Friday Round-Up

A few things to share today…

I found a vendor to help me stay on the reindeer diet.  Look at the size of those carrots!



We haven’t seen snow yet this season in Wisconsin but I’m hopeful we get enough so I can use my snowshoes this year.

Here’s a picture of snow taken in the late 1800s into early 1900.

I finished the Hunger Games trilogy this week. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to read the books and am already looking forward to the next movies.  (If you’re keeping track, Mockingjay was book #40 toward my goal of reading 50 Books in 2012.)  I was surprised by a few things towards the end of Mockingjay and stick to my general review of these books – they are stressful and intense, but Collins did an amazing job of creating a storyline that a lot of people can quickly become invested in.

If you’re a Starbucks fan, did you know about their 12 Days of Gifting?  Starbucks has a special offer each day for 12 days – today’s deal is a coffee sale – KCups, whole bean, ground, Via.  I make my coffee at home everyday (but lean heavily on Starbucks when I travel!) and really enjoy the Christmas Blend.  So I’ll be loading up on the special $9.95 1 lb. bags today (regularly $14.95).

Have a great day!

Any holiday deals to share?  What are you reading? Has snow started to fall where you live?




39 Down: Catching Fire

On Sunday afternoon I decided to sit down with a good book – that book was Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

I need to meet this woman.  How did she come up with this trilogy/story line?

About 3/4 of the way through, I needed to take a break.  Then I woke up early to finish reading the book before work on Monday.  (I squeeze in extra reading while I dry my hair – it takes a good 15 minutes so I might as well multi-task.)

I’m still feeling unsettled by what happened and now what’s possibly set to happen in Mockingjay.

For those of you who have read Catching Fire, I couldn’t believe the H2O twist.  And the clock?  Holy smokes.

That’s all I will say so as not to ruin this for anyone who has yet to read the trilogy.

Katniss has really got me on the hunt (Hunger Games pun intended) to learn archery.  Girl power.

When is the next movie being released?!  

Here’s a story with photos of the filming in Hawaii.