Wednesday, December 29, 2010

When I am queen of the world...

When I am queen of the world I will make it my personal ambition to educate people on proper parking lot etiquette. I HATE people who do not know how to navigate through a parking lot without creating inconveniences for everyone else.





Now, I know everyone has their pet peeves. Everyone is annoyed by something. This is what annoys me the most: people who drive through an angled parking lot in the wrong direction. You know, those parking lots where the spaces are angled to make parking easier. And usually, these types of parking lots have arrows painted all over the place to indicate which direction you need to be driving down each aisle. But, there is always someone who thinks that these general rules don't apply to them, so they drive down the aisles the wrong way, and then....they even try to park coming in from the wrong direction. So, now, when someone comes along driving the RIGHT way down the aisle, they have to stop and wait on the obnoxious person to make about a 50 point turn as they try to squeeze their Suburban in a space that's barely big enough for a Volkswagen.



You have no idea how much this annoys me! I want to jump out of my car and attack people when I see them doing this. Not that I'd really do that, the thought just crosses my mind.



Please take note of the masterpiece I have created to help illustrate my point, being that I could not find an appropriate image on Google.



What about you? What are the little things that really push your buttons? How do you handle them?


Monday, December 27, 2010

Just putting this out there...

I don't discuss my private life here very often. And, I've debated making this post for that very reason. So, being that this post is on a more personal note, it is a bit unusual for me.

I just wanted to let you guys know that I am a Mary Kay consultant.

If this doesn't interest you, no problem. This isn't going to become a regular topic here. I'm just putting this information out there.

But, if you are interested, I have recently developed a web page for online shopping. This is rather new for me. Most of my business is done in my general geographic area, but I'm trying to branch out a little. I offer free shipping, among other freebies, and I'll ship anywhere in the US (international shipping may become an option in the future).

So, if you're at all interested, you can click here to have a look at my page, or you can click on the newly created icon found in the left-hand column.

And, as I said, if this isn't your thing, do not fear, I'm not going to be bombarding this page with Mary Kay advertising. That's not the purpose of this blog. I'm just putting this information out into the universe.

Thanks, and wish me luck!

If I had an abundant stash of cash...

Obviously, I'm not a millionaire. I don't have thousands of dollars to just throw around as I please, but a girl can dream. Right?



If I had all the money in the world to spend on whatever I pleased, I would devote quite a bit to different types of collections that interest me. I would acquire an art collection to rival that of the Louvre. I would develop a film collection like the world has never seen. But, I think I would be most excited to invest in a rare books collection. If I had the money and resources necessary, these are just a few pieces I would be interested in…






ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER OF MODERN FIRSTS: FIRST ISSUE OF THE SUN ALSO RISES, IN THE EXCEPTIONALLY RARE DUST JACKET

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. Octavo, original black cloth with gold paper labels, uncut, original dust jacket. Housed in custom cloth clamshell box. $78,000.


First edition, first issue, of one of Hemingway's rarest and greatest novels, a lovely copy in the scarce original first-issue dust jacket.

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"BIBLIOPHILE, DRUNKARD AND GOOD EGG": WONDERFUL AND RARE PRESENTATION COPY OF THE BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY FITZGERALD IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION

FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Beautiful and Damned. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $75,000.

First edition, first issue, an exceptional presentation copy whimsically inscribed in the year of publication by Fitzgerald, "For Wilbur Judd, Parisien [sic], Critic, Playrite [sic], Bibliophile, Drunkard and Good Egg, From F. Scott Fitzgerald, St. Paul 1922," in scarce second-issue dust jacket (issued within months of the first-issue jacket).


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"READER, I MARRIED HIM": FIRST EDITION OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE'S CLASSIC JANE EYRE, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND

(BRONTE, Charlotte) BELL, Currer
. Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell. London: Smith, Elder, 1847. Three volumes. Octavo, period-style full tree calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, red and green morocco spine labels. $36,000.

Rare first edition of one of the greatest and most popular novels in English literature in lovely tree calf-gilt.

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"HOW MANY AGES HENCE SHALL THIS OUR LOFTY SCENE BE ACTED OVER"

[SHAKESPEARE, William]. Julius Caesar. London, 1691. Rare 1691 second quarto edition of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, with a brilliance fully realized in "the extraordinary lines of Brutus, deep in thought, as he sets in motion one of the most consequential events in Western history. It's one of Shakespeare's first great soliloquies," handsomely bound. $40,000.



