Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Two Posts in One Week! Record!

Last night, I took my last final of my first Fall semester in grad school.  It still hasn't hit me that I'm actually done with a whole semester.  Only 3 and a summer left.  I will be the first person to say that grad school ain't easy.  Not even close.  
Will it be worth it one day? Abso-dang-lutely.  
Have I lost sleep because of it? Every night.
Have I missed opportunities because school came first? Constantly.
Will I change these things next semester? Absolutely not.
Does my bank account hate grad school as much as I love it? More than I can fathom.
Hopefully that will change soon though.

So, what have I been doing other than studying my ass off?
Well, car shopping.  I love my Charlie, but he's 10 years old and driving 40 miles one way twice a week isn't making him any older.  
I think I've settled on the Camry.  Now, the hard part... the car dealerships.

I've also been playing a TON of violin.  Just to make a few extra dollars on the side.  Last weekend I played Handel's Messiah with 3 days notice and made $250.  This weekend, I have 3 cantatas, and will hopefully make $375.

Other than a ton of online shopping, just work, work, and more work.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Trying to get back on the bandwagon...

I never knew how hard grad school could be until I did it and tried to work full time at the same time.  I have a final on Monday and a final on Wednesday, and then I'll be done with this semester of grad school.  Then I get a month break till January 8th when Spring semester starts.  Only three semesters left!  But, in an attempt to get back to blogging, I have joined the 2014 Blogger Challenge!  Maybe if someone tells me what to write, I'll have more luck getting back into it.



Monday, October 14, 2013

I have a new love!

Let me just inform everyone if you are out of the loop.  

Groopdealz is the best thing known to woman! 

Literally everything they have had lately has been absolutely on point.  But, if you want anything don't wait around on it, because they sell out super fast! 

Here are some of my favorites today!


For only $5.99!!! Can't beat it.


$11.99. Say what?! 


12 colors. $4.25.



They add new deals every single day!!! I can't express my love enough.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

No-Spend September/Out of Money October really pay off!!!

I always love the fact that I'm saving money when I get emails like this.

I just got $25 for not shopping.  Maybe I'll do this "no shopping" thing more often.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Not Pretty Enough Blog Tour

I'm part of the Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans Blog Tour! Check out the other hosts of the tour here.

“New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Lloyd Layton will know I exist. He once said three whole words to me, so this is obviously progress. If I don’t get a proper conversation out of him soon, then I’ll take my top off and streak through the cafeteria, because nobody could fail to notice these boobs.
2. I will not get expelled for streaking through the cafeteria.”

Those are the words that begin her mission.
Chessie is fourteen, not pretty enough, and very much in love. Lloyd Layton is hot, popular, and unaware of Chessie’s existence.
Her goal is clear: to get Lloyd to love her as much as she loves him, and she has exactly one year to do it.
As Chessie’s obsession with Lloyd reaches boiling point and she starts to spin a web of lies that spiral out of control, Lloyd turns out to be not quite the prince she thought he was. Can Chessie avoid the gathering storm before things go too far?

This book was definitely an easy read, and I always like to have one of those in between my serious ones.  I definitely think I would have liked this book much more while I was in high school, because I would have been around the same age as the characters.  But, otherwise I though it was an okay book.  It is set in Europe, so there are some phrases that aren't common in the US, but it's neat to see how they say different things as well.  I don't want to give too much about the book away, but it's about a girl who basically does everything she can to get a boy to like her, and all of her mishaps in between.  There are definitely some laugh out loud parts throughout the book.

I give this book 3/5 stars, because it wasn't too serious and it wasn't really on my age level, but I didn't hate it either.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Sunday Currently

Reading:  I'm in between books at the moment.  I've kind of started 3rd Degree, and Beautiful Creatures, and never finished Firefly Lane. 
Writing:  I spent all day yesterday writing a memo for my tax class, so I'm kind of done writing for at least today.  
Listening:  Fried Green Tomatoes is on Lifetime at the moment.
Thinking:  Of how much I have to do this week.  A golf tournament for work, a job interview luncheon, and a test in my Wednesday night class.
Smelling:  My brother's eating some blue raspberry italian ice.
Wishing:  I could get this kidney pain to go away.  I've either got an infection or stones.  Trying to wait till tomorrow to make it to the doctor instead of urgent care.
Hoping:  This job interview goes well.
Wearing:  A sundrop t-shirt and norts.
Loving: having time to relax today.
Wanting: This weather to keep being beautiful.
Needing:  To study for my test.
Feeling:  Pretty rough today.
Clicking:  Through my Bloglovin feed.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

I lead a busy but boring life...

