My Summer 2017 Wrap-Up!

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 Neven Krcmarek

Hey guys! This is a bit late (it’s the seventh already?!?), but I thought with everything that’s happened over this summer, it would be fun to do a wrap-up! I don’t believe I’ve ever done one of these, as usually I feel like most of the content I would mention is already on my blog, but I think a lot of things have happened recently and I’d LOVE to share them with you. 🙂 Let’s get to it, shall we?

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Storytime: My Experience with Scoliosis

Scoliosis Storytime

Hey guys! I missed you all! Apologies for the random disappearance… For three weeks. If I do go on hiatus, I’d like to at least notify you all! Anyway, this is just a post to explain what’s been happening with me and get my story out there. I’m not looking for pity (and no, I’m not dying, don’t worry), I simply want to share my experiences, and I’d love to hear about yours!

It all started when I went to the doctor to get my sports physical for track and tennis.

(I say all as if it’s really that complicated, ha!) My doctor went through all the usual motions for my physical, obviously, and then my mom mentioned that last year the PA that had done my physical said that my spine was shaped a little different, and we should check on it next year. My doctor checked it out and immediately said I had scoliosis (if you don’t know what that means, my spine is curved) and should get it x-rayed to see how bad it was. Before I left, I even became the “what not to do” example for a student- he brought said student in and showed her the curve in my back. AKA if you see this = BAD. So… Off to a rocky start. Anyway, his office told us (my mom and I) to get my back x-rayed on Friday, no appointment necessary. Continue reading

OMIGOSH I MISSED YOU ALL SO MUUUUUCH!!!

SOB. I HAD TO ACTUALLY, LITERALLY, LOG IN TO WORDPRESS BECAUSE I WAS GONE SO LONG. YOU GUYS. I’M SO EXCITED I CAN BARELY TYPE. OH, AND OF COURSE, IT’S AMY. I HOPE YOU GUYS HAVEN’T ALL UNSUBSCRIBED BECAUSE I WAS GONE SO LONG. OH NO. OH. NO. DID I LITERALLY JUST SAY UNSUBSCRIBED??? OH NO…. I’VE BEEN WATCHING SO MUCH YOUTUBE. THIS IS CRAZY. OKAY THE ENTIRE POST WILL JUST BE CAPS AND NONE OF YOU WILL UNDERSTAND ME UNLESS I MAKE THIS INTO A NICE LITTLE ORGANIZED LIST FOR YA, SO HERE GOES.

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I’m a certified bumbling buffoon when it comes to books.

Oh gosh, oh gosh. Where to begin? Well, if Amy can write a post inspired by Carry On, then I’m guessing it’d be within the limits of reasonability for me (Nikki) to write a post inspired by the feeling books, just books in general, give me. But I’m getting a little ahead of myself. I’m fairly confident of the fact that I use this phrase fairly often, but let me paint you folks a picture, a nice mental picture. I’m trying to hurry, frantically typing as fast as I can, trying not to forget anything, trying to capture the moment. I was just lying on my couch in the middle of a summer’s afternoon, feeling slightly guilty, but also very content to spend the day enthralled within the pages of a book. Or, more specifically, Heir of Fire, the latest edition of a favorite series I was rereading. Oh shoot, don’t forget, Nikki! Keep typing, you bumbling idiot! Suddenly, my thoughts left the current page and drifted to memories of the previous day… Amy and I had spent hours poring over Epic Reads and several book blogs, all the while placing holds on books via my library catalogue. (In case you were wondering, the total is around 80-something.) I thought about many of the glorious titles that I could not wait to read or reread. One in particular stood out to me: Vicious by V.E. Schwab, one of my favorite books of all time that I had nearly forgotten. And then I thought about why I loved that book, along with the many others I held near and dear to my heart, only to realize that I cared for them so because there was nothing else like them. You all know exactly what I’m talking about and that I am epicly failing to adequately describe it. I love books because of the way they make me feel. FFFFEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLSSSSS. Nothing makes me (us) experience such a variety of strong emotions that way books do: the fond, tender love we feel for some characters, the rich, passionate hatred we feel for others, the horrifying, gut-wrenching suspense we feel when we finish the latest book in a series (Those gosh-darn cliff-hangers, man!), the very real and personal loss we feel when one of our new best friends dies, etc., etc., etc. There are few things in the world that I love more than losing myself completely to the plot of an amazing book, and that is why I started blogging; why we ALL started blogging. We want to make other people feel the way we do. We want to share not just the joy of reading, but the full emotional spectrum that is tied to it. And that is why, I, Nikki, am back! (Wow, I sound so dramatic; bear with me!) I’m back because I rediscovered my love for reading yesterday with my best friend in the entire world and her laptop’s help, and I want to help other people do the same, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to do it. (Again with the dramatic, but you know you love me!) I need to stop being so freaking lazy and be more like Amy. So what if my laptop’s broken? Amy wrote posts on her iPod for ages! Ok, now I’m getting off track and am running out of steam… that may be due to the fact that my foot has never been more asleep than it is right now. I’m willing to bet more than anything that this post is completely terrible due to being written in such a hurry, and I promise to write you guys a make-up. And I will, because I’M BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shout-out Sunday! (A New Meme, Patent Pending. JK!)

