Wednesday, March 31, 2010
PUSH (or Precious): This is the book that the popular movie "Precious" was filmed after. The author's name is Sapphire and it's a pretty quick read. I'm not quite sure how to describe this story. I, personally, have not seen the movie yet, so I'm unable to compare book v. big screen. But I will say that PUSH is a rather troubling story. It's insane and heartbreaking to realize that the events described in this book actually happen to girls/women every day. Sapphire writes this novel in such a way that it disturbs you and intrigues you all at the same time. I definitely recommend it, but with caution.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: Lance finished this book by Donald Miller a few months ago, and I have stolen it since then. I have heard great reviews about Miller's writings, and so far, it's all proving to be true. He is funny and quick-witted. He is the male-version of another one of my favorite authors, Anne Lamott. This book is basically about his journey through life and how he has learned to record and cherish all of life's moments and memories. I'm still at the beginning, so I'll give the full review later.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: I did actually finish the first Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) and surprise, surprise, I actually liked it. When I posted my first book review, I wasn't crazy about Harry, and wasn't really getting what all the Hogwart's hype was about. However, when I finally finished book number one, I was hooked (well, at least hooked enough to start book number two). I'm not quite sure how long my love affair will last with Harry, but my ultimate goal is to finish all 7 books in the series... so we'll see.
Craft, Inc: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business: This book is currently riding around with me in the backseat of my car. I have only read a few pages, but have found it very interesting thus far. It is full of helpful business ideas and creative tidbits, and is absolutely perfect for waiting room or lunch-time reading.
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan: Sophie Kinsella is providing me with commuter entertainment. I checked this audio book out from my local library a few months ago. It always takes me a while to get through a full audio book, as I only listen on my way home from work, assuming I'm not blabbing on the cell phone. I listened to the original "Confessions of a Shopaholic" a while back and really enjoyed Sophie's style of writing. The Shopaholic series are fun, light-hearted, and ease the pain of commuter traffic. I also love the audio book narrator on this novel, Emily Gray. I have decided that my favorite audio books are all read by British women. I will quit listening to an audio book solely based on the reader's voice. Is that strange?
Monday, March 29, 2010
If the results of the above contest do not play out in my favor, I will be researching/shopping the Canon 7D, or probably more realistically, the Canon 50D.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
However, purchasing a signature perfume is a major committment. Seriously. You go in those perfume stores, try like 20 different scents, smelling coffee beans in between, give yourself a migrain, take a dozen of those little perfume-sprayed cards home with you, realize everything smells the same now that you're home, not to mention that you've absolutely ruined your sense of smell (and the purse that you put all the perfumed cards in). Then, you run the risk of actually spending $60 on a bottle of perfume, only to realize that once you start wearing it, you hate it. See what I mean? Total committment.
But today, dear friends, I think I have come up with two potential contestants for my signature scent...
1) Burberry Summer. It is light, somewhat floral, and not overbearing. Added bonus- pretty bottle.
2) Gucci Envy Me. It is light and sweet smelling. A fun flirty scent.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Well, I'm not sure what changed the mountain man's mind... but last Wednesday night, Lance all of a sudden got out the trusty Wahl clippers and started shaving away. It was funny to hear the different remarks after he shaved (especially from his students). Some were really disappointed to see it go (mostly guys) and some expressed their enthusiasim with, "you finally shaved!" (mostly girls).
And I do. I love him with or without beard.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
When Lance and I moved in to this little house in August, my sister graciously took on the responsibility of unpacking the craft closet boxes. She did an amazing job. She did in 2 hours what would have taken me days. You see, I'm slightly OCD when it comes to stuff like this. I think and rethink where each item should go. "Should scrapbook paper go on the 3rd shelf or the 4th shelf?" "Should stamps be in the front of the closet or the back?" "Should wrapping paper be stored vertically or horizontally?" See what I mean? Sometimes I think I prefer organizing my supplies more than actually using them. So, when I say, "Clean out the craft closet," what I really mean is rearrange and sort according to my crafting needs. I am also hoping to purge A LOT. I want to put a lot of unused craft items in the massive yard sale I plan on having in a month or so (see footnote).
So, even though to the naked eye, the above picture looks like a pretty well organized craft closet... I have big plans for this bad boy. I started a little this past weekend and will update you on my progress soon. But I would love to hear any suggestions or ideas that you may use to organize your own home.
*footnote: MASSIVE YARD SALE COMING IN APRIL. If you live in the Habersham area, start getting excited.
Monday, March 15, 2010
What it means for the rest of us... is that when the clock says 5:30am, your body is feeling 4:30am, which is too dang early. It means your morning commute to work is done in the dark. It means you need an extra shot of caffine to stay awake during your commute. It means you will stay up later (because it is light longer) and 5:30am will come all too early again. It's a vicious cycle.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
By the time I, Julia Black, am 30 years old, I want to...
1. be a local tourist
2. see the Dave Mathews Band live in concert
3. make someone’s day anonymously
4. organize my old pictures
5. sleep under the stars
6. watch "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Casablanca"
7. edit and update my website
8. throw a themed party
9. photograph my first wedding
10. put in some volunteer hours
11. go to a Colts game
12. buy a pair of toms
13. get my second tattoo
14. workout consistently
15. pay off debt
16. take a class/workshop
17. read a classic
18. have a massive yard sale
19. put that yard sale money towards any open debt (see #15)
20. clean out the craft closet
21. bake cookies for my neighbors
22. take a hot air balloon ride
23. visit Chicago and/or Seattle
24. attend a book signing
25. find a beer that I like
26. support a young missionary
27. learn a new word, and actually use it
28. organize the contacts in my address book
29. check out all the Harry Potter hype
30. learn about my “family tree” and history
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
1) College friends.
This past weekend I was able to eat lunch with one of my very best friends and old college roommates. During my time at Troy, I was so blessed to have amazing college friends who pushed me to walk with the Lord (and still do).
guacamole, of course). This experience is only complete with my new favorite co-workers. I finally have two female co-workers that I can share my lunch break with.
3) The Office.