More Mandee Monday-Soft Kitty Edition

More Mandee Monday-Soft Kitty Edition!

It’s that time of year when I’m just plain exhausted! The school year is winding down (I’m an 8th grade teacher) and Spring is starting to spring! We just finished a round of icky standardized testing, which never fails to make me tired!

Yankee Jane my Soft Kitty

And, my dear, sweet, adorable kitty, Yankee Jane, is very sick. Her lungs are shutting down and we’re not sure why. She’s on antibiotics and steroids. If you know cats, you know they HATE taking medicine. She really hates it. I have the scratches and bruises to prove it! Yankee is my baby.  When I moved to Atlanta in 2000, I was terribly lonely. I found Yankee in a McDonald’s parking lot scarfing down a burger. She was tiny, filthy, covered with fleas, and totally wild. It was love at first sight. She attacked everyone who came near her for months. She beat me up while I slept. She terrorized me at every turn. But, when she would go to sleep, she would curl into a tiny ball, grab her little fuzzy tail between her paws and start sucking on it like a pacifier. Heart=Melt. She still does this, even now that she’s 12. She finally started to calm down, after I brought another wild kitty home, Shakespeare, who is huge and lazy and a super snuggler, but mainly when she decided that she was my Mommy and I needed taking care of, too.

Sunshine Kitties-They have such tough lives!

So, last week and this week I’m feeling exhausted. I need someone to come sing Soft Kitty to me and my Yankee Jane! I think I’ll go home, curl up with a good book, and snuggle with my kitty cats!

Bling Worthy Books now on Tumblr!

Check out my list of awesomely Bling Worthy Books on Tumblr. I’ll keep adding to the list. It’s super easy and fun!

Basically, this is an epic list of books that I think are worthy of major Bling! 

Do you have a Bling Worthy Book to suggest? I’d love to hear about it! 

 

 

*Full Disclosure! These are all books that I've read or that books that I've heard amazing things about and REALLY want to read. If you'd like to buy one of these books for me, that would ROCK! Also, as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, if you decide to purchase the books through my links I'll get compensated from Amazon (assuming I set it up correctly...who knows!). I'll use that $ to maintain this blog, buy more books, and run contests.

Cannot wait for Insurgent by the AMAZINGLY AWESOME @VeronicaRoth

May can’t come soon enough!

I just can’t wait to get my Bling on Insurgent!

I love, love, loved Veronica Roth’s Divergent. It was one of my favorite reads last year. Now the countdown is on for Insurgent. Some bloggers even have ARCs already. I’m a little jealous, I must admit. But, I do love that it isn’t that far away now!

Are there books that you just can’t wait to read? What are they?

Veronica Roth has a super cool countdown clock on her site: http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/
If I could figure out how to get it to show up here, I totally would do that! So, be a dear and click over there, then come back here and imagine that super cool countdown widget surrounded by Bling. Thanks!

Oh wait, I think I did it! OMG! Go me!! WOOT!


More Mandee Monday #3 – Picture Pages

In February, I started participating in the Photo-A-Day challenge by FatMumSlim. It is so fun! I’m really enjoying looking at the world in terms of one (or two) words and capturing a quick picture with my iPhone.  I love my iPhone! I really want a new one, but I cannot get Schmoopy to go for it! I’m posting all of the pics on Instagram. I love this new sense of community these pictures provide for me. It has also helped me to start scrapbooking again. I’m doing Project Life this year and loving it.  I’m doing it as I have time and not putting pressure on myself! It serves as  a nice quick distraction from all the work and reading I’m doing as I write my dissertation (which I do not love, but will finish!!).

Here are a few of my favorite Photo-A-Day Pictures.  I’m using TypoInsta, Pixlromatic, PicFrame, & Labelbox on my phone and ordering prints of them from PostalPix, MoPho, and PersnicketyPrints. I haven’t decided which company I like the best yet.  I am using Picnik until they close (boo!).

Photo-A-Day-Collage

April’s Photo-A-Day Challenge has been posted. I’d love for you to join me!

