Monday, November 2, 2015

What I Bought - August, September, October 2015

With the chaos of the move, I've not been doing my usual "What I Bought" posts for the past three months.  It really hasn't been necessary either, because I haven't bought one thing for myself.  Nada.
Endless Plume wall art (it looks like a pretty zero)

We've had so much to do with the house and not just small stuff, but big, expensive stuff.  So as much as my inner child wants to buy, buy, buy, it's just not going to happen. Priorities.  Being an adult is a bummer sometimes.  What do you want for your birthday and Christmas Jenny?  A new roof!  Sigh.  The good news about all of this moving stuff is that I have decluttered like a fiend.  I mean it got hardcore.  I have shredded and thrown away bags and bags papers that are no longer needed. I donated about a third of our kitchen items and half of our books.  I figured if we had forgotten about it/haven't needed it in the 4 years it was in storage, then it really wasn't necessary so off it went.  A little more on this process in a book review later. For the first time in my life there are lots of empty drawers and empty spaces. I don't feel the need to fill those spaces with "stuff".  Now we do need a few things for the house (heart set on this console, these nightstands, this coffee table, side tables and we need a few bookcases) but there's no hurry, no sense of urgency. You can keep track of my ongoing wish list for the house on this Pinterest board. Never fear, I had to buy a few things yesterday so I will have a post for November ;)  Have a great Monday!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Book Review - "The Underwriting" by Michelle Miller (#39 - 2015)

The Underwriting by Michelle Miller

Strange book, not in a bad way, more in a does-this-stuff-really-happen? way.  It's about a group of bankers who have been recruited to do a 14 billion dollar IPO for a hugely popular app. It's a dating app (much like Tinder) that has over 500 million users.  The characters involved are interesting (to say the least and also I'm being nice) and the stakes are high for each of them that this IPO needs to be successful.  A murder happens and the aftermath may just destroy them all.  The book is being touted as a thrilling/humorous satire.  Satire? Yes.  Humorous/thrilling?  Nope.  And then it ends in sort of a cliffhanger/set up for the next part coming in 2016 (eye roll).  Bottom line, is it worth reading? Sure, it's a solid story and I read the whole thing in a day, but be aware there will be a sequel and the author is a bit heavy handed in her point of view (which was a bit of a turn off for me).

Monday, October 5, 2015

Book Review - "Porch Lights" by Dorothea Benton Frank (#38 - 2015)

Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank

I always enjoy a Dorothea Benton Frank novel. She's the best at capturing the spirit of the SC lowcountry.  This story focuses on Jackie, a returning vet and nurse, whose husband (a NYC firefighter) who was killed while on the job.  She and her young son head down to her Mom's house on Sullivan's Island to get away and regroup.  Her still-married-but-living-separately parents are a hoot, the handsome doctor next door and his dogs help her son out mentally, the cast of characters is strong.  Is the story predictable?  Sure.  Is it a fun, easy read?  You betcha!  So for mindless, beachy, fluffy reading, pick this one up!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Book Review - "The Art of Crash Landing" by Melissa DeCarlo (#37 - 2015)

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. I only accept copies of books for review that look like something I would normally buy or check out at library.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo

Oh man, I really enjoyed this book, a great end-of-Summer read!  It's the story of Mattie, thirty years old, broke, nowhere to go and pregnant.  She's afraid she's turning into her mother, a broken, alcoholic who always seemed to make the worst choices.  When Mattie turns up at her former Stepfather's trailer, she finds out that her Maternal Grandmother has passed away and the lawyers have been trying to get in touch with her since she's the only living relative.  Thinking there's an inheritance to be had she hops in her ancient car and drives from Florida to a tiny town in Oklahoma.  Once she arrives, that's when things get interesting.  Told over the span of a week (except at the end when there's a bit of a fast forward), the mystery of her Mother's never talked about past unravels and Mattie learns more about her family and herself in the process.  There are some fantastic characters along the way and you will have a love/hate relationship with Mattie (she's delightfully frustrating at times).  The story is funny, heartbreaking and just well told.  A satisfying first novel from Ms. DeCarlo, I'm looking forward to more from her.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Book Review - "Going Off Script" by Giuliana Rancic (#36 - 2015)

Picked this one up on a whim secondhand on Amazon (I love stalking secondhand books there).  This was a big bowl of okay.  It was great learning more about her background and how she got to where she is, but she tried to be funny/witty and just came off as spoiled and out of touch.  I couldn't really yuk it up with her as she was "complaining" about her baby nurse doing too much (seriously? Shut up!).  I like Giuliana, but after reading this, I kind of liked her less.  I'm not sure what her intention was with this book, but I think it was misguided.  Bottom line, if you like Giuliana and/or want to know more about her background go ahead and pick this one up.  If you are just wanting to read a good memoir (by anyone), then skip this one.

Also by Giuliana Rancic: "I Do, Now What?" Review

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Book Review - "The Book of Joan" by Melissa Rivers (#35 - 2015)

I (luckily) stumbled upon a copy of this at my local secondhand bookstore.  It was on my "to read" list so I snapped it up.  I'm glad I did, I read it in a day.  It's a collection of essays covering different topics and times in their lives.  So many good Joan stories and insights from her daughter Melissa.  Sometimes Melissa tries to be "Joan" with jokes and shtick, which got a bit annoying, but I'll forgive her.  Overall it's a fabulous read for any Joan fan and a touching tribute to her mother.  And I've said it before, I miss Joan every single day.  

Monday, August 10, 2015

What I Bought - July 2015

So late on this post, but I have a good excuse, we are moving!  Moving back to our house we left almost 6 years ago (so much for that "temporary" move).  So this month is going to kick my butt, I'll try and share as much of the move and house stuff here and on Instagram (@spryonthewall) as possible.  Stay tuned!  As for last month's purchases, I did take advantage of Nordstrom's yearly sale (with mixed results).  Here's what I dragged home only to pack up ;)
4. Birkenstock Metallic Madrid sandals - $29.99 (I got a green color that is no longer available)
5. Open Front Cashmere Cardigan - $99.90 (yearly sale item - now $158)
6. Gap Skinny Crop Cargo pants - $11 (on mega sale in store)
7. Zella "Live In" leggings - $33.90 (yearly sale item - now $52)
8. Yummie by Heather Thompson shaping briefs - $12.90 (yearly sale item - now $18)

Total = $241.69
- $99.90 (returned cardigan*)
Total Out of Pocket = $141.79

*Okay, the cardigan was a total bust for my body type, I'm carrying some extra pounds and it just made me look really round.  I wish it had looked better because it's darn near perfect (not too heavy, good quality fabric).  Also note, the Marc Jacobs nail polish took 3 coats to properly build a streak-free color. however it did wear well.  The Yummie briefs are a bust, the top rolls down and bunches up - oh well.

Go forth and shop responsibly!
I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

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