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TGIF: Friday FIve

Hello, all, and Happy Friday!! This week has been better than most, probably because we had Monday off for Memorial Day - YAY! Not forgetting or taking away from what that day off is really all about, but it was very much needed, and very much appreciated! Also, I cannot believe this is the last Friday of May! In two day's it'll be JUNE! JUNE, people!!

Lord! I just don't even know anymore! Anyway, here's my five for this final Friday of May:

1. So earlier this week I discovered this thing called Armchair BEA, which is where a group of book bloggers who can't make the trip to the Book Expo America in New York, get together on line instead! So far it's been fun! Unfortunately I couldn't do yesterday's prompt (spine poetry!! such a cool idea!!) because all my books are currently packed in bins in the garage as we prepare to get new carpeting. Eventually. Someday. However, this weekend, I might just have to dig through a bin or two, as I have a spine poem in my head, and if I still have those books, imma gonna do it.

2. Speaking of books, a few months ago I took dozens of books down to Buckets of Books in Atascadero to sell. I didn't bother staying as she sorted through 10 bags of books, but now I'm curious how much money I have to spend there. I'll have to check that out this weekend!

3. Also this weekend ... honestly I'm trying to decide what to do. We're at a pretty good place tidying- and organizing-wise (of course, there's always more to do - my bathroom, dear God, looks like those ones on Hoarders, except that it's clean, and my toilet, sink, and tub all work), and even though we just took a day off and went to the Paso Art Festival last Saturday, I still kinda want to do a day trip somewhere like Cambria, or Pismo Beach, or something. Just to get out of the house. Out of town. Away.

4.  But, then again, I'll probably just stay home and continue organizing. I really need to go through my rubber stamps again. I have a small box of stamps I plan to sell online, but that was a really quick pass-through, and there are more I know I could get rid of if I really look at them and truly ask myself if they spark joy. (Mostly I'd like to get rid of more stamps, let's be honest, there are more stamps I want to buy!)

5. And, finally, I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Cheers!

Armchair BEA Intro

So, I just discovered, through Juli at A Universe in Words, the Armchair BEA, a way to participate in the Book Expo America or the BEA Blogger Convention happening right now in New York without leaving the comfort of your own home. I thought it sounded kinda fun, and it's just for this weekend, so I decided to sign up. To start, they have posted a list of several questions - of which we are to choose five - to introduce ourselves to other Armchair participants.

So, without further ado, here are my five questions and answers:

1. Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?  Hi, everyone! (waves) I'm Lisa-Marie from California, and I started writing an on-line journal called self-portrait back in April of 1999, under the pseudonym hez. I believe my first blog was in 2002 or 2003 using the Blogger format. I switched to Typepad in 2004, and started using my own name recently since I know pretty much all my journalling/blogging friends IRL, so there was no longer a need to be anonymous.

2. Why do you loving reading and blogging? My mother is a retired school librarian, so I was exposed to books and developed a love of reading at a very early age. As for the blogging, as I mentioned above, I started out journalling, but switched to the blogging format, as all the html coding was already done, so all I had to do was write, which is what I wanted all along.  

3. What book are you reading right now? I am currently reading Fire by Kristin Cashore. It's a really well-written, YA fantasy story, that I am really enjoying! Her previous book, Graceling, is really good, too! (hint hint!)

4. What is the top book in your TBR pile? I believe I will go with The Whisper by Aaron Starmer. I loved the first book, The Riverman, and have been waiting for this new book. I'm currently on my nook colour right now, so I have lots to choose from!

5. Take a picture of your bookshelf and share it with us! :) (#ABEAShelfie)

These are a couple of my overstuffed bookshelves from the past March. Some of these books have been taken to my local used book store, Buckets of Books in Atascadero, and the rest are in bins in my garage (I'm planning to get fresh carpeting soon, so I'm moving out unnecessary stuff, and purging at the same time!). I took pictures of each shelf of my bookshelves so I'd have a "before" picture to go with the "after" when I'm done with all the moving, purging, and carpeting!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone has a great Armchair BEA experience! Cheers!

Teaser Tuesday: Fire by Kristin Cashore


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm.  Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read.

•Open to a random page.

 •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. (I tend to go over this limit a LOT!)

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Hi, everyone, and happy Tuesday! This week I'm reading Fire by Kristin Cashore. It's a great fantasy novel with lots of action, intrigue, and so far just a little romance. Sorry I don't have a cover shot for you, but I'm reading it on my nook, and I didn't get the picture when I first opened the book, and now I can't get it back. That's one thing I don't like about the nook. Otherwise, it's pretty cool. Anyway, here are my teasers from page 74:

A claw caught her neck and yanked, pulled her high in her seat, and it occurred to her that she was about to die. But then an arrow struck the raptor that dragged at her, and more arrows followed it, and she looked ahead and saw the gates very near, cracked open, and Archer in the aperture, shooting faster than she'd known he could shoot.


Friday Five

OMG, you guys, I suck at updating, I know, and I'm so SO sorry! How long has it been? Two weeks? Three? I don't know, but I'm going to try to do better, I swear! Anyway, here's five random things about this week:

1. I'm sure you've all heard about our horrific and heartbreaking environmental tragedy, and truly I have nothing to add. I've just been crying. Crying.

2.  In more uplifting news, we do have a three-day weekend coming up, and I'm pretty excited because I haven't had any real time off since I took a half day on a Friday back in March. (Granted I've had other half- and whole-days off since then, but they were all for doctor's appointments so they don't count!) The Paso Arts Festival  is tomorrow, and I'm planning to take a break from organizing, tidying, and yard work to check out the art and wine and fun in the park.

