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29. 08. 2014


This month, I read The Silver Linings Playbook as part of Kelly’s Kinda Crazy book club. Don’t forget to follow me on Goodreads to keep up with my books! I want to see what you’re reading, too!

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I watched the movie a couple of years ago, when it was in theaters. I absolutely loved it, of course. So, when I saw that the book club was reading the novel, I had to take part. I wasn’t expecting the movie and the book to be so different. I think both versions of the story are awesome, but I was able to read the book without feeling like I was just reading the movie’s script. Although the endings are the same, the way the characters end up there are totally different!

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I’ve chosen some questions from this site to discuss the book! (My husband had not seen the movie, so we watched it as soon as I finished the book–bad idea. I find that I confuse them now!)

1. How does the book redefine happy endings? What makes Pat so determined to believe that every cloud has a silver lining?

At the start of the novel, Pat has a very specific goal–to get his wife back. He sees each obstacle to get her back as a positive. He sees his self improvement (weight loss, reading, etc.) as the silver lining in getting back to his wife. As Pat grows throughout the novel, he begins to learn that life is a journey and the self improvements he makes and the friendships he makes are worth the pain of trying to get his wife back. My favorite part is his friendship with his doctor and his friends at the Eagles games!

2. Discuss the relationships Pat and Jake have with their father, Patrick Senior. What does their father teach them about being a man? Why is it so hard for him to show emotion?

His father teaches him that a man is loyal to his family. Even when Patrick Senior can’t show emotion, he tries very hard to keep the family together.

3. Watch the movie or play favorite scenes from it. How does the film compare to the book? Were the actors the ones you would have chosen?

I love both the book and the movie, as I mentioned before. I would not change anything about the casting. Jennifer Lawrence is perfect! Her intensity is contagious. Both endings are great, but I really prefer the ending of the book. There is something about how much time that he spent away that adds more to the story.

 


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28. 08. 2014

fall film challenge
So, I was reading Breenah’s blog post about participating in a Fall Film Challenge. I knew that I had to try it as soon as I saw it! I read like there is tomorrow, but everyone needs a little break! The movies have to be new to me. All movies must be watched between September 1 and Novemeber 13. Without further ado, here is my list!

one. any action/adventure flick. End of Watch
two. any shot in budapest, hungary. World War Z
three. any awarded an oscar for best cinematography. Inception
four. any drama/biography/documentary. Girl Model
five. any awarded an oscar for best film editing. The Social Network
six. any science-fiction/fantasy flick. The Road
seven. any starring an actress whose last name begins with the letter g. Cruel Intentions (Sarah Michelle Gellar)
eight. any set during any holiday. A Christmas Story
nine. any from internet movie database’s top flicks list. Schindler’s List
ten. any starring an actor whose last name begins with the letter j. Unbreakable (Samuel L. Jackson)
eleven. any starring an actress whose last name begins with the letter k. The Better Angels (Dianne Kruger)
twelve. any shot in london, england. The Awakening
thirteen. any awarded an oscar for best original score. Atonement
fourteen. any adapted from any novel. A Winter’s Tale
fifteen. any awarded an oscar for best original screenplay. Fargo
sixteen. any awarded an oscar for best picture. Annie Hall
seventeen. any featured on american movie classic’s fifty great movie quote’s list. Being John Malkovich
eighteen. any romance or comedy. Pitch Perfect
nineteen. any sports flick. We Are Marshall
twenty. any thriller or mystery. Muholland Drive
twenty-one. any starring an actor whose last name begins with the letter u. Rules of Engagement
twenty-two. any shot in a country you’ve never visited. The Grand Budapest Hotel
twenty-three. any shot in wilmington, north carolina. Bastard Out Of Carolina
twenty-four. any western or war film. The Pianist
twenty-five. any from american film institute’s greatest american movies of all time. The Deer Hunter

Some of these are films that I’ve wanted to see for a long time. Others are just ones that fit the category. Anyway, I can’t wait to get watching.

What do you think? Am I wayyyy behind in my movie watching? :)


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27. 08. 2014

Today, we’re introducing the You Can, We Can Link Up and celebrating it with a giveaway! The prize will be a Plum Paper planner of your choice.  Enter the giveaway below and link up your post about achieving your goals!
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Barefoot Thunder // Seriously, Sarah? // The Little Things

Katherine Here // Life with the Casterlines

Fangled Faith // Forever Ashley // Goose Blue Egg

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Here is a note from Becca about participating in the link up!

