Trigger Warning – this book is probably not for you if you have an eating disorder or disordered habits.
This book begins with “An Ode to Diet Landia” that mentions beaver’s anal glands and I am immediately wondering what I have gotten myself into. A few more pages in of disgusting toilet humor and I knew I found a book I would enjoy. I have been dieting lately, I mainly just track my calories and try to eat less than I would of things that I like and not try any sort of “fad” diet. This book agrees with that – to a point – the fad diets don’t work and depriving yourself or forcing yourself to only eat cabbage all the time won’t work long term. But knowing all the ins and outs of food and how your body reacts to them can be super boring. Fortunately, the author agrees with me there too so the book is written in such a way that the important things are all bolded already (no highlighter required) and it isn’t just massive walls of text, there are photos throughout as well!
Since I am trying to lose weight without really “dieting”, I figured I would find some tips within this book – and I was right. These tips I pulled out may work for you too, but if they don’t, check out the book to see other things that may speak to you and your eating habits more directly. Some problems I realized I was having was I need to follow “don’t exercise to eat”, I tend to eat more candy then I should and then try to bike off those calories. It makes an unhealthy relationship with eating an exercising so I need to stop that. I also need to track everything. The author comments even gummy vitamins and supplements. I have not been doing this and I’ve also not been tracking condiments. I never realized how quickly those could add up until it was all laid out for me. I also had to cry a little at the realization that I need to measure out the spoon of peanut butter I want and a spoon of the recommended serving, “compare them and then cry a little.” (I am glad I am not the only one who has trouble with nut butters). The book also opened my eyes to figure out WHY I eat – because I am bored and the food is right there? or because I am hungry? While I groaned at the list of homework at the end of the book, I’ll start looking into doing it soon because in the end, I am only hurting myself.
If you are looking at a new way to lose weight – a smarter way to lose weight – definitely look into the Unicorn diet. It will teach you more about carbs, calories, proteins and how much you should be consuming. It will also ask you to take a look at your current diet and see what changes you should be making to your eating lifestyle. While all this content could be super boring and sciencey, this author presents everything in a very fun way, complete with poop jokes.
I received a free ecopy of this book from Reedsy Discovery in order to write this review.
About the Book
Work on Grad School homework on a patio in Jamaica. Deal with a cyber attack from vacation. Get some sort of food poisoning (salmonella?) while on vacation. Deal with 3 canceled concerts, 17 postponed ones and 2 canceled cons. Attend 37 live stream concerts. Didn’t leave my house for 100+ days. Managed to set up a work from home setup with nearly no notice. Didn’t wear my brace for 250 days. Attended every in-person Hanson concert there was (13). Bought way too many masks to find the perfect fit. Blew my reading goal out of the water. Made an update to my website that was in the works for 8 years. Finally caught up on scrapbooking and even got ahead. Graduated grad school – in a tornado, virtually. Fight Russian bots. Felt like I was in a SciFi movie every time I flew. Have my credit card number stolen 3 times despite rarely leaving the house. Gave myself 2 COVID tests. Got excited when in-person races I otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in went virtual.
Soul Girl drew me in with its tagline, “For souls that don’t know where they’re going but are in the rush to get somewhere…” I sometimes feel like I have no future, I have no realistic 5-year plan and I have no idea where I’m going but I could say that I might be in a rush to get there. The author, Kristina, early in the book pointed out “you are not alone, not now, not ever.” and while it may seem like I am the only one with these struggles, I very clearly am not because if I was – Kristina wouldn’t have gone through this as well and she would have had no reason to write this book to help out the rest of us!
