Category: Life

Feb 26

Something Else Sunday #26

Life 1

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Hi everyone! How is it Sunday again? My last couple of weeks have been super full. I did manage to get all my planned posts up last week, though! *pats self on the back* Seriously though, my brain feels like mush a lot of the time right now. Our move is getting closer and closer and I’m thinking about the “purge ‘n’ pack” that must occur before and…

This is me.

I am looking forward to HAVING MOVED so very much, but the actual moving process…yeah, not so much.

I have no real “something else” to share this week, except to mention that I’m working on super-secret-squirrel project that will be released to the public some time in the near future…but I’m not sure many of my bookish readers will be interested. 😉 I do want to point out that this is Something Else Sunday #26, which means I’ve been at this more roughly half a year (I think I missed a Sunday or two). I’m having so much fun with my little blog, getting to know people and find new books!

Oh, I did make a veggie tray owl. Which looked very…not-owlish. Oh well. 😛 It was duly eaten (but not a single person noticed the owl), so I guess that’s what matters, right?

Anyway, here’s a look at the upcoming for this week! I feel like I’m kind of pushing it with aiming for 2 reviews…neither of which I’ve finished the book for (I’m about halfway through each, haha).

This week on the blog:

  • Down the TBR Hole #14
  • Writing Up Wednesday #6: Give me ALL THE SETTINGS!
  • The Bone Witch (YA review)
  • January OwlCrate Review

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Feb 24

The Get to Know Me Tag

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I saw the Get to Know Me tag over on Kourtni Reads, and it looked like so much fun I had to give it a shot! Fun and random…I’ve had quite a few new followers lately so I thought it would be fun to do. 😀 If you want to do it, consider yourself tagged!

Vital Stats

Name: Elizabeth
Nicknames: Liz, Lizzy
Birthday: Soon 😉
Star Sign: Pisces
Occupation: EMT/jack-of-all-trades

Appearance

Hair Color: Red (yes, I know it doesn’t look red in my pic…it’s a very dark, moody red that refuses to play nice in artificial light).
Hair Length: To my waist
Eye Color: Hazel
Best Feature: I think my hair and my height (is that a feature?), but my husband would probably say something else. *cough*
Braces: Nope!
Piercings: Two in each ear and used to have my belly button done but I took it out for a job and it closed up.
Tattoos: A tree of life inspired by Jen Delyth’s artwork
Right or Left: Is this about hands? Left.

Firsts

Real Holiday: When I was 8, my parents took a 5 day vacation to Gatlinburg, TN. 
Best Friend: Mara. Since I was 16 and she was 15.
Award: Uhhhhh….I have no idea.
Sport: Swimming!!
Concert: I have, uh, never been to a concert. *embarrassed*

Favorites

TV Show(s): I’m not much on TV, but Sherlock and Outlander are awesome. Also The Big Bang Theory and Scrubs, for lighter stuff.
Color: Green.
Song: Hmm. 3 Doors Down “Life of My Own” or Within Temptation’s “The Truth Beneath the Rose.”
Restaurant: Right now anything that doesn’t have a South Korea side chain, hahaha.
Shop: Probably Barnes and Noble…at least until I move to a new town with a good indie bookstore!
Books: Ack. Outlander, I guess? Lord of the Rings…anything by Gail Carriger, Naomi Novik…
Shoes: Flipflops that don’t make my toes hurt.

Currently

Feeling: Stressed. Work sucks. 😛
Single or Taken: Taken and married!
Eating: Nadda. I had Subway for dinner.
Thinking About: Our upcoming move.
Watching: Nadda. Husband is out so the TV isn’t on.
Wearing: Yoga pants and an Under Armour hoodie.

Future

Want Children: The 4-legged kind! I have a lovely little kitty right now, but hope we can add a dog once we move!
Want To Be Married: I am and quite enjoy it. 😉
Careers In Mind: Medical doctor, eventually.
Where You Want To Live: In the mountains.

Do You Believe In

God: “g”ods, maybe?
Miracles: Ehhhh…I think there are some things that can’t be explained, but miracles typically imply divine intervention and I doubt that very much.
Love At First Sight: Not for me, at least!
Ghosts: Maybe
Aliens: Maybe
Soul Mates: Maybe
Heaven: No
Hell: No
Kissing On The First Date: If it feels right!
Yourself: Sometimes.

