Category: Random Stuff


Doing a movie review today

Last night was date night with my husband so we did dinner and a movie. I had wanted to see Abduction so despite the bad reviews we went to see it. Well now I understand why the movie got bad ratings. It’s a shame really because Lily Collins is a fantastic actress, but even she couldn’t help this movie. This could have potentially been a good movie. The idea was there, and they had some good actors for the film, but the screenplay seemed like it was written by a five-year old. The filming was a bit nauseating with how shaky, spinny, and blurry the camera was for most of the movie. The dialogue was so horrible most of the time is was actually funny. (and not in a good way) The few actual action sequences the movie had were decent, but not enough to warrant any praise. Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins did an ok job considering what they had to work with. I think if their was better dialogue and better filming the movie would have been alright. Unfortunately it was really awful and deserves the horrible ratings. That said I absolutely love Lily Collins and I can’t wait to see her as Clary in City of Bones when that is finally made. I think she’s going to do fabulous in The Mortal Instruments movies.

It is now officially my favorite season!! Along with my favorite season apparently are a whole bunch of books I really want to read. (which just makes this fall even better) In the next month there are so many books coming out that look amazing. So I am going to make a little list of upcoming book releases for next week that are on the top of my reading list.

  • 9/27 If I Die by Rachel Vincent (already pre-ordered and super excited for Tuesday)
  • 9/27 Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • 9/27 The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • 9/27 A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
  • 9/29 The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (already pre-ordered this one too, and I should be finished with If I Die so I can jump right into this one)

Those are next weeks books that I really want, and as you see I already have pre-ordered two of them. I really want to read the other ones too so we will see. So many books I want to read, and not nearly enough time. As it is right now I am actually reading two books, and they are both really good. One of them is Enthralled, and since it’s an Anthology I can just read a few of the stories and then go back to the other book I am reading. The other book I am currently reading is Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Both are great so far. I wish I could read 3 or 4 books in one day because then I could almost get to all of the ones I want to read, of course I would probably go broke if I bought that many books so I guess it’s a good thing that I can’t. Ok that’s all I have for today. Happy Friday, and enjoy the first day of Fall. (and of course every other day too 😉 )

Going on a rant here…beware

I wrote a post last week about what I went through for a dress, and now the rant continues. Last Wednesday when I received my order, which wasn’t in fact my order at all, but someone from all the way on the other side of the US, I called Forever 21 and was not pleased about how they were going about the situation. They told me that once they received the order that they sent me back in their warehouse they would refund my money. Ok anyone else think that I should have gotten my refund right away since it was their mistake. It’s not like I was just sending back something I didn’t like, then I could understand, but they sent me someone elses order. So he tells me that he will put it in so that when UPS scans the package they will put the refund through. UPS picked up the package the next day, and I figured I would give them until Friday to credit me. I had a wedding to so I didn’t bother with checking to see if it was there, but on Monday was pretty mad when it still wasn’t. On Tuesday I get an e-mail from UPS that the package was returned, still no money in my account so I e-mailed the supervisor I had spoken to and he tells me he put the refund through. Yesterday still no credit, now I am really pissed. I call the direct extension, nothing of course. So today I finally get through and talk to the manager and he tells me they put in the transfer yesterday, but it will take 5 days. Ok WTF!! They took my money out on the 10th when I placed the order. They were informed on the 14th that they sent me the wrong order, and UPS picked it up to send back on the 15th. They got the order back in their warehouse on the 20th, and I still have to wait until next week for my money back. It takes them minutes to get the money from my account, but all this time to put it back. That just seems very unacceptable to me being that it was their mistake. If the fault was on my part I would not be so upset about all of this. I understand their return policy, but this was not just me not wanting my product. It wasn’t even my order that I received.  The invoice was a girl in Oregon. I really do like the clothes from Forever 21, but I will not buy anything from them again. If a business thinks it’s ok to run a business that way, I don’t want to support them at all. When I posted about what I went through to get my dress, I left out the company name to be respectful, but now I feel no need to respect the company at all and want others to know what they do. Well, I feel a little better now that I have gotten that out of my system. Now if only my money was back in my account I would feel a lot better. Sorry for the rant, but it was driving me crazy thinking about it. Now I am off to relax and read.

