Monday, April 28, 2014

100 Happy Days - Week 4!

Four weeks of happy! Well, mostly. Hahah. Here's how week 4 went :)


Day 22
Amaryllis

Earth Day! Honestly, I didn't realize until the day was half over. I'm horrible. I made up for it by planting this amaryllis bulb. I'd been meaning to do it, so what better day than Earth Day? It hasn't really grown much, but the white part sticking out of the bulb has started to turn green! I'm assuming that's a good thing. I don't have a green thumb, but I'm hoping for the best, hahah!


Day 23
Sinful Colors Tidal Wave

A few weeks ago I had ordered this free nail polish from PINCHme! As you can see the brand is Sinful Colors, and this specific shade is called Tidal Wave. My nails were already painted a really obnoxious green with fuzzy coat, but of course I wanted to try my new polish right now, so I removed the polish on my ring fingers and incorporated the new polish into my old manicure. It turned out ok, but I've since taken it all off and painted them all over with the new polish, and it looks much better :)


Day 24


There's not much of a story behind this picture, I just really like it! I love selfies, I love my little brother, and I love my boyfriend. Andrew is usually very anti-selfie, so this is also a success in my book ;)


Day 25
Dutch Bros. Coffee

Yes, I love coffee, but this is more than just a daily coffee photo! My towns very first Dutch Bros. Coffee opened this week, and it's right down the street from me! On opening day they were giving out all medium sized drinks for free, so obviously I had to be there. As expected, it was packed, but well worth it. They even gave us a cute little Dutch Bros. car antennae thing. I've been a fan of Dutch Bros. for quite some time, but until now there hasn't been one anywhere nearby. No more Starbucks for me!


Day 26

On Friday night (but I got home Saturday morning), the theatre I work at was hosting an event called "2 Kings," which is a Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley concert! 2 Kings, get it? Haaaha. They were both pretty legit, and they and their entire crew they brought with them were SO nice! Elvis's singing was spot on, and MJ's dancing was pretty intense. Kind of bummed the picture came out a little dark, but what can ya do.


Day 27
Powell's Books

A friend of mine came over, who had recently been to Portland Oregon! She was super sweet and brought me this magnet she bought while visiting Powell's Books. We're both pretty huge book nerds ;) Now it's on my fridge, surrounded by Star Wars themed poetry magnets.


Day 28
Jellyfish

This day I was SO SO SOOO happy! I love my jellyfish earrings to death, and for months ONE of them had gone missing. I was really upset! Andrew had got them for me when we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, after he realized how much I REALLY LOVE JELLYFISH. I mean, he already knew I loved jellyfish, but that was his first time actually seeing me freak out over live jellyfish, and it was like, "woah, this chick really loves jellyfish." Because I do! So anyway, he surprised me with these and I proceeded to wear them every single day, until one fell out and I couldn't find it for MONTHS and had pretty much given up hope (I had even turned the remaining earring into a necklace), until yesterday when I was moving the couch and THERE IT WAS! I have no idea how it could have gotten behind the couch, but I don't even care anymore! The necklace I made with the other one was easy to take apart and turn back into an earring (that was intentional, in case I ever found the mate!), so I threw it back together and am now wearing my jellyfish earrings as I type this. So happy.

I'm pretty happy with how this week played out :)

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Why I'm more than ready for the new season of "Orange is the New Black"

Unless you've been hiding under an internet rock, I'm sure you're all well aware of the Netflix hit, "Orange is the New Black."

As always, it took me awhile to hop on the train, but I eventually did and now I'm hooked just like everyone else. I first watched it a few months ago, but when I read that the second season is starting in June, I decided to binge watch it again this weekend, because...well, why not. There's just too many reasons why I love this show. Some examples including...


Suzanne's mad Shakespeare skills

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Literally everything about Poussey and Tayste

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...including their love for fried chicken.

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Sophia, the DIY queen

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The eggplant joke that I'll probably never know the whole story ofOrange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
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...and whatever was going on with the elusive runaway chicken.

