April 29th. I love it.

First up this week, field trips. I love it. This week alone I went on three field trips. The first one was the 6th grade day of service where we went to Second Harvest Food Bank. Then it was a trip to the zoo with the 7th and 8th grade Latin scholars. The week was rounded out with a trip to Gulfport, MS to Ship Island with the 5th grade. Nothing like a little quality time with the kids! I’m hoping that my schedule will be relatively normal for a little while at least.

I love it.

Next up, “Phenomenon.” I love it. Have you heard of this movie? It’s an oldie but a goodie. John Travolta basically becomes a superhero and learns all of these new things and helps all kinds of people. The ending is actually really sad but it’s been one of my favorites for a long time. It’s on Netflix so watch it!

I love it.

Finally, breakfast at Caffe Latte Da! I love it. I haven’t been there in forever and I have seriously be craving their strawberry pancakes so I went this morning. It was everything I hoped and dreamed. I’m sad that I don’t live as close to it as I used to – that’s one of the reasons I don’t go very often anymore. It’s my favorite breakfast stop in NOLA which is saying a lot because there are some excellent breakfast places.

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

I love it.

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April 22nd. I love it.

Hooray.

First up this week, getting my new belt. I love it. Last weekend I tested for my level 2 green belt and passed! I actually wasn’t expecting to because I messed up on my form but I guess no one noticed? Hey, I’ll take it. I even signed up for the World Championships for tae kwon do in July. I’ll be going to Birmingham (hopefully with my level 3 green belt) to show off my skills and maybe win some medals. We’ll see.

I love it.

Next up, Elizabeth Lim’s “Reflection.” I love it. This is the 4th installment of Disney’s A Twisted Tale series but the first one by this author. I absolutely loved all of the other books in the series (check out my book reviews) and this one did not disappoint. How did they twist the tale of Mulan? She travels to the underworld to save Li Shang! Twists and turns and craziness and I am so in love with this book. I can’t wait until “Part of Your World” by Liz Braswell comes out in September!

I love it.

Finally, finishing classes. I love it. This week I finished my current grad school class 10 days early. I loved that this class was at your own pace and I was able to figure out my time so I wouldn’t be overwhelmed. Jealous? You should be.

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

I love it.

Once Upon a Bookshelf – “Warcross”

Warcross (Warcross, #1)Warcross by Marie Lu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you are a fan of “The Hunger Games” and “Ready Player One,” this book is a dream come true for you. It has espionage, gaming, technology, love, relationships, teamwork, and a little bit of backstabbing.

WARNING: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD!

Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet after her father died, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the International Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation – something she didn’t even realize she could do.

The next day, Emika is shocked when she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem and he wants Emika for the job. After getting drafted to play in the game for the Phoenix Riders as an architect and finds out she’s actually pretty good at it. Her relationships with her teammates are torn when they find out about her relationship with Hideo (they know the romantic side, not the business side) and her mission is almost a disaster.

What she comes to find out about the creator and her love interest breaks her apart. Does she have the strength to follow through?

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April 15th. I love it.

Love.

First up this week, “The Greatest Showman.” I love it. It finally came out on Blu-Ray and I finally got to buy it on Friday. It was actually the perfect way to finish up what was actually a pretty terrible week (lots of drama but nothing major). Sometimes you need to buy yourself presents to make things better, right? I’ve already watched it 3 times. Do I feel a fourth coming on? Yes. Yes I do.

I love it.

Next up, French Quarter Fest. I love it. There are a lot of things that I’ve never done in New Orleans and this was one of them. On Thursday, we made the trek downtown to listen to music. It was packed but it was really cool. And the food we got was really good (crawfish nachos, mac and cheese grilled cheese, garlic parm fries, and crawfish bread). I’m glad we went on Thursday because the rain the rest of the weekend was questionable.

I love it.

Finally, giving Franklin a present. I love it. My turtle Franklin has been too big for his tank for a while now and Petco had a great deal on new aquariums. I think he loves it. He doesn’t know what to do with all of the extra space and he seems a lot happier.

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

I love it.

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Once Upon a Bookshelf – See You in the Cosmos

See You in the CosmosSee You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. His current project involves documenting his life on Earth so he can launch his voice recordings into space with the hopes that an alien life form will find it. With his story starting in Colorado and moving to New Mexico, trekking to Los Angeles and finally ending up back home, he meets new friends and learns new things about the world and himself.

WARNING: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD!

What I love about this book is that it is so much more than an adventure story. Sure, Alex travels by himself and builds a super cool rocket with hopes of it making it to space – that’s quite an adventure by itself. But it also showed that an adventure can lead you to so much more. While he doesn’t know it at first, his trip leads him to uncover the truth about his dad that he thought was dead and meeting his half-sister. It started out as an attempt to share his story with people outside of this world and ended with him learning even more about his own story.

All along, I was worried about Alex. With how his mother is described, I knew that she was battling some type of depression and whether or not Alex actually knew that was heartbreaking. With a kids with as much spunk as Alex and such big dreams, it makes it impossible not to root for him and hope that everything turns out. I was so emotionally involved in this story that I couldn’t even think about what would have happened if things didn’t work out like I wanted them to (you know, when you know what needs to happen better than the author does).

Something that drew me to this book was the title, though. As a amateur astronomer myself, there was no way that I could pass this book up. Seeing a kid that is only 11 and with such a deep interest in something so vast and unknown as the universe made me believe that there is hope for the future. If Alex can be so focused on his life on Earth and learning about people outside of it, the world has nowhere to go but up.

I rated this book 5/5

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