Tagging

If you want to do it, consider yourself tagged! No pressure on anyone. 🙂

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Feb 20

Something Else Sunday #25

Life, Musings 0

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Happy Sunday, everyone! It’s time for another Something Else Sunday and unfortunately about the only “something else” that I got to this week was my job. 😛 Haha. However, there have been MASSIVE improvements on that front…a day late and a dollar short, but I will definitely enjoy them for the rest of the time I’m here. I haven’t been getting a whole lot of reading done either, sadly, but this weekend helped some with that. I actually did massive amounts of adulating this weekend…laundry, groceries…all that dumb stuff that’s necessary but annoying. 😉

Oh, I did get the pieces of my Iris the Gourmet Monster knitted. Now just to add eyes, stuff, and sew together! This is for my goddaughter (who I will meet for the first time when we go home in the late spring!). I’m using a yarn I spun a few months ago. I think it’s going to be pretty stinkin’ cute, if I do say so myself!

I also participated in the second Beat the Backlist Instagram challenge – I was behind the entire week but I’ve posted all my entries now! I’m not a huge romance reader so I struggled a bit with this one but I got a few good or at least decent pics. 

Other than that, here’s the rundown for the next week!

Upcoming Posts:

  • Down the TBR Hole #13
  • Iron Cast (YA review)
  • Writing Up Wednesday #5: What’s your POV?
  • The Get to Know Me Tag

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Feb 13

Something Else Sunday #24

Books/Writing, Life 2

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It’s time for another Something Else Sunday, and well, this last week was just crazy! However, most of my free time was spent on one thing: my awesome, lovely penpal friends. I have had a massive stack of beautiful mail on my desk for months now. Writing about life was just depressing to me, so I…just didn’t. I wrote book reviews, wrote about books, even started writing fiction again. Meanwhile my friends waited and my correspondence suffered. I’m finally feeling a bit back in the groove though, and felt my letter-writing mojo returning last weekend – hence the lack of a Sunday post as I was trying my darndest to get caught up. I still have a ways to go but here are some pics! I may do another post on letter writing and snail mail later…we’ll have to see.

 

This is just part of my reply pile. Yikes!

 


Some of my outgoing from the last week.

Any other letter writers here? Is anyone surprised to find that the “long lost” art of letter writing is still so alive? 😉

Coming Up This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #12
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1-4 (MG review)
Writing Up Wednesday #4

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Jan 30

Something Else Sunday #23

Books/Writing, Crafting, Gardening/Herbalism/Nature, Life, Pets 0

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Happy Lunar New Year to everyone that celebrates! I got Friday off from work for it (even though we don’t celebrate…perks of being in South Korea). It’s time for another Something Else Sunday…

Well. I had a 24-hour shift on Saturday, so I’m still trying to pull my head out of the fog. 9 a.m. Saturday morning to 9 a.m. Sunday = a very, VERY grumpy me. I have tried naps and they only help a little bit. So I’m about to just give up and go to bed for the night.

In my “Something Else” this week, I repotted my poor little orchid…which turned out to be much closer to dead than I thought…look at all those dead roots!

Poor thing. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to save it…the transplant seems to have shocked it and the leaves are now turning yellow. Sigh.

I did work on my newest cross-stitch start, the Madre Terra pattern from Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks. It’s a tree, a beautiful tree, and the colors really make me happy. I’ve started on the turn since this picture was taken.

Last week…there was a slight rearranging/rescheduling of posts, because I completely forgot about a book blitz I had signed up for. Whoops. But that’s ok. I made progress on a few other things, one a surprise I can’t WAIT to tell you guys about but can’t just yet. Hehehe. Anyway.

Last week on the blog:

Down the TBR Hole #9
The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin (review)
Writing Up Wednesday #1 (new meme you should TOTALLY come join!)
Book blitz for Celtic Fire

Coming up this week:

Down the TBR Hole #10
Fear the Drowning Deep (YA review)
Writing Up Wednesday #2
Waterless Mountain (MG review)

Oh, and can’t forget the kitty cuteness…only this week it’s a (very blurry) throwback. This is baby-kitty Alfie…watching the fish was his absolute favorite thing to do! I hope to get a tank again once we’re at home. Pretty sure Tristan will be fascinated as well.

