Monday, May 30, 2022

Music Monday - 5SOS

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A lot has happened since last Music Monday! It’s been crazy! I finished my last week of class for the summer and got my first of three certifications for the Adobe Suite applications in Graphic Design! I was so nervous but ended up doing great! 

That was a great way to start off the summer! Such a rush! 

But naturally, life had to be a butthead. My kiddo finally got over her last cold/cough last Thursday and my partner and I decided we wanted to switch her service in-home so she wouldn’t get sick anymore. They’ve told us twice that we could do in-home, and they’d support her needs. Now we’ve got a Zoom meeting tomorrow that they named “conflict’. 

I’m an anxious mess, scared they are going to make us choose between her mental health and her physical health... not to mention our health, because unless we treat her like a pariah, (which is just heartbreaking and cruel), we get sick as well. 

Before Covid hit and school went online, she was sickly skinny and wouldn’t eat anything because she was sick all the time and I felt so weak all the time. That was only after one year of being sick all the time. I can’t imagine how sickly she’d be after years of this. Not to mention that in that state if she got Covid... we’d all be screwed terribly because we’d have such worn out immune systems. 

Sorry to hit you with all this. I just really am worried. She needs ABA, but she also needs to not be sick all the time.

Anyway... off to something better! Like some wicked music! 

I use these to write sometimes because they just pump me up! Which is your favorite? Let me know below! I hope you have a great week! Happy reading! 

Now, I'll just be off editing an old story I wrote! Stay safe out there! 

Friday, May 27, 2022

What Book Changed Your Life?

I don't often post discussions and I want to change that. Today's topic is really a simple question. What book(s) changed your life? 

I'll start.

I have two different books that changed my life. 

Now, I read the school books, like The Giver (it was the first book that I really loved) and enjoyed it but until I found this book, I didn't know books like this were a thing. Just books to entertain that contained vampires! This book kicked off my love of reading for pure entertainment. I've never looked back.

I've told this story before on the blog so I'll keep it short and sweet! I was in Waldenbooks (before they closed down) and saw the art of this book. It sucked me in. This was the first manga I ever read but it would not be the last! 

Without this book I don't know if I'd be reading and loving manga. So thank you Vampire Knight! 

So that's it for me. Tell me below, which books changed your life? Or like in the case with Vampire Knight, which book opened your eyes to something new? Until next time, stay safe and happy reading! 


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Currently Reading

I don't usually do these kinds of posts but since I have no book review this week, I wanted to share what I'm reading. Here we go!

What begins as a test of bravery or a sleepover activity—chanting in front of a mirror, riding an elevator alone, taking pictures in the dark—can become something . . . dangerous.

The most spine-chilling games based on urban legends from around the world: Centuries-old games such as Bloody Mary, Light as a Feather, and Stiff as a Board are detailed alongside new games from the internet age, like The Answer Man, a sinister voice that whispers secrets to whoever manages to contact him with a cellphone.

• Features step-by-step instructions, historical context, and the stakes for each game—including objective, risk level, reward, and additional warnings
• Includes chilling and dark illustrations throughout that intensify the mysteries of each game
• Discover a variety of dangerous games including ones you can do in a group or on your own

A guide to summoning spirits, divining the future, and invoking the supernatural.

The Second First Chance is a big, wonderful, messy love story about family, heartbreak, strength and courage. It shows us that sometimes what we want is what we least expect, and that everything we need is often right in front of us.

Strength comes in many different forms.  

Riya Desai and Dhillon Vora grew up together. Sharing secrets, hiding in their tree house, they were playmates, best friends and later—as teenagers—almost something more. Until the devastating house fire that ripped them apart, claiming the life of Dhillon’s father and Riya’s big brother, Samir. Riya and Dhillon have barely spoken since that terrible night, but they both made big decisions based on that fire.

Riya has chosen to fight fire with everything she’s got, but it’s not easy. As the only female firefighter and one of the only people of color at her fire hall, she has to prove herself over and over. Plus, she’s hidden her career from her family.

Dhillon wanted to heal things, so he became a veterinarian. When a chance encounter with a rescue dog throws Riya and Dhillon together again, he’s furious at her career choice. After what happened to them, how can she run into fires on purpose? For Riya, Dhillon’s anger is unacceptable: How can he not see that she’s protecting others from the very losses they both experienced?

Shirotani begins opening his heart to Kurose, until the counselor suddenly tells him that their sessions are over. Shocked, Shirotani withdraws into his home, refusing to leave. Then, out of the blue, Kurose texts him and asks to see him. What will Shirotani do when he finds out the secret Kurose has been hiding from him this entire time?

That's all I've got for this one! Have you read any of these or want to read any? If not, what are you reading right now? Let me know! Stay safe and happy reading!

Monday, May 23, 2022

Music Monday - Recent Songs Stuck in My Head

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Okay, we've got a mixed bag for today! A weird combo but I love both of these songs. I hope you'll like at least one of them. 

Today is my first Certification test, I'm so freaking nervous I'll fail. Now, if I do fail, I get two more chances to pass so it wouldn't lock me out of getting the certification forever but it would set me behind for school next fall and I don't want to do that. So please wish me good luck! 

This is also my lat week of school! Then I get summer break! Yay! More time to read and blog and blog hop and just have fun! I'm very excited! 

But let's just get to the music, shall we? 

Which are you vibing with more this morning? Let me know below! Have a great week and stay safe my friend! 

Friday, May 20, 2022

Connect 5 Friday - Covers With Chicks In Black Dresses

It's been a few weeks since I did a Connect 5 Friday but I'm back!!! This is my last Friday in class! I only have two days left and I'm free!!

