Those days everyone is annoying

My weekend ended with a bang which means my work week kicked off with a pounding in my head.  Let’s just say my friend’s wedding was incredible, but Monday morning hit me hard.

When I say incredible, picture many talented swing dancers dominating a dance floor while at the same time tolerating us folks who have no rhythm. And talented is an understatement.

My awe for the dancers and happiness for my friend was only slightly diminished while I sat at my cubicle cursing the fact that I have to work for a living. I couldn’t even manage a nacket but I did manage to be annoyed by almost everyone I encountered throughout the day.

- Annoying couple sitting on the bench next to me during lunch, do you have to neck the entire time?

- People who borrow books and don’t return them, rude!

- People on the Boston Tea Party reenactment, do you have to be so loud?

- Person on the elevator, there is no need for THAT much cologne.

- Professional adult women who trash the bathroom, seriously?!

- Other person on the elevator, you realize your bag keeps hitting me, right?

- Fellow commuter on the bus, save your cell phone conversation for your walk.

- Person in my office I don’t know, why is it necessary to run in the hallway? Leave for your meetings on time.

- People who don’t show up for conference calls, I don’t schedule these for my health.

- WordPress, why did you publish an old draft of my post and delete the correct version?

- New treadmill, stop mocking me.

- Mean people, why can’t you just fake being nice?

- Head, stop aching.

What annoys you?

Today was the fourteenth day of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. My word of the day was nacket  snack; light lunch.

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Literary Junkies

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Another month, another bunch of great books.

I would definitely recommend checking all of these out (reviews from Goodreads) but I put them in order starting with my favorite.

Mad About You by Sinead Moriarty: Sinéad Moriarty’s riveting new novel, Mad About You, will make every reader stop and think about the importance of trust in relationships – how fragile it can be, how easily damaged, how hard to repair. Sinéad combines the storytelling genius of Jodi Picoult, and the compassion and humour of Marian Keyes, in a gripping story of contemporary marriage. Emma and James Hamilton have weathered lots of storms in their ten-year marriage. From the heartbreak of infertility, to the craziness of then becoming parents to two babies in one year, to coping with James losing his job, somehow they have always worked as a team. However, the pressure of moving from Dublin to London for James’s new job – away from familiar surroundings and the family Emma loves – puts them under stress like never before. So when James starts getting texts from a stranger – texts that show startling insights into their lives – Emma is not sure what to think. She is far from home, isolated and before long finds herself questioning everything about their relationship. Maybe those texts are telling her the truth and the life she believed to be solid and secure is just a mirage. Somehow she has to get a grip, but how can she do that when a stranger is set on driving Emma out of her home and her marriage?

Then And Always by Dani Atkins: Rachel Wiltshire has everything she’s ever wanted: a close group of friends, a handsome boyfriend, and acceptance to the journalism program at her top-choice college. But one fateful evening, tragedy tears her world apart. Five years later, Rachel is still coping with her grief, and can’t stop thinking about the bright future she almost had. But when a sudden fall lands her in the hospital, Rachel wakes to find that her life has completely changed. Now she has her dream job as a writer, and a stylish apartment, but the people she loves most are not the way she remembers them. Unable to trust her own recollections, Rachel tries to piece together what really happened, and not even she can predict the astonishing truth.

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry: All they have in common is that they’re less than perfect. And all they’re looking for is the perfect distraction. Kate’s dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she’s still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.  Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he’s a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get  attached. But could they be right for each other after all?

One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker: Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents’ tragic death and Kacey’s self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would…and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action. Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton? As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.

As for this month’s Literary Junkies questions:

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1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it! I just started reading Unlikely Family by Lee Adams today at lunch. I got to sit outside and enjoy the nicer weather!

2. Divergent, Hunger Games, or Twilight. Which do you prefer and why? (If you’ve never read them which do you think you’d prefer?) It’s a tough choice between Divergent and Hunger Games. Twilight is not in the running for me although I did devour all the books in that series too. Books that are completely unrealistic don’t do it for me as much as ones that maybe, sorta, kinda someday could happen.
 
3. TV Series Based on Books: they start out very close to the book to draw in the fans but then will start to separate themselves by changing things and adding characters. What are you thoughts on this? Some of my favorite TV shows are based on books- Pretty Little Liars for one. I think it would be too confusing for me to read the series while watching the show though. I’d mix up which is which!
 
4. You’ve just been recruited to help a movie studio bring your favorite book to the big screen. What’s the movie and who are you choosing to play the main characters? I recently found out that Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is being made into a movie. I can totally see Zooey Deschanel playing the role of Lou. If you haven’t read this book, definitely do so before it comes to theaters.
 
5. Going back to the above question, do you keep it word for word the same or do you use this chance to change little things you thought would make the book better? I’d keep it as close to the book as possible allowing for some changes to fit the presentation versus written word.
 
6. After you finish a physical copy of a book do you keep it for a reread, put it on a shelf to collect dust, donate it to Goodwill, or do you just not purchase physical copies of books? I’m completely mabsoot that my mom got me a Kindle to replace the one I broke a few months ago. That said, I have been trying to buy physical copies of books I think I will want to have on a shelf. It’s tough to tell ahead of time though!

For more of my Literary Junkies posts, go here.

Today was the thirteenth day of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. My word of the day was mabsoot, happy.

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Sip happened

I was pretty honored to have been invited to cohost the Sip Happens shenanigans this time around. I was honored, but I was also nervous. Now that I was invited, I actually had to host a party. Who would I invite? Would they judge my apartment? Would I give anyone food poisoning?

The “who” ended up being easy. I invited Emily from Sassy in Sequins, Kerry from Till Then Smile Often, Jodi from Jodi Beans Blog and Allena from Allena Mistral. It turned out to be a good crew.

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As for the “where,” well, there isn’t much that can be done about my apartment. The girls didn’t seem to mind that some had to sit on floor pillows. And luckily, the thin walls didn’t matter because we were laughing too much to hear the old man coughing next door.

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Nobody got food poisoning and/or the libations drowned any chances of that happening.

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So, what were our thoughts on the wines? The whole point was to judge wines we initially bought based on the labels. I’m still a fan of my pick Goats do Roam. My second win for the night was one of the bottles Kerry brought called La Capra. It ironically means “the goat” in Italian, so I guess I unknowingly have a thing for the animal.

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Inspired by the wine night, Emily has decided to have a Sip Happens spin-off based on beers.

Have you had a wine tasting party? Do you judge bottles by their labels?

Thanks to Eva and Val for inviting me to join you in Sip Happens!

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Meet your hosts:

Val @ Chicken Scratch Blog

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Kate @ Another Clean Slate

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If you didn’t get a chance to host a party this time around you can still check out Val’s post about how you can still participate.

The link up will be live from Monday, April 14 at 8:00am EST and close Sunday, April 20th at 11:59pm, so you have this whole week to link up.

Our favorite party will be featured on the next Sip Happens Party link up post, which will be June 16th! Instead of a featured wine for the next link up, we are choosing a theme: LOCAL WINERIES. Visit a local winery or purchase wines from one and tell us all about it! SAVE-THE-DATE-SHP-3

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1. Follow your hosts because you want to not because it’s required.

2. Link up your actual post, not your blog’s main page. Only Sip Happens Party related posts, please (or they will be deleted).

3. Grab the button below or link back to one or all of our blogs.

4. Hop around and leave some comment love, because that’s what link ups are for, am I right?

5. Spread the word via social media and use the hashtag #siphappensparty!

Today was the twelfth day of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. My word of the day was libation, a serving of an alcoholic beverage.

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