Author: Nick & Nereyda

The Weekly Recap (261): Nick Meets A Blogging Friend & Nereyda Is Cold

Posted December 10, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 13 Comments
The Weekly Recap (261): Nick Meets A Blogging Friend & Nereyda Is Cold

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi friends! How are you all doing? I’ve missed everybody! My break was good. I really needed to be off-line for a bit so I could focus on myself and school, and that’s exactly what I did. My Thanksgiving break was good. I didn’t do anything on Thanksgiving itself, but I went up to NYC on the Saturday and met up with Ari at The New Romantics. We had fun walking all over NYC. The weather was nice that day too, so the whole day was pleasant! It was fun to meet another good blogging friend. Now, we have our first snowfall here in Philly. I guess we can finally say with certainty that winter is officially here, which I’m glad about – I was getting annoyed with the never ending warmth. This coming week is my last week of school. I’m excited for my three-weeks winter break. I’m going to visit my friends back in Denver, who I haven’t seen for a while now, so I’m […]

The Weekly Recap (259): Nick Needs A Break & Nereyda Is Reading More Than Ever!

Posted November 19, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 18 Comments
The Weekly Recap (259): Nick Needs A Break & Nereyda Is Reading More Than Ever!

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi! How are you all doing? I’ve been a little down this week for a variety of stress-related reasons, school, work, blog, life! I’ve decided to take a mini-break from the blog for the sake of my well-being. I haven’t been reading as much either, which makes me sad, but normally I would read at night before bed, but lately, the minute I get on my bed, I’m asleep within 5 minutes. I think I just need a good long break. I didn’t do much of anything this week. Just went to school, to work, and you know, the same old. This week I’m only going to school until Tuesday, since we’re getting Thanksgiving break. I’ll be happy for that break so I can actually catch up to school work and maybe reading! I’m planning on doing some online black friday shopping too? How about you guys? Any exciting plans for Thanksgiving, US folks? Anyways, I’m hoping to be back around the first week of December. I […]

The Weekly Recap (258): Nick Is Cold & Nereyda Chops Off Her Hair (& Loses Shit, But What’s New?)

Posted November 11, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 18 Comments
The Weekly Recap (258): Nick Is Cold & Nereyda Chops Off Her Hair (& Loses Shit, But What’s New?)

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi! How’s everyone doing? I’m well, but super cold. The temperatures suddenly dropped from about 70 on Monday to 35 on Tuesday, and my body is not adjusting to the cold as I would like. I’m constantly cold and bleary and ugh all I want to do is sleep. These past two weeks were absolute hell for me. I had 3 exams, and they were all for pretty tough courses, so I was buried in my school books for the most part. I am hoping that my exams went okay though I’ll admit to not feeling extra great after them. I’m finally done though until early December, so yay! After my exams ended, I went to T-Swirl Crepe in Chinatown. It’s this Japanese creperie that has AMAZING crepes. My friend and I needed a pick-me-up after the two weeks we had, so we we decided to go there. And it was just what I needed that day! I as always took crappy pictures of my crepe, so […]

Blog Tour Giveaway: Taking a Chance by Maggie McGinnis!

Posted November 7, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in Blog Tour, GIVEAWAY / 6 Comments
Blog Tour Giveaway: Taking a Chance by Maggie McGinnis!

Hi guys! We love our romance books around here, especially those featuring small town settings and rugged love interests. Today we’re featuring Taking a Chance by Maggie McGinnis from one of our favorite publishing houses. Enjoy the excerpt below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom to enter to win one of 2 ebook copies! Excerpt: He snapped off a long blade of grass. “Did you ever learn how to play a grass whistle?” “Um, no. Didn’t know that was a thing.” “Totally is.” He pressed his thumbs together with the grass between them, then lifted his hands to his mouth and blew. The sound that came out made Emma laugh out loud. “That sounds like a dying bird.” “Does not.” He blew again, and it was even worse. “I have it on good authority that it actually sounds like a hippopotamus’s mating call.” She laughed again as she sat up. “Who in your circle of weirdos even knows what a hippo’s mating call sound like?” “Not […]

