Monday, September 22, 2014

Looking back; Summer 2014

The weather is finally starting to cool down, so I guess it's now the end of summer here in California. This summer wasn't nearly as exciting as the last one, but there's no way I could top moving across country and having a Disneyland pass. We did our best sweltering in this miserable heat, especially the last two weeks. Here is a little look at my summer..

As you can see, we didn't get out very much. We didn't want to go over board with our spending like last year and the heat has a way of making one lazy. This summer I started reading full on again, I started painting and I'm having so much fun with it, I spent some time with my siblings, dyed my hair blonde again, tried gardening (until it got too hot and everything died), and ate way too much ice cream.

Goodbye, Summer. You were hot and mostly boring, but not the worst summer I've ever had. Next year I promise (to myself) I will take an actual vacation.

Friday, September 19, 2014

To Be Read List; Number One

I have an ever growing reading list that I constantly add to. A lot of those books I won't actually get to for a while, but there are a few on there that I'm either dying to read or I'm most interested in reading. These are my current 'to be read' books.

Apparently I'm not really into happy books right now... I'm going to blame my sister because she recommended more than half of these (or at least showed me the movie versions).

1 // Tomorrow, When the War Began by James Marsden
My sister showed me the movie version over a year ago and I really liked it. I knew it was based on a book but I didn't realize it was a series. I really like dystopian books/movies so I'm looking forward to this one.

2 // House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
I first heard about this book ages ago when Adrian and I were with my sister at Barnes and Noble and she was buying it. I've been very interested in it ever since, but since I wasn't reading very often back then I never got around to reading it.

3 // They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire
This book was recommended to me on Goodreads based on books I've already read. The cover intrigued me and it sounds pretty interesting.

4 // Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
I loved Gone Girl and I finished it super fast. I'm almost done Dark Places and I'm loving it. Therefore I need to read Sharp Objects. I think Gillian Flynn has become one of my favorite authors within a very short amount of time.

5 // Serena by Ron Rash
I saw the trailer for the movie (starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper) the other day and it looked alright. I didn't even realize it was based on a book until I randomly saw it while browsing Goodreads. From the description it seems like I will either love it or I'll get bored and never finish it. Only time will tell.

6 // The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner
I'm a big Maze Runner fan so I thought I'd check out James Dashner's other books. The Rule of Thoughts is the second in a series. It took me a bit longer to get into this series than Maze Runner, but I ended up really enjoying it.

7 // The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Another movie my sister told me about back when it was in theaters. I loved the movie (the American version, I still haven't seen the Swedish one) and I'm really sad they won't be making anymore. I've only heard good things about these books so I can't wait to start them.

8 // Night Film by Marisha Pessl
My sister texted me to tell me about this book coincidentally while I was in a bookstore. I didn't end up picking it up at the time, but I'm still dying to read it. Especially because me sister seemed to really love it and said it's similar to House of Leaves which I'm very intrigued by.

I'll be starting one of these as soon as I finish Dark Places. At the rate I'm going I'll be finished my reading goal well before the end of the year. :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A visit from my brother.

Before I get into this post I just want to point out that as I'm writing this it's 107 degrees outside. I might just melt. At least we only have about two more weeks of this awful weather and then it'll feel like Autumn!!

Like I previously mentioned, my younger brother came to visit us. His flight came in on a Tuesday at LAX. I have a serious dislike of driving to places I've never been to/driven to before so I asked Gabriel to drive us. He was more than happy to. I love my (future) brother-in-law. Anyways, I was a little worried we would get there way too early but his flight ended up landing 30 minutes early. It was perfect timing. It's so crazy how even thought it's been almost two years since I last saw him it felt like no time had passed.

 After we picked him up we drove straight to meet up with my younger sister and her boyfriend at their apartment. After far too long of a discussion of where we should eat we chose a cute little restaurant down the street from them. It was converted into a restaurant from an old gas station. It was adorable!

My brother stayed with us most of the week. We spent nearly all of that time playing video games. He is very laid back and easy to entertain. I actually was worried he would be bored since we didn't plan any sightseeing or anything like that, but apparently he had fun. On Saturday night my younger sister and her boyfriend came to our house for a game night thing. It was so much fun but we somehow forgot to play the one game (Dungeon!) I've been dying to play with other people. Sunday afternoon they returned home, taking Christian with them so that she could take him back to the airport on Tuesday.

