August 31, 2015

It Happened One Weekend

Another weekend in the books. Although there wasn't anything exceptionally special happening there were plenty of events that took place. I'm warning you, this post is all over the place.

+ For starters, both K and Santa {K's dad looks like Santa in the face, hence the nickname} were gone this weekend so I had the entire house to myself. Hell effing yes!

+ I gave in to my Type A side and cataloged my entire wardrobe. It took about 6 hours total but I'm now aware of every single clothing/accessory item I own. Separate post coming on this soon.

+ I hung out with friends Saturday afternoon and had a good time just enjoying everyone's company. #lifeisgood

+ We had a full moon on Saturday. Even though they typically bring out the crazies, it's also good for releasing. I took the time during the week to make a list of all the things I wanted to release. I then read them aloud and burned them. #cathartic

+ I finally finished S4 of OUAT and still need to finish S4 of Scandal. I had pretty much stopped watching them back in March and just let the episodes sit on the DVR. It's time to watch them or lose them now that K finally listened to me and is switching over to Fios. #FINALLY

+ I finished a book (yay) and started a new one... Even though I'm in the middle of 4 other books. #bibliophile

Also, you may have noticed I changed my clothes! I started getting the itch to remodel a few weeks ago. I loved my previous design, as I have those before it, but felt it was time to change. Part of me felt it was too soon since I didn't have the old design very long. Then Saturday's Timehop advised me that it had been a year since I last updated. So that makes this change right on time! Whatcha think?!

August 28, 2015

Fall Movie Challege

If you've been around here any length of time you know that I a) love fall; b) love challenges; and c) love movies. After seeing Stephanie's post, I was all set to join in!

The challenge starts September 1st and ends November 30th. There are 25 categories you must complete. Previously watched movies AND made for TV movies do not count; you can't double-dip; and the movie needs to have a page at IMDB.

Sounds easy enough. Here's what I chose to watch:

1| any set in New York City. Almost Famous - I find it odd I've never seen this.

2| any incorporating hot air balloons in the story. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium - Never seen it, why not?

3| any featuring a child as the main character. Kids - Another movie I've never seen. Although, because I know what this is about, I think I've been actively avoiding it.

4| any Disney film. Inside Out - I've been dying to see this movie.
5| any set in Egypt OR that has an Egyptian character OR that stars an Egyptian actor/actress.  Exodus: Gods and Kings

6| a close friend or family member's favorite film. Pride & Prejudice - I couldn't tolerate the book but I'm sure I can manage the movie. All for you Kristen!

7| any with the word great in the title. The Great Outdoors

8| any starring Harrison Ford. Cowboys & Aliens - I remember seeing the trailer for this and wanting to see it.

9| any featuring an idiot as the main character. The Pink Panther (the original)

10| any mentioned in Levis Srauss' list: denim in the Oscars: a look at jeans in cinema. Thelma & Louise - It's sad I've never seen this. I'm a big fan of these types of movies.

11| a film about a knight. Season of the Witch - Because anything with Nic Cage is a bad comedy, no matter what it's about.

12| a love story. Casanova

13| a movie about something miraculous.  127 Hours

14| any starring an actor/actress with the same first name as yours. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Michael Cera)  Gnomeo & Juliet or Kingsman: The Secret Service (Michael Caine)

15| a film about the Olympics. Miracle - K owns this. I've avoided it because I'm one of those rare people who doesn't give a rat's tail about the Olympics.

16| a film on time magazine's list: the top ten newspaper movies. His Girl Friday - my favorite time period for movies. Black & whites are the mac N cheese of the movie world.

17| any with a question in the title. Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? - I've borrowed this from the library at least twice and I always just look at it sitting on the table. Time to finally watch it.

18| any with a score of ninety percent or greater on rotten tomatoes. Skyfall - I'm not a fan of Daniel Craig {bring back Pierce!} but I do love the 007 movies.

19| a film about a superhero. X-Men: Days of Future Past

20| any with subtitles. Let the Right One In - I already know I'm not going to like this.

21| any incorporating unicorns in the story. My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure - Yeah, I'm copping out on this one.

22| a film about a personal victory. Southpaw - I don't this needs an explanation.

23| a film with black or white in the title. Black or White 

24| any set in a country you would most like to visit. Tristan + Isolde (Ireland)

25| a film set in a zoo. Zookeeper - It's been somewhere on my never-ending "To See" list. Plus, Kevin James is hysterical.

So that's my list. Are you joining in? Any suggestions for something better? 

