Long Time Gone Friday, Jul 13 2012 

Hey there,

After a rather long hiatus, I’ve returned to WordPress.

Part of the reason for staying away was school and all it entailed (I have since graduated!!). The other reason was the negativity I was receiving. I understand that by putting your words out on the web, you open yourself up to whatever people think, etc. However, I didn’t think I would need to post this particular entry because I believed it to be common courtesy or just being a decent individual that you don’t say certain things. I guessed wrong. After being criticized and attacked for a particular entry, I decided to stay away for a bit and collect my thoughts.

I don’t like being called names. Nobody does. Therefore, just because you do not agree with what has been written, does not give you the right to call me or anyone else something derogatory; making us think less of ourselves. Yes, we have a beautiful thing called freedom of speech, etc, but is it absolutely necessary for you to say things to someone when the outcome only hurts and doesn’t help them? I guess this is why I disagree with radical honesty (I know there are reasons behind why some participate, but there are those few who take it way too far).

Having an opinion is great. Everyone has one–juts means that your opinion is your’s and is ultimately no better than the next. I have no problem with people disagreeing with me–it makes for awesome conversations–but leave it at that.

If you’re going to blog surf all day, great, I hope you find something that catches your attention. If you’re going to do that and be a bully, leave my page. There’s more to life than misery loving company.

If you’re reading this and decide you want to read more of my blog or someone else’s… keep your potential comments constructive.

Always,
Nolaleigh

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The Best, The Worst, and the Possible Friday, Mar 18 2011 

Hi Readers,

To get right to the point: Yesterday was my 21st birthday. One of the first things my roomie told me is that every birthday, her mother asks her three things: What was the best part of this past year? What was the worst part of this past year? And, what are you looking forward to in the coming year? So she asks me, what about you?

My dear readers, you get to know these answers as I discover them myself…

I think that the best part of this past year was the end of the school year in May. It is by far one of the hardest and best things I have ever done for myself. I sort-of left home in 2008 by moving on to campus, but that was for nine months out of the year. During breaks and summer vacation I lived at home… except for a month and half where I lived with a former friend of the family. Bad idea that was–long story short, she took advantage of the fact that I had never lived on my own and that we didn’t have our agreement down on paper. Won’t be making that mistake again. Anyway, after that I moved back in with my mum until school started back up again. I made the decision to move out from under my mum’s roof and off campus permanently in late January; after many a toil, Amanda and I moved picked up a third member, and this trio moved into a townhouse with two other people, a sixth person was only staying with us for the summer. So, May 7th came around, we signed documents and paid our dues, that same day, we began moving in. Ten months pass and here we are. 🙂

The worst part of this past year was probably during the Christmas holiday. Since my job allows me to work wherever I want to, I went home for winter break. Things were going great despite the fact that I would have to be around my mum’s (then) boyfriend. She loved him, so I tolerated him… and I guess you could say he did the same to her children. In any case, I had just gotten there when a couple of days into my stay, my mum got a call from his work. He had just fallen from a 12 foot ladder and was being rushed to the hospital. When he finally came home after my mum picked him up… long story short, I don’t care how much pain you are in, you don’t treat people like they are less than dirt. Seriously, treat others the way you wish to be treated. By treating people horribly, you make it so they really don’t give a damn (at least that is how it is for me). That short story short, things got worse and worse. Finally, on January 1, 2011, we packed the house, and by the next day, we moved mum’s stuff out and into storage, and got her a place to stay. It was the holidays–and I should have been happy. But I wasn’t even close to that. I hate seeing my family torn apart that way… their sadness and hurt serves no purpose to anyone. It has been awhile, but that was one of the worse holidays I’ve ever had.

The coming year has many possibilities. Nevertheless, if there is one thing I am looking forward to, it is the beginning of my senior year. It will be the start of the final chapter in this particular section of my life. I’m a mix of terrified and excited. I’ve a senior thesis to write, a couple of classes to take, bills to pay, etc. All things considered–whether it be something that happened right after my 20th birthday, or something that happened right before my 21st birthday–life is good right now and I’m not really sure what else I can say.

So there you have it…

From the perspective of a 21-year-old woman.

