Friday, July 26, 2013

New England Day Trip - Story Land

Story Land - where fantasy lives!  Story Land is a safe and natural setting where children and their imaginations can run free. We provide a great value to our guests every day, with all-inclusive rides, shows & attractions, reasonably-priced admission ticket, FREE parking, and FREE pet kennels. Featuring birthday parties and character dinners, Story Land is a celebration for the young at heart. This world of fantasy is punctuated by the kaleidoscope of flowers and emerald fields of New Hampshire's beautiful White Mountains. Timeless characters like Humpty Dumpty, the Old Woman in the Shoe, the Three Little Pigs, and Peter Rabbit came to life here in 1954. This is one of my absolute favorite places to visit in New England.

When I was a kid, I lived for the few times we went there. So much fun for kids! I cannot wait to bring CJ here this summer. We are waiting for his cousin Zachie to come visit and then we are going.

Lucky for us all, they've got an awesome deal going on. Check it out: 
Save up to $28 on regular admission.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Happy Birthday CJ!

Happy birthday to my superhero, CJ!

A few pictures to show how CJ spent his birthday weekend. :) Pin It

Saturday, July 13, 2013

15 Book-Related Confessions

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To get myself back into the swing of this blogging thing, I am going to participate in the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge. Today's topic is: 15 Book-related Confessions. Here's my dirty book secrets...

1. I totally judge books by their covers. I cannot abide a terrible cover. And for the love of God do not give me a book that was turned into a movie book with the movie pictures on the cover. I will cut you.

2. I have thousands of books on my to-be-read list. Thousands. It makes me want to cry that there is absolutely no way in my life that I will be able to read all of the amazing books out there.

3. Going along with number 2, I refuse to read trashy anymore. I just can't waste time on it when there are so many well-written, amazing stories out there. Sorry 50 Shades of Grey.

4. I don't always finish books! The horror! I used to read absolutely finish every single book I started but I don't anymore. I'll give it 50-100 pages and if I can't get into it, I give up. I just don't want to waste time anymore reading books that I don't love. It is actually helping me wittle my to-read list down.

5. I read more than one book at a time. I generally carry more than one with me as well. I am just afraid that I'll be stuck somewhere in the mood for non-fiction but only have a novel with me, or vice-versa.

6. My Nook Color is missing. When packing, my husband threw everything in the kitchen into a box and now that box is stuck downstairs in storage somewhere. I want it back so baaad!

7. There are ten books on my night-stand. I got a ton of books out of the library for my "summer reading" list and I have read maybe two of them. In my defense, I also have a ton of reading for school. Booooo.

8. I have 25 books out from the library right now. Again, in my defense, half of those are CJ's because he can't get a library card until kindergarten. But 10 of those are mine.

9. I hoard books. I love them. I love the look of them, the smell of them, absolutely everything about them. If I haven't read a book I like the look of it on my shelf and if it is a book I've read and loved I have to save it. I also am collecting all the classics in fancy leather-bound editions. So I might be a book hoarder. I'm comfortable with it.

10. 97% of the time the book is ALWAYS better than the movie. It's true.

11. I will sob while reading a book. Some of my favorites, I will sob at the exact same part every single time. (Stay gold anyone?)

12. My entire house may be in disarray but I will go directly to organizing the bookshelves. I just love the way they look on the shelf and when they are organized they make me happy.

13. I am a book snob. It's the English teacher in me. But if you have never read any classics, I will judge you. Except for my brother-in-law who has only read two books in his entire life. For some reason I am ok with him. (Those books were Freakonomics and a Calvin and Hobbes book.) The classics are classics for a reason. Everyone needs to read them.

14. I can't separate books from their authors. If a book makes me angry, either because it sucks or because I love it so much (ahem, George RR Martin) I will become so angry at the author that I will just... be very angry. Eventually I'll give it up and continue to read. I can't hold a grudge.

15. I love giving books as presents. I will take my sweet time trying to find the absolutely most perfect book. So you should be my friend so I can buy you a book. :) Pin It

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I'm a book worshiper, what are you?

I'm a cross between a book hoarder and a book worshiper. I'm also a multi-tasker. What are you?

Please include attribution to Laura E. Kelly with this graphic. (Click to view at original large size.)
What Species of Reader Are You?--Infographic
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