Who is the Miley Cyrus of Young Adult Fiction?

Published August 27, 2013 by Jennifer Elizabeth

The Miley Cyrus of Young Adult Fiction:

Is there One?

Unless you live under a rock, you have heard about (if not seen) the Miley Cyrus “music performance” at the 2013 VMA’s on Sunday, August 25.  It’s impossible to miss, especially if you’re active on Facebook.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25:  Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV) via http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1713082/miley-cyrus-vma-performance-reactions.jhtml

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 25: Miley Cyrus performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV) via http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1713082/miley-cyrus-vma-performance-reactions.jhtml

Various words have been attached to this girl: skank, disgusting, slut, outrageous, vile, repulsive…the list goes on. She is currently the “villain” of our culture. Parents are outraged, reporters are groveling in the coverage and many of us are asking, “What the hell happened to this girl?”

Sadly, here is one chic who clearly does not know who she is and she is trying to figure it out by meshing a load of different characters into one: Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Lady Gaga, even KISS. Sorry Miley, but your lack of originality reeks.

...Moving On

Well, of course, this event got me thinking about the young adult books I’ve read over the years, and I asked myself, “Has there been a character, so vile, that has absolutely repulsed me the way Miley Cyrus just did?” Of course I immediately thought of one specific character:

Bellatrix Lestrange from “Harry Potter”

Harry Potter

Bellatrix throws her knife as the prisoners escape (via http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Bellatrix_Lestrange)

If you have read “Harry Potter” then you probably understand why I made the connection. Bellatrix is pretty hideous to look at. She’s evil. She’s out to get the good guys. Readers hated her. And when I read various parts of “Harry Potter,” I absolutely despised her character. But does she meet the level of “vile” that Miley Cyrus displayed at the VMA’s? I’m not quite sure. Bellatrix was legit. Original. Miley? Not so much.

So then I thought about a book I recently finished reading: “The Opportunist” by Tarryn Fisher.

There is a character in this book that I wanted to stab. She’s beautiful but manipulative. She’s rich with money but lacking in character. She is Leah Smith. Yes, I despised her. I wanted her OUT of the picture. But was she repulsive and vile? I cannot say that she was…and again, she was pretty original. Miley Cyrus, again not so much.

So, my fellow Young Adult book readers, can you point out a character that is so skanky, repulsive and “unoriginal” that we can easily say, “Now SHE is the Miley Cyrus of Young Adult Fiction” ??? I keep trying to pinpoint one character that can easily match up…but I’ve got nothing. What do you think? If anything, Miley could definitely inspire the creation of one!

Oh Why Not? #BoutofBooks 8.0 is ON!

Published August 5, 2013 by Jennifer Elizabeth

Updates

(I’ve moved everything around a little bit so that you don’t have to scroll forever!..beginning of Bout of Books is at the end of the post ;).)

Sunday – 8/25

*Number of books I’ve read today: 1; The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies #1) by Tarryn Fisher (Caleb Drake!!)

*Total number of books I’ve read: 1 (I’m still working on Timepiece by Myra McEntire.)

* Books read: 1 (YAY!!)

*Books in progress: 1

*How I’m feeling: Ok, so I was a speed reader with “The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies #1)” by Tarryn Fisher. Seriously could not put this book down. I’m happy that I made it through ONE book :). Viva la Read-a-thon!!!

*Interesting stuff: I started screaming (in my head, not out load, lol) about 60% of the way through this book. I LOVED the characters, cringed at the ending (but wait, there’s two more books in this series, so who knows where it may lead ;)) and could NOT put it down. It was an easy read, a fast read (quite a few pages, but the flow was good). I hope to post a review of it soon :).

Saturday – 8/24

*Number of books I’ve read today: 0
*Total number of books I’ve read: 0
* Books read: 0

*Books in progress: Bet you can’t guess…LOL…oh, wow! I’m still reading Timepiece by Myra McEntire. There’s a shocker! Ha! 😉 I am now 24% of the way through!