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So with that said, I think it's kind of obviously that I'm really looking forward to June 6th. Any fans here? What were your favorite moments? What do you see happening in season 2? I wanna know! Until then, I'm off to finish watching the rest of season 1 again, I have about 2 more left :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Precautions (a rant)

So you know how at the end of my last 100 Happy Days post I wrote about something not so happy going on?

This is what my life revolves around right now:


If you don't know what's going on here, consider yourself lucky.

So when Andrew and I came home from spending Easter at my families house, there was a note on our door. It was from the woman in the apartment directly above us, asking to call her when we got home. We'd never really spoken with this woman aside from brief hellos, so we were already pretty confused. We called her up, and it was very loud in the background, as she was at the laundromat. Turns out, she wanted to give us a heads up that she and TWO MORE apartments upstairs have BEDBUGS.

BEDBUGS.

Before I go any further, let me point out that there are still NO BEDBUGS in my home. I've never seen a bedbug in person before, but my mind flashed back to a news special I watched years ago about bedbugs in hotels. It was pretty terrifying. I also have a huge irrational fear of things I'm not familiar with, so even the thought of getting bedbugs is one of the worst things that could happen to me.


bedbugs


Clearly, I take this shit very seriously, and will continue to take preventative measures until the upstairs problem is taken care of. BEDBUGS ARE NO JOKE, OK. If I had my way, the apartment would have been bombed already. Unfortunately that costs $700 that I don't have, especially for some bedbugs that aren't even here. Until then, my home will continue to have this strange aroma of rubbing alcohol mixed with dryer sheets. Mmm, fresh.

Anyway, today I learned that after much harassing, the tenants upstairs were able to get our landlord to have someone come inspect the building...on Friday. We've all had trouble with the landlord in the past, so sadly, this isn't too surprising. All I hope is that the situation is contained before it's too late.

Wish me luck, friends.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

100 Happy Days - Week 3

Already three weeks in! Honestly, I'm pretty surprised I haven't skipped a day (or two, or three) yet. Now let's get this started!


Day 15
World of Warcraft

If you can't already tell what this is, I started playing World of Warcraft this week! I have mixed feelings about it, but it's definitely alot of fun. Don't stereotype me as a basement dweller! Hahah. I know many people find this game very addicting, but I haven't felt that yet. I love games, but I usually can't sit playing one for hours on end without getting antsy. My character is named Nafumae, and she's a Shamen Troll. I've had people say things like, "I love her name, what does it mean?" This is hilarious to me, because I got the name from Mean Girls! I was having trouble thinking of an interesting name for a shamen, so I closed my computer and started watching Mean Girls, because it was added to Netflix this month (YES). You know the part when Cady is saying how she only had a crush on one boy before? It was a little boy she met in Africa, and his name? NAFUMAE. So now you know, hahah.


Day 16

This is an incredibly boring picture, I'm sorry. Here's what happened - I was so happy that day, because for almost a YEAR there had been a football sized hole in my ceiling, in the shower, right where I'm pointing. As you can see, no more hole! That day, our landlord sent a man to come paint everyones front doors, and he asked if everything else was ok. Since everything was NOT ok, I showed him the hole and said I'd been trying to have it fixed for the longest time. He said he'd fix it as soon as he was done with the doors, and he did! I was so happy. See, what orginally happened was, last year I called about the hole, and someone came to fix it. Problem was, they left without finishing the job, saying they'd be coming back the next day. Obviously, the man never came back, and since he didn't finish, the hole just reopened and was back at square one. Sometimes I hate apartment living. But whatever, it's fixed now. Yay!


Day 17
Influenster

My Influenster package! Confession - the package came in awhile ago, but on Day 17 I actually started using it and completed some of the tasks. I love Influenster; it's a fun, easy and FREE way to try out new products! Sometimes the things you get aren't as fun and exciting as others (I mean, fluoride rinse...?) but the more you do, the higher your score gets, getting you invitations for more campaigns! Besides, even if fluoride isn't something particularly exciting, it's always important to keep the chompers clean. I've been using it since, and I really like it! So fresh and so clean (Outkast reference sorry)! Are there any other Influenster members reading here? What do you think? If you're NOT an Influenster member, hit me up, I have invites I can send you!