It was so nice to be able to see my brother. I missed him so much. One of the hardest things about moving here is not being near my family. Sure, I live in the same state as two of them but the closest one is almost an hour away. It's hard. However! My older sister and her boyfriend are coming down this way in a little over a week so that's pretty exciting.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Review; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I read Gone Girl in two days after it was recommended to me by my sister. Before I get into my review I just have to say that this book is one of my favorite books I've read all year. Warning: Possible spoilers ahead.

First, a summary (from
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

I had, kind of, vaguely heard about this book a while ago after hearing about it becoming a movie.I think I even watched the trailer at one point. However, when my sister was telling me about it a few days ago all I remembered about it was that it was about a missing woman and Ben Affleck was in the movie. ha. Let me tell you now, this is not just a run of the mill 'wife goes missing' book. From the beginning to the end I was so excited to find out what was happening. There was so much happening and such an amazing twist. The whole time I was reading it I was sending my sister text messages with my reaction to everything, it was fun. Like the summary above says, the perspective goes back and forth between Nick and what is going on right now and Amy's diary entries from when they first met up until present time. I loved this about the book. It was so interesting reading their different points of view on moments in their lives as they were happening and looking back on them, in Nick's case. If you love mystery, murder, and crazy twists that you may or may not have seen coming this is the book for you. Really, though, I recommend it to anyone and everyone. It's just that good. Read it right now!!

I'm so happy this is being turned into a movie and I am very interested to see how they go about doing everything. And the casting is perfect, in my opinion!

Major spoilers below...

I couldn't believe how completely unlikable Nick was. I seriously couldn't tell you one redeemable quality about the character. Whether we found out he murdered her or not I just knew that nothing would change my very low opinion on him and I was right. He was getting framed for murder, in a state with the death penalty, and I still felt little to no sympathy for him. I don't know if I was supposed to dislike him that much. I mean, I know a lot of reasons he is the way he is and I know that a lot of the stuff that made me hate him (from Amy's fake diary) didn't actually happen. Even so, I couldn't shake it. I hated him.

On the flip side I loved Amy. Both Amy's. I think one of the saddest parts of the book for me was when you find out that the 'Amy' from the diaries was almost completely made up. She was just so damn likable, which was the point. Even after finding out that 'Amazing Amy' was a batshit crazy mess I still loved her. I was even kind of rooting for her. :/ Does that make me a terrible person? Maybe..

I did not guess that Amy was alive and framing Nick from the start, but I did guess later that she would return home and they would end up together. Whether he liked it or not. That or I thought she'd come home and, ironically, he'd end up actually murdering her.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dream Closet; It's that time again.

While it isn't even close to feeling like Autumn here, I am definitely ready for it. I may have even put up some of my Halloween decorations already..oops. Here's a little look into what I'm dreaming of for the upcoming fall season.

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All the fall stuff is coming in at work and I can't help but stare at all the new clothes and shoes every time I pass by. By the time I go back to work on Monday all the Halloween stuff should be up too. I'm so excited!

Monday, August 11, 2014

I can't stop reading!

A couple weeks ago I decided to try out the book app Oyster. Our library here is too far from the house to justify going on practically a weekly basis, and I definitely can't afford to purchase books all of the time, so I wanted to try to find a solution. I first tried out the app Scribd, but I wasn't very impressed with their selection. Oyster's selection is, obviously, not super new books but it does have a much better selection. At first I was worried. I haven't read anything at length online since my Harry Potter fan fiction reading days and I definitely have never read anything on my phone. Fortunately I recently got a new phone with a much bigger screen. I never would have read anything on my iPhone. If you want to try out Oyster there's a 30 free trial.

Since downloading the app, and re-igniting my love for reading, I've read 6 books through Oyster and 3 elsewhere. I can't seem to read anything but young adult books right now, but that's fine with me. The way I see it is that I read to be entertained and if those books entertain me, who cares? It's the same reason I watch Pretty Little Liars and Teen Wolf. Anyways, I'm going to try to start doing book reviews. I'll probably wait until I've read 3-4 books and then do short reviews for all of them in one post.

I've started using my Goodreads account. If you want to check out what I'm reading you can find me here. I would love to be friends with any fellow readers and I would definitely be interested in some recommendations. I set up a 2014 reading challenge over there and so far I'm 56% finished. I'm pretty proud of that. :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A weekend spent doing what I do best...

Last weekend Adrian's dad kindly drove us to Anaheim so we could see Adrian's mom. It's been quite a while since we had seen her and she was not happy about it. ha! It was such a nice relaxing weekend spent pretty much just.. eating. It was very weird not having a car to drive, though. We were basically stuck at her apartment while she was busy with some things Friday night and Saturday morning. Luckily Gabriel was around Friday night to take us to Cold Stone. Otherwise we would have been stuck with no dessert. The horror!

