new year, new books

a good read

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This year I am challenging myself to read at least seven new books. While in college, I never wanted to read for enjoyment because my textbooks took precedents. Since being out of school, I’ve read dozens of books, some I couldn’t even tell you the names. I am a firm believer that reading is something to keep the mind active and your imagination running wild.

Finding a new book to read is hard. Sometimes, even reading a book is hard. When you go to a movie with someone, you have instant gratification once the film ends because each of you will spit comments back and forth. For me, it’s hard to read a book sometimes becasue I won’t get that opportunity to discuss a book–this is probably why book clubs started.

Currently, Monuments of Men is on my docket. This book has been on my back burner since I saw a preview for it in the Summer. I am excited about reading this book and really diving into it. Based on a true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, what’s there not to be excited about? They’ve turned this book into a film that will be released at the end of February. Take a peek at the trailer, doesn’t this make you want to read the book?

If you have any suggestions for books to read, please let me know! I am interested in reading all, and any books this year.

celebrating 150 years


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Gettysburg is one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. The first and only (so far) time, I’ve been to Gettysburg is quite the story. For a quick synopsis re: Ann Marie, Joel and I were on a big adventure to Washington, DC. The parents helped move me across the country post graduation. As suspected I told them I wanted to stop at Gettysburg on our way, now understand that Gettysburg is not along the way at all. They said no. The next day after moving me in, they picked me up we got in the car and we drove to Gettysburg. Mind you, it was off season. When we got there, there were no tours (fail). We bought the CD collection that would allow us to stay in the car, and get out on our own time to see the sights. It was a fantastic trip. I cannot wait to go back and to explore more. The battle grounds were awesome, and the town is amazing.

Enough about me, Gettysburg is celebrating 150! This celebration is specifically happening today, November 19th and again on the 23rd.  Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address will take stage as the nation commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the speech as well as the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Gettysburg commemorates these events with a special ceremony, a parade and an illumination of the cemetery.

The Soldiers’ National Cemetery was established after the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. About 17 acres are dedicated to bury over 3,500 fallen Union troops. President Abraham Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg November 18th to attend the dedication ceremony for the cemetery the next day. On November 19, he delivered the Gettysburg Address, which honored those who fought and died at Gettysburg and continues to be one of the most revered speeches in American history.

For more information about the events going on to commemorate the Gettysburg Address click here. This is going to be an awesome week in Gettysburg. If you make a stop, let me know how it is.


my thoughts

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Over all I think it is a brilliant update. Sure there are things I am angry about, and make me want to throw my phone against a wall but over all I think it’s great. There are features about this phone that I have been waiting for since the iPhone came out. It’s excellent, and I would truly love to hear your thoughts on why you love or hate the new update.

Phone, FaceTime and Messages: block contacts

Does someone have your number and you wish they didn’t? Successfully avoid exes, creditors, or anyone else you don’t want to speak to, with iOS 7’s excellent blocking features. Add the number to your Contacts, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap Block This Caller to refuse incoming calls, messages (including SMS and MMS) and FaceTime calls.

Timestamps on Messages

so for example in Messages, you won’t see timestamps against each SMS, MMS or iMessage. Want to know when they were sent? Swipe left.


Personally, I get really annoyed when I have to inset my address, and email in a million different forms online when using my phone. I have a long email, what can I say. So now, they made an option where you can AutoFill. Granted you must be a little trustworthy, but you can still make this an option. I highly suggest it. Toggle these AutoFill options individually from Settings > Safari > Passwords > AutoFill.

Automatic Updates for Apps

More than anything I hate wasting my time. Now, with iOS7 that’s not a problem! You now can update all of your apps automatically. Maybe I am telling you this and getting your hopes up because you need a few things to be able to do this. Just in case check this out. a) you have an unlimited data plan, and b) your favorite app’s functionality doesn’t get mangled with some poorly advised revisions. Control this function either way by going to Settings > iTunes and App Store and sliding the Updates option under Automatic Downloads.

Background Refresh

Personally, I think this is one of the coolest features. #Nerdstatus I know, but honest– with apps constantly running is the background your phone is draining so much battery is crazy. Now you have the ability to turn off apps so they aren’t always running in the background: turn off any offenders by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh

New Tunes

It’s pretty cool that Apple decided to throw in some new tunes to their soundboard. The best part is they don’t even suck that much. You have more options and they aren’t boring– check them out!


There are two major things that grind my gears about the new system, which I think will be changed soon. The fact that images you took or saved to your phone now are completely distorted and way too big to be used as a background on your phone. When you go into the settings to change a photo you have the option to move and scale, but you cannot do either. And the other, a very minor thing– you don’t have the option to delete messages (texts, iMessages). Let’s say one doesn’t send and you can either send it again or just leave it sit there. It’s annoying, and I hope that gets fixed.

Two other things I initially had problems with but found a quick fix: the calendar, and the weather.
As for the calendar I didn’t like that there wasn’t a view by month option, but there is! To do so, double click the month, tada!
The weather, all of my friends have been complaining their heads off about no weather being on the drop down. It’s simple go to Settings > General > Privacy > Location Services > Weather (turn on). Once you do that, go to a drop down, and tada there it is!

If you haven’t already check out the new operating system. Sure it looks a lot different but it’s smooth, slick and totally awesome. I hope you enjoy it!