Sunday, January 31, 2016

Melted - Front Porch / Cinnamon Graham Cracker

Cinnamon Graham Cracker - 'Yummy strong cinnamon aroma with graham cracker undertones.'
 I have to thank Kevin once again for sharing this tart with me because wow, this is going on my list for fall scents.  It is definitely a cinnamon scent first and foremost, but it's softened somewhat by the cozy graham cracker notes.  It rides the fence between fall spice and fall bakery, and that makes it wonderful.  Spice might still want to stay away though.

I melted this .9 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent that traveled well throughout the house, leaving it's little homey traces nearly everywhere.

I will absolutely be getting more of this for fall.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Read - Unforgiven

by Lauren Kate
357 pages

'It's the book FALLEN fans have been waiting for: Cam’s story, the brooding, bad-boy dark angel readers love.

High school can be hell.

Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.
Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails . . . there’s a special place in Hell just for him.
Spread your wings and cry as bad boy dark angel Cam finally reveals his anguished heart in the epic new FALLEN novel, UNFORGIVEN.


 Another disappointing book.  This thing was just cheesy.  I read the Fallen series, which this is a companion novel of, a few years ago but I really don't remember too much about it.  I had to look back at my reviews of those books to find that I pretty much hated them.  I did remember I was disappointed and that I thought they were fluff, but I'd forgotten *why* I was so disappointed.  I had to laugh when I read my old reviews and saw that things just didn't make sense, there was too much extra crap going on, there was no bond with any characters . . . pretty much all the same things I felt about this book.  So why the heck did I read it?  Because on the cover it says 'Every story has a dark side,' and I thought that might be more interesting than the fluff of the other books.  Nope.  There was nothing 'dark' about this mess.

Cam is given two weeks to make the love of his life, Lilith,  fall in love with him again.  You see, three thousand years ago they were madly in love and about to be married.  There was just one problem.  He couldn't set foot in the temple because he was a fallen angel, a demon who had sided with Lucifer.  Instead of telling Lilith the truth, they had a fight and he left.  So three THOUSAND years go by and he's only just now found out where she is?

So Lucifer sends him to this crappy little town where Lilith is living her current life.  Is she dying and being reincarnated, like Luce was in the other Fallen books?  No, she can't be.  She's in hell, so wouldn't that mean she's dead?  So is Lucifer just toying with her, dropping her into a miserable life for a while then plucking her out, wiping her memories, and dumping her into a new hellish life?  What sense does any of that make?

Why does Lucifer have to interfere in Cam's attempts to win this girl?  Yeah, he doesn't want to lose the bet but Cam is getting nowhere with Lilith on his own anyway.  And why interfere in such stupid ways?  Making Cam gradually turn from young, hot, muscular to old, fat, thinning hair, and . . . hooves?  What the heck is that?  Especially since Lilith can't see these changes anyway!  And why can't she see them?  Who knows?  It's never explained.

Cam is so sappy and whiny in this book.  There is nothing hot or dark about him.  Oooh, dressing him in a leather jacket and dark shades and having him steal random things like a t-shirt is supposed to make him this irresistible bad boy?  *puke*  He's more of a creeper perv the way his supposed soulmate love for her is only ever his thoughts of wanting to kiss her lips hard and feel her skin against his.  Every over the top mushy line that comes out of his mouth made me gag.  It's no wonder Lilith kept pushing him away.  He's a freaking weirdo stalker!

There is a big deal made about Lilith's musical talent and ambitions.  Apparently that's also what brought them together all those years ago.  In this present day high school hell, her escape is her music.  So he uses that as his way to get close to her.  In a matter of days she ends up having a band formed and songs written that they perform flawlessly.  There is a Battle of the Bands competition at prom, and she'd love to enter.  What?  Why a Battle of the Bands at prom??  Oh yeah, because two weeks is not enough time to have two big events.  And what do we need prom for anyway?  Oh yeah, as a way to make sure all the terrible kids at school are in the same place when all the drama happens.  It's just all so hodgepodge and weak.  And inconsistent!

In the end, while wearing a dress that she wore back when she and Cam broke up, memories start flooding back to her.  The same dress she wore thousands of years ago?  Yes.  It has somehow showed up at a thrift shop and she's drawn to it.  Uh, yeah okay.  So if this dress is so mysterious and so powerful, and the angels (Cam, and some friends that show up) recognize it, why on earth would angel Arianne alter it?!  Ohhhh yeah, to make it hot for her present day look.  Got it.  *rolls eyes*

And that whole so-called dramatic ending?  I don't even understand what happened.  The words 'I love you' were so strong they disintegrated the devil?  I don't know?!  What WAS that?!