A lot of these self-help books are “this is what I did, and you can do it too”, but Kristina notes that her Mom taught her independence and how to be self sufficient when she was a child and she sent her to buy the crayons she needed for school. Yes, Kristina tells us what she did, but in addition to that she asks the readers questions to figure out things for themselves. Much like her Mom and the crayons, Kristina is teaching us to think about ourselves positively and find our strengths that will ultimately lead us to being self sufficient for ourselves in a way that we need it, even if that may be different than what Kristina needed for her life. Another quote that resonated with me was “if I could travel alone, I could do anything in the world.” and while it may not be possible for everyone, I did find traveling alone does have a sort of liberating feel to it. You don’t have to make plans based on what everyone else wants to do, you can sleep late if you want and no one will be groaning at your for missing out on time sightseeing. You do what you want when you want and that’s an empowering thing.
If you are looking to look deeper inside your soul and find out more about yourself, then I think you should give Soul Girl a read.
I received an e-copy of this book in order to write a review for Reedsy Discovery!
About the Book
Soulgirl is a gentle and empowering self-help book written memoir style for girls who won’t settle for second best.
If you’re running from place to place, relationship to relationship, in the hope of finding a home and peace for your heart, and in search of bringing real meaning to your life, then Soul Girl has so much to share.
You see, the author was one of those girls whose outward life was packed with adventures, parties, trips, education abroad– none of which she was born into– and it was fun while it lasted. But she’s been always haunted by a feeling of not quite belonging, of being lost, of not knowing where she was heading inwardly.
While living in six different countries she realized something– the more places she moved to, the more bridges she burned, and the more disconnected she felt within.
Over the past two years everything’s changed. She’s stopped searching for answers and permissions outside herself. This is her story. She hopes it will inspire you too.
With this year being so weird for concerts, I started to keep track of virtual shows I went to, which I typically didn’t do in years past. (I’ll continue to keep track in 2021 as well until things hopefully get back to normal, then I’ll stop including them as they will hopefully go back to being few and far between again.) I was surprised to see that I had spent almost $600 on virtual concert tickets this year – especially when I was doing “pay what you can” on StageIt and paying $5-$10 there. But I did go to quite a few – a number that made a bit more sense to me for a total for a year – 37. (So 52 for the year, which is about average for me when you add on in person) Including virtual concerts also helps me keep my streak alive of 1 concert per month – which started in January of 2009.
Most expensive show: Stephen Kellogg + M&G was about $55 [it was supposed to be in person when I bought tickets, but switched to virtual]
Least (not free) expensive show: I did a few “pay what you can” tickets to StageIt for $5
Free shows: I only did a couple free streams this year – Kris Allen and Stephen Kellogg (x2?)
# artists seen: 37
# unique artists seen: 5, but no one new.
# shows seen in CT: Technically all were most likely from my bed
# of shows out of state: None (Though I did watch the Hanson stream repeats in OK, I don’t have those listed in my spreadsheet as I was there in person, too.)
Show farthest away: None
Closest show: All
$$ spent on tickets: ~$600 [Damn!] Miles traveled: 0
Top 6 shows of the year? Very hard to rank these.
Total number of shows in 2020? I did 37 virtual shows
First show of the year? Jon McLaughlin
First show with actual tickets: None
Last show of the year? David Cook
Most surprising show? It was surprising how much I ended up enjoying all of them, honestly. And I really liked when the setlists were themed.
Most disappointing? None
Farthest traveled? None
States attended shows in? All CT. In bed.
Venue most visited? My bed.
Band seen the most? Since I seemed to see the same guys over and over let’s break it down:
Jon McLaughlin – 12
Stephen Kellogg – 12
David Cook – 7
Kris Allen – 3
Matt Nathanson – 2
Best new discovery? I mostly stuck with what I knew this year
Bands seen this year that also broke up this year? None
Friends made at shows? The floppy bunny that lives in my bed.
Band members met? I did 1 zoom M&G with Stephen Kellogg – I had bought M&G thinking it would be in person but they did pretty well converting everything to virtual.
Best souvenir from a show? None
Longest time in line? None
Shows seen from the barricade [front row]– Technically all, I guess.
Most shows in one month?
