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2009 Book List!!!

Okay, so the goal is to read 100 books in 2009. I'm also keeping track of the number of pages to I can total them up at the end. The list is here, but the blog/review (I really use the term "review" loosely. you'll  be able to tell when I was really moved by one) is on Surrounded By Words, which I will link at the end of the list!!

2009 Reading List

1. The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle
2. Havemercy by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
3. Evernight by Claudia Gray
4. Dramarama by E. Lockhart
5. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
6. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
7. Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
8. Stargazer by Claudia Gray
9. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, Vol 1 - The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson
10. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
11. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
12. The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
13. Birthright by Nora Roberts
14. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
15. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
16. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
17. Tithe by Holly Black
18. Vacations from Hell by Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Mlynowski
19. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
20. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
21. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
22. The Mediterranean Caper by Clive Cussler
23. The Pegasus Secret by Gregg Loomis
24. The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber



Grace and Cary by royaltwig


Don't fire me from LJ!

I went to camp and everything seemed to slip through the cracks. I'm back!!

Camp was great, so much freaking fun! I'll post pics later.

I'm still feeling good, which is a major relief! I'm totally and completely off dairy and that seems to have been a major part of the improvement. Alas, I seem to have contracted the plague. I'm definitely talking in my lower register today. The voice, it is gone. It's giving me a great excuse to catch up on LJ, my book blog, and my writing. That's all easy to do while sitting in the comfy chair and watching Top Chef Masters.

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Busy week!!

Holy cow. This is seriously the first time I've sat down at my computer all week.
This weekend I hung out with my friend Katie, and went to the kiddies b-day party. (The kiddies are Aly and Cameron, children of my friend Heather). I may have mentioned that last post, but I don't remember. I totally rocked the presents, though. Win for me!

This week is Family Camp for my church. It's held at our campgrounds, which is one of my favorite places on earth. It's also one of the hottest places on earth. I think the oven in my kitchen got hotter than that once or twice. It's ridiculous. I think I melted half of my body weight off. 

I drove up Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night. The Young Adults planned the service for Wednesday, and it was so completely awesome!!! But I got home between 1030 and 11 every night. I'm a verrah tired girl!

I'm getting one of my veneers replaced tomorrow, which means sore gums. Also, it's one of the front teeth, so people will see the shredded gums. I feel like carrying a sign that apologizes ahead of time.

I can haz a baby last night. Not mine, I didn't squeeze one out. He belongs to one of the gals from church. But last night, he was mine for a good hour. *bliss* Also, my friend Rachel was there with her new BB, Levi, who is definately one of the cutest BBs ever.

Oh. The count for my crafts class at camp has pretty  much doubled. Seriously. It's going to be between 15 and 20 per class, for a grand total of 45-60. Yeah. I know. I get more hands too, but that a LOT  of supplies. Plans have changed somewhat.

I started working out this week, since I feel good enough to move. Only now, I can't move. The muscles are screaming. I have to get through 3 more days, then another rest day. Today was a rest day. I'm hoping after a week or so, it'll get better.
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Guess what?!?!


I'm not kidding, this is the best I've felt in 3 years. And I'm so excited about that!!!

I've been waiting so long and trying so hard. I finally tried just a little bit harder, and it's paid off!!

I saw my GI today and reported my good feeling. He was very positive and intent on trying to keep me this way. He didn't even push on my belly!!!! I had some labs done to see what they look like while I'm feeling good. We've never been able to do that.

While I'm so excited, I'm also a little scared. Scared that it's too good to be true, that the other shoe will drop. I'm not going to let that stop me from enjoying all the good days.

BAAAAH!!!! I'm just so happy!!! And excited about everything. Life, how I feel, the POTENTIAL that I see stretching out in front of me. I can't WAIT to see what's next!
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Awesome Night!!

