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...

ICELAND
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
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?
  
Nope

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?  
Nope.

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?
  
Never.

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?  
No.

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

Has Anyone Ever Told You That You Have Pretty Feet? 
No.

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.

September 6, 2015

Married Life | One Year Wedding Anniversary...

It's official, Justin and I have been married a year as of today and throughout the course if this past year I've had people come up to me and ask me how I'm enjoying married life or if I feel different. So I thought I'd do a little post based off of those two questions with answers from myself and Justin.

And for me, the answer to of the above questions is it's the same except I feel like Justin is a little nicer to me. Not that he was ever mean to me or anything but he's done things in the past year that are very considerate that boyfriend Justin wouldn't have done and I appreciate that he's done those things. So I am very much so enjoying married life and feel like only slightly different.

When I asked Justin the questions (And I told him not to be snarky with his answer) he responded with...
"I went on a work trip a few months ago. One of my single co-workers was complaining that he didn't want to go home because he had no clean socks and the thought of doing laundry after driving home 500 miles was depressing. I told him that he should get a wife. His sock problem would be fixed. Forever."
Not exactly what I was looking for but that is apparently how Justin feels about marriage. I guess what he is saying is that he feels more taken care of (Not that I didn't do his laundry when we were just dating and living together).

But yeah... A year into marriage and this is how we both feel. Hopefully things don't change much by this time next year when we are celebrating our second wedding anniversary.

Sunday Steal...

1. Do You Like Making Lists?  
I do actually.

2. Do/Did You Play Sports With Your Siblings?  
Does beer pong count?

3. Would You Rather Go To A University Or A Community College?  
Neither but I've been to both...

4. What’s Your Favorite Kind Of Bread?  
French bread. Hot with lots of butter. I actually have an awesome recipe if anyone is interested.

5. What Toppings Do You Like On Your Pizza?  
I'm a plain cheese pizza kinda gal but once in a while I could roll with some bacon.

6. What Color Or Design Does Your Shower Curtain Have?  
Ombre white to teal.

7. What Kind Of Car Does/Did Your Mom Drive?  
I'd tell you but I'm pretty sure she might get mad at me seeing as she reads my blog on the regular.

8. What’s On Your Cell Phone’s Home Screen?  
A photo of a street sign that happens to be my first name that I took while in the Outer Banks.

9. Do You Like To Watch The National Geographic Channel? 
Yup.

10. Are You The Type Of Person To Correct A Survey Maker’s Grammar And/Or Spelling?  
If I notice it.

11. What Color Is Your Microwave?  
Stainless steel.

12. Do You Have A Fan In Your Bedroom?  
I have a fan and an air conditioner.

13. Mountain Dew Or Sprite?  
Sprite.

14. Does It Rain A Lot Where You Live?  
Not a lot but it rains.

15. Do You Shop At Walmart Regularly?
No. I like Target better.
 
16. Does It Bother You When Animals Lick Themselves?  
No.

17. Have You Ever Been To A Trader Joe’s?  
Yes. I love Trader Joe's.

18. What’s The Longest Time You’ve Ever Been Stuck In Traffic? 
Once my mother and I were stuck on the New Jersey Turnpike for HOURS.

19. Do You Wear Black A Lot? 
I do. I actually have on a black maxi dress on right now.

20. Are There Stairs In Your House?  
There were stairs at my parents' house.

21. Have You Ever Held $500 In Cash?  
I've held more than that. I actually had $1,600 in cash in my hand the other day.
 
22. Do You Like Onions On Your Burger?  
I don't eat beef.

23. Could You Ever Give Yourself A Shot?
I've taken out my own stitches more than once, so I feel like I could give myself a shot.
 
24. Do You Wear Shoes In The House?  
Depends.

25. Have You Ever Worked As A Cashier?
Yes. I worked as a cashier in a grocery store when I was in high school.

September 5, 2015

Stuck In My Head: Got Your Money...

For the past week I've had to run around doing various errands during my lunch break, so I've been in my car listening to the radio (Because it's kind of a waste to only listening to a podcast for like ten or so minutes a clip). And the station I've been stuck on all week has been Hot 97 because they do a throwback at noon mix and I absolutely love hearing all of the old rap/hip hop song from when I was in middle school and high school.

So that all being said, I've had Ol' Dirty Bastard's 1999 single "Got Your Money" stuck in my head all week.

September 4, 2015

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

Here are the highlights of my last few weeks pinning...
(via: Jo Cooks)
(via: Pinterest)
(via: Tattoo Mags)
(via: Look Human)
As always if you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

September 1, 2015

Month In Review: August 2015...

♥ Having the most epic water/paint fight on the beach with my friends.
♥ Seeing Incubus at Jones Beach Theater with my sister, her boyfriend & Liz.
♥ Getting my craft on and making myself a bad ass shark shirt.
♥ Celebrating my father's 65th birthday.
♥ Lazy drunk beach days.
♥ BBQing at Justin's grandparents' house.
♥ Going urban exploring with Justin and Phil in New York City.
♥ Hosting a girls night in at my apartment.
♥ Hanging out with my cousins' celebrating Lisa's birthday.
♥ Going to a baseball game with my father and Justin.
♥ Spending the day shopping with Justin, Phil, Erin and Day for stuff for Iceland.
♥ Lobster rolls with Justin at the Seaford Seafood Festival.

Library Life Update
Lisa & Andrew's Wedding In Photos
Squirtfest 2015 | Epic Water Gun Fight
Incubus & Deftones At Jones Beach
Getting My Craft On | DIY Shark Tank Top
Men Try Liquid Eyeliner | My Favorite Eyeliners
Urban Exploring In NYC

♥ The Treehouse Guys (2014-Present) ♥
♥ I Am Cait (2015-Present) ♥
♥ Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) ♥
♥ Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) ♥

* I read "Holes" for my new family book discussion at the library.