Mar 31, 2013

March Recap / April News

Can you believe it's April already?  I know we say that about every month, but seriously...where is 2013 going?
Here's a little recap of what March held and then a little preview of what April has in store...

Release Date: April 23, 2013

In Bee Ridgway’s wonderfully imaginative debut novel, a man and a woman travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society that controls the past and, thus, the future.

I love time travel stories! I'm excited to read this story.

  • April 4: Children's Books with co-host The Chronicles of Chaos
  • April 11: Books set in Europe - Still need a co-host!
  • April 18: Topic TBD with co-host Scarves & Styles
  • April 25: Strangest book you've read - Still need a co-host!
Rilo Kiley - Rkives
They may not be reuniting and touring like many of us had hoped, but we will take what we can get and this new collection of archives will do!
Release date - April 2, 2013

Iron and Wine - Ghost on Ghost
I'm less than impressed with this album cover, but seriously cannot wait to get my hands on some new Sam Beam magic.
Release date - April 16, 2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito
Again, hate the album cover.  (What is this, 1996?) But so far, based on the single "Sacrilege," this could be my favorite YYY album to date.
Release date - April 16, 2013

There you have it.  My March recap & April news.  I will come up with a quippy title for these little post series.  Do you do monthly recaps on your blog?  So far, I love it and think I will make it a new monthly feature.

Happy Spring!

Around Here v.3

It finally feels like we're moving!  This place has been madness this week.  The movers came on Monday and took away most of our possessions, crated them up, and sent them on their way to Germany!  We don't leave until next week, but we had to have our stuff shipped off early because it takes up to two months to have it all delivered.  I'd rather be without our stuff here, where we have friends and know our way around.  So, we still have another week of living on air mattresses and eating at a borrowed card table.  We can handle it.  We're a military family.  We're nothing if not flexible.  

I haven't minded the lack of television because THIS came in the mail on Tuesday...

Unfortunately, just because our house is empty does not mean that I don't have much to do, because I have a lot to do!  Aside from working ahead in school, blogging ahead to avoid gaps, cleaning the house before handing over the keys and keeping the kids busy during Spring Break, I haven't had as much time to read as I would like.  And I bet my husband would laugh at that because he thinks all I do is read this book.  According to him, I'm an addict.  I can handle that.  Needless to say, I'm loving it.
Do you read this series?  So far, Brighton is the only one I have to gush about this series to.  Anyone care to join us?

Also, I have to share the kids' Easter baskets with you.  This is what an Easter basket looks like for a family that is moving in 7 days...

The basket - reusable toy bin
Candy, bubbles, chalk - disposable
Small toys that easily fit in a suitcase to be played with on the plane - check.
Oh and of course, our new favorite things...eggs filled with confetti.  A friend introduced me to these last year.  You crack them on someone else head and confetti comes out. The kids love them.  They sell them at Walmart.

I hope you all have a great Easter!  We'll probably just spend the day around the house hanging out and soaking up some Spring. :)

Mar 28, 2013 {on writing...}

First of all, thank you for your kind words after my worrisome post on Tuesday about moving.  Your support means a lot.

Now please go say HELLO to miss Kimberly of The Simplicity of Being Curious.  She is a book-lovin, milspouse lifestyle blogger, like myself.  Plus, she's adorable.  You can follow her via Bloglovin or Twitter.  Thanks for co-hosting, Kimberly!


Today for the book chat, I wanted to turn the tables a bit.  I know you all love to read, but I'm many of you have thought about writing books yourselves?  
If you did write a book, what genre would it be?
Is there a book out there that you thought you could do better?
Have you actually finished a book, or have a handful of half-written ones?

This is a pretty relevant topic for me lately.  As many of you know, I'm a creative writing major. Still, the idea of being a professional novelist baffles me.  That's a real job? And I could make money doing it?  Just seems too good to be true, right?  I realize it is hard work, and I've never truly buckled down and put real blood, sweat and tears into my writing so I have no real idea what writing, as a profession, is like.  I'm not naive.  I know that it's not as easy as turning in an application and being hired. Honestly, I would love anything in the publishing industry. But yes, I would LOVE to write a novel of my own.  

I admit, I'm a chronic story-starter...but have never actually finished one.  Not completely.  I start to feel so overwhelmed with the enormity of my task and the world beneath my fingertips that I walk away.  Does this ever happen to you?  I get snagged up in the organization.  Instead of writing from beginning to end, I tend to jump around, and then, it becomes a daunting task of trying to make each piece line up perfectly with the others.  I've tried outlining, I've tried free styling.  I'm still waiting for the magic answer, knowing full well that it's only going to come with practice and not from a book.  I really need to get this organization stuff under control.

