11 October 2010

Meet Me on Monday (011)

Meet Me on Monday is hosted by Never Growing Old and it's a meme for bloggers to get to know each other one Monday at a time.

This weeks questions:
1. Do your pants get hung on a hanger or folded?
My jeans go on a hanger and my sweat & pajama pants are folded in a drawer. I don't have many jeans at all. (three pairs) so they don't take up any room at all. But sweat pants & pajamas...two drawers full!

2. If you are stranded on an Island, what 3 things would you need to have with you (not including humans or electronic devices)?
• A book. • Knife(machete) • notebook/journal (with a pen attached...counts as one. :])

3. Where is the farthest you have ever traveled to?
I don't know. I have traveled to so many different places. I going to guess Gulfport, MS to Augusta, GA. (Great place right past Atlanta)

4. Do you live in a house, trailer or apartment, etc.?
I live in a house, but with all hopes built up inside....I'm really hoping by this time next year I have an apartment all to myself. I am getting rather annoyed with living under someone else's roof! (Hey bagillion places I've applied: hire me!!)

5. What is your most hated household chore?
I actually don't hate any thing, I hate the thought of doing chores, but once I get started I don't think too much about it. Like the dishes & cleaning the kitchen...hate the thought, but feel so good once it's done & done right!!

08 October 2010

Review: "Falling For Romeo" by Jennifer Laurens

Falling For Romeo by Jennifer Laurens

Published: October 1st, 2007 | Grove Creek
Age: Young Adult
Pages: 216
Overall: 1/2
Acquired: Library

Review: First of all, I love Jennifer Laurens' Heavenly series and her book under the pen name J.M. Warwick, A Season of Eden, so I kind of had high expectations going into this book. I think Jennifer is a great writer who knows how to get into the minds of young adults.
That being said, I'll get into the review.
John and Jennifer(MC, not author) have been next door--window to window--neighbors for most of their lives and grew up best friends. But when John grew taller and higher on the status chart, their relationship seemed to fall apart.

After both going out for the lead roles in Romeo & Juliet, it becomes clear that their friendship isn't going to be rekindled that easily. Jennifer has been in as many school plays as possible and now that John has decided to join, it's as if he's trying to take anything left that was once her own. And to top it all off, they both make lead. And what happens in Romeo & Juliet? They kiss of course!

This book is written in third person, which may be part of the reason I had trouble with it, I feel distanced from a book when I'm reading it in third person. However I did enjoy that it went back and forth between what Jennifer was doing and what John was doing, gave you more of a "fly on the wall" sense to their lives.

For me, at times, I felt like the book just drug on and on and it was rather maddening when you just wanted to scream(okay, I might have) at the characters to just tell each other how they felt! But of course, they're both completely stubborn in their ways and neither one wants to be the first to admit how they feel. So between the games of bantering, he-said, she-said, and what-ifs.

Though I did enjoy the characters, I just wished they vocalized as much as they thought!

Even with the disappointment I had in this book, that does not, in anyway, change how I feel about any other Jennifer Laurens book. I will be reading a few others from her soon. (Nailed, Magic Hands, and her upcoming book Overprotected.)

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Follow Friday & Blog Hop (006)

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View and each week they feature a blog. This week's featured blogger is: http://seducedbybooks.blogspot.com/ So, go follow them!!

This week's question is: How many reviews do you like to do a week?
Lately I haven't been reading as much as I'd like. Not in the biggest reading mood, so I haven't had any reviews to post. But on a normal reading basis I like to have about 2-3 reviews a week!

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy For Books which is a great way to not only gain followers but also new book loving friends! Each week we are given a question related to us or our blog. This week is:
What's your favorite beverage while reading or blogging, if any? Is it tea, coffee, water, a glass of wine, or something else?

I don't drink that much throughout the day...which is a bad thing, I know...but I am a big soda drinker--again a bad thing. Though I try to drink as much water as possible...but it doesn't always work out so well. I'm not an alcohol drinker to begin with, so that's really not an option. Coffee, however, I love! I drink a lot of it, no matter the time of day. Not for the caffeine--because it has no affect on me--but for the strong & bitter taste mixed w/ my favorite creamer, hazelnut! (mmm, now I want some coffee)! :)

If you're a new follower, let me know in the comments and I'll check out your page! If you respond to anything about my blog, I always reply, so check back! Please leave your GFC name if it's different than your real name or blog name!!


