May 14th. I love it.

What. A. Week.

First up this week, reading marathons. I love it. I accidentally read a 500 page book yesterday, but I honestly couldn’t put it down. “As Old as Time” is a twist on Beauty and the Beast and it was wonderful. I set out to read 100 pages but then time got away from me and I realized it was 6pm and I hadn’t eaten anything all day. I can’t wait to read the one about Sleeping Beauty, “Once Upon a Dream.”

I love it.

Next up, puzzles. I love it. I went to the dollar store today with the intention of getting a new scoop for the litter box, but I couldn’t find one. After browsing (so dangerous in a dollar store) I walked out of there with 3 new puzzles and a bunch of candy for my future movie theater trips. 2 of the puzzles are 3D; one of the Avengers’ plane and one of the Ninja Turtles’ Party Wagon. I even got a Guardians of the Galaxy one, but I didn’t do it today. Next weekend? Yes!

I love it.

Finally, getting a desk! I love it. I’ve applied for grad school and in preparation for hopefully being accepted and then needing a place to do homework, my friend, Celeste, was nice enough to give me a desk she had at her house. I’m using it right now, too! I’ve been working on the floor since I moved into my apartment so I’m hoping this desk will give me more motivation to write because it will be comfortable (and professional). I scored a really nice chair at Office Depot today, too.

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

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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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March 19th. I love it.

Love, friends.

First up this week, “Once Was a Time.” I love it. This is an amazing book that was recommended to me. I seriously couldn’t put it down! Check out my book review for it in an earlier post (don’t worry, no spoilers)!

I love it.

Next up, dinner with Bud. I love it. It wasn’t a planned thing, but Bud and I happened to be eating together the other night when we were FaceTiming. He had Chipotle and I had soup and we talked about our day. It was almost like he was with me… Almost.

I love it.

Finally, Beauty and the Beast. I love it. I saw the new movie with Emma Watson that just came out on Friday and it was probably the best movie I’ve seen this year. It gave me chills and goosebumps and I immediately went home and bought the soundtrack. I’ve been listening to it almost nonstop. It’s much like the original but with a new twist. It definitely didn’t disappoint.

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

I love it.

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Once Was a Time – A book review

The librarian at my school is always on point when it comes to suggesting books for me. This week, she recommended “Once Was a Time” by Leila Sales.

I cannot tell you how happy this book made me.

Starting off in England in 1940 in the midst of WWII, Lottie and her friend Kitty are inseparable. They spend holidays together, go to school together, and listen to Lottie’s  dad tell his theories on time travel.

One night, the girls are captured and taken away to an unfamiliar place and used as bait to get Lottie’s dad to tell them the secrets of time travel. Just as one of the guards is about to pull the trigger, Lottie sees a portal open and takes her chance to run through it.

She finds herself in America in 2013, still 10 years old and way behind the times. After befriending a librarian (and living in the library for 3 days without anyone noticing), Lottie (now known as Charlotte) is put in a loving foster home while she learns about the time she missed and catches up on the present. No matter what, her mind is always on Kitty and how awful she feels that she abandoned her.

3 years go by and Charlotte is still haunted by visions of her friend. After giving up on her group of “friends” (I use that term loosely), she retreats to the library and finds a note in her favorite book.

From her best friend Kitty.

Now Charlotte is on a mission to find her best friend.

Can she do it?

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Book Review: Where Am I Now?

You all know who Mara Wilson is, even if you don’t realize it. She is best know for her roles at Natty in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and Matilda in the movie based off of the book of the same name. Based on the information I’ve gathered by following her on Twitter for a while is that everyone had a crush on her at one time.

I waited all summer to read this book and I’m proud to say I was the first person to get the book from the local library.

In her memoir that just came out, she gives us a glimpse into the life of a child actor. It includes learning about new things at a young age (sex, I’m just going to say it, sex), dealing with losing a parent, and finding out that Hollywood may no longer want you.

My favorite chapter was when she writes a letter to the character Matilda and apologizes for hating her at one point. She didn’t realize that the character meant so much to so many people and she isn’t ashamed to be recognized as the little book worm anymore.

What I love about this book is that is dives deep into issues that most people don’t want to talk about. She was diagnosed with OCD at a young age after she read the book “Kissing Doorknobs” and brought it to her father’s attention. Likewise, I realized I had OCD and Asperger’s Syndrome after watching the TV show Parenthood. That’s why it’s important for people to speak up about their mental illnesses. It lets people know they aren’t alone and may make them realize that they need help.

Mara has come to terms with her time in Hollywood, but she’s staying busy by writing and being an active member in the community.

 

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here: A book review

Patrick Ness is one of those authors that slowly builds up the story to the point where you get emotional because it’s all over the place. I felt that way when I read “A Monster Calls” and this week I read “The Rest of Us Just Live Here.”

This is the kind of book I’ve been waiting for. What goes on in the rest of the town while the heroes are taking care of business?

The story, taking place in Washington State, is the story of a boy, Michael, who has a crush on his best friend, Henna. Throughout the story, strange things happen, like the indie kids dying, zombie dears, car crashes, and blue lights and eyes all over the place. Michael and his friends have no idea what is going on, but they aren’t the heroes in the story.

They just live there.

This book is all about what’s happening behind the scenes in most adventure tales. While the indie kids are fighting the immortals, Michael is trying to speak to the girl he likes. While the indie kids are dying, Michael is studying for finals.

The setup of the book is perfect. The intro blurb at the beginning of each chapter tells you what the hero kids are doing. Like, “Satchel finds Finn laying on the street. She’s afraid to approach him because he might be possessed, but then Dylan comes along and makes her feel more comfortable.” That’s not an actual quote from the book, but it will give you an idea. The summary is of what the chapter should be about, but it’s not.

Patrick Ness is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and next on my list of his is “The Knife of Never Letting Go.” I hear it’s suspenseful and fantastic. I was also warned not to look ahead while I read.

I can’t wait!

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