Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Waiting On [29]: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: A Midsummer's Nightmare
Author: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: June 5, 2012

Whitley Johnsons dream summer with her divorce dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancee and her kids. The fiancee’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great.

Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother... at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger’s most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.

via Goodreads 


I've enjoyed Kody's other books, and she's deemed this one her favorite; so, I HAVE to read this one! It sounds freaking awesome, right?!

What book are you waiting on this week? Drop it in the comments.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday [30]: My Favorite Book Covers of 2012

If you are fond of lists, especially Top 10 lists, this feature is the one to go with! Every week, the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish post a topic of their choice. Participating bloggers are asked to list their top 10's. I like to participate whenever I can. I love this idea, and often go a little crazy with adding 15, even 20 in my posts. Hehe!

Top Ten Books: Covers of 2012 {so far}
The gist of this was to make a Top Ten list of my favorite book covers. I decided to use the "Top book covers of 2012" and shorten it down to just January through March. So, my post has my Top 12 book covers of 2012, so far!

Listed in pictures {no links} & not listed in order...

Yay! These are my favorite book covers of 2012, so far. Any of them make it on your list? Too early to say. Opinions? Comments? Drop them below.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Getting Personal [UPDATE]

First, thank you all for the amazing, and sweet, comments you left on my post. It's so nice to see that you guys are willing to take a little time out of your day to send some love to me!

My mom (Louise) & nephew (Josh) up in the wheelchair: 3/4/12

Over the course of the two weeks since that post, my mom has been doing really well. We've been working with in-house PT (physical therapy) learning to transfer from couch (bed) to the wheelchair. At first, it was a nightmare. She gets really scared and then becomes dead weight, so it was rather hard trying to safely move her into the chair. Now? She's been gaining confidence and strength, so the transfers are happening once a day.

I've learned a GREAT deal about being a nurse. I may not have my license, but I can take care of any patient. Ha! I can check blood sugar, blood pressure (with the pump and stetacope), change wound dressings, give spongbaths, work a bed-pan, wash hair with a soup pot and pitcher, disperse medications, etc. It's pretty amazing all of the work I've done.... and all the knowledge I've gained from this. 1) I had to remove my mom's catheter. It was causing problems with her bladder, so the nurse (via phone conversation) walked me through removing the catheter. That was such a trip!!!! 2) learning to be an encouragement. I always take the high road when it comes to emotions, but lately I've had to be the one to step in and say all of the right things... at the right time. I've definitely learned how to be a better person throughout all of this.

We took her out of the house to the doctor last week. The car transfer was scary, but we managed; and the report from the wound specialist was encouraging. She's definitely on the right path! We're hoping within the next month she'll be able to get her prothesis fittings started. What a day it will be to see her up and walking again. I cannot wait!

I'm still trying to read and blog. It's hard for me to find the time, however, I do get a little reading in here-and-there.

Again, I thank you all for you encouragement and kindness. This time has been tough, but you guys always manage to put a smile on my face. Thank you!