17 December 2012

Project for Pet Lovers! - Project for Awesome 2012

Crawling out from under the blog pile to bring my p4a video!

The Project for Awesome is an annual event that sprung out of various YouTube communities to support charities and other ways of decreasing the overall worldwide level of suck. More: http://www.projectforawesome.com/

Denver Post Article:

Facts about Pet Overpopulation in the U.S.:

Find Free or Reduced Spays/Neuters in the US:
Find-Trap-Return Program:

Outside the US:
{coming soon}

21 September 2012

Yarn Crawl Haul: The Blog

This is a blog post to compliment the following video.
Please watch it if you have the time or want.

Okay so
The Breakdown.

  • Chunky Mochi ~ Crystal Palace Yarns
 Roughly $9 at Table Rock Llamas Fiber Arts Studio, Inc.
for more info: TableRockLlamas.com

  • Maxima ~ Manos del Uruguay
Roughly $13 at Stash
for more info: FYStash.com

  • Rialto ~ Debbie Bliss
Roughly $8 at Needleworks
for more info: HollyBerryHouse.com

  • Encore ~ Plymouth Yarn
Roughly $8 at Green Valley Weavers & Knitters
for more info: GreenValleyWeavers.com

  • Comfort ~ Berroco
Roughly $7 at Colorful Yarns
for more info: ColorfulYarns.com

  • Canadiana ~ Patons

Roughly $11 for both at A Knitted Peace
for more info: AKnittedPeace.com

  • 220 Superwash ~ Cascade Yarns
Roughly $12 at Fancy Tiger Crafts
for more info: FancyTigerCrafts.com

**Also mentioned: Knitty Cat in Centennial, CO.

&& of course leave any questions you have for me in the comments!

Photos collages by.

14 September 2012

On Set with a Photobomber

Remember that time when I said I was going to be posting regularly again?


 Raise your hand if you weren't holding your breath.
*waits for all the hands to raise*

Well I have about 2 seconds this morning and want to interrupt my slacker blogger-ness.

My friend, Jayde, is a much better blogger than I am and
 she just fangirl'd a blog up about pics of Finnick on the Catching Fire set.
If this sounds like something you'd like, I encourage you to go read it.

No, I am not going to talk about my Finnick feelings but I do want to leave you with this:

Okay first off, Sam looks GINORMOUS with this perspective...
Hand posed on hip and everything. 
Only pure FABULOUS-NESS could distract from the intended content!

19 August 2012


       So my last blog post was back in June! #oops.

Well, I am here to tell you now, I'm NOT dead!
&& I'll be back to normal blogging this week.

My summer was so busy, yo!
Between the new job at 40hrs and the summer holiday of AWESOME,
this blog just fell to the back burner.

But don't worry,
I'll try to catch ya'll up!

How has your summer been?!

☮, &  

15 June 2012

Kate's Book Club: Summer Reading Program

So May lead to me only reading 3 books.
Terrible, right?
I know!!
Since I have all this extra time on my hands
I have decided that I am going to do
Kate's Book Club Summer Reading Program!
When the book titles below are bigger and blue I have read them...

1. One Book Recommended By A Friend.
Paper Towns by John Green
Actually I have to read this one within the next 12 days because I promised
my fellow Awkardnauts that I'd read it before I went on holiday to meet them
them in person since I am the only one of us who hasn't read this book
as well as this is the only John Green book I haven't read!

2. One Book That Has Been Sitting On Your Shelf For Over A Year.
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
I bought this book in hardback about a year ago when Borders was going out of business.
*wipes tear away* I heard about it from the Siren and was very interested and then I
updated my library card so it has been waiting patiently on my shelf ever since!

3. One Book You Read A Long Time Ago And Don't Remember. 
Harry Potter 3-7...
Okay before you light the torches and grab pitchforks, please remember that I
decided to to a re-read in 2012because I hadn't read any of the HP since their original
release date and currently I remember the movies better.

4. One Book From Your To Be Read List.
Jennifer's Body by Diablo Cody
A few people have told me that the book is better than the movie.
I also have never seen the movie but I've always figured, why not? 

5. One Book You've Never Heard Of.
Killing Kiss by Sam Stone
I actually own this and it is a personalized signed copy because I met the author at a con.
She was English and lovely and is the partner of a writer of Doctor Who canon episodes.
Naturally I bought it from her.

6. One Classic.
 Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
I love that so many classics are available on Kindle for free and I can read
them on my iTouch.I might read this on the beach while on holiday because well my
 other beach bookmay not make it to my house from the Book Depo before I leave!

7. One Book You Started But Never Finished. 
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
This is one of the books that probably every high school in America has read.
Except for me.
But I did recently by the latest movie adaptation and I'll be very okay with
reading Jane Eyre with Michael Fassbender in my head as Mr. Rochester.
Very okay.

