Sad News

So if you've been on Twitter anytime in the last two weeks or so (and you follow me), you may have seen some of my tweets about something not so fun going on in my life. I've been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, though they still are not exactly sure what specifically it is that I have. I'm in the middle of going through a bunch of testing to figure it out. I'll hopefully know for sure next Friday, Oct 4 when I see my doctor again for results. But one thing is for sure: I will need chemotherapy. They just need to figure out how much and for how long.

I am pretty scared regarding what's coming up in the next few months, but I've already gotten a bunch of support on Twitter from the YA community and from my friends and co-workers that really boosts my spirit. I am very positive about this whole thing, and it is a very treatable cancer, so there's nothing too bad going on (i.e. I'm like 99% sure I won't die).

I will keep all of you posted on my Facebook (personal one, if you're friends with me) and Twitter (and may cross-post on LJ) as I go through this. If any of you can help, I've added a Paypal donation button to my book review blog (http://bookchicclub.blogspot.com/ - on the right-hand side underneath the banner) if you want to help out with my mounting medical bills, other bills, and getting the new Cher and Lady Gaga CDs.

No one probably cares about my book blog after that news, but I have a bunch of scheduled posts through the beginning of December, with more being added before chemo even starts so you'll still get to read reviews and maybe an interview here and there for a while still.

If there are any questions, leave them in the comments and I'll get around to them when I can. Hopefully over the next few days.

Friday Five!

I'm gonna put the longest one as #5 so people don't have to scroll past it to get to everything else. 1) Today I got a call from the volunteer coordinator at the library I volunteer at. She told me that she had recieved a call asking for a reference about me. I have put her down on quite a few applications that I've been filling out lately. Unfortunately, she didn't catch what company called, so I'm not sure who wants to check me out. Either way, wish me luck- let's hope I get this new job, whatever it is! 2) Reading-wise, I finished up Just One Wish and reviewed it here. And I'm now working on Freaked by J.T. Dutton, Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman, and Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender. Yes, a LOT of books at one time.

ETA: Livejournal SUCKS. I hate them I hate them I hate them!!!!! As you can see, there are only two items here and not five. I wrote out five, and the fifth one was VERY lengthy and all about my experience at one of the tea parties held nationwide on Wednesday (as an observer, not a participater). But for SOME reason, when I hit Post, it only posted the first two and wiped out the rest. AND SO #s 3-5 ARE ALL GONE. Which means I have to re-write them. But I can't re-write them now because I have to get up early to go help my roomie's bf move into his new apartment (that was to be #4). I'll be gone all day too so I won't want to do it tomorrow night. So everyone will have to wait for Monday to hear all about it.

Livejournal needs to die. I mean, seriously, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?!?!

Friday Five- I'm Back Again! Edition

Yes, I'm back for another Friday! :)

1) Finally finished Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Such an intense book- highly recommended. Simply a fantastic read! Am now going on to Freaked by J.T. Dutton and Just One Wish by Janette Rallison. I also started The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose, which brings me to...

2) I got back from the signing a little over an hour ago and it was really fun. They did the signing part first- tons of people showed up and then his Talk/QnA. But since it took so long for that part to start (the event started at 7, the Talk started at 8:15), my friend Liz and I didn't stay too long. But he's doing another event here tomorrow so I may stop by for a bit and listen to him speak for a bit longer before heading home. I did get a couple pictures from the event. I'll just show off the one of me with him and if you want to see the others, check out my blogspot here: http://bookchicclub.blogspot.com

I handled myself pretty well. I said some funny things, which is a step up from being mute like I was at the Ann Brashares signing. He asked us if we were Liberty students and we explained that we weren't, by which I mean I said we were Lynchburg College students. I didn't explain that I'd graduated and all that. Too complicated. He has a long line and like 1 minute with us- there's no need for all that.

3) As I said above, I'm going home tomorrow. I'm heading home for Easter. Will be leaving late tomorrow morning and then coming back Monday morning- should be a fun time. I got the 3 Willows by Ann Brashares audio book from the library so that'll be fun to listen to on the way there and the way back. I'll probably bring a music CD or two to break up the book a bit.

4) I got a call about this job here in Lynchburg from Spherion- they're a temp agency of sorts though they mainly try and get you in a career rather than a string of temp jobs. It's a clerk position for some company (I don't think the lady I chatted with ever told me who specifically I'd be working for) here in Lynchburg and it pays $10/hr. I had to do a couple online tests, which I did well on according to the lady from Spherion I talked to. Now it's just waiting to hear what the company says. I really hope I get an interview or, hey, even the job itself without an interview, though that's not as likely. Wish me luck!

5) I went to the LC Career Center this past Tuesday for an appointment I had. I met with Beverly Reid and she went over my resume, which looks better than it did when I went to her around this time last year. She said I should make a few slight changes that should help and she also showed me a couple sites to look at. She also told me that they could stage a mock interview for whenever I had an interview set up for somewhere, so that I could be prepared for it. It was a nice meeting. I then walked Becca to class, and hung out with Liz and Keavonnda for a bit. It was a fun day. :)

That's all for this week!

