Balance

Recently there’s been a lot of talk in my world about jobs and what people sign up for when they take on a job. For example, I heard a story on the radio this morning about special needs teachers and their preparedness for anything that could possibly happen while teaching the students. I won’t get into the super details but the story involved a teacher who I believed grossly overreacted to a situation she encountered with an autistic student. It got me thinking about my own experiences with jobs I’ve had and jobs my friends have had and I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the matter today.

With everything there are positives and there are negatives. I believe the way in which we handle these occurrences head on is what makes us either better or worse individuals. I’m sure anyone would love to live in a world where ignorance is bliss. In fact the entirety of that quote is “ignorance is bliss; knowledge is misery”. It’s usually equated to a child vs. a grown up. As children (hopefully) we live in this blissful world where nothing affects us much except for the next time we get to play our favorite game or go outside or hang out with our cousins. We aren’t thinking about the real world. Then there’s that point in life where you have to deal with those facts because it either creeps up on you too soon or it’s around the corner waiting to creep up on you eventually. We all have to grow up and be adults even if we don’t want to.

The “knowledge is misery” part of the quote quite fascinated me because I happen to think knowledge is an essential part of life. Most people are thirsty for knowledge instead of viewing it as something miserable. For example, I don’t want to know about politics but I still pay attention because I want to be prepared for anything that occurs in this country that may or may not affect me and my loved ones in some way.

Circling back to the bit about jobs, I feel like when you sign up for a particular job, you have to know what to expect going in. For example if you’re an artist of some sort: writer, movie director, music producer, painter, you have to know going in that when you release your art to the world that there are going to be some who absolutely love it and some who absolutely hate it. Now, I am none of those things but I feel like on some level you have to know what to expect and how to handle what gets thrown at you in any form. Obviously you are going to praise the ones who give you glowing reviews but should you ignore the ones who don’t or worse, call them all trolls or put them down? I don’t think that’s right. If anything, you’d learn from every bit of feedback or critique you receive so that you have a better direction going forward; learn how to to turn a negative into something that can strengthen you and your fan base so that you don’t lose anyone, including the negative Nancies because there is always that possibility that they’ll still support you and even like future works even if this one flopped for them.

Another example, and this is personal experience, is being a manager. Being promoted is a great feeling but with it comes great responsibility and one of those things is the ability to handle a rude customer. First you have have to acknowledge that it’s not a personal attack at you. The person may be having a shitty day. Such is life. Then you have to strive to fulfill their needs as best you can without making it worse than it already is. Now are there some customers who are just rude out the gate? Absolutely. Even so, there are methods in which you can handle the situation that could potentially open their eyes to their own behavior and get them to calm down. Is this a perfect be all end all method? Of course not. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction, I’d say.

One last example is having that tough conversation with an employee who is just not doing what they are supposed to do. I don’t want them to think I’m personally attacking them because they are not doing a great job lately but I also want to make it clear that it’s not going to be tolerated either. Sitting them down one on one and going through what I see and trying to get to the root of what’s going on so that we can figure out how best to proceed going forward is usually the best route. Again, is it foolproof? Absolutely not and sometimes it ends more badly than you wanted it to but sometimes that’s just the right route.

I think life is all about balance. You need to make mistakes and fail to become a better, well rounded person. Sometimes our emotions dictate our actions before we fully comprehended what happened later but if you have the ability to acknowledge that and correct it either in the now or in the future, I think that makes a good recipe for greatness.

What do you think about balancing positives with negatives in life? Do you agree about jobs and what to expect when you take a specific job on? Any examples you want to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Own It

I was talking to my amazing, magnificent friend over the weekend as we usually do and we got on the subject of honesty. We discussed it in the form of book reviews but, like I usually do, I went off on a slight tangent about this particular subject and one of the first lessons I plan to teach my child in the future.

When you achieve something great or are rewarded for a job well done, how do you normally feel? You feel amazing; on top of the world. Then you want to tell everyone you know so they can feel wonderful with you. You are owning your greatness in that moment. You earned it, it was well deserved and you want to flaunt it. That’s a natural reaction to a positive experience right?

