WIWW – 7/18/12

Pete and Repeat were on a boat… Pete fell out, who is left?

Repeat… That is what I’m doing today with my wardrobe. I’m so sorry I neglected last week’s WIWW!! Actually it was Thursday morning when I was thinking what will I wear for today’s post when it hit me.. it was THURSDAY! Last Wednesday was so busy I didn’t know what was what. Two major things went down: I had a job interview; our realtor emailed about a new listing just on the market that sounded perfect for us.

Job interview went good and sounded like something that would be a great fit. They called within a few hours and offered me the job! I took it.

Our realtor advised us to look at the house that evening if possible. We met her after work and looked through the house and decided to put in an offer. We filled out paperwork and the next day I got a certified check for earnest money. My cousin also informed us that he was going to go ahead pulling our credit about a month earlier than we had previously discussed. Talk about a NERVOUS NELLIE — we have been trying to get our credit cleaned up and in shape, many times to pull it with high hopes only to be disappointed — for one reason or another never quite what we were aiming for.

When he called informing me that the credit had been pulled, he sighed. I could feel myself deflate and said “great.. now what?” Then he started laughing and shouting “it’s good! it’s good! it’s better than we wanted it to be!” I can not tell you how elated I was in that moment. It felt like a huge weight had been lifted to know that finally our credit was where we had been striving for, actually above it!

Thursday (last week) we were able to put in an offer on the house. That evening we found out that there had been another offer made. We discussed with our realtor what our best offer would be and Friday she put in another offer from us. We are still waiting to hear back. All we know is that we will hear something this week. The waiting game is terrible! It seems like things are just dragging slowly now and we are trying to avoid doing something rash — for instance — looking at another house, falling for it and withdrawing our current offer to put down another one. If we haven’t heard anything by this Friday tho, it may be the option we choose.

So anyways, while we wait… back to where I started this post: What I’m wearing today is also what I wore last Wednesday.. just so you wouldn’t miss anything 😉

Shirt – Old Navy

Shoes – DSW

Necklace – Gift from my hubby

Bracelet cuff – Charming Charlie

WIWW- 6/27/12

“I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.”
Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic

I love getting new clothes. And I love to wear them as soon as possible. It’s like I have this compelling urge to show off the wonderful treasures resulting from my diligent searching of racks.

When I was younger I would usually wear my new items the day after getting them. In fact, on some occasions, I would even wear the new item(s) before even leaving the store they were purchased in.

Proof some things never change. The day I bought this dress — I wore it that night!

Dress -Target ** I love the buttons and pockets!! **

Shoes – DSW

Earrings – Material Girls

Necklace – Gift from my hubby (our first Christmas)

How long do you wait to wear a new purchase?

NPBC – The Night Circus

It’s time for another session of the No Pressure Book Club!

This month’s selection is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
To read the full description, click on the title link above!

Meeting location is Starbucks. Skinny iced peppermint mocha, please and thank you!

Unfortunately, I was unable to meet with the group last night. Driving along the route I chose to take, I noticed this:

My first thoughts were hmm something’s burning. The wildfire in Colorado came to mind. We will be traveling out there next Saturday to spend the week visiting my parents.

Getting closer to where I would get on the interstate the smoke was stronger.

The picture can not do it justice… the smoke was incredibly dark and thick, it appeared to be boiling and rolling upwards. Across the street police vehicles had traffic stopped and I thought perhaps there was a fire at an old factory area that is further down the road.

Turning onto the on-ramp for the interstate I noticed that traffic was at a standstill. Coming to the end of the ramp I could see people, out of their vehicles, standing on the road. Another vehicle was circling back around, the driver told me that there had been a wreck involving a truck and 18 wheeler.. they were on fire. To read the article of what happened click here. Following the previous vehicle, I circled and drove down the on-ramp(that in itself felt very weird.. wrong way!), making my way back to the interchange into what was an ever-growing sea of vehicle confusion. I made it home safely, grateful not to be involved in anymore than what was encountered.

