Posted April 9, 2017 by Hillary in Sunday Salon / 1 Comment

 

The Sunday Salon

On Friday I made an important discovery. I discovered that I could listen to podcasts while doing other stuff…like cleaning. Before I had to sit down and focus but now I can clean while firing up my faves (so far) podcast!

Speaking of fave podcasts have any y’all heard S-Town yet? I listened to all seven episodes on Friday. The Dr had to ask me to please pause the podcast until after the appointment was done. THAT was how enthralled I was with it. I hadn’t heard Serial because that was before I had my implant, so I have no idea about that one yet, but you can bet your bottom dollar I am going to listen to it now.

I had pre-op on Friday where they asked me a bunch of questions to which all the answers was no, no, no, o they said I passed the physical for the surgery. I will be getting my second CI  on the 17th. The Dr says since I did so well with the first one they expect the second one to do as well.

I had to take a break from the gym as I pulled the ligament in the bottom of my foot while running. I did not even think that was possiv=ble. Yes, it hurt and my friend forced me to go to the DR where they told me. They said the only cure was rest SO rest I did. It feels all better now, so I am going to try to go gym tomorrow.

I think my reading slump is going away. I hope… I have been listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks used to frustrate the hell out of me. Now though like with podcasts I can listen while cleaning.  I have been listening to audiobooks that I have already read in print but now I am branching out to books I haven’t read in print yet. Speaking of audiobooks, why do some people insist on playing music in the background? I mean if I wanted to listen to a song I would fire up my Spotify. I was listening to Anne Lamont Stitches, and there is what I think is organ music in the background, and it irritates me.

When you read this, I will be in church. That’s right I got my sorry behind back to church. My faith used to be a big part of who I was and I sort of think that the mild unease that has been an undercurrent in my life is due to me not putting my faith up front and center as I should. So I called my friend, and I can’t wait to see everyone’s faces when I show up.

Later when I get home, I am going to read The Cozy Life. I know it is spring, but we can be cozy in the summer also, right? I hope so. I meant to read it waaaayyyyy back but reading slump. I am glad THAT seems to be ending.

 

 

Hillary

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I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Review: Ringworld (Ringworld #1) by Larry Niven

Posted April 7, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

ISBN: 9780575077027
Review: Ringworld (Ringworld #1) by Larry NivenRingworld by Larry Niven
Published by Gollancz on 2005
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: own
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-stars

Pierson's puppeteers, strange, three-legged, two-headed aliens, have discovered an immense structure in a hitherto unexplored part of the universe. Frightened of meeting the builders of such a structure, the puppeteers set about assembling a team consisting of two humans, a puppeteer and a kzin, an alien not unlike an eight-foot-tall, red-furred cat, to explore it. The artefact is a vast circular ribbon of matter, some 180 million miles across, with a sun at its centre - the Ringworld. But the expedition goes disastrously wrong when the ship crashlands and its motley crew faces a trek across thousands of miles of the Ringworld's surface.

I remember this was one of my most favorite books in high school. However, at 36 I was just like meh. I mean it is a good book, and it is a great model for newer Sci-Fi, but It just didn’t hold my attention like it used to. I think part of the reason that I was so meh about this book was that I had the plot of a different book confused with this one and unless I am confusing Ringworld with Ben Bova’s Mars I have no I idea what that book could be. So when I got to the end, and it was not the book I thought it was well.I was unnaturally angry. Heh.

If I was to judge the book based on its own merits, then it is just an ok book. The plot was….there is not a lot happening plot wise. I was bored most of the time until I got to the end THEN I loved it. The last 20 pages were outstanding. Does it make up for the rest of the book? It stopped me from giving it a three and instead Give it a 4. I DO want to read the other Ringworld books cause I am dying to know about the Ringworld Civilization.  I just hope the other books are faster paced. I can’t take much more details of flying on and on and on. Ughh.