05 October 2010

Tune Tuesday (008)

This is Tune Tuesday, a lot like Music Monday created by…someone!
Each week I give you a playlist topic and you give me a list of songs that fit that topic. Between 10 and 20 songs. You can post a youtube or download link to the song as well if you’d like, just in case someone hasn’t heard that song before.

This week your topic is:

"Soundtrack to My Life"

Go through your iTunes or whatever music library you have and find songs that seem like the writers got inside your head and wrote down exactly what you were going through or thinking.
Find songs that completely or at least mostly pertain to your life somehow. So songs about being "famous" or having "haters"...just not going to cut it! Sorry!  They can be from any artist, band or genre. 
If you'd like, put a small reason why the song means something to you. If it's too personal...you don't have to. I will on some songs, not all!

Here's Part I of my Playlist (in no particular order):

  1. "Far Away" by Nickelback (listen) - This is the first song to ever completely tell exactly how I'm feeling from beginning to end. Every. Single. Word. Luckily I'm not so completely torn about the guy & we've both moved on. But it's always a what-if moment when I hear this song. And it's the only song from Nickelback I love...even like.
  2. "I'm OK" by Christina Aguilera (listen) - I have never been physically abused nor has my father ever abused my mother but not having a father there or act like he cares is relatable...but not comparable! My mom has always been my mother and my father and her strength is amazing...even though I know it's hard for her. I can not say that I know Christina's pain, but the pain of feeling like you're not good enough for some reason...I get that.
  3. "Unconditional" by Jordan Pruitt (listen) - Even though I'm pretty sure this song is about her god, I don't believe there is one. So I dedicate this one to my mom! Who I love and respect and I know she does the same for me...unconditionally. (P.S. Jordan is quite an underrated artist!)
  4. "Two Worlds Collide" by Demi Lovato (listen) - This is a song about your best friend...just knowing that when one's down the other will be there to lift them. No matter their differences or similarities. And I'm lucky enough to know I have a best friend like that. (Amanda at Another Book Junkie)
  5. "All I Want is Everything" by JoJo (listen)* - By the title it may seem like this song is a selfish song where you think you deserve anything and everything that you want...but it's about when you persevere and try for something you love and are passionate about and you just want to finally make it there. Bask in the glow of your success. And that's one of the biggest things that'll drive my focus (once I get focus-lol)!
  6. "Believe in Me" by Demi Lovato (listen) - This song will most likely be on a lot of my playlists...especially any that may be a "personal" playlist. It has helped me through so much! It's a song about finding yourself and finding where you belong even in the midst of  your darkest days. (You'll see a lot of Demi Lovato songs. Her music is completely relatable for me!)
  7. "King of Anything" by Sara Bareilles (listen) - Basically, I have a lot of people in and throughout my life who believe that my life should go one way or another...instead of helping me go where I want to go, they like to shove me in another direction Newsflash: It just makes me want to rebel and do a complete 180 against what you think I want. I do not care if you disagree with me. You're not me! :-)
  8. "Afraid" by Vanessa Hudgens (listen)* - I feel this song is about me because no matter who I'm with relationship, friendship, or family wise...I build up a wall and it's very difficult to break through. And most of the time someone doesn't care enough to try. So I'm left feeling...alone. I've been hurt a lot, so I have a hard time trusting someone. This is mainly about love, but I can use it in all aspects of my life!
  9. "You Won't Find This" by Carrie Underwood (listen) - I will admit, my reasonings for having this song a relatable "about me" song is for quite selfish and conceited reasons. It's that thought that no matter where "he" goes or who "he" is with...they're never going to be me. She'll never love him like I did. And yes...it's about the same guy as my #1 song. I still like to believe that he'll never find anyone like me...even if I don't care. ;-)
  10. "Misguided Ghosts" by Paramore (listen) - Normally I don't like when the crowd sings along, but I find this so peacfully beautiful. Anyways...I think it's kind of obvious why I've picked this song. There are about four or five lyrics I can pick out that fit perfect, like: "See, I'm trying to find my place, but it might not be here where I feel safe. We all learn to make mistakes & run from them."  I don't think I need to explain that too much, do I? Hopefully I'll be able to say I related to this song, in past tense, soon!
So that is part I of my playlist for the week. I will be posting part II on my music & movie review blog, click here to follow & read! 

