Thursday, April 30, 2015

Guess Who's Going To College?!


If you guessed me, you are so right! I went this evening and to the Accuplacer test to see where I "rank", to see if I need any refresher courses before I can start working toward my degree. And the verdict is...
NOPE!
I qualified for the English class that I need and the Math class I need. Whew! It's been 13 years since I graduated high school. I was super nervous and it took me over 2 hours for the test, (they say allow yourself 3 hours). But I did it!
Now I have a whole new bunch of nervousness. This is really happening!
I can't wait to start and I'm terrified too.
I'll try to keep you all updated.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Baby Wipes? What the H***?!


Preschoolers are so unpredictable. Last week, it was brown day so we painted with chocolate pudding. I was getting baby wipes out to clean their hands and just as I handed one to a little girl, she looks at it and says, "Baby wipes! What the hell?"

Of course, I had a parent in the room that day, too. This parent stood up so straight, and her eyes just about popped out of her head. I have no idea how she or I managed not to laugh. This tot is a teeny, tiny little thing, who generally walks around saying "That's AMAZING!", about everything. Even pooping. Then she just pops open with a cuss word. At least none of the other students heard her. You just never know what is going to happen in a preschool classroom.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

This Blog Sucks

This blog totally sucks. No, seriously. I'm not just saying that. I haven't posted anything since November. NOVEMBER! It's freaking March. And I honestly have no idea when I will be posting again. I would like to say tomorrow, but I think we all know that is a lie. I'm a hot mess! Is that still a phrase? Are people still saying that? Well, even if they're not, I am.
I think I told you all about my new job. Teaching preschool. I LOVE IT! I actually teach the 3-4 year old class and they are seriously the most fun age group, EVER. They think everything is awesome! One little girl in one of my classes says "That is AMAZING!" about literally everything.
Despite being absolutely thrilled with my new job, Depression decided to rear its ugly head again and try to destroy my life. But no, no. Not this time, I got my butt back in to the Dr and got some drugs. He gave me Citalopram (aka Celexa) because I had done so well on Lexapro before (except for the fatigue and what I like to call scatter-brainedness). It worked, it really helped my anxiety and depression. So I got all confident and decided to enroll myself in college. Yay! Except my ADHD was out of control. I was feeling like an absolute moron. I couldn't keep track of anything, not thoughts, dats, appointments, bills, objects. So back to the Dr. I go... He says, yep your ADHD is making you nuts, we're sending you to a shrink. Yay! Officially a nut case. Ha. Just kidding. Don't get your panties in a bunch, I'm not trying to offend anybody. Humor is my coping mechanism. So shrink says, "you can't take citalopram with ADHD." It totally exaggerates your symptoms. What?! I thought that was all in my head. Like maybe I just notice I'm crazier since I feel better. Nope. So he gives me Welbutrin XL. It's supposed to help with the depression/anxiety, the ADHD, and binge eating. YAY! I'm super excited about this...
for about 5 minutes. As soon as I got completely off the Citalopram, I was a weepy mess. The Welbutrin XL was no friend to me. I was crying everyday, eating more sugar than ever, ADHD was back to normal. The only plus was I actually slept 7 hours a night, for the first time in 10 years. I was pretty much at my lowest. Of course I had a follow up visit to see how it worked. A follow up appointment with a girl I graduated high school with. A beautiful, honor roll, academically excellent, cheerleader girl I graduated high school with. Ugh. It's been a long time, we never really knew each other then, I'll just act like I don't know her. Right?
Wrong. I'm sitting in the office last Friday, a complete and total mess. In walks cheerleader girl, looking exactly like she did 13 years ago. She probably still fits in her cheerleader outfit. And here I am with my blotchy red face from crying and extra 60 pounds I've accumulated since 2002. And she says "Hi! How are you? What's it been, 10 years? Maybe more?"
Ummm. Just shoot me now please... Not a kill shot, maybe in the foot or something, just to get me out of that office. Anyway, she switched my medication to Brintellix. We'll see how it goes. Maybe I will get back on here and update you. Don't hold your breath.
I also started another job on Monday. It's at the high school that I went to, in the special education department. So I leave my preschoolers and head to high school. But that is a story for another day.
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Friday, November 14, 2014

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Twisted KINDLEMaya Anderson has faced more than her share of tragedy and heartbreak. For the past six years she’s constantly been on the move with her mom. When another disaster strikes, she finds herself back in her childhood hometown of Beaumont, living with her older sister for her senior year.

A chance meeting reacquaints her with Ben McCaffey, a long-forgotten classmate from her past. After the murder of his girlfriend, Ben has become a social outcast. He’s despised by some and feared by most.