Day 18

This was on the wall at work that day! I think it's pretty self explanatory why this might make me happy, but it's even more than that. My team recently got a new boss, and we LOVE him. Our previous boss was cold, unfriendly, did not like us getting to know our coworkers, and difficult to talk to. Our new one is the exact opposite, and loves coordinating lots of little challenges and gatherings to bring us all closer together. It's been really great!


Day 19

On Day 19, the theatre I work at was a hosting Tommy Davidson's comedy show! I won't lie, Tommy Davidson wasn't someone I was familiar with until I found out we were doing this show. He started his career doing standup, but his big break was when he was in the cast of In Living Color. The show ended when I was three years old, so it was way before my time, hahah. When I found out he was coming, and I did a little research. Either way, he was really funny, and I had alot of fun! They brought in a photo booth, so I shoved my boyfriend, Andrew, in with me. I don't think I've mentioned this before, but we also work together. So we have two jobs together, AND we live together! Sounds crazy, but we make it work :)


Day 20
Easter

Since I started this challenge on the 1st, that makes Day 20 Easter! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, no matter what you believe in or how you spent it. I started the day off going to church with my family. Unfortunately, I got Andrew sick with my cold from the week before. He waited for us back at my families house while we were at service, so he wouldn't be that guy coughing through the whole sermon. Later that day we all had a potluck! I brought Easter chocolates, because in my opinion you can't have Easter without them. Some of our friends came over too, so we spent the day eating, chatting, and playing Apples to Apples and Telestrations. I love spending days with family, friends and good food all wrapped into one!


Day 21

Ok, I might have cheated a little on this one. This picture was actually taken on Day 19, after the Tommy Davidson show. But! I didn't get a copy of the picture until yesterday, as someone else took it :) It makes me happy, so here it is! In the middle is Tommy Davidson, I'm on the end, Andrew's next to me, and the two on the other end are more of my awesome work buddies! I think the picture came out really cute, hahah.

...and that was my week! Unfortunately something not so happy happened on the 20th as well, but that doesn't belong in this post because it's a HAPPY PLACE! You can expect me to rant about it later, though ;)


Monday, April 21, 2014

Look Who Got a Liebster Award!


Liebster


Heeeey!

So this is pretty fun! Honestly, I didn't really know what this was until now. I'd seen people with the Liebster buttons on their sidebars, but that's about it. Basically it's something you receive and then pass on to other bloggers you love! The only requirement is that the recipient must have less than 300 followers, so we can share some lovin' for all the smaller blogs out there, and all their amazing work! Fun, right?

This Liebster Award was given to me by the amazing Kanettra, who blogs over at [A Brand New Me.] She's really fun and sweet, and POSSIBLY loves Netflix even more than I do. She's also a wellness coach, and studying to become a personal trainer. If we lived closer I might have forced her to become my workout buddy. So yeah, she's awesome. How about you go visit her and say hi?

First, I'll copy/paste the rules, so we're all on the same page.

Nominee posts award on their blog. 
- Nominee links back to the nominator’s blog and of course thanks them.
- Nominee answers 11 questions nominator ask of them.

- Nominee then nominates 11 new bloggers they deem worthy with about 300 followers   or less. Make sure to let them know.

- Nominee poses 11 questions for their nominees to answer.

Now, here are the questions Kanetta asked me! I've said time and time again that I can't make decisions, but I'll do my best, hahah.
1) What is your favorite Television Series?
My favorite TV series is
The Office. I didn't watch it until maybe two years ago, but since then I've watched through the whole thing three times. I love everyone at Dunder Mifflin more than I should!

2) What is your Favorite Topic to blog on?

Really, I think it's just whatever I'm into that week! I mean, my general interests are always the same, but for example I'll go through a month where I'm
really into DIY more than usual, and I'll make bracelets all month long, or something like that. When I first started this blog I thought maybe I would make it solely about books, but you can see how that turned out. I still write about books sometimes, but not just books. I could never regularly update a blog that had just one theme!

3) If you could be any animal , which would you be and Why?

