Nope: Books I Didn’t Like

4 Nov

I’ve been having a streak of bad luck with my book choices lately. Usually, if I don’t love a book that’s fine… but I’ve read a few real stinkers lately!

Yuck #1: Room to Breathe by Liz Talley

It’s this one:

This book was one of my Amazon’s First Reads choices for October. It was described as a mother-daughter relationship book. The mother is divorced and starting over and the daughter is in her early 20’s and engaged. “As love lives tangle, secrets spill, and indiscretions are betrayed, mother and daughter will have a lot to learn—not only about the mistakes they’ve made but also about the men in their lives and the women they are each hoping to become.”

Sounds good, right? NOPE.

What drove me crazy: The mother was 39. THIRTY NINE. And throughout the entire course of the book they treat 39 as if it is so freaking old that it’s CRAZY that she would want to pursue any of her own interests. I mean, come on. THIRTY NINE!? On top of that, the daughter is the most selfish little brat and I wanted to smack her upside the head. Multiple times.

Yuck #2: The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

It’s this one:

The one was a random book I thought sounded interesting on my Kindle Unlimited subscription. The premise is that a girl wakes up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia. She remembers absolutely nothing about her life before she woke up and when she hears that her father has come to Ireland to get her and bring her home, she decides to run away.

What drove me crazy: This girl. Yet another one I wanted to smack and/or shake. She is so freaking selfish throughout the entire book. Then, at the end when everything is messy and you are waiting for the happy ending to come along, all the pieces tie up in a bow too neatly if you know what I mean. For example, someone has lied to her since the beginning of the book and suddenly she’s totally cool with it and they get a happily ever after. NO. NO HAPPILY EVER AFTER FOR YOU, SELFISH WITCH!

Yuck #3: Trophy Life by Lea Geller

It’s this one:

This was another free Kindle Unlimited read. After 10 years of being a trophy wife, suddenly Agnes’ husband disappears leaving her and their infant daughter with no home, no money and no staff. But it’s not as easy as that, the husband is still around… he’s not dead or anything, he just got into some money trouble so he went into hiding. He told her to drive across the country to go teach at this private middle school and gather information for him. Yeah, it’s confusing.

What drove me crazy: So they try to set up the relationship of the husband and wife as if it’s some sort of love story, but every time he’s on the page I hate him. Like, really HATE him. He will randomly call or text her and if she doesn’t respond immediately he has a little hissy fit. And THEN, when they try to show *romance* if that is what they are going for, it is just really controlling and rapey. I hated him. I hated her for loving(?) him and I HATED this damn book.

There you go, three books to avoid.

How about you, have you read anything lately that you’ve disliked?

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Halloween at Work: Villains

31 Oct

I honestly don’t remember the last time I dressed up for Halloween at work.

Maybe never?

Well at my current job, apparently they do Halloween. And by *do* Halloween, I mean they have a Halloween-themed movie playing in one of the conference rooms at lunchtime AND they pick a costume theme for the year.

The theme for this year is… villains.

I thought it would be fun to participate, so I racked my brain for a good villain. Preferably something I could do with normal clothes and maybe a couple accessories.

And I came up with:

  • A black top and skirt
  • Red shoes
  • Fuzzy jacket (off Poshmark for $18)
  • A wig (off Amazon, also $18)

Cruella de Vil!


I mean, come on… the girl loves a little black dress with a pop of color. Sure, she has an unfortunate obsession with harming puppies… but I do try to nibble on Ollie every so often!

Here’s my take:

Did somebody say PUPPIES?!

And here I am at work today… chillin’ like a villain:

The wig is just okay, but the rest of the outfit is simply fabulous baby!

Happy Halloween!

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Family Time with the Cares Foundation

29 Oct

Over the weekend, we had the opportunity to participate in a 5k walk at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. The walk was a fundraiser for the Cares Foundation and specifically benefited those with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). A friend of mine’s daughter has CAH and when she told me that they were doing the fundraising walk, I practically begged her to send me the information so we could sign up.

I know, I know… who has to beg their friend to send them fundraising information?!

However, I’ve actually seen this happen time and time again over the years. So many people are asking for money or business on their Facebook pages, that other people don’t even want to share an organization they are passionate about because they feel like they are just adding to the gimme-gimme noise. But here’s the thing when your friend is passionate about something – like an organization that has helped her navigate a disorder like CAH – we WANT to show up for them. Really!

And we had such a wonderful time!

There were a bunch of fantastic raffles, so we went ahead and donated $20 for raffle tickets and put a few in each of the baskets we liked. Jack had the opportunity to draw the ticket for the very first prize… and it was our ticket!

We now had board games coming out the wazoo and Jack is already obsessed with the mini Etch-a-Sketch from “What’s My Sketch.” We took it with us to dinner over the weekend and it kept all three of us busy competing with each other.

Here are Jack (left) and Travis’ (right) pictures for “make a picture of Ollie”:

And here is “make a smilie face” (Travis on left and Jack on right):

We can’t wait for the next rainy weekend day so we can break into some new games!

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October Thrift Haul

28 Oct

I spent the first weekend of October at my friend Lindsey’s house, so we made sure to take some time to visit some new-to-us thrift and consignment shops. I think we visited 3 or 4 shops within two days? And I found some fabulous scores for fall!

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

Bird and bowl canvas, original price $80, paid $16.50

Do I need another canvas for my house…? Probably not. But when I see something I immediately love, I buy it and figure out where it will fit in later! This cute little bird canvas still has the original $80 tag on the back and I paid $16.50. It found a home on one of my kitchen wall pretty much as soon as I got home.

Lucky Brand perforated black booties, $17.50

I love Lucky Brand booties and have a brown pair from a couple years ago that I have worn time and time again. This black perforated pair are super soft with the same low heel I like on my brown pair. Similar boots sell on the Lucky website for around $120, so to score these for less than $20 is pretty fabulous. I’ve already worn these a few times and plan to wear them many more times this fall and winter.

Loft blue slub cardigan, $15

I love a slouchy oversized cardigan and this one has fun floppy sleeves. I pretty much wear this type of cardigan over a t-shirt every weekend, so this will get plenty of wear. I like the nubby fabric and this might even look kind of fun over a long sleeve shirt with the sleeves poking out.

Soft Surroundings gray cardigan, $20

I keep finding Soft Surroundings lately! This super soft open cardigan was priced up at $20, but it is perfect for my daily get-home-and-immediately-change loungewear and/or for a top pajamas layer when I’m chilly. I’ve already worn it a half-dozen times and plan on wearing it out over the winter.

Chicos leopard cardigan, $7

I’ve been on quite an animal print kick lately, which I guess it good since all the style bloggers are saying animal print is “in” right now. I couldn’t resist this Chico’s cardigan for just $7. It is super lightweight and I think I’ll pair it with a solid dress to wear to work. I can also see it topping a graphic tee shirt and jeans for a cute weekend look.

Pottery Barn vase, original price $29, paid $12

Another item from the home section that I just couldn’t resist. Once again the original price was still on this for $29 and I bought it for $12. I already  bought a pretty spring of fake flowers and added it to my dresser.

90 Degrees striped zip-up, $15

I love stripes, so when I saw this zip-up hoodie with stripes AND thumbholes, I had to give it a try. It is a nice thick fabric which will make it a great layer for the colder weekends.

All in all, I had a pretty wonderful thrifting weekend. Basically ever single item I bought this month has already been put into rotation in my closet!

I’d love to hear your thrifting stories! Did you find a diamond in the rough (literally or figuratively)?

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