October 5, 2015

Guess Who's Back | Home From Iceland & Amsterdam...

I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm back from my latest adventures in Iceland and Amsterdam. This unfortunately not a post about the trip because even though I got back to the states Saturday night after about twelve plus hours of traveling, I am suffering from a wicked case of jet lag.

So no real post about the trip today but I promise that I will have a post up about it within the next week and a half (No waiting for months like my trip to Greece last year). Hopefully I will have it done sooner rather than later because I'll be at New York Comic Con at the end of the week, so I obviously want to write about that too.  Fingers crossed.

That all being said, I'll leave you with a few pictures from my Instagram...

September 18, 2015

This Just Pinned: Week One Hundred & Forty-Seven...

Here are the highlights of my last few weeks pinning...
(via: Pinterest)
(via: Pinterest)
(via: The Cooking Jar)
(via: From Up North)
(via: Pinterest)

As always if you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

September 17, 2015

Stuck In My Head | Gloria Estefan...

As you may or may not know, I work one night a week. So that means I get to lie in bed and watch various morning shows one day a week. Well, while I was mindlessly watching morning shows this morning I saw a commercial for a Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical that is starting next month called Get On Your Feet. Needless to say I'm very excited about this because I grew up listening to Gloria, especially her 1992 Greatest Hits album (I literally had it on cassette tape in my Saturn up until the day I cleaned it out to get rid of it) and 1993's Mi Tierra.

So because of all of this, I've made plans with my sister to see the musical (It all actually worked out really well because we were already going into the city October 24th because I was invited by On Location Tours to take a free tour with them and she was joining me, and the tour happens to end an hour and a half before the first show of the day) and was listening to Gloria in the car all morning. Thus I have a mixture of her songs stuck in my head currently. But the one that sticks out to most is "Music Of My Heart" with N'Sync (You all know I how much I love N'Sync). So here is the music video for that...

FUN FACT: I danced with my father at my wedding to the song "Mi Tierra"

September 16, 2015

Fear Of Elevators | Weird Library Patrons...

Surprisingly for some time now we haven't had an exceptionally noteworthy happenings with patrons, which is a good thing from a work standpoint but bad thing when you're a librarian-blogger who likes to share wonky work related stories on your blog. But the other day we had a little incident, if you could call it that, that I thought I should share because it was a little weird and something that none of us have ever dealt with before.

A patron walked up to the reference desk (I happened to be in our office, which is directly behind the reference desk, at my own desk doing something) and I hear her ask Nicole if she would be able to take her stroller downstairs for her. She proceeds to explain to Nicole, which I could not hear, that she is afraid of elevators and she didn't have anyone with her that could take her stroller down for her.

So Nicole walks into the office and asks me if she could bring the stroller downstairs for her. After a bit of confusion, because I thought she literally wanted Nicole to carry her stroller down the stairs for her, I tell Nicole (Even though I am really confused by the situation) she can ride in the elevator with the lady's stroller. 

Two minutes later Nicole comes back up and I ask her what the hell was that all about. She explains to me the part of the conversation she had with the lady that I didn't hear and noted that she knew her from one of her other jobs, which is the reason she rode down the elevator for her.

Still, even after hearing the explanation my Department Head (Who has never in her almost thirty as a librarian, had anyone ask her to do that before) and I were still confused. Why would you bring a stroller with you if you're afraid elevators? Why wouldn't you leave it downstairs or in your car? Why wouldn't you have like a BabyBjorn or some other baby carrying contraption?

So yeah, that happened the other day and we were/still are perplexed by the whole thing.

September 14, 2015

Still Getting Ready For Iceland & Amsterdam...

Our big trip to Iceland and Amsterdam is less than two weeks away and I've been super paranoid about making sure I have everything that I could possibly need for the trip. So I've been checking out more blogs and travel sites to make sure I'm ready in terms of what I need to pack.

Here are more links I found useful in addition to the ones that I posted back in June, which you can read here...

Emma's Travel Tales -- Iceland’s Golden Circle
Emma's Travel Tales -- What To Pack For A Trip To Iceland
Happy Camper's Travel Blog
Little Grey Box -- My Icelandic Roadtrip: A Guide On Things To Do & See In Reykjavik & Beyond
Little Grey Box -- What To Pack For A Trip To Iceland
Nordic Visitor Iceland -- Iceland Travel Guide
Stuck In Iceland
The Blonde Abroad -- How To Make The Most Of An Iceland Stopover
The Blonde Abroad -- I’m Going To Iceland! And 10 Reasons You Should Too!
The Blonde Abroad -- Snorkeling The Silfra Fissure In Iceland
The Expert Vagabond -- How To Find Iceland’s Famous Sólheimasandur Plane Crash *
The Expert Vagabond -- Secrets Of The Ring Road: Iceland’s Epic Road Trip

