Challenging Yourself

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I love to take on challenges and set new goals for myself. I have recently come across a challenge that I am beyond excited to endure. I love to read and am always searching for new novels and old classics. I am also a big fan of the sitcom Gilmore Girls. Obsessed is a better word. Therefore, I am taking on “The Rory Gilmore Book Challenge”. That’s right, I am going to read every book ever mentioned in the series. Many of these are books I’ve ready before, some of books I’ve heard of, and some are brand new to me! As I finish a book I plan to write a review and check it off my list. As mentioned, I have already read some of these before. However, it would be more “Rory Gilmore” of me to read them again. Therefore, I will take on 339 titles hopefully to finish within the next 5 years…

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1.) 1984 by George Orwell
2.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3.) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4.) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5.) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6.) Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7.) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8.) Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
9.) Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10.) The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11.) The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12.) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13.) Atonement by Ian McEwan
14.) Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15.) The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16.) Babe by Dick King-Smith
17.) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18.) Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19.) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20.) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
21.) Beloved by Toni Morrison
22.) Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23.) The Bhagava Gita
24.) The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a
Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
25.) Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
26.) A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27.) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
28.) Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29.) Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30.) Candide by Voltaire
31.) The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
32.) Carrie by Stephen King
33.) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34.) The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
35.) Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
36.) The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37.) Christine by Stephen King
38.) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
39.) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
40.) The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41.) The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
42.) The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
43.) A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
44.) Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
45.) The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
46.) Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
47.) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
48.) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
49.) Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
50.) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
51.) The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
52.) The Crucible by Arthur Miller
53.) Cujo by Stephen King
54.) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
55.) Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
56.) David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
57.) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
58.) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
59.) Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
60.) Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61.) Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
62.) Deenie by Judy Blume
63.) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
64.) The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee
65.)The Divine Comedy by Dante
66.) The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
67.) Don Quijote by Cervantes
68.) Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
69.) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
70.) Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
71.) Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
72.) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
73.) Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
74.) Eloise by Kay Thompson
75.) Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
76.) Emma by Jane Austen
77.) Empire Falls by Richard Russo
78.) Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
79.) Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
80.) Ethics by Spinoza
81.) Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
82.) Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
83.) Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
84.) Extravagance by Gary Krist
85.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
86.) Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
87.) The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
88.) Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
89.) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
90.) The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkein
91.) Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
92.) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
93.) Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
94.) Fletch by Gregory McDonald
95.) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
96.) The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
97.) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
98.) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
99.) Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
100.) Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
101.) Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
102.) Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
103.) George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our
43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
104.) Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
105.) Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
106.) The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
107.) The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
108.) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
109.) Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
110.) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
111.) The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
112.) The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
113.) The Graduate by Charles Webb
114.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
115.)  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
116.) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
117.) The Group by Mary McCarthy
118.) Hamlet by William Shakespeare
119.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
120.) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
121.) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
122.) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
123.) Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
124.) Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
125.) Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
126.) Henry V by William Shakespeare
127.) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
128.) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
129.) Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
130.) The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
131.) House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
132.) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
133.) How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
134.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
135.) How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
136.) Howl by Allen Gingsburg
137.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
138.) The Iliad by Homer
139.) I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
140.) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
141.) Inferno by Dante
142.) Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
143.) Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
144.) It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
145.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
146.) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
147.) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
148.) The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
149.) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
150.) Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
151.) The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
152.) Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
153.) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
154.) Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
155.) The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
156.) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
157.) The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
158.) Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
159.) Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
160.) Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
161.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
162.) Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
163.) The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
164.) The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
165.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
166.) Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
167.) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
168.) The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
169.) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
170.) The Love Story by Erich Segal
171.) Macbeth by William Shakespeare
172.) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
173.) The Manticore by Robertson Davies
174.) Marathon Man by William Goldman
175.) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
176.) Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
177.) Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
178.) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
179.) The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
180.) Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
181.) The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
182.) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
183.) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
184.) The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
185.) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
186.) The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
187.) Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
188.) A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
189.) Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
190.) A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
191.) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
192.) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
193.) Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
194.) My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
195.) My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
196.) My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
197.) Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
198.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
199.) The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
200.) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
201.) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
202.) The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
203.) Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
204.) New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
205.) The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
206.) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
207.) Night by Elie Wiesel
208.) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
209.) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
210.) Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
211.) Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
212.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
213.) Old School by Tobias Wolff
214.) On the Road by Jack Kerouac
215.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
216.) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
217.) The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
218.) Oracle Night by Paul Auster
219.) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
220.) Othello by Shakespeare
221.) Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
222.) The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
223.) Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
224.) The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
225.) A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
226.) The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
227.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
228.) Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
229.) The Picture of Dorian Gray by OScar Wilde
230.) Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
231.) Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
232.) Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
233.) The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
234.) The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
235.) The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
236.) The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
237.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
238.) Property by Valerie Martin
239.) Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
240.) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
241.) Quattrocento by James Mckean
242.) A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
243.) Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
244.) The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
245.) The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
246.) Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
247.) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
248.) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
249.) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
250.) Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
251.) The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
252.) R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
253.) Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
254.) Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
255.) Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
256.) Romeo and Juliet by WIlliam Shakespeare
257.) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
258.) A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
259.) Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
260.) The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
261.) Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
262.) Sanctuary by William Faulkner
263.) Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
264.) Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
265.) The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
266.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
267.) Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
268.) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
269.) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
270.) Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

