niennie

twenty-something. girly girl. teacher. puppy-enthusiast.


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Insert Cheesy Resort Commercial Song Here

It’s been a crazy busy past week and a half!  Friday my boyfriend and I flew down to Jamaica for my friend’s destination wedding.  We stayed in Sandals Whitehouse and had an absolutely amazing time.  I enjoyed every part of the trip, even the two hour long shuttle bus ride through the countryside where we dodged potholes, stray dogs, and street vendors.  From talking with our bus driver I learned so much about the country itself, and the people at the resort were all incredibly nice and helpful.  I can’t say enough good things about our trip.

We came back on Monday night, way too short of a stay, but as a teacher I couldn’t take too much time off of work (or afford the longer vacation…).  After a snow day on Tuesday and teaching the rest of the week, this weekend rolled around with another wedding.  Yesterday my boyfriend’s father and his fiance were married.  After the wedding and dinner, we went into the city with my boyfriend’s new step brothers/sisters and family friends.  His new step-family is Korean so we went to K-Town, enjoyed plenty of lychee soju, and later went to a karaoke bar where we sang our hearts out until approximately 3:00 in the morning.  We returned to our hotel room, somehow got roped into talking with drunk guests from a different wedding, and finally made it to bed by about 4:30 am.

My boyfriend rarely works on Sundays but somehow had the misfortune of being scheduled to work today, so we got up around 7:30 and made our way back home so he could get to work by 9:15.

Let me backtrack a little to last week.

After returning from Jamaica, I began to get worried that we hadn’t heard from the lady at the rental office of the apartments that my boyfriend and I are looking to move into in April.  I called and left her a message inquiring about openings, hoping she didn’t forget about us, etc. etc.  She returned my call and left me a message saying that at the moment they had no openings, but she was going to let me know by March 5th at the latest how things were looking.

Miraculously, the day after she left me that message, she called me again.  She said, “it’s the weirdest thing because this never happens… but someone just canceled on a one bedroom luxury apartment so I have an opening for you for April 1st.”  She gave me this news right after I finished eating at a Chinese restaurant where my fortune was Your luck is about to change.  So I was very, very happy… and a little weirded out.

Anyway, so while my boyfriend was at work today, I went and picked up our apartment application!  YAY!  I’m so excited!

Except… now I have to start packing. Ick.

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Hetty Feather – 10; Imitation – 11

Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson

A story of a girl who was left at a foundling hospital, raised in foster care for the first 6 years of her life, and then back to the foundling hospital.  Sad at times, but an addictive and fascinating read.  Highly recommend this book.

 

Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand

A YA fiction book set in the future where affluent people can choose to have a clone “made” of themselves or their children, someone to stand in for them in case of danger or death.  The main character is one of these “imitations,” standing in for a rich senator’s daughter.  This book is the first of a series, and the story was not very much concluded in this book, but as we all know how much I enjoy reading sequels (pause not), I won’t finish the series.  It was interesting enough and I enjoyed it.


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Share Your World – 2014 Week 6

Share Your World – 2014 Week 6

Have you watched or plan to watch any of the 2014 Winter Olympics?

No and no… I’m really not into it.  Besides, I hardly watch any TV, except for old reruns of The Golden Girls, The Nanny, and Spongebob.

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What is your favorite winter Olympic event? Would you ever want to be an expert in that sport?

I don’t really have one, and probably not.  I’m not really athletic and I hate cold weather and snow.  Unless they create an Olympic event for snow day baking, which I am pretty darn good at if I do say so myself, then I would have to pass.

Share Your World – 2014 Week 6

Yeah, I would totally go for the “cutest muffin” gold medal.

Have you ever met an Olympic Athlete?

No.  I have met Reggie Jackson, who was a jerk.  But as far as I know he was not an Olympian.

Do you have a favorite athlete? Name sport.

Yes, my first love Derek Jeter (baseball).  He was my number one imaginary boyfriend for a long time.  I’m also a big Any Pettitte fan.  Those legs just go on and on.

