Whats on your shelf (new site)

Hey everyone! I know I said that I wasn’t going to be posting on here anymore but I wanted to let you all know of a new thing I started on my new site πŸ™‚ It involves books and sharing our love of books so click here to go and check it out!! If you want to participate every month please follow me on my new site via email so you get all of the updates πŸ™‚ Or if you just want to continue following me you can subscribe via email too πŸ™‚ I look forward to seeing all of you at my new home!!

Whats on your shelf april 2015

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Staycation

Here we are March 3 and it is still snowing and cold in Wisco. Ugh. Here I am wishing I could go to a warmer climate. Don’t get me wrong I really do like experiencing all four seasons and I honestly think that if I moved somewhere warmer I would so miss the fall and winter season. I am not very good at dealing with heat and humidity either. Check back with me in late July or early August I am sure I will be complaining about the weather. That is the beauty of Wisco we get to complain about the weather all we want because the weather is constantly changing and ruining our plans. There is nothing more heart wrenching than when you have a perfect shopping day planned and you wake up to freezing rain that turns into six inches of snow 😦 Shopping plans canceled insert online shopping/browsing.

Anyway enough about the weather and back to the title of this post. My definition of a staycation: A vacation one takes when one does not have theΒ financial means to go on a real vacation or a babysitter. Of course after the tax fairy sprinkled her green pixy dust itΒ was very tempting to say “Let’s go and do something!!” Instead our furnace said “I am going to break!” “Ha ha fools!!” Now we sit in a warm house (finally!) with nothing to do but stare at each other (boring!). Since we have been staring at each other since October I was thinking we should mix it up a little. I decided we deserved to have something fun so I went on Amazon and ordered a couple dvd’s and a book for myself. I thought that should be good enough until yesterday. My mother stopped over yesterday and we decided to order some Chinese food for lunch. After some wonderful food I opened my fortune cookie. I guess the cookie could read my mind because it said “You need a new environment.” “Go on vacation.” Wow fortune cookies get me. If only fortune cookies offered free vacations to tropical places.

Today after I came down from my fortune cookie high I decided to take my staycation. My staycation will involve my new book and playing with Avery. I finally broke down and got her a toy we have had our eye on. It’s the Leap Frog Mobile Med Kit. It is super cute and I think we will have lots of fun. If only it came with a blood pressure cuff because I would love to know what mine is when Avery gets behind the couch and calls people with my phone. Yes readers I have to hide my phone so she doesn’t call people. We have left messages of me yelling at her and her pushing buttons. Sometimes she actually gets ahold of someone but all they hear are buttons being pushed and heavy breathing. But I digress.

Since I am not a good traveler it is probably a good thing I stay home. I have mentioned before that I watch way to many murder-mystery shows which leave a huge impact on my imagination. I have flown once and went to San Diego with two of my best girlfriends. While we were innocently waiting for the trolley to take us back to our hotel from the Gaslight District someone who I am sure was going to kidnap us asked if we were going to Tijuana because there have been a lot of murders there lately. I wanted to say “Really Tijuana; I thought that was a family friendly place?” Thank God the trolley came and whisked us away from a certain death. I am so much safer in the comfort of my own home with an abundance of murder-mystery shows, books and movies.

What type of person are you? Do you prefer a staycation or a vacation?

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I ain’t Oprah but here are a few of my favorite things

With the Holidays fast approaching I would like to share some of my fav things πŸ™‚ If you are anything like me when you are out and about shopping you usually pick up some things for yourself. If I had to pick all of my fav things this would be a very long post so I am just going to do a couple. I say I ain’t Oprah cause I do have expensive taste on a beer budget so I have to calm my shopping hormones down and get down to my level. I know it’s a little early to speak of Christmas when it’s not even Thanksgiving but it snowed here last night (UGH!) so I am kinda in the mood.

The first thing I would like to share isn’t just a “thing” it is a whole bunch of sarcastic, funny and wonderful goodness πŸ™‚ If you have ever heard of Anne Taintor or are lucky enough to have one or more of her products you have a good sense of humor πŸ˜‰ I have so many of her items I can’t even count them all! She has pretty much anything you can think of from mugs to pens with tons of fun captions on them. I discovered her in a gift shop and I have never looked back! You can find her online at http://www.annetaintor.com

Another item on my list is new to me but I love it. I went to a craft show yesterday (score!) and I purchased some wonderful items from a friend and former co-worker. Her mom makes all of these wonderful little things out of barn board and other cool parts. Picture to follow πŸ™‚ I can’t say enough about craft shows! What is so great about them is that the money these people earn usually goes right to them. So you are helping to keep these people in business while purchasing one-of-a-kind gifts πŸ™‚

Last but not least are some of my favorite books πŸ™‚ I haven’t got much reading time in since I have had Avery but I have quite a few on the back burner just waiting to be opened and of course a lot of books that I have devoured more than once. I always have a dilemma at the book store or library cause there are usually so many books I want to read. So here are a couple of titles and authors that I love, love, love! Maybe it will make your selection easier next time πŸ™‚

  • Bossypants by: Tina Fey
  • She’s Come Undone by: Wally Lamb
  • Go Ask Alice by: Anonymous
  • The Help by: Kathryn Stockett
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by: Harper Lee

I know some of these are obvious reads (To Kill A Mockingbird) but even if you read it in school; read it again as an adult. If you haven’t seen The Help in movie form read the book first. I am so glad I did πŸ™‚

If you are not like me and you actually buy gifts for others and don’t give into the temptation of buying just a little something for yourself; all of these things make wonderful gifts πŸ™‚ Happy shopping and Merry Christmas everyone!!

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Shopper in training ❀
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Awesome score at the craft show! I plan on putting it on my porch once I do some re-arranging.