Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Mike Drop - August

Ya'll are familiar with Guys Behind The Blog, right? I missed it last month because we were travelling. But now that things are getting back to a normal schedule, I went to the hosts to check out August's questions and I found out that the link-up DIED.

Cue the sad tears! I loved that link-up! Mike always killed it with his answers and I loved what he had to say each month. So what's a girl to do?

I created my own version! Appropriately named, The Mike Drop. Each month, I will have Mike answer 5 questions and post them on the ol' bloggity blog for you guys to read.
So without further ado, here's the first ever Mike Drop!

Q: How did you spend your summers as a kid?
A: I would spend most of my days in the summer hanging out with my friends who lived across the street. We'd do any number of things like have home run derbies at the local park to riding bikes or playing soccer. My evenings were mostly tied up with my own baseball games or soccer games and watching my older brother play baseball. 

My favourite summer was the summer of 1997. That summer my brother played on a travel baseball team that played most weekends in Michigan. The closest border crossing was about 3 hours away, so these were all pretty good road trips. The guys on his team were always really nice to me and would include me in their group and play catch with me, even though they were about 7 years older than I was. It made them feel pretty old years later when I eventually played on the same team as them or against them! I've always loved to travel and summer road trips are definitely my favourite part of summer.

Q: What was your favourite part about summer 2016?
A: My favourite part of 2016 was definitely our vacation to Poland. I love seeing Evelina's family and experiencing the different lifestyle in Europe. There are certainly difficulties like not understanding the language, not having a car to drive, or being too far ahead time wise to watch baseball, but it's always a fun and memorable time creating memories with family.

Q: You're a teacher, summer is ending. Describe.
A: It's exactly the way you remember it as a kid. The fun and games are over. No more sleeping in, no more hanging out in the clothes you slept in all day, and it's back to reality. Well, it's not exactly the way you remember it as a kid because now going back to school means a return to regular deposits into our bank account, and I don't have to do homework assignments like the students, so it's not all that bad!

Q: How did you fill your days off?
A: One summer, many years ago, we visited my late grandfather, who at the time was recently retired and we asked what he'd been doing this summer. He stretched his legs out and rested them on his coffee table, placed both of his hands behind his head, smiled and said "Nothing!" Now that's not to say I did *nothing* but I certainly took advantage of these two months to recharge my batteries and catch up on some rest. My favourite activity was watching the simulcast Dan LeBatard Show on ESPN. (Shameless plug: even if you don't like sports, the Dan LeBatard show is awesome, and so is his show Highly Questionable. Even Evelina, who hates almost all sports media likes it!)

Q: What are you looking forward to most about going back to work?
A: I'm looking forward to being back in a routine. All things considered, my job isn't too stressful. I enjoy grabbing my morning coffee on the way to work and interacting with my students. I'm excited to have a new group of students to get to know and of course, I'm looking forward to the return of getting paid!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Books N Bloggers

Fall is around the corner and with it come sweaters, scarves, and mugs of pumpkin spice lattes. And cozy corners curled up with a good book. And my cat. #grandmalife

So naturally, I'm so excited to be participating in Books N Bloggers this year! This is a swap party where bloggers send each other books to enjoy. It's hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps and apparently it's a semi-annual event!

The idea is that you send a book you love, a book you recommend, and a book they asked for. And your blogger partners sends you the same thing back! So fun. I have a couple ideas for what I plan to send as my recommendations.

I was paired with a blogger from Australia (!), Holly at Ramblings of a Fake Redhead. The link up goes live on September 7th and I'm so excited to see what everyone ends up getting! Stay tuned!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Winner, Winner!

Hi guys!! Happy Monday!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway last week. I am blown away by the response! I really love the Rodan + Fields sunless tanner and even if you didn't win, I definitely encourage you to pick it up because it works so well! I have been using it non-stop this summer.

So without further ado, the winner is Elizabeth B! Congratulations!