Have a great week, everyone!!

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Jan 22

Something Else Sunday #22

Life, Musings 4

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Hey everyone! It’s time for Something Else Sunday again and I’m feeling very disjointed and a little bit bummed out today…yay for all the political unrest on FB and general arguing I hear every single time I step outside my house (and sometimes within it). Blah. So, I’ve deleted the FB app from my phone (again…I did it for about 2-3 weeks back in November and it was very helpful) for an unspecified amount of time, and am going to try to  channel that energy into reading and writing.

I participated in the Beat the Backlist bookstagram challenge this week! I was SO EXCITED about this because I love bookstagram but feel like I don’t have the time to commit to it the way so many people do. A week long challenge was perfect, and I ended up with quite a few images I really liked. I realized there is a LOT to be said for lighting, because I took the first few pics on a day with perfect natural light and then didn’t have good light for the rest of the week!

I did a lot of stitching the week, accompanied as always by the faithful Sir Tristan. He’ll do anything for chin scratches, I swear.

If you haven’t entered the INTERNATIONAL bookish tea giveaway from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe, be sure to go to the original post and enter!

Last week on the blog:

Down the TBR Hole #8
The Star-Touched Queen (YA review)
Riddle’s Tea Shoppe (bookish review + giveaway)
Silver on the Tree (MG review)

This week on the blog:

Down the TBR Hole #9
The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin (fiction review)
Writing Up Wednesday (new meme for writer-reader-bloggers!)
Fear the Drowning Deep (YA review)
Green Witch (non-fiction review)

 

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Jan 08

Something Else Sunday #21: A Garden of Dreams

Gardening/Herbalism/Nature, Life 3

Welcome to another Something Else Sunday! This week I’m taking the opportunity to share another one of my passions with you all – my love of all things that grow. I haven’t had an actual garden in almost 4 years, but I’ve almost always had at least one or two houseplants during that time. I really miss my “big” little garden square in the community garden (that was back in 2012…yikes!). My only current houseplant is a beautiful moth orchid given to me by a friend last Thanksgiving. That Sir Tristan decided to un-pot…3 times. About two months ago I decided that, since it was still somehow showing signs of life, I would replant it and start watering it again. Also vigilantly guard it. Ahem. The leaves are growing, but it is still such a sad little flower compared to what it was when I received it!

  

^Then and now. The difference is ghastly. I’m hoping I can return it to health before we move. Since I can’t take it with me, I plan to give it back to the friend it came from. See the scar on the leaf in the second pic? Courtesy Sir Tristan. *angry face* The leaves are growing, but they are horizontal now as opposed to pointing up as in the first. I have ordered some new potting mix and fertilizer though, so hopefully once I can repot again, it will do better.


With our upcoming move, I can’t start any new plants or a garden just yet, but I’m dreaming! Even once we are settled back in the States (hopefully late May to early June…hopefully), I’ll have to limit my gardening attempts because of the state of limbo our residence and jobs will be in at that point. So, this is my chance to dream. To dream of the garden I would have, if I knew living arrangements and finances were going to be stable for the next 2-4 years. Do any of you guys garden? If so, how do you suit your plants to your living environment? I know many of us live in less-than-ideal places for gardens!

First, I would set up a pollinator garden. Mainly for bees, but also for butterflies and other pollinators. Did you know that record numbers of bees having been dying in the past several years? While the numbers seem to have stabilized somewhat, they are far from what they were a decade ago and they’re such a HUGE part of having a successful garden!

 

I’d use something like this Bee Feed Mix, left, and the Sensation Cosmos Mix on the right. Cosmos are phenomenal bloomers and I love their feathery leaves. Perfect for a low maintenance flower bed at the front of a house!

I’m dying to have an Old English rose, like this Munstead Wood from David Austin Roses. I could just live in their catalogue, every single one is so beautiful. My parents gave me my first rose (an actual plant) when I was 7 or 8, and I’ve been in love ever since.

