In My Mailbox (39)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library!

The past couple of weeks I had really slow mail weeks (Keep in mind slow does not necessarily mean sucky. I am REALLY EXCITED about what I did get) so I waited until I had enough for a good IMM post. Hope you enjoy!

For Review:

The Art of Disappearing by Elena Perez (e-book)

My Thoughts: I cannot wait to read this book! I want to learn all about Delia’s life and this little “gift” of hers!

Bought:

Easy by Tammara Webber

My Thoughts:Goodness gracious people, I freaking love this book so very much!!! Don’t believe me? Read my review for it right here!

Between the Lines (Between the Lines #1) by Tammara Webber (e-book)

My Thoughts:Clearly I was on a bit of a Tammara Webber kick these past couple of weeks. After Easy I just HAD to have other books by her. I cannot wait to get started on this series!

Where You Are (Between the Lines #2) by Tammara Webber (e-book)

Good For You (Between the Lines #3) by Tammara Webber (e-book)

Wanderlust by Windsor Drive

My Thoughts: I know this isn’t book related but I am so excited about the awesome music I got in my mailbox this week that I just had to share it with you guys. If you haven’t heard of Windsor Drive before, I suggest you all check them out!

Books for school

My Thoughts: I don’t see how it can cost me $200 for 4 books, all used, and three of which I am only renting but whatevs. It’s all a part of the college life!

Gifted/Won:

Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown

My Thoughts: Thanks Justin! This book sounds so fantastic and it’s been a while since I’ve read a good road trip book!

Well that’s it for books the past couple of weeks. I hope you all had awesome book weeks & happy reading!

 

 

 

Life As Kate (24)

Last Saturday started off way earlier than one would normally want on a day off. At 8:00 a.m. I got up (Not because I wanted to. Screaming, little, half-naked boys tend to wake any person up) and went upstairs only to have my dad say to me: “I need you to move your car because I have a load of dirt being delivered.” Here are a few things to keep in mind about what “load of dirt” means in our house:

-It is a DUMP TRUCK full of dirt. As in one of those gigantic trucks that carries gigantic loads of stuff.

-It means someone will be on our tractor(s) depositing smaller bucket loads of dirt all over the yard. The person filling this position(s) will likely be a male since they are apparently the only gender capable enough to maneuver a tractor around the yard. You know, sitting on your butt, driving a tractor all day can be really challenging work and us weaker females are not strong enough for such duties….

-And most importantly it means someone (my sisters, stepmom, and I) will be raking out these smaller piles of dirt to make the yard more level all while my dad and brother (the ones driving the tractors) are pointing, dictating, and critiquing our work.  This is a task that works more muscles in more places than I even knew I had. For instance, my love handles hurt for a solid two days afterwards. I didn’t even know 1) I had love handles and 2) that love handles could hurt after excessive amounts of yard work.

Now that you know just what this means, you can understand the insta-horror I felt that morning. But since I like to pretend I don’t hear unpleasant things, I decided to bake instead of springing off outside to do yard work. I made some uber delicious Reese’s Krispie Treats (if you haven’t tried them yet, I suggest you do so like RIGHT NOW!) for my cousin’s wedding later that day. Once I was finished there was nothing left to do but face my morning/afternoon full of yard work.

I will spare you most of the gruesome details but yard work = gross.

Once we were all cleaned up, the whole family went to my cousin’s outdoor, old-fashioned, country themed wedding. There were hay stacks, old bicycles/wheels/armoires/frames/windows decorating the yard, and glass jars for our drinks. It was basically the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. Plus there was a photo booth area so it’s safe to say my family was highly amused for at least a full hour.

Sunday I spent my morning and early afternoon cleaning and doing a crap-ton of homework. Afterwards I had work which wasn’t too bad considering it was a 9 hour shift and I was there until 12:30 a.m.

Monday I had classes. I rocked my quizzes, spent too much money on vending machine snacks, and tried my best to ignore all the creepy guys that keep sprouting up around school (Seriously people, creepy guys are multiplying like rabbits). This day was made infinitely more incredible when I got my mail. You see, there is this band that I sort of love, Windsor Drive (you may have heard me gush a time or two) well anyway, I pre-ordered their newest CD and it came in the mail along with a signed poster. Those guys are made of pure awesome!

Tuesday I got to go visit my cousin Stephanie who is away at university. Even though the school is only about 45 minutes away, it has been so hard for us (her, my sister, my stepmom, and I) to all get together. But we had a blast, giggled uncontrollably throughout our whole lunch, caused a scene at the restaurant, and had a fantastic day!

