When do you decide to give up?

That is me every time I attempt to read Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. I have a hard time giving up on books. My curiosity screams at me, “We must know what happens” and unless it’s a HORRIBLE book, I just can’t. This book is not a horrible book but It’s just so heavy with unimportant events and a slow moving plot and uninteresting characters. Hence my continued struggle to make it through Shadow of Night, I mean look at my updates…

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Since January I’ve returned this book twice to the library. I’m so over reading this book. I dislike giving up on pretty much anything so I decide to find an alternate route to get this book finished. Last night I found and requested the audio version from the library and hope that the audio will be easier to get through. As much as I want to know what happens and how things develop, I’m not reading another word! I’ve heard the lady who does the audio book is fantastic so that is a plus!

Question for readers. At what point do you let yourself give up on a book? Do you toughen up and just keep going or do you throw the book away and be done with it? If you did power through a book, did you feel like it was worth it?

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

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A Mad House

My home is stressing me out big time. I’m completely disorganized, messy and I think this might have been a leading cause as to why I felt like crud last week. I walk into my home and my first thought is, oh I just want to sit down, I’m oh so tired. Moments before walking into my home, I WAS feeling pumped and ready to do something productive. What the heck brain???

I’m stuck in an endless cycle. I’m not trying to complain I’m just frustrated with myself. My shoes are scattered in the entry way, the floor needs to be swept and scrubbed. My entry way table has a massive invite, and it’s not picky, to all shapes and sizes of paper. Table : Hey you receipt, wanna join our party? Receipt: F yea, can I bring a few million of my friends and their friends?? Then the mail shows up with books and the whole thing is like a kegger from a teen/young adult movie. Then it migrates to my dinner table and grows!

My personalities are battling it out. My lazy side is winning while my control freak side is somehow whimpering in a corner. Pure frustration. I need to de-clutter, clean and keep up a steady routine in order to find SOME sort of balance. First I’m going to make a list! This list is everything that I need either clean and organize. Lots to do!

List for Downstairs

  • Kitchen : Dishes, counters, fridge, window covering, floors (sweep, scrub & vacuum), sink, oven, & cabinets.
  • Entry : Shoes, floors (sweep, scrub & find a rug), coat closet, & table.
  • Dining Room : Table and floor (vacuum).
  • Living Room : Bookcases (DVD, mini stand for remotes & 2 for books), sofa, chair, coffee table, TV stand, fire place & mantle, desk, wall shelf above desk, knitting area and floor (vacuum).
  • Bathroom : Toilet, sink, mirror, cabinet & floor (sweep, scrub & vacuum).

List for Upstairs

  • Master Bedroom : Laundry, bookcases, night stands, ottoman, bed & floor (vacuum).
  • Closet : Laundry baskets, clothes, storage & floor (vacuum).
  • Master Bathroom : Toilet, sink, mirror, cabinet, over toilet storage, shower & floor (sweep, scrub & vacuum).
  • Hallway : Linen closet, laundry closet, stairs & & floor (vacuum).
  • 2nd Bedroom : Crafts, bookcases, closet & floor (vacuum).

With this list I need to put some of the things I’ve learn from researching minimalist ideals from the books I talked about briefly in my battling chaos post. I’ll talk more about that in Battling Chaos v.2.

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

It’s too nice out to feel this shitty

I’ve felt like crud all week but I’m very happy it’s Friday! I don’t have any super duper fun plans this weekend but I do have fun things to do. 🙂 I really hope I feel better by tomorrow night because I don’t want to have to bail on movie night with my friend. We’ve tried getting Into the Woods for a few weeks now and all the Redbox’s around her have been out, total bummer I know. I don’t live close to her so this week I’m going to see if I can find it down where I live. If all else fails we are going to watch the Justin Bieber roast. She recorded it and I’ve heard they are really mean to him. Either way we should have an entertaining night.

I also started playing a new game. My friend got me a Beta key code for Heroes of the Storm and I started playing it on Wednesday. I’m having so much fun learning the game and playing that it’s almost made me feel much better even with the crud I have.

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

Fool Moon

This review contains spoilers. 

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

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  • Genre : Fantasy – Urban Fantasy – Mystery
  • Date Started :  March 23, 2015
  • Date Finished : April 2, 2015

Description: You can read the full description from the author’s website. This post turned out way too long but here it goes.

The gist of the story, a werewolf is killing people close to Johnnie Marcone (Mob Boss) and Harley MacFinn (a loup-garou). The police have a hard time with this one because of the gruesome nature of the crime and the mysterious wolfish paw marks left at the scene. Lt. Murphy even suspects Harry and arrests him. Things get worse from there and lots of people die. Harry almost dies multiple times and it’s hard to trust anyone. In the end everyone ends up at Johnnie Marcone’s mansion because that’s who the bad guys want dead.

After what happened in the first book, Harry isn’t expecting to hear from Lt. Murphy anytime soon. That changes when bad things start happening in Chicago and the police are at a dead-end. In an attempt to figure out who is murdering people in a gruesome way around the full moon, Lt. Murphy reaches out to Harry as a last resort.

A few things happen here, we meet a group of FBI agents who have been following these killings and don’t want any help from the local police. After a tense moment between Lt. Murphy and one of the FBI agents, Harry and Lt. Murphy leave and are followed home. Harry not wanting the trail to go cold and assumes this will help with the case, follows that person. Here he finds a gang of teenagers who can turn into wolves. You would think, well that’s too easy and it is. Harry doesn’t think this group could have done the killings and tells Lt. Murphy that exact thing. Lt. Murphy doesn’t believe him though, no big surprise there!

