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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Seeing is believing

or at the very least helpful....same same. I am proud to announce that I can see! After waiting it out for 4+ years I was finally forced to go to the eye doctor due to an eye infection. I guess that's what happens when you procrastinate and order 2 week wear contacts from the UK (no current prescription needed :)) and wear them for 6+ months before changing them. Ooops. My prescription was over 6 years old and I could see well enough so I dealt with it. Now, after multiple trips to the eye doctor I have a new glasses and contact prescription and it really does make a huge difference! The most exciting part?? Nope, not the being able to see part it's being able to get rid of these ancient beauties.

I'm surprised they even still have lenses in them. They've been slept on, dropped, stepped on, chewed on (by Charlie, not me), bent and bent back and they're still holding up six years later. So I guess all in all they've been good glasses, besides the fact that I can't really see out of them. But this morning I ordered new ones. YAY!! My sister told me about this site Zenni Optical where she gets her glasses super cheap so I checked it out. Holy bananas she wasn't kidding! I ordered to pairs of glasses for $33 total! I kind of feel like I'm stealing. There were a crazy number of options and I didn't really know where to start so I just ordered two pair and when they get here I'll see what I think of the shape. I did the whole upload your picture and virtually try them on thing but that always looks strange and I figure I've spent $33 on a lot more pointless things so what the heck. Anyways, when I find a good deal I feel like the nice thing to do is share, so there you are my seeing challenged friends. Order away.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I'm a professional

Professional what? Reader. I wish I could get paid to read all day long every day. With breaks for snacks in between. I'm so good at it (reading and snacking) that I should just make a living out of it. Since last week when I graced you with my e-presence I have finished 7 more books.

I finished all the books and short stories in the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. I really enjoyed this series! If you liked The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner series you will enjoy this one as well. I also recommend the short stories that go with the series because they give a good insight into the other characters.

When I finished that series Monday morning I started First Love by James Patterson. It's pretty similar to The Fault in Our Stars but I think I enjoyed it a little more actually. It wasn't the best book I've ever read but I obviously liked it enough if I read it in a day and a half. I have a pile of others to read but I'm starting to run low, I need more suggestions.

In other news, I'm also going to be a professional cake/cookie/cupcake decorator soon (don't be jealous). I'm taking a cake decorating class with a few friends for fun once a week and we've had 3 classes so far with our last class next week. So next week is when I'll be a professional...I'll be taking requests after that. :) It's been a little bit stressful due to having to actually bake the things to decorate and baking isn't really my thing and we're making frosting from scratch, not bought out of a container like I normally do but it's been fun. If you're ever bored take a random class and learn something new, it will be worth your time!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I can't stop reading.

Hey! How was your 4th? Hopefully relaxing! Jim had the week off so we spent it doing a whole bunch of random stuff. We did some touristy things around MN that we've never done, went to a move (How To Train Your Dragon 2...Loved it!), spent time with friends, test drove hundred of cars because we're down to one and looking for a new one, and spent time relaxing. Oh and I got Jim out on his bike a few times with me which I always love because he has a sense of direction so I got to learn all kinds of new paths and he even showed me the fast way to get to the beach that's apparently always been really close I just never took the close way to get there. :) It was a good week. I also finished another 6 books that I thought I'd share in case anyone's looking for some good summer reading. I'm up to 31...getting closer to 100!

After reading Gone Girl and not being able to put it down I needed to read another one of Gillian Flynn's books so I started with Dark Places and devoured it about a day and a half then moved on to Sharp Objects and only put that down to eat and sleep. She is an awesome writer and I can't stop reading until I know the end. If you're okay with a little bit of dark and crazy in your life you need to read her books.

I finally read The Fault In Our Stars and I enjoyed it but it wasn't my favorite. I still want to see the movie though.

Then I read the sweetest story The One and Only Ivan, a story about a silverback named Ivan who lives in a mall zoo/circus type place and the friendship he makes with the other animals that live with him. It's a great story about real friendship. Every 4th grader should read it...and 27 year old.

I tried to check out Janet Evanovich's newest book in the Stephanie Plum series Top Secret Twenty-One but there was a waiting period at the library of 98 days so I just bought it and read it the same day. That series will never get old to me. Even though her love life never changes, she has the same job and the characters do the same things I love them, all 21 of them. They make me laugh out loud every time and there is something to be said for that.

Then I didn't know what to read next and I'm not sure how I even discovered Delirium by Lauren Oliver but I loved it. I just finished it today and didn't know when I started that it's a trilogy and has mini books in-between from other character's points of view. So now I know what I'll be reading next.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

100 in 2014 Update

I thought I'd share a little update on my goal to read 100 books in 2014. I'm a quarter of the way done. I'm keeping track of each book I read on a Pinterest board so I don't forget any (feel free to follow). I think I'm going to make my goal since my prime reading time is summer and I've only been off a week and a half and I've already read 6 books.

Yesterday I read Fly A Little Higher by Laura Sobiech. It's the story of her son Zach Sobiech and his battle with cancer. He was a nephew of my friend and she recommended the book to me a while ago. Every time I remembered to look for it when I was at the store it was always sold out so I put in on my wait list to check out the ebook and yesterday it was finally available!! I sat down around 1 to start it and read until the end with tears streaming down my face. Laura did a great job telling their story and the impact Zach made on so many lives. I would highly recommend you all read this, just make sure you have tissues near by.