So why is it that when a person does something wrong, instead of owning their mistake, they blame everything else under the sun? Or, even worse, flip the tables to make it seem like the other party was delusional in their assessment of the situation because there is just no way you could be wrong even though you KNOW (because trust me, you know) that you were part of the wrong or even fully responsible for it?

Speaking from experience, I understand how easily it is to tell a little white lie when you don’t want to feel the wrath of another person. I truly get it, I do. But I learned over time that that literally makes things 1000 times worse because something so small that I could have owned up to in the beginning ends up getting blown out of proportion and multiple parties end up hurt. Then instead of just one person you have to apologize to, there are many and from there, people’s trust meter of you has faltered a bit.

Losing someone’s trust or even confidence in your own ability to take and receive information is one of the worst feelings. I personally own up to everything I say. If someone asks me for an honest opinion about something, they better be prepared to hear an honest answer. I’m not one for sugarcoating especially when I made the mistake. It’s quite easy to say “That was totally my fault, I’m sorry” or “My bad, I messed up or misinterpreted what you said” to avoid a total explosion of unnecessary drama. Now if I didn’t do it or say it, I definitely won’t take the blame.

When I worked as a manager in retail, this concept was something I pretty much drilled into my staff. If you messed up, seriously, it’s okay. Just tell me so we can fix it together and then you’ll know how better to handle the situation the next time. If you lie to me, I will find out so let’s not waste time. Now, is there times when things should be tactfully said? Sure. But that is one reason why I always lead in with something like “I mean no disrespect but…” and then lay it all out. That way the receiver is already prepared for what I’m about to drop on them but I also hope it makes them feel comfortable enough to do the same for me in return because who doesn’t want 100% honesty all the time?

At the end of the day, I know I can’t make people change. Some people are so good at lying or being two faced that that is their natural instinct. It just sucks for the rest of us who have to figure that out further along in a friendship or relationship instead of right up front. The world would truly be a better place if people owned up to all of their judgments instead of just some of them and not only that, be able to take information, even if it’s information they don’t like, gracefully. That’s the very definition of being an adult wouldn’t you say?

I’m quite interested in what you all think on this topic. Let me know in the comments below and feel free to share experiences of your own if you feel comfortable. 🙂

Facebook Friday 4/6/18

Hey, hey it’s Facebook Friday!

I apologize for not posting the last two days. Wednesday I just had mush for brains. I attribute it to the weather because it snowed the entire day. Spring is looking farther and farther away. So sad especially considering my birthday is next month and I’ve never had snow on my birthday that I can remember so cross your fingers we kick this cold! And then yesterday I spent half the morning at the OB because I had to do an hour long glucose test. For those that don’t know, that’s where they make you drink a small bottle of this orange syrup, sit for an hour, and then draw your blood so they can test your blood sugar. It’s all related to diabetes. I don’t have it but babies in the womb could possibly develop it. I also got a TDAP shot which is tetnaus and whooping cough so now I can’t lift my arm to shoulder height cause it just hurts today. Joy.

On a happier note, I went to Wendy’s yesterday and it was glorious because I haven’t had Wendy’s in weeks since mine burned down and the next closest one is out of my way. Chicken nuggets are the best!

Anyway, this Facebook Friday is going to be a special edition because it’s basically an exclusive to you my lovely WordPress followers. I did not post anything to social media at all this week in the ways of memes, pictures or videos. I didn’t even realize I didn’t until I looked and saw that Friday was coming up and I had nothing from Facebook or Twitter. However, a few followers (looking at you Susan 😉 ) have been wanting to see my pregnant belly. My mother bugs me for a picture every month so I thought today I’d share that picture for you all but in black and white cause I’m a tiny bit self conscious about being so round especially considering this is the biggest  I’ve ever been in my entire life. But before we get to the picture, I took a quick video clip of baby’s heartbeat while I was at the doctor. You’ll have to turn your volume up to hear it real good but if you ever wondered what it sounds like when you’re sharing a body, that’s not from TV, here you go:

That’s 150 beats per minute. To give you an idea, average adult resting heart rate is only 60-100 beats per minute. Smaller the heart, faster it beats. Larger the heart slower it beats. Fascinating stuff.

