Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It's Ok If....




  • you'd rather spend the extra 5 minutes in bed than doing your makeup.
  • you still belt out Jewel when you hear her on the radio specifically Pieces of You & You Were Meant for Me.
  • a daily Starbucks isn't your thing.  I'd rather put that money towards a good book anyways.
  • you wear leggings to work 3 out of 5 days.
  • there are dishes in the sink and laundry to do.  You have a DVR to catch up on! They will wait.
  • you ate Girl Scout cookies for breakfast. #grownup
  • your house isn't Pinterest perfect for every holiday.
  • you haven't shaved your legs in a week.  It's winter.  You need all the insulation you can get.
  • pajamas/yoga pants are your non-work uniform. I put those babies on the second I get home.
  • you'd rather get a head massage than a foot massage.
  • you're always the passenger and never the driver.
 


Monday, March 30, 2015

New & Improved

Welcome to the new and improved Ramblin' Rose!  I'm so excited about my new look.  I am loving the gold foil geometric design.  

I'm still having trouble figuring out how to make my profile photo at the right, not appear smushed.  The photo links to my blogger profile so whatever is on there is on here. It looks fine on my profile but is smushed on my blog.  Any thoughts on how to fix this?

I purchased my blog template from Designer Blogs.  The price was perfect for a new blogger who doesn't want to commit to the price of a custom blog design.  One day I''ll hopefully have one but for now, I just needed something that didn't look so basic. 

Let me know what you think!

Friday, March 27, 2015

High Five for Friday

Linking up with Liz

O N E
I finally got my letters in to go above our kitchen cabinets and I am in love.  They are exactly what I wanted.  The gold color works so well with the honey color of the wood and the pink-y color on the walls. I'm still working on finding some other stuff to go along with it.  I'm not quite sure what exactly I'm looking for but hopefully, I'll know it when I see it.  I have some potted ivy on the other cabinet section, my crock pot and miscellaneous storage but I want the EAT section to be decorative. Any suggestions?



T W O

I took this picture the other day on my way home from work.  Not a cloud in sight with the bluest skies.  I love the contrast of the blue with the white snow capped mountains.  On the right is Cannon Mountain and the left is Lafayette.





T H R E E

Somehow these babies made it home with me the other night.  It's not like I didn't order them or anything.  But the way I figure it is they only come round once a year so it's ok. Atleast that's my excuse.



F O U R

My favorite blog posts of the week in no particular order


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How You Feel When Reading a Good Book

Anyone who is an avid reader can relate to some or all of these emotions while reading a new favorite.


You decide to start a new book from your favorite author or one that you've highly anticipated.

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Ya know that feeling you get when you first start a book and you know that it's going to be a good one?  You've read maybe a chapter or two and you can already tell that it will be a favorite.


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The plot starts to get good and it's all you can think about when you're not reading it.  You consider calling out of work and/or missing sleep to read just one more chapter.
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You fall in love with the characters and the life that the author has built.
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Then you realize that you are halfway done the book and it's all down hill from there.  You start reading slower and less frequently because you can't stand the thought of the book ending.
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Just kidding!  You devour the rest of it because how can you not?!
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You get to the end and everything ends just how it should.
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Or you get to the end and it obliterates your heart.  You're surrounded by tissues and you are found in the fetal position holding the book.
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You start recommending to anyone and everyone who will listen to you.
 
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You still think about it weeks later and wonder what the characters are doing now.
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Until you find the next book that you can't put down.

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And then it starts all over again.  But we all know it's worth it and why you read in the first place.




Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Goals


I'm going to keep my spring goals easy and only select five as the next couple months are going to be busy.  I'm going to try my best at them.  I'm not usually one to make goals but if they make me more productive, why not?

  • Make and stick to a blogging schedule
 I'd like to find a writing schedule that is consistent while also not putting too much on my    plate.  I'm thinking I'd like to post three times a week; Monday, Wednesday & Friday.  

