A Magical Birthday

Happy Birthday Harry!

Five Songs By Favorite Artist

Top 5 On Friday

Top 5 songs by one of your favorite artists

This would be Jimmy Eat World.

If You Don't, Don't

Two: No Sensitivity

Three: Clarity

Four: Dizzy

Five: Table For Glasses


"This life has been a test. If this had been an actual life, you would have received instructions on where to go and what to do. " -Angela Chase-My So-Called Life

Things I have been pondering:

-I watched Reality Bites with a friend over the weekend. He had never seen this movie. Another friend who is considerably younger than I also watched. I personally think that this film is EPIC. Seriously, it sums up all of my feelings associated with graduating college, coming of age and finding out who you really are. It's smart, witty and heart breaking. He was seriously underwhelmed and the younger friend: hated it. Wow folks.

-Why do I keep dreaming of Justin Bieber? I have only heard one song by Bieber. I see his pictures every now and then in magazines but other than that I don't know a thing about him and I'm not a fan at all. I have some crazy dreams because I take Melatonin to help with insomnia and this herbal supplement increases the vividness of your dreams. So for the past three weeks I have randomly been dreaming and Justin Bieber is always involved.

-I have so many things I still want to do in life. Having a child would seriously hinder these things. Sometimes I want a child, other times I just want to purchase a really big 52 inch flat screen telly instead and just hang out without hassle. I feel like time is running out.

-A lot of Mr. Hubs students at school are not aware of Chris Farley. This is so odd to me. He was a staple of the 90's. Are we really getting old? I don't feel old. I don't think I look old. I guess I'm getting there.

-I think my cat Anthony has "people" issues. He doesn't like folks who spend the night. At all. A friend stayed the weekend with me because Mr. Husband was out of town and Anthony just followed this friend around and when we were watching a movie he would sit in front of the friend and just stare. For the entire two hours of film. No, it was more like a glare. Then every time I left the room it was reported that Anthony would hiss at said friend. When I went to sleep instead of curling up next to his Momma, Anthony sat in the hall in front of the guest room door and glared. I made the friend shut the door. I didn't want him to get shanked in the middle of the night by Anthony's claw.

-Why is Matty Bellamy rumored to be dating Kate Hudson. Really Matt? Really?? I can't even look at you right now.

-Putting together a mini break to drive up to Philly, or as I call it: "Killadelphia" in October to see Jimmy Eat World at the Electric Factory. Good times. Always.

-My in-laws claim they want to hang out. They said to pick a date and we would all have dinner together. A crab feast. I'm kind of excited....but only for the crabs. I would endure in-laws for some steamed crabs with Old Bay and vinegar.

-Why are flip flops not an acceptable mode of foot wear for office work? Especially for me. I do maths all day. Behind a desk. With a calculator. I don't talk to patients. I rarely talk to co-workers, I don't even take calls. No one would even see me! It's one hundred and ten degress in Merryland! I need to wear flips to work. At least on Fridays? People wear jeans on Fridays! By people I mean NURSES. Which to me looks really dodgy so why can't a hobbit sized accountant wear some flips, behind the desk?

What are you pondering?

My Journey Through Books in 2010

I am moving right along in my reading adventures this year. I am approaching my 50th book and every now and then I check in and update you, give recommendations, and ask for suggestions.

Here are a few noteworthy books I have found along the way and, as always, I will tell you how I "found" them.

Little Giant of Aberdeen County-Tiffany Baker: My mother read this book earlier this year and raved about it's storytelling so I borrowed this one to indulge.
Little Giant is told by Truly, a young girl with a "large" birth defect. It follows her from birth, follows her hardships with her father and the favoritism of her beautiful sister and all of the hardships of life. Truly becomes intertwined with her sisters mistakes in life and stuck in a situation where she discovers family secrets and moral issues. This was a quick read. The moral dilemma in the book was one that provided great book club fodder. I don't want to give anything way so I will say no more...only that I enjoyed reading the book and I enjoyed discussing it after it's end even more.

Of Bees and Mist-Eric Setiawan: I was in need of something really good to read and had just come off a really great book so I looked to "If You Like This Book You'll Love This..." link of the website I was utilizing. Of Bees and Mist was listed first.

I had such a love/hate relationship with this book. I found that the narrative was written in an almost sloppy manner. I also have a hard time with the fantasy element. About halfway through the book I gave in. I took the fantastical elements and just tried to use them in a figurative sense. After I came to terms with this I actually enjoyed the book! I thought the story was awesome. It follows Merieda and her family-who house some devastating secrets. Merieda is followed from birth and until she meets the love of her life-Daniel. Merieda marries and lives with Daniels family and the hardships pick up. I thought I had an intense Mother in law. You have not seen/heard anything until you meet Merieda's MIL. This book was a roller coaster with disasters around every corner. If you can stomach lots of imagery and fantasy elements and focus on the story, then you will be satisfied!

