Thursday, 2 April 2015



I have read a book once or twice called The Muse: a novel of romance and discovery by Suzie Carr.

It is a beautiful story that shows us no matter our ages we can still grow and learn things about ourselves. We can also teach others or make differences in people’s lives that we have never meant by simply believing we can or a smile by simply being ourselves.

This book also had something to say about bullying it made me remember a time in life were people around me always were bulling my family and friends and im a fighter. I always believe in the underdog. It seems now a days people don’t believe in love differences. I had a weird personality I think because I am quick to stand up for others but when it came to be being pick on I took everything with a grain of salt as they say.

I would move on and just put a smile on my face while I die a little inside and I remember always saying to myself that the people who need me, they need my strength, they need my happiness they need my time and my smile even if I am crying and begging for help on the inside. I still do this every day of my life but I find myself wishing that someone would see the pain in my bright smile and just help me but I have yet to find this person. I wonder if there are others like this. If there is do I see their pain? Do I help them? Can I help them even thought I can help myself?


I know I run to my music and books to hind my pain. Have I been taking care of everyone for so long that I don’t even know how to take care of me anymore?

So I guess my question to the world is can you see the real me? Can I see the real you?
By Reeshe


Posted on Thursday, April 02, 2015 by Reeshe

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Life has been busy guys and it's been a long time since I or Reeshe (who moved away months ago and has limited internet access) has posted on this blog and even longer since either of us has made a regular post. I keep meaning to finish redesigning the blog, to make a new post, to finish a draft but the days then become weeks and weeks become months and it's time to face the fact that this blog is no longer a priority in my life. There is just too much things keeping me occupied - work, school, new goals I want to work towards, new commitments I want to take on like Karate Classes and writing stories as well as improving my graphic skills.

I can't properly speak on Reeshe's behalf, I haven't even told her that I am taking a break from the blog but I assume considering that she is also busy with school and acclimating to a new location and home that she won't be posting on this blog anytime soon either. However because I am just a co-blogger and this blog was initially Reeshe's idea I won't delete it or close it down permanently and just leave it here in case either of us ever decide to return.

Thank-you all for the support in the past few years. It's been fun.

Oh also I saw Catching Fire over the weekend, it was great. I definitely recommend anyone and everyone to go watch it.

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013 by Sandy

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

If you have checked out the previous Stumble Upon Songs posts you might have guessed that I have a thing for sombre songs or ballads. I love high energy pop/rock/alternative music, I am often blasting them in my car in the morning or on the way home but I can also go on for hours listening to softer deeper songs that just help me keep calm and carry on ;).

Still by Daughter
First heard while watching a fanvideo for a favorite pairing of mine from one of my favorite TV shows - Once Upon a Time

The Lightning Strike by Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol is one of my favourite bands and when I heard this song playing during the trailer for the 2013 animated movie Epic I instantly loved it, but you know I didn't realize that the song was being sung by Snow Patrol (fail on my part). But I was so happy when I found out that it was them.

The A Team by Ed Sheeran
This one was actually just discovered through the radio, haha.

Agnes Obel by Avenue
Her song Riverside was used in another Once Upon a Time fanvideo and I loved it so much I looked up a few of her other songs.

Found through tumblr after the airing of the episode Game of Thrones episode Rains of Castermere or as fans of the epic book series A Song of Ice and Fire call it The Red Wedding episode. It's a beautiful song but heart breaking if you are a fan of the show.

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Sandy

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Monday night my mom and I went to a book signing. Now usually a book signing is something I go to with a friend (if I can get one to come with me) or by myself but my mom came along this time because she knew who the author was. Ingrid Hoffman, a celebrity chef was promoting her book, Latin d'Lite. She has a cooking show called Delicioso that airs on Univision and she also has a show on The Cooking Channel called Simply Delicioso and my family has seen a few of her show’s episodes so I am sure my brother and sister would have liked to come too but the signing was at 7 and my mom works late so we went straight after work.

