Go Dance

You know what is amazing? Strawberries and nutella? Fluffy kittens? Well yes.

But I just recently discovered the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 on youtube. Now that is amazing. It makes you want to move, dance around in your underwear and smile by yourself like a dork. I am not really into oldy music (ok it isn’t super old, but still), and I still love it. If you liked the movie then you will like their soundtracks (duh), if you haven’t seen the movie then I highly recommend seeing it, and if you did not like the movie then maybe you should re-watch it because you obviously missed something.

Now go dance 🙂

00:00 Hooked On A Feeling – Blue Swede
02:52 Go All The Way – Raspberries
06:13 Spirit In The Sky Norman – Greenbaum
10:16 Moonage Daydream – David Bowie
14:57 Fooled Around And Fell In – Elvin Bishop
19:33 I’m Not In Love – 10cc
25:36 I Want You Back – Jackson 5
28:35 Come And Get Your Love – Redbone
32:02 Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
34:20 Escape (The Pina Colada – Rupert Holmes
38:57 O-O-H Child The Five – Stairsteps
42:11 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye , Tammi Terrell

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Book Review: Surviving Raine Book 1 and 2 by Shay Savage 

Terrific!! First book is a must-read, but the second one was just okay. A take-it-or-leave-it kind of book. If you are interested with an insanely hot, tough, moody guy then you will probably like the first book: Surviving Raine. Both are from Bastian’s point of view, so a guy’s story, which truly makes the series.

Here is my overly long explanation of book 1:

Bastian smokes and drinks his way out of reality to escape his unusual past. After being an orphan his whole life with an angry streak and a don’t-mess-with-me attitude, he finds himself fighting on the streets to get his anger out. Landon, his only father figure, finds him and gets him off of the streets and into millions of dollars… Through illegal fighting. Used to fighting for his life in “the games” he doesn’t know how to live once he escapes and buys a ship with his only friend. Drugs, alcohol and sex become his life. When his ship sinks for unknown reasons he finds himself trying to not only survive from dehydration and hunger on a tiny life raft with the girl he saved, Raine, but also alcohol withdrawal. Can they survive the heat, or more importantly, each other?

It’s steamy, it’s suspenseful, it’s tense, and if anything, I learnt some survival facts that may come in handy some day (assuming they were correct). Some parts were a bit repetitive and their personalities a bit unrealistic (like how could you accept someone killing others for money basically instantly, troubled past or not). Although it is sad story upon sad story, with an abundance of self pity, I still enjoyed it. I loved how their relationship progressed and how possessive Bastian was. Possessive guys are always a plus in these types of books. I liked both of them and it made me fall in love with island living even with all of the horrible situations they had to go through.

I loved mornings on the island. Fucking loved them. Emphasize on fucking.”

“You want to know,” I corrected. “The problem with that is you can’t ever un-know something. If I tell you, and you don’t like what I have to say, I can’t take it back”

” I don’t recall telling you I was anything other than a lunatic.”

Now, the reason I reread the first book was for me to read the second book, which I have put off for a year or two for no reason whatsoever. Book two, Bastian’s Storm, was simply not as good. It did not have the same atmosphere as the first one did with the island, seclusion, and intimacy. *Spoiler Alert (for the first book)* I often questioned why the author actually wrote the ending like she did in the first novel- why not leave them stranded? Now I know it is not my book and I am definitely not an author as awesome as Shay Savage, but the second book just was not up to par. Why not leave them and dodge all the unnessissary drama in the second book? He truly finds himself and (oops another spoiler!) his kid in the second book. Awesome, great, good for him… Except he was truly happy on the island with just him! The second book felt rushed and out of place. It was not as interesting but still a worthy read in my opinion.

Book One: 4 super tanned Stars

Book Two: 3 “mkay” Stars

Surviving Raine Bastian's Storm

Sayres Lake, Mission BC

Today for a school “field trip” we went to Sayres Lake Campground. Yes, we went to a campground as a day trip in University, and yes that is weird.
I am currently thinking of getting a biology major, but being me I have also decided to do random classes throughout my degree. This semester I have chosen to do a graphic designs course, which is turning out to be pretty awesome. We are doing a project on designing a new pamphlet or logo for this Seyem’ Qwantlen Aboriginal campground and went for “inspiration” and to get a feel for the site.
It was beautiful. So British Columbia, so green, so fresh, so secluded. Out in the middle of nowhere the smell of the massive western red cedar trees that surround you is irresistible. Sometimes living in a city or suburb you can forget what this planet is all about. Earth is covered with small pockets of nature and beauty. Some are right beside you and you simply have to open your eyes and Mother Nature will reward you. This trip reminded me that making the effort to experience nature is important. It was enjoyable.
I drove three of my fellow students to this campground and all three of them are not from around here. One is from Russia, one from southern India, and one from the eastern coast of Canada. What was interesting to me was their reactions to all of the greenery and simply the campsites… None of them have gone camping before! I have to say I felt like I was trying to sell them British Columbia – saying how great it is and how they have to try camping, or at least hiking, around here. It is a must. But it was unnecessary. The place spoke for itself.
Here are some photos I took. Just so you know, it was a misty while we were there so it may look like it is raining… Because it kind of was.