Sometimes a series is stretched out too long with a story that could have done better as a stand alone novel.  I think this is the opposite.  This book was choppy and rushed.  Two weeks was ridiculous to try and get this eternal love back on track.  This is one that would have done much better stretched out into a series.  Each book could have spent time letting Cam and Lilith get to know each other again and build a relationship, besides the cold and empty constant thoughts of how he wanted to kiss her madly.  Lucifer's attempts at interfering could have been more creative and meaningful, like one attempt being the main drama in each book.  But no, we get this choppy and weak mess.

This was such a disappointing book.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Melted - Front Porch / Cranberry Cream Filled Cake

Cranberry Cream Filled Cake - 'Blend of Cranberry Spice and Cream Filled Cake.'
I ordered this to see if it might be something The Fall Slut would want in her fall scent arsenal.  I debated whether I should melt it now to see if I like it and have time to order more, or wait until fall and take my chances.  Obviously I went ahead and melted it and ohhh my gosh, this is going onto The Fall Slut's must-haves list.  It is a wonderful spiced cranberry scent, warm and full of holiday vibes, with just enough of the sweet, creamy cake notes to soften it and make it okay even for spice haters.  I need to get more of this for fall.
I melted this .9 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Haul - Rosegirls Sampler / Jan. 2016

As you know, I have a sort of love-hate relationship when it comes to Rosegirls.  I love the wax.  I love that creamy type signature note that comes from Rosegirls wax.  I love that it is a vendor local to me.  But I hate the chaos of trying to order, and especially the ungodly long TATs.  I could just hop over to the Rosegirls store when I'm needing more but again, it can be crazy trying to match the store's open hours with my work schedule, and then never knowing what scents will be in stock when I get there.

When owner Jenny announced recently that they were going to be changing some things in attempts to make ordering and TAT better, I was quite interested.  The first change was that the January website opening would not be for samplers, not custom blends.  I hadn't planned on ordering at first because I was working that day and figured they'd be sold out well before I got home.  Rosegirls also seems to lean heavily towards fruity scents, and I wasn't in a mood for a lot of summery fun type scents.  When I heard though, that these samplers would supposedly ship out within a week I was floored.  Then when I got home from work on that day the site opened, and found it was still open, I was extremely tempted.  I talked myself out of it though, telling myself it was still too expensive.  When I got home from shopping the next day and found there were still samplers available . . . I couldn't help it, and ordered.

It was advertised as a 2 lb. sampler.  I placed my order late in the morning on Saturday, January 16, and received my package on Saturday, January 23.  A one week TAT from Rosegirls?!?!?!  Yes, please!  Anyway, I received 2 lbs. 1 oz. of wax in 13 different scents.  Once shipping was subtracted, the cost per ounce came out to about $1.29.  That's not bad at all.  So why does it seem to expensive?  I think because you get multiple chunks of each scent, and some of those chunks can be quite large.  If it was set up as a single, smaller chunk, with more different scents in the sampler, it might seem a little more reasonable.  I don't know, just my line of thought.  Doing the math though, and seeing that it's not really that expensive, I think I will be more willing to keep ordering the samplers from now on.

Yeah yeah, enough babbling already.  You want to see what I got, right?!

(It's nearly impossible to find Rosegirls scent descriptions, so if anyone knows any of these, let me know and I will update the post as I get more information.)

Crunchberry Koolaid - [no scent description]
Candy-sweet with just a hint of that cereal type note.  Smells like a berry KoolAid.  It's not quite to the cavity causing level of sweetness.  I like it.

Fruity Pebbles - [no scent description]
I thought this would just be another super sweet Fruit Loops type but it's not.  I get a wonderful dose of creamy lemon in here, and I love that!  I really couldn't tell you what else, if anything, is going on in this, but I don't care because that lemon is so wonderful.

Pistachio Smoothie Vanilla Bean Noel - [no scent description]
I was really excited to see this one because I love the RG smoothie scent, came to love VBN in general this past Christmas, and loved a pistachio scent from another vendor some time ago.  Although it's been a while and I don't have any on hand to actually compare this to that other vendor, this RG version does indeed make me think of that other one.  It's sweet and smooth, with the pistachio staying sweet instead of strongly nutty.

