Friday, October 30, 2015

10 books I can't stop recommending

I talk about books a lot here, and I recommend a lot of them as well. But I have noticed that I continue to recommend the same titles to different people, so I thought I would share them here.

1. The Martian - seriously, why haven't you read this yet? Ignore the title, ignore the synopsis, ignore the feeling that 'it's not for you'. Believe me, it is. If you're worried about the science and math, listen to it instead (I highly recommend that anyway!).

2. WonderThis should be required reading for every single person who can read. If you can't read, it should be required that it be read to you.

3. The Book Thief - No book has stayed with me like this book. So much love for this book.

4. The Sea of Tranquility - The title, the synopsis, the cover - none of them do this book justice. All the feels.

5. How to win friends and influence people - I know this is a bit of an odd one, and it honestly can be a bit boring at times, but the meat of it, the important stuff is still relevant today and can help in all areas of your life.

6. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - a book for book lovers. Like #4, the title, the synopsis or the cover do nothing for this book. Maybe that's why it's so good? It encourages medium expectations and then gets you right in the feels.

7. The Lunar ChroniclesOkay, they aren't for everyone, but if it even sounds remotely like your kind of thing, you need to check them out. I loved them.

8. The Royal We - it's a bit dorky, but I don't even care. More people need to read this book and love it as much as I do.

9. The Time Traveler's Wife - I know it's not everyone's jam, in fact I know several people who couldn't stand it. But I distinctly remember where I was when I read this book, when I read a certain chapter and my world collapsed around me. I was sobbing, really truly sobbing, for these people I didn't know, for these people who were not real. It was the first time I truly experienced 'non fictional feelings for very fictional characters'.

10. The last book I recommend: I recommend that you read a book, any book. Just read. Because reading is amazing. It's a whole new world and a whole new life, and that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with your world and your life, but to have the chance to experience that and not do it? That's crazy talk.

I bet you expected to see Pride & Prejudice on this list. The truth is, I don't always recommend it, in fact most of the time I don't. I can't remember the last time I told someone they should read it, but I can remember several times I've said 'you should read Bridget Jones instead'. It's simply not for everyone, like vegemite. That's the beauty of books, and spreads. There is something for everyone.

Speaking of books, just wanted to remind everyone, if you read Jackaby by William Ritter this month, the link up is next Tuesday! If you don't want to link up, we'd still love to hear your thoughts about it.

What book are you currently recommending?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Confesh Sesh.

It's been a hop skip and a jump since I shared some confessions, and what better day to do so than humpday?

I posted my crow pose on instagram and a girl at work asked me how I did it, so I showed her. I did it once, then did it again and almsost fell flat on my face, thankfully I was able to get my arms out from under me in time. I've never fallen in crow before, that was fun and super graceful.

When I text KC but he's like, busy working or living and I don't hear from in in a few hours and he doesn't answer when I call...

I just want to note that it is quite normal for us to go all day without talking, but if I texted him earlier and I still haven't heard from him by 5pm (when he's well out of school / gym) I start to freak out.

After I saw The Martian, I asked a guy at work if he liked to read. I was prepared for him to say yes, then I could recommend The Martian (book and movie). But he said no, and I just stood there. I didn't know what to say.

Everyone loves having their birthday on a Saturday, right? Well, I looked ahead and my 29th birthday is on a Friday.. which MEANS my 30th will be on a SATURDAY!

Leap year: lol NOPE. Sunday 30th for you!

I was looking at a particular audiobook and saw that it was $30.

Obviously, I didn't buy it.

The other day I had to select the state I live in for something.. and I had to select it by the shape. If you offered me a million dollars, I couldn't pick Kentucky out by it's shape. I kinda know where it is on a map, but when the names and letters were gone, I seriously had no idea which one it was. So I had to google the shape of KY so I could select the stupid shape. KC got the biggest kick out of it.

I was responding to comments the other day and I wrote 'so glad I shared it' but my fat finger hit the T after the R so I wrote sharted and I laughed and laughed and laughed.

When I first moved to the US, I saw a wonka candy bar. I was so confused and then I was like wait was Willy Wonka a real person was that a true story I'm so confused.

Speaking of not knowing what is real vs movies and such, the other day I discovered reindeers are real. I didn't know that. Did you know that? You probably knew that.

Remember that crazy long detailed post about getting dining reservations at Disney? Disney cracked down on all those websites (some of them were actually hoarding and selling reservations, not the ones I talked about, they just watched them) so all the websites closed.. which means.. that post is completely useless. LOL. Or rather, not lol'ing over here. Good thing I didn't spend any time on that post.

