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Dracula

I finished this book…Love love love love love!

I seriously think Kerri Maniscalco and Colleen Gleason should team up!

 

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Finished Reading

Okay I know I’m behind posts and reading…Life calls.  I”m a mom who is working and doing one million things.  Even tackled cleaning some the areas of my house that needed to be done.  So at the end of the day, I am tired and I need sleep to keep going.  So sleep rules.

I  just posted three other entries and decided to do one more before I go to sleep.

I just finished reading this book. It is such a cute story!!!   I forgot how much I love reading these style books.  I think this would fall into chick lit with humor and romance.   Laney and Noah are quite interesting and you can see the journey they go on.  It hits a bit of home of one trying to find yourself.  (I’m still working on that aspect..who isn’t?)  Oh I do have to say that the cover caught my eye!  It awesome. I want the hair color!  Check it out:

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Dictatorship of the Dress (“Much “”I Do”” About Nothing”)

By Jessica Topper

As the dress-bearer for her mother’s wedding, comic book artist Laney Hudson has a lot more baggage than the bulky garment bag she’s lugging from New York to Hawaii. Laney is determined to prove she’s capable of doing something right, but running chores for her mom’s fairytale nuptials is proving to be a painfully constant reminder of her own lost love.

So when she’s mistaken for the bride and bumped up to first class, Laney figures some stress-free luxury is worth a harmless white lie. Until the flight crew thinks that the man sitting next to her is Laney’s groom, and her little fib turns into a hot mess.

The last thing Noah Ridgewood needs is some dress-obsessed diva landing in his first-class row. En route to his Vegas bachelor party, the straight-laced software designer knows his cold feet have nothing to do with the winter weather.

When a severe storm leaves them grounded in Chicago and they find themselves booked into the last available honeymoon suite, Laney and her in-flight neighbor have little choice but to get better acquainted. Now, as her bridal mission hangs in the balance, perhaps the thing Laney gets right is a second chance at love.

Parenthood Adventure 1

Becoming a parent does change your life.

When I was younger I never really thought about marriage and having kids. I was not one of those girls who thought marriage was something to do.  Did I think of Prince Charming and fairytales?  Oh yeah!!

Well I got married and then eventually had kids and then got divorced.   I decided to share a little bit about parenthood and challenges that I have gone through or will be going through! Perhaps my adventures will help out another parent who is going through this.

First off I am going to share this moment that happened about 10 years ago.

Long ago in a little house tucked away in Iowa, I was up one night with my first born.  My husband at the time was away for work so I was home alone.  The reason I was up was because my son was hungry.  I believe it was between midnight to 2 a.m.  It was dark and quiet in the house.  While feeding my son, I felt awful and broke down crying quietly.  I remember being worried about my son not getting enough milk because he would fall asleep during the process of breast feeding.  It felt hard.  Then about a few minutes later I thought to myself, “Women have been doing this for centuries!”  I thought about the women in the past giving childbirth in the fields.  I even thought about my own  mother and grandmothers.  If they could do it, so could I!   I snapped myself out of it telling myself I can do it.  I then took my son back to his crib and then I went back to sleep at the same time.  (I learned the trick was to sleep when my son was sleeping.)

Eventually the breastfeeding lasted for 6 months because I was done. It was taking a toll on me and I made the decision to stop.   Once he was on the bottle, it was a breeze!

I wanted to share this moment because it was a simple moment.  Maybe it was the lack of sleep or the hormones kicking in at the time but I remember this moment.  As a first time parent, you get to go on many adventures that teach you many things.

Remember you can do it!

Chicago Comic Con Wizard World 2017

Today’s blog is off the topic.   I wanted to share this experience.  Thursday I went to Chicago Comic Con.  I wanted to do another adventure for myself.   Just something for me.  I felt inspired to go.  Before I headed off to the comic con, I had to do things around the house and tend to mom duties. (Clean house, shopping and dropping off school supplies)  Once I completed the tasks (most of them), I threw two granola bars in my purse got into my van and off I went.

Well of course while driving towards Rosemont Convention Center, the  lovely Chicago land area had to have traffic.  This was from construction!   I wasn’t mad or rushed.  I took my time.  It was such a beautiful day out and I was in a good mood.  I had the music blasting.  After driving under the one overpass, and a bit further down, I saw the sign for parking!  Butterflies were hitting my stomach.