Tuesday I finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I know I'm behind the times and it seems like everyone has already read this one but Oh My God! can we say crazy pants? This book was a bit disturbing but I could not put it down! I literally read all day Tuesday until I finished it. This author has a wild imagination and her characters are crazy (like mental illness should be locked up kind of crazy) but I got sucked right in so pat yourself on the back Mrs. Flynn, job well done.

Last week I read Because of Mr. Terupt and Mr. Terupt Falls Again by Rob Buyea. These are young adult books and the story is told by students in an elementary class about their year with their teacher Mr. Terupt and how he brings the class together. These were such sweet books with great lessons. After I finished Because of Mr. Terupt I immediately checked out the next, started it, and finished it the next day.

Last week I also read Jemima J by Jane Green. It's about a lady named Jemima, her love life and struggle with her weight. This was a fast and entertaining read, I very much enjoyed Jemima.

I'm continuing on my journey to read the Pretty Little Liars series. I have finished up to book 5. It's not a bad series but they haven't sucked me in to a point where I can't put them down. I think it's because it takes sooo long (like multiple books) to get any answers. I'm not that patient of a reader, I like answers. I am however addicted to the tv series which really doesn't follow the books at all.

Now I can't decide what to read next. Usually every summer I re-read the Harry Potter series, because it's like spending a week with your best friends and who doesn't want to do that? I even have a brand new set still in the box calling my name (my original books are actually falling apart) so I may just have to crack that baby open and go down memory lane. I'm dying to read The Fault In Our Stars and the newest Janet Evanovich book Top Secret Twenty-One which just came out last week. I also have a full list of recommendations that I want to get through this summer I just don't know where to go next. I'll be sure to keep you posted. 

Any recommendations? 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Little Man Shower

My sister and I successfully pulled off a Little Man Baby Shower for our cousin this afternoon. I'm a sucker for mustache things so this theme was right up my alley. I hope the mom to be loved it as much as I did. Her nursery colors are grey and white and she's adding some color with blankets and toys and such. So we went with black/white/grey for the shower colors. Could this have been any more perfect for me to plan??

I never really thought I wanted boys that much for the main reason that generally boy stuff just isn't as cute as girl stuff. That's a good reason to lean toward one gender over the other right? Good. Glad we agree. BUT, after this shower I think I NEED a boy. I was using my silhouette to make some onesies for the new baby and I almost died from cuteness overload. I'm not bragging (okay maybe a little) but these onesies were freakin' adorable! If I ever find out I'm having a boy those onesies are the first thing on my to do list.
Very favorite onesie I have made to date!
Planning this shower was so much fun but now I'm a little sad because the next baby shower that I'll get to plan won't be for a LONG time. Unless I'm allowed to plan my own some day, but I think that's frowned upon?? The best part of the whole party though, was finding out the baby name!!! Auntie can't wait to meet you JAXON JAMES PATTON!! (it was supposed to be a secret but daddy spilled it so now we all get to know!)

I mustache, do you like the theme?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Last day of school, Last day of school!

I always imagine Nemo to be chanting that instead of first day...silly fish knew nothing yet. Hopefully (or maybe I shouldn't hope because I'm their teacher) my students are chanting that this morning, because it's their official last day for the year. I still work until Thursday but today's the real accomplishment. I made it thorough the whole year with this group! Each year I have a new mix and each year they bring new challenges I've never before faced. So today we celebrate (snow cone style) the end of another year. I even wore my fancy shoes for the celebration! :)

It really is a Happy Monday friends!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Have you missed me?

It's been awhile. I feel like lately I'm always saying that. Must be because I've been so crazy busy right? Well if you consider staying up until all hours of the night reading a book series and watching movies that I've seen no less than 17 times busy, then yes I've been super crazy busy...or lazy. whatever. However, I have accomplished a few things in the last month. Let me make you a little list...

*We found out my cousin is having a BOY!! It's been a long time since a baby boy has entered our family and I am so excited to meet him in August and to host her baby shower next month!!

*I FINALLY made my sister her Harry Potter scarf she's been asking me for since I made the first one  back in January. I kind of dropped the ball on that one...oops sorry sister.

*I went to my very first stand up comedy show to see Jim Gaffigan. Hilarious.

*I survived Charlie's 3 week long PMS. Not sure who was more crabby about it, her because of her diaper, Pico because she literally bites chunks of his hair out and now he looks weird, or me for having to be referee between two pint sized pooches for 3 weeks. Either way we all survived with most of our hair left.

*Easter happened and I decorated my mantel for it. These first few months of having a mantel to decorate have been amazing.

*I won best auntie award for Easter gifts. I made Ronnie an Elsa shirt and Kylie a Tinkerbell shirt...with glitter.

*I've almost made it to the end of the school year. The end of the year is always the worst and my to do lists always get longer instead of shorter and the paperwork piles up over my head, but in 4 1/2 weeks it will all get done and then I'm free!

*Last but not least, it's been almost one year since that giant tree fell and shook up our house and world a bit and now the spring is here the very last finishing touches have begun this week. Contractors have started to paint the house and when it stops raining it can be finished and the deck will be stained. I am pee my pants excited for this all to be done and over with! When everything is finished I'll share some photos. :)

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