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Swag Monday!

It may have been quite a rainy day for me, but I had a special reason to get out today: to pick up some snail mail gifts sent to me!

Yeah, baby …I —heart— presents!!

A little while ago, I joined PairUp! to help fight against kidney disease, and in return, the American Kidney Fund sent me a neat butterfly pin. The picture doesn’t do it justice, but trust me, it’s pretty. The other gift, or rather gifts, come from a really nice Indie author named Ben Tanzer, whom offered a full set of his new books up for a prize for The Next Best Book Club. I entered to win the prize after Lori’s fascinating review of this author’s writing[s], and excited surprise – I won! (Yes, my Twitter followers may remember my babbling excitement at the time. hehe) newgifts4162012

Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading the set and wearing my pin soon. A big THANK YOU! to Ben Tanzer, Lori, and the American Kidney Fund, and to my readers, too (for you really deserve it for making it this far through this post – hehe).

If you’re reading this from the Houston area and want a free screening, it’ll be in October, so mark your calendars for the following:

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Kidney Action Day
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Screenings available from 10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Discovery Green
1500 McKinney Houston | TX 77010(map)
Contact: Janis Contreras | 301.984.5053

Other areas, check the free screenings page for a location near you. Join PairUp! for more information.

Remember, to take care of your kidneys, and they’ll take care of you! Thumbs up

what–more books?!?!

Once again, it’s the subject of books that brings me back to my blog. I’d declare this blog a book zone, but no…it’s too much like Seinfeld and I like it that way. He-he Anyway, there are major book events happening at the moment that have called to me.

First, April 8-12 is National Library Week. Anyone reading my Read list can see I’m a fan of the library, and a regular patron to my own local library. I’ve even worked in one and dreamed of doing so again one day. Thus, I’ve to give a shout out or three to the library: Woohoo! Yippee! Rah-Rah-Rah!!  To add to the excitement, The American Library Association (ALA) has just released the state of the libraries report, including the new list of banned books (boo, hiss to the banning – hooray for the notice of the books!).

OIF‘s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books in 2011:
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
*The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
*My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori
Hillestad Butler
*The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
*Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
*What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
*Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

and the Texas Challenged books

So, my TBR is going a bit higher this week to accommodate the new additions [starred] and inside the .pdf file. I’ve read four on the list to date and enjoyed all but one (ttyl series…I understand it, but been there, done that.)

Another happening is at GoodReads: the Indie Blogger Awards!
At the time of writing this entry, the list is over 800 entrants and counting. It’s a daunting task to go through the list, but some blogs have caught my eye enough to click through, scan and sometimes bookmark for more reading later. But, will they get my vote? Hmm, let’s discuss a few and see, shall we….

Filed Under “That’s Cute”
–what a neat title…cute background on title though title font distracts me; missing a link-back button (I’d love to get their business to make one)

The Midnight Bookworm
Cute layout…would be cuter if the title had the same style as the buttons, she still needs to work a bit on the font colors on the sides, too; She has a cute writing style

One Good Book Deserves Another
Oh, this blog looks nice and professional; not too busy with links, etc. to detract from the reviews; enjoyable and worth a bookmark

So Much To Read
This blog is pretty ordinary, but I like the title and the books banner and felt compelled to show that part *g*

Bookworm meets bookworm
I’m not crazy about the layout (sort of meh), but the review posts are interesting

Bookish Habits
It has a cute little layout and style….leaves me saying, oh that’s nice

Filed Under “Showing Love to the Locals”
Read it in Houston
Cute and simple; I like the title byline and some of the content; a bit boring – perhaps distracted by white space? where the heck is that link-back button? Thank goodness I know how to text link. He-he

What’s Kester Reading?
A guy in Austin blogging; I like his style of writing; simple and to-the-point; no button but worth a bookmark for later reading

Indie Reader Houston
Whoa, this one looks totally professional; also looks like THE place to be for reading in my area so bookmarking for further perusal (they’ve links to area bookstores, etc.); Fairy impressive for a new blog

Filed Under “A Nod to Nostalgic Things”
Addicted to Harlequin Romance
Harlequin has been around for ages as the go-to romance stop for books; Sometimes, it’s like soft-core porn that makes one’s mouth agape; The more I look this site,  the more I like for it’s nostalgic sweetness (although, half annoyed at that purple background – reminds me of My Little Pony or something. He-he)

Filed Under “Got Snark?”
Kiss My Lit
The name alone is worth a grin and a look; slightly irritated at the password-protected entries; the rest are at usually worth a grin; As Arnold would say: “I’ll be back”.

Filed Under “"That’s Strange but Kind of Cool”
Dr. Herumu – Health Information based loosely on true stories (…from an African Emergency Room)
Strange yet imaginative poetry and short stories; I’m not sure what to think of it all, but I think the health care side of me likes it and wants me to bookmark for later

The Canary Review
From the twist on the name (ike John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row), to the reviews, to the cute little birdie ratings, this one just puts a smile on my face – has a high smartness factor that makes for an enjoyable read

That’s just a handful of good fun that I’ve seen tonight. Hope you’ve seen something equally enjoyable. I’m not sure if this post has set my votes straight or confused me more. LOL If you’ve seen something else, do tell me all about it in the comments. We can always use another thrill, eh. Ta-ta for now. Open-mouthed smile

A birthday on the world wide web

My blogging friend Jenny has a birthday today
She’s hocking silly stuff in her shop, hooray
She cusses on her blog and people comment back with praise
What in Heaven is this world coming to these days?!
I’m not really upset at the sentence above,
I tease and I write purely with sisterly love. 🙂

I wake up this morning, and what do I see on my Facebook? A friend is having a birthday. For some reason I do not know, my creativity switch turned on, and this poem is the result. (Actually, I knew before fb told me, but then, along with the masses, read her blog. I’m not sure why it almost took a mean turn, just looking for words to rhyme on the fly. She’s a dear and fun woman, especially in person. Hehe I can be so silly sometimes. Gotta love me (or not..whatever). 😀

tumbling what-the-heck

My life is a tumblin’,
tumbling like a tumbleweed
Okay. Not really.
But, that would be a heck of an excuse for not updating.
I’m still alive, just look at my Twitter. You are following, right? 😉

So, what’s the 411?
–Finished another book in the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series (anxiously awaiting the next season on HBO).
–Finished Jen Lancaster’s latest book, Pretty in Plaid (also writer of the blog Jensylvania). It had me wallowing in my own memories from her recalling her own. Even still, I totally recommend the read.
–going up and down with the heart-attack Astros. ~rolls eyes~
–enjoying a new ride and the “ooh’s” and “ahhs” from passersby.
–still looking for other things.
–craving to create some more poetry. I might update with some more soon. (you’ve been warned. muhahaha!)
–been ferociously cleaning…the job is never done. Oy vey!
–It’s still hot and dry. Fried egg, anyone?

That’s all from my messy blog desk. Do leave a comment sometime. Else, I may have to do something drastic, and we’re still cleaning up from the last time that happened. ;P~~~~
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Oink, Oink

Breaking News:…

This blog has been taken over by the swine flu. 😛

*cough, cough*

And, now you’re infected, too. Ha-ha. Have a nice day.

Click here to see another humorous take on swine flu, provided my MeMo (the deputy editor of the Houston Chronicle). 😀
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Want some advice on how avoid the swine flu? Just be smart: keep clean, don’t panic, this, too, shall pass. Pandemic it may be, but don’t buy in/encourage the ‘hype’.