Satsuma and Blue Cotton Candy - [no scent description]
Very sweet, almost effervescent.  The satsuma is strong in this.  I'm not sure what the 'blue' part is but I'm guessing the cotton candy is just the extra sweetness around the zesty fruit.

Strawberry Pink Stiletto - [no scent description]
I'm just getting a strong strawberry note at the moment.

Apricot Mango Tangerine - [no scent description]
I don't like this one.  I'm iffy on mango scents to begin with, so that combined with the strong zesty tangerine note make this just too much for me.

Cinnamon Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies - [no scent description]
I was surprised to see this one.  It seemed so different from all the fruitiness.  I know a few Badger State Cocoa haters that will probably avoid this one though.  The same cocoa-y chocolate note is quite strong in here.  I do detect a bit of the bakery note behind that, and just the slightest hints of cinnamon and caramel.  I'm very curious to see how this comes across when melted.

Raspberry Pineapple Birthday Cake - [no scent description]
I think this one is the prettiest of the bunch.  The scent is quite interesting too.  The sweet bakery notes of the birthday cake and a soft pineapple note blend together for the bulk of the scent.  I only get fleeting hints of the raspberry.

Peppermint Coconut Mallow - [no scent description]
I was SUPER excited to find this in the sampler!  Ohhh, this is an old favorite of mine and I'm glad to have more.  It's a lovely creamy mint scent, with just the tiniest hint of coconut if you're paying attention.  There is enough gooey marshmallow to sort of warm the mint a bit, and add thick creaminess.  I love this for Christmas but it's 'warm' and creamy enough that I'll melt it any time of year.

Treat Yo Self - 'Lemon verbena and Gilligan's Brew.'
(Gilligan's Brew is coconut and whipping cream.)
I mainly get the lemon, and it reminds me a softer version of the lemon in the Fruity Pebbles scent.  Light coconut and some creaminess makes up the rest of the scent.  The slight sharpness of the lemon keeps this from being a really rich and creamy scent.  This would be a nice, bright pick me up type scent.

Blueberry Muffin Pie Crust - [no scent description]
This is a sweeter version of a good ol' blueberry muffin scent.

Lemon Biscotti and Strawberry Shortcake - [no scent description]
There are some Rosegirls strawberry-lemon blends that are my absolute favorites out there, so I was quite excited to see this.  On cold sniff though, this one is weird and bordering on 'I don't like it.'  I think the biscotti is throwing it all off with it's weird blah bakery note.  The strawberry note is quite strong too.  Maybe because there is no smoothie or mallow to cream it all together into sweet gooey yumminess each of the notes is too separate.  I don't really like that strawberry note without the creaminess of something else.  It was the same with that Stiletto scent.  The strawberry on its own is rather ugly to me.

Fruit Salad Margaritas - [no scent description]
I knew right away I wouldn't like this one because of the margarita.  I don't like the zesty, effervescent, alcohol scents.  This is just an overly sweet zesty scent to me.

And there it is, my January 2016 Rosegirls sampler.
Did you see anything you liked?  Are any of these new to you?
Are you a fan of the sampler?

Melted - Front Porch / Butterscotch Sugar Cookies

Butterscotch Sugar Cookies - [no scent description]

This one started of with a delicious burst of gooey, sweet butterscotch and lots of warm cookie notes.  It was devine . . . and then it fizzled.

I melted this .9 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent for the first half hour or so, then it faded to a light generic bakery scent.  Bummer.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Melted - Front Porch / Lemon Marshmallow Vanilla Birthday Cake

Lemon Marshmallow Vanilla Birthday Cake - [no scent description]

Front Porch's Lemon Marshmallow is one of my favorite scents out there.  The cake notes were strong in this blend, nearly drowning out the lemon.  It was a yummy, creamy bakery scent with just a little dollop of sweet, bright lemon.

I melted this .9 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Melted - Front Porch / Strawberry Lemon Birthday Cake

Strawberry Lemon Birthday Cake - [no scent description]

LOVED this one!  It reminded me a lot of the strawberry-lemon blends from Rosegirls that I love so much.  This was bright and creamy, about equal on the strawberry and lemon, with sweet vanilla cake notes gently hugging it all together.  I need more of this!

I melted this .9 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had deliciously strong scent.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Melted - Front Porch / Tres Leche Cake

Tres Leche Cake - 'Yummy Cake that emphasizes rich creamy milk, white cake, and sweet yummy cream cheese icing. Yummy!'

This was much sweeter on cold sniff.  Once melted, the warmer bakery notes came out more.  It was rich white cake scent, sweetness and a moistness from that milk.