The other day I mentioned we might be skipping Europe next year so that we could start doing responsible things like buying a bigger bed. Well, we are finally upgrading from our little double / full size bed to a KING! A KING! It arrives this weekend. Our room is tiny but it's gonna work and it's gonna be amazing and adult-y. Bye Europe.

Just kidding, I am so excited to have a bigger bed. My next trick will be convincing KC that we also need a new couch. What? If Europe isn't happening, I'm gonna make it worth it, right?

So I was perusing goodreads, as you do, and I came across this book and I was like okay good ratings, sounds interesting, POLAR BEAR WHO IS REALLY A PRINCE? I mean of course I added it to my TBR and bought the book immediately. I'm scared to read it though, what if it doesn't compare to that really awful movie that I love?

So on that note... Happy Wednesday all.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Getting back on track with goal setting

I don't think I am the only one who has that number. The number on the scale that we have never gone over, or maybe we have gone over it but when we lose the weight we tell ourselves 'I will never see that number again'.

I know that the scale is stupid and my self worth is not tied to that number. I know this. You don't need to tell me. I am not saying it is. I'm not asking for you to tell me I don't need to lose weight. I would get rid of the scale, but I don't want to.

Back to the number. Slowly but surely, the number on the scale has been going up and up, and I just sit there and watch it, munching on some chips and washing everything down with a sprite. It's like, I hate it, I want that number to go down, but I'm not doing anything to stop it.

The number that used to scare me is now my new normal.

The thing is, I am finally in a spot where I don't look in the mirror and hate myself. It was never weight related, it was in my head. I don't say mean things to myself anymore. I don't actively hate myself or try and skip meals to lose weight. To me, that is seriously amazing and worth more than the number on the scale. However. I'd really like my clothes to fit.

I finally feel like my mind is in a good spot, I want my health and weight to catch up.

I know I talk a lot about getting back on track, it's been awhile since I have actually been on track. Since the button says a 'goal setting link-up' I thought I should get back to setting goals, rather than making fun of being my lazy habits.

Because we all know baby steps are where it's at, I only want to make one goal right now.

From today to the next Training for Tuesday link up, I want to work on my eating habits.

Because 'working on my eating habits' is fairly vague, here are the guidelines I want to stick to:

  • no eating out for lunch. There are no healthy options and it just starts a snowball of eating badly.
  • no sprite. Don't drink your calories, yo.
  • eat some fruits and vegetables.
  • portion control. You are not your husband, Kristen.

We are going to Disney in a couple of weeks. I'm not going to pretend I will be eating healthy there. Not gonna happen. But I'm also going to not eat everything in sight just because I can.

So there you go. Of course I want to exercise and hopefully lose weight, but I am not focusing on those. Getting my eating under control, especially before the holiday season, is my main focus and goal right now.

Linking up with Tracy & Alyssa.


Anyway, sorry I know this wasn't a super exciting post. Thank you for sticking with me constantly talking about the same things. Any tips on getting back on track for eating healthy?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Talking 'bout myself

Rachel nominated me to answer some questions (read her answers here), so naturally as I love to talk about myself.. I did a mix of her questions and the ones she nominated for me to answer.

Why did you decide to start a blog? I've mentioned this before, but I started a blog and then really started a blog when it was clear I wasn't going back home. I was lonely even though I had friends and KC. I just felt like I didn't get that closure and I needed some sort of outlet. Not to talk about being an expat, but just to talk. I'm so glad I did.

If you could live in one city, what would it be? I'm actually going to agree with Rachel... Sydney for sure. I just wish I could take my favourite people from KY with me.

Is there one place that you have no desire to visit? Like Rachel, I don't particularly want to go places with wars, human rights issues or oppressive regimes. But on top of that, most of Asia has never tempted me. I know I'm in the minority but there you go. I was always much more obsessed with visiting America and Europe. I don't know why. If we lived in Australia, I could definitely see us visiting Thailand or Bali because it's relatively cheap and both are popular destinations. But from the US, it's far and expensive. If I'm going that far and paying that much, I'm going to Australia.