This weekend has been fun, but very tiring. On Friday I drove up to York Beach, Maine to go to my friend’s wedding. It is so beautiful up there. I will definitely be going back there sometime. When I got there I had to get ready for the wedding so I couldn’t really look around much, but I did take a walk down the beach on the way to the pavilion. I have to say it was a little chilly, but it was still really nice. The ceremony was wonderful, and everyone looked amazing. Everyone really liked my dress too, the one I went through so much for. (if you read my post about getting my dress you know what I am talking about) I don’t really get out that much since I have a toddler at home so it was really nice to have a night away. The reception was really fun. It was at the Atlantic House which is a nice place. I was glad they had an open bar in two different hour-long time slots though. The drinks were pretty ridiculously overpriced, but that’s what you get at a nice place on the beach I guess. (the mojitos were really good) I saw a lot of friend’s I hadn’t seen in a long time, and danced a lot.

Saturday morning I woke up at 5am like usual. I really wanted to go back to bed, but I couldn’t so I got up and got ready and then went out and took a walk on the beach and explored the cute little town a bit. Around 9am one of my friend’s who was staying in the same hotel as me finally got up and we went to breakfast and hit up all the shops. It was so nice out on Saturday that we stayed until around noon before finally deciding we all needed to head home. I really missed my little girl too. I took the scenic route as much as possible on the way home. Once I finally did get home my sweet little girl ran and gave me the biggest hug ever which was the best welcome home. Then exhaustion set in so I pretty much just lounged around and played non active things with her until bed.

Now onto today. I have a baby shower to go to. I am sure it will be fun. I am still exhausted, but at least it’s close to home and it’s early. I do love baby showers though. Baby stuff is just so cute. I of course got a Barnes and Noble gift card for her, so I can give the gift of reading. On the topic of the gift of reading, I will be doing a few book reviews this week. I was trying to get to them, but I had a busy wonderful weekend. I’m ready to get back to my not so busy and kind of boring life, with more time to read.

Ok so this is a random, infuriating, and funny story. Being the idiot that I am I waited until a week before my friend’s wedding to think about the fact I need a dress to wear that is dressy enough. I am not a person who dresses up very often so I don’t have dressy clothes, I buy them when I need them. I don’t really want to go to the mall because it’s almost an hour drive and dealing with a toddler while trying on dresses isn’t that fun. So I go online and find a cute dress that is inexpensive (because really, I don’t want to spend a bunch of money on a dress I will probably only wear once or twice) and I order it. Well it says normal shipping is 5-10 days, so now I am worried it won’t be in on time and upgrade to their only other shipping option which is 2-5 days, and happens to cost $17 (really?!! there goes my plan on not spending a lot on a dress) I get the package in the mail yesterday, really excited because of course I want to try it on and make sure it fits, and honestly see if it’s as pretty as I expect, but when I open it it’s not the dress I ordered. It’s not my order at all actually it’s some one name Katie or something who lives in Oregon. So I call the company, pretty angry about it because now there is no way I will get the dress on time because I need it by the next day, which would be today because I need to drive to Maine tomorrow for the wedding. I am getting nowhere with the guy I am talking to, and I am very frustrated so I get transferred to the supervisor. I tell them I want my money back, and they say that they will send UPS to get the package (after I refuse to bring it to the post office myself since it isn’t my fault that they shipped me someone elses order) and once they receive the merchandise back I will get my refund. Now I am super mad because they already have my money and I obviously didn’t receive what I ordered, so why should I wait for my money back. Not to mention now I have to go to the mall, which I was trying to avoid doing, and spend more money to get a dress so it’s a big inconvenience to me. He says he will try to get the money put back right away (which didn’t happen, it’s still not there ) and send me the info for UPS and blah, blah , blah. Ok so fast forward to today. I go to the mall with my daughter and as I suspect it isn’t going to be easy. She was being good, just a typical toddler trying to hide in the clothes racks and touch everything, but it’s still not very fun to deal with. I go store to store trying on dress after dress and find a few I like, but don’t want to spend that much money on them. (did I mention I don’t really like shopping, I know weird right?) I really don’t want to go to the store that I ordered the dress from, I mean I know it’s not that stores fault, but I don’t want to give them my business. I am running out of options so I go there and they have the dress I ordered so I end up buying it there. After all that… I really liked it though and it was cheaper than the other ones that I didn’t really like as much. If I had found one that was about the same price that I liked somewhere else I would have bought it, but that wasn’t the case. And so now I am happy I have the dress, but mad that I gave that company business after all the shipping the wrong order, and the phone stuff. That is my story about what I went through for a dumb dress. Maybe after the wedding this weekend I will post a picture of it. It really is pretty. 🙂

