Gone With the Wind (2016 Book Bingo Review)

Oh my goodness, you guys, guess what….? This is my FINAL BOOK for my 2016 book bingo! I’m DONE! (Although that doesn’t mean that I’m done reading- I could never stop that!) So to take the final spot of a book more than 10 years old, I read Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.


This is another one that I actually listened to as an audio book. A 49 hour audio book. Y’all. This was a time investment FOR SURE. But I’m glad that I listened- it’s a classic for a reason and ooooh so much drama! For those of you who don’t know what it’s about, this story follows Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara as she lives in the great South, the Civil war, reconstruction, marriages, beaus, children, fires, family drama, and more. Scarlett is a heroine you love to hate, who does everything for the wrong reasons, and is the living epitome of the phrase “too little too late.”

I’ve never seen the move (I know that it is super long, too) but now I can’t wait to watch it! I know that the movie is also a huge classic and I’m really interested to see how it holds up compared to the book!

Now that I’ve finished my book bingo for the year, I’ve just started reading WHATEVER THE HECK I WANT!!!!!! I’ll probably make another book bingo list for 2017, but for now it’s kind of fun just reading whatever I find in the library that looks interesting! If you have any good book recommendations, send them my way!



Have you checked out these posts?
Spell It Out (2016 Book Bingo Review)
The Bell Jar (2016 Book Bingo Review)
The Phantom of the Opera (2016 Book Bingo Review)


More Desktop Backgrounds!

I’ve been feeling like I’ve been in a writing rut (probably because I’ve been doing a LOT more typing than usual at work so my fingers instinctively don’t want to type once I get home…) so today’s post is just going to be for fun!

I’ve been finding a lot of great images to use as my desktop backgrounds at work, and I wanted to share some more with you! A few for fall, and some just because they’re pretty.🙂

hello, autumn

colorful pumpkins

pool flowers

giraffe at the pool

pretty stripes

How fun are those colorful pumpkins! I totally want to do something like that in the fireplace at my apartment… but I’m a bit of a lazy decorator for all things not Christmas and I’m just very realistic that it’s not gunna happen… maybe next year.

Have you used any of these for your desktop background before? Which one is your favorite?!?


Have you checked out these posts?
Summer Desktop Backgrounds
Background Check
Desktop Backgrounds (A Few More Favorites)


Treat Yo Self.

Clothes. Fragrances. Massages. Mimosas. Fine leather goods. These are the makings of a great Treat Yo Self day, according to Tom and Donna. (And I mean, they’re totally right.)


But seriously, this is one of the best phrases and scenes in the entire series of Parks and Recreation. (Haven’t watched this show yet? Go do it!! But just push through the first season- it isn’t as good or as funny, but once season 2 starts, that’s where it really starts to get good!)

When I was thinking of what I wanted to do for my next hand embroidery project, the phrase “Treat Yo Self” immediately came to mind. So off to Hobby Lobby I went, I got my supplies, and I started stitching!


I decided to put this on a tea towel that I could hang on my oven, and I LOVE the finished product!


It isn’t very practical for like, drying dishes, but it sure looks pretty hanging in my kitchen! (Please excuse the world’s worst lighting that is exclusively found in my apartment.)


I already have TONS of ideas for what I want to stitch up next… have you done anything fun and crafty lately? Tell me about it!


Have you checked out these posts?
I’m Sew Crafty…
I Can Do Hand Embroidery Now!
Blanket for a Baby BOY!


Girl with the Pearl Earring (2016 Book Bingo Review)

Let’s be real – I had LOTS of choices to for the category of ‘a book you own but haven’t read yet.’ My shelf is full of books that look really great and I really want to read… I just haven’t gotten around to yet. I know I’m not the only one, right?!? There are just so many great books at the library and so the ones at home get put on the back burner. BUT I’m glad I made this a category for my book bingo because it forced me to finally read Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.


I’ll be honest, the story is kind of dull… but it was also very dramatic and I didn’t want to stop reading! I say it was “dull”… ok well dull isn’t the right word… it’s just that it takes place in the 1600’s and life was just simpler back then, and even making eye contact with the wrong person could be considered a scandal… do you know what I mean? I’m not explaining it right… I really did enjoy reading this book, so don’t get me wrong!

The story, like I said, takes place in the mid-1600’s and tells the story of a young maid who through some (duly) scandalous events, becomes the main focus of one of the world’s most well-known paintings.

I know that there is a move based on this book, but I haven’t seen it… yet! I would really like to- I guess I’ll have to see if it’s at my library! I know this was a pretty popular book when it first came out – has anybody else read it? What did you think?



Have you checked out these posts?
Everybody Rise (2016 Book Bingo Review)
The Time Traveler’s Wife (2016 Book Bingo Review)
The Time of My Life (2016 Book Bingo Review)

Five for Friday #29

Ahh I can’t believe it’s already October! Right now I’m on a mini vacation (yay!) to visit my sister and her fam- I’m ready for a fun weekend playing with my nephews and going to a wedding tomorrow! It should be lots of fun- the older nephew is almost 3 and says the most hilarious things! But before all that fun can begin, here is what’s been on my radar lately.


one // I took this quiz online that is supposed to tell you what Dallas neighborhood you are supposed to live in. Apparently, I’m destined to live in Lower Greenville! I would be totally ok with that!


two // I already have a maroon trench coat, but this one with the navy trim is TO DIE FOR!!! Love!


three // Somebody invite me over, because I’m going to need to make this salted caramel apple pie as soon as possible.


four // It’s the State Fair of Texas, y’all!! I went on opening night and I also got the season pass this year so I can go a whole bunch of times- and I definitely plan on doing so!


five // The pumpkin pie concrete is back at Andy’s and it’s my favorite thing they have. I can’t wait to go get me one!!!


I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and find something fun to do!


Have you checked out these posts?
Five for Friday #8
Five for Friday #11
Five for Friday #18