Mid-year chat

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It’s been a while since I actually sat down to chat with you and considering this is an actual chat and not a Currently post this is rather different for me. I’m so grateful if you have been reading the blog since I started. Heck, if you have been reading since the last year I’m still super grateful.

If you are new to these parts, welcome! I’m Jamie, the voice behind GreySkySaturday. There’s a rather short introduction on my about me page, so I’ll keep it short and sweet here. I mainly do book reviews as of lately, occasionally I’ll do movie reviews, posts about my life in Hawaii and on a rare occasions the sponsored posts. Today’s post is a rather new one for me because I’m doing a mid-year check in for the my 2018 resolutions post.

The last year has been full of changes which probably explains why I have tried to keep posts on here as regular as possible. Last Summer, I finally got around to buying my own domain name and doing a little bit of an overhaul on what was here before. I started getting back to posting content fairly regularly bringing back my Scaretober feature in October. I also started making time to read more, so I’ve definitely stepped up those posts. In a half unexpected way, I changed real life jobs in  mid-February. While, I enjoyed my old job and it gave me many freedoms such as running this blog and helping them create a social media presence, I thought it was time for more stability and new challenges. My new job gives me a regular 8-5pm hours, technically more work/life balance all the for costs of union dues and regular paychecks. All that aside, I’ve finally feel like I’m really getting my feet under me and feel less like I’m drowning in my life.

For my 2018 resolutions, I can definitely tell you and you have probably noticed that I’ve been reading like crazy. I’ve finally set my goal for reading on Goodreads at 52, I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to achieve that goal, but since we are halfway through the year I definitely think that goal is doable. I can also tell you that I while I’ve only finished 3 shadows so far, I’ve also seen some incredible progress including hitting pan on eye shadows that I hadn’t planned on. I’ve also been on a rather large no spend/budgeting this year and trying to knock out my debt as much as possible. It’s been weighing on me lately and sometimes when I look at home much I have that weighs on me also. I can only say that I’m trying and working slowly through it and I’m not perfect by any mean. As for the trips, you may have seen that Matt & I did end up taking a trip to Maui for his friends wedding , I’m not sure if we are going to do anymore. We are hoping to get another trip in the fall, but money and moving in together has been a big draw this year also.

I hope that this post hasn’t been too long or too boring. I know that I would usually leave this for a Sunday Confessions posts, but  I wanted to take a minute and let you know what has happened in the past year. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the year and what I can bring for you. I hope that you’ll continue to stay with me and look forward to the new content that is coming in the coming months. I’ll see you soon!

Book Review: The Monkeypod Tree

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I’m back again with yet another book review. I know… I know too many books and not enough real life content, but I swear that there’s more of that coming soon. If you want to see my real life in action you can always check out my vlog videos 😉

Let’s get back to the topic at hand. This book review in case you haven’t noticed is about the book The Monkeypod Tree by Mamoru Funai. This book isn’t on goodreads, but you can find it on Amazon or the Buddhist Churches of America website. The book weighs in at 76 pages and is more of a collection of short stories based on the memories of the author.

The book starts with a story from 1898 when the Japanese were hired as workers for the McBryde Sugar Plantation. The stories then flash forward to the 1930s just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor in late 1941 and through World War II. We then go through a story studying both a soldier  of WW II, that was raised in Kauai and the friend of the soldier still living in Kauai during WW II.

I’ll have to keep my review of this book short because the book is short. I loved the illustrations provided by Mamoru Funai the sketchy water color details led to a general feel of the book. I have to admit to a slight bias when reading this book since two of my grand aunts contributed to the stories in the book. I would still recommend this book for you to read if you would like a lighter and more general idea about WW II from the eyes of a person from Hawaii.

Let me know if you have read this book or if you are planning on picking it up . I also added a Currently Reading section in my sidebar instead of the usual books I’ve read. If you have any recommendations for books I should read this year, let me know 🙂 Also if you see any books that I’m reading and don’t see a review, you can always hop to my Goodreads to see a short review there. I’ll see you soon with another post.

