Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Book Review: Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir by Janice Erlbaum

Hi Everyone! :)

I haven't done a book review in awhile, so I really wanted to again.

I picked up Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir by Janice Erlbaum at my favorite used bookstore in October and I finally got to pick it up and read it in mid-November.
This book appealed to me for a few reasons: 1. I was born in the early 1980's and it was interesting to learn about how the generation right before me lived in that era. 2. Because well, it's a memoir and I love memoirs. 3. Because I love the "gritty" depictions of NYC. You know the one that most TV shows don't show you.

This book starts out on November 18th, 1984, Janice is 15 years old and has just ran away from home. She ends up at a woman's shelter and has to spend her first night in the adult wing because the teen wing couldn't get her in until the next day.
Next, Janice describes bits and pieces of her mom's men through her life including her father. She delves into details about the fighting she had to listen to and her fathers alcohol problem. Plus, all about the bratty step-sisters and then along came the reason she ran away and also the one that gave her the baby brother that she fell in complete sisterly love with.
As the book goes on she is almost stabbed by a psychotic pregnant teenager and never really had true friends that didn't use her or fake nice for any other reason. She set with bad sexual experiences, drugs, living situations and many other things that made her life harder than had she just stayed home.
Finally she ends up back home with her mom and brother over a year later and her mom finally moved away from soon-to-be ex-husband for good this time.
Janice starts partying all the time because her mom is zombied out by 8 pm every night, which is a side-effect of her new medication that is suppose to help her with her anxiety. Janice is smoking pot, uses LSD, coke, and is drinking all the time.
When she was 17, she met and someone she was for sure she was in love with. He was nicer to her than anyone before but he provided a steady flow of alcohol and drugs. Since he was older than her in his 20's already, he also provided her with an out from her mom's house again. So, after a few months she moved in with him.

I don't want to go into anymore detail because this book is a must read! The whole thing is sad, scary, and something you hope yourself nor your own child will ever have to go through.
I enjoyed Janice's writing style and her story, she kept it interesting without dumbing it down for the masses. I do wish it had been a bit longer with more details in some parts, but I'm sure in editing she didn't have much choice.
If you're able to find this book, do so. It was totally worth it.

At the end of the month will be my 12 month update for my 2014 book/reading challenge. I am pretty sure it will be a challenge I carry over into next year also.

I also, started making my own planner. I hadn't found one I liked everything about, so I decided to start making my own. I am no where near done with it, but so far I am loving it! I promise to have a post about it soon!

Today is Christmas Eve Eve! lol... Meaning it is the 23rd. I think we are doing our Christmas stuff tomorrow at my boyfriend's parent's house. Past that, I have no clue what else we are doing. I am sure I will something from it to report, lol.

Have a very Happy Holidays everyone! (I hate to single out just people who celebrate Christmas just because I do. So, Happy Holidays is what I start saying around Thanksgiving time. God (or whom ever you may believe in) created all of us in equality, no matter how different we are from one another. One Love.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Mid-Month Planner Blog

Hey Everyone! :)

Time for my mid-month planner blog, so you can see how my planner progresses as the month moves ahead.

December is always so busy because of the holidays. So, my calendar is pretty packed and will continue to become more so the rest of the month.

You'll see mini to-d-lists and birthdays and holiday stuff. Now, I don't decorate like you see others do, I enjoy just adding whatever I want to it and then enjoy the chaos. LOL!

The inserts are for on going things through the whole month. The larger one is an Instagram Photo Challenge and the smaller one is my color coding, which I occasionally lapse from, but I stick with it for the most part. lol.

I have been doing some decorating in the next few pages, so you will start seeing a more uniform look later on. lol!

Ok, so on to the photos:

Look for the end of the month planner blog right after New Year's Day.

Happy Holidays! :)

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

My First Planner Blog!

Hi everyone! :)

So, I am going to start a new series here on my blog, a planner series. This one will include The middle and end of November and then the beginning of December. I want to do them once or twice a month to cover the beginning, middle and end of each month. I am not as decretive as others and my months don't have a theme, I like chaos apparently cause that is what most look like, a ton of chaos. lol. I plan to start decorating the weekly planner part in January when the my planner starts it.

I have a Mead planner. I bought it at Target, it was originally $8.99 but I caught it on sale for $4.99 because it started at the beginning of November, and I got it half-way through November. I was excited. lol. This one also has a cover that you can add photos and other things to it because the insert slips in and out. I will show photos of that too for sure when I get to the photos part.

For 2016, I actually plan to make my own planner. I have figured out how to make one on my computer and am trying it out for a few months this year, to see how it goes. If I like it, I will make any tweaks I need to and go with it next year. I might even sell printables too of it is worth it. I will make sure to make a posting about it if I do end up doing that. :)

Ok, on to the photos! :)

This is the front cover, at the moment. It is only tentative though. I will end up changing it a few times, I'm sure. Most likely with the season changes.

I will post another photo soon. :)
This is the inside of the front cover. I actually really like how it has turned out so far, I am sure it will change too.

This is the first page, I have only added one sticker so far, but there will be much more added to it I'm sure.

This is for November. There is nothing grand about it because I only had it for the last half of the month, but it was still fun to decorate and fill in my information. Also, you can click on the photos to make them bigger, so you can see them more closely.

Here is the full view for both pages for December, one with the "Key" and "X-mas shopping list, one without those items. These are the monthly views, because the for November and December there are no weekly views, once January hits we will have weekly views too! :)

Here are the single page views from the month. These are just beginning of the month views, there will be much more added as the month goes on too.

So, this is what most the blogs will include. If there is anything else I could add to it, please let me know. I want to make these great blogs for sure. I will also do a blog about the supplies I have too. I am not sure when that will be, but before too long though.

Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

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