*How I’m feeling: I’m good. I’m not going to complain about my lack of reading or time for reading. Today was an awesome day. My husband and I took our boys to the air show in our town, and then took them to a birthday party at the roller skating rink. It was their first time roller skating (and it was at the same exact place that I used to go skating at when I was a kid). It was an awesome day :).

*Interesting stuff: See above 🙂

Friday – 8/23

*Number of books I’ve read today: 0
*Total number of books I’ve read: 0
* Books read: 0

*Books in progress:  Believe it or not, I’m still reading Timepiece by Myra McEntire. I’m now at 23% of the way through.

*How I’m feeling: Perhaps joining a read-a-thon the week before school starts was not the best of ideas!! 🙂 Today I spent a lot of time outside with my kids. I read little bit, but mostly played wiffle ball and pushed my boys on the swings. It is what it is. 🙂 I’ll have a lot more time to read when my oldest goes back to school…and yet I am not looking forward to all that down time…I love my babies ❤

*Interesting stuff: ….I’ve got nothing!!

 Thursday – 8/22

*Number of books I’ve read today: 0
*Total number of books I’ve read: 0
*Books read: 0

*Books in progress: I feel like a broken record here! ha! I’m still reading Timepiece by Myra McEntire. Today I went from 20% of the way through to 21%.

*How I’m feeling: Many of my fellow bout-of-bookers have thrown some awesome encouragement my way, so I’m not feeling so bad about my lack of progress anymore. 🙂 I love bookish friends!!

*Interesting stuff: Today I didn’t get too much reading done (shocker!) because I decided to take my little guys to the amusement park. School starts on Monday, so this was kind of our last summer “hoo-rah” before school begins. Perfect weather. Perfect memories. I won’t complain :). I may hit up the beach with the kiddos tomorrow…perhaps I will dive into “The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies #1)” by Tarryn Fisher. I’ve heard many many good things about this Caleb Drake character :).

Wednesday – 8/21

*Number of books I’ve read today: 0

*Total number of books I’ve read: 0
*Books read: 0

*Books in progress: Same story. Different day. I went from 19% to 20% on my Kindle…ugh. So, not many…I’m still reading Timepiece by Myra McEntire.

*How I’m feeling: Yesterday was just a mentally draining day for me.  School starts on Monday, and I’m just not ready to send my baby away for 7+ hours a day, 5 days a week. I struggled through it last year for Kindergarten and I’m still struggling. I love my kids. I have a teaching background and am constantly researching homeschooling. But my oldest enjoys people…he enjoys attention and can command a room like none-other…so I go back and forth as to what is best for him. Our neighborhood isn’t exactly “kid friendly,” so he doesn’t get the socialization with other neighborhood kids that a lot of kids get….so I don’t know. Sometimes I just feel like it’s a lose-lose situation. Blah..sorry, I’m in a mood. Fingers crossed this school year is better than last.

*Interesting stuff: One of the best parts of my day was seeing everyone’s creativity in poetry 🙂 I wish I could be more active with Bout of Books. I’m trying…I get caught up in work and kids, and I sometimes forget to make “me time.” But I do my random 20 second searching a few times a day…so all is not lost. 🙂

 Tuesday – 8/20

*Number of books I’ve read today: 0
*Total number of books I’ve read: 0
*Books read: 0

*Books in progress: Ugh. I am officially 19% through Timepiece by Myra McEntire

*How I’m feeling: Defeated!! …but I am still pushing forward!!!!

*Interesting stuff: (really not that interesting, but more so about my life..lol)

SO! Today  I did laundry, cleaned both kitchen and bathroom floors, changed bed sheets in all the rooms…and then in the evening it was “meet and greet” night at my son’s school (my oldest is going into 1st grade). It was a rough evening when my son realized he is only 1 of 6 kids from his Kindergarten class now on his 1st grade class. And none of his “BFFs” are in his class…. 😦  I tried my best to put a “positive spin” on the situation, but I feel like I failed miserably. Anyways, after that I spent quite some time hashing it out with fellow “mom friends” from his school…analyzing the situation and trying to make sense of logistics.

With that said, my reading for the day failed miserably as well. Ugh. Vivia la read-a-thon…let’s try for day 3 success!

