Currently…

by Stephany on July 23, 2014

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feeling very content, relaxed, and at peace about life right now

anticipating tackling an adventure or two off my Tampa list this weekend, a girl’s trip in October, and the upcoming NFL season

reading Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner

thinking about how to maximize my time on the weekend. (I never seem to have enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I want to get done!)

pricing out prescription sunglasses. I want to start wearing glasses more regularly, but I need to have prescription sunglasses if so. (My eyes are very sensitive to sunlight.) Right now, Zenni Optical or GlassesUSA look to be the most decently priced. Anyone have experience using them?

happy with my purchase of new running shoes. They are cute, feel good and supportive, and were under $100. Woo!

obsessed with the film scores Pandora station. It makes writing about windows and patio products a lot more dramatic!

resisting writing the next scene in my novel. It’s an action scene and I’m not feeling very confident about writing it, so I keep finding other things to do, rather than writing the scene. Blast it!

planning to do a big closet purge next month and create a list of closet staples. I am so tired of my wardrobe, of not wearing clothes that make me feel good. I need a revamp of my closet and style.

wanting to open my heart up to something new, but scared of taking the leap. How do you take the leap when failing could mean embarrassing yourself beyond belief? Sigh.

using MyFitnessPal regularly now. I set my calorie goal at 1,600 and I’m trying to use it more as a diary than a “well, I used up all my calories so I’ll have soup for dinner.” I think calorie counting can breed very unhealthy behaviors and I don’t want to do that. I just want to see how I’m eating and adjust as needed. So far, so good!

hoping to take a solo vacation next year. Solo travel terrifies me, but I want to break out of my comfort zone and try it. I have my eye on Asheville or Savannah!

watching Big Brother because duh, it’s the summer! Big Brother is easily my favorite show to watch because I get so wrapped up in the game play and drama. I love it!

inspired by a friend who is moving to Spain for the next two years to teach. I wish I had that adventuresome spirit!

preparing to hand sew my first pillow. I’m frightened (I’m not great at that kinda stuff), but going to at least give it a try.

wondering if I should try a subscription reading service  (like Oyster or Amazon Unlimited). I like the idea behind it (unlimited books at one set price!), but it all depends on the selection. If I still have to supplement with the library, it’s not worth it for me. But both options give a one-month trial, so it can’t hurt to try them out and see how I like them!

What are you currently reading, obsessed with, and anticipating?

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The Sweet SpotFrom Goodreads: When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it’s love at first sight. While Amanda can’t help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god-build, he doesn’t have a chance of getting to first—or any other—base with her. A successful entrepreneur who’s built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn’t need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn’t interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates. 

But Chase isn’t about to strike out. A man who isn’t interested in playing the field, he’s a monogamist who wants an independent woman like Amanda. His hopes rally when she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase has a few sexy and very secret pre-game rituals that turn the smart, headstrong businesswoman on—and into his number one fan.

Then a tabloid discovers the truth and turns their spanking good fun into a late- night punch-line. Is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom force them to call it quits?

My thoughts: Oy. This review is going to be a tough one.

loved Evanovich’s debut novel Big Girl Panties. It was sweet and smart and funny. I knew what I was getting into this one, since we’re introduced to Chase and Amanda in that book and their kinky sex life. (Chase is into spanking, which isn’t ruining anything. I just think I need to clue people in on this, since it affects my thoughts on the book.) At first, I really enjoyed Amanda and Chase’s witty banter and the sexual tension they provoked. It was cute, it was sweet, it was everything I wanted from chick lit romance.

Then things took a turn to kinkytown and it lost all the sparkle it had in the beginning. Now, I’ve read my fair share of erotica and steamy romances so I don’t get turned off from that. But I slowly began to dislike the novel and the characters the more I read.  Amanda turned from a self-sufficient, independent business owner into a simpering, co-dependent weak girl. And Chase turned into a guy I really liked into a whiny, self-entitled, smug jerk. It was just so hard to like them and it was so hard to root for them.

I wanted more story. The only plotline was about Chase wanting to find a woman who liked to be spanked, but whom he also had an emotional connection with, and Amanda trying to accept that she liked being spanked and to let herself fall in love with Chase. It was just… boring, after a while. It became too much about spanking, not enough about the characters and their emotional development.

So, it wasn’t my favorite novel. The writing was good, but I found myself feeling a bit let-down by the plot and characters.

My rating: 2 stars

I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions, unless otherwise stated, are my own.

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Five For Friday (v. 34)

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1) On a whim, I checked my credit score on Credit Karma the other day. I didn’t think it had changed much because I haven’t paid off any loans since the last time I checked, but surprisingly it did! It’s still a crappy number, but in the past seven months, it’s gone up 32 points […]

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Unapologetic

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I’ll admit that every now and then, I’ll succumb to the draw of The Bachelorette, and this season, I’ve been watching. It’s research! (Right?) So, a couple weeks ago, it was “hometown” week where the bachelorette meets with each remaining contestant in their hometown to get to know their family. And, during one visit, a contestant’s […]

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On Purpose & Passions

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I went to a blogging event last week. One of my good friends that I met through book club is a local food blogger and she gets invited to fun events all the time because of her blog (and she’s got some sort of Yelp status? I dunno. I don’t “Yelp,” so I don’t know […]

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On Frugal Living

July 11, 2014

I started reading personal finance blogs this year. Because 2014 was The Year I Was Going To Be In Control Of My Finances. This was it! I would learn how to save money, spend less on frivolous purchases and meals out, and start paying off my consumer, school, and medical loans. I scoured the Internet […]

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The Tampa Bay Project

July 9, 2014

I want to go on an adventure. I mentioned this in my monthly goals post last week, about how I’m anxious to get out and do something. The truth is, I live in such a beautiful area and there is so much to do. Between Tampa and St. Petersburg and the beaches, the options are […]

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A Family-Filled Holiday Weekend

July 7, 2014

  Oh, this weekend! It was such a fun one! What’s not to love about long weekends, especially when they’re filled with family time, fireworks shows, and long naps? Yes, yes. Let’s dive into my weekend, all right? thursday // I only had to work a half-day, which was such a nice treat! After work, I came […]

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June Reads

July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July to my American readers! I have an easy morning and afternoon planned, and then around 3pm, I’m heading over to my uncle’s house (he lives mere steps from the beach!) to celebrate the holiday with a barbecue and walking down to the beach to watch the fireworks. I’ve skipped the fireworks […]

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June Check-In & July Goals

July 2, 2014

Is this year flying by, or what? I can’t believe we’re halfway through 2014 already! Weren’t we ringing in the new year a week ago? It’s so crazy. I have spent the past week thinking about how I want to attack the last half of the year, what I want to put in place now […]

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