I entered the parking lot as I drove around in circles.  Luckily there were volunteers guiding the cars.   I found a great spot to park on a hill.  I did wonder if my van was going to flip over.   Yes I did think that!!  I got out and walked towards the Rosemont Convention.  The last time I was at Chicago Comic Con was about 5-6 years ago.

Anyways I walked up to the doors but  they had security scans before you could go inside.  Being safe is important!  The staff was great great.   Once inside the main doors, I found my way to the check in area.  After that was all down, I headed off to the autograph section but Christian Kane wasn’t there!  The first though that came to my head is that he got stuck in traffic!    I just hoped he was okay.    There were a bunch of other lovely ladies there that told me I needed  necklace thing and I was so confused.   I went back to the main area and asked the staff there about the autograph print out I had.  They said what I had was fine.  I thanked them and then headed back as no one was to be found at all.  Well I had time to kill.  The next signing was at 630 pm.  (Later I realized the necklace thing was for VIP people…sadly I cannot afford that…maybe one day!)

I decided to walk around.  I saw Kevin Sorbo from a distance.  The guy looks the same from his day of Hercules.  Yes I did watch Xena and Hercules back in the day.  Who isn’t fascinated by mythology, magic and adventure?      I managed to catch some lipreading about his kids and wife and then work.   He did some interviews  which was pretty cool.   I then saw Nicholas Brendan from afar.  That made my day too!   Yup totally Buffy and Angel fan here.   I took a moment thinking all these amazing people took time out from their schedules to do this event for their fans.  That is awesome.  I must point out they all look amazing.   Has all of them found a natural fountain of youth somewhere?   I wonder.

I saw lots of interesting things while waiting for 630 pm to come around.  What I saw upstairs was that they had a lot of cars.  Some cars were: Back to the Future, Supernatural  (I wanted this car),  and Knight Rider.   There were some others.

Top Notch by Design which had these amazing bags!  I wanted like three of them but I had to be good.

TeeTurtle which had some cute shirts.

Moonglow Jewlery!  It was so cool. I was torn between the owl and the cross necklace.  Very cool pieces.   (I took a peek at the website:  there’s a cool fairy one too!!)

I also saw Ultra Sabers .  I wanted to get one for me.  Sadly they were too high priced for I but they were so amazing.  It would be fun to own one of those.  I know my boys would love this.

Deviant Apple Illustrations was amazing.  You need to check his art out.  He had some amazing pieces there.

Carlations:  Carla Wyzgala Illustrations had some pretty amazing artwork too.  She had a She-Ra small mini art print that I wanted to get….maybe next time!

Levi Craig does these amazing watercolors!  Check him out on instagram at levicraig75!    I think he’s in the process of getting a website up.    I wanted the Wonder Woman and Tardis print.  I was soooo tempted to get it.

I did attend an event of storytelling in songwriting which was fun. Very talented guy! Check out musican/Songwriter:  James Morris Band

Saw this amazing author in the artist Gallery.  Please check her out.  I will be reading one of her books soon.   Check out the author  S.A. McClure

And now back to my adventure after mentioning all those awesome creative people that I saw!

Before I went back to the autograph side, I found a seat and pulled out a granola bar I threw in my bag.  I knew I was going to have to eat something.  Smart move huh?  Plus in a way I’m saving money.   After devouring the granola bar, I threw the wrapper in the trash and off I went back inside.  I saw the sign up and it said that “Autograph tickets must be purchased at the table.”  Well that threw me for a loop!   Inside I was freaking out because I knew I did not have that much cash on me.  I had already paid for the autograph online.   So I walked back on over to the autograph booth that was nearby and talked to Faith Miller (Yup I remembered her name!!!)   She said what I had was fine.   Whew!

Back in line I went and waited.  After five minutes of waiting, a staff person of Wizard World comes along as she told us to wait on this side as the VIP peeps go first.  While waiting I met some other ladies who talked about why they liked Christian Kane.  It was pretty interesting to hear.    One of them said that they liked him better with the long hair.  I replied he looks good either way.   We all chuckled.

Then the guy behind me was a fan of him from his ‘Leverage’ days.   I asked him if he had seen Christian in ‘The Librarians’ yet. He said he is on Season 1.  I told him it’s awesome and he had to watch all of it.  I was so glad to be able to unnderstand everything that was being said!  For me to be in a huge area that echoes can be a challenged because it I have to focus and sometimes figure out what they are saying since I’m deaf.