As for genre, surprisingly, I have no real desire to write YA.  I love YA fiction, but I see the task of writing for young women as daunting as the task of raising them.  No, thank you.  I'll leave that for some other poor soul.  And even though every story I think up has some sort of romance, I don't think I could ever write a "romance" novel.  And show my face in public?  Ha.  You know I love dystopian and post-apocolyptic stories, but my only hold up there is that I'm afraid that topic is getting exhausted.  How many different "end of the worlds" can there be?  Do they all have to involve people living in the wild?  At some point, readers are going to say "enough," right?  Even still, I love a good survivalist story.  They're fun to read, and even more fun to write.

I can't say there is a book I thought I could write better, or at least I would never name names, but there are certainly plenty of books that I wish I came up with...The Night Circus, The Shadow of the Wind, The Book Thief.  These are all writers I emulate.  Books that were more of an experience than entertainment to me.  Books that never truly left me.  Stories that were more than words on a page.  A perfect culmination of vocabulary and passion that created an entire world I could be a part of.  Characters I could truly fall in love with.  I could only dream of writing something so powerful.
But that doesn't stop me from trying.

I won't stop until I see my name on that spine.

So, I rambled a bit.  What about you?  We've heard from your reading sides, what about your writing sides?  Let's hear it, book chatters.


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Mar 25, 2013

Tunesday: Road Trip Tunes

Hello my friends. I'm blogging in my bed among two sleepy boys and one snoring husband. I want you to know that all of my belogings are wrapped in brown paper, in boxes stacked around my house. My computer is currently sitting on my bathroom counter. My large screen's no laptop. Why? Well, because the movers are shipping our stuff out to beer country this week and we had to separate our things we want to keep a bit longer from the stuff we want gone's a long story. My point is, I'm blogging from my iPad. If you don't know how inconvenient this is, you must have never tried it. Once the dust settles for a few days, I can hook my computer back up and get things a little more organized. Guys, I'm nervous. I'm nervous for Tunesdays and the book chat, and blogging in general. I will be iPad blogging for potentially TWO months. So, please, bear with me. Don't leave me. I will bring you along on this little journey as much as I can. And soon, it will be all beer steins and snow-capped Alps. I promise. Just bear with typos and bad graphics for a while.


Moving on. It's Tunesday. Technically, I jumped the gun. Kate of Kate's Tales of Books and Bands put a little theme on her Tune-In Tuesday music link-up and I love this theme, because, as you may recall...I LOVE ROADTRIPS! However, the theme is for April...and I'm a little early. Again, I'm ON AN iPAD. I'm a mess.

Anyway, today's Tunesday is about Road Trip music. I got to thinking about it and I really depends on the roadtrip. And I've gone on many a road trip in my day. So here are some various road trip tunes to go with some various road trip travels!

Trip with the girls:

Traveling on the empty road with your closest girl friends is the best time to pull out your shameless love of 80's lady rock like Pat Benatar, Cyndi Lauper and Heart. There's no better place to let loose, and belt out some harmonies on Total Eclipse of the Heart. That's what girlfriends are for.

The Relaxing Roadtrip:

Maybe you're in no hurry on your road trip and prefer to take the scenic route. Sometimes it really is the journey and not the destination. To me, there's nothing better than a relaxing country road and some tunes like Iron and Wine, The Civil Wars or Bon Iver serenading me through America's backroads. M. Ward's most recent solo album has the perfectly iconic Americana feel that would sound perfect with the top down...if you happen to have a 65' Chevy convertible lying around.

Need a pick-me-up:

There's only so much coffee can do. The road trip drag is inevitable. Sometimes you need tunes equivalent to a Red Bull. If rock is more your taste, maybe you'll prefer something like Muse or Foo Fighters. For me, I need something with quick beat and a motivating chorus. The Passion Pit is a fun option or Sleigh Bells is an angry, machiney kind of fun that scares you awake. For my money, I'll take The Naked and Famous any day. They have the right...everything. Something fun is good...but if you put that band Fun on, so help me...

Yeah, I just went there. I'm gonna get all MOMmy on you for a minute, because sometimes I have my kids in the car with me during our road trips (okay every time) and sometimes the batteries on the DVD players run out and they get bored and/or require attention. I don't always like to turn off my music for someone else, but this is how you know I love them. As it turns out, kids music these days isn't ALL bad. They've evolved beyond Barney and Baa Baa Black Sheep. My kids love stuff that is funny and interative, or something they recognize. Movie soundtracks are always a hit. You can't go wrong with a little Lion King, the Muppets, Phineas and Ferb or The Lorax. If you have a girl and can get them to sing Part of that World from The Little Mermaid with you, then know I am seething with jealousy (I wanna be where the people are. I wanna see, wanna see em dancin...). Otherwise you might want to try They Might be Giants or The AquaBats. If you have SiriusXM, Kids Place Live is where it's at.

There you go. Those are my road trip recommendations. You know, if the music is getting boring, you could always throw on an audiobook. Might I recommend The Night Circus or My Name is two favorite audiobooks so far.

What do you listen to on your road trips?


