365 Questions, 5 Years & 1,825 Answers

It’s a little late in the year to be making new goals; however, I’m trying by taking small steps.

I received a very nifty gift for my birthday in 2015. Fast-forward to today, I am finally making a commitment to use this unique present.

My mother gave me a “Q&A a day” book, that has 365 questions, lasts 5 years, which totals 1, 325 answers. It’s basically a 5-year journal for the lazy.

What’s even cooler, is that “Q&A a day” has even more books, specialized for mothers, for couples or 2 people, for kids, for teens, for creatives, and for writers. This would be a great Valentine’s Day gift or birthday!

Back in 2015, I made it less than a month of consecutive answers. This year I am committing. And by committing, I mean starting on January 31. I’ve made it eight days so far!

Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to look ahead, but it’s interesting to know what questions are next. Some answers I know right off the bat and others will definitely take some thought! I’ve answered the questions bolded for fun!

Here are the questions for February:

Feb. 1: What is your resolution for tomorrow?
Feb. 2: Who do you live with? Breanne & Lauren
Feb. 3: On a scale of one to ten, how sad are you? Why?
Feb. 4: Outside, the weather is ______.
Feb. 5: What are you obsessively listening to?
Feb. 6: Are you seeking contentment or excitement?
Feb. 7: What are the things you have to buy? Granulated sugar & Stamps
Feb. 8: Are you in love?
Feb. 9: How late did you sleep?
Feb. 10: If this day was an animal, which animal would it be?
Feb. 11: How did you get to work today?
Feb. 12: What is your biggest obstacle right now?
Feb. 13: What’s your favorite question to ask people?
Feb. 14: Did you kiss someone today?
Feb. 15: Write down the cure for a broken heart.
Feb. 16: What was the last performance of concert you went to?
Feb. 17: If you could change something about today, what would it be?
Feb. 18: What’s the most expensive thing you’re wearing right now?
Feb. 19: Who is the craziest person in your life? Deanna
Feb. 20: What word did you overuse today?
Feb. 21: What is the current buzzword? GOAT or BAE, not necessarily buzzwords but still popular
Feb. 22: What was your prevailing emotion of the day?
Feb. 23: What’s the most embarrassing purchase on a recent credit card statement?
Feb. 24: Today you’ve got too much _______.
Feb. 25: What’s the last dream you remember
Feb. 26: Name one item you can’t throw away?
Feb. 27: Are you the original or the remix? Why? Original, because the original is more authentic 
Feb. 28: When was the last time you were sick?

Any questions stick out? Any you find too difficult to answer? I know I I’m going to have a hard time answering some!

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Books to cozy up to

Between a crazy semester of school, traveling, working out some health kinks and trying to have some semblance of a social life, it’s been hard to actually sit down with a good book.

A couple weekends ago, I finally got into finishing up a good one. I guess it had to be freezing cold with the addition of some loud neighbors to make me get in the mood.

So here are three books, all a little different from the next. One I’ve read recently, one I read each winter and the other is in the works.

The one I’ve read: “The Culture of Fear

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Although it’s named the “Best Book of 1999,” 17 years later and it’s still really good. I love sociology and could probably tack it on as another major, so this book resonated with me. I have always believed that people around me are just too afraid and believe too much of what media tells them. This book solidified these thoughts and more. If you’re looking for something totally different from your normal fiction or memoir style, then pick up this Barry Glassner bestseller about “Why Americans are afraid of the wrong things: crime, drugs, minorities, teen moms, killer kids, mutant microbes, plane crashes, road rage & so much more.”

The one I read each winter: “Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

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It’s probably been a little under a year since I’ve picked this one up, as I usually start reading it in January. This work of fiction begins by young Bee Branch talking about taking a trip to Antartica. It then follows her mother, Bernadette’s relationship with an outsourced personal assistant. As the book progresses we learn more about Bernadette, her anxieties and why she disappears. If you’re looking for a good audiobook, this one does the trick as well…the narrator is great!

The one I’m reading: “White Oleander

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I’m only a third of the way through this book, but I find it hard to put down when I am reading it. Janet Fitch does a wonderful job transporting you to another world. I can already see how the main character, Astrid, is developing as time passes. This is definitely a book I cannot wait to finish now that I have a little more time on my hands! Also, while searching for the image I noticed there is a movie, which came out in 2002. Just another thing to look forward to!

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I’m always looking for good book suggestions!

Obsessions of the week

Favorite things this week!

I just learned that “OOTD” stands for. “Outfit of the day” for those of you like me, who don’t know.

In lieu of this new, cool acronym  and the fact that I am a serial outfit offender, as I am constantly repeating outfits; I have decided to create my own fancy acronym, “OOTW,” which stands for “obsessions of the week.”

This week my obsessions have been few and far between; however, some are worthy to note.