This is considered a sci-fi classic, and many later themes in sci-fi were based on Ringworld. So it is an important book. I feel that we can hold a book up and say it is important but still think it is crap personally. I am glad that Nevin was able to make such a mark on modern sci-fi. Word of caution though, I read that a lot of feminist take issue with his books cause the women characters are one dimensional. Personally, this fails to bother me. I mean I read the Gor Saga so it is not like I can tell people how much I love Gor and then turn around and be all like well the ladies in Ringworld lacked a personality. They DO, but I feel that those people are missing the point. Teela was a product of the Birth RIight Lotteries, and the other lady doesn’t even show up until the last 20 pages, so not a lot of room to develop her. I haven’t read the other books, so I cant say if they make an appearance there or not but for THIS book I get what the author was doing.  But if you are the type to shy away because of what an author believes or behavior then well….This book will piss you off. ..For the others out there I would say it depends on how much you like hard sci-fi. If you like it then read it but if you don’t then stay far away from this book. If you are fascinated with space and aliens and such then there is enough to get you through to the good part and believe me this book can be tedious at times.

 

 

four-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
three-half-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: four-half-stars
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Things I Learned in March 2017

Posted April 5, 2017 by Hillary in life / 0 Comments

The things I learned in March of 2017

I need to exercise to be happy and productive

 I started exercising again because I could feel my depression and anxiety making a comeback. That was a no-no, so I dusted off my gym membership and went back last week. It was BRUTAL. I am amazed at how quickly you can get out of shape. It is too soon for the whole relieving depression effect to set in, but from last year I know that it will, and I can’t wait. Being mildly depressed is no fun.

The world strongest coffee is now available in the US. And yes, I bought a bag. I will let y’all know how it goes.

That I supposedly look better blonde than I do with my natural black hair

here is a picture of me with blonde highlights.
I am getting so many compliments. Some people even told me that I look better blonde than I do with my natural black hair. I can’t help but wonder if I looked ugly with the hair color that God gave me and I just did not know it.

That after a year of tears and frustration I can understand webinars and podcasts

yay!!! And I will get a second implant on April 17th. I am not looking forward to the pain afterward, but I can’t wait to have some good pain killers again. #kiddingnotkidding

That food delivery service is not my cup of tea, but the Blue Apron Wine delivery service is right my alley.

I just find it hard to commit to what they offer. I mean what if I don’t WANT to eat fish? You do get some control but not enough for me to justify the price. The wine from what I have tasted was fabulous, so I am keeping that subscription.

That Hard Apple Cider In the spring is not as good as hard apple cider in the fall.

I was at the food store, and I saw Hard Apple Cider. I love the stuff. I look forward to it every fall. Somehow it did not bring as much pleasure as it does in the autumn season. This is a reminder that some things are better during certain seasons and to leave them there.

Two blogs are better than one

 I joined PursuitHQ and people told me that I should have a personal blog where I write about whatever I want to and a “work” blog, so I created a work blog where I will always remain professional and this here blog where I will write whatever the hell I want to. It feels like a big relief to know that I have a playing space where I can be as creative as I want to be and not worry about scaring potential clients away.

One should always back up their blogs

When I went to make a second blog I need up accidentally deleting this one. Lucky for me Bluehost had made backups. Kinda. The last one was about a year ago, so I lost a whole year worth of posts. *frownyface*  Oh well all my book reviews are on Goodreads at least.You can bet I paid for Vault Press for both my blogs after that.
Hillary

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I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Sunday Salon

Posted April 2, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

The Sunday Salon

Anyone notice anything different? Yeah, I changed my blog layouts. I a bunch of people told me that I would have a lot more luck with writing if I separated my personal blog (this one) from my work blog so I was trying to make another blog and ended up using this one and me couldn’t remember how I got it like I had it, so I just redid it. I also lost a year worth to posts frowny face That will teach me to make regular backups.

I don’t even know where this year has gone it like I blinked and it is April already. I got to make the rest of this year count. I feel like I have been coasting along not living.

The countdown is on for the second implant surgery. To say I am nervous is an understatement, I just hope it doesn’t knock me on my ass like it did last year. That was the worst pain of my life. However being about to hear on both sides of my head will be worth it. Pre-Op is Friday. The Surgery is on the 17th.

