Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I'm back....sorta


I love country music.

Seriously, the festival just keeps getting better and better.
Last year, it was Little Big Town, Alan Jackson, and Blake Shelton.
This year, it was Rodney Atkins, Sugarland, Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Martina McBride, Jana Kramer, The Band Perry, and Trace Adkins.

Next year, they have announced Carrie Underwood on Friday and Brad Paisley on Saturday!!!!

I'll post pictures from this weekend sometime in the near future, I pinky promise.

However, I came home with a head cold, and I have to go back to full-time work.

Recap soon!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Five more weeks.
That's how long I have left.
Five weeks of summer break (if you can call it that)
Five weeks left as an almost full-time employee.
(Just switching back to my regular hours, not losing my job hopefully...)

The weird part?
I cannot WAIT for these next five weeks to fly past.

Yeah, I am excited to get back to classes, 
but mostly I am sick of full-time at my work.

Normally, I love my job.
I work evenings and weekends, 
so it's usually just me and one other person in my department.

Full time is not fun.
Some of my coworkers don't get along.
I get caught in the middle.
I am also currently training on scheduling,
and let's just say some coworkers are much better at teaching than others.

I cannot wait to get back to my domain, the world of books and writing.
I am both anxiously awaiting and dreading this coming term,
as it will be my last as an undergrad. 
Scary and exciting,
all at once.


However, in the meantime,
this weekend I will be attending this awesome music festival
and getting to see awesome country acts.
Back in a week!

Friday, August 10, 2012

90's TV and YA Novels

What can I say?
I read a lot. (understatement of the century)
However, I've been on a YA novel kick,
mainly books about America in the future,
also known as "The Society", "Panem", and other various new names.

I've been reading and re-reading these beauties:

Goodreads Summary:
"Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever."
"Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love."
"Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow."
"Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love."

I clearly have a Hunger Games withdrawal issue.
I tend to do this when I finish a series:
I HAVE to find a similar novel,
or at least something new to obsess with.
 I do the same thing with TV shows...
I just finished:

And immediately moved on to:

Thank goodness for Netflix and the library.
Any suggestions for TV or books that are a must see/read?