Thursday, July 31, 2014

Attachments; Book Review

Today I'm joining The Kay Times in her book club. I know not everyone loves a book review, so here's a photo of a kitty enjoying the top tier of the cat tree in our living room, normally reserved for Penny (aka Queen B). Yes, we are making progress and it is fabulous, and so is the sleep.

Oh wait, not everyone likes cats? Well bugger, can't please everyone.

On to the book! Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. The kindle version is only $1.99!

 The Synopsis from Goodreads

"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . 

My review - 5 Stars

Nadine recommended this book to me about 73 times so I knew it was going to be good.

I started this book weeks ago and finished it on Sunday, reading 95% of the book on Sunday. It took me awhile to get into because the kindle version I had had the smallest font known to mankind and my eyes aren't what they used to be. I could zoom in, but then it zoomed to part of the page and I had to scroll across (basic kindle) and then on pages where there were 2 lines I had to zoom out, so too much trouble for a book! So I just squinted. If this book hadn't been recommended by Nadine, I most likely would have given up. So glad I didn't!

I really, really enjoyed this book. It was a fairly quick, easy read, not complicated, not going to provoke your deepest thoughts or break your heart, but it left me with a happy feeling and hey, what more can you ask for?
This is the kind of book that you are falling in love with the characters and sitting on the edge of your seat without realising. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to hug Jennifer (and Beth but really Jennifer when that happened), I felt like they were my friends - heck I feel like they could have been me and my friends! I loved it. Love, love love. I loved all the references to things I love (John Cusack, Jane Austen! Colin Firth!) and I would interrupt KC's video gaming to read him a one liner I thought just had to be shared and he politely laughed for me.

This is the only Rainbow Rowell book I have read, I have heard good things about her other books. I think she is a great writer, I loved how this book was written and the different POVs and I love that it was set in 1999. 

Sometimes when a book ends, I have this feeling of utter happiness, fulfillment, like I accomplished something and I am so happy with how it ended. Other times I literally think 'Nooooooooooooooooooo' as I read the last word, in either a good way or a bad way. Attachments was the good way - I wanted more. As soon as I finished, I flipped back a few pages so I could read the end again.

Please can I have some more Rainbow Rowell? I want to know more.

So good. read it. now.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for some Tieks flats!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Humpday! I never say humpday but I have no problem writing it. When I say it, I think of humping. When I write it I think of Kathy, and Ian. Not together. Or maybe together.

Vodka and Soda

The other day I had a dream that I had bangs. I woke up in a cold sweat.

You know that awkward almost about to sneeze and then it goes away? I do that way more than I sneeze, and even though I don't sneeze, it makes my nose runny. 

If I do sneeze, it makes my nose runny. So basically I'm a toddler with a never ending runny nose. Except I can blow my nose. And I do. A lot. Be thankful you have never heard that sound, it is not pretty. Or so I have been told.

because I sound like a trumpet. get it?
Sometimes when I click on someone's blogger profile and it has seventy billion blogs under 'my blogs' I get super overwhelmed and X out. Why for so many blogs?

I am terribly bitter about never being a bridesmaid. The saying is not 'once a bride never a bridesmaid'. It's ok, I understand...

A funny story I forgot to mention yesterday, in 2010 I met this friend of a friend and after being told I was from Australia, she said to me

But you look normal. I mean, you look American.

I'm sorry WTF?! I'm still a human bean, you idjit.

Everytime I see a pickle: Why did I get a pickle? I didn't ask for a pickle. Why do I have a pickle on my plate? Excuse me I didn't order this pickle. Take this pickle away! Does someone want my pickle?

Sooo I googled something like 'is it 5pm yet gif' because I'm lazy and guess what came up??

Crazy right?! Apparently not, it was from my blog and last weeks confessions. I think I am using this gif too much - hands up if you're over it already (put those hands down!)?

Remember Millie the cutest kitty ever? Well she is the worlds most annoying kitty and she's gonna be kicked out of our family if she doesn't smarten up. Ok, half joking. But seriously, girlfriend has some crazy hardcore loud pipes. Her meows (screams / cries) can be heard throughout the entire house and KC and I are joking (whilst crying ourselves) that she's like a newborn baby. Its terribly inconvenient, we give her all the attention, then leave and she cries and cries and cries, we come back in and she keeps crying. I even tried to sleep in the room on the floor and she decided that wasn't good enough screaming HUMAN YOU MUST PLAY WITH ME but I play and she zonks out for 5 mins because hello she is a kitten and she's tired after playing all day but seriously I'm losing my mind guys. How can something so cute and little be so annoying? Seriously, if this is what a baby is like, nothankyou.

Don't forget the giveaway! And it's mandatory to send me the flats when you win. Jk, jk.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

They said what now?

Yep. I'm throwing every person who has ever asked me a stupid question or made a stupid remark about Australia under the bus.