March – 1
April – 9
May – 6
June – 5
July – 1
August – 3
September – 3
October – 5
November – 1
December – 4
Most shows in one week? Probably some of the April shows
Biggest crowd? I have no idea, for me they were all crowd of 1
Any drunk encounters? Definitely not! lol one major perk to watching by yourself from the safety of your own bed.
He’s growing is a fable about a clever, orange tomcat. A fable is a short story that typically has animals as the characters, conveying a moral. This book follows this orange tomcat who ends up hungry and decides it may be in his best interest to find a family who will take him in and feed him as it has gotten harder and harder for him to forage for food out on his own. Every few chapters, the cat grows larger – starting as a house cat, then a Main Coon, a lynx, a leopard, a cougar and finally he is nearly as big as a lion! The family that takes him in is made up of a mother and father and their 2 children, a daughter and a son. We never learn the families names but each of the family members feels differently about the cat moving into their home, especially since they just lost the family dog not too long ago. They seem to come across as more of “dog people” than “cat people”, but have offered up their home to this cat. The bigger he gets, the more annoyed the mother seems to get with him. Then the cat figures out how to talk to the family and the mother ends up even more annoyed while the rest of the family are all enamored with him.
I had an idea of this book from the start based on the cover, but it took quite some time for me to realize if I was right or not in my assumptions. I don’t want to give too much away – but if you think the cover is giving something away, you’ll want to stick with the book for a while. As I am not a “cat person” it was hard to really get into a book where the main character was a cat – and a not so nice cat, at that. It took a while for this book to really get rolling for me, and once it did, it was nearly over. I could have done with less back story I guess, and more action!
If you’re a cat person though, you’ll probably enjoy the inner workings of this cat and his thought process. You’ll enjoy it more if you’re not a fan of who you think you might see on the cover.
I received a free e-copy of this book from Reedsy Discovery.
About the Book
A modern fable, “He’s Growing” tells the story of a clever, orange tomcat who ingratiates his way into an innocent family, getting bigger and bigger. Once he learns how to talk, there’s no telling where he’ll stop.
2020 stunk for concerts, at least in person. I somehow managed to do every Hanson show they did (appropriately 13 by my count but 16 for others) and I think my list of who I saw in concert more accurately represents what people think I do concert wise. In normal years I typically go to 2 non-Hanson shows for every 1 Hanson and that was not the case this year. The only 2 non Hanson shows were the special guests at their Back to the Island Event and the extra night from the band who did the event before them. So still, Hanson adjacent. I ended the year with a total of 660 shows attended, 229 of which have been Hanson.
Most expensive show: Back to the Island
Least (not free) expensive show: Basically all the other shows I did were about the same price and pretty much every show was Hanson… so yeah.
Free shows: None
# artists seen: 17
# unique artists seen: 2
# shows seen in CT: 0
# of shows out of state: 15
Show farthest away: Jamaica is slightly further than OK
Closest show: Oklahoma. LOL!
$$ spent on tickets: $4200
Miles traveled: 13,700
Top 6 shows of the year? I only went to 15. Hard to pick, especially since the Hanson ones were similar.
Total number of shows in 2020? 15
First show of the year? Anders Osborne & Vince Herman at Ramble on the Island before BTTI kicked off
First show with actual tickets: NO shows had actual tickets this year.
Last show of the year? Hanson in Tulsa
Most surprising show? All the Hanson shows to finish out the year in Tulsa
Most disappointing? All the canceled and postponed ones, even though it was for good reason.
Farthest traveled? To Jamaica
States attended shows in? OK & Jamaica
Venue most visited? Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa
Band seen the most? Hanson – I saw *every* show they did in 2020.
Best new discovery? None
Bands seen this year that also broke up this year? None
Friends made at shows? None – stay 6 ft away!
Band members met? Hanson
Best souvenir from a show? Not sure I got anything this year
Longest time in line? Like 30 mins
Shows seen from the barricade [front row]– Some of the Hanson shows at Cain’s.
