Category Archives: Bucket List

Goodbye for now + Read this instead

Alright friends, I’m going to give it to you straight: After today, I honestly don’t know when my next post will come.

In about three hours I’ll be moving to San Antonio. While this is all good and exciting, I won’t have a computer until I’m able to afford one. And I won’t be able to afford one until I get a few paychecks. And my first paycheck won’t come until the middle of April. So we’re looking at a no computer life until early summer.

How will I live? I have no clue.

I start my new super awesome job on Monday, and obviously I’ll be working on a computer there. But I don’t want to assume that I can just do whatever I want, so for at least a week the blog is going to take a back seat. When I get more settled in and comfortable with my schedule, I’ll get back into it. I promise. I have wonderful friends who have already said I can use theirs if I need to.

Sadly, this also means Vitrual Book Club might be pushed back a little. Sorry sorry sorry! I promise it will happen, so still read the book 🙂

Oh and before you start worrying too much, I can get on Facebook and Twitter on my phone. How awful would it be if I couldn’t? *Shudder* I don’t want to even think about it.

Before I leave on my journey (dramatic much?) I just wanted to thank all my readers again. Y’all are so sweet and amazing and the fact that you care about what I have to say means a lot. I really hope my writing gives you at least a little bit of entertainment or light throughout your day 🙂

Oh! And instead of a regular Read this instead (I bet you thought I forgot, huh?) I’m just going to leave you with links to my favorite blogs. The ones that I will be glued to my phone reading for the next couple of weeks. Most of them are food blogs, don’t judge.

Eat Live Run

How Sweet It Is

Shrinking Foodie

Master of Her Romaine


Style Me Kasey

What I Wore


Also check out this article Peter Shankman wrote for Mashable. And then feel bad about yourself because YOU are the reason Rebecca Black is famous.

Ha, just kidding. But he’s right, it’s everybody’s fault. I like to think it’s only half my fault because I haven’t made it through the entire video. I’m afraid my brain will fall out my eyes if I see it through the end.

I think that’s it. If I left any out, I am horribly sorry.

I hope everybody has a wonderful weekend, week (and possibly next weekend too)!

I haven't even left yet, but I already miss him 😦

Bye loves ❤ —(did you hear, ❤ is officially in the dictionary. So wrong, yet so wonderful).




Virtual Book Club: Book picks!

From here on out, Virtual Book Club will be referred to as VBC. This is because my fingers are as lazy as the rest of my body, and typing it all out would just be too much.

Anywho, I’m here today to present to you our first book!

*insert excited screams here*

I thought about this long and hard, and came to the conclusion that I don’t like making this decision. So next time, one of you are picking. Got that? Good.

I actually have two to present today. Which mean you guys will be picking what we read anyway. Ha!

So since we’re all girls here (for now!) I picked girly books. I figured for the first read, we wouldn’t want anything too heavy or ridiculous. Plus, I know a couple of you are deep into school right now (grad school to be specific) and you probably don’t want anything that’s going to make you want to shove your head in a wall.

Or was that just me in school?

You’ve got two memoirs to choose from. I love memoirs because I love reading about real people who turned their life into a story. It amazes me.

So first up is the book I told y’all in the last post. I actually wasn’t thinking of using it, but then Jess mentioned we should so I figured I’d give you guys the option.

Like I said before, it’s a sweet story about how the author (Elizabeth Bard) fell in love with a french man, moved to France and eventually married him. It’s super girly and a lot of it is based around food. Every chapter ends with a few recipes that have made an impact on her life and relationships.

My only issue with the book is that so far it hasn’t had that “can’t put it down” aspect to it that I crave from books. It is a wonderful story and well-written, but sometimes I feel like I’m reading it just to finish it. Make sense? However, I think some of you might like it, so it should be a possibility for sure.

The next one is by Jen Lancaster-aka my literary hero. I don’t know what that says about me, but I adore her.

I’ve read a couple of her other books, and I loved them. She’s insanely funny and has one of those “she said it, but everybody was thinking it” personalities. My Fair Lazy is about how she tries to become more cultural after realizing she’s a reality-show addict. Hi, pretty sure we can all relate to that a little bit. If you want to check out her writing style, read her blog Seriously, I love her.

So there you go, leave a comment here (or on Facebook) and let me know what you want to read. Also, let me know how you think we should do the “get-together” part of this. I put up a few suggestions in my original VBC post, but if you have any ideas I want to hear them!

I want to give everybody about a month to read the book, so I’m thinking our first “meeting” should be around April 10. Again, let me know what y’all think.

I hope you guys are as excited as I am about this 🙂

P.S. If you’re just tuning in and want to join, please do! The more the merrier.

P.P.S. Tell your friends!

Bucket List: Start a Book Club

Did you see my new “bucket list” page up there? Go go go!

Fun, right? I highly recommend creating one for yourself. If for no other reason, at least do it because making lists are fun.

However another good reason is that putting it down on paper (or computer screen?) forces you to think about it and figure out how to make it a reality. Which is what I am in the process of doing right now.

Which is where y’all come in.

Ready for this?

I want to start a book club (# 16). And I want you to be a part of it.


You: “But Mansee! We don’t even live in the same city, how can we be in a book club together?”

Me: “Oh did I forget to mention it would be a virtual book club?”

You: “Genius.”

Me: “Thanks, I thought so too.”

Made up conversations are always fun.

But seriously, I think this could work. I’ve always wanted to be a part of a book club/start one of my own, but never really went for it. And sadly, I rarely read for fun in college. I mean, I tried. But it was so hard between work, the newspaper, internships, eating crappy food, studying, etc.

Okay, maybe I drank a little. Fine, a lot. What of it?

Ugh, stop judging me! All the cool kids were doing it.

Anywho, I never got around to that book club. Now seems like a perfect time, but I have one tiny little problem.

My friends are all over the place! Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Ohio, California, New York, India (!). So obviously a monthly get-together at my house is out of the question.

That’s when it hit me! The idea, not my house. Ouch.

A virtual book club. Obviously we would all read the same book in the alotted amount of time (I’m thinking a month, since most of you have real lives/careers) and get together to talk about it. BUT our “get togethers” would be different.

Here are my ideas so far:

1. Everybody emails me what they thought of the book and I’ll put the responses up in a post. Then we can agree/disagree/talk about it in the comments section.


2. We have a Twitter meet-up. All we have to do is pick a time, hashtag and Tweet away!


3. Skype. Enough said.


4. Any other ideas y’all might have!

Obviously anybody in Austin will always be welcome to come to my house and we can talk about the book here (wine and food included!), but the beauty of this is that we don’t have to all be in Austin!

I’m right in the middle of a job search and I honestly don’t know where I’ll end up. As much as I want to be somewhere new and meet new people, I don’t want to lose any of my friends or readers. In my mind, a virtual book club would be a fun way to stay in touch, as well as meet new people!

So, what do you think? Pleeeeease comment and let me know if you would be interested, or even if you think I’m stupid and you’re never going to read my blog again. I’d like to know.

And if this doesn’t work out, I’ll just go back to reading on my couch by myself and talking to my dog about it. Wine and food included.