Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal [A Giveaway]

I did not receive this sweatshirt for free. Yes, I did get a discounted rate, but I liked it so much I was like, "Can I give this away to my readers? And don't worry, I'm buying it too." Dentz Denim said, totally. 

As I'm sure you've guessed, I love cheezy sweaters. This is a relatively new thing for me but if something is cozy and sarcastic at the same time, I want it.

I was scrolling through funny holiday sweaters on Etsy when I found Dentz Denim. And guess what? You can win one of their sweatshirts just in time for the month of Christmas! Remember that great line from Home Alone: Lost in New York, only the greatest Home Alone movie made? Well, Dentz Denim put it on a sweater.

If you win, you get to choose the color and size of the "Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal" sweatshirt! And not only is it awesome, I made every person touch the inside because it is so stinking soft! SOFT, I say!

May the odds be ever in your favor.

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Rules: This giveaway will be open from November 26-December 3. It is open to US residents only. The winner will get to choose the color and size of the selectied sweatshirt. All entries are optional.

Song of the Blog: It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas by Johnny Mathis

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

It's always fun when you're nominated for awards. It's even more fun when I get to share a little bit more about myself with you all because Lord knows I hardly ever get real up in here.

Thank you thank you thank you to two of my favorite bloggers who nominated me: Rebecca from Rebecca Chapman and Lulu from Little Miss Lulu. Of course both of them have different rules because the blogging world is a really bad game of telephone.

The Rules
You must thank the person who nominated you check
You must add the logo to your post check
You must share seven facts about yourself check
You must tag seven bloggers to participate check

Seven Facts
I am the second rarest person in the world. I have red hair, am left handed and have blue eyes. The rarest person has green. Thank you, genetics for making me second best.

I love Harry Potter.

I believe in equal rights for all. I can be abrasive about that fact, but it's the one thing that I truly fight for and I will never apologize for standing up for someone who should have the same rights as I do.

I always say that my first snow was the blizzard of December 26, 2010 in New York City. However, I tend to forget that one year, my whole family went camping over Memorial Day Weekend in Arizona and we were surprised by a sudden downfall of snow. The local fire station was having a pancake breakfast and rummage sale so we packed up our things, bought some really cheap winter coats (mine was 25 cents) and feasted on homemade pancakes.

I get antsy. I've lived in four different cities and I don't plan on staying in Austin for forever. I'm trying to live in one place for longer than a few years by taking extended vacations so we'll see if that game plan works.

I love my family. One reason I moved to Austin was to be a little bit closer but a two hour flight is still too far away. We are all very close and as I've grown older, I've really grown to appreciate the fact that I have one hell of a family.

I used to be an extrovert, hard core. But, again, with age and wisdom, I've slowly but surely become a full-on introvert. I'm not sure how it happened.

PS. Vote for The Hungry Goat for Best Kept Secret for the 2014 Karen's World Blog Awards!

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Valerie from In-Between Life
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekly Wishes | Thirty-Three

Last Week's Wishes

Health Insurance: I have it! I mean, it doesn't kick in until the New Year, but I technically have it!

Catch Up with Friends: Mmmmm yes and no. I bought Christmas presents and made a list of people I need to send Christmas cards to and I hung out with friends here that I haven't spent time with. But, I made no phone calls. Do SnapChats count?

The Last Football Game: It's the last college football game before post-season playoffs and bowls. And it's against the horrendous U of A. Fork 'em, Devils!

Thanksgiving: This year, I will be spending the day with an Austin family who took me in when I first moved here. I can't wait for Turkey, baking, putting up the tree and being thankful.

Song of the Blog: Thanks for the Memories by Ella Fitzgerald

Weekly Wishes is where I join up with The Nectar Collective amongst many other bloggers to share the goals or challenges we wish to achieve this week. We're a community of goal-setters.

Friday, November 21, 2014

I Do Spy | Sweaters

These aren't your usual comfy sweaters. And, guys, these are I mean, how can you top a Jesus sweater (hint: with a T-Rex)?