Friday Five- I'm Finally Back (Let's Hope It Sticks) Edition

So I'm back after like 27 weeks of non-existence on here. The reason for this is BEDA (Blog Every Day April) that Maureen Johnson, YA author extraordinare, started up inadvertently. The inadvertent reason was explained here: http://maureenjohnson.blogspot.com/2009/03/blog-every-day-april.html It is very funny so go see it.

1) So yes, I am posting every day, but not on here. On SEVERAL blogs, but all entries will be cross-posted onto the Ning that Maureen started. You can read the blogs (and vlogs) from the past few days as well as for the rest of the month. I will only be posting on this LJ every Friday. Here's the link to my Ning page: http://maureenjohnson.ning.com/profiles/blog/list?user=0989nysaq8p3k Hopefully that link will work for people not on Ning. If not, tell me and I'll list all the blogs I'll be posting on. It's only three different blogs, I think.

2) So my roomie and I have a Wii now!! We also recently got Mario Kart Wii, which is AWESOME. I also brought my Gamecube games from home, so I play those on the Wii occasionally. The Wii is awesomeness personified.

3) I did have a short temp job in December and January doing data entry for a company. But unfortunately, now I am unemployed and desperately searching for a job. It sucks. I am still waiting to hear back from Hampton Inns about a second interview. And of course I'm applying to lots of other places. Wish me luck please!!!

4) Our pet count has gone up. We now have two cats (a male and a female- don't worry, we keep them separate), a fish, and two male gerbils. In the past couple months, my roomie's bunny and other betta fish died (at different times- the bunny around Thanksgiving and the fish just a couple weeks ago).

5) My book review blog is still going pretty well. I've been neglecting it a bit lately and not posting as often, but I am still reading. Two big developments have been that an excerpt of one of my reviews is in the book Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra. The review is of her first book Graffiti Girl. The other development is that I'm in the acknowledgments of Fade by Lisa McMann. Like my whole name is there (middle name excluded). It's pretty awesome. At the moment, I'm finishing up Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott and am in the middle of reading Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.

So that's all for this week. If you want to know about anything else, let me know in the comments and I'll address it next week as I highly doubt I'll have 5 things to talk about every week, lol.

Meg Cabot quick news

I have a couple of exciting Meg stuff.

First off, my friend Lauren went to see Meg at her Exton, PA signing and said hi to Meg for me, who told Lauren to say hi back to me for her.

Secondly, Lauren and I planned this little idea and Lauren went through with it. Here's a picture:
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Fun stuff!!

First off, the unveiling of the new Lynchburg College Anime Society webpage!!! Here's the link: www.freewebs.com/lcanimesociety

It's kinda bare now, but more stuff will be added as the school year progresses. Hope yall like!! Either comment here about it or write in the guestbook or blog.

And secondly, here's a fun little poem I stole from Chase, behind an LJ-cut cuz it's long.

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That's all for now. Nighty-night all!!


Not much has happened lately. Summer school is going well and I've made it through the first week. I am being fed. Kathleen and I are sharing cooking duties :) It's quite exciting.

Got my grades this past Tuesday. Here they are:

Intro to Creative Writing: B+
Intro to Expository Writing: B-
Religions of Asia: B+
Voice and Diction: B
Intro to Theatre Arts: A

GPA: 3.26 (Honorable Mention)
Cumulative GPA: 2.60

So... YAY FOR ME!!! I was totally happy to get those grades, especially the Expository Writing one. I was hoping for at least a C in that and got higher!! WOO!!!

Seriously. Seeing those grades really made me happy. I'd been down for a little while then, so that made things better.

I have a lot of reading and writing to do in this Literature class (well, duh). And, of course, I hardly do any of the reading. hehehehehehe

Alright, back to the Simpsons. Catch y'all later!


Since I'm bored, I stole this meme from princessstarr. The rules are thus: go look up your birthdate excluding the year on Wikipedia, list events, 2 births, and 1 death.

752 - Stephen is elected Pope. He died three days later, before being consecrated, and is not considered a legitimate pope.

1775 - American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivers his famous speech -"give me liberty or give me death" at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia.

1801 - Tsar Paul I of Russia is struck with a sword, then strangled, and finally trampled to death in his bedroom at St. Michael Palace.

1919 - In Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist political movement.

1429 - Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI of England (d. 1482)
1905 - Joan Crawford, American actress (d. 1977)
1953 - Chaka Khan, American singer
1976 - Keri Russell, American actress (from TV show Felicity)
1978 - Nicholle Tom, American actress (from TV show The Nanny)

1555 - Pope Julius III, (b. 1487)
1596 - Henry Unton, English diplomat
1801 - Tsar Paul of Russia (b. 1754)
1965 - Mae Murray, American actress (b. 1889)


Ok, I promise I'll update with a real entry sometime soon, but for right now, MEME!

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