I can't decide what kind of life I lead.  It is incredibly busy, but also incredibly boring at the same time.

I go to school on Monday and Wednesday, every other Tuesday I have a committee meeting, I start orchestra on Thursday nights this month too.  And, every other day, I do homework.  Not to mention I work every day from 8:00-4:30.  So, yes I have a full life.  But, it leaves no time to do anything else.

How in the world do you meet people in the grown up world?

But, every Saturday night I find time to lay on the couch and watch TV.  Which means that I do have time to meet people, I just don't think I know how.  Any suggestions?

This is probably the most random post I've ever written, but hey who cares? It's my blog.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Working on my Appearance

I'm one of those people who doesn't really use a whole lot of time on my appearance.  I try to use my time more constructively.  In the mornings, I sleep an extra 30 minutes and either my hair or make-up suffers.  I used to get up at 6:30 and look absolutely wonderful for high school every morning.  And, I definitely had more friends back then.

Now, I wake up at 7:00 and barely put on make-up by the time I get out the door (usually late).  I hate feeling like I won't meet anyone because I don't look good enough, or I'm not skinny enough.  I have no idea how I was so skinny back in high school.  But, I can't tell you how fat I thought I was.  I'd give anything to look like I did back then.  I've been working as hard as I possibly can to get back to it, but it seems like nothing was working.  I finally got off of the depo shot, and it's slowly coming off.  I think once I fit back in my clothes, I'll feel much better about working on myself.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Five on Friday

It's been awhile since I wrote a blog post.  And, I realize that I say this all the time.  But, I just never know what to talk about.  I convince myself that no one wants to hear about my boring life.  But, I'm determined to start writing about it anyways.

One.  I finished up my first class of grad school.  Made a B in it.  I'm happy with it, because he only gave 1/4 A's and there was only 13 of us.  So, I'm fine with it.

Two.  I also went to orientation today.  Funny to have to go to orientation after I had already been in school for a month.  It was like the longest day of my life.  And, I left 3 and a half hours early.  Skipped 2 receptions and a panel on the emerging energy sector.  Sorry, just couldn't handle it.

Three.  I am planning on going through firm recruitment next month at UNCC.  Don't get me wrong, I love my job.  But, there is absolutely NO room for advancement, and to get my CPA I have to work under a CPA for so long and no one at my current work is CPA certified.  So, with that said I am going to actively start searching for a job in public accounting.

Four.  On a happier note, I'm going to the scrapbook convention with my mom tomorrow.  And, I know it will be more than worth the $156 I dropped on that to spend the whole day with her, although I'm terrible at scrapbooking and she has to help me 110% the whole time.

Five.  Can we say how strange wonderful this weather is.  70 degrees all day long in the middle of August?  It's going to make for an absolutely beautiful football Friday night next week.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Currently

Linking up for my first Sunday Currently:
dreaming about:
being done with grad school and having my real big girl job.

wishing for:
more income and less expenses

loving to wear:
Jack Rogers

listening to:
my family make plans to go to the drive in and see Wolverine and Grown-Ups 2

whatever my brother is watching on TV.

blogs on my blog list; my Bloglovin count is currently at 1005, and trying to study for my final on Wednesday

sitting on the couch with Macbook, Ipad, Iphone, notebook and pen.

concerned about:
my final on Wednesday.

that my first class of grad school will be over in approximately 3 days.

to do a lot of relaxing in the 2 weeks between classes end and start again.

I'm telling ya, working full time and going to school immediately after work 2 days a week for 4 hours a night is rough on a person.  It doesn't leave a lot of time for a work out or dinner really.  But, I have to do this for the next 2 years, so I'll adjust I assume.


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Life Lesson on Student Loans

I had a really scary and eye opening experience with my loan this past week and I decided that someone else might need to hear about it.

Now, I'm one of those people who checks their loan account pretty regularly just to see what kind of change the interest is adding to it.  So, I knew just about what the balance was supposed to be.  I also knew that with my next payment I was going to get it under $17000 which every $1000 I knock off of it is a big step in my book.  Before I tell you what happened this past Thursday, I'll give you some background on how I pay my loan off.