In the most loving way possible, of course.

Almost all of these are asked with either genuine interest, or people think they are being funny. I get it, and I don't get mad. I just thought it would be fun to share.

Do you have a pet koala?

Just, no.

Did you ride kangaroos to school?

Do you ride deer?


Does it rain there?

What the actual fudge.

Do you have electricity there?


How do you drive on the other side of the road??

I get this, it's hard to wrap your head around. But we also drive on the other side of the car so everything flips, it's not like we are driving on the other side of the road for fun. And when it's how you learn, it's how you learn. We're not screaming and scared we're gonna die because we're on the 'wrong' side of the road.

It's hard though, sometimes I forget. Only when there are no cars on the road, because I use them to figure out which side of the road I should be on. So when there are no cars, it's like second nature to go to the left.


Person: Do you have places like this?
Me: Like what?
Person: You know, streets with shops.
Me: I can't even.

A dingo ate my baby!

I get that there was a joke on Seinfeld and it was a movie, but is an incredibly insensitive thing to say. The true story is heartbreaking.

Do the toilets flush the other way?

My favourite is when they argue with me. Bitch, I know my own country and it's toilets.

Oooh I want to go to New Zealand!

Yeah they aren't the same. I want to go to New Zealand too, let me know how you like it.

What part of England are you from?

The part that they send convicts to.

Seriously though, you won't believe how often I get this. I don't mind :)

Do you have a North and South there?

Perhaps this was meant in a Civil War type way. Or a BBC show type way.

any excuse to use this gif

How did you survive with all the deadly animals? Everything is trying to kill you!

Every country has animals and shit that can kill you. I lived in the city and the only deadly things I saw in my lifetime were red back spiders (so effing small you'll never see them) and funnel web spiders. holy shit balls no wonder I'm afraid of spiders.

When do you celebrate Christmas?

At Christmas.

How come the seasons are different? In winter, is it hot? In summer, is it cold?

Yeah we just up and changed the meanings of seasons.

Yeah but why are the seasons different?

Because, Science bebe.
Why do you spell it like that / call it that instead of how we do it or what we say?

I didn't invent the English language.

Whatever you are speaking isn't the English language.

You speak and write American English. I speak and write British English. Get over it...

Ooh, say this or say that! Say 'put another shrimp on the barbie!'

It's called a prawn, hello...

403 A Knight's Tale quotes
Do you have gay people there? If not, I want to go there.

Ask the first person you see in Australia this question. I doubt you'll make it much further than that.

You're not from Australia, you don't have an accent.

Tell me I'm not from Australia again. Do it.
Also, I do have an accent, thankyouverymuch. I just don't sound like Crocodile Dundee. We all have different accents, just like someone from NYC isn't gonna sound like someone from the deep south. Know what I mean?

Hey I know a friend of a friend's cousin's uncle - his name is John Smith. Do you know him?

Yeah, tall guy right? Has hair, wears tshirts sometimes?

cant hardly wait
Side note: I get this one all the freaking time. And when I was in Australia and met an American (or Canadian, cause why not!) I'd ask where they were from. They'd say California or something, and I'd be like 'I know people in Kentucky'. Cause we're all the same.

Why the heck are you in KY if you are from Australia?

Cause America is a beaut, mate. And I love it. Plus, home is where the heart is.


Monday, July 28, 2014

And then there were 5.. and a giveaway!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had an exciting weekend, I enjoyed a lot of nothing with a side of nothing. But I'm still linking up with Biana.


Oh, and we got a 3rd kitty.

Meet Millie.

You may have already met her if you follow me on the gram. She has the cutest face, though she always looks sad. KC thinks she looks like this guy, so mean.

In case you were wondering, Penny and Chelsea absolutely despise her. They haven't even officially met her but they are not happy ma'am, no siree. If you have any tips, throw 'em at me. Adding Chelsea was hard for Penny, but adding another one is proving even more difficult.

Have you noticed a pattern? Penny, Chelsea, Millie... I like 2 syllable names ending in an 'e' sound. Inspiration for little ol Millie - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers :) Even though she is Milly, details details. I wanted to name her Darcy but KC said no. Boo.

Oh by the by, first giveaway on this here blog - look at me being all grown up and acting like a real blogger. Good thing you all know the truth ;)

Along with Meet @ The Barre and a bunch of my other fave ladies, you can win a pair of Tieks ballet flats - so fetch! Irregardless of my real blogger status you should totes enter and then send these flats to me. Cause I want.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

thank jeebus its flippin friday

Friday. No words. I love you.

meet @ the barre

Fave Find

In love with this maxi dress. I think it would be too short on me though, boo.

Layered Maxi Dress (Regular & Petite)
Halogen Layered Maxi

Fave Purchase

So along with everyone else, I got sucked into the Nordstrom sale - I've never actually bought anything from Nordstrom before - and got these Zella leggings. They are absolutely fabulous and are going to be fabulous for winter.

