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The Last Day *sniff*

As I mentioned previously, our second-wind Saturday night didn’t make for the best Sunday morning. I’m pretty sure I broke Lindsey and Evan, but they were super troopers anyway for our little Lake Eola adventure.

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The outdoor theatre in the middle there was painted in rainbow colors after the Pulse massacre in support of our gay community. It makes the theatre look so much more interesting. It was a dull, boring green for so long. I love it and the meaning behind it.

Lake Eola is my favorite place in Orlando. Hubs and I go there almost every week to have lunch, get a drink, or walk around and play Pokemon. This time of year, Lake Eola is all decked out for Christmas.

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(Side note: If you love Christmas, you should read this Buzzfeed article. It made me laugh this morning.)

We went to Relax Grill  for lunch which is probably my favorite restaurant in town because the food is good,  it’s outdoors, and it has a direct view of the fountain and people watching. Every time I’m there, it feels like I’m on vacation because it has a really chill vibe. I didn’t take any pictures of my food (surprise, surprise) but Lindsey and I ate our veggies in the form of a salad and a Bloody Mary.

After lunch, we walked around the lake to check out the swans in interesting sleeping positions.

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He opened his eyes right as I took that picture, jerk. Sleeping and balancing on one leg must give him great core muscles. Don’t let that swan sweetness fool you. They are mean! There is swan food you can buy at the lake. A month ago, I was trying to feed a swan (that was hanging out by the food dispenser so I figured he was waiting for it), and he bit me on the leg. He actually broke the skin and left a month long bruise. Not cool, swan.

We also checked out the farmer’s market that goes on at the lake every Sunday. Lindsey and Evan bought some goodies and we all posed for pictures with our lovers.

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After Lake Eola, we went home and took a nap because we are all old and can’t handle our night’s out. Toward the end of the night, a few of us weren’t feeling that great so we ate dinner at home and watched Finding Dory. The next morning, Lindsey and Evan left for Universal and then Bradenton to continue their week-long Florida adventures.

I gotta say, I was so sad to see them go! It’s always a fun time hanging out with those two and I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like. I need to plan another trip to Toronto and figure out a way to sneak into Cuba for their wedding in May.

 

 

 

 

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So, I’m running again…ah who cares, Lindsey came to visit!

I’ve had a half written post saved in my blog for a month now about how I’ve been running again for the past couple months. But now that post can wait cuz look who came to visit me!

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That’s my online turned IRL lovah, Lindsey and that picture was from the last time I saw her in June 2015. And then in April 2013 before that.

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It is clear I cannot decide on a hair color.

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve seen Lindsey and Evan, so I was super excited when she told me she was coming to Florida. Before she left, she asked if I had any requests for Canadian food so of course I needed some ketchup chips. She was nice enough to bring me an already open bag.

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Ahhh, the land of English and French.

Ketchup chips sounded horrible to me at first but I was proven wrong by those delicious beauties. President’s Choice ketchup chips are good and I plan to eat every last one, but I think Lay’s wins the ketchup chip game so far.

Anyway, Lindsey and Evan arrived before noon on Saturday and hubs and I had quite the touristy day planned for them. Our first stop was the Black Hammock air boat ride.

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Black Hammock is on Lake Jessup, which is the most gator infested lake in Florida and 6 feet deep on average. Problem gators are brought to this lake from other lakes. So yeah, lots of danger! If you read Lindsey’s blog at all, you know there is no lake she won’t swim in, so this lake made her quite sad. We had a little time before our boat left, so we walked around, checked out the (caged) gators and got our picture on.

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Any my favorite picture of the weekend…

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The side view of Evan posing in that wooden gator was much more delightful than the front view.

Then it was time for the airboat ride.

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The ride was a good time but since it’s cooler in Florida this time of year, there weren’t as many frolicking gators. The first time I rode the airboat, gators were aplenty. But still, it was fun riding through the marshes of Lake Jessup. There were a few places I wasn’t sure the boat should be and other times that people on the sides of the boat had to duck to avoid getting hit in the face with a branch. I like danger in my air boat rides.

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After the boat, we had lunch at the Black Hammock restaurant which was delicious. We also got to hold a baby gator which Evan took a hard pass on.