A Jellyfish! Jellyfish are one of my favorite things - not just out of animals - out of EVERYTHING! They're so pretty and unique, and they get to float around being chill and eating all day. Of course, they don't have brains, but maybe life would be easier without one? That is only half sarcasm.

4) What is your favorite Season?

Spring! Spring is my favorite because it's warm enough to not wear pants (hate pants), but cool enough that I can if I need to, without getting too hot. But once it starts getting too close to Summer it's not so great anymore. I HATE being hot, so Summer is my least favorite, hahah. Is it bad that my favorite and least favorite seasons revolve around not wanting to wear pants?

5) Why did you start blogging?
I blog because I like yammering on about things that most people don't want to listen to me talk about all the time. Slightly embarrassing, but true. Hahah!

6) If you could have 3 wishes, What would they be?
Ugh, I hate it when people ask me this. Too hard ._. I'm cheating and skipping this question!

7) What is your favorite color?
AAAAGH. I honestly don't have a favorite color. Not one, anyway. I like different colors for different things. I'm often drawn towards purple, blue and red, though. I love orange, but I don't like wearing it. Same goes for anything pastel OR neon. See? I'm insufferable.

8) If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
I would go to Alaska, and watch the Northern Lights!

9) What makes you Happiest?
My favorite people and good food. Preferably at the same time!

10) What is your favorite Recipe?
That I make? Cooking isn't really my thing, but I got a recipe from my aunt for tater tot hotdish that I LOVE. I don't make it often because it takes awhile (it doesn't really take that long, but it does compared to a frozen pizza).
11) What is your favorite Movie?
Bad Boys II annnd Beauty and the Beast ;)

Phew. Ok, now here's the questions I'd like to ask the new recipients!

1. How would you describe your blog in 3 words?
2. What's the first thing you'd do if you won 1 million dollars?
3. What's the best advice someone gave you?
4. Describe what would happen on a perfect day for you (being realistic here!)
5. What's something you're really passionate about, other than blogging?
6. If you had a theme song for your life, what would it be?
7. Who in your life has personally influenced you the most?
8. Where would your super secret home base be located? (Top of a mountain? Bottom of the       ocean? Go Crazy!)
10. What stereotypically nasty food do you secretly (or not so secretly) love?
11. What's your biggest talent?

and finally, here's who I'm passing this on to! All wonderful, all talented, and all deserving! Of course, you don't have to accept this! You can totally ignore this, that's cool too, hahah.

Girl on the Move
Hodge Podge Moments
Serahe Shoes
A Day in the Life of One Girl
Kokoba
California Scrappin'
My Honu Blog
Mama Harris's Kitchen
A Happy Girl
The Siren's Tale
A Touch of Southern Grace

Friday, April 18, 2014

Three Favorites (on Friday) - Musicals!

Happy Friday!

Today I've had show tunes stuck on my mind. This isn't really abnormal, although today it was a bit more intrusive than usual. Could it be because the Tony Awards are coming up? Ok, I guess they're not that soon - but when you work in theatre these are the things that come up, even when they're still 50 days away. Do you watch the Tony's? Obviously I'm biased, but I think they're fun to watch even if you aren't obsessed with theatre. Plus Hugh Jackman is hosting, so there's that.

Anyway, today I felt like sharing my top three favorite musicals. I am THE WORST at making decisions so please know that picking a top three is tearing me apart. And these might not be my top three next week. I don't know. I'M SORRY. So let's try this out.


3. Phantom of the Opera Cliche, I know, but what can I say. It's the longest running Broadway show for a reason! I won't go into plot details because I'm sure you already know what it's about. My favorite version of this is the 25th Anniversary at Royal Albert Hall. It's on DVD and I definitely recommend checking it out, or you can watch a sliiiightly blurrier version for free [here!] It stars the beautiful Sierra Boggess and dreamy Ramin Karimloo. I guess he isn't too dreamy in his Phantom garb, but just take my word for it. Or better yet, look him up. He hasn't figured out that we're destined to be together, but I can wait. Here's a clip from the show, of a song we all know:



Ugh, so good. And did you know that Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote a sequel? It's called Love Never Dies, and while its been thrown some shade, I actually quite like it. It's pretty different from the original Phantom of the Opera, so go in with an open mind and everything will be ok. Unfortunately, the DVD of it does not star Ramin Karimloo (sads), because for some reason someone thought the best idea was to film the Australian tour. HOWEVER, he IS the Phantom on the cast recording CD, so there's that. [This] is my favorite song in Love Never Dies. Swoon. Alright, moving on...