April Photo-A-Day Challenge from FatMumSlim

More Mandee Monday #2: The Story of two girls!

Happy Monday!

Today for MMM! I’m going to tell you two quick stories.

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

The first is about my awesome friend. She put this book in my hands this morning at 6:45 (early book bliss!) as soon as I walked into school. She knew I wanted to read it, so she’s letting me read it before she does. That ROCKS!

The second is about the book Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr. I’ve been dying to read this story of a girl who gets branded as “the school slut” and her journey to escape that awful title. As a middle school teacher, I see these things happen all the time. And my heart breaks for those kids who get slammed with labels that are so cruel and so hard to shake. I cannot wait to dive into this story, even though I know my heart will hurt while I’m reading.

What are you reading this week? 

Free eBooks (FREE!) from Free Par-tay! YAY!

Free Par-tay (isn’t that a fun name!) has FREE eBooks for March Lucky Days!

How awesome! http://www.freepartay.com/

In June, they run a super fun Blog Tour de Force Cage Match, which you should also check out!

So fun, right?!

Go get those free books! They have everything from Romance to Zombies, to Paranormal, to YA!

Free is always better! =)

Have an awesome day!

More Mandee Monday #1…because everyone must be as nosy as I am, right?!

So, as I was reading a few of my favorite blogs and websites the other day, I realized that I was nosy. Really, I’ve always known that I was super nosy, I was just reminded of that fact. I wanted to know all about these people. I follow them, I cyber-care about them,  I’m curious. On the flip side, I don’t feel like I’m all that interesting (well, I am an only child, so that is kind of a lie…). I didn’t intend this blog to be about me. I want it to be about awesome books! I want you to love reading as much as I do. But, I realized, some of you may be curious, too.  That leads me to More Mandee Monday. Just a quick little getting to know me posting to feed your curiosity/nosy side. Enjoy!

I don’t like being in pictures. I like taking them! Here is a rare Mandee Approved picture! My Schmoopy and I were heading to the wedding of dear friends and we snapped this super cute pic on the way. I love it, which isn’t the norm when I’m in pictures! While I do have a healthy level of self-confidence, I just don’t like pictures of me! I’m way more of a behind the camera person! 

Schmoopy!

Schmoopy and I have been together since 2005 and married since 2008. He’s my true love, my one and only special someone, my best friend, my partner in crime, and a total blessing! He gets me and I’m thankful for that every minute of the day. For example, on Sunday, I wanted to get The Hunger Games movie People Magazine. We were grocery shopping and I looked everywhere. I never found it. Schmoopy told me to wait with the cart. He came back (like 2 seconds later!) with both HG People & US! And he didn’t even complain about how expensive they were! He rocks!

The Hunger Games Magazine Bling! or Why Schmoopy Rocks!

Hope you enjoyed More Mandee Monday! See you soon! 

1Q84-Really Awesome! Really Long!

1Q84

I’ve been wanted to read 1Q84 for a while, but there are so many awesome books out there that I couldn’t commit to such a long read (it is actually 3 books in one).

I put my name on the waiting list for the audio books at the library and just figured I’d see how I felt when my turn came around. I picked up the giant double pack of discs, 38 in all, on the same day that I finished listening to Fahrenheit 451. I figured I’d give it a try and just return it if it wasn’t for me. Especailly after such an awesome audio (I actually missed my turn last week because I was so into Fahrenheit 451 & I’m still getting teased about it!).

It didn’t even take a full disc to hook me! This book is amazing!  I love it so much. And I’m already on the 4th cd.The story is so intriguing. Here’s what GoodReads has to say about it:

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. 

As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

Have you read 1Q84? If so, what did you think? If not, do you think you might give it a try?

Can’t wait to see The Hunger Games!

Found The Hunger Games People and US magazines today while grocery shopping.

Actually, I couldn’t find them. And I pouted. So Schmoopy searched and searched (while I guarded the groceries) and came back with both.

YAY! That boy really is the best!

Hunger Games Mags Bling!