Hey, guys! Wait, stop rewind. I guess I better tell you who I am since I’m never here and you’re probably used to Amy all the time. Which isn’t a bad thing because she’s pretty great. But I’m happy to announce that it’s Nikki you’re speaking to today! Even though you aren’t speaking to me at all (unless you leave a comment, which is totally awesome and appreciated), just listening to me ramble… Ah, potato pototo (I think they’re spelled the same, but I’m trying to illustrate a point here, so please just go with it. :). Technicalities. 😉 Anyway, I’m here because Amy is very persistent and dragged me here against my will, away from my precious Winter (!!!), which should be a crime but isn’t because I think I’m finally ready to share another one of my meme ideas with you even though as far I’m concerned none of you have been doing Recently Finished Friday. Continue reading

Just a Little Healthy Competition!

You know what I love to do around the holiday season? Play games with my family! And you guys are family to me, so let’s play a game! To play you have to pretend you’re a toddler again. (NFA: Comma rebel…) Picture those golden, magical years. Don’t move on until you have; I’m serious! If you do, I will haunt you down and… Never mind, that’s not important right now since I’m sure you’ve all been good little angels. Ready! One, two, three:

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PEEKABOO!!!!!!! Guess what, guys?? It’s Nikki, FINALLY!

And, Amy, but I’ve taken over her laptop and am not allowing her access. (NFA: That’s a lie! She didn’t exactly take it over… Just took it right out of my hands and began typing without my permission. Okay, she took it over. She’s finally letting me use it now.)

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A Little Something Christmas

Merry xmas

Okay, I really don’t think that that title makes sense, but it’s kind of cute and so IT STAYS!!! Moving along. GUYS I GOT A LAPTOP!!!!!!!!!! That’s basically all I wanted for Christmas aside from the obvious books. Why, you ask? Well, my dears, so glad that came up! (Just go with it. Two crazy people makes it all seem less weird.) Because now that I (AMY!!!!!) have a laptop, this blog becomes WAY more easy for me to work with/on, and you know what that means: A much better reading experience for you! YAYYYYY!!!!!!!! XD Besides, it means that my posts won’t get boring near the end (alright, probably still a little sometimes, but not as much) because I won’t have spent HOURS on a short bitty thing. (Not usually, anyway. Okay, enough with the parentheses. They’re pointless! And driving me crazy!) So now you all should be cheering wildly at your computer screen, jumping up and down, dancing, screaming at the top of your lungs, and completely weirding out everyone in a fifty foot radius. *this is me not using parentheses* Is weirding out even a term? Is weirding even a word??? WordPress is telling me it isn’t. But then, it’s also saying that WordPress isn’t a word. *this is me not using parentheses again* This paragraph has gone on way too long, with way too little peppiness, cheering and all. Continue reading