The Weekly Recap (255): Nick Sticks With A Goal & Nereyda Needs A New Name

Posted October 15, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 24 Comments
The Weekly Recap (255): Nick Sticks With A Goal & Nereyda Needs A New Name

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hello friends! How’s everyone doing? I had a shorter week this week since we had Monday off, but I was still pretty exhausted by the end of it. I came back home on Thursday and napped for like 3 hours … and then went back to bed a few hours later and slept more! We finally got some cooler weather down here, which has been so nice. It’s supposed to be hot again over the weekend, so ugh, but hopefully, fall is finally here. On Wednesday we had a quarterly event at school where they bring in someone working in our field to talk, and have lunch. We had an interesting man from a big pharma come in and give us a talk. It was good to hear about all the types of jobs that there are within the field, but he also mentioned how this other major is starting to steal jobs meant for people with a degree in statistics. So that was depressing. Overall though […]

The Weekly Recap (254): The Slump That Won’t Go Away

Posted October 8, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 22 Comments
The Weekly Recap (254): The Slump That Won’t Go Away

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hello friends! How are you all doing? This was week 2 of school for me and I think I’m finally getting used to being back at school. The work load is pretty intense though, and sometimes all I want to do is procrastinate. But there’s no time for that! I had an incident again this week with my damn closet collapsing for the second time this year. I was so annoyed because I had just cleared it up and organized everything last weekend. My landlord decided to charge me $50 to repair the thing. Literally all he had to do was tighten the screws in the bars again, but he still wanted $50 … I was kind of annoyed because I’m on a budget and all. It’s repaired though now. Anyways, I ended up going to Reading Terminal Market for ice cream with some friends on Thursday, because I was a little down at the end of the week. I had a pomegranate ice cream with blueberry […]

The Weekly Recap (253): Back To School Blues

Posted October 1, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 12 Comments
The Weekly Recap (253): Back To School Blues

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hey everyone! Well I’m back in Philly and I’m already over it! It’s been a really busy week since I left home. Getting back into the groove of school is taking longer than I would like. Everyone was really sad when I left home, and to be honest, I’m still a little homesick. Hopefully, when the school work begins to pile up, I’ll be able to get over it. Flying went okay for me this time around. I honestly thought immigration and customs on entry to the US would be a pain, but it surprisingly went smoothly for me. I even got through the whole thing in less than an hour, when normally I would wait 1 to 2 hours in line. I was also able to get over my jet-lag pretty quickly. School was off to a good start. I think I’m going to enjoy most of my courses this quarter. It does seem like the work load is pretty hefty, but I’m hoping I will […]

The Weekly Recap (252): Changes On The Horizon

Posted September 17, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 24 Comments
The Weekly Recap (252): Changes On The Horizon

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi guys! Notice anything different?? I hope you guys like our new design as much as I do! Thanks to Aentee for designing something fun for us. 🙂 I’m still working out some kinks to the template, so please bear with us while I finish everything up. On to sadder news, I leave home on Thursday to go back to school. I’m super bummed that my 3 months vacation is over, but I guess it had to come to an end. I’m going to miss my folks a ton. 🙁 So, this will be my last post for about a week and a half. I’ll have posts scheduled for when I’m gone, but I won’t be able to visit you guys as I’ll need some time to get restettled and re-adjusted to US time zones. Most of this week was spent with my parents. My mom has been making all of my favorite foods and I’m pretty sure I’ve gained about 10 lbs this week alone. I’m […]

The Weekly Recap (251): Bleeding Gums & Bug Bites

Posted September 10, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS, Weekly Recap / 20 Comments
The Weekly Recap (251): Bleeding Gums & Bug Bites

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi guys! How are you all doing? This week went by fast for me. I don’t remember doing much of anything, which is both a good thing and a bad thing, in my opinion. I did have a dental appointment on Wednesday. I’m not scared of the dentist or anything, but it’s not something that I look forward to going to. I have a sensitive gum conditions that causes me to bleed a lot. So while the dentist was drilling through plaque in my teeth, there was a bloodbath in my mouth – gross! He did give me a gel to apply, so hopefully that will slow down the bleeding. I also got some shopping done since I leave the Thursday after. I bought some new shirts and blouses, and of course, stocked up on my favorite non-perishable food stuff. Usually, I’ll bring like one full baggage worth of spices and such, but this time around I’m not bringing any spices because there’s an international grocery store […]