Then around the corner he appears!  Yay!! I was glad he made it.  He looked very dreamy and amazing as he does.  I wonder how does he stay in fit?  Maybe from all that golf he plays.  I should get back into that game although I wonder if my curse is broken.   Short version: too many bad things happened to me on the golf course.   Anyways, he came around and said something as I missed it.  Drats!  He sat down as we all cheered and clapped.   I could not take my eyes off of him.

Then there’s body guard guy (I don’t know his real name and what his job was but I assumed he’s a bodyguard/PR guy. I”m just going to call him the body guard guy) pulls out the photographs for autograph, setting it up.  Then Christian comes back out from the table and gave this beautiful lady a hug who’s in a wheelchair.  It was such an amazing moment to see.  I was glad to be there to witness that.

The lady who was in the wheelchair did post a picture on Twitter Friday night (Wolife M Nobles)  and she looked amazing!  She wrote a quote “I have NEVER been held that tight in my life.  LuvedIt.”   Hope she doesn’t mind me posting this but it was such an amazing moment.

Then autographs begin. I lost count of time and was trying to think of what to say to him.  I was a bit nervous thinking I’m not going to be able to understand in him the echoing area.  Yeah I do think about these things at times.  Having people repeat themselves always feels a bit awkward.   I do not want people to get frustrated either.  Some people are cool with it as other sometimes immediately change how they talk to a deaf person.

The line keeps going and going. I finally get up there and ask the lady to put my name on the sticky note.  She did and was totally cool with it!  I found out her grandmother had the same name as I!   That was awesome.   I really wanted the one with the guitar and blue background but I could only choose from the ‘The Librarians’  which was okay.  You go with the flow!   I get up there and hand him the picture to sign as he said hi and wrote my name.  I didn’t really say much.   I should’ve said something else…I dunno like “Hope your trip to Chicago was good.  Have you gotten any golf games in?   What are you going to do with your time off?”

What I did was that I handed him a gift.  I spoke, “This is for you.”  I had gotten him a journal.  I believe he said, “You didn’t wrap it?”   I think he was joking in a way.  I couldn’t tell.  I replied with, “I didn’t have the time.”  I really wanted to hear the southern accent but sadly with how loud it was I couldn’t.   I really hope he liked the journal and will use it!   I’m such a geek with a big heart sometimes, I think.   Oh! He did shake my hand.  I should’ve asked for a hug but nope I chickened out.  You think someone with an aries sign would be bold!!

While walking away, I looked at the picture and felt this smile across my face as I was glad that I came.   Just seeing and meeting someone that is so creative and kind is amazing.  He’s talented.   I hope he continues to do so.  I wish him all the best.    I then glanced back watching mingle with his fans.

While walking away, I decide to mingle a bit more in the artist gallery.   I saw many amazing people that were about and chatted with strangers about the things we like.  I saw children having a great time.  Adventures are everywhere.    While walking outside in the night sky, I was in high spirits.  I almost wanted to dance across the street but I did not.  I got to my van as it was still there.  While getting in my van, the car that was parked next to me was about to depart too.  Funny thing that car arrived the same time I did.  That was a cool moment.  Down the ramp I go and try to find my way back on River Road.

Driving in the dark is not always my favorite thing to do but I knew where I was and how to get home.  I listened to some music in the car and just had the windows down which was amazing.   Although having the windows down does affect how you listen to music.

I was tired when I got home but it was worth it.  Maybe I’ll go again next year.  I followed people on Twitter who got to hang out with Christian.   Gotta keep up with the adventures of #Kaniacs  #KaniacsStealChicago  on Twitter!

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The top threw me for a loop thinking we had to pay cash. On the website it said Cash Only and then it switched to where you could pay ahead of time. It all worked out in the end.

 

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Autograph!

 

Some books I saw today

I need to get back into book blogging! So today I saw these books. The covers caught my  attention  Any of them interest you?

Pretend

Pretend We Are Lovely
By Noley Reid
Pages: 284
Publisher: Tin House Books
Date: July 18 2017

It’s the summer of 1982 in Blacksburg, Virginia―seven years after the suspicious death of a son and sibling―and the Sobel family is hungry.

Francie dresses in tennis skirts and ankle socks and weighs her grams of allotted carrots and iceberg lettuce. Her semi-estranged husband Tate prefers a packed fridge and hidden doughnuts. Daughters Enid, ten, and Vivvy, almost thirteen, are subtler versions of their parents, measuring their summer vacation by meals had or meals skipped. But at summer’s end, secrets both old and new emerge and Francie disappears, leaving the family teetering on the brink.