Monday – 8/19
*Number of books I’ve read today: 0
*Total number of books I’ve read: 0
*Books read: 0

*Books in progress: I am officially 17% through Timepiece by Myra McEntire

*How I’m feeling: I LOVE that this book (Book #2 of the Hourglass Series) is written from Kaleb’s perspective *swoon* lol 🙂

*Interesting stuff: My reading started out great today–was able to get my #readathon on for a bit. And then I had to hit up the grocery store for some back-to-school lunch box essentials. After that it was off to the dentist for my 6 month check-up and cleaning as well as my  3 year-old’s very first visit to the dentist. Finally, my husband and I had to pick up our second car that had been getting inspected all day (our other car was inspected last week–two car inspections in less than a week IS NOT FUN. It puts a nice hole in your pocket, that’s for sure! Ha!

Bout of Books Day 3 Challenges

Challege #1: TBR List Challenge @ Musings of a Bookship Girl
My Top 5 in my TBR list are as follows in no particular order:

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
2. Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
3. Slated by Teri Terry
4. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
5. Unremembered by Jessica Brody

If I won this contest, all 5 of these would be the ones I would purchase (if I had enough cash to do so! =))

Challenge #2: Book Spine Poetry @ Such a Novel Idea

Bout of books

The eternal ones fated the truth about forever.

If I stay the lucky one, lock and key wither.

Crossed, evercrossed.

**Leave me a link to your book spine poetry!***

I’d love to read it!

 

In the beginning…

I’ve been treating myself to some fantastic books lately (as well as writing a bit each day!!)–so I decided, why not participate in the Bout of Books 8.0 read-a-thon? After all, this is exactly where my connections to fellow book lovers were built (as seen here). So, this is my official “sign-up.” 🙂

If you want to join me in the Bout of Books read-a-thon, just click on the challenge badge (image) below!

Official Blurb:

Bout of Books 8.0
Bout of Books 8.0

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week-long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

My Reading Goals and Such:

The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies #1) by Tarryn Fisher (I have only heard good things about this Caleb Drake character!!)

Timepiece: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire

*Participate in at least one challenge*

**Connect with new book lovers**

So, what are your reading goals? Please share with me!

Before I Fall: An Unenthusiastic Book Review

Published July 29, 2013 by Jennifer Elizabeth
Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver
Image Courtesy: Goodreads

Lauren Oliver is one very talented writer. I adore her Delirium Series, and have had “Before I Fall” on my TBR list for over a year. A few weeks ago I discovered it cheap on Amazon and enthusiastically downloaded it to my Kindle. I was stoked.  I have read  many positive reviews on blogs, and so my expectations were fairly high. I was ready to jump into another Lauren Oliver masterpiece.

Unfortunately, that was not the case in regards to my experience. While I read, something kept nagging at me in the back of my head. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was…there was something so familiar about this story…

OH RIGHT. “Groundhog Day.”  I knew the storyline all too well…saw that movie at least 30 times, if not many many more.

Only this version wasn’t about a middle-aged disgruntled weatherman. It was about a popular teenage girl.

But the similarities didn’t stop there…something else was still not right.

The storyline wasn’t just familiar because of its super similar storyline  “Groundhog Day.” There was something else very familiar… I couldn’t quite pin-point what it was…until I was up late one night, flipping channels on my TV. And then this movie popped up–OH SNAP!

Ah yes. Our main character, Samantha Kingston, is a plastic (although, not referred to as such in “Before I Fall,” but in general, she is definitely one.) And her best friends are “plastics” as well.

Problem #1: I’m not a big fan of reading a story from the “popular” girl’s POV. For about 60% of the book, I couldn’t stand Sam. I don’t like that “popular girl” attitude. In fact, I despise it. I had to force myself to keep reading…and yet, because of the “Groundhog Day” storyline, I knew where the storyline was going…so I really had to push myself to keep reading. I was sadly close to closing my Kindle and calling this one a wash.

But I didn’t.

And  I didn’t gain anything from finishing the book either.

