Saturday, August 31, 2013

Have You Ever?

Have you ever laid down in the moonlight and looked at the stars? 


Have you ever felt like time was just passing you by? 


Have you ever looked at your children and wondered how you got to be so incredibly lucky? 


Have you ever had your mind race a million miles a minute? 


Have you ever driven aimlessly with no destination in mind and just letting the road take you for a ride? 


Have you ever laughed until you cried and cried until you laughed? 



Have you ever wanted to reconnect with an old friend? 



Have you ever...? 

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Like Strawberry Wine and Seventeen

Welcome to the 17th Hump Day Hop!


 
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

It's Been Awhile...

...since my last confession session.  So let's do this!







I confess that I had a major mini meltdown yesterday about the mess in this house. I threw away so much stuff, it was liberating. And I yelled at the hubs for his 5 random piles of clothes and shoes and crap scattered all over the house. But he helped clean most of it this morning and made me breakfast, so I suppose I'll keep him. ;) 



I confess that as much as I have complained about my mom moving in with us, it actually hasn't been so bad. Gasp! I know. I'm kind of shocked myself. The other day, I came home and the living room was vacuumed and the dishes were all done and the trash was taken out. It really helped to alleviate some of the stress and rushing around I do when I get home from work and try to wrangle the kids and make dinner, etc. 


I confess that I've been feeling blah lately. No energy, no motivation, no inspiration. I really just want to sleep, eat, and read pretty much all day. But then at the same time, I feel antsy, like I should be out there doing stuff.  I don't know. I'm just blah. 



I confess that I have been watching Colin Farrell movies like my life depended on it. Total Recall, S.W.A.T., In Bruges, Epic (which yes, is an animated film, but he's the voice of one of the main characters!), etc. There's always something so appealing about a scruffy bad boy. Rawr. 



I confess that I am not yet ready for Monday. I need another day. That is all. 


What do you confess? 



Super Sunday Sync

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Hey There Chickadee

So, my fellow readers out there... what do you think of the term chick lit?
 
 
 
What first comes to my mind is Chiclet.. the gum. Ha! But of course, my brain is weird.  But after awhile, that term really starts to aggravate me. I mean, why is it called chick lit? It kind of implies that the genre is filled with a bunch of airheads.. and that the readers of said genre are, too.  And that kind of ticks me off. Is it because most of the books are written by women? Or because most of the readers are women?  Or because most of the main characters are women? All of the above? What about Nicholas Sparks, does he fit into the chick lit category?
 
 
 
Nobody calls books by male authors "dick lit." Sorry, but yes, I had to go there. Or maybe you prefer bros prose?
 
 
 
But seriously. Why single out this one genre and give it a gender-specific label? Who cares? I'm a woman, yes. I like to read, yes. But I read a whole bunch of different authors and genres and don't feel like women should be pigeon-holed into this one area of the book world. Chick lit has its place in the book industry just as chick flicks have their place in the movie industry. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but in the end, you usually walk away feeling happier having read it.
 
 
 
What's the big deal?
 
 
 

What do you think of the term chick lit? Or about chick lit books in general? Am I the only weirdo who wants to see a "Bros Prose" section at Barnes and Noble? ;)
 
 
 
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sweet Sixteen - Hump Day Style

Welcome to the 16th Hump Day Hop! 



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Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's OK. No really, it is.

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Linking up with my girl Kera
 
 
It's Okay... that I don't care that my hair looks like a hot mess every day. Stupid humidity + stupid frizzy hair = hot mess. What are ya gonna do? 
 

 
It's Okay... that I like to "window shop" online and add a million and one things to my cart... and then remove it all without buying a single thing. Sue me. 
 

 
It's Okay... to just need a few minutes of alone time. As in, locking myself in the bathroom for 10 minutes to just breathe. 


It's Okay... that I'm a weirdo and nobody understands my jokes. Except for my daddy.  


It's Okay... to [sometimes] wish that you had a sibling so you could send your mom to go live with him/her instead. 
 



 
What's okay with you??? 



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Friday, August 16, 2013

It's Friday. And I'm Happy.

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Linking up with Ricki


Heyyyy! Guess what? It's Fridayyyyyy! And that totally makes me happy.  Here are the other things that made my Happy List!



  • The lovely weather we had earlier this week. It was a nice break from the 90+ degree heat. 
  • Chatting with my daddy on the phone on my drive home from work. 
  • Getting my Microsoft Publisher 2010 for Dummies book in the mail. #nerdstatus
  • Getting my nails done. I'm probably there right now as you're reading this... unless you're reading this a long time after I publish this post... in which case...I'm probably not there right now. So... yea. 
  • Having hubby home to spend time with us tonight. We've missed him so much!! 


What's on your happy list??? 



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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bossypants

I am so totally a bossypants.  At least when I'm at home.  But that's because I have 3 children (one big one that I married, and 2 little ones that I gave birth to) who tend to be scatterbrained and need my help with EVERYTHING. 



So imagine my delight in seeing a book titled "Bossypants" by none other than Tina Fey! She makes nerdy look sexy and never met a sarcastic, biting, witty remark that she didn't like. AKA, my kinda gal. Combine ALL of that awesomeness and add me fangirling about anything related to SNL and you have found the book utopia.  OK, maybe I exaggerated slightly. But... it is a seriously funny book and you totally have to read it. 


Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)
I don't read a lot of autobiographies or memoirs... simply because most people these days write their autobiographies when they're like 25 now. Like dude.. you haven't even really LIVED yet. And I get turned off by that.  But really good, really funny, or really touching/inspiring autobiographies are rare and I love those when I can find them. :)
So what are you waiting for? Go read it.  See? I'm a bossypants.