August 24, 2015

Planner Addict For Life

Last week I admitted that I bought and Erin Condren Life Planner. Typically I would never spend this amount of money on a planner and if my Mom knew how much it was... let's just say I can hear the 2-name call and I can see the O_O look already.

Here's the thing - I don't leave the house without my planner. I use it errry damn day and I am a complete loser for office supplies. Not to mention, I deserve pretty things if I want them. And ohmygoditssopretty!

I'm a big fan of aesthetics so I was really pleased just by all the fun, bright colors everything was in.

As for the planner itself...

I'll be 100% honest with you guys, I was really disappointed with the cover. I opted for fuchsia as my accent and "rosewood" as my primary. Online "rosewood" looks more gray and I thought that would look excellent with the accent color. It turns out rosewood is more muted pink. On the upside, I can always order a new cover if I want.

In comparison to my previous planner, here's what it looks like.

I love that the monthly calendar boxes are so big because it makes it a lot easier to read/write everything. Plus, room for stickers!

The planner itself is as pretty as I expected it to be. Every single page is fun and colorful. I really love that there are tabs for each month. For me, that just makes things easier. Each tab also has an inspirational quote.

I was really torn between the vertical and horizontal views and ultimately opted for horizontal because I tend to write a lot and I knew the weekly squares might not be enough for me.

As lame as it sounds I don't even want to write in it yet. It's so fresh and clean and perfect.

Here's a complete picture of the goodies.

2016 is already slated to be full of new adventures which I'm super excited about. My only regret with this planner? Not spending the extra $5 to add in the remaining months of 2015. I hate when planners do that... but I really want to start using it already!

August 23, 2015

Sunday Sweats Vol. 12

Sunday 8/16
K an I took a walk up to DD to get coffee and split a donut. We then took the "long way" home and just had a really nice Sunday morning stroll. 

Monday 8/17 - GYM!!
I finally did it. I got myself back to the gym. I almost didn't know what to do with myself so I decided to ease into things. 15 minutes on the StairMaster and then 2 minutes of kettle bell swings. 

As a highlight I also earned a new FitBit badge.

Tuesday 8/18
If it wasn't obvious that I haven't been to the gym in quite some time, my muscles were sure to let me know. Today there was a lot of soreness. I pretty much did nothing but try to walk without tripping.

Wednesday 8/19 - Gym
I continued to ease back into my routines, and arrived way later than usual, so I stuck with cardio for the day. 35 mins on the elliptical and then because I feel the need to lift some weights, I did 3 sets on the lat pull down. I also took my lunch to Central Park so there was quite a bit of walking as well. 

Thursday 8/20
Thursday I didn't do much of anything. Recovery was kind of my priority. 

Friday 8/21 - Gym
I'm really happy to say I got my butt to the gym 3 days this week. This was what I had been doing previously but I think I burned myself out working out first thing in the morning 6 days a week.  I put in some time on the StairMaster and at the leg press machine. My weights have dropped, which really sucks, but I know that in a few weeks I'll be back to where I was. 

Saturday 8/22 - Walk
Saturday I hung out with a friend and went shopping for the majority of the day. R&R is so good.  

Weekly steps: 66,921
I'm really feeling good about finally getting back into the gym. This time around I'm going to put a little more time into cardio {it's my guaranteed method of cutting} and cleaning up my diet. 

August 21, 2015

Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge #2 Check In

I feel like the summer has flown this year. If one thing is for certain it's that I got a lot of reading done in these last few months.

To check in with the Summer Reading Challenge, here's where I'm at.

1| A YA book (mandatory!) ~ That Summer / Sarah Dessen     READ
2| Non US Author  (mandatory!) ~ The Dinner by Herman Koch    READ
3| A book that was recommended by a blogger  (mandatory!) ~ Per the rules, I opted to "skip" this category because I read the book club book which was Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen     READ
4| A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more ~ Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt    READ 
5| A book with a kickass female character ~  Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold   READ
6| A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) ~ Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman   READ
7| A book written by a comedian or celebrity ~ Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham   READ
8| A book with a one word title ~ Joyland by Stephen King   READ

9| A suspenseful book - a mystery, thriller, or a book about revenge ~ Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy   READ

10| A book about Summer, with summer in the title ~ Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand    READ

And with that.... C H A L L E N G E  C O M P L E T E!!!



August 19, 2015

Here's Your Sign

I don't know about you but I'm a believer in astrology. I don't get too in depth with it because I think, like anything, it can change. However, if there's one thing I'm certain of it's that I am a tried and true Sagittarius! Shout out to all the Archers!!