Problem #2: The ending was pretty much what I  expected. I wanted to read more about Sam and Kent. I was hopeful. Of course there was progression…but truthfully, it was completely unrealistic.

After 7 years of not talking to someone, you can’t suddenly show extreme interest in a person. Sam hadn’t spoken to Kent in years, and had made fun of him despite his persistence towards her. And although their relationship progressed with each “rerun” day, it was one-sided.

Days weren’t repeating for Kent. They were repeating for Sam. So in reality, this would never have happened. A real person would have questioned Sam’s intentions (specifically within those 24 hours…and over a few days, this change of heart would have been believable. Kent would have accepted Sam’s change of heart. But not in a few hours…and not after years of mockery.)

Problem #3: When I read this book, I was coming off of a Colleen Hoover high. I had just finished reading “Hopeless” and was left breathless. That book was awesome. (See my review here.) So, again, expectations were high. Sadly, those expectations were not met.

Had I never seen “Groundhog Day” or “Mean Girls,” this book would have appealed a lot more. Sam progresses, evolves, and changes her life and outlook on others. There is a very beautiful, positive message in “Before I Fall.” But, (and sadly, there is a but) the book did not appeal to me at all.

Book Synopsis (via Goodreads):

What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing. 

Have you read “Before I Fall” …What’s your take?

What are you reading? I’d love some fresh suggestions!

I Can’t Even! …A Colleen Hoover YA Book Review

Published July 15, 2013 by Jennifer Elizabeth

So apparently a beautiful thing happened while I’ve been trapped inside my work cave. And that beautiful thing is called Colleen Hoover.

Allow me to enlighten you: Ms. Hoover is my new-found joy and YA Book author obsession. With that said, I  also despise her.

Thanks to Book Rock Betty (one of my most favorite bloggers!!), I discovered a wonderful YA book titled, “Hopeless.” And of course, based on what Betty had to say, I  HAD to download it on my Kindle and read it.

YA Book review

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover via Goodreads

So, there’s this character in the book (besides the main character, Sky), and his name is Dean Holder. DEAN HOLDER. When it comes to describing him, there are no words…I can’t even.

He is absolutely one of THE BEST (if not the best) male characters I have ever read. He oozes perfection when it comes to the male species. He incites “the swoon” that we YA book readers crave.

When she wrote this book, Colleen Hoover achieved perfection with the words she used to ignite the fire that causes “the swoon.”

There is so much passion in this book–and I’m not referring to just physical passion. (After all, it is a YA book. There can’t be TOO much of that kind of passion.) I’m talking about the passion that is related to emotions and being committed to something or someone.

Also, Colleen Hoover has an incredible grasp of the teenage language. I say this for two reasons:

#1. I LOVE her voice…the language and dialogue is so real and so raw, and I can hear myself saying some the exact same things she had her characters say in the book, and I have actually said some of the exact same things Sky said in the book…both recently and 13 years ago…

#2. I have actually written some of the exact same things she had her characters say in “Hopeless.” (Hence why I also despise her!)

This is where my book review rant begins, so hang in there with me a moment 😉

When I started reading “Hopeless” I nearly lost my $hit.

In the book I am writing, there are settings and dialogue that are exactly the same as ones in “Hopeless.” I literally had several HOLY $HIT moments while I read the beginning of this book…and I knew exactly where it was going BECAUSE I HAD SOME OF THE EXACT SAME IDEAS without ever reading ANYTHING by Colleen Hoover.

Irritated doesn’t begin to explain how I felt. Not to mention also feeling torn to pieces because I LOVED what I was reading but HATED that if I continued where I wanted to go with my own book, many would probably think I plagiarized from Colleen Hoover! With that, I vented to my husband because I was so bothered by it.

Below is basically the gist of what my husband had to say regarding this predicament:

Book writing friends, has this ever happened to you? How did you get past it?

Did you just carry on?

So now I need to be enlightened: Book friends, do I  go and download “Loosing Hope” or is it better to leave it as is? My guess is that I’ll be downloading it, ASAP. 😉

AND if you have not read “Hopeless,” go download it now, put it on hold at the library, or go out and buy it in physical form. I guarantee YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK. As Dean Holder is passionate about his feelings and his beliefs, I am just as passionate in my belief that this book is amazing and YOU HAVE TO READ IT. So go read it, NOW!