Amsterdam & Beyond
Design Mom -- 5 Things To Remember For Your Trip To Amsterdam
Every Steph -- Cities Less Traveled – The Other Side of Amsterdam
Flush The Fashion -- Road Trip To Amsterdam (And Getting Around Once You’re There)
Short Girl In Fashion -- Accessories + Winter Fashion For An Amsterdam City Break
That Girl From Amsterdam
The Blonde Abroad -- Amsterdam Travel Tip
Those Dam Americans -- A Visitor’s Guide to Amsterdam
Travel Channel -- Anthony Bourdain's Amsterdam Travel Tips
Travel Fashion Girl -- What To Pack When Traveling To Amsterdam
Urban Travel Blog -- Long Weekend: Amsterdam

Justin and I also watched the Iceland episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005-2012) and the Amsterdam episode of The Layover with Anthony Bourdain (2011-2013) because we love and trust Mr. Bourdain.

* If I would have known about the plane crash when we first booked I would have made a point of adding it to our very very full itinerary.

September 13, 2015

Sunday Steal...

Can You Ever Get Enough Of Mac & Cheese?
I love mac & cheese but I make very rich mac & cheese (Typically with a mix in's bar on the side if I have people over), so I can only have so much, once in a blue moon.

Are You Allergic To Nuts Or Diary Products?

Do You Think Age Matters In Relationships?  
No. Date who ever you want.

Has Anyone Ever Called The Cops On You?  
Surprisingly, no.

Did You Talk To Someone Until You Fell Asleep Last Night?  
No. I'm not thirteen.

What’s The Connection Between The Last Person You Texted?  
Last person I texted was Justin. My husband.

Are You In A Good Mood?  
Today is day one of my seven day work week, so I'm meh.

Excited For Anything? 
For my trip to Iceland and Amsterdam in less than two week.

Do You Have A Hard Time Controlling Your Emotions?  
I'm a Pisces. I'm all emotion.

Do You Like Your Height?  
It's fine.

How Long Have You Lived In Your Current Home?  
Two and a half years.

Could You Go A Week Without Brushing Your Teeth?  

Have You Ever Given Any Amount Of Money To The Homeless?
I have.

Own Anything From Bath & Body Works? 
Tons of lotions and body sprays.

Have You Ever Had Your Nails So Long That They Curved Down At The Ends?

Have You Ever Swallowed A Bunch Of Salt Water By Accident? 
I grew up by the beach. So yeah...

Does It Take You Over An Hour To Go To Sleep Sometimes?  
All the time.

When You Get Home From School/Work Do You Change Into Your PJs Right Away?  

Have You Ever Stayed Up All Night & The Whole Next Day Without Any Sleep?  

Has Anyone Ever Told You That You Have Pretty Feet? 

What Is The Temperature Currently In The Town You Live In?
74 degrees.

Do You Ever Actually Drink Milk Alone? 
Well I put ice in it but yeah.

September 11, 2015

The Visit...

Wednesday night I had the opportunity to attended an advance screening of M. Night Shyamalan's newest offering The Visit (2015), which I was super excited about being invited to because the trailer for this movie looks awesome.

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit.  Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip.  Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.      

Shyamalan produces The Visit through his Blinding Edge Pictures, while Blum produces through his Blumhouse Productions alongside Marc Bienstock (Quarantine 2: Terminal).  Steven Schneider (Insidious) and Ashwin Rajan (Devil) executive produce the thriller.

Genre: Thriller             
Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge
Written and Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Produced by: M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock
Executive Producers: Steven Schneider, Ashwin Rajan
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: September 11th, 2015

Seeing as this is an M. Night Shyamalan film I don't want to go into too much detail about the movie, but what I will say is that it totally wasn't what the three of us (Myself, Nick and my sister's boyfriend Erik) were expecting and because of that we loved it more than we would have if it was what we thought it was. Does that make any sense?

If it doesn't, just know that we all really enjoyed it. It was ninety-four minutes of pure entertainment in my opinion, as well as that of the guys.

It's the kind of movie where if there is a good crowd (That is if you're into an interactive crowd. I am when it comes to horror/thriller type movies), it'll be even better. There were lots of people jumping back in their seats, screaming and making comments in the theater (I love me a well timed "OH HELL NO!") and it was just golden.

Overall I'm super happy with M. Night's newest offering to the World, especially since the last film of his that I saw was The Happening (2008) and I was not a fan of that one. I'd very much so recommend The Visit (2015) to anyone that enjoys M. Night's films or the thriller genre in general.