Reading and a toddler

Yesterday I got the book After Obsession by Carrie Jones and let me tell you, it’s really good so far. I really wish I was further along than I am, but having a toddler makes it hard to do anything I really want like reading, for my pleasure. I spend a lot of the time reading her books, coloring with her, playing outside, going for a walk, and all those other things that toddlers want to do. I am hoping to be finished with the book tonight so I can try to put up a review in the next couple days. I will be up in Maine for a few days for a friend’s wedding so I will be able to update my blog until probably Sunday. I want to try to get the review for After Obsession up before I start reading Enthralled on Tuesday when it comes out. I also want a different set-up for my blog, but it seems that nothing is really working out the way I like, but I don’t have the time to play around with it and get it how I really want it. Hopefully I can get all of these things accomplished in the next week.

Nothing interesting today

I started reviewing 2 books, but it’s not coming out how I want it to, so no book review today. I think that is the hard thing about trying to write reviews for all of you. I just don’t know how to put it into words sometimes without giving anything away. In my head it always sounds so much better than when I actually see it on the screen. Last night I wrote four reviews, and then trashed them because they just didn’t sound right to me. In the upcoming weeks I really want to write reviews on some of my very favorite books, (The Mortal Instruments series) but I want to make sure I can do the books justice. They are absolutely fabulous, and besides Harry Potter they are my favorite books. Cassandra Clare is really amazing in her ability to capture you with her writing and make you need more. I will try to get another book review, or recommended book list up this weekend sometime. This week has been kinda a headache with all the rain and a cranky toddler who wants to go out and play, so my mind is already half shut down within 10 minutes of waking up. Hopefully this weekend should be better. If not I will still post something book related for all of you wonderful people.

Ok so I am not going to do a book review today because I was going to do one on the book I was finishing, and as the title of this post says, if you don’t have anything good to say…  I will not write a bad review on a book because I think it is disrespectful to the author. Also I am sure that some people will probably think it is a great book, just not my thing. That being said, I will only review books on this blog that I want to give a good or neutral review to. I could easily just write a review on one of the 70 something other books I have read so far this year, but I don’t feel like picking one. I will think of one tonight, or I will do another general list with brief descriptions tomorrow. I was too busy playing around on Pottermore yesterday to give it much thought. (which I must say is pretty cool) Well enough of my boring nonsense for today, and once again thanks for visiting my uninteresting blog.

 

*Update*

So I have changed my opinion on this subject. It’s tough to write a bad review, but in all honesty sometimes you just have to. I originally was just going to write reviews of books or other things I enjoyed and just write nothing if I didn’t enjoy it. Now I think that even if it’s not something I enjoyed, if I do have to write a negative review than so be it. I will try to put in any good points there is though. Just because I may not like something doesn’t mean that other people won’t and my reviews are just my personal opinion. I just hate to be negative about something when obviously someone has worked very hard on it. So there is my update about writing negative reviews. If I need to I will, I just hope I won’t. ( although I think that is thinking way too positive.)

Happy Monday

We were all feeling a little lazy today after going to a friends wedding last night. Makayla had a blast dancing, and we were out over an hour past her normal bedtime so it has been a nice lazy family day today. We went to my sister in laws house for lunch and then came home and just kinda hung out. I was going to write about books today, but have decided against it. I don’t really know which book I want to review first, and also I have read so many books recently that were really good, but they aren’t quite fresh in my mind. So, I have decided instead to write a few posts with book recommendations and just have a short basic description of them. I will do maybe lists of 5 until I am up to the most recent books I am reading, and them I will do actual book reviews. Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. (if you got a long weekend)

My anniversary

Ok, so I know I was going to try to post some book reviews, but it’s my 6 year wedding anniversary, so I probably shouldn’t be hanging out on the computer. We actually have nothing special planned. We need to go grocery shopping, and then later have a friends wedding to go to. I think that is a fabulous way to celebrate out anniversary. It’s will be a reminder of how happy our wedding day was. Well I should be going now so we can get stuff done today. I will definitely try to post something that is not about my boring everyday life tomorrow.