Share Your World – 2014 Week 6

 

Share Your World – 2014 Week 6

What is your favorite exercise or sport? Is there a reason why?

I really enjoy Zumba because it’s fun, but I don’t really do it anymore because I dropped the class package at the gym, as I never took the classes because of my schedule.  I also love yoga, but I haven’t done that in ages due to time and space constraints.  When I go to the gym I like the stationary bike or walking on the treadmill.  I only learned to ride a real bicycle when I was 23 and I enjoy that a lot as well, but I haven’t done it in a while.  My parents keep telling me I’ll get back on it and I’ll still be able to do it, but I’m skeptical.


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A True Story of Disappointment

Rifling through boxes, bins, and the cabinet under the sink, she still can’t find it.  Her boyfriend comes back into the room.

“What are you doing?”

“I’m looking.”

“Okay… for what?”

“Where did you put my vibrator?”

“I packed it.”  He gestures to the box in the closet.

“You packed it?  And sealed the box?”

“Yes, everything is in there.”  She sighs and sinks down onto the bed.  “Why do you need it anyway?  We have each other.”

“But you’re busy right now!”

He settles back into his game.  She, disappointed, takes a shower, without any accessories.


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Phantom Summer – 9

I chose this book because it is young adult fiction, which usually means it is easy to get into the story, and I needed something captivating as I was sweating on the bike at the gym.  I chose this at random from my e-stock pile of books on my kindle, and I was definitely not disappointed for once!  Yayyyy.

Phantom Summer, written by Amy Sparling, is a story of a teenage girl (Taylor) who moves to live with her mother after her best friend and love dies in a tragic accident.  While living in this new beach town, she discovers that pretty much everyone around her is a staunch believer in ghosts and spirits, and Taylor is hard set in her beliefs that these things do not exist.  Until she meets Raine, some super sexy guy who apparently has a wardrobe problem (although I thought his clothes sounded fine) and tries to turn her into a believer.

Besides the spooky ghost story parts, which I find creepy and hard to tear myself away from, what I really loved about this book was the (relative) maturity of the main character.  She was down to earth and had a good head on her shoulders… and she was just believable.  One of the biggest turn-offs for me in a book is if I just don’t believe in it.  I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy fantasy or magical realism or any of that, but things need to be well built up; characters need to convince me by showing their traits, not just from a description of them… you get the idea.

Anyway, apart from some repetition and girly teenage *sqee* moments, Taylor was pretty cool.  I liked the book and would recommend it.  Phantom Summer gets my stamp of approval!


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Treasure Island – 8

I think that this book pretty much speaks for itself, don’t you?  Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson is a classic, after all.  And along with adventures, pirates, battles, and treachery, the title gave me fond memories of being a child and browsing through the store with the same name.  What did Treasure Island sell anyway?  I recall getting craft supplies there, but I also remember they had patio furniture.  I vaguely recall it having a distinct smell, too, something that if I were to smell it now I would probably recognize but have trouble placing.

Anyway, the book was a quick, easy read.

Here’s a pirate joke for you…

What does a dyslexic pirate say?

RAAAAAAA!

🙂


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Miss Peregrine’s – 7

If this book were a burger, I would say that I scarfed it down.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs was a deliciously captivating story that I am so glad I read.  Usually I don’t buy many books for my Kindle – I download a lot of freebies – but after reading reviews of this book I took a chance and actually paid for this.  Totally worth it.

From the beginning this book practically pulled me into a trance.  It was kind of creepy but I couldn’t tear myself away.  All day I’ve been devouring this story.  It was fantastic.

I’m a big fan of magical realism so I do feel slightly predisposed to enjoy this type of story.  Riggs does such an amazing job of weaving in real photographs he scoured flea markets for to create an interesting (peculiar, even!) cast of characters for this novel.  Although I did thoroughly enjoy this book, I doubt I will read the sequels, because I’m just not a fan of them in general.  But I highly recommend this story to others.  I just choose to come up with my own ideas of what happens next with our odd friends.

I can’t say enough good about this book.  Just read it so I can stop rambling.  Thanks.