Return

Sorry for the brief hiatus! It was certainly not my intention, but work got a little crazy as well as real life. On Tuesday I returned from a week long trip to Oahu with my parents, brother, grandparents, and uncle. It was a lot of fun to see my grandparents again, which is getting to be only once a year or so now since they’ve gotten older and they live in California. The trip was originally supposed to be in December, but my grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer and had to undergo surgery. But he looks great and is doing quite well, although I think he’s going to be starting up chemo now that he’s back from vacation. We stayed at the Disney Aulani Resort and Spa in Oahu and travelled around almost all the coasts of Oahu as we explored all sorts of places like the Dole Plantation, Polynesian Cultural Center, Sea Life Park, and Pearl Harbor. I had a fantastic time and managed not to get sunburned!

I’m going to get back into reviewing books and talking about movies very soon since the long plane rides allowed me to finish up quite a few books! I’m very excited to talk about them and I just saw Deadpool last night, which was fantastic! Definitely not a kid movie, so don’t be that parent (like the ones I saw last night) that bring them under 13 year old children to a definitely rated R movie. You can suffer being uncool for a little while until a new more appropriate superhero movie comes out.

I’ll also make a post about my trip with some photos once I actually get to sit down and put my photos on my computer. This has been a long 3 days at work with the time change and I’m ready for the week! But I wanted to let my followers know that I am around. Have a happy Friday!

Hotel Ruby Review

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Stay tonight. Stay forever.

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby.

Sounds interesting right? It certainly did to me and I have to admit that it continued to be quite intriguing the entire read. I have to classify this as a horror ghost story since there is a bit of darkness in it. I guessed most of it, but the way the story was told and how you discovered the pieces certainly made it a fun read. 4/5 stars.

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The Trouble With St. John Review

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Now, this isn’t a novel I would normally go picking up, but my friend signed me up to go to a local book club run by a woman on a local radio station. I was excited to see that the author is actually a fellow Minnesotan and she will be at the book club!

It reminds me a lot of Stephanie Plum mixed in with a bit of Shopaholic for the weird things that keep happening to the main character. I would give it a 3.5/4. As always, spoilers in the full review behind the cut!

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One Small Step

On January 1st I made my first small step and decided to join Weight Watchers. Yesterday was the next small step and I attended my first ever meeting! I was a little nervous and had no idea what the meetings would be like. Did I have to get weighed in front of everyone? Would I get picked on to talk about things because I was new? I should have realized that my fears were completely unfounded and that things would be alright.

By the time 5pm rolled around I was actually really excited to go. (Especially since I had just stopped at Target and picked up some cute new workout leggings!) The first thing that surprised me was how bright and welcoming the meeting center I went to was. There were three check in desks where you could get weighed in privacy behind a blue plastic screen. The opposite wall was filled with Weight Watchers products and it almost felt like going into a tiny grocery store! I was definitely going to have to check that out after the meeting.

Then the meeting leader, Charles, approached me with a bright smile and asked me what was something in the last 7 days that made me feel good that wasn’t involved with Weight Watchers. I informed him that a family friend was visiting and that made me happy. He gave me a big handshake and we talked about the Oprah commercials. It was great to walk into a place that is so warm and wants you to be there and wants to help you be successful.

Once check-in and weigh in were completed I took a seat in the meeting area and complimented a gentleman for his Star Wars shirt (I informed him I just bought a cute Darth Vader Christmas shirt for $1.29!). It was really inspiring listening to the changes that people make in their days to help make things a success and how happy they are to be there. There is a woman who had gastric bypass and with Weight Watchers she had lost an astounding amount of weight and she asked her children how did they know they loved her (inspired by Charles last week) and one of them answered that because she cared about being there and being on this weight loss journey. It really was informative and made me feel like I could totally take this journey on.

Tracking has been going well and most of the Christmas goodies have disappeared from the house, so now I just need to make sure not to bring any in, haha. I’m doing well on trying to make sure I make it to the gym and that helps a lot. I’m excited to be on this journey and I really hope that I don’t end up falling off of it anytime soon. So, wish me luck!

The Zodiac Legacy Review

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My first book review on here. I do most of my reviews on Goodreads, but I don’t like posting spoilers on there, so I never get into too much detail. But, I’m going to change that for my blog and there will be spoilers. The main reason for that is because half the time I forget what happened in the book by the time the next book comes out and it’s a pain to try and find a spoiler-filled review to refresh my memory. So, just a warning!

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New Year, New Me

So, it’s now officially 2016 and this is the last year of my twenties because I will be turning 30 in August (eek!) So, one of my resolutions is to start upping my social media game a little bit and instead of just letting everything sit on Facebook I might as well get out in the interwebs and interact with more people! So, I’m going to hopefully be using my twitter, instagram, and this blog a lot more. It’s going to be tough to make sure I do it, but I’m damn determined. Hopefully I’ll get a couple followers and they will get on my case to make something happen.

My other goal is to get healthy. I’m not completely unhealthy, but I know I can really get my butt into gear. I need to start making better food choices and really keep up with my fitness. I actually don’t mind going to the gym, but keeping myself motivated is hard. I’m currently working on my 5K goal and we’ll see if I get signed up to run a half-marathon in September of this year. If I don’t then I’m going to continue to keep working on my running goal even if it’s not something I completely enjoy (yet!), but you should always do one thing that scares you.

So, you may be wondering about me. Well, this is my chance to introduce myself a little bit. My name is Lauren and I’m a complete geeky/nerdy fangirl! I’m going to use this blog to talk about those geeky things that make me fangirl and use it as a platform to talk about my weight loss journey as well since documenting things will help. Back to the fun geeky stuff though. I’m passionate about Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, travel, baseball, music, movies, tv shows, and books (lots of books!). I collect far too many Funko Pops and Her Universe runs my wardrobe. I’ll post about various cons that I go to around the year and I’m especially excited about my 4th trip to San Diego Comic Con! Each year has been different and there’s always something exciting going on there.

If you read this far then thank you and I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me 🙂