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Month: June, 2013

Welcome to summer!

Well, last Tuesday, M finished first grade! FIRST GRADE! Next, she’ll be going into grad school, stop the madness! I know this is so cliche, but where did the time go? My baby is such a big girl now, still a pain in my tookus as usual, but my baby girl nonetheless.

Nothing new to report…I guess no news is always good news, especially for my dad’s end. He goes to see Dr. S, his oncologist mid July and I’ll go with him to this one. I’m not sure if I can handle it, but I have to pull up my big girl undie-pants and just GO. He will get his MRI and a CT scan w/out contrast to see if any of the tumors came back to his liver. I continue to pray, that’s pretty much all I can do at this point. He is happy, seemingly healthy, and in good spirits…what more can we ask for?

Cancer really does suck. Mirt’s close friend has breast cancer and she’s been fighting it for a few months now. She’s doing chemo and radiation, and hopefully she’ll surpass this tough time in her life. Her coworkers at the Sheriff’s office held a fundraiser in her honor on Friday and we were lucky enough to go. We had a great time and Myra looked amazing, she is one tough cookie. When her sister gave the speech, I couldn’t hold it in anymore, even though we are not close friends, to see another woman, another human being suffer and go through this is heart breaking. I pray she overcomes this hurdle, I want to tell her so much that she doesn’t have to be strong all the time, that it is ok and even important to fall apart sometimes…but I don’t know her that well, so I don’t want to overstep the boundries. I can only support her and pray for her and her family.

On a lighter note, a friend of mine from Manchester came to NYC for her second visit this past week. While I’ve never met her in real life – I met her online through the magic of our common denominator, romance novels – it was AWESOME to finally meet in person. As M & I were heading out to the city to meet them, she asked me, “How did you meet her?” SIGH…here comes the sticky conversation. How do I tell a 7 yr. old that I met this stranger online and now we are going to meet in person?! Tread carefully…

I told her the truth, that we met online because we started talking about books and ended up loving the same books…and that it is ok to meet her because, one – I am an adult, and two, we are meeting in the middle of the busiest damn street in all of the small island of Manhattan. But for good measures, I told her sternly, but you don’t ever do this! She laughs…

I met Suz and her awesome sister. We went to Central Park Zoo and then to Wholefoods for lunch, J met up with us after lunch and drove us back to their hotel.  It was a zillion degrees on Saturday, I took the to the zoo via the train but we hopped in a f’ing cab going from the zoo to 96th because I was NOT going to trek back down into the hellholes of the city to catch the train. And you know, between the 4 of us, it was only $2.50 more! It cost me a $10 MetroCard and a LOT of sweat to schelp us in the f’ing heat from 42nd to 59th! After the zoo we were just famished, so I stopped the next cab and we all packed ourselves in, I didn’t care if it cost $30, I was not getting on the train and f’ing transferring! Hell no. BUT, my beautiful UK girls got to go on the subway, see an awesome little zoo, eat yummo foods at Wholefoods AND Mister Softee and ride the NYC crazy cabs all in one day. Who says I’m not a good hostest/tour guide?! Hmph!

I love Central Park Zoo!

I love Central Park Zoo!

This poor, miserable Polar Bear. It must have been 95 degrees and he just looks sad. It broke my heart to see him so sad…gives me mixed feelings about zoos and aquariums…

When we went back to her hotel, Suz gave me a bag of goodies, I swear, M & I are SOOO uber spoiled. My friend (another online friend, mind you) from Ireland sends us packages filled with goodies and now Suz schlepped from the UK a big ol’ bag of goodies for all of us! I am one blessed girl. It was an awesome weekend, but we were famished.

Since summer has started, I did get to read A TON! I don’t get to write reviews for each one, but I do read and rate them on GoodReads. And I have to say, I’ve been pretty darn lucky because I’ve read some great ones so far! I have to add a couple to my TBR list because Suz recommended a few to me during out visit, so I will be reading a whole lot more, woo hoo!

I did recently finish a book that was sent to me, it was a beautiful story, it’s not smut, lol – it’s a beautiful romance and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Beside Your HeartBeside Your Heart by Mary Whitney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this in a matter of hours, I couldn’t put it down! What is it about UK boys that always grab my attention (and my heart)?! Beside Your Heart was so well written, and the story was so…REAL, that it wiggled its way into my heart and staked a claim. Because it shares with us their teenage years, I was worried I wouldn’t like it, but their dialog, the events, and their heart wrenching realities made it such an amazing story that I forget they were in high school! I always say it, but I LOVE when a book can make my heart squeeze and gives me that – annoying lump in my throat threatening to start crying – feeling and Beside Your Heart definitely evoked them.