When I graduated from State, my loan balance was a whopping $22000.  I know that's not as much as some people have and I also know that to some people that's pocket change.  But, to me that number was a big deal.  We've already been over the whole I was supposed to go have a job at Disney thing here.  We've also been over the fact that I didn't go here.  The loan has a 6-month grace period following graduation which was an absolute godsend considering I had no job and practically no money.  I got the job at Holy Angels in October, and was supposed to start paying on my loan in December.  Well, what I didn't know about it was during that 6 month grace period it was still accruing about $100 in interest every month.  That's $600 more than the day I graduated.  Talk about crazyyyy.

My minimum payment was $268.90 a month and it would take me exactly 10 years to get it paid off at that rate.  And I'd pay more than half of the balance in interest.  So, I had already decided that since I was going to keep living at home and I had no other expenses that I was going to make double payments.  So, I pay $500 a month, and $100 of it goes to the monthly interest it accrues.  At $500 a month it will now take me just over 4 years to pay it off.  So, the first lesson is this.  When paying off things and trying to get out of debt, pick the one that has the highest interest rate and pay that one off first.  You can keep making minimum payments on other things such as credit cards and other debts.  But at a 6.8% interest rate, if I had kept paying the minimum I would be paying for roughly 6 years of air and have nothing to show for it.  At least I have a beautiful diploma to show for the $22000 principal.

So this is how I handle my finances.  I get paid roughly $700 every 2 weeks after taxes, 403b contributions, and my tithe to the church.  With the first paycheck of the month, I make my $500 loan payment, and put whatever is left over into my Savings account.  With the second paycheck of the month, I pay off my credit card (completely, every month) and then put the rest into savings.

This past Thursday I got paid my first paycheck of the month, so naturally I went to make my loan payment.  When clicking "pay now" I got an error that said they couldn't take my payment because either my loan had been paid in full, it had been paid by consolidation, it had been taken over by another servicer, or it had gone into default.  The last one wasn't even possible because I was 7 months ahead on my payments.  So, I started freaking out, and ran to my dad.  We discovered that it had been paid in full on July 5th.  So we called both sets of my grandparents who said they didn't do it.  Strange huh?

I finally called the loan company who said it had been taken over by Nelnet.  And, then I called Nelnet who said they didn't have it.  And, real people weren't available till 8am the next morning.  So, I called then and found out they did have my loan and just haven't loaded it into their system yet.

So lesson #2, check your loan account carefully and frequently.  And, don't be afraid to call and ask questions.  It's your debt, and it's going to be your name it affects for the rest of your life.


Friday, July 12, 2013


So, I've been away from the blog world for awhile now.  And, I have my own reasons for it.  They probably aren't that great to anyone else but they're true.

For one, every time I open my Bloglovin feed the number steadily climbing to 800 completely overwhelms me.  And half of them I'm not even interested in, sorry no offense.  There are just some blog posts that don't apply to me.  I don't have a child, I don't have marriage problems, and I don't have a boyfriend to have any kind of relationship problem either.  So, I don't read every blog post written about those subjects.  So, tonight I decided to get on top of it.  I started taking blogs off of my reading list that I automatically hit "mark as read" on.  There's no point in being a follower of a blog I don't actually read.

Hopefully this won't overwhelm me anymore, and I can slowly but surely come back to the blogging world and enjoy it.

Life is overwhelming me as well these days.  Going back to school after being in the working world for a year is tough.  I work from 8-4:30 and then go straight to school from 5:30-9:15 on Monday's and Wednesday's.  On days I don't go to actual school, I come home and eat with my family and then get right on my studying for class.  I've been in class for exactly 2 weeks and we have a midterm this coming Monday.  Now tell me that's not fast.  And we've been over like 8 chapters in those 4 classes.  So, it's not going to be the easiest test of my life.  Did I mention it's going to be 13 short essay questions, and we only have 2 hours to finish it.  Shoot me now.  I'm totally prepared for that.  Now, I'm a big believer in the unluckiness of the number 13.  So when he said 13 questions my heart rate went up at least 10 points I know.