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"THE MOST FAMOUS ENGLISH HORROR NOVEL"


SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein. Philadelphia, 1833. Two volumes. Very scarce first American edition of Mary Shelley's masterpiece of horror, an exceptional uncut copy in original boards. Complete with all half titles. $37,000.


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"THE GREATEST INNOVATOR IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN FICTION"

FAULKNER, William. The Sound and the Fury. New York, 1929. First edition of Faulkner's masterpiece, in rare first-state dust jacket. $26,500.

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"ALL MODERN LITERATURE COMES FROM ONE BOOK BY MARK TWAIN. IT'S THE BEST BOOK WE'VE HAD"

TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York, 1885. First edition, first issue, of "the most praised and most condemned 19th-century American work of fiction" (Legacies of Genius, 47). $18,000.



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"HOPE YOU LIKE THIS ONE AS MUCH"

ROWLING, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. London, 1998. First edition of the second book in the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series, warmly inscribed on the the dedication page by the author to her personal assistant, "To Ella (again!), hope you like this one as much—love from Jo (aka J.K. Rowling)." $13,500.






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"THAT DIALOGUE OF MIND, HEART AND VOICE"

BOSWELL, James. Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. London, 1791. Two volumes. First edition of the greatest of literary biographies, handsomely bound in contemporary tree calf. $11,000.





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"BECAUSE THE ONLY PEOPLE FOR ME ARE THE MAD ONES"

KEROUAC, Jack. On the Road. New York, 1957. First edition of Kerouac's second and most important novel, "a physical and metaphysical journey across America." A lovely fresh copy. $9000.


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"THE SUDDEN, MORTAL JAB OF AN ICE PICK"

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. London, 1886. Scarce first English edition, first issue, in the original printed paper wrappers (with the date corrected in ink from 1885 to 1886, as called for). $7800.

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FIRST EDITION OF THACKERAY'S MASTERPIECE, VANITY FAIR IN A BEAUTIFUL COSWAY BINDING

THACKERAY, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair. London, 1848. First edition, first issue, of Thackeray's finest novel, beautifully bound in a Cosway-style binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with a miniature portrait of Thackeray on ivory under glass on the front pastedown. $7500.

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Needless to say, if I had an endless supply of money, these purchases would only be the beginning of this collection.

What about you? What would you collect or acquire if money were not an option?

Also, these books and many others can be found here for purchase or general browsing.

Friday, December 24, 2010

My Christmas Questionaire

Ok, I stole today's post from Diary of a Fair Weather Diver who stole it from Diary of a Fickle White Woman (both are great bloggers). So, enjoy and feel free to play along.


Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate ... Believe it or not, I've NEVER had Egg Nog.

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? He does both.

Colored lights on tree/house or white? Colored.

Do you hang mistletoe? Nope. I always forget about it and wish I had thought about it.

When do you put your decorations up? The day after Thanksgiving. I wait all year for Christmas decorations, I want to be able to enjoy them as long as possible.

What is your favorite holiday dish? Before she died, my great-grandmother always made a TON of different kinds of Christmas candy. I really miss her Christmas Cheddar Cheese Logs.

Favorite Holiday memory as a child? The year my brother received a beagle puppy for Christmas. That was the cutest puppy ever, my brother ended up naming him Bob.

When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I honestly don't remember. I remember believing and the I remember not believing, but I don't remember the specific time when that changed.

Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve? As a child, we always opened everything on Christmas morning, but as an adult, we've begun to open everything on Christmas Eve, but always with the thought that when we have kids, we will go back to Christmas morning.

How do you decorate your Christmas tree? With colored light, a few ornaments from our childhood, other ornaments I've collected over the last few years, and a silver star on top.

Snow, love it or hate it? Love love love love love it, only wish we got more of it here in Arkansas.

Can you ice skate? I've only attempted ice skating once in my life. I suppose it went ok, not something I want to spend a lot of time doing.

Do you remember your favorite gift? My engagement ring! Christmas 2008!

What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Trying to recapture that magical feeling when I was young. It's just not quite the same anymore.

What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Peppermint Bark and Homemade Millionaires.

What is your favorite holiday tradition? Supper with my parents on Christmas Eve.

What tops your tree? A big silver star.

Which do you prefer giving or receiving? I love to get presents, but it's ten times better watching people open the presents I picked for them.

