Know why I’m excited for NaBloPoMo? Because I get to post more times in one month than I do all year! I posted a pitiful 11 times since NaBloPoMo 2016 wrapped up.
Here’s some of what I’ve been up to:
- Family trip to Puerto Vallarta and Merida, Mexico, in March
- Grown-up trip to Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend to see J.Lo in concert
- Spending time with family in Minnesota in July
- Family trip to Los Angeles at the end of July to attend a quinceanera and Disneyland
- Smaller trips to visit my parents, who live 2 ½ hours away
- Working once or twice a week at my tutoring center, plus doing some editing work from home
- Attending a mommy and me dance class on Wednesday nights
- Recuperating from back-to-school colds and post-vacation colds!
- Visiting the library every two weeks or so
- Throwing a Shimmer and Shine birthday party for my three year old
- Keeping a toddler who doesn’t nap occupied for 14 hours a day!
This November, I hope to fill my blog with bookish posts – everything from reviews, to quotes, to dream casts, and maybe even some toddler book recommendations. I look forward to reading other bloggers’ posts, too. Stick around and let’s share some book love!
Baby has arrived!
My beautiful baby girl was born November 1st at 9:16 pm. She weighed a healthy 8 pounds 7 ounces. My husband and I are smitten by her. For a person so tiny, she sure keeps me busy! It’s an accomplishment to get dressed and eat lunch by 2:00 pm now, so blogging has fallen to the wayside. Before the end of the year, however, I wanted to update you on a few literary things that have happened in my life recently.
1). Remember my post about writing to authors? Well, I got a response! Katherine Neville sent me a signature. I was surprised since I had written to her in September of 2013. The signature is now proudly displayed on my bookshelf in front of her novel, The Eight.
2). I also had a response from another author – but in a different way. Not long ago, I posted about Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s novel Bittersweet. I mentioned how I was confused by the story’s setting. I went on Goodreads and posed the question on the book’s page. I figured I would get a response from a fellow reader. Lo and behold – I received a response from the author herself. It answered my question and it made me appreciate the book more because the author took the time to respond.
3). I was further surprised to hear about the upcoming closure of my favorite bookstore. The Barnes & Noble located inside the historic Chateau Theatre in Rochester, Minnesota, will close at the end of December. I am saddened to hear this news and hope I can sneak in one last visit over the holiday season. It’s a unique space and who knows what will happen to the building once the books move out.
Happy Holidays to all. May your holidays be filled with lots of family, laughter, good food, and great books.