Most shows in one month?
January – 2
February – 4
October – 3
November – 3
December – 3
Most shows in one week? BTTI was 6 shows
Biggest crowd? BTTI
Any drunk encounters? I don’t think so!
I recently read a compilation of the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 6. Every now and then I like to “treat” myself to something a bit racier but I have found that a lot of times the back story is boring and it takes a while to get to the “good stuff”. With these compilations, there are many short stories within them so I can read a whole bunch at once or one every now and then, but since they are so short to fit many in the book – they get to the point relatively quickly! This book was made up of stories with all different situation – male female, female female, those who are recently divorced and looking for fun, married couples looking to put some spice into their marriage after children and of course, mermaids.
I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
Bold, audacious and unexpected, these twenty scintillating stories will take you on a journey of exploration and empowerment between the sheets and beyond.
From a mermaid’s quest to quench her earthly desires and a weary traveler indulging her lust along the Scottish coast, to a sexy escape room and a motorcycle club, there’s something here for every passion.
With contributions from popular authors Shelly Bell, Zoey Castile, Jeanette Grey, Mia Hopkins, Katrina Jackson, Elizabeth SaFleur, Naima Simone, Olivia Waite and Elia Winters, selected by award-winning editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, these sexy stories are sure to turn you on…and have you tingling in all the right places.
Discover new fetishes, fantasies and sexcapades as you go on erotic adventures around the world and find out just how hot it gets.
Every now and then I need to read something to give me a little kick in the behind and some motivation to stop blocking myself by being scared. Recently it was reading What’s Stopping You? Face your fears, ignite your passion and activate your dreams. The book is broken up into 6 sections: Tips for the Journey, Encouragement for your Journey, What Is Stopping You?, Call to Action, and Book Discussion Questions. There also is a free companion Activation course that goes along with the book – you can either do it after you finish the book or go along with it as you read the book. I believe the most important takeaway from this book and something I really need to realize and over come is “NO ONE can keep you from being you but YOU.”
I found that throughout the book there were some tips that I am already doing and doing well. Others are things I struggle with, and you might too. I found that the activation questions included in the areas that I am struggling with, were really eye opening. They made me focus on certain aspects of myself and try to figure out what it is I need to do to change and improve those behaviors that are blocking me from being the best me that I am destined to be. I find I react better when things are broken down into smaller bite size things – or in the case of this book – questions. Thinking about it all at once can be very overwhelming so figuring out small steps to take to move forward is something that works well for me and I think that is why this book resonated so much.
This book is for anyone who may be wanting to take a leap – a new job, a new career entirely, going back to school, starting your own business, anything that you might be afraid to jump into and that fear is holding you back. This book will give you the portal you need to access the tools you already have within you! (If you think you are too old – there is a whole chapter on people accomplishing major things no matter their age!) And remember – just keep going!
I received an ecopy of this book to review from Reedsy Discovery!
About the Book
Do you have a dream, a vision, or a desire burning in your heart? What is stopping you? Fears? Procrastination? Do you think: “Who am I? What do I know? I don’t have enough education, money, or connections, or I don’t know how to do it?” Do you believe that you are too young or too old? Yet in spite of all these fears and questions, your dream still lingers on in your heart, and you want to do it! You long to make a difference in your life, your family, community, city, country, and world.
Jane Cook, an average, ordinary person who chooses to believe that ordinary can become extraordinary when we take action. Join Jane on her journey as she travels from school teacher to full-time artist to bookstore and coffee shop owner; to Mozambique, Africa, Haiti, Thailand, and Cambodia (Southeast Asia) to see her dreams become reality. She will use her journey to encourage you in yours. Her dream is that your dreams move from dreams to reality to impact the world. YOU can actually face YOUR fears, ignite YOUR passion, and activate YOUR dreams. You are created to make a difference.