T-Rex the Halls Men's Sweater — ModCloth (I would totally make this into a lady's version)
Mrs. Clause The Riveter Sweatshirt — Feminist Apparel  
Happy Birthday Jesus Sweater — Amazon
No Kids Table Sweatshirt — Dentz Designs*

Song of the Blog: The Sweater Song by Weezer

*Come back next Wednesday! I'm giving away one of their Christmas-themed sweatshirts!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Review | The Boy Detective Fails

The Boy Detective Fails
by Joe Meno

Goodreads Synopsis: In the twilight of a childhood full of wonder, Billy Argo, boy detective, is brokenhearted to find that his younger sister and crime-solving partner, Caroline, has committed suicide. Ten years later, Billy, age thirty, returns from an extended stay at St Vitus' Hospital for the Mentally Ill to discover a world full of unimaginable strangeness: office buildings vanish without reason, small animals turn up without their heads, and cruel villains ride city buses to complete their evil schemes.
Lost within this unwelcoming place, Billy finds the companionship of two lonely children, Effie and Gus Mumford - one a science fair genius, the other a charming, silent bully. With a nearly forgotten bravery, Billy confronts the monotony of his job in telephone sales, the awkward beauty of a desperate pickpocket named Penny Maple, and the seemingly impossible solution to the mystery of his sister's death. Along the path laden with hidden clues and codes that dare to be deciphered, the boy detective may learn the greatest secret of all: the necessity of the unknown.
Review: First things first, I understand that this book is eight years old. But I just want you all to realize this book exists and to go out and read it. 
This is one of the smartest books I've read in a long time. And I don't mean thought provoking (although it is) or Malcolm Gladwell smart. There are mysteries to solve, depression to overcome and literal mysteries to solve (for reals, there's even a decoder for the reader to solve clues that the Boy Detective is unable to do). 
The mysteries that the Boy Detective, close sister and childhood friend solve resemble those of The Scooby Doo Gang. And then tragedies strike, building start to disappear and bunnies' heads are decapitated. What's the Boy Detective to do?

I was recommended this book after I praised The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (another must read). And, I have to say, this is even better. It's hard not to give anything away expanding from the synopsis that Goodreads provides but if you want something entertaining, smart and with some serious heart, then read The Boy Detective Fails. I found myself getting attached to every character, despite how good or evil they were. And YOU GET TO SOLVE CLUES. 
It's brilliant.
Rating: 5 out of 5 goats
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

10 Ways to Find New Music

The wedding weekend got me a little busy so Emily was kind enough to help us all discover new music, because Lord knows I love talking about music.

Hey everyone, I'm Emily & I blog over at Designs By Emily F! One of my favorite things to do is find new music so I thought I'd share some of the ways to find new music that is more than just the 20 songs that are on the radio all the time (not that I don't like them). 

1. 8tracks - This one is a recent discovery thanks to Areeba who did a guest post last month on her favorite apps. I love how you can pick a certain mood & find playlist that I go along with it.

2. Songza - Songza is pretty similar to 8tracks, it has the playlists by mood & genre.

3. Pandora - My favorite thing to do on Pandora is add a radio for some of my favorite artists then shuffle those. The one's I do the most are Kate Nash, Lily Allen & Regina Spektor

4. TV Shows -I watch a lot of tv and I always love when I hear a great song that I hadn't heard before. I've found so many amazing songs from Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill & Finding Carter. There are a lit more than that but these are the ones I'd look up every episode to see what songs where played. 

One of the best songs I've found from a tv show recently was this cover of Radiohead's Creep by Michelle Branch on Stalker. They've been playing covers of songs at the end of every episode.

5. TuneFind - This site basically makes it super easy to find all the songs you fall in love with from a tv show. You just search for the TV show & it's broken down into seasons and then again into the episode.

6. YouTube - I love finding covers of songs I love and the small artists that are writing original songs.

7. Shazam - This app will listen to audio & find a song you are looking for. Most of the time I take a screenshot on my phone so that then next time I buy a lot of songs I have a list of ones I want.

8. Spotify - I'm sure all of you know what this site is so I wont put an explanation. It would bother me if I there wasn't anything next to it.

9. Search for Artists you Like - This might seem silly you might not hear when some of the smaller artists released new music. You could also find songs you might have missed before.

10. Blogs - I love when bloggers & youtubers share playlists.

What are your favorite ways to find new music?
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekly Wishes | Thirty-Two

Last Week's Wishes

Grimmer Fest: Tears of joy were shed (mostly mine). Vows were said. Beer was drunk. Mexican Food was consumed. Dancing was had. Cops were called. Family and friends alike were hungover. I call that a wild success.

Health Insurance: In case you all aren't aware, enrollment for affordable health care is now open, which means I can *finally* have health insurance again! Once I obtain that, I will be making all of the doctor appointments.

Catch Up with Friends: Remember my lifers? Well I've been so busy with life these past few....months.... that I've neglected my best friends. I'm sorry ladies. I miss you.

Song of the Blog: The Ballad of Love and Hate by The Avett Brothers

Weekly Wishes is where I join up with The Nectar Collective amongst many other bloggers to share the goals or challenges we wish to achieve this week. We're a community of goal-setters.