Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book Review: Big Little Lies

I just finished reading another book by Liane Moriarty,
Big Little Lies
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The Goodreads and Amazon synopsis' were really long, but give a description of the main characters in the book.

Each chapter goes between one of the 3 main characters: Jane, Meredith and Celeste. They all are mothers to a kindergartener, but each one has their own "stuff" happening, within themselves, their marriage (or lack thereof), and relationships with other parents in the social circle.

You can read the whole synopsis here for a bit more detail.

I was really excited to read this book since I've really loved all of Liane Moriarty's other books that I've read (Husband's Secret, What Alice Forgot, Three Wishes).
This one was probably the slowest one for me in terms of getting invested in the characters. The story line didn't unfold as quickly as it had in other books so for a bit I felt like I was just reading along, waiting.
As the book continued, though, and you got to know more bits and pieces of each character, I really started to like it. And, of course, I wanted to know what happened during the event that the entire book leads up to.
I thought I knew what was coming, and then I was totally surprised.
And that's all I'll say about that.

I'd give the book 4 out of 5 stars. I thought it was a good, quick and easy read. 

Check out some other books that I've read up top in my Book Reviews tab.
It might be a little while before I do another book review since I just started Fall of Giants by Ken Follett, which is 900 something pages. And I start work next week, soooo yeah, it might be a bit! :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Who Has the Time/Whyyyyy? Part 4

It's been a bit since I did one of my posts about the crazy things I've spotted on Pinterest, and since it's the last week of my summer vacay (and I've had lots of Pinterest perusing time) I figured I'd share some gems with you that I've found...

Not sure who this "doll"would really appeal to.
It kinda creeps me out.

If you don't have a 6-pack, just wear this sweater.
You will surely fool everyone.
Plus, anyone else notice how poorly made this is?
I don't know about you, but I've never gone to my hair dresser and asked for the "1800s" look. No thank you.
And why does the 1800's inspired look seem more out of a crazy futuristic movie?
Either way, no.
Mini sandwiches shaped like books:
Cute idea, but I'd prefer not to eat highlighter on my sandwiches.

Ummm....this next one, I have NO words. Well, ok maybe I have one.
EW!

Let me introduce you to Picnic Pants....the pants that prevent you from spilling crumbs between your legs (seriously, that's what the caption said)
They will also prevent you from ever going on a picnic with another living, breathing human, but....
at least no crumbs!

I give this next one creativity points, but again...I don't think I've ever thought "Gee, I wish my eyes looked like cheeseburgers," but if I did, at least I know where to find a prime example:
Anyone besides the Hamburglar hungry now??
It's like dangling a carrot in front of a horse....or....candy behind your head?
Why carry candy in your purse or pocket, when you could wear it?
I would not have the time to do this, nor the will power to resist eating candy.

And lastly, still on the hair front, who wouldn't want to have a pineapple haircut?
Someone's been watching a little too much Spongebob Squarepants!
#helivesinapineappleunderthesea

Hope those gave you a little chuckle :)
Have you found any crazy things on Pinterest lately?
Stay tuned for Part 5, around the bend!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Guilty Guilty Guilty!


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Like many others, I'm linking up for TotalSocial today, talking about Guilty Pleasures!

{1}-Cooper
Duh. He's the sweetest pup ever, and I love his little personality, wiggly tail, obsessive licking, and overall adorable-ness. I wouldn't trade him for the world because he's the best dog ever.

{2}-Reality Tv
I've talked about this several times, but I can't help it. Not ALL reality tv, but I have been known to get sucked into new reality shows (Jersey Belle, anyone?) when they pop up. Most things Bravo are my guilty pleasure for sure. 

{3}-Online Shopping
I love looking for good deals, and I find some great ones online. Is it always perfect? No. Do I end up returning a lot of stuff? Sometimes. But, when I know a store, and my general size, I usually do pretty well (hello, Loft!) I'd rather buy it online, and know they have my size than risk them not having it in the store. This is especially true since I don't have a Loft super close by to just stop into (if I did, that would be another story).

{4}-Comfy t-shirts
For as long as I can remember, my mom would always tease me about how many shirts I owned. I love me a good t-shirt. A comfy one to lounge around the house in, or cute enough to go out in (but still comfy). Sign me up. Target t-shirts fit this bill for me, and Ive been known to buy a handful in different colors. (If you don't believe me, just look in my dresser!)

{5}-Pedicures
They just feel SO GOOD, and they make your feet look so pretty. I love them. Spring, Summer, Winter, or Fall, I will get a pedicure when I'm feeling like I want/need one. Plus, the little massage chairs aren't a bad deal either.
Speaking of which....:)

{6}-Morning Coffee on the Couch
I don't NEED coffee in the morning. I like it. And I really like having a cup of coffee, in the morning, sitting on the couch, and relaxing. It's my favorite way to start a morning, but usually only get to when on vacation or the weekends.

{7}-Reading on my Kindle
(especially with a little puppy cuddles, too!)
I love zoning out to a good book. And I love that I can take my Kindle anywhere and read whenever I want. Out on the deck? Yes please. Standing in line at the DMV? Sure! Waiting for an oil change? Yep! Sitting on the beach? Oh, definitely!
I love a good book, and I love reading, escaping into different stories and characters, no matter where I am.

