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Monthly Recap: August 2016

Posted September 1, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments

Summer is just about done for my kid and in a week, she’ll be home from Colorado for good and she’ll start her senior year in high school. Gah. She has senior pictures on the first day of school so we’re going to be super busy that day and I’m not ready for Brenna to be a senior in high school. On the upside, our family finally has a football player to support so I’ll be watching some high school football thanks to my nephew Chase. Go Saxons!

1. My sister turned 50: Blanche turned 50 this year and she looks fabulous! We had a great big surprise party for her at Mom’s favorite restaurant and even though she was salty that nobody wanted to go to Disneyland with her that day (the only thing she wanted to do) she got over it when she saw everyone that showed up for her party…even her daughters who live in Utah and the other one who was supposed to be in Colorado. It was a great time.

2. Saying Goodbye to Old Friends: My childhood ward dissolved last month and so I spent most of the month hanging out with my childhood friends and reminiscing about the good ol’ days when we would ditch Sunday School to walk to 7-11 or

3. Brenna’s Co-Ed Tournament: Our last year playing in this co-ed tournament and we were the winners of the Losers Bracket. I blame Jonathan for taking 50 shots a game and only making 3…the entire tournament. Ha. Still, it was a lot of fun to watch the kids play for fun and not be under so much pressure to perform on their club and high school teams. There was a lot of laughs and a whole lot of yelling at Jonathan to stop shooting the ball.

1. The Last Ship. It is all Grace’s fault that I did absolutely nothing else with my free weekends but watch every single episode of this show because hot damn, this show is good. Season 3 is underway and I’m blown away with how fresh and explosive each episode is…still.

Grace knows me so well because she knew that I would start the show for this guy:


..and I did. But now I watch and love the show for everyone else too. I have a total girl crush on his wife on the show, Kara Foster. She’s a boss! She’s also freaking gorgeous!


If Holly tells you that I changed the part in my hair to match Kara’s hairstyle in the picture, don’t believe her…much. LOL, who am I kidding?? I totally changed my hairstyle to look like Kara’s cause I’m a freaking weirdo like that. So as you can tell, I freaking love this show and am so stinkin’ sad that I’m all caught up so now I have to watch the show one episode at a time and this waiting business is for the birds. Gah.

2. Bourne. I watched a few movies this month (that’s what happens when your daughter is gone for the summer and you’re a free woman! Yay!) and Jason Bourne was one of them. I almost didn’t make it past about 30 minutes into the movie cause they did my girl Nikki wrong but I was glad that I stuck around because while it wasn’t my favorite Bourne movie, I still liked it.

3. Bad Moms. I didn’t need to watch this movie to know that I was probably a bad Mom. According to my snobby co-worker, bad Moms let their kids eat Lunchables. Brenna loves Lunchables. So being a bad Mom wasn’t anything new to me but after watching this movie, I embraced being a bad Mom because hell, I’m not perfect but my kid is still pretty freaking awesome. She’s well-mannered, she tries hard and she’s respectful of others. Win! This movie was funny. It was all kinds of cheesy too but I didn’t even care, I laughed and laughed and laughed. The kind of movie that you watch every time they show it on TV.

I started writing again, a second chance contemporary romance so while I’m writing, I’m listening to the playlist that inspired the characters and story. Here are some of the songs on that playlist.

1. Dance for You by Beyonce. This song inspired a scene in my story where the heroine gets a little revenge while paying up on a bet she lost to the hero. If you watched the video for this song, Beyonce dances for her man and in my story, so does Sophie. Jack wasn’t ready for Sophie’s dance. Not at all. Ha!

2. Closer by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey. This is the ultimate second chance romance song, at least for me. The first verse is basically my hero Jack and the second verse is my heroine Sophie. They come together after some time apart and pretty much live out this song. Ha!

3. Blank Space/Style (Taylor Swift Mashup) covered by Louisa Wendorff. This is another song that is all Jack and Sophie. “We go crashing down, we come back every time, we never go out of style…” Everyone knew that these two were meant to be together and that they would stop fighting so hard to not be together eventually because these two were never going out of style and Sophie had a blank space on her list for Jack. Ha!

1. Wild Embrace (Psy/Changelings #15.5) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
2. No Mistress of Mine (An American Heiress in London #4) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4 out of 5
3. The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrels #1) by Sarah MacLean | 4.75 out of 5
4. A Scot in the Dark (Scandal & Scoundrels #2) by Sarah MacLean | 1 out of 5
5. Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen | 4 out of 5
6. Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarLane | 3 out of 5
7. The Year We Fell Down (Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
8. The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill Shalvis | 3.5 out of 5
9. Just One Week by Alice Gaines | 1 out of 5
10. Do You Want to Start a Scandal? (Spindle Cove #5) by Tessa Dare | 4.25 out of 5
11. Bedmates (American Royalty #1) by Nichole Chase | 3.5 out of 5

Last month, five of my reviews went live on my book blog Book Binge and if you click on the book covers above, you’ll go right to my review for each of those books.