2. Beauty and the Beast It's my favorite Disney movie, too! Even though I've always loved the movie, I think it's one of my favorite musicals because it's the first "big" performance I went to see. I don't even remember how long ago it was, but I saw it with a friend at the San Francisco Orpheum. I was already in love with theatre and musicals by then, but I had never seen a theatre as big and grand as the Orpheum! Check out this medley they did for the 1994 Tony Awards. My favorite part is when they start singing "Be Our Guest," and the dishes start dancing, hahah :) Hokey? Maybe a little. Fun and amazing? YES.





1. Starlight Express IT'S TRUE. This is my all-time favorite musical, and while my second and third favorites may change, this one is always on top. If you're a theatre person reading this, I know you're shaking your head at me. I can't help it, it's so fun! They're trains! On roller skates! I also love Thomas the Tank Engine, so these feelings might all be connected. Since this show isn't as well known, I'll give you the lowdown. Starlight Express is a rock musical (also by Andrew Lloyd Webber!) that tells the story of a child's dream of his train set coming to life. We don't actually see this kid, because it's all about the trains, who are performers on roller skates. The trains are all together to take part in a competition to become the "Fastest Engine in the World." They couldn't come up with a better title than that? Ah, well. I'm probably losing you already, because when I read back at what I just wrote I want to vomit at all the hokeyness. But really, it was the most fun I've ever had at a live performance. The skating/dancing is really cool, and the lights make you feel like you're at a disco. And while it's not the longest running musical (hello, Phantom), it at least makes [this] list at #5. Also, people in Germany are in love with it. Maybe Germany is where I belong, because I haven't met anyone in the US that does. To prove the US/Germany ratio on this, I couldn't even find a decent video to post here, because all the good ones were in GERMAN. I'm feeling kind of embarrassed now, so it's a good thing this post is about wrapped up. I'll just show you a picture.

Starlight Express
I had to shrink it to make it fit; click if you want a closer look :)
This is what the trains looked like when I saw it, which feels like a hundred years ago (it was maybe eight years ago?) They all look different because they're different types of trains. For example, the red, blue and silver one is supposed to look futuristic, because he's an electric train which is considered very new and modern in the story. The one in the middle is a retired train, so he looks more rugged.

Now I'm questioning myself as to why I thought writing this was an OK idea. Ah well, no use turning back now, hahah.

So there are my top 3 favorite musicals. I think writing lists is fun, and since I'm so terrible at making decisions, sometimes it's fun to force myself into picking a top 3. Maybe I'll do more lists like this in the future? I have lots of favorite things (books, movies, foods, anything)! I also have just as many least favorite things (dogs, cottage cheese, shoes in general). I could go on like this forever.

Do you have a favorite musical? I want to know!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

100 Happy Days - Week 2

I'm back with more happy! I feel like week 2 went by so fast, maybe that's why I'm posting it three days late, hahah. Anyway, here we go! :)


Day 8
Frozen

On day 8 I watched Frozen for the first time! Took me long enough, right? It was such a cute movie, and I've always loved Idina Menzel (we're talking waaay before Wicked happened). I also popped some popcorn for the viewing, of course. Fact: I am OBSESSED with popcorn!


Day 9
Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Here's the caption I wrote when I posted this picture on Instagram: "Where'd You Go, Bernadette has taken a turn for the worse, and everything I know is WRONG! Not entirely sure if this is a "happy" but I WILL IT TO BE, because in a terrible way it's kind of fun." So yeah, maybe a little dramatic. If you read my thoughts on the book in my previous post then it makes more sense, hahah.


