welcome newcomers


Lesley Myrick


I wanted to give a shout out to LA over at FreckledNest.com and Lesley at lesleymyrick.com for posting up free ads for their readers. You can find mine on the right hand-side of both sites and in this post from LA.

I feel like a big newbie in the blog-o-sphere so I welcome any and all comments or feedback for me. It would be much appreciated.

Things I may talk about:

finding employment: I’m currently on a job hunt because the company I worked for went bankrupt in May. Scary!
my cat Alice: I didn’t know this before Alice, but I’m completely and utterly a cat lady. I think she is the cutest and funniest cat on the planet!
technologies: I find that my friends ask me a lot of questions in this area. They claim I am computer geek but I’ve learned almost everything from my man, Ryan (thank you very much)!
Ryan: the love of my life and I, sometimes, like to go out and have fun, and I like to document those moments here on my blog. Awww! :)
books: I’m a huge book reader and I’ve started to review some of the ones I read. You can find me on goodreads here (please feel free to add me as a friend)!
music: I’m not one to listen to the radio, so my taste comes from input from friends and family, listening to albums that have come out recently, and roaming around on Pandora or other sites like this.

Thank you so very much for stopping by!

top albums of 2011 (so far)


Remember when I listed the top 10 albums I listened to in 2010?

I thought it would be too long in between posts to wait until January before I did this again. My taste changes so much through out the year I don’t want to list something I’m not currently loving. [These are in no particular order]

Adele – 21 (2011)
Adele 21 2011

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More (2009)
Mumford Sons Sigh No More 2009

The Decemberists – The King is Dead (2011)
The Decemberists The King is Dead 2011

Young the Giant – Young the Giant (2010)
Young the Giant self titled 2010

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 2010

Aloe Blacc – Good Things (2010)
Aloe Blacc Good Things 2010

When I look at these albums, I think to myself, I don’t really listen to these now…so what am I listening to then? Well…right now we’re listening to episode 10 in a series of podcasts by a group of three Jewish dudes who talk about hip hop (and other current topics) called Hype Men. We started from the beginning so we’re a bit behind since episode 44 just posted up. So far, they’ve been interesting and funny, and almost informational. I feel like I’m learning something when I listen to them. They have cool guests, too. So far my favorite is Jean Grae in Episode 1. She was awesome and funny and really down to earth.

What are YOU listening to?

books books books


Reading CatAccording to goodreads, I am currently reading 3 books. Though, not actually. Last year sometime, or maybe the year before that, Ryan and I decided to read a book together. Out loud. We would take turns reading a chapter of a book. That book was (is?) Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman. Now, I’m not huge into pop culture (or the news or what’s on the radio), and because of this, most everything he talks about in this book, Ryan needed to pause and explain the subject. After a while, I lost interest and moved on. Since then, I’ve probably read about 16 books. Actually, it’s exactly 16 books because goodreads keeps track (a huge reason why I love this site so much). And still, the book sits on my nightstand with the page marked where we left off. Will we ever finish it? I don’t know….

Just recently, I started to read the ebook of Boneshaker by Cherie Priest on my phone. But after only 16 or so pages, the story didn’t capture me so I just simply stopped reading. I also think it’s because I was a little burnt out on books at that moment. I had just finished reading The Name of the Wind and the sequel The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss back to back. Both of these books are pretty hefty reading. That’s a total of 1716 pages between the two and it only took me six weeks. That sounds like a long time but for me, that’s lightning fast for books this size. And it is because these books are so amazing that I read them so quickly.

Fast forward to a month later to two days ago, I started reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I am about 30 pages in (which isn’t a lot but I read at night and tend to fall asleep quickly) and I am already attached to the main character. So much, I got a little choked up at the end of second chapter. I don’t want to say too much because I plan to write a review post of it later, but I can tell you that I will finish it soon and go onto the second book in the series right away.