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{May 21, 2013}   Day 21 of Reading Challenge


Day 21-Favorite Book from your childhood

“The Monster at the end of this book”(Sesame Street) by Jon Stone is the first one that comes to mind. Every page warns you to stop turning to avoid the monster at the end only to find out that the monster is…Grover! I remember reading it over and over even as I got probably too old for it just because I thought it was cute and funny. I didn’t even know until looking on Goodreads today that there was a sequel but I definitely need to look for and buy this book for when I have kids!

I guess I have made it to the first mountain. After months of pretty continuous but gradual loss, I appear to be at a standstill. I got to the 82 pound loss mark a few weeks ago and since then, I haven’t been able to get to a higher number loss. I’m stuck and even doing a free day hasn’t jumpstarted it back. 😦 I don’t plan to quit, though…I don’t care…well, I DO care how long it takes to get unstuck but regardless of HOW long it actually takes, I would rather live my life at 286 for that length of time than give up and get back to 368 or bigger. Yea, it sucks to not see more loss right now but even staying at the same weight is better than gaining a lot, right?

That’s what I keep telling myself at least. Maybe if I just keep being optimistic and pushing forward, things will eventually turn around. Other aspects of my life are at the moment. I find a company I can do training with for one year to do Medical Transcription. After a couple months, I’ll get paid for training and after training, I will be employed with them. As long as I’ve been hunting for this type of job that I could do from home and actually make decent money….I am just thrilled and ready to get started. Of course, training and having to get a new laptop isn’t coming cheap. I’m taking a “parental loan”(we’ll call it that, lol) and I’ll have to pay it back over time, but I think it’s going to be worth it. I am really excited about my future…way more so than I was a month ago, so I am thankful for that.

I just became a Great Aunt again for the 5th time last week, my 2nd youngest niece(that’s not through marriage) got married today and my youngest niece(also not through marriage) graduates high school in June. Time is flying by!


readingchallDay 20-Book that makes you laugh out loud

Shout-out here to a guy and his blog that I had the opportunity of reading about through WordPress on my first yearly daily post challenge! “The Bellman Chronicles” by Robert Hookey are hilarious! They are exactly about what it sounds like, too. The daily happenings of a Bellman in Canada…but I must clarify, that he’s NOT just a bellman, he’s also a husband and dad and he is super funny. I wholeheartedly recommend his book for anyone that needs a laugh. If you’re easily offended, you might not like it as well cause he says what he feels but I appreciate the candidness and honesty! I also recommend you check out his blog and follow him…I think his tagline of “You’ve been Hooked” will ring true. 😉

spotlightWelcome to my Spotlight Sunday! Every Sunday I put someONE or someTHING I love IN the Spotlight!

Anyone is welcome to use the idea on their own blog and spotlight whoever or whatever THEY choose, but if you do, please use my lovely graphic that my friend made somewhere in your post to show that the idea came from here! And I would love it if you left the link in my comments, so I could go check out what YOU spotlighted!

Today I’m doing a short and sweet update to bring some more exposure to a great website run by someone who used to sell Jewelry Candles when I was. (For those who are curious, I never specifically quit selling them, I just don’t push them anymore because I’m busy trying to get into doing Medical Transcription.)

Anyways, this woman has been making custom sock monkeys that are adorable as well as other items and trying to start up a business. Her website JUST went live yesterday and while there’s not much on there as of yet, she will be adding more and she will custom make the items however you like. Currently, she sells candles, tutus, tutu dresses, tutu headbands and custom sock monkeys with or without tutus. You can order the monkeys for girls or boys and specify the colors and patterns. I checked the site out yesterday because while I don’t have kids yet, I do have nieces and great nephews as well as a new great niece. I absolutely fell in love with all the different tutus and the headbands and the prices are VERY reasonable! Seriously….we have some stores in my area that sell tutus and the prices are always around $35-50 and I’m thinking, “I wish I could afford that!” The tutus on her site range from $10-15 and the tutu dresses from $20-22 and the headbands are $4! Not bad at all, right?!

So…you’ll probably hear more from me about this store in the future cause I expect to be a frequent customer as soon as I get some more funds coming in! 🙂

Go check out her site, Key to my heart creations, like her page on Facebook and spread the word! It’s a new SMALL business and we need to support small businesses!



