Friday, November 29, 2013

An Advent Calendar + rukristin's Holiday Extravaganza

Winter Activity Advent Calendar
Stop by rukristin's blog today for an all-day crafting and holiday extravaganza! I'm sharing our family's take on a holiday activity "advent" calendar, full of ideas for memory-making and general merriment.
Winter Activity Advent Calendar
Plus you get to see how strangely I hold a pen...

Books That Ignite Your Passion with Serena of That's What She Read

Today's post is brought to you by Serena of That's What She Read. Not only does she and her friend Ravena run an incredible bookish podcast, but we're teaming up to offer one lucky reader two of our favorite books and a tote to stash your reads in!

For my favorite books--the ones that have a special place in my heart or that have changed me in some fundamental way--all of the moments leading up to reading the book take on an importance of their own, remaining imprinted indelibly upon my brain. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is one such book.
Reading
I was in a windowless conference room, hunched over a few hand-me-down tables the non-profit I work for had cobbled together, and Joan, a colleague from the National Park Service, was telling me about this frightful book she was reading for book club. She described a world of the future where the rise of the ruling religious elite and the use of subterfuge to suspend constitutional rights eventually led to the subjugation of women. Joan’s wariness of the book and how close it struck to home was based partly on the fact that, while Atwood’s book was published in 1985, she was reading it in 2003, shortly after the beginning of the Iraq War, George W. Bush and the rise of the religious right, and the elusive hunt for the weapons of mass destruction. I was sold.

While the use of rhetoric and social commentary has likely been prevalent in literature since pen was first put to paper and certainly populated several of the classics we studied in school, my love for this form didn’t truly click until I read The Handmaid’s Tale. I felt simultaneously empowered and enraged and was further convinced of the important role fiction could play in activism and social change. Sorry, I’m getting a little worked up here just thinking about it. I should also say that the book was pretty freaking entertaining. This enthusiasm and passion sparked by Atwood years ago led me to pick up When She Woke by Hillary Jordan.

“When she woke, she was red.”

From its opening line, Jordan thrusts the reader into a futuristic world where the morals and rules of this society are bound together by law in a way that would make Nathaniel Hawthorne blush. Hannah, our protagonist, is guilty only of an ill-fated love and, yet, wakes to find herself part of a new criminal caste known as Chromes, wherein skin color is genetically modified to match the crime of which you are accused. Hannah, now a striking red for the murder of her unborn child, is left to navigate an America that would sooner leave her for dead than lend a helping hand.

I love that a title I picked up on a whim still haunts me a year later. If Atwood plucks your strings, then you have to read When She Woke!

What books ignite your passion and get you all riled up? Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win your very own That’s What She Read podcast tote and a copy of each of these fabulous books!


To hear more book rambling, you can find Serena podcasting with her friend Ravena over on That’s What She Read (iTunes search: That’s What She Read) and blogging about books, travel, and life over at a girl named sue.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Things I Love Thursday


Happy Thanksgiving! It's always so fitting that TiLT and Thanksgiving coincide. There's so much to be thankful for that even when there's not a chaotically fun schedule of family events, it's hard to list all of the things I'm grateful for this year. So much has happened this year, the little and big, and all of the changes have yielded amazing results, even though they weren't always the easiest.

♥ Being almost done with school feels surreal. This past week it's really been sinking in, and as sad as I'll be to leave my students, teacher friends, and co-workers, it'll feel good to be done!

♥ Kelsey and Jason of It Takes Two hosted a Friendsgiving dinner last week, and it was nice to spend time with some friends I hadn't seen in a while, not to mention eat an amazing dinner and see the house they've been working so hard on!

♥ Thanksgiving itself is a huge holiday in my family. The next few days will be insanity, but I couldn't imagine spending the holidays with a more fun bunch. From dinner tonight to shopping tomorrow, there's an adults-only dinner, a trip to the theater, a game of dek hockey, and even more shenanigans.

little loves
travellings to new places, making new friends, and huge strides with my blog ♥ feeling comfortable with myself and where I'm at ♥ honesty ♥ supportive family and friends ♥ handlings things like a mature adult and realizing what's best for everyone involved ♥ finding a car so quickly, and one that's in good condition! ♥ The Gnarly Whale's yummy smelling Beach Waves (I could bathe in the sugar plum scent!) ♥ having fun with recording the sweater weather vlog! ♥ hot cider ♥ sing-alongs in the car ♥ sneaking in little smiles ♥ being able to talk about where I'm at in my life without the difficulty or hard feelings ♥ homemade cookies ♥ adorable (and hilarious) little family members ♥ watching the parade

What are you thankful for this week?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sweater Weather

After seeing Savannah of Maiedae's Sweater Weather video a few weeks ago, I was enamored by the idea of a fall-themed survey. Who wouldn't want to talk about sweaters, hot beverages, and the infamous pumpkin spice, well, everything.

