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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!
btt

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:

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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:

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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.

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

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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!

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