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March 19, 2009

The Best Worst Book You’ve Ever Read

Filed under: books,meme,reading,reading list — by Monica @ 2:21 pm

BBT: How about, “What’s the worst ‘best’ book you’ve ever read — the one everyone says is so great, but you can’t figure out why?”

Monica: I don’t know if it is that I can’t think of anything right now or if I just haven’t read a book in which I found no interest in at all. Well, okay, there may be a couple that I can mention.
The Hobbit – I think I owned it at one point, I tried reading the first few pages but could not get into it. I don’t know if it is because I’m either into chick-lits, disturbing stories, and memoirs… Perhaps I’ll try again later.
Harry Potter – I read the first book (did I actually finish it? I can’t remember now). This was a long time ago. It was alright. I didn’t care to continue with its sequels. I’m not big into the fantasy novels and witchy stuff. I’m curious if I’m going to even like Twilight. My mom own’s all the Harry Potter books for just the sake of collecting them; she hasn’t read them. 
The Shinning – The only good part in this book is the lady in the bathtub. I hate the part with the hedges. How lame! And the movie? Boring! This is the only Steven King book I’ve read right now, and I have a ton of his books that were given to me. Perhaps I’ll read others. I read the first chapter of Desperado and I loved it. 
Anyway, that’s all that I can really think of. Some of the genres that become widely popular, are just not my cup of tea to begin with. 
I hope you have a great rest of your week & thanks for stopping by!

March 9, 2009

My New (Mini) Home Gym

Filed under: fitness,home gym — by Monica @ 4:56 pm
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 Good Afternoon and Happy Monday!

I just got my new treadmill from Sears a couple days ago, set it all up on Saturday night (it wasn’t that easy), and tried it out Sunday night. I love it! I did another 20 minutes on it this morning. Yesterday I also bought a Bally fitness “deluxe ” package from Walmart which consists of a fitness ball, two 2lb weights, two different resistance bands, and an instructional dvd. I think I’m going to like this working out at home. 

I use to be a member of the YMCA; the premium locker room with the steam room, whirl pool, and towels! I loved the steam room. But I really hate lugging all my stuff to the gym, shower stuff, clothes to change into before I go to work – and sometimes I forget things, like a bra! Ugh. So it was just really not motivating. I finally puchased my treadmill and a few things to work out with at home and so far I’m loving it! This is what the items look like:




I’m also very much in love with these shoes!! Check them out.

Finally, in response to Snarkland’s question, when I was younger, I was terrified of flies. Yes, those innocent, non-threatening, buzzing little insects. I would lie awake in bed under the sheets because they were flying around my lamp. Or they’d be on the window of a door and I’d be too afraid to open it because I thought they’d all attack me. 

Have a great week!

March 7, 2009

A Saturday Consisting of Books, Coffee, and My Macbook

Filed under: blogging,books,meme,reading — by Monica @ 7:47 pm

I was seriously thinking about leaving my blog to rot. It’s been a good two months. But nahhh, I think I will come back to it every so often. Whenever I feel like it🙂 So here’s what I got today:


I went to Chapters and there were a bunch of books on sale! I’m talkin’ like $1-$2 for hardcover books. Bookshelf fillers anyone? I got a few. What would have cost me $200 retail was only $27! I think I hear the Scottish celebrating.

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell 

Leave Me Alone I’m Reading by Maureen Corrigan

My French Whore by Gene Wilder 

The Hungry Years by William Leith

The Sound of No Hands Clapping by Toby Young

The Little Women by Katharine Weber

There were a lot of books but what I’ve chosen looked to have decent content. I think I may hit the used book stores in my area to find some deals on acrylic painting books. I’m just getting back into it as of recently. I use to take a visual arts class in high school and I loved it. I’ll need to find books on learning the acoustic guitar as well. I have a guitar and took lessons for a couple weeks, quit, and now I want to learn again, on my own. Is it me, or do I seem to have some sort of difficulty in committing to things? I just need to be more self-motivated and become dedicated this time around. 

The LG Dare 9700, 3.2 megapixel camera

The LG Dare 9700, 3.2 megapixel camera

Okay, this picture doesn’t show off my new phone at all, but my phone took all these pictures you see in my post today! Some are blurry, but I’m still getting use to everything and whatnot. And my pink silicone case, of course! I do love it. My cell phone carrier is Telus and this was an upgrade to my original LG Chocolate 8500, which is now junk, I really put that phone through a lot! I’ll have to take good care of this new one and not drop it on pavement and ceramic tiles every other day.  My contract was coming to an end so I was looking around to other carriers (Rogers, Bell/Aliant, Virgin, etc). But after listening to everyone’s opinions and reviews (that of my co-workers and friends), I’m pretty happy with Telus’s services so I figured I’d stick with them.


