ICollage 2015-05-30 17_56_53t is crazy to think about things you wrote down years ago. I dug out one of my journals (still a WIP to fill) and snapped some shots of a few pages. The stories were funny to read now but I started looking at my handwriting.

The biggest difference is when you compare the present with 15 years ago. Back then I was in the habit of writing daily and it was just the dawn of the computer age. As time goes on my writing (in my opinion) is lacking. I may need to get back in the practice of writing in an actual journal again to improve my penmanship.

These excerpts are examples of when I was not trying to write legible, just freely.

Have you noticed a change in your handwriting over the years? Is the computer/texting ruining us all?

Flashback, Three Years

560565_10151770590845366_1028580773_nThree years ago today I woke up to quite the surprise–a fine coating of volcanic ash on everything. I lived 30 miles away from Nevado del Ruiz, a volcano in central Colombia which last erupted in 1994. Never did I consider a volcano eruption when moving to South America. I was stressed most of the day with talks of a big eruption but needless to say only minor activity resulted. It is quite the memory, something I will always remember.

The volcano for the past few days is stirring again like three years ago. Check out the activity here for live webcam views.



Throwback, Days of Yore

332944_10150328971795671_699430161_oThis was my neighborhood bookstore of choice. I am not sure why it happened but my preference for Borders over B&N was always present. I used to visit weekly to catch up with my old friends and new acquaintances (new releases/classics) and tried to bring a friend home with me every once in awhile. The books greeted me each time like no time had passed. The atmosphere in the store was what kept me coming back. I never had to wait in line too long for coffee at the cafe. The tables weren’t crowded with teens sipping their fraps or hipsters on their Macs. It was a more relaxed vibe I got while wandering the shelves, reminding me of the library almost.

I miss having a place that feels like a second home. I have yet to find another spot to frequent and the void still feels fresh. With time the wound will heal and more so when another store takes the place this one occupied. Until then I’ll just say, thanks for the memories.

Throwback, Days of Yore

Top Ten Tuesday, Beach Reads

Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer

beach read should be a page turner that leaves you feeling satisfied by the end of the book. Also a book with the word summer in the title is a popular choice as a beach read, or perhaps a book that has been on your TBR pile for ages. The following are books (in no particular order) I hope to read during free time, and possibly outside soaking up some sun.

    1. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. This is one that’s been patiently waiting to be read. I hope to get that accomplished soon.
    2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. There is a lot of buzz about this book so I want to read it to see what all the fuss is about.
    3. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares. I had no idea this series had a fifth book, so this is on my list because years ago I read the first book during summer break and closure is a good thing.
    4. Burnt Devotion by Rebecca Ethington. Another series continuation that is perfect for summer reading. I picked up this series on a whim and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
    5. Something by Sarah Dessen like That Summer or Someone Like You. I have yet to read a S. Dessen novel and I’ve heard that I’m missing out. Going to rectify that this summer. Got a suggestion of which to read first?Mosquitoland
    6. Mosquitoland by David Arnold. Because the cover has me interested and I have been in a YA mood lately.
    7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I finished E&P recently and quickly, so I figure another R. Rowell book is perfect as a summer page turner.
    8. I am finally getting around to Marie Lu’s Legend. I will read this. It will not sit on my TBR pile any longer.
    9. This next book makes the list due to popularity and a renewed interest of reading fantasy books. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.
    10. Jodi Picoult has been recommended to me so I thought I’d start with House Rules.

tttTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week is a new bookish topic for a new list. Go check them out and find out more about participating.

What makes a book a beach read for you? What will be in your bag?
Top Ten Tuesday, Beach Reads

Seven Things.

For me Sunday marks the beginning of a new week. It is the end of the weekend and usually a day devoted to rest but it also a day in which I try to finish up the week’s worth of things on my to do list.

Seven things still on my mind from this past week:

  1. The dog needs a haircut, in fact, so do I. The weather is starting to change and it is the “kick off of summer” because of the holiday so a shorter hairdo is in order before it gets sweltering outdoors. Also I’m debating, fringe or not?
  2. I am behind on my (required by me) reading and need to get in gear to move on to more books. Also, I need to catch up on reviews that have yet to be written.
  3. I am a crappy friend and unless I write on my to do list to email people or call so-and-so for their birthday I will forget. If I were offered one upgrade to my current self, I would choose a memory that works just like google.
  4. This last week I finished a few projects but I still have some past their deadline. I need to stay motivated this week to get things done again. I did manage to get caught up in numerous areas so I’m not too worried about feeling bogged down this week.
  5. I did a blog redesign but now I need to get more organized and more interaction with followers and blogs I follow. There is always room to improve.
  6. Cookies will be made this week because they have been on my list of things to do for the longest. Yum, cookies!
  7. It’s almost time to switch out the wardrobe for lighter layers since the hot weather is encroaching. This means I have a date with my closet this week and I’ll be making a trip to the donation drop center again. But on the plus side, I am making room for new clothes to take the space of the old I don’t use.
What are your seven?
Seven Things.

Shout Out Saturday, May 2015

sosI felt like being random today. I expanded the idea of a #ff (follow Friday) into the next day, shout-out Saturday (which I guess is a thing, I just looked it up).

Since it’s the fifth month I decided to give a shout-out to five random followers of my blog. Go check them out, they have good taste in blogs. 😉

Thanks for following me for one reason or another. I hope this might shine some light on the great work you’re doing over on your blog. Happy writing!