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Good times!

We finally got to see the Mendez family. It has been quite some time, since August 2012 to be exact. The last time we hung out, I believe was when we took our Reda/Mendez mini-vacation to Niagara Falls, Canada. It was a ton of fun but you can only stare at water for so long.

With all of our busy schedules, we had not seen each other since! It’s a bummer because so much has happened in between for both of our families and even though we keep in constant contact via texts, it’s just not the same, you know? So today, after she finished teaching her semester and I’m done with my semester, we finally met up.

It was SO much fun. Even though we didn’t do anything spectacular, but the boys got to do their short bromance thing and went to get some Blue Moons and lunch for us, while K & M played like not a day has passed between them, and S & I got to chat and catch up. After lunch, we all got to sit and reminesed on HOW we met. S & I actually met online in a mommy chat room. Odd, I know. But we bonded and we took our chats out of the chatroom/boards and we clicked so well. That was many moons ago. So I always have the story of “I met my best friend online!”, then we blindly flew out to Vegas w/ M when she was nine months old to meet them in a ‘mutual meeting place’. Afterwards, we took turns visiting…well, M & I flew to Cali once to visit with them, but they came out to the east coast a few times…eventually, they just moved here! Awesome!

But it was really awesome to catch up, they’re amazing people and what I love is that, even though we haven’t seen each other for so many months, we just picked up where we left off and it’s as if no time has passed. And the kids LOVED it so much, it was bittersweet to hear them giggling and laughing hysterically. They’ve essentially known each other while in utero, so for 8 years, they been buds! And now, they’re almost 8 years old!!! While it was sweet to hear them laugh – it made me a little sad that they’re ALMOST teenagers, eventually they’re not going to want to hang out w/ us…where has the time gone?!?! Both K & Maddy are only’s, so they get along so well, and since they’ve been playing with each other since they were 9/10 months old (when we first met in Vegas), we always joke that they were betrothed before they could walk. Now…watching them play and whispering to each other, I can’t help but giggle. I’m looking forward to seeing them again real soon! My two Kiddos today.

Book club meeting tomorrow!!! And I can’t f’ing wait. I’m most looking forward to this meeting because we get to gab over my MMA fighters in Lori Foster’s series. Oh man, I can’t wait. I did finish another quick book to pass time between the meetings, it was actually pretty good.

Stranded with a Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club, #1)Stranded with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had this in my TBR for a while and kept putting it off, the title didn’t wow me very much. I feel like it was another – filthy rich guy falls to his knees in love with a relatively normal girl – title. But I did end up reading through the night and finished it in a day. It was a nice read. The story started out pretty adventurous while they were stranded, it gave him (Logan) the opportunity to be a carefree, “normal” guy, and they had their share of snarky introductions. I did LOVE all the philosophy quotes she (Bronte) shared, it made their interaction so much more fun and sweet. There were a few parts that I wanted to yell into my Kindle – some infuriating parts by both Bronte and Logan, but I’ll leave them out for the sake of no spoilers. I do wish they had a little bit more angst, but I did get a little bit of the achy heart – lump in my throat feeling, which I love so much in a good book. Overall, it was a nice quick read, well written, yummy love scenes, funny banters, and beautiful philosophy quotes. I would definitely read her next story of the Billionaire Boys Club.

OOH, I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but I was accepted to join a research lab at school. I was SOOOO mega thrilled and it’s an amazing study. It is for youth depression and I am really excited to be a part of this research! I did another test run on a lab assessment today. As a junior RA, I had to do a phone interview for an assessment and it went pretty well. This was my second test run, the first one was with a fellow junior RA, this time it was with a senior RA and I was still so nervous. But I was really, REALLY glad I got this senior RA because she’s totally awesome and I was hoping for some honest critiques and she did give them to me. I wanted to really learn how to conduct an interview/assessment, so I was thankful that I was paired with her. She was totally awesome and gave me some great pointers. I’m sure I’ll still be just as nervous the next time around, when I really have to conduct the interview/assessment with participants but now I have a little more experience. But I am glad it is done with, I was so nervous! I had a short interview (questionnaire) with another set of participants and that went smoothly, another rescheduled one me until next Tuesday so we’ll see how that goes. I hope it’s just as smooth as the first one!

Ok – time for me to go sneak in some more reading before bed. Peace and love! xoxo