When one door closes…

Another opens…right? RIGHT? Or a window? A vent maybe, or at least some point of escape?

Perhaps not. Or perhaps a door is closed and is being held for a season and will be re-opened. You know, like how a door is held on the one end, like when your annoying little brother (or co-worker) holds the knob and you’re pulling on it trying to open it and when it finally opens you go flying in the other direction? (Usually hilarious if you’re not the one flying.) Maybe my situation is like that. Maybe all the doors in my life I’ve been trying to unlock, open, glide through, have been slammed shut in front of me and are just being held there by some supernaturally strong force until some artbitrary time is right.


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Mood Liftin’ Tunes

This past month has been a doozy. Trying to train former fifth graders on how to be 6th graders who will, in all honesty, be 7th graders by late spring ain’t no piece of cake. They flailed a little at first, bucking the system and what not, but they’re getting there, and we’re working on it. I’m proud of my little Knowles-it-alls…😃

We look like Skittles

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That RV Life

Welcome back! After quite the hiatus, I have decided I’m going to reboot my (totally, super popular 😉 widely acclaimed) blog back to life.

So here goes!

You may be asking yourself, “Shelley, why do you have a picture posted of yourself looking tired, haggard, worn-out, though slightly ecstatic, and all the while holding up something invisible to us the viewer?”

Well, I’m also holding a sonic cup full of tea, but nobody notices those things. What I am holding in my right hand are the keys to my new humble abode. The RV I’m standing in front of! Yep! I’m joining the masses of hippies, retirees, vacationers, etc. who now own an RV. My goal for said RV (name pending), is to gut, renovate, put the Shelley stamp of love and design on, and live in with Bailey until the next phase of our life pops up.

No ‘For Sale’ Sign, but I’m not complainin!

As to what the next adventure may be? Who knows? Librarian? Museum archivist? Poet, Author, Travel Blogger, book critic? I don’t know. I know whatever is out there is exciting and may be frightening, but I’ve lived through some things I never thought I’d have to and came out on the other end much stronger. I have my pup, I have my home, now to answer those mountains that keep calling…

Taking Name Suggestions now…

More photos and videos to come as renovations start and continue throughout the year!

Have a great day!!

Christmas Movies Rated

The Christmas season is upon us folks, and with it comes those beautiful films glittering with snow, trees, and holiday cheer. That’s right, holiday movies have taken over and I am here to help you navigate those frigid waters! I will use a rating of jolly Santas: 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅 with 1 meaning don’t waste your time, and 5 meaning rent, stream, torrent, or VHS immediately. Here is a comprehensive list of some of the best and worst of this holiday’s flicks in no particular order. Hope you enjoy!

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Best Book to Movie Adaptations: Take One

A few months ago I did my first compilation of Books V. Movies and railed on many books that were done a great injustice by their movie. As a wise person once said, “Don’t judge a great book by it’s movie.” That quote is loosely based off a J.W. Eagan quote, but he (or she?) is right, the book is nine times out of ten better than its cinematic counterpart. You can go into more detail in a book. There aren’t time constraints, budgetary needs, moody actors, craft tables to contend with. I get it. There are though, some gems that truly shine in both the literary and cinematic realms. Movies have caveats and it’s a part of the game, but if even I, the biggest stickler when it comes to this crap, can find multiple movies, so can you. After all, they are meant to entertain. So, trust me, I’m an expert-ish. Yes, I just saw Crazy Rich Asians, why do you ask?

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Let’s Not Be Mean, Girls


Everyone knows her. She’s the one you’re intimidated by, the one you’re hesitant to speak with, the one you really don’t want to tell bad news to, the one that doesn’t really take things well unless they go her way.

A mean girl.

Mean girls are littered across our society and pop culture like acne across a teenager’s face. They are angry, red-faced, and ready to blow. Gross comparison, but, hey it works! I digress.

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#sorrynotsorry: My Problem With Over Apologizing

There is a real hot-button topic being discussed around the internet lately and it is mainly an issue that is found in women. Now, I want to place a disclaimer here before I go any further. Not ALL who do this are women and not ALL women do this. There are many men who do the same thing and I believe it stems from anxiety, but that’s my belief, I’m not a licensed psychiatrist. Mostly, however, this is a women’s issue and it needs to be addressed. It most definitely is something I struggle with and it drives my loved ones, friends, peers, dating prospects, and colleagues kind of insane.

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In Another Life…

My father would be turning 62 today (July 12). We would be ribbing him on his age, his inability to finish projects on time, and laughing at his ridiculously corny jokes. There would be chocolate cake, Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream, and Diet Dr. Pepper. In an alternate universe, Dad would probably still be teaching high school history, geography, and, begrudgingly, economics, and sharing his passion with anyone who would listen. Riding in his truck, you would hear the likes of ZZ Top, Alison Krauss, or some other genuinely authentic musician that pleased his eclectic palate.

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Smooth Criminal: Best Crime Shows

My computer has been on the fritz for the past few days and therefore I wasn’t able to blog.  I know all seven of my subscribers have been waiting on pins and needles to hear my ramblings so, without further ado, here is my comprehensive list of the BEST crime shows including miniseries on television, Netflix, and HBO.  Included in the list are fictional shows, true-crime series, and documentaries.  Call me macabre if you must, but crime lovers and amateur sleuths, read on! Continue reading “Smooth Criminal: Best Crime Shows”

Books VS. Movies Part Uno

So, so many books have been made into movies lately that it’s hard to keep up.  I’ve begun to wonder if Hollywood is beginning to run out of ideas for original scripts.  Mostly these books are YA fiction, but many are other genres being made into movies as well.  Sometimes it’s hard to know if it’s a book before being made into a movie, especially if it’s not on the bestseller list or if it’s kind of an obscure title. I follow many blogs, Twitter accounts and other sources for this information, so usually I’m in the know, but sometimes they slip through!  “Shelley, in your infinite wisdom, what did you think of this book becoming a movie?”  They always say ‘infinite wisdom’, it’s SO embarrassing, but who am I to correct them?? 😉  Anyhow, there are a great many directors who Continue reading “Books VS. Movies Part Uno”