You Can, We Can (YCWC) is a bi-monthly link-up occurring on the 2nd and 4th wednesday of each month. Anybody can link-up with us! There’s not a set-in-stone format you have to follow, but the purpose of the link-up is to set goals that are measurable, realistic, and time-bound. Each post you should outline some goals (previously-set and in-progress, brand new goals, or a mix of both),  talk about why you’ve set the goal, and how you plan to accomplish it. Feel free to branch off and talk about anything related to the goals you’re setting.

All I ask is that you talk about personal goals for your life in your linked-up post.
How to Participate 
1. Follow host and cohost(s).
 
2. Set some goals, talk about your plan for success, and track your progress in your posts.
I’d suggest giving a starting point as a benchmark for your progress. You can document anything else about your goals that you’d like- why you’ve set a particular goal, how you plan to accomplish it, etc. Your first YCWC linkup will obviously just outline your future goals. Your subsequent posts can give updates on your current goals as well as introduce new goals. If you meet a goal set in a past YCWC post, you can share anything related to meeting your goal. What worked, what motivated you to achieve your goal. And what didn’t work.  Feel free to add to, delete, or modify your goals.
 
3. Link up through Barefoot Thunder or a co-host’s blog, and feature the YCWC button on your post or a text link to the host + co-host post.
 
4. Comment on at LEAST 1 other linked-up blog. 
*(Optional, but recommended!)- Use the “#YCWClinkup” hashtag to chronicle milestones in between linkups! Keep up with fellow “You Can, We Can” bloggers and encourage each other as we move towards our goals!
 *(Optional, but recommended!)- If you meet a goal, please include somewhere in your next YCWC Linkup title, “GOAL MET!” Then I can feature you in the next link-up to recognize your hard work! This is the only way to ensure I do not miss anybody who meets a goal!
 
So mark your calendars for the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month! I can’t wait to encourage each other to make some goals and meet ‘em!!

My Goal!

My goal will be to track my food on Myfitnesspal every single day. At first, I am not going to worry about staying within a calorie allotment. That will come with time. Last spring, I tracked everything, which just helped me be mindful of not mindlessly eating too much, which is my favorite pastime. As I progress, I will begin to worry about balancing all of my calories, etc.


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26. 08. 2014


Before I had a blog, I half-heartedly created a Twitter account to follow bands. I think because a band I liked offered a free song, if you followed them on Twitter. After that, I quickly forgot my twitter name and login information. I don’t want to date myself, but when I was in college, we made fun of our friends who had twitter. They defended themselves by saying that they used it to follow sports.

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When I started my blog, I noticed that I needed to have a Twitter account, Facebook page for my blog, and promote my Instagram account. Heck, I even started using Pinterest.

I read this great article about the pros and cons of having comments on blogs last week, The Great Comment Debate. Essentially, with all the other forms of social media in which bloggers are active, there might not be a need for comments. Personally, I love comments and don’t intend for them to go anywhere.

That post, combined with discussions surrounding how to be more engaged on Facebook because it is so hard for your fans to see you posts on their feeds, got me thinking about Twitter. I confess. I am bad at Twitter. If I wasn’t a blogger, I wouldn’t have one. Now that I blog, I have auto-tweets for when I post. Then I stopped there. After the sad attempts to gain followers through Rafflecopter, I didn’t see the point of even having followers if I wasn’t using Twitter.

So, step two in my evolution of Twittering occurred. I started using Hootsuite. I would write a couple of tweets and schedule them to occur throughout the day. Usually, they were variations on the same theme: promoting my posts. Again, I still wasn’t actively engaging on Twitter. Then I threw in a few quotes or silly questions. If someone happened to respond, I would engage them, but honestly, Twitter was still on the back burner.

As I seek to continue to grow my engagement on Twitter, I pay extra attention to posts on building community through Twitter. Obviously I can’t check Twitter all day long, but I’ve tried to incorporate a few new habits recently:

1. Following bloggers that I admire and bloggers that I would want to be friends with. You know what I mean, bloggers who write posts with which I connect–who seem like they’d be my friend IRL. (See, I just used some internet slang #imightbehipsomeday #thatlasthashtagjustundidallofmycred #iamsobadathashtags).

2. Actually checking Twitter. While favoriting tweets that I like is nice, the best thing you can do for another blogger is retweet their best tweets or their posts.

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3. While I am checking Twitter anyway, I make sure to respond to other tweets. If I’ve been reading someone’s blog, I like to connect with them outside of the blogosphere. I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone by tweeting them. If they ask for makeup or book recommendations, I’m always ready. If they just write something funny, I will write to tell them that was funny. I’ve read that putting a period before the other person’s handle is a good thing to do. Does anyone else do this? How do you guys feel about that? I always thought it looked odd, but then I realized that it made their responses show up on their own feeds.

