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Book Review: Talking As Fast As I Can

When your friend lets you borrow a book, it’s probably best you read it right away and then return it to them? Right?  Well my friend Maribeth let me borrow this book in January during our trip to Jamaica and I read it in an evening in July knowing she was coming to visit a couple of days later to return it.  I’m the worst.

The plus side is, this was a very quick read and very enjoyable as well. It is written by Lauren Graham, of Gilmore Girls fame and talks a bit about the behind the scenes of “A Day In The Life” that was released via Netflix last year as well as about herself and her career and how everything came in to place so that she could end up playing Lorelai Gilmore – who is known for talking fast. Actually everyone on that show seems to talk really fast – I’m sure if you’ve watched you’ve noticed.

I loved reading this book because I could read everything but hear Lauren saying it in my head.  She seems like a lot of fun and tells great stories! Definitely work checking out if you are a fan of her and/or Gilmore Girls!

About the Book
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

Product Review: Rainbow Instax Film

MyBruneiStore strikes again with another great pack of FujiFilm Instax Camera/Printer film – this time in the color of – RAINBOW!   Each pack of this film has 10 sheets and they print out in order to create a rainbow once you place them all side by side.  These will make the perfect addition to some scrapbook pages or just to decorate around the house, your office or to give to friends as tags on gifts!   Colors range from dark blue, through green/yellow, red, pink and end up with purple.

I just love these little photos – with my SP-1 printer I can take any image from my camera and using an app, print directly to this FujiFilm Instax film.  Fun selfies with friends, snapchat filters, or even email yourself a photo from your actual camera (or send it to your phone via WiFi if you can) and get some great small pictures to print out and develop on really awesome rainbow colored backgrounds right in front of your eyes!

Product Features Instax Mini Films are compatible with any Fuji Instax mini camera such as:

  • Instax Mini 90
  • Instax Mini 8
  • Instax Mini 7/7s
  • Instax Mini 10
  • Instax Mini 20
  • Instax Mini 25
  • Instax Mini 30
  • Instax Mini 50s
  • Instax Mini 55i


  • Pattern: Rainbow
  • Image Size: 6.2cm x 4.6cm
  • Picture Size: 8.6cm x 5.4cm
  • Compatible Model: All Fuji Instax Mini Camer

Package Included

  • 1 Packs (10 Sheets) Fujifilm Instax Mini Rainbow Film 

I received this product at a discount in order to write this review,  I was not otherwise compensated.

Throwback Thursday: Timbaland 1/20/10

Headliner: Timbaland
Opener(s): Honor Society, Sebastian
Venue: Irving Plaza
Cost: $0


Product Review: Candy Pop Instax Film

If you have an Instax camera or an Instax Printer from Fuji Film, then you’ll want to know all about the Candy Pop border film from MyBruneiStore. It’s the Instax Film that you already know and love but with a fun white border with candy pop dots around it to give your photos a little extra something to really make them POP! (See what I did there.)  Each package comes with 10 sheets to load into your camera or printer.

I can’t wait to use these photos that I printed in my scrapbook and just for decorating around my room and desk!   I did have some trouble loading this pack of film into my camera – it took a few tries so if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! I am not sure if I was doing something wrong (this was the first pack I decided to try out and it’s been a while since I had used the printer) or if there was something else going on – but I finally got it to work so it was all good in the end!

FUJIFILM INSTANT FILM instax mini is an ISO 800 credit-card-size integral daylight color film designed for use with Fujifilm instax mini cameras.
This glossy film yields superb results under both daylight and electronic flash conditions.
Though small, its improved picture quality and greater ease of use make it ideal for snapshots and portraits. Furthermore, its easyto-file-and-carry
size makes it an excellent choice for documentary or archival purposes, as well as a wide variety of other applications. Product Features Instax Mini Films are compatible with any Fuji Instax mini camera such as:

  • Instax Mini 90
  • Instax Mini 8
  • Instax Mini 7/7s
  • Instax Mini 10
  • Instax Mini 20
  • Instax Mini 25
  • Instax Mini 30
  • Instax Mini 50s
  • Instax Mini 55i
  • SP-1 Printer

Product Information

  • Pattern: Candy Pop
  • Image Size: 6.2cm x 4.6cm
  • Picture Size: 8.6cm x 5.4cm
  • Compatible Model: All Fuji Instax Mini Camera

Package Included

  • 1 Packs (10 Sheets) Fujifilm Instax Mini Candy Pop Film

I received this product at a discount in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated!