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After the Black Hammock shenanigans, we went back home, chilled for a little while out at the pool, and then got ready for the night’s adventure: a ride on the Orlando Eye.

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The Eye is 400 feet tall and instead of seats, you stand in little air conditioned pods and listen to music while taking in views of the city.

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I was a little bummed that the eye was completely red. It’s usually a ton of different colors and constantly changing, but Coke just sponsored it so now it’s red 90% of the time. Meh. I do not look at an all red Ferris wheel and think of Coke. We actually thought it was closed when we saw it from a distance because of the color. At least red and white would be better Coke colors, but I digress.

It takes about 30 minutes to make a full revolution, and let’s be honest, this is Orlando we’re looking at. It’s flat and it’s cool to see everything from above, but it’s not like we were looking at a million skyscrapers or mountains. Either way, I was glad I did it because I’ve been wanting to go on it for a year now. Evan is not a fan of heights and was not looking forward to it. I’m pretty sure he did it out of pure love for Lindsey. He was a trooper.

After The Eye, we went to dinner at an awesome tapas restaurant called Cafe Tu Tu Tango. And this is where I realize I took no pictures of food over the weekend. I used to take pictures all the time, never use them, and delete them when I realized I had tons of pictures of food for no reason. Now I could use them and don’t have them. Just know that I am still adhering to the “Eat” portion of my blog name.

We were pretty full after dinner and not really in the mood for drinking, but we hit up a bar anyway because going home at 9:30 is lame. Around 11:00, we still weren’t feeling it and ALMOST went home. That’s when the music at the bar markedly improved (ahem, Kesha) and we all got our second wind which consisted of a lot more drinks, darts, and giant Jenga.

I only managed two pictures at the bar. Lindsay and I doing our best Trump impression.

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Hubs playing the ground guitar.

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And the bathroom door from the inside.

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Terrifying.

Edit: Ok, that was three pictures.

The night turned out to be a fun time and I’m happy our second wind hit us. However, not all of us were happy about that second wind the next morning. We had some more fun, light shenanigans on Sunday, but more on that in the next post.

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Is This Thing On?

Oh hai neglected blog.

I haven’t been around these parts much but it’s not for a lack of wanting to. School is kicking my ass this semester so my time has been extremely limited. If you follow me on Instagram, you know what I’ve been up to for the most part. I always have something going on, so having no plans is currently my favorite plan. Any free time I have is spent doing chores playing Pokemon Go. (WHY do I love that game so much? Damn.)

Anyway, enough of that. If I had more time to write, I probably would have written about Texas Melissa coming to visit for the weekend to destroy my liver.

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Then I might have mentioned meeting my friend Linda’s new cutie patootie son, Ryan.

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Babies love me.

I would have written about how I went to see Maroon 5 and was THISCLOSE to Adam Levine.

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And I definitely would have written about how I went to get my hair dyed “rose gold” and it came out magenta.

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I was a little surprised but overall thought it was fun and different so I kept it. Since that picture was taken, it’s faded a lot and is now more of a light pink with magenta highlights. I get a ton of compliments on it, so it was quite the happy mistake.

Let’s see…I would have written about hub’s Labyrinth/David Bowie themed birthday party, which I don’t have many pictures of.

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oh hayyy, I look skinny in that picture! Frame it!

And of course, I would have talked about how Pants continues to be adorbs all day every day.

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This past weekend, we made it through Hurricane Matthew without damage to the house and without losing power. It is literally the first hurricane I’ve prepared for and taken seriously in the 30+ years I’ve lived here. It was on a scary track. Thank goodness the storm moved a bit East just before it hit the Melbourne coast because it could have been a lot worse for Orlando.

If anything good came out if that storm, it is some of the most beautiful weather we’ve had all year. Temperature and humidity are way down, so Saturday morning’s 7-miler was extremely pleasant. Then on Sunday, hubs and I spent all day walking around Lake Eola which was hot spot for Dratinis! (If you understood that…welcome fellow nerd.)

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Today, our high is 80F with a cool breeze so it’s basically winter. It’s that time of year where I get to shop for cute, expensive jackets that I’ll only wear once!

So now you are up to date. Hopefully I won’t be such a stranger in the last two months of my semester.

 

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More Books

I need to change the name of my blog to Eat: Read: Couch at this point. Sheesh. My reading hasn’t slowed down so apparently I still have free time on my hands. That should change any minute now that school has started again. So let’s get to it.