So, about a month ago on Twitter, Tyrone Wells put a request for people to help sell merchandise at some of their upcoming shows, one of which was in Mobile. I sent in an email saying I wanted to help but never heard back. Yesterday around 2pm, I received a text asking if I was still going to be able to come that night to the show. Um, hell yes!! No way was I going to miss that!

So I went to the Soul Kitchen and spent the night selling Tyrone Wells merch, met the guys, all super nice! Met John, who sells merch for Better Than Ezra. Also heard Marianne Keith, who is absolutely adorable and a total sweetheart. She also has an AMAZING voice.

Click here to download Tyrone Wells' album Hold On.

Click here to download Marianne Keith's album Beautiful Distraction.

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So, I love pirates. And not just Captain Jack Sparrow, though he is very high on my Do List. No, I love everything about pirates. I read the historical books, go on tours, have a flag hanging in my room, and bumper stickers on my car.

I also have this fantastic mug and I thought I would share what it says on the side with you all

Pirate's Log
9am Shiver me timbers
10am Drink rum
11am Swash  me buckles
12 o'noon Drink rum
1pm Force swabs off the plank
2pm Drink rum
3pm Bury treasure
4pm Drink rum
5pm Try to remember  where @*(%&#( treasure is buried
6pm 'till 5am Drink rum
Also, I got some great new music today that I'm going to mediafire for a friend. I'll post the links here for all you lovelies as well. So expect music love tomorrow!!!!

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Sunshine and Roses

Ok, so maybe that doesn't accurately describe my life, but things are going pretty well for me right now. I'm much relieved, because things were pretty rough for awhile.

First, aside from a couple days feeling gooey and achy, I've been doing really well in the health department. I've had more energy and less pain. I still have to watch what I eat, but that's never going to go away. I had a grilled chicken sandwich from Burger King this weekend, just the sandwich, no fries, and it did NOT go well. Lots of pain, but it calmed down after an hour or so. No more Burger King. Otherwise, all is (almost) well, and I'm going to keep it that way!!!

Second, I had a really awesome weekend! Friday night was going to be bowling night, but it was hella busy! So we ended up going to dinner at Ruby Tuesday's and had a wonderful time! By "we", I mean my friend Katie, Jill (Katie's BFF who I also knew a little bit from college), Stacey and Jesse (I met them through Katie), and Lisa (I think that's her name. I met her for the first time on Friday, another friend of Katie's). We sat there and talked forEVER. The highlight of the night was either another patron's ginormous, fake boobs (she was standing behind me so, sadly, I missed it) or me paying for a $7 dinner with a 20 and saying what sounded an awful lot like "I don't need change". That's how everyone else, and the waiter, heard it. It was quite humbling.

Sunday was our first traveling ministries service, so we spent Saturday night at the congregation setting up the screen and projector, and just making sure that everything was set up and ready to go. Even though we were prepping for a service, I had a great time. I LOVE those friends.

Sunday was the service, which was AMAZING! After that was my friend Rianna's graduation party. Tomorrow night is the graduation. I feel kind of cheated that I didn't graduate from high school on the football field. Since I left high school, every high school grad ceremony I've been to has been at the school, on the field. We graduated in the Civic Center. Not everyone's Vice-Principal said "shit" after butchering some names. Right into the microphone, too. It was my favorite moment, aside from the actual walking across the stage.

I've realized recently that though my life isn't perfect and I'm not at all where I thought I would be at this point in my life, but I'm happy. I'm having fun. Are there jobs I would rather be doing? Oh my, yes. Do I think I'll ever go back to school for what I REALLY want to do? Nope. Am I determined to make the best of what I'm given? Absolutely.
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I'm so freaking bored that I can't stand it. I'm also too tired to do anything about it!!!

I don't know what happened, I think it was that I've been doing SO MUCH lately that it's completely worn me down. I'm hoping if I take it SUPER easy tonight, eat good, just play on the compy, I'll have a more energy filled day tomorrow. I'm also skipping church. I feel kinda guilty, but at the same time, not.