My Evolving Blog: A Natural Writer’s Ramblings

Published June 17, 2013 by Jennifer Elizabeth

If you haven’t noticed, I changed the name of my blog.

A few weeks ago my blog was titled, “Reading En Vogue.” I’ve noticed a decrease in visitor traffic…and I have no idea if that is due to my blog change or not. Perhaps I should have named my blog “The Blog Formerly Known as Reading En Vogue.” LOL. 😉 Now my blog is “Written En Vogue.”

I am evolving as a writer and as a person, and so my blog must evolve as well. I’m making attempts to write more, and I am finding myself writing more about other life topics than just book reviews. Like most writers, I want to leave an impression with the thoughts I share…hence the “creating an immortal statement.”

As a writer, there is no greater feeling than opening my email and seeing a new subscriber or that someone “liked” my post. It proves that these written words are not just words on a screen. They are actual words that are seen. And with that comes an innate desire to write about self-improvement, in hope that it will also impact someone else’s life other than my own.

So where am I going with this?

I will still write book reviews–that beast cannot be stopped! 😉 Reading is and will always be a passion of mine. However, there are so many other things going on in my life and different stories to tell!

For instance, did you know:

I’ve been trying to “live lean” and natural for the past few months. In fact, I dropped down to a size 2 (my early college years size!)–all because I changed my diet, read ingredient labels, and have stopped eating processed foods. AND, I don’t even exercise regularly (other than playing with my boys ;)).

Throughout this new change I discovered that SO MANY different types of bread contain this garbage ingredient called “Azodicarbonamide” or ADA and is used in food industry as a food additive, a flour bleaching agent. BUT, it is also “the principal use of azodicarbonamide is in the production of foamed plastics as an additive.” WHAT?!!

Value Time Hamburger Buns

Value Time Hamburger Buns

Yes, you read that correctly. This same ingredient that is found in bread is also found in plastics and synthetic leather. GROSS!

So, I have been on a mission to rid this crap from my house because I’d rather not eat something that is also found in the sole of your shoe!! (True story, click link to see video!)

I honestly did NOT see all of this coming–I was never very “ingredient” aware when it came to my diet and cooking. I’d look as far as fat, calorie, sugar and cholesterol content and leave it at that.

Now I find myself seeking out “high fructose corn syrup,” “MSG” and various chemical ingredients that I cannot pronounce. In fact, my husband and I have this rule: If you can’t pronounce it and you don’t know what it is, you probably shouldn’t eat it.” FACT. I believe this through and through. And I’ll you why…although semi-unreleated.

Last summer I suffered from constant eye problems. (If you have followed my blog for a chunk of time, you probably remember me whining about this ;).) My eyes were always red, irritated and just plain annoying to deal with. I thought it was a direct result of the time I was spending on the computer due to my editing job. However, nearly a year late, I discovered it was not.

In my attempts to clean up my diet, I’ve also cleaned up my beauty bag. I no longer wear “unnatural” makeup or wash my face with “unnatural” cleansers. I now wear a fruit pigmented mascara from 100% Pure and I wash my face with an Alba Botanica cleanser. And wallah! No more eye problems!

So, this is what I have concluded: If  ingredients in my beauty products were irritating my eyes, there were probably ingredients in processed foods that could irritate my body…and I wouldn’t even know it.

So there. I am still a YA reading fool, but I am also turning into a natural food and product lover. And it’s something I want to share. So with that, I give you the new and improved “Written En Vogue.”

I’m going to write about all this new stuff, and I will do it in style. Stay tuned because there is MORE to come ;).

Ties that Bind: Reflections on Life and Death

Published June 10, 2013 by Jennifer Elizabeth

Tonight I finished reading “If I Stay,” by Gayle Forman. Talk about tear jerker! Phew! There is so much in this book that forced me to think about life, relationships, love and most importantly, death.

When I was little, I was always aware of time and how quickly it passes. As an adult, I’m even more aware. I often find myself caught in a moment of watching my little boys, trying my hardest to embed a memory of their six and three year-old selves.