The Facts:
Sags are in the ninth house, ruled by the planet Jupiter, and are a fire sign. And no, I have no idea what any of that means. They are represented by either the arrow, an archer, or a centaur. It's said that those born under this sign have two personalities: the horse, who likes to roam free and is rebellious and aggressive, and the person who is smart, honest, and open-minded. This site on Sagittarius traits is the most accurate I've found.

Here's what you should know about Archers:
  • Sagittarius people can become easily bored as their imagination wanders on a daily basis
  • A Sagittarian person will never "bite their lip" and will speak the brutal truth, and they always mean what they say. Their comments can sometimes be too harsh and may hurt other people.
  • Very positive person and a great listener
  • Known for their large heart and willingness to give a helping hand to anyone that asks
  • The Sagittarian sign is known for being very blunt and over confident.
  • They will never shy away from taking risks to keep the excitement alive.
  • Their interest in things can be short-lived, and keeps fluctuating
  • As their key planet, Jupiter encourages them to live life as it comes, flow with the tide, and to have faith in something which is greater than themselves.
  • They may lack emotion.

And here's what I know about myself:
  • I don't get stressed. I go with the flow, I prefer to quietly observe and then make my choices. I'm not big on pros and cons.
  • I'm always #upforwhatever {screw you Bud Light}

  •  If you piss me off I will let you know. If you're hurt me, I will let you know. If I love you, you'll know it. If I've cut you out of my life, there's no coming back. It's not a grudge, it's just the way things are.
  • To add to the above, I will tell you my opinion, respectfully, whether you'll like it or not.
  • I've been told more than once that I'm cold, heartless, and rough around the edges. My initial response is always do I look like I care? I don't think I'm a cold person and instead it's because I'm guarded until I deem you worthy to be let in.
  • I'm protective of those I love.
  • I get bored easily but I can always entertain myself.
  • I want to do everything. We all know wanderlust is a very real thing, but for me, as a Sag, it's magnified. Sags crave freedom.

  • Even though I'm very go with the flow, I am quick-tempered.
  • I hate feeling trapped or stagnant.
  • I may be a fire sign but water is what keeps me sane. It makes sense to me fire...water. It's the perfect balance.
I tend to be in good company. My fellow Archers include:
  • Brittany Spears
  • Ben Stiller
  • Brad Pitt
  • Tay-Tay
  • Bette Midler
  • Stephen Spielberg
  • Jay-Z
  • My best friend
  • Ian Somerhalder {sweet fucking Jesus YES!}
  • Walt Disney {my obsession makes so much sense now}
  • Rita Ora
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Miley

So how about you? Are you true to your sign? Or do you go back and forth because you're on the cusp? Who do you share it with?

August 12, 2015

I Confess

Last week I remembered how much I miss doing confessions every now and then. So I'm back with another round.

+ I went back through all my post labels and edited them to be more concise. Let me tell you, after 4 years of blogging there are a lot of labels. My goal is to now stick with the same 10-12 "general" labels. #lessismore

+ Sometimes food gets unintentionally graphic.

+ Last week our kitchen sink was a disaster. The water would take hours to drain. I said fcuk it and washed the dishes in the laundry room utility sink. #GirlsGottaEat

+ I ordered the Erin Condren Life Planner. Funnily enough, I have zero regrets. I got an e-mail last night that it's ready to be shipped. Now I'm impatiently waiting its arrival. #worthy

+ I've completely fallen down the planner rabbit hole. There's about $20 worth of planner stickers in my Etsy cart. I've always loved office supplies but this is taking the cake.

+ I've become a spirit junkie and I wouldn't go back for anything. Monday night I bought crystals for chakra meditating.

+ This isn't so much of a confession as it is a fun fact. The company I work for was founded by the loser of a Presidential race. His opponent? FDR.

+ I posted my first Periscope this morning. HA!  If you're on there (I'm just_zoshin), you can see the ridiculousness. In all seriousness, Periscope is amazing you guys. Live feeds from all over the world about the everyday (or once in a blue moon) happenings in someone's life.

+ Last Friday someone told me that the interwebs were all abuzz with the fact that Kermit and Miss Piggy split up. Okay. First of all, what? And second, I refuse to accept it.

Me... every damn day.

This pretty much sums up my feelings on working out right now.

no, really...

And now it's time to leave get ready for work. You know, that non-important thing I was supposed to do an hour ago. Toodles!


August 11, 2015

Booked Vol. 1


You guys, I'll be honest, last month I felt like the girl who got picked last for dodge ball. Seriously. Reading and seeing all of your book posts gave me major FOMO. I had no idea when this link up were taking place, but I, along with the rest of you, am a huge fan of reading. I finally got my blogging act together and am ready to rock!

