Wandering Through Outer Space

While I’d love to visit Cambodia or Antarctica or the whole Appalachian Trail  and see it for myself, it’s not an opportunity I’ve afforded myself. This is one of reasons why I love reading so much– when my pocketbook doesn’t allow it, I can still travel the globe with every turn of the page. This week, I launch myself into outer space with Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s These Broken Stars.

But first, a monumental THANK YOU to Kate @ Literary Kate. During the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon event, she actually gifted me a copy of the These Broken Stars e-book. I am incredibly blown away by her generosity! She told me it was one of her favorite books, and even though I’m only a quarter of the way through the book, I can understand why.

Images from NASA @ HubbleSite.org

I’m a sucker for star-gazing and day dreaming about living on terraformed planets, and These Broken Stars (rocket)fuels my curiosity about what lies beyond our blue planet. I want to know about earthlings in the future, I want to know why the Icarus is falling, I want to know who lives on the foreign planet, if anyone at all. The dynamics and banter between Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen is just icing on the cake.

I can already tell this is a series that I will want to continue, and that’s kind of a big deal. But even that won’t satiate my desire to read books that let me coast among supernovas and solar systems. What are some of your favorite books that take place in outer space?


It’s not like I have a perfect blogging attendance record, but posts will be popping up even more sporadically for a while due to the death of my laptop, Agent Nedd II. While I will miss the opportunities to blog from my couch, mostly I want to pop on the Geto Boys and go all Office Space on that blasted Toshiba. That was the worst computer I’ve ever owned.



Follow Friday: What Supernatural Creature Do You Wish Existed?

If you could choose one supernatural being/creature to really exists what would it be and why?

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for elves. These creatures have taken on many different roles throughout folklore and literature, so it’s kind of hard for me to decide which type of elf I wish were real.

The elves and the shoemaker

In Grimm brothers’ story of The Elves and the Shoemaker, elves are helpful creatures who are very handy cobblers. Shoes are inexpensive these days, so it’s easy to purchase replacements. However, isn’t it dreadful when you have to retire your absolute favorite pair of shoes because you’ve worn the sole down? If these types of elves existed, all you would have to do is entice them with some warm clothes to mend a worn sole.

LegolasTolkien’s version of elves are supposed to be beautiful and wise and total bad asses. Maybe my reasoning for wishing these types of elves existed is superficial, but I’d be a very happy lady if elves bore a striking resemblance to Orlando Bloom. He totally inspired me to write awful fanfic, and I may or may not have had this picture printed out and tacked to my corkboard in high school.

Then there is your standard Christmas elf. I mean, they make presents. And they smile. And any friend of Santa is a friend of mine. At some point in elf lore, they gained a bad wrap. It was believed they afflicted humans and especially livestock. But, does Buddy the elf seem like he wants to smite cows? No. He just wants to spread Christmas cheer through song! Also, true story: for my Accounting final, I wrote an essay about how Santa should switch from a periodic inventory system to a perpetual inventory system. I made the argument that it would be less time-consuming, so his elves could dedicate their time to other things they’re passion about…like dentistry.

Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee’s View!

Stand up badgers!

In case you were wondering (you were wondering, weren’t you?), I was sorted into the Hufflepuff house on Pottermore! I think the placement is pretty spot on! As for the site, while the potion brewing and wizard dueling is pretty fun, what I love most is reading about Professor McGonagall’s backstory. She’s such an intriguing woman!

I’m Baaaaack!

Back in March I mentioned that my wireless router had gone kaput. So, for the past nine months I’ve had to share a computer with three other people. Oh, the horror! And during that time, my blog has slowly been collecting dust. I didn’t mean to neglect it, but opportunities to blog are slim when sharing a computer. However, after months of dropping subtle hints, my family decided to get WiFi internet. That means I’m back! And I’ll be blogging more regularly from now on!

Books are fashionable

Before my parents high-tailed it out of the Mitten state, I rummaged around in the basement, and I found a handful of picture books from when I was a little kid.  I sat on the cold concrete floor of the basement reading and found I still love the books!  I also found that I’m not as in shape as I thought I was because I felt a little stiff afterward.  Ah well.

After reading the books, I had this fun idea to create outfits based on the books.  If you know me in real life, you know I’m pretty inept when it comes to fashion.  I still rely on my mom or the gals at the Buckle to put together cute outfits for me.  But, I insist on playing around with Polyvore anyway.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Pig William by Arlene Dubanevich

The Mitten by Jan Brett

I have a handful of other outfits inspired by children’s lit stashed somewhere, but I’ll have to dig them up later.  In the meantime, what were some of your favorite picture books from when you were a kid?

Be back in a flash!

Question: I’ve got a plane to catch  at noon.  What am I doing still awake at 1:00 in the morning?

Answer: Revising my boyfriend’s informative paper on algae-based biofuels.

Question: Where am I headed?

Answer: Colorado!  I’m off to visit my brother (“brospeh” according to my cellphone), my sister-in-law, and my mother!

I look forward to the change of scenery and seeing the fam.  The three-hour plane ride?  Not so much.

I heard something about riding a hot air balloon.  Then I heard rumors about bungee jumping, but I’m hoping they’re just that–rumors.  Regardless, you better believe I’ll be sharing some photos!