Alright, so this has been me since I said "Hey, a getting to know me blog hop! That sounds like a fantastic idea, sign me up!"
I know you're thinking what the hell lady, how hard can it be to tell us a bit about you. Well let me tell you, it has been agonizing for me. I mean I question myself on what you would want to know, how would you want me to tell you about it, are they going to be horrified to learn that I am seriously just some boring ol woman from the East Coast?
So then I had a few beers
I may have whined on Facebook some
Asked my husband for help which got me responses like these two:
1. In your best Suessical voice tell them: "I do not like people who smack their food, so close your mouth, don't be rude.
2: When I mentioned a good blogger friend was doing a top ten list and I didn't want to do the same cause that would just be rude he said: " Do a top eleven list and then title it ' Mine go to eleven'
Then I thought, 'Oh what the hell, instead of just sitting here talking to everyone about it and working myself into another tick (seriously guys, my left eye has been twitching for weeks...weeeeeeks!), I am just going to lay it all out there.' So here is the deal. I am just me. I am not anyone really exciting.
I love books, way too much for my own (or my children's) good. Paranormal Romance is I think my favorite but like the blog says I Read All the Books. Some of the books that have had the biggest impact on me though are:
The Borrowers, Mary Norton (The first book I read on my own)
The Horatio Hornblower Series, C.S. Forester (Simply Epic)
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (Mr. Darcy...Ahem.)
The Bloody Jack Series, (another Epic tale, only about an amazing girl) L.A. Meyer
The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare (The series that hooked me on Young Adult)
The Lords of the Underworld, Gena Showalter (The Series that hooked me on Paranormal Romance)
The Shatter Me Series, Tahereh Mafi (Because her writing is like poetry and Warner...Ahem)
I love to bake and spend a good portion of my time when I am not reading or homeschooling my two girls baking what I call Drunken Cupcakes. They all have a beer based cake, usually a ganache or some type of center, and then a liquor based frosting. Hmmm, let's see, one like this that I calll The Kraken (Hefeweizen yellow cake, a chocolate ganache center, and rum infused vanilla bean butter-cream frosting)
Make sure to let me know if you will ever be at the same book event as me and I will make sure to bring you some.
I am a lapsed runner and Irish dancer:
Sadly I injured my leg a year ago and have struggled to come back, but I am fighting my way back and I signed up to run the Disney Glass Slipper Challenge in February....Ayyyy, I need to get my legs in gear fast!
I love going to Renfaire with my family and getting dressed up: (Oh, those were my running days, lol)
I listen to music almost non-stop ("Put it up to eleven."), and am particularly fond of Indie music, Carbon Leaf, Apache Relay, Dawes, etc. Hozier is of course on rotation almost constantly right now, but my favorite band is Frightened Rabbit out of Scotland. I actually came across this band in Jeri-Smith Ready's YA series, the Shade Series and fell hard! I even went out and got a tattoo of some of their lyrics (side note, I have 9 tattoos and new one, book related, planned, eep)
This is from one of the Frightened Rabbit concerts here in DC, I met lead singer Scott Hutchinson, squuueeee!
I met my husband in high school (I won't admit to you how long ago that was) and have been an Army wife for 17 years now, this is our 9th PCS. I can't tell you what my husband does for work (he used to fly Chinooks), no no, I wouldn't have to kill you...I honestly don't really know, because then I guess, he'd have to kill me. *wink*
I have two beautiful girls, who I home school and who can make me smile on the worst of days and growl on some of the best ones, haha. They are my little miracles and even though they keep interrupting as I try and write this post I can't imagine life with out them.
(Thank you to my friend Jennifer Pack for this fun picture.)
Two dogs, Fae an Argentine Dogo and Blue a Catahoula Leopard Dog, who have something against the UPS/Fedex trucks...not the drivers, just the trucks. You can imagine how my book addiction makes things challenging for them. It's a stressful life as you can see.
I also have two hermit crabs, but we won't talk about them because I can't be sure that they are still with us right this moment. Oldest seems to struggle remembering to water and feed them, yet she wants a snake or a bird, or an iguana, or a zoo.
So in a nutshell, that's me and I will totally understand if you want to pretend like you don't know me anymore.
BUT before you go running away in embarrassment for me....Make sure you scroll on down and enter the give away for my favorite books and check out the other blogs on this hop. I can't wait to learn a few things about everyone else and see just how much I embarrassed myself here, hahaha!
Have fun hopping all!