Day 10

Ok, I KNOW it looks like bird poop but just hear me out. Lately I've been really interested in learning how to make things in my crock pot (because I hate cooking). My first two attempts cooked into a sad mush. My third try was pulled pork, which turned out good. I'm not really into pulled pork, but Andrew (who is) LOVED it. Pictured here was my fourth try, creamy chicken! I used this recipe, and it turned out great! Super easy, only a few ingredients, and pretty delicious if you're into that sort of thing. The hardest part is not crying, because it smells so good while it sits in the crock pot for six hours. We ate it over rice, because I eat rice with pretty much all meats #FilipinoRaised


Day 11

On day 11 I woke up with a fever and a cold. Thankfully I had the day off, so I just chilled, eating oranges and popping Dayquil. My least favorite part of having a cold is that my throat always gets SO dry, it's painful! For that reason I always try to stay stocked up on cough drops. So really this was kind of a crappy day, but my "happy" was being thankful for modern conveniences that relieve the pain ;)


Day 12
Hello Kitty

My Hello Kitty robe is THE BEST article of clothing I own. I love it to pieces <3 <3 <3 It's actually meant to be one of those short mini-robe things, but since I'm only 5ft tall it works perfect for me. I was still under the weather and had work that morning, but when I came home at 8:30AM I hopped into my robe and stayed in it for the rest of the day.


Day 13
Godspell

On day 13 my mom went to see Godspell at the theatre I work at, so I went along as her date! Seeing a show is always fun, but honestly, knowing most of the people in the cast takes away a bit of the magic, hahah. Anyway, I wasn't working on this specific show, but my fellow techies did an awesome job! I guess the actors were pretty ok too ;) The version they performed was an updated revival of the original Godspell. I am not a fan of the original Godspell at all - it's pretty boring. The revival is much more upbeat. Still not a favorite, but it definitely kept my attention!


Day 14

This is one of my oldest friends, Katie! She lives in Seattle now, being a musical extraordinaire. Unfortunately, her reason for being in town was not a happy one. I was glad to be able to see her while she was here. Friends need to stick together when times are rough! As you can see we went to get frozen yogurt. I love frozen yogurt, and I always get pomegranate flavored! If you're a frozen yogurt place without pomegranate you need to STEP YOUR GAME UP.

And that was my week! Since I started this challenge, I've found so many other bloggers that are also doing it! It's fun to see other people with the same goal as me, and what makes them happy!

What made you happy this week? I wanna know, even if you aren't doing the challenge!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

Last year I was seeing this book everywhere, and I knew I wanted to read it. I didn't want to buy it, and I was having trouble getting a copy from the library, but I recently got my hands on a copy and proceeded to tear through it pretty past.


Where'd You Go, Bernadette


The reviews sounded interesting; a comedy about a notorious, agoraphobic, Seattle-hating wife and mother mysteriously vanishes. The author, Maria Semple, was a writer for the show Arrested Development, and that part alone got me interested. The eye catching cover helps, too. To give you an idea about what I was looking forward to, here's the summary, courtesy of Goodreads -

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

Now that we're on the same page (or closer, anyway) I can tell you what went wrong. Unfortunately, the description fudges the details a bit, to make the events in the book sound much more interesting than they actually are. I won't spoil anything, but if you plan to read the book and want to be entirely un-opinionated going in, you might want to skip this.

The plot is supposedly about a woman, Bernadette, that "mysteriously vanishes," and her young daughters quest to find her. While Bernadette did indeed take off, it's no mystery. With the events leading up to it, it's no wonder why she left. Her husband, while trying to play the victim, seems the most confused, while it's basically his fault and it bothered me that he wouldn't own up to it. It's also fairly obvious where she went, even though pinning down the exact specifics took some work.

