Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mailbox Monday (95)

For a fun stat, this is the 3rd Mailbox Monday in a row I'm sharing 3 books. Maybe I'll have 4 books to share the next 4 weeks? Seems unlikely but you never know...
Mailbox Monday
From Goodreads
The Actress by Amy Sohn
First, can we talk about how gorgeous this cover is? From the look of it you'd think this was about Old Time Hollywood, except it actually takes place today. I feel like I keep seeing this book around, except don't really know what it's about. Of course if the story inside is anywhere near as awesome as the cover, I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

From Paperback Swap
The Lost Daughter by Lucy Ferriss
This is our book club book of the month and will likely be the next book I'll be reading. I've heard it is kind of hard to get through, which makes sense considering the title. Although in general I tend to enjoy the experience reading somewhat hard books, so I'm thinking this will be a win for me.

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
Back before I really got into book blogging I'd buy every new Jennifer Weiner book as soon as it came out. Clearly it's been a while since I've done that though since this was published in 2012, and two years later I'm only now acquiring a copy. Plus given my to-read pile who knows when I'll actually get to it. But even so, I'm looking forward to it, and given how much I've loved all of Weiner's other books I'm sure I'm going to love this one as well.

What did you find in your mailbox this week?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Into the Woods

Mennyms in the Wilderness by Sylvia Waugh
: March 1, 1996 by Avon Camelot
First Published: July 21, 1994
Series: The Mennyms #2
The Mennyms sequel takes place just after the end of the first. The Mennyms, an actual family of living rag dolls, is living as normal in their home when they find out their house is in danger of being demolished for a new road. In search of a new place to live they move to the country (hence the book's title).

It is really interesting reading these books 20 or so years after I first read them. There's one subplot I remember being so awful and a bit scary, but reading it now while I can see the danger, it isn't quite so bad. Yet there's also a love story, that I didn't quite get at 10. Except now, as an adult, I can see all the dangers is poses and how awful the outcome could be.

I still do absolutely adore this series. I wouldn't necessarily list it as my all-time favorite, but it holds a special place for me. I will say that if you never discovered this series growing up, now is a pretty perfect time to try to track them down.


Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

32 Weeks Bumpdate

32 Weeks
How Far Along: 32 Weeks

Size of the Baby: A jicama

Maternity Clothes: I've yet to reach the point where my maternity clothes no longer work, so I guess that's a plus right?

Nursery: Again, no more progress here.

Stretch Marks: No more progress here, but this is actually a good no progress.

Sleep: Pretty awesome lately, although last night I did have an interesting dream about the Duggars.

Movement: I finally got to push on something in my stomach (I'm pretty sure the baby's legs) and see it move away. Of course since I'm sure the baby was quite comfortable they moved back right after, but it was still a fun experience.

Cravings: Still nothing really to report here.

Symptoms: For the first time my ankles have started to swell a little. Nothing too awful, but my feet do look a little crazy when it happens.

What I Miss: Probably still desserts, although at my last doctor's appointment I was told my blood sugar numbers look pretty awesome, so at least I know the lack of desserts is making a difference.

Looking Forward To: I have my maternity photos this weekend. Yes, they're a bit of a splurge (especially from the boy's point of view) but I'm really excited for them!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gone Baby Gone

Gone Girl
Yes, I made it to the theaters to see this one, and I'm so glad I did. If you haven't read the book, you're in for a surprise with this. But if you have (especially if you loved it like me) you'll probably go into it a little apprehensive to see how they're able to pull it off. With that said I was pleasantly surprised at how well it translated to screen, and honestly don't think it could have been any better.

Going into this there was a lot of talk about the ending, but in some ways I think it works a little better than the book. I wouldn't say there's more closure with the movie, instead that the ending was far more fleshed out so you had a much better idea of what was happening.

Normally I'm all for reading the book before the movie, and in general I think that's still the case here. But if you don't have time, I think you could definitely see the movie first and you'd still get exactly what all the fuss is about.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Last Friday was my 30th birthday. Kind of crazy to think I'm no longer in my 20s. I know a lot of bloggers who recap their past year on their birthday, except I normally wait and do that at the end of the year. But I figured instead, it might be fun to look back on my last decade. So here's my last 10 years...
20th Birthday
On my 20th birthday with my college roommate. This was our Junior year of college.
With the Pont D'Avignon
For a month, the summer after my Junior year, I studied abroad in Avignon, France.
Jordana's 22nd Birthday!
Senior year, the day after my 21st birthday, which coincidentally was my roommate's 22nd birthday.
For spring break that year, we spent a week in the Florida Keys.
Yeah.. lighting the candles on my bed prob not a smart idea
On my 22nd birthday, now living in Baton Rouge attending grad school at LSU.
Me and Beau
This was also the year the boy and I met and started dating. This is actually one of the first pictures we ever took together.
Birthday Brownie at Mellow Mushroom
On my 23rd birthday, the first one the boy and I spent together.
Me and My Mom before doing pottery
23 was quite the year of travel, where I made it to both Japan...
Myself and Sara in front of the western wall
and Israel.
Family Picture
I don't actually have a photo from my 24th birthday, but this was a few months after when I was back in California for Thanksgiving.
Watching the LSU-Florida football game
On my 25th birthday, watching the LSU-Florida game.
We spent a long weekend in San Diego, which wound up being the last time I saw my grandfather before he passed away.
The Family
A week before my 26th birthday, at Houmas House Plantation, which is where the boy and I would get married almost 2 years later.
A few months later, on November 20, 2010, the boy proposed on our 4th dating anniversary.
I don't actually have any photos from my 27th birthday, which is a bit unfortunate since it wound up being the last birthday I had with my mom before she passed away.
On a happier note, at 27, the boy and I got married.
With my Dad
With my dad, a few days after my 28th birthday.
1st Anniversary
The boy and I celebrating our first anniversary.
With a Pumpkin Spice Latte
A week before my 29th birthday with a pumpkin spice latte.
2nd Anniversary
At 29, the boy and I found out we were expecting. Here we are on our second anniversary, at 26 weeks pregnant.
For one final photo, here I am looking ridiculous on my 30th birthday.

What would you list as some of your highlights from the last 10 years of your life?