Of course, limited daylight hours meant recording this at night, hence the terrible video quality. But let's just pretend we're having a big sleepover. Share your answers in the comments below! I'd love to hear your thoughts on this wonderful season!

Questions:
  1. Favourite candle scent?

  2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
  3. What's the best fall memory you have?
  4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?
  5. Best fragrance for fall?

  6. Favourite Thanksgiving food?
  7. What is Autumn weather like where you live?

  8. Most worn sweater?

  9. Must-have nail polish this fall?

  10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?

  11. Skinny jeans or leggings?

  12. Combat boots or Uggs?
  13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
  14. Favourite fall TV show?
  15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit?
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Leave your Sweater Weather answers below!

Monday, November 25, 2013

For the Love of a Linguaphile v.79

Touchscreen outside meeting room
( Nic Price )

obdurate adj. [ˈäb-də-rət]: stubbornly resistant to persuasion (via)

Though compelling cases were made for both sides, the council remained obdurate in its decision.


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, November 24, 2013

What's In My Bag | #30Lists Blog Hop

Fellow blogger Alexis of Strange and Charmed were just musing about how much we adore "What's In My Bag" posts. Something about seeing the contents of a total strangers purse, artistically strewn across the floor just delights me (and only sounds somewhat creepy). Snapshots of my purse never seem to look as classy or put together as others I've seen (like these extraordinary peeks: 1, 2, and 3), but that's because I subscribe to the theory that my purse is a black hole, or at least rather Mary Poppins-ish. Things go in that are never seen again, and yet things come out that probably shouldn't all fit into one's bag.

With the entire list of March 2011 #30Lists prompts at my disposal, and after realizing I haven't done a tour of my purse since the very first bout of 30 Days of Lists (read: over 2 years ago!), I figured what better time to spill the contents of my purple Coach carry-all.
What's In My Bag
♥ keys (with more keychains than keys, naturally)
♥ panda coin purse from my college roommate
♥ iPhone
♥ knit coffee cozy
♥ fortunes
♥ Aerie hand lotion
♥ Victoria's Secret PINK body mist
♥ iPod and headphones
♥ mini peppermint Altoids
♥ Smith's rosebud salve
Milk & Honey solid parfum
♥ Coach wallet
♥ Sonia Kashuk blotting papers
♥ Moleskine notebook
glitter heart zip pouch from Alphabet Bags
MAC plushglass in Ample Pink
spiced caramel lip balm from The Gnarly Whale
♥ Smashbox 'Be Legendary' lipstick in Primrose
♥ a myriad of bobby pins
♥ (quite cute) coupons

Don't forget to check out the #30Lists blog party to see what the other listers are up to:
Alexandra Rae Design
rukristin papercrafts
Campfire Chic
The Nerd Nest
Lemon and Raspberry

If you want to join in on the listing fun, be sure to sign up for a very special December edition of 30 Days of Lists and list with us! (I am a 30 Days of Lists affiliate, but can't not support such a great, listing community!)

So tell me - what's in your bag?

link love


♥ Methodically analyzing a book seems like a far-fetched thing to do, but by counting the occurrences of certain words and phrases, you can notice some pretty interesting patterns, like in this textual analysis of The Hunger Games
♥ A list of the 100 best novels as of 1898
♥ The month may be almost over (gasp!) but here are 6 activities to make the most of November
The Definitive Ranking of All the Turtlenecks in Love Actually. Brilliant.
30 Haruki Murakami Quotes That Will Make You See The Beauty Around You
♥ I get yelled at for being too much of a morning person all of the time. Here are 23 Signs You're a Morning Person. We can go eat breakfast at the crack of dawn together, since everyone else is asleep.
Classic books that pass the Bechdel Test
♥ Get your reading lists ready! Amy of Ten Penny Dreams shares some book recommendations for Christmas
5 Lessons We Learned from Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes
♥ It's amazing to see just how much this city has changed, especially in these photos of Pittsburgh's Air Pollution: 1940s vs. today
♥ If you ever have to do an interview over Skype...
10 Lessons Shared by Reality TV and Classic Literature. Who knew Duck Dynasty and Dickens had something in common.
The Perpetual Page-Turner weighs in on one of the hardest questions for bookworms to answer

What links are you loving this week?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thoughts on Indie and Self-published Books with Sonya Cheney

Today's post is brought to you by Sonya of the blog Sonya Cheney. I've been known to be a "snobby book jerk" too, so I'm glad to get a different perspective on indie and self-published books!