What is your favorite Christmas Song? "Mary, Did You Know," "What Child is This," "O Holy Night," "Happy X-Mas," and "Blue Christmas." I love Christmas music, so it's really hard for me to narrow down this list.

Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? Sometimes they're yuck, sometimes they're yum. But, to me, the best ones are the white ones with the colored stripes.

Favorite Christmas Show? A Christmas Story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and The Santa Claus

Saddest Most Hated Christmas Song? "The Christmas Shoes"

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Goodies

I came across a really yummy sounding recipe at Lauren from Texas (and her blog is wonderful...click over and check her out). And I couldn't help but attempt these sweet treats on my own.

So...here is my interpretation of Brownie Covered Oreos...
1. First of all, you need a boxed brownie mix. I choose Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge. You also need a package of Oreos. And lastly, some icing, preferably the tube kind that you can just squeeze out.
2. Next, go ahead a make the brownie mix as directed on the box. Then, after it's all mixed up, start dipping your Oreos into the batter.

3. After you dip your cookies, and they are well covered in batter, go ahead and drop them into your muffin pan (but only after it has been generously sprayed down with cooking spray).

4. They will need to bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. And when you take them out of the oven let them cool for a few minutes before you touch them. Then, when they are cool enough to take them from the pan, decorate them as desired with your icing.

This is a super easy recipe. The batter from the box is enough for a whole package of Oreos. And, I must warn you...these are super tasty, but...they are also SUPER CHOCOLATEY! Seriously, I thought these things were going to put me into a chocolate coma!

Hope you enjoy!

If you try these out, let me know how it goes!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What the Dickens, Oprah?

Let me preface this post by saying, I’m not much of an Oprah fan.


But, aside from that, I do pay attention to her “book club.” I don’t do this because I think she is an amazing literary mind who offers intelligent insight and discussion in regard to well written literature, I do this because, she does do a good job of introducing new or unknown contemporary authors into the literary world. And, she also helps to bring into the mainstream many pieces of classic literature. Book stores have noted that every time Oprah adds a book to her list, the sales for that book explode, even for books that have been around for a hundred years or more. I mean, you can’t argue with the fact that the woman has influence. People are going to read what she says to read just because she said.


Now, herein lies the problem. This is why I personally have such mixed feelings toward Oprah’s “book club.” On one hand, one positive aspect that cannot be ignored is the fact that PEOPLE ARE READING! This is never a bad thing. Reading as a habit or a means of pleasure is something that is quickly disappearing in the general public. Aside from those of us who inhale every printed word just for the fun of it, most people just don’t read for fun. So, anything that gets people to read is good, especially if they are reading the classic pieces that are generally ignored by the mainstream presently. It is well known that Oprah has encouraged the reading of such works as Anna Karenina, As I Lay Dying, and One Hundred Years of Solitude. So, yes, I agree, the reading of classic and quality literature is a good thing, through whatever means.


However, one the other hand, some of these texts are pretty difficult and complex if you haven’t studied or read Dickens before. Now, I don’t say this to sound snooty, arrogant, stuck up, or whatever term you may choose to use, I say this because it is true.


And now, the newest addition to Oprah’s “book club” is Dickens. She has decided to read Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities. My first thought was “Great, I love Dickens. This might be a good time for me to go back and reread these. It’s been a while. I’m glad Oprah mentioned these.” However, the more I thought about this, the more it didn’t sit well with me. I really began to think about reading this as a suggestion from Oprah, just jumping into it with no knowledge or expectations. I’ve taken this approach with some of her suggestions before and was met with no major problems. But, I kept thinking about reading Dickens on my own for the first time. If I would have approached Dickens on my own, without any help, I don’t think I would have made it. Being an English major, I was lucky enough to be guided through my first experience with Great Expectations and Bleak House. And let’s face it, Dickens is Dickens! To fully grasp the narrative that he presents, the reader needs to have a basic working knowledge of the London that Dickens was writing about. The reader needs to understand the social strata of the time, the reader needs to be aware of certain figures of speech and euphemisms, and the reader needs to know the basic geography of the city. Yes, you can read Dickens without this knowledge and get the basic gist of the story. But, to be completely unaware of these details causes the reader to miss SO much of what makes Dickens great. And really people, do you think Oprah is going to explain all of this to you so that you might better enjoy the novel. No. She said “I’ve always wanted to read Dickens over the Holidays.” She also told her audience, “This makes great reading while you’re sipping hot chocolate.” Really Oprah? How do you know that? If that’s the case, then why not choose A Christmas Carol or some of Dickens’ other Christmas writing. Why chose Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities? Does this really strike you as light, cheerful, holiday reading? Because, if so, you’re in for a surprise.