Fave Website

So Marcie sent me this link and I about lost my mind. I want everything. A lot of this stuff is on Modcloth, which is actually where I bought my Pride & Prejudice Tee.

I want the jumper and the pouch. and this ebook cover, and both of the totes. (hint hint Christmas please KC).

They also have this super cute Madeline tee (also at Modcloth) which I am definitely getting. They have tons of other geeky awesome stuff.

Fave Read

Pinky shared this and seriously. Mind blown. Read it now, go do something fabulous and hug your loved ones because life is short and it's what you make it.

Fave Kitty Pics

I take a lot of photos of my kitties. 

Penny photographs better than Chelsea, whereas Chelsea is undoubtedly the cuter one in real life (possibly because Penny will have nothing to do with strangers and Chelsea is an affection whore). I love them both equally I promise. Plus, Chelsea doesn't really stay still long enough for pictures.

Fave Blog

I absolutely adore Carly's blog - she really blogs about everything, food, beauty, things to do in DC, books.. what more could you want? Oh and she's the sweetest, and gorgeous as well. If for some crazy reason you aren't reading her blog already go check her out :)


Fave Workout

Obsessed with yoga right now. I have been doing a 30 day challenge per Alyssa's suggestion and although I haven't done it every single day I am love love loving it. If you have ever thought about starting yoga but were too embarrassed, thought you couldn't - whatever reason, you should do it. Absafreakinglutely.

Fave Funnies
33 GIFs From 2013 That Will Make You Laugh Every Time

The 89 Funniest Sports GIFs Of 2013

33 Animal GIFs That Are Guaranteed To Make You Laugh

33 GIFs From 2013 That Will Make You Laugh Every Time

Plans for the weekends folks? Last weekend I wanted to do a whole lot of nothing, but ended up going out and being too hungover and sore to enjoy doing nothing. 

Speaking of last weekend, here are some random pics from the night my head will never forget..

So this weekend - none of the things shall be done, only sleeping, reading and eating.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Guest Posting @ Upbeat Soles

Happy Thursday everyone!  I am guest posting over at Shannon's place today while she is having the time of her life in NOLA - although I'm upset she didn't take me with her, I'll forgive her if she brings back a cool present :) 

Would love for you to hop on over and check out my latest gif loaded post about shopping! Check it out here, because who doesn't love shopping?


Also, I won the 5 year anniversary (5 years!!) giveaway over at Liz's. I have won zero things in my life, so I just want everyone to know. Me. Won. Yay! You should also check out her blog here because we are basically the same person, so yeah.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


How you doin? It's been awhile, I know.

Let's jump right in because I've really missed Kathy's link up. What shall we confess today?
Vodka and Soda

I really dig Mandy Moore's music. Yep, throwing that one out there. I could break your heart any day of the week is a special fave. And of course, Candy. 


The other day I wrote an email and instead of Wing (like Wing 100, 200 etc not like birds) I wrote Wine. No-one said anything, so either everyone else agrees with my wine talk or they can't read.

On that same day, whilst dreaming about New York at Christmas, I answered the phone 'Something something Christmas speaking'. I called myself Christmas. The person on the other side of the phone didn't even notice.
KC randomly started watching Doctor Who on Netflix and so I begged / made him watch David Tennant's last episode, and then we watched the Van Gogh episode and this was me for like 3 hours.

On Saturday night I went out and had a few bevvies. When I got home I fell over somehow... details not important. I fell on my head. Not my finest moment, and on Sunday and Monday I could barely move because my back hurt so bad. Feeling a bit better now and the doctor said I most likely 'bruised' it but no real damage. Just my pride.

Needless to say, Sunday was not a fun day for my head. or stomach.

Also, on Saturday some guy was a complete dick to me and then asked me for my number. I gave him $2 (I was drunk) and said 'go f*ck yourself'. Stalked off feeling all badass, I was quite proud, and now I'm like why did I give him $2?

The UPS guy knows my name. Every day 'hey Kristen' and I'm like hey UPS guy. Side note: zero work packages come in my name. That's my online shopping problem at work right thurr.

I want to eat some boiled potatoes so that I can instagram it: What excellent boiled potatoes. It's been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.

Because, you know I cannot do a single post without mentioning North & South or Pride & Prejudice.

Cheerio folks. Is it 5pm yet?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Who doesn't love a good quiz?

No, really? Who doesn't like completing quizzes? And you know even if you don't, you still think about what you'd answer in your head as you read other people's answers, right?

As soon as I saw Alyssa's post on Friday, I was like absolutely need to do this. Welllll Erin has just the thing for us quiz lovers. So, do it! and then link up!

Any similarities? Hope everyone had a great weekend!