Monday Morning Check-In: Quick Post

Good Monday Morning, I’m going to need to make this quick as I am working today for a special event at the library.  I didn’t budget my time effectively this morning but the home-cooked lunch was worth it.  Not a lot going on managed to get some reading done last week and have been working on pre-writing my Top Ten Tuesdays.  I’m also going to be part of a blog tour in early November so I have also been working on that post.  The next three weeks are going to be busy so I hope I manage to get some reading done.  I have three books that I need to finish as they release soon. Have a great week everyone!

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Monday Morning Check-In: I finished a book!

Good Monday morning everyone.  Did you happen to see yesterday?  I managed to post a book review!  Shocking I know…  It had been about a month and a half since I actually finished a book.  I’m actually going to be posting another review later today on a book of poetry that I’ve been reading for about two months.  So long that I actually had to download it again from Net Galley in order to finish it… I do plan on starting another review book this afternoon and then hopefully I will be reading some of the titles I have actually purchased recently.  With it getting colder and fewer chores that need to be done.  Scratch that, less interesting chores that need to be done, I truly hate putting up window plastic.  I find myself more in the mood to sit down and read.  Anyway, it is hard to believe October is half-way over and soon another year will have slipped away.  I swear they didn’t pass this quickly when I was a child.  Have a great week everyone and happy reading.

Monday Morning Check-In: Vacay is over…

Good Monday morning everyone!  Hey, what do you know it is actually morning when I’m typing this up.  Good deal!  Hubby and I are back from our long weekend and I’m happy to report that we had a blast.  The rain was horrible but despite that, we had so much fun.  We made a stop in Des Moines on Friday and visited the Iowa Law Library which is featured on many lists of beautiful libraries.  It is located inside the capital building which is open to the public so anyone can visit.  The entire building is worth the stop so highly recommend.  I’ll be sharing pictures of it in an upcoming TTT list.  Next, we saw an art exhibit which was simply illuminating pictures of that are coming to my personal Instagram account soon.  Saturday night we attended the Fall Out Boy concert in Des Moines and it was AMAZING!!!  Our seats were upgraded from the nosebleed section and we ended up practically on the floor!  It was so cool and my husband and I had a great time.  Sunday we drove home stopping for some shopping along the way but ended up at home around dinner time and were simply exhausted.  Two late nights and driving in all the rain wore us out.  I did pick up some audiobooks during the trip so I hope to get around to listening to them soon.  I’m still working on my current read but should be able to dedicate more time to it now that husband is going back to work.  I hope you all have a great week!  Happy Reading.

Monday Morning Check-In: Husband at Home…

Good Monday morning everyone!  I hope you all had a better week than me last week.  On Friday I lost my barn cat of ten years.  He had been losing weight all summer so I knew it was coming, but it was still hard to say goodbye to my sweet boy.  Husband is off of work this week so the noise level will be up in the house.  We also have plans to accomplish much this week so not a lot of time for reading I’m afraid.  We took a drive up into Wisconsin yesterday to visit some apple orchards which was fun.  I will hopefully have some exciting news to share later this month.  I don’t want to say more in fear of jinxing things.  I have been working on pre-writing my Top Ten Tuesday blog posts and need to get a monthly recap posted.  I’m afraid I didn’t read any books in September so I might just skip it this month.  Have a great week everyone.

Monday Morning Check-In: Little Late…

Good late afternoon everyone!  I had a day out with a good friend today so I didn’t get a chance to write a post for you all.  In case you missed my other post I have my new glasses!  I’m slowly adapting to my bifocals but am totally in love with my reading glasses.  The evening after I brought them home I sat up in bed and read 100 pages.  Something I haven’t done in a really long time.  Now I am about halfway through my current read and hope to bring you a review later this week.  After that I need to read some review books that I was approved for then I think I will catch up with my favorite authors.  I hope you all have a great week!