Following that, here’s the little body snatcher from the outside. I’m currently 26 weeks and some change. About 2 and a half more months to go:

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So there you have it. Life information dump for extra special exclusive Facebook Friday, baby edition. I hope you all had a wonderful week and if you saw anything cool in your social medias this week, let me know in the comments below!

Have a great weekend and see you Monday! 🙂

Why I Like Social Media

I was debating whether or not I should write about food today but I have a habit of making everyone hungry every single time so I decided to switch it up this morning and talk about social media. Lately there’s been a big hoopla about how evil social media is these days especially in regards to tragic events and the like. I understand how it can be viewed in a negative light. I mean it’s come a long way since MySpace days where it was very basic and all you had to worry about was exes sending you harassing messages or subjecting yourself to chatrooms to meet new people and smartphones weren’t a thing (man I feel old). Regardless of all these factors however, I’m a huge fan of social media and I wanted to outline a few reasons why.

For the record, I only dabble with Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and YouTube.

Diversity

The number one reason I love social media is it’s diversity. There are so many subjects that I never would have even thought of thinking about if it wasn’t for the many people discussing these things. I follow a lot of animal related pages, cooking pages, book related pages, some of my TV shows, etc etc. The list goes on for a while but I feel like my mind is constantly becoming more open and my tastes are constantly evolving. It’s also great to see other people’s reactions to the same thing I’m viewing to get another way at looking at something. Before social media, it was pretty restricted to what you learned in school and what you physically experienced but now you have the added aspect of virtual experience. You also get to meet different types of people from all around the world and learn about their culture and heritage. WordPress is a great example here and blogging in general because you’re exposed to new and interesting content each day.

Communication

Second reason I love social media is the communication aspect. I was reluctant to get Facebook for the longest time because I was so heavily involved with MySpace and thought it was the best. However, as more of my family joined the platform and I saw how clean and sophisticated it looked, I decided to switch. In the beginning I mainly used it to communicate with cousins and family I didn’t often see. Now I can communicate with pretty much anyone. Its honestly a genius resource regardless of all the negativity it receives. It’s nice when you leave a job and can still have contact with a person you became close with without having to call or text message them constantly. And the amount of control you have is great. There all kinds of settings for how you want your Facebook to operate and I think nowadays, a lot of people don’t take advantage of those so they end up hating it. I have mine set to Private and only Friends can see what I post; not friends of friends and the general public can only see a very basic profile from the outside. There is also that wonderful block button and unfriend/unfollow button whenever you need it. Same goes for Twitter essentially and I love Twitter because who’d ever thought they’d have the ability to speak to their favorite authors or celebrities without writing a letter and pray it gets answered?? I mean that’s just the coolest thing ever.

Learning

Lastly, at least for today, the third thing I love about social media kind of ties with the diversity aspect. I learn a lot each day. For example, last night I watched a cooking video and literally after work went grocery shopping for all the ingredients, went home and proceeded to cook it. Turned out to be a huge success that my husband praised me for and I just felt really great because it was social media that encouraged me to do that. You also learn other cool things like household cleaning hacks, upcoming book and movie releases and even the news. For someone who’s “cut the cord” long before cutting the cord was even a thing, social media is a huge resource in keeping me in the know about what’s going on in the world without having to visit a million news sites. YouTube is especially helpful in DIY videos that help you save money or for me right now, prenatal exercises without having to go out to a gym and paying someone to guide me in these (I’m so cheap).


These are the three big ones for me. I could go on but I don’t want to subject you to reading a super long blog post. How about you? How do you feel about social media? Do you agree with my reasons? Disagree? Have any additional reasons you’d like to add? Let me know in the comments below!

Weekend Shenanigans

So this is what I woke up to this morning:

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Can’t deny that it’s not gorgeous even though I’m so over snow it’s not even funny. That’s okay though cause tomorrow is supposed to be 65 degrees and thunderstorm-y which is marginally better. Weather ups and down woes.

Friday I got off a little bit early so that was kind of neat. I went straight home and actually picked up a book! I’ve mentioned the slump I’ve been in for a while and well there’s nothing like a paranormal romance to bring me back. I randomly decided to read this author I never heard of before cause she has some pretty fantastic reviews on most of her series and I was feeling a really good paranormal. I would actually dub this one as having hints of urban fantasy and it’s super great cause there’s a lot of cursing in the book and it makes me feel like I’m not as bad with my cursing as the characters in these books. The little things I find to make me smile eh? 😉 Plus! It aligns with my #UltimateReadingChallenge cause April’s book is one with a one word title and by the time I finish it tonight or tomorrow, it’ll fit in those parameters.