These are “Kentucky Wonder Pole” green beans. I like that they climb so you don’t have to bend over to pick them. MANY hours of my middle grade years were spent bent over a bean patch in the summer! Haha.

I would have a huge vegetable garden. With enough green beans to feed not just me and my husband but friends and neighbors as well. Green beans are by far our favorite veggie! There are so many different types I want to try. I love heirloom and historic varieties, and there are SO MANY becoming available now. Look at how many beans – just beans – there are! Not to mention the tomatoes, melons, and all the other different veggies.

Comfrey, shown here from Strictly Medicinal Seeds. I’m fascinated by herbal medicine, and comfrey is one of the few I’ve actually tried myself and found it surprisingly effective! I really want to study herbs more, grow more, learn and experiment with them. Besides having herbs for seasoning, I’d like to start a medicinal herb garden and comfrey would be my first pick.

Last but FAR from least – bulbs. I adore bulb flowers. Their colors are almost universally bright and stunning and they are the most beautiful thing in spring. Hyacinths, like the above heirloom “Marie” from Old House Gardens, are my favorite. One day I want to have beds and beds of them. They smell positively divine.

There are SO MANY MORE plants and trees I want to grow and experience one day! These would just be my starting place. I love growing things. I love nature. I miss it. And I’m sure I’ve probably bored my bookish readers enough, so I’ll stop here. 😉

Coming Up This Week:

Down the TBR Hole #7
Review of The Bear and the Nightingale
TTT: 2016 Releases I Meant to Read but Didn’t Get To (and Totally Mean To)
Review of Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Review of Riddle’s Tea Shoppe Teas

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Jan 01

Something Else Sunday #20: In Which We Attempt to Ski

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Happy New Year to everyone! I hope this finds you all well and enjoying a rest before diving into 2017.

I finally got around to making a graphic for Something Else Sunday! What do you all think? This is the regular post of each week where I talk about things OTHER than books (but usually I still end up saying something about them), since I have enough hobbies for, oh, about five people. 😛 Anyway, this is Something Else Sunday #20!

This week I was TOTALLY STOKED to go over 300 blog followers! Be sure to go enter my giveaway for a chance to win a copy of Uprooted or Cinder! 😀

Your weekly dose of cuteness, from Sir Tristan. In this case, he’s demonstrating why I don’t have an actual bookstagram feed. He tries so hard to help. 😉 Haha.

It was our first time, and they made us wear vests. I’m guessing so the patrols of employees knew to look out for us? Hahahaha, not awkward at all.

It was a pretty small resort, and all the snow was fake, but the hills were good for beginners. Or so they said. I still fell. A lot. Like, A LOT. It’s been three days, and I’m still sore and finding new bruises. I want to go again though, and maybe stick with the smallest hill. I let someone talk me into trying the “intermediate” hill for my second run, and it happened to have a large amount of ice. No. Can. Do. 😛

It was super busy, lots of little kids running around ALL OVER the place! Said small children were better skiers than most of the adults. Hah. All in all it was a fun experience and while I was embarrassingly horrible at it, I’d like to go back and keep trying!

I got this poster for Christmas and I didn’t waste any time dropping it off at the frame shop. 😀 When we move, I’m reeeeeeally hoping we have a room I can turn into a library. If and when we do, this is going on the door! It came from the For Reading Addicts store.

Coming this Week:

  • Down the TBR Hole #6
  • TTT: Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For
  • Review of The Virgins, by Diana Gabaldon
  • Review of Dracula, by Bram Stoker

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Dec 24

The Jingle Bell Book Tag

Books/Writing, Life 2

It’s Christmas Eve here, and I wanted to wish you all a very happy holiday, whatever you celebrate – Yule, Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa! I hope you all are able to spend the day surrounded by family and loved ones. This year my husband and I are far away from most of our friends and family, but we are blessed to have made some wonderful friends here in South Korea and will be sharing a Christmas dinner at our house with them.

Also, I decided to play along in The Jingle Bell Book Tag! I found it on Nicole’s Sorry I’m Booked blog. Consider yourself tagged if you want to play along. 😀 All the cover images link to GoodReads.

