//Bookworm Beat / Get Yer Comics!

This past week has been kind of a fun one for me, book-wise. I didn't actually read that much for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was sheer laziness. So when it came time to write this post, I knew I needed to pick something I could finish quickly but that would still interest me. Then I realized that I've been neglecting my comic books and graphic novels for way too long--the stack of unread single issues alone is daunting! Then an idea hit me: BRING THEM ON THE TRAIN! A volume like the ones I read this week are perfect because I easily finish the whole volume during one trip on the train during my work commute--so I bring at least two volumes to read--and they are slim and compact, which makes bringing them in my work bag easier!

The three volumes I chose for this week are a mix of styles (both in writing and art) and publishers (DC and Marvel). They've all been sitting on my shelf for quite some time, which is the worst habit I have as a reader. I'll buy books and then won't even read them for years on end. Maybe I'm a book hoarder??

Moving on...

//contains issues #1 through #5 of Ms. Marvel//

Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal was the first one I chose to read because it's the one I heard the most rave reviews of. Critics were clamoring over how fantastic the character and writing is and you know, they were right to hype it up so much. I really loved it! I'm not terribly familiar with the character, Ms. Marvel, but I really loved this in so many ways.

The writing IS great and fun and fresh. The art is wonderful--I especially love all the little touches by the artists that are subtle and in the background, like the names on product labels, for example. It's colorful and light in ways, which fits because the protagonist is a 16-year-old Muslim girl living in Jersey City named Kamala Khan. Kamala's personality is that of being incredulous with the whole experience and yet she rolls with the punches. She has a sense of humor, but also a strong sense of dignity when it comes to her faith and culture and loyalty. But I think the best thing about her to me is the warmth and heart of this character. I'm excited to see where her journey continues from volume 1!

//contains the first five issues of Batwoman from The New 52//

In a 180-degree spin, I picked up Batwoman, Volume 1: Hydrology. It's not only an opposite of Ms. Marvel in terms of publisher (Batwoman is DC, for those who aren't aware), but the writing and art and character are vastly different. Batwoman is darker in the art (and the story, to be honest)--almost starker--and the color palette was more limited to me. But boy is the art in here stunning! Every full-page color art I saw I thought it would look amazing framed up on my wall!

Now, the storyline here is much more sinister than Ms. Marvel (at least as far as volume one goes) and the character is tough, smart, and determined. Actually, ALL of the featured female characters in here are badasses and I can't tell you how excited that makes me! This volume highlights aspects of Batwoman's past that makes me curious to find out more, and the storyline and villain were unique to me. I think I'll keep up with this series.

//contains the first seven issues of Suicide Squad from The New 52//

The third volume I chose was Suicide Squad, Volume 1: Kicked in the Teeth, which is also from The New 52. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably seen the trailer for the upcoming Suicide Squad movie so you likely understand the gist--the Suicide Squad is a task force comprised of supervillains who work for Amanda Waller and a shady government organization in exchange for not being locked up for the rest of eternity.

The plot here involves cybernetic zombies--need I say more? The writing is funny (as in I actually laughed out loud at parts) and the comic features my favorite comic book character: Harley Quinn. I'm not crazy about how sexualized she is, what with the costume and the sex-bunny motivations at every turn (seriously, though...LOOK at that costume! HOW have her boobs not totally popped out while she's fighting?!?!). That's a huge negative for me. I will say though that when she's got jokes, they land for me. There are also a few turns here and there that end up keeping you on your toes. Plus, King Shark.

//Hey Girl Hey! / 02.02.16

I can hardly believe it's already February! It's as though January just flew by, isn't it? So what's new with me? Aside from somewhat settling into my new job, Josh and I met with a realtor to list our house and look for a new place--one closer to the city--to move into and raise our future family! It's been a considerable amount of work, but we're both anxious to find a new home and truly put down some roots.

After reading Dita von Teese's book, which I wrote about in this post, I've been aspiring to add more and more glamour into my every day. And although I've been wearing and preferring red lipstick for several years now, this is the first time in a long while that I've been wearing a red lip almost every day. I am the only red-lipstick-loving lawyer I've seen around the courthouse, so there is a sense of pride and power I feel in that.

Additionally, I've been practicing my cat eye (sometimes at my desk before work officially begins...shhhh!), switching up my liquid felt tip pen format for a liquid with traditional brush format. This is the eyeliner I'm currently using and loving, though it is definitely going to take some practice to yield it properly. There are certainly many drugstore brands of liquid & brush eyeliner that will get the job done, but I splurged on this gorgeous edition awhile back. One thing to keep in mind with liquid liner is to allow it proper time to dry--fan yourself with a sheet of sturdy paper if you need!

Josh and I have also been heading for "mini-date nights" to some of our favorite haunts. This was taken at Hink's, which serves, hand to God, the best burgers in the area. We're also quite fond of the pork tenderloin sandwich. What? I'm not drooling, you're drooling...the fact that we go on these little outings is special to me because I love spending time together. And we're both big fans of eating food, so that works out!

//he even tolerates me taking spontaneous photos of us in bed before we go to sleep//

Speaking of Josh, we've been married for three months now and it feels like it's been forever, yet like no time at all. I can't help but think how lucky I am to have found someone who can be silly with me, so supportive, and just overall amazing. Don't get me wrong, it's not always sunshine and roses, but even those moments have been nothing but growing and learning experiences in our relationship. I'm just happy as heck, y'all. I can't wait to see what 2016 brings for us given that 2015 was so damn amazing!

The food department has been polarizing, as you can see...I've tried my hand at icing and decorating cookies for the first time and man, talking about need practice! Luckily, it's a delicious and fun undertaking, so I don't mind giving it as many go's as it takes ;) For the record, the cookie dough was absolutely delicious! Gotta work on that icing, though.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is a love affair with green smoothies (tip for those with a regular blender and NOT an awesome Vitamix like my folks: chop up your greens as best you can and put them in the bottom, loading your other smoothie ingredients on top, to help really blend the greens! Alternatively, you can try a "greens powder," like this one). My current favorite recipe is spinach, kale, romaine (optional), apple, banana, pear, fresh lemon juice, pineapple (canned is perfectly fine!), some water and ice cubes. I don't have a preference for which apples or pears I use--I just get whatever is on sale. I make a BIG batch of it and store it in a pitcher in the fridge. It can get pretty thick, so just add more water to thin it out. And be warned that the ingredients will settle over time so it's best to give the smoothie a quick stir before drinking.

//look how chic my mom is!//

My mom and I have gotten together for a couple of mom/daughter shopping dates already. I love these trips because we get coffee, shop, catch up and gossip, have some lunch or dinner, and just enjoy our time together. It's a bit of ritual for us and something I hope to include my children in some day. Plus, my mom loves getting out of the house since she's tied to the computer for what seems like 24/7 (she and my dad own a business and she handles almost every little aspect of it).

Very recently (as in today), I've worn my hair down all day for the first time in...I don't know how long. November, maybe? I'm almost always wearing it in a topknot or bun, but I've been noticing some hair loss and while I think it's partially due to the medication I was on, I think it may also be due to wearing it tight and in the same position on my head. So I'm switching it up every now and then to get it back to tip-top shape and give it a break!

So that's it for this week's edition of Hey Girl Hey! Thanks for checking in and seeing what's going on. As you may have noticed, I didn't post this past weekend due to some--okay, a LOT--of stuff going on around the house. But I plan on getting into the groove this week, so stay tuned for that! I've got some goodies planned (reviews, organization tips, etc)!! I hope you can join me :)