My husband and I finished season 2 of Jessica Jones which wasn’t as mind blowing as Season 1 but still pretty good nevertheless. I just love Jessica Jones’ snarky character attitude. She’s kind of like the girl version of Deadpool.. sort of. We started watching The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes and let me tell you, you have to watch this show! We’ve only watched the pilot so far but absolutely amazed. For example, one woman made her home out of abandoned 747 plane wings. I kid you not. It was the coolest thing I’d ever seen, not to mention the other houses in the set. Seriously, watch this show.

Sunday was Easter. My husband and I don’t celebrate though that might change when this kid gets here just cause kids. We spent the day just hanging out on the couch with the cats which is always so nice cause we don’t get to do it as often as we like. Then in the afternoon I met Patty for lunch. If you don’t know Patty, you should. She runs the blog Moohnshine’s Corner and it’s all about books. She hosts a lot of tours and blitzs and she’s just a lot of fun. Whenever she comes to visit family in my neck of the woods, we make a point to get a bite and talk. We could literally talk for hours if we didn’t have responsibilities. I always try to take her to a place she won’t find it in SC because who goes and visits a person and goes to the chain restaurants we always eat at right?? So she was introduced to the place my husband and I went to on our second date. It was great. She gave me a lot of pregnancy tips too cause I need them all. Here’s a picture of us:

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and feel free to share your shenanigans in the comments below!

Happy Monday! 🙂

 

Facebook Friday 3/30/18

Hey, hey it’s Facebook Friday!

It’s also Good Friday. That has something to do with Christianity I think but I couldn’t tell you for sure. For me it means I still work but only for half of the day which is nice. I’m hoping to do some more spring cleaning this weekend in preparation for our big flooring project. We were finally able to get the materials purchased and my carpet loving husband decided luxury vinyl plank all over was more economical and cleaner in the long run than carpet (which is what I wanted in the first place so hooray!). I’m also hoping to get back into some reading cause it’s been a couple weeks but I’m super excited for Sunday cause I’ll be meeting up with a fellow blogger again and you all will be able to get a real post out of us this time; pictures included. So stay tuned for that on Monday.

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

Let’s dive right in. As usual, I didn’t share a meme but I did share a tweet that I completely agreed with about author/reader interaction:

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I don’t retweet often but when I read this, it resonated.

Next, I did share a video on Facebook! It’s about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen but I’m a sucker for cute things so I’m sure I’ll say this again in some other post as well:

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Lastly, I did share a photo. I made brinner which is breakfast food for dinner and it consisted of pancakes. I’ve made pancakes plenty of times before. That’s no secret but I decided to try the Ultimate Pancake recipe on the back of the Bisquick box and these pancakes came out looking like restaurant quality style. I was so proud of myself that I shared a picture declaring that they were the most perfect pancakes I’d ever made:

And that’s it! Did you see or share anything interesting in your social medias this week? Do you have Good Friday plans? Let me know in the comments below and have a good a great weekend everyone!

See you Monday. 🙂

Right Whale

Today’s endangered animal comes to you from the Atlantic oceans of North America. There are three types of right whales: the North Atlantic, Pacific and Southern right whales. The one I will be discussing today is the North Atlantic because it’s been cropping up a lot in the news lately as it is estimated to be on the brink of extinction.

North Atlantic right whales have a very distinctive appearance. They are about 95% black in color all over with a few having white spots speckled here and there around their face. This was interesting to me because the only whale with black on it that I’d known about before were Orcas (killer whales). Another distinctive feature of the right whale is it does not have a dorsal fin. Instead it has large pectoral fins and a giant tale that create powerful strokes through the ocean. Right whales are larger than orcas and about two steps below blue whales which are the largest mammals in the world. Right whales are about 45-60 feet long in comparison to killer whales that are only 23-31 feet or blue whales that are 60-90+ feet long.