*sigh*… No car today… Next time though!😀


Just checking out my emails.

Also, in response to Booking Through Thursday’s post on Thursday 26th about books that we know are fabulous but have never gotten around to actually reading them and would like to someday, mine would be: the Twilight series. Everyone is reading them now. There are – what? four? – four books out as well as a movie, all my co-workers are reading them, circulating their copies at work. I figured I should get with the now and read them sometime. I’ll borrow someone’s copy and if I like them I’ll buy them for my personal collection. Also, I would like to read some classics in which I always notice references made to these classics often, such as Emma, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, things like that. And The Secret. The Secret is actually one of those books that I said “I should probably read someday” and I’m just about done it now! It’s different. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m not much of a spiritual person nor much of a believer. If “The Secret” were seriously that easy, I would totally believe it! But I don’t know… Sometimes I think its all garbage. But again, I’m on the fence on this one, parts of the book or the concept I do believe, others not so much. I mean this whole thing, the law of attraction and positive thinking, is nothing new.

Anyway, that’s about it for me. I should get a move on… Nice to be back. Have a great weekend everyone!

January 17, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

Filed under: blogging,friday,fun,life,meme,shopping — by Monica @ 4:50 am

Friday Fill-Ins hosted by Janet

1. Enough with the freezing cold weather in Canada; -40 degrees!

2. A Century Party (a drinking game) this Saturday and an overtime opportunity Saturday night (midnight-8am) causes me to be conflicted. Ps. I went with the overtime… I know, I know. 

3. I’ve been craving to purchase nice, new clothes (on sale!).

4. Baby moose playing in a lawn sprinkler makes me laugh.

5. I wish I could go to a resort down south next week.

6. Leaving my job to travel around Europe or Australia has been on my mind lately.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to being done with the overtime and being able to relax, tomorrow my plans include groceries, nap, work at midnight and Sunday, I want to relax!

January 14, 2009

Ten on Tuesday

Filed under: art,fun,life,meme,reflections,thoughts — by Monica @ 4:43 am

Ten Things You Are Really Good At

Hosted by Yano

  1. Money Management 
  2. Apologizing when I know I’ve done wrong 
  3. Friends TV show trivia 
  4. Remembering my dreams after waking up, which occurs just about every night!
  5. My job 
  6. Working overtime 
  7. Playing by the rules 
  8. Researching 
  9. Details (can you say perfectionist?) 
  10. Playing with my Nintendo DS (New Mario Bros, Brain Academy, Nintendogs)

January 10, 2009

Music & Art – What Do You Think?

Filed under: art,blogging,music,thoughts — by Monica @ 9:13 pm

If I Were A Boy; do you prefer BC Jean’s version of the song – the woman who actually wrote the words! – or the more famously known rendition by Beyonce?

Personally, I love BC’s raspy voice. I’ve been listening to it over and over in the past couple days. 

I can spend hours on YouTube. I look one thing up and then from there I just stumble upon one thing to another.  Below, is a video of artist Nick San Pedro painting Britney Spears Circus. The video is pretty cool and so is his style. He is infamous for celebrity portraits. Check out his website for more faces and he also sells the paintings and prints as well.

Thanks for stopping by, and  until next time, have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

January 9, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

Filed under: blogging,friday,fun,life,meme,shopping,Uncategorized — by Monica @ 6:09 am

I work Monday to Friday until 11:30pm, which is the best time for me to write in this blog. Therefore, it is currently, 1:45am, and it is officially Friday! Which means two things: (1) I had booked off Friday to have a long weekend, sort of a birthday present to myself (birthday was January 6th) and (2) This Friday meme posted below! Have a great Friday guys, have fun and be safe!

1. It’s January; it’s that time of year to hit the gym again… any day now...

2.  French Onion soup from the Keg is what I crave most right now

3. Cork and wine go together like  plastic bags and twist-ties. I was going to say something else, but I don’t think everyone needs to know how immature I can be.

4. Chocolate milk, when hungover, is so nourishing.

5. Let us dare to call in sick to work (yea, right! I’m sayin’ perfect attendance for 2009).

6. Canada will always be my home.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to shopping, relaxing, reading, tomorrow my plans include a meat fondue with friends for my 21st birthday and Sunday, I want to drink mimosas!


Thanks for stopping by!

