Random 411

Random 411: The Weekend and stuff


I know one shouldn’t make a big deal about weekends and such. I’d like to say I’m not. But days off from work is always a welcome reprieve. Unless you love your work. Then it doesn’t matter whether you have a weekend or not. And it’s not like I don’t love my job. I like my it’s just . . . So. The weekend had officially begun for me and I’m I’m faced with the “ok, what do I do?” and if I’m honest all I can think about is a good book, time alone with my thoughts, and room to write.  Yes, yes it’s boring. Unless you’re a reader. Or a writer. Or a deep thinker. Anyway . . . We only have three more weekends until 2017. Three more weekends to make the most of your weekends before your weekends are weekends in another year. So, I guess…

Biblio 411

Biblio 411: Finding Audrey


Author: Sophie Kinsella Publisher:   Series: A stand alone Released:  The Hook: I’ve enjoyed many of Sophie Kinsella’s books (believe it or not the Shopaholics isn’t one of them and there was one book that I enjoy as much, but I digress) so when I saw she hit the YA market I had to check it out. Oh, and it was noted as an epistolary read while it did have some for of letter-writing in it, writing played a small part of it. But it still gets points in my book since, you know, letters. The Summary This is Audrey’s story. (Sorry, I did that for dramatic effect, but it came off as “duh” shrugs) She’s dealing with an anxiety disorder due to a traumatic event and she’s scared, like really scared, of meeting new people and dealing with crowds. She’s comfortable around family, but that’s about it. One day, her brother’s friend, Linus, comes over,…

Wise Words

Wise Words: Shake the World


In a gentle way you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi I am an average person. I’m not saying that in a self-pitying-nobody-loves-me kind of way either. I feel pretty good about myself, in fact, but it doesn’t change that I’m pretty average. Considering this fact, it feels pretty good when I do something simple, like a suggestion to someone, and it has such a positive response. I overheard a conversation where someone was venting how frustrated they were that a list of things they’ve read wasn’t updated because they kept forgetting their list or forgetting their write down the title. I stepped in a recommended the GoodReads app because I noticed they had a smart phone. A few days later, that someone sought me out to thank me for the suggestion. They raved how GoodReads was something they were looking for. I thought of this quote in that moment. And I know…

Movie 411

Movie 411: Legend of Tarzan


Director: David Yates (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) Screenplay: Andrew Cozad (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Craig Brewer (Footloose 2011), Rated: PG-13 Released: July 1, 2016 Genre: Adventure The Hook: I never considered or have seen the story of Tarzan told from this perspective before. This Tarzan story is about Tarzan returning to the Congo. He’s already been saved, married Jane, and reclaimed his estate as a child of wealthy parents in England. Things are happening in the Congo that are causing some concern for some of the higher-ups of England. A government official recruits Tarzan to go take a look at what’s going on since, you know, he’s from there. He’s hesitant but he misses his homeland enough to give it a shot. He takes Jane with him, since she pretty much grew up there as well. That’s when the fun…

Biblio 411

Hello December 2016!


I cannot believe it is December already. I feel like a broken record saying “Time flies” almost every month, but I seriously cannot believe how fast time goes by. Just think, we are almost done with 2016. 2016! There was a meme out there, somewhere, that said something like “Raise your hand if you still think 10 years ago is in the 90s.” This is me, raising my hand, because yep. And I have to say, I’m sorry things have been a bit slow around here. Several things have happened on a personal level that’s causing all kinds of imbalance to my schedule, including a mad dash to turn in all of my homework so I could get credit for my Cold War history class (which I found fascinating–more on this later . . .  maybe), getting sick, and disappearing into mind (which I didn’t realize until I realized it). And…

Wise Words

Wise Words: Be real


You were born to be real not to be perfect.  ~Unkown Nothing like a good quote to drive a point home. Sometimes I get down on myself. And maybe it’s self-esteem issues, but I think everyone, at some point in their lives (and even more than one point may occur) where we feel like we’re not good enough. It can be the most crippling feeling in the world.  However, I take comfort at the fact that no one can be 100% right, 100% of the time. This quote sums that up rather nicely. Remembering that we were born to be real, not perfect means to accept the fact that we make mistakes.  And just because you can do things 100% right, 100% of the time doesn’t mean you aren’t real.