I'm kinda melancholy tonight too. My Grandma fell yesterday. She forgets that the people that work at the Assisted Living place where she is are coming back to help her when she goes to the bathroom. I guess it's really not that much of a problem, but yesterday she tried to get up and hit her head on the sink when she fell. Dad and I went up to check on her, and I hadn't been there in awhile. HUGE change. She just has this blank look now. And she's not very conversational, either. I went back after work to check on her. Her head looked much better. All the swelling had gone down, there's just a big purple bruise. I don't think she recognized me at first. Like, she didn't really light up or respond the way she did yesterday. She zoned out on the TV for a few minutes and when I started talking to her again, I could tell she knew who I was. It's just sad to see her so changed. Like, she's definitely not the Grandma I remember. She confessed that she had a headache, though. She usually won't admit to pain, the woman has the highest pain tolerance EVER. I'm just relieved we didn't have a Natasha Richardson situation with the fall and head hitting.

Ok, I'm going to see what the parentals are doing for dinner and find some entertainment.
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How has everyone's weekend been? Mine has finally caught up with me and I'm exhausted!

Yesterday, we had a Ladies Tea at church. So much fun, and so much AMAZING food and tea. I had a blast! My favorite food were my friend Heather's lavender Scones. OMG so good!

I found out on Thursday that I was preaching at church. Thankfully, it wasn't just me!! I haven't done a sermon by myself yet, so I was a little freaked out before I found otu I was working with 2 other women. It was split into 3 parts, but I was still so freaking nervous! It went really well though. 

I went to lunch at Red Robin with my friend Ri'anna and her boyfriend, Clayton, who is a total sweetie. I had the chicken teriyaki burger, which was so good, but quite possibly the messiest burger ever made.

Then came the shopping.

I went to Waldenbooks to get THE SWEET FAR THING by Libba Bray, which is the third in a trilogy, and left with a bag full. They were having a buy 4 get the 5th free sale. So I got WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr and 3 by Holly Black: TITHE; IRONSIDE; and VALIANT.

I stopped in at Bath and Body Works to pick up more Brown Sugar and Fig lotion, my favorite scent, only to find it had been discontinued. There was about 20 seconds of devastation before the sales gal mentioned she loved it too, and had started using Black Amathyst when the stopped making the Fig one. Black Amathyst is freaking amazing. I left with yet another bagful. They were having a buy 3 get 3 free sale. I stocked up on BA lotion, body cream, and bubble bath, lotion for my mom, and Warm Vanilla Sugar lotion and body cream, also for Mom. I might have to go back tomorrow for the BA perfume and/or body mist. When I got home I realized that the new lotion scent has similar tones to my Britney Spears perfume. Yeah. You heard me. It's smells so good!!! I forget the name, but it's the newest one, green, pretty triangle cut bottle.

I'm such a lotion whore! I have a drawer in the vanity by my bed FULL. I need to go through and get rid of the ones I don't really use anymore. Eventually.

So, yeah, I'm pretty tired tonight. I crashed when I came home and took an awesome nap. It was actually the first nap I've taken in over a week, which is a big deal for me. I usually sleep lik crazy. I'm also feeling AWESOME. *knocks on wood* The chocolate chip cookies I attacked tonight haven't helped the Belly, but other than that, I've been relatively pain free. It's very exciting. Tonight I have the fibro fever feeling, but I'll take some Advil (which is cheating) before bed, which will help immensly and tomorrow will be much better. I might even get around to some much needed cleaning in my room.

Exciting news: I might be going back to working full time! Angela, one of the other assistants, is probably moving to Jackson, MS with her boyfriend. I was talking to my boss about her bringing in someone new, and she mentioned that if I'm still doing well, we would see what we could work out. Also, I've lost some weight, which I'm THRILLED about. Now I have to go buy new pants though. All of mine are way too big, Like, borderline indecent, too big. My underwear too. More shopping. Whoo-hoo!!