Not a Bad Monday

Happy late Earth Day, my friends.  Apparently it was yesterday.  I did nothing to celebrate, but my WordPress theme is called “going green,” so I think I celebrate everyday! (Well, as of last Thursday, but still).  Apparently, I also missed the premiere of season 4 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.  I am not on my game!

Today was a super busy one at work, which I loved.  Although it’s always hard to mentally prepare to go back to work after the weekend, I actually love Mondays because I usually have a lot of assignments, so the day FLEW by.  It did start out kind of rough with a migraine though, but I got some caffeine, which helped quite a bit.  Not perfect, but better.

You know what was perfect?  This bowl of goodness:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took some of the leftover fruit salad from my sister’s shower and realized last night that I could top it with Cool Whip.  It doesn’t look great, but it was a wonderful treat for a mid-afternoon snack.  I may have had a spoonful or two this morning while I was putting it together, too ;)

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After I got home from work today, I took Milo for a quick walk.  James and I are kind of bad about walking him everyday.  He is such a good dog and would rather snuggle with us on the couch than go outside.  But James pointed out that if we want him to live until he’s 40 (in people years, not dog years–it’s totally possible), he needs to get more exercise.  All you have to do is tell me something will make Milo live longer and I’m all about it.

Ready for his walk

Luckily, dinner was ready to go in the crockpot, so I didn’t have to do much prep when I got back from the walk.  I got this recipe for Hawaiian meatballs (I used turkey meatballs) from Six Sisters’ Stuff, with the only changes being rice wine vinegar and the amount of each ingredient as there are only two of us to feed.

So good!

I also made some brown rice to go with it, but that was the extent of my creativity tonight.  My eye’s were bigger than my stomach, so I threw a third of this back into the crockpot for leftovers.  I ate dinner while catching up on last week’s episode of “BFF,” the new comedy on NBC.  I’m actually enjoying it quite a bit.

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So, I’m super happy and kind of not amused all at the same time.  I was super excited to participate in Julie’s book club this month, so I checked with the front office of my apartment on Thursday for a package from Amazon with the book for this month.  My email said it was delivered on April 17, but the office said they didn’t have it.  Because of the office’s hours, I couldn’t check back until after work today and, lo and behold, can you see what the date written on my package is?

Delivered almost a week ago!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In case you can’t, it says 4-17!  I could have been reading this for days!  Instead, I have only until Wednesday to try to finish this in order to participate.

Newly arrived April Book Club book

 

I’m glad it finally came (because regardless, I’m excited to read it), just annoyed that I probably have to wait til next month to participate in the book club.

This also changes my plans for tonight.  I was going to watch How I Met Your Mother and Dancing With the Stars.  James and I are huge Donald Driver fans, so we are watching DWTS for the first season ever.  Fun fact:  the first gift  I ever gave James was a Donald Driver jersey–wayyy back in December of 2008.  But now, I’ll be reading tonight–not that it’s a bad thing :)

 

 

Also, side note, if you are a movie lover–or just want to be entertained–head over to my friend/co-worker (mostly my friend) Staci’s blog.  She reviewed Cabin in the Woods, and I bet she’ll make you want to see it!

Hope everyone has a great night!

Divergent

Good morning and happy Monday!  After a busy weekend, I’m pretty tired, but I’m sure this work week will fly by just like every other one.

I’m almost finished with my book, so I want to review Divergent before it was time to review that one.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This is the synopsis from goodreads.com:

“In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.”

Sounds like an interesting concept, right?  It definitely is!

I really liked this book.  It was a page turner filled with twists and turns, and I gasped multiple times when unexpected things happened.  I really liked the characters in this book, and I cared about how they did during their training.

My only problems with the book were minor.  Although most of the training was necessary to develop the plot and move the story forward, it did get a little drawn out at times without much excitement or payoff.  My other problems with it may be only because it was compared to Hunger Games.  The only way the two books are similar is in the dystopian theme.  Otherwise, do not read this book expecting a second Hunger Games.  I did not like the character Tris as much as I liked Katniss.  Tris seemed weaker, and although I generally liked her, I was more concerned about Katniss’s outcome than Tris’s.  I think a reason for that is the love story in Divergent.  Although there is a love triangle in Hunger Games, the story was not dependent on who Katniss picked.  Regardless of whether Peeta or Gale existed, Katniss would have gone through the same things, which I thought made her a stronger and more interesting character.  Tris’s romantic involvement, on the other hand, pushed the story forward–which was good–but I didn’t like that it was such a big part of the story.  I wanted Tris to develop and get stronger a little more on her own.

With that being said, I did like this book, and I recommended it to several people.  If you like the dystopian theme in Hunger Games, you will love this concept.  As long as you don’t go into it thinking it will be similar to the Hunger Games, you will have a fun time reading this and enjoy the story very much.

It is also an easy read, so great for the upcoming summer months.  However, the second book in the trilogy, Insurgent, comes out in May, so maybe read Divergent as close to the release date as possible so you don’t have to wait long for the release.  Trust me, the plot gets real intense and exciting towards the end of the book, and you will want to read Insurgent!