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This was on my feed today and I really needed to see it. So I am passing it on–in case someone else might need to see these words today.


Through The Wringer

When emotions are running high and you react by overreacting, how do you process what really happened? All I would really like to do is pretend it never happened, ignore the random flashes of the memories in my head and what I perceived. But how do you move on from that something without analyzing the situation?

Right now I feel like my thoughts and feelings have been through the wash. Maybe after a night of sleep I can get a better grasp on how I think and feel. It has been a definite case of the Mondays today.

Hope everyone else had an easier more relaxed day. Until tomorrow.

Through The Wringer

Three Things



  1. I hope that one day soon I will forgive you and move on from the negative feelings I have when I think of you.
  2. With that being said, I’m sorry we will never have the chance to repair our relationship.
  3. I do love you and hope that you found peace.


  1. This weekend is a time to celebrate you, I hope you know how much you mean to me.
  2. You are my role model, my counselor, and my friend. I love you.
  3. That one time when you knew it was me but I denied it, it¬†was me. I’m sorry for lying.


  1. I am jealous of your drive, ambition, and attitude.
  2. I want to grow up and be like you.
  3. I hope we never outgrow our friendship.


  1. Thank you to the moon and back.
  2. You compel me to update often and keep to my goals.
  3. I am grateful for every one of my followers.

What things do you have left unsaid?
Three Things

Top Ten Tuesday, Inspiring Quotes


Top Ten FIVE Inspiring Quotes from Books

The topic this week from The Broke and the Bookish is a tough one. So many books have great lines and memorable dialogue, but which to choose. One feature I love (and sold me on reading eBooks) about my Kindle is the highlighting/note option. The thought of writing in a book used to terrify me but with an eBook it is manageable. I highlight things that make me laugh or witty words, sometimes even things to ponder later or share with a friend. Now on to the list of quotes.

“The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure…” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling

One thing I love about the Harry Potter series are the memorable quotes. There are times that I wish my mind were like a library because I have a terrible memory.

“I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live.” Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer

“It was not the feeling of completeness I so needed, but the feeling of not being empty.” Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer

Foer has three quotes in my top ten list on Goodreads. These two are my favorites. Both are about living life which is something I over analyze. One of my goals is to adopt the lifestyle of carpe diem. I think that living in the moment will cut the stress out of my life and help me to value the present.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

I read this book at exactly the right time to fully appreciate it. This quote stayed with me for months after finishing the novel. I have never thought about love in these terms but feel this rings true for me.

“Books are to me as homemade tattoos are to an inmate. Can’t get enough of them.” I Love Everybody, Laurie Notaro

I love Notaro. Her humor speaks to me and I always laugh when reading her work.

I only chose five quotes instead of ten because there are so many inspiring words out there and the five above are my current favorites from books I have read.

What is your favorite quote from a book you have read?
Top Ten Tuesday, Inspiring Quotes

Mood Music

I am one of those people that would much rather listen to an album than watch a movie or television show. Music transforms my moods. My mood shapes what music is played. It is a magical, wonderful thing–music.

When I say music, what pops into your head?

I use to listen to music on Pandora religiously, before their upgrades and ads. I still occasionally listen to my custom station, tLa’s mix, but not nearly as often as I log in to my iHeartRadio app. I have a Kindle Fire and when I am reading I like to listen to music in the background.

Where/how do you listen to music?

At night as I am falling asleep I listen to acoustic songs or ambient music (like rainymood). Right now my mood has been bouncing between 90’s music and the newest Modest Mouse album,¬†Strangers to Ourselves.¬†

Tonight I am finishing a book for book club (because I am so behind) while listening to either a Blur or Modest Mouse playlist on youtube (another great place to listen to music).

Who is on your playlist?
Mood Music


Day 6 of 7

a book that makes you sad

This lovely little craze boggles my mind. I do not think we are meant to understand things such as this, it just is what it is. I gave in to all the hype and read this series in 2012. Everyone was talking about it, I had to see what the big deal was. Let me tell you, if you have not read these, don’t bother. I found it to be such a waste of time. I swear the entire time I kept thinking, “surely it gets better, just read a bit further”. It never did.

This book makes me sad because of all the attention it gets, the hundred million copies sold, and it made me a sheep following the flock. I should have known better than to listen to my collective group of “friends” on Facebook for book recommendations. The one good thing about this series is it probably got people reading who normally wouldn’t be found with a book in their hand. I feel the same way about Frappuccino consumers at Starbucks, at least it’s money going toward keeping my convenient coffee shop open. (Popping quickly into Starbucks in the summer is a chore, am I right?)

Let’s all face it, sex sells. We know this and should not be surprised by the phenomenon that is¬†Fifty Shades.


Cheerful Anecdotes

Day 5 of 7

a book that makes you happy

Just one? Being near books fills me with happiness. The feeling when I walk into a bookstore or library is pure relief, it often feels like a reunion of old friends. If I had to chose one book that evokes happiness I would pick most of Laurie Notaro’s pieces. I find her hilarious and her stories are always amusing.

7530The first book of Notaro’s that I read was AoaFB, and I’ve been a loyal reader ever since.

In Autobiography of a Fat Bride, Laurie contemplates family, home improvement, and the horrible tyrannies of cosmetic saleswomen. She finds that life doesn’t necessarily get any easier as you get older. But it does get funnier.

via Goodreads

Her short stories are filled with events that could happen to you. I love her writing style and her stories about her Mother and Nana. She makes the mundane sound entertaining. If you want a good laugh, pick up one of her books to peruse.

Be honest with yourself; set the alarm for the time the Real You will get up, not the Ambitious You, because the Ambitious You doesn’t really exist.

–Laurie Notaro,¬†Autobiography of a Fat Bride

Come on get happy…what are some of your happy reads?

Cheerful Anecdotes

Spring Clean

Only 2 more weeks until SPRING! I am ready. Today I started my spring cleaning.¬†Does anyone else spring clean each year?¬†Most of my time was spent in the living room moving furniture around to a new layout. Tomorrow will be my bedroom’s turn for a new arrangement and some purging of items.

Like most people on the East Coast hit by the latest winter storm I spent a few hours outside today clearing snow from all the surfaces. We had around 7 inches to clear. There is nicer weather in the forecast and I am so, so excited that I am already making plans for activities I will do outside in the next week.

14 days left of possible gross cold weather so I made a list of things to do when I am stuck inside.

  • diy projects (crafting)
  • baking
  • netflix
  • reading (my to-read pile is getting smaller)
  • cleaning
  • email, letters, and phone calls to friends
How do you chase away the winter blues?
Spring Clean


Another day, another gray cloud over my head.


I need to get out of this slump I have been in the last two weeks. I never feel like updating or sitting down to get online. I need some good weather to help chase this cloud away. Does anyone else ever go through these moods? How do you get past the moodiness?

It is not really what I would call writer’s block but more of a refusal to ramble about nothing. Perhaps I should find a muse or inspiration in another hobby to help bring the creativity back to my blog. Until then it is time for my nose to get back in a book.