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Friday, August 12, 2011

Follow Friday #1




Follow Friday is a great weekly meme hosted by Rachel Parajunkie and Alison at AlisonCanRead. It is this super fun thing that allows bloggers to find and follow new blogs and also find and get new followers. You better go check it out! Or else.... :0)

Q: How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen, what new genres are you in love with currently?

I don't really know as my reading habits have changed all that much since I was a kid.  Growing up I ALWAYS had a book with me.  My Mom has so many photos of me in random places with my nose stuck in a book. 

 I have always been a lover of children's books and YA.  When I was little I was a huge fan of R.L. Stine and yes, I loved the Goosebumps books. As I got older, I started reading anything that had words in it and if it had pictures that was cool too.  I was one of the lucky ones to discover Harry Potter from the release of Sorcerer's Stone.  Therefore, dooming (in a very good way) me to 11+ years of torture, waiting for the next installment, going to midnight release parties, and impatiently waiting (and going to midnight premiers) of every movie.  Most of high school was spent reading HP and college was spent reading textbooks.  But, you know what comes next.....

Twilight.

I know.... I know.... everyone says that Twilight was THE series that got them back into reading again. Which is great, but I won't give that series that much credit.  I found it soon after it was published (a seemingly unknown book to anyone whom I knew) and I was smitten.  I will give Twilight credit for finally making me get all goosebumpy/blushing/swooning over printed word.  I will give Twilight credit for solidifying me as a YA addict.  And yes, I eagerly waited for each book and movie, attending midnight premiers of both. I also did a damn good job at turning EVERYONE I know into Twi-hards and sucking them into the YA megaworld!

Soon after Twilight..... Hunger Games appeared (amazeballs....favorite series ever) and the epic adventure of the "series" was born.  There are so many great series that I read, but honestly, I'm sure you already know which ones they are.  

Somewhere in my mix of reading, I have also felt the need to finally read the classics.  I have finished all of Jane Austen, in the middle of Atlas Shrugged, finally read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights..... reading the classics is a goal of mine, but honestly, I'm just not sure what to read exactly!

Biggest difference between my reading habits then vs. now?

Then: I used to go to B&N and be amazed at how many books I get to read.
Now: I go to B&N hoping I can look at the tables and NOT have read everything on it.
Then: No money to spend on books.
Now: Lets just say that sometimes.... when my husband asks where I am.... I always reply 'nothing'..... to which he replies '2 books.... that's your max.' :0)

Join the FF fun because I can't wait to check out your blogs!!

Remember to send love, give love, be love!
XO
Sara

Film Fanatic Friday #5

Hey there.... I know.... It's been a little while since my last FFF post.  Sorry for that. Buuuuut I have seen a lot of movies.  Here's a recap of what I have seen recently.

1. Captain America: I can't believe I spent $10 to see this.
2. Crazy Stupid Love: Sooo insanely cute.
3. The Change Up: I laughed out loud the entire time.
4. Friends with Benefits: Completely adorable and raunchy.
5. Horrible Bosses: Must See It.... Jen Aniston = my new #1.

Okay, onto my current pick this week.  Technically this movie came out Wednesday, but whatever.... I just think that is the movie makers way of trying to get the largest profit for an opening weekend by extending it to Wed. Seriously though.... weekends don't start on Wednesday. Just thought I'd point that out.








This was my Book Club's choice for the month of June.  I absolutely loved it. I can't wait to see the movie for many reasons:

1. Emma Stone: There's a reason she is #2 on my list.
2. The casting seems brilliant.
3. From previews, it looks like they did the book justice.
4. Minnie + Pie = hilarity
5. Toilet Bowls

I will be seeing this movie today and I have really high hopes for it!

What film are you a fanatic for this week?

Remember to send love, give love, be love.
XO!
Sara

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Booking Through Thursday #1


Booking Through Thursday is a meme hosted by Jessie at Reading In The Corner.
This weeks prompt:
National Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status.

                                            

"Lindsay's kind of music-obsessed, so she makes us a playlist for the ride to Kent's house, even though he lived only a few miles away." 

What does the book you're reading through this Thursday say?

XO!
Sara

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Space

Well, as I mentioned earlier this week I have been feverishly working on getting my writing space together.  Who woulda thunk it that I'd have it done by Thursday?!  I did take the last 2 days from writing, but in the end I think it was the 'write' thing.  Here are some pictures:























It's not anything fancy-schmancy, but so far I pretty much LOVE IT!!  My space is neat and organized, I have a space for some of my favorite books, I'm able to display things, ummm who doesn't love a red writing chair, and squirrels.... plenty of places for squirrels. (Watch Funny Farm.... then you will understand my Mom's humor with buying me squirrels.)