Books

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

This one is about a couple that goes to China for the summer so the girl can meet the guy’s family. The family is ridiculously rich and most of his family are gossiping assholes. Soap-opera-y antics ensue. I thought it was cute but not as funny as everyone has made it out to be. The book has a ton of footnotes and I hated that. It especially sucked on a first gen Nook so I skipped those completely. The first half of the book is meh and I considered not finishing. The second half totally redeemed itself and now I’m interested in reading the second one.

The Sinner (Rizzoli and Isles #3) by Tess Gerritsen

This one is about a nun that was murdered and another that was savagely attacked. Enter Rizzoli and Isles to find their killer. It’s your basic formulaic murder mystery. I found it entertaining but it was pretty much the most predictable book I’ve ever read.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I feel like I’m the last one on Earth to read this but I’m glad I finally did! It’s about a nine-year old girl living with foster parents in Nazi Germany. It’s so bittersweet and heartbreaking. I could barely see the last 100 pages through my tears. It’s the best book I’ve read in a year, and this is coming from a girl that hates crying and avoids sad movies/books at all costs.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

This one is a love story between two 16-year olds who are very different from each other. It’s a super fast read and really cute, which is just what I needed after The Book Thief destroyed my very tender emotions. So if you’re looking for something light, I would definitely recommend it. It was also a reader’s choice winner on Goodreads in 2013, so you don’t have to just take my word for it.

BooksBefore the Fall by Noah Hawley

This one is about a plane crash, its two survivors, and the search to find out what caused the crash. The book tells the story of what happened with each character before they got on the plane intertwined with what is happening in the present with the two survivors and the investigation. I thought there was some extraneous information with some of the characters, so the book could have been 50 pages shorter. Other than that, I really enjoyed the writing and would recommend it.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

I know I’m going to lose some of you on this description, but here we go…this one is about mysterious giant robot parts that are found around the world and a secret group’s quest to find all the parts and put the robot together. Sounds silly but it was surprisingly interesting and a fast read. It was also short and I love short books because they make me feel like I’m a fast reader. So if you like science fiction, this might be for you.

Day Zero by Kresley Cole

This one is part of the Arcana Chronicles series which I LOVE. It’s book 3.5 so it’s an offshoot of the main story, and was written because the books are being made into TV show and the producers wanted some back story on the characters. Well, the book was eh. There were some interesting back stories but also some I didn’t GAF about and skipped, so I would suggest passing on this one even if you’re a big fan of the series. You don’t learn anything new that matters.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

It’s hard to talk about this one without giving anything away. So, I’ll just say it’s about two sisters that come together after some time to figure out what happened to two of their family members. It’s got some dark content, so much so that there is a warning in the answered questions on Goodreads about it, and one of my friends told me not to read it. Now, this is where I tell you that my soul is black so I quite liked it! If your very sensitive to darker content like torture and rape, don’t read it. If your soul is black like mine, I definitely recommend it.

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Running and Fun Stuff

Oh, hi there.

It’s been awhile since I’ve written but I’ve been busy, so any downtime I have is blissfully spent doing nothing at all. Doing nothing is my third favorite thing to do (behind eating and sleeping) so here is all the not nothing that has been going on. Let’s start with the important stuff first:

I ran once!

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Last weekend my running bud, Brad, texted me that he was fat and in desperate need of a run. I’m not training for anything (yet) but I agreed to meet up with him at 5:30am on a Saturday morning out of the goodness of my heart. Neither of us had run more than two miles in four months, so really it was a test of will. We set out to do 8 miles and turned around like big babies at 3.25 miles for a total of 6.5. It took us the same amount of time it usually takes us to do 8 miles, so we are definitely out of practice, but it was so good to catch up with Brad that I might agree to run again at some point before October when I need to start training again.

I went to Savannah for a girl’s weekend.

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Every year, a bunch of girlfriends and I get together for a girl’s night out. It usually involves getting a hotel in downtown Orlando and going out on the town for the night, but this year someone had the bright idea to make a weekend out of it and go to Savannah. Savannah is hella hot. I know this is coming from an Orlando girl, but damn. No breeze. I was actually telling Cheyanne to hurry up and take the pic above because I was melting to death.

