Monday, December 30, 2013

Last Weekend of 2013

Even though today is still technically my weekend because I don't have to go back to work until tomorrow, yay! I thought I would share my weekend with you and then tomorrow I'll actually get my Christmas break post up. Yeesh...that's been a challenge. I love the Holidays, but they can really get busy.

This weekend I said goodbye to my sister and got to see a friend of mine I only see twice a year really, since she lives in the gorgeous state of Hawaii.

I'm pretty sure this weekend was all about games, and firsts.

My sis and I on the beach. I don't go as often as I can, but when people are in town visiting we try to make sure they go even if it's just for a photo op.
2. We played this $.99 iPhone App/Game and had soooo much fun. I think as women we are a little more intense than the men.
3. Had some yummy drinks made for us by my friends bartender brother.
4. This was a strategy game called Ticket to Ride. I lost the first two games and then was the first to go out during the third, ended up forgetting to complete one track I thought was done and came in third!

Make sure you check out my first official book review I posted on Saturday!

Do you like playing board games or just games in general with friends? What did you do for your last weekend in 2013? Have any big plans for NYE 2014?

I'm headed back to the beach to have lunch with a friend from out of town. Have a marvelous Monday!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Book Review: Perfect Lie by Teresa Mummert

That's right, your eyes aren't deceiving you. This is an actual book review. I received this Advanced Reader Copy for free in exchange for my honest review.

So this was my first time reading a book by Teresa Mummert and I was thoroughly impressed. Like I couldn't put it down, impressed. I remember seeing another book of hers on the shelves at Target and adding it to my TBR Goodreads, but had not taken the time to read it. Now I can't wait to move it up the list!!

Let's talk about Perfect Lie.

Synopsis: Sometimes love burns so hot in your veins that it consumes all rational thought.

That's why Brock and I never had a chance.  I had to start my life over. College was my chance to become someone new. I changed everything about myself to fit in, but one person saw through my facade.

The attraction between Abel and I was undeniable, but I still hadn't healed from the painful secret I carried around with me. Abel struggled to get me to face my past in order to move forward. In doing so, he revealed a secret of his own; one that changed everything I thought I knew.

A secret that would bring Brock back into my life and force me to face the truth of what really happened the day I lost him.

Purchase Links:
Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Kobo

I absolutely LOVED how everything played together. Delilah or Lie as she is nicknamed, see how the title is also her name?! Clever. She's in need of saving from herself and Abel is just the guy to do it. He is a lot of things I like in a book crush. I think he's a little too real world for a book boyfriend with some of his decisions but I love a guy that will swoop in even when he isn't wanted.

I started this book Tuesday morning and thank goodness I didn't have to go to work because I didn't want to put it down. I knew there was a huge plot twist at the end and when I got there I was like...what?! To read more about the plot twist, Teresa added a discussion forum WITH SPOILERS on Facebook here.

It was definitely a five start book for me. I didn't see the twist coming at the end. The characters were well developed to me and it was one I just couldn't put down.

Have you read anything by Teresa Mummert?

Don't forget to make sure we're friends on Goodreads so we can see what the other is reading! I added this same review to Goodreads.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Fab Weekend

This weekend was very much filled with Holiday happenings. Oh and Happy Monday Morning since I have today and tomorrow off!!!

I'm just sitting in the actually chilly weather in Florida for once this season! Don't worry it's supposed to get up to the 70's so I shouldn't be chilly for long and then it's expected to be back up to 80 by the end of the week. The 50 degree weather is helping me to pound this blog post out! It's too loud and crowded inside, but almost too cold outside haha!

1. We went shopping for Tack Christmas Sweaters and she would kill me if she knew I had this on here! I found one to alter and then my mom told me she had one I could wear, lulz!
2. Friday night was ladies night at a coworkers house and she had yummy snacks and a delicious punch!
3. Saturday was the Christmas parade and it was a warm 80 degrees but Santa still managed to find us in the back of his fire truck!
4. The Grinch showed up with his Whos.
5. Saturday night we did a couple of performances with our church band in front of a local Tavern singing Christmas Carols!
6. Stayed up way too late making tags for the Angel Tree at church, but all the tags were gone by the time we left.
7. Sunday was National Cupcake day so I couldn't NOT celebrate with my friends! They had a Black and Gold one for UCF!!!
8. After our day trip to Orlando, we had to drop off A's rental car and learned how to park in Economy parking.
9. This was the "main" reason we drove to O-town...Lazy Moon!! Seriously if you're ever in East Orlando you have to try this place!!

I'm off to run some errands with my mama and then our yearly Christmas baking! How was your weekend? Did you already do your baking?

Friday, December 13, 2013

I Heart Mail - Reveal: Secret Santa Swap

Happy Friday!!

