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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Love Stinks

And dating is the WORST.


If you’re a single human on the planet you know what I speak of. It’s just not easy out there for us single peeps is it? No. No, it is not. I liken it to The Battle of the Bastards episode of Game of Thrones when Jon Snow can’t catch a breath and it looks as though he might get crushed. THAT episode. Maybe I’m being dramatic, but I really don’t think I am. I think I’m pretty spot on actually.

You see, each time I psych myself up for another round of rejection roulette on whatever app I am set to use, be it Bumble, Tinder, OkCupid, Match, eHarmony, Coffee Meets Bagel,, I feel like I look like this:

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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”

Well, Hello There!!

Welcome! It’s been about ten years since I’ve had a personal blog and I’m happy to be back! I am glad you’ve chosen to visit my page and have found your way through the digital jungle to my site.  While here please check out my blog posts that I swear I will (try) to keep up with twice weekly, my poetry, and my book and movie reviews/recommendations.  Of course I think they are worthwhile, but do with them what you will!  I will be sprinkling in stories of my life which constantly proves that God has a sense of humor.  I’m a 34 year old single woman who may or may not be incessantly clumsy, incredibly awkward, and somewhat bad at dating. If nothing else, it will prove interesting!  Plus, I have an adorable dog and who doesn’t love that?

Who is this Shelley character anyway? Why the hell should you read this, and what do I do besides write poetry, read a bunch of books, and watch a bunch of movies and then share my weird life stories with strangers on the internet? Well, I promise I’m not a hermit who just sits at home compulsively doing all of the above…sort of.  I guess I am kind of a hermit, but I do work and have friends and what not.  I do have some credentials, however.  I’ve been a Language Arts teacher for 6 years, have a Master’s in Library and Information Science, read books as if I have a gun to my head, and watch movies as if my life depends on it.  If that doesn’t do it for ya, I honestly don’t know what will.  Obviously, I’m a freaking expert.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite new blog on entertainment, literacy, and life.  It’s gonna be one heck of a ride! Thanks for joining me!