Day 19-Favorite book turned into a movie

I have to go with “Hunger Games” here that I only read shortly before watching the movie, but I actually felt like the movie stayed pretty true to the book for the most part and I was satisfied with it. A lot of times, the movies change SO much about the book and it tends to make me aggravated but the “Hunger Games” movie didn’t change as much as some other ones out there. For instance, the “Harry Potter” movies….the ones I have seen are great movies, in and of themselves, but they are NOT true to the book. They change too much and it just frustrates me when people who have just seen the movies act like they know everything about Harry Potter when they can’t unless they have read the books! Ugh! Yes…geek girl problems indeed!

{May 18, 2013}   Day 18 of Reading Challenge

readingchall Day 18-First “Chapter Book” you can remember reading as a child

I honestly don’t remember the FIRST one but I know I use to have these Disney books that went together, kind of like a Disney Library that I loved. I think it was one of those sets you mail off for and it had a bunch of big hard cover books in multiple colors with shortened versions of Disney stories like Cinderella and Snow White. I feel like one of those was probably the FIRST I read but I can’t remember back two decades as to which one was actually the first out of them I read.


As always, you may answer these questions in your own post or in the comments section!

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1. Do you have a doppelgänger? Maybe…I’ve had people act like they know me and then go, “Oh, I thought you were so and so, you look just like them” so somewhere around this area, there could be one but I haven’t personally ran into someone that I thought, “They look just like me!” Of course, maybe I have and just didn’t know it cause I didn’t think they DID look like me…who knows? I think everyone has someone out there who could be their twin 🙂

2. Do you keep your car cleaned up? I’ve been using my Mom’s car for months now and I try to keep it pretty clean. My car never stayed clean cause my husband drove it and kept it messy…ugh!

3. What is a current fashion that drives you crazy. Leggings wore wrong bother me but not so badly if they’re in a dark color, like black…NUDE leggings should be banned. Seriously…especially if you’re going to wear them as pants without a long shirt, tunic or dress over them. If you see a person in skin tight nude leggings and their butt isn’t covered up, it REALLY looks they are bottomless and….that’s just tacky and inappropriate. I don’t care if you’re a size 0 or a size 30, it looks like you’re completely nude on the bottom and that’s just gross!

4. How often do you go grocery shopping? About twice a week when I take my Mom to run errands, so I get a few things on Monday and a few things on Friday.

5. What has been the best surprise of your life? I know what WOULD be the best surprise, but what has already been….I don’t know…maybe when my husband surprised me with proposing to me almost 5 years ago when I knew he wanted to but couldn’t afford the ring. When he surprised me with the picnic, it was in the back of my head that he might, but then I also really doubted it cause I knew he didn’t have a ring. So when he proposed with his great grandma’s ring, I was shocked and very surprised but it was definitely a great surprise!


Day 17-Favorite Quote

I know my favorite quote but this obviously speaking of favorite quote from a book. I’ve never really thought about what my favorite quote from a book was. I’m going to say it would be, “If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.” This is a quote from “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier and I choose it because of the beauty of it. I think it WOULD be lovely if memory could be bottled as a scent. I absolutely adore this book!

{May 16, 2013}   Day 16 of Reading Challenge

readingchallDay 16-Favorite Female Character

This one is harder for me to come up with then the male character and I’m not sure why. Maybe because there are so MANY female characters that I read about and love. There are characters that I can relate to and I love that about them and then there are the ones I can’t relate to at all but I love them because they are what I wish I could be more like. There’s not ONE specific character that sticks out my head as my most favorite so sadly, I think I’m going to have to leave this one unanswered. I WILL say my favorite types of female characters are the ones that stick up for themselves and others and aren’t afraid of being who they are because that’s what I strive for myself.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading? “For love of evil”(Book 6 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony (Almost done, just haven’t read as much this week!)

What did you recently finish reading? This is a shocker, but nothing! First time this year that I haven’t finished a book since the previous week. But I’m at 64 books read this year out of my targeted 150 so I think I’ll be fine. 🙂

What do you think you’ll read next? “And Eternity” (Book 7 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony

readingchallDay 15-Favorite Male Character

I HAVE to go with the first one that pops in my head and that is Edward(a.k.a. Death) the monster hunter from Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Slayer series. He’s not the romantic type that most girls seem to go for in books. He’s mysterious, he’s cold hearted and he’s not in most of the books, but there’s just something about his character that wants to know more about him and read about him more! I really wish she would put him in more of the books!