You never know when a moment might be the last moment.

When I first started to write this post, I had to take a brief break to put my sons to bed. My oldest, Noah, has the gift of gab (just like his mother at his age ;)), and he began talking about school and listed all the grades he’d be in one day. And then he asked my husband, “Will you be alive when I’m done with 12th grade?”

Any question that starts with “Will you be alive when…” is the most heart wrenching question when it comes from your child–specifically because you don’t know. No one knows. 

At that moment, his question stuck me as WOW. At six years-old, he too is clearly aware of time and death. (Not to mention the fact that I was also writing this post about life and death.)

So back to Gayle Forman and “If I Stay.” If put in the same position as the main character, Mia, what do you do? It is impossible to not ask yourself this question when reading this book. What do you do when tragedy hits, and you are given a choice: do I live or do I die?

The ties that bind us are those things which hold us together…

If my family was taken from me, I know I would lose it. Despite my faith, I’m not sure I’d be able to keep it together and carry on. And if my family was taken from me and I was on the edge, barely hanging on, I’m not sure I’d want to hang on, you know?

I have both family and friends who have suffered the loss of a child–both outside the womb and inside the womb. I’ve often wondered, how do they keep it together? I also have friends who lost parents at a young age–and there’s that unspoken understanding that they have to carry on because it is absolutely what their parent/parents would want.

Gayle Forman’s beautiful story forced me to think about life and death and the ties that bind. The little family that I have created is what keeps me living and breathing each day. I love my family. I am immensely thankful for all that I have been blessed–and the love, generated from my family, are those ties that hold me together.

And sometimes that love and those ties are what continue to hold us together even when severed by tragedy.

Have you read “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman? How did it influence you?

 

Synopsis of “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Day One Disasters of Summer Vacation

Published May 30, 2013 by Jennifer Elizabeth

Noah's Graduation from KindergartenWell, my first official school year as “the mom” is finally over…Kindergarten graduation is over, the uniforms are semi-put away and both of my boys are now home with me every day. Yesterday was day one, and I think I sprouted a few new white hairs within the past 24 hours. LOL 🙂

Day One of Insanity

My oldest decided to go exploring while I was working for EYES IN Magazine. He went into the kitchen, climbed onto the counter (which is directly above the kitchen sink) and he snatched the Gorilla Glue that was sitting nicely out of reach on the window sill. OR SO I THOUGHT IT WAS OUT OF REACH.

Five minutes later I heard, “MOM! My fingers are stuck together!”

Me (aloud): “WHAT?! What did you do?”

Me (inside my head): WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!

My Son: “I wanted to glue something.”

Me (aloud): “Well I really hope it wasn’t your fingers!”

Me (inside my head): BOY, I’M GONNA GORILLA GLUE YOUR TUSH TO A CHAIR!

And so the next ten minutes were spent trying to research the best method to remove Gorilla Glue. And then another 10 minutes were spent trying to remove it.

Note to fellow moms: Be aware that when you help your child remove Gorilla Glue from his/her fingers, it will also get on yours!

Moving On…

Once I finished my work for the morning AND did my best to remove said Gorilla Glue, I showered–but not before I sat each of my sons in a chair of his own with a bowl of raisins, chocolate chips and oyster crackers and then turned on “Special Agent Oso.” (I knew I had to keep their hands and their brains entertained, or else I would be doomed, again.)

After the shower, we went outside. Minus a bit of back and forth brotherly arguing and dirt throwing, the rest of the day went well…Until my oldest went exploring again–and he decided to climb the counter in the bathroom and touch a lightbulb above the bathroom sink.

Me (aloud): “REALLY? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!”

Me (inside my head): “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!”

My Son: “I don’t know but it really hurts!”

Luckily, there was no mark or blistering of the skin–just a little sting. I had to basically spell out the lesson of the day, however.

IF IT IS UP HIGH, THAT MEANS DO NOT TOUCH IT.

Hopefully this lesson has been learned!

So Moms, how’s the start to the summer going for you? 🙂 

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