Sunday, May 1, 2016

Samantha Says READ or DON'T Read - Guest Book Review of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Novel, Fiction about Families, Debut novel
READ unless you are feeling blue, because it’s amazing and rich but it’s not particularly uplifting.

The people we live with, our family and loved ones. We may spend our lives in the same house; we may see each other day in and day out, but how much do we really know about what is going on inside their heads? It takes the death of their middle child, Lydia, to rock the Lee’s out of the fantasy world they’d been living in and force them to take stock of their new reality. Nothing was as it seemed, and as we trace the story from one generation to the next and see the threads of pain, of expectation, of being different, of trying to fit in, it made me sad to see them trapped in these patterns. However, it is so authentically written as to be mesmerizing, because you want to find out how they will react. 

Will the family even survive the grief and attempts to cope with the tearing loss? Has it derailed their relationships permanently as they each search for answers to what really happened to Lydia? Exploring the bonds of family and how far they will stretch before snapping allows Ng to draw colorful and believable characters that can also be unpredictable, but in such a way as to keep the story moving and interesting. I absolutely came away with some new perspective on real world parental and sibling relationships, and the idea of trying to remember the burden we each carry from our past, whether we can see it or not. 

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

#FridayFrivolity - Funny Animal Hairstyles!! Hilarious Donald Trump Hair Memes - Plus Linky Party!

Since I myself do as little as possible with my hair in general, I was feeling somewhat at a loss as to what to do with this week's #FridayFrivolity topic of "hairstyles"... until I had the genius idea of typing "animals with hair memes" into google.  The results were quite entertaining, so I'm happy to get to share some of my favorites... enjoy!  ;P

(And happy Hairstyles Appreciation Day on April 30th... good luck finding a card for that one at Hallmark, ha!)

Seriously, this horse has better hair than I will ever have.
Bad Hair Day Horse? Neigh! - Funny animal hairstyles and hilarious Donald Trump hair memes at the #FridayFrivolity link-up this week!  Join the linky party for all things fun, funny, happy & hopeful!
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Capsule Wardrobe Inspiration - Steal My Closet! Casual, comfy, "indie" style mix-and-match minimalist wardrobe ideas!

Inspiration for a COMFY and CREATIVE "Indie Neo-Punk" capsule wardrobe - 14 items mix-and-match to 45 outfits - minimalist closet ideas
Since it's been a minute since I've done a fashion post, I figured it would be fun to put together a sample capsule wardrobe, for inspiration purposes... I would describe this closet as a "casual, comfy, creative, but don't-mess-with-me" look.  I have no idea what that translates to in "real fashion" terms... how about artsy neo-indie?  I mean, why not, I can name my style whatever I want...  

This is now officially inspiration for an Artsy Neo-Indie capsule wardrobe.  ;)

If my house were to burn down tomorrow, or 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

#FridayFrivolity - The BEST Lip-Sync Battles... Emma Stone, The Rock, Tom Cruise, and Ariana Grande (sorta)... plus LINKY!

#FridayFrivolity - Lip-Sync Battle Edition! Emma Stone, The Rock, Tom Cruise and Ariana Grande - videos to make you laugh and sing along! via Devastate Boredom
Little known fact about me...  whenever I'm in a bad mood or feeling down, my husband silently and strategically starts playing videos of lip-sync battles.

I LOVE ME a good lip-sync battle, and have secret dreams of participating in one someday.  Amazing how karaoke is cool again, huh?  ;P  

Here are some of my favorites!!  

 Emma Stone's performance of "All I Do Is Win" is probably my favorite lip-sync battle ever...  So much win just in this song!  And Jimmy Fallon's rendition of Iggy Azalea is pretty hilarious too. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The 5 Best Trader Joe's Products You've Never Heard of - Unusual, Delicious, and CHEAP!

Pop Quiz for Trader Joe's shoppers -- how many of these items can you identify at a glance?  They're the 5 best Trader Joe's products that I'm pretty sure you haven't found yet... cheap, unusual, delicious, and fun items for you to try out on your next shopping trip! via Devastate BoredomMy husband and I are a little obsessed with Trader Joe's.  NOT in the mindless  "everything at Trader Joe's is HEALTHY!" kind of way, which is just silly, cuz those guys sell COOKIE BUTTER and there's no way anybody can pretend that spreading mushed-up cookies onto toast is healthy... but in the "hey, look at these fun organic and natural products that don't cost an arm and a leg!" way.