Tomorrow is going to be spent studying for most of the day.  I won't be doing anything crazy and I definitely won't be eating anything strange.  Tomorrow is the 1 year anniversary of the day I got sick last year.  But, this year I am more confident in myself and know that my illness will never get the best of me.  It cannot beat me cause I've got this.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Currently

Reading blog posts that have been unread on my Bloglovin feed for a week now!
Writing  this blog post and working on some more for this week.  Maybe I'll have more than my usual one a week this week.  Whoop whoop! 
Listening to something on the Hallmark channel that's been on since I walked in my room.  No idea what it is.
Watching the same thing on the Hallmark channel.
Drinking nothing at the moment but I'm about to go get some water.
Wishing I had my syllabus for my class that starts next week.  And, I wish my Erin Condren Life Planner was here already.
Anticipating the end of the fiscal year at work and the start of school next week.
Wearing gray khakis from Sam's and a chambray shirt from Old Navy.
Feeling  extremely tired although I'm not sure why.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

My Week of Confessions

Life is But a Stream of Thoughts

I confess that I am so sorry all I've been doing are link-ups and not even that many of those.

I confess that my parents are away and while I have the house to myself I've been doing exactly nothing.

I confess that since I spent $15 on a garden this year, I've been obsessing over my plants like they're my children.  My first cucumber has popped up in the last 2 days! Exciting stuff.

 I confess that my whole family met Scotty McCreery tonight and I'm more than jealous so I'm just not thinking about it.  (He's at the Bojangles convention since he's in their commercials.)

I confess that my daddy works for Bojangles.  He is their Director of Engineering and Design.  Not like the fry cook or whatever you thought first.

I confess that I can't believe it's already more than halfway through June! Crazy!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

I've Come to Realize...

I've Come to Realize....

... that I'm not good at balancing everything in life.

... that I'm completely obsessed with school/office supplies and will use any excuse to buy them (such as justifying my new $65 Erin Condren Life Planner with I need a new one because I want it to cover the "school year" instead of the "calendar year."  When the one I have doesn't run out until December.) (but another plus is my new one will also cover the Fiscal Year at work!)

... that living in the real world is extremely expensive.

... that eating out is breaking my wallet. (Hello Lean Cuisines!)

... that Grad school is expensive! 

... that I need to slow down a little bit and enjoy the moment I'm living in.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Sorry not Sorry

So, obviously I haven't done so well with posting in the past week.  That's just because this little thing called life got in the way.  I really love having a life, and I need to figure out how to balance it and blogging.  Because at the moment it's not really working out.

I just had a terribly busy week at work last week, and all weekend I had a KILLER headache but now that I'm back let me catch you up on my life.

- I think I have my paying for grad school figured out. (as of tonight.)
- Work has finally slowed down again.  Month end is always terrible.
- Daddy bought me a new 32 inch TV, but it has to go back because the DVD player doesn't work.
- I'm going back to the beach again this weekend.  The rest of my family is staying all week.  I have to come back and work.
- I'm trying to read a lot, because I just love it.  As of last week, I was 6 books behind my schedule on Goodreads.  Now I'm only 1.  Whoop Whoop!
- I'm working on this eating healthy thing, and trying to make myself not eat out every day.  We only eat out on Friday's now.  I'm trying to decide if paying for WeightWatchers every month will be helpful.  I think it's harder to try to eat healthy when you live in a house with 4 people who don't.  But, I think most of my problem is at work.

I think that's just about everything I've been through in the past week in a nutshell.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Big, Not-So-Small, Curvy Girls, BBW Romance, Dating Agency Review

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review purposes only.

"Becky Holgate's lost her focus. It’s complicated...she didn’t mean to fall in love with another woman’s guy. How could she be a matchmaker for other people if all she could think about was her own heart? Determined to ignore her growing infatuation, she set her sites on building her career. Only Reed Amwell was making it hard to concentrate; every encounter left her breathless.

Reed didn’t mean to fall for the curvy girl, but she was carefree, silly, and fresh. Her soft curves and playful heart had him questioning his current relationship. Could he be with the wrong girl? He needed to figure it out fast, because his wedding day was getting closer by the minute. 

With a laugh-out-loud best friend, an insane cat, and a business to run, Becky Holgate didn’t have time for guys like Reed Amwell...until time was running out."