  • Put together a great interview outfit and schedule at least one interview
I want to put together an outfit I feel comfortable and confident in.  I would like to attend at least one interview. It's been awhile since I have had to interview for a job and I really want to put my best self out there. I think it will help to get my nerves out of the way and make me more confident in future prospects.

  • Go on 2-4 regular hikes and hike one 4,000 footer.  Also make my list of 4,000 footers I would like to complete this year.
I really didn't go as much winter hiking as I did last year or for that matter, been very active this winter.  And I can definitely feel it.  I'm sluggish and unmotivated.  Being outdoors, in the woods is my happy place and it also is a great stress reliever and mood "resetter" for me. Ultimately, I would like to complete 5 or more 4,000 footers on my list this year but I am being realistic since my stamina and endurance are low right now.

  • Be more intentional with my relationship/show my appreciation
Lately, I feel like I haven't been focusing on my relationship like I should.  It is the most important relationship I have and I should be showing it the attention it deserves.  I sometimes take my partner for granted and I would really like to show him how much I appreciate him. Also, I want to plan one unique surprise date for us.

  • Set up our screened in porch and take advantage of it every chance I get, especially after work. 
The main reason we chose the house we did was for the screened in porch.  I want to find a new patio set either purchase or refurbish one.  I'm looking for a two chair and table combo.  More lounge than eating.  I have this great indoor/outdoor rug that I got a few month ago and I am using that for the design inspiration.  I want to get some great Edison string lights and some new wind chimes. I can't wait until the weather is nice enough to sit out there and read.


So there they are!  I wanted to pick really attainable goals and tried to really think about what I wanted to accomplish this spring.  I feel like I should be easily able to accomplish these goals. Or at least I hope I will.





Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Fives

Linking up with Liz


O N E
I just want to give a shout out to all the bloggers out there.  I'm still trying to find my footing with this blogging thing.  I'm still figuring out how many times a week I want to post and if I should just sit down and slam out three posts at a time or write them the night before which is what I'm currently doing.  What do you find is the most productive way to write and schedule posts?
Since I am still trying to figure everything out, that is why I have waited to purchase a blog design.  I don't want to spend the money if this is not something I am going to stick with.  Plus, I am pretty much below novice when it comes to html and any design stuff.  I mean, I had to Google how to make my about me and contact tabs.
I just want to say I understand now how much time and effort goes into blogging.  Anyone who has a blog has made it their priority.  It's not an easy thing to come here every week and come up with new and creative content.  I'm sure it's even harder if you have been at it a few years.  I struggled this week because work was just plain shitty and the only thing I wanted to do when I got home was plop on the couch and pour myself a glass of something strong.  Next week is going to be crazy so I am going to try to schedule a couple posts over the weekend and see how that works out for me.
T W O
Speaking of awesome bloggers, Mr Thomas & Me is one of my daily reads.  Amber's post this week on kindness hit the nail on the head and was especially what I needed to hear when I read it on Wednesday.  She has a way with words that girl and I can't say that I'm not excited to see what she has cooking up her sleeve with her book.
"My rawness turns people off to friendship. My open book policy takes people off guard. My shyness can be misconstrued as bitchy. I'm more a shot of tequila -an acquired taste, best chased with salt and a lime- than any smooth sipping beverage." THIS

I've kinda had a post like this brewing in my head but she put it better than I ever could.  To me this speaks right to the very deep and rarely expressed part of my heart.  It speaks to me as someone who has struggled with feeling accepted her whole life.  It makes me value the people in my life who do truly get and understand me that much more.  To me, this post was more about learning acceptance than kindness.

