by Ginger on October 23, 2014

in Random

There’s just no chance I’m going to make my original reading goal of 50 books for the year, especially since I’m only on #19. Soooooo with only a couple of months left in the year, I’m going to revise my goal to 25. I feel lame about that, but so be it.

That being said, I’m on an audio book kick, particularly for non-fiction. I’ve realized it’s a great way to make my commute seem like it goes faster. In fact, five of my last seven books have been audio books, and most of those non-fiction. (I think I’m mostly just on a history/informational kick).

Anyone have any audio books I MUST check out? I’ve always been pretty anti-audio book (I can’t process them while I’m doing ANYTHING else besides driving. Same reason I can’t listen to podcasts while I work), but I’ve finally found a way they work for me, so now I want to know what I’ve been missing.


I promise I’m going to get a Hawaii vacation post up soon(ish). But my brain is fried, so it probably won’t be until this weekend. I promise, the photos don’t get any less beautiful from being a few weeks later.


The reason my brain is fried is because I’m serving jury duty. For a trial that will last for 3-4 weeks.

I guess all my years of not ever being called finally REALLY caught up to me. This trial is long, and it’s going to be hard. It already is hard. My brain is tired, from a combo of the volume and type of information thrown at me today. And I have 3-4 more weeks of this to look forward to. Yippee. (Please, let’s all hope for 3.)

That being said, I am taking this seriously. Which means no talking about the case, no writing about the case (beyond this, which isn’t really about the *case* so much as it is about *jury duty*), no looking things up about the case, and giving my utmost attention during the trial. Man, writing that out makes me feel all old and responsible and shit.


One of the things that’s hard about jury duty (besides sitting in ONE place for the entire damn day), is that I don’t have a way to process what I’m taking in. I can’t talk to the other jurors, I can’t talk to my husband, I can’t talk to anyone. I’m writing about it some, privately, but it’s still just…rattling around in my head. It’s tough.


Have I mentioned skin care recently? No? Well, let me remedy that.

A few months ago, I started using a Paula’s Choice (affiliate link heads up, but that link will also get you $10 off your first order) regimen that included face wash, toner, a BHA, a daytime moisturizer & a night time moisturizer. They had recommended a few other products, but this seemed like a good place to start.

Before I started using the stuff, my face was a MESS. I had a couple of breakouts that hadn’t gotten better in *months* and a few just kept getting worse. Add in some sun damage, some overall blah-ness, an impending 35th birthday, and a healthy dose of vanity and I was willing to try something new.

You guys, within, no kidding, 1 day of starting to use the stuff my skin started getting better. Within about 3 days the breakouts were clearing up. And I haven’t had a major breakout since then. In addition, my skin just looks all around better–some of my dark spots have cleared up, my skin seems brighter, my pores seem smaller. It’s kind of unbelievable. Here, let me give you some example: prior to starting using the Paula’s Choice stuff, I pretty much felt like I *needed* foundation most days to even out my skin. Now, though, I feel ok with how my skin looks if I don’t wear foundation. That’s pretty great.

I sound like an ad, I know, but I promise this is all totally unprompted, and I totally paid for all this stuff myself. I am just very happy (finally!) with my skin & thought I’d share.

If you do decide to check it out, I’d recommend doing what I did: go to the site and use their live chat feature to ask for a skin care regimen for your skin & needs. I “talked” to someone, gave them info about my skin & what I’m looking for specifically. Then they emailed me a full list of products they recommend, and also gave me their recommendation for which products to start with if I didn’t want to buy the full list right away. It’s probably not 100% personalized, but it helped me having a starting point–they have a LOT of products.


You’ve seen the Worst Cat tumblr right? How about the Worst Hippo one? Enjoy!

Cloud October 23, 2014 at 10:11 pm

I tried audiobooks for my commute and couldn’t do it. I like to highlight too much. So, when they invent a way for me to highlight passages in my audiobooks, I’ll be in. In the meantime, I love podcasts. The BBC had an AWESOME one called The History of the World in 100 Objects. I may listen to the entire series again, it was that good.

I have a guess about which trial you’re on, and I’m sorry if I’m right. I’m sorry either way. I got good jury duty luck this time and was seated on a case that was going to take a day and a half. And then they booted me off, anyway. Which was lucky, because the next day I was essentially immobile from a cold.

Good luck with your jury duty. Hang in there.

Ann Soutter October 25, 2014 at 11:46 am

We listened to all the Harry Potter books. The narrator was excellent. I got pulled over for speeding (school zone, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day; nothing to do with “if children are present”) and I had no clue how fast I was going — turned out to be 36 mph, which booted me into 15+ miles over the speed limit, so much bigger fine. But, I did know what was happening to Harry!

april October 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

I wax and wane with audiobooks.

I can’t wait until you can actually talk about jury duty. I was grand, so I still can’t talk about it. It’s hard.

Angela (@Aferg22) October 28, 2014 at 10:08 am

I absolutely adore audiobooks! My commute is about 45 minutes, and they make it fly by (ok, maybe not fly by, but they help to control my road rage!)

I have listened to tons of books, but my favorites are The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life). The narrator is fabulous and does all the accents perfectly. I also love What Alice Forgot and The Husband’s Secret, both by Liane Moriarity. The narrator is Australian and does a great job. I also enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Gailbraith (really JK Rowling) and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I only like to listen to books that I have already read, so I also recommend the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games series, the Divergent series, the Sookie Stackhouse series, and the Kay Scarpetta books by Patricia Cornwell.

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