Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Things That Bother Me


  • People who have multiples in their Pinterest boards. Do you never go back and look at them? Why bother?
  • Beauty bloggers/vloggers/gurus who only do swatches on their hands. How it looks on your hand and how it looks on your face are two different things,
  • People who spend a boatload of money on sunglasses. Expensive sunglasses are the same shit quality as cheap ones, but hey whatever idiot.
  • You-tubers who complain about editing, video quality.... Hey. you're getting paid and if you can't do it right, quit or shut up.
  • Cyber-bullies.
  • Children at CicLAvia. NO!
  • People who eat the food they have yet to pay for at the grocery.
  • Old ladies at the grocery. There is something wrong with them.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Playing With Cheap Makeup

Kleancolor Femme Lipsticks
Kleancolor Femme Lipsticks
Purchase Here: Amazon
Great on its own, just not a good color on me.
As evidenced a lot of bleeding on me, needs a liner. Base not necessary.
The  most standard color of the bunch and does well without a base.

Probably the best for daily wear, was surprised at how much better it looked with a base.

It looks very nice. My favorite color of the group, but moves around a lot. Not for daily wear.
The worst of the bunch. This was a hard one to transfer to the lip and very shifty. Such a shame.
The biggest letdown. This was my most anticipated color and it is a very sheer wash and not build-able. Also the tube broke when applying.
Good stand alone with no base.
Another one that works great without a base.

Very nice color, but I foud this to move a bit. Easily a fave color, but not the best of collection.
Not the best on it's own, but better than some of the others. Very nice color.
Very nice on it's own.

I was shocked at how good they were. After watching some reviews/videos on them, I was up for a letdown. As a base I just used concealer which altered the color somewhat but also made it more vivid. A lip-liner or eyeliner base may be best.
Without Base
With Base


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Final Hour 24

 End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? They were all daunting. I wasn't so prepared.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? N/A
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? One mini challenge really confused me and also I think they can be a bit time consuming so keeping it quick and simple is best.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? N/A
  5. How many books did you read? I made a huge dent in a rather large book and finished one poetry book.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin and The Moments the Minutes the Hours by Jill Scott.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? GoT
  8. Which did you enjoy least? The poetry book
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I would do it again and I think this time I'll just be a part time cheerleader.
Progress
Page 611 of 762
Finished


Check In Hour 21

Pretty close to being done and calling it a night. Two pots of coffee consumed, four bowls of cereal and working on some green tea and Reese's cups to keep me going.I guess I wasn't very prepped it just sorta crept up on me. I'm really gonna try to finish this massive book.Guess I'm a slow reader.

A Game of Thrones
Page 547 of 762

Mini Challenge:
I am Jon Snow. I have taken "The Black" and that fella up top is Ghost (pretend that's a direwolf).

I got that haven't slept crazy look.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Check In Hour 18

Not much time left.  So I guess the other 2 books won't be happening tonight.
Progress:
A Game of Thrones
Page 445 of 762

I'm losing my wind.


Check In Hour 15

Didn't check in three hours ago because after I came back from the library I TRIED to nap. I really want to finish GoT. Time for another coffee.
Progress
A Game of Thrones
Page 377 of 762

Needs a sweet treat

The Moments the Minutes the Hours by Jill Scott 
DONE
There were a few good poems I saved from this book.

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
Barely 200 pages into it

Have yet to start Wuthering Heights which is another book club read.

Check In Hour 9

Currently at my local library where I started The Moments the Minutes the Hours Poetry by Jill Scott
        Pretty much done and I must say it was an okay selection. 3 out of 5. A book club selection I would never had read otherwise. It's funny as a college student I was obsessed with poetry, now I can barely stomach it. Still loves childrens poetry though.


Mini Challenge
This food inspiration comes from "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness
Matthew has diet very similar to a wolf and his indulgence is fine wine.
Starter: 
Warmed Nuts - sauteed in oil with shallots, rosemary, brown sugar and cayenne
Spiced Wine
Camembert 

Main:
Hasenpfeffer and brown bread
Burgundy

Dessert:
Apple crisp with baked brie

Check In Hour 6

So I've noticed a lot of readers tend to just keep it at one post and update at a check in hour but I keep making separate posts. Is that weird? I hardly ever blog anyway so a few extra posts won't hurt me.

Progress
Still Reading: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
Page 334 of 762 (I made myself a hearty breakfast and did a load of laundry okay)
Next I'm off to the library to start

The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/647526.The_Moments_the_Minutes_the_Hours


Mini Challenge
Best Book of Your Reading Year: Kindred by Octavia Butler

Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year: Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith by Kaylene Johnson

Best Indie Author of Your Reading Year: A History of Stone and Steel
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Check In Hour 3

Currently Reading: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
Page 314 of 762
Two bowls of cereal down and now heading for coffee town.