I melted this .9 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friend Mail From Kevin

I received a surprise package from waxy friend Kevin today!  He picked a variety of scents and vendors to chase the winter blahs away.

Peppermint Bark (Ten Digit Creations) - 'White chocolate, cocoa sprinkles, crushed candy cane, peppermint leaf, vanilla bean, and rich chocolate ganache.'
Mmmmm, this is so yummy.  I think I've really come around to chocolate scents this winter.  This is very deep, rich, and creamy.  It's about equal on the mint and the chocolate.
Most Wanted (Ten Digit Creations) - 'Blend of rose, geranium, lemon, and tonka bean.'
 Unfortunately, I don't like this one.  I'm not a floral fan and rose is one I really don't like.  The rose is what I pick up first in this.  Hubby might like it for his little wax stash though.

Sage & Pepper Leaf (Ten Digit Creations) - 'Clary sage, fresh basil, eucalyptus, spicy pepper leaf, and thyme.'
 This one is interesting!  It's fresh in an herbal way, slightly sweet, a hint medicinal.  This is not something I gravitate towards when ordering, so this is why friendly swaps are so much fun!  I think I might like this.

Night Shift (Ten Digit Creations) - 'Soft lavender and tonka.'
 I don't think I'd ever have guessed lavender was in here before reading the description.  I'm not a huge lavender fan so I'm no lavender expert.  I can pick it out now that I know it's there, but I think the tonka might be stronger.  Of course, I have no idea just what tonka smells like?!  For some reason, I thought it was like vanilla.  Oops.  I can't decide if I like this or not.  My first reaction is no, but then I find myself going back for another sniff.  Hmm, we'll see.

Cinnamon Graham Cracker (Front Porch Candle Co.) - 'Yummy strong Cinnamon Aroma with Graham Cracker undertones.'
I was super excited to see this one in the package!  I had it on my list for whenever I order from Front Porch again, and now I can try it to see if I really do need to order it.  There is a nice graham cracker note, which I love.  The cinnamon is softer, sort of sweet.  Looking forward to melting this one!

Butterbrickle Eggnog Birthday Cake (Front Porch Candle Co.) - 'Blend of Butterbrickle, Eggnog, and Birthday Cake.'
A rather self explanatory description, huh?  I was a little leery about the brickle part because it seems I haven't liked that note in other scents from other vendors.  All of the creamy sweetness of the cake and eggnog drown out any chance of an offending brickle note in this one though.  There is a sort of butterscotch hint in there.  I like this so far on cold sniff, but it doesn't strike me as an eggnog scent.
Salted Caramel (Front Porch Candle Co.) - 'Yummy caramel goodness!'
 'Salted' notes are another I've found myself disliking this past fall and into winter.  On cold sniff this reminds me of a sweet, gooey ice cream topping.  Hopefully the 'salt' doesn't show itself once warmed.

Eucalyptus Mint & Rain (Front Porch Candle Co.) - 'Crisp raindrops blended with eucalyptus and a hint of mint.'
 This one is very springlike to me.  It really does seem like sunny day after a bit of rain.  There is sweetness in this.  It's not minty or medicinal.  I like!  Again, something I'd probably never have ordered on my own, but the kindness of friend mail has opened my eyes.

Mystery Tart (Front Porch Candle Co.) - [no scent description because it's a mystery]
This is one of a few 'mystery tarts' Kevin received in his order and he randomly chose one to send to me.  You know I suck at picking out notes without a description to guide me, so let's see what I can manage here on cold sniff.  It's familiar.  There is almost a touch of that powdery candy-sweet note but the scent overall is not that type.  There is something fruity, maybe cherry?  Sometimes I think there is a hint of melon teasing me.  It's a sweet, fun, summery type scent.  I do like it, but it's going to drive me nuts not know what it is!  lol

Chocolate Chip Blondies (Nene's Kitchen Melts) - 'Warm, gooey baked goodness that's full of brown sugar, vanilla extract, butter and chocolate chips.'
This one is GOOD!  And there I go liking chocolate scents again!  The bakery notes are stronger than the chocolate chips but you do get the chocolate note.  I love this type of cozy scent.
Amaretto Cream Truffle (Nene's Kitchen Melts) - 'Rich amaretto cream with subtle hints of Swiss chocolate in the background.'
Chocolate again?  It seems my waxy friends are determined to get me out of my comfort zone.
I get more of the cherry-almond than anything else but it's far from the sharp scent that cherry or almond can sometimes be.  It's toned down and warmed by what must be the cream and chocolate, although I don't get much of a chocolate note.  Not sure how I feel about this one, at least on cold sniff.