Monday Morning Check-In: Giveaway

Good morning everyone, I’m coming to you from a rainy Monday here in eastern Iowa.   The title isn’t click bait I do have a giveaway for you all but you will have to wait until the end of the post for more details.  Not a lot of reading going on last week because I was preoccupied with a new used car search and a trip to Chicago for a book signing.  We decided to combine these two activities and searched for cars out in Chicago.  It paid off because we ended up finding a wonderful new ride for an amazing price.  Several thousand dollars cheaper than we would have found here at home.  On Thursday we headed out with one car and came home Friday with a 2015 Toyota Rav4!  The car is practically brand new with only 21,000 miles on it and after 60 reasonable payments, it will be all ours.

The original purpose of our trip was to attend a book signing with author Chloe Neill of the Chicagoland Vampires series. This signing for the first book in her spin-off series The Heirs of Chicagoland, the first book being Wild Hunger (linked to review). She shared with us that she is under contract for two books but there could be more depending on sales!    It was a super fun evening listening to Ms. Neill answer questions about her books.  While I was there I decided to pick up an extra copy of Wild Hunger to giveaway on the blog.  I did share on Instagram that details would be in today’s post so here they are.

Giveaway!

To win the signed copy of Chloe Neill’s Wild Hunger, first in the Heirs of Chicagoland series, all you need to do is leave a comment sharing your favorite Chicago food.  If you’ve never been to Chicago no problem, simply share with which food you would love to try!

One comment/entry per person, US entries only (international shipping is outrageous! (and pesky international laws…)). Comments will be open for one week, Monday the 20th to Monday the 27th.  I will randomly select the winner on Tuesday the 28th and contact them.  If no reply I will randomly select another winner.

 

Good Luck!

Monday Check-In: Better late than never…

My brain is fried.  I have done nothing but cook and search for a new car.  That is it.  We have decided it is time to get our SUV and now the search begins and I hate the search.  Probably more than the negotiating or paperwork.  We are going to have a second car loan which sucks but it is coming to the point that neither one of us want to drive the Honda.  It has been a great car but is reaching the end of its life.  We didn’t want to be pressured into having to buy a car so we started looking now.

We are also on this Whole30 and didn’t get a chance to cook yesterday so this morning I did that, hence no post this morning.  I’m listening to The Young Turks now and after the news is over I’m going to step away from the computer and go read in bed because I am done looking at cars that are either too far away or more than I want to pay…  Hopefully, we will find something soon because I’m already tired of looking.

Have a great week everyone.

Monday Morning Check-In: Do What I Want

Good Monday Morning everyone.  I actually got to this post before noon this week!  I received a bit of a shock last week and perhaps a bit of a wake-up call as well.  I ended up going to the doctors for a rash that ended up being shingles!  Now I know I’m old but not that old but apparently, it is quite common for people under 50 as they are half the cases diagnosed.  I’m thinking the stress of dealing with a difficult person and a week in Chicago was what triggered it.  So I need to be better at managing my stress levels.  That means saying no more things, not worrying about pleasing other people, less news, and more of doing what makes me happy.   That does include reading but not last weekend because it was our 23 wedding anniversary on Sunday.  We had a nice day out and visited a farmer’s market and some indie bookstores on Saturday and then on Sunday, we started a whole30 together.  Speaking of stress…  No, this shouldn’t be a big deal, my husband recently read the book and it is easier to have a successful whole30 if you have a partner so why not.  Maybe this time it won’t suck so much.

I have a review book that I NEED TO FINISH but keep getting distracted by my shiny computer game. I might need to make the rule of read first, game second.  Anyway, have a great week everyone!

Monday Morning Check-In: I can’t read.

