Overdue Book Update - Review - Dana Chirps

Here is a brief recap on some of the other books I've read in 2017 and 2018 (so far!)

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay - Book Review - Dana Chirps

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay - Book Review - Dana Chirps

3.5/5 stars

I was really excited to read "Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay as I thought highly of her book, "Hunger." I liked "Bad Feminist," but I liked "Hunger" a lot more. In "Bad Feminist" each chapter is its own essay, and I think that made it harder for me to get on a roll with reading the book. However, just like her other pieces, I appreciated her literary brilliance. I am always left in awe of her writing. She is gifted! In this book she uses tons of pop culture references to address feminism. I'd recommend any female OR male to read this book. I actually think that men will find this book to be particularly fascinating. The nice thing about the essay format is that you can read a chapter sporadically, as they stand on their own. So if you have limited time, and this subject matter is interesting or important to you, I'd give it a go.

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5/5 stars.

Oh. My. Gosh. This book was sooooooo good! I had been reading a lot of books about social injustice (to conduct brand research for a client), so it was great to read something for pure entertainment. "The Couple Next Door" is an easy read, and the story has a bunch of twists and turns. Basically a baby is kidnapped, and it turns into this juicy mystery of who, how and why. But the best part is the very end. It was the kind of book you're so excited about that you tell everyone you know about it, in hopes that they read it so you have someone to freak out with. That being said, if you read it, please tell me so I can proceed to freak out with you! ;) 

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4.5/5 stars.

I loved "The Couple Next Door" so much that I bought another book written by Shari Lapena. Like "The Couple Next Door," "Stranger in the House" was a can't-put-down type of book. I like how Lapena uses very few characters but is still able to build suspense and drama. "Stranger in the House," also had SUCH a twisted ending which I lovvvved. I definitely recommend this easy, entertaining read!

The Win Without Pitching - Dana Chirps

5/5 stars.

"The Win Without Pitching Manifesto" was recommended to me by my boss. It's a short 137 page read. I would recommend EVERY creative or marketing person that owns their own business/contractor/side hustler to read this book. Every sentence in this book could have been highlighted. However, the most impactful thing for me was reading about the concept of "The Difficult Business Decision" which is choosing your focus. "We are hired for our expertise and not our service," is the end result of positioning one's business. But it was one revelation after another.

Hillbilly Elegy - Dana Chirps

4/5 stars.

Hillbilly Elegy was written by a 30-something year old guy that graduated law school from the prestigious Yale University. But that wasn't the story. The story was about J.D. Vance's experience in upward mobility as a dirt-poor hillbilly kid from the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. His anecdotes were a mixture of eye-opening, amusing, and disturbing (because they were real). There were affairs. Drug addictions. Constant conflicts. Screaming. His story really highlights how difficult (and often unrealistic) it is for people who grow up in that environment to better their situation. Eye opening read.

 

 

 

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

America's Cup - Bermuda - Dana Chirps

What a weekend! Brett and I had been looking forward to America's Cup since before we moved to Bermuda. In all honesty, I didn't really know much about America's Cup, and therefor had no clue what to expect. However, I did know it was potentially a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and that the entire country of Bermuda has been enthusiastically preparing and building excitement for the event for quite some time - there was no way I was going to miss out on that action! So the other week we secured the opening ceremony tickets for Friday, and Grandstand tickets for Saturday.

On Wednesday, Brett's pilot-friend, Kieran, and his girlfriend Samantha, booked last minute tickets to join us from Philly! We were both stoked they could come! They got here early afternoon on Friday. Shortly after they arrived, there was an announcement that the opening ceremony was canceled and rescheduled for Saturday due to weather. So the four of us spent that windy day exploring the nearby beaches at Cooper's Island. It was crazy - one of the beaches that Brett and I go to all the time was filled with man-o-war jellyfish washed up on shore, likely due to the weather. Then we trekked through the rain into Hamilton where we got dinner and went out for drinks (Devil's Isle, Pickled Onion, Hog and Penny). We hit the jackpot with live music at the last two places. The band at The Pickled Onion was particularly fantastic - I was loving their Pit Bull covers (mad me think of Soflo). We all knew we had a full day ahead so we were fairly tame, and got back at a reasonable hour. 

Out in Hamilton, Bermuda - Dana Chirps

Out in Hamilton, Bermuda - Dana Chirps

The weather on Saturday was (thankfully) Bermudaful and sunny! We got up early, took a taxi, and then a ferry to get to Dockyard, where AC is being held. We weren't sure how organized America's Cup was going to be, given that such a teeny island was hosting this month-long competition. But we were all incredibly impressed. The whole thing went off without a hitch with the exception that the ferry back which was delayed with no announcement by an easy 15 minutes - but that was not a big deal at all.

The event itself was a blast. The main area dubbed "the village" boasted a variety of vendors and tents: food, drinks, swag/apparel, a really solid kids play area (smart thinking on their part!), and tents where you could learn more about sailing. There were also different tents you could pay more for (VIP) that offered different things. Getting the Grandstand tickets essentially meant that we had seats with a great view. I'm glad we got those tickets since we were there for the whole day. It was nice to sporadically sit in the shade and catch the breeze that came with those seats. But if I were only going there for a few hours, I probably would just get the general village pass. 

The racing itself was what blew my mind the most. Watching these boats maneuver in the water was 1000x more fun than I ever could have imagined. The first race was USA vs. France, and we smoked them, but it was still fun to watch (I mean, who doesn't love watching the French lose?). The race between the US and New Zealand was TIGHT and extremely intense - Brett and I were losing our minds with excitement. The US prevailed, and ended up winning, and we whooped and hollered with American pride. Brett and I apparently ended up catching the attention of the cameraman... 

America's Cup - Dana Chirps

America's Cup - Dana Chirps

After the last race Wyclef Jean performed. He did a fantastic job, and somehow connected with an extremely broad audience. He was appropriate enough for the kids, edgy enough for the teens, and nostalgic enough for anyone who grew up listening to him or the songs he covered. 

Once the concert was over, we made our way back to St. George's via ferry and grabbed a late dinner at The Wharf. We were all pretty beat from a long day filled with racing, cheering, and drinking in the hot sun. We pretty much collapsed into bed the moment we got back home.

Kieran and Samantha had a great time with us, and we loved having them! I loved having a gal pal to hang with, and it was nice to talk to another chick who dates a pilot. We're already talking about what we want to do the next time they come to visit, especially since we didn't have enough time to show them the beaches on South Shore. I've already begun to campaign for them to bring their pug, Chief, next time too. ;)  

Saturday was definitely one of the best days we've had since moving here. Start to finish, it was an incredible experience and everyone was set to have an amazing time. I am so grateful to have gotten to experience such an exciting event, in this beautiful country. Between the intense outdoor sport + fun nautical-inspired apparel + champagne tents + live music...  I'm pretty sure sailing gained its newest and most enthusiastic fan this weekend. 

Watching America's Cup - Dana Chirps

Watching America's Cup - Dana Chirps

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.