B&B and R&R

So by the title of this post, you may think that I’ve spent a nice little weekend at a bed and breakfast. Not the case. When you see B&B in my posts from now on, it means Bath. And Books.

I have a new found love for baths.



Earlier this week, the temperature was starting to drop. Even though I had worked out, I still had a little chill in my core. Instead of getting a shower and getting my hair wet again, I decided to get a bath.

I have never liked baths, but for some reason it sounded appealing. Next thing I know, I have the lights off, candles lit, backlight on the Nook and I’m settled in. Not to mention I have no bubble bath or bath salts or whatever else you use in the bath, remember I hate baths, so I use shampoo.

In the past, a bath has done nothing but stress me out. I always think about the things I should be doing instead of sitting in a bathtub. I always get all sweaty and uncomfortable. It has always been a pain rather than a relaxing time for me.

So what changed this week? Nothing specifically this week, but a lot has changed in my life the past few months and 2015 is proving to be very optimistic. I am trying new things and learning to sit back and relax.

So you got the gist on one B, but let’s get back to the other B… this is a book blog, so you can guess what that B stands for. I’m currently reading an ARC print version of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It’s okay for you to be jealous. I geeked out a bit when I was emailed and asked if I wanted to read it. But, I can’t take a paperback book to the bath in a dark room. So, I’ve been juggling two books. I read The Nightingale the majority of the time, but have been spending my bath time with my Nook. Turn the backlight on that little guy, and it’s perfect.

I also have found some nice relaxing playlists on Spotify. I’ve gotten into the routine of reading for a bit, then turning off the Nook and turning on my music and laying back and closing my eyes. No worries, I’m not going to fall asleep and drown!! My favorite playlist I’ve found is Acoustic Covers.  I’ll listen to a couple of songs to get my final relaxing time in before drying off and getting back to reality.

I did three baths this week, and found myself looking forward to them, especially a couple of days when I was battling my second sinus infection of the season. I also splurged on some Philosophy bubble bath. I also have my eye on some candles from Anthropologie! This is getting serious!

So here’s to trying new things in 2015, starting with a good bath and a good book.

Summer Watch List

So along with my summer reading list, I also have had a lavish watching list.

Husband and I have been on and off with Netflix for a few years. We took a little break, then decided to try it again. We also have Amazon Prime and can watch shows and movies through that.

I don’t have a TV in my bedroom, so normally while the hubs is watching golf, I’ll cozy up with a book and my computer and scan for new shows to watch online.

On Netflix this summer, I have caught up on Bones and Scandal, and a few seasons of Law and Order (that’s my choice to listen to on my way to work – it’s like an audio book). I started AND finished Orange is the New Black, The Fall, and The Killing. I have a tendency to get a bit addicted to these show. I finished OITNB in just a couple of weeks, The Fall in just a day (it was only 5 episodes). And The Killing, I hate to admit that I watched four seasons in two weeks. I couldn’t help it. I love Holder!! And I really like Netflix original series shows. They are doing a great job with them.

On Amazon Prime, I’ve caught up with The Good Wife (the episodes that are free – I hate to pay for shows) and this weekend started Suits. I’ve had a lazy weekend and have watched 12, yes 12, episodes of Suits this weekend. It’s a bit obsessive I know, but I needed some R&R.

What are some shows you like to watch? I’m always running out of shows to watch and looking for new ones.

Summer Vacation Reading Part 2

Sooo earlier this summer I wrote up a long post about my vacation, the ups and downs, and allll the reading I got done while spending time with family. Click here to read it.

I was given the opportunity to go on an unexpected trip to the beach with my mom and some friends this past week. For me, it was shorter than the rest of the group. They drove down on Saturday, but I flew down Monday afternoon. An hour flight to the beach is THE WAY TO GO!

I had four wonderful days, enjoying the sun, good food, good people and good reading time.

This time around, my reading started at the airport, with a couple of hours to spare before my flight. I had planned on finishing the “real” book I was reading so all I had to take with me was my nook. I got a little behind and had to wrap that one up the first day of my trip. Since my trip was short, I didn’t get as much reading in as my first vacation, but any reading time is good time.

I was able to finish Shadows of Lancaster County, an Amish mystery book that I bought at a used book store on my first week off with my cousin. I read We are the Goldens, a YA ARC from NetGalley, and started The Best of Me, the new one by Nicholas Sparks, which has a movie coming out soon. 

I was a bit optimistic while going on the trip, downloading quite a few more books that I could read, kind of like packing more clothes than I can wear. But I like to be prepared. I still have 5 or 6 that I didn’t get to, but am working a different shift than usual this week, so plan to get some more reading time in!

PS: Here’s a picture of my view for the week! Who wouldn’t love this as the background for some reading time?

kari beach

What was on your summer vacation reading list?

Defining Ethos

I am so excited to share this new shop with you guys. My good pal Kevin, who helps with all the technical stuff on my blog that is above my head (yes I used the word stuff), has opened up a new shop and I absolutely love it!

It’s called Defining Ethos. You can find all kinds of goodies: bracelets, necklaces, scarves, charms, and other accessories.

Here are some of my favorite items in the shop right now:







Aren’t these cute?? I hope you noticed the Mockingjay Pin on the second bracelet and the cats on the scarf!! And the best part? They are priced great! Scarves start at $7, and necklaces and bracelets as low as $5! Oh and if you put in the promo code kari10, you’ll get an extra 10% off your total purchase!

Make sure that along with checking out the site, you also follow along on social media for updates and other awesome discount codes!

Driving and Listening

I drive. A lot. I drive 44 miles to work… one way. I am in the car. A lot.

As much as I love music and rolling the windows down (even in the winter and I crank the heat) and singing at the top of my lungs, I get tired of the radio. It gets so bad sometimes that when I am listening to Pandora radio, I’ll skip so many songs that I cannot skip any more, on any station. Then I have to go station by station until I find a song I want to hear. Luckily I have dozens of stations to match all my moods, so even going station by station, I can find something to appease myself.

But when the music gets old, the audio books come in handy! I have listened to 59 audio books the past few years. Wow. That sounds like a lot. I’m quite surprised myself!! I made an “audio book” section on my Goodreads list so I can keep track of which ones I listen to. That normally helps change up the monotony of the drive. But I’ll be honest, I need a break after a few audio books. They can also get monotonous.

So what is my latest way to pass the time? Netflix. Yes, I’m serious. It started a few weeks ago when I was catching up on Scandal. A coworker told me I would love it. I finally gave in and watched two seasons in about a week. One morning while I was getting ready, I was watching/listening and was really into the episode and couldn’t wait until I got home to see what happened next. So, I plugged my phone into my Aux cord in my car and played the episode. It was just like an audio book, but with more characters speaking.


Granted, the tv shows are more visual than what I am used to, and I know I miss some of the visual parts that would probably help explain what is going on, but I’m a multitasker. Even when I’m at home watching tv, I’m doing something else. I’m reading, or catching up on social media, or working on my blog (I’m currently watching the Syracuse vs. Dayton March Madness game). So I’m used to being a good listener when my stories are on.

This has really worked for me! I watched a few episodes of Scandal, a few of Dexter, and even a few of How I Met Your Mother when I needed a boost.

Now I don’t do this daily. Just like with everything else I get bored. But I absolutely love how technology gives us the option of listening to anything on our phones these days.

And this may not work for everyone. I’ve told a few people about this and have had people ask about the safety. I don’t watch my phone. I start the show, put my phone in the console and drive. I listen . I know it’s dangerous.

Has anyone else done this? I have a very deep watch list on Netflix with shows that I am interesting in watching, but always open to add more to my list.