I finally got my ass back to the gym last week. I am determined to get to 199 by December.  I know if I eat right and continue my workouts I can do it.  I started working out to help my depression and anxiety was getting noticeable, and while it is too soon to have any effect, I know with time it will help. Does anyone else feel like they gotta take a nap after working out? I work out in the morning first thing then I come home and shower and have to take a nap. I hope it goes away soon as I got shit to do.

I am still reading Ringworld I am hoping that I will finish it today. I remember it being one of my favorite books as a teenager, but at the age of 36, I fail to see they hype. I keep thinking there is something I am missing and so I read on. I hope I am not thinking of a different book if so I am gonna be disappointed. I am almost at the end, so we shall see. I found out there are other books in the series.

I only slept for an hour last night, so I am just gonna take it easy today and read. After Ringworld, I am gonna read unfuck your habitat. I hope my writing and reading mojo is back for real now.

Hillary

About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Review: The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks

Posted January 14, 2016 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 0061735345
Review: The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay HendricksThe Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks
Published by HarperOne on April 21st 2009
Pages: 224
Format: ebook
Source: Scribed
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Most of us believe that we will finally feel satisfied and content with our lives when we get the good news we have been waiting for, find a healthy relationship, or achieve one of our personal goals. However, this rarely happens. Good fortune is often followed by negative emotions that overtake us and result in destructive behaviors. "I don't deserve this," "this is too good to be true," or any number of harmful thought patterns prevent us from experiencing the joy and satisfaction we have earned. Sound familiar? This is what New York Times bestselling author Gay Hendricks calls the Upper Limit Problem, a negative emotional reaction that occurs when anything positive enters our lives. The Upper Limit Problem not only prevents happiness, but it actually stops us from achieving our goals. It is the ultimate life roadblock.
In The Big Leap, Hendricks reveals a simple yet comprehensive program for overcoming this barrier to happiness and fulfillment, presented in a way that engages both the mind and heart. Working closely with more than one thousand extraordinary achievers in business and the arts—from rock stars to Fortune 500 executives—whose stories are featured in these pages, the book describes the four hidden fears that are at the root of the Upper Limit Problem.
The Big Leap delivers a proven method for first identifying which of these four fears prevents us from reaching our personal upper limit, and then breaking through that limitation to achieve what Hendricks refers to as our Zone of Genius. Hendricks provides a clear path for achieving our true potential and attaining not only financial success but also success in love and life.

 

my review

A facebook book club decided to read this book so I had it on Scribed and I read it. It has been a couple of weeks since I read it and honestly not much stuck. Maybe I am getting old and maybe it was just an ok book.

I do remember he talked about the upper limit problem. Tat is where we place limits on ourselves because we are scared. This really struck me because I realize that I do this a lot. Like I am afraid people will hate my reviews cause I write them they way I want to and not in a critical way. This is supposed to be fun not a project for grad school. Anyway, I have started to reach out to more bloggers and I am trying to be all fierce in my writing blog and get more clients and all of that. Fear be damned.

I remember liking this book when I read it so I am going with the I am getting old mentality and say that’s why it didn’t really stick with me.

final verdict

it-was-ok

four-half-stars
Hillary

About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Book Review:How to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup

Posted January 13, 2016 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review:How to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul by Ruth SoukupHow to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 144
Format: ebook
Goodreads
four-stars

Whether you've been blogging for years or just weeks, How to Blog For Profit offers solid guidance for writing great content, creating compelling images, capturing viral growth, and maximizing revenue. It is an invaluable tool for experienced and novice bloggers alike, explaining not only what it takes to create an authentic, successful, and profitable blog, but how to get there.
Change the Way You Blog:Empower yourself to stop comparing your blog to othersUnderstand what makes awesome content and how to create itDiscover the critical importance of compelling presentationIncrease your blog traffic through proven techniquesDevelop a solid Pinterest strategy for capturing viral growthBoost your revenue through diversified income streamsLearn how to work smarter not harder

my review

With all the talk of making money blogging, I became curious and was looking through kindle unlimited when I found this book. I admit I have never heard of Ruth Soukup as I am not a frugal, cleaning person. I hire someone to clean for me and I eat out almost every day SO…. I thought well HOW do people make money anyway> So onward I read.

