Sunday, March 27, 2016

Currently 03.27.16


Hellloooooo everybody! I'm cheating and writing this on Saturday night because I have a fairly lengthy to-do list for Sunday. Sadly, there's not much of the Easter variety going on here. David is still out of town for training, G will spend most of the day at his dad's. I'll probably have morning coffee and lunch with my mom, and the rest of the day is miscellaneous.

Right this minute: Sitting on my couch editing a YouTube video for later this week. I just put together a floor lamp I brought home from my office, so my living room has a lovely torchiere glow!

Feeling: Relaxed! I took it easy today. I got up early, had my coffee and cereal, watched a documentary about Misty Copeland called A Ballerina's Tale (highly recommended) on Netflix, read, read, read, visited my mom, had tacos for lunch, read some more, and here I am! 


Reading: The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzales and it kicks all the ass. I am LOVING IT because female assassins. 


Listening: I've been stuck on this Dixie Chicks cover of "Wrecking Ball." 




Watching: Nothing at the moment. When I upload BookTube videos it eats up all the bandwidth for streaming TV. Boo!




Promoting: Readathon! READER sign-ups are open and hopping! Cheerleaders, mini-challenges, and prize donation sign-ups will be coming in the next two weeks! Head on over to 24HourReadathon.com for all the deets about our April 23 event! 

Loving: FREEEEEDOM! I'll just leave it at that. 

Hating: My toe. I twisted it (somehow) chasing Great Pyrenees puppies to save them from certain death last week and now it's all swollen, purple, throbby, and it's keeping me from exercising.

Eating: Tacos with chipotle diced tomatoes, lima beans, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and angel wings. Ok, no angel wings, but they taste heavenly.


Anticipating: Getting some posts pre-scheduled for this week! I think it might be a "stuff week." I have lots of makeup and other stuff I want to post about that I haven't gotten around to. 


Up now on ye olde BookTube channel, a look at my Spring TBR, some of the older books on my stacks. 




Have a fantabulous Sunday!


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33 comments:

  1. Yay - this is the first feedback I'm seen of Regional Office from bloggers I follow and I'm so glad to hear it's good! I've been looking forward to it and will read it in April when it comes out. Enjoy your relaxing Easter!

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    1. It is absolutely gripping!!!! I love the characters, the time shifts, the slow unfolding of the story. Really really hope it stays as strong through the end of the book. Happy Easter, Sarah!

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  2. I like that version too, but I like the Emmylou Harris version too (of the Neil Young song) and probably that one even more. Angel wings? What flavor? :) With Easter being here, I'll finally being having wings today. Wooooo hoooo!

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    1. Oooh, I'll have to check that out, Bryan. I'm so glad you're back to wings! I need to wing more myself. I really like making them at home and haven't done it in forever.

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  3. Yay for FREEDOM!!! Your toe sounds so painful but at least the puppies are safe. Happy Easter!

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    1. It is so painful and so purple, but it was 100% worth it. Save the puppies!

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  4. Loved hearing about all your TBR titles (great vlog, btw!). I was surprised that I enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada as much as I did, too. Haven't read the book, but the movie was so good and one that I'd like to watch a second time. I listened to Girl in Translation a few years ago and thought it was very good! Reads like a memoir and also brings to mind Francie from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I think you'll enjoy it! I'd love to read Salvage the Bones, but it's not in my TBR stacks, so I need to wait until I'm finished reading from my existing piles. :(

    Hope you have a relaxing day! Ours will be fairly low key, too.

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    1. Thanks, Les! I'm trying to get back into making videos at least twice a week, so I'll probably just link them up here on Sundays. People keep saying I may be disappointed by the book. Maybe this is one of those unusual cases where the film is better than the book? We'll see! I'm intrigued by your comments about Girl in Translation! Can't wait to start it. Probably after I wrap up Regional Office. Happy Easter!

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  5. Hurrah for saving puppies! I always find it amazing that a toe, such a tiny percentage of our bodies, can sideline us like they do when damaged. Such important tiny bits!

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    1. Isn't that the truth?! I don't think I've ever hurt a toe quite this thoroughly and it is a pain in the butt.

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  6. FREEEEEDOM is just so excellent. Hope your toe feels better soon.

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    1. Thanks! It's getting better day by day. The first two days I thought I was dying. Because toes.

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  7. I use to love the Dixie Chicks, but haven't heard them in years! Thanks for sharing! Your toe sounds painful, but saving puppies at any cost is worth it!

    Hav a wonderful Easter and great week!