8. One New Release.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
This book has been on the "can't wait to read" lists of a few book bloggers I follow
and I recently got approved to review it on Netgalley so I am pretty excited!

9. One Book That Is Outside of Your Typical Genre.
Music From Beyond The Moon by Augusta Trobaugh 
I read a lot of YA but usually those book break down in to the subcategories of 
dystopian, fantasy and sci-fi.. Music is not any of those and is set in 1920’s Florida.

10. One Chunkster (A Book That Is Over 400 Pages)
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles, #2)
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross
 Okay, this one is mildly cheating as it is the book I am reading right now
via Netgalley BUT it is 416 pages even as an ebook!

Yes. Yes, this basically goes hand in hand with my challenge to read 101 books this year BUT I figured this would help me focus over the summer so I don't fall farther behind.
For example. right now I am 9 books behind according to Goodreads and I am 3 Harry Potter books behind according to it being June!

C'est la vie!
If you want to also follow Kate as she reads her summer away,

{photo credit for this post}
book jackets via goodreads, gif via tumblr search "mr rochester"

01 June 2012

Book Recap: May 2012

Here is a recap of all the books I read this month!

Click the covers to open their Goodreads page.

 2 May14 May 16 May
Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)   
Angel Fire (Angel, #2)  Purity 

 Dates listed are dates finished.

    •   Pandemonium :: Lauren Oliver
      • All I could think after reading was "what's next?! What comes next!?"
      • Angel Fire  ::L.A. Weatherly
        • Well I gotta say this book could have been about 100 pages shorter according to my attention span. A lot of it felt repetitive--maybe because you get the POV from so many characters so you as the reader are hyper-aware of what is going down with everyone.
          I did like it. I did. But overall I would recommend borrowing this one. I will not need to read it again.
      • Purity :: Jackson Pearce
        • I like Jackson because she throws so much at you at once that seems like it should work and not only does it work but she makes it fun.
          That being said, I think I'd enjoy this book no matter what because of Jackson's writing style. The book itself starts out a little slow and with it being on the shorter side (just over 200pgs) I felt a little wary about that. Our girl, Shelby, ends up with the boy you peg her to end up with at the very start but what is most important for me to state is even though this book is about sex it is not about teen romance. I won't say too much more because I think that reading this book with little preconceived-knowledge is better.
          I did like it over all. I'd say this is a borrow book even though I bought it... Hey, I adore the author, okay?

      I started a new job this month and it. is. killing. me.
      Srsly. I only read 3 books this month! WTF
      I miss reading so much.
      Hopefully the new month will bring a better balance to my schedule.
             && Harry Potter
          I am so behind.
          So behind.

          What books have you read this month?
          Please feel free to leave recs in the comments!

          20 May 2012

          My brand of crazy.

          In less than 6 weeks I am going on a 3 week holiday.
          YA'LL I AM SO EXCITED!!!
          So excited!

          Except it is going to kill me.

          Kona has been cuddled up next to me in bed
           the whole time I have been editing and writing this post.

          I am going to miss her so much!!

          All the pics in this post where played with on this website.

          13 May 2012

          For when I am a Book Blogger: Shelfability

          Recently I have signed up on NetGalley.com.
          If you don't know about NetGalley is then, read this.

          I will still be reviewing all the books I read in my monthly recaps,
          but now I will also be highlighting individual books on YouTube.

          I am a vlogger first so I will be reviewing these books on my channel
          but all of my review will also be posted here on the blog too.

          Before I start I have begun to think about how I will format these reviews
          and something I am a fan of is rating books with their shelfability.

          a book blogging term coined by TheStorySiren
          I love her. Such an inspiration. ^.^

          My "Shelfability" Rankings:

          Brag . Buy . Borrow . Burn

          • Brag

          This is the kind of book that you have decided that the author must walk on water and you will brag on tumblr, twitter, etc that you are a fan.This is the book that you have bought a copy to read AND a copy to keep pristince but you will also buy a copy to shove at your friends to make them read it. 
          • Buy

          This is a book you should buy. This book deserves a place on your shelf so it can live happily with your other books. This book is worth the hardcover/1st edition/special edition price.
          • Borrow

          This is a book that was liked. This is a book that is worth reading. It was good but you are better off borrowing from the library. (Although my library's hold shelf and I are basically BFFs.)
          • Burn
          This this the book where you don't. Just don't. If you have bought this book, then you can turn it into a paper craft or take it camping with you to help as a fire starter--mmm s'mores. (Not many books fall into this category with me but when they do I get really sad.)

          06 May 2012

          eMemories: Twitter & eBesties

          I love Twitter.
          I love my eBesties.
          && this happened a while back and I never posted about it.

