TSS – Mummies, Mishka, and More!

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Wow! What a week! It’s Sunday already and I don’t know where the week went! I only read one adult book and on children’s book, but I’m okay with that. I gave away $50 in Borders gift cards, announced a giveaway for a signed copy of Mishka: An Adoption Tale, I helped capture a dangerous sociopath, and more.

This week was the last week for Maggie’s summer school classes. One of her classes was a drama class which held their performances on Wednesday and Thursday. Sammi and I went on Wednesday, and were the only family audience that day, then I took my little actress out for a fish sandwich at Burger King afterwards. Then I went to sign Gwen, my 14-year-old, and Mags up for school. Meg’s happy because she’s got a sweet teacher and all her friends (and none of her enemies) are in her class this year. Sammi’s in 10th grade this year, and high school registration is on Tuesday.

I thought I was excited and ready for them to go back to school… until I went clothes and supplies shopping. YIKES! Three outfits a piece totalled $270. Supplies, backpack, unmentionables for growing girls, and a Hannah Montana outfit I promised to get Mags two weeks ago added up to another $260 at Wal-mart.  We might have to cut back to one meal a day, but at least they’ll look great when they go back to school 😉

Thursday was the last day of the giveaway contest. So Friday I ran the numbers through Research Randomizer and posted the winners: M, The True Confessions of a Book Lover Named M, won the $20 Borders gift card and a bonus gift, then Jessica and Dawn, She Is Too Fond of Books…, won the $10 cards, and Suey, It’s All About Books, and Judy Brittle won the $5 cards. I still haven’t heard from Jessica or Judy Brittle and if they don’t email me their address by 3 pm today, then I will draw two new names for their $10 and $5 cards.

Friday night, while y’all were fighting in line for Breaking Dawn, I haven’t read any off them and have a copy of BD on hold, we went to the movie theater to see the new Mummy movie.

It was an incredible movie. It has something for everyone (except small children I suppose), mummies, dragons, Yetis (is that the right word for more than one Yeti? or is it like the word “fish”), new love, reclaimed love, animal love (yeah, but is strictly platonic), action, battle, immortals and Shangri La. The kids came home and immediately put the first Mummy movie in the DVD player, and they’ve been flipping back and forth between one and two. I want to see this one again!

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THIS WEEK, blogwise that is. Seriously, I can’t say this enough, Mishka: An Adoption Tale is an exceptionally good book. Not only is the book a really wonderful and heartwarming book, but for each book that’s sold, and any other DRT Press book, 5% of the profit is donated to charities that help orphaned children in the EE and Russia. How can you go wrong with that? You get a great book to keep, AND the knowledge you are helping a child, who has no one, eat or get a new pair of shoes. It’s win-win!
Don’t forget to check out my Interview with Adrienne Ehlert Bashista and be sure to enter to win a signed copy of Mishka!

OH, and by the way… tell me what you think of my new look!  I’ve added a “Quote of the Day” to my sidebar, as well as rearranging the widgets (thanks readerville for the text box trick!)

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9 Responses

  1. I really like the new format. It seems much more intuitive and easier on the eyes. 🙂 I can’t wait to see the Mummy movie; my boyfriend and I watched The Mummy’s Return in preparation while everyone else was waiting for Breaking Dawn.

    Back to school prices make me want to cry! Everything’s so expensive, it’s ridiculous!

  2. Love the new look! The new header is gorgeous (I’ve always had a thing for rainbows).

    I can’t wait to see the new Mummy movie. I loved the first two — I could identify with Evelyn so very easily in the first film. I worked in a library, and if my library had been configured in the same way, there most definitely would have been a domino-like chain reaction of falling bookshelves at some point!

    I haven’t read any of the Twilight books yet either. I got the first three for my birthday, the first week of July, and was expecting to have them read by now so I’d be all set for Breaking Dawn. The TBR pile had other ideas though! Last night I thought about starting Twilight, but I want to finish a couple more ARCs before I start another book for myself.

  3. I love the Quote of the Day feature~ Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’ll see you on the TLC Book Tour! 🙂

  4. I’m going to join the crowd and say I really love the new layout and theme! It seems much easier to read.

    I’m glad to see your review of the third Mummy. My fiance is so excited to see it because Jet Li is in it. Glad to know I won’t hate it as well. =)

    I haven’t read any of the Twilight books either. After the plethora of bad reviews Breaking Dawn is getting, I’m not sure I want to. I might wait and see if they turn up for cheap in my favorite used bookstore first.

  5. Yetis (is that the right word for more than one Yeti?) Well after digging around I can’t say some sources say Yetis, Yettis or Yeti. I even dug out my compact edition of the Oxford English Dictionary which all the volumes only to find that Yeti doesn’t even get a mention! My Sunday Salon Post

  6. Glad the text box trick worked for you! I think I liked the old format better, but I love the new header photo. Quote of the Day is a great idea as well.

  7. I like the new look! I got a copy of Mishka too and really liked it. Great interview! I will mention your giveaway this week too:)

  8. I just read the interview with Adrienne Ehlert Bashista. I have a friend who adopted a Japanese baby last year and it’s been interesting to hear about the process from her. Nice look, btw.

  9. Love the new look! I also have been toying with the idea of a quote of the day. There are so many out there to use. Glad to see you really enjoyed the Mummy movie. Kids and I just saw it and didn’t care for it as much as the original 2. I just posted about it today.

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