Holy shit y’all she really does tell EVERYTHING she knows. I was blown away at all the way I COULD make money just by blogging. I had never known there were so many ways one could do that. As a book blogger, I would never require an author to pay me but I could do sponsored posts and such. She explains exactly how to go about doing this.

She also tells how to get traction on Social Media, especially Pinterest. I found a some tips that I took and used. The bad part is that in order for a lot of these things to work, you need to have a sizeable blog readership. I admit I have never tried to really grow this blog. It was all just for shits and giggles.  She also gives tips on how to grow your blog. I LOVE eating out advice in books like theses so I am implementing a shit ton of them.  We shall see how fast this wittle book blog grows.

Never fear I would never just take on ANYTHING. If I DO sponsored posts it will be something about books or reading. I refuse to be one of those bloggers who post ads every damn where. For example, I used to really like Bookriot but with a shit ton of ads assaulting my eyes? ugh. Plus I see some of my favorite bloggers doing that and it is clear that just slapped up some good AdWords and called it a day. I HATE IT. I don’t care if I get a million readers for this blog I ANIT DOING IT. I hate going to a blog and seeing ads all over the place. It makes me want to install Adblocker again. In fact, I think I will hold on installs ad blocker  Ok rant over

She did tell other ways of getting money. Like I said I like the idea of sponsored posts and maybe a tasteful ad or two on my sidebar. She tells how to write a media kit and how to reach out to people to do different kinds of sponsored posts.

I think this book is well worth the money. It has a shit ton of ideas and is definitely a book I will re-read again.

final verdict

liked-it

four-stars
Hillary

About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Dumplin’ (Dumplin’, #1) by Julie Murphy

Posted January 12, 2016 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9780062327208
Dumplin’ (Dumplin’, #1) by Julie MurphyDumplin' by Julie Murphy
Published by HarperCollins on September 15th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Adolescence, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings
Pages: 384
Goodreads

For fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell comes this powerful novel with the most fearless heroine—self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson—from Julie Murphy, the acclaimed author of Side Effects May Vary. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.
Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . .  until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.  
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

my review

OMG Y’ALL THIS BOOK! I had heard about all the hype surrounding this book so I requested it from the library and was able to get ahold of it early. First of all, this is a book I wish I had read 10 years earlier. It would have greatly boosted my self-esteem and maybe saved me some heartache along the way.

This book is about a fat Girl named Dumplin. At first, I was terrified to read it because how would she be portrayed but OMG the author showed how it was to be a fat “pretty” girl EXACTLY. I could so relate to Dumplin.  I myself am a fat girl. People are all like you are beautiful but you need to lose weight. When I was in college I got accepted into an elite sorority and felt that I HAD to slim down to fit my image. I also had a guy like Bo interested in me and I had, all the same, insecurities that Dumplin’ had. But unlike Dumplin’, I went on diets to try and slim down and because of my insecurities did things that I wish I had not done.

This is a book that shows a fat girl accepting herself and she enters a beauty pageant and refuses to slim down. Her feelings mirrored exactly what I felt when I got into my sorority. I wish I had the guts to say you know what I am FAT fuck society. I did not. I felt the need to go on crazy diets and workout two hours a day to fit into the role I was expected to play.

The way she reacted to Bo. OMG, I am shipping them so hard. I hope that she has the guts to not make the same mistakes I did. Reading the book I was reminded of the guy that was interested in me and yes people made comments.  The way she reacts to his touch I was like I DID THAT TOO!! She recoils when he touches a fat part of her and wished that she did not feel that she had to hide her fat. She is afraid of what people will say and from experience I KNOW people will make comments so I could totally relate to her. I wanted to step into the book and be like listen, fuck what other people say and just go for it.