I don't think I told you guys but I participated in a Secret Santa Swap with some other blogger gals and today is the day we get to find out who had us!!

I got paired up with Carrie over at Little Bird Blogs and I absolutely LOVED that she shared her TBR book list and I got her something I knew she would love! I also included my favorite top coat since she's all about the nails. Seriously, you should check out her nail posts as she's always trying something new! You can see what I sent her in her post.

Carrie it was so awesome being your sneaky secret santa and thanks for making it super easy to shop for you!

Now let's talk about what I got!

I wasn't very detailed about what I wanted because I wanted to be surprised and I got some way cool stuff!

1. A super soft pink polka dot blanket. You've seen this pic about how everybody hates Florida floating around the interwebz right?
Well, it hasn't been cool enough to use it until TODAY, so hopefully I'll be putting this bad girl to use soon! Tomorrow it's supposed to be 81 again and I have a Christmas parade to go to...very Christmas like weather Florida. I'll just wear my capris and red t-shirt.
2. Yummy candies that I've already shared with my coworkers.
3. Nail polish & stickers! I've already tried the sparkly red/pink on top of my red nails and I've gotten compliments on.

Thanks so much to the girls that hosted this fun swap! Thank you Secret Santa!

Allie - Allison - Jenn - Rebeka - Ricci

I have to be honest and I am really bad at getting so excited about something and not reading all the directions. I totally missed that we weren't supposed to reveal before today and signed my card with my blog addy and everything! That reminds me of the "idiot test" where you are supposed to read every question / direction before answering any of them. When you get to the bottom, the last question tells you to only do numbers one and two! I fall for it every time I tell you. I was glad to hear Carrie also signed her card so I wasn't the only one, *whew*!

This weekend I've got some Christmas'y things coming up and then I'm off for a couple days and I have been so excited at work today they've looked at me like I'm a little nuts but it's all good!

What are you up to this weekend?

How about some Holiday jams to get the weekend started with my girl Taylor? #backthatazzup Taylor! You saw her rocking it on Victoria's Secret Fashion show right? *sigh* love her. If you missed it, go check her and Fall Out Boy out. *nods*

Last Christmas by Taylor Swift on Grooveshark

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Weighing In 1-1

I've tried this weigh in thing on here before. Even linked up with a few ladies and something never works out. Most of the failure could stem from my lack of motivation, but I don't want to be one of those New Year Resolution people, so I'm starting now.

I've got part of it mapped out. I've given myself until December 25th to lose a total of 9 pounds. Right now, I'm 7.6 away from that goal. My bi-weekly weigh ins will take place on the Monday I'm off with the post going live Tuesday after I've had my Monday off. This gives me the time to weigh myself Monday morning and then blog about it ready to release for Tuesday. Since I have to be at work at 7:00 there's just no way I want to get up early enough to weigh in and blog before I go into work.

My starting weight was from Black Friday, since that's when I decided what my goal would be and when I would be doing everything.

The "goal" weight will change with each mini-goal since I don't want to have this HUGE number hanging over my head. Smaller goals = bigger results.

This is still a work in progress and before I do a lot of cardio, I have eight Pure Barre classes I'm going to power through between now and December 15th. So we'll see how that goes...8 classes in 13 days when I'm only in Tampa for the weekdays = 8 days!

Do you have a healthy weight plan in place for the Holiday season?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Yay! A Long Weekend Recap

I would so much rather be at home curled up with a good book, than out in this cold but it looks like winter has finally graced Florida with its presence. Although, tomorrow is supposed to be 81 degrees again, so whew!

I had another unplanned weekend. You know, the kind where you take life as it comes and then try to remember what you did (of little significance) for your Monday post.

Friday was the UCF vs. USF rivalry game and we pulled off a win, barely. The tailgate was super fun and definitely felt like Fall with the chill in the air and the jackets with scarves. I almost needed a beanie or ear muffs for the 57 degree weather, lol.

Saturday was small business Saturday and while I had every intention of heading down to the sponge docks to hit up some of my favorite shops I never made it out of my PJs. *shrug* We were trying to clean off the DVR before switching cable companies, and actually got pretty close.

So Sunday after church and helping my dad get the meat all seasoned up and on the smoker, mom and I hit the craft fair and some antique shops downtown. Again, it was a bust since I found nothing but at least I actually tried.

1. I didn't know we were taking a pic until it was too late.
2. Spicing up the meat!
3. Shaping the egg for my breafkast sandwich!
4. We managed to fit a grill in the back of a hatchback. I was impressed.
5. Sunday was a day of good food. Smoked meats, wings and finishing off the margarita bottle from the game.

I'm off today, so I hope this four day work week goes by quick! I went shopping today for Christmas wrapping paper, and have the first Christmas gifts to ship out this week. I'm so excited!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Sami's Shenanigans