Mar 24, 2013

Around Here v.2

This past week has been pure madness.  If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, then you know that Jeremy graduated from flight school this week.  Basically, helicopter college.  Which means we're done with Fort Rucker and ready to move on so he can be a real-life, working Germany.  It was an exciting week.  Jeremy's grandparents and mom came to visit, so we made lots of good food and enjoyed each other's company while running from here to there and there to here.  I really do love to be busy.

The week started with Family Day.  We had the chance to climb in and out of the Blackhawk.  I'm not gonna lie, even though I saw all of the studying Jeremy did this year and how stressed he was with each test, he kinda made flying sound easy.  Then I see the inside of the chopper, and I'm blown away. I'll never tease him for his inability to multi-task again.  As you can see, the boys were in heaven.  

A short 2 hours after we came home from family day, we had our formal graduation ball.  The Army...bless their hearts...have no clue how to plan events.  Having a ball on the evening of family day and the night before graduation was a BAD idea.  We worked it out, though.  I managed to do my own hair and makeup, and it turned out nice, actually.  The two top pictures are my transformation within the two hours.  And I had to snap a pic of Jeremy and I getting ready next to each other.  I felt so grown up. We were even joking about how we felt like the parents from Peter Pan, when they're getting ready for their evening out.  The ball was really a lot of fun.  I love the traditions they uphold and it makes me proud to be a part of it.  I even was awarded my own certificate for being a supportive spouse. Then Jeremy presented me with my own pair of wings.  It was very special.

Bright and early the next morning was the big event...graduation!  I'm not going to lie, that was rough morning.  But seriously, look at that pic of Jude.  Be still, my heart.  The ceremony was nice.  Aside from the long speeches and restless children.  After Jeremy received his diploma, it is tradition for the family members to come up and pin their soldier.  I love this tradition.  I have pinned almost every new rank on Jeremy through the years, and I love to be a part of his success.  It's a reminder of everything we have been through in this journey and reminds us that we really are in this together.  

While this was a happy week for so many reasons, it was also a sad one because it is the ending of such a great couple years.  I will always hold dearly in my memory these times with my fellow flight school wives.  When we came into this, people told me that these years and this journey was special and that the connections I would make would be some of the best.  Honestly, I didn't expect or believe it before we came here.  Now, I know.  These were some of the best and most special Army years I have experienced.  I have these ladies to thank for that.  I really need to dedicate an entire post to describe the milspouse I'll save it for then.  But I just have to say, I will miss these two girls (and many more not pictured here) so very dearly.   

So that was our crazy week.  And it's about to get crazier!  The movers are coming tomorrow and the days until we depart Fort Rucker are almost small enough to count with your two hands!  Eeek!

How was your week?

Mar 21, 2013 {currently reading}

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Happy Thursday friends!  This week is complete madness around here.  Jeremy graduates from flight school today (hooray!) so we have lots of family in town and lots going on.  I'll share more on Sunday with pictures, but today is book chat day!

Today, our co-host is Erica from Looking to the Stars.  She is pretty awesome and I just love her blog.  Go over and say Hi!

For today's book chat, we're keeping it simple.  Just share what you're currently reading or if you have finished something recently, share a review.

As for me...I'm reading two books.

This one is a review copy from Netgalley.  It's slow moving and at risk of being put on pause.

It's an adult dystopian novel, and it's an interesting premise.  I just wish the action would pick up a little bit.  Full review to come soon.

This is the book I want to talk about...

So, last night I had to drive to Atlanta to pick up my mother-in-law from the airport.  It was a four hour drive so I got through about half of the book.  I was immediately taken away by this story.  I am in love with Brashares' writing.  There were gasps and tears and shouts.  I haven't finished it yet, but I can already say I love it.  Daniel is instantly one of my favorite male characters. I have a doozy of a review in the works.

Have you read either of these?

What are you currently reading?  Come book chat with us!


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Mar 19, 2013

Tunesday v.3 AND Top Ten Tuesday

I'm going to attempt combining posts today.  Tuesday is a busy blog day for me.  I first want to share a spring playlist for Tunesday and then I will share my Top Ten books for the link-up at The Broke and the Bookish.

The Mowgli's // San Francisco
A Silent Film // Harbour Lights
Cayucas // High School Lover
Haim // Forever
Lord Huron // Time to Run
American Authors // Best Day of My Life
Fitz and the Tantrums // Out of My League
Phoenix // Entertainment
Biffy Clyro // Black Chandelier

On Friday, I shared 5 songs that changed my life on Melissa's blog.  You can see the list here.  They're really not surprising, if you know me.

Linking up with Kate's Tales of Books and Bands
Today's TTT topic is Books I have bought but not read yet.  Most of the books sitting on my un-read shelf are books I somehow acquired.  I either found them at a thrift store or someone handed them down to me.  Normally, if I buy a book, I read it right away.  These are the books collecting dust on my book shelf.

Any of these worth picking up right away?

What books have you bought and not read yet?

Linking up with The Broke and the Bookish.