Weekly Recap| Aug 24-30, 2014

Weekly Recap
Weekly Recap

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We have a Pinterest Account!

You already know we have a Facebook and Twitter for the blog, right? Well, Asti has decided to finally join the big bad world of Pinterest… with a blog account. For some reason, Asti can’t quite convince herself to have a personal Pinterest account but feels having a blog Pinterest account is okay. (Huh?) So, if you’re on Pinterest, why not stop by and follow us? And let us know if you have a Pinterest account in the comments so we can follow you!

In Case You Missed It

Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.

Our Lives This Week

[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Well, when this post goes live I will be on the way to London Heathrow Airport to pick up my parents! I’m super excited as a) this is their first time leaving the country, having a “real” holiday, and all that jazz and b) they’ll get to actually see some of the things I’ve been talking about over the last year on Skype.

They’ll be staying over for a week, so needless to say I will not be around. I do have posts scheduled (I’m such a good girl) but I won’t be responding to comments (which is bad, because I still have plenty to respond to from these past two weeks), I won’t be updating any social media accounts (mine, the blog’s, or the Sci-Fi month one), and I won’t be participating in next week’s Recap (which means it’ll likely be much smaller than usual).

I’m actually thinking this might be a good thing. If I’m honest, I’ve sort of deflated this past week. I mentioned this on Twitter, but I woke up this week just feeling like I should stop blogging. Crazy, right? Hopefully my parents’ visit will give me the break I need and after they leave I’ll be in a better place. (Though I do have a dissertation deadline approaching so we shall see!)

Anyways, I’ll see you guys next week! Try not to burn the place down while I’m gone.[/stextbox]

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Yes, I’m actually participating in the recap this week! Well, a little bit. ;)

College has started up again, and I’m also taking a couple of classes on Skillshare that have to do with hand-lettering. My supplies finally came in the mail for them so I’ve been practicing that, when I have a little time (aside from life and school and reading-for-fun and everything else).

I also have *tons* of ideas for book-inspired artsy things I want to do and I really have no idea where I’ll find time for them all. I suppose it’s better to be inspired and pressed for time than be at liesure and completely uninspired.


[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]So this was pretty cool for me, book-wise. I went to John Scalzi’s opening event for the Lock In tour on Tuesday evening, and it was a blast! He’s adorable and hilarious and quite entertaining. Saturday my sister and I went to see The Giver and I really liked it! I can’t believe it’s been out for two weeks and I’ve seen hardly ANY talk about it online. I was VERY pleasantly surprised by how it was done. It’s been a few years since I reread the book, but I thought they did a great job of interpreting it into film.

Aside from that, I’m trying to get my creative self together, and planning a bunch of projects — one of which includes some bookish t-shirts. Be on the lookout for those. :D[/stextbox]

Elsewhere in the blogosphere

Tweet of the Week

On Blogging and Book Reviewing

blogger tips and resources
reviews and ratings
a blogger’s life

On Writing

Things Bookworms Think About

a reader’s life
buying books and choosing what to read
series and re-reading
happening inside books
different types of books
lists and recommendations
Bookish Fun

Videos of the Week

So, how was your week?

Asti Kelley Leanne

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  1. Asti, you totally deserve a break and I’m sure your family does too. I’ll try my best to not burn the place down. ;) Good luck with college Leanne! And I hope your creative juices kick in Kelley. :D Cheers to a wonderful week! Thank you for always rounding up such awesome posts! And for having me in the mix. I literally feel so honoured whenever I see my link there. *blushes*

  2. Oh, I love the new Pinterest account! Have fun with the rents, Asti! And I hope you find the time to do more book art, Leanne! Hmmm, haven’t read the book, but Giver sounds good. Hopefully, I can rope someone into coming with me… :)

    American Horror Story: Freak Show! I’m pretty excited too. Right now I only watch two shows (Teen Wolf and Outlander) and I need more.

  3. Asti, I hope you have a great time with your family in town!

    Leanne, good luck with the new semester! And yes, though it’s frustrating to be so inspired when you don’t have time, I agree it’s better than not being inspired when you do have time!

    Kelley, wow, I literally already forgot that The Giver movie is out until you mentioned it. I feel lame now. Glad to hear you liked it! I might want until Redbox, but we’ll see!

    Thanks for including my link!

  4. I always find at least one or two new blogs to follow everytime I read these! I love it!

    Have fun with your family, Asti!

    Kelley, I have been wanting to see The Giver! I’m glad you thought it was well-adapted. It is odd how little buzz there is about this book, considering how much I’ve seen for other movies from books.

    Great post! :D

  5. Leanne, I love and envy your hair. If I didn’t work in corporate America I would have vibrant locks. For now, I just switched to a deep purple brown because my coblogger Ashley suggested and I thought, why not?! It isn’t too crazy, but just enough to be somewhat edgy in cubeville!

    • Thanks, Anne! :D Luckily for me I’ve always had misfit-types of jobs where I’m not even close the most unusual-looking person working there. Lol. Mostly in kitchens people don’t care what you look like as long as you’re hygienic and can cook. ;) (Which really should be the case anywhere as physical appearance doesn’t affect most people’s jobs. Oh well.)

      Deep purple brown sounds fun! Do you have pics anywhere online of it? I’d love to see. :)

      • You know, I don’t have any pictures. Not for a lack of trying, but this color just needs the right lighting. And unfortunately, it is already starting to fade out. My hair spits out color. So thinking I have to switch to permanent dye. :/ Have any tips/tricks for me? My stylist says my hair is the bane of her existence because it never takes the color exactly as it is supposed to.

        • I would definitely go with permanent if you want it to stick around for more than a week or two. Also different brands last longer than others, although I’m not sure which would have a deep purple brown. Do you know which one your stylist is using for your color?

          I don’t have *too* many tips, but I have changed a few things in my routine that seem to keep color in much longer:

          – Switch to a sulfate-free shampoo. I have one with Moroccan oil in it, since I have to bleach mine to color it so brightly, and the oil helps repair it afterward.
          – Dry shampoo. I use this one or two days between regular shampoos to keep my hair fresh, and of course the less you’re putting water and shampoo in your hair the longer the color will last.
          – Wash in cold(ish) water. I’ll take normal temp showers but usually wash my hair after just by leaning under the faucet and using water as cold as I can stand. Hot water seems to leech the color out faster.
          – Dry right away. I’ve also started blow-drying it right away, where I would normally let it just air dry and straighten later if I was going to stay home for a while after. The longer the water is sitting on the strands, the longer it’s leeching color out.

          None of those things alone seem to make too much of a difference. But the first time I got this particular teal color done it seemed to fade *much* faster than the second time I got it done. I used the same process to bleach/dye it, and used the same brand dye. But the second time I started doing all the things on that list above and the color has lasted so much longer this time around. I’m just now getting to where it’s fading a bit more to green than it is teal, whereas the first time it was almost pale green by now. I still have a bit before I’ll need to touch it up, which is awesome since this particular brand’s line of blues doesn’t normally last very long. So all those things together over time definitely add up to keep color in longer.

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