Linking up with Jessica from The Tangerine

 

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Baron von Jerkface

Well hello there, lovely peoples! Today, I want to talk to you about [inside jokes].  We all have them, don't we? They're fun because we know only a select few will know what we're talking about. Or a certain word, look, or phrase will trigger a laughing fit. I think it's just human nature to want to connect with others and feel like we belong to something, right? 



One inside joke that has stuck with me for a long time is one between my dad and I when I was probably around 11 or 12. Let me set the scene for you... we're at a gas station. It's summer, and super hot.  The windows are rolled down while my dad is outside pumping gas. On the other side of the pump, we hear these squealing brakes and some jagbag pulls up in a convertible Chrysler LeBaron.  



Here's what that looks like, for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about:







The car in front of him, interestingly enough, was another Chrysler LeBaron.  What are the odds?  So anyway, I didn't hear or see the owner of the other car's reaction, but he or she must have said something or given him a dirty look, because he gives this shingle-eating grin and says, "Oh don't worry, I would NEVER hit another LeBaron. *chuckle chuckle*"



I mean, the guy's voice was just oozing with douchebaggery.  My dad and I immediately made eye contact and tried not to simultaneously barf and laugh. Who was this guy??? I mean, really? It's bad enough that you drive like a maniac, but then you act like a jerk about it?







I don't know why, but this silly situation still sticks with me.  To this day, when dad and I are discussing some pompous jerkface, we will undoubtedly look at each other and say, "Oh that guy? He would NEVER hit another LeBaron!" and then dissolve into a fit of giggles. OK, fine, I usually do the giggling, my dad does whatever the manly version of giggling is. Chortle? Guffaw? Whatever, you get the point. But nobody else would ever understand what the heck we were talking about. The classic definition of an inside joke. :)



Now it's your turn - tell me about one of your favorite inside jokes! 






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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What Day is it?

Welcome to the 15th Hump Day Hop! 


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Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday. Oh How I Loathe Thee.

So true. 

Oh Monday. We meet again, you jack waffle. (thanks Kristine for teaching me that awesome phrase haha)


The only thing to do on Monday is revisit the awesome weekend you had. 


Friday, I went to Target after work. (My husband would cringe if he read these words.)  And it was so nice just wandering around, taking my time, checking out the clothes on the clearance rack. And of course, browsing the book section.  I picked up this lovely gem: 


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I can't wait to delve into this beauty. The movie is coming out soon (or already is out? I dunno, I never go to movies) and I of course can't watch movies without reading the book first. So this was a totally required, necessary purchase. Yep. 

Then, later that night, Charlie and I went out to dinner with Krystle and her hubby, Matt. We had so much fun hanging out with them. 

Aww, buncha cuties! 


Hubs and I don't get out terribly often since he works so much, so when we do, it's so nice to spend it with some awesome people. :)

Saturday... aka Doomsday... hubs and his friend helped move my mom's stuff to our place. Yes, it's official, she is living with us now. *insert sobbing noises here*  I just... don't even want to talk about it.  This is probably the reason that I stocked up on a couple of these on Friday night: 


When in doubt, drink strawberry margaritas. It's pretty much the law in Mia-land. 

And then Sunday was our lazy day. I watched Toy Story 3 with the boys... over and over.  Did a few mountains piles of laundry. Watched my fave shows after they went to bed. All very important, exciting stuff. I'm ready for the weekend again! 



So, how was your weekend? 
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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Books are like Crack

I. must. read. Always.
 
 
Reading is kind of a big deal to me. I've been reading 99% of my life. I bet if there were books in my mother's womb, I would have been all over that stuff. Like that's not a weird sentence to write.




 
 
There's nothing I love better than a shiny new book to read. Crisp pages. Or, if I'm on my Kindle, seeing that "1% completed" because there's so much more book left to enjoy. At any given time, I usually have 2 or 3 books on my nightstand/Kindle that I'm reading.  Because I'm clearly a nerd with no life. But that's beside the point.  
 
 
Sooooo... I know what you're about to ask. "Mia, what you are reading right now?" Am I right? That's totally what you were going to say. What can I say, it's a gift.
 
 
Well, I'm glad you asked. I am currently reading 3 awesome, yet totally different, books.
 
 
First up, Inferno by Dan Brown.
 
 
 
 
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
 
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.
 
 
I'm enjoying it so far. Part of me kind of wonders what kind of bad luck Robert Langdon has to be targeted by so many people who want to kill him. He's a professor for Pete's sake! But aside from that, I always love to see how he manages to get out of his predicaments. And the book is set in Italy, so the descriptions of some of the locations and the bits of Italian language just make my heart smile.
 
 
 
Next up, The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick.



 


Synopsis from Goodreads:
Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him -- the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat's now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he's being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he's being hunted by Kenny G!

In this enchanting novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat's mind, showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective.
 
 
  You're probably living under a rock if you haven't heard of this book, or at least the movie.  So of course, I had to jump on the bandwagon and see what all the fuss is about. I *just* started it, so I don't have an opinion yet, but I hope it's as good as everyone says! 



And last, but never least, I'm reading HTML, XHTML, and CSS for Dummies.


 
 


I credit my love for blogging with my desire to learn more about HTML and CSS.  I feel like I know enough to be dangerous, but not enough to consider myself an expert.  So of course the nerdy thing to do is read about it and teach it to myself!



What you are lovely people reading these days?  
 
*linking up with Jessica from The Tangerine for The Book Chat


 

 
 
 
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