5 things on a Friday 12.2.16

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/c0/f8/f8/c0f8f8a3dec568b83344c7a5a62a9c53.jpgToday I am once again teaming up with September Farm and The Farmer’s Wife for…

  1. I’ve been heads down working on several projects for work and I think I might be actually coming up for air soon, which is probably the best thing ever!
  2. I picked up a new camera from Target on Black Friday. I will have a post/video on that story soon. I’m back to doing video for youtube, so please stop by.
  3. I’m slightly glad that it is December since I can now watch Vlogmas vlogs from my favorite youtubers.
  4. In case you missed my post yesterday, I’m doing #HPDec. again this year, so be on the lookout for my Harry Potter world post
  5. I’m in the midst of working on another project for here, which I’m hoping to unveil in the coming year.

Here are some links that I’ve gathered while I’ve been away:

Quality time an article from Verily Magazine

A Beginner’s meditation

An article recommending that we not be in the moment from the NY Times

Almond Milk Chai

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes which I’m dying to try

Robert Waldinger’s Talk on Good Relationships

See you in another post soon!

Review: Gilmore Girls

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I recently finished this tv show from the early-2000s. I did not watch this show when it was on the air, but recently when I heard that the show was headed back for a 4 episode revival on Netflix around Thanksgiving I thought that I would give the show a shot.

This show stars Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore raising her daughter Lorelai, Rory Gilmore in the town of Stars Hallow, Connecticut. The pilot episode shows Rory getting into Chilton Academy, a neighboring prep school and Lorelai trying to figure out how she is going to pay for the tuition there. Lorelai ends up going to see her parents who live in a Hartford and are fairly rich. Lorelai’s parents, Richard and Emily Gilmore agree to pay for Rory’s tuition with the terms that Lorelai and Rory come to the house weekly for family dinner.

As the show progresses we get to see Rory develop as a student at Chilton Academy and Yal University, but never forgetting her roots in the town of Stars Hallow. We are also able to see Rory fall in love with mainly 3 suitors Dean Forester, Jess Mariano, and Logan Huntzberger. In the show we are also see Lorelai grow as manager of Independence Inn to eventual part owner of the Dragonfly Inn. We also see Lorelai’s romance with diner owner Luke Danes grow through the series.

I would say that if you haven’t watched this series yet, I highly recommend that you give it a chance. You will find the mother/daughter relationship between Lorelai and Rory, loveable and what you might have always wanted with your parents. You will be rooting for Lorelai and Luke to finally get their acts together and have a wedding from Season 1. You will probably most definitely be picking Team Dean, Team Logan, or Team Jess. Mostly though you will love the fast paced witty dialogue. If you don’t love any of these things I’m truly sorry. I can guarantee you that come midnight on Thanksgiving I will be binge watching Gilmore Girls: Year in the life along with rest of the Gilmore troops. I will probably have a review on that later too.

I hope to see you in another post very soon!

5 things on a Friday 9.23.16

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So as usual today I am linking up with the Farmer’s Wife and September Farm for

  1. I finally got a new phone it’s a Samsung J3 V and it’s mostly because my last phone decided that its life was over
  2. According to this article Essie’s Angora Cardi is the most perfect nail polish for fall. Guess I should put that back on my nails soon.
  3. My Favorite Dj’s are finally back on air and you can watch their morning shows here or just listen them to Iheartradio 93.9 in Hawaii
  4. I’m incredibly addicted to Spicy Potato Soft Tacos from Taco Bell and I don’t know what to say
  5. I’m really missing filming videos for youtube since my camera broke 🙁 I’ll be back to youtube eventually on low quality.

Here are some links that I’ve been loving this week:

Kirsten Bell’s video on women in the workplace

An article on envy in the office

Deadpool 2 and Harley Quinn movie rumors

Maybe there is a perfect blogpost formula….

See you in another post soon!