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White Rock, British Columbia

Here in the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada, it rains a lot. Although we live in new, big, shiny cities, Mother Nature makes it clear that we essentially live in a rainforest. Rain, rain, and more rain. We have a million and one ways to say it’s raining… It’s drizzling, sprinkling, spitting, pouring, misting, showering, pouring buckets, down pouring, dripping, etc. It rains around 200 days out of the year on average since 1995 to 2010. In addition we have gloomy-almost-rainy days as well, which probably adds another 50 or so onto that 200. Don’t get me wrong, it is sunny and beautiful here as well. It is February for goodness sakes and it is t-shirt weather. In California that may not sound like much, but compared to most places in Canada it is quite amazing.
This past weekend was wonderfully sunny and was a balmy thirteen degrees Celsius by the water. Even with my everyday-is-a-reading-type-day mentality it was a no brainer, we had to go outside. So we did. We made a day trip to the breathtaking White Rock beach.
I don’t know what you know about White Rock, but it’s quite beautiful and expensive to live there, similar to Vancouver in that way. Except not like Vancouver at all. I find that White Rock is full of old folks – not in a bad way! The beach is full of life and is always exciting with cute shops and trendy restaurants, but the city itself is full of retired couples. Vancouver is definitely a lot larger and is full of hipsters, whatever that term means nowadays.
Anyways, it was peaceful and fun to walk on the sand. We walked on the beach, then the pier, and on our way back to the car we walked along the strip of charming shops. Many ice-cream eaters passed us (to my surprise because it is still February) and many fancy cars paraded through screaming “look at me!” I say fancy because there are a variety of cars that passed through, flashy, new and expensive, old and expensive, elegant, stupidly jacked up, and so on. Quite amusing. If anything, it was a perfect place to people watch!
If you have not been, I recommend stopping by some time on a sunny day. Totally worth it. Here are some pictures I took with my phone.

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Evil Cat

Here is a cat picture.
It is a picture of an evil cat actually . An evil cat that I caught at a rare moment of peacefulness. An evil cat that is insanely cute. An evil cat that purrs so loudly that it wakes me up at night. An evil cat that almost bites our hands off for “fun.” An evil cat that broke into the pantry and spilt flour everywhere, then jumped onto the counter and walked all over my homemade pizza crust.
I love him anyways 🙂

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Oh that’s not my cat, that cat is too cute not to share. Here’s my cat in a box…

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Book Review: The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Mosely

This book was meh.

The whole premise of the book I thought was great. Neighbour falls in love with best friend’s younger sister – it’s sweet and romantic. Maybe a bit been-there-done-that, but who wouldn’t like a hot guy sleeping with you in a non-creepy way every night?

So I thought it would be right up my ally, and some parts were good. Except the writing was lacking something, the events that unfolded were boring, the ending was a bit disappointing, and I did not connect with any of the characters.

Amber annoyed me with her random anger and teenagerness, and Liam I liked the most out of all of them, but he was too plain and I swear he wasn’t normal. The character that I was most disappointed with was the mom… how could the mother do nothing when the dad was around, then leave the kids weeks on end by themselves, do nothing when the father tries to come back (and that’s after she knows that her daughter was sexually abused by this man), and basically have no opinion on anything whatsoever! Plus, the “other” wife (Amber’s dad re-marries) is exactly the same! You would think that one would do something because they were both aware of his abusive nature, or at least tell the cops, or some close friend when Amber’s mom left him! The whole thing just made me want to strangle them.

There was teen pregnancy in this book. All I thought was “Really?! I totally should have seen this coming.” It was just one of those books. Also, hundreds of teenage girls bet on who would have sex with Liam. Yes I wrote that correctly. That is so wrong on so many levels… do teenage girls do that nowadays in high school? I knew that maybe a few would, some being serious, but really?? That just seems crazy to me. I definitely did not see that coming.

2 “Meh” Stars for a book that had potential, but never quite reached the peak. Or the hill.

P.S: I like the cover of the book – she looks great in that hat! At least that’s one positive note… kind of.

Hat girl

Please Help!

I have tried to look up solutions to this problem, but have not found anything that’s helped. How do I find blogs to follow that are similar to mine? I have tried the tags and recommended blogs, and have found terrific blogs, but none are similar to mine. I am looking for blogs that are about young adult books and I know there must be many out there. Is there an easy place to search?

If you could help me, that would be wonderful 🙂 Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I cannot seem to figure it out.