Leave a comment with your playlist. You do not have to write out a description as to why you feel the song was written about you, it's just so others can understand!

All links are a live performance or a music video of the song unless marked with an asterisk (*)! Enjoy!

04 October 2010

Meet Me on Monday (010)

Meet Me on Monday is hosted by Never Growing Old and it's a meme for bloggers to get to know each other one Monday at a time.

This week's questions:
1. What is the best dish you can make?
Chicken tacos. And I make them all the time!! But I'm working on trying to mix flavors and venture out. I made this spaghetti chicken dish for my brother & I one night and he loved it. I think some of my best things is when I just randomly throw stuff together.

2. How often do you change your sheets?
About once a week to every other week. It's only me in the bed...and I know where I've been. :) I only have one sheet set so when I need to wash them...I go without sheets if I'm too lazy to put them back on when I dry.

3. What is the longest car trip you have ever taken?
Most likely from here(Springfield, MO) to Long Beach, Mississippi...it's about a 12 hour drive to the coast. Georgia & Florida were far as well, but not as long! I miss and love the south, I would take that trip once a week if I had to!!

4. What is your favorite fruit?
I have no idea! I love mixing fruits. I don't think there's many I can eat by themselves. Okay a lot: grapes, bananas, oranges, apples, kiwi...
But my favorite combination is bananas and strawberries.

5. Would you rather have breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast?
Definitely Dinner for breakfast. I rarely eat breakfast foods....but I love any kind of dinner for any time of day. Oh who am I kidding, whatever I feel like eating I'll eat. Whether it's "supposed" to be for dinner or breakfast or lunch or brunch or linner(lunch + dinner)!!

03 October 2010

I've been Tagged!

I was tagged by....Another Book Junkie!

4 Things That Are In My Handbag
1. A notebook.
2. hand sanitizer.
3. Measuring tape.
4. Camera.

4 Things In/On My Desk
Sadly, I no longer have a desk...I'm looking for the perfect one. :-/

4 Favorite Things In My Bedroom
1. Bookshelf.
2. Bed.
3. VCR (seriously)
4. LeeLee (my dog)

4 Things I've Always Wanted To Do (but haven't yet)
1. Start and finish writing a book.
2. Learn Spanish. (fluently)
3. Understand why people believe there is a "god".
4. Go to Rome, Italy or Paris, France.

4 Things I Enjoy Very Much At The Moment
1. Music. But that is all the time. 24/7. I go to sleep listening to much. I cannot function properly without it. & deep breath. lol.
2. Sleep. I have finally been able to sleep as much as I want.
3. Reading. Books.
4. Supernatural...even though I'm finally & completely caught up on the entire show...I still love it. The first two episodes of season 6 seemed to be lagging a little. But I see that Castiel is back this Friday. SOO excited. Misha Collins is ♥!!

4 Songs I Can't Get Out Of My Head
1. "F*ck You" by Cee Lo Green (explicit lyrics)
2. "Truly, Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
3. "Smoke a Little Smoke" by Eric Church
4. "A Year Without Rain" by Selena Gomez & The Scene
(I know...that's a huge range of music...but I love it!!  |  Click on the titles!)

4 Things You Don't Know About Me
1. I don't believe there is a god.
2. I love to clean, once I get started I won't stop until I know that everything that can be cleaned...is.
3. I get obsessed with things easily...and it's most likely not healthy. I could probably start a weekly feature on a new obsession!!
4. I'm afraid of glass. Not to the point that I can't touch or look at it. But if I'm doing the dishes & they bang against each other I'll take at least a five minute break before going back. I cannot stand the sound of breaking glass. I can't talk about it anymore....I already have goosebumps on my arm!!!!!!