So, if you’re just an everyday reader and you’re willing to do the work that goes along with reading Dickens, GREAT! I’m excited! That makes me happy! I wish there were more readers like that in the world. Do your homework, gather the background knowledge, this is what adds to the richness of Dickens’ world. If you can read these books with attention to detail and appreciation of language, you will feel so accomplished when you finish. That’s one reason I love Dickens’ so much. I feel like reading his writing is work sometimes, but the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment that comes with reading him is unlike anything else.


So, tell me, how do you feel about Oprah and her reading list, or her ideas about literature?

How do you feel about Dickens?

I really want to know!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Do you see it?

Look closely.
Notice anything wonderfully surprising on this NY subway sign?
This is completely for real.
No lie, this is actually on a real sign in NY.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Interesting Post Secret

I love Harry Potter and I love Post Secret. This is one of the secrets posted this week. It really made me think about how little we really know about these huge celebrities. This actually makes me kind of sad. I know this was sent in anonymously, and because of that, it will never be known if this is true or not. But,whether it's true or not, it still makes these actors seem a little more human and a little less magical. And, it ALMOST demystifies the Harry Potter world for me....



Saturday, November 20, 2010

Guess where I was last night...


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part I

It was AMAZING!

Now, I just have to wait until July...

I wish I weren't so impatient.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Chuck IV


Let me preface: I am HUGE Chuck Klosterman fan. I love his writing and his take on popular culture.

If you aren't familiar with Chuck, he is, generally, an essayist. Most of his books are compilations of essays that he has written about various topics. He has contributed several articles to Spin magazine and has spoken at colleges across the country. His writing is interesting and enlightening.

That being said, this wasn't my favorite Klosterman experience. I think I was spoiled by Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, his most notable collections of essays. Chuck Klosterman IV is a different type of book. Unlike his other books, this is a collection of previously published articles...mostly. The book is divided into three sections: "Things That Are True," "Things That Might Be True," and "Something That Isn't True at All."

The fist section includes interview pieces. These are articles focusing on interviews that Klosterman has conducted over a span of ten years. Some of these interviews include Britney Spears, Bono, and Val Kilmer. There are also conversations with athletes and several lesser known artists. Some of these articles are very interesting, but overall, this section seems to drag a little bit. I'm sad to say, that before finishing this section, I considered putting this book down. I rarely do that, and I've never done that with a Klosterman book. But, I'm glad I didn't.

The second section really picked things up. The essays included in the "Things That Might Be True" section are the real gems of this collection. These are Klosterman's own opinions, thoughts, and reflections on various topics ranging from a 24 hour period watching VH1 Classic to the influence that pirates have on current culture. His voice in these essays is funny, yet thought provoking. He presents some ideas that seem ridiculous, but actually, in some twisted way, can make sense.

The final section of this book seemed a bit unnecessary. It was neither bad nor good.I read it, but had no real feeling toward it. This was basically a short story, a piece of fiction. Obviously this is why is included under the label of "Something That Isn't True At All." There's really just not much to say about it.

All in all, there were some good things in this book, but it just wasn't Klosterman's best. I finished the last page with an "ehh" type of feeling. Mostly, I was just glad to be finished. And, honestly, I hate that I feel this way. I almost feel like a traitor. Hopefully, I'll feel better with his next book.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Small Town Tradition

Ok, so I live in the South. I live in a very small town, in the South. Local custom dictates that on the opening day of deer season, everyone goes hunting. And when I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE; man, woman, and child. No lie! So, in keeping with small town tradition, the husband and I went hunting today. We didn't see anything, but we had fun anyway.

I know this isn't a pastime that everyone is familiar with or could enjoy, but what can I say? This is where I'm from...this is what we do. Don't judge! *smiles*



Only 6 more days...

It has been established that I am a Harry Potter nerd. I accept this label. I love all things Harry Potter. And with only 6 days left until the premiere of Deathly Hallows part 1, I am getting a tad anxious. I am beyond excited about this movie. I haven't felt this way about a movie release in a LONG LONG time (maybe since the last Harry Potter). So, in all of my exictement I have been taking in all the Harry Potter information I can find.