3.  But, I will be back to doing yard work on Sunday! Mom and I are hoping to start decorating and getting some flowers out in pots  (Faux only this year, however, due to the extreme drought!), and setting up our chairs on the patio.

4. After spending all day Sunday last weekend putting eight more items for sale on eBay (and selling three of them!), I still have about five or six things left I've been contemplating putting on. However, I think I might just give them all to Goodwill. I really don't think they are THAT valuable, and honestly, I'm so over dealing with the hassle of selling stuff on eBay. Just thinking about it gives me huge amounts of anxiety! Seriously. I'm done.

5. And, finally, this week went by FAST! I know I say that all the time, but really, it feels like I should be heading to Kennedy tonight to get my sweat on, instead of heading to Subway for a footlong, and then home for a glass of wine and some good TV (The Mysteries of Laura, On Demand, FTW!). Still, I'm not complaining. This week was pretty good, and I accomplished a lot, so, yeah, winning!

I hope you guys have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend (or just a great weekend, if you don't get Monday off or celebrate the holiday), and I'll see you all next week! Cheers!

Hepkat Purse Haul!

Hi, guys, and Happy Monday!!

Okay, so, I tried to do another TGIF vlog for you guys last week, but the video camera on my main computer wasn't working (why it suddenly disappeared when it was there two weeks ago, I'll probably never know!), so I did the video on my laptop which seemed to work perfect. However, while the camera worked on that one, the audio didn't, so I did a whole almost-ten-minute-long video about a miserable week I'd recently suffered through (and the retail therapy that got me to the end with my sanity intact) with no sound!!


Anyway, the highlight of my video was a pair of cool new purses I picked up at Hepkat's in downtown SLO (after enjoying a pomegranate martini, some stuffed mushrooms, and a Caesar salad at Palazzo Giuseppe's.  Delicious!!). I've always loved browsing at Hepkat's - it's a super fun, cool, retro, rockabilly clothing and accessory shop, and I usually want to buy at least 1 of everything. And, this time I did buy two items: two cool purses!

The first one looks orange in the photo, but it's actually a bright, sparkly red. It's a retro style kiss-lock purse by Lux De Ville that reminded me so much of a purse my grandmother used to have in the '70s, I couldn't resist it!


I doubt I'd use this as an everyday bag, though there is plenty of space inside for a my wallet, phone, and even a small paperback as well as my "readers". But, I kind of see this as my super fun Friday (TGIF!!), or special occasion purse.

My everyday purse is a cross-body messenger bag by Trophy Queen. I picked the multi-coloured Mexican blanket style that I think will go with a lot of my outfits, and is bright and summery. There's tons of room inside for lots of stuff, and I particularly love the faux leopard fur!



I very nearly purchased a third bag, as they had several very cool totes with skulls, three of which I was seriously debating buying, but I actually restrained myself and kept it to just these two, because I'm mentally strong that way.


Okay, the truth is I was just really overwhelmed by the choices, and couldn't decide which skull tote to buy, so I just paid for the two purses I had chosen (and those choices were hard enough, because they kept pulling more awesome stuff out of the back!), and left. With that awesome "shoppers' high" you just don't get with online shopping! I will probably go back and get a skull tote eventually, but I think I'll hold off until September or October when I will probably be ready to put the summery messenger bag  in storage for the season.

Oh, I also did some fragrance shopping at Sephora, but I'll save that for another post. For now, have a great week, I'll try to get my vlogging issues straightened out, and I'll see you all later! Cheers!

Friday Five

Oh, my God, his week, you guys, THIS WEEK ... totally kicked my ass, and here are five reasons why:

1. Apologies for the TMI, but: Princess Time* arrived first thing Monday morning - a bad one this time - and shot everything to hell right off the bat. I had zero energy so I copped out of my workouts, severe pain, headaches that bordered on migraine, and general malaise. Not fun.

2. Also on Monday I had Jury Duty, which I have actually always wanted to do, but the timing of it was bad, bad, bad. I had two doctor appointments scheduled Tuesday afternoon which I ended up having to cancel because my service ran over into Tuesday afternoon, and a third appointment I had to put off until I was sure I was discharged from duty. Which I finally was, late Tuesday.

3.  I started on Humira yesterday. I got the insurance approval Monday, and called and set up the shipping, then had to wait till it arrived before calling my Dr. for an appointment. It was a lot of time on the phone, which is an anxiety-inducing activity to me after several days of increased anxiety (honestly how I manage to do phones at work is beyond me!), and the build-up to the actual shot was stressful as well. Thankfully, I got a quick and early appointment, and it turns out using the pen is not too difficult.

4.  So, as a treat to myself for all the crap I had to deal wth this week, I took myself out to Happy Hour at Giuseppe's and then to Farmer's Market. I had a delicious pomegranate martini, gorgonzola and herb stuffed mushrooms, and a small Caesar salad. Tres yum! At the market I got some blackberries, strawberries and blueberries that I hope are as good as the ones we got at the Paso Farmer's Market a few weeks ago, as well as some broccoli, avocados, and tomatoes.  I also stopped by Hep Kats downtown and picked up a couple new purses. Which, of course, means that I have to get rid of two purses I already own, which is hard because I already got rid of some a while back, so I'm really down to my keepers. Well, we'll see!

5. And finally remember a couple weeks ago I mentioned I made a video just for the heck of it? Well, I finally uploaded it tonight and you can check it out here:  

Hope you guys had a MUCH better week than I did, and will have a lovely weekend! See you Monday! Cheers!

 * Phrase originally coined by my friend Wendy, and blatantly stolen by me!