T H R E E



F O U R


I just got my first approval on Penguin's First to Read for The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl.  I was so excited when I opened the email yesterday.  I have Pearl's The Dante Club on my tbr bookcase but haven't got to it yet.  Look for my review on this coming sometime in April!
First to Read offers digital copies of books before they are released.  You earn points the more you interact on the website.  Every month or so they release the books that are up for grabs.  You can either use the points you have to guarantee yourself a copy or you can enter into a drawing.
F I V E
So I might be a little bit of a crazy cat lady.  I've always been opposed to the idea of having a cat but then came Chitty Lou meowing at my door and I've now officially drunk the Kool-Aid.  I just can't help it.  My kitty is the cutest cat out there and don't try to tell me otherwise.  I mean, just look at him. 


His paws just kill me in this picture!  This is him in his princess palace and yes, I know he's a boy but IdowhatIwant. He loves to get in there and play fight with you.

That's it for today.  See you Monday!





Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Favorite Movies From My Childhood

Today I'm taking a note from Natalie and posting my favorite movies from my childhood.  Some of these might not be age appropriate.  I guess my parents didn't pay too much attention to those things.  I pretty much was allowed to watch most things with them and just had to cover my eyes during the ahem "couple" scenes.  haha...yeah right! I almost always peeked.

When I was brainstorming this post, I ended up coming up with quite a few movies.  I've narrowed them down just for the sake of time and length.  I'll probably end up posting another one of these at some point because I have more on my list.

So without further ado....

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991) Poster
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This was easily one of my favorite movies when I was younger.  This is the story of a runaway girl set during the Depression who ends up joining a travelling circus type show where she learns how to high dive with a horse.  She works on training a wild horse and together they becoming a diving duo.  An accident happens while she's diving and she ends up completely blind. For awhile this sidelines her but she ends up getting back on her horse and diving blind.
Kindergarten Cop
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My dad is a huge Arnold Schwarzenegger fan so I have seen all of his 80's and 90's movies quite a few times.  I've seen this movie atleast 10 times and could still watch it again.  I often quote the "it's not a tumor" line.
Flight of the Navigator
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This movie is about a young boy who is taken 8 years into the future on a friendly alien ship.  It has this weird eye robot thing and a gremlin type animal.  I can only remember bits and pieces of it now but I remember really liking it. 
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
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I don't think you could be considered a 90's kid if this was not on your movie list.  Those big ants probably gave you nightmares and you had dreams of the trouble you could cause being so small.
Old Yeller
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This movie....it just tore at my young little heartstrings.  I loved and hated this movie when I was little.  Every time I watched the movie, I had to leave the room when Old Yeller died.  It was just so sad to me and I would still cry even though I didn't watch the scene.  Watch this if you need a good cry.
Sleeping Beauty

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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this was the first Disney movie I ever watched.  I had it on Beta.  Does anyone remember Beta machines?  They were before VHS.  Even at a young age I was a hopeless romantic and this probably only helped to fuel it.  Now, I much prefer The Little Mermaid and Beauty in the Beast but 6 year old Rose?  This was her jam.
The Secret Garden
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 Again, a movie that struck me right in the heart.  I can still remember the opening scenes where the girls parent's die in an earthquake and she is sent to live in England at her estranged uncle's estate.  Magic and wonderment soon follow.
Do you remember any of these movies?  Were they any of your favorites too?
PS Happy St Patty's Day.  Drink a green one for me!





Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekending

Another day, another dollar.  Friday afternoon I met my mom for lunch.  One of the churches in our area does an annual fish chowder luncheon for Lent.  While my family doesn't observe Lent, we always attend the luncheon at least once.  It started when I was younger with my Gram.  Sometimes she would spoil me and take me out of school on a Friday afternoon so we could go.  It was something I always looked forward to.  They serve chowder, sandwiches and homemade pie. 

Saturday we went over to see Errol's family.  It was his Gram's 75th birthday.  She requested that we not do presents so we brought over Chinese food, cake and flowers.  After that, we went couch shopping.  We ended up buying a couch and recliner set.  Our couch is about 8 years old and is showing its age.  The cushions are deflated and you can feel the bars wherever you sit.  We went to this huge 45,000 sq ft showroom near us called Top Furniture.  We picked a Flexsteel set.  It was the most comfortable and it was 20% off. 