Check In Hour 0 Kick Off Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

California
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
These reads are mostly finishers and Book club choices, so finishing GoT is top priority.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
My snack of choice today will be killing all the cereal I got so here :
Honey Bunches of Images
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Second time participating, I have a little idea how it works so agenda done. Got so little sleep last night I may quit even sooner. This one is less of a hobby and more of a get-er-done event for me.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

Last Readathon I put too mch effort into doing the checkins and never got much reading done. This time around reading is the priority  and I'll only check in every 3 hours.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

A History of Stone and Steel Book Review

A History of Stone and SteelA History of Stone and Steel by Christopher Fisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
While I took my time finishing this book, I enjoyed it very much. For a Christian fiction book, it wasn’t boring or corny like almost every one I’ve read is. Maybe it’s the grittiness and bluntness and the fact that not all Christian Americans are crazy zealots that made is appealing.
An easy summary is Paul Keppel is going through a mid-life crisis and has a dying grandfather an on-the-brinks marriage and is unsatisfied with his job at a university. Though all of this he we get a retelling of a time in his past working at a steel mill and how it is affecting him now. While working at the university he becomes friends with a student named Gary and they have their exploits. Gary was one of my favorite characters in the book, just for his willingness to do and be bad. One can’t deny the power of Grandpa Todd and his presence throughout the novel. The grandfather just plagues him at every turn.


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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fosters & Lobsters

Fosters & Lobsters

Foster's ale, a king crab leg, lobster tale, spiced fries and a couple of crescent rolls.


Mmm mmm good.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Banned Books Challenge 2014

Insurgent: 10-14 Challenged Books

Click HERE to participate

"DATES: January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014

RULES: Any book that has been banned or challenged counts for this challenge. Books can be read in any format and overlap with other challenges is allowed (encouraged!)

WHAT BOOKS CAN I READ? To help give you some ideas of what to read, check out the ALA's lists of frequently challenged books. There are multiple lists split up by author, year, decade, & a separate list for Banned & Challenged Classics, so there are a lot of options from all different genres. GoodReads also has several listopia lists on the subject -- this is particularly helpful for identifying books you already have on your shelves if you are a user of the site. Also, if you learn about a book getting challenged in the news or on the net, it's fair game and I would love if you also let us know where you heard about it.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Write a post identifying which level you are aiming to complete, linking to this sign-up post. If you don't have a blog, just leave a comment below stating what level you are trying for.

For each book you read for the challenge, you can link-up your reviews here, so we can read them! Reviews can be as short or long as you like, even a one-liner is fine. If you don't have a blog, but post reviews on GoodReads or other similar site, you can link to your reviews there. If you don't post reviews, you can leave a comment on the Review Link-Up page telling us which books you completed.

LEVELSBelow are the levels you can choose from. Changing your mind is OK -- you can go up or down in level at any time. I said low-pressure, remember?

     Making Waves: 1-2 Challenged Books
     Trouble-Maker: 3-5 Challenged Books
     Rebel: 6-9 Challenged Books
     Insurgent: 10-14 Challenged Books
     Leader of a Revolution: 15+ Challenged Books"

Friday, October 18, 2013

Gun Boss of Tumbleweed Book Review

Gun Boss of TumbleweedGun Boss of Tumbleweed by L. Ron Hubbard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had no idea this was an audio book. I am not a fan of audio books because they play out the story in a different tone then I would perceive it. This was an okay listen for me. Kincaid’s mother had an accent that sounded like an islander trying to do western and it was just strange. The story was kind of dull. Narrator was okay and the actors who played the major character and protagonist were good. The rest of the voice-overs were either okay or bad. The story had me at moments, but it was mostly background noise. Do not recommend unless you can tolerate audio books.


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Checkin Almost Hour 21 DONE

12:44pm

This is it. I'm calling it quits. So close I know, but I am waking up early today and may not be able to function.

Stats:

Only made it about 45% through Frankenstein. Hopefully I'll finish tomorrow (Monday).

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Mini Challenge Hour 19

Show It Off

The Great Wild West by Jeff Appelquist
He really went all out and signed the book and left a nice note inside the cover, plus a thank you card and a promise to chat with the book club, should we ever read his book.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
My mother bought me this book before I ever learned to read at a small bookshop. It was my first book ever!
In college I was poetry obsessed and collected these. I have a poem for any occasion. I treasure my little poem books.

