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Today is my 30th birthday. Some people might see that as the beginning of my downward descent on “the hill” of life, but with how old people are living these days, I think I’ve barely begun. Sure, my joints ache and I’m tired a lot, but I still don’t feel old. I hang out with my 21 year old friends just as easily as I do my 40+ year old friends.
They say that age is all in how you feel. Well, I’m 30 and I feel pretty good. I’m married to a wonderful man, I have the most beautiful and sweet little girl on the planet, I have a home that I love a car that runs, and the bills get paid every month. Yes, I hate school but I’m almost done. Once I graduate and get pass the registry, I’ll be able to work with patients and do something I really love to do. How many people can say that? Did I also mention that my debut novella is being released today?? HOW COOL IS THAT??
I’m blessed. And today is my birthday.
I’m currently in New Orleans partying it up with my husband and in-laws (it’s way more fun than it sounds, I promise you — they party harder than I ever did!) but in my absence, I wanted to leave you with a chance to win a pressie on my birthday. I’m offering up a $10 gift certificate to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes as well as the chance to win a copy of my debut novella (as Paige Prince) Second Chance at Love. Enter using the Rafflecopter below!
You may have noticed that there’s been a lack of reviewing and updating and Facebooking and Tweeting from me lately. I’m not dead, I promise. I got a part time job to supplement my income after school (wow, I feel like I’m back in high school now) and it’s taken a lot out of me. Since I started work, I’ve been working every day from 5(ish) to 10. I go to school every day as well. That leaves little time for me to read or blog. Or sleep. Or spend time with my family. But it’ll only last a few months, since I’m due to graduate soon (YAY!) and I have every intention of taking a week or two off to lay back, relax, and read. A lot.
In the mean time, I can still coordinate guest spots if you’re interested. All review requests should be submitted via our handy dandy Google form, which is located on our review policy page.
Miss you all!
Happy Friday everyone!! I know updates have been lacking, but school is in full swing and we all know how crazy things get when you’re doing midterms and finals and every little thing in between. 19 more weeks and I’m DONE!
Anyway, I was lurking on Twitter and saw that HuffPost had tweeted a link to something that happened at a P!nk concert. She’s been one of my favorite singers for many years now, and I wanted to see what was so newsworthy.
Apparently, someone was fighting near a little girl at P!nk’s concert and it upset the little girl so much that she was crying. When P!nk noticed, she stopped in the middle of the song and asked if everything was okay. See how awesome she is?? She cares about her fans, she has a kickass attitude (I want to be her when I grow up!) and she has an absolutely beautiful voice. Is it any wonder why I love her so?
MK will be turning the big three-oh on May 11th this year. *cue Wilhelm Scream*
But MK is actually looking forward to turning 30, and she wants everyone to celebrate with her! (Clearly there is something wrong with her. lol) We’re currently looking for authors, publishers, and bloggers to either guest post or donate goodies so that this will be a month-long party we’ll never forget!
Since MK is prone to fantasizing about fictional men, the theme for the month-long birthday bash will be “What would you do to celebrate your 30th birthday if you had an unlimited budget?”
If you’re interested in posting or donating, please contact MK at mamakitty(at)mamakittyreviews(dot)com and let her know if you want to guest post, donate goodies, or both.
Happy New Year from the crew at MamaKitty Reviews! We wish you a year filled with love, joy, and many many books.
This year, I (MK) have decided not to resolve anything. Resolutions are doomed to be broken. Instead, I’m going to commit to things.
- I am committing myself to finishing school in August and doing so with a better GPA than I currently have.
- I am committing myself to finishing my first category length novel.
- I am committing myself to subbing to at least four submission calls (although I have eight on my list).
- I am committing myself to dropping weight and being healthy again.
Hi! Remember me? Yeah, it’s MamaMia giving you a dose of Thursday 13! *throws confetti*
So I know that you’ve been waiting to hear from me for a while, and I’m sorry that I’ve been so MIA, but I have to tell you, SCHOOL is driving me up a wall! Really (and what else is new?).
Really, though, I’ve been taking a lot more classes this semester, an internship, my nifty a capella group, (so I can get my real life GLEE on), and a job, so my days are pretty jam-packed from sun up to sun down. But! I’ve decided to take a much needed break from all that to hop on my favorite thing in the world—MKR! I have three more weeks of school (two of those weeks are finals), so I’m in the home stretch.
SO, understandably, here’s 13 THINGS I WANNA DO ONCE THE SEMESTER IS OVER:
- Sleep. Just cause, you know, I miss it.
- Tackle my TBR pile. It’s about 47 books deep (at last count), and about 11 of those are requested MKR reviews. Also, if you’re an author, and you’ve asked me for a review, I haven’t forgotten about you, and I WILL review your book!
- Take better care of myself. I really want to like, take my vitamins, eat something that doesn’t come out of a vending machine.
- Have a drink. Cause after this semester, I kinda need one.
- Punch whoever Norton is in the face. Cause I’ve had to lug three Norton Anthologies (British Literature, Shakespeare, and African American Literature) around campus. And they’re huge and cumbersome.
