Friday, April 29, 2016

An Unexpected Spree

It barely ever fails.  When Fermin needs to buy something, and I tag along, I'm the one that ends up finding stuff, and he doesn't.  Or, if I'm the one needing to buy something, and he tags along, he's the one that ends up finding all sorts of stuff to buy and I end up with nothing. 

We LOVE Whole Earth Provisions!
So last night, when Fermin needed to swing by Whole Earth Provisions to look for shoes, he jokingly said, "Ok, we're here for you, Kerri."- thinking he could trick the universe, and he would actually be the one to find something great to buy, since he was, after all, the one looking.

But the universe cannot be fooled, apparently.  I wasn't really even looking for anything.  In fact, I considered just sitting in the car and killing time because I was feeling so lazy, I didn't even want to have to walk into the store.

I went in though, and I saw sale signs in all my favorite places in the store.  And then found out there was an additional 25% off a lot of the things I was looking at.

Reluctantly, I tried on a few pair of shoes.  And a few t-shirts.  Although I am not in need of any shoes, when I find a pair both cute and comfortable and marked way, way down in price, who am I to walk away from that?!  And honestly, although I don't need any t-shirts either, I have been noticing lately, how few short sleeved t-shirts I have.  I love the "Life is Good" brand, and they just so happened to be on sale.

Fermin did find a pair of shoes that he might buy, but he wasn't sure.  He wanted to look around a little more before buying them.  I, however, ended up with 3 pairs of shoes (Omg, I know!)...

three pair of shoes, to walk 2 best friends!

an up-close photo of my favs!

and 4 new shirts...

Life Is Good, and Kuhl!

my fav t-shirt, up-close!
It feels a little extravagant, buying all of these things during this unexpected splurge.  BUT, if my calculations are correct, I actually saved more money than I spent.

Don't worry, Fermin- next time we'll go shopping for you!  Really!  ;)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hidden Bodies

I just finished reading Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes last night.
Hidden Bodies by Carline Kepnes
Like most fiction I read, I checked this one out from the library.  I knew I had read Caroline Kepnes' last book, YOU when it first came out.  I know I really liked it, but I didn't remember the plot or anything else about it when I first chose this book.  But once I started reading Hidden Bodies, it was very familiar.  I slowly began to realize that not only was it similar in style to the previous book (...which makes sense, right?  Both books were written by the same author after all!) but I figured out, the narrator was the same person.  It was a continuation of the YOU, which I had to really reach to remember at this point.

YOU was just so cleverly done and different than the other books I have read in that genre.  The narrator, Joe, is a sociopathic murderer... but somehow funny, and even occasionally sympathetic and someone you can kind of identify with.

There was a point about mid-way through Hidden Bodies when I grew a little tired of it and started skimming.  I was having this feeling of, "This is so similar to the previous book, and I already read that one!" BUT fortunately, I got sucked back in soon enough and it was a fast page turner up until the very end.  And guess what?  There's going to be a third book of Joe. I heard the author interviewed on a podcast and she confirmed that to be true.

Honestly, just one book of Joe would have been enough for me.  And although Hidden Bodies is a continuation of Joe's story, you could read either book without reading the other and it would still feel like a complete and satisfying thriller.  If you just can't get enough of Joe's story, you can read the next one.  And eventually the next.  But don't wait as long as I did in between or you'll forget the previous book anyway... ;)

I'm even more interested to read what comes after this three part book series for Caroline Kepnes. 

For now, it's on to the next book- by an author I have never read before.
The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner
(Dammit!  I just made the mistake of reading some reviews of it on Goodreads that weren't that good.  Well, it's less than 200 pages, so I'll find out for myself soon enough!)

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Space Between Stories

Last week I over heard something about "the space between stories." I sort of fell in love with the phrase, and so of course, I Googled it.  I found several articles, blogs, and even a class dedicated to this idea of "the space between stories."  But without reading many or much of any one of them, I just started thinking about what that phrase means to me.

I think of it like the time between reading two great novels.  It's that feeling you have when you've just finished one amazing book. While you were were reading it, you were so immersed in it, that once it ended, you just weren't ready to dive right into the next one.  If you start in on a new book too soon, it's hard, because you haven't quite let go of the last one.  You might read a few shorter, less meaningful and impactful books while you're waiting for the next really good one. Once you finally find it, all feels right in the world again.  But until then, you're floundering over not having something amazing to read and worried you may never find it again.