Saturday afternoon Adrian's mom took us to The Boiling Crab for lunch. I've been hearing about how good it is since I moved here, but this was the first chance for Adrian and I to try it out. It was amazingly good. Adrian has been craving crawfish for a while now so that's what he got. I stuck with my favorite seafood: shrimp. I was not thrilled when I saw that they still had their heads (I had a mildly traumatizing experience at a Chinese buffet as a kid), but once I was shown how to take them off it wasn't so bad. Aside from my dad's steamed shrimp, this was the best shrimp I've ever had. We each got a 1lb bag, but I could have easily had 2lb's to myself.

After lunch we went to our favorite mall where I got Game of Thrones and Attack on Titan decals. They were originally for our car but I ended up putting them on my laptop.

On Sunday we slept in and then Adrian's mom and boyfriend took us home. But before we got on the road she took us to her favorite food truck to try out tacos with goat meat. It was my first time trying goat. I was a little wary but it turned out to be pretty good. I don't really know why, but I loved that they served the tacos with radishes. After our meal we headed home and ended the night watching Big Brother.

ps. I decided I wasn't going to say anything up top about me not blogging for ages. I've just been lazy and too busy watching the Big Brother live feeds or reading to do much else. Also, you may or may not have noticed that my pictures look a bit different. I got a new phone a few weeks back. I now have a HTC One M8 and I'm so in love with it. No more iPhones for me!

I'm also very happy to say that in just under three weeks my little brother is coming to visit. It has been approximately a year and eight months since I've last seen him. Depressing to think about. I only wish he was staying more than a week, but unfortunately I have to share him with my other sisters. Who have both seen him more recently than I have...just saying. ;)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Two Anniversaries.

Yesterday was mine and Adrian's 5 year anniversary.and tomorrow is my 1 year blogging anniversary.

It's so hard for me to believe that it's already been 5 years since we met. So much has happened in our lives since then and I think we've both grown up a lot in those years. 5 years in each others lives and 2 years engaged. I couldn't wish for a better partner to be going through life with. I know you hate things like this, but happy anniversary Adrian. I love you more than you could ever know.

I know my blog anniversary had to be coming up pretty soon. I actually thought for a second that I might have missed it already. I've been slowing down a lot more in the last few months, but I still enjoy having this blog as much as I did when I first started it. I just don't have a very interesting life right now. I really want to try and update more this year. I'm hoping to become more motivated once this heat goes away. :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Failed Fourth of July Weekend

This weekend we originally had plans to go to a bbq at my sister's house on the 4th and then spend the rest of the weekend with Adrian's mom. Unfortunately neither of those things happened. First, we didn't let Adrian's mom know early enough that we were coming and she already had plans to go to Las Vegas.

Second, since she wasn't going to be home we decided that we would just go to Kendall's bbq and then go home that night, instead of staying in Anaheim. Until!! Our dumb car got a flat tire on the way home from work Friday morning. We had to get towed back home and then wait until today to get new tires. I felt really terrible about cancelling, especially because it had only been a week since I last cancelled plans with her. Anyone who knows me knows that cancelling plans gives me major anxiety. Even when I have a legitimate reason to. :/

Adrian's dad felt bad about us not having anything to do on the 4th so he invited us to go with him and Adrian's step mom to a casino here in town. They've been wanting to check it out since we moved here. We had a pretty nice time. We got dinner at the buffet inside the casino, which surprisingly had really good food, and then we played the slots for about an hour. I walked out of there $20 richer so I'd say it was a pretty good night.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Indoor Plant Progress

Since mentioning that I was going to post an update on my little garden my outdoor plants have taken a turn for the worse. They're not horrible, but a few of them seem to be drying out. The sunflowers are especially doing bad. I think it's just a little too hot here for them and I just need to keep a closer eye on the soil and make sure I water them as soon as it dries.

However!! My indoor plants are doing great. The basil plant is getting pretty huge and I'm really excited to start using the cilantro. I can't eat spicy salsa but I love, and have been craving, pica de gallo. That's probably why I like ceviche since it's basically pico de gallo with shrimp, at least how Adrian's dad makes it.

Inside I'm growing basil, cilantro, chives, and wild flowers. They came in a mixed box so I have no idea how they're going to look. I like that its going to be a surprise. Outside I'm growing basil, thyme (which is actually doing pretty amazing), mint, orange sweet bell peppers, and sunflowers. When I get the outdoor plants back to being healthy I'll share those too.