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It’s Tuesday!

Time to show my week’s photography haul.

This week apart from snapping the beautiful clouds I branched out to plants. Flowers are so pretty!!! 🙂

These as usual were all taken with my iPod‘s camera and edited with Camera+.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Happy photo snapping! 🙂




Just read this and thought…this is why I’m glad English is my first language. Lol! Enjoy! 🙂


If you are at all acquainted with the English language, you may have noticed some common sayings and words in there that are really silly, once you come to think of it. For example, why is it called a boxing ring when it is actually a square? Why is the load of the ship referred to as cargo, but when a truck carries a load on land, that is referred to as shipping? Actors recite a play for an audience, but then they play at a recital. See? It doesn’t make sense! But that is English, unfortunately. That is also one of the reasons why English is such a hard language to speak fluently – incorporating all its nuances. Ask me – I’ve been there. There are so many things you simply have to know.

If you want to read more about the silliness of English, there is this…

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Well today is actually Sunday but I was sick so I didn’t get around to writing this post.

This week I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Jay-Z, more specifically The Blueprint 3 album.

My top five Jay-Z songs this week, which are almost all collabs are:

1. D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune) – Jay-Z

2. Run This Town – Jay-Z feat Kanye West & Rihanna

3. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z feat Alicia Keys

4. Off That – Jay-Z feat Drake

5. Izzo/In The End – Jay-Z/Linkin Park (Collision Course)

It’s Tuesday!

Time to show my week’s photography haul.

It would seem I really like taking pictures of the clouds, but they’re so pretty.

These as usual were all taken with my iPod’s camera and edited with Camera+.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Happy photo snapping! 🙂

This morning while lazing about on Goodreads I realized that I had a few ranking awards under my name. Curious I clicked on them and realized I had placed in last week’s round-up for most reviews, top user and best reviewer in my country but most shocking of all I had placed #1 in most books read last week in Jamaica. oO

Now I’m not stupid enough to flatter myself, these awards are only mine because many Jamaicans don’t use the service, nevertheless I think it’s pretty cool.

This got me thinking though, over the course of one week due to the fact that there was no Internet at work I got through seven books. Five of them were graphic novels but if Goodreads thinks they count then they count. Seven books, one week slightly unplugged from the world. Imagine what I would be able to accomplish if I was fully disconnected from the Internet.

Since the Internet is obviously the kryptonite to my reading I’ve decided to unplug regularly and enjoy reading.

What would you get done if you took a break from your online life?

How many books did you read last week?

Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading! 🙂

It is yet another Friday and it time to tell you what is helping me to move my feet and keep a smile on my face.

Last week I raved about Sara Bareilles but this week Disney has stolen my heart.

My happy playlist consists of two songs, Prince Ali from Aladdin and I’ll Make A Man Out Of You from Mulan.

I’ve got them stuck in my head and they make me smile.


What has you moving your feet this week?

Do you love Disney songs?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy listening! 🙂

Title: Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Published: 1868

Description: Meet the March sisters: the talented and tomboyish Jo, the beautiful Meg, the frail Beth, and the spoiled Amy, as they pass through the years between girlhood and womanhood. A lively portrait of growing up in the 19th century with lasting vitality and enduring charm. (Taken from Goodreads)

I decided to read Little Women because it was always touted as one of the many books you simply must read before you die. I was told it was so inspirational and life changing and so of course I put it on my Fill In The Gaps List and got to it as soon as I could.

Sad to say this book was for the most part very disappointing. It did not change my life and was not very inspirational. The book started out really slow, and for  a few chapters I wondered what the point of the story was as we followed these four girls and their mother through their daily routine. It was so drab we went scene by scene through their play which to me was highly unnecessary. I almost gave up reading this book, that is until we meet Laurie and I got it into my head that Laurie and Jo would make a fabulous couple.

This singular hope, sad to say is what got me through this book, when that hope was dashed I lived on the hope that she would come to her senses later on and say yes, so you can just imagine my dismay when he got together with my least favourite character, Amy. And then to read about Jo falling in love with the old Professor Bhaer.

Beth seemed supernaturally sweet and kind to me, because I doubt there is a soul that selfless out there in the world. And her death, though sad seemed very drawn out and focused on the fact that her life was not a complete and utter waste.

Meg was vain and always wanted to live the high life and as she groomed Amy so was she and as such they both annoyed me. Meg provided some laughter when she got married to the nice and very patient Mr.Brooke but other than that reading about her and Amy was a chore.

Jo the boyish, clumsy one that could not seem to follow any of their odd rules stole my heart and made me smile. She had spirit, she had soul and she could write, all very good qualities. She broke my heart when she didn’t accept Laurie but deep down I knew she wouldn’t, she was always running away from love.

A lot of the chapters in this book seemed like short stories with a moral lesson, because of this fact the overall story didn’t seem very cohesive and was rather boring.

I give it a 3 out of 5 which surprises even me because I did not enjoy this book very much. Most of the main characters annoyed me and I didn’t get the romantic conclusion I was hoping for.

Are you a Little Women fan?

If you are, why?

What am I not seeing?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading! 🙂

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