Surprisingly, twelve of us decided to go which is amazing since it required all of us to make a commitment and pay four months ahead of time. It’s a four hour drive from Orlando, so we carpooled in three cars. We rented a house downtown (the house was on top of a Pokestop!) and had the BEST time bar hopping, eating great food (the pimento cheese, omg), shopping, and sight seeing.

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My favorite thing we did was a bar hopping 15-person bike ride through downtown Savannah. This is the bike.

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All we had to do was pedal and drink. The steering and braking was done for us. We stopped at five bars in two hours and we wished the tour was four hours it was so freakin’ fun. Oh, and Savannah is open carry like Las Vegas or New Orleans so…yeah. We always had drinks in our hands.

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Seriously, if you find yourself in Savannah, I highly recommend Savannah Pedals. It was non-stop laughing, singing, and drinking for two hours with some pretty fun tour guides. There was a great video that I wanted to post here of the ride but I can’t get it to save so I can upload it, so you’ll have to imagine all of us singing Apple Bottom Jeans and dancing in our seats while Michelle pulled on one of the poles like a stripper.

On our way out of town, Lisa and I stopped at the Bonaventure Historical Cemetery. Bonaventure is famous for having the Midnight of Good and Evil grave stone. Unfortunately, I learned while I was there that they moved the grave stone to a local museum because of the foot traffic on the grave and because tourists were vandalizing it. Ugh. People are a-holes. But the cemetery is still amazing.

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The cemetery is so big, it’s easier to drive to see it all. It’s also still used today. We saw gravestones from the 1800’s and from 2014. We got there early and I’m glad we did because it was getting pretty crowded by the time we left at 10:00am.

I saw Gwen Stefani in concert. On a Tuesday.

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I was not loving Wednesday at work but man, that was a great concert. She even did five No Doubt songs so it was like two concerts in one. I’m really good at losing my phone, so it makes sense that I left it in the bathroom at the concert. I realized it about 5 minutes later and went back to look for it and it was gone. Someone actually turned it in to lost and found so thank goodness for honest people. To the girl that found my phone and didn’t keep it – thank you.

Hubs and I finished season 1 of Stranger Things.

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If you haven’t heard of Stranger Things, it’s a new Netflix show that literally everyone has been recommending to me. It’s best described as “Stephen King meets The Goonies.” Anyway, I liked it but it did not live up to the hype for me. Everyone is talking about how terrifying it is and after I saw it, I wondered if we were watching the same show. It was not terrifying. Or maybe I am slow to terrify? Either way, I thought the acting was great (minus Winona’s over-acting), the music was great, and it was good enough to watch a second season. But I would not go so far to say that it was the “best show since Game of Thrones” like one of my friends did. Those are fightin’ words.

We also finished season 3 of Bojack Horseman.

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If you are not watching that show, you NEED to. Do not be put off that is it a cartoon. It is funny as hell and touches on some really serious topics like mental health issues. I’m surprised a show like that can be so funny and so intense at the same time. It’s already been renewed for season 4 so, woo hoo!

And of course, some gratuitous bunny shots. (Pants has an instagram now if you are into things that are adorable.)

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Alright, so that’s it for now. This weekend will be a blissful weekend of nothing and then I get a visit from my favorite Texan next weekend! That’s sure to be a shit show. She’s already asked me if we’ll be running while she’s here. <—- LOL, no, no we will not.

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General Shenanigans

I like my blogging like I like my showers – once a month.

Ok, I’ve had a busy month, so I’m excited to say I’m plan-free this weekend. PLAN FREE. I can’t wait to do nothing. (I say this now. I’ll complain about it later.) I have so many books to read and I just want to be an old lady on the couch with my books. With that said, I hope you like pictures because I’ve got a bunch of them. Pictures and snapchat are the only thing that help me remember my life lately.

Hubs and I hit up MegaCon in May for some people watching and celebrity goodness. MegaCon is a big comic convention. It’s not as big as ComicCon in San Diego, but I think they are trying their hardest to get that big. Anyway, hubs is trying to perfect his Goblin King costume and had this really cool mask made for it.

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Now I know what it feels like to be a celebrity. Or at least the friend of a celebrity that no one wants a picture of because everyone was asking hubs for a picture.

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I was busy taking those pictures and buying things I don’t need because they’re cute.

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He’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!

I also got to meet John Cusack, William Sadler, and Curtis Armstrong while I was there. So that was fun. Except the John Cusack part. He was major jackhole who didn’t even look at his fans that were standing in line and paying good money to meet him. William Sadler on the other hand was basically the nicest guy ever. I told him that Demon Knight was my desert island movie (don’t judge) and he told me a bunch of stories of when he was on set. It was awesome and I fan-girled out in a major way.

Somewhere in there, I turned 40. So that’s a thing that I am now: a 40 year-old. To help celebrate, Melissa (the DC one) flew into Orlando to visit for the weekend and then 12 of my favorite people joined me to see Ellie Goulding in concert.

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The concert doubled as my birthday party so technically Ellie Goulding came to my birthday party. The night ended with all of us fitting ourselves into a golf cart that was sitting outside a bar. I know the picture was taken because that is in the 50% of the night I remember, but I have not actually seen the picture. I’m scared for the next time Michelle blogs because I think it’s on her phone.

A week later, the birthday celebrations were still in full swing when my bestie took me to see Drip, which is a dance-art-sort-of-play to live original rock music.

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The show was really fun and different and it’s hard to explain. All I know is that I showed up there clean and then left dripping wet with paint all over me.

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While we were there, we had this amazing red velvet cake shot that I’m sure was zero calories.

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We also got pictures with the cast of the show who doubled as the bartenders and vendors, so they were all working their butts off.

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If you don’t mind your blonde hair turning green, red, yellow, and blue for the night, I highly recommend checking out the show. Lisa found a Groupon for it but I think it would be worth it without the discount and I’m almost positive it’s in cities other than Orlando.

Last weekend, hubs and I saw In This Moment in concert.

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That’s my “over the moon” face.

In This Moment is a metal band that hubs loves. I was a little apprehensive about going. I like some of their newer songs but their early music has so. much. screaming and I didn’t know if I could take it. They ended up doing mostly new songs and the show was really creepy and cool, so I’d totally see them again. Plus, any night out with friends is a nice night out.

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We got to hang out with some more of our favorite people for the Fourth of July – Ken and KeKe. (That is the most evil picture I have ever seen of myself.)

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That day consisted of too much drinking for a school night and two hours of playing a hilarious game of Heads Up at a bar. So I didn’t regret any of it (until the next morning at work). We also have two cruises planned with those crazies in the next year so you’ll probably see their mugs again.

Oh and on a random note, hubs gets compliments on the t-shirt he’s wearing in the picture above like crazy. We both have one because Ken designed it and he’s awesome. So we basically know a fashion designer.

And last but not least, I started watching these Jaclyn Hill makeup tutorials and am now OBSESSED with her (omg why is she so cute?) and Sephora.

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I have bought so much makeup in the last month that now I’m poor and late for work every day because getting ready in the morning takes 20 minutes longer. I literally spend so much time doing my makeup that I don’t do my hair anymore. This is coming from the girl that usually buys one Cover Girl product a year and is good. I’m going to need an intervention at some point because being this high maintenance is super annoying.

Ok so now you’re all caught up. Next weekend, I’m going on a girl’s trip to Savannah, so that should be interesting. Thirteen girls. One house. #sendhelp

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A Few More Books

Before this list gets long, here are a few more books I’ve read recently. I’ve been on a reading kick for awhile now so it’s bound to slow down at some point.

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson

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This one is about a girl that dates a guy, fakes her death, comes back into the guy’s life, and causes all sorts of trouble. It’s from the same author that wrote A Kind Worth Killing, which I liked, so I gave this one a go.

First, I wasn’t crazy about the ending which is what I liked most about his other book. Second, this one goes back and forth between the past and the present, and some of the stuff that took place in the past I really didn’t care about and didn’t add to the story for me. Third, I’m sure this annoys only me but the book partially takes place in Bradenton, FL (where I lived for 20 years) and instead of calling the town Bradenton, he made up a dumb, fake name and used all Bradenton landmarks to describe it. I liked the book well enough and it kept me interested but A Kind Worth Killing is better.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

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This one is about a girl, the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, who befriends an old man that was a Nazi SS guard. The old man asks the girl to kill him and the story unfolds from there. I loooooved this book. It’s one of the best I’ve read in awhile. So heartfelt and sad and uplifting. It made me cry on the damn plane to San Diego. I wish their was more time spent on Sage and Josef’s friendship but otherwise so great and worth reading.