Harry also tells Lt. Murphy all he knows about werewolves and the types they could be up against. I found this information pretty cool and it was interesting to hear about the different types of were’s in Harry’s world. What I didn’t like was that we got to meet each type he tells Lt. Murphy about. Do we really need to experience each type in one book? It seemed excessive to me. While at the police station, Harry also gets a tip from one of the FBI agents about a gang that they think might be involved, the appropriately named Streetwolves (a pack of lycanthropes). Harry foolishly checks out this group, by himself and ends up challenging the Alpha of the gang. He escapes of course, but now Harry needs to watch his back not only from the teenage gang who turn into wolves but now from the Streetwolves as well.

Johnnie Marcone also attempts to hire Harry to protect himself because he suspects he is the next one to be killed by the killer. Of course Harry declines but it still doesn’t help with his image. Marcone does help Harry by giving him information and a possible connection to Harley MacFinn and the Northwest Passage Project. At this point in the story we get MORE information which could be true. Harry summons a demon to get information on Harley but the demon ends up baiting Harry with information about his parents and how they really died which was almost more entertaining than the story we are currently involved with. This interesting tidbit gets shelved for another time though because Harry has more pressing matters to deal with. Although it does get brought up sometime later when Harry is unconscious and talking to his subconscious, great scene!

Before Harry can question Harley, Lt. Murphy arrests him for the death of Kim, who Harry helped in the first book to understand her powers. Tera, the woman who followed Harry and led him to the teenage gang, the Alpha’s, ends up freeing Harry in order to help her contain her fiance, Harley, before he can hurt anyone because he is a loup-garou. Before Tera and Harry can get to Harley, Lt. Murphy arrests him, going against Harry’s advice and at moon rise Harley changes and kills a ton of police. Harry shows up to try to contain him but only drives him off.

So we have a loup-garou who is on the loose and a pack of lycanthropes, the Streetwolves, trying to kill Harry. While Harry is trying to track down Marcone, he is attacked by the Streetwolves and finds out he was set up by the FBI agents who happen to be hexenwolves and are the ones behind all the murders. So now Harry and the Alpha’s take off to save Marcone from Harley and the FBI. This can’t be easy and to make things difficult, both Harry and the Alpha’s are captured once they reach Marcone’s mansion.

Here we find out that the ones who Marcone thought were there to protect him, end up using him as bait to catch and kill Harley, the loup-garou. Harry and Murphy escape and end up fighting with the FBI agents and taking the belts that make them hexenwolves and destroying them before the police show up. The Alpha’s escape with the help of Susan, the reporter and Harry’s sort of girlfriend. Oh and we find out in the end that Tera is a wolf who turns into a human. SO. MUCH. INFORMATION.

In the end we find out that the FBI agents have planned this whole mess to eliminate Marcone for good but the power of the belts over took them. I will say that the scene with Harry wearing the belt and transforming was excellent. It really helps you understand the loss of control the agents had and how much of a drug it really was to them.

One thing I really love about this series so far is Harry. Yeah he has bad things happen to him all the time and he is down on his luck most of the time but he truly behaves like a hero even if he doesn’t feel like it. Overall I enjoyed the parts of the story that I HOPE will be more meaningful later. I loved the characters and it kept me hooked but I felt like there was too much happening. I don’t think this is a book that I will read again but the writing is good and I like where the story seems to be going.

I’m giving Fool Moon by Jim Butcher a 3.5 star.

Tangled Taurus Book Review Rating 3.5 Stars

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1…2…3…FLEX

In my new quest to be more productive and become healthier, I’ve been researching various pedometers, HRM, and GPS bands since January. I finally told myself to stop thinking about it and just do it. Last Friday I was determined to put action behind my words so I stopped by my local RoadRunner store and picked up a shiny new black Fitbit Flex. I have the VIP program through RoadRunner and got 10% off the cost, so yay for discounts!

I decided on the Fitbit Flex because I liked their app and what the device tracks. I can’t really say how accurate it is because I have nothing to compare it to but at this point in my health adventure, I don’t need exacts yet. I also started tracking what I eat on myfitnesspal which also allows you to connect to and sync your fitbit. I’m also a fan of the sleep tracking because it’s interesting to see how much I do or do not move during the night.

What I like about the FitBit Flex : Light weight, band does not contain latex, comfortable, difficult to unclasp clasp, sleep tracking, the app and website dashboard, comes with both small and large bands, battery life (24 hours for 5 days and I’m only at half battery) and options to switch out bands. I initially charged my FitBit Flex Friday the night I got it and it seemed to charge fairly quick, not sure if that will be the case when I need to charge mine in a few days.

What I don’t like about the Fitbit Flex : End of band catches sometimes and weird band gap on the outside on my wrist.

I’ve only had this device for 8 days but I’ll post an update after a month or so. If you want to be my friend on FitBit, add me! My Fitbit site

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

Back to the Grind

I went to the gym for the first time in about 8 months last Saturday and it was not as bad as I thought it would be. I was expecting pain, soreness, aches, lower back pain, difficulty breathing and a massive headache. I mean, it’s been a long time and I didn’t want to push myself too hard but it was still a decent workout. I was even more surprised when I was not aching the following days and my lower back actually felt better while grocery shopping.

My next gym visit is either Thursday, Friday or Saturday, maybe a couple of those days and I’m excited! I’ve not been excited to go to the gym in a very long time. I wish I could bottle this feeling for when I’m not feeling it.

Tiffany -The Tangled Taurus