There are two types of whale species based on their teeth: Odontoceti and Mysticeti. The former have teeth whereas the later have baleen plates. Right whales fall into the second group. They have large baleen plates that help them capture and eat the most microscopic sea organisms. What they do is take a huge gulp of water and then the water filters out of their baleen plates while these really fine, densely packed hairs capture plankton, krill and larval stages of barnacles which are about the size of a grain of rice. Then the right whale will scrape its baleen with its tongue and swallow its tiny prey. Right whales have two blowholes on the top of their head in which they breathe air from and because they are a vertebrate, they also have a backbone.

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Right whales travel in small pods of 2-3 usually. Sometimes if food is plentiful, pods of up to 12 can be seen. They feed in the temperate waters of the North and the migrate South around the coasts of Florida and Georgia to breed and give birth; between December and March. Female right whales aren’t sexually mature until they’re about 10 years old. Gestation is about 12 months and then mom will give birth to one offspring who will nurse and stay with her for 9-12 months. Female right whales only bear offspring once every 3 years. The general lifespan of a right whale is about 30 years.

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North Atlantic white whales are currently listed on the IUCN database as endangered. Their name is derived from early whalers who considered these whales easy targets because they hang close to the shore, swim very slow (about 6 mph), and are very friendly toward whaling boats making them the “right” whale to hunt. Commercial whaling was huge between the 11th and 20th century. Right whales were decimated by the thousands for their baleen and oil. It wasn’t until 1935 when commercial whaling became illegal that humans realized how depleted the species had become.

Today there are about 300-350 North Atlantic individuals left in the wild and their numbers are still declining. The main threats to this species are still due to human activity; collisions with boats, fishing net entanglement and water pollution, acoustic smog (which is the sounds from boat horns and drilling that inhibit whales from communicating with each other) and climate change are the main factors. Scientists and conservationists have been following a pod of individuals and it’s been noted that no offspring have been born in several decades, or if they have, it’s every 9 years instead of every 3, which is a huge problem considering how long it takes for these whales to breed in the first place.

Conservation efforts have been going on for many years. One main operation involves improving shipping lanes between northern US and Canada to reduce ship collisions. Another route is conversation programs and initiatives for people to get involved in spreading awareness. WWF suggests buying only seafood that’s MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified because they promote healthy, sustainable fishing practices.

If after reading all of this, you decide you would like to support the cause, check out the New England Aquarium website HERE where you can adopt a right whale and buy merchandise where the proceeds go to right whale conservation research and development.

(Sources: Arkive, Ocean Portal, Defenders of Wildlife, WWF Panda)
(Pics: Featured, Mom+Calf, Baleen)

A-Z Bookish Survey Tag

Happy Wednesday and last day of Nel’s tag-a-thon. I wasn’t tagged in this specifically but I thought it looked fun and told fellow blogger, Reading in the Wings, I’d do it. I’m not exactly sure who created it but if you check Reading in the Wings’ blog you might be able to trace it back to that person.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

I’m a heavy series reader so that equals a lot of books from the jump but if I had to pick on the spot, and Shakespeare didn’t count, I’d say Ilona Andrews cause I’ve read almost every series they’ve created or Judith McNaught cause I’ve read every book she’s ever written which is about 16 books.

Best Sequel Ever:

Man, I have a couple I guess because a lot of the sequels ended up being trilogies but here are some of my favorites:

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Heart of Steel features badass pirate Yasmeen who is great at killing zombies and I can never get enough of this book.

Court Duel features badass swordsman Meliara and I haven’t read this duology in a long time but I still love it.

Rise is the sequel to the prequel duology with the first book being Rift and features badass sword wielding, magic using, gladiator of sorts and sits prominently on my physical favorites shelf.