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

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I read The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and Touch from Claire North and LOVED THEM, so I was pumped when this came out. It’s about a girl that people forget, an interesting, original idea for a story, so I thought I would love this one too. But, no. No, no. The writing drove me crazy. This book is in desperate need of an editor. There is so much unnecessary information that doesn’t move the plot forward and so much repetition. It got so maddening that I skipped paragraphs and I never do that. If I didn’t buy the book for $15, I probably wouldn’t have finished it, but I did and it was OK and I wouldn’t recommend it.

That’s all the books for now. Two of those were 500+ pages, so I am happy to move back to books that are under 300.

Has anyone read anything good lately?

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Weekend Fun

Last Friday, hubs and I went to see Def Leppard in concert. I had been stalking the show on Ticketmaster for awhile, but the only tickets that were available were either nosebleed or resale tickets that were way too much $$ and had double the fees of regular Ticketmaster tickets. While I love me some Def Leppard, I do not love two tickets for $500 way up in the stands. I did some serious Ticketmaster stalking the day of the show to see if any resale tickets dropped in price. They didn’t, but some fourth row (omg) Ticketmaster tickets opened for half the price of the resale tickets. I proceeded to 1) pee my pants 2) buy them and 3) have THE BEST TIME EVER.

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That guitarist is 58. If I look like that at 58, you can bet I will be oiled up and shirtless too.

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During one of the songs, they played footage of their old shows and backstage antics from the 80’s which was so fun to watch and probably the best part of the show. Anyway, enough of that. It was a good time. An expensive time (a rum and coke was $13, wtf) but a good time. I sang my face off much to the horror of snapchat and have had Rock of Ages in my head ever since.

After the show, we walked to a German restaurant downtown to meet up with a couple friends. We were starving so we ordered this pretzel that has given up on life.

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Then we responsibly Ubered home like grown-ass adults.

In other news, I made an attempt to run two miles yesterday. I made it one mile until my ankles started hurting so I stopped. I guess I’ll try that running thing again tonight. I have a few upcoming trips planned which will require wearing a bathing suit and therefore running more, and not eating giant pretzels with beer cheese.

And lastly, in the best news ever – new Kristen Bell show in the fall! YASSSS GIMME GIMME.

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Picture Post with Some Words and Stuff

Oh hai.

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written because I haven’t felt very chatty lately but I have been busy! I hate catch up posts so instead of calling this a catch up post, let’s call it a picture post with some words and stuff.

I’ve been reading a lot now that school’s out for the summer. I’ll probably have another book post coming at some point. I just finished The Storyteller, which is probably one of the best books I’ve read in awhile. I have a few more in my queue that I want to read but my friend, Keith, is trying to sway my reading in a particular direction.

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Now I have no lack of Rizzoli and Isles books. Also, I’ve decided that people who don’t love e-readers just have extra space in their house to store books. I don’t even know where to put these. I’m tempted to read them right away just so I can give them back, which I’m sure is part of Keith’s evil plan.

Hubs and I made it out to Cocoa Beach a few weeks ago. When I say made it out to the beach, I mean we made it to the pier bar and stayed there all day.

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I rarely drink pina coladas but I certainly thought it was a good idea to have three of them with rum floaters that day.  I literally don’t remember what I had for dinner that night even after seeing an itemized list of what we had. So I guess it was a good day!? (Don’t worry, our friend drove us home.)

At the end of April, we saw Evanescence in concert.

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All my pictures were crap, but the show was great despite what the two bored ladies with primo backstage spots in the background seem to think. I’ve seen them probably four times and they’re always good. I heard they have a new album coming out so I was hoping to hear a couple new songs but they only sang all the old stuff. Not that I’m complaining!

I made it out to San Diego to visit my mama last week.

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The weather was bee-yoo-tee-ful. So nice that I went out for a run every day and sat out on my mom’s porch just because.

While I was there, my brother had free tickets to see Beyonce, so we did that.

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Neither of us are fans of her music but we thought it would be a good show. I guess she’s just not my thing. I appreciated what went in to making the show and I appreciated that Beyonce seems to really appreciate her fans. but in the words of my brother, “I’m not embarrassed that I saw her in concert. But I’m not proud.”