          Well that is changing now:

          Okay universe.
          This is out there. Again.
          Get on it.

          02 May 2012

          Book Recap: April 2012

          Here is a recap of all the books I read this month!

          Click the covers to open their Goodreads page.

           4 April6 April9 April10 April
          Lost Voices  
          Under the Never Sky  Clarity (Clarity, #1)   As You Wish   
          13 April17 April21 April28 April
          Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles, #3) Bloodfever (Fever, #2) Faefever (Fever, #3) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

           Dates listed are dates finished.

          • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban :: J.K. Rowling
            • I ran out of time to read this one in March so here it is!
              • Additionally, I am loving re-reading Harry Potter!
          •  Lost Voices :: Sarah Porter
            • I liked it. It was an interesting take on mermaid lore. I will probably read the next one?
          • Under the Never Sky :: Veronica Rossi
            • I cannot recommend this enough!
              • Possibly my favorite book this month!
          • Clarity  :: Kim Harrington
            • 3.5 stars, really. The 1st half was 3ish and the 2nd half was 4. I will probably read the next one at some point because I like the characters.

          • As You Wish :: Jackson Pearce
            • This was super cute, guys. I knocked it out in a shift at work and 30mins at home. It would be a great summer read for when you want to lie in the sun and burn while reading. !
          • Hammered :: Kevin Hearne
            • For being a 3rd book in a series, this one starts out rather slow. I am happy I read it as for part of the story we are told tales in the POV of 5 other characters. It fit well in the context and it was cool to 'hear' other voices instead of Atticus for a bit. The second half of this one was much better than the first . 
          • Bloodfever :: Karen Marie Moning
            • I liked it. I accepted Mac's world a lot faster this time and there wasn't a lot of drawn out catch up for those who skipped book one.
          • Faefever :: Karen Marie Moning
            • The pacing of this book was faster than the first two, or at least it felt like it. Also ending this book made me NEED the next one as if I am pri-ya* and this series is death-by-sex Fae. Woah. 
              • *This is a joke tied to a term the book series. 
          • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ::  Seth Grahame-Smith
            • As an Austin Addict and a Darcy lover, this tale was such fun!! Plus it was a great easy read at work when you are constantly only getting bits of time to read. 
                 && Harry Potter
                Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
                 by J.K. Rowling
              • I suck. I didn't make it to reading GoF in April
              Okay MAY! Let's Do This!

              What books have you read this month?
              Please feel free to leave recs in the comments!

              01 April 2012

              Book Recap: March 2012

              Here is a recap of all the books I read this month!

              Click the covers to open their Goodreads page.

              8 March13 March14 March 18 March
              Outside In (Insider, #2) 
              The Realm of Possibility The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight  Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker, #1)  
              19 March31 Marchx
              Cut The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1) =(=(

               Dates listed are dates finished.

              • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets :: J.K. Rowling
                • I know that this was the HP book meant for Feb and while I started it in February, I technically finished it in March.
                  • Additionally, I am loving re-reading Harry Potter!
              •  Outside In :: Maria V. Snyder
                • The first 60pgs of this book were a lot like 'Inside Out' where I just found myself muscling through the words BUT I stuck to my 100pg rule and by the very last page I was pissed that it was over and that I wouldn't learn anything more about these characters! 
              • The Realm of Possibility :: David Levithan
                • There were parts that I ADORED and parts that I read. I enjoy Levithan's writing and enjoyed how the book was constructed. Was it believable that all these voices of students could be from reality? Maybe. Not to me. Possibly from my brother's graduating class but certainly not from mine. But I did like the 'realm' he created and the stories he told 
              • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight  :: Jennifer E. Smith
                • 3 things grabbed me to read this book: the title, the cover, the British male interest! THEN I find out it takes place in an airport and a flight to London and IN London. Let's just say I would totally be this chick in a heartbeat ;)

              • Glimmerglass :: Jenna Black
                • I enjoyed this version of  life with the urban fae. It was a quick read but entertaining. The next book has been added to the list!
              • Cut :: Patricia McCormick
                • As I do not have a history of cutting, I read this as an outsider. As an outsider, I enjoyed this book. It has a very interesting voice and structure. It is also a short read. 
              • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making ::  Catherynne M. Valente
                • I just wasn't that into it for the longest time. I even broke my 100pgs rule because so many others had given it good reviews.
                  I'm going with: it was good but I wasn't the target audience.
                   && Harry Potter
                  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
                   by J.K. Rowling
                • Prisoner of Azkaban was my March HP book but because The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland took me way to long to read and my hectic schedule I didn't get to it.
                  Now there are two books for my April HP re-read assignment. 

                What books have you read this month?
                Please feel free to leave recs in the comments!