July 1st. I love it.

I can’t believe it’s July.

First up this week, having only one class. I love it. For the past 6 weeks, I’ve been taking 3 classes at once. I finished those and now I only have 1 to worry about. I find myself putting off my homework and then regretting it because work for 1 class is far less labor intensive. I’m working on my procrastinating although I seem to be the most motivated at night.

I love it.

Next up, deep cleans. I love it. This week I got to clean Lupita’s room from top to bottom. Believe it or not, the sense of adrenaline that some people get from doing crazy things I get from cleaning. I’m going to post the pictures to my business website this week so keep an eye out. The pictures are so satisfying!

I love it.

Finally, dinner with friends. I love it. This week I had dinner with my friends that I don’t get to see very often. We went to a new Thai place and it was so good. Followed that up with some snowballs for a pretty great night. I also had dinner with my boss who is moving soon. For the 1st time in 6 years, we won’t be working at the same place. It’s gonna be hard to see her go but she’s gonna do great at her new job!

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

I love it.

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June 24th. I love it.

Can I tell you how much I love summer vacation?

First up this week, finishing 3 graduate classes. I love it. The reason I decided to not work this summer was not only for my mental health, but also so I could focus on taking several classes. This was the last week of the summer where I had to juggle the course load of 3 classes at one time. To be honest, it wasn’t that hard. If you’re organized grad school is easy. Tomorrow I start my final class of the summer but it should be a piece of cake.

I love it.

Next up, spending time with my friends. I love. I got to spend some quality time with Annabelle on Thursday watching movies, eating Poke and ice cream, and seeing the theater camp play. I followed that up with a morning spent with Diana where we went to Panera and wandered around Walmart. It’s nice to have this time to be myself and hang out with the people I love.

I love it.

Finally, cooking. I love it. I was feeling special sporty today so I made fresh cinnamon apple pancakes. They might be the best pancakes I’ve ever had and that’s saying a lot because I’m quite the expert. Then this afternoon I threw all kinds of vegetables and shrimp into the crockpot with some sesame seed oil and made a healthy and delicious dinner. Any day you can use your electric griddle and your crock pot in the same day is a pretty successful day.

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

I love it.

June 17th. I love it.

Wow. I feel like I haven’t written anything in a long time.

First up this week, the Tiki Bar. I love it. Going home this week meant that I got to spend time in my backyard in our homemade Tiki Bar. This week was filled with music flowing on the jambox, Scrabble, BBQ, and good friends. Going home is fun.

I love it.

Next up, being productive. I love it. This week I had a bunch of homework to do (I didn’t do any while I was on vacation) so I spent a lot of time at the library doing discussion boards and writing papers. One more week of having three classes and then I’m down to one more this summer. I’m so close to getting this Master’s Degree!

I love it.

Finally, catching up. I love it. Because I caught up on all of my homework this week, I took this weekend to catch up on a few of the shows I watch. In two days, I binge watched the latest season of “Arrested Development”, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, “The Good Witch”, and I’ve watched 3 musicals. I think I’m going to take a break from TV for the next few days.

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

I love it.

June 3rd. I love it.

Holy Toledo, it’s already June!

First up this week, school being over. I love it. After a week of recognition ceremonies and graduations, I am finally on summer break! Well, it’s not a total break; yes, I’m not working full time this summer but I have 4 classes that I’m taking and three of those are going on right now. As my boss likes to point out, I’m a “nerd” so I have no trouble navigating all of the assignments.

I love it.

Next up, “The Heroes of Olympus” series. I love it. This week alone, I’ve read the first 2 books in this Rick Riordan series (Percy Jackson) and I’m in the middle of the third one. I’m currently working on my 30th book of the year. If you’re keeping score at home, you’ll probably notice that 30 was my reading goal for the year – yeah… turns out I am not as busy as I hoped I would be so I’m bumping my goal to 40 but now I want to read books that aren’t meant to be easy reads, like a lot of the YA novels I read. When I go on vacation, I’m gonna read the new Stephen King novel, “The Outsider” and I’m so excited.

I love it.

Finally, seeing old friends. I love it. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of guys through minor league baseball so when they move on to different teams and cities I try my best to keep up with how they’re doing. I was totally surprised when I realized that my friend Preston Guilmet was in NOLA for the weekend playing the Baby Cakes. I saw him play in 2 games and it turns out I still get stomach aches watching my guys play because I want them to do really well.

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

I love it.

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May 20th. I love it.

Forgot to write last week friends but it was my first week of three new classes and overwhelmed doesn’t even begin to describe how I was feeling.

First up this week, TKD. I love it. For those that don’t know, that means Tae Kwon Do. I had my instructor come teach some of my middle schoolers a few things. I had fun showing them what I do away from school.

I love it.

Next up, sleeping in. I love it. With School winding down, I’m not gonna lie – I am lazy. But really only on the weekends. For the last month or so, you can find me still in bed on Saturday mornings at noon. I’m not proud but it has to be my body’s way of saying I need the time to relax.

I love it.

Finally, lazy Sundays. I love it. Today was another day that I was more than happy to be lazy. I woke up early but stayed in bed pretty much all day watching “Lord of the Rings”, taking naps, and eating snacks. That’s what Sundays are for bough, right?

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

I love it.

Once Upon a Bookshelf – “I Love You, Michael Collins”

I Love You, Michael CollinsI Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I Love You, Michael Collins is not a true story, but I’m sure it hits home with a lot of people when it comes to the “celebrities” that they look up to.

In this story, Mamie, is directed to write a letter to one of the three Apollo 11 astronauts. With most students picking Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin, Mamie takes a different route and writes to the main pilot, Michael Collins. Mr. Collins is almost never mentioned by anyone (most people don’t know who he even is) but Mamie takes it upon herself to let him know just how great he is.

A one time assignment to write a letter becomes a passion for Mamie. She writes him a letter almost everyday until the day he lands safely back on earth. She writes about her family problems, her best friend, Buster, her cat, Campbell, and asks him all sorts of questions about his life and family.

What I love most about this book is that she is rooting for the underdog. I’m sure there is a better way to say that, but I can’t think of one currently. Mamie learns everything she can about this man and comes to find out that it was a struggle for him to get to where he is. She also realizes that he may be the most important one on the Apollo 11 mission; without him, no one will get home.

The emotions that Mamie goes through during the story are vivid in her messages to Mr. Collins. Haven’t you ever just wanted to tell someone everything that’s on your mind? Although she had never met this man and he didn’t get most of her letters before his trip to space, she feels confident that he’s reading them and that he cares. Back when a time when there was no social media to connect with people that we admire, letter writing was the only way to go and there are no “read receipts” for snail mail.

I thought that some of the issues that Mamie had to deal with, like both of her parents more or less abandoning her and her sisters being unaware of how to take care of a ten year old were a little too much for this story. I understand she needed something to write to Mr. Collins about but it just seemed weird and out of place and something that wouldn’t actually happen, even in 1969 (but I could be wrong).

If you love space, diaries, the moon, and kids becoming friends with adults, then this is a book for you. It will make you smile, laugh, and even cry a little but it’s a story with heart.

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