We also saw Lukas Nelson. He’s Willie’s son and I had never heard of him before but he was GREAT. I liked the show so much that I bought his new album when I got home.

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The supermodel, a.k.a my mom, wanted to see the Spruce Street suspension bridge in San Diego which was about 30 minutes from her place.

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The bridge crosses a canyon so the part you can’t see behind us was really pretty. It was a fun little day adventure, minus the part where I was driving and had no idea where I was going.

We also had a few family dinners and breakfast at Swami’s twice (so good, I need a Swami’s in Orlando).

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My mom will order a drink, take about 4 sips out of it, and then give it to me. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement if you ask me: my mom doesn’t waste drinks and then I get more drinks.

And since Pants hasn’t been getting much blog action lately, here she is hanging out and looking adorable.

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So that’s about it. Lots of concerts, some nice family time, and hanging out with the hubs. 🙂

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Lots of Good Reads

My leisuring has increased recently and therefore so has my book reading. I’m sure there will be even more reading now that school just ended for the summer (yay!). What am I going to do with myself without constant homework? (Answer: nothing)  Here are the books I’ve read recently:

14 by Peter Clines

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“14” is about an apartment building with something weird going on inside that the tenants are trying to figure out. I can honestly say this is the only book that I’ve ever read that gave me chills. I wasn’t quite sure what was going on at first so my imagination was doing the work, but once I started to figure things out, the chills stopped. That was kind of disappointing but I still really liked it and it was a super fast read. Comparing this book to Lost is a pretty accurate assessment, except that everything is explained. I would recommend it if you dig science fiction mysteries.

The Apprentice (Rizzoli and Isles #2) by Tess Gerritsen

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Look guys! It’s a real book with pages and everything! I would have never read this one except my friend basically shoved the book in my hands and told me to read it. I read the first book in the series, The Surgeon, and thought it was good but not great. So I wasn’t really interested in reading more. I’m not a big fan of CSI-type shows and that’s how these books read. With that said, I liked this one much better than the first one. It’s a little maddening how consumed Rizzoli is with what men think of her, but other than that constant annoyance, the case itself was really interesting and unraveled well.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

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Without giving much away, this one is about a girl that’s about to get married that has something secret in her past. I almost quit this one 50 pages in. The main character, Ani, is wrought with so many insecurities that make her insufferable. I. hated. her. I really didn’t know if I could read anymore. I decided to give it 50 more pages and man, I’m glad I did. As the book progresses, you find out why Ani is how she is and somehow that makes her much more tolerable. After that initial 50 pages, I couldn’t put it down and really enjoyed the rest of it.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

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This one was recommended to me by DC Melissa and it did not disappoint. The book is about a man and a woman who meet on a plane and conspire to kill the man’s wife. At first, I thought, “Really? Come on. No stranger would help another stranger like this.” But it all plays out really well and I *loved* the ending. My only complaint is the last quarter of the book was a little repetitive where a few things were explained twice for no reason. While it’s not my favorite book of all time, I read it faster than any book in recent memory so I must have liked it more than I thought. I’d definitely recommend this one.

These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf

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I stalked Leigh’s Goodreads for this recommendation since we seem to have the same taste and ratings in books. (Thanks, Leigh!) I like it, but it was different than I expected. I guess I thought it was going to be a story about finding out the details of a crime but it was more about finding out what happened to a family in the aftermath of a crime. It’s still a mystery, it’s just not nail-biting. I don’t know that I would recommend this one, but I did enjoy it.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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This was recommended by my friend, Lindsey. This book is so cute and funny, and it was a nice change from all the murder mysteries I’ve been reading. It’s about a computer security guy that reads the emails of two co-workers and falls for one of them sight unseen.  I found myself giggling out loud a lot and I’m really picky about humor. I feel like a lot of books/shows/movies try too hard to be funny and they’re just not. Also, I hate humor that is similar to my sense of humor which makes no sense so hear me out on this: I think I’m pretty damn funny, but if someone makes a joke that I’m pretty sure I could have come up with myself, I don’t think it’s funny. So basically I hold all humor to a higher standard than my own. I think this book does a good job of that. I’d definitely recommend it.

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