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Dishing with Dee….Things I never thought I would wear…

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You know how there are some things you just never see yourself wearing and then when you do, you are like well, lookey-here…well, I had one of those epiphany’s this morning. Don’t worry, I wasn’t wearing anything completely whacked – like a can can dress or a sombrero (but hey, you know, Cinco De Mayo is coming up)…just a simple cardigan/button-up sweater. I remember going shopping with my Grandmother about 10 years or so ago, during summer vacation from college (I mean, I was never one to turn down a chance to go shopping, especially when I knew that I would be spoiled rotten…) and while we were looking, she was trying to convince me that I needed to have some button-up sweaters in my wardrobe because they are simple, easy to wear…and look the typical time I was like uh-huh, yeah, no thanks (etc etc). But in the last year, I’ve come to appreciate this under-estimates item of clothing. I went from one job where we were allowed to wear sleeveless dresses in the office, to one where it was frowned up – but its not like I could afford to completely re-do my wardrobe…enter the button up sweater…with a simple flick of the wrist, my sleeveless dresses, get a cute update and I’m ready to go…and when I leave for the day, the sweater comes off and voila!

what about you – is there a daily item of clothing that you wear now, that in the past you would have scoffed at?

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Dishing with Dee, Uncategorized

 

Dishing with Dee….No Junk Food Challenge Week 1

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So I’m a little bit behind, but wanted to post a quick update of how week 1 went. Overall, I was proud of how I did – I had a point mid-week where I had a huge craving for soda. As in, I would have sold a body part for some, but I held out and drank lots of water instead (like a good girl). I was surprised that I wasn’t actually craving chocolate until Friday. Although that being said, I did continue to have my post-workout chocolate milk, since its full of good protein, so that could have explained why. I haven’t lost any real weight, but visually I see a difference.

Week 2 is going to be the hard one for me, its normally around this time, that I fall behind on challenges etc – so wish me luck!

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

TBR Tuesday – 7 April 2015

TBR TuesdayDance Upon the Air
Author: Nora Roberts
Series: #1 in Three Sisters Island series

Date Purchased: November 11, 2010

Review: As long as I’ve been reading romance, Nora Roberts has been a staple in my library – she is one of the few authors I can normally just grab and go – but there are a lot of her backlist that I haven’t ventured in to, although I own many of them. Dance Upon the Air, first published in 2001, is one of them. I think I grabbed the audiobook at a sale on Audible a few years ago. Unfortunately for me, while it is one of her older works, I also felt too much like her other paranormal trilogies/quartets – even now they start blending together. While the audiobook itself wasn’t long (in the 11 hour range), the book itself just felt like it dragged and I spent a good chunk of the time wanting to slap the main characters. This was a 2 star listen for me. Dance Upon the Air was a 2 star listen for me, the narrator was slightly better (3 stars for it)

What book did you discover on Mt TBR this week?

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in TBR Tuesday, Uncategorized

 

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Dishing with Dee….A creature of habit

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If you ask any of my friends, they will tell you that I am a creature of habit – I have the same routine most mornings – leave for work within about the same 10 min window; stop for coffee at the same place (I mean, seriously, Wawa coffee is the bomb) and so on and so on. In fact, at times, I can be rather superstitious with my routine, because there have been days that I have deviated and all manner of things have gone wrong (like several years ago, Starbucks was closed in the morning, so no coffee for me – I was side-swiped by another car at an intersection and ended up giving my Itouch a bath – which meant having to replace it down the road) – now I know that it wasn’t due solely to the not having coffee in the am – but you have to wonder ;)

Anyways, you are probably wondering why I’m blathering about routines and coffee etc right now – because my routine this am was totally bungled (thank you DC morning traffic). When driving in to work, I merge onto a state highway and have to cross 4 lanes in about 1/2 a mile in order to get over for a) coffee and b) be in the right lane to get to work – but this morning, I wasn’t able to get over, thanks to some idiot who did the whole slow down/speed up routine to stop me from getting over…le sigh! Thankfully, nothing bad happened on the way into work, I had a killer omelette from the cafeteria downstairs for breakfast and its Friday! So here’s hoping it stays an awesome day!

How about you guys – are you creatures of routine, or fly by the seat of your pants types?

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in Dishing with Dee, Uncategorized

 

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2015 Challenge – French Bingo

french-bingo-2015-logo2Ok, so I totally admit it, I’m a sucker for reading challenges – because I find that they are normally a quick and easy way to make me broaden my reading horizons without going too too far out of my comfort zone (although sometimes I really do). And who knows – maybe I’ll find a new authors that I love. Anyways, while browsing/stalking some of the various blogs that I follow, I came across Words and Peace who is hosting a Reader’s version of Bingo with a French theme (she also hosted it last year – I think I signed up and then epically failed – as in didn’t read anything). So I thought what the heck.

The goal is simple – as with normal bingo – you need to make a straight of 5 books – either horizontally, vertically or on the diagonal. Each square on the card has a different twist on France and French books (writers from different time periods; different genres etc).

The card looks like this (if you click on the link, it should take you to the original challenge page):
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In order to complete a square – read a book that fits the requirements; post a review on your blog and then link back to the challenge – and voila!

I’m looking forward to checking this out – and hopefully getting a BINGO some time during the year.

Wish Me Luck…

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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2015 First Book of the Year

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Picking the first book to start in the new year is always a fun venture. Do I re-read a favorite that I have indulged in many times? A new book by a favorite author? A new release? Do I tackle one of the books loitering on my to-read pile or buy something brand spanking new? Those were just a few thoughts going through my mind as I considered how to approach this momentous task – because honestly, that first book of the year sets you up for your year or reading – if you start with a mediocre book, is that how your year is going to be? or vice versa, if you have a mind-blowing awesome book, then you are on track for a great year!

When I started considering the book I was going to start on the 1st (because that is how I decided to approach the task), I really only knew one thing – that the book somehow needed to find into one of the reading challenges I was doing in 2015.

the winter guestAfter much thought and consider, tossing and turning, I decided that my first book of 2015 would be The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff. This will be my first stand-alone novel by this author, although, I did read and enjoy her contribution to an anthology in 2014.

The Winter Guest – Pam Jenoff
World War 2 Historical Fiction
Life is a constant struggle for the eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor. Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn’t be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day.

Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village, wounded, but alive. Risking the safety of herself and her family, she hides Sam—a Jew—but Helena’s concern for the American grows into something much deeper. Defying the perils that render a future together all but impossible, Sam and Helena make plans for the family to flee. But Helena is forced to contend with the jealousy her choices have sparked in Ruth, culminating in a singular act of betrayal that endangers them all—and setting in motion a chain of events that will reverberate across continents and decades.

I’m looking forward to reading and starting off 2015 in style.

What was/is your first book of 2015?

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Happy New Year

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Wishing you a happy and fulfilling 2015

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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