Friday Favorites – Sweet Fancy Internet!

Happy Friday, everyone! We have a 70 degree weekend ahead here, so I’m pretty excited! I’m definitely a solar powered human.

Here’s what I’m loving this week:

1. I GOT MY INTERNET BACK THIS MORNING. I’ve been internetless at home for like 6 weeks, so I’ve been spending like 6 hours at the library EVERY DAY to get work done. I’m used to working a billion hours a day, but oh man, sitting still in the (admittedly comfy) library chair with no snacks or coffee felt like a thousand hours. But I FINALLY switched to a new internet provider this week, spent several days frustrated that my new service wouldn’t work, and then this morning got the outside electric box thingy (technical term) replaced by the tech guy, so I HAVE INTERNETS. It’s so pretty. And I can finally work bra-less again. I’m so happy.

2. I finally updated iOS and while I feel personally victimized by the new clown emoji, there are a lot of other new and updated ones that make me really happy:

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3. I have a new writing gig that I’m really enjoying! I get to write about hotels, which is totally my jam since a) I’m a travel nerd and b) I worked front desk and concierge for so many years. I’ve already added at least half a dozen to my “Ooh, I need to stay here” list.

 

4. I found this list of 201 Questions to Ask Siri that’s a lot of fun. Asking her to beatbox has always been my favorite.

 

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5. Afternoon walks at the lake are back, thanks to temp finally being warm enough to do so without wanting to die. I’ve been wanting to hit up some local hiking trails – maybe this weekend since it’s supposed to be nice! But the lake is like 5 minutes from my house and thus super convenient to stop by for a quick afternoon break when I need to get out from behind the laptop screen.

Probably not the most riveting list of favs to read about since it’s mostly life stuff instead of the usual “Hey look at this thing I found that you are going to love, too!”, but c’est la vie!

Did you catch my Show Us Your Books post of book reviews earlier this week?

Go forth and have an awesome weekend!

 

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Show Us Your Books – February Edition <3

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Happy Valentines Day, loves! Today I’m joining a bunch of awesome bloggers in celebrating one of our first and truest loves, books! Here’s what I’ve been reading lately: (I received both of these books from NetGalley in exchange for my honest reviews.)

Bellvue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

Amazon * Goodreads

I love history. I love medicine. Put them together and you get this totally fascinating look back at the history of the infamous Bellevue Hospital in NYC. With history dating back to the very beginnings of the country, the hospital’s history is also New York’s history, with the issues facing the practice of medicine echoing the bigger issues faced by the country (then and now), including poverty, racism, gender equality, war, medical ethics, and on and on.

I learned so much about the history of medicine in general from this book. I didn’t know that hospitals were originally only for the poor. At that time, anyone who could afford it would be seen by a doctor at home, since medicine was still considered a craft rather than a profession, there was no concept of a sterile environment and no fancy equipment. In early years, alcohol was one of the most abundant “medical supplies” at the hospital. (Oh, the healing power of booze!) I laughed in the sad way over the note about how early medical schools weren’t hard to get in, and they would “admit just about any white male student able to afford the costs.” This is highlighted in my Kindle with the note “We now reserve this for political office.”

For such a serious (and at times gory) subject, I was surprised by how many times I laughed reading this. One example:

“As late as 1888, Bellevue’s specialist in childhood diseases insisted that diptheria, a deadly bacterial infection, resulted mainly from inhaling the dam gases that rose from the sewers. (He also warned against the danger of kissing a cat.”

Also, there was an early Bellevue doctor named Valentine Seaman. Do with that what you will.

My (not so) Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella

Amazon * Goodreads

I remember kind of enjoying Kinsella’s first “Confessions of a Shopaholic” book (despite constantly thinking it should be called “Confessions of a pathological liar”), but didn’t like the sequels much because the main character was just too unbelievable and unrelateable. I enjoyed her newest book, “My Not So Perfect Life” *so* much more. It’s written in the same chatty first person style, and is great when you’re in the mood for the kind of fiction that’s just light and fun. There was one incident in the middle of the book that reminded me of the antics of her too zany to be believable character from the Shopaholic books, but overall the main character from this book is so much more likeable, which made all of the difference for me. I was a little sad that the “big twist” was something I figured out near the beginning of the book, but that didn’t detract much from my overall enjoyment.

I read this one in a day, and it gets my thumbs-up as a good plane/beach/it’s 13 degrees outside so I’m spending today under the covers book. I read this genre a lot more when I was in my early 20s, but this was a nice reminder to pick up something a little less serious now and then.

 

Head over to Life According to Steph and Jana Says to see what 40 other bloggers have been reading this month! And beware of kissing cats.

Friday Favorites – First Favs of February

Happy First Friday Favorites of February! I started this post LAST Friday (aka the actual first Fri of Feb) but then got sucked into a work project and never finished it. Oops!

1. I’m supposed to FINALLY get internet back at my house on Tuesday (Talk about Valentine’s Day romance!!), so I’ll be back to blogging more frequently. I’m so used to working 24/7 that trying to fit everything I need to do online into the 6 hours the library is open most days has been insane.

 

Nature Valley Biscuits in Cocoa Almond Butter flavor

2. I was kinda into the almond butter Nature Valley biscuits, but now they have a Cocoa Almond Butter flavor, and I’m 100% addicted. I dip them in my morning coffee (the bottled Starbucks Vanilla Latte) and it’s amazeballs.

