Monday, September 30, 2013

Stamp Collecting (Blogtember #20)

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Share a photo of something old. Maybe something that has personal history for you, that was passed down to you, and that has special meaning to you. Tell us about it and why it's special.

Today I want to share something that my grandpa actually gave to me. He is a serious stamp collector, and he has these special books that have limited edition stamps. Each book has the actual stamp, a gold version of the stamp, and a bit of history along with each of the stamps. They subjects range from the Olymipics, to animals, minerals, authors, pretty much anything!

I have a few big books of these, and an extra special one that is about Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon (also from Ohio!). I searched all over for the Neil Armstrong special booklet to show you all, but I couldn't find it. I think it may still be in one of my boxes in the basement from the move. But I did include one of the other space stamps I have.

These books are really special to me because I will always have something that my grandpa especially thought of me to have. I would have never thought of collecting stamps but I love reading the little snippets of history for each one.

We have finally reached the end of Blogtember! I just wanted to say thank you to Jenni for hosting this awesome link up. It was definitely a challenge to blog every weekday, and I'm relieved that I will be back to my normal schedule. Thanks so much for all of the fun prompts! You can find Jenni's blog Story of My Life by clicking the Blogtember button below.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Dear Facebook Friends... (Blogtember #19)

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 Sweater: LOFT
Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: LOFT
Shoes: Target

An anonymous letter to your Facebook friends. Be as snarky as you'd like. (but don't include people's real names.) 

Dear Facebook Friends,

Yes, I am trying to convert you all into Whovians by constantly re-posting Doctor Who fan posts, I hope it's working ;)

A special shout out to my Candy Crush friends, thank you for giving me lives all the time. I know I send a lot of requests, but I'm addicted, I just need to get to the next episode! 

I just cleaned out my Facebook friends list because there were a lot of people I haven't talked to in a long time, most likely from high school, so I'm sorry you're all gone.

My newsfeed doesn't really show too many of you guys anymore, it's full of fan pages, blog pages, and occasionally music pages. I guess I "liked" too many pages.

Yours Truly,

P.S. I'm linking up with Passion for Fashion this week again! Head over and check out the other girls' fabulous looks!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Coffee Shop Hangs (Blogtember #18)

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Go to a coffee shop. Order a favorite drink. Write about what makes you happy and what makes you sad. Or write about anything you'd like! Bonus points for including a photo from the coffee shop. (I recommend downloading Ommwriter and bringing headphones along!) *if you can't make it to a coffee shop, at least leave your usual space and write someplace new.

 I headed to one of my favorite coffee shops, Phoenix Coffee and I brought my headphones and turned on the Beatles.They just moved locations, actually just down the street from their old shop, and the layout is so different. It's so much more open than the old shop. I haven't decided yet if I like it. The old shop had a fireplace and lots of comfy little mix and match chairs, and the new one is a lot more uniform and clean lines. Since the store is so much more open I felt awkward taking pictures because everyone could see me, so the picture I have is a picture from the old store.

Some things that make me happy are: coffee (hazelnut mocha swirls), tea (earl grey), leaves changing colors, the smell of old books and bookstores, fluffy blankets, baking, morning walks in the park, music and concerts, baby animals.

Things that make me sad: other sad people, poppy seed muffins, ripping out multiple rows of knitting because of mistakes, horror movies, snow, destroying books to make jewelry or decorative boxes, (500) Days of Summer (I love the movie, but it makes me sad every time).

What are some things that make you happy and sad? Do you have a favorite coffee shop in your town?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Oops...I Did It Again... (Blogtember #17)

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Write about a time you screwed up - a mistake you made. 

So a time I made a mistake was actually Monday! I have always been and probably always will be a procrastinator, but for the first time in grad school, I actually waited until the very last minute to write a paper. It was a 4-5 page paper and had to have 5-6 sources for my Library Management class. Now I write school related things fairly quickly so I just thought it would be okay to wait until the day it was due (Monday) to actually sit down and write it. Monday comes, I look at my class webpage, and it dawns on me that not only is that paper due, but there's also another project due! Oh geez, way to shoot yourself in the foot! Luckily I don't work Mondays so I designate them classwork days anyway, but I spent from 10am until 11:36pm when I turned the paper in, writing. Lesson to me, if I'm going to procrastinate, make sure that there's only one thing due that day. Or not procrastinate at all...but I don't think I'll ever really break that bad habit.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green (Blogtember #16)

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Review a book, place, or product.

I love John Green. He is an amazingly intelligent, funny guy and he and his brother Hank Green have a youtube channel called Vlogbrothers which is amazing (They also have a channel called Crash Course and Sci Show ). Check them out on youtube, they're made of awesome. DFTBA :)

Anyway, today I am reviewing one of John Green's books, Paper Towns. It follows high school student Quentin and his neighbor/lifelong crush Margo Roth Spiegelman. Margo ended up being in the popular crowd in school, while Quentin hangs out with the band kids (even though he's not in the band). He has two best friends, Radar, who's parents ow one of the world's largest collections of black Santas, and Ben who is always chasing the "honeybunnies". 

One night Margo knocks on his window and they have an all night adventure, getting revenge on all of the popular kids that had done Margo wrong. She then runs away, telling Quentin that she needs to get out of their "paper town" and find real meaning to life. 

This lead Quentin and his friends on a long game of hide and seek trying to figure out where she went with clues from a Walt Whitman poem Song of Myself. Even if you haven't ever read Whitman, or that particular poem, Green has Quentin explain enough of it for you to understand and maybe want to go and explore Whitman's poetry a little more. Quentin grows and learns from Margo all along the way. 

John Green puts a lot of humor in his books, and he has a running theme through a few of them to have  a "manic pixie dream girl" character, which does not bother me but may annoy others. Overall I thought it was great, since I have watched John and Hank for so long on youtube I read in his voice (does anyone else do that?) so I can imagine exactly how he would say certain things and it makes me laugh. That being said anyone can enjoy his books even if you don't know his background. I recommend that everyone check out this book and his other ones too!