Cinnamon Broom (Nene's Kitchen Melts) - 'The sweet, strong aroma of warm cinnamon.'
Julie!  Cinnamon Broom!! 
This is like Red Hots cinnamon candies.  It's sharp and spicy, with just a touch of sweetness.  I might tuck this away for next fall.

Orange Vanilla Coffee (Country Lane Keepsakes) - 'A twist of orange and a shot of vanilla syrup makes for a nice change up from your usual morning coffee.'
I'm really surprised by this one.  Usually the coffee note overpowers anything else in a coffee blend but in this one you can barely tell it's there.  The orange is definitely the stronger note in here.  It's not like your morning burst of sunshine in a glass type orange though.  It's warmed up by the vanilla, making it almost creamcicle-like, and by that coffee note that's hiding in a far away corner.  This will be really interesting to melt!

Thank you again, Kevin!
Thanks for not only sharing your wax with me but for opening my eyes to new scents and vendors, for supporting my blog, and for extending the hand of friendship.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Haul - Lush (UK)

My evil enabler bloggy friends twisted my arm and forced me to spend my Christmas money on some Lush stuff.  Being a Lush noob, I just kinda grabbed some of the Boxing Day Sale stuff from the UK site (US was constantly sold out of things I might have wanted to try) and decided that if I couldn't get into a habit of using bath goodies at least I knew other people who would.  lol

I placed two small orders on January 1, and the packages came over time . . . three packages total with the last one arriving January 19.  And since I finally have everything I ordered, I can go ahead and do this haul.  I haven't used any of these things, I know next to nothing about them, so I'm pretty much just going to show them.  You guys all probably know more about Lush than I do anyway.  =P

The 'It's Christmas Deer' tin came in a neat retro looking Rudolph cookie tin.  It included Snowcake soap, Beautiful shower gel, Karma Kream body lotion, Golden Wonder bath bomb, and that Magic of Christmas bubble bar that I'd been wanting since I saw it in a haul back around Thanksgiving.  I'm not too sure about the Beautiful shower gel, because it looks like it has glitter in it.  I'm willing to give everything else a try though.

Snow Fairy's Castle came in this cute cardboard box, decorated to look like . . . a castle.  It included Fairy Dust dusting powder, Snow Fairy shower gel, a So White bath bomb, and a Magical Wand bubble bar.  Not sure about the dusting powder in this one.  Do people really still use powder?  Enlighten me, Lushies!

The Little Snow Fairy box included more Snow Fairy shower gel, and 'pink fun,' which says it is a 4-in-1 product.  It can be used as a solid shampoo, soap, bubble bar, or bathtime play by shaping the playdoh-y material into fun shapes.  It'll probably be a bubble bar for me.

And finally, the Fire Cracker box, which was least interesting to me but I grabbed it anyway because if I'm going to get hooked on Lush I might as well explore as many options as I can, right?  This one has The Experimenter bath bomb, Candy Mountain bubble bar, and Intergalactic bath bomb.  Apparently The Experimenter has popping candy inside.  That might be entertaining.

Well there you go!  I'm kind of excited to try these now that they're all here!  Do you see any of your own favorites in here?  Something you have yet to try?  Have you tried the 'fun' doughy stuff?  What about the dusting powder?

Which should I try first?!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Melted - CFTKR / Citrus Vanilla Pound Cake

Citrus Vanilla Pound Cake - 'Rich, decadent vanilla pound cake. Sweet and sinfully delightful. Tons of sweet and zingy orange zest and hints of lemon rind. A wonderful new fruited cake.
 This was a really nice everyday scent!  It reminded me of 'poke cakes' that were all the rage back in the, what, late '70s or early '80s.  They're popular again these days but I'll always remember my mom making them every once in a great while when I was a kid.  Anyway, there was a nice cozy bakery note from the cake, not overly sweet but definitely cake.  The citrus note was much stronger in the first hour or so of the melt, adding a nice burst of juicy brightness to the otherwise warm cake scent.  As that citrus scent faded, the scent was still delicious, just not quite as 'fun.'

I melted this 1 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent.

[This was a gift.]

Monday, January 18, 2016

Natters - Jan. 18

Another frigid day here.  We made it up to three degrees above zero but there were wind chill advisories in effect.  Temps are supposed to start climbing now and by the weekend we're supposed to be in the mid-30s.

