Monthly Archives:: January 2014

Feature and Follow Friday!

January 16, 2014 Katie A Uncategorized 57 Comments

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Hi everyone!

First let me just say how excited and thankful I am for this opportunity. I want 2014 to be the year where I finally get my blog up and running and have fun. Reading and making new friends has always favorites of mine, so I when I started blogging I knew I had found the right place for me – a community who welcomes me with open arms and friendship.

I’m Katie, a twenty-something girl living in Northern California. I’m a student at a local community college and working with kids part time. I’m usually found curled up with a book, watching tv/a movie, or spending time with my family/friends and my girlfriend. I’m incredibly laid back and I love exploring Northern California with my family/friends on weekends or vacations.

The question of the week is…Who is your blogger BFF? Tell us a little bit about him or her? If not tell us why you need or don’t need a blogger BFF.

Hands down, my girlfriend Molli over at Books and Whimsy! Molli the one who really inspired me to start reading again, but she also encouraged me to start blogging in the first place. Even though I’ve had a hard time getting my blog up and running, she has always been encouraging, supportive and reminds me to blog how I want to blog and to always, always have FUN blogging.

We’ve read some amazing books together, made some amazing bookish memories and I know that she will always be at my side. Without her I wouldn’t have even known about the blogging community or any of the amazing books I’ve come across in my short time of blogging.

If you don’t know Molli yet, you really should get to know her. She is so amazingly sweet and kind and always willing to help others. She’s told me about so many books that have touched me. We have so much fun together, we laugh until we cry and she makes me the happiest girl ever. Not only do I love her very much, but I am so incredibly happy to have her as my blogger BFF and in my life.

I can’t wait to get to know everyone and make some great new blogger friends! πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by!


New Year, New Features!

January 16, 2014 Katie A Uncategorized 0 Comments

Hi everyone!

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks brainstorming new ideas for the blog that will keep me inspired, excited and managed to come up with some new features that I can’t wait to share with everyone. I’ll tell you all about them shortly, but first I wanted to catch you up on my year so far.

The great news? My hand isn’t broken! I can’t tell you how relieved I am. I’m still in and out of a splint until I regain my strength, but that nasty half cast like splint is gone and in the trash. This makes it so much easier to do everything – typing was impossible, eating was a challenge and I couldn’t hold a physical book, ugh! Plus it left me stressed over what I’d do if it was broken and the semester started.

I caught a massive head cold that turned into bronchitis and a sinus infection and had to miss two days of work because of it, but the rest sure helped. I bounced back quickly and I’m back at work and learning a new routine for the month. The girls and family are doing great and have lots of fun activities going on that keep them busy. I’m happy to be back and the winter break was much needed and refreshing.

Reading? Oh, yes.

I’ve read two books this year so far and loved, loved, LOVED both! ME SINCE YOU was amazing and heartbreaking and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS killed me, but left me reflecting on life and those who make an impact in mine. I’ll review both soon. I’ve started my third book but haven’t had much reading time while I adjust to a new work schedule, but I hope to finish reading it this weekend.

As for the new features…

HEART TO HEART: I’ll use this feature/column for posts that could be tough in subject matter, or when I really just feel like opening up to everyone. Posts featured here could be on family bumps in the road, my coming out experience, health issues, etc. I want to use this feature to reach out to others and remind them they are NOT alone. This will also feature books that inspired me and touched me in a way that tie into a topic.

THE WHIRLWIND LIFE OF KATIE: General life updates, more than likely in the form of a monthly wrap up posts. It’ll include funny stories from day to day life, photos, favorite books I’ve read, etc. I’ll try to include things like my updated reading goal number and a discussion question. Totally laid back, random and fun – just like me!

I have an exciting feature coming up soon that I’m starting with my girlfriend Molli of Books and Whimsy that I am super thrilled about. We had such a fun time tossing around names and ideas and once she said it? We knew that was it! I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

I hope everyone is having a great 2014 so far and I can’t wait to catch up with you! Stay tuned for a lot of fun over here. πŸ™‚