The first half of the book I found really fun. It's told mostly through e-mails and documents, and at first not much of it makes sense. What does this note have to do with that one? Actually, it has a lot to do with that one, but you won't realize it until much later. The e-mails come from a confusing assortment of people, some including:

- Bernadette to her virtual assistant in India, Manjula, who is paid 75 cents an hour

- Two mothers from Bee's school, Audrey and Soo-Lin, e-mailing each other back and forth,   regarding school activities and their hatred for Bernadette

- Audrey and a gardener

- Bernadette's husband, Elgin, to a shrink at a treatment facility

- School newsletters

The second half of the book is where everything went downhill. First off, because you deal with the not-so-mysterious vanishing I mentioned before, and second because of the narration switch. The second half is told mostly through Bee's point of view, which unfortunately isn't very interesting. I was really into the unconventional storytelling in the first half; it reminded me of the Regarding the Fountains series, but not as funny and with no illustrations - womp womp. The narration switch took away the only part of the book that was still interesting. I think the author may have bit off more than she could chew. She had a great idea and it started strong, but started to fizzle out, like she didn't know how to wrap up all the different things she had going on (which was a lot).

What also bothered me in the second half was that it seemed to stop being a comedy, and turned into more of a family drama. I try to stay away from overly dramatic books, shows and movies when I can, because they bum me out (but sometimes they're so addicting, gaaah). Real life can be really shitty sometimes, why would I want to read about more (and often worse) shitty situations? Obviously this is when Bernadette leaves, but it's also when we start learning about who these characters really are, and some of them are not as likable as we thought.

But I guess that's life, hahah.

So those are my feelings/rantings on Where'd You Go, Bernadette. However if you're still interested in this book, don't let me convince you otherwise! It was quite popular when it was released, so I'd say there's still a pretty good chance you'll like it; and like I said, the first half was really entertaining!

One more thing to share. While Google-searching for the cover photo above, I also found the Chinese cover of the book. Theirs is much more interesting, I think! Hahah :)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

100 Happy Days - Week 1

Hey friends!

Not too long ago I wrote about how I'd be starting the 100 Happy Days Challenge. I am happy (see what I did there) to say that I've made it through the first week, and I thought it'd be fun to do a little recap post. Double the happy!

I spent most of the week at work or at home. Some might say my photos are boring (that's what makes you happy?!), but I'm ok with that. No ones life is a constant Kodak moment. Especially not mine because I am a hermit homebody. Even so, I don't think that's really the point of the challenge, and what I'm taking from this is to look for the simple pleasures in everyday life. So anyway, here's my week!


Day 1

LEGO mug

This was on the first of the month. That means I had to go pay rent that day, which is not happy at all, but I digress. After that I ran some errands, which included picking up the book I had ordered from the library, Where'd You Go, Bernadette. After some chores, I hung back for the rest of the day, reading and drinking tea in my favorite mug.


Day 2 

Girl Scout Cookies Samoas

On Day 2, I ate Samoas. We all know that Girl Scout cookies are THE  BEST so I think that's all that needs to be said.


Day 3

Monaco: What's Yours is Mine

On Day 3 I played Monaco: What's Yours is Mine with my younger brother, Jesse. It's a video game where you work with your ragtag crew of thieves, being stealthy in order to pull off the perfect heist. It has online co-op, so we can still play together even when we're NOT together. I'm also kind of bad at it; I'm a failure at being sneaky, just like in real life. Luckily it doesn't bother me much. It's a really fun game, but it can get your heart racing REALLY quick! So intense, hahah.


Day 4

Pandemic

On Friday, Andrew and I went to my families house, where we celebrated International Tabletop Day a day early with my two brothers. We played some Munchkin (a group favorite), and later we played Pandemic (not a group favorite, but possibly mine). Pandemic is a really fun game to play as long as you and anyone else playing doesn't mind losing - because there's a good chance you're all going to lose together. That just means you failed at finding a cure for the four diseases taking over the entire world, no big deal.


Day 5
Ghirardelli Square San Francisco

On this day Andrew hopped on the BART to spend the day in San Francisco. In general San Francisco isn't somewhere I like to just "hang out" in, but I admit that it has some great things to do and see. Andrew's family was there for the weekend, so we went to go sight see with them! Our last stop was at Ghirardelli Square, which obviously has delicious chocolate, but also makes amazing ice cream! Next time you're there, don't let the long line scare you - GET SOME ICE CREAM.


