Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Album Review ~ Playlist Review

So this week I thought I would share with you one of my favorite play list to listen to when working or just puttering around the house. I listen to ITunes music unlimited for $9.99 a month and this is something discovered because of my love of Alabama Shakes (which I will share a review of their album next week)

*favorite song
1. Night Train by Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery
2. Walk On the Wild Side
3. Back at the Chicken Shack
*4. Midnight Special
5. Fever by Kenny Burrell & Jimmy Smith
6. Root Down (and Get It)
7. OGD (Road Song) by Wes Montgomery & Jimmy Smith
8. The Organ Grinder's Swing
9. All Day Long
10. Please Send Me
11. High-Heel Sneakers
*12. Jumpin the Blues
13. After Hours
14. When Johnny Comes Marchingn Home
15. Got My Mojo Workin'
*16. Blues In the Night
17. Ol' Man River
18. Muster Greens
19. Hobo Flats
20. The Cat
21. Sonnymoon For Two
22. See See Rider
23. Red Top
24. On the Sunny Side of the Street
25. The Sermon

Total Time: 2 Hours, 59 minutes
Final Thoughts:If you are a jazz lover then this is a highly recommended playlist. Jimmy Smith is one the jazz legend who mixed R&B and jazz together which kept him on the pop charts. Jimmy Smith was known for the use of the organ and keyboards. I have included this playlist because it is a fantastic combination of music, lyrics and rhythm that makes work go smoothly without having to use a lot of brain power to push through. The background of keyboard is fantastic and it introduces the listener other great jazz musicians such as Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell. I really enjoy this list and it does help kill 3 hours of my day listening to great jazz. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Review ~ Everything, Everything by

Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Published: 2015

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

This book threw my world off and I am not sure if it was in a good way or not. I still am sitting back going did I like this book or not. It was good and if being honest I liked it up until they got back from Hawaii. Then it went weird and I'm not sure how I feel about it. No spoilers I promise but that was a different twist that some part of me knew was coming yet another part of me was like "no way are they going to do that!"
Before that all started I happened to enjoy the whole thought of this book. I liked the idea that the main character had a disease that was rare and then add to it she falls in love a teenage first love of all things and I'm all about that! Then it was going great secret meetings, first kisses, and true love. Then BAM all of the sudden she decides to rebel the perfect daughter rebels all for a boy. I'm still sold trust me this is getting good. Then the rebelling daughter goes to Hawaii okay I'm still sold she decides that she is going to risk her health in order to live. Yep still sold and I'm game. Then poof she gets sick but hey I'm still game. She gets home and then BAM twist and I'm like I'm out I don't care and I don't want to know. I ended up reading through skimming through the rest. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday Rambling

So it's Sunday again and this week I am heading off to 3 1/2 days of training for work. The good thing is it is a break from life and work in a nice hotel with work friends and no obligations at home. The bad news is that I am going to have to catch up with work when I get back the following week... so there's that. Also it's in a city I have never been but isn't known for anything other then "families" and old people which I hate saying that or at least phrasing it that way but there it is. Also it is a state convention for social workers so lots of training and what nots with speeches and lots of work related learning activities. Don't get me wrong I am interested in the topics and I love to learn. I just don't do well with sitting for 8 hours and nothing else. So I have that to plan for that plus I have to plan business wear and I want to still work out and eat well which I am working on so there is also that. Needless to say next week will be crazy busy and weird. 

So what do you have going on this week

Saturday, September 8, 2018

My Favorite Things - Essential Oils Lavender

So I have started something new called aromatherapy and I have to say I am really getting into essential oils, rubs, and aromatherapy in my bedroom and office. I am so happy to have stumbled across this. I have an oil I swear for anything at this point and if I don't I am going to order it next month :)

Everyone has a favorite oil or an oil that really got them into it. I have a few but the one oil that I tend to go back to or at least use the most of at this time is Lavender. I use this for cuts, scraps, burns, my face cream, oils for scars, I have it in a bottle for stress, a bottle for sleep, I use it for relaxation, I also have it in a bug bit bottle. Lavender is by far the most well rounded and easily mixed oil for anything including scents for blends, aroma and bottles. It is a sweet smell, it doesn't burn and it is gentle. I even go so far as to mix it with a carrier and put on my animals when needed (like when they are being too hyper). I have been known to mix this with some panAway, Copaiba, Frankincense and make a nice relaxation ball for working out (which is another new thing  have been doing). Needless to say if I had to give up all the oils I would if and only if I could keep Lavender. 