(I have a thing for badass woman characters. Can you tell? 😉 )

Currently Reading:

Nothing. I know. THE HORROR! I’ve been a slump due to my life as well as my addiction to all things Marvel Cinematic Universe at the moment. Hopefully my reading game comes back on one of these days.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Usually water cause I’m boring, haha. I’m not a soda drinker and I’ll do fruit juice on occasion.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Both. I was strictly physical book until I worked 2 jobs regularly and couldn’t haul my books around with me so I got my first e-reader back in college. It was a Sony something or other they don’t even make anymore, before Kindle and apps in general were a thing and I loved it. I now tote around an Android tablet with all the cool kids apps and lots of ebooks on it. However, I still collect physical books of ones that I read and loved and need to own cause I loan my books out to friends often.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

HAHA! I didn’t date in high school. In fact, I didn’t have my first boyfriend until I was 18 so this question is kind of tough. I think I’d choose Valek from the Poison Study series or maybe Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series. They are pretty dreamy to my high school self.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

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I don’t usually do dark romance but my goodness was this worth every minute it took me to read it through and then some. It was hot and intense and beautiful and I’d read it again in a hot second.

Hidden Gem Book:

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I’d have to go with The Final Formula series. Not many people seem to know who Becca Andre is but I love her writing cause it’s not often you see someone write about alchemy and necromancy.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Hmm. Maybe when I discovered how fun reading truly is. There used to be a program back when I was younger called Book It! and you would track the books you read, take the form to Pizza Hut and get a free personal pan pizza for every challenge you completed and then like once a month you’d get a pizza and a prize out of their bin. At the time Harry Potter was super huge so I’ve gotten a lot of Harry Potter collectibles just from reading and only encouraged me to read more and more.

Just Finished:

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Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Audiobooks, non-fiction, religious fiction and lately not a lot of YA

Longest Book You’ve Read:

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1276 pages and 964 pages each respectively.

Major book hangover because of:

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Right now, it’s because of freaking The Trouble with the Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones. I’m dying for the next book because this installment was insane.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Not enough, hahahahaha! I have 3 I use right now but looking to buy two more cause I have a problem. Here’s a snippet of some of the “favorites”:

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Many of them but I’d have to say Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh is probably ingrained into my brain at this point.

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Preferred Place To Read:

That’s the beautiful of digital copies is I can read anywhere. Most of the time it’s on the couch, in the bed or at work when I’m supposed to be working.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

I fight for the Union because America is supposed to be a land where people can be free from tyranny, where families aren’t ripped apart to make a profit, where men aren’t whipped for speaking their mind and women aren’t abused worse than brood mares.

― Alyssa Cole, An Extraordinary Union

Reading Regret:

Probably reading The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward. Ugh! This trilogy is so hyped but that book was a waste of life.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the first book but I keep being told it gets better so I should continue.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

These questions are killing me. I can’t answer this question because I have to many favorites and some will get jealous of the others if I only name three!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones and Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews because both are the final installments to my beloved Charley Davidson and Kate Daniels series.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Letting a book keep me awake way past my bedtime cause I can’t stop reading it even when my eyes are bleeding. I don’t get enough sleep as it is so this just makes it worse.

Your latest book purchase:

I bought a kid’s workbook for my friend’s 3 year old for her birthday party from Books A Million. I haven’t bought a book for myself lately cause I haven’t been reading sadly.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

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Besides the ones above, I’d have to say Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop.


If this looks like a good looking fun tag you’d be interested in participating in, consider yourself tagged.

See you tomorrow for Endangered Thursdays!

My Pet Tag: Milliardo

Instead of doing another book related tag, I decided to mix it up and do the pet tag. Continuing the tag-a-thon, Mischenko tagged me in this cute tag waaay back in December. As I have 3 pets, it’s hard to pick one to talk about but I figured I’d go with the jerk since he’s been featured in a lot of stories and I have quite a bit of pictures of him. Before I get to answering the questions, a tiny bit of back story about me.

I used to HATE cats. I had a dog at the time; beautiful pit bull/lab mix named Cinnaman. He was my first pet ever and I loved him to death. I was all about dogs. I didn’t hate cats with him at the time but I definitely preferred dogs over all. I had this habit of “adopting” animals back then. I’d come home with fish, a snake, an iguana (which all died btw) and finally my turtle. I just loved animals so much and wanted to rescue all the abandoned ones. For example, the iguana had messed up back legs but I took good care of him for as long as he was going to be around. I still have Turtle. It’s been 10+ years. It’s gonna outlive me, I know it.