Day 6

Xbox 360 Fable III

The next day I dusted off my copy of Fable III. I was particularly happy to be playing it because I hadn't been able to game on the Xbox for so long. Sometime last year it decided to poop out and not read any disks, so it sat around being sad. On a whim I decided to try it out again, and after messing with it for awhile it finally worked! Of course it's still very likely to stop working again, but I'll enjoy it while I can. My favorite part about Fable is that you can choose to be good or evil, while still completing the entire storyline. When I first got this game I played as a heroic prince, this time around I'm an evil princess >:D


Day 7
Raz-Ber-Ita

Ending the week with a drink :) Sorry this one's kind of blurry. I'd been wanting the try the new Lime-a-Rita flavor (Raz-Ber-Ita, hah!) for awhile, but could only find it in cases, and I didn't want to get a whole case. We happened to stop at 7-11 that day, and they had it in cans for $1.99. Score! You can't really tell here, but the cans are huge. Andrew and I split one can, and it was perfect. Although if you want the whole can to yourself I won't judge. If you're into the other Lime-a-Rita flavors, I think you'll like this one. The strawberry one used to be my favorite, but this one beat it. There's also a new mango flavor, but I'm not a mango fan so I haven't tried it.

So that was my week of happy! Has anyone else started this yet? I'd love to see your pictures! Follow along on my Instagram and I'll be sure to follow back, or just leave a comment with your username and I'll check it out! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Introducing Blueberry and Pineapple

Happy Saturday!

You might have noticed my little Etsy button on the side bar there, but I wanted to fill up the shop a bit more before formally introducing it to the world. We're still working on it everyday, but I think we've made a great start! I can't wait any longer, so here I am.

Last month, my wonderful mother and I decided to team up and open an Etsy shop (get ready for gratuitous shop linking), called Blueberry and Pineapple! Our shop mainly (and currently only) features handmade felt letter pins. Maybe you're seen me sporting mine (you know, before I thought Google+ was a good idea and they slashed my profile picture in half)? I may be completely biased, but I think it's the best one ;)

Because I know you're not sick of seeing my face yet.

Obviously mine is N, for Natalie. My mom wears a C, for Cindy, and I know you'd look great in an insert letter for whatever your beautiful name is. Here's a few of my favorites.

We're usually using seed beads, but buttons look good too :)
I think borders finishes them up nicely!
How about sequins? If you're looking for a little more bling.
Not everyone wants to wear something so busy-looking, we get it. I think this one is a nice, toned down version.


Something that I think is particularly awesome about our shop is that we take custom orders! If you don't see the letter you want, are interested in a different color scheme or pattern, let us know! We want your pin to be a reflection of you (or whoever you're giving it to)!

That's just a taste of what we're up to. If you interested in seeing more, check out our shop! We're always looking for feedback and inspiration, so tell me what's on your mind! We're so excited to share this everyone, and I can't wait to hear what you have to say :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Saturday is International Tabletop Day!

It's true!

"International TableTop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming. A single day where the whole world is brought together in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun." - via tabletopday.com


For this day we have actor/writer/Sheldon Cooper's archenemy Wil Wheaton, to thank. 
Basically all you need to do is gather your friends and a family around the table and start some gaming. Or, if you live by a game shop, there's a good chance they're holding a Tabletop Day event! Plus they'll have free loot, and that's always cool. You can do a search for this on the Tabletop Day website.



Is this a pretty "nerdy" thing to do? Well, yeah, it is. By now I'm betting you're thinking about something like Dungeons and Dragons and all that jazz. I mean, yes you can play that all day if you're up for it, but that's not all there is to it! You can play whatever you want, as long as it isn't a video game. If you wanna play Monopoly (weirdo) then do it! Or maybe card games? Jenga? Whatever you want! I think it's safe to say that I'll be playing some Munchkin, and maybe a round of Pandemic if things go my way (hehe). I'll elaborate on these games later on.

I can't actually play on Saturday, so I'll be starting the party tomorrow instead! We don't have our game schedule 100% ironed out yet, but I'm sure you'll be hearing more about this later. Really I just wanted everyone to know that it's almost Tabletop Day.

...and now you do :)