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The couch is in a darker brown color.  It is a rich dark chocolate color.  I couldn't find a picture of the couch in the correct color and I realized after we left I forgot to take a picture.  I originally had wanted a gray couch but none of the couches that we liked were offered in that color so we settled on a brown couch which is the current color we have now.  PS why do you always have to wait so long for furniture to be delivered?

While Errol went and bought himself a new iPad, I stopped at TJ Maxx.  They had some cute spring clothes but when the ground is still covered with snow, I have a hard time looking at sandals and shorts.  I found a cute mason jar glass and a couple candles.  The best part is that I had some money left on a gift card so I only paid $0.95 for everything.  The candles are sweet lime & cedar and coconut scented.  TJ Maxx is pretty much my go to place for candles.  They are inexpensive and have a decent selection.  I burn a candle every night so I go through them pretty quick.



Sunday I woke up to this.


It was a little disheartening to see several inches of snow out there. But March weather is always unpredictable.  One day it will be 40 and the next you get a blizzard. 

We did normal Sunday chores and made our favorite BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves.  These are on regular rotation in our house and I have several friends now making them regularly too because they are that good! They aren't the most healthy meal but it's comfort food at it's best.

Via Iowa Girl Eats

Hope your week is a good one!




Friday, March 13, 2015

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things Vol 2

Insert obligatory Friday the 13th comment here. This week ended up flying by for me.  It also helped that the weather was in the upper 40's for a few days.  And then Thursday rolled around and I woke up to my car covered in snow.  It was fun while it lasted.  Wednesday it was so nice that we tried to go for a four wheeler ride but there's still too much snow to go far...wishful thinking.

So what are my favorites this week?

Favorite Inspiration

become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
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Favorite Eat

Cake Batter Blondies via Sallys Baking Addiction

If you like the taste of cake batter, you will love these blondies. No mixer, 1 bowl, 30 minutes.
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 I made these over the weekend and let me tell you, they are dangerous.  I had all I could do not to face plant into the dish and eat them all.  As it is, we polished them off by Tuesday.  The recipe couldn't be easier.  The only change I made is that I used a funfetti box of cake mix because I had it already.  I think it just improved the flavor.  Do yourself a favor and go make yourself some of these. Be warned, they are addicting!

Favorite Blog Post

I find that I am most interested in and respond to thought provoking discussion type of blog posts.  I like the comments and interaction it brings.  This post via Perpetual Page Turner is just that. I just recently discovered this book blog.  I tend to not follow too many book blogs because I feel like a lot of them are mainly composed of book reviews.  I like to know the person behind the blog and connect with them in some way.

The post asks readers if it is an author's job to address offensive subjects somewhere in the text.  The comments on this post were great and I really liked that Jamie interacted with the commenters and furthered the discussion.  I believe that in certain situations if the author did address the offensive subject somewhere in the novel, it could detract from the authenticity of it.  For example, if you interrupt the flow of the narrative to explain why a certain slang term was used because of the time period.  Depending on the novel and the overall subject matter, you have to pick and choose your battles. I do however, appreciate when an author include a note in the end explaining why certain terminology was used and why they felt it should be included.

I just read In One Person by John Irving and the topic of this book could overall be viewed offensive to certain people.  The novel reads as biography of a bisexual man who is a "sexual suspect" and is interested in transgender men who are transitioning to women.  He does address in one part of the novel, as the character, that he is using the term transsexual as it was the correct term used during that time period.  In this case, it worked because the character was narrating his own story.

Also, if you haven't read John Irving, you should get to correcting that.  He is one of my favorite authors.

Favorite Home Inspo

i love everything about this sofa. no box cushions, great ottoman, huge pillow back cushions, great color. Really- this entire home is amazing.
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We are in the process of buying a new couch and this is everything I want.  Gray. Big. Comfy and cozy. Please deliver yourself to my house. pleaseandthankyou

Well that concludes this week's edition of Friday Favorites.