This is a book that NEEDS to be read. It has an important message for anyone struggling with weight.

final verdict

i loved it

Hillary

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I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Book Review:Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease by Emily Schuman

Posted January 11, 2016 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

ISBN: 1419702106
Book Review:Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease by Emily SchumanCupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease by Emily Schuman
Published by Harry N. Abrams on August 1st 2012
Pages: 176
Format: ebook
Source: library
Goodreads
two-stars

Based on Emily Schuman’s popular lifestyle blog of the same name, Cupcakes and Cashmere is the must-have guide for those looking to establish their own sense of style, organize and decorate their home, or throw an easy and stylish party. Organized by season, the book expands on Schuman’s blog by including DIY projects, organization tips, party-planning ideas, beauty how-tos, and seasonal recipes. Cupcakes and Cashmere features original material that has not been previously published on the site. With her signature photographic layouts, Emily creates a lifestyle that is chic and achievable for every reader, making this the ultimate style guide for living a fashionable life.

my review

I LOVE her blog and I really wanted to love this book but I did not. First I am not a big fan of vintage. I know there are some people that can make goodwill clothes look like it came off a designer rack but sadly I go into Goodwill and all I see is crap. I lack the skills to repurpose stuff so if I buy it stays crap.

She had some recipes but as I am Paleo none of them would work for me. If you like sweets and stuff then you may find them interesting.

I did like her tips on how to have people over in a small apartment. I am going to give those a try.

I really really wanted to like this book but sadly it was not what I was expecting.

two-stars
Hillary

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I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Sunday Salon Jan 10 2016

Posted January 10, 2016 by Hillary in ramblings / 2 Comments

The Sunday Salon

Hi, Everyone! Not a lot has been going on this week. I went to the library for the first time in 2 years and got like 25 books. I was felt dumb taking my cart so I took my library bag and of course, I couldn’t lift the bag up and plus they all wouldn’t fit. I had to take a Uber home. Today I am going to pick up some books and while I still feel dumb I am taking my cart. The first person t laugh at me dies. Yes, I like to read so what? hmmph.

Funny thing I noticed a few libraries recognized me from before and left some poor girl to hunt down all my books. LOL. It took her a while to get them all. I was all like holy shit they all came in at ONCE?  I found some books by browsing the shelf also. I was not feeling well so I really did not stay that long. Today I will look to see what all they have more. The library underwent a complete redesign while I was away. I couldn’t find shit. Plus they had this weird machine that I have no idea what it was. I will ask today.

I am reading Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates today and I am all like WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST READ?! At least, it is fiction. It was really hard to get into at first cause of the writing style but after a couple of chapters, I managed to do it. It is a chilling book to be sure.

I am looking forward to bloggiesta this weekend. I am doing it for three days. There is a lot I am hoping to get accomplished. I joined some reading challenges.  I am hoping that they will help me get out of my reading comfort zone.

I had some more tests done for the Cochlear Ear Implant. I have an appointment on the 19th to pick out which one I want. I am hoping that on the 19th they will schedule me for surgery. It is making me nervous and I just want it to be over with. I am glad I did not freak out at the MRI. There was one point I started to but I just took deep breaths and calmed down. That would be my first and last one as once I get the implant I can’t have anymore. Something about the metal being ripped from your head if you do have it.  They also had a test where they waterboarded my ears then shook my head and then recorded my eye movements. I was like what the hell. Where do people come up with these ideas? Anyway, I must have passed it caused they are going ahead with the surgery.

After I go to the library I may work on the blog a little bit then read. I wanted to yesterday but my anxiety got the best of me.

 

Hillary

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I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

I am doing the March TBR Challenge!

Posted January 9, 2016 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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I have lots of TBR that I want to read. This challenge will help me get to them. I am hoping to read 20 books for this. There is a 24-hour read a thon for this so I know I will get to several books with that. I will have to look and see what books I want to read. This will also go nicely with the Read My Own Damn Books Challenge.

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Hillary

About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!