niennie

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


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Behind on my book logging…

This is How You Fall by Keith Dixon – 13

It’s been a few weeks since I read this, but I can tell you it was beautifully written.  It’s so nice to pick up a book and just fall in love with the words.  The craft in this book is just lovely.  Read it.

Six of One by JoAnn Spears  – 14

Quite the quirky read… the book took longer to get to the point than I thought it was going to.  If you are a nerd and especially love the Tudors and Elizabethan England, this book is for you.  I wasn’t super impressed.

It’s Just A Dog by Russ Ryan – 15

It was really cute and funny, although the beginning was difficult for me because my favorite dog passed away this winter, and the beginning was all about him mourning his late doggie companion.  The kidnapping part of the story was sooooo cheesy… I mean, c’mon… but I enjoyed this book.  A quick and easy read.

Finding Her Feet by Jams N Roses – 16 

I debated with myself the entire time I was reading this book if I actually wanted to finish it or not.  The story was interesting, although completely unbelievable at most times.  Parts of the story that I think were supposed to get a highly emotional reaction didn’t move me like they should have.  The story was mildly interesting, but I wasn’t really a fan of the style of writing.


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Where do poems hide?

Poems hide in the grocery store
In the produce section, woven through the fruits and vegetables
Pick up an apple
Try a pear, or an orange
Tied up in a bunch of grapes
Or blanketed by banana peels
Poems crouch under the broccoli florets
And bed down in the green beans
The next time you choose your lettuce
Your tomatoes
Your eggplants
Keep an ear out by the corn
Keep your eyes open around the potatoes
Poems are hidden everywhere at the grocery store
Don’t forget to add them to your list

Inspired by a workshop given by Lindsay Mann at the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project


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And so it begins…

I went to Homegoods today and officially starting buying things for our new apartment (updated move-in date: April 15th).  It’s difficult to shop for a space you don’t know, so I didn’t get much.  A few requisite things, like a shower curtain, liner, and hooks; a tea kettle in lime green to match my mixer; mixing bowls; a cookie sheet.  There were plenty of things I wanted that I could have easily picked up, but don’t necessarily need as of yet.  I am excited to move in so that I can start getting other things that require measurements.

My boyfriend and I spent a dangerous amount of time online looking for a kitty to adopt.  I found one that I fell in love with, but I feel that it’s so early to be looking just yet.  We still have a month and a half to go.  Personally I really want a dog, but it’s not a feasible or realistic idea for an apartment.  So I’m hunting for the most dog-like cat I can find.


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Share Your World – 2014 Weeks 7 and 8

Share Your World – 2014 Week 8  and Week 7

I’m behind because Jamaica and this being the first full week of school we’ve had yet this year (thanks, snow days).

What is your favorite couch potato activity: readings, watching movies, watching sports, napping, anything on TV, computer games, play cards, or other?
Reading!  I loooooveeeeee to read.  My kindle is my life.  But I also enjoy watching movies on occasion, playing solitaire or Minecraft on the computer, and taking naps.  Reading is the best though.

What are your favorite toppings on pizza?
I like a works pizza.  Sausage with peppers, onions and mushrooms is good too.  Buffalo chicken on occasion.  I love pizza and as long as it doesn’t have ham or something silly on it like that, I’ll probably eat it.

What is your favorite genre of movie or book?
Movie – comedy or drama.  Books – I like a lot (see question 1).  Historical fiction, contemporary fiction, occasionally sci fi or fantasy.  I love magical realism too.

Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cake first?
Not particularly – I eat the frosting and cake together, or I’ll alternate bites.  It depends on the kind of frosting though.  I dislike a lot of sugary bakery frostings, and frosting from a can is just terrible.  I make a really delicious buttercream frosting that is much better than that nonsense.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?
Ugh, can’t I have both?!  Money for myself would really help with my student loan debt.  But random acts of kindness would be fun too.  At this point in my life I think I could use the money for myself.  Besides, once my debts are gone, then I have more money to give to others 🙂

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?
Being able to make it to the bathroom by myself…
Probably family and health.  At that age I won’t give a fuck about a lot of things.  As long as my loved ones are taken care of and in good health, and I can still remember who they are/I am, it will be fine.

Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?
BLASPHEMY!  What a horrible world!  Well… I’d keep the Hershey factory in business because of chocolate and Reese’s cups/pieces.  But seriously, I love candy of all types, so I would be very upset without my twizzlers/sour patch kids/m&ms etc

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?
I’m a chronic umbrella loser and stealer.  I steal them from the coat closet at home, and bring them out with me, but I never bring them back in and honestly I don’t know where they get to.  I thought I had one or two in my car but I can never seem to find them!  I’m pretty sure they just grow legs and walk away.  Which is amazing, because their arms break so often yet they can’t re-grow those…


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Famous – 12

I cannot say enough good things about Famous by Kate Langdon.  I don’t read a whole lot of chick lit, but this particular story piqued my interest and I am so glad that I read the book.  The story is of a woman, Sam, who has a one-night-stand with a very famous soccer star – although, being that she is a single, girly, non-sport-watching young woman, she had no idea who he was.  The media and paparazzi start hounding her so badly she escapes to the country until the fervor dies down.

I literally laughed out loud several times while reading this book, even while riding the exercise bike at the gym.  An easy, entertaining read with a happy ending… I highly recommend it!