Do you use oils? What one do you like or what oil got you hooked? 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Working Out

So I started to work out again... lord help me

Needless to say it's going great. I have the unlimited membership to Beachbody on Demand and I am using it everyday... except on the days when I am not using it. The goal for me is 3 times a week and thus far I have managed to do it Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. I am going to shoot for Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well. I had thought if I just pick a program and stick to their calendars I would do better turns out that didn't work for. So instead I went for a schedule of this

Monday: PiYo (which is a yoga/stretch/Pilates)
Tuesday: Arm Day
Wednesday: Cardio Day
Thursday: Rest Day or Stretch Yoga Day
Friday: Leg Day
Saturday: Cardio Again
Sunday: Total Body Workout 

So for the first week on Beachbody I did the following videos
Monday: Fire 40 (Turbo Fire)
Tuesday: Upper Fix (21 Day Fix)
Wednesday: Max Out Power (Insanity Max 30)
Thursday: Took off
Friday: Resistance 1 (22 Minute Hard Corps)
Saturday: Not sure as it is part of the Challenge Du Jour 

So the first day Fire 40 KICKED my BUTT it was ridiculous and I seriously only made it about 20 to 25 minutes in before I walked away and said PASS. Tuesday however, I did the whole Upper Fix and I have to say I have never been so sore. It is Friday when I am writing this and man alive but my arms and chest still ache from this. Wednesday was Max Out Cardio and I made it through but I did the moderation version of this and while it was easier then what the others were doing I have to say I enjoyed it and I remember why I always try to convince myself that I should do insanity Shaun T is an amazing instructor and has great energy. I could see myself doing Max 30 and following that program. I really hope more Insanity Max is on the Challenge Du Jour in the future. I am also proud of myself and knowing my limits of having a day off in the week. While stretching is important I am also only 3 days in and having a day off felt good and my over all health and sanity needed. I am truly looking forward to Friday's work out and I fully admit at the same time I am scared to see what a leg day will entail. 

If you want to keep up with my journey I have been posting over on my Instagram come and join me

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Review ~ The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

Title: The Illustrated Man
Author: Ray Bradbury
Pages: 281
Published: 2012

The Illustrated Man, a seminal work in Ray Bradbury’s career, whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time’s passage, is available from Simon & Schuster for the first time. A peerless American storyteller, Ray Bradbury brings wonders alive. In these eighteen startling visions of humankind’s destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Provocative and powerful, The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth—as exhilarating as interplanetary travel, as maddening as a walk in a million-year rain, and as comforting as simple, familiar rituals on the last night of the world.

This is an interesting concept and one that of my first Ray Bradbury books that I stumbled across (thank you Criminal Minds) the whole idea behind tattoos that come to life and tell the a story is fantastic. Then add to that story that this book has at least 12 different stories within a story and SOLD. Each of the stories within this book are unique and interesting. There was one about if the "blacks of the south" had all moved to Mars and now a white man came to visit them what would happen. There was one about the final thoughts of a space crew whose ship is broken apart and they are floating through space and what would be going through your mind. The story that takes place on Venus was amazing and how the rain drove them to madness. Needless to say the sheer number of stories that are wrapped within the one massive story is brilliant and each story made me think, made me want to put myself in that story. I loved each one and few were not as favorite as the others. I wanted to meet the tattoo man and then the ending WOW just pure genius I have to say I didn't see that coming and I love the idea behind the book. It has made me want to read everything that Ray Bradbury has put out. Then I realized this is the same author of Fahrenheit 451 and my mind was blown even further. I am now slowly making my way through his whole book list because this was a genius book and I am in amazement of this storytelling genius. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

W...W...W... #9 ~ September 5th

The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer—the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade—from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

"You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark."

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." McNamara pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic—capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim—he favored suburban couples—he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by McNamara's lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer
What did you recently finish reading?

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

What do you think you’ll read next?