Okay, that might have been clickbait.  Obviously, I can read but over the past month, I have noticed that I physically can’t read the words on a page anymore.  I would love to be able to just walk into Target and pick up a pair of readers off the shelf but that isn’t possible for my prescription.  I need a negative number and readers are essentially just magnifiers and don’t do squat for me.  That means I need to dig out the insurance card, find out what providers are in the network, and make a freaking eye appointment.  I need bifocals.  I don’t really want to buy the expensive eyeglasses in the store like I’ve always done so I need to grow a backbone and say just give me the prescription, please.  My husband had success ordering glasses online for work so I’m going to go the same route this time.  I want to have multiple pairs of glasses, bifocals for work, a set pair of readers, and maybe a pair without the bifocals for distance while driving, while we are at it I might pick up a pair of prescription dark sunglasses.

In the meanwhile, I will continue with audiobooks and play my new game, Sims 4.  Hopefully, I will have new glasses soon and be able to enjoy reading again.

Monday Morning-Check In: Mamma Mia 2 Review (Spoilers)

Good Monday morning everyone.  Hubby and I went to see Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again over the weekend and I’ve been stewing over my thoughts on the movie all weekend.  So I’m going to use this platform to discuss the movie.

Warning there will be spoilers.  If you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want to know what happens then click away now.  

 

Alright if you are still here then you either have seen the movie or simply don’t care if it is spoiled.  Now for what I thought.  Basically, I’m torn.  I loved the first movie so much and it continues to be one of my favorites when I want a fun feel-good movie to brighten my day.  I was excited to see the sequel/prequel that we ponied up the money to see it on the Imax screen, in 2D thank God because I’m not a fan of 3D.  For the first spoiler, you were warned, they killed Donna off.  They let us know pretty quick that Donna had died a year earlier and all the returning characters spend much of the movie mourning her loss.  Talk about a buzz kill!  It cast this cloud over the film that just brought the whole mood down.  Also, Donna was my favorite character from the first movie and her loss was definitely felt.   This isn’t to say there were not fun moments, there were, but much of time I kept think about how much I wished Donna was there.  What makes this movie work is the chemistry between the characters and to have Donna gone disrupted that too much. Besides that, though, the cast was amazing!  They did an excellent job of casting younger versions of the characters.  The addition of Cher was also a great choice but underutilized in my opinion.  They should have given her a bigger part as it would have made up for the loss of Donna.  Why not have a reconnection of Sophie and her Grandmother earlier in the movie so we could enjoy more banter between the two.  You could have still had the showstopper number at the end of the film.

The flashbacks with the younger actors portraying how Donna ended up on the island were fun for a while but not that interesting.  I enjoyed learning how she met each man but I felt they could have been condensed.  I would have much rather spent my time in the present with Tanya and Rose and Sophie.   The musical numbers were fun but some of the songs could have been left out.  The whole Kissed a Teacher number, in particular, is not appropriate.  Sorry, it isn’t.  Then just as I’m getting over the loss of Donna they brought back her spirit for the last scene when Sophie baptized her son.  That was simply rubbing salt in my wounds at this point and a horrible note to end the film on in my opinion.  I’m coming off the high of seeing Cher sing Fernando to watch Sophie have a duet with her dead mother!  I bawled.  I’m sorry it needed to end with Cher they should have kept Donna out altogether.

OR, a better idea would have been to have Donna and Sam off enjoying their lives together after turning the resort over to Sophie and Sky.  Now I’m sad from this movie but now when I watch the first one I’m going to be sad all over again knowing that Donna and Sam just have a few brief years together before she dies.  Thanks.

Despite my bitching, I did enjoy this movie.  It is just the more I think about it the more disappointed I get over it.  I want to watch it again, though, I want to see how I feel about the movie going in knowing that Donna has died.  Perhaps I will be able to just let that go and enjoy the silliness of what a movie based on Abba songs should be, simply fun.

Alright, that’s a lot of rambling for a Monday morning.  Sorry to dump that on you all but I needed to get it out of my system.  It is just that I was looking so forward to the movie and then deeply disappointed by what it ended up being.  I needed to vent…