You Have to Listen to Serial (A podcast)

A fellow booklover introduced me to a podcast titled, “Serial” which is tied to NPR’s “This American Life.” I was all game for listening to something new because I have a super long commute when I go home on Thursdays,

Serial is so thought provoking and has had me hooked from the beginning. OK, so I am only halfway through the podcast but I have been serially listening to this podcast since Monday. Without giving too much away, it’s like the old radio programs that told a story over a series of episodes. Those who like reality TV, murder mysteries, and the Young Adult genre will find something to relate to in Serial because that’s what the focus of the podcast revolves around.

 

The female narrator used to be a newspaper reporter in Baltimore and she has taken it upon herself to find out if a young man named Adnan Syed who is in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee is truly innocent. Each episode covers a different facet of the case including a timeline, people/ potential witnesses involved, and how Adnan feels about the different elements of his story. If you have not had a chance to check it out I highly recommend it. The website for the podcast is http://serialpodcast.org/

For those of you already hooked on this show, there will be a second season. Yeah!

 

Review of “Big Little Lies”

Originally posted on Goodreads.com

This is the second Liane Moriarty book I’ve read this year and am just amazed at her writing. The book is about so many topics that are very popular and relevant: bullying, friendships, parenting, domestic violence and marriage. Moriarty brings her dark imagination and attention to detail to these topics which leads to a murder. Just like her other book, The Husband’s Secret the plot does center around a murder and the reader is able to pick up on clues throughout the book. Yet, I was still surprised at who was killed and by whom.

Little Big Lies Cover

Little Big Lies Cover

LBL should be appealing to a wide audience and I think even the men in book clubs might appreciate it as well. I certainly would want to hear what the men think of the male characters in this novel.

Speaking of characters, the book had a long list of characters and each person will remind the readers of someone they may know or possibly themselves. I think that’s what makes Moriarty a unique writer because she blends so many types of personalities and characters together and center the main idea into their lives.

Definitely worth reading and an excellent book club choice.

Personal Style

These days it seems as though bloggers are posting pictures of themselves from the neck down in their cute outfits that work if you are a size 6. I like to look at their pictures but then am faced with the task of modifying it to fit my voluptuous figure. I’m not ready to post any outfits of what I wear because they aren’t internet worthy but this post does bring up a good idea for everyone. Once you reach a certain age you usually have your personal style in order. For me, I prefer skirts with a fitted shirt and my Sanita clogs for work.It’s nothing unique but it does set me apart from my students so I am not mistaken for a student since I am short.

Today, though, I am wanting to share one way that I make my everyday outfits my own…by adding a scarf. I found this video on FaceBook and immediately posted it on my own FB page because it shows a lady tying her scarf in different ways. There are no words spoken, but there are simple directions which allows the viewer to practice with their own scarf.

I haven’t had a chance to give it a try but I’m definitely going to refer to it next time I pull out one of my scarfs to wear to work or on the weekend.

 

A Year of Comings and Goings

A lots has happened since I last posted on this blog: I adopted a dog, we sold our first home and bought our second home, I became an Aunt, we just celebrated our fifth weeding anniversary, I added an ESOL certification to my teaching license and am finishing up my fifth year as a teacher in a title I school. All of these changes have brought about incredible journeys that has caused me to realize that I have been given an opportunity to reflect on what is taking place in my life…a lot which is stuff I cannot control…while other factors are well within my reach.

The biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome this year is this time of transition. We moved at the end of July into a beautiful new home in a wonderful neighborhood outside the city but I was unable to find a job close to home so I am now living part time with my parents. Being back at home at 37 years old is not the worst part….it’s the mattress that tortures me every night. The good news is that I only submit to this nightly torture three nights a week while the other nights are spent at home.

Moving was the best decision we ever made…..the other night at our anniversary dinner I reflected on how much I love our lifestyle. Living in a small town has its advantages. However, I still am tied to the city and this allows me to remain grounded in the big city reality which allows me to continue to use my common sense to its best advantage.

In addition to working full time, I have decided that I need to spend time volunteering. So I have joined Angels Among Us Pet Rescue working behind the scenes by helping update pet bios on PetFinder and since that was not enough for this over-achiever I am now beginning to volunteer with Friends to the Forlorn (FTTF) which specializes in rescuing Bully breeds. The reason why I chose FTTF is my dear doggy is a Bully breed and I have just fallen in love with the breed and what they stand for….unconditional love, resilient attitudes and all around the best cuddlers. Seriously, my favorite weekend ritual is to catch up on my DVR’d programs while snuggling with my pup on the couch. The feeling and warmness I feel in these moments is sacred.

Not trying to add too much for the moment but I am going to continue this blog post soon.