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Album Review ~ Every Hour is a Dollar Gone by Patrick Sweany

Title: Every Hour is a Dollar Gone 
Artist: Patrick Sweany
Genre: Alternative

Released: 2007

Songs (favorite tracks denoted with a *)
1. After Awhile
2. From Orange to Pink
3. Million to Me
*4. Them Shoes
5. Hotel Women
6. Burma Jones
*7. Your Man
8. Two or Three
9. Wednesday Night
10. Think About It
11. Mom and Dad
12. Blessed Friend of the Guitar
13. Just Another Fool
14. Oblivious
15. The Biz
16. Union Pool 

Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
Price: 24.99 vinyl

Thoughts on Album
I really enjoy this album and it is one that I listen to quite frequently at work when I am trying to concentrate on things with having a ton of things to do but want background noise that is upbeat, slow, rhythmic, and yet entertaining without too much that distracts me. There are some songs that I just can't help but sing along to like Them Shoes and other songs I just zone out and focus with the music playing in the back ground which is just fine and the reason I enjoy it so much. Patrick has a voice that is unique I can pick his music and voice out of everyone else and yet it is soothing enough that I just like to hear it and his songs. I also enjoy his electric guitar and strands it is nice background music and makes your head just rock back and forth while listening along to it.

Grade: Definitely a high B low A
Would I recommend: Depends on the genre you are looking for his voice is unique his guitar is not as unique as say Gary Clark Jr but is easy to listen to. Good music for work. Also good to sit out on the deck with a cold beer and just relax to. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

2018 August update

Time for an August update

Books Read This Month: 
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
Audio Books Listened To: 


Challenge Updates
Ebook Challenge - 12 books is the challenge currently at
New To Me Author Challenge - 15 authors is the challenge currently at
Alphabet Title Challenge - 26 titles is the challenge currently at 15

Bought This Month
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1984 by George Orwell
I'll Be Gone In the Dark by Michelle McNamara
The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong
One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (hardcover for collection)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
More Than This by Patrick Ness

Kindle Books Bought
The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning
Whisper Me This by Kerry Ann King
The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan
Mini Habits, Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise

And finally 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Facebook Meme ~ Day 7

So recently there was a meme on Facebook where the person picks 7 books no explanation no reason just pick a book and spread the love. Instead I thought I would put the 7 books here over the week and explain why I picked them

Day 7

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television 'family'. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

Again another book I read in high school and never fully appreciated until I was out of school. I ended up forgetting about this book until I read the Illustrated Man by the same author then I watched an HBO special with Michael B Jordan as the lead and thought wait a minute I remember that book. Now that I am older and of course taking the state of political unrest the country is in I really enjoyed the show and I love that it was different then the book. I also really enjoyed re-reading the book. It is definitely a book I recommend to everyone it is a book that is meant for you to read and it is a book that is made to make you think.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Facebook Meme ~ Day 6

So recently there was a meme on Facebook where the person picks 7 books no explanation no reason just pick a book and spread the love. Instead I thought I would put the 7 books here over the week and explain why I picked them

Day 6

"Jarvious Cotton's great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave. His great-grandfather was beaten to death by the Klu Klux Klan for attempting to vote. His grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation; his father was barred by poll taxes and literacy tests. Today, Cotton cannot vote because he, like many black men in the United States, has been labeled a felon and is currently on parole."

As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status--much like their grandparents before them.

In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community--and all of us--to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

There is rarely a book that comes along that makes me stop and think. One that makes me angry and one that makes me want to change the world. Also there is rarely a book that comes along and makes me question my own privilege as a white female. There is rarely a book that can make me put it down and still keep thinking about it for months afterwards. A book that makes me continuously go back to it and pick up a different chapter at different times and make me re-read it to see how does this situation apply to this. Rarely is there a book that has made me look at race in such an honest way that I have re-evaluated things in my own life, upbringing, and experiences over the years. I was gut punched and left breathless with this book and I have told every person who reads about it in hopes that others can get the same breathless feeling

Have you read this one? What parts punched you in the gut?

Album Review ~ Playlist Review

So this week I thought I would share with you one of my favorite play list to listen to when working or just puttering around the hous...