271.) Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
272.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
273.) A Separate Peace by John Knowles
274.) Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
275.) Sexus by Henry Miller
276.) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
277.) Shane by Jack Shaefer
278.) The Shining by Stephen King
279.) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
280.) S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
281.) Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
282.) Small Island by Andrea Levy
283.) Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
284.) Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
285.) Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of
the Modern World by Barrington Moore
286.) The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
287.) Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de
288.) The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
289.) Songbook by Nick Hornby
290.) The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
291.) Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292.) Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
293.) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
294.) Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
295.) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
296.) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
297.) A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
298.) Stuart Little by E.B. White
3299.) Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
300.) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
301.) Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne
302.) Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
303.) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
304.) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
305.) Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
306.) Time and Again by Jack Finney
307.) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
308.) To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
309.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
310.) The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
311.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
312.) The Trial by Franz Kafka
313.) The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
314.) Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
315.) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
316.) Ulysses by James Joyce
317.) The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
318.) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
319.) Unless by Carol Shields
320.) Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
321.) The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
322.) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
323.) Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third
series) by Joe Harvard
324.) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
325.) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
326.) Walden by Henry David Thoreau
327.) Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
328.) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
329.) We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel
330.) What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
331.) What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
332.) When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
333.) Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
334.) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
335.) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
336.) The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
337.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
338.) The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
339.) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Duke Defeats Wisconsin

7 Apr NCAA Basketball: Final Four-Championship Game-Wisconsin vs Duke

That’s right, Duke takes the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship title this year! Though the outcome was not as I planned seeing as Kentucky was suppose to be playing Duke rather than Wisconsin, I am glad Duke came out on top!

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There were, of course, controversial calls during the game. Many fans took to social media last night which was some great entertainment. However, none of that made a difference. It was still a great game to watch. Congrats to the Blue Devils!

NCAA Basketball: Final Four-Championship Game-Wisconsin vs Duke

10 Books to Read and Movies to See in 2015

2 Apr

The latest craze of turning books into movies has grown even larger in 2015. There are so many amazing stories taken from paper and turned into a major motion picture. They can’t possibly all be winners, so below I have included the best book to movie options to see in 2015 (in no particular order).

1. The Last Apprentice (Seventh Son), Joseph Delaney

There are a whopping 13 books in this series, but just two focused into this first movie. Though it was not a big hit in the box office last February when it premiered, I believe they will continue to make the movies as it is an exciting adventure for younger teens. The story follows Old Gregory, the Spook for the county, as he is trying to find a replacement. He comes across his last apprentice: Thomas. This fantasy thriller stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Kit Harington, and more!

2. Insurgent, Veronica Roth

Another adventure teen series takes the screen with the second book of the Divergent series. We take off where the first book and movie end as Tris fights against Jeanine as she threatens to kill Divergents. The book is exciting and hard to put down, and the movie has had just as good reviews since its premiere last month.

3. Serena, Ron Rash

3This is a book definitely on my must read list. The story follows newlyweds George and Serena on their journey to create a timber empire who do anything they have to do to succeed. Serena discovers she cannot bear children and seeks to murder the illegitimate child she believes George is trying to protect. Seeing Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence together on the big screen again will no doubt be a winner.

4. The Longest Ride, Nicholas Sparks

4I have just finished reading this novel a few weeks ago and cannot wait to see the film this month. This Nicholas Sparks novel of course includes romance, drama, and secrets. The story follows two couples whose lives cross paths in profound ways. Starring the handsome Scott Eastwood (yes, Clint’s son) and Britt Robertson makes this a must see!

5. Child 44, Tom Rob Smith

5Another novel that is on the top of my to read list follows one of Stalin’s officers. When he investigates a serial killing of children, he is demoted and exiled from the Soviet Union. He and his wife set out to find the killer only to uncover shocking revelations in the process. Starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Noomi Rapace, this is sure to be a hit this month!

6. Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
I have just finished the novel and though it was not quite the page turner I expected, I am still anxious to see the film. It is a classic love story of an independent and beautiful woman who attracts three very different suitors: a shepherd, a sergeant, and a rich bachelor. The novel explores tough choices, the nature of relationships, and bouncing back from hardship. Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Tom Sturridge bring these characters to life for us this May.

