Reading 24 Books

I set a goal for myself this year. I decided I was going to read 24 books. I read 18 books in 2010 and I didn’t want to set myself up for failure, so I figured that 24 would be a safe number. That was 2 books a month. Totally do-able right? Well, turns out it’s more then do-able when you get yourself a Kindle.

2011 Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge

Angela has

read 16 books toward her goal of 24 books.

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In February of this year I purchased a Kindle and I am now madly, deeply in love with it. I thought I would feel bad, as I love the feel and smell of a new book in my hands, but the Kindle is just magical. It feeds my desire for instant gratification. When I’m reading a series, I only have to wait for the next book now if it hasn’t been published yet and something about that is intoxicatingly delicious for me.

So now my only problem is that I’m already at 16 and I’m on to number 17 now. Of course, this may have been helped by the fact that every book I have read so far was either an Anita Blake book, or a Rachel Morgan The Hollows book. They get me hooked in, and fast, so I’ve been reading about a book a week. I toyed with the idea of upping my goal for this year, but I figure I will let it lie. Set myself a larger number next year maybe. I’m curious now though to see how many books I read this year.

I’m also not sure what to read next. Right now I am on the last book of the Rachel Morgan Hollows series that is out and I’m not sure were I want to go next. I’ve read all of the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books that are out. I may just finish up with the Pern series, as it would be a nice change from all of the Vampire/Werewolf/Fairy overload I’ve had in the past couple months.

After that though I’m not sure what to read next. My favorite genre definitely seems to be the Horror/Vampire/Romance novel avenue. Anyone have any suggestions? I keep tabs of my read and to-read books over at Goodreads. Maybe take a look over my books and see if you have any suggestions? Or even a favorite book you have read. I’m pretty open and will give just about anything a whirl.

Installing WordPress Locally on a Mac

So I’ve recently been feeling like working on updating my coding skills, and tired of the age old practice of uploading files, tweaking, and re-uploading, I finally decided to install WordPress locally on my laptop. Yes, you read that right, I just now decided to do this (cringe). Anyway, I wasn’t sure how easy it would be on a Mac, so I broke out my Google-fu and looked it up. Turns out it’s really easy, and I’m now kicking myself for not having done it sooner.

I found this super handy tutorial over at the WordPress Codex of all places. Shocking I know. See, all this time I’ve been uploading a starter base or old theme into WordPress, enabling it for admin view only, and tweaking, refreshing, tweaking, refreshing, rinse and repeat for hours in WordPress. When all along all I needed to do was download this easy to use, free application called MAMP that would run a self hosted server on my laptop. Then all I do is change the settings following the super easy tutorial, install WordPress and BAM! super easy, no internet required, WordPress coding goodness.

And just incase you run into the issue I had while working on this, if you shut down MAMP and restart it, but it won’t connect to either PHP, MySQL, or both, simply quit MAMP again, open terminal and put in:

killall -9 mysqld

Then restart MAMP and all should be well.

Now I just need to find some inspiration. Anyone have a favorite place they go to for design inspiration?

Blogging Everyday For 30 Days

When I recently read Jem’s post about wanting to blog everyday for 30 days, I figured I would join her. See, it isn’t that I don’t want to blog, it’s that I feel like I never know what to blog about anymore. I’ve tried this in the past with prompt meme’s, etc and I always fail. I think that’s because I always end up with a question I either don’t have an answer for, or don’t know how to answer. So instead, I’m just going to blog. About anything, or everything. Maybe it will kickstart me back into it again. I always feel like I have things to say, but I never know how to say them. Well, I’m going to force myself to say screw it and post anyway. That way I at least get it out of my head.

But, I do have a question. Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations of places to get ideas for post’s? Or is there anything anyone wants to know my opinion of, or my thoughts on something, or even want to know something I seem to know that you don’t (like a tutorial, recipe, etc)? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Haircut!

This week I bought an awesome coupon from a local newspaper’s Daily Deal/Groupon type site. It was for a haircut and style, plus a Paul Mitchell Super Skinny gift set at a local Paul Mitchell salon. I jumped on it because I’ve been wanting the Super Skinny Serum, shampoo, and conditioner for a while now because everytime I’ve had the serum used in my hair it has totally tamed it. Which, is a feat in and of itself let me tell you.

I wasn’t sure how I wanted my hair cut, I just new I wanted something different. I’ve worn different variations of a layered, angled bob for several years between growing it out long and cutting it into the same style again. I have a round face, with super thick, coarse, almost curly hair. I’d say it’s wavy, but it’s a bit more then that, but not quite curly. So I went in and just asked the stylist for a suggestion. I told her how long I was willing to spend styling my hair, what I could do, etc. She suggested just an updated, more edgy version of the haircut I usually wear. So far, I am super stoked about it. I haven’t had a bang since I was 15, so it’s new, and I like the asymmetrical look, as well as the new part. My only worry is styling it myself, but I think I will be able to get the hang of it.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s my new haircut: