Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am someone who hesitates to read books that burst onto the scene with huge fanfare - think the Harry Potters, Twilights, Hunger Games, etc (all of which I still have yet to read, tyvm). So it goes without saying that I wasn't running out to get this book. Every time I would read the blurbs, it didn't sound like something that I would want to read. I'm not honestly sure why.

With that being said, I loved it. Once I took the plunge and downloaded the free sample to my Nook I was hooked. It took me no time to purchase the book and plow through it.

The story revolves around Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist is a publisher of a financial magazine who has been found guilty in a libel suit brought on by a billionaire industrialist. Salander is a freelance agent with Milton Security who has, how shall I put it, a dark and depressing past.

During the time Blomkvist is waiting to serve his three month jail sentence, he is summoned to the home of Henry Vanger, an aging once prominent industrial tycoon. Vanger wants Blomkvist's help in solving a 40 year old family mystery and baits Blomkvist with his offer by telling him that he will give Blomkvist information that will help to clear his name and will pay Blomkvist a hefty salary if he works on the case for one year.

The Vanger family mystery involves the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, Henry's great-niece. 40 years prior. Harriet disappeared from the small Swedish community without a trace of evidence left behind. No body was ever found and police investigators could never find out what really happened to her.

Salander is brought in to aide Blomkvist in the search for answers. She becomes obsessed with finding answers, as does Blomkvist. There are some dark and chilling moments in the book, that much is for sure. Suffice it to say that some family secrets are more twisted that one can imagine. 

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

I think we picked our vacation!

Ok...so I am entirely stoked to say that we have decided on our vacation for this July!!! If you remember, I was going to get a trip for our 5 year anny this July and it was going to be about a 7 or 8 day trip, depending on expense and location. Well...I happened to be checking out the 2012 Summerfest lineup on Friday and I found something incredibly awesome - and trip altering.

Before I tell you who is playing, let me remind you that K and I are big rock fans, K more metal but still big rock fans. So with that said, Iron Maiden is headlining the 4th of July set in Milwaukee's Summerfest with a special guest of Alice Cooper. I looooove Alice Cooper. Love. I have since I was a kid and grew into a huge fan after Wayne's World, lol. Anyway, we've both seen both bands before and IM is incredible to see live. I would say that even if you didn't have a clue as to their music and didn't like metal you would still enjoy yourself. The way the crowd is so in tune with the band, the musicality, everything.

Anyway, there is no way in hell K would let us miss this show. So I compromised. I'm not 100% sure what we are going to do through the 5th through the 8th but I know that from June 30th (or possibly the 29th) through the 4th (am flights) we are going to plan on heading to Siesta Key, Florida!!
Siesta Key Photos
(This photo of Siesta Key is courtesy of TripAdvisor)

Doesn't it look fabulous? Airfare is reasonable, rentals are very reasonably priced and Siesta Key has been voted one of the best beaches in the world and #1 in this country. I'm pumped. I can't wait for 4-5 days in the sun and relaxing on the beach. I can't wait to get everything booked so I can officially start my countdown. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Checkin In

Happy belated Valentine's Day to my wonderful blog readers! I hope you all had a bunch of love thrown your way yesterday!

I am sorry to report that I don't have much of an update. I really don't. Work frustrates me to no end some (most) days and I still don't see my workload lightening up anytime soon. I continue to be grateful for the paycheck but in the back of my mind I wish I didn't have to put up with the stress this position brings to my life.

I've been busy daydreaming about where to go on vacation in July. We're planning a 5 yr wedding anniversary trip this year instead of our honeymoon. That sounds pretty bass akwards huh? lol. Well, I've said it before but we never took a true honeymoon and this summer we had planned on actually taking it finally. Well....K is not really all that thrilled with the idea of going to the islands (where I really want to go) in the summer since it's hot here too. Plus when I think about a honeymoon, I want to splurge. We don't have the funds to splurge this year so we are shooting for our "honeymoon" in about a year from now, when it's cold and miserable and we just need to get away. Plus I'll get 2 weeks of vacation from work come March 31, 2013.

Crazy how I've been here for almost a year already!

So right now the places we are throwing around for this July are beach rentals in North or South Carolina, Emerald Coast along the Panhandle of Florida, flying down to Texas to see my grandparents and then driving up to Colorado or Arizona. Plus whatever crazy place I pull out of my ass between now and then ;o)

Things are good between K and me. Really good to be honest. He's turned a corner with the whole "Wisconsin beer binge mentality" and we are having fun enjoying each other again. No one said marriage was easy, and it hasn't always been, but right now I'm just glad to have my best friend back.

We are really starting to think about where we will be moving too next as well. We're both getting that itch to be outta here as soon as possible. By as soon as possible I mean more along the lines of sometime late 2013ish. There are plenty of things we need to accomplish around the house before we put it on the market. And of course, we have to have jobs lined up! Duh. lol. But yeah...we're thinking about it actively. Not acting on it, but thinking about it.

To sum it up again...we're just moving forward right now childless. Is it permanent? I don't have the answer to that. I hope not. But I notice that our priorities and wants don't seem to be working towards cycling or adopting in the near future. We shall see. I'd still love to be a mother. I want to have that in my life but I don't know if that will happen.

Well...that's all I have for you tonight! Miss you all! xoxoxo