In My Mailbox: Thrifting, No Longer a PC, and Giveaway Winners!!

Okay so this week I was quite busy. Had a few issues with Apple concerning my new "toy" as I like to call these techy items, tons of projects for school had to be worked on (including essays), and work is getting crappier and crappier because of a certain coworker who does not care about the program or how badly she treats the future teachers of Texas. SIGH.


In My Mailbox
Here's what I got in the mail this past week:

Okay, so I switched over to the dark side. For all my computer life I was a PC, now I'm a Mac. Disappointed at first (when it arrived it malfunctioned and I had to return it - HUGE inconvenience!) but then quickly won over (it's too cute and fast).
Macbook Air 11" iiiiii!! I'm so excited! I'm using it right now actually. Needed a new one since the old one is broken in half and sucks. It's so slow. Still works, but I need a fast one. I'm going to owe my parents for a while (they're helping me pay for it). I love it! It's small, lightweight, FAST, adorable, and fits perfectly into a regular sized backpack or even a mini backpack. Read below on the perfect bag I found for it. If ya'll have any recommended programs for it shoot me an email or leave a comment wit

Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy, Book #1) by Lauren DeStefano
RD: March 22, 2011
For review. Thank you Simon & Schuster!
Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy)
What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left. 

Wither looks and sounds amazing. I am a huge fan or dystopian novels so I'm very much looking forward to reading and reviewing this one. 

Split by Swati Avasthi
RD: March 2010
Won this over at Dreaming in Books. Thanks again!!

Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret.

He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can’t make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret.

At least so far.

Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After you’ve said enough, after you’ve run, after you’ve made the split—how do you begin to live again? Readers won’t be able to put this intense page-turner down.

I'm really excited to read this book!!! My prize also came with a signed bookmark by Wendy Delsol, author of Stork which after looking up sounds just like something I'd love. I was sold after this: "Mixing folklore with romance, humor and a gutsy heroine, Delsol has created a fresh new take on the YA Paranormal" (Eileen Cook). BTW, Delsol means "of the sun," which I think is nifty. :)

Bioshock - PS3 Game
RD: 2008
Yes it is the first one, but it was way cheaper than the 2nd that was not too long ago released. I've been wanting both forever!! I started playing it (only a bit since I haven't had much time lately) and it's SO fun, but aghh so scary! I had to put it on mute even though I'm in love with the soundtrack which features a bunch of songs from the 40's and 50's. I love it. Every time my character gets attack I feel like my heart's going to jump out. I don't know why I like horror games so much if they do this to me hehe

Set in an alternate history 1960, the game places the player in the role of a plane crash survivor named Jack, who must explore the underwater city ofRapture, and survive attacks by the mutated beings and mechanical drones that populate it. The game incorporates elements found in role-playing andsurvival games, and is described by the developers and Levine as a "spiritual successor" to their previous titles in the System Shock series.[22][23]The game received overwhelmingly positive reviews, which praised its "morality-based" storyline, immersive environment and Ayn Rand-inspired dystopian back-story.

Yeah, I'm a fan of Ayn Rand even though her stuff's sometimes a bit different. Love the music and I'm loving the game, if you have a PS3, Mac OS, or XBOX 360, then you should get it if you haven't already. 

This is what I bought at a thrift store:

Gosh I saved so much yet spent a total of about $60. I'm going to include as much information on each item in case you like it and want to hunt it down yourself (you never know).

If you ask anyone that knows me or has seen me, they will tell you I have an eclectic style and also a "grandma" style. I just love things like this below knee skirt.

Cabi skirt. $2.32
 These look and fit so great, I love them! That's not to say that everything else I bought didn't fit haha it most definitely did.

IZ Byer Saltwater pants. $2.72

 Ah, I love how these look too.

J Crew Classic Twill Chino. $3.93
 This one's so fun and cute!

George vest. $5.45
 This was my absolute favorite item. I love it so darn much, you have no idea. It's so freakin' adorable, but unfortunately not as inexpensive. I hate that if I waited until Sunday I could have gotten it half off. There was not guarantee it would be there then though so of course I took it. Worth it.
Ann Taylor LOFT. $29. 02

 Liz Claiborne. $5.45
 Here it is again from the inside.
 Now this one, I LOVE. It's so cute! I went into that store mainly looking for a bag to carry my laptop in and this navy blue bag is perfect for it!!

Avon. $9.59

 Here's a look on the inside a bit including my Macbook Air. It fits perfectly!!

I also got two items from CSN stores (for review):

It looks so cute! I need to buy eggs before I can make waffles. I bought everything else and when I got home *slap forehead moment,* I forgot the eggs. Grr.
Unfortunately the shoes were WAY too small so I'm going to return them (free shipping on shoes yay!). I will let ya'll know what I think about both items so you can know if they're worth your hardworking  cash.

For more mailboxes be sure to check out The Story Siren and check out Pop Culture Junkie who was the muse for IMM.


"Great Realistic Reads" winner (won 4 books!):

"Dandy Blogaversary" winners

The winner of the CSN $75 GC is:

ALEXANDRA T (Chick, I love your email)

The winner of the Realistic Reads is:


The winner of Alternate Worlds Reads is:

The winner of the Drama reads that must be reviewed is:

Winners have just been contacted and have 48 hrs to reply with a mailing address otherwise a runner-up winner will be chosen. For the rest of you folks that did not win this time around, don't fret, there will always be more giveaways here at T.V and Book Addict. :)

Sorry the IMM/Winners post took so long (took me about 5 hrs), my wireless internet decided to be mean to me today. Agh.

Adios/Goodbye/Sayoonara/Annyeonghi Gaseyo/Farvel

8 Pages Flipped:

BrittLit said...

I LOVE BIOSHOCK. I already beat the first one and I agree it is way scary. Bioshock 2 I'm not finding nearly as creepy though. ISpilt sounds amazing. Enjoy!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

yay for wither! i can't wait to read it!! great thrift finds! the jacket is awesome! and yeah, there's no way it would have still been there for the half off sale, it's too cute!

thereadingdate said...

Enjoy your Mac! I've always been happy with mine- glad to hear you love it so far.

Can't wait to read Wither - hope you like it.

Enjoy your great haul & happy reading!

nookie said...

great finds!

Lizzy said...

Looks like you had quite a week! I pretty much spent no money last summer to buy my macbook pro, and I love it. Did you buy applecare? If you didn't, it's worth the investment. I've had a couple issues with my computer, and Applecare covered everything.

Scoot said...

Looks like you got a ton of great stuff this week! Very awesome. I totally love my Mac!! I am sure you will love yours too. It does take a bit of adjusting at first when switching from a PC, but it is totally worth it! :)

lissa said...

I love Macs. I used them almost all my life, I'm sure you'll grow to love it.

don't really have any apps to recommend since most Macs comes with tons of apps, but one that I recommends is iText Express - http://homepage.mac.com/lightway/iText/iTextExpress/pad_file.htm -- it is a simple text apps that I used a lot -- certainly cheaper than Microsoft Word

hope your holiday is sweet and happy!

Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

I LOVE your outfit and shoes, great style hun! And yay for Wither. :P

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