4. Picking one post a day, share it as “Favorite read of the day,” and then tag the author. This helps form new friendships and spreads good posts around the internet. Don’t be selfish! Share your favorite post!

So, those are my new Twitter habits. I definitely don’t get around to doing it every single day, but I try. I really do. It’s hard to be present in my life while engaged on such a fast paced social media platform.

I’ve read that making public and private lists of people you follow is helpful, but I haven’t had time to do that yet. Right now, I guess I am trying to focus on doing more than just responding when I’m mentioned.

What are your Twitter habits? How do you feel about Twitter? I used to laugh when I read that Twitter would take over Facebook, but now I don’t laugh as hard. Ok, comment (or tweet) me your thoughts & share your tips!

While you’re at it, make sure to follow me on Twitter, so I can practice my Twitter skillz.

A Harvest of Blessing

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25. 08. 2014


currently summer Listening to // Gone With the Wind. I decided to tackle this classic via Audible. Shout out to all of the people from last week’s Goodreads Linkup, who suggested it. (It’s not too late to link up your account and make friends!) 18405 Reading // Split Second by David Baldacci. I have always loved detective/lawyer/crime novels. This is my first novel by Baldacci, so I decided to start at the beginning! 204276 Watching // My husband and I decided to start watching Friday Night Lights. When we were dating, we watched one episode together and loved it, but we got distracted when the new season of Arrested Development came out. So, now it’s our new show! Friday Night Lights Thankful for // Getting my stitches out today. #finally

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Feeling // Fatigued! It’s been a little overcast, plus the humidity and my health are really bringing me down! I am ready for some crisp fall mornings.

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Looking forward to // the national petition to designate September as National Dystonia Awareness Month. I would love for everyone to sign the online petition in September! A national awareness month would make a world of difference for all of the people who suffer from all forms of Dystonia. It is the third most common movement disorder, after Parkison’s Disease and Essential Tremor. Most people know what Parkinson’s is and essential tremor is pretty self explanatory. However, most people are unaware of Dystonia and what a devastating diagnosis it is. Not only would an awareness month bring in more funding for research, it would vastly improve the quality of life for those who suffer from it. 10628331_865486293463579_4873622101787728699_n   I am linking up with A Mama Collective today.


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24. 08. 2014

1. What are you most looking forward to about Fall?

Taking walks at the Greenway. I had so much fun walking/hiking this spring, but it got very hot, very quickly. Since Fall is my favorite season, I can’t wait to walk there when the leaves are changing and the air is crisp!

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2. What is your favorite sports team?

Obviously the Presbyterian College Blue Hose, but since I can’t catch them on TV too often, I settle for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

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3. If you could go back to college is there one thing you would change?

I would stay longer!

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4. What was your favorite class you ever took?

I loved all of my English classes, minus Linguistics. That class was just bad. I particularly loved… ok. Can’t narrow them down. Basically my 2 semesters of Biology, 2 semesters of Spanish, and 1 Linguistics class were the only classes that I didn’t like out of my entire college career.

5. Reach into your purse what is the first thing you grab?

Lipgloss. I have an excessive amount of it. I always have a vast array of choices in my purse. Hot pink has been my favorite for a long time, but I also have loved Sephora’s Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Coral Extract.

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Don’t forget to stop by the Sunday Social to read more posts!

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22. 08. 2014

This Friday, I am linking up with the Jenna’s for Coffee Date Friday. I thought I would try sharing highs and lows from the last two weeks.

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Highs

+ My husband is loving his new job. One of the best parts of being married is that your spouse’s highs become your’s too!
+ I had lunch with some other Carolina-based bloggers at my favorite restaurant.
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+ My mom came to take me for medical tests (which were a low), but we had a really nice lunch, and I enjoyed spending time with her!
+ I read the Veronica Mars book in two days and loved it. I can’t wait for the next one that comes out this fall.
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+ Dehydrated sweet potato chips. I know it sounds weird, but yum. They’re a little time consuming, but worth it, if you read the safety instructions on the mandolin.
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+ My friends have been incredibly supportive since my childhood dog passed away.
+ I was having one of the terrible “low” days and then this delightful package showed up in the mail!
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Lows