When An Unnecessary Twist Nearly Ruins A Good Book: What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Posted September 6, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook, review / 19 Comments
When An Unnecessary Twist Nearly Ruins A Good Book: What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Nereyda: I had no intention of reading this book. I haven’t been too impressed with contemporary YA as of late, this author’s last book was a little bit of a letdown (considering all the rave reviews) and this audiobook was narrated by one of my least favorite male narrators. All signs pointed to a no for me… but my brain sometimes (aka almost always) forgets things like this and before I remembered about all the reasons why I didn’t want to read this book, I had already downloaded the audiobook. I don’t like to not review audiobooks I receive for review (unfortunately I don’t have the same mentality when it comes to eARC’s…sigh) so I figured I would give it a try. When I say Nick talking about how much it surprised her in a weekly recap, I moved it up my list. Surprise, surprise, I actually ended up liking this quite a bit… up until the point that I didn’t… but it still wasn’t enough to make me dislike […]

The Weekly Recap (249): Nick Is Sad While Poor Nereyda Is In Clarinet Hell

Posted August 27, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 19 Comments
The Weekly Recap (249): Nick Is Sad While Poor Nereyda Is In Clarinet Hell

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi guys! How are you all doing? I’ve been a bit down lately. I don’t know what it is but I’ve been freaked out and panicked this whole week. I think it’s finally dawning on me that I’m about to enter my final year of school, and I guess with everything else going on, I’m just really nervous about life in general. I’m not ready to be an adult, and I desperately want to have a stable job around this time next year. So there’s a lot of internal freaking out going on inside my head. I’m also sad because I’m going to go back to Philly soon, and I’m going to miss my parents. I mean there’s Skype and everything, but it’s not the same. And my parents aren’t rich enough to buy flight tickets regularly to come see me. Maybe if I were still in Colorado I would be happier to go back, but though I love my school and program, Philadelphia is not for […]

The Weekly Recap (248): Babies & Bad Moods

Posted August 20, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 19 Comments
The Weekly Recap (248): Babies & Bad Moods

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi guys! What a dumspter fire of a week in international news, no? I’m so over evil winning what seems like on a daily basis. The future does not look very bright, friends, and I’m not quite sure how to play my role in bettering it. Anyways, I don’t want this recap to get all dark and gloomy, so I’ll go on to cuter news. We had to look after the baby again this week while his mom went to some appointments. He, by the way, still doesn’t have a name! His parents are religious and in Buddhism, you are given potential alphabets for names based on your time and date of birth. They just got back that the letter “T” would be the most auspicious for him so they are now looking for names. We just call him “The Baby”. He’s a surprisingly good baby when he comes to our house. He just sleeps and doesn’t make a noise, which is how I like babies. We […]

The Weekly Recap (247): Nereyda Tries Coffee

Posted August 13, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 20 Comments
The Weekly Recap (247): Nereyda Tries Coffee

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi guys! How’s everyone doing? I’m fine and have been mostly chilling this week. Other than get ragey about a book romanticizing incest and child abuse that is, but most of you have probably seen me complaining about that all week, so I’m not going to talk about that lengthily here. The baby from last week, who still doesn’t have a name, was over at our place for a couple of hours while his mom was at a doctor’s appointment. He wasn’t at all fussy, and basically was very quiet. All he did was sleep and fart while he was here haha. He’s a cutie though. Apparently, he’s pediatrician thinks he drinks too much milk because he’s gained weight quickly since he was born. His mom said he’s constantly hungry and scream-cries until he’s fed. My mom says it’s because he’s a boy. Other than having him over, my mom and I went to this fair to get me some cheap clothes. I usually buy most of […]