7. Paper Towns, John Green
I loved this book! Margo Roth Spiegelman, the girl next door, convinces good boy Quentin to embark on a journey of revenge. When he starts to believe they will become friends, or even more, Margo has gone missing the next morning. He discovers that she has left clues for him, and he and his friends go on a road trip adventure searching for Margo. Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff are casted in this film, hoping to bring John Green’s story to life. I think this will be another hit for Green, and will be a must see this July!

8. The Scorch Trials, James Dashner
The second book in the Maze Runner series takes Thomas and the Gladers to phase two of their “trials”. I have yet to read the book, but it is reviewed to be just as thrilling as the first. The same young and beautiful cast including Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster return in September.

9. Black Mass, Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neil
Another title on my must read list tells the true story of John Connolly and James “Whitey” Bulger, an FBI agent and the leader of an Irish mob. The stunning cast full of amazing hair and makeup includes Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, and Sienna Miller. This film will hit theaters in September.

10. Mockingjay (Part 2), Suzanne Collins
The end of the Hunger Games series comes to the big screen in November bringing Katniss Everdeen’s rebellion against the Capital and President Snow to an end. The entire cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth come together one last time.

It’s The Final Four

31 Mar

Just days away from the Final Four games and my bracket is actually pretty good. I have three of the four teams, which is pretty amazing!

Last Saturday was a bit rough, but at least one of my teams moved forward. Thankfully, it’s the one that really matters.

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Sunday was better as both of my teams took the win!

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Next Saturday we have Michigan State versus Duke followed by Kentucky and Wisconsin. How are your brackets looking? I’m pretty happy with my results, what do you think?

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Sweet Sixteen Results

28 Mar

We are getting closer and closer, and brackets are falling apart all around us. Let’s check the results to see who made it to the Elite Eight.


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I had Wichita defeating the Irish, but as long as Kentucky can pull out a win tonight I will be a happy camper!


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Though these were not the match-ups I planned, I still have Louisville and Michigan State fighting for that Final Four spot tomorrow afternoon!


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I’m two for two in the East! Wisconsin and Arizona will battle it out for a spot in the Final Four tonight.


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Another two for two in the South! Duke and Gonzaga will fight for a spot in the Final Four tomorrow night.

Spring Cleaning: Closet Edition

26 Mar

With Spring around the corner, it’s time to update your wardrobe. This season is all about prints and patterns. Let’s start with accessories!

Bucket Bags. These are a must have this Spring.

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Statement Jewelry. Big necklaces full of bling are a go-to this Spring. Don’t forget about your wrists, though! Big bracelets and watches layered will never steer you wrong.


Fringe. It will not be hard to find a fringe bag or wristlet when you start the hunt. Get with the bohemian and hobo trend this season!


Shoes. You know I am a shoe lover and have some great looks for you this season!

Simple & Natural. When wearing prints, your shoes can stay classic. Work a beige or white canvas wedge sandal with a cork wedge. Or, try a brown leather flat sandal for a little comfort.

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Comfort. Speaking of comfort, there are some fashionable and comfortable styles out this season. First, BIrkenstock. These will never go out of style. They are a choice that can never be wrong as they bring style and comfort to your Spring wardrobe. For a less pricey option, try Teva sandals.

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Color & Prints. A floral or bright pink pump will make your outfit pop! Pair these with a solid colored dress or even a pair of jeans. Patterned flats will also turn a drab outfit into something special.

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Bling. Details and gems will make your shoes pop! Add an ankle strapped wedge or pump for extra support and style too! Gemmed flats will also help you to dress up an outfit rather than wearing that same pair of Old Navy flip flops all season.

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On to clothing. It’s that time of year when shaving your legs is an everyday thing, ladies! Here are some cute trends that are worth the pain and hassle.

Skirts. Show off those legs you’ve been hiding in an asymmetric skirt!

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Jackets. Those floral or striped jackets and blazers will help you stand out. Turn that white tee and jeans outfit into something more.


Cuffed Skinny Jeans. Rock those skinnies and cuff the bottom to show off those new pumps or flats. Maybe even break out a pair of white jeans that will be popular this Spring.


Check-In with March Madness

22 Mar

We are on to third round games in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: March Madness. Let’s check on my bracket and see how well I’m doing!


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I only missed one game in this region: Maryland/Valparaiso.


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I also only missed one game in this region: LSU/NC State.


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This was not a good region for me. I missed 3 games; Oklahoma St/Oregon, Wofford/Arkansas, Georgia St/Baylor.


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I missed one game in this region as most people did: Iowa St/UAB.


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