I went to my mom's this morning, despite the cold.  I'd been hoping she'd call and say to wait till next week.  But nope.  So then I'd been hoping she wouldn't want to go anywhere, that I'd just do her laundry and be able to get back home.  Nope.  Since we didn't go last week, she was needing groceries this week.  So off we went.  She's sounding pretty sure that she'll get her other hip done this year.  She's thinking maybe around June.  She says she'll call the doctor one of the these days and see what's what.  I'm not looking forward to staying there again through the recovery, but at least we both know what to expect this time.  And I really do think it won't be nearly as bad this time since it was the cracked hip that caused all the recovery troubles last time.  (The cracked hip that she got IN the hospital . . . )

When I got home from Mom's I just kinda puttered around the house.  I hauled my stickers and things out and wanted to attempt a Valentine card or two.  Yeah, I don't think my heart is really in it because I just stared at all the stuff and then packed it all back up again.  All my beautiful stickers and washi tapes, and I have no use for them.  I should just destash them, or send the whole works off to someone crafty.

Frustrated from all that, I grabbed one of the coloring books I'd gotten for Christmas and worked on a page in there.  My heart wasn't into that either.  I considered starting a new jigsaw puzzle, since we finished our other one last night.  And since I can't think of anything else worth nattering about this evening, I'll get this posted and go grab the next puzzle.

Good day, all!

Melted - Dessa's Homespun Scents / Tropical Fruit Chiller

Tropical Fruit Chiller - 'Just like a chilled glass of tropical fruit punch. Rich, dark full bodied black cherries, tart lime slices, juicy lemon wedges and zesty mandarin orange slices. A Homespun Original House Blend.'

This is one of those candy-sweet type scents again but not quite to the too sweet breaking point. It reminds me more of candy than of a drink since it has more of a powdery feel to it than a juicy feel. The citrus notes are strong than the cherry, but not overly zesty. It doesn't have that almost effervescent note that citrus can sometimes have. This was okay, but probably not one I'd get again.

I melted this 1.1 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had strong scent.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Natters - Jan. 17

Minion wants to show you how much he loves our new plants.
Well alright then!  LOL

Yeah, I've been absent for a while.  I'm in that funk again.  Work has been sucky again and I can't seem to get back to that 'let it go' mindset that had been working recently.  Then it carries over to the blog and I start feeling like nattering about my boring life and showing cute stickers is a ridiculous waste of time.  But I'm here for now, nattering about my boring petty problems and about to show some cute stickers.

Go figure.

I bought these at Walmart yesterday.  They were in the Valentine section.  I thought they were cute.

Bought this pack too, also in the Valentine section.  More cute little creatures.  I'm not even sure what I'm going to do with these.  I haven't been writing in my journal since very early during Blogmas.  I don't have any urge to try card making again, although I do feel sort of obligated to make Valentine cards because Santa brought me some Valentine crafty things.

And I bought this pack, also in the Valentine section, just to have on hand to put on birthday card envelopes.

I grabbed just this one pack of tarts because I absolutely LOVED the Cider Apple Fritters scent last fall.  My Walmart is weird in their wax section right now.  The fall scents never went on sale and many of them are still in stock in the regular wax section.  There are also a lot of empty spaces on the shelves, and that big center aisle bin of wax is gone.  This makes me think fresh stock of new spring scents might be coming soon.

I think I need to take some time to sort through my current wax stash.  I have three little boxes that I use to store my wax.  One is fall scents, one is Christmas scents, and one is everyday scents.  Since we're just past the fall/holiday season, I shouldn't have much left in those boxes and should be able to combine them into one box for the first half of the year.  For some reason, all three boxes are full and I'm finding fall scents in my everyday scents box.  The struggles of a wax junkie, huh?

Oh yeah, and I ordered a Rosegirls sampler yesterday.

Another part of my multiple Lush UK orders came yesterday.  Yay!  I'm getting anxious to use this stuff now but I'm trying to wait till it's all here so I can take pics and blog the haul.  Hubby and Casey laughed at me when I was showing them my growing Lush stash.  They laughed at the idea of me learning to relax and pamper myself.  I guess I'm kinda laughing at the idea too.

The Packers lost last night.
Ohhhhh, I have hated that team with a passion this year!  I'm not even sure why.  Usually I'm just 'meh' towards them, make a few rivalry type comments here or there.  But this year, wow.  I hate their smug attitude and how their 'greatness' comes from technicalities like Rickety Rodgers hurry-up play calling to catch too many men on the field.  I don't even care about the Super Bowl this year.  I'm bummed that the Vikings lost their game but I'm so glad the Packers lost.