 I thought that this book was hilarious!!! And, it was a super easy read. I had never read anything by Ava Catori, but I am definitely a fan now. The only thing I didn't like about it was the ending. It was a wonderful love story, but it seemed like just when it finally started it immediately ended. But, that's usually how most romance novels go, so I'm not complaining too much. I just felt like it had a lot of detail in the beginning, and towards the end, it wasn't near as detailed. But, overall I liked the book and I enjoyed it a lot.

Stars: 3/5


Sunday, June 2, 2013

S'mores TastyKake Review

Disclaimer: I received this product from Influenster for review purposes only.  All opinions are entirely my own.

In my Influenster VoxBox, I received this S'mores flavored TastyKake.  I wanted to eat it immediately, but it was 11:00 at night when I took this picture, and I try not to eat that late at night, so I didn't.  

So, I took it to work and ate it then.  Now, I'm a big Debbie Cake girl, and I love me some chocolate.  So, I had high hopes for this dessert.  And, it kind of fell short of my hopes.  I didn't even make it through half of it.  I just couldn't do it.  It was more of a "cake" and I like my smores to be crunchy I guess.  And, I really have a huge aversion to whipped cream and the cream in this reminded me of that same texture.  But, I have to say it wasn't awful.

So I give it 3/5 stars.  I would eat it if I was starving, but it's never going to be my first choice.


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Summer Lovin' Readathon

The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)

Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Mother's Curse

Please enjoy this excerpt from the exciting and beautifully written YA fantasy, Mother’s Curse, by Thaddeus Nowak. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including a Kindle Fire, $450 in Amazon gift cards, and 5 autographed copies of each book.

Feeling slightly better for having a bit of light to keep with her, she continued down the street, occasionally looking through a window to see the remains of a room.  After the third storefront she passed, she wondered at the reason all of the furniture and even drapes, carpets, and accessories had been left behind.  Even in the desperate flight from Antar, people were still taking their belongings.  They removed their drapes, even ones far less decorative then what Stephenie suspected were here.  Why would everyone desert a city and yet leave almost everything behind as if they were simply going across town to visit a friend?  She was hesitant to consider an answer.  This city had been deserted and abandoned for a long time.  Antar castle and city above had been there for as long as memory could recall and the original castle even before then.  Had any of those above known about a city deep in the rocks under their feet, there would have been stories.
Stephenie used her stolen crystal to look into a shop that reminded her of a bakery, with a large oven in the back wall and the remains of shelves still partially attached to a side wall.  The sparkle of something shiny and shaped like a pendant caught her eye.  Looking closer at a mass on the floor, she paused and then stepped quickly away from the window as a shiver of fear rolled down her spine.
She closed her eyes, but the unmistakable image of a human skull laying on the floor would not leave her sight.  She shivered again and looked up and down the street.  Perhaps they didn’t leave.
Mustering her courage, Stephenie slowly approached the window again.  She forced herself to look at the mass on the floor.  Wiping away some of the dirt on the window, she could make out the arms and runners of a rocking chair mixed with what was likely clothing and the decayed bones of the person who’s head had rolled several feet away after the chair had collapsed.  Bits of hair and desiccated skin clung to the skull, which was fortunately staring away from the window.  The person died sitting in a chair and no one came to remove or bury the body?
Stephenie sniffed the air and thought about the strange odor she had been noticing since she had entered the city.  It was a musty sweet smell.  “Is this a plague city?”  She felt her throat tightening with each breath and again quickly retreated from the window.  She turned toward the way she had entered the city, ready to run back to the large doors and flee, but the dryness of her throat and the sound of water stopped her.  If this is a plague city, then I am as good as dead and I might as well die after I’ve had something to drink.
Slowly, she turned around and continued down the street, no longer bothering to look into the store fronts.  The rot and death they held did not interest her anymore.
She passed several side streets, but continued following the slowly turning main street because the sound of water was getting louder in the direction it was heading.  After a short time, the street opened into another large plaza at least a hundred feet in diameter.  Several streets exited the round plaza, but at the very center, lit with several points of glowing light was a fountain.  Its water pushed up from a center mound and cascaded down several stone statues into a series of white marble bowls.  The fountain was a dozen feet high and thirty feet across.
Drawn by thirst, Stephenie quickly reached the edge of the fountain and could feel a cool mist splashing over her.  Knowing she would die slowly and painfully from whatever disease had killed the residents of this city, she did not care if the water was poison as long as it tasted fresh.  Taking a small sip, she tested the flavor and found it cleaner than what she was used to in the castle.  Scooping up more water with her hands, she drank deeply before noticing how dirty her hands had become.  After quickly rubbing away the dirt, she moved a couple feet away and continued to drink until her stomach felt full.
Relieved of her thirst, she sat down next to the fountain and buried her face in her wet hands.  She sobbed with frustration and relief in one confused wail.  While she would not die of thirst, how was she going to get out and warn her father and Joshua about her mother’s betrayal?  She cradled her cut arm in her lap and leaned back with her eyes closed.  I’ve got light and some water, but what good would warning everyone do if I bring a plague to them?  She shook her head.  Damn it, why do the gods hate me so?  Fundamentally, she knew her tie with Elrin, even if a result of her mother’s doing, was her real damnation.  She could not bring herself to worship the demon god and she dared not seek out the other gods for fear the priests would sense her connection to Elrin.
Opening her eyes, she stared at her foot prints along the cobbled street.  A lone trail to remind her that she had to do whatever it was she was going to do on her own.  There was no one to help her.
She sat silently staring into the distance for some time.  Then she blinked her eyes, uncertain that she was not imagining it, but after a moment, there was definitely a strange luminescence moving down the street.  As it grew closer, she scrambled to her feet, recognizing the dim outlines of a human form.  The apparition was moving in her direction.  She quickly moved away from the fountain, but as it closed on the fountain, it appeared not to notice Stephenie at all.  Instead, it held its, or her, hands as if carrying something.  When it reached the fountain, it leaned over as if scooping up water.