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For a long time, I will admit, every time I heard the phrase “self-published,” it conjured the image of a poorly edited, highly contrived piece of writing someone was trying to hock through Amazon or their blog or what have you. Never mind the fact that I was already aware of self-published pieces of quality; I just couldn’t get that terrible stereotype out of my mind. Basically, I was a snobby jerk. It happens. What matters now is that I’ve gotten a little older, a little wiser, and a little better acquainted with the idea of independent and self-publishing.

It wasn’t until after my zine collection started to really grow that my negativity towards self-publishing started to truly fade. I began to realize that in this, one of the most basic levels of self-publishing, there could still be found amazing content--and often when the content is good, it’s easy to overlook editing problems, because, if you ask me, story and message are the heart, editing simply the extra polish. I write zines and know that with all the work that goes into them, they’re still not always perfect. Even traditionally published books have imperfections, and as we all know, there are plenty of traditionally published books that are subpar. (I’m looking at you, Fifty Shades.)

And now, as I write my own book, I consider self-publishing. I weigh the pros and cons because I’ve read glossy self-published books, messy blogs, and stapled pages of zines--and they all have their share of beautiful and ugly content.

Don’t they always tell you not to judge a book by its cover? Well, you shouldn’t judge it by the size of who printed it, either.

My own collection of independently/self-published books is small, and in the world of zinesters I’m sure my zine collection isn’t very large, either. However, I do have book recommendations (it seems I always have book recommendations when nobody asks me): Ragdoll House by Maranda Elizabeth and Taryn Hipp’s Heavy Hangs the Head. (They’re also both written by excellent zinesters.) Both books can be purchased directly from the authors, which is a smart choice because although it may be a little more expensive than, say, Amazon, but it ensures the most money goes to the authors, and isn’t supporting people’s art what we really want anyway? In a way, self-publishing makes that a little easier, with far less middlemen than traditional publishing.

I think overall the world of self-publishing is changing. I’m not the only person who’s always had that image of people publishing on their own because their work is bad, and I’m not the only person whose view is changing.

(Note: I tend to equate independent (“indie”) and self-published books, though I know there are certain subdivisions of large publishing houses that are labeled as independent. I’m by no means a publishing expert and still tend to get confused about those things a lot of the time.)

Sonya blogs about reading, writing, and being a zinester at Sonya Cheney. If you're looking for a new book to read, wondering what the heck a "zinester" is, or curious what it's like to be a newbie witch punk--or if you just feel like being a creeper and taking a look into someone else's life--pop on over.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Things I Love Thursday


This week has been a blur. I'm so focused in work and school that I'm absolutely spacey when it comes to other things. Like functioning like a non-spacey human being. I've been so engrossed at meetings that I don't hear people trying to catch my attention. School is in the home stretch, though, so I feel like some more chill times are on the horizon.

♥ This week was the last week that I had to attend actual, physical class. Next week's class is online, and then it's just a matter of finalizing things and getting forms together. Having a breather and not getting in at 10pm on Wednesdays is going to feel good.

♥ I realize this probably sounds bizarre, but I've never been one for texting people. Frankly, I never cared much for talking on the phone in general, but even the ease of texting hasn't weaned me from my dislike. But lately I've been just touching base with my close friends more regularly and it feels good. Just a comment or thought of the other person here or there provides a smile or chuckle, which is sometimes much needed.

little loves
♥ flannel shirts ♥ Out of Print's new literary-inspired jewelryThe Dreamer henley pajamas from Victoria's Secret are the comfiest pjs ever ♥ grandma's Texas sheet cake ♥ a lovely dinner out ♥ hot apple cider ♥ when people cheerily say "hello" ♥ SUVs that sit up high (because I'm short and cars just feel strange now) ♥ laughing so hard that you cry ♥ being lucky, because I apparently am very much so when it comes to certain things ♥ being bold

