International Happiness Day


I learned today that it is International Happiness Day, and while the snow fell outside on this first day of spring covering the mostly bare ground outside, I decided why not post some photos of things that make me happy. (I will preface these photos by saying that my family and friends also make me happy)

1. Calypso, my crazy, destructive, selectively-cuddly, whiny cat. Here is a picture of her from when she was a kitten.


2. The Ocean. I miss it so much.

Cloudy day in Tofino

3. Rain. Something I also miss, it doesn’t really rain much here.

Rain on the railing

4. Books. Reading them and just having them. Books are my shopping addiction.

Chapter Nine

5. Tea.

54/365 Chair Back

Lots of other things make me happy too, like camping and watching the Canucks win and playing video games, but I don’t have pictures of everything and I think this is enough. Hope everyone is having a happy day!

Music Monday: Disney


So I finally saw Frozen last Thursday and loved it! It got me on a bit of a Disney music kick (I go on them from time to time). So I thought I’d post a few of my favourite Disney movie songs. There will probably more of these in the future…I love Disney music.

Do You Want To Build A Snowman – Frozen

One Jump Ahead – Aladdin

Belle – Beauty and the Beast

W…W…W… Wednesday (Reading meme)


Usually I do a Wordless Wednesday, but I thought I’d change it up (partly because I haven’t been taking pictures, partly because I don’t have many of my older photos on this computer). It seems lately my focus has been books, even if I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like, so I went a-googling and found myself a reading meme at Should Be Reading. So here is it!


• What are you currently reading?
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
I am very much enjoying this book so far (I believe I’m just over halfway through). I love the way Joe Hill writes, having read his previous two novels, Heart-shaped Box and Horns. I really enjoy books that are not predictable, and though some of the little things are not surprising there have been quite a few things that were not what I would have ever expected. Definitely recommend this book to any horror fans!

• What did you recently finish reading?
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
This is a book I got in 2012 for Christmas, having asked for it, but just never quite got around to reading. When I got the second book of the trilogy for Christmas last year I decided it was time to start it. At first I was a bit wary, the names of the cities and some of the people were seemingly uninspired in my opinion, but once I got into the story I got over any reservations I may have had. It is quite easy reading but a captivating story. I found it quite good and will definitely continue the series once I’m through a few more of the books at the top of my reading list.

• What do you think you’ll read next?
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
I decided this was going to be my next read after seeing the preview for the National Theatre Live stage adaptation while at the theatre to see the NTL encore of Coriolanus. It looked very intriguing and I would very much like to see it. Knowing it was a book first I of course would like to read the book before seeing the show. I look forward to reading it! (And it means I get to go to the bookstore, something I’ve avoided being lacking in a paycheck in recent months).

That was fun! I do love talking books. So, what are you all reading?

My Reading Quirks


I am an avid reader. Mostly that means I carry books around in my bag when I leave the house and enjoy the power going out (as long as I have a light source). But I also have some quirks when it comes to my reading habits.

1) Once I’ve started a book I need to finish it…even if it’s not very good.
This is almost always true. Once I’ve started a book and I’m into it a fair amount I cannot put it down and start something else. Usually that amount it’s more than a couple pages in. There’s been some books that I’ve had to power myself through with the reminder that once I finally finished I could read something else. I had this issue with The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (and to a lesser extent The Girl Who Played With Fire). There was also a Ted Dekker book that was the first in a series that I just could not care enough about anyone for anything that was happening to entertain me. I finished them all, and I’m sure there are others, because of the following point…

2) If I quit on a book it bothers me for days.
This relates to #1. I can’t stand giving up on a book, even if I’m not really enjoying it. I have very rarely completely given up on a book. There are only two I can think of. The Constant Garden: I tried to read it before the movie came out because R had the book and I just could not do, I kept getting stuck a few pages in and finding it painful. The second was Atonement (also was in movie form so I thought I’d give it a go). I didn’t like how it was written, though I couldn’t give specifics as to why. Got about 20 or 30 pages in and finally let it go.

3) I don’t like having two novels on the go.
If I am reading a book I like to read it start to finish with nothing else in between. The only exception to this, that is a new one, is I do have a short story book by my bed for short night time reading (less likely to keep me up all night!). I tend to get very invested in a story when enjoy a book and I don’t like having divided attention I guess. Then again, even when I’m not enjoying a book I don’t like to start a new one without finishing the other (almost makes it that much harder to finish the book I’m not enjoying).

4) I don’t like reading important parts of books unless I’m in a comfortable spot.
This one is a little weird I think. If I am at an important or intense or emotional part of a book I need to be somewhere comfortable where I won’t be interrupted. I have stopped reading on work breaks and bus rides just to make sure I can really enjoy it. Also so I don’t start crying in public.

5) “Borrow my book? Um…sorry, no.”
Yep, I’m that person. I love my books and unless I really trust someone I won’t lend them to anyone. I don’t often have anyone asking for my books anyways so that’s never really been an issue. And don’t even think about breaking the spine! Even if I get a used book with the spine already broken I will be careful not to bend it. (Of course I always look for the best quality of the novel I’m buying at the used bookstore…and will sometimes pass if they’re all really crappy)

6) I’ll wait for the soft cover.
I hate hardcovers. Really very much dislike them. I think it’s mostly because they’re so much heavier and harder to carry around. This is also a bit of an issue with trade-paperback books these days, but sometimes there’s no other choice (and the trade-paperbacks always have such pretty covers!)

I’m sure I have more, but those are the big ones. And three of those could probably be rolled into one, but then there would have been one huge paragraph and no one wants that.

Are you a reader? Do you have any reading related quirks?

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