Linking up with Amanda


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Life Can Really Dull Your Sparkle


"Don't ever let anyone dull your sparkle." #quoteoftheday
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I had every intention of writing a post last night for Thursty Thursday and then it was 45* and the boyfriend brought home some Coronas and the next thing you know, it's 9:30 and I'm ready for bed. (hashtag old lady status)  So instead, I am coming here to just write.

Ever since I officially found out that my department is indeed being relocated, I have been in this rut that I can't seem to snap myself out of.  I have tried things I normally would do to put myself in a good mood, listening to favorite songs, activities outside, etc.  While I enjoy said things, there is still this lingering feeling that I can't quite shake.  I don't want to say I am depressed because I feel like that detracts from the people who do suffer from depression on a regular basis but dammit, I am depressed!  This is not a word that I like to use to describe my state of mind and it's not one that I have had to use in a long time. 

In middle school and high school, I did suffer with depression and I was on anti-depressants for a short period of time before I decided that I was not going to use medication to treat it. And in a sense, I don't know if I ever really truly had depression and it just wasn't normal teenage angst.  I've never again felt the way that I did during that period of my life.  But this feeling that I have now is just an overwhelming feeling of sadness, anger and anxiety.  It really has dulled my sparkle.  My coping mechanism is just to ignore it but this "what am I going to do" thought is always there in the back of my mind.  I lay awake at night and obsess over the uncertainty of my future.  As much as the people in my life do listen and support me, I feel alone.

The job prospects where I live are slim and just last week, one of the larger factories in our surrounding area gave notice that it will be closing.  That's over 100 people looking for jobs in addition to me and anyone else in my company who has chosen not to relocate.  It's scary.  I've never been in the position where I have had to find a job.

And yes, I could move elsewhere and find a job where the pool is bigger but there is a reason I live where I do, the mountains are my home.  If it was just me in the equation, I might have made the decision to follow the company but I am not the only one I have to consider.  My first priority in life is my relationship and protecting it.  I'm not going to sacrifice my relationship to follow a company that quite frankly doesn't care about me and views me as replaceable. 

The sad part is, is that in my head, this was going to be some place I was going to be for a while.  I've been with the company for 7 years and I joined it in the first place because I knew I could advance. The position I'm in currently was just a stepping stone to get me somewhere else in the future. I love the job I have now and that's what makes me so angry. It is being taken away from me. The thought of training someone else to do my job makes me angry.  And now I'm afraid I am going to have to take a dead end job so I can pay my bills and just barely get by. 

Then there is the optimist in me that knows this is just a hard season in my life.  If I am happy at my current job, who's to say I couldn't be even happier somewhere else.  If we choose not to relocate, we have until the end of the year.  So I am trying to really take this time to figure out what it is that I truly want.  And I don't know that answer yet.  Because truthfully, the things I want in life have nothing to do with a career and more to do with experiences and living as much as possible.  I work to live, I don't live to work.

So here I am, trying to have the faith that everything will work out and the courage to take a leap into the unknown.








Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Show Us Your Books-February Edition

February was a good month for reading.  I read a total of 8 books and if I continue on with this monthly average, I will have no problem with hitting my yearly goal of 100, I might even exceed it!

Rating System
5- Loved it! All the feels and flails. New favorite
4- Really liked it
3- Decent.  Could have been better/something missing
2- Would not recommend. Ehh
1- Did not like.  Didn't finish. Gave book away.



Rating-4
I'm a fan of the stories Jennifer writes.  They are dark and suspenseful.  I've also read Promise Not to Tell by her and I currently have Don't Breathe a Word waiting to be read.
The One I Left Behind is told from the POV of Reggie.  It alternates from present day to 1985 when she was 13 years old.  It's the story of a serial killer named Neptune who abducts young women and severs their hand, leaving it for the police, before killing them.  In 1985 Reggie's mother ends up being one of Neptune's victims except her body never turns up.  Twenty years later Reggie's mother is found alive and living in a homeless shelter.  Reggie returns to her home town to try and piece together what has happened to her mother.
I would recommend this book and her others for fans of Gillian Flynn. 