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sponsor Love

One of the reasons I love having sponsors is the discovery of new, totally amazing blogs. Each time I partner with a new sponsor, I lose myself in a trove of thoughtful, new-to-me posts to read, and the amazing lives of some pretty incredible bloggers. I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to some of my sponsors this month, who just so happen to also be the writers behind some of my new favorite blogs (and a podcast!).

podcast | blog | twitter

Hi, I'm Serena. By day, I'm a river-obsessed superhero working for an environmental nonprofit in our nation's capital. At the end of a long day, I can often be found hunched over a treadmill trying not to bounce so much that I can't read or curled up on my couch where having a book in hand is much more fitting. That's What She Read evolved from all the conversations my friend Ravena and I were having about books and into a podcast where two friends with vastly different reading habits lay it all on the line when chatting about the current books gracing their nightstands and nooks.

What is one thing you are grateful for?
I'm grateful for a mom who never thought to limit me and, instead, spent her time instilling in me a belief in myself and my potential.

What music/bands does your November soundtrack consist of?
I've got lots of writing planned this month, and classical seems to be the only thing that works for me. I'll be listening to a mix tape a friend made that includes Shostakovich, Bach, Mendelssohn, and Dvorak.



blog | pinterest | twitter | facebook

Allie Trumpower of Alexandra Rae Design and Document Life Workshop works in marketing by day, but by night is a crafty designer, a photographer, and a memory keeper. She loves list making, great design, memory keeping, pinterest, twitter, and instagram– and loves meeting new people via social media! Follow along with her memory keeping, lists, craft projects, and every day life on twitter and instgram at @abandy.

Teacup readers can score 20% off of items in Allie's shop with the code TEACUP.

What is one thing you are grateful for?
I am so thankful every. single. day. for my husband and the way he does everything in his power to take care of me in any way he can. Our days are full of laughter and love and I can't imagine my life without him!
 
What music/bands does your November soundtrack consist of?
Lots of Michael Buble, Sara Bareilles, Mumford and Sons, and Ellery. I love music that makes me think of fall and the weather cooling off!


shopblog | twitter | facebook
In my shop I sell handmade dolls and illustrations. Recently I've been branching out and making dolls of everyone's most loved fictional characters. I have a fatal attraction to cuteness, which you can see reflected in my dolls and illustrations!

I am participating in an awesome Cyber Monday sale with 50 other shops to promote handmade this Holiday season! Every shop will be offering 30% off everything in their shop! Click to read more about Storenvy's Cyber Monday Flash Sale!

What is one thing you are grateful for?
One thing I am grateful for is my nice simple life with my little family.
 
What music/bands does your November soundtrack consist of?
My November soundtrack consists of the new Perma album. It's so cute and makes me super happy!


blog | facebook | twitter | instagram
Ten Penny Dreams is a literary lifestyle blog run by Amy, an aspiring writer and book lover from the North East of England. The blog is about dreaming and being creative; it’s about the magic of writing and the way the right book can transport you to another world.

You'll find reviews, inspiration and reflections on life, alongside writing tips and author interviews, plus insights into life in the North East of England.

What is one thing you are grateful for?
I’d have to say I’m most grateful for my relationship with my husband. We’ve been together over 11 years now and I’ve grown up with him. He’s always so supportive of my blog and writing, even though it sometimes means he doesn’t get as much attention as he should! I love to catch him reading my latest blog posts when he doesn’t realise I’m there!
 
What music/bands does your November soundtrack consist of?
I’m doing NaNoWriMo this month – writing 50,000 words is going to be a huge challenge, but the right music really helps me to get inspired. So far this month I’ve been listening a lot to tracks by Haim, Rob Pattinson, Bush and Interpol. I’m not much of a classical music fan, but there is one track I make an exception for: Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Part is the most beautiful piece of music you will ever hear, I want to hold my breath whenever I listen to it as it’s so delicate and moving.


blog | facebook | twitter | bloglovin'

I'm a former expat who recently moved back to America. I ran away after college, and spent the past four years teaching English in South Korea and China. My blog is where I write about life, culture, some feminist issues, and nerd out.

What is one thing you are grateful for?
I'm grateful to be home for the holidays. I've spent the better part of the past four years abroad, and only made it home once for the holiday season. I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve parties, and Christmas gifts and brunch. And not having to work on Christmas Eve in Asia!
 
What music/bands does your November soundtrack consist of?
I have two new (and vastly different) albums that I'm listening to these days, from two of my favorite artists. One is Aims by Vienna Teng, a pianist and singer-songwriter with a folk/pop/acoustic style. The other is The Theory of Everything by Ayreon, a progressive metal/rock opera project by Arjen Anthony Lucassen.