Just had to share the news that I became a Great Aunt again this morning! My new great niece was born this morning weighing 6 pounds, 15 oz. and measuring 20 1/4 inches long! Her name is Alexia Ann and she is beautiful; she looks just like her momma! I am a proud Great Aunt and I wish I didn’t have to wait until Christmas to meet her!

readingchallDay 14-Book from your favorite writer

This doesn’t specify a favorite book but I’m assuming that’s what it meant. Yesterday, I picked my favorite “new” writer as Kimberly Kinrade. Out of all her books that I have read so far, I’m going to have to go with the “Forbidden Trilogy” even though that’s technically 3 books. It’s the first three books of hers I read and what got me hooked and interested in reading more of her books. And no…I’m NOT biased because my review shows up in the description on Goodreads! I was shocked when I saw it there the first time, though! 🙂

Come back tomorrow for my WWW Wednesday and find out my Favorite Male Character in a book! 😉

This is going to be a short post as far as weight loss news. I’m stuck. 😦 My weight actually went up during the week last week due to the “unwanted visitor” and now I’m back down again but not at any loss yet. But good news is I measured and I’m done another 1 1/2 inches from the last month, which puts me at 35.5 inches lost since July 2012! Yay for that and here’s hoping I can have a drop next week!

readingchallDay 13-Your favorite writer

This is like asking a mother who her favorite child is! Even IF I could pick a favorite writer today, it would probably change the next day depending on my mood. I have many favorites for different reasons and I honestly can’t answer this. I WILL give an answer for my newest favorite writer, though. The newest one I have added to my long list of favorites is Kimberly Kinrade. I found her through reading Ebooks and am now friends with her on Facebook and part of her Street Team. I have read a lot of Ebooks, but she is the first that I’ve actually talked with(on FB) and felt connected with. She’s not only a great writer but she is so awesome to her fans and truly appreciates them. Tomorrow you will find out my favorite book from her since I’m changing it up to be my newest favorite writer.

spotlightWelcome to my Spotlight Sunday! Every Sunday I put someONE or someTHING I love IN the Spotlight!

Anyone is welcome to use the idea on their own blog and spotlight whoever or whatever THEY choose, but if you do, please use my lovely graphic that my friend made somewhere in your post to show that the idea came from here! And I would love it if you left the link in my comments, so I could go check out what YOU spotlighted!

Today is Mother’s Day, so what else would I spotlight but Mothers! First and foremost, Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers out there!

Good Mothers, like the one I was blessed with, are completely selfless and put their children before themselves, most of the time with no gratitude whatsoever. I never remember my mom calling in sick for her motherly duties and letting me fend for myself as a child. Often, when she was sick herself, she would fight through the sickness to make sure I was still taken care of. A mother cooks, cleans, watches the children, helps them with their homework, gives counsel, nurses them, teaches them, etc. She is the ultimate super human that does anything and everything she is needed to do, never has enough breaks, and even on this one day of the year, she STILL is a Mom. A Mom is a Mom when her kid is a year old and a Mom is a Mom still when her kid is 31. Once a Mom, always a Mom. A Mom’s job is never done. Nevertheless, how often does a kid or the spouse recognize all she does for them? On Mother’s Day, maybe…..but few and far between besides. Yet a Mother keeps on being a Mom even as she hardly gets the appreciation.

I’m not a Mother yet, but I have a strong desire to be one. On this day, I reflect back on the job my Mother did in raising me and I’m so proud of her and all she has done for me and WILL do for me in the future. I impatiently await the day where I will get to join the ranks of wonderful Moms, like my own, and have the chance to try to be anywhere near as great of a Mother as she was to me. I’ve known the love of a great Mother….now I want to know the love of BEING one.

To all my friends who no longer have their mother in their lives, my heart aches for you and I can’t imagine what you are feeling on this day. I pray that you are able to cherish the memories you DID have with your mother and if you’re a mother yourself, that your own Mom is living on somehow through you as a Mother. Be as great of a Mom you can be to your kids while you are blessed with them so that one day, should you no longer be there, your children will be able to celebrate who you were. You too are in my thoughts today and I’m sending out hugs to all of you!



Day 12-A book you used to love but don’t anymore

As a pre-teen and teen, I used to be a huge fan of R.L. Stine books. You may or may not remember this author but he did the “Goosebumps” books in the 90’s. I didn’t like the “Goosebumps” ones as much but I loved the other teen ones. They were horror books meant for a teenage crowd, so not TOO gory and no naughty stuff. They were relatively mild, but as a Horror lover, I loved them and used to read them religiously. As I got older, I lost interest in them and moved on to more adult horror authors, such as Stephen King…and once I found Stephen King and Dean Koontz, among some others, R.L. Stine just didn’t interest me anymore. I just grew out of loving his books, although I do like some Young Adult authors to this day.

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