Gilmore Girls Prints

Like many millennial women of a certain age, I love Gilmore Girls! Who doesn’t? Can we not all relate a bit to Rory? My single-parent household, stuffed bookshelf, crazy banter and perfectionism sure do align with her! I am so glad her and the rest of Stars Hollow will be gracing us with their presence again this fall, finally!!!

Well, some incredibly creative woman, owner of the Etsy shop, WindowShopGal, has created the perfect prints to go along with my obsession. It feeds my love of art, specifically print art, and my love of Gilmore Girls to a ‘T.’ Check out her store here.

WindowShopGal also has some other amazing prints based off of books and movies you may know well!

I would love to have each season in print to hang vertically on one of my walls!

 

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Stranger Things

So, I may have watched all of Stranger Things in less than a week! No shame because it was one of the most riveting shows I have watched in forever. My binge watching was affirmed when I went home and caught up with my bestie from high school, who said he was equally obsessed with watching it.

The young actors are so good. I cannot wait until 2017 when the next season comes out. Hopefully, they will include more episodes in the next season. Either way…here is an interview three of the cast did with Chelsea Handler.

Millie Bobby Brown, the young woman who plays El is hilarious! She kind of reminds me of Emma Watson. I basically want to be her six years ago…actually now, today I want to be her. Watch the interview with Chelsea Handler here!

Story behind the meme

If there is one thing I love, it is a good story. It doesn’t matter if it is fictional or factual, on television or in a good book. If I can immerse myself into a new world then I’m sold!

 

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A Facebook friend shared, “The Incredible Story Behind The Senior Freshman Meme,” a Refinery29 article by Amanda Green. The story follows the life of Nola Ochs, who is from Jetmore, Kansas, and primarily focuses on her calling, to completing her bachelor’s degree at 94 years old. Go Nola!

As a lover of education at any age, this story resonated with me. Who knows, maybe I’ll be the 94-year-old in the classroom some day on round two of college, correcting my professor.

Books to Buy

I’m always craving a good book. Here are 7 books I want to read ASAP!

Since I provided a list of the books I have been reading, I thought it would only be fair to provide a list of books I would like to read. I have two weeks before school starts and in the mean time I have been working and studying for a big test. However, I know I should read a couple good books (or more) while time is seemingly more available.

Speaking of reading books while time allows…I found that when I take time for me, like reading a book for 30 minutes every night that my life seems to be a little less stressful. I know it can seem daunting adding something into your schedule to reduce the stress, but I think it works!

As school approaches, with work and some other activities I know will keep me busy, I want to read at least three books each month. That is a little less than one book a week. I will see if I can do it!

Here are some books in my Amazon cart at this very moment!

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You Are Having a Good TimeThe Hopefuls
Nine Women, One DressModern LoversThe Singles Game
Shadow WorkGrit

Have any good books in your cart? I’m always looking for something new or different!

July-August Reads

I love a good book, but sometimes it takes me a while to get into one. These three books mingle between self-help and fiction and provide a good dose of different.

I go through spirts where I am increasingly bookie. Bookie may not be the best way to describe these phases, but it’s the best I can come up with at this moment.

This past month I have read three new books. Actually, it took me a month to get through one, a week for the other, and a day for this last one. I had the time, so I utilized it.

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“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” by Mindy Kaling took me about a month to power through. I think it would have taken significantly less time if I were not moving, traveling, and taking 3 classes. However, it was a great book.

As a young, impressionable college student it was refreshing to read the words of failure and success over a period of time. I think we get so caught up in our world of instant gratification that we forget success takes hard work and time.

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The second book I dove into was, “Why Not Me?” another book of essays by Kaling. This one only took me less than a week. A lot of the essays were similar to her first book, but followed were enhanced. You learned more about Kaling throughout and were able to relate on a different level.

If you are a big fan of “The Office” or “The Mindy Project,” then this is the book for you. Kaling took quite a few essays to describe her work on the shows, as well as, the work she puts in behind the scenes. You find out where passion stems from in this book.

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I just finished reading this one, “The Silver Star” by Jeannette Walls. It has been a while since I picked up a fiction book and this one was definitely an impulse buy. As noted by my reading choices listed before this particular one – I went through a self-help book phase. After reading another book by Walls, “The Glass Castle” and becoming completely captivated by her writing I had to pick this one up when I was at Target, like 8 months ago before Christmas.

With this being my second read by Walls, I was a bit disappointed. Where in her last novel, Walls did an incredible job at setting the scene and introducing me to the characters, this one lacked on those two fronts. However, it did not lack on keeping you on your toes. It definitely wants to make me pick up some more fiction.

What I did love most about this particular book was the setting. It was set in a small Virginia town with a cotton mill. It followed two sisters on an adventure to their roots. “The Silver Star” also captured a time in southern history that is not looked at much, full integration.

With everything going on in our country, whether it be politically or race driven, I think everyone should read about how integration changed this community for the better…it just took some time.

I am always looking for new good reads! Suggestions are more than welcome!