In all of my recent reading, I have come across several posters for Deathly Hallows, so I've decided to share a few. Which are your favorites? Or do you have a favorite that I haven't included here?








Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mini-post

I know I haven't posted much this week. I've been a bit on the busy side. This is my first year attempting NaNoWriMo and it has completely consumed me. But, as much time as I've been putting into this, I can't seem to make much progress. I'm only a week in, and I'm already behind. I'm definitely going to have to push myself to make the 50,000 word count by the end of the month. I'm going to keep working and hopefully I make it, if not, at least I'm doing as much as I can.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Fun

So, most people get their pumpkins carved at least a week or so before Halloween. We tend to procrastinate in our home. So, here's some pics of our night before Halloween, pumpkin carving, fun!


Pumpkin Guts!!!!

Yummy!!!

So, he doesn't find them as enticing as I do...

All Finished!!!

(Yeah, I know our pumpkin looks a little...ummm..."special")

Happy Halloween!!!!

Be safe and have fun!!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Only 2 Days Until…


NaNoWriMo!!! I am super excited about NaNoWriMo this year. This is going to be my first year as an actual participant. For the last three years, my friend, Elizabeth, has been trying to get me to participate. Previously, I've always had some excuse. Either I didn't have time; I had too much school work, etc. The thing is, I came to realize that I'm always going to have some reason not to do this, so I need to just bite the bullet and do it already. I'm always going to be short on time; I'm always going to have other things that need to be done. Those things aren't going to change. What needs to change is my motivation. I need to get some motivation and make myself commit to this project.


And that's exactly what I'm doing. I have created my NaNoWriMo profile. I've already been working on ideas and story lines. I have a general idea of what I want to write about. I've just got to put myself out there. My words, my thoughts, my ideas, all of these put together should create something. I have no idea how the final product will turn out, but 30 days and 50,000 words should produce something. Right?


So, I'm going into this with high hopes and great expectations. (Ha! That was totally an accident.) So wish me luck and feel free to check out my progress at any time throughout the month of November.


My NaNoWriMo username is: SaraDBVerde


And if you're at all interested in writing, this is definitely a project you should look into.


For more information click here.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I'm on Facebook

I created a Facebook page for my blog today! I'm kind of excited.

If you get a chance, I'd appreciate a visit and a "like."

Thanks!

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/This-My-Experience/159645790742656

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Literally Harry Potter

I absolutely LOVE all things Harry Potter. I'm approaching the movie version of Deathly Hallows with mixed emotions. Although I'm excited for the release of the movie, I know I'm going to be sad when its over. I have followed this series from the very beginning, from the release of the American edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone until now, I have been a loyal fan. To graduate with my BA in English, I was required to do a senior research project. My research focused on the argument for the literary value of Harry Potter. (It was actually a pretty good project, if I do say so myself.) Needless to say, I been a fan for a long time.

Being the fan that I am, when I saw this video I laughed out loud for at least five minutes.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

*I apologize that the video screen doesn't exactly fit....



So, what do you think?

Was this funny or what?

Did you love it?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Happy Mailboxes

I don't know about you, but I LOVE getting things in the mail. I mean real things, not bills and junk. But, it seems that as I've gotten older, more of my mail consists of things I don't particularly like. For a while now, it has been kind of dull and boring to check the mail every day (except when I'm expecting something from Netflix).



When I was a kid, I was really involved in pen-palling. I had pen pals all across the country and even a few from Europe. I loved making cards and decorating envelopes to send to someone else. I loved the feeling of receiving an envelope mailed specifically to me. I miss those feelings.



Well, recently I found a web site that that I find particularly appealing. Postcrossing.com is a site that brings people together through post cards. As an adult, I don't have the time to contribute to thoughtful letter writing, but post carding provides the same opportunities, just in a different format. This site allows people from all over the world to send and receive post cards. I have become completely addicted. I have sent out more post cards lately than I have in my entire life, and the ones I am receiving, make me smile when I open my mailbox.



It's good to open the mailbox with a smile, knowing something specifically for me could be in there; something that doesn't require a payment!



If you're interested, check it out. You'll be glad you did.




Saturday, October 16, 2010

Help Please

When it comes to technology, I’ll be the first to admit…I’m not uber-savy. I know enough to do what I want to do. But, every now and then I come across something that I wish I knew more about or was more familiar with. That’s what’s going on with me right now.


