3.28.2015

Book Club | Love Me With Lies series

What did I just read?

For once, I mean that in a good way. I just finished the soapiest, most melodramatic, angst-ridden book series ... and I could not stop reading. I touched on this in Thursday's post but now that I am done with the last one, I can honestly say ... Gah! I am not even going to say how late I stayed up reading last night finishing the last book because I am just going to get the side eye from my husband, who is a master lurker on the blog (Hi, Sweetie).


The success of this series comes directly from Tarryn Fisher's talent. It takes a master wordsmith to take all of the twists and turns in these books and make them believable. Plus, her ability to paint a word picture is why I woke up today still thinking about the happenings in these books. 

Confession: I did not read Dirty Red. I felt so strongly for Olivia that I knew that I would have to go directly to Caleb's story in the third book. To be honest, I wanted to know more about Caleb and Olivia and Leah could suck it. Although as villainesses go, she was delightfully batsh*t. And I admire the author for writing the second book from the antagonist's POV. But I wasn't there for that. The addictiveness of the first book was so strong that it even led me to break my "No books with shirtless dudes on the cover" rule.  

I read a lot of books -- a lot of contemporary, some chick lit, dystopian, a bit of sci fi, occasionally a zombie novel (though never at night) and somewhat embarrassingly, a lot of New Adult, even though I have not been a "new adult" in about a decade. My book tastes are not cultured. But I don't like saccharine, I don't like maudlin and I don't like excessive sex scenes on every page. They bore me. What I do like is a well-told story that can suck me in. This definitely fit the bill. 

So if you are looking for a book that is over the top, but manages to be engrossing and full of twists and turns, the Love Me With Lies series is for you. Let me know what you think! 

3.27.2015

Four For Friday: Small Step DIYs

We know that all of my DIYs (I just typed DUI -- very different acronym) are going to be small. Stenciling damask on the wall or painting stripes on curtains is above my pay grade. But I know my way around some washi. So for today, I am sharing four small projects that I have worked on in March utilizing Rub 'n Buff, washi tape and even a little spray glitter. There is always time for glitter.

...1... Paint dipping chair legs


My office desk chair had seen better days, so I decided to try out the popular trend of paint dipped chair legs. I enlisted the kids, grabbed some tape, a tube of Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff, and we went to work.

Before


I promise that is the shadows and the chair is not that dirty. Although you can tell where various bassets have laid their heads.

During


After


There was not much to this. Basically measure off however much you want to paint and apply the gold stain with your finger. It is that easy. The legs did require two coats.


I love the way it turned out! 

...2... Washi-ing up a table

I said in my Media Room Before and After blog post that our game table was a little plain for my tastes. An $8 roll of gold arrow washi tape from Amazon Prime was my first step toward changing that.

Before


Washi'd



...3... Workbench washi

I found a roll of $3 washi tape at Target that I loved so much that I bought it without a project in mind -- very rare for me. When I brought it home, I realized that it was the same width as the edge of the workbench in my office. Bingo. This took all of ten minutes.


You cannot tell much of a difference in the comparison shots above, but the closeup does it more justice. I am thinking about doing something different where my bulletin board currently hangs.

...4... Glam-ing up a Command Hook

I needed a hook for my new Easter egg door hanger and I knew that the way that the hanger was fashioned, the hook would be exposed. The clear plastic was too plain so I Rub n Buffed a Command Hook. I didn't like the streaky end result so I pulled out my spray glitter and voila! Much better. Yes, I know they probably do make gold command hooks, but I had this on hand and it saved me a trip to the store (and some $$$).


The front porch is bare right now, partially because of winter and also because we are about to install a new entry door. Goodbye old door, you have served us well. Actually,  you really didn't, you cracked down the middle 18 months after we installed you but we were loyal to you for another four years out of affection (and cheapness).



You can see the crack below the window. From a distance, it does not look that bad but from the inside, you can see sunlight -- it is that large. We have repaired it three times and I have consulted a master woodworker who said that the crack is unfixable. Our new door does not have a wooden panel so hopefully, we will not have to do this again.

So these are my small steps -- none of them are giant projects but I think that the small touches are what makes a house a home. And on that schmaltzy note ...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Joining up with:

Best of the Nest


3.26.2015

Thoughts on Thursday

I have been tapped out on blog topics so I thought that this would be a good template to get out of my writing rut here at TS. Part of my problem stems from the fact that I have been writing up a storm at the newspaper lately. And honing my photography skills with my new work camera. My latest attempt --


This was a picture that did not make it in the paper. It would look a lot better without all of those wires.

This week I am ...

Reading: The Opportunist. I don't know how I feel about this book other than I cannot put it down. Usually in NA books, the protagonist is likable, if not a Mary Sue. I can't decide if I like Olivia or not. Olivia and Caleb suffered a painful breakup in which she apparently did a Very Bad Thing. I have not reached the part of the book where the Very Bad Thing is revealed so I don't know where this is heading at all. Caleb was in a car accident and lost his memory (sounds more soapy than it is playing out, I promise) so when Olivia randomly runs into him, she sees her opportunity to make amends and spend time with him again. The book flips back and forth from the beginning of their relationship in college and present day. Usually you can see where a book is headed but at this point (39%) I have no clue. I will say that the writing is excellent. The author knows how to take an outrageous situation and make it totally believable. I am eating this story up with a spoon.

Doing: A lot of research for my job on the upcoming Month of the Military Child, which is in April! Also Spring Break is upon us, so we have a whole list of activities that we are knocking off from the circus to buying new cleats for Big Kid.

Watching: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt -- Tina Fey's new Netflix series. It is no 30 Rock (one of my most favorite TV shows of all time) but still funny and weird and you can see Tina Fey's trademark quick-witted humor.

Feeling: Thankful that I have a flexible workplace and co-workers who understand that my availability is limited this week with the kids home -- and who also don't bat an eye when I lug my children in to hang out while I attend a staff meeting. I am also feeling tired from the mountain of music that we are plugging through in choir in preparation for Holy Week.

Experiencing: Allergies. Oh, Bradford Pears. Why must you be so beautiful, yet so deadly?

Joining up with:

Thoughts for Thursday