Real Life

Spooky Confessions: Dating Fears

It's spooky season and what's spookier than vulnerability? I mentioned in my September wrap-up that I downloaded OkCupid again. That lasted about two-and-a-half weeks. The final straw came when someone asked me out only to unmatch with me right before we finalized plans. Conventional wisdom said to move on and not take it personally. As… Continue reading Spooky Confessions: Dating Fears

Real Life

A COVID-19 Sleep Saga

Me: *turns off bedside lamp and snuggles under covers*Brain: Oh! You're heading to bed?Me: That was the idea.Brain: It's only 10:45!Me: Your point being?Brain: I was hoping we could go over what happened today.Me: No. Good night.Brain: Suit yourself.*silence*Me: ....what happened today?Brain: You don't remember? No one laughed at your jokes!Me: ...Brain: Wasn't that awful?Me:… Continue reading A COVID-19 Sleep Saga

Real Life


For regular readers: don't worry, you're in the right place. You didn't navigate to a beauty blog by mistake. You are right in thinking, though, that I normally post about books and/or movies or, very rarely, depression and spirituality. I haven't recently. I'm in kind of a slump. I feel trapped in my apartment, work… Continue reading THINGS THAT BRING ME JOY: Korean Skin Care


The Smashing & Dashing 2019 Character Awards

I met some fantastic (and not-so-fantastic) characters in 2019, one of which you've heard A LOT about. This post is intended to honor the characters of last year. (Read Margaret's excellent post on the subject. I loved her choices.) THE RULES: You have to nominate characters to fit the categories The characters just has to be from books… Continue reading The Smashing & Dashing 2019 Character Awards


My Favorite Books of 2019

I meant to publish this yesterday for Top Ten Tuesday. Instead, after three family Christmases and a miserable four-hour ride in a cramped truck, I stayed in bed and read all day. As a consequence, some last-minute books snuck their way onto my Top 10 list. It's a Cinderella story and a plot twist all… Continue reading My Favorite Books of 2019


The Perfect Romance Novel

I want to be a person who enjoys all types of romance. Alas, I am not. My tastes are ultra-specific. What do I want from a romance novel? What kinds of tropes do I like to see? Let me describe the elements of my ideal romance. Flirty Banter Must be funny without being hurtful. Don't… Continue reading The Perfect Romance Novel


Top Ten Tuesday: Character Traits I Love

Top Ten Tuesday at it again. Today is favorite character traits. I might be rehashing my favorite tropes. Or I might simply be listing the character traits of one Ronan Niall Lynch. I was asked for character traits I love; no one said they had to be from different character. Strong and silent I love… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Character Traits I Love

Real Life

Losing my religion

I am on what I like to call a religious vacation. On this vacation, I won't work out my faith with fear and trembling. Neither will I obsessively study different Bible translations and commentaries. I attend church as a visitor might: curious but detached. I started this vacation with a dire case of "religious exhaustion."… Continue reading Losing my religion


Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall 2019 TBR

Here I go participating in Top Ten Tuesday at the last second. I hate to be left out. Fall is my favorite time to reread books. This fall, I want to reread some books and try some spooky new reads. (Hey, Mansfield Park.) It's. Happening. 1. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore This is my favorite book in the Graceling series. Rain,… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall 2019 TBR

Books, Music

The Lover Book Tag: Round 4

Don't act so surprised. Both Drizzle & Hurricane Books and twenty-seven letters did this tag, which I took as a sign that I HAD TO DO A FOURTH LOVER BOOK TAG. It's fate, really. Written in the STARS, perhaps?? (Not that that matters, as Western astrology follows the Tropical Zodiac instead of constellations, but IT'S A NICE… Continue reading The Lover Book Tag: Round 4