• Deep Thoughts

    Deep thoughts about Barbie

    When I was a kid, I don’t remember playing with dolls other than barbies. But oh man, I LOVED Barbies. Mind you, I was the oldest child, a product of divorce at a really young age with both parents remarrying pretty quickly and the first grandkid on my dads side. There was a lot of love from all of my aunts who had their first niece and the guilt of divorce/new parents PLUS I had 4 sets of grandparents from the age of 2 on, 3 sets for which I was the only grandkid for many years. Combine all of that with being born in the mid-late 1970’s and I’m pretty sure that…

  • Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    How To Read Multiple Books At A Time

    Every time I walk through the living room, I see a stack of books marked at various stages with bookmarks made from my old business cards. I look longingly at this stack, as even though I reclaimed my wasted time and have made more time to read, I wish I were doing so right now. Some of you I’m sure wish you were doing the same, and some of you are right now thinking that this is crazy talk, this reading a big stack of books at once. In some part, I do agree that perhaps the current stack of 5 (plus 2 by my bed and 2 in my…

  • Books I read 2016
    Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-files for the 2016 months ending in BER

    I wanted to make sure I gave some love to the books I read in the last months of the year before 2016 came to an end. As there are 4 months to report, I’m putting them all together here in one big list. I also wanted to note that on this last day of the year, it pains me that I am still in the middle of 8 books. Some I’m only a few pages in, some I’m almost finished with, but none of them will be finished this year. I’m doing my best to get over the lack of closure, but oh man it’s hard. There’s just something about the new year that…

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    Deep Thoughts: When Founders Walk Away

    I have been closely watching Sophia Amaruso and how she scaled Nasty Gal after growing such a strong brand and company on her own. As happens so much of the time, when she sought out her largest round of funding, she stepped down as CEO into a lesser position. This is something that happens constantly with the founders of fashion brands btw. This week NastyGal announced it was filing for bankruptcy (though not closing) and Amaruso will most likely step away completely. This is an issue which fascinates me. I am all for selling a company that you build and moving on to the next, but what is interesting are…

  • What to read from August 2016
    Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-Files August 2016

    I picked up speed again in August with the amount I was reading. I also started a second book club, which focuses on historical fiction of the non romantic variety. It’s amazing, why did I not do it sooner? Over all, I really enjoyed all six of the books I read…a lot. If you need a book to read, I highly recommend any of these on the list. 1. Mata Hari’s Last Dance by Michelle Moran. Moran is fast becoming one of the authors whose writing I crave. This book was fascinating! It was the first for the new book club and we all loved it. I’ve realized that historical fiction biographies…

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    Deep Thoughts about Coloring = Exercise

    As you read yesterday, I am having a partial hysterectomy today. My uterus, fallopian tubes and maybe cervix are being removed due to adenomyosis in a laparoscopic robotic assisted surgery. We scheduled the surgery 10 days ago so this week has been a whirlwind of preparation, mostly mentally as I get ready to be limited in what I can do for a bit. My number one concern is when I can work out again as it’s the best way that I deal with stress and what I know will make me feel better the quickest. Unfortunately, even though it will help my brain, my body could end up being on worse shape…

  • Deep Thoughts

    Dear Uterus, You’re Fired.

    I spent the last week wondering if I should write about this. Do you want to read about my uterus? Am I going way over the limit of TMI with this? But the biggest question won: How many of you are going through this and want to talk about it or know more? Since finally figuring out was causing the issues that I thought were just part of growing older (they sort of are but were not “normal”) I have tentatively and then more openly started talking about it. What I discovered, was that many of my friends were going through something similar and were craving hearing about others experiences as much as…

  • Books to read, July 2016
    Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-files for July 2016

    I’m finally caught up on book posts!! In a few weeks, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled book posts, once a month. Ahhhhh, it feels good. July was a really sad month for reading. I read less than I have in years, because you know…moving. I don’t think I even picked up a book when I got into bed most of the month, I was that tired. We also didn’t have normal book club in July so there was not a book required for that, BUT I did join a second one that I’m excited about! I still hardly read though, so we’ll keep it short and sweet* and…

  • Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-files for June 2016

    The amount I had been reading vastly slowed down in June when I had a week long vacation with my mom and sisters that I talked the entire time during and was therefore too tired to read more then a few pages when I got into bed. This was followed immediately by one week of the most intense packing of my life as we had a quick closing and were leaving a rental, so I spent every waking moment working or packing. Speaking of which, I’m really looking forward to the day (hopefully soon) when I no longer feel compelled to talk about packing any longer. Also during that month we did…

  • Books to read from May 2016
    Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-files for May 2016

    I’m pretty behind in my book posts, so apologies on this being way over due and the first of a couple this month. June and July were so hectic with traveling, packing and moving that I ready so little, so I’ll combine the next two. May I was still on a roll with my recent mission of taking back wasted time that there were too many to lump in with the other two months…so here we go*: 1. Last Night I Dreamed of Peace by Đặng Thùy Trâm. You know how when you read a biography and you are instantly mesmerized by it and feel transported into their life? This was…