Thursday, May 21, 2015

Listology: 5 Things I Learned in March

March was a great learning month for me. Here is a sampling of what I learned:

1. Don't wait till 4 days before moving to a foreign country to file state taxes

Why? It is stressful. Also, I worked in 4 different states last year. Can you feel me pulling my hair out?

2. Mailing flat rate can be cheaper than luggage

If you are moving or traveling with heavy suitcases, consider using Flat Rate Priority Large boxes and mailing stuff to yourself. Heavy luggage can be costly at the airport and lugging it around on vacation can be cumbersome and unnecessary. I never do this since starting my traveling lifestyle. Purchasing and printing the postage online can save you $2.00 making a large flat rate box only cost $15 to mail even if it is heavy. I actually learned this last year but it is a good reminder.

3. Rain is not my friend

I do not like rain. The day I left Mt. Hood it was pouring buckets. I almost didn't go to work for my last day.

4. Bloggiesta is Awesome

March was the first time I participated in Bloggiesta. Loved it! I felt like I had more concentrated effort toward blog maintenance as well as helpful hints and lists of other participants to assist me. Twitter chat recaps were especially helpful.

5. Sending files to Kindle

Did you know you can add Mobi, PDF and other files to Kindle? I didn't. Last year I received an ARC in pdf format and only had my cell to read book. I was able to read but they did not like playing together. Now I can email these files to my Kindle account and use the Kindle features. Yippee!

Bonus: How do you take a computer screen shot?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Bloggers We Read: Cass @ Queerly Seen

Introducing....Cass @ Queerly Seen

Why did you start blogging? 
I found Eva’s blog A Striped Armchair just after I’d been laid off from the bank during the financial crisis of 2008. I unofficially participated in the spring Readathon and realized—hey, I need a blog! (urgh, I worked at a bank too and quit right before the crisis, literally days before)

Do people in your personal life know about your blog or is it your private spot?
For many years I did not tell anyone about my book blog, mostly because I was embarrassed by my writing. I was very insecure and I wanted by blog to be a place for me to relax, which I thought sharing would ruin. This year, however, I even shared a link to a blog post on my facebook page, something I would have been too worried about to do previously. It’s very liberating!

What do you do for a living?  Anything book related that the rest of us can be jealous about?
I work for a university and I have access to all their libraries. ALL OF THEM, and there are a lot. The best part for me, an avid non-fiction reader, is they have seemingly every book published by a university press, ever. Oh, and each book has a six-month lending period. Six months! Can you imagine? I can’t believe how lucky I got! (You. Are. So. Lucky.)

Thanks to my job, I am now back in school to finish getting my B.A. The first time around I majored in political science and gender studies; this time I’m focusing on literature. It’s very exciting (Congrats!)

What are your childhood reading memories?
My uncle kept decades worth of Archie, Richie Rich, Casper, and Wendy the Good Little Witch comics, and one summer when I was about 10 I found them in my grandmother’s closet. If you’ve never read an Archie comic from the 70s, you’re missing out—it was my little education in disco fashion. (OMG I was a kid during the 70s and loved those comics. All of them. Good selections. Now I want to read one)

What do you think of forcing students to read certain books especially the classics? Yes or No? Harmful or helpful to their reading life?
I think it’s important to learn how to read books critically and be able to identify literary techniques and concepts, but I also think it’s important to have students read books by and about a diverse array of people. So ideally I’d like to see the classics paired with more modern texts.

What suggestions or advice do you have for new bloggers?
Be easy on yourself. Connect with other bloggers. Make friends. In the right hands, the Internet can be a wonderful place.

What is your guilty secret pleasure?
I am really into Bravo and the Real Housewives franchise.