What is the best piece of travel advice you've received? Probably this: it's okay to want to do the cliche touristy things. It's even more okay to not want to do them. There is a pressure, I think, and you feel like you have to go to the Louvre even though you're not a fan of art. It all starts to blend together and you start to wonder what you actually want to do and what you feel like you 'should' do. I'm getting much better at knowing myself and what I want out of my travel.

this was close enough for me!
Are you a spontaneous traveller, or do you have everything planned out for your trips? I am a planner through and through. I think we all know this. I like to have every second planned if I can. I'm starting to learn that isn't always the best though, and I'm learning to go with the flow. Learning.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Gelato (with whipped cream).

Which post are you most proud of? Oh man. I'm proud of posts that I put a lot of time and effort into, but emotionally, this one about when size doesn't matter to me will always mean a lot to me. It's so easy to get caught up in all the stuff and the comparing, and I used to really struggle with wanting more more more more and finally I'd just had enough. I love my 'small' engagement ring and our 'small' house. Nothing in my closet is expensive or fancy. But I get to travel and do what makes me happy, and that, my friends, is what is important.

Where are you travelling to next? DISNEY! I am so excited. We also have a few more trips in the works (2016 and 2017) that I am super pumped about.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party, alive or dead? Kate Milddeton and Jane Austen. Wouldn't that be fun?

Where is your all-time favourite destination? Oh man, so much pressure. America in general will always hold a special place in my heart. Australia of course, even though it's my home. I loved Paris and Rome, but I think London will always be #1 because it was my first.

Do you have a favourite travel app? I do. It's a budgeting app, and I'll be doing a post on it soon.

Where is somewhere you've been or something you did that you didn't expect much of, but ended up loving? Dublin. I thought it would be okay, not bad but not amazing. I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did.

Is there anything you like to do any time you visit somewhere new? So many things. Eat all the food. People watch. Exclaim over and over 'I can't believe I'm here!'.

What's your pet peeve? I have lots, but travel related - people standing in front of you at baggage claim. Like hey assbutt, we are all waiting for our bags, you are not special. It annoys me so much that it's one of the reasons I avoid checking a bag if I can help it.

What's your favourite and least favourite thing about blogging? My favourite thing is all the things. The community for sure. My least favourite? Hmm. I don't dislike anything about blogging, but as everyone knows, it takes a lot more time than you might think, and that can be a downer sometimes. But if I don't feel like it, I don't do it, so no biggie.

What's your most treasured possession? Hmm. I don't know about treasured, but I rely heavily on my laptop, camera and kindle. I'd say my kindle is pretty important, especially when it comes to travel.

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Phew. That was a lot of talking about myself for a Monday morning. 

How about you, where is the best place you've ever been? Where is the next place on your list?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Things only book lovers understand

I love to talk about books (duh) but even more than that, I love talking about / reading about feelings regarding books, does that make sense? I loved my 'problems only book lovers will understand' post so I thought I'd do another, if you don't mind.

When a series isn't finished and the next book isn't coming out till 2016 and then the final book doesn't come out till 2017.....

and you're just like why is this taking so long? WTF authors, can't you write faster?!

Reading in public and trying to hide your feels.

When you order a book online and it doesn't magically appear immediately.

Book haul! And you have no plans tonight....

When people get mad over a certain book and complain about how blah blah blah and if it were them or if were set now and you're just like IT'S FREAKING FICTION and it's NOT you and it's NOT set now, so you need to remember the whole enormous condescension of posterity thing.

When you get really overprotective of a book you love and say shit like the above.

It's hard to remember that people have the right to hate a book that you love.

Because everyone is entitled to their opinion...

When you recommend (or worse, lend) a book to someone and they don't like it..

When you read a bad book, eh. But then the next one is bad, and the next one, and the next one and you start to question your ability to choose a book and are there any good books left in the world?

When you convince someone to read a certain book and then they ask questions and you can't answer them because spoilers but then it shows on your face or you try and answer it diplomatically but then end up giving something away.

When you don't have a specific idea of what you want to read next and your TBR list is so overwhelming that you just can't decide.

When you want to read something but you're not quite sure if you want to read it or if you feel like you should because everyone is raving about it.

When a character dies but you hope they're not really dead and maybe they will come back? Maybe it's a trick? Maybe? Please? They're not really dead, are they?

When everything is going really well and you're not even halfway through...

When you can see where the book is heading but you don't like it.

When something so effed up happens that you have to reread it to make sure you understood properly.

When you realise that no-one has yet invented the thing to wipe your mind so you can reread your favourite books for the first time, can someone invent that please (but don't let me forget that I want to read it)?

Sigh. As usual, I went way overboard, hashtag shocker. Do you agree with any of these 'problems'?