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Anyway, when I was in college, I lived in the dorms for the first year and immediately had enough of that and got a townhouse with a roommate the second year. She had two cats who I thought were pretty cute at first. Turns out they were spawn from Hell. She didn’t allow the cats to come in her bedroom in the night time so they would scratch at my door and meow their heads off cause they wanted in. The poor carpet showed that evidence. Then one time we both went out of town and I came home early to a house covered in remnants of bread and crackers and just everything cause the cats got into the kitchen cabinets and ripped everything apart. I swear I thought we’d been robbed. It was insanity and that moment is when I vowed I’d never have cats and thank god she was a senior cause she was moving out later that year and taking the demons with her.

So, things have changed since then and here is where I introduce Milliardo with the pet tag questions:

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1. What is your pets name?

His name is Milliardo. He obtained this name because I told my husband to name the cat. His logic was that it looks like there’s an “M” on his head and we were binge watching an anime called Gundam Wing at the time and one of the main characters name is Milliardo Peacecraft — hence Milliardo the cat was born.

2. What kind of pet is it and what breed?

Milliardo is a cat and I think he has some bengal in him? I don’t know he was a stray so there could be anything in there.

3. How long have you had your pet friend?
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Milliardo has been around for quite some time. I think I got him back in 2010-2011ish maybe?

4. How did you get your pet?

Haha, funny story. I’m such a sucker. A friend of mine calls me up and says someone left a box of kittens on her doorstep and asked me if I wanted one. Like I said earlier, I have a reputation of taking in stray animals. After dealing with the devil demon spawn, I was against it. However, I was going to visit a friend in Alabama and she really wanted a kitten. As a favor to her, I decided to go check out these stray cats and pick one out for her. It always fascinates me how kittens come out in all different shades of colors and patterns even though they’re in the same litter. I perused the “offerings” and picked out a cute little rambunctious black and white one for her. Then as I was listening to the story of the cats, here was this cute little patterned thing who was sleeping while all his siblings were jumping around excited and stuff. I looked. Then looked again… And just when I was like okay, walking away now, he opened his eyes and looked me straight in the face. The F bomb came out and next thing you know I’m calling my husband (boyfriend at the time) asking how he liked cats cause I was bringing one home.

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5. How old is your pet?

Well assuming my math is right and I got him around 2010-2011, he’s about 8 or 9. We’ll say 8 cause he’s still a kitten in my eyes. ❤

6. What are some quirky things about your pets personality?

He’s a talker. He loves meowing for everything. He also likes drooling. It’s disgusting cause cat drool stinks but if you pet him long enough, he gets up that helicopter purring and he starts drooling. He also likes to sleep at the foot of the bed even though when he cuddles he has to be on your chest right in your face. He also has this habit of walking right in front of you, looking behind to make sure you’re following and then plops his body down on his side so that you trip over him. Or he’ll stand there to wait for you to tap him with your foot so he can plop over sideways. He’s so weird.

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7. What does your relationship with your pet mean to you?

It means a lot especially considering I went from hating cats in general to loving them again. Also, he really, really, REALLY likes his mommy more than his daddy so I have that in my favor as well. 😉 But honestly, I’m a huge animal lover and huge advocate for all animals so I have great relationships with my pets, my friends pets, the pets up for adoption, all of them.

8. What are some of your favorite past times with your pet?

Well there was that time when I let my friend babysit while we went to Alabama and when I came back she was so stressed cause she could find him anywhere in her house until I came home and called his name and he started meowing and came out of his hiding place (he is SUPER attached to me). Oh! And then there was the time he scratched my husband and the hubs got upset, took him outside and threw him in a snowpile. I had to ignore my cat for a year to get him to like the man again. He’s also a really good hunter. I sic him on insects if they’re around.

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9. What are nicknames that you call your pet?

Big boy, monkey chin, mil mil, fat boy (he’s much larger than our other cat and greedy) pretty boy. My mom calls him melonoma.

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Hope you all enjoyed this post and got to know my cute little jerk. Have a great Tuesday!

 

Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag

I haven’t done a tag in a reaaaaalllly long time. So I’ve decided for the first half of this week I’m going to do nothing but tags because if I don’t I’ll get into a huge spoilery, informative discussion about the Marvel Universe and I don’t know if you all are ready for that (I’ve been preparing for Infinity War by rewatching them all; 31 hours worth of movies in case you were wondering).