Rating-3
This is a memoir written from Michael's experience with his daughter's psychosis at the age of 15.  It begins on the day her illness presents itself and follows her through her admittance into a psychiatric hospital. 
My one issue with the book is that the author kept describing her illness and the day where everything happened as her 'crack up'.  That terminology to be seems very outdated and I just couldn't get past it.  I also had trouble with the author's view and feelings on his daughter's illness. And while he did show compassion, it just seemed very much black and white.  Like he just wanted her to pick her self up and be back to 'normal'.  I would have liked to have seen a chapter or something from her perspective. 
Rating-3.5-4
 This is a sweeping historical novel of Paris.  It moves from the early medieval era to the 1900's.  The history is told through several different families through the ages. The novel does switch back and forth between time periods and families and this is where I had the hardest time with the book.  There are a lot of characters in this book and sometimes it is hard to keep the names straight.  The families are all the same but the actual person is different depending on the time period.  It was confusing to know how each person was related.  With that being said, I did enjoy this book for the historical information and I particularly liked the parts set around 1850-1945. The characters in these chapters were more flushed out and the storyline was engaging. 
Even though this book wasn't a favorite, I will be reading his New York novel as well since I did like the historical aspect of it.
Rating-3.5
This was the last book I had to read by Flynn and Gone Girl is still my favorite of her books.  Once you have read all of them, you really see her evolution as a writer.  This book and Sharp Objects I struggled with.  I like the storylines because they are dark and disturbing but at the same time both of these books have weak female characters.  It isn't until the end of the books where they find their strength.  I just can't get behind portraying women as weak because a traumatic event happened to them.

Rating-3.5
This is the story of Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith.  She is 384 years old and this is the story of her life.  I thought this book was interesting. It has witches and warlocks.  Side note: does anyone else hate the term warlock? The warlock has bound himself to Elizabeth by giving her immortality and power and the story revolves around him hunting her through different time periods. 
Rating-2
I thought this book was interesting and informative in the beginning and then it just kept going on and on.  I feel like the information was repetitive and the book could have easily been cut down by a third.  I was most drawn to the book because of the Mormon history.  It would be interesting to see what a practicing Mormon's opinions are on this book.

**I did not finish this book.  I had about 80 pages left so I did not count this as a full book towards my goal.

Rating-2
I read this book off and on as I had it on my Kindle app.  The book is about the author's childhood and early twenties and trying to find himself.  I was slightly reminded of Augusten Burroughs while reading this because of the dysfunctional, eccentric characters. The stories were sometimes funny but at the end of the book, I just kind of felt like, "what's the point?"
Rating-4
 I liked this book.  It was a quick read and I thought the premise was inventive.  The book takes place on an island called Blessed and there are seven short stories that are all intertwined.  All of the stories center around Eric and Merle but in each story their roles and fate are different.  The issue I had with this book is that there was no real character development.  None of the characters were three dimensional so it was hard to connect with them. 
Rating-4.5
Such a heartbreakingly good book.  It was not at all what I expected.  I purchased this awhile ago as part of Amazon's Kindle Daily Deals and didn't really know too much about it.  Originally, I thought it was a book about a boy and girl falling in love or something to that ilk but it was actually a story of two boys falling in love.  It's quite obvious from the beginning that Ari is gay but he just hasn't accepted it or acknowledged it.  That is until Dante comes around.  I read this in about a day and it just tore me up in the best possible way.


Linking up with Steph

Life According to Steph 


Monday, March 9, 2015

The Weekend That Was

And back to Monday...
The weather this weekend was beautiful.  It was sunny and in the low 30's.  It just almost convinces you that spring is right around the corner but then you remember that it's only the beginning of March.  Spring doesn't usually start until April here.

