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I just got back yesterday from a mini-trip to South Beach in Miami, FL. Much to the surprise of many, it was my first time ever to Florida. (I’ve actually never been to Disneyworld. Sad right? At least I’ve been to Disneyland? I don’t know if it’s comparable at all….) I really enjoyed our trip as short as it was. We were there for about six days, but with traveling to the airport and the weather, beach time was limited.

I found it such a different experience compared to other beaches that we have gone to such as the Jersey Shore, Myrtle Beach, and Virginia Beach. The crowds were definitely different. There were a lot more foreign tourists in Miami. The nightlife, of course, in South Beach trumps all the other places. There was definitely an endless flow of alcohol, music was pumping, and everyone was in the mood to party. It felt more like a place to go to with your friends than family, though. Nevertheless, I still had fun and I’m excited that we get to go back during the summer.

I’m currently on spring break and I’m enjoying the time I have to do nothing but read. This past week, I’ve read a book a day, and I was so proud to have accomplished that. I haven’t done that in years!!! I’m tackling a lot of young adult (or trying to at least), going over the recent Scholastic titles because I feel that it’s my obligation as an intern. I’m tackling all popular titles and series except vampire books. I still can’t get myself to read one. Blame it on the Twilight hype. Latest favorites: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

…. Which brings up my new guilty pleasure. I really am a sucker for historical romance novels. Now that I have read all seven books currently in the Outlander series, I felt the need to explore other historical romances (mostly from the regency era…) out there. It’s really embarrassing for me to browse GoodReads for novels with Fabio on the cover, and even worse that I read a few of them…. So glad I have a Nook so that I can pretend to read something intelligent while out in public when I’m reading trashy romance novels. Some of them are good…. And I like to know that there is an almost definite happy ending. It’s a nice way to relax and break free from reality. At this point, I have come to admit to myself that there is nothing wrong with reading romances. A lot of people do it. It’s a big industry in publishing…. Which is enough reason for me to download a handful of books onto my Nook. Feel free to recommend me some. :)

Lastly, I want to explain the bit of downtime. My host Bubble was planning to  move to a VPS but (to make a long story short) encountered a problem that couldn’t be resolved and stuck with the reseller. Everything should be up and running once more.



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I remember when I used to love snow. I would look forward to the snow days so I could bundle up in five different layers and go outside for hours. I would build forts, snowmen, and snow angels. I’d leave time for a snowball fight every now and then. I’d go sledding down the steep slope in the park behind our house, holding onto the sled for dear life, trying to think of a way to stop that didn’t involve jumping off the sled.

Now, I’m not so fond of snow anymore. While I’m still looking forward to getting days off because of a strong snowstorm, the luster of playing outside in the cold, blistering snow has lost me. I’d rather stay in and snuggle up in bed with my Nook and read. I’d rather bake ginger cookies and drink hot chocolate. The only thing missing from this lovely picture is sitting by the fire, but alas, we don’t have a fireplace.

This is the second biggest storm that we’ve had in two weeks, this one being bigger. We’re supposed to still get an inch to three inches today (enough already!). You can’t really tell how much snow we got based on the picture below… We definitely got over a foot, but I don’t think it’s quite enough to make two feet of snow. I should add that I’ve been wanting to get a ruler outside to measure how much we get, but I’m much too late. The snow is melting already… or at least I think it is.


So much snow, the fence to the park can’t be opened!

So speaking of snuggling in bed, after months of agonizing torture, I finally bought myself an ereader. After a lot of debate, I finally decided to go with the Nook. I read a ton of reviews before, and even though the Kindle 2 came out as a winner more times than I could count, I just woke up one day and decided to go with the Nook. Shocking really, because before, I thought I already decided to go with the Kindle (like the one Moz and I got for Lore’s birthday, lucky girl). I did do my research so I knew what problems I was going to be facing…

But nonetheless, I am very happy with my new Nook. So far it has managed to freeze up on me twice so far since I got it last Saturday. Christened Madame Pince (after the Hogwarts librarian), I have learned to be very patient with it, trying not to freak out if it doesn’t respond right away to avoid freezing it up. I really like how it’s customizable. I bought the lovely Alice in Wonderland cover, that was sold out online but available at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York City! I’m truly not an Alice in Wonderland fan, but the bookish feel it gives is so irresistibly charming. My current screen saver features Tonks (art by Makani) and other HP characters.

Now, more than ever, I have an itch to read.



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