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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Blogging Slump Giveaway

Hey, y’all! Due in part to my intense blogging slump and definitely because I love playing Santa year-round, I’m hosting my first Caramel Files giveaway! I’m really excited about this particular giveaway, as I’m rewarding one lucky winner with two, yes I said TWO, books! The winner will have the chance to choose one book and I will also surprise him or her with a mystery read! The Simple Rules This giveaway is open internationally! The winner will receive one book of choice – excluding pre-orders – from either Amazon…

Blogging Blahs

I really love blogging – so much, whether or not I gain a following. I just enjoy the freedom to write what I want, when I want and to decorate my blog. If you haven’t noticed, I change the look of my blog, even subtly, quite often. However, I’m pretty much in a blogging slump, both here at The Caramel Files and at The Bookkeepers’ Secrets. For a while, it seemed like I was churning out blog material left and right, even if some of that material was merely a nugget of an idea. Now…

Nicholas

My family always had cats when I was growing up. Mom and Dad had two cats when I was born, Nicholas and Alice. Mom has told me of precious memories in which Alice would lay across my baby body while I was being bottle fed. I guess that’s when my connection with cats began. I adore dogs too, but we didn’t get our first, Molly, until I was in high school. Now I’m technically a cat and dog person, but cats will always hold a special place in my heart. While Alice moved in…

Mister to Miss

I immediately burst into tears when, about three years ago, I heard the news that my husband’s male cousin had come out with his decision to transition into a woman. I didn’t cry out of disgust, disappointment, or judgment. I began to cry because I could somehow feel a pin prick of the pain our loved one had most likely lived with throughout his thirty-something years. I grieved not only for him, but with him, from a distance. I cried out of happiness that he chose to reveal his true self rather than take an…

A Literary Journey

While I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I first started reading, I do know it was at an early age. I had collections of Dr. Seuss books, fairy tales, you name it, I probably had it – and still do. I recall reading by the light of the hallway outside my bedroom when I was supposed to be asleep. One summer, maybe after second grade, we were given sheets of paper on which to record our summer reading progress. When I turned in my paper that fall, I had filled it front and back; I…

The Kindle Lending Library

Guess what?! In case you haven’t heard, Amazon now allows readers to loan Kindle ebooks to others! 😀 The only caveat to this awesome new feature is that not EVERY book is eligible for loaning. However, I have some amazing titles available to lend on a first come, first serve basis – due to the fact that each ebook may be loaned out only once. The process is simple – I did have to spend a while to figure out the system, but once I did, it’s easy! If you’re interested in any available books…

Knots

Dread. Sweaty pits. Beet red. Burning up. Dizziness. Shakiness. Tongue tied. The urge to vomit.  Anxiety. Anxiety has ruled my life as long as I can remember. As a child, I went through phases of intense fear of things like being kidnapped, death, being the center of attention, and thunderstorms. I even had – and still have – anxiety about my anxiety. I’m also a shy person, making my anxiety worse, or perhaps causing it, or both. Being a hand-wringing, anxiety-ridden child, I would get intense butterflies in my gut and would basically have to talk…

Juveniles in Like

Dating before I met the love of my life at age 24 was weird and basically nonexistent. Looking back, I did a lot of flirting but was generally placed in the friend zone, as I was really one of the guys. A particular boy that I liked called me after I left him a drunken voicemail and told me I was still his ‘boy’. I was always flattered to be considered a true friend to my guy pals, but it sucked when I had a crush on one of them. Like I think most people do, a boy…

INFP is Me

Every single personality test I’ve taken has given me the result of being an INFP – introverted, intuitive, feeling, and perceiving – or a diplomatic mediator. I cannot agree more with this perpetual result; I’m definitely an INFP. I’m proud to be an INFP, but it’s also hard sometimes, as it seems like everyone else out there is SO much more outgoing than me. I have struggled with my introversion my whole life – a virtual pendulum swinging between ultimate confidence and total self-doubt. Only four percent of the population can…

Heroine

If you have a bit of a savior complex – PLEASE STAND UP! You guessed it – I’m totally standing up! For some reason, maybe it’s grandiosity, but at times I feel like I can save people from themselves, especially those I love. Unfortunately, time and time again, I have failed to rescue others. I may be able to apply a Band-Aid to help, but ultimately, change is up to the ones I think need saving. I’ve written a bit about my best friend, Brian, who died of an accidental overdose due to…

Gettin’ Phishy wit’ it

I have never written a tribute to my favorite band – I hope I can do it justice. I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m an uber fan; I don’t know basically every lyric ever sung like my husband and a bunch of friends; I usually take a minute to figure out which song has come on, unless it’s a hands down favorite; I can’t dance for shit. My favorite band is Phish – there is something magical about the band members, their music – lyrically and instrumentally. I attended my very…

Fangirl to Funko Freak

A long long time ago, in a world far far away, I had never heard of, let alone laid eyes on, a Funko Pop. Actually, it was more like two years ago that I discovered what would become my newest collection obsession. My introduction to Funko came as I was participating in the #otspsecretsister program. At the time, I remember clarifying to my secret sister that I wasn’t interested in being gifted Funko Pops, as I had no clue what to do with them! I fell in love with the Pops after purchasing a few for the secret…

Every Day is Exactly the Same

Routine, force of habit…monotony is a part of life, at least for me. I’ve always been a creature of habit, with bursts of spontaneity. I don’t like to have plans either. I remember dreading dates when assignments were due for school; I even dreaded breaking out of my routine to get married – the wedding part made me so nervous, but I couldn’t wait for the party afterwards! Anyhow, I’ve spent quite a bit of time recently thinking about routines, perhaps because I am a mother to two baby boys…

#ninjabookswap

I adore a book swap – when I can afford it! This season, I was able to participate in the #ninjabookswap swap (very redundant, I apologize)! The first time I signed up for this awesome swap, I was set to send a surprise package internationally, which, quite frankly, blew my mind! Therefore, I went with choosing to swap domestically this round. My gift giver this time was the awesome Marissa! She put together a beautiful fairy tale-themed package for me and I absolutely love everything she chose. She got me a book I’ve been wanting forever, a…

Do it This Way

Yesterday I wrote about some of my experiences as a Catholic school girl. Today I’m relating another of those experiences. I’ve always prided myself on my handwriting – it’s unique, virtually illegible, and very me. I learned how to write in cursive in the second grade. I remember having those lined tablets with humongous lines for writing practice. When I learned cursive, I couldn’t wait to start perfecting my signature and personal way of writing. I toyed with different versions of my signature for years before it became what it is today…