 

3. I was browsing UpWork for writing gigs this week, and spotted this amazing job listing:

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I want to be friends with whoever posted this.

4. You would think that the joke of the Trump Draws Twitter account would get old now that they’re on their 27th post, but…. nope. Still hilarious.

 

Also lovng the ALT POTUS 45 account. Ths is the world want to live in.

5. MyPoints now has nCrave just like Swagbucks! It’s such an easy way to earn points, and the awesome thing is that while Swagbucks takes a few days to send you gift cards when you redeem your points, MyPoints sends them *immediately*. SO HANDY. I needed to get gas lats night, so I redeemed $5 worth of points for a Walmart gift card from my phone, added it to my Walmart app, and then transferred it to a physical gift card so I could get the 2 cents off per gallon at their gas station. (Pretty sure it just took me longer to type out that whole process than to actually DO it.) They have search & earn like Swagbucks does, too.

TLDR: Yay for nCrave on MyPoints! If you don’t have an account with them yet, signing up via my link makes you a super cool person. I highly recommend bookmarking the site on your phone’s browser and doing surveys while you’re stuck in line at TargetStarbucks or something. You get 5 points if you attempt a survey and don’t qualify, so trying a few while you’re waiting to order your latte adds up fast!

 

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Friday Favorites – Hi 2017!

If you are reading this post, you have officially survived 2016. Congrats! I’ve been internet-less at home the past couple of weeks, so this s my first Friday Favs of the new year! So much to catch up on.

1. The Astro Poets Twitter account has only been around for a couple of weeks and has already made me literally LOL several times.

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2. This collection of some of the great Florida news stories of 2016. One of my favs:

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3. This cold pressed apple juice caught my eye while I was grocery shopping entirely because t had a giant coupon hanging around it. I gave it a try and OMG. Apple juice that actually tastes like apples? Revolutionary idea. So good.

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4. Instead of commenting on the you-know-what of you-know-who today, I’m instead going to point you towards he incredible graphic novel trilogy “March“, which is about the extraordinary life and civil rights activism of congressman John Lewis.

5. This gif:

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Show Us Your Books – January

 

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I’m writing this month’s Show Us Your Books link-up post because I’ve been without cable and internet for a week now (THE HORROR!). Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been reading lately!

Year of No Cluttern by Eve Schaub

Goodreads * Amazon

This book will be published in March 2017. I received an advance review copy from Netgalley.

This is a memoir written by a woman who decides to finally deal with the huge Hoarders-ish room in her otherwise normal-looking house. As you can imagine, this also includes dealing with all of the mental stuff the physical stuff brings up.

This was such a fun read. The author has a talent for sharing personal stories with a lot of humor, and let’s be honest, it’s a total guilty pleasure to get a peek into someone else’s home, even in text form. It’s interesting to watch her journey, including the realistic reaction to reading Marie Kondo’s advice. Although this isn’t a how-to book, it’s hard not to be tempted to go dig through some of your own stuff as you read!

 

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Goodreads * Amazon

I’m not usually into short stories because I don’t feel like they give the opportunity to dive into a world and its characters in a real way. Roxanne Gay does the total opposite in this collection, though, developing interesting, layered characters in a matter of pages. It’s bittersweet, because I left pretty much every story wishing there was more to it. I think of them characters as “difficult” women as in “the opposite of simple”, but then – aren’t we all?

I should mention that many of the women in the story have dark stories, so I could definitely imagine some being triggering for those who have experienced abuse or the loss of a child. Despite the darkness, I found this tough to put down. I didn’t love every story, but overall the collection is great. (Bonus points to the author for RT-ing my tweet about a story!)

 

(Difficult Women was also a complimentary copy in exchange for review via Netgalley!)

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Goodreads * Amazon

We all know that throughout history, men have often gotten credit for the accomplishments of their wives or other women, and this book is an interesting fictionalized version of the story of Einstein’s first wife Mileva, who was also an accomplished physicist. She must have been a fascinating woman, studying such a complicated subject at a time when almost no women attended university, especially in what we’d now refer to as STEM fields. There’s an obvious current cultural tie-in, and I could say all kinds of things about women often having to work twice as hard as men for half as much credit, incredibly talented and qualified women being overlooked for certain jobs, etc etc etc but I think we’re all depressed enough about that right now, right?

The other main thing this story made me think about is how little we know about the private lives of beloved historical figures. The author had letters between Albert and Mileva to refer to, which were especially helpful for finding her “voice”, but the home life and romance and ultimate end of their time together all had to be created for the story. I don’t want to get all spoilery, but it did make me think about how early reality shows like the Osbornes were our first look at what celebrities are like outside of interviews, the red carpet, etc. (I mean, reality tv obviously has its fair share of fakeness, but it opened that window of “Oh, this famous singer hangs out on the couch eating tuna sandwiches, although she’s not quite sure that it’ fish.”)

I’d recommend this for fans of books like The Paris Wife (about Hemingway’s first wife). There’s a lot of struggle in Mileva’s life (I mean, it’s about Einstein’s FIRST wife, so we know from the get go that things don’t end well) so I wouldn’t really call it a light/upliting read, but it’s definitely an interesting portrait of a woman mostly forgotten by history. I hate giving things ratings, so I’ll go with “Worth reading, but not an all time favorite”.

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