Ending of a Series

Reading has always been something I have loved to do. It relaxes me and allows me “escape” the real world for a bit. I tend to get overly involved with my reading which is not always good for my stress levels or emotional states 🙂 As I said, I escape into the world I am reading. So I tend to lose track of my surroundings and I get emotionally involved.

A couple of authors and series I actually get completely involved in are Laurell K Hamilton with the Anita Blake series and the Merideth Gentry series and Kim Harrison with the Hollows series. I am still catching up on the Anita Blake series by Hamilton but I did just finish the Hollows series by Harrison. Sadly the series is now ended.

When I finished the last book I actual cried, hysterically. Then I did a kind of manic laugh/cry because I knew I was being ridiculous but I couldn’t stop. My husband thought there was something seriously wrong with me then laughed and told everyone in his Playstation 4 party about it (after he figured out there really wasn’t anything actually wrong with me). I am going to say that my response was not entirely my fault. As any woman can tell you, during certain times our random emotions are not entirely our fault. I could only think about how I was there for the different life changes, the growing of the characters, the loves gained and lost, the revelations, the saving of a couple of races, and so much more. As I said I really do escape into the worlds I read about. Sometimes I just can not help myself from getting emotionally invested. Please tell me I am not the only one. Anyone?

Even though I am not happy with the ending of the Hollows series, it was a decent end. Harrison wrapped everything up with a nice little bow for all of her readers and I thank her for that. I at least do not have to wonder about how most things turned out or would have. So no sleep lost, yes! ::fist pump:: For the most part, I did not find too much dragging through the series. It kept up with pace and I did not lose interest. I am not going to go in to much depth with a review since I never had any plan on writing one so I did not do notes. I have re-read several of the books a few times so that I could be fresh to go on to the next (I was not always able to get to the books right as they came out) but the full series is not that fresh in my mind to do too much in-depth. If you are interested in books with witches, demons, elves, vampires, pixies, and other such races living together in a different version of our world then check out the first book in The Hollows series called Dead Witch Walking. You can see all the books here.

If you have read the series let me know what you think or if you have another series that you love comment below. I am always looking for new book series to read! I hope you all have a day filled with bliss 

Welcome My New FoxyDori!

Hello lovely people! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. First off, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day and to take a moment in remembering those that died while serving.

the traveler’s notebook

I have been obsessed with the Midori Traveler’s Notebook for some time. Probably for close to a year. If you are not familiar with them they are basically a slab of leather (in two sizes and you can get them in black, brown, and now blue) with elastic bands on the inside to hold notebooks and a single elastic band on the outside to close it. You can switch notebooks in and out in a matter of seconds which I love. As you use them, the leather can soften, get scratched, and in general get a worn look which just adds to its charm.

Many people have been making their own versions. Same concept but sometimes people do different sizes, different materials (leather, fabric, vinyl, anything really), different stains, painting, adding elastic bands, just everything to make it their own. One of these amazing people makes the FoxyDori. You can go to www.foxyfix.com to see all her amazing items up for sale and to design your own FoxyDori. I just received my own Friday afternoon (a whole day early!).

From ordering to receiving

The checkout process was extremely easy and very understandable. I went to the listing I wanted, which was for the colorful ones. You can choose between the colorful leathers, bay leather (which is a natural color), or wanderlust leather (black, brown, and butterscotch). Once in the listing I chose my size (regular with extra room- Fits 4-6 Midori Standard Regular 4.5 inch wide notebooks), color (Paradise), strap color (black), and I also chose the quad binding. You can also choose a stamp from her assortment but I did not get one. With the FoxyDori I added a charm and 4 notebooks. Two dot books and two blank books.