❤ Nolaleigh

P.S. You will also get to hear about Saturday Night, teehee 😉

Living in Fast Forward & Attempting to Slow Way Down Wednesday, Dec 15 2010 

Hello Readers,

So, no book review today or anytime in the next day or so. I admit, I’ve been reading a couple books. I just could not get into them; I will not be continuing to read the Vampire Kisses series, I just can’t do it. I’m not saying they are terrible books, I just can’t get into them.  Like I’ve said in previous entries, that particular series is for younger teens. I wish you the best of luck. 🙂 Now that I have said this, let’s move on.

A couple things on the agenda and possibly worth mention:

Finals are over. I am so happy. Yet sad. Truthfully, people can tell me all the time to get a life–but more often than not, my life is  divided between the notebook paper and the glossy sheets in my textbooks. I’m not really sure how to cope with relaxation and nothing to do but sit. I know, I know. But I thrive under pressure–it just works for me. Anyway, Fall semester has ended and school is out for a month-ish. I don’t want to think about my spring semester yet, not yet, not yet. I don’t know who I’m trying to kid… I need the break as much as the next person. I’m tired in more than one way–knowing I’m too young to feel this damn old… I think I will pick up a new book.

Speaking of new books, guess what is happening?  Angelology by Danielle Trussoni has finally made its way to my library. I’ve been waiting since May–that takes dedication people! So… during Christmas break, methinks I will read a couple good books. Unfortuntely for you… or maybe just me, there won’t be any new posts until the new year. Or at least I don’t think there will be. Being in a place with no internet has its perks. Actually, quick update, not only is Trussoni’s novel in, but so is

Just A Little Bit Wednesday, Oct 20 2010 

Hello Readers!

 I thought I might let you in on what has been going on with my 2010 Reading List and a little bit about me… just a little bit. Here goes…

I have removed a certain number of the titles I had on the list. For a couple of reasons I might add–this way nobody can spit thorns in my direction. There were just too many titles to get through. It was a wonderful thought–read over 150 books in a year or less. Granted, I am still reading most of them–I just took away about 50 titles, maybe a couple more. I had too much of a topic that I love reading about in small doses, namely European royalty. Also, I started reading Nefertiti, but I have to return it–have to read other books, so I’ll be returning to Egypt one day. 🙂 In any case, that is what’s going on there.

New news with me–I am in the process of making a 2011 Reading List. It is very short and reasonable. The books for 2011 seem to have a theme so that should be fun to play with and see where it takes me. I would like it if I could finish it by the end of 2011, that is how short it is. I am giving my 2010 list a little over a year to be done, however, starting Summer 2011, I’ll probably be mixing up the lists just a bit. I will release the 2011 list in the new year. However, I suppose if you want a sneak peek, you could always ask–ya know? 😉

My original list can be found here, 2010 Reading List. My revised list goes as follows:

Anything that is crossed out, I have finished reading and reviewed by October 19, 2010.
** Indicates that it is currently on hold and what is to come within the next month

Singles
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter by Stephen R. Prothero
The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker
The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott
Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran
Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

Series
Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
                The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
                The Girl Who Played with Fire
                The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Eve Duncan Saga by Iris Johansen
                The Face of Deception
                The Killing Game
                The Search
                Body of Lies
                Blind Alley
                Countdown
                Stalemate
                Quicksand
                Blood Game
                Eight Days to Live
Blue Bloods Series by Melissa de la Cruz
                Blue Bloods
                Masquerade
                Revelations
                The Van Alen Legacy
                Misguided Angel
Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
                Moon Called
                Blood Bound
                Iron Kissed
                Bone Crossed
                Silver Borne
                River Marked
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series
 by Laurell K. Hamilton
                Guilty Pleasures
                **The Laughing Corpse
                Circus of the Damned
                The Lunatic Cafe
                Bloody Bones
                The Killing Dance
                Burnt Offerings
                Blue Moon
                Obsidian Butterfly
                Narcissus in Chains
                Cerulean Sins
                Incubus Dreams
                Micah
                Danse Macabre
                The Harlequin
                Blood Noir
                Skin Trade
                Flirt
                Bullet
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
                Vampire Academy
                Frostbite
                **Shadow Kiss
                Blood Promise
                Spirit Bound
                Last Sacrifice
Vampire Kisses Series by Ellen Schreiber
                Vampire Kisses
                **Kissing Coffins
                **Vampireville
                Dance with a Vampire
                The Coffin Club
                Royal Blood
                Love Bites

Happy Reading!

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