I'm very excited as I'm sure you can tell from all my exclamation marks. But that's not why we're here today. I wanted to share a cover trend that I really loved and miss. Pretty dresses on covers! I think trend is why I adore historical romance covers so much. I would dress in a stunning fancy dress every single day if I could. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Good Girl Complex - Book Review

She does everything right. So what could go wrong?

Mackenzie "Mac" Cabot is a people pleaser. Her demanding parents. Her prep school friends. Her long-time boyfriend. It's exhausting, really, always following the rules. Unlike most twenty-year-olds, all she really wants to do is focus on growing her internet business, but first she must get a college degree at her parents' insistence. That means moving to the beachside town of Avalon Bay, a community made up of locals and the wealthy students of Garnet College.

Mac's had plenty of practice suppressing her wilder impulses, but when she meets local bad boy Cooper Hartley, that ability is suddenly tested. Cooper is rough around the edges. Raw. Candid. A threat to her ordered existence. Their friendship soon becomes the realest thing in her life.

Despite his disdain for the trust-fund kids he sees coming and going from his town, Cooper soon realizes Mac isn't just another rich clone and falls for her. Hard. But as Mac finally starts feeling accepted by Cooper and his friends, the secret he's been keeping from her threatens the only place she's ever felt at home. 

Book Review 

Okay, I admit, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately. Or maybe it’s just that I have no time to read after class and homework. Either way, I’ve not been reading a lot and when I do read I haven’t been enjoying it very much.

Well! This book changed that! It pulled me in right away with it’s She’s All That kinda vibe and I was hooked! I couldn’t stop reading and when I pulled my eyes away from the book, I couldn’t stop thinking about wanting to keep reading!

Here’s the low-down. Mac is being forced by her parents to go to a college she doesn’t want to go to. She’s already got her own money and doesn’t need them but she’s too nice to say anything. She’s also dating some loser who she doesn’t seem to get is a loser... until later when the plot needs her too, even though all the signs. (My only gripe with this book.)

Then we have Cooper. Sexy bad boy with full tattoo sleeves who’s trapped in the college town where the students treat him and his friends like peons. Everything’s set off because a stupid rich jerk gets Cooper fired and he wants revenge. He and his friends come up with the idea for Cooper to seduce the rich jerk’s girlfriend and get her to fall for Cooper and break up with her rich boyfriend, then dump her.

Only nothing goes to plan after he actually talks to Mac and sees she’s not the person he thought she’d be... now Cooper’s in much deeper than he ever expected and how long till it blows up in his face?

I loved these characters. So much. They each have their own family trauma and watching them bond over it was just sweet. It showed how much they were alike, even if their backgrounds were vastly different.

I loved being in his little seaside town and Cooper’s friends. Evan’s book can’t get here any faster! I already preordered and am counting down the days!

Monday, May 16, 2022

Music Monday - Taemin

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I want to start off by saying Happy Birthday to my wonderful partner! He never reads my blog but on the off chance he might. I want him to know that I'm thinking about him today. 

Onto the music, I've been mainly listening to K-Pop or Ambiances. So since I shared my Scottish Ambiances last week. This week you get K-Pop! I hope you enjoy.

Which one is your favorite? Let me know below and I hope you have a great week! Stay safe!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Random Update!

Well, I have some good news. I did actually read a book this past week and I'm currently reading another one. Maybe this reading slump will soon be gone! 

Just Finished

Currently Reading
I've also started trying to learn Irish. My library offers free Rosetta Stone for a few languages. I know Spanish would make the most sense for someone living in the USA, but Irish just sounded cool and I wanted to give it a go. Wish me luck!

I'm also studying hard for my certification for Adobe Illustrator on the 23rd of this month. I hope I get it but I have this classmate who never leaves me alone and is not only the teacher's favorite but the school's favorite so even though I told the teacher about her, she still won't leave me alone. But if I miss this test, I can take it again in the fall and she won't be there! So I can study freely and be left alone! Yay!

But I would like to get it before summer, would just be a great way to start my summer! So far, (knock on wood) my little kiddo hasn't gotten sick as I write this, I'm hoping so much that it stays that way! I hate seeing her sick and I really hate being sick as well. No fun at all. 

I hope to have a review for next week or talk about books more, but that all depends on school. I really can't wait for school to be over. My last day is the 24th. Fingers crossed it goes by fast! 

That's really it for this update. I hope you're having a great week! Tell me what book you're currently reading below and I'll see you next time! Stay safe! 

Monday, May 9, 2022

Music Monday - Scottish Ambiance

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I've been listening to a lot of stuff this week, it's keep me sane. I only have a few weeks left of school! I'm so excited for the summer, I have so many plans! 

But until then, I'll just continue to listen to some awesome Scottish ambiance and try to get through it. 

Well, I hope you have a great week and stay safe! Until next time my friend!

Monday, May 2, 2022

Music Monday - Songs for Sad People

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That's all I got for this one. Hope you have a good day and great week. Until next time! Stay safe! 

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Sunday Post (4)

I've had one heck of a week! Let me tell you! It started on the 24th, when my daughter started to get sick from only four days at ABA. They sure treated us a little roughly over that but I warned them before this started! I also got a little upset with them because they lied about keeping my kiddo in a room by herself with only toys she'd touched. Turns out they let her run and play all through the place and let her touch toys that others had. 

And my kiddo doesn't just touch toys. She has what they call a 'mouthing' issue. She puts everything into her mouth. I mean EVERYTHING. They told us that they'd stop her from doing that. They said nothing would touch her mouth. Turns our they only stop her in she puts the item into her mouth... they let her rub it across her lips... then they turn around and get a little upset when I tell them she's sick and not coming. 

But in the end we worked everything out. If/when she gets sick again, we'll switch to in-home therapy. 

The 25th was my birthday.