I can’t help it. (that's funny)

Favorites Section:
Favorite Author: Sarah Schulman; Toni Morrison; Edmund White
Book: This is like a joke, right? (yes, I mean no. lol) Ummm. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Blogging event/challenge: Readathon!
Food: Tacos!
Drink: Blueberry Lemonade flavored Polar Seltzer, omg.
Item You Could Do Without: My phone. Is it horrible? That way I can have all the books at my fingertips.
Dream vacation spot: I would go on vacation literally anywhere, because vacation is the best. Right now I’m dreaming of Provincetown on Cape Cod
TV show: Mad Men
If you could be anyone else in the world: Beyonce
Summer or winter: Summer! I live in Boston where we just had our snowiest winter ever, and I am all wintered out. (I wish we had your snow at the ski resort I lived at)

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Deceiving the Groom - Lisa Shadow

Deceiving The Groom
Author: Lisa Shadow
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kindle Read

"Claire arrives in Hopetown with one plan—con the ruthless magnate who tore her life apart. But Liam Channing does not appear to be the cold-hearted villain she has plotted to gleefully ruin. Revenge on the man who stole her family farm and rendered them destitute, should be reason enough for her fortitude of steel, especially when it's her only shot at winning custody of her baby sister. Yet, somehow Liam has a way of reducing Claire’s defenses to fluff.

Unfortunately Claire’s nagging doubts do little to sway her cousin, Geoff, from their plan to con Liam Channing out of half his wealth. Geoff won't let his prize go without drawing more than a little blood.

When Liam awakens with no memory of his drunken Vegas wedding, the con is on. But with love and loyalties warring, Claire must decide if she will take the final steps to destroy the man who has captured her heart."

My Thoughts:
I read this book in a day. It was that good. I couldn't put it down. Typically, I'm not a fan of sexy scenes but WHOA! This lady can write sex scenes! Believable. Realistic. Sexy. Hot and Spicy. Plus these scenes didn't take up the whole book which I liked. The story line is about revenge but more so about a love story and the rough road it can sometimes take to get there. You will cheer on the right people right from the beginning. There is a slight underlying friction which may cause you to not want to like certain characters; however, you know you should like them. In the end, you will want Liam and Claire's relationship as much as I do. Maybe I should write myself into a novel. hahahaha

I received Deceiving the Groom  from the author in exchange for  my honest review

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bout of Books 13 - Sticky Post

Bout of Books
"The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog." - From the Bout of Books team

My List: 


The Links We Read and other daily stuff

Hi, my name is Bree and I'm a list addict. Welcome to my weekly list love.
  • Can you go a whole week without electronic screens? I know I can't but I do want to try having a Screen-Free Weekend and try some of these activities.
  • In going through my old (and I mean old old saved emails), I found this goodie and realized again why I saved: Creating a Motivational Wall or board.
  • From one list addict to another, a blog devoted to only lists
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cake
    photo credit: Half Baked Harvest

    Reading, reading, reading. With Bout of Books readathon, I've finished three books this week. Yeah! Oh, yeah and I updated the blog's look. Really enjoying the new look. Hope you like it too.

    I'm hoping with this last mailing of 3 power of attorneys to my son that selling my junker vehicle he drove will finally be over. It's been an ongoing process for the last 2 months. Not having a title for a paid off vehicle and being out of state/country do not mix well together.

    My housemate arrives this week. Fingers-crossed we get along.

    I am really starting to enjoying this thing called photography and photo editing. #latetothegame Story of my life.

    I ripped out the crocheted blanket I started last year. My first project in years and years. Finally, I realized why I wasn't working on it even though I had 3 skeins of yarn awaiting my crochet hook. I didn't like the awfulness of it. The edges were all crooked and I had switched stitches after 3 rows. Last night, I restarted it and am PUMPED! Goal: finish it while I'm in Alaska.

    Expect to see lovely Alaskan photos here every week for the next 5 months.

    Anxiously awaiting the opening of all the tours and activities throughout this month here in my little part of Alaska. It's coming....hehehehe

    Last Week:
    1. Finish TEFL
    2. Get my online life back in order
      1. catch up on blog reading (almost done)
    3. Organize pictures albums (almost done)
    4. Catch up on travel emails
    5. Start online writing idea I got from a fellow traveler. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm planning on devoting all day today to this idea. Liking it or scrapping it right away.
    6. Organize all my online notes as they are scattered between several programs
    This Week:
    1. Follow my "work" schedule I created this week. By work schedule, I mean my online freelance life. Want to live it, Got to do it!
    2. Finish going through my WordPress handwritten notebook of notes

    Currently reading:

    How was your week?
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