Book Recap: The Book Thief

6 Jan

I just LOVED this book. It was so different from anything I’ve read in a long time. It was so moving and so painful and so beautiful. It was a perspective flip, for me, and it was refreshing.

It is narrated from the perspective of Death and tells the story of an adoptive orphan, her new family and their neighbors.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who just wants to read something great.


Taking stock

4 Jan

tumblr_macknydpYZ1rydqpho1_400Making: a little blanket cocoon on the chair, complete with a snoring pup.
Cooking: brats and potato wedges… the cleanse starts tomorrow but tonight the Buckeyes play so eat accordingly.
Drinking: lots and lots of h2o. carbonated.
Reading: Night Film. I can’t put it down!
Wanting: an oil change, state inspection and maintenance done on my car.
Looking: for new bedding
Playing: Queen Bey and Shovels and Rope.
Using: bubble bath. So much bubble bath.
Sewing: pants! I’m learning how to use my sewing machine this month, so help me!
Wishing: for a haircut.
Enjoying: these last few days I’ve had off before I start my new job.
Waiting: for the OSU v. Clemson game to start.
Liking: a somewhat clean and organized house.
Wondering: if I’m gonna like working 11:30 am to 8 pm.
Loving: the snow!
Hoping: I’m a good partner.
Marveling: at how I am aware of my attitude at all times and my desire to maintain a positive energy.
Smelling: my new perfume that I got for Christmas.
Wearing: scarlet and grey, baby.
Following: so many blogs!
Noticing: how much I miss home.
Knowing: I’ll be 33 this month and that it’s exciting.
Thinking: holy cow! when did I get this old?
Feeling: warm and sleepy.
Bookmarking: J. Crew necklaces. And recipes.
Opening: snacks.
Giggling: at the Jimmy’s of late night. ALWAYS, ALWAYS good for a laugh.
Feeling: hopeful.

2014 goals and the like

1 Jan

I love making resolutions. I know but I think it goes back to my love of lists. And I just love the feeling a new year brings… It’s so hopeful. And fresh. And blank. You get to make it full of whatever you want. It’s rejuvenating.

Goals I really want to incorporate into my 2014:

More kindness
More patience – with others. And with myself.
More phone calls, emails, and time to devote to my friendships
Send more cards!!
More exercising – and I want to run my first 10k!
More outdoors – more camping and learn to rock climb. And more time on my bike!
More gratitude
More commitment – to my projects; DIY, art, sewing, cooking, etc.
To learn about photography
To take a honeymoon
And to return videos to the Red Box on time – Ha!
To be more fierce
And to always try. Try before I give up. Try first, and keep trying because I am a work in progress


31 Dec

It’s the very last day of 2013. And wow, 2013! You were QUITE the year! You started out swell, with a great group of friends in West Virginia and snow. Then I had a personal low, a valley if you will, around the middle of January. But I, we, rose up on a peak and rode it all the way into April, where I had a fabulous bridal shower, thrown by one of the best friends a girl could ask for! Then we stayed on our high and moved to the country. We left suburbia and settled on 3.5 acres, complete with a house and a garage! And some generous, kind and hilarious neighbors. (And a pretty terrible work situation for me. MBM has excelled at his job and i couldn’t be more proud!) In the summer, we battled giant insects and swam in the creek. We celebrated births and marriages and everything in between. We bought a lawnmower and I learned to change the oil in my car. Went to some concerts and took some road trips. We grew some plants and talked about chickens. Hosted some good friends at our new place and went tubing. To round out the fall, we got married!! And started our little married life together. Throughout the year, I perfected my skills in the kitchen and we hosted Thanksgiving. I took some tests to become a teacher and got offered a new job (that I accepted!!!) along the way. Then we stayed here in Virginia and had a sweet little “Vieux’s only” Christmas. And now. NOW it’s New Year’s Eve!! Bring it on 2014! I can’t wait to discover what you’ll be all about!!!


Happy holidays… Happy holidays…

24 Dec

Merry bells keep ringing, happy holidays to YOU!!

Love, the Vieuxs


Change gon’ come

17 Dec

I don’t know if you guys know this or not but nothing changes if nothing changes. And as I am typing this, I just got a voicemail about a job I applied for 2 months ago. Talk about change. Whoa.

But back to the lecture at hand…

I have really been thinking and meditating on that simple thought. It’s so true. Nothing changes if nothing changes. I have been struggling with some things in my personal and work life recently and although I did have a win last week (and man! Did I need a win…I passed the VCLA with a 552!) last night I felt a little beat up and like I wasn’t receiving the support I wanted. So, I just stopped and redirected myself, away from the anger and frustration I was feeling to a more calm and positive situation.

I went to the library. I got some books I’ve been waiting anxiously to read and a(nother!!!) study guide. (Because my love of standardized tests is insatiable. Sike. I have to take the Praxis II next. Joy.) And I took the long way there and the long way back. And I listened to Crystal Gale and some Christmas music. And I once I got home, I kept to myself… Putting away dishes, making my lunch for today… and then I watched my guilty pleasure, RHOBH. And loved every single minute of it. Then I read and went to bed.

This morning, I woke up 20 earlier and did some yoga with Rodney Yee
I drank some water with lemon and honey and started my day on the right foot.

Sam Cooke said, “change gon’ come” and I KNOW my change is happening… And it’s around the corner… And it’s what I was in the past. Change happens all the time. Everyday. But it does take time.

Book rewind

16 Dec

While I haven’t been blogging on the reg, I have been reading. A lot.

In the past 3 weeks, I’ve finished 2 books and started a 3rd.

The first was a dark and pretty gritty Italian novel called As God Commands. Think of it like this: if the Cohen Brothers ever wanted to adapt a dark, twisted and dirty novel that takes place in Italy, into a movie, THIS would be at the top of the list. There’s a skinhead with a young son. An alcoholic friend who is obsessed with his e wife and a dim witted sidekick who brings “Lenny” from Of Mice and Men to mind. The whole time I read the book, I felt dirty and cold. But it was a book I did like. It presented an in depth look at a group of people struggling with passion, addictions, rage and love.

The second book I read was Bad Monkey. It was a pretty funny novel, one with satirical notes and a colorful cast. In fact, the characters almost seemed like characachures of themselves. It is set in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. The story is about insurance fraud and murder. And a monkey. I don’t want to give too much away because its so twisted! And fun!

The third book, that I’m still reading, is The Cellist of Sarajevo. The book is fiction but during the siege of Sarajevo, there actually was a cellist named Vedran Smailovic who played his instrument regularly in the ruined building of the city. And that is enough of an inspiration to keep me reading.

P.S. I am fascinated with this point of history because I was alive when it was happening. And I knew very little about it. And that horrifies me. Angelina Jolie made a movie called In the Land of Blood and Honey and it is a stark and somber look into the lives of the people who endured and survived the Bosnian War. There is nothing happy or light about the film but it will touch you in a way you’d expect from a film about the Holocaust. Or genocide. And it happened only 20 years ago.