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I'm currently in the middle of Mother's Curse, and so far it is really good.  I'm just nervous that I won't get it finished in time for the review.  I am having a extremely busy week at work, and I'm doing Couch to 5K, (I just finished day 2), and I'm laying in the tanning bed so that I can go back to the beach this weekend. (2 weekends in a row Holla!)  So, I may not get the book finished before then.  Enjoy this excerpt though, I am really enjoying what I've read of the book.

Monday, May 20, 2013

I took a long break...

Yeah, this Blog Every Day in May thing didn't work out for me.

I went to the beach, and we had NO wi-fi and I was just enjoying it.  I had the best time doing absolutely nothing but spending a ton of time with my twin and laying out and sleeping.

The Bout of Books 7.0 finished up as well.

So, here's my final numbers on that.

Finished Crossed: 195 pages
Finished Strawberry Shortcake Murder: 320 pages
Started Notorious Nineteen: 22 pages
Started Mother's Curse: 81 pages
Read about 10 pages in The Bride Quartet (I'm just not into it)

So all in all, I read 618 pages and finished 2 books completely.

Not bad for my first readathon I'd say.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Miscellaneous Thoughts courtesy of Hanna

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 2 is now over.  Day 3 is almost over as well, but I haven't even started that! 

I finished Crossed, so the last 55 pages of that.  I also got 43 pages into Strawberry Shortcake Murder.

Hopefully, I will finish that one tomorrow on my way to the beach, and then I have Mother's Curse and Daughter's Justice to make it through for a blog tour next week.

So I've finished 1 book and read 238 pages total during this challenge.

I am currently packing (in my head for my beach trip this weekend), and figuring out what I need to do to prepare.  I'm also mentally losing 20 pounds which leads me to my next point.

I mentioned that I joined the gym... Well I've been twice.

Which is better than nothing I know, but I want to be one of those every day people.  But, here's my issue... running hurts! Like majorly.  It hurts my shoulders, my neck, and I will inevitably have a headache the next day if I run.  So I'm looking for alternatives to running that will still give me a good workout.  Suggestions?

It's also really hard to eat healthy in the workplace.  Bad excuses I know, but these are things I truly struggle with.  Since I don't live by myself I eat whatever my mom cooks, so it's not always what I want to take for the next day.  And, we might have one serving of leftovers and 4 people who could possibly take them so I don't always get first dibs.

I have a lot more thoughts running around in my head, but I have packing and reading to do before I can do that.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

So I missed a day...