Wednesday was school which was basically a repeat of Monday minus the vending machine snacks; a girl’s gotta watch her shape ;)…really I just got snacks from our school bistro instead of the vending machine.

Thursday and Friday I had work which wasn’t a complete suckfest, more like a partial suckfest. The work part of it went quite alright but I had a cold for most of the week so this made even the smallest nuisances just a bit more irritating.

On top of everything this past week we (my family) were all still getting used to the new school schedule. Trying to figure out homework times, play times, bath & bed times, as well as sports schedules and school meetings can be a bit tough. Even though our schedules have been hectic, I am so proud of my youngest brothers this past week. Zack (the 8-year-old) came home from school every day this week and was EXCITED to do his homework with me. He was also thrilled to bring home his first book order form. This made for an incredibly happy Katelyn.

I have a few awesome things coming up this week: a movie night with a friend, a Detroit Tiger’s game with Kati and Stacey, plus a special little surprise for Stacey this weekend. And also, Abby, my youngest sister, has her first homecoming dance next weekend. It’s going to be a busy week but I cannot wait for everything!

I hope you all had a fan-tabulous week!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:

Yay! New, awesome music!

Zack insisted on wearing that hat…

Me, my stepmom Karie, my sister Abby, and my sister Kari

My sister’s and I. I <3 those girls!

My brother would likely kill me if he knew I put this on here…

Book Playlist: Easy by Tammara Webber

As I’ve said many times before, creating playlists for multiple occasions is a huge hobby of mine. Just recently I have started doing it for books. I can’t say I do it for every book but for the ones I really love I can’t help but pick out a few songs that really remind me of it.

I recently reviewed Easy by Tammara Webber and let’s just say, I love that book hardcore. It is easily one of my favorites this year and I knew I had to do more than just review it, so I decided to come up with a playlist of the book. Some of the songs remind me of the story in general, a specific character, or a scene in the book. I hope you guys enjoy and of course if you’ve read the book and can think of another song I should add to it just let me know!

And if by chance the playlist is not working below, I picked out a few of my favorite songs to feature as YouTube videos!

P.S. If you are a fan/user of Spotify you can subscribe to the playlist by following this link!

Prove You Wrong by He Is We

When It All Falls Apart by The Veronicas

Fall by Windsor Drive

Life As Kate (17)

The past week has been craziness, as per usual, BUT it was filled with so much fun I could hardly contain myself! Here’s what went down:

Last Saturday, my OFFICIAL day off, was pure brilliance. I stayed by the pool all day, read a whole book, and watched Zeke accidentally fall into the pool not once but twice (hilarious thing to be seen).

Sunday turned out to be another great day by the pool! I didn’t have work until 5:30 that night so I was able to spend most of the day outside. Once I went into work though, it was not a fun time. We had this thing called Stage Set which is basically corporate’s way to make us sales associates go totes insane. They send us over a sheet of names, colors, and styles of clothing and that then tells us where we move it in the store. We pretty much moved everything from one side of the store to the other and we were doing this fun little task until 1 a.m.

Monday was an early morning (8 a.m.) at work. Once I got home I sat my booty on the couch and did not move it until bed time.

Tuesday was work again but afterwards I actually had plans (Hurray! Some resemblance of a social life!). Kati, Stacey, and I all met up for dinner after work, which was DELICIOUS, then we went shopping (I got the cutest pair of glasses, see picture to the upper right), and then topped the night off by going to the movies. Tuesday nights are free popcorn nights for us reward card holders and us girls are never ones to pass up free popcorn! We saw What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and holy cuteness, batman! I LOVED THAT MOVIE! If you have seen Valentine’s Day at all, you’ll know what I mean when I say it is about a few different couples that are going through pregnancy and they are all interconnected in someway. It was hilarious, sweet, funny, a touch of sad, adorable…I just loved every second of it!

Wednesday was even more FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! I slept in, took my time getting ready, then went over to Kati’s so we could go to yet another concert! This one was with Grant Woell, Windsor Drive, Deas Vail, South Jordan, and He Is We.