The Jingle Bell Book Tag

“All I Want For Christmas Is You…” – What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

Um, so…it was with great difficulty that I refrained from putting JUST books on my Christmas wishlist this year. In the end on the top of my list was the Lunar Chronicles boxed set, which somehow – despite the Lunar Chronicles being THE BOOKS that broke me out of my worst reading funk ever – I don’t own. It’s making me really sad.

“Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…” –  What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

This is such a hard question! I think it’s a toss up between A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas, and The Lake House, by Kate Morton. Such different books, both incredible in their own way. They both knocked me on my ass with awful book hangovers. 

 

Elf – What book unleashes your inner child?

 

 

Hmmm…so this is…a book with the fondest memories for me, as a child? I’m a little at a loss at this question. But I’m going with Anne of Green Gables. I loved her so much, I read the first two books in the series I don’t know HOW MANY times. Gilbert Blythe…*sigh*. Somehow I never got beyond the third book, though.

 

 

 

“It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” – Which book has most festive look to it?

Oh, this one I didn’t even have to think about – Jay Asher’s What Light, which sadly I don’t think I’m going to get to read before the season is over. I don’t know why this just says HOLIDAY to me, but it does.

The Grinch – Your favourite villain…

 

Ummmmm. Favorite villain? Like, the best villain? Which villain makes my skin crawl the most, or the one I would genuinely fear to meet in a dark alley? I’m going to go with that last one, and that would be the bad guy from The Girl on the Train (not giving names so not to spoil for anyone that hasn’t read it). When I realized who it was, and the way he operated…my skin literally crawled. I didn’t even like the book that much, but the villain was SO psychologically creepy.

 

 

The Holiday – Name your favourite TWO couples…

Oh, gosh, what? This is hard! Ok, so I’m going with two couples from OLDER books that I’ve read and still adore. Jamie and Claire, from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, and Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot, from Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

 

What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

Now THIS is a hard one. One book does not fit all! I’m going to have to give two here. This one is for the Young Adult/Fantasy lovers: Naomi Novik’s Uprooted.

And for the adult fiction and mystery lovers, Geraldine Brooks’ People of the Book.

I hope you enjoyed my version of The Jingle Bell Book Tag! If you decide to do it yourself, leave me a link in the comments. 🙂

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Dec 18

Something Else Sunday #19

Books/Writing, Life 4

This week marked Sir Tristan’s “Gotcha Day!” He’s been with us for an entire year now…hard to believe. He has brought so much joy and happiness to our lives…and has gradually (mostly) desensitized us to constant meowing. That little toy I made him didn’t even last 6 months…haha. Hard to believe he’s grown so much in this year…we thought he was probably full grown when we got him, but he’s probably about one and a half times the size he was when we got him.

I actually have some fun pictures this week so jumping right into those. We went to the Christmas Light event in Busan…Korean doesn’t really “do” Christmas, not like the States and Europe, so there really aren’t that many Christmas events even though the advertising on TV is definitely geared to Christmas. Busan, however, had a big Christmas light event in which they draped the entire market in lights and groups of random Christmas singers. Hehe.

In book news…I got a couple of reviews and memes posted this week! I was really excited to get back into the swing of things. I’m trying to do more writing in advance and it definitely works out better for me. I just have to set aside a bigger chunk of time in a day to write a couple or three posts instead of freaking out and realizing I was supposed to write something at the end of the day.

Recap of the Week:

I got a review of Red Queen posted! Sadly I wasn’t a fan even though I really wanted to be. But you can’t love every single book,  I guess.

I also posted my review of the October 2016 OwlCrate. I was terribly late, but I my OwlCrate is one of the highlights of my month and I couldn’t not review it. 🙂

Two memes I participated in were Top Ten Tuesday and Down the TBR Hole. I’m especially enjoying going through my TBR list.

 

Coming This Week:

Book Review: Into the Wild (unexpected and unplanned read)
Book Review: The Sense of Death
Mini Review: Sealed With a Curse
Review: November 2016 OwlCrate

Down the TBR Hole #4

Hope you all are having a great weekend and an awesome time getting ready for the holidays!

 

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