Those are some of the main ones I could think of. I'm sure there are tons more.
What are some of your guilty pleasures?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Highlights

This weekend's highlights included:

-Thursday night drive to the shore

-Friday morning, making white peach sangria in the infuser pitcher

-Breaking a wine bottle opener, and cork in the process

-Getting fake tattoo'ed by the nieces

-Two days at the beach with amazing weather, and these cuties

-Meeting up with my friend from home, who I happened to see at the shore last time I was there (we keep hanging out in Jersey!)
-Celebrating her BIG purchase, catching up on some gossip, enjoying beach time together
(not to mention our matching bikini tops, and cover ups #greatminds)

 -Enjoying the boardwalk with the kids that night
-Helping my 10 year old niece overcome her fear of roller coasters 

-Hearing her say, after riding with me, "I want to do it again!!" (success!!)

-Watching the kids have so much fun riding the rides

-Polish water ice

-Having a niece who willingly gives foot massages 

-Manco Manco pizza

-Getting pics with this handsome man :)

-Dinner out with the whole group on Saturday night

-Pics with my sister

-Riding in the car with these sillies :)
-Car singing/screaming as a group :)

 -Having my phone stolen by my brother-in-law, and having this picture as the background to my phone

-Being with family

-Outlet shopping, finding these gems for Fall
-Dinner near our old condo

-Falling asleep on the couch at 9pm 

I hope your weekend was full of highlights!

Linking up with these ladies:
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday Favorites!

Happy Fridayyyyyyy!!!
 

Let's just hop right into some Favorites for this week, shall we?

{1}-Favorite Deal
MG, being that amazing hubby that he is, got a second quote for something in my engine to be fixed when he took his car in for his inspection. My original quote was $191, and MG got this second place to give us a much lower quote of $160. Ends up it only cost $145. Even better! And now, I have a fully functioning car, without the engine oil leaking...or whatever was happening lol.

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{2}-Favorite Weekend Activity
MG and I are at the shore this weekend...actually, as you read this, we're already at the shore. MG's sister, Annie, and her fam rented a house there for 3 weeks, and we're visiting (at their request). MG's parents will be coming down tonight, and potentially his other sister and our nieces/nephew. It'll be jam packed, chaotic, and loads of fun! :)

{3}-Favorite Funny
I recently decided to let Cooper have a teeny bit of peanut butter off of a spoon (why? I don't know)....and what he does is SO funny. He goes into crazy licking mode, and it's really funny to watch. I tried to capture it on video the other day--wasn't as funny as it normally is, but still cute.

{4}-Favorite tv show (this week)
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This week, I really enjoyed Bachelor in Paradise. I can't tell you why, but I did. Things to note: I actually like Michelle Money now. Ben is still a tool, and Chris Bukowski....ugh. He owns a bar in my area that Ive been to (and met him), and I still think he's a tool. If girls actually sleep with him for his 'celebrity status,' they're stupid. He's a douche.

{5}-Favorite Productive Moment
I finally got myself to the DMV to get my license with my new last name on it. I'd been putting it off, because I thought they were going to take my license (in VA you have to wait fish days to get it mailed to you) and I wanted to have it for the bachelorette party last weekend in case I got carded. Turns out, they give it back to you anyway. So now I have a new license on the way and to top it off, I was in and out of the DMV in 10 minutes. Double win!

If you need me, you can catch me with my toes in the sand for the next couple of days! :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Book Review: The One and Only

I guess you can say I'm back on the reading wagon again (amazing how much time you have when you're 1-not reading a boring book, and 2-not busy painting and re-doing kitchen cabinets!)

The super sweet Katie sent me the book The One and Only by Emily Giffin. I'd been really wanting to read this one since it came out since I've really liked all of her books, so as soon as it arrived I got to reading. I think I finished it in about 3-4 days.
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Here's the Goodreads synopsis:
Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

It took me a little while to get into the book...it was very football focused and some of the things that were going on, I was kinda of put off by. Plus, the main character, Shea, didn't seem like a 33 year old woman to me, but more like a mid 20-something. 
As more relationships came into play, I got more into the book and wanted to find out what was going to happen. There's a plot line here that, as it started to unfold, I was hoping it wouldn't. I'm still not sure how I feel about it, but I guess that's what makes for a good book--something to make you think, and debate with yourself.
One way or another, I ended up reading this book for almost an entire day straight because I wanted to find out how it all turned out, so that's gotta tell you something. 
I will say, it was my least favorite of Emily Giffin's books, by far. 
I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pet Peeves...

....with the comedic assistance of the brilliant and sarcastic minds at someecards! :)

Some of my pet peeves include:

When people don't clear the time off of the microwave when cooking something.
I don't know why this bothers me so much. Maybe it's the annoyance when I look at the microwave for the time and I see :02...maybe it's because when I want to use it, now I have to clear YOUR time before I can cook my food. Whatever it is, it irks me.
When people leave only crumbs of something and put it back. Either finish your eating binge, or leave enough for someone else to have some and feel satisfied. No one wants to eat 3 chips worth of smooshed up crumbs.
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When people 'like' every single post someone puts on Facebook, no matter what it is. Status update? Like! Check in at the gym? Like! Check in at a restaurant? Like. Food pic? Like. Generic post? Like. 
like like like like like....
Calm down with the likes, stalker!
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When people cancel plans with you and then don't reach out again to reschedule. Just makes you feel like you're not important enough to even be on their radar.
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When people have a "holier than thou" attitude, as if everything they do is 100% correct, the end-all be-all, and everyone else's actions should be measured off of theirs. 
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When people refuse to put their shopping carts in the cart stall, especially if it's RIGHT by their car.
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When people can't get off of their phone when hanging out. It's one thing to take a pic or answer a text here and there, it's another to be on your phone the entire time you're with someone. Why exactly are you here, again?
{via} MP was like this and it drove me NUTS
Bad grammar. Enough said.
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Having dishes left in the sink, especially when the dishwasher is a hand-grab away.
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Now you have an insight into what to do in order to drive me bananas....please don't use this information against me :)
What are some of your pet peeves?