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.

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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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April 8th. I love it.

Sorry I missed last week, folks. I totally lost track of what day it was. This post will cover the last two weeks.

First up this week, having visitors.  I love it. My sister was in town for Easter and we had an awesome time hanging out downtown, going to the aquarium and zoo, having snowballs, and binge-watching our favorite TV show, Pushing Daisies. I like when she comes to visit because we like all of the same thing and she likes lazy days just like I do.

I love it.

Next up, baseball games. I love it. The Minor League Baseball season started this week and I went to two games already. The local team, The New Orleans Baby Cakes (terrible name, I know) got shutout in their home opener on Thursday but came back and won on Friday. I’m so glad that baseball is back. It’s my favorite.

I love it.

Finally, being on vacation. I love it. Spring Break is an amazing thing. I definitely needed the break from my children at school and it was a great time to do what I wanted and get some of my own school work done. Tomorrow is going to be tough because I haven’t been awake before 7am in over a week. Only 6 more weeks of school, though!

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

I love it.

 

March 25th. I love it.

Love it.

First up this week, video games. I love it. I played “Duck Tales” on my Xbox yesterday and got so frustrated with a level that I had to call it quits. But that’s why I love video games. Because I can put it away and then come back with a clear head and totally dominate. I will add that I still have not dominated that level, but I will.

I love it.

Next up, giant pancakes. I love it. I was really craving breakfast food on Friday and I couldn’t eat meat because of Lent so I went to City Diner and had a pancake for dinner. That’s right. One pancake. And only one because this pancake is the size of a medium pizza (it even comes in a pizza box). It hit the spot!

I love it.

Finally, movie night. I love it. This week I went to the theater for movie night and saw “A Wrinkle in Time.” I definitely liked the book better, but it was entertaining. I think Mindy Kaling’s character, Mrs. Who, was my favorite because she only quoted other people. Her best line was taking a line from Hamilton and quoting Lin-Manuel Miranda. So funny.

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

I love it.