Thursday, July 31, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

I know I've been singing the same tune for the past few weeks, but I feel seriously drained. When I stop and think about how much I've accomplished this summer, I should be proud; I did a lot! But I can't help but add more and more things to my to do list, and I keep unconsciously pressuring myself to do more in the last few remaining weeks. It's getting hard to focus on any one thing because I'm running through a mental laundry list of all of the other things I want to get done in my head.

It's no longer about doing them because I want to, but doing them to meet a deadline.

To which I say nay.

And attempt to take a step back and regain my sanity. And if that means taking a few days to do nothing but play video games and drink coffee, so be it.

♥ For as much as I complain about my car, it's nice to know that my passenger-side door has been taken care of. Since I bought the car last year, the passenger door would open only from the outside, and then just a few weeks ago it started not locking. Not only was I playing chauffeur to anyone who rode in my car (which I didn't mind), my car being unlocked all the time didn't sit well. I finally got it into the shop this past week and while it's working perfectly now, it cost way more than I anticipated. It feels good to know that it's in working condition, and that it was my money that went into getting it back in shape. As much as my wallet hates it, it's one of those things that makes you feel like an adult.

♥ NEWSFLASH! There are things in my arms! Called muscles! And you can kind of see them! And it's pretty cool. I've been going to the gym more or less every day (save one or two days when I was literally too sore to walk up my stairs) and it's felt great to just have a routine and feel healthy. I still can't bring myself to give up pasta completely, but I've been doing much better at controlling it, and feel much better to boot!

♥ I have a new mantra, almost on accident. If you recall, my OLW for 2014 is "now", but lately I haven't been as conscious of it as I was at the beginning of the year. That is until I realized that this new mantra of mine — I'll figure it out as I go — kind of embodies that. It's in my nature to plan everything. To the extreme. But lately I'm been finding myself winging it more and while it scares me, I just have to remind myself that the worst that can happen isn't the worst thing in the universe. Failure is okay. And sometimes you just don't know until you try.

little loves
 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TONIIIIIGHT! ♥ the first of the new Doctor Who episodes will be playing at my local theater in August. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't pumped ♥ vanilla espresso almond butter on toast as a midnight snack ♥ creeping on everyone's #SDCC pictures and news ♥ getting ready to start Fangirl with the #NovelTeaBookClub ♥ swing dancing birthday shindigs ♥ summer thunderstorms ♥ all of this cool weather we've been having (which means more sweaters for me!) ♥ photographs of the ocean are just so dreamy ♥ dinner at The Porch ♥ running around Oakland and seeing all of the neat new tech Pitt has! 

What are you loving this week?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NovelTea Book Club: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store Review

I couldn't be more excited to share this video review of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store with you today, Teacups!

Throughout the month of July, the members of the NovelTea Book Club and myself have been reading this novel, and we had a blast discussing all of our theories and thoughts about the story and its stance on digital reading and media (perfect if you want some food for thought on the physical versus e-book debate) and how we read. Or at least I had a blast. I hope they did too.

You can hear my full thoughts on the novel in the video, but I will say that this book is easily at the top of my "Books I Would Recommend to Others In a Heartbeat" list — it's that good!

Did you read Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store? Link up below to share your thoughts/blog post/review. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

August's NovelTea Book Club pick is none other than Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. You can pick up a copy of the book from Amazon* or your local library. I do hope you join us on August 1st to get your read on!

*This is an affiliate link, but buying your copy through this link helps me keep My Life as a Teacup in tip-top shape!

Monday, July 28, 2014

For the Love of a Linguaphile v.114

Sneaking Around on the Kitchen Counter
( via Arielle Nadel ) 

abscond v. [ab-ˈskänd]: to go away or escape from a place secretly (via)

The thief absconded with the money from the cash register.

For the Love of a Linguaphile is a weekly series celebrating the snazzy words we encounter, from those found in great literary works, to those pesky words that keep popping up in everyday life. Hopefully you can incorporate a new word into your vocabulary, or even share one of your favorite words!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

link love

Readers are the best people to fall in love with. Science says so.
The difference between acrylics and oil paints for those new to painting. Honestly, which I personally favor depends on how patient a mood I'm in!
15 Words and Phrases You're Probably Saying Incorrectly (I hear some of these way too often!)
♥ The Barnes & Noble blog has put together a definitive list of books for all vacation occasions and wow, what a list!
Your choices are not the only right ones.
♥ In honor of Batman Day, here are 10 Reasons Batman is the Perfect Book Nerd
♥ Did you ever wonder what Wordpress theme a site is running? Fear no more - What Wordpress Theme is That? saves the day.
Pedro Pascal and a Sailor Moon wand. Be still my heart.
♥ Xandra of Fashionably Light has launched her very own school for heroines! Live your life & be your own heroine
What YOU can learn about social media from DKNY's PR girl
♥ A thoughtful piece on feminism and expressing your own opinions: Women who are ambivalent about women against women against feminism
♥ I'm fascinated by the French perspective on books.
♥ We've been talking about the social aspects of reading in the Novel Tea Book Club this week, and with Fangirl on the horizon, this look at reading as a social activity fits right in.
Speaking of new ways of reading, another story takes to social media; David Mitchell is tweeting a short story. I'm always intrigued by new mediums, especially those rooted in technology (even if I wasn't a fan of Cloud Atlas or number9dream)
If Book Nerds Ruled The World (Three! And Five! And Eight! And Twelve! ALL OF THEM YESSS!)
♥ I still can't justify services like Oyster or Amazon's new unlimited Kindle service, but this article brings up another side of the discussion: Libraries are not a Netflix for books
Can Full-Time Bloggers Live Off Of Rainbows & Hugs?
♥ And in response to the above article: Are bloggers who make money sell-outs? What do you think? Do sponsored posts and the like irk you?

Find any fun links this week?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Travels: Dry Tortugas

A friend of mine insisted Mum and I go check out the Dry Tortugas while we were in Key West, and frankly, I wasn't sure what to expect. An island 70 miles out at sea? A historic costal (unfinished) Civil War-era fort? The island itself is a national park, housing not only the fort but coral reefs that make for a great snorkeling spot. We took a two-hour long boat ride to the island and spent the day exploring; snorkeling; and sadly, getting sunburnt. It was worth it, though.
Fort Jefferson
Fort Jefferson
On the Dry Tortugas
Through the fort
As fascinating as the fort was, the best part was hands-down the snorkeling! So many different types of coral and fish line the moat (there's totally a moat - can we talk about that for a minute?) wall, and we could've easily spent hours just swimming its length to check out all of the colorful species. I'm pretty sure I bumped into a few fish who I just didn't see swimming towards me, but multitasking isn't my forte.
It's funny how being in a crumbling fort in the middle of the ocean also makes you feel like a pirate.
Been snorkeling before? See anything cool!?