(ALSO Trader Joe's gets major points in my book for selling recycled paper products at pretty much the best price you can find.  Everybody switch to recycled toilet paper and napkins!  Let's kill fewer trees in the process of wiping our mouths and butts, people!  ;P)

Over the course of being avid Trader Joe's shoppers for the last five years or so, we've come across a number of unusual, extra tasty, and appealingly affordable items that aren't 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

#FridayFrivolity - Writing Whirlwinds and Date Night... and the Linky Party for All Things Fun, Funny, Happy & Hopeful!

I have a confession today, folks.

Today I was SUPPOSED to finish my #FridayFrivolity blog post, and get the party ready for tonight's festivities.  

Instead, I got totally caught up in a writing whirlwind that resulted in me hitting 80,000 words on the Nanowrimo project y'all keep hearing about... 80,289 to be exact.  

Then, just as I emerged from the influence of The Muse...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry - Samantha Says... READ or DON'T Read - Book Review in Miniature

Part of Devastate Boredom's READ or DON'T Read series - Samantha York reviews Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry - a story of mystery, intrigue, scientific discovery, and medical ethics, all set against the backdrop of Victorian society - historical fiction book review
My dear life-long friend Samantha York is a fellow bibliophile, and a talented writer.  She's been awesome enough to guest-post on Devastate Boredom with book reviews in the past, and is back with another today!  Welcome to the newest ongoing component of our READ or DON'T Read series, "Samantha Says"!

Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry
Mystery, Police Investigations 
READ, because I bet you’ve never thought about medical discovery like this before! 

Blood. That life sustaining liquid coursing through our veins. We take it for granted until it malfunctions or seeps out, and then we rely on a miracle –the transfusion of another’s surplus supply  - to save us. It’s really quite routine in modern hospitals, but (and I suppose I should have realized this, only I hadn’t) it wasn’t always. This experimental world of medicine in Victorian England is the setting for Anne Perry’s 21st William Monk novel Corridors of the Night. While Monk is dealing with arms smugglers at the harbor, his wife Hester becomes entangled in a web of kidnapping, threatened murder, and shady medical research. Does the end justify the means? Where exactly should the boundaries of medical ethics fall? It all culminates in not one, but two dramatic courtroom scenes that completely engrossed my imagination. 

Now, if you are a bit of a squeamish soul, be aware that (obviously) blood, transfusions, needles and such are referenced throughout the story. None are especially over the top ghastly; I found myself audibly saying “yuck!” a couple times and that took the edge off enough. Don’t worry if you haven’t followed the series, the beauty of Perry’s writing is that each book can also stand alone. An enjoyable quick read!

-Samantha York
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

#FridayFrivolity - PINTEREST FAILS Edition - Linky for All Things Fun, Funny, Happy & Hopeful!

This week at #FridayFrivolity we're highlighting PINTEREST FAILS... it's happened to all of us, right? The instructions look so simple!  The promised results are so fantastic!  And then something goes terribly, terribly wrong.  ;P  

Here are a few I've experienced myself....

Ahhh the mythical "golden egg." 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Did My House Stay Organized?? Or Did I -- *gasp* -- BACKSLIDE into Messiness?? My Konmari Update

I hope you all aren't rolling your eyes, muttering "not another minimalism post!"  I promise, it will be worth it!!  Because I am going to give you the SCOOP about whether the Konmari method "worked," as Marie Kondo promises. 

As a quick summary for anybody new here -- I've been pursuing minimalism for a while (since "before it was cool," I'm always careful to point out... haha!) but I'm still always looking for new ideas and perspectives to help me put my space and stuff to better use.  I recently reviewed Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and thought it was time for a 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Inspiration for April Fools Day... Frozen Cereal, Googly Eyed Refrigerator, Fake Fingers, Head in a Jar, and more!

Who's psyched for Friday?  And of course, FRIVOLITY??  ;P  Today's theme is April Fools Day, which is lucky because otherwise I NEVER would have remembered it was coming.  In case you're forgetful like me and need some inspiration, here are some of my favorite tricks and pranks I've come across lately.

First up, the frozen cereal trick....

So easy and so classic!  Tragically, we have no cereal in my house right now, which means this prank won't be making the rounds this year.

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