My buddy and favorite monkey, TheOrangutanLibrarian, tagged me in this wonderful tag ages ago and it’s about time I did it. So without further ado, lets get to the questions! Oh, and thanks to Lisa @A Book Calls who is the creator of this tag but orangutan made the graphic below.

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NO. 1: THE FIRST BOOK YOU EVER READ (OR WAS READ TO YOU)

I actually texted my mother to ask her and she doesn’t remember. I am 28 after all. That was a long time ago to her. So I had to do a little searching and I distinctly remember having these titles in my house so I believe these were some of my first books.

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NO. 2: THE FIRST BOOK YOU EVER BOUGHT WITH YOUR OWN MONEY

Since I never had an allowance and the library was my best friend, I don’t recall buying any books for a very long time. One memory stands out though. I believe I gave my mother some gift money and asked her to preorder the book so I could have it the day it came out. This book was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix because I was gifted the first 4 books for my 12th birthday and read right through them. She ordered the book for me and then sent me off to camp. I promise you, it was the longest camp session ever cause I knew the book was sitting at home waiting for me to read it.

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NO. 3: A BOOK YOU STAYED UP ALL NIGHT READING

Oh geez, there are plenty of those especially in my adult days when I really can’t but can afford to lose sleep all at the same time. Let’s go with my first foray into romance when I picked up A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught for 50 cents at my college library sale. That was when I transitioned into more adult books cause this one had me riveted.

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NO. 4: WHAT BOOK OR SERIES WILL YOU NEVER FORGET?

Again, so many! A book that’s stamped into my skull is The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read this book but it never gets old for me. I even have 2 copies of the book cause I love it that much. As for series, I’m going to go with The Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker because it was one of my first steampunk reads and introduced me to the world of indie authoring.

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NO. 5: A BOOK YOU FREQUENTLY THINK ABOUT

Lately it’s been An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole. This was my first time diving into African American fiction and man, it was just so good. I told everyone and their mom about this book. I thought it would be a tough read cause it touches a lot on slavery because its set in the Civil War but it turned out to be super fantastic for me.

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NO. 6: A SCENE THAT HAS HAUNTED YOU FOR YEARS AFTER READING IT

Honestly, I can’t say a scene has really haunted me for years. There have been some shocking deaths and things I didn’t expected that may have stayed on my mind for a while but nothing to crazy so I don’t have an answer for this one.

NO. 7: AN UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTER

Hands down, Charley Davidson. My God. The jokes. That’s all I can say. I actually met Darynda Jones in person too and it always amazes me how an author is in real life versus the people they create on paper.

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NO. 8: A BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR OPINION ABOUT SOMETHING

The one and only autobiography I ever remember reading and not finishing was The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The thickness of the book alone was very overwhelming plus I was a teenager so it was a little too much for me. There is a chapter or two that stand out, even to this day and they involve his view on the creation and evolution of the human species. I won’t state exactly what he wrote here but he made some logical points that made me look at the world a little bit differently even in my teenage years.

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NO. 9: SHARE ANOTHER RANDOM BOOKISH MEMORY 

I have so many! Most of them involve forcing my friends to read books that I think are really good. I currently do that now with my old manager from my previous job and she told me I should be paid to recommend books cause I haven’t disappointed her yet which is very humbling. The earliest memory I can remember of me sharing books was sort of an “illegal” operation. My mom was always very awesome in that she didn’t care what I was reading because I was reading and that was great. My friend however, was not allowed to read Harry Potter books because her parents were strict Christians and Harry Potter was essentially the devil. She really wanted to read them though so whenever I would go over her house, I would sneak a book in the series to her and she would read late at night with her flashlight under her pillow and then message me every step of the way cause she thoroughly enjoyed the story. She had to hide the books whenever she left her room cause her parents would come in and clean. Lets just say we got real creative in our hiding skills. I continued to be a bad influence for many years after that and her parents eventually decided Harry Potter wasn’t so bad after all.


I’m bad at doing tags so there’s no way I’m tagging anyone either. If you enjoyed this tag and want to do it, please feel free to go for it and link back to me so I can see your answers! 🙂

Happy Monday everyone!