new music to love: passenger

Seriously, listen to it. I’m loving this right now! xo

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weekend loves

Hi there! Long time no post…

Just a quick little “currently” to catch up with you.

{Current reads}

let the sky fall drawing of the three the essence

Let The Sky Fall : I just started this, but have to finish before the 14th, because I’m reading it online for free! Check out this site – Simon & Schuster relaunched their teen reads site, and now adults can join. They post excerpts from new releases, and occasionally – like in the case of this book – they post a link where you can read the entire book for free, for a limited time!! Can’t really go wrong with that. And I love my teen fiction, heehee. So anyways, what’s it about? Wind elementals, a.k.a sylphs. Super cool, and very different. I’m enjoying it lots.

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three : Apparently I read Stephen King now! Haha, who knew? Well, I’m not going to rush out and pick up copies of, say, The Shining… (horror and I don’t mix) but actually, I’ve always been intrigued by what I’ve seen/heard regarding his fantasy series The Dark Tower. So I got the first book, The Gunslinger, from the library. And at first, I was unimpressed. I even considered stopping without finishing (this was in the first third of the book). It seemed like a weird western… not at all what I was expecting or hoping for.

But then! The book took a turn for the AMAZING, when it transitioned into an incredible epic story. I’m talking- there are parallel worlds, micro/macroscopic universes, and a far-future that is oddly similar to our medieval times. Yep. It hooked me! I’d say the last few chapters were incredible. So, upon finishing that one, I decided I’d keep going with the rest of the series. And- book 2, here we are!

This second one is completely different from the first so far, but I still like it. More Roland!

Oh, and PS- the postscript written by Stephen King was hilarious- he was writing about how most of the questions you have upon finishing the book don’t even have answers yet. Despite his odd, cat-like appearance, and the fact that he makes zillions of dollars from books that I feel may be mediocre (not having read them, I can’t completely judge, however… I do) I kind of get his appeal.

The Essence (The Pledge Book II) : I started this a while back, then had some eye issues when my focus was all messed up so I had a hard time reading books… so here we are. Somewhat disappointed that I purchased the hardcover of this, because since then my library has purchased a copy. I don’t own the first book, so why I did this still baffles me. Anyways, so far the second book isn’t as impressive as the first. Less romance, less excitement. A bit more intrigue, so I have hope. I want to finish this soon!

{Current music}

Still songza-ing it up and discovering more new indie bands. And in the car I’m listening to Mumford and Sons. My two favourite songs currently are: Winter Winds, and Roll Away Your Stone.

{Current food}

Nutella is haunting me. I managed to consume an entire jar in a week. However, despite this addiction, I’m also experimenting with this anti-inflammatory food pyramid. Seriously though? That is a lot of beans/legumes. My tub of hummus can only go so far. But interestingly, Himself and I have discovered a liking for basmati rice (the recommended rice!) Also, I haven’t yet quite figured out how to interpret “unlimited quantities of asian mushrooms”. Hah.

{Current wishlist}

I’ve been updating my pinterest style board with tons of coral, navy, and mint for spring. I covet this necklace like no tomorrow, however upon visiting the neiman marcus website I’ve discovered it is $2065.00 so…. unlikely. Haha. But I bet I could find something similar on etsy!

I’ve also still got my eye on a rose gold watch like this one, but am waiting for a super deal to come up. The batteries in my current watch seem to be operating whimsically (i.e. it can take 2 hours for 2 minutes to go by, according to the watch) so it may be time to just cash up and invest in a nice new one that will last. What do you think? Do you buy cheap watches every so often, or invest in one quality watch?

……

That’s about it for my currently. Work is going well – I love my new coworkers – and it’s refreshing to not be worrying about whether my hours will be reduced. We’re having super rainy weather right now, but it’s warming up. I love spring.

I’m off to do a bit more reading! xo

currently {episode 3}

Hiya! The week has only begun, but I’m already tired. Bad sign? Here’s what I’m currently up to:

{hoping} … that we will indeed get some normal winter weather. I’m no fan of scraping my car’s windshield in the morning before work, but we’re having temperatures that are more like early September than mid-November. I would be okay with some light flurries. Bring on scarf-knitting weather!

{enjoying} … the fact that Inara, our little black kitty, is turning into a bit of a lap-cat! And by lap cat, I mean she will sit beside me for minutes at a time, allowing me to pet her belly and rewarding me with a few purrs. We’re lucky to have two completely personable and friendly kitties, but Inara has never been big on laps. We’ve been trying to teach her that laps are actually the comfiest of places. It (finally) seems to be working!

{inspired by} … pinterest. Particularly any images of cosy fall knitwear, plaid flannel shirts, and woolen socks. All of which can be found on the Roots Canada pinboards – particularly this one. I don’t usually take holidays in the winter (aside from a few days we get off during Christmas), but I have to admit, the photos of people wrapped up in knitwear, reading books in warm cottages do look tempting. Perhaps one year, Himself and I can steal away for a winter holiday (with cats and books, of course) :)

{listening to} … a lot of Ane Brun, whose music I discovered years ago on a car commercial. (Gotta love advertising – I can’t tell you the name of the car, but I can sing the entire song for you!) She has a new cd out, which I haven’t listened to yet, but I’ve been playing songs from her mostly acoustic album Spending Time With MorganSleeping by the Fyris River is one of my all-time favourites.

{craving} … those wonderful gingerbread chai lattes. Super-yum. That syrup will be gone in no time (but Christmas is coming!)

HK

today…

  • I got snippy at work when people acted mad that I hadn’t done something which I had never been asked to do (or shown how to do). I actually said: “Well, until someone actually shows me how to do it, it’s definitely not getting done.” Arg, annoying people who expect things to magically get done without asking anyone.
  • I did 20 mins of cardio, which is actually a pretty new thing for me… but I like it!
  • I made roasted potatoes, steamed carrots, and salad for supper (with leftovers for Himself when he gets home!)
  • I discovered yet more Canadian talent: Meaghan Smith
  • I snuggled with a kitty cat
  • I’m hoping to watch some more Battlestar Galactica because I have to find out soon who is actually a cylon and who isn’t!!! (Don’t tell)
  • I’m extremely happy about the upcoming weekend. Since I worked last weekend (which was a 3-day weekend for most people) I snagged this Monday as a holiday. I’m spending Sunday with family ♥ and I don’t have to go to work again until Tuesday, woo!
  • I’m dreaming of SPRING!!! (We have wet snow and below zero temperatures right now)
  • I made a new header for my blog– www.picnik.com is really my new favourite editing toy– ! What do you think??