It's freakin' cold here again, a mere -9 as I write this.  I'm feeling a bit crappy and cranky.  We started a new puzzle last night so I think I'll get this posted and go work on that while huddled under a blanket.

OH!  I finally got a chance to watch the premiere episode of Shadowhunters yesterday.  When it was originally on, our dvr didn't record it for some reason.  The few minutes I'd managed to watch that night were rather horrible and I'd thought I wouldn't be bothering with that show.  I managed to get the episode recorded when they showed it again, and yesterday I watched it.  I still think it's rather cheesy, and the main characters have the worst acting out of everyone, but for some reason I feel the need to give the show a chance.  I'll see how I feel after the second episode, coming on Tuesday.  I still think Shannara is better, and once all my other shows return I might give Shadowhunters up, but for now I'm curious enough to try another episode.

How have you been?!

Read - The Creeping

The Creeping
by Alexandra Sirowy
387 pages

'Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.

Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.

Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.

And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.

*** SPOILERS ***
 (But it doesn't matter because you won't want to read the book anyway.)

 Holy bonkers, this book sucked.  If I rated with stars, this would be a zero.  The story made no sense!  At first as I was going along I was irked because it seemed like the author was trying too hard to set up as many suspects and scenarios as possible to keep you guessing.  But then when it came down to it, it was a mix of all things . . . and it was none of them.   It was just stupid.  It was also freaking annoying to have all the side story stuff about being popular and sorting out feelings for a boy and whatnot.

Okay, years ago when Stella and her friend Jeanie were six years old, they were playing in the woods and something happened.  Jeanie vanished.  No trace was ever found.  Being only six, Stella was traumatized by whatever happened and had no memories that could help solve the mystery.  Years go by, she still doesn't remember.  It only really becomes a problem for her around the anniversary date each year because all the kids in town have a big bonfire and drinking party.  They say it's a way to keep Jeanie's memory alive but really, even Stella admits, it's just an excuse to party.  Well, this year at the big party, as the book begins, the body of a little girl is found.  The media and the town freak out because it seems to reopen the case, what with all the similarities to Jeanie's case.  Huh?  Jeanie disappeared.  There was no trace of her.  She was in the woods.  This girl was in the cemetery.  The only similarities are that they were both little girls and had red hair.

Whatever.  It starts jolting Stella with fragmented memories from all those years ago.  The media attention is causing all kinds of problems for her.  Jeanie's much troubled older brother, Daniel. is back in town and he's harassing Stella again.  He's always seemed to feel it was somehow Stella's fault, what happened to his little sister.  Then Jeanie and Daniel's mother is murdered and their father is arrested for the crime, but later released.

Stella's best friend since early childhood is Zoey.  Zoey's only goal is to be popular.  She and Stella are quite slutty and quite popular . . . and quite mean.  Zoey's pressure to be popular had made Stella turn her back on one her best friends, a boy named Sam, years ago because he just wasn't cool enough.  For whatever reason, she reconnects with him now during these troubled times, and realizes she's in love with him.  So we have all this side story stuff with them awkwardly trying to get over the past and becoming a couple, much to Zoey's anger and dismay.  Zoey also has an older brother named Caleb who Stella had always been close to.  He was like the big brother she never had.  

There are also distractions like Stella's father being a lawyer who works too much, and her mother who abandoned the family years ago.

Now let's add into the mess, an old legend about some monster who supposedly lives in the woods.  Oh and let's not forget the other little girls that went missing way back in the 1930s.  Oh yeah, and then there is the creepy old lady who lives way out in the boonies who threatens people with a shotgun and crazy hints that she might know more than she lets on.  And what are those mysterious piles of dirt all over her yard that look like small graves?

Now imagine trying to read this when you're bouncing all over the place among all those little stories and all that information.  It looks like Daniel, the brother, killed Jeanie.  But why?  Wait, no, he couldn't have killed the girls back in the '30s.  The creepy old lady is old enough though.  Maybe she did it!  But why?  She spits out little hints that seem to indicate she tried to help Jeanie.  And why has the mom turned up dead now?  Ohhhhh, so maybe the dad really did do it?!  But no, there is a monster in the woods who has been eating little girls for a hundred years.  Then why was there a thousand year old Chippewa Indian artifact finger bone in the hand of the most recent dead little girl?  And why is Caleb suddenly back in town acting all suspicious?  And while we're at it, why does sweet and wonderful boyfriend Sam always seem to be the one coming up with information to everything?  Just where was he all those years ago when Jeanie was taken??  (Even though he was only six.)  Did I mention the one remaining policeman who worked the original Jeanie case, who has remained close to Stella all these years, who is acting strangely uncomfortable about the whole idea of reopening the case and about the monster story, who then tells Stella another monster story that his own grandmother had told him?

