Introducing Me.

I am an expert planner. I have wicked OCD and anxiety and I fall somewhere on the Autism Spectrum. Pizza is my favorite food and I have it every Thursday. I played rugby in college. I used to work in professional sports and now I’m a teacher. My go-to drink is Mountain Dew. I’m right handed. I read a lot of books – 70 of them last year alone. I like to look for patterns in numbers and I love doing puzzles. I’m really good at playing Mad Gab. R2-D2 is my favorite Star Wars character. “Tangled” is my favorite movie. My dream vacation is being snowed in in a cabin on a mountain. I make sound effects for a lot of the things I do (especially during Tae Kwon Do). I still get carded at the movies. I wrote a book that’s available on Amazon. I am a good cook because I can read directions. I am a rule follower (and enforcer). I own my own organizing business (Organization by Carolyn Deas – OCD, LLC). I’m from Ohio but I live in Louisiana. I have a twin sister. I love B Movies. My dream job is to be a stay at home blogger. My first celebrity crush was John Travolta when I was 7 (“Grease” was my favorite). I am a star-gazer. I don’t understand how people can spell my name incorrectly. I have a slight video game addiction. I can’t share blankets while I’m sleeping. One of my cats plays fetch. My favorite song is “She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley. I don’t wear makeup because it makes my face itch. I’m having trouble thinking of more random fact so I’ll stop now.

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January 28th. I love it.

Love.

First up this week, girl time. I love it. It was only for an hour and a half but sometimes, you just need some time to wander around Wal-Mart with your best friend. Diana and I just went for groceries, but it’s seriously the best part of my week when we hang out. We even made a quick stop at Taco Bell to try the new Nacho Fries (they are good).

I love it.

Next up, my new crock pot. I haven’t had one for a while so I splurged yesterday. Today, I made broccoli cheese soup with it (it was delightful) and it’s going to feed me for the week I’m sure.

I love it.

Finally, “The Book of Henry”. I love it. It came out a while ago, but I wanted to see it and so I got it from the library. It wasn’t at all what I thought it would be but it was still great! I love Jacob Trembley.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

Once Upon a Bookshelf – Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way DownTurtles All the Way Down by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My friends, if I told you that I have never been so excited to read a book, I would not be lying to you. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I read the first page a few months ago and yesterday, I took full advantage of a rare snow day in Louisiana and read it in one sitting.

Don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything.

This story is about Aza, who has always had self confidence issues. Her struggles affect her life everyday and it’s not just her, but her friends too. After an old friend’s dad disappears, they reconnect and Aza tries to solve the mystery. Again, I’m not here to spoil anything!

What I love about this book is how much I can relate to it. People don’t understand how hard living with depression and OCD can be. Throughout the book, Aza has to deal with intrusive thoughts. John Green does a great job representing how these thoughts can totally take control. I deal with this myself. People assume that OCD means you like to clean things, but they don’t understand the “obsessive” part of OCD. Aza’s thoughts make her question everything to the point where she hurts herself – therein lies the compulsion.

If you want to get an idea of what it’s like living with OCD, dealing with it on a regular basis, and finding the strength to find help, you need to read this book.

Thank you for this, John Green.

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January 21st. I love it.

Love is in the air!

First up this week, snow days. I love it. It’s not something we get very often here in Louisiana but when we do get them, we take full advantage. We only had school 1 day last week because Monday was MLK Day. We went in on Tuesday but winter hit with a wicked vengeance on Wednesday, with temperatures well below freezing. Thursday was cancelled to and Friday was a no-go just for good measure (and because we weren’t allowed to use water). But guess what? It was 70 degrees today. I don’t think we’ll have any more snow days, but I’m okay with that.

I love it.

Next up, “The Office”. I love it. Because I’ve had so much free time, I started “The Office” from the beginning on Netflix. It’s been only a few days and I’m already on season 5. This show will always be one of my favorites. It was a dilemma whether or not to watch this or if I should start “ER” (my favorite show growing up) because it’s on Hulu. I decided (or at least my OCD did) to go with Michael Scott and Jim Halpert, but “ER” is next.

I love it.

Finally, “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green. I love it. I’ve read pretty much all of John Green’s books and although this one isn’t my favorite, I loved it so much I read it in one sitting. Based on the information I’ve gotten from other people, they did the same thing. This story actually hit home with me because she battles OCD and intrusive thoughts like me. The way John Green writes is so easy and riveting. Man, I love reading.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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Once Upon a Bookshelf – Backlash

BacklashBacklash by Sarah Darer Littman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Again, this is one of those books that wasn’t really on the top of my list but I read it so I could finish the Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice list (which I did – yay!).

I know that the 6th grade girls in my school loved the book and I didn’t really know what to expect. I can telly why everyone loved it – I mean, I couldn’t put it down and read it in only 2 sittings.

Lara has never had it easy. She suffered from depression in middle school and finally thinks she’s turned the corner when she joins the cheer squad at school. Not only that, but I super cute guy has been talking to her on Facebook and he’s hinting that he’s going to ask her to the dance. Her world collapses when this guy, Christian DeWitt, publicly proclaims that he wishes she didn’t exist. The struggle that she has not only affects her, but her entire family.

Don’t worry! I’m not giving away anything! I don’t want to ruin anything!

The only problem I had with this book is that it was a little predictable. In fact, it reminded me a lot of the movie from ABC Family in 2011, “Cyberbully.” I actually watched the movie right after I finished the book and while the story line is a little different, it’s pretty much the same.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

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Once Upon a Bookshelf – A Blind Guide to Stinkville

A Blind Guide to StinkvilleA Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll admit that this was one of those books that I kept putting off reading because the title wasn’t speaking to me like some of the other books I had on my table at home. Once I got into this book, though, I couldn’t put it down. It’s no wonder they put it on the Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice list for 2017.

The main character has just moved into a new town, Sinkville, SC. Because of the Paper Mill in town that her dad now runs, the town stinks, hence the name “Stinkville.” Not only is she new to town, but she’s also suffers from albinism. She’s legally blind and has to stay out of direct sunlight. This was something that everyone just accepted in Seattle, but this new town is full of new challenges.

With a contest for young journalists in town, Alice makes new friends and learns more about what makes her new city great. She also learns more about herself as she pushes her own boundaries and steps way out of her comfort zone.

I love this book. It’s not your typical “new kid in town” story. It gets down and dirty and tells the story of a girl that has a exceptional situation that she deals with. It has heart and humor and I’m going to recommend this book to my students.

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January 14th. I love it.

Yay, love.

First up this week, getting out of my funk. I love it. I was in a really bad mood last week but thanks to my friends and some minor lifestyle changes, I’m feeling really good about myself and 2018. Am I perfect? No. But positivity is key, right?

I love it.

Next up, lazy days. I love it. It was not my intention to do nothing yesterday, but it did happen. I woke up with a wicked head ache so I decided to stay home instead of go to Tae Kwon Do. 8 hours, 6 TV shows, 3 movies, and 2 cups of coffee later, it was dinnertime and I was still in my pajamas. Not a bad day in my book.

I love it.

Finally, getting ready for softball season. I love it. The season officially starts tomorrow! Woo! We’re not holding practice but my co-head coach Tiffany and I are meeting again to work on uniform inventory, scheduling a parents meeting, and figuring out where the base plugs on our field went. The first official practice is Tuesday and our first game will be here before you know it!

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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