Monday, December 8, 2014

"The Book is Better" Holiday Gift Guide

Today I decided to put together a mini-gift guide of books I have read and loved, because as always the book is better, divided by who in your life who might like them. Most, not all, of the books are fairly recent and have published in the past two years or so.

Enjoy and happy reading!

For your advice loving friend: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

For your comedy fan friend: Yes Please by Amy Poehler Nine times out of ten, he or she has probably read everything written by George Carlin, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and Bossypants by Tina Fey.

For your crime/thriller friend: Level 26: Dark Origins by Anthony E Zuiker

For your writing obsessed friend who just finished NaNoWriMo and wants to continue writing: On Writing by Stephen King

For your healthy tips loving friend: Eat, Move, Sleep by Tom Rath

For your paranormal romance/vaginal fantasy fan friend: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

For your zombie fan friend: The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman

For your romance fan friend: Written in My Own Hearts Blood by Diana Gabaldon

For your graphic novel fan friend: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

For your comic book fan friend: The Joker: Death of the Family (The New 52) by Scott Snyder

For your dystopia fan friend: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

For your horror fan friend: Prince Lestat by Anne Rice

For your post apocalyptic fan friend: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

For your sci-fi/fantasy fan friend: The Silence of Six by E.C. Myers

For your historical fiction fan friend: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

For your non-fiction fan friend: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Advent Calendar 2014

Besides Halloween, I will admit I still get excited for Christmas time. Things just seem to be more magical in the month of December. Maybe it is because of finally finding the love of my life or maybe it is due to still working in Kindergarten; I do not know. For the fourth year in a row, I am doing an activities Advent Calendar to count down to Christmas after reading some great articles online about it. I am big on traditions so here is an outline. Most of the things will be done either by myself, with George, or with my family. Also, just because there is a date attached does not mean it will happen on that date -- it is more of a checklist.

December 1st: Gather clothes and bring to The Bowery Mission.
December 2nd: Make Christmas mix CD for George and mail it. (Done!)
December 3rd: Get holiday cards.(Done!)
December 4th: Wear mistletoe headband. (Done!)
December 5th: Watch the movie Scrooged.(Done!)
December 6th: Get some chocolate coins and give them to people who make me smile. (Done!)
December 7th: Wear Christmas ornament earrings (Done!) get some hot chocolate at Hu Kitchen & walk around Union Square holiday market.
December 8th: Watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
December 9th: Start writing out holiday cards. (Done!)
December 10th: Get a holiday inspired manicure. Make sure one nail is sparkly! (Done!)
December 11th: Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas.
December 12th: Mail holiday cards. (Done!)
December 13th: Spend some time with some old friends and laugh at some Christmas mischief. (Done!)
December 14th: Make a gingerbread house.
December 15th: Get a holiday inspired candle from Bath and Body Works.
December 16th: Make Star Wars themed glitter snowflakes.(Done!)
December 17th: Go watch some ice skaters in Bryant Park.
December 18th: Watch one of my favorite movies Untamed Heart and have a good cry.
December 19th: Cozy up in some pajamas and watch the Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special.
December 20th: George visits. Visit the Rockefeller Center tree and walk along 5th Avenue and look at the holidays windows and take picture with Santa. (Done!)
December 21st: Watch all of the Christmas episodes I have on DVD.
December 22nd: Make sure all of my gifts are wrapped.
December 23rd: Wear ugly Christmas sweater to work.
December 24th: Go Christmas caroling in Washington Square Park.
December 25th: CHRISTMAS!!! Open presents and watch The Muppets Christmas Carol.

I hope all of my readers are enjoying this holiday season! What did you do for the season? Leave a comment below to let me know!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Things I Love -- November 2014 Edition

Oh my it the end of November already? Before I know it, I will have to do my 2014 Pop Culture Favorites blog and Best of 2014 blog! But with that being said....lets do this months THINGS I LOVE.

Here is what I love for the month of November:

--This video from Nerdist:

--Enjoying some vintage pinball games with the one I love.

--Using lines from Spaceballs in comments for pictures on my Facebook.

--Cinnamon bun candles that make my room smell like fall as finally arrived.

