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My 7 thoughts today

  1. It’s amazing that people can simultaneously be so completely idiotic and so completely profound.
  2. I should be very very grateful for the life I have and the people that love me.
  3. People who use too, to, and two incorrectly deserve grammar prison…
  4. also, grammar prison should be a thing. 
  5. Money sucks… or more accurately, not having money sucks.
  6. Athens may very well be the coolest town anywhere…
  7. My roommates both past and future are just awesome, awesome, ridiculously odd girls.

That is all.

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My {Imaginary} Twin Sister

So I can’t decide if this is a story or a rant…I suppose a bit of both, because I’m not going to throw out real names or exact events and it’s not all how I feel, but some of it really, really is. Hope you like it.

My twin sister would be named Colette. Or maybe Josette. Mom likes names ending in -ette.

And if I had a twin, so there were two of us, then maybe Dad would’ve let mom have her way, and I would’ve gotten an -ette name too. Like Nicolette.

So we would be Nicolette and Josette, but I would call her Josie, or maybe Jos, and she would call me Nikki, or Nic. And we would be best friends.

Maybe if I’d had Jos I wouldn’t have had such a rough time finding someone who really got me. Jos would have understood me completely. Maybe with her I wouldn’t have tagged after girls who didn’t really want me around all the time, wouldn’t have had an ex-best friend tell my new friend not to spend the night at my house because I was clingy. Maybe I wouldn’t have gone through that terrible cheer leading phase.

Maybe, just maybe,  in high school when my best friend, Camron’s, parents got divorced, and she had to move three hours away I wouldn’t have almost lost it. I wouldn’t have needed therapy. Not in a weird way, but you have to understand that Cam and I were like sisters. We spent all of our time together. And then she was just gone. Gone. And she was going through hell with her parents’ divorce and finding out her brother had cancer. She needed my support, even from afar, but somehow, even when things settled again, settled but didn’t really get much better, our relationship never went back to normal. It never went back to a give and take, just a give give give.

Maybe Jos could have told me to let go….

Maybe with Jos I wouldn’t have loved Cam so much. Maybe I wouldn’t have needed to find a sister. I would have already had one.

And even with Rob, my boyfriend, being the best boyfriend, and often best friend, a girl could think to ask for, he was still a boy.

I couldn’t gush to him about the great date I’d just had with him. That would be ridiculous. But Jos would have met me at the door when he dropped me off, already squealing. She would want to know every detail, and compare kisses from her own experience.

We would talk about love, and sex, and marriage, and growing up, and hate, and heartbreak. We would cry together. We would laugh a lot.

Sometimes I would hate her, because sometimes you hate siblings, but I would always be able to talk to her.

My brother would have had two younger sisters instead of one, and who knows what that would have done to him, but I think he would’ve been okay. I wouldn’t have needed my older cousins to accept me so very much.

I wouldn’t have felt so very alone so very often.

It’s not that I don’t have friends. I have friends. I just don’t have her.

I don’t have someone who will gush over Taylor Laughtner’s abs one minute, discuss our futures, and then switch to planning our next adventure. I don’t have the whole package. Or even if I know someone who could be, they aren’t yet. We just don’t love each other the way I would love Jos.

I just don’t have her.

And I could really use a sister.

 

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Summer Reading List {updated once again} :D

a running list of the books I plan to read this summer in no particular order:
    1. Outpost (Enclave #2) by Ann Aguirre- I’m dying…..
      summer reading, Outpost, Shannon Adams, Sharing Stories
      Outpost by Ann Aguirre
    2. Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver –I have this one in my possession, but so far the first few pages haven’t caught me… we shall see how long it takes me to get really grabbed by these great characters again.
      Delirium cover by Lauren Oliver
      Delirium cover by Lauren Oliver
    3. Reqium (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver
    4. End the Fed by Ron Paul- the boyfriend has added this one to my list. I’m under duress.
    5. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr- also waiting for me!
    6. Partials by Dan Wells
      Cover of "The Bar Code Tattoo"
      Cover of The Bar Code Tattoo
    7. The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
    8. The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Wey
    9. Unwholly by Neal Shusterman- I. Am. Dying. to get my hands on this one. I LOVED Unwind, the first in this series.
    10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Larsson -Highly recommended by one of my best friends
    11. Allegiant by Veronica Roth!!!!
    12. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver- this one is currently in process on audio book. So far so good. By the same author as Delirium.

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Books I’ve read this summer (I think there are more, but I can’t remember…)

  1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver- AWESOME. I am having serious withdrawals. Must get the second one immediately.
  2. Enclave by Ann Aguirre- finished! Loved it!
  3. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
  4. Easy by Tammara Webber
  5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – first book to keep me up to 3am this summer!
  6.  Scarlet by Marissa Meyer- the second in the Cinder series. OMG that is all
  7. Dark Life by Kat Falls- Read it! loved it

I’ll update as I fall in love with new series! Any recommendations would be more than welcome!

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Dark Life and other life musings

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Cover of "Before I Fall"

Cover of Before I Fall

Hey there beautiful people.

You may have noticed I’ve been away for a bit. Sorry for going AWOL, but I’ve been !doing things! 😀 I’ll post some tutorials and pics for the cool crafts I’ve been doing soon! I’ll also update my reading list.

 

 

In addition to crafts, my mom and I took a lovely trip to Helen, GA to go tubing and shopping, and we listened to the audio book of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver on the car ride. We haven’t finished it yet, but so far it’s pretty great.

Also, I read Dark Life by Kat Falls (and finally returned my library books…$7 fines…bad book lover). Dark Life was pretty great, and I wonder if there will be a sequel, because I feel like there could be more story there.

It’s about Ty, a kid who was born and raised underwater. In this futuristic novel space has become mankind’s most scarce and valued resource, and some of us have gone under the waves to find it. Living in a home inspired by jelly fish and farming kelp and plankton, Ty has spent most of his life underwater, rarely going topside, and avoiding topsiders, who gawk at his shine (a metallic glint to his skin that come from eating certain types of fish). REcently though, the scary Seablite Gang, a group of escaped prisoners, have been raiding the oceans, attacking government vessels and stealing supplies from them.

When Ty finds an abandoned sub in a deserted area of the sea floor he goes to explore, and finds the inside of the sub drenched in blood. There, he meets Gemma, a topsider looking for her brother, who she thinks is a prospector living on the seafloor like Ty. She has to find her brother, who can sign her emancipation papers, freeing her from her status as a ward of the state. Gemma and Ty narrowly avoid a run in with the Seablite gang, and as Gemma becomes more and more anxious to find her brother and the Seablite Gang becomes less and less scarce, Ty realizes he may have to make some tough choices, including revealing his deepest, dark secret.

Dark Life was pretty great. It drew me in pretty well, and though I wasn’t up all night reading it or anything, it was definitely worth a gander. Check it out if you’re looking for an interesting book that puts you in a different world without really leaving our own.

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