Tag 4 people:
Book Faery (Tori)
La Femme Readers (Eleni)
Candace's Book Blog (Candace)
My Head is Full of Books (Anne)

02 October 2010

In My Mailbox (016)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi over at The Story Siren and it explores the contents of my mailbox or shopping bag on a weekly basis. Here's what I acquired this week:

Velocity by Dean Koontz (website)
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (website)
Drop Dead Beautiful by Jackie Collins (website)

From the library:
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (blog-please check out her vlogs, hilarious! I just hope her quirky & charming personality is reflected in her books.)

I got the first three books at garage sales. The woman who had Velocity had an insane amount of books for sale & I had to take a step back before I got a little carried away. My mom picked up a couple books as well.
Pretties was at the first garage sale we stopped at, it's a little warped as if it's been shoved in a box for far too long...but it's still readable...so I will. I just need to get Uglies the first book in the series.
Drop Dead Beautiful was at our last garage sale and though she had many other books to rummage through...not many of them caught my eye. (I also picked up Titanic on VHS from this one...hey....I love that movie!!)

Sisters Red I haven't heard much about at all, but there was a little twitter spree with the hash tag #SistersRed going on awhile back, so I decided to put it on hold at the library & just recently "unfroze" the book...so it'll be the next book I read!!

If you've read any or all of these books PLEASE let me know what you think about them. And if you happen to have a review of them, leave the link so I can go check it out!!!

What's in your mailbox!?

Smitten on Saturday (002)

Smitten on Saturday is hosted by fellow blogger and friend, Amanda at Another Book Junkie. You find your favorite book to tv or movie character you're smitten with and talk about him/her. It doesn't have to be some hot hunk...just someone who's close to your heart! (Amanda may not be doing one this week. Today is her daughter's birthday party...so she's being a busy mama. And I should be getting ready for that. lol)

This week I've chosen :

Duke Crocker!!

Duke Crocker is played by Eric Balfour in the SyFy show, Haven. The show is set in gorgeous Maine and based on the Stephen King novel called The Colorado Kid. I love SciFi shows and this is quickly growing to become one of my favorites. (*crosses fingers for a second season*)

Everytime I see Duke in the show I think "why the long face..." (sooo funny...not...lol). But I love Duke and his arrogant attitude. He's one of my favorite things about the show. He usually has the comedic one-liners throughout but he knows how to be deep and heartfelt.

Eric Balfour is a sweetie to, as I've learned from his twitter: @ERICBALFOUR. So follow him & show him love! :) He's trying to reach 10,000 followers for a special donation!

P.S. Haven is on the SyFy channel every Friday at 9/8c. Next Friday is the season finale...and I'm hoping it's picked up for another season. Check it out & tell me what you think.

(you can make that picture your wallpaper.)

Click here for the Haven promo with a little Duke at the end! 

Who are you smitten with this Saturday!?

01 October 2010

Follow Friday & Blog Hop (005)

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View and each week they feature a  blog. This week is http://www.bookswithbite.net/
So, hop on over there & follow!!
This weeks question is "what book has bitten you?".
Honestly...I haven't read a book in a few weeks. I've been so infatuated with Supernatural, that not much else is on my mind. I tried to start a couple books, but I just ended up forgetting about them. So after I'm completely caught up on Supernatural...I'll start some book (most likely Sisters Red--if you've read it, let me know how you liked it in the comments!)

Welcome new followers. Leave a link to your latest post & I'll check it out. I love following people back, so go ahead and follow & leave your GFC name in a comment!
And please follow my music and movie review blog as well!! Click here!

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books which is a great way to not only gain followers but also new book loving friends!

Each week we are given a question related to us or our blog. This week is:
"How do you spread the word about your blog?
(e.g. Social Networking sites, Book Blog Directories, comments on other blogs...)"

I like to enter the blogger lists and do any meme or feature I find enjoyable and hope that I gain more readers. I prefer people to follow because they like what's on my page, not just because they want me to follow them back.
I also have a twitter (@camisadomind) and through asking people to check out my blog and to RT anything I post, I hope that possibly through authors or other larger blogs/bloggers others will click the link & check out my page!
I also like to read comments and comment back. Follow bloggers & make sure to comment on a post I enjoyed.
It's a 45864 way street here! ;-D
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