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    1. Oh gosh, they are my absolutely faves. They first came to fame when I was in high school and I feel like I've grown and their music has grown alongside me. <3 Happy Easter, Suzanne!

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  8. That video of yours, I love it, Andi. <3

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  9. So sorry to hear about your toe! And I've never thought about lima beans in tacos, but I see how that can work!

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    1. Awww, it's ok. Getting better day by day. And I always put some kind of bean in my tacos for the iron. I went with lima beans this time because it's what I had, and there's so much flavor from the seasoning and chipotle tomatoes that you can't really taste a specific beaniness. lol

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  10. Isn't it amazing how something so small can hurt so much? Pimples and toes can kill us.

    Freedom! So happy!

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  11. Oh, ouch. I broke a toe once. It is very not fun. Hope you heal quickly.

    Books! I've read The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and . . . well, it wasn't for me. I loved The Scarlet Pimpernel so I thought it would be fun but all I remember is a bunch of really lame sex scenes. Everyone else loved it, though - everyone I know who read it around the same time, that is. I've avoided Lauren Willig, ever since, but recently started thinking about giving her a second chance.

    Salvage the Bones will indeed gut you. But, there were a couple things that I liked about it. It's accurate to how some people think, live, behave -- which is almost beyond unfathomable to those of us who didn't grow up in deep poverty and prejudice, but do remember she pulled from her own life when writing the book so while it seems over-the-top and horrifying, it's actually quite realistic. Same is true of the Hurricane Katrina portion, which was my favorite part. It sounds over-the-top but it's accurate to the experience. She did actually have to escape the rising waters, much as the characters in the book did. While we were well inland, it resonated for me on many levels. Mississippi received the brunt of the hurricane but most people don't realize that, nor how many people on the MS Coast died because it's so overshadowed by the flooding and huge loss of life in New Orleans. Funny thing, my book group discussed Salvage the Bones (some could not bear to finish - there's dog fighting and it is miserable to read about; I had to resort to skimming) and there were only a couple of us present who experienced Katrina, but those who did were nod-nod-nodding about the realism.

    The Paul Auster is one I don't think I've heard of but it sounds right up my alley. Will have to make sure I don't have that one. I'll look forward to your thoughts about it. Happy reading!

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  12. Toe injuries are ridiculously painful for how little toes actually are. Hopefully you'll be feeling better soon from that. It sounds like you've had a nice weekend. Feeling relaxed is always good but then if you add tacos that's even better! Have a great week!

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  13. Just when I finally perfected my hairstyle, you show me this Dixie Chicks video, and now I have to learn to cut my hair like that! Why do you do this to me?

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  14. Hope you had a relaxing day! Happy Easter!

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  15. Happy Easter, Andi and hope your toe feels better! Looking forward to your makeup posts too. Those are always so fun and enabling :)

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  16. Oh... the Readathon! I haven't participated in years, but with my renewed reading passion, I'm going to make it a priority this April.

    My husband left this afternoon for a week - so this would be the perfect time to watch the Misty Copeland documentary. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Sure hope that toe feels better soon.

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  17. THis is my first time watching your YouTube book thingy. I started GIRL IN TRANSLATION a few years ao on audiobooks and set it aside and now I don't know where it went. I want to finish it! Thanks for the remind. My Sunday Salon: http://headfullofbooks.blogspot.com/2016/03/sunday-salonhappy-easter.html

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  18. Glad to see you reading The Ten Year Nap. The only Meg Wolitzer I have read is Sleepwalking. That was her first one and I liked it so much that I decided I wanted to read all of hers...in order. So I'm not getting to The Wife and The Interestings, etc., because I haven't had any luck finding her second book. Now I'm inspired to get back on that goal.

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  20. I saw this big to-do about the Dixie Chicks going on tour...and then realized that they still hate America and they are only touring in other countries. I'm still blaming it all on Toby Keith and I can not stand the sight of his face. Okay, that's all...rant over. :)

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  21. I just signed up for Dewey's! So excited!

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  22. I hope your toe feels better and you can start better enjoying your freedom soon!

    DEWEY'S. Is this really going to be my fourth Dewey's? I can't believe it!

    Also, your makeup is on point in your TBR video. Just sayin'.

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  23. I hope your toe feels better and you can start better enjoying your freedom soon!

    DEWEY'S. Is this really going to be my fourth Dewey's? I can't believe it!

    Also, your makeup is on point in your TBR video. Just sayin'.

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  24. So excited to hear that you're liking The Regional Office Is under Attack. I've had it on my list for a while -- it looks amazing.

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