What are you grateful for this month? Share your November playlist below!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

December 30 Days of Lists Giveaway

30 Days of Lists

December isn't usually a time when you hear me boasting about my love for Amy and Kam's 30 Days of Lists project. This year, however, these wonderful ladies are indulging me and hosting a special December, holiday edition! What a treat!

If you're not familiar with the challenge, 30 Days of Lists is a journaling challenge for listers. Whether you create a book, work your lists into Project Life, or just scribble a list down on your napkin, #30Lists is meant to show you that you CAN journal everyday, even something as simple as a list. The prompts are always thoughtful and fun, and the community of listers is incredible!


This round, I'm an ambassador and affiliate again (these are affiliate links, but I can't pass up supporting such a creative endeavor!), and will be hosting one of the list prompts which is very near and dear (make sure you register so you can see my take on the awesome prompt!). All of you bibliophiles and Teacup readers will love it, I'm certain! I've already created my #30Lists book from some odds and ends I had lying around the house - some leftover mini calendars from a previous 30 Days of Lists special offer, a stamp from rukristin, and some scraps from my last It's Paper Dear box. Sometimes more planning goes into my list presentations than others, but each time I end up creating something I love.

Now, I won't just tease you with crafty pictures and promises of amazing lists - one My Life as a Teacup reader will win one (1) free registration to December's 30 Days of Lists! If you've already registered for this round, never fear; if you win and have already purchased registration, you will be refunded.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

For the Love of a Linguaphile v.78

Poor Neighborhood
( arcadius )

penurious adj. [pə-ˈnu̇r-ē-əs]: poor, poverty-stricken (via)

The penurious school district had to lay off several teachers.


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, November 17, 2013

link love


Which side of your brain is more dominant?
♥ I can tell who's participating in National Novel Writing Month just by glancing at my Facebook feed. Here are 10 Signs Someone You Know is Doing NaNoWriMo, just in case you want to shoot them some motivational words of praise (or cookies!)
Star Wars Yoga. Just look. And think of Darth Vader doing Utkatasana next time you're doing yoga.
Why creative people sometimes make no sense.
♥ Ten Penny Dreams highlights her hometown in North East England in her series "So I'm a Smoggie" and always shares the most beautiful photographs!
Thanksgiving as a kid vs. Thanksgiving as an adult. I just enjoy being able to sit at the grown-up table.
♥ I find hearing stories of life in other countries fascinating: US expat describes the best and the worst things about England
"Swellegant" and other jargon from the Jazz Age makes me wish I lived in the '20s (even more than usual!)
10 Questions People From Pittsburgh are Tired of Answering.
♥ Have you seen Scrawny Girl Shop's latest hipster holiday girl illustrations?
♥ You can do these small acts to show your gratitude year round: 10 Ways to Give Back (as a Blogger) This Holiday Season
Literally everyone in the world knows what you mean when you say "huh?" - who knew that it was a universally recognized syllable!

What links are you loving this week?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Batman for Beginners

Batman
Over the past few months you may have heard me refer to my Batman dealer. After years of putting off the inevitable, I let my good friend hook me up with my first dose of comic books and graphic novels, on one condition: that he hold my hand through all of the alternate universes, reset timelines, and various arcs.

The world of comic books and graphic novels is vast; with so many writers, arcs, and reboots, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Knowing where to start is just part of the puzzle. The very big, gigantic, confusing puzzle. But it's such a rewarding series to get hooked on!

Looking to get your feet wet with some Batman? I'm here to impart the wisdom of my Batman guru and help you navigate the universe's deep, labyrinthine waters.
Batman
The Classics
Where better to start than with the most-loved and well-known stories. These graphic novels are classics for a reason, and had me instantly hooked.

Year One - When you want to start at the beginning, why not start at the beginning? Year One chronicles Bruce Wayne's first year as Batman. Bruce Wayne returns from his training to fight crime in Gotham City, as Jim Gordon newly transfers to Gotham as well.

The Dark Knight Returns - Yes, the Dark Knight returns. From retirement, that is.

The Long Halloween - A murderer strikes on each holiday, killing a victim once each month as Batman races to discover his identity. Suspenseful and fabulously written.