--This video:

--Knowing that karma will strike at any moment and that I can not wait for it.

--After work gossip with co-workers I do not get to see all that often.

--Trying to instill that THANKSGIVING must come so that we can have Christmas to my students. I love the holidays as much as the next person but I really do not like this whole "Black Thursday" thing or Summer than Christmas. Its Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas!

--Listening to my love snore.

--Heated blankets that keep me snuggly and warm.

--Knowing that my love has my back period. I got into a huge fight with my family and he listened, tried to console, tried to cheer me up, and was just overall awesome.

--Allenberry Murder Mystery weekends. It was my third time going and I won again this year! I am a detective...I know this.

--Being thankful for what I have and not participating in any Black Thursday/Black Friday/Cyber Monday stuff. There is nothing I need that badly.

What are you in love with this month?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Things I Love -- October 2014 Edition

Do you smell that? That lovely pumpkin and cinnamon aroma in the air? The crunchy leaves under your feet? know what this means...


It is for my favorite time of the year....OCTOBER. I love October. It feels me with so much joy. With that said, here is what I love in the month of October.

-- The return of the internet cartoon series HOMESTAR RUNNER. If you do not know what I am talking about -- stop what you are doing and go to this link, right now: Homestar Runner

-- When someone calls you at 725am on a Sunday to make sure you took your methotrexate so you do not have a relapse of RA, that speaks volumes. Thank you my VenomX. You do not know how much I appreciate you.

-- This video of a Japanese family doing a cover of "Reigning Blood" by Slayer.

-- This video which explains a lot of our generation and why we are so out of touch with humanity

-- This video of If Disney Princesses went to college: I am definitely Belle!

-- Listening to metal covers of non-metal songs and enjoying them better than the originals.

-- Full on belly laughter that makes you cry.

-- Kellogg's Cinnamon Flakes cereal. So good without almond milk as a snack!

-- Proving to myself that I can do things on my own and not be holding to a car ride.

-- Creating traditions with my love.

-- Spending the entire weekend on Skype with my love and having it feel like we are living together and it not bothering me one bit. It actually felt good and I have never felt like that before.

-- Going to see Motley Crue/Alice Cooper with my big brother, who turned me onto heavy metal in the first place.

-- This info graphic explaining all of the superhero movies coming out in the next 6 years. Supermovies

What are your favorite things for the month of October?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Countdown to Halloween -- 2014 Edition!

My favorite holiday, besides my birthday, is Halloween. I am drawn to all things Halloween/Autumn -- vampires, zombies, werewolves, cheesy 80s horror movies, dressing up, anything pumpkin flavored or scented, sweater weather... Just love it! With that said I thought it would be cool to do a COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN activities list. Most of this stuff will be done by myself or with friends/George. Yes I know there are dates attached but I am using it more as a check off list.

October 1st: Watch the movie Frankenweenie. (Done!)
October 2nd: Watch the movie Paranorman. (Done!)
October 3rd? Watch the movie Hotel Transylvania. (Done!)
October 4th: Watch the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. (Done!)
October 5th: Watch the German expressionist horror film Nosferatu. (Done!)
October 6th: Watch the movie Dead Still with George. (Done!)
October 7th: Wear skull hand hair clip to work. (Done!)
October 8th: Watch the movie Hocus Pocus.
October 9th: Attend New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javitz Center. (Done!)
October 10th: Make a Halloween playlist and burn it to a disc and send it to George.(Done!)
October 11th: Participate in the 8th Annual NYC Zombie Crawl. (Done!)
October 12th: Watch the Universal classic horror movies Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.
October 13th: Watch the movie Nightmare on Elm Street (original with Robert Englund)
October 14th: Get candles with a cinnamon or pumpkin smell from Bath and Body Works for my room. (Had one saved over from last year so I did not need to get more. Score!)
October 15th: Watch the movie Beetlejuice.
October 16th: Watch the movie Psycho (original Alfred Hitchcock version).
October 17th: Watch the cartoon Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Done!)
October 18th: Try the pumpkin spice chai tea at Argo (Done!) and Sweetest Day with George. (Done!)
October 19th: Visit a haunted house.
October 20th: Watch the movie The Evil Dead (original with Bruce Campbell)
October 21st: Watch the movie The Craft (Done!)
October 22nd: Get a beauty treatment that is pumpkin/fall inspired.
October 23rd: Get some Halloween inspired stickers for my students. (Done!)
October 24th: Watch the movie Hellraiser
October 25th: Watch the movie Friday the 13th Part One
October 26th: Wear cat ears to work.
October 27th: Watch the original John Carpenter's Halloween on AMC. (Done!)
October 28th: Watch the movie Teen Witch (Done!)
October 29th: Get a fall inspired color manicure. (Done!)
October 30th: Watch the movie The Lost Boys. (Done!)
October 31st: HALLOWEEN!!!

