August 29, 2016

What I'm Reading: Ghosts From Our Past

Ghosts From Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively   by Erin Gilbert & Abby L. Yates, with Andrew Shaffer

Ghosts From Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively

by Erin Gilbert & Abby L. Yates, with Andrew Shaffer

"As seen in the Sony Pictures 2016 film Ghostbusters, [Ghosts from Our Past is] the ultimate guide to identifying, understanding, and engaging with any paranormal activity that plagues you."

Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of the essential survival guide "How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters". He is a member of the American Society for Psychical Research and the Horror Writers Association. 

Having not seen the new Ghostbusters movie with the all-female cast, at first I did not get that the book was intended to be a humourous look at the paranormal through the eyes of two fictional characters from the movie. To me, Erin and Abby were two scientists from Michigan, as described in the book. (Insert laughing at me here.) It wasn't until I did a little research on the authors that I realized Erin and Abby are actual characters in the movie, played by Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, respectively. Call me dense, or just a sucker for believing that it was someone's real job to hunt ghosts. Thank you reality television. 

I really wanted to like this book because I find ghost stories and the paranormal so fascinating, but unfortunately, it fell flat for me. While it was a quick read, and at some points interesting, it wasn't always an easy read. At times it hurt my head and the scientific info was hard to process. This is coming from someone with a scientific background, but also one that despises physics and has tried to erase those awful high school and university memories from her brain. 

The verdict: If you are fascinated by the paranormal, are a Ghostbusters fan or are just looking for a book that can be read in a few short days, be sure to check out 'Ghosts From Our Past'. If you're not into any of the above, skip it.

I think I'll go watch the new Ghostbusters movie now...

To & Fro rating:  1/2 out of 5 stars

Do you believe in ghosts? What books have you read lately?

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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August 26, 2016

Lessons From My 5 Month Old

Last week, Morley turned 5 months old. It's crazy how fast time flies around here.

Life with a 5 month old is exciting. She is constantly learning new things, copying what we're doing and developing a little, somewhat sassy, personality of her own. Yet, at the same time, it is exhausting. Nothing is safe. And I mean, nothing. Rolling to get from point A to point B, hands flying everywhere and everything in the mouth. Exhausting.

In the few short months since baby girl entered the world she has taught us so much. These are her lessons.

Lessons from My 5 Month Old

Side note. Before we continue, can we just stop and stare at that picture for a minute? I know I might be slightly biased, but is that not the cutest?! Of the 20+ photos I took that day, this was the only one where some part of her body was not moving. I tell ya, this girl cannot sit still. We're in trouble. 

Anyways, back to it.

Never did I ever think that a 5 month old could/would/should...

Lunge like a predator when she's hungry.

Eat so much.

Fart so loud.

Love the water so much she cries when she gets out.

Have a cell phone addiction.

Talk your ear off.

Cry with her eyes closed.

Have so. much. stuff.

Be so interested in watching baseball and hockey, but have zero interest in cartoons.

Have serious FOMO (a.k.a. fear of missing out).

Have more clothes than mom and dad combined.

Replicate "the [unimpressed] look" her dad is so well known for.

Get SO excited when she sees her dad that her whole body shakes.

Sleep in weirder positions than her mom.

Be the perfect combination of her mom and dad.

Lessons from My 5 Month Old

Ok, that picture may be the cutest too. Talk about cuteness overload in one post.

Melt my heart.

What have you learned this month?

More lessons from my daughter: 10 Things I've Learned as a New Mom  |  Lessons From My 3 Month Old

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