Archives for June 2014

June 25, 2014

I Said What Now?! (Confessions #1)

After the longest week ever last week, this week feels like the shortest week ever. Probably because I just had my vacation and that FLEW by super fast. FYI, the following post does include adult humor. If this offends you, please feel free to skip this post.

+ As previously mentioned, I just got back from my vacation. I spent 4 glorious days in California for my uncle’s 60th birthday which was spent in the beautiful wine country of Paso Robles. Saturday night was a dinner party where my uncle had a slight roast in his honor and was told to answer some questions to prove that he was born in 1954. One of the “tests” was a demonstration of the dance “the swim”. My uncle, while not drunk, had imbibed several glasses of wine over the course of the evening and is a terrible dancer to begin with. So when he demonstrated his version of “the swim” one of his lifelong friends shouted out “It looks like you’re jerking off!” To which I decided to add my two cents, “Uncle Neal, we don’t need to know what you do in all your spare time!” I was rewarded with lots of laughter, several looks of appreciation and my cousin gasping in shock at my ballsiness. The best part? I wasn’t even slightly tipsy, I just knew it would be funny and that he’d laugh. Which is exactly what he did. Later on her told me he loved me and that I was definitely his niece. Gotta love your family :)

+ I bought the newest cd by The Black Keys called Turn Blue (yes, I still buy actual cd’s) and I may have listened it to seven times, yes, SEVEN, in one day. Oops.

+ Because I was on vacation, I didn’t go grocery shopping on Friday like I usually do. Which means, I legit have nothing in the apartment except frozen pizza. So I just may have spent the last three days eating pizza. Oops. Part of me feels gross about it. The other part of me is like “sorry, not sorry.” At least I get paid tomorrow.

+ I’ve seen every episode of Law and Order: SVU at least 2 times. Minus the newest season, which I’ve seen once each. Yet I’ve been craving some Stabler in my life, so I’ve been rewatching all the episodes, starting with season 1, AGAIN. OOPS.

+ I swear way, way, WAY too much. I have a mouth like a sailor and often have to re-read a post before publishing so I can delete some of the cursing that just tends to come naturally. Hey, at least I try!

Anything you need to confess? Feel free to share with me in a comment and/or join the Hump Day Confessions at Vodka and Soda!

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June 12, 2014

How Sweet It Is #4

I’m always telling my friends how it’s the little things in life that truly make me happy and give me the most enjoyment. I definitely need to start focusing on the positive things in my life, so I’ve started to chronicle the things that make me smile or bring me joy, each week.

01) ^^ This horrible yet fantastic photo with Twitchy (my best friend) after copious amounts of whiskey.
02) Getting my dose of baby love by watching my bestie’s kids.
03) Planning a Father’s Day gift for my best friend Twitchy.
04) A successful second date with C.
05) Seeing Maleficent in 3D at the IMAX in Seattle.
06) Walking around Seattle on a sunny and bright blue sky day.
07) Buying Washington made chocolates for my uncle and a friend who loves fancy chocolate ;)
08) Making creme brulee from scratch.
09) Staying up until 315am talking and opening up to Twitchy, without him thinking badly of me. In fact, I think it made us closer.
10) Dancing around the kitchen while singing along to Pandora while making homemade marinara sauce.
11) Finally naming my adorable new kitten. Sirius — fitting since he’s a black cat. Thankfully he and Orion get along quite well.
12) Surprise kisses by my crush. And man, were they amazing. And they won’t happen again.
13) Picnics in the park with J and Blondie.
14) Planning a possible girls night with Jenni and Dara.
15) All day conversations with a cute guy from a dating site.
16) Planning my new tattoo.
17) Purchasing tickets to a ghost tour!
18) COUNTING DOWN TO CALIFORNIA. IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!

What are the little things that you’ve experienced lately that make you happy? Leave me a comment and share your happiness with me :)

June 11, 2014

Review: Confessions of a Wild Child by Jackie Collins

Synopsis:

Confessions of a Wild Child takes you on trip and navigates the teenage years of a wild child who will eventually rule an empire. Even at 15 Lucky follows her own path, and it’s a crazy ride taking the reader from a strict girls school in Switzerland to an idyllic Greek island, a Bel Air estate, a New York penthouse, and a shuttered villa in the South of France.

Nobody can control Lucky. She knows what she wants and she goes for it with no holds barred.

Lucky at 15 – a true revelation.

Yes. It’s true. I’m a sucker for Jackie Collins’ trashy Hollywood romance novels. I’ve been reading them since I was about 13, sneaking them from my mom’s bookcase and hiding them under my mattress. I quickly got sucked into the deliciously sexy and sinister worlds of Gino “the Ram” Santangelo and his intelligent and smolderingly beautiful daughter, Lucky. So when I heard that there was a prequel coming out about Lucky’s teenage years … man, I was all about it! Sadly, I was extremely disappointed in every possible way.

It’s not often that I give a book a 1 star rating. I can usually find something redeeming about a book that I have bothered to finish. The only other exception has been Sweet Valley Confidential (DO NOT get me started on that pile of poop!) But this will be the second book that I honestly just couldn’t find anything I liked about it. This is NOT the Lucky Santangelo that I fell in love with. The voice is all wrong. Yes, I’m aware that it’s supposed to be a teenage Lucky, but still. This selfish little brat is not the same character that would become the woman to run the Santangelo empire. Aside from that, the time frame is all wrong. While “Confessions of a Wild Child” does not actually specify when the book takes place, it reads like a bad 1980’s novel. But Lucky was born in 1950, which means that it should be taking place in 1965. I understand changing the feel to make teenagers relate more, I suppose. But it completely changed the tone of the original story, not to mention the original feel of Lucky.

But my biggest issue with this so-called book? If you have ever read Chances, then you already know the whole damn story. There are maybe two new details that we “learn” by reading this novel. #1 Lucky had a friend in boarding school who died (soon after she was no longer needed in the story) and #2 Olympia and Lucky actually see each other one more time after their excursion to the South of France (which actually interferes with what both Olympia and Lucky have stated in previous books).

What really bothers me most is that it feels like a giant slap in the face to all the loyal fans. It feels as though Jackie Collins couldn’t bother to actually come up with an original story so she tore apart the flashbacks from Chances, through them all in one book and extended the length by including Gino’s point of view and dragging out some of the details, adding maybe three new scenes and calling it finished. I hate to say this about any author, especially one that I have loved for a long time. But it actually comes across as a cheap and fast way to jack up the price on a crappy book and tease all us fans with the temptation of an actual new story of Lucky’s early years. So much more could have been done with it. Why not show us her early married life? Or some new details about discussions she and Olympia had. Or her childhood memories of Dario and Gino? Anything would have been welcome.

Want my advice? Skip the book, check out Chances and read that. Not only is it a better written novel, it includes every important part of Lucky’s childhood and teen years that you would learn from this sub-oar book. If you have to read it? Check it out of the library. It’s honestly not worth the money to purchase. Disappointing all around.

What books featuring a beloved character have let you down? Did you read anything else from that author afterwards? Leave a message in the comments!

ONE STAR