your dream library? What would your ideal book nook look like? Spill the tea in the comments!

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Pardon my absence…

I’ve always said that I don’t really believe in apologizing for absences from social media, and I really don’t. So this isn’t an apology as much as it is a reason, as well as an excuse to share with you my BABIES!! Okay, not really babies but even better….PUPPIES

Today I am straying away from the bookish to share with you what has been a big part of my life since the holidays: my family’s puppy endeavor! The last three dogs we have had, my parents have talked about trying to have a litter of puppies. A golden retriever, a miniature schnauzer, and now with the second golden retriever, we’ve finally stepped up and taken the jump. Our baby has had babies!

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Of course she isn’t a baby any more, but your dog will always be your baby. Ellie has been such a champ going through this whole process. We did a lot of research going into this event and from what we read, some mamas can be very territorial of their pups, not letting their humans near in the beginning and not wanting to leave the area much. Ellie, however, is a perfect mix of taking care of the littles when she needs to and letting them get their rest and having her own (and her owner’s) self-care. She needs her own space and cool off period (the room where the puppies are has to be a consistent 82-degrees F! It gets pretty warm!).

Right now, the puppies are 3 weeks old. There are 6 adorable, purebred golden retriever pups–5 boys and 1 little girl.

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This little guy we’ve been calling ‘Rizzo’ after our favorite Chicago Cub

At 3 weeks, they are just starting to open their eyes and their hearing is just developing. They are also just starting to walk, which is honestly the funniest thing. I never really thought about dogs figuring out how to walk, but some of them use their two front legs and drag their back legs–kind of salamander-ish. A couple of them can get up on all fours for about 5 or 6 steps and then just flop down in a little puppy pile. Mostly they just sort of climb all over each other to get from point A to point B and its just adorable. And of course, I can’t forget to mention (as you can see from this picture) that right now, their tiny nails and tiny teeth are incredibly sharp!

image4Obviously, I am loving these little cherubs grow and change, and as my dad keeps saying “Its amazing, the instincts that Mother Nature has instilled in them.” And he’s not just talking about the babies, but mama pup too. She had her litter and pretty much knew what to do! Life is so messy (and smelly and gross) but so sweet and so beautiful. I hope you can all take some time to enjoy it today.

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Blogmas 20: Holiday Movies – Old and New (Part 1)

Hi everyone! My December has been so busy this year that I have not watched nearly as many holiday movies as I normally do. I have been working overtime and honestly, I consider myself lucky that I have read as much as I have, and that has taken priority over watching for me. I’m cool with that! All that being said though, I feel like I still have to post at least about my holiday faves, both new and old. Maybe I shouldn’t say “old,” per se, but “childhood” rather. So here are just a couple that are noteworthy at this time:

Childhood fave:

MV5BMDU2ZGI4NTAtOWY0Mi00NTU2LTk1NDMtOTliMTlmOGIzMDRmXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNDk0MDg4NDk@._V1_The Santa Clause … I have always loved this movie. I think my absolute favorite thing about this movie is watching the adults fall in love with Christmas as adults. We’re never too old for Christmas–I firmly believe this. Not just celebrating Christmas, but also finding magic in Christmas. We stop believing in Santa, Santa doesn’t stop believing in us. It doesn’t have to be this way, and because of this movie, I have never and will never let it be this way.

New Groove:

MV5BNTA3NjU3OTM2MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjQ2MzE1NjM@._V1_SY1000_CR006741000_AL_The Christmas Chronicles … First off, who doesn’t love Kurt Russell as Santa?! Dude ROCKED the hair and beard! I mean, seriously. But really, that was my favorite part. The movie had its funny moments, but it was no Santa Claus. The sister and brother in the movie do the sort of thing I would have loved to do as a kid–try to tape Santa leaving presents under the tree. They’re actually sort of successful…and they actually get to tag along! Santa isn’t too happy about it though. The sleigh crashes, Santa ends up in jail, Christmas spirit fails…but of course we have a happily ever after. Good, but pretty typical in my eyes.

Childhood fave:

MV5BMTkxNjMwNjA5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODI5MDA2Mw@@._V1_A Christmas Carol (2009) … So this isn’t all that old, and it isn’t quite my “childhood” necessarily, but I do consider it nostalgic. I watch it every year and I absolutely adore this version. Why? The soundtrack. I also love the animation, and how it is a very good rendering of Dickens classic. But above all, the music in this film is absolutely SPOT. ON. If you haven’t really paid attention to it before, re-watch and really listen. Its one of those movies where there is constantly music playing throughout. Another detail to this movie is the cast. I mean, aside from Jim Carrey voicing EIGHT characters, there’s also Gary Oldman, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright (Princess Bride reunion much??), Bob Hoskins, Callum Blue…need I go on? I love this movie.

New Groove:

MV5BMTYyMjYxMjEzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjAwNDE3NjM@._V1_SY1000_CR006741000_AL_The Princess Switch … Okay, this is my dorky romance chick flick for the year. I have no regrets on this one. So Vanessa Hudgens plays a baker from Chicago who has been chosen to compete in a ‘Royal’ baking contest judged by her long-lost-Dutchess-cousin (also played by Vanessa, of course) who is soon to marry the Prince of such-and-such foreign country. Of course, the switch-a-roo storyline is very cliche, but what makes this movie different, is the element of community and joy. Baker-Vanessa comes into the palace and questions why they are so cold toward those they throw money at via donations. She shows the Prince how to be warm towards people and what Christmas is about to those who truly have nothing. Dutchess-Vanessa humbles herself and learns to live a “normal” life with no schedules and big events and just be herself. Of course they both fall in love and its just a really nice story. I didn’t expect to like it but I really did!

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That’s all I’ll include for now. Hopefully I will get a couple more goodies in over the next few days. I know I have a few more nostalgic shares and I’d love to find a couple more new gems as well. So until next time….happy watching. Feel free to share any recommendations with me as well!

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