Told from alternating points of view by the four living Sobels, Pretend We Are Lovely is a sharp and darkly funny story of forgiveness, family secrets, and the losses we inherit. At its core is the ever-complicated and deeply-devoted bond of sisterhood as the girls, left mostly to their own devices, must navigate their way through middle school, find comfort in each other, and learn the difference between food and nourishment.

 

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The Secret of the India Orchid
By Nancy Campbell Allen
Series: Proper Romance
Pages: 320
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Date: August 1, 2017

Anthony Blake is in love with his best friend’s sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies-including his own-has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the facade of a flirtatious playboy.

Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn’t as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.

She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won’t confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?

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Rebellion
By Molly Patterson
Pages: 560
Publisher: Harper
Date: August 8, 2017

A sweeping debut that crosses continents and generations, Rebellion tells the story of Addie, Louisa, Hazel, and Juanlan: four women whose rebellions, big and small, are as unexpected as they are unforgettable.

At the heart of the novel lies a mystery: In 1900, Addie, an American missionary in China, goes missing during the Boxer Rebellion, leaving her family back home to wonder at her fate. Her sister Louisa—newly married and settled in rural Illinois—anticipates tragedy, certain that Addie’s fate is intertwined with her own legacy of loss.

In 1958, Louisa’s daughter Hazel has her world upended by the untimely death of her husband. It’s harvest time, and with two small children and a farm to tend, she is determined to keep her land and family intact. Yet even while she learns to enjoy her independence, Hazel realizes that the tradeoff for some freedoms is more precious than expected.

Nearly half a century later, Juanlan has returned to her parents’ home in Heng’an. With her father ill, her sister-in-law soon to give birth, and the construction of a new highway rapidly changing the town she once knew, she feels pressured on every side by powers outside her control. Frustrated by obligation and the smallness of her own dreams, Juanlan at last dares to follow desire, only to discover an anger that cannot be contained.

Moving from rural Illinois to the far reaches of China, Rebellion brilliantly links through action and consequence the story of four women, spanning more than a century. From the secrets they keep and the adventures they embark on, to the passions that ultimately drive them forward, the characters at the center of this electric debut dramatically fight against expectation in pursuit of their own thrilling fates.

Children Books

Here are some new books that I saw today!  Each of them has an amazing story to tell.  I really liked the two picture books:  Fuschia Fierce and When Penny Met POTUS.  Both have a great point in the story!  Be sure to check them out.

 

Pedro Goes Buggy by Fran Manushkin

A school assignment has Pedro collecting bugs, bugs, and more bugs! But what happens when his brother Paco lets them all out?

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Far Out Fairy Tales by Louise Simonson

What do you get when classic fairy tales are twisted about, turned inside out, and reworked for the graphic novel format? Far Out Fairy Tales! Discover what Snow White would be like if she were raised by robots. Find out how Cinderella’s story plays out when she walks the path of the ninja. Play along when three billy goats named Gruff get stuck inside a video game. Chase down the Big Bad Wolf with the help of a superpowered Red Riding Hood! Each fairy tale revision holds true to the spirit of the original while adding a modern twist to the classic tales we know and love.

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Fuchsia Fierce by Christianne Jones

Fuchsia Fierce is a bold name for a bold girl, but she wasn’t always so brave. Thanks to her parents, her camp counselor, and her friends, Fuchsia finally learns how to live up to her name. This vibrant picture book will teach every reader the importance of self confidence: a priceless lesson.

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When Penny Met Potus by Rachel Ruiz

When Penny Met POTUS will transport you on a presidential adventure in imagination. A smartly written, beautifully illustrated picture book about a young girl whose mother works for a boss named POTUS. POTUS? Just who or WHAT is a POTUS? Penny is on a mission to find out! She imagines all the fun things she and POTUS will do together when they meet -like have a tea party in the China Room and do important work in the Oval Office. When she goes to work with her mother one day at a big White House – Penny sneaks off on her own through the historic corridors to find POTUS. Along the way, she chats up the White House butler and Rose Garden gardener. Will she find POTUS? And will he live up to her great expectations?

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Sofia Martinez the Beach Trip by Jacqueline Jules

Sofia and her family are headed to the beach for the weekend, and Sofia is packed and ready to go. But once they get to the beach house, it’s obvious that Sofia did not pack basic beach gear. Will her beach trip be ruined? Spanish words are used throughout this early chapter book.

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