What’s Up: March
March has involved a lot of ‘sitting’ time. I’ve been inside often because of the lovely weather (insert sarcasm here) so these are a few things I’m doing in my down time while I try to stay warm.
Reading… The Bird Eater by Ania Ahlborn
By now I’m sure you know that my favorite genre of books is horror. I also like psychological thrillers, things that play with your mind. The Bird Eater, by Ania Ahlborn, is a perfect blend of the two. The story goes something like this: Aaron is an orphan twice over. Though he’s an adult now, he is still plagued with the twisted memories of his childhood and the mysterious things that lead him to the life he has now – returning to Arkansas and Holbrook House, the home where his life changed forever. He’s trying to piece his life (and mind) back together, but something has different plans for him. The house is a creepy legend in the city – haunted, they say – and Aaron finds out exactly how much truth is nested in rumor.
From chapter one you will find yourself double checking the latches on your windows. I’m already wrapped up, not only in the addictive cadence of the events that are unfolding, but also in the sad but determined Aaron. I find myself torn. I can’t wait for the next paranormal situation, but I also find myself wishing for a bit of peace so the poor man doesn’t lose his mind (more so than he already has).
This is definitely a page turner. I find myself going to bed early just so I can read. You will too. [check it out]
Watching… Vikings [THURSDAYS AT 10/9C History Channel]
Sons of Anarchy on a boat, and I’m not just talking about how Travis Fimmel (Vikings’ Ragnar) and Charlie Hunnam (SoA’s Jax) look like long lost twin brothers. Vikings gives me the same bad-*ss adrenaline rush that the boys on the bikes do. Except Vikings delivers the power struggle in a gritty, ancient timeline that skips the soap opera drama of a modern society. Vikings is all sweat, blood and battle cries. The fact that the women fight along side the men as brave Shield Maidens is the icing on the cake.
I binge watched the first season and now I’m painfully creeping through season two. You can’t help but love Ragnar, but I was also surprised at how fond I’ve become of Floki (pictured above) played by the very talented Gustaf Skarsgård. I highly recommend it (you can watch the entire first season for free on the History channel website). I think you’ll find yourself asking, “Why did I wait this long?” Disclaimer: This show contains blood, violence, sex and other situations of an adult nature. [check it out]
Planning… my trip to Cozumel
I’m a little bit excited. I only have 16 days left before I’m sailing off to Mexico. Last month I shared that I was attending Brandcation #6, dubbed #SeasTheDay [check it out], and it’s hard to think of anything else since. It doesn’t help that I’m absolutely freezing here at home when I know there is a warm, sun covered beach waiting for me in Cozumel. I’m not tan, I’m not fit for a bikini – but I don’t care. I’m going to grab something frozen and alcoholic, slide on my sunglasses and have some fun with my fellow bloggers. I keep telling myself ‘two weeks’ because those other two days obviously don’t count.
Trying… to learn how to crochet.
I decided I wanted some kind of hobby that didn’t require me to sit at my desk. I also wanted to do something ‘crafty’ as well. Solution? Crochet.
I have several ‘hooker’ friends (slang for people who crochet, not women who work the streets. ….as far as I know) and I kept seeing their updates, photos of their projects etc and I decided to give it a go. I actually picked it up rather quickly. By day 3 I was already working on a blanket (photo above) that, while not perfect, is pretty darn good for my first week of owning yarn or hooks. I’ve also made myself some fingerless hand warmers to keep my fingers warm while I type. I admit – it’s addictive. If you want to try your hand at crochet, the best tutorials are from The Crochet Crowd [check it out]
What have you been up to?