Looking at other people’s blogs, I often see those really cute social media buttons that you can click on and it will direct you to the blogger's twitter page, YouTube page, facebook page, etc. Some of these buttons are really neat and add a little more personality to the blog.


So, I’ve been noticing these and wondering what I need to do to incorporate some of these in my blog. I’ve have browsed around the internet, tried several searches on Google, and I can’t find a way that easily explains how to place these buttons into a blog.

I’m asking for help here. If anyone knows how to do this and could explain it in a fairly simple way, I would really appreciate the help.

These are some of the icons that I would like to use.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Love, Love, Love It!

Recently I caved and made a purchase that, initially, I swore I would never make. About two months ago I purchased an electronic reader. My choice was the Nook, by Barnes and Noble. I finally have to admit… I LOVE IT!



When the e-readers began to really hit the scene a few years ago, I swore them off. I'm too much of a book fanatic to ever give up on an actual book. I love the feel of the pages, I love the smell when a new book is opened for the first time, or an old one is opened for the first time in a long time. I love the sound new binding makes the first time it's cracked. I love everything about books. Knowing this about myself, I assumed I would never even be able to talk myself into one of these modern, technologically inclined contraptions. I'd just stick to what I know and love. But, somehow, little by litter, these new inventions began to creep into my life. First it was the Kindle. Then, during the two years I spent working at a large bookstore chain, the Sony E-Reader presented itself, and all employees where "encouraged" to suggest them to all customers ( i.e. do it or your hours will get cut). I moved on from that job to a more professional career, but I still love bookstores and can't keep myself away. But, every time I try to buy a book, whether online or in the store I am told, "We also offer this in an electronic format that is compatible with our insert brand name electronic reader. Would you be interested in insert brand name electronic reader? After saying "No, I'm not interested in your brand of electronic reading" for a few years, I finally broke down. I finally told myself, "Yes, I am interested in the option of electronic reading."



I couldn't believe it. I don't know what came over me, but I finally convinced myself that electronic reading may have its advantages. So, I began shopping around. Initially, I was set on the Kindle. Obviously, it's the most popular and the most advertised. It was the reader I knew the most about. But, as I began asking around, I found that there were several options I never knew existed. The one I became most impressed with was the Nook, by Barnes and Noble. I was convinced!



Now, its two months later and I haven't regretted this purchase at all. I've learned that just because I have an electronic reader and some books are more reasonably purchased in that format doesn't mean that I have to give up 'real' books. There are some purchases I will always make as 'real' books. I'm just that stubborn. I have been pleasantly surprised though to find that some books are cheaper in their electronic format (but not always). I have saved myself a few trips to the bookstore; admittedly, this could be seen in both a positive and negative light. But, overall, I have to say that this was a pretty logical purchase for me and my life.


Tell me, do you have an electronic reader?



Any opinions, stories, suggestions, comments on this topic?



Sunday, October 10, 2010

It’s back!


 

I finally have something to write about! I've been a bit or a whiner and a complainer lately because I just haven't had anything to write about. I haven't felt like writing about anything. I couldn't come up with a thing that even sounded remotely interesting or worth writing about. But luckily, this morning sitting in church, inspiration struck! I came home and immediately started writing again. The thoughts and ideas were just flowing uncontrollably. Finally, I have something that I'm happy and excited about. I've really missed this. If I could write like this every day, I wouldn't make it to my real job.

Just thought I would make a note of my excitement today!

How about you? Are you a writer? Have you ever been to the point where you were irritated and flustered because you couldn't come up with anything and suddenly, it was right there? Tell me about you experiences, how you deal with them, what processes work best for you?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

At a loss…

Lately I've really been at a loss in regard to my writing. I feel like I have nothing to write about. For the last 8-10 months I've really put my writing on hold. When I started teaching high school last year my time devoted to writing was literally nonexistent. Needless to say, I didn't get much accomplished. This year though, school teaching is completely different. I'm much more settled into a routine. I feel like I have more extra time on my hands and I've really been getting that writing urge. I want to write. I have the desire to write. I am wishing to be productive. But, every time I sit down to a blank screen or paper, I go blank. I feel like this is past the point where it could be considered writer's block. I literally have NOTHING in my mind to even attempt. I'm signed up for NaNoWriMo this year. This is something I have wanted to participate in for the last three or four years, I've just always been too busy. So, I'm trying to form some ideas and get at least an idea of what I'm going to write about, but nothing is happening! I'm stuck in a rut. I have the desire to get out, but it seems I don't have the means! Frustration is becoming way too familiar for my liking.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