For the past few years, I've spent my days wondering and wandering around trying to find my path, my next story, so to speak. Every now and then, I start to feel like I'm finding it, but I keep losing my way.  And I end up feeling frustrated in my lack of clarity, and I also feel guilty that I'm not living a more productive life currently.

I like this idea that I'm just in "the space between stories" My next story is coming. This space is just a breather before something new and great begins. I ran across the following quote from Lissa Rankin that I found very helpful.

When one story has collapsed and one has yet to be born, rest and wait.  You can't rush gestation.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

I read a lot of books.  But I lose track of what I've read!  Sometimes, someone will tell me to read a certain title, I'll get all excited, start reading it and then at some point realize, "Hey!! I've read this before!"  I don't tend to remember a lot of the details, but I have a faint memory of the genereal idea of books I've read.  I decided I'm going to keep a book log with brief reviews here on my blog.

I just finished reading The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert.
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
This is a good book if you're just looking for something that's light-hearted and sweet. It might be a good one to read after you've finished something heavy. I guess The Coincidence of Coconut Cake falls into what is often referred to as the "chick-lit" category.  Does the "lit" part of that hyphenated word actually stand for literature?!  Or is it instead just a lazy spelling of the word light?  (That second idea makes more sense to me.)

To me, this book was a cross between "You've Got Mail", and one of those books about a girl that loves to cook.  It's a simple love story with an element of mistaken identity.  And there's a lot of talk about food- specifically, the food in Milwaukee- which prior to reading this book, I was totally unfamiliar with.  Now that I've learned some things about it, I've got to get my mouth on some cheese curds!

The main character of the book, Lou Johnson, is a chef, who's recently opened her own small restaurant.  She has a no good, horrible, very bad day--- She finds her fiance with another woman, and then, later that same day at work, everything goes horribly wrong.  And it just happens to be the day an anonymous restaurant reviewer pops in for a meal.  After his scathing review, her business suffers to the point of near destruction.

All the while, she meets Al- who happens to be the restaurant reviewer- But as they get to know each other and fall in love, she doesn't know his anonymous identity.  And since she refuses to talk about work, he doesn't realize she is the restaurant chef and owner that he wrote about.  Of course, eventually the truth comes out, and the big question is--- will love prevail?!  

Based on the sweet book title, and the cover of the book, you can probably guess how it turns out.  But even if you know, it's still a fun book to read.  I liked it- I did!  But I probably won't remember much about it within a couple of weeks.

I read different books, for different reasons.  If you are just looking for some cute little book to breeze through about love and food, this one is a smart choice!

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Now, it's onto the next book... and something tells me it's not going to be nearly as sweet as the Coconut Cake book!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Repurposed Vintage Jewelry- Before and After

Almost two weeks ago, my friend Valerie came to visit me in Dallas.  We packed a whole lot of fun into just a few short days-- I wrote about it in a post just a little over a week ago here.

As I mentioned in that post, one of the things we did was play around with some ideas on repurposing some of her grandmother's jewelry into more wearable pieces for Valerie.  After she left, I put everything together and I think it all turned out really pretty.  So, today, is the big reveal!  Yay!

Her grandmother had these pretty Trifari clip earrings.  They're very sweet, and in good condition.  But, they were clip ons.  And that is an unnecessary discomfort! So I snipped off the clips, filed everything down so it was smooth and then wire wrapped a few beads to the main part of the earring.
Pearl and Rhinestone Trifari Clip Earrings (before)
Repurposed Trifari Earrings (after)
Valerie's grandmother also had a silver beaded necklace that we decided to change up with a vintage flower brooch I had in my stash, along with a some 1970s chain.  I also made little earrings to match the necklace because there were plenty of leftover beads, and a small amount of of chain.  I love the way this necklace turned out! (Oh and I almost forgot~ and the silver bead on the Trifari earrings came from the necklace too.) 

Silver Beaded Necklace (BEFORE)
Vintage Assemblage Necklace and Earrings (AFTER)
I'm so happy Valerie has these things of her grandmother's.  It was so fun to make them into something "new", but that still have the sentimental value for her.