Killing Joke - Iconic, and rightfully so. The Joker attempts to prove that any man can be pushed to his breaking point. That's all I'm going to say here. Read. And enjoy. And freak out. And enjoy.
Batman
Background Knowledge
Writing this section made me realize how much I did not like these stories overall. Promising, right? While the previous set of stories are much more comprehensive and captivating, as stories go, these are just as important, if only for the origins that they establish. It makes enjoying the emotional torture of Bruce Wayne so much more enjoyable later on, even if it does mean gawking at some questionable events (Batman and Son, I'm looking at you).

A Death in the Family - This sets the stage for future stories, as Batman's enemies like to dangle Jason Todd in his face more times than I can count. Cruel ammunition aside, this storyline was intriguing in the way that it polled readers to choose the fate of Jason Todd when it first came out. Should he live or die? You literally were asked to cast your vote. Talk about immersive, interactive media.

Birth of the Demon - Like A Death in the Family, the Birth of the Demon graphic novel establishes some information about a future character. Personally, however, I didn't enjoy Son and Bride of the Demon at all; they felt much too campy and James Bond-y, but not in the good way. The actual Birth of the Demon story, though, was quite good, and stands apart from the two before it as it shares the origins of Ra's al Ghul.

Batman and Son - There are some characters that you love to hate. And then there are characters that you just hate. Like Damian Wayne. I'm told he gets more bearable as his arc goes along, but in Batman and Son he just comes off as a whiny, angry prat. Rightfully so, but he doesn't come across in a way that makes him endearing in the slightest. A good read nonetheless, but I'm still waiting to not want to punch him in the face.
Batman
Twisted and Controversial
From what I gather, people either love or hate these stories for various reasons. Controversial may not be quite the word I'm looking for, but these stories tend to split most people I know, be it due to personal taste or just being a different "type" of Batman story.

Arkham Asylum - More a psychological tale than anything, this was my introduction to the "weirdness" that is Grant Morrison. This story traces the origin of the founder of Arkham Asylum alongside Batman's attempt to escape the asylum and its inmates (not to mention his own demented, tortured mind). Inner demons, man, inner demons. Bruce just can't catch a break.

Tower of Babel - As a student of language and lingustics, the idea behind this Justice League adventure sounded superb. Most of the story centers on the betrayal of the Justice League itself, though, which, while equally interesting in its implications, takes away precious time from the actual Tower of Babel effect. Could've been better in its execution, but still an enjoyable read.

Others to check out:
  • The Cult
  • Hush
I'm now working my way through what my dealer has lovingly dubbed the Scott Snyder starter pack (I feel like I'm choosing my starter Pokémon), including The Black Mirror, The Gates of Gotham, and Court of Owls.

Are you a Batman fan? How do you not get lost in the vast comic book and graphic novel universe?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Things I Love Thursday



Another week, another Things I Love Thursday! And what a week it's been. So much has been going on. Just little bits here and there, and yet I find myself relishing the simplest of things - smiles, chats, and frankly, curling up in my favorite, new, comfy pajamas.

♥ Fangirl has been sitting on my bookshelf for the past month or so; as much as I've enjoyed the novel, I've been reading it at a painfully slow pace. When I finally sat down to finish it this week, I was struck by how beautifully simple its ending was.

♥ I've been lucky enough to discover some amazing new blogs, creative and inspirational endeavors, bloggers, writers, and companies lately. There are so many amazing people and opportunities out there on the interwebs, in the world, and it's uplifting to see people making a difference in the lives of others. From uniting those from all walks of life with a common interest - be it scrapbooking or volunteer work - to spreading love to those who need it most, I am constantly astounded at the generosity of people. More Love Letters is one of those touching projects I've come across lately, and I'm so excited for a little something when December rolls around...

♥ In case you haven't heard, the ladies over at 30 Days of Lists are hosting a special December edition of the anything-goes daily listing project. I've participated in every iteration of the challenge so far, and have a blast each year. This round I'm upping my crafting game! Will you be joining us?


little loves
Pittsburgh is no stranger to snow, but I won't lie, I woke up Tuesday morning to the first real snowfall of the season and was incredibly giddy ♥ #thursday3 ♥ pomegranate seeds (which are not only delicious, but so much fun to extract from the pomegranate itself!) ♥ soup - the answer is always soup ♥ Thanksgiving is just around the corner! ♥ mentors and friends ♥ feeling gutsy ♥ white chocolate peppermint mochas ♥ feeling a bit festive - the holidays don't usually get me this excited this early!

What are you thankful for this week?