- Buy some new clothes. So I’ve made some drastic changes and lost some weight, so now all of my clothes are hanging off me! So I’d like to take some time out and go shopping. Plus, I love shoes. So I really want some shoes.
- Use my brand-new Amazon Prime account. So, the S.O. bought me a year subscription for my birthday a few weeks ago, and I have YET to use it! I plan to add to my TBR pile.
- Figure out what grad schools I am applying to, and get crackin’ on applications. This is an ongoing process, and changes as I decide if I want to be a writer (MFA programs, then), a professor of African-American literature (an MA/PhD program, then), or a publisher (a certification/ MS/MA in publishing, then). I will say, the one thing that I’ve always wanted to be is an editor. So that’s something to think about.
- Figure out what my summer is gonna look like. So I’m GRADUATING *throws more confetti* in May, and depending upon a bunch of things, I may be spending my summer in Texas (working) or in New York (if I get accepted into this program. More on that later.) Either way, there’s Authors After Dark in Savannah, GA coming up in August, and I REALLY want to go (and see MK!).
- Buy a new computer. The one that I’m typing this blog post up on, my trusty Sony VAIO, is being held together by tape and a prayer. And while I love my computer, it’s just not gonna hang on for much longer. So, I need to research and buy another one. I’m trying to decide between a Macbook (pricey, and doesn’t come standard with Word, which is my life), and a Lenovo Ideabook (light and portable, durable, and/but…a PC).
- Read all of Paradise Lost. So, while I loooooove romance, I’m a total literature buff (at least, I’d like to think so), and I LOOOOOOOOOOVE Milton. And next semester, I’m taking a class all. On. Paradise. Lost. *cue squeals and girly hand flapping NOW*. I read about 4 books of it over the summer for a British Literature survey class, but, obviously, it’s really long. And I’m the type of literature student who reads with pencil in hand and margin notes abounding, so it’s bound to be a long adventure.
- Set up my home-office. Because my desk is currently a coat rack. And that’s probably why nothing gets done around these parts.
- RELAX! I get less than a month off, so I’d like to be able to unwind. Maybe take a bubble-bath, drink some wine, listen to some music, and chill. Tis’ the season, y’all!
Happy Halloween from all of us here at MamaKitty Reviews! We hope you have a wonderful and safe time doing whatever you plan to do tonight.
My grandmother used to tell me a story about how my mom would call her sobbing because something happened to someone. My mom would be crying so hysterically that Grams was certain something had happened to my dad (this was before they got divorced, obviously). When she finally got my mom to calm down enough so that she could understand what Mom was saying, she asked “Who the hell are you talking about?” to which my mom would tearfully shout at Grams “Pay attention! It’s Luke and Laura from General Hospital!” (or something to that effect) Of course, my Grams would get frustrated and hang up the phone with a growl. Grams didn’t watch soaps. Well, daytime soaps, anyway.
THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT LAST SEASON’S GREY’S ANATOMY SEASON FINALE AND THIS SEASON’S PREMIERE. IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED YET, GO HERE AND WATCH NOW.
I’ve always been a pretty emotional person. I told someone the other day on Twitter… or Facebook… I can’t really remember which social platform it was. I’m on so many. *G* Anyway, I said that the first 5 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy were so depressing that I actually wanted to jump off a cliff when I was watching. Especially when Meredith drowned. Jimminy Christmas, that was depressing. But now that Meredith and Derek are all happily married and stuff, the show’s gotten better.
Lexie died in last season’s finale. And of course, I cried. But when I finally managed to watch this week’s season premiere, I found myself hysterically sobbing. If my Grams had been alive, I probably would have called her just so she could grunt and hang up on me too. For old times’ sake, ya know? Watching them pull the plug on Mark Sloan just about killed me. Yes, he gets to be with Lexie, but he died. And that fucking sucks.
I know that he’s not real, but I have to let it out so bear with me.
I have a lot going on in my life. School, family, etc. So, I watch these shows (and read these books) to let myself forget about everything that’s going on. It’s like stress relief, despite the fact that I get overly attached to the characters. I get to be involved in someone else’s drama for a while, and I’m happier for it. That’s pretty much how I feel about books too. And one of the reasons that I love trilogies and series so much. Because I get invested in characters and I get to see what happens “after the sunset”, as it were.
So, after I finished sobbing my eyes out, I decided I’d go ahead and watch the last two episodes of Saving Hope online, since NBC was retarded and pulled the plug on a fantastic show. I figured it’d be good, since I knew that Charlie was going to wake up. How much could do wrong?
You know when that sentence is said, it only spells doom for the person saying it, right?
So here I am, crying again over a fictional character. I’d say that I need help, but this is my own form of therapy. I don’t cry much in my real life. I don’t like showing any kind of weakness. I’ve always had to be the “strong” one. And I hate being the “strong” one. I’m not strong. But since I stepped into that role without realizing it at three years old, I’m pretty much stuck in that role. Crying over these pretend people is cathartic to me.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, the seasons premiere of Once Upon A Time is tonight and I need to stock up on Kleenex.