The store, Books & Books, doesn't do any advertising for their author events so I wasn't surprised that there were a lot of empty seats at the signing (especially since it was a Monday night). I mean the only reason I knew about it is because I receive emails directly from the store and then I told my mom about it. Despite the small group the signing was great. Ingrid was very laid back and honest and she had a lot of energy as she went through her presentation. She not only talked about the book itself (why she decided to create it and what it was about) but she took us all through the makings of the book, the behind the scenes, and she had pictures to show us on a slideshow.

It was very informative and interesting to learn and see how much work actually goes into making a cook book and oh my god A LOT of work goes into making a cook book. I already knew from following fiction writing authors online and going to signings that publishing a book requires WORK and perseverance and dedication but creating a recipe book involves on top of that other things you wouldn't need for regular books like photographers, a food stylus, studio, test kitchens, props and of course FOOD. Lots and lots of food. If you have ever seen the movie Julie and Julia you know how long it takes just to pick and test the recipes that are going to be in your book well now picture that process with the addition of the elements I just listed. I know regular books can involve photographers and models and other things to make an image look great but that’s almost always for the exterior, the book cover, well a good recipe book has pictures of food on the INSIDE of the book too.
Mexican Port Pozole

This was definitely one of my favourite author signings to attend and not just because we got free food (Wahoo Ceviche). The signing went beyond what I expected. The topics that were touched on were – publishing restrictions in regards to Latinos and Hispanics, the impact of big industry farming, the problem with hunger in America, schools based on cooking helping disadvantaged youth to succeed, jobs in the food industry besides being a chef, ingredients from the 1920 and 1800s that no longer exist along with other things I am sure I have forgotten.

After the presentation and chat there was the signing. I always buy a book when I go to a signing and Ingrid signed it and personalized it for my mom. My mom in fact had reached the store before me and she told me she got to have a long chat with Ingrid about her touring and I made sure she got a picture with her. I am happy my mom got this experience, she works so hard and always seems busy and doesn't really go out often (I think I get my introversion from her maybe) so I am happy I was able to share this with her. She said she couldn't believe she got to meet Ingrid and I am happy she did.
Latin burgers with caramelized onion
 and jalapeno relish and red pepper mayonnaise

Sorry I have no images from the actual event (except one with my mom and Ingrid) I left my camera in the car and my phone camera doesn't work.

Posted on Saturday, October 19, 2013 by Sandy

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Friday, 18 October 2013

Why Love?

Why is it that we blame love
for so many things
when it is us that choose to fall in love?

Is it because we can't find it
in ourselves
to put the blame
where it really should go.

Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 by Reeshe

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

A semi-oldie but a favourite that I have been re-listening to a lot lately. This song puts me in a good mood even at work where I am surrounded by different shades of greys and browns and doing a job I do not love. If you are in need of a mood lifter maybe it will help you out.

Edit: Looks like this vid won't play one the blog but you can click the link and see it on youtube.

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Sandy

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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Alma of My Heart
Alma of my Heart by Susanna Lo
Irena Montoya and Tatiana Jones come from two entirely different worlds. Irena is a poor, illegal immigrant who sneaks across the Mexican border and walks 46 days to Los Angeles where she hopes to find a new life for herself and her unborn daughter. Tatiana is a wealthy architect who has everything a woman could want – beauty, brains, money and an adoring husband – but she can’t have children. After a year of struggling to raise her daughter as a single mother in the pits of L.A., Irena realizes the best thing she can do for her child, Alma, is to give her up. She leaves Alma at the steps of The Survivors Sojourn, a safe haven for abused women and children founded and built by Tatiana. The minute Tatiana meets Alma, she knows all her dreams will come true and she raises Alma as her own daughter. Seven years later, the tragedy of Alma’s death brings Irena and Tatiana together. Through pain and suffering, these two women find love in a way neither one expected because sometimes hope can come from great despair.

This story was amazing, I was truly touched by this story. I cried, I smiled, I felt the happiness and the sadness that came with the women in this book.

I was drawn into this book, I felt everything that these women went thought, this book was so beautifully written, it kept you there feeling there pain, there happiness, their love.

The sacrifices that were made by the two of these women, it was what made them stronger, it is what made them fight harder and made them into the people they are today. I was thankful for this book and I have heard they are going to make it into a movie which is great. This story needs to be told. I believe that it will give people hope.

5 out of 5

Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2013 by Reeshe

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