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Booktubeathon 2017

For those of you who don’t know what booktube is just sit back and prepare to have your mind blown. It just so happens there is an entire community of people who obsess over books just like I do. (What? Other people are just as crazy and can’t stop buying books even though they have tons of books they haven’t read, and they will all most likely die next to a pile of unfinished books…. YEP. There are tons of us out there. It’s an addiction.)

Booktube is a community that shares what their bookshelves look like, what books they have bought recently, reviews, bookish décor, and so many other wonderful things that bring my soul true joy. (Not over exaggerating.) These book addicts can be found on youtube. Simply go to youtube and type ‘book haul’ in the search bar, and you are on your way to getting involved in this community. It’s essentially a special place on the internet where people who love books and love to read can come together and share their thoughts, recommendations, and opinions freely. Not to mention they can totally geek out over new releases and certain book covers and people won’t make fun of them, but will most likely totally agree because we ALL love it!!!

These are people that when you say ,’I know I didn’t need the books. I don’t even know what any of them are about, but the cover on this one, oh, and the reviews on that one….. and I had to buy them. It’s like the universe wanted me to have them, and before I knew it my wallet was on the counter and I was giving all my money to the scared looking teenage kid behind the register. Please don’t tell my husband.’ They will respond with, ‘I’ve been there too.” And you know that they truly have. It is a one of a kind connection!!!

So this year, Ariel Bissett, a well know booktuber is hosting the 7 day reading challenge that brings all of the reading community together, and IT IS SO AWESOME. Not only are you, along with so many others around the world, reading as much as possible within these 7 days, but there are also challenges on instagram and different social media outlets to keep people connected. You don’t have to participate in the other challenges such as take a picture of the reflection of a book, or read an entire book outside. You can just read, which is what I’m doing this year. This is my first year actually participating, and I have finished one book and already started a second.

So now that you know about it, what are you waiting for? It doesn’t end until July 30th at midnight. You still have plenty of time.

Grab a book. Grab a coffee. And READ. There is absolutely nothing better you could do with your spare time this week. Plus, it’s too damn hot to be outside so you might as well stay in. Oh, and you can drink coffee while you read. Any hobby that allows me to drink coffee during it is definitely an ok hobby in my book. The books I’m trying to read this week are below.

1. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

2. Under the Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornoll

3. A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho

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Beef. Its what was for dinner.

So from 7/24/17 to 8/24/17 I am giving up red meat. HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL, WHY? Yeah, that’s kind of what I’m thinking too. Before someone breaks into an argument about vegan/vegetarianism let me stop you by saying I am still going to eat meat. Period. I grew up in a family of carnivores. I’ll explain the intensity by this story:

My family comes to the restaurant I serve at during college. Every single person either orders a rack of ribs or a steak. No chicken salad here. The head chef looks at me and says, “Kayla, we don’t even thaw out that many racks of ribs each night.” To which I proceeded to tell him that you have to give the people what they want, and the people want ribs and steak with loaded baked potatoes and side salads.

It’s a tradition really. My family plans cook outs and dinners around burgers, steaks, beef hot dogs, and ribs, and the first question always asked is, ‘What’s for dinner?’ I for one love nothing more than a perfectly grilled juicy steak, but my body is telling me otherwise. So, here is the reason for this decision: I stay consistently tired throughout the day. I know that part of that is because I don’t sleep well at night, but I am sure that a major factor is my diet.

(Side note: I’ve been taking melatonin and magnesium about an hour before bed at night, and have been sleeping much better, but unfortunately when I wake up I have trouble remembering what we did last night because I have slept so hard. I’m so afraid my husband is going to shave my eyebrows or move me into the garage or something while I’m asleep. He could totally convince me I did something crazy. Is taking too many vitamins the adult version of drinking too much?? Anyway…)

So I am going to play around with different choices for the things I eat and see if I can renew my metabolism and gain more energy. So for the next month I will be eating no red meat and incorporating more vegetables and less spaghetti-o’s into my diet. Hopefully I will be able to share some new recipes with you guys if I find something surprisingly delicious, and hopefully I can gain some energy from this new way of eating. Also, If I have a mental breakdown and just need a burger I’ll be sure to share that experience with you as well. Stay tuned for updates from this experiment on myself.

 

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Can I smell the baby?

I understand the title of this post is strange, but let me explain. Tomorrow I’m going with my sister-in-law to an ultra sound appointment at a place called O’Baby. I know what 3D ultra sounds are. I know what they are because I have seen enough 3D movies in my life. (Like literally enough, I don’t want to see anymore. The whole motion sickness thing. Movie theater popcorn tastes much better going down than it does coming up. I digress.) Anyhow, so this appointment is very special because apparently we are going to witness a 4D ultrasound. I’m trying to be excited, but to be honest I’m more nervous than anything.

My husband and I went to 4D movie once and it was cool. They had air blow at you, smells shoot out like air freshener, and your seat shook and moved. I totally understand why people would want to do this. I would be one of those people if it weren’t for the whole getting nauseous thing. So, when I think of a 4D ultra sound things get weird. For example, this very real conversation between me and my boss today:

Boss: (Sees that I requested to leave a couple hours early tomm) Ya’ll doing anything fun this weekend?

Me: Brooke is getting a 4D ultrasound in Murfreesboro at 3:30. We’re gonna go up and then all go eat down there for my brother’s birthday. No idea what a 4D ultra sound is. Maybe I can smell the baby??

Boss: You know you are asking the wrong person. Hell, you might be able to hold her. I don’t know.

You might think this logic is crazy, but I assure you if you had told my great grandmother what a 4D ultra sound was she would have looked at you like you had two heads. Don’t worry though. I’ll totally update you guys once I have the facts.

 

UPDATE: So I got to see my niece moving around and blinking, but they don’t actually allow you to smell or touch the baby. Something about ‘against policy’. The 4D might be false advertisement, but it was still an amazing experience for my family. I can’t wait to meet this sweet girl.