A Perfect Nightmare-John Saul: My mother purchased House of Reckoning by same author. I read this book and was slightly impressed. During a library visit I found PN and I thought I would give it a go.

Perfect Nightmare is exactly what it claims to be. A perfect nightmare. It is about a couple with a teenage daughter who need to move. During the showing of their home a serial kidnapper enters and becomes obsessed with the daughter and takes her after hiding in the basement all day after a house showing. The chapters take turns being told from the mother of the child, the serial kidnapper and the daughter. The kidnapper has some crazy motives and the twists and turns and just plain creepiness of this idea was enthralling! I will now be terrified to ever sell my house. I loved this book. Unfortunately I tried a few other Saul books and I wasn't as impressed. Out of four or five I have read by him this was by far the most noteworthy.

I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales From a Jehovah's Witness Upbringing-Kyria Abrahams-I can't remember the origin of this book. I think I read about it in Entertainment Weekly or my mother recommended.

I was immediately curious about this book. I have always been interested in religions. The exclusiveness of them, the judgements upon others, the radicalness, the rules, everything. I am of no religion. I don't believe in organized religion, it's not for me. I take more of a scientific approach on these things-but that is another day and another conversation. When I was young a Jehovah's Witness came to our home and talked with my Grandma and my mother for a long time. Both Grandma and Ma ended up becoming JW's. I attended the Kingdom Hall with them from time to time. I was never forced into the religion. It was always my choice to believe what I wished. They were pretty loyal JW's up until my high school years. I remember at a very young age just kind of finding the whole bit odd and ridiculous. I read a lot of their literature and in college I took tons of philosophy of religion courses to study anything and everything about religions. So naturally, this book appealed to me on a personal level.

The book followed Kyria from childhood until her twenties and discussed her family upbringing in the Kingdom Hall, her radical beliefs and fears and discussed a lot of the doctrine of JW and the way of living. I will say that if you are curious about JW religion and what children think and how things are perceived you should read this. It was interesting to relate to the author on these matters. The problem I had with this book is by mid-book I thought that the author got away from the purpose and just started blaming everything that happened to her in her life on JW. I guess it could stem from this but, to me, it became forced and unbelievable. Like Abrahams just wanted to tie this book up in a pretty bow. So I leave you to make your decision on this one.

Dear Husband-Joyce Carol Oates: Browsing in the library and this book caught my eye because of the vibrant color on the jacket and the title. I read the back and thought I would give it a go.

A collection of short stories. I am a hard core Stephen King fan so I am picky when it comes to short story writers. I have only found one other to master it as well as King-Dan Chaon. So I was taking a chance on Dear Husband. This collection is all about families. Different types of families and different hardships and mostly their abilities to cope after devastation. It was incredibly beautiful and I am very glad I picked it up.

Lord of the Rings-J.R.R Toilken-Always been a HUGE fan of the films and my brother is obsessed with The Hobbit so I decided to give it a chance. Turns out I fell in love. Amazing tale, beautiful story and it touched my soul. This is going on my favorite books of all time list. If you are a fan of the films and have not read these tales please give it a chance. Or if you like tales such as these-give it a shot.

So that's about it. Currently I am reading: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I am a little over half way and I love the story. My next novel will be The Hobbit but I had some Q's for all of you:

Has anyone read anything by Nick Hornby? One of my fav. films is About A Boy and I saw the book in library. I also saw: A Long Way Down and am thinking of trying it out.

Also, another favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. Has anyone read Franny and Zooey? I have also added this to my queue of books.

Lastly: What are you currently reading? Any suggestions?

Jim, You Shouldn't Have....

First and foremost: Date for new Jimmy Eat World was announced! September 28th 2010! Four days after my date of birth ♥ What a gift!

Excited to hear Stop, which was an unreleased Demo from Chase This Light. It was one of my favorites that didn't end up on the album. It is included on Invented, although I heard it was going to sound different than the demo version.

Here is the album art! Taken from JEW site.

In other entertainment news:

I saw Inception over the weekend and I have to tell you, I was blown away! It was brilliant. Leo is one of my favorite actors (Tom Hanks being number one-would make Leo number two). Leo was amazing, as always, but surprisingly I thought that Joseph Gordon Levitt stole the show!!

So I don't want to give anything away, just know, it's complicated and you need to pay close attention to keep up but it's all worth it because it is simply brilliant.

Toy Stories and Choir Rehearsal...

Looking for something to watch over the summer? I don't watch a lot of television. I mostly Dvr stuff and watch later or early morning when I can't sleep but the programs I do watch are all on summer hiatus. Wanted to share some great televison finds!
Everyone knows, (or should know) that I love me some BBC America.