I feel like I was a reading machine in July. There were the books I read for the first half of the Literary Ladies challenge and now all of these. I also decided to grade the books on a simple scale: A {love}, B {enjoyed it}, C {ehh}, D {disappointment} and F {this will be reserved for books I didn't bother to finish}.

Captivated by You / Sylvia Day Grade: B
Even though I finished this in June, I'm adding it here because I can. Before I picked up Saint Anything I was in the middle of reading Captivated by You by Sylvia Day. This series is basically riding on the fame that of 50 Shades. It's similar but different. This doesn't apply to the challenge, but I read it, so I figured I'd mention it.

Pride & Prejudice / Jane Austen Grade: F
I can honestly say I avoided any book by Jane Austen because I feared they were huge, lengthy reads. P&P was confusing at times. Take this sentence for instance... "Would Mr. Darcy then consider the rashness of your original intention as atoned for by your obstinacy in adhering to it?" I kid you not, I had to read that 3 times and I still have no idea what it means. I admit I put this down around page 76 and didn't look back. Sorry Kristen!!

The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone / Emily Griffin Grade: D
I never actually read Something Borrowed because I saw the movie long before I realized it was a movie. I figured I'd give this a try because a) it was super short, and b) it was free. It's a good thing because this was almost painful to read. If you're familiar with Darcy's character as an adult, I'm sure you can imagine how she was as a teen. This little novella just reconfirmed how irritating she is.

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives / Gretchen Rubin Grade: B
This book was all about change. Throughout life we attempt to change a lot of things. We want to eat well, exercise regularly, perform beneficial habits. The problem that most of us have - how do we change our habits? Rubin attempts to answer that question here. I enjoyed this book. It wasn't a cure-all where I'm suddenly acing every habit I've tried to make, but it did point out aspects of my personality and how that can help/hinder my progress.  

The Dinner / Herman Koch Grade: C
I read it for the literary challenge and I didn't love it.  However, it reads quick and that was a plus to me. I didn't find any of the characters to be likable and disliked the way the author, and subsequently the character narrating, mention things but then don't discuss them. One of the characters gets very sick and is in the hospital, by description I can only assume they're referring to cancer. The check for the meal comes but the amount is tip-toed around. The concept is interesting enough, the entire book, aside from the flashbacks, takes place over the course of dinner one evening. I'm pretty indifferent to this book. No love, no hate.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying-Up / Marie Kondo, Cathy Hirano Grade: D/F
I listened to this book through Hoopla {free audio book apps that work through your local library} because - fast and free - but unfortunately I found it to be incredibly boring and lecture-y. I'm not sure if it was the reader or the book itself but it made the author come across as a condescending know-it-all. When I was halfway through I truly considered just giving up on the book but I kept listening. I was a little into the last hour and I couldn't take it anymore. I decided to give up.  Skip this book!

Second Street Station: A Mary Handley Mystery / Lawrence H. Levy Grade: A
This was one of my Blogging for Books options this month. Pickings were slim honestly, but as this took place in Brooklyn I decided to give it a try. Plus it's a mystery and I'm a sucker for those. The story takes place in 19th century New York. I was slow to get into this but I knew if I kept with it the story would pick up at some point. In truth the story picked up as soon as I gave it a chance. Go figure... The one thing that truly bugged me was that I felt like the author was trying to show his experience with a thesaurus. So many words were unnecessary and could have been replaced by something more common. I mean who uses "unctuousness"? I had to look it up. One thing I did like, relatively short chapters and the story involved historical figures such as J.P. Morgan and Nikola Tesla.

Angela's Ashes / Frank McCourt Grade: A
A friend of my recommended I read this several years ago, and although I added it to my list, I never got around to reading it. Typical. Once I actually started listening to it I enjoyed it immediately. For one, the reader had an Irish brogue, but he also read in a way that was entertaining. It's interesting to me because Frank McCourt was 66 when Angela's Ashes "burst onto the literary scene" and then he won a Pulitzer Prize for it. He also wrote two follow-up books that I plan to read.

Not That Kind of Girl / Lena Dunham Grade: C
I've heard everyone rant and rave about Girls and Lena Dunham for months. I finally decided to give this a try... for the literary challenge. I listened to the audiobook, which I liked because it was read by Lena. Personally, this just wasn't my kind of memoir. I didn't hate it, but I certainly didn't care for it either. In my opinion, it was a 'Hey, here are some essays of my sexual history and my thoughts on other random things'.

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