This morning, Shellie – the founder of the NPBC – filled me in on some of the discussion and let me know I was missed by the group. Here are some highlights followed by my own thoughts.
** Spoiler Alert** Please do not read this section if you do not want to know any details about the book.

The group:

1. agreed they liked/loved the book. Two loved it and two of us liked it–(I’m in the liked group)

2. Poppet and Widget were beloved characters, Celia was also a favorite. Bailey was also well liked. I agree. One lady, P, believed Marco had an evil streak in him. I liked him, but didn’t care how long he strung Isobel along. I understand tho, he had a need for friendship with someone since his life lacked so little social interaction and I feel Isobel took her feelings further than Marco expressed. But he could have set clearer boundaries for their friendship/relationship.

3. wished there was more information provided about the two father/master/trainer figures and the reasoning behind and details of the duels. Also, despised the evilness in how “Prospero” treated and “trained” Celia. agreed and agreed.

4. discussed that it was a very detailed book. Yes, I really liked trying to picture the elements of the circus in my head.

5. everyone liked the ending of the book. It is believed there maybe a sequel, if not a trilogy, of the story. Speculating on what the story may continue to develop into: perhaps it gets darker, one that goes into a good vs evil theme. One lady, K, she hopes it evolves into a deeper storyline with the characters involved and to include more info on the father/master/trainer figures with more action into the account. I, too, liked the ending. Also wondered if the parts that were read as if you were in the circus was actually the story that Widget is telling, as per the request of the Man in Grey “A”, to own the circus.

The Night Circus unfolded in a different direction than I was expecting when starting it. Based on the description I imagined more: more action based duels, different uses of magic, more interactions between the two magicians, more information. However, I came to enjoy their displays and admiration of each other. The labyrinth they worked on together, each room an answer to the other’s previous design, I imagine would have been wonderful to explore. Not to mention the circus itself: the sights, sounds and smells.

Personally, I would like to read the book through again. A lot of switching back and forth occurs: of dates, of stories, and point of views. Now that I know what happens (and what not to expect) a reevaluation of the story and connecting details I may have skimmed over or not fully grasped the first read through will be interesting.

What were your thoughts about The Night Circus? Anything in particular stand out to you?

WIWW – 6/13/12

“When a woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear!’, what she really means is, ‘There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today.”
Caitlin Moran, How To Be A Woman

I had a difficult time deciding what I wanted to wear today. No combination immediately jumped in my mind as “ooh! wear me!“.

Ken called me to let me know he made it to work -part of our morning routine- so as I stood in the closet staring at the rack, our conversation included this:
him: what are you doing
me: picking out something to wear today
him: fuuun (the usual response)
after a few other statements about work, dinner and such
me: i don’t know what to wear
him: wear a skirt
me: can’t.. i need to shave
him: well… wear some pants.

I love him.

Shirt: Kohl’s
Skirt: JC Penny
Footless Tights: Wal-Mart
Shoes: DSW
Manicure(first ever with my real nails!): Solar Nails 

p.s. I guess I did go with his first suggestion… just added tights! (they are similar to duck tape – can fix just about anything)

WIWW- 6/6/12

Why does it have to be wrong or right?
Why does it have to be one way or the other?
Won’t somebody please, please tell me.
Why does it have to be black or white? — Restless Heart

But, If
You’re Thinkin’ About My Baby
It Doesn’t Matter If You’re Black Or White — Michael Jackson

Yes, I know. Two completely different songs, but this string of lyrics popped into my head this morning when deciding to go with a black & white color scheme.

It’s just how my brain relates sometimes… in song lyrics. and movie quotes.