+ I cut myself on the above mentioned mandolin and had to get stitches.
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+ So, I knew that you had to bring your own bags to Aldi, but no one told me that they only took debit and cash. I never activated my new debit card when I changed my name at the bank (finally… last month…), and I didn’t have cash on me. So that was a wasted trip! I had checks, but it just wasn’t worth it to try to go cash one for cash.
+ I was formally diagnosed with another dysautonomia syndrome, which I already suspected that I had since April.
+ There is this aching in my head that won’t go away. I guess you could call it a chronic daily headache. I have had adverse reactions to all preventive medications, and all of the other things that I do to help the pain barely make a dent in it. (Yes, I’ve tried essential oils, so don’t try to sell me any).
+ And of course, my childhood dog passed away. It breaks my heart to write about her in the past tense. My post from Tuesday about her was drafted when she was still sick. My heart felt like someone smashed it into a million pieces when I had to go back and make it past tense. As she was getting older (and blind and deaf), she depended on our other dog to wake her up to let her know that my parents were home. My parents told me that yesterday, Buddy went to wake her up when they got home. He doesn’t understand.


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21. 08. 2014

If you like to read, this is the link up for you! I am hosting this link up with Jenn and Rebecca today!

Today’s theme is Favorite Book to Recommend. Link up your Goodreads account below and leave a comment with your favorite book to read. If you don’t have an account, feel free to just write about  your favorite book to recommend. Don’t forget to add other people as Goodreads friends!

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Ok everyone, now it’s your turn!
1. Follow the hosts on one of their links.
2. Add a couple of other people who link up as friends.
3. Comment with your all time favorite book to recommend to other people! Feel free to discuss any and all good books.
4. Come back next month for our next account link up and book topic!



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20. 08. 2014


Oh hey recliner!

It’s so good to have you back. I’ve missed you terribly. I feel bad about letting you break two months ago. I should have called La-Z Boy as soon as you weren’t tracking correctly. But, you might have noticed that I wasn’t feeling well. I thought you would start working correctly on your own. Boy, was I ever wrong.

Do you remember when I tried to recline and there was that horrible noise? Then all of the parts of the motor went flying across the living room? I thought they were going to hit a puppy!

Well, I called to get you fixed, but they didn’t call me back for 5 days. My neck was hurting, and I really missed you. The couch just wasn’t the same. I mean, the couch is ok, but it doesn’t have the adjustable headrest and lumbar support. The only this that it has going for it is that it’s a lot faster to get out of, because, let’s face it, you are a little slow to unrecline.

After they told me it would take over two weeks for a new motor to come in, I almost cried. How was I going to get through my Botox shots without you? I did it. It was hard, but I did it.

I’m glad that you’re back, though. It’s nice to be able to get comfortable enough to read. In fact, I sped through those last two books in record time. It’s also a lot easier to relax with my alpha-stim machine with you. I know the doctor said that I need to be completely flat and that you don’t count, but you count to me, dearest recliner.

Love,

Sarah

P.S. Here is a picture of us pre-break, just so you can remember the good times:

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I am linking up with Humpday Confessions, because, well, my dependence on the recliner is definitely a confession.

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19. 08. 2014

It’s been awhile since I’ve featured my favorite Shih Tzus on the blog. Josie and Rylie mean the world to me. However, my love affair all started when I was in the 7th grade. My family rescued Molly, aka Miss Lala. If it wasn’t for her, I would not have rushed into having my first dog, Josie. Then, if Josie wasn’t so awesome, my husband wouldn’t have insisted on getting Shih Tzu number 2, Rylie.

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These first two photos are of Molly from 2007, back in her glory days. She was 14 when she passed away last week. She had eye surgeries recently, along with going almost blind and deaf. She spent the majority of her last weeks at the vet with an IV because she was very dehydrated. Even then, she was still ruling my parents’ house. Molly ate when she wants to eat, went outside when she wants to go outside, and sat wherever she damn well pleased. And she managed to sleep 23 hours a day. Or so it seems.

This is my favorite recent photo, though, because it shows both generations of Shih Tzus, all sitting on my dad’s lap. My family rescued Buddy when I was a junior in high school. He doesn’t have many teeth left, but at 11, he’s going strong!

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My heart aches when I think about the pain that Molly was in, and I miss her terribly. I know she had such a great life and has left a wonderful legacy. She reminds me that God blesses us with very good things, like pets. Any time that I’m upset, Josie, who normally is a little distant, gets right in my face and snuggles with me. She won’t leave until I stop crying. Maybe she doesn’t like loud noises, but I prefer to think that she’s comforting me.

And now, here are some of my favorite recent photos of Josie and Rylie, the two funniest little girls that I know.

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How have your pets affected your life? You can leave a favorite picture of your pets in the comments! I would love to see them!

If you really like pictures of cute dogs, make sure to follow my instagram, where Josie and Rylie are featured quite prominently.


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