August 13th. I love it.

School is almost here so here are my last loves of the summer!

First up this week, sleepovers with my best friend. I love it! I had been promising Lupita all summer that we could have a sleepover before she started kindergarten (holy crap, she’s in kindergarten). I went to her house on Friday and we made pizza, watched a movie, and stayed up super late (11:15pm which is late for me nonetheless a 5 year-old). We woke up, ate food, watched more movies, and then it was time to go. Now she wants to sleep over at my house. Maybe that can be one of her birthday activities when she’s six in 3 months.

I love it.

Next up, getting organized. I love it. This week I spent a lot of time getting the gym, locker room and myself organized for school. It meant a lot of cleaning, clearing out, and revamping. I redid bulletin boards, found out who the boys in my advisory are, and hopefully set myself up for a successful year. 2 more days until the kids are back!

I love it.

Finally, Perry Mason. I love it. It only took me a total of about 5 days to watch the entire first season. My next project is going to be The Big Bang Theory but I have so many books on my reading list that I’m not sure how TV fits into my list of important things to do. Time will tell.

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

I love it.

Sonia wanted to be part of the party, too.

Once Upon a Bookshelf – The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy Review

A New Hope - The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (Star Wars: Episode IV)A New Hope – The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Star Wars is everywhere these days. Movies, clothes, TV shows, cereal, and of course, books.

“The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy” is the original Star Wars story, but told a different way. Not only do you follow the adventures we all know and love, but you get to see it from three different perspectives. If you couldn’t guess by the title, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker tell this tale.

I obviously won’t bore you with the details of the story (we should all know if by now), but there are a few things in this book that I absolutely loved.

First of all, the reader gets to see inside the minds of the main characters. I love the way that Leia talks to herself about being more than a princess. She wants to make a difference for the lives of her people. She also speaks about her mother, father, and aunts, all of whom she is trying to live up to.

Han, surprisingly, has a soft side (mostly for his best bud, Chewy). Did you know Chewy was married? Neither did I, but apparently he’s working hard with Han to support his family. I would love to have a movie where we learn more about the beginnings of the most famous Wookie in the world!

Luke is just a kid from a farm trying to be taken seriously. Sure, he’s flown his own speeder on his home planet of Tatooine, but a rebel ship? Not so much. Something else we learn, thanks to this book, is that Luke’s ability behind the wheel was tested officially before he was just thrown into space with the rest of the crew. Actually, he aced the test thanks to his training from none other than Ben Kenobi. WE also get to see his relationship with Biggs (you know, that friend he bumps into right before takeoff).

Not only was the storytelling great, but also I loved that they used quotes directly from the movie. I seriously couldn’t help but smile at moments like that. I mean, I would have been really disappointed if they didn’t mention, “Don’t tell me the odds!”

The pictures in the book were also amazing! They look pencil drawn, almost as if the book were parts of the characters journals or something.

The biggest thing that I noticed that was missing from the book was Darth Vader. Well, he wasn’t missing, but he definitely wasn’t the center of the book. In fact, I’m pretty sure he was only seen in one chapter.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with kids (or without) that want a deeper understanding of the Star Wars world. It helped me a lot with the names I always have trouble remembering or understanding (let’s be honest, some of the names and places are confusing).

I gave this book 5/5.

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April 2nd. I love it.

How is it April already, friends?

First up this week, sno-balls. I love it! It’s finally sno-ball season and if you don’t know what they are, think snow cones but way better. I went to my ferrite stop yesterday, Ro-Bear’s, with Lupita, Sonia, and Diana. I actually went with the intention of getting an orange flavored one but as you can expect with so many different choices, I changed my mind 7 times while waiting in line and ended up getting sour apple. So good!

I love it.

Next up, barbecues. I love it. While hanging out with my favorite friends yesterday (see above paragraph), I noticed that they had a grill. Apparently they’d had it for a while and I was too daft to notice so this prompted the idea of having a cook out! We had burgers and corn on the cob and my favorite kind of potato chips. I even got to love on Sonia for the first time (every other time I’d seen her since she was born 2 months ago, I was sick or just staying for a minute). Family dinner nights are my favorite!

I love it.

Finally, baseball season. I love it. Baseball is officially back! Today, I’m watching the Ray and Yankees play. It’s fun to see Chris Archer, one of my favorite on the mound. I’m glad I have something to watch again!

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

I love it.


Always wear cute pajamas.

This is a life lesson I learned from my mom a few years ago. She doesn’t remember teaching it to me, but I remember everything so I win.

My mom has had back pain for as long as I can remember. She threw out her back while sneezing once and I like to remind her of it often. Once, her back hurt so bad that she couldn’t get out of bed.

Doing what any normal person would do, she called her mom. My Grandma came over and was unable to assist in any way, except put on a pair of old, ratty pajamas, so what does my mom do next?

She’s calls 911.

I can only imagine how embarrassing it is to call an emergency line for assistance getting out of bed, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Once the firefighters arrived (yes, they sent firefighters), they took to work on helping my mom out of bed (a dream scenario for some, I’m sure). We live in a small town and my mom was glad the the fire chief wasn’t the one who showed up and she thought she’d survive the day without seeing anyone she knew.

She would be wrong.

From the crowd of men around her she heard, “Gina?” Mortified, she looked around and saw one of her friends from a long time ago (I can’t tell you when). After some awkward small talk, they managed to rescue my mom from the bed and took her to the hospital.

The lesson I learned from this story is that you always need to wear cute pajamas at night because you never know who is going to have to come rescue you in the morning.




October 23rd. I love it.

Yay, love.

First up this week, getting my iPad fixed. I love it. I was dumb and accidentally broke my iPad last Friday and after moping about it all weekend, I got it fixed on Tuesday. It cost a pretty good amount, but way less than it would have to buy an all new iPad. I even treated myself to a new (hopefully more protective) case. The one I got makes my tablet look like it’s actually a composition notebook. So cool.

I love it.

Next up, bike rides. I love it. Today I decided to not be lazy so I took my bike to the levy for a ride. It was beautiful weather. I don’t know how far I went (but I was exhausted by the end) but I kept my bike in my car so maybe I can go again this week.

I love it.

Finally, my new toothbrush. I love it. I’ve had a lot of trouble with my teeth in the past. Not only are my front teeth bonded, but lately I’ve been battling really bad stains that won’t go away no matter what I do. I took it upon myself this weekend to do some research about a toothbrush that would help me out and I found it. Oral-B Optic White toothbrushes have polishing bristles that help remove stains. I’ve only been using it for three days but I can already tell the difference in my teeth. I think this means I need to use the entire Oral-B Optic White system. I’ll keep you updated.

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

I love it.