Books

Books and Bakes Book Tag

WELCOME BACK TO THE OPTIMISM BLOG. I HAVE RETURNED TO WORK. Also, I was able to pick up salted malted cookie dough ice cream from Salt & Straw and it is THE BEST. I now have the energy to talk about baked goods and books. I found this tag (created by Life is a Page… Continue reading Books and Bakes Book Tag

Computer games

THINGS THAT BRING ME JOY: Disney Emoji Blitz

I AM NOT HAVING A GOOD TIME. For many of us, Bad Time is kind of the default. For me, on top of the already tense atmosphere, everything that could possibly have gone wrong today did and I am unhappy about it. I left work early and stomped around my neighborhood for an hour. Now… Continue reading THINGS THAT BRING ME JOY: Disney Emoji Blitz

Real Life

Grand Birthday Plans

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY. I'VE BEEN CELEBRATING ALL WEEK. Now that it's the actual day, do I have plans? YOU BET I DO. This week, I shall:   Eat brunchI don't know when brunch became sacred in my family, but it is now considered a holy rite. Brunch is the only time I can fully appreciate… Continue reading Grand Birthday Plans

Books

Anticipated Releases Book Tag

I took stock of all the books I want to read and y'all.... ...there are so many good books coming out this year! I'm excited. Lori tagged me in this and she has an equally-exciting list of her own. Listen, 2020 is going to be a good year for books. Rules: Thank the person (or… Continue reading Anticipated Releases Book Tag

Books, Movies

Lunar Chronicles = Star Wars

Like Star Wars, The Lunar Chronicles utilizes familiar sci-fi archetypes, such as the ace pilot, the plucky heroine, and the damsel in distress. I love both series for exactly this reason. Originally inspired by the now-released The Rise of Skywalker, I tried to figure out which Lunar Chronicles characters matched up with my beloved Star… Continue reading Lunar Chronicles = Star Wars

Books, Entertainment, Movies, Television

Favorite Ship Dynamics

I had an epiphany recently about my favorite type of ship. ("Ship" as in "fictional relationship," not as in "boat.") I used to say my favorite was "enemies to lovers." I knew, though, that that description wasn't quite right. Then I watched The Rise of Skywalker and realized, "Duh...I like Hero x Villain ships." What could… Continue reading Favorite Ship Dynamics

Books, Music

The Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag

Merry holiday! I'm in Spokane for a second family Christmas; right now I'm watching Hallmark Christmas movies with my brother's dogs and my sick dad. (My dad is doing yoga and calling the dogs "Chocky." I don't know why.) Emer has been doing tags nonSTOP this season (including this one) and I love her for… Continue reading The Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag

Books, Music

Lil Peep Book Tag

Would you believe I thought this tag referred to the nursery rhyme? Oh...no one's surprised. That's fair. Lil Peep was a rapper who died in 2017. This tag uses his songs as prompts. That's all I really know. Halei did this tag on her great blog Degenerate Reads with the intent of spread it around… Continue reading Lil Peep Book Tag

Books

The Strictly Book Tag

My parents love Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom. I refuse to watch it out of spite. However, I never turn down a tag, even one that reminds of Baz Luhrmann's continued existence. I misunderstood this tag's title. It's not strictly about books - it's about DANCE! I found this tag at A Dreamer's Library and loved how… Continue reading The Strictly Book Tag

Books, Real Life

The Liebster Award III

IT HAPPENED. I WAS NOMINATED FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD AGAIN. I was nominated for this round by Sofii at A Book. A Thought. If you've never read Sofii's blog, do it NOW. She writes the loveliest, emoji-filled reviews. Her takes are very honest and accurately represent a book's content, tone, and issues. This round, the… Continue reading The Liebster Award III