Product Review: Luminous Series Moon Love Heard Pendant

This necklace is absolutely gorgeous, a crescent moon with a heart dangling.  Inside the heart is a small ball which will glow in the dark! Great gift for any occasion – Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Anniversary or just to buy for yourself for the heck of it!

The pendant size is 3.5cm * 3.0cm, the chain is like 45cm and made of Copper, White Gold Plated.  The pendant if exposed to the sun, it will glow in the dark, if you stay in the dark for a long time, it will stop shining – you can get it to glow again if you beam it with your mobile phone flashlight or the sun.  The more light it absorbs, the brighter it appears.

I was curious if you could replace the ball inside it perhaps with something else (a pearl?) and I think that you can.  The heart piece of the pendant does open – you just have to get it off the jump ring first.  I haven’t tried it yet but it seems like it would be a successful experiment if having it be a glow in the dark necklace isn’t your thing.

You can get this on amazon at

I received this product at a discount in order to write this review. All opinions are my own.

Virtual Race: Memorial Day Hero Race

Race Title: Memorial Day 2017
Distance:  27.90
Company:   Yes.Fit
Charity:  n/a

Music Monday: Stephen Kellogg Tour de Forty

Disc 1

The Open Heart
Lost and Found
4th Of July
Almost Woke You Up
Start the Day Early
Father’s Day
Satisfied Man

Disc 2

Four Kids
The Brain Is A Beautiful Thing
The Bear
Good Red Wine
Shady Esperanto and The Young Hearts
Last Man Standing
In Front Of The World
Such a Way
Big Easy
See You Later, See You Soon
Wallpaper Angel
Curtain Call

Stephen Kellogg recently released a 2-CD Live album from his “Tour de Forty” that he embarked on earlier this year.  The sad thing is that he has said this will be his final release on CD – the music biz is changing and everything seems to be switching more and more over to digital.  As a collector, that makes me sad.  As someone who has too much clutter – well maybe it’s not such a bad thing.

I was pretty excited to hear that my favorite song, “My Favorite Place” was recorded at my show in Fairfield.  The cool thing about the album is that it was recorded from all the shows on the tour – but still flows and if you didn’t know it wasn’t all recorded at one show you probably couldn’t really tell. (For a moment I thought that they were all from my show – until there was a surprise before “Diamond” that I know was not my show) And I guess the various mentions of different city names kind of gives it away too 😉

This is a really great compilation of SK songs – if you’re not all that familiar with him this is a great place to start! And if you’re a fan and want to relive the greatness that is SK live – well, this is the disc for you.  Head on over to his website and his family store to get your own copy – and it will be packed up and shipped to you by one of his Four Kids!


Scrapbook Saturday: Wizarding World 1

A few of my Wizarding World photos. There’s a lot so many more to come…

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Book Review: For The Love of Katie

For the Love of Katie is the 2nd book in the Katie Chronicles series. The first book, To Katie with Love, I had read previously but if you really wanted to, this second book could be read as a standalone.

Katie is an amateur detective, or so she thinks, and her sleuthing ways land her in jail in Paris. She speaks no French and is trying to talk her way out of jail. This time she was caught stalking… her husband?!  And that’s what lands her in jail. Oh, and she’s pregnant.   When the police ask her to “start from the beginning” she goes almost all the way back and we find out all of the events that happened leading up to her wedding.

In addition to having an awesome name, Katie is a fun character that gets in all sorts of strange and hilarious predicaments and I am looking forward to reading more about her and Cooper in the future!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Newlywed Katie Maxwell is ready to settle down and leave her amateur detective days behind. But when the veil of secrecy surrounding her husband’s latest project takes them to Europe, her penchant for sleuthing lands her in some serious hot foreign water.

Katie will need to think quickly to talk her way out of handcuffs and a Parisian jail cell. Too bad she doesn’t speak French.

For the Love of Katie is the second madcap adventure in The Katie Chronicles. This book can be read as a standalone, but why would you want to skip the first?