It took a week for it to be made then shipped. I actually squealed when I got the notification which startled my kids, oops :). Through that week I kept checking for updates even though I knew it would be at least a week before it could possibly be done. I am obsessive. Shipping time to me was supposed to be three days but I got it at the end of two days. So in all it took nine days from checkout to me receiving. In that two days I kept checking the tracking hoping for changes even though (again) I knew there wouldn’t be. As I said, I am obsessive. I kept thinking that shipping should have some sort of GPS so you can see progress in the form of dots across the map like in movies and cartoons. Yes, I am silly :).

first thoughts

I love the leather cover color (which is Paradise). It is stiff but I have rolled it around and worked with it a bit which has helped. I am hoping with more use and time that it will soften a bit more but that is not a guarantee. Even if it doesn’t I will still love it. The notebooks are very plain (just a blank cover) so I have already tried covering them with pattern paper. Something like what TheResetGirl has done which you can see here. I have done mine with just printed paper since I do not have a stock pile of card stock and I was too impatient to wait until I could get to the store. The notebook paper itself is thick. I haven’t written in them yet so I really don’t know how they hold up to different pens and other embellishments. Overall, I really like it so far. Once I use it a bit more I plan on updating this post with my new thoughts (unless I think it will be an extremely long post like this one turned out to be). This is also my first Traveler’s Notebook, so I will also be deciding if these are right for me like I think they are. I really can not wait until I start using it and to update everyone.

Packaged with care

Packaged with care

Two notebooks I covered (not too bad on first attempt) and two left blank for now

Two notebooks I covered (not too bad on first attempt) and two left blank for now

My Lovely FoxyDori

Anyone else use a Traveler’s Notebook? What kind and how do you use it? I would love to hear from you. Thank you everyone. Have a lovely day!

Let’s Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day and My Review of Welcome to Night Vale Live!

Hello lovely people! I have a couple things to share with you today. Enjoy!

Playhouse Square

Welcome to night vale- live!

For those that do not know what Welcome to Night Vale is. It is a twice monthly podcast that is styled after a radio broadcast for community news, events and the such. Strange things happen in the little town of Night Vale and it’s very interesting listening about everything through the podcast. I highly suggest listening to one or two… then three and four until you are binge listening because it is addicting. You can check out the website here to find more about this podcast and where to listen to it at.

I absolutely loved the podcast the first time I heard it. It has some drama and I love the type of humor it has. My fiance knew this, found out about the tour and scored some tickets. We also convinced a couple of our friends to go as well (they really didn’t need convincing, they love it as well).

After a couple months of waiting, we finally got to go last night. We all traveled to Cleveland, Ohio (so much driving, ugh) and were so excited. It did not disappoint. My 11 month old baby even enjoyed it. Yes we had to take her because I could not pump enough milk to last the entire night with her grandpa and brother. The audience was great. Plenty of laughter and applause. Everyone participated with the parts given to the audience (pointing and repeating phrases, gasping). The narrator, Cecil Baldwin, was amazing in person. He really got into the part with his motions and voice. Everyone got into their parts really well, I was very impressed. I also loved the music by  Disparition. Spot on as always!

Now the question. Would I see the live podcast again if given the chance? Easy one. Of course! Do I recommend seeing it live? Um, duh. Even if you can’t go see them live, listen to the podcast.

National chocolate chip day

So was anyone else aware that today was National Chocolate Chip Day? Yep, I wasn’t aware either until yesterday. I’m not normally knowledgeable of strange celebratory days, but I printed out a year over view of some of the holidays. I now know a few of the mostly unknown holidays and of course the right dates for the known holidays in 2015 (Yes I need a calendar for everything). So in honor of this day, I came up with some simple ways to celebrate. Just a few of my favorite ideas.

  1. Chocolate chip pancakes– maybe even drizzle some melted chocolate chips over. For the health conscious, adding fruit is never a bad idea with chocolate 😉
  2. Chocolate chip muffins– You can never go wrong with a muffin and milk
  3. Chocolate chip ice cream – This can be mint chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough, or just plain old chocolate chip ice cream in vanilla or chocolate. I’m sure there are others.
  4. Melt it – Then dip everything in it. Yummm
  5. For the final suggestion, I leave my favorite way. Eat them directly from the bag– I love to either freeze them or refrigerate them first!

So if you check out Welcome to Night Vale or already have, let me know what you think. Also, did you celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day? If so, how? I would love to hear back from everyone. Hope everyone has a lovely day!