Sidestory about Windsor Drive- So I never did a re-cap post about the last time I saw these guys but it was a ton of fun. I basically dragged Kati and my sister Kari to this hole-in-the-wall bar an hour away. We were all fans of Windsor Drive before this but we had no idea who the other performers were. We get to this bar and there is no one there except for this really weird group of little boys playing music on stage and their parents sitting in the audience. Once these boys were done, it was still just us 3 girls and 2 other girls that completely ignored us. Finally the first band, From Indian Lakes took the stage and HOLY WOW! These guys were so great! I felt so horrible because they were far too talented to only have 5 girls and a bunch of random guys from the other bands cheering for them. Regardless, they put on an awesome show, and we had no problem dancing along to their music. After them, Windsor Drive took the stage and at this point a few other people had shown up but still not enough to be really comfortable. We still managed to have a blast singing along & dancing to their music. After they rocked it out, Carter Hulsey took the stage and what a great act he was! He was funny, entertaining, and he sung the heck out of every song. He made all the guys from the other bands dance with us (poor guys, we suck at dancing) and we all had a good time! We had so much fun talking to and meeting everyone after the show and we left feeling even more in love with these bands.

Now back to your previously scheduled programingThe concert we attended on Wednesday was so amazing! The first to take the stage was Grant. He was adorable as heck not to mention he played Brokenhearted by Karmin, one of my new favorite songs. After him Windsor Drive came on stage. They played a lot of new songs which made me way too excited for them to release their new EP/Album. Kati and I danced around like crazy which may have embarrassed normal people considering NO ONE else around us was dancing, but lucky for us we are not normal. After Windsor Drive came on, South Jordan took the stage, and guess what guys…I have a new band to add to my LISTEN TO THEM ASAP list! All of these guys were hilarious on stage, played super fun songs that we yet again danced around too (still no one else was dancing, they must have been drugged), and they even did a mini cover of Boyfriend by Justin Bieber which made me kind of fall in love with them. Deas Vail came on the stage next. They were another group of guys who know how to put on a good show! I was thrilled when the played one of my favorite songs by them and yes you better believe it, Kati and I continued to dance! He Is We FINALLY came on and then major confusion hit. Someone who was totally not the lead singer of He Is We took the stage and started singing songs that were definitely by He Is We. I thought that for a hot second we were being Punk’d and Ashton would pop out and surprise us. This is not the case. Turns out that the lead singer has come down with an illness so this new girl was filling in. She did such an awesome job! I still felt the energy and story behind each and every song! Kati and I danced one last time and sang the words to every song that was played. Once the show was over we went to meet the bands, YAY!!!! So were just chilling, when Jon from Windsor Drive says “Hey you guys look familiar!” My night was made after this. (now you know the reason for the extremely long flash back above) Even though there were only a few other people at their last concert, I was so happy they could remember such fun, vibrant people such as Kati and I (haha!) We took pictures with the band and were able to talk to them for a little bit. Next we went on to meet South Jordan. They were just as funny as they were on stage. They thanked us for being the only ones dancing like maniacs in the audience (see, the dancing paid off) and they returned the favor by taking pictures with us and signing our t-shirts and CD’s. We talked to these guys for a while mainly about John Mayer’s mustache and Gavin DeGraw’s mugging. I guess it was safe to say that this was one very successful concert!

Thursday totally paled in comparison to Wednesday! I spent the whole day dancing around to all four bands on Spotify while cleaning the basement. Good times folks, good times.

Friday I had work which kind of sucked big-time. We are part of a huge outlet mall and it is a holiday weekend so that means sidewalk sales galore! Each sales associate had to stand outside for at least an hour, this meant much better mall music than our store but it also meant major hotness. My original 5 hour shift was extended to 8 and I left feeling sweaty and exhausted.

Now that it’s Saturday, I have work again which means more sidewalk sales, so exciting. Can’t you tell how thrilled I am? Here’s to hoping that the day passes by super fast and that your guys’ holiday weekend is much more exciting than mine!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:

*Kati and I before the concert*

*Kati and I along with Windsor Drive*

*Kati and I along with South Jordan*

Tune In Tuesday (52)

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Ginger @ GReads so you should head on over and link up! It is a great way to bounce from blog to blog and discover what others are listening to! I love music but there is so much out there that I haven’t heard of before. That being said, feel free to leave a link to your Tune-In Tuesday post!

This is the very last week of Tune In Tuesday Book Playlist Edition and it makes me so sad! I really wish I didn’t miss that one week because there is a ton of music related books I would have loved to share with you guys! But since it is the last week, I will try to make it extra special by posting a few of my very favorite songs that remind me of a few of my very favorite books!

Endlessly by Green River Ordinance paired with The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

I really felt so many raw emotions while reading this book that I could have easily picked 20 songs to go along with it! It broke my heart in the most beautiful way but it also showed me all about love and I think this song displays that perfectly.

Everything Falls Apart by Carter Hulsey paired with On Little Wings by Regina Sirois

I recently saw Carter in concert and picked up his CD. As soon as this song came on, I was reminded of Jennifer and Nathan’s story ESPECIALLY when the line from Robert’s poem is mentioned in the song. That plays an important role in the book.