Friday I stopped and got some stuff for a new drink I'll be debuting on Thursty Thursday.   I also grabbed some hydrangeas.  Fresh flowers always put a smile on my face.  This part of the winter is always the hardest for me.  The snows brown and everything is dreary.  You are anxious for spring and it seems the snow is never going to melt.  You anticipate the first buds blooming and birds singing.  I can almost smell it.


Saturday we had plans to hang out with some friends that E used to work with and we hadn't seen in a while.  We went up to Derby Line, Vermont is which about as close as you can get to Canada while still being in the US.  The library in Derby is actually partly in Canada. It's really pretty up there with lots of farmland and open fields.


I started reading my 24th  book of the year.  This is the first time I've ever kept track of how many books I've read so it will be interesting to see at the the end of the year.  I have a loose goal of 100.  I'm reading a lot now but know that in the summer, I tend to read less so we'll see.  I'm a big fan of historical fiction.  I'm reading Moloka'i by Alan Brennert.  It's based on the leper colony that was established on the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i during the late 1800's and early 1900's.  I'm barely 100 pages in.  The main character, Rachel, has just been quarantined to the leper settlement. She is only 7 years old and because she has developed leprosy, she has been taken away from her family and sent to this settlement. I'm looking forward to seeing how her character is going to develop and where the story takes her.



We made homemade KFC Famous Bowls for an easy Sunday supper.  I'm planning on taking a half day sometime this week to go cross country skiing.  We are supposed to get up into the 40's this week and I can't wait!


Friday, March 6, 2015

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things Vol 1


 This is my very first Friday Favorites.  TGIF, am I right?  This week has been a long one and I've been looking forward to this weekend.  It's supposed to be warm and by warm, I mean in the 30's and we have some plans to go cross country skiing and visit some friends we haven't seen in awhile.  It should be a good weekend!
Favorite Song
Hello My Old Heart-The Oh Hellos
I actually am loving everything by them right now but I am having a moment with this song right now and I have been for the last few months. Just listen to it!

Favorite Recipe
We tried this recipe for the first time this week.  It's a crock pot recipe so that's always a win in my book.  I just throw all the ingredients together the night before and then start it in the morning.  I loved all the vegetables in it.  The only thing I would change is putting in more of the ranch seasoning next time.  The soup still had a good flavor but it wasn't as strong as I thought it was going to be.  This is definitely a keeper.
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Photo courtesy of Carlsbadcravings
Favorite Email

Have you heard of theskimm? I've been on their mailing list for about a year now and I like to read it while I eat my breakfast in the morning.  It's a daily email M-F that covers all of the top news stories from the day/week.  It's a great way to keep up with current events and has a great mix of world and entertainment news. Sign yo'self up!

Favorite Show

I can't even tell you what channel this is on but I randomly caught the first episode of it and it's dysfunctional family gold.  I love anything to do with dysfunctional families.  Schitt's Creek is about a wealthy family who loses all their money and their assets are seized by the IRS.  The only thing the government doesn't want is the town that they own called Schitt's Creek.  The family is forced to move there and live in this rundown motel.  Eugene Levy is the patriarch of the family but Catherine O'Hara is what makes the show.  If you get a chance you should check it out. 

That's it for today.  Hope you have a great weekend!




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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thursty Thursday



It's Friday eve and today I am sharing an easy drink to get your weekend started!  This drink couldn't be any simpler.  It's perfect for when you a craving a little something more than just beer or wine.




Glass-TJ Maxx
The Creamsicle
Ingredients:
  • Orange Soda*
  • Captain Morgan
  • Ice
  • Cute glass-optional
Combine all ingredients. 
*Must use Weight Watchers Orange Soda.  This is the only kind that I have found that gives it the true creamsicle taste. 

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Have one for me!


 
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