Monday, July 23, 2018

My Monday Mind

All day I've been itching to blog. There are a million things swirling around in my head, all trying to push their way to the front, demanding attention on the page. In the past, I wrote a blog feature called the Friday Five. It was organized and concise and limited to five things. But that's Friday's deal. Mondays are so very different. 

For starters, did you know I've been blogging on and off for seven years now? I realized this when it occurred to me that my daughter is leaving for college in three weeks. You may be wondering how that's related. Welcome to my Monday Mind...  Seven years ago when I started blogging, my kids were little, and I was blogging about toddler diets and boy bands and the possibility of keeping a zebra in my front yard as a pet. But on Saturday, I took apart my eleven year old's race car bed and replaced it with a standard wooden frame. I spent the entire afternoon building it. Thank goodness for power tools ... and ice cream, especially the kind with the crushed peanut butter cups. Am I rambling again? Monday Mind. Maybe I do need that concise and organized list after all.


1. College Bound

I am not going to be sappy, I am not going to be sappy, I am not going to be sappy ... but people, my daughter leaves in three weeks!! Yes, I'm totally counting. And she's going several states away. As sad as I am to have her be so far, I'm even more excited for the adventures and opportunities she's about to discover. The world awaits, and I truly hopes she finds what makes her heart sing. 

That was a little sappy, right? Okay, what if I tell you I'm going to take up some of her empty closet space. Does that help? Ugh, I'm going to miss this child!! 


2. New Bed

As if having my daughter leave for school isn't bad enough, the other day, my BABY, my eleven year old, told me he was TIRED of his race car bed. Okay, I might have asked him. (What was I thinking?!) He's had it since he was a toddler. It's one of those ones that fits both a crib mattress and a twin mattress. Anyhoo... I waited until Prime Day and then went on Amazon and bought the one bed that WASN'T on sale because, whatever. I put it together over the weekend. My son slept in it last night, and he looks five years older, and I don't want to talk about it anymore.





3. Books News

If you follow me on social media then you probably already know this news (and if you don't and you want to ... the links are above) but ... I'm thrilled to announce that I'm now a client of Olswanger Literary! Up until now I've published all of my children's titles on my own. Having a literary agent opens the doors to so many new opportunities. Stay tuned! I can't wait to tell you more and hope to do a blog post soon about my journey. Did I mention I'm super excited?




4. Shake 'n Break

By now you all know I broke both of my ankles last October in a not so graceful whirly twirly stumble down my bottom two steps of my staircase (that's all it took!!) In total there were three fractures and two torn ligaments. Some of you may also know that in January, apparently because I was walking funny #funnynotfunny I also wound up with a fracture in my left tibia. Nine months later, I'm finally out of my aircast! I still have a torn ligament, but that's like whatever! I'm in an ankle brace, but I can wear real shoes. And I'm allowed to take small walks. I've been going about a half-mile at a time. This is huge - all I have to do is NOT fall again. Oh wait that happened yesterday. Yeah,  but DON'T PANIC - I'M FINE. It was more of a slide and dive in a mud patch. Not a full on tumble. My pride was broken, but nothing else. Just a little bruise on the knee. Still, if anyone knows where I can order a bubble wrap jumpsuit, hit me up okay?


5.  Headlines

Don't worry, this isn't political, but ... one headline did ruffle my feathers a little yesterday. Forbes Magazine wrote an article about how Amazon should replace public libraries to save taxpayers money and well, Twitter (myself included) did its thing, thank goodness. I mean you just don't mess with public libraries. You just don't. My son has read over ten books just this past month. And I've read my fair share as well. I love to  support our local indie bookstore (Shoutout to Open Book Bookstore) but there's no way, I can afford to keep up with my son's insatiable reading habit. Not to mention the wonderful events, the quiet space for working, and the SMELL, oh the smell of all those books. I tried to find the article so I could link it here, but it looks like Forbes took it down... thank you.

Our latest library haul


6.  Speaking of Books  ... Yes! There's a #6 on this list. It's Monday after all!

These are three of my favorite new Middle Grade finds (from my local public library) that should be on your middle grade reader's must read list (and yours too!)






Oh yeah, I forgot about the ice cream. I guess that's #7. 





Hope you all have a great week!

xo,

Karen

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