Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Read - Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected


Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected
by Kelle Hampton
2012

From the outside looking in, Kelle Hampton had the perfect life: a beautiful two-year-old daughter, a loving husband, a thriving photography career, and great friends. When she learned she was pregnant with her second child, she and her husband, Brett, were ecstatic. Her pregnancy went smoothly and the ultrasounds showed a beautiful, healthy, high-kicking baby girl.

But when he new daughter was placed in her arms in the delivery room, Kelle knew instantly that something was wrong. Nella looked different than her two-year-old sister, Lainey, had at birth. As she watched friends and family celebrate with champagne toasts and endless photographs, a terrified Kelle was certain that Nella had Down syndrome - a fear her pediatrician soon confirmed. Yet gradually Kelle's fear and pain were vanquished by joy, as she embraced the realization that she had been chosen to experience an extraordinary and special gift.

Bloom takes readers on a wondrous journey through Nella's first year of life - a gripping, hilarious, and intensely poignant trip of transformation in which a mother learns that perfection comes in all different shapes. It is a story about embracing life and really living it, of bearing fearless and accepting difference, of going beyond constricting definitions of beauty, and of the awesome power of perspective. As Kelle writes, "There is us. Our Family. We will embrace this beauty and make something of it. We will hold our precious gift and know that we are lucky."

Friday, August 4, 2017

Hello, It's Me...


Hi, there! I figured I would step in and let everyone know I'm slowly returning to technology and the internet! First off - everything's fine! No need to worry.

As my classes wrapped up, I found myself at the computer even when I did not need to be, forsaking a lot of other activities for what had become an ingrained habit. Computer first, above all else.

As the weather heated up and I tried to figure out what to do with my newfound free time, anything computer related fell to the wayside. I haven't been on Facebook for almost three months, and I did not log into blogger for almost two - the longest time I've completely neglected the blog since 2014. As bad as I felt for leaving without letting my fellow bloggers know, I also felt it was silly to feel such guilt over a hobby. So instead I resolved to just enjoy myself and let the blog wait until I naturally returned to it, and the computer, and the internet.

Bunny and Hammy are doing wonderful. We eventually moved their homes into the bedroom so they could be in a more temperature-controlled environment. As part of that, I bit the bullet and bought two 12" Silent Spinners. A bit more pricey, but they truly are silent. The only thing I hear is the pitter-patter of their feet against the wheel when they run, and the occasional squeak of the wheel's base being moved around.

I went to my first noraebong, or singing room (karaoke room), with L and C. It was a wonderful night of drinks and singing until our voices gave out. I've never been to a karaoke place of any sort, Korean or American, so this was a great experience that I will cherish.

I helped run a summer camp for the kids with L and C as well. It was great watching various aged children cooperate and learn together. I also got told I talk like a farmer by one darling little girl. It was right after I said "alright" kind of how Matthew McConaughey says it in that famous line of his, so that may have something to do with it.

For you Game of Thrones fans... prepare yourselves. I've finally started watching the series. I just finished Season 1 the other day and am slowly starting Season 2. Be proud that I've finally joined in on this! It's taken so long!

So, long story short, I'm finally returning to the world of the internet and technology. Please bare with me as I get back into the hang of posting and commenting/replying. I've missed you all so dearly!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Band of Bloggers - Vol. 20/August 2017

Band of Bloggers Photo Pop quiz, hotshot: How well do you know your favourite Band of Bloggerette? Sure, we're all reasonably up to date on each other's interests, hobbies and the pretty, glittery things that make our hearts go pitter pat, but when it comes to the vitally important markers of a person's character - favourite band, desert island scent, fight stance in the zombie apocalypse - how well do we truly know our virtual neighbours? :) Let's delve into 10 deeply random questions and find out, shall we?

 Shit, the questions have started already. Uh... I'M READY?!?!



1. No really, zombie apocalypse survival strategy: Fight or flight?
Probably flight. I have no life experience to truly show me how I would react in a life or death situation, so I won't be bold enough to assume I would suddenly grow a pair and find the ability to fight.

2. You've been a bad, bad kitty and you have just one final meal coming your way. What's on your plate?
Spicy Chicken Alfredo. Don't bother making it, just bring me the ingredients. I'll make it myself.
 
3. Aside from wax (or nail polish, or crafting supplies, or beauty products) what item do you have major multiples of?
Stickers. It's gotten even worse with my newfound planner obsession... and the purchase of the printer... and the purchase of sticker paper... and other various sticker making supplies...

4. You've just won the lottery. Before best friends you didn't even know you had begin to show up on your doorstep, what's the first thing you buy without even thinking twice?
My freedom. What a weird way to phrase it. The actual thread of my thoughts while answering that question was "my freedom; pay off all our debt."

5. Biggest celebrity crush? This can be anybody - an actress, a musician, a fictional character from a favourite movie, book or television show, or maybe even an historical figure.
I can't say I really have one. No specific person comes to mind and I don't watch enough TV nowadays to consistently see a person I'll think is cute. I'll go with Chris Evans, I guess?

6. Flats or heels? Or are you running barefoot through life like some sort of hippie?
I absolutely love heels, but I can never wear them with Michael. I'm a little taller than him, so wearing heels makes the height difference much more noticeable and throws off our equilibrium for holding hands, dancing, etc. So in my head I'm a heel kind of girl, but in the real world I wear flats.

7. Whether it was created through a customs order or simple pick-and-mix blending at home, what's the greatest scent blend you've ever stumbled upon?
 Solstice Scents Snowshoe Pass and White Fox. I talked about it in this and it's still a blend I crave in the hotter Summer months.
 
8. It's snack time! Are you reaching for the sweet or the salty?
Based off my normal eating habits, salty. I get my sweet fix from my coffee.

9. What's a personal style moment you'd never care to re-live?
It wasn't by choice, but I had a really short haircut in 7th grade that made it look like I had an afro going on. The teasing (read: bullying) that arose from my hair was unpleasant, to say the least.

10. You are going to live in a biodome beneath the sea for the next three years and have been allotted space for just ONE book (tiny dome!) What cherished book will keep you entertained for the next 1095 days?
Does a multi-volume mass book count? If so, I choose the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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Amanda at Thrifty Polished
Jessica at The Meltdown Blog
Lauren at LoloLovesScents
Liz at Furianne
Sandra at Finger Candy
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