Shirt: The Limited
Pants: Lane Bryant
Shoes: Shoe Station
Headband: Denver hair show
Earrings: Birthday gift
Ring & Necklace set: Christmas gift
Watch: Fossil

WIWW – 5/30/12

Now go out and get yourself some big black frames
With the glass so dark they won’t even know your name
And the choice is up to you ’cause they come in two classes
Rhinestone shades or cheap sunglasses
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah — Z Z Top

Since Saturday, Ken and I have been enjoying a mini vacation. It’s included shopping, the beach,
a wedding, two hotels and the French Quarter. I’ll be posting some highlights of the weekend later on,
but for now… what I’m wearing Wednesday:

Shirt & Shorts: Kohl’s
Flip Flops: Rue 21
Necklace: Fossil
Sunglasses: TJ Maxx
Earrings: Material Girls

WIWW – 5/23/12

I love being able to wear dresses and clothes that make me feel feminine and beautiful, and I love the fact that I don’t have to all the time; I can wear a tank and jeans.
Portia de Rossi

Today felt like a dress up day. Also, I am featuring the latest purse I’ve aquired. My father-in-law brought it back for me from Cambodia. I love the bright colors and elephants!

Dress- Wal-Mart
Tights- Charming Charlie
Shoes – DSW
Necklace & Earring set – Charming Charlie
Purse- Gift from FIL from Cambodia

What are you wearing Wednesday? Did you feel like dressing up too?

NPBC – Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

Initially, when browsing books to choose from, at our first meeting this title jumped out at me. I adore Jane Austen’s novels and characters so something that has a potential link to her or her works generates a spark of immediate interest.

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler to be our first read. Being that I work in a library the very next day I checked to see if we had it on hand. Checked  out — drats! I decided quickly to purchase the book via Kindle app on my iPad. I couldn’t wait to delve into the plot. The summary had me enticed at what possibilities lay ahead.

Courtney Stone, after suffering humiliation at the hands of her fiance, falls asleep reading a favorite Jane Austen novel and wakes up in bedroom that doesn’t belong to her. In fact, she wakes up to find she is in a different person’s body — in another century! Believing herself in a dream she is indifferent to her predicament.
Quickly the importance of carrying on as who she appears to be, Jane Mansfield, is impressed upon her if she is to survive in this time period. Courtney, while trying to blend in and understand the requirements of the time she is in, also searches for how she can get back to Los Angeles and her own life.

SPOILERPlease do not read further if you plan to read this book!

In the beginning I was intrigued as to how events would unfold and eager to see what Courtney would experience. But I became disappointed with this character. While she proclaimed to be an avid fan of Jane Austen’s works, her actions and thoughts didn’t seem to show it. I imagine that if any of us would somehow be transported to the nineteenth century that, yes, it would be a shock and we would definitely not know how to react to a lot of things. (e.g. dinner customs, phrases of language, bathing, and other hygiene matters) Although how she thought and acted towards men she found attractive, would someone who is “well-versed” in Austen act that way without thinking of what the implications could be? It just struck me as odd.

Another thing was constant comparison of Wes to Charles. Did they have a connection?

Her discussion with the fortune-teller only brought more questions. Was she saying that an identity could be fluid and wherever your focus is at the time is who you are? Had she been Jane all along, as well as Courtney? Since James referenced that Jane “always did talk like that” when it came to rank and people’s station in life according to their family. Along with the stories of Abraham Lincoln and Rosa Parks.

Then there is the diary letter at the end — where she admits to have forgotten most everything. That Charles reminded her that she had “the gift of story” and wanted to hear again the story she told him on their wedding journey. After that, it’s all just a story to her and she mentions her “whispering to me at odd times and telling me her tales.”

I feel that, without a firm explanation given, the ending felt rushed and confusing. I was disappointed to the point where I decided reading the sequel was not on my to-do list. At least not any time soon.

The No Pressure Book Club met Thursday, May 17, at Corner Bakery Cafe to discuss our thoughts about Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.

After only a few minutes it was apparent we all shared the same opinion.

Although enjoying small points — bathing and hygiene customs — being brought out that might not be thought of while reading Austen novels, we were disappointed in the book. We agreed that the explanation of what happened (or lack-of), especially the ending, seemed as if the words just ran circles around each other and did not make much sense. One of the ladies said that, while reading the ending, she felt the author thought of the readers as stupid due to how she left the ending of the book.

Have you read Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict ? What were your thoughts?

I’m holding out hope that our next title – The Night Circus – I will enjoy more!

I chose a slice of lemon pound cake and brought home a chocolate baby bundt cake for Ken. His won the best treat of the night award in my book.