January 8, 2009

Books, Books, Books!

Filed under: 2009,books,reading,reading list,resolution — by Monica @ 5:40 am

A lot of these blog entries have been about goals and resolutions. This one will be no different. I love reading and I ought to be doing it a lot more often, so this has become one of my resolutions, as you may have already learned. I have compiled a reading list of 30 books for myself to be completed by the year’s end. A few titles may be subject to change, without notice (and I’m already thinking of changing a few titles). Here’s my list of books I would like to read:

1  Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

2 Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler 

3 The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

4 Life of Pi by Yann Martel

5 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

6 Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

7 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

8 Cease to Blush by Billie Livingston

9 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 

10 Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

11 Emma by Jane Austen

12 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

13 A Thousands Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

14 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

15 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

16 Humpty Dumpy was Pushed by Bruce Lord and Elisabeth Richards

17 Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

18 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

19 Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

20 Confessions of a Window Dresser by Simon Doonan

21 The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

22 We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

23 Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

24 The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski 

25 A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

26 The Road by Cormac McCarthy 

27 100 Places Every Women Should Go by Stephanie Griest 

28 Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying Out in America by Jennifer Storm

29 The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

30 Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black


Listed below are books I’ve already read last year in 2008 and they are my absolute favorite:

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen


If you’ve already read a book and do not mind sharing with me you’re opions/reviews on it or have heard not-so-good/great reviews on a certain title, please let me know! I would love to hear  about it and I’m open for suggestions as well! Thanks again for stopping by and have a wonderful Thursday!

January 7, 2009

Welcome, Wednesday, Come On In!

Filed under: meme,thoughts — by Monica @ 5:51 am

Here is to the wonderful weirdness that is Wednesday!

1. Why do you keep a blog?

I cannot think of any good reason except for mere personal pleasure. I read other people’s blogs, I read and I read all the time, and I just always wanted to write myself! Nothing was ever stopping me. Well, except that I thought you needed to have some kind of a reason or some sort of theme such as a craft blog or a fashion blog, something or other, and that you could not just have a random blog. I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to focus in on if I were to have my own blog. So I’m just not going to. It’ll be about anything and everything. Hey, it’s my blog! So to sum it up: an outlet for personal writing, like a journal. And as you’ll notice, I’m pretty brand spankin’ new too – this is my third post; the blog is only 2 or 3 days old!

2. Who is one long lost blogger you wish would come back?

There’s a couple of them. I use to follow blogs religiously when I was in middle and high school. was among a hand full of them (before it became an amateur porn site). And I would follow I also followed (or com or org or I don’t remember now). 

3. If you made a New Year’s Resolution, did you break it already? If you did not make one, why?

I have made several resolutions, refer to my first post. Let’s just say, it’s still in the making. There is still time! The year is not yet over! Admittedly, I haven’t been completely devoted to these resolutions in the past week, and I agree that it’s not the best start. However, I do have a plan! It’s not as if I’m trying to quit smoking and I just fell off the wagon. I’m actually a non-smoker by the way. My resolutions are not a make it or break it deal. I’m still good.

4. People who still have their outside Christmas lights up. Festive or Lazy? Discuss.

Festive! There are some people who might actually be just plain ‘ol lazy, but do you blame them all that much? You spend all that time and all that energy just to get ’em on up there, so why not enjoy the pretty night lights for as long as you possibly can! 

5. What is the last annoying song that got trapped in your head?

Poker Face by Lady Gaga. When I first heard it, I liked it. It was a fun little dance song. But now? It is starting to get on my nerves. 

6. Have you ever worn or tried edible underwear? What are your thoughts on it?

Great question. No I haven’t tried it. And will I ever try it? Most likely not. I’m pretty open minded and enjoy trying new things, but seriously, I don’t see how this is at all sexy. I am trying to picture it. I don’t even know what a pair really looks like! I guess I could just google it, but before I do, I’m thinking it’s either like a Fruit Roll-up type thing, or like the candies that are made into necklaces or bracelets and you bite them off (I’ve seen edible bras made like that before). The idea to me just seems kind of silly. I’m looking at photos on google now and the Pull N Peel knitted thong looks cool! Although, I personally just cannot see myself wearing a pair. But maybe I’m wrong. 

Bonus: If you could do one bad thing and get away with it, what would you do and why?

I already do bad things and get away with it😉


Thanks for reading ladies and gents! And just a note: I’m new and still learning what all WordPress has to offer. So all I ask is that you bear with me. If you have any tips, suggestions, or any general comments, feel free to post and let me know. Thanks again!

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