What are you doing for October/Halloween?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Things I Love -- September 2014 Edition


Is it seriously the end of September?

WHERE DID SUMMER GO? Didn't I just pack up my stuff in my classroom? Well..I guess time goes by when you are having fun. With that said, here is what I am in love with for the month of September.

--Not wearing a watch. I know, this is weird but my battery in my fleur de lis watch from New Orleans died and I just haven't gone to replace it. I wanted to see how it would feel to not wear a watch; considering my cell phone has a clock and I wanted to live like Carrie Bradshaw when she told her Russian lover why she doesn't wear a watch -- if she asks someone, they will tell her.

--The official start of football season which means Fall is upon us, even though the official date of Fall is September 23rd.

--Planning birthdays in my fair city. I tend to go overboard about birthdays. Hope it is appreciated.

--A far fetched plan of mine actually followed through. Lets just say I hold my title of #QueenOfSmallTalk very proudly.

--Birthdays in NYC with the man I love. I have never been this much in love is a great feeling.

--Actually finding out who is loyal and loves me through the power of getting injured at work. I slipped in some water in the cafeteria of my school building and had my bell rung/bashed the back of my head. Of course I took pictures of myself in the ambulance and in the hospital and sent them out/posted on Facebook. It goes to show that the cliche' is true -- in times of trouble/struggle, you will learn who loves you. I sure did.

--Having someone in my life who is just as much of a bookworm as I am.

--Receiving texts and messages from people who I haven't heard from in a while.

--Planning out Octoberween!

--That I can read 5 books at a time and not get all of the plots mixed up.

--Gluten Free Rice Krispies cereal. So good!

What are you in love with for the month of September? What are your favorites?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Things I Love -- July 2014 Edition


Okay...enough of my demands. Here is what I love for the month of July

--Getting a reply tweet from Felicia Day that then became a favorite tweet from Joe Eisma, artist and co-creator of one of my favorite graphic novel series Morning Glories.

--Bridges. Yes, bridges. Not explaining. Just take it for what it is worth. This particular bridge, I am going to try my best not to burn.

--Good morning texts from 7 DIFFERENT PEOPLE. Feeling the love.

--That Weird Al, without knowing me, wrote me a theme song using the beat from Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke: Word Crimes by Weird Al Yankovic

--The pre-made playlists on Spotify. I enjoy "Beat Up Your Morning" "Have a Great Day!" and "Mood Booster".

--This cartoon featuring my two current favorites in WWE, Dean Ambrose and Wade Barrett

--Knowing that the feeling in my gut is usually always right.

--Volunteering for the Learning Ally which is a non-for-profit organization thats produces digital books/audiobooks for the blind and dyslexic.

--Losing weight even though I am not trying.

--Constantly being called gorgeous. I, hardly, hear that word and to hear it on a constant basis has me swooning.

--Stacks of magazines, a cup of tea, and solitude.

--Having a smile on my face ALL THE TIME.

--Believing the urban legend that if you have trouble sleeping, it is because you are awake in someone else's dream.

--Trivia nights with my brother in Hoboken. Lots of fun.

--This 10 year old girl playing War Ensemble by Slayer on ROCKSMITH2014 and simply killing it! Her little sister with the screams was an added addition of badassery.

--This is downright adorable.

--This article about how a different password for 30 days changed things in life. How a Password Changed My Life

--This parody video of CM Punk never ever getting back with WWE:

What are you in love with for the month of July?