The Book That Did Not Stop Surprising The Two of Us: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Posted August 10, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in 4 stars, ARC, Audiobook, review / 16 Comments
The Book That Did Not Stop Surprising The Two of Us: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Nereyda: I had honestly never even heard of this book (to be fair, I’m so out of the loop when it comes to books) until it came up on my emails for audiobooks. I had heard good things about her last thriller even though I never got around to reading it, but there was something about this book that intrigued me. I don’t usually bother with YA thrillers because most of the time they are way too predictable, but Little Monsters managed to escape the predictability with an unexpected POV and some added twists along the way. Nick: I was curious about Little Monsters but didn’t pick it up until Nereyda mentioned that she liked it. I read it over the weekend and thought it was one of the more brilliant YA mystery I have read. What I liked the best about this book was how it kept making me second-guess my theories at basically every turn. Nereyda: When Kacey’s friend Bailey goes missing, the whole town is shocked and […]

The Weekly Recap (246): Children, Fires & Nail-Biting Dilemmas

Posted August 6, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 14 Comments
The Weekly Recap (246): Children, Fires & Nail-Biting Dilemmas

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi everyone! How are you all doing it? I hope you’ve had fabulous weeks. Mine was an OK week, and very eventful. Well, relatively speaking. On Monday night, my mom woke me up at around midnight to tell me she’s off to the hospital because her friend’s water had broken, and the woman and her husband were freaked out of their minds. They have another daughter, but they are new to the country, so they wanted my mom to be there. Turns out my mom spent the whole night/early morning there until the baby was delivered.  She gave birth to a red-faced little boy! The next day we had to look after her daughter, which we were very nervous about. She’s shy and doesn’t talk yet. She’s also very attached to her parents and doesn’t like other people a lot. She was fine with us though and spent the whole day without crying or anything. But man, taking care of toddlers is hard work! My poor mom […]

The Weekly Recap (244): In Which We’re Both Lazy

Posted July 23, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 21 Comments
The Weekly Recap (244): In Which We’re Both Lazy

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hey everyone! How are you all doing? It’s been a bit of weird week for me this week. I felt like everything passed it in a blur and I didn’t get much of anything done. I’ve been feeling a little low health-wise. I don’t know if I’m about to be sick or what, but all I want to do is sleep or just lie down. Maybe, I’m coming down with a cold or something. Hopefully, the weekend will pep me up. You may have heard, but on Thursday, it was announced that Chester from Linkin Park had passed away. I was so sad and heartbroken to hear the news and kept hoping it was one of those online hoaxes, but it’s been confirmed. I’m a weird person in that I don’t listen to a lot of music. I just don’t feel the connection that most people do to music, but growing up Linkin Park was one of two bands, that were a huge part of my life. […]

The Weekly Recap (242): Someone’s Back From Cancun!

Posted July 9, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 18 Comments
The Weekly Recap (242): Someone’s Back From Cancun!

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hey everyone! I hope you guys are doing good. It’s been a lazy sort of week for me. I didn’t do much, though I did start my summer courses, so I’ve been spending some time daily on those. I’m hoping they will keep me busy over the weekend. The weather is really nice down here,since it’s the winter, but it’s just a teensy bit too chilly for the beach. I do think I’ll be visiting the beach at some point during this break because I’ve missed it! Other than that, I’ve just been hanging out with my parents, catching up on fall TV shows that I missed, and reading. Interestingly though, I’ve been spending about the same amount of time reading as I was while I was in school full-time even though I technically do have lots more free time. But I’m not complaining about my reading speed though because I’ve been able to finish a book a day! I’m glad that Nereyda is back so we can […]

The Weekly Recap (240): Nick Is Home & Nereyda Lives In Hell (a.k.a Arizona)

Posted June 25, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 11 Comments
The Weekly Recap (240): Nick Is Home & Nereyda Lives In Hell (a.k.a Arizona)

Nereyda’s Recap: This will be my last post for a few weeks since I am leaving on vacation in a few days and since I’m a terrible blogger, I never have any scheduled posts. My week was nice and kept me busy. Since I leave this week I do not want to come back to a dirty house so I’ve been busy all week making sure my whole house was clean, and stays clean. I always thinks that’s the hardest part about cleaning isn’t it? I wish I was the kind of person that could clean everything in one day but there’s only so many hours I can spend cleaning in one day before I get sick of it. Plus, I have other fun stuff to do like breakfast, lunch and dinner and my workouts and well, life. I do downstairs one day, upstairs the next day and all the laundry the following day then just making sure it stays clean the following days. So yeah, I spent most of […]