Birds of a Feather by The Civil Wars paired with Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

This song has that sort of hauntingly beautiful feel to it and that is exactly what I experienced while reading this book.

Sparks Fly by Taylor Swift paired with Forget You by Jennifer Echols

I still don’t know what it is about this song. It could be the mention of green eyes but I like to think it is just the whirlwind of feelings flying between Zoey and Doug in this book. You can definitely tell there are sparks flying between the two!

Daughter Of The Sun by Windsor Drive paired with Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

This is another hard one to really explain. It may be because I listened to this CD a lot right around the time I read the book but I like to think that the lyrics tell a very similar story.

You Found Me by Kelly Clarkson paired with The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

You know I had to pick at least one Sarah Dessen book! I actually had a super hard time because I feel as though her stories are so specific, it’s hard to match a song perfectly. I know this song gets paired with a lot of paranormal books but I actually really like how it fits with this story. Wes brings out a whole other side to Macy. She is just going through all the motions but Wes and the whole gang get her to open up and grow as a person.

I’m Just So Excited….

It has been a while since I’ve done a completely random, pointless post so I decided there is no better time than the present! As you can guess from the title I am super excited about something and as you may or may not know, there is only one thing that gets me super pumped…okay, I lied there are a ton of things that get me excited including but not limited to: ice cream, books, sleeping in, cats & dogs, etc., but for this instance we are just going to say MUSIC! I am going to a very out-of-nowhere, non-pre-planned concert! I got a tweet from one of my favorite bands the other day saying they were going to be in MI this weekend, yes I did flail crazily and squeal like a dying bird. Windsor Drive has been featured a few times on the blog and I constantly share their music with the people of Twitter (whether or not they actually listen to me when I say “LISTEN TO THIS NOW” is unknown but they are crazy if they don’t take just a little chance!). I first met them last summer at Warped Tour and since then, I’ve had a bit of an obsession. So you can only imagine how psychotic I have been acting the past couple of days! Coming along on this tour is Carter Hulsey (he rocks my socks off!) and From Indian Lakes (definitely a new favorite!). Kati, Kari, and I will be going later tonight so expect lots of pictures, lots more tweets, and perhaps a mixed CD giveaway a little later in the week! In the meantime, take a listen to the three Brilliant bands I will be seeing tonight!

Shine by Windsor Drive

Black and Blue by Carter Hulsey

Away! by From Indian Lakes

Tune In Tuesday (47)

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Ginger @ GReads so you should head on over and link up! It is a great way to bounce from blog to blog and discover what others are listening to! I love music but there is so much out there that I haven’t heard of before. That being said, feel free to leave a link to your Tune-In Tuesday post!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I know I complain about this holiday a lot but if I am being completely honest, it is really sweet to see couples in love all over the place. I for one am making the most out of my singleness this year! I’m spending the day with a smile plastered on my face, I will snack on any food I so desire and I will NOT feel guilty about it, I will be dressing up like I’m going on a date with a real-life boy, I will have a movie date with my friends (we are going to see The Vow!!!), and I will of course listen to one cheesy love song after another. As I was getting today’s love-infused post ready I realized that I love a TON of love song even with my lack of relationships. And when I say a ton, I mean it! I picked way too many songs for my post today but just so you know, this is like the wayyyy narrowed down list of my favorite love songs!

Hey Baby by Bruce Channel

This will be a song I dance to at my wedding….one day. I don’t know if it is because it is part of the Dirty Dancing soundtrack or because I just love it so much.

Baby Blue Eyes by A Rocket To The Moon

I stick this song on and for just a brief moment my very brown eyes are in fact blue. Or at least I pretend they are. This song is the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard.

Steal Your Heart by Augustana

Every song Augustana sings could very easily be a love song that makes my heart melt, this one is no different!

Fall by Windsor Drive

Windsor Drive creates some of my FAVORITE music. I was first hooked on them when I heard this song…it just happens to be about love <3

Ours by Taylor Swift

Taylor writes a ridiculous amount of love songs that I adore but this newer one is just so sweet!

Meaning by Gavin DeGraw

Just listen to the lyrics, you will understand completely. Plus it’s freaking Gavin DeGraw… swoon<3

Kiss Me Slowly by Parachute

I just want to snatch a random guy up and dance with him to this song. I love it so very much!

One Day by Jack Savoretti

This song was in Post Grad so yes I fell in love with immediately. BUT I think I love it even more now because it is just the perfect “Yes, we are friends but I want to be more than that” type of song.