Determined to become Ben’s friend, Maya begins to break through his layers of emotional protection. It isn’t long before they realize that they both have secrets in their pasts. As the line between dealing with grief and struggling with a desire for revenge begins to fade, the secrets that draw them together may be what will ultimately tear them apart. Because the closer Maya gets to Ben, the more dangerous her situation becomes.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Let's Talk About Pits, Baby




     Let's talk about deodorant. We all use it. We all sweat. I used to not. But now, whew, those days are gone. I'm not sure if it's because I'm a heavy woman or because I'm getting older or what. But I sure sweat now. And it grosses me out. I'm always trying out new scents and brands of deodorants. But I always use the "invisible solid". Ha. Like there really is such a thing. So Naturally when I got the chance to try a new deodorant for FREE, I jumped at it.

     I've never been a fan of the ooey, gooey, messy gel. Scratch that. I hadn't actually tried it, until I got Secret Outlast Completely Clear Gel, free in the mail to try. The first thing I noticed was the refreshing scent. It's fragrant but not overpowering. That's a definite plus. So I clicked the dial a couple of times and applied it to my pits. When I first put it on, I thought ew, ew, ew. No way, this is not for me. BUT as the day went on I noticed a difference. I keep a spare deodorant in my purse because often I have to reapply midday. This day, I didn't have to. Whoa! Huge plus! The next day I dreaded the cold, wet slime going under my pits, but I agreed to try this product and I wasn't stopping after one day. So I gritted my teeth and gasped when the slick, cold gel collided with my skin. Moments later the assault was forgotten and I was feeling fresh as a daisy. And I didn't have to reapply at all that day. In fact I haven't had to reapply midday in the nearly 3 weeks I've been using it. Now I hardly even notice the cold sting of applying it. Maybe because I know it's totally worth it. We haven't even gotten to plus number 3 yet. You won't believe this... NO WHITE MARKS! Yep, that's right. It really is COMPLETELY CLEAR. Go ahead pull out that little black dress, I promise, you will not have to worry about deodorant marks.
     Although Secret claims 48 hour protection, I haven't been quite able to make myself go that long with out showering/applying deodorant. But I can vouch that it works better than my old brand. I will be switching brands. Secret Outlast Completely clear gel is the one for me.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MS Madness Book & $25 Amazon GC Giveaway

MSmadnessbannermscover-halfYvonne deSousa’s diagnosis of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis came with an insightful declaration from a new doctor (“MS Sucks”) and a brother’s helpful advice (“You could totally get one of those handicapped parking plates now”).

What followed was a year of MS-adventures: “accidentally” kicking an officious male doctor in the crotch, becoming an undercover agent to pay for medication made from Chinese hamster ovary cells, discovering the amazing effects of legal speed, and battling her arch-nemesis, the dreaded food group-vegetables.

Throughout her MS journey, Yvonne learned how to use humor to find acceptance in her diagnosis and how to smile in the face of chronic illness. Life with multiple sclerosis can be daunting, but Yvonne shares her giggles at the bizarre world she has unwittingly entered and the new perspectives it has given her on life. MS Madness! makes us realize that with a sense of humor, we can survive anything.

“MS Madness! A ‘Giggle More, Cry Less’ Story of Multiple Sclerosis combines defiance with humor, the secret weapon of the sick. Laughter has carried me a greater distance than conventional medicine ever will. In the end, attitude drives well being.”
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Author Bio

yvonneYvonne deSousa has worked as a street sweeper, a shell seller, a babysitter, a candy peddler, and a guest house manager, all before the age of sixteen. Later on she worked as a waitress, sales clerk, library assistant, victim’s advocate, and at the front desk of a doctor’s
office.

Two years before Yvonne’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, a relative volunteered her to write an article for a local newspaper. Little did she know it was the beginning of a writing career. When MS threatened to turn her into a lunatic, she started writing more frequently and quickly discovered that writing about the insanity that is MS was helping to keep her sane.

Her work has appeared on CapeWomenOnline.com, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith and Something On Our Minds, Volumes 1 and 2. Yvonne also writes a weekly blog on www.yvonnedesousa.com the website that uses a giggle stick to beat up on MS. Since finishing MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis, she has started presenting programs designed to help others use humor to help cope with chronic illness.

Yvonne enjoys writing, laughing, and resting. She lives by her personal mottos, “how you deal affects how you feel” and “my MS is not your MS and your MS is weird!”

Contact her at Yvonne@yvonnedesousa.com
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