So what does your space look like?

Remember to send love, give love, be love!
XO!
Sara

P.S. Can you see the division in decor between my side and Blake's side?! :0)

Waiting on Wednesday #5


'Waiting on Wednesday' is a weekly event--hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine--that spotlights upcoming books that are eagerly being anticipated. 

My oh-my-gosh-this-book-needs-to-hurry-and-be-available-at-the-store-now pick of the week is...

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Release Date: 10/26/10

From Barnes and Noble:

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

I adored Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (the book and the movies) so I am definitely looking forward to this book! I'm sure there will be many giggle, blush, and swoon worthy moments in this book, too. 

That is the book I am waiting for this Wednesday.  What book are you waiting for?

Remember to send love, give love, be love!
XO!
Sara

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tune in Tuesday #4-- 90's Edition


Tune in Tuesday's is weekly meme hosted by Ginger over at GReads! For the next few weeks, the theme will be 90's!

Just to put some perspective on where I was in the 90's.... let's just say that I was youngin'..... like graduated 8th grade in 1998 youngin'.  So my musical selections of 90's music wasn't AS large as it is now.

What was I listening to back in the 90's you ask?  I was a crazy pre-teen who thought boys were super cute so of course I totally ROCKED OUT to BOY BANDS!! 98 Degrees, BSB, NSYNC.... in that order.

Let the flashback commence.... now!!



My mom and I LOVED Nick Lachey sooo much!



I was a Kevin fan!!



My hubby liked to play this song for me. <3


Ahhhh.... I really wish these boy bands would come back..... and not NKOTBSB style.... I mean full-on return to the pop culture music scene!! I know they can still rock it out.

What were some of your favorite 90's tunes?

XO!
Sara

P.S. Tune in next week for more 90's faves, but this time with some gangstaness.

Where do you do it?

I am being completely serious. Where do you do it?

Behind closed doors, in public, in a special room, a certain spot, time of day, does the place have to look a certain way, have a certain kind of lighting.  Is it a minimalists dream or clutter-aholics dream?

I have been interested in this for a long time, where other people do it.... you know.... where they write.
(got you on that one didn't I.... so naughty you are!)

I have been struggling lately to find the perfect place to write. Last Christmas, my parents bought be a great little desk and bright red chair that I love. I currently have it set-up in our office.  I've used that desk about.... 10 times.... since December.  I can't pin-point the reason exactly, but I think I have narrowed it down to a few reasons why I haven't been able to write in my writing corner.

1. It is boring.  The walls are white, no curtains, no pictures, no shelves. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
2. It is hot as the 7th circle of hell.  Hence the reason for new blinds, curtains, and window screen.... which still haven't been installed.
3. It feels claustrophobic.  It's like I'm surrounded by stuff and I hate feeling trapped.
4. It is cluttered. There are unpacked boxes, the guitar, the bearded dragon tank, and my husbands huge desk that is coooonstantly covered with crap!
5. Might sound strange, but I feel like I'm being watched.  My back is to the door which gives me the hee-bee-jee-bees. Plus, my husband likes to come in while I am writing and work at his desk (says he likes to just be near me) and that just makes me feel like someone is reading over my shoulder. Drives me insane!!
6. I don't really feel like it's my space.  I want to be able to have my space where everyone knows they are not allowed to bother, talk to, call for, or even look at me.

I've taken to writing at my neighborhood coffee shop (specific chair and table.... and don't even get me started when it is taken!), but I have come to realize that it causes too many distractions, too many shiny things.

Here is my current writing area.....

I know. It is pitiful. Who would really want to write here!

My conclusion is that I need my own space. MY SPACE. The only questions remaining are where it will be and how I will decorate/set-up/trick-out this new space.  Even though I already have the desk, I found some great pictures courtesy of Potter Barn (sheesh.... I know.... wish I could afford it) and thought I'd share some of the things I like. Hopefully, I will have my writing area completed this weekend and don't worry, you know I'll share pictures.


                           
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to:

1- Describe your writing space.
2- Post a picture or 2 or even 3.
3- Share it on your blog and post your link here.

Keep in mind these questions:

Where do you write?
What does your space look like?
What are your must-haves and your never should they ever be here's?
What colors, photos, forms of inspiration do you have in your space?

I can't wait to read about and see all of your writing spaces.

Remember to send love, give love, be love!
XO!
Sara