This is the trendy little spot that my bestie and I had our The Hills lunch at. We ordered spring rolls, egg rolls, shrimp pad thai, a taro smoothie and a chamoy mango smoothie. It sounds like a lot but actually, it was a lot of food but we ate it all and I really liked everything that I had. I’m not a boba girl so I didn’t get any of that boba stuff that Brenna loves so much but everything was great. I will definitely eat here again.

There you have it, everything that I did, watched and read in the month of August. How was your month? Watch anything good? Read anything fabulous? Tell me in the comments!

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Friday Five (9)

Posted May 6, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

Friday Five

This week’s Friday Five will be about shows that I used to love but no longer watch. I used to watch a lot of TV shows but I’ve found that lately, I just don’t care to keep up with a bunch of shows that I was following out of loyalty to the celebrity that I like on the show. But now? This is me.

[1] Arrow. I have watched Arrow since the first episode aired. I used to be so obsessed with this show. I shipped Olicity hard and loved the hell out of both Oliver and Felicity right from the very beginning. I was there when Felicity was just the nerd girl that Oliver occasionally used to find answers. I was there when the team was just Oliver, Diggle and Felicity. I was there through the thick and the thin but this season, I keep falling further and further behind because I’m just not that interested in what’s going on. I kept watching it out of loyalty to Stephen Amell who I adore to pieces…or actually, who I used to adore to pieces.

But on April 13th – on Mamba Day, Stephen Amell took to Twitter to talk shit about my favorite player in the NBA and while my loyalty to Stephen was pretty up there, it was nowhere near my loyalty to my Lakers and Kobe Bryant. You don’t talk shit about the Mamba on Mamba Day. So I gave up Arrow on the spot and my loyalty for Amell is a distant memory.

[2] The Flash. I used to watch this show a lot. I liked that it was a super hero show with a lighter feel than Arrow and I shipped Snowbarry so I wanted to see if they ever got together. I knew that they weren’t going to be canon or anything but I wanted them to share…something. We got little teases of it in the first season but nothing since then so I’m pretty much over this show. Not even Cisco saved this show for me and I love him.

I know that Barry and Iris are supposed to be the main couple but they just don’t interest me. *shrugs* Oh, well…like Mya said back in the day, I’ll be moving on…

[3] The Originals. Oh, the Mikaelsons. How I had such high hopes of enjoying your show since I loved the hell out of all of you guys when you were on the Vampire Diaries. Even when we were supposed to hate you guys on there, I loved you guys. I used to want Klaus and Caroline to get married and have miracle vampire babies so when I heard that they were getting their own show, I was excited. I thought it was going to be Vampire Diaries for grown ups. I looked forward to continue to love Klaus and Elijah and Rebekkah and Kol and well you get the idea….but it has been a real chore to watch this show. It’s always so slow and they killed the girl I wanted Elijah to end up with while still pushing him and Hailey (a ship I just never got behind).

Meghan loves this show but it’s so…boring. So now I just don’t watch it anymore.

[4] Empire. The first season of this show was on and poppin. I binge watched it and was sooo looking forward to watching the second season. All of the drama was fabulous, the music was great and I loved me some Jamaal but when the second season started and Lucious Lyon was in prison but still working in the recording studio *rolling eyes emoji* while plotting to take out his kids over a damn company, I wanted to take a page out of Cookie’s handbook and blow shit up. The whole show started getting ridiculous what with Lucious Lyon and his bootleg recording studio IN PRISON, the whole Dre thing was pretty stupid and I wanted to kick Hakeem in his damn gold teeth every week so I finally had too much and called it a day on this one.

Still, this was my favorite scene from this show:

[5] Scandal. The first couple of seasons of this show had me completely obsessed. I loved all of the drama and I loved the Gladiators. Every week, something was poppin’ off that had my mouth on the floor and it was always so stinkin’ good. Fitz and Olivia were circlin’ each other and the whole forbidden romance game was strong but as the seasons wore on, that whole relationship took a bad turn for me and I just haven’t been able to get back into the show.

The introduction of Jake (played by Noel from Felicity, yay!) kept me coming back for a little while cause I will watch Scott Foley in anything but in the end, even he couldn’t save the show for me. I’m just so done with everyone on that show, even Olivia.

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