None of it is ever making sense as you read.  It's not suspenseful or creepy.  It's just cluttered and choppy and confusing.  Things are introduced, then dropped.  Other things pop up in the story later when there was no hint or mention or reason for them earlier.  You start to form your opinion but then it jumps back to something else that you can't find a way to connect with what you've been figuring out.

And by the end of the book when the author *tries* to tie everything together and wrap things up, it still makes no sense at all.  It was an attempt to build a complex 'keep you guessing' story that fails miserably because the pieces never really fit together.

So what did happen?

Daniel DID do it.  Aha!  But no, wait!  It was an accident.  He shot little Jeanie with an arrow.  But wait!  I said wait!  It was an accident.  Yeah, huh, he meant to hit Stella.  Waaaaaaait.  He's only meant to scare Stella, maybe just graze her arm.  But yeah, a nine year old playing in the woods really has that much skill or planning.  Okay, so he hits his sister and is horrified.  By the way, Caleb was with him.  The two older boys tell six year old Stella to stay with a dying and terrified six year old Jeanie while they run home to get Mom.  Of course six year old Stella is equally terrified and she ends up running off too, and getting lost in the woods.  Because of this, the boys can't find their way back to the spot Jeanie was supposed to be, and she's never seen again.  This part might have been a good enough story, rather sad even.  But no.  Now we've got to tie in all that other crap.

Apparently Daniel grew up hating Stella and blaming her for what happened.  In his mind if she'd never have left Jeanie things would have worked out differently.  He's hated Stella all these years though, afraid that she'd remember and tell everyone that he had done it.  Well, didn't people already know that when he ran back to get his mom?  When they couldn't find her, did they decide to change the story and just turn it into a missing child story?  Daniel killed his mother years later, present day, because she was going to say something about it being him that did it.  Why now?  Daniel was manipulating Caleb all along, so Caleb wouldn't tell either.  They used the old legend of the monster in the woods to suggest THAT was what happened to Jeanie.  And Caleb had lived in fear all these years, starting to believe there really was a monster.  Then Jeanie and Daniel's dad is arrested, released, and then later confesses to killing his daughter and wife.  Huh?!  Why?  Ohhhh, to take the blame for his son, out of guilt, feeling like he'd failed his whole family.  Oh yeah, that makes sense.

Those missing girls back in the '30s?  Oh, just some pervert stalker who murdered little girls.  Totally unrelated to anything.

The creepy old lady?  Yeah, those were graves of small animals and pets all over her yard.  Why?  Because I forgot to mention the animal sacrifices, and all the time and attention some characters put into finding information about that and trying to tie it to the missing girls.  Apparently, the people were much more superstitious in the old days, much more believing in the monster in the woods, and would offer sacrifices to keep it happy.  Most people in more recent years though, don't even know about the monster stories.  Why?  Because every other generation or so thought it might be better to just hide that story because sick people might think they could commit crimes and blame it on the monster.

What?!  Are you following any of this?  Neither am I.

Melted - Rosegirls / Back To School

Back To School - [no scent description]

I'm confused about this chunk, and not even sure what the proper name is.  I don't know if it's Back To School, as the little tag shows, or if it's Orange You Ready For School, which I've seen in the store.  Or maybe they are the same thing and had a name change at some point?  The back of the little tag has 'orange, pumpkin' written on it, which is an interesting combination, and I did enjoy it.  I don't think I'd ever recognize it as a pumpkin scent without knowing it was in there.  It didn't strike me as a fall scent.  The orange added sweetness and just enough brightness to keep it from really being a warm, fall pumpkin scent.  Yet, the orange was not strong enough to present itself as a typical perky juicy scent either.  The two work together to make a sort of in-between treat.
And why was The Fall Slut even melting a pumpkin scent outside of the fall/pumpkin season, you're no doubt asking?  Because it wasn't pumpkin-y enough to make me think of it as a fall scent, and because I'm working my way through my random 'everyday scents' stash.  If it would have turned out more pumpkin-y, I would have then known to look out for more of this one for the fall.  hehe

I melted this 1.9 oz. tart in my Glade hot plate warmer and had medium-strong scent.

[This was a gift.]