Checkin Hour 18

10:32pm

Mini challenge
Check out my robot.
I wanted to go higher, but the sleepiness is starting to set in. I haven't been on my best reading behavior today. This was a fun challenge.


Mini Callenge Hour 13

Best Book of Your Reading Year
The Ressurectionist
Best Romance Book of Your Reading Year
Slow Surrender
Best YA Book of Your Reading Year
The Hunger Games
Best New Adult Book of Your Reading Year

Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year
Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year
Best Sci-Fi Book of Your Reading Year
Best Fantasy Book of Your Reading Year
Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year
Best Fiction Book of Your Reading Year
Best Main Character of Your Reading Year
Sugar from Sugar
Best Author of Your Reading Year
Best Supporting Character of Your Reading Year
Lord Byron from Jane Goes Batty
Best Cover of Your Reading Year
Best Character You Love To Have of Your Reading Year
Best Setting of Your Reading Year
Best Story Line of Your Reading Year
Best Indie Author of Your Reading Year

Mini Challenge Hour 11


Checkin Hour 12 Mid-Event Survey

Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
Not tired at all
2) What have you finished reading?
I finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and started Frankenstein
3) What is your favorite read so far?
I just loved ATGIB. It took me a long time to read because I was really immersing myself.
4) What about your favorite snacks?
Chowing on my Slim Jim as I type.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

I skipped Hour 11 and went for a bike ride and Hour 10 I handled a mail complication.

Checkin Hour 6

10:30am

Mini Challenge: Through the Tea Leaves
Francie from A Trees Grows in Brooklyn reading.

Checkin Hour 4

8:39am
 So paused reading and combed my hair, washed my face and had breakfast. I have not really plowed through my book like I was hoping, but I think that is because I am being very thoughtful about it because I like it. I'm reading "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". Post for mini challenge:
Someone like you ....Affinity When the dust settled.

Check In Hour 1 Dewey's Read-a-Thon

October 12 5:30am
 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm really grumpy and hate getting up early in the morning. 5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I'm curious about the hourly checkins.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Getting Ready

Just bought my supplies for Dewey's 24 hour Read-a-Thon. Beef Jerky, chips, soda, coffee, corn nuts, carrot sticks, hummus, nuts, ice cream, and cereal. Not the healthiest I know, but junk snacks motivate me.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Darling Strumpet Book Review

The Darling StrumpetThe Darling Strumpet by Gillian Bagwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
From the slums Nell Gwynn gets hers start at a brothel after leaving mam’s at a young age, then proceeds to become an orange seller, then an actress of the theatre before winning the heart of King Charles II.
Nell is a strong willed, pretty independent considering the time. She makes out on her own and tries to secure her future and when her love for theater becomes love for the King, she does what she will to stay in his keep. There was rivalry among his mistresses, assassination attempts, a villain in the shadows and grumbling parliament.
Some of my favorite scenes were the gossip that went on backstage at the theatre and Nell’s camaraderie with her fellow actors. There was love and tragedy and family allegiance.
I am a sucker for historical fiction and this was really good. I don’t know much of royalty or European history, so having books like this gets me interested While I do think in the beginning it had meandering moments never did I want to skip a word.


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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Happy 30th Birthday to Me

Minnie Mouse cake I made. Pretty good for an amateur. I used made marshmallow fondant which is very good and easy.

I read this book:
Happy Birthday to MeHappy Birthday to Me by Brian Rowe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was like an 80's movie. Which is a good thing or maybe it's a bad thing. I expected something a bit more contemporary and I just found this story to be mundane and unimaginative. Like a previous reviewer said, I was reminded of Beastly. I picked this solely based on the title because my birthday was approaching. Never had I expected to be reading a supernatural tale with a life lesson. It surprised me and with it feeling like it would have made a great 80's movies I enjoyed it, but it wasn't well developed.

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 I went to the movies and saw:
The World's End (2013) Poster
I don't even need to elaborate on how funny this was. In my opinion Pegg and Frost can do no wrong. And Paddy Considine "hubba hubba". 8 out of 10.

Got my free goody from Sephora and then went to Ulta to get my brows waxed.
Apparently the Benefit Brow Bar at all Ulta's is no longer giving away free birthday waxings. That sucks and I wish the phone number for the brow bar was posted on the website so I could have called and checked, which I was gonna do. That pissed on my mood because for the last few weeks I have let my brows grow wild in anticipation of a waxing and at the same time I had a toothache, plus this mom and her 2 daughters at the brow bar just rubbed me the wrong way.
Closed the evening with a dinner out at Truxtons with a hearty chicken burrito and key lime cheesecake.

Birthday boots will have to wait till next year.