The other night, while watching Top Gear I saw an advert for a show with James May (who is a co-host of Top Gear). It's called Toy Stories. I quickly set my DVR and watched the first episode last week. It's pretty radical. Firstly, James May-for those who do not know this man- is so freaking smart and I think he could build anything he wanted from scratch. Modern day McGuyver, that one. Basically, this show follows him focusing on a specific toy and creating and completing a challange with that toy. The first episode was about Scalextric cars. Here's a bit from the episode guide: "James builds the biggest Scalextric track in the world, nearly three miles long, on the site of Britain's oldest grand prix track at Brooklands in Surrey. The track will have to go through people's gardens, over ponds and rivers and even negotiate a business park. Who will win the race of the century, the plucky locals or the team of Scalextric experts?"

Last week I watched him create a garden made entirely out of Plasticine and then enter it at the Chelsea Flower Show. It was crazy.

Another great show on BBC is called The Choir. It follows this really, cute-as-a-button choir master-Gareth Malone as he tries to whip a secondary school into shape for the choir olympics in China! Limited time and no training and bad attitudes make for great stuff. Did I mention Gareth is seriously cute-as-a-bunny-rabbit?? ( I think it's the glasses. Boys with glasses are more darling than boys without) Okay, enough about Gareth..if you like Glee, you will probably love The Choir. So check it out!

Anyone else have any new finds??

Penny and Elijah Sittin' in a Tree...Wait a Minute..We Can't Reach the Branches...

My guest room closet houses all of my "stuff". You know, the crap you can't bring yourself to throw away from "back in the day". Yesterday I had to venture into the closet and find something and I came across a large blue binded book that had

written in black sharpie across the front. I giggled a bit because this was my scrap book from pre-teen years. I was mildly obsessed with Elijah Wood. I filled this scrap book with clippings, photos from everywhere I could get them, love letters and musings about Elijah. I even had an autograph I scored by writing to my pint sized love.

I retained this obsession throughout high school and college. I just knew that one day we would be married. Simply because, I am hobbit sized (five foot) and he only towers like 5'4 (bite sized snack), he wears the coolest black rimmed glasses (like me), listens to rad music, dresses in the coolest geek styled clothes and he smokes cool cigarettes. Made for each other.

Well, I didn't marry Elijah but I still think he's pretty rad. This got me thinking about all of those silly girl-ish crushes you have growing up. Anyone want to share? No worries, no judgement here..Come on...just tell me :) Or post it up on your blog but comment here so I know to check out your post.

Who were your celebrity childhood crushes??

Here are mine:

Firstly, do I really need to mention this man?? Yeah, no...So I will move on.

Remember, I am a child of the 80's so naturally my very first crush was on Donnie Wahlberg, of New Kids on the Block. I had his picture plastered on my bedroom walls. I even had the over sized button/pin of him that I would pin on my jean jacket. I would watch the NKOTB VHS tape of Hanging Tough show and there was this one part in particular that Donnie would pull a lucky girl from the audience and sing "Cover Girl" to her. Man, I was so jealous of that pip squeak that got to go up and be serenaded. *sigh*

Being a child of the 80's, of course I crushed on one of the Corey's. I watched Goonies A LOT and Mouth was my favorite.

High school was Elijah Wood and Ewan Mcgregor...in my high school year book, a few signatures from friends actually say: "Long live Ewan Mcgregor" or mention Elijah in some way :)

Remember: No judgement.
So go on, tell me yours *wink*

Updates and Explanations..

My blog has really been lacking as of late. I find that if I can't do everything I need/want to do on the internet on my breaks at work then I just never get around to it. I am in front of a computer for 8 hours a day. When I get home and on the weekends I honestly don't even venture near my computer unless it's to sync my ipod.

I am sad to say that I have no good news to announce. I applied, tested and interviewed twice for a job in the school system near my home. This is my second attempt at employment in this establishment. This is also the second time I have taken a full day off of work, stressed out, practice interviewed, had an OCD breakdown, only to find that someone transferred into the job so I was passed over. I had the highest testing score, out of 25 (including the transfer), I had a great interview score (they score everything) AND I know the freakin' head master. (sorry, I've been playing Lego Harry Potter a lot). Government. It all adds up to just getting in and then you're golden. I'm not giving up. I'll keep trying but I will say this. I was BUMMED. Everything just seemed so right about this job. Everything just worked out beautifully. I had been having some very stressful days at work and I had one foot, one leg and half of my torso out the door already so to hear a denial was like a train wreck.

I need a serious attitude adjustment. I need to deal until I can move on.

On the bright side of things I have found Audiobooks. I am not sure what I think of them. I do, however, love the idea of listening to one book while reading another. I've rented a few heavy hitter books that I have tried to read but grew bored, yet still wanted to go back to them.

I also find that an audiobook makes the days at work fly by. It also motivates me to want to go to work because I only listen to them there.

Other than that things are just "going". I hope everyone in bloggy land is on the up and up :)

Momma's Got a Brand New Bag!!

Exciting new bags that are pefect for the summer season are now available at Blue Bird Crafting!!
Please check out the new stuff as well as browse the old! I can't say enough good things about the shop owner. She is amazing ♥

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