So, I missed a day in the Blog Every Day in May challenge.  Yesterday was a super busy day though.
I came to work, went to the gym, ate dinner, and then finished off my night at Wal-Mart.
Which also didn't give me a ton of time to get to much reading in the Bout of Books challenge.
I was trying to get through Crossed last night, but I only got 140 pages read, and I still have 55 to go.  It will definitely be finished tonight, and next up is Strawberry Shortcake Murder probably.  Just because I loved the first one, and need something light to read.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0

I am so excited to be participating in the Bout of Books 7.0.  It's my first one ever, so we'll see how it goes.  Obviously I have to work this week, but I also have a beach trip so that will be helpful with the challenge also.

Bout of Books

My goals are going to be pretty heavy, but I have confidence in myself.
- Finish Crossed
- Read Mother's Curse
- Read Daughter's Justice
- Read Strawberry Shortcake Murder
- Read Notorious Nineteen
- Read Strawberry Shortcake Murder
- Read The Shop on Blossom Street
- Start Along the Watchtower

Most of these have to be read because they are due back to the library or they have to have a review written about them before the end of this Readathon.

Check back for the updates throughout the week.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

10 words to sell yourself

So this is a pretty hard prompt, but I'm supposed to sell myself in 10 words.

- Caring
- Violinist
- Happy
- Redhead
- Loving
- Feisty
- Openminded
- Easygoing
- Compassionate
- Driven


Friday, May 10, 2013

My Most Embarrassing Moment

I have quite a few embarrassing moments in my life, but the one that comes to mind most often happened probably more than 10 years ago.

We were camping in Cherokee, NC with my whole family, like we used to do ALL the time back then.  It had been raining allllll day so we couldn't go to the pool, we couldn't go to the river, we basically couldn't do anything.  Well when it finally stopped raining, me and my brother went to the road and started throwing a rock back and forth.  (Don't ask why, I was 8 okay?)

I was never the best thrower in the world (actually I'm pretty close to the worst), so I was throwing all of my rocks underhanded.  Ross says, "Come on Hanna throw one overhanded."  And, the first one I throw hits a mans truck at the next campsite.  I immediately ran inside bawling, and my dad had to sort it all out.  That man looked for a dent on his truck for over 2 hours, and never found one.  (Lucky me)

I've never thrown a rock again.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Moment in My Day

I rarely take pictures of my day, but today you lovely readers got lucky.

This was during my webinar for UNCC while I was at work.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A piece of advice...

The most important piece of advice that I have is to live everyday like you mean it, and not let others rule your life.  You control your life, and you need to be proud of it at the end of the day.

I have to remind myself of these two things daily.  Literally.  I get too caught up in what others think of me, or what I think someone else would want me to do that I don't fully realize what I want to do or what I want my life to look like from the outside in.  

And if you aren't proud of yourself at the end of the day how can anyone else be proud of you?  Life is way too short to live it like you don't mean it.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Turning Point

When I got sick I lost the thirty pounds I had gained in college and I was happy with my weight, but I also wasn't eating at all and slept 20/24 hours of the day.  So since then I've gained about 15 of it back, and while I know this isn't a lot it's still hard for me.

So, today I took the first step and I joined the YMCA.  I didn't actually work out or anything, because I went straight from work.  But, I have the membership (which is free with my work might I add.)

I plan on going for the first time tomorrow before I go babysit my cousins.

I can't wait to make this life change.


Monday, May 6, 2013


So, I'm a little late to the party, but I recently started the She Reads Truth study on Hosea.  I'm only on day 3, but I've already learned so much about God's love through just the first two chapters.

I don't think I had ever read one word of Hosea before I started this study and the thought of that is just awful to me.  I'm ashamed to say there are parts of my bible I haven't even touched.  I've decided to branch out and after I finish Hosea I'm going to start another book that I've never read.  I've just been reading the same things over and over again.  And, while there are wonderful things in Psalms, Proverbs, Job, and the Gospels there are equally great lessons in every other book of the bible too.

I'm putting this on here for everyone to be able to keep me accountable for my words, and join me if you feel moved! It's never too late to start the She Reads Truth study.

- Are there any books you have been neglecting lately?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Blog Crush

So, today is supposed to be about publicly professing my love to another blogger.

So, we're not exactly blog best friends yet, (I wish), but her blog is the first one I wrote a comment on, and the first person who commented back.  I freaking LOVE her! We have the same brain malformation, she wears a lot of Lilly, and she's pretty much the cutest thing I've ever seen.  And, I love how she lives life like there's no end.  I live mine spontaneously through her.