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.

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Sonia wanted to be part of the party, too.

June 25th. I love it.

Another week, more fun friends.

First up this week, rediscovering Tumblr. I love it. Tumblr was the platform that I started blogging on back in 2010 and while I was looking for a very specific post, I did get to see all of my posts again. I wrote about some funny stuff and I wrote about everything. Granted, in college I had a LOT more free time and literally wrote everything I thought about or felt, but I would love to get back to that. I’m just going to need some motivation. I mean, my “I love it” blog started as a Tumblr blog.

I love it!

Next up, International Delight Iced Coffee. I love it. I’ve always been afraid to try it because I thought I would drink it all in one sitting (I love coffee), but I bought it as a treat for myself last week to curb my urge to go to Dunkin’ Donuts everyday. It’s totally working. The vanilla iced coffee is delightful (obviously) and a carton of it lasts me the entire week. It saves me about $6 a week! What? I’m totally down for that.

I love it.

Finally, cheering for babies. I love it. Before you get all excited, I’m working in a day care this summer, that’s why I’m cheering for the babies. On Friday one of our little guys rolled over by himself for the first time (at least with us present) and you would have thought we were watching the Super Bowl based on the way our eyes were glued on him and how loud we cheered. This is my last week of camp so I’m hoping we get a few more “firsts” this week so I don’t miss anything next month.

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

I love it.

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May 7th. I love it.

OK! I KNOW! I DIDN’T WRITE LAST WEEK! But I had a good excuse. I thought I was dying but it was actually just the flu. But I’m back!

First up this week, seeing Lupita grow up. I love it. Well, it’s really bittersweet. Yesterday I went and saw her perform in her first dance recital. She did so great! She tapped and tumbled like a pro (or as well as a five year old can). It’s so weird to see her so grown up and independent. Can you believe she’ll be in kindergarten in the fall? Where did my baby-friend go?

I love it.

Next up, movies. I love it. I know- you know. This week I saw “Born in China” and “Gifted.” Loved them both. “Born in China” was narrated by one of my favorites – John Krasinski so listening to his wonderful voice for an hour and a half was lovely. “Gifted” stars Chris Evans as the uncle of a 7 year old math prodigy – I laughed, I cried, and I didn’t mind watching a scruffy Mr. Evans protect a little girl (so dreamy).

I love it.

Finally, deep cleaning. I love it. I’ve been so unproductive the past few weekends. Between being sick and traveling and just using being tired as an excuse, I made up my mind to be active this weekend. Friday after school I went grocery shopping (first time in at least 3 weeks). On Saturday, I woke up and started to deep clean my house. I mean I cleaned out the fridge and cabinets and closets, and bathroom. I had 3 bags of trash and 2 bags for Goodwill. I even went to Goodwill on Saturday, instead of letting everything sit in my car for a few weeks like I normally do, and rewarded myself with Starbucks. I’m not one that lives and dies by Starbucks, but I had a gift card and I deserved it. I got the Midnight Mint Mocha Frap – so good! I finished the day by washing my car (and then going to see Lupita dance). I’m already making plans on how I can be productive next weekend.

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

I love it.

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April 9th. I love it.

So glad that’s over!

First up this week friends is Middle Grade novels. I love them. This week I read “You Throw Like a Girl” and “Chester and Gus.” I won’t tell you the details now (but read my reviews) but they both meant a lot to me. Middle Grade novels are the types of books I like to write and reading great books like these makes me want to work even harder at writing. I hope that with some time off this summer I can work on the two projects I started/finished this fall. If you’re in the mood to read the first draft of 2 middle grade novels, let me know and I’ll send copies to you for editing!

I love it.

Next up, having multiple teams to root for. I love it. Now that it’s baseball season, my TV is on a lot more. Sometimes I watch games that I wouldn’t think I’d be interested in on MLB TV and get so engrossed with the game, I don’t realize I have other things I was supposed to be doing. While the Indians will always be my team, I can’t forget about my friends that play on the Red Sox (Steven Wright), Twins (Chris Gimenez), and Blue Jays (TJ House). I’m also a huge Paul Goldschmidt fan (D-Backs) so I watch them consistently too. Oh, and I can’t forget Bud’s Dodgers. With all of these teams to root for, there is never s shortage of baseball at my house.

I love it.

Finally, lazy days. I love them. Yesterday I slept in till 10am and continued to lay in bed until I finished listening to the Focus 3 podcast (if you haven’t heard it, I’d start). Then I was motivated and went to the store but came right back home and lounged. I read an entire book (Chester and Gus), napped for a few hours while watching “Merlin”, one of my favorite shows (check it out on Netflix). Today was much of the same but I’ve been writing, watching baseball, and drinking lots of coffee. The cats even let me sleep in until 8:30am because I fed them last night. How nice of them.

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

I love it.

You Throw Like a Girl! – A book review

You Throw Like a GirlYou Throw Like a Girl by Rachele Alpine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I may be biased because I know the author, but this book blew me away. Not only is it about baseball (one of my true loves), but it’s about a girl beating the odds (and the boys) and a sport that she loves.

Gabby is spending the summer in Chester, Ohio. He father was just deployed and she’s having a hard time adjusting. She left behind her friends and her softball team but she’s hoping that playing for Chester’s team will make things better. She promised her dad she would pitch in the Championship game, just like he did when he was a kid.

Unfortunately, she finds out that there aren’t enough girls to participate in softball this season because everyone in town seems to be part of the Miss Popcorn Pageant. She leaves the rec center defeated.

By a twist of fate, Gabby’s mom signs her up for the pageant. She is a legacy in town because she won the crown several years. Gabby’s mom is so excited about the pageant that Gabby can’t bear to squash her dreams of a daughter following in her footsteps.

Grace and composure are not something Gabby thinks herself to be good at, but this summer will test her in more ways than one. Refusing to go back on her promise to her dad, Gabby signs up for the Chester baseball team. Unsure of the rules, she disguises herself as “Johnny” and blows the boys out of the water with her arm.

Juggling these two new personas (beauty queen and a boy) gets out of hand and her friendships are in trouble because of her lies.

Can she make her mom and her dad proud?

Most important, can she pull it off?

I loved this book because it’s all about girl power! The boys on Gabby’s team make a lot of comments about how girls are inferior and it makes Gabby’s blood boil. Her will to win is so strong! She is passionate about her sport and won’t let other tell her she’s not good enough!

I rated this book 5/5.

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March 26th. I love it.

L.O.V.E.

First up this week, Merlin. I love it. It’s a show that I’ve watched before and I was obsessed with. Now, my obsession continues. Since I know how it ends, it’s fun to see the hints and clues as to what will happen. Thank you Netflix!

I love it.

Next up, Lord of the Rings. I love it. Not only did I watch the movies this week (well, the first and last one because I have lost the second one), but I started reading “Fellowship of the Ring.” The movie is pretty accurate, but I’m already more than halfway through the book and they haven’t even made it to Rivendell yet. It’s one of my goals to read all of the books this year so I’m well on my way.

I love it.

Finally, Scrabble. I love it. I’ve had it on my iPad forever but I just recently broke into a binge again. I play my Aunt everyday and my parents. Today, I sent out a bunch of invites so if you want to play me, let me know! I’m on all the time!

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

I love it.

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.

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