MIA

Yeah, I've been a little MIA lately. Well, I guess six months doesn't really qualify as "lately." It has actually been a long while since I've posted anything. I had a crazy busy summer and since school has started back this fall, I haven't had a lot of extra time. But, it's that time of year again; things are starting to slow down a bit more. I'm finding that I have a little more time on my hands. I have definitely missed the blogging world, and I'm excited to be putting myself back out there. There have been some interesting changes in my life lately, and I should have some exciting things coming up in the next few months that I'm getting excited about and I'm eager to share.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

And another one bites the dust…

Being that this post is in regard to the death of Corey Haim, is the title of this post a little insensitive? A little too soon?

But, come on, seriously, how many time does this have to happen to before people start understanding. You can't live life without concern for consequences and never expect anything to catch up with you.


I grew up watching Corey Haim. I seriously have no idea how many times I have watched The Lost Boys or Lucas. Corey Haim and Corey Feldman were EVERYWHERE!


It was not surprising to find out that he had been struggling with a drug problem for quite some time, but I had hope for him. I thought he might be one of the few that actually make it. I guess I was wrong. Now Corey Haim is just another statistic. He falls into the same category as Chris Farley and Heath Ledger; another young man who should have lived a lot longer, but the path he chose didn't allow that to happen.


This is so sad! It just seems like every time we turn around, it's someone else. It makes me so angry! I'm tired of seeing young people die because of stupid choices!


While I feel for Corey Haim's family, I can't help but be upset that it seems to be the same ole thing. Same song, umpteenth verse…it sucks! Just makes you wonder who is going to be next?


I'm sure something else will turn up on the news within a month or so.


What about you? What are your thoughts? I'd really like to know I'm not the only one who feels this way.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Happy Toy Day!



Happy Toy Day!


In honor or Barbie's birthday…




You don't have to celebrate Barbie….

But what why not reminisce about your favorite toys from when you were a child?



These are a few of my favorites that I remember.




Please tell me that someone else remembers some of these?


1. Nosey Bear

This was my absolute favorite stuffed animal. I remember getting one for Christmas when I was about 5 or 6. I loved it…it went everywhere with me. Then, when I was about 15, I accidently left it in a hotel. I was devastated…I cried for 2 days!



2. Troll Dolls (of course)

I don't even remember how many of these I had; way too many I'm sure.



3. Slap Bracelets

4. Popples



5. Play-Doh

What about you?

Tell me about some of your favorite toys…

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Leprechauns and green

I love the month of March for many reasons:

  1. Spring time is coming
  2. Hubbins birthday
  3. Spring break
  4. Only one more month until my birthday
  5. Lots of rain
  6. Weather is getting warmer

But probably my most favorite aspect of the month of March is…

ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

I absolutely love this holiday. I love everything about this holiday. I love the abundance of green, I love the mythology surrounding the day, I love the tradition that comes with the day, I love the décor that is seen everywhere you go, EVERYTHING about this day makes me happy.

I love Leprechauns!

I love pots of gold at the end of a rainbow!

I love Irish drinking songs!

I love shamrocks!

I love that I have Irish ancestors (my great-grandfather came from Ireland)


I love the legend of St. Patrick and the clover.

If you aren't familiar with it, click here.

In honor of this month…I will be posting in green!

And for your reading pleasure…a little bit of history and other information on the holiday, just in case you feel like learning a little bit more. Click here.


"Maireann croí éadrom i bhfad" …. Which is Gaelic for "A light heart lives longest."


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Filet o' Fish and Budweiser

Two of my favorite commercials rght now...





So funny....
How about you?
What are your favorite commercials?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Swagger wagon

One of my new favorite commercials?

Makes me wonder if this is how we are gonna end up?

To see more...click here

Monday, February 15, 2010

Better late than never...

So, I had planned on posting this yesterday (obviously) but I was away from my computer and just now got the chance. Please excuse my tardiness.


Happy Love Day!


I hope you had a day of love and happiness...


but, take a minute to remember how we came to celebrate this day...




Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine's love

I am totally loving Starbucks new Valentine's cups.
Aren't they amazingly cute?

How about you?
What has been your favorite marketing campaign?