Monday, October 31, 2011

Reader Survey - Important

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I really do hope a lot of you will pay attention to this. Tomorrow is November 1 and it's supposed to be the start of the auctions for the Living Beyond Tolerance Scholarship (please do apply for this or spread the word!!) However, I know that it's going to be late...so should it be less of November or should I hold off and do the auctions in January?

I'm leaning toward January but I'm not the one bidding, so I want to see what you all thought. If I wait, you will get an extension on applying for the scholarship (for one thing) and we can hopefully get more donations to auction off (for another thing). I'd really like more help in spreading the word too. I know some people have, so thank you, but please please please don't think you can't help.

Tweet, facebook, tell friends/family/classmates, blog about!!, even write ELLEN. I'm not kidding. If we could get her to tweet about it....that would be amazing. I'm not talking ELLEN for donations, but more to get the word out and have people actually apply for the scholarship. That's the main thing.

If we do wait, I'll try and keep you all updated on some items that will go up for auction ( so you can prepare) as well as -perhaps - hosting some giveaways for those that spread the word about the scholarship and/or the auctions. So don't delay, start today!! Yeah, I'm corny. I know it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bar Stools for My Future Home (Which I do Imagine)


I really love kitchens that have an island. I don't like it to be the only place people can eat...as family tables are nice and allow more room, but for a quick snack or breakfast? Or even just to bake at? Very nice! But you know what you need for these? A bar stool!! There is just a site for that...I bet you're thinking like me....a site for everything!! But there does seem to be, and you can find all that at moreballstools.com.

One of the things that I do find most annoying about bar stools are the lack of a back rest. I know it makes me sound like an old fart, but I really do have a bad back if it's not properly supported. But guess what? You can get bar stools that have a back...just look at the picture up top! Perfect, huh?

And there are all sorts of other types as well. You can get a wooden stool if you want a classic look or you can go a bit funky and new! I really like this idea. Here are a couple pictures of these types-

 
Purple is my favorite color, so this would be really fun. Plus, it would make a fun computer chair if not a bar stool in the regular sense.

Finally, here is another chair I would personally enjoy:


It's like a mini couch! It looks so comfy. And the brown color is nice and sophisticated. Perfect for many.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Best and Worst...of a Specific Author



I was kindly asked by At Home With Books to guest post on her site. She has a new feature called Best and Worst...where you talk about the best, worst, or BOTH concerning an author's work. I went with both and talked about John Steinbeck. Please check it out and leave some love over there.

If you want to take part in the feature, I'm sure Alyce would love to hear from you...so email her or leave a note in her comments!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Huge Giveaway for Military Families!


If you are part of a military family, then you want to enter this great giveaway sponsored by Cinderella 11 p.m. You have until next Monday, Oct. 24 to enter and 10 people will win a $100 gift card to Amazon. Woah, right?!

Please enter or spread the word. The owner of this blog, Laura, is doing amazing things on her site and is a wonderful advocate of giving back. Let us all support her.

And finally...please read my post about needing HELP. It's kind of a bad time for me right now and I could really really use the help in getting the word out about a couple items. It shouldn't take you too much time, and it would mean the WORLD to me. I'd be happy to return the favor when I can.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rest in Peace


To Chris- Rest in Peace - I Will Always Love You

Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we are still
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
There is absolute unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner
All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!




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Friday, October 14, 2011

In Which I KINDLY Ask for Help from the Blogging World


It's been a hectic week. I promise I'll have more posts soon. But at any rate, between school and personal things...it's been kind of difficult to get much work done. I won't go into details on the blog but just please keep a family friend of mine in your thoughts. It would really mean a lot.

For now though, can I please get your assistance? It would really mean a lot to me. Here are the details of things I need help with spreading the word about.

First: E. Van Lowe is offering to fly and visit a book club who decides to read his book. You don't have to read it right now but you DO need to get the books. Full details are here. If you have questions, feel free to email me: lauren51990 AT aol DOT com.

But please, if you have enough people around you from friends, family, to bloggers and other authors...think about setting up a book club. Or use your own book club if you already have one!! I'd really like people to let others know about this though. Tell your schools, libraries, blog about it, facebook and tweet it too if you think that'll help.

Second: I still need to get the word out about the Living Beyond Tolerance Scholarship. Details on that here.  Again, tell everyone you know to enter. It's for LGBT men and women and Allies. You have to be between 15 and 25. I extended the age, so more people can apply. You have until the end of November but it's fast approaching. So please, post about this wherever you can. Hey, go ahead and email ELLEN! How great would it be if they tweeted this? I'm pretty sure THAT would help. :)

At any rate, we're also still taking donations for the auctions in November which will give us most of the scholarship money. If you want to post a call-out on your blog, email people you know, or donate something yourself....thank you!!

I do love the blogging community. I try and help when I can, so I really hope you can help me now. And in the future, let me know if I can ever do anything. I'll do my best!

-Lauren

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Crime and Punishment...via TV



After Axl leaves his dirty smelly socks lying around the house one too many times, Mike punished his son by banning him from playing his basketball team's final game. Given the Heck legacy on the basketball team, do you think it was the best decision? Have you ever, or had a parent, give the time that didn't fit the crime? Were you able to get out of it and how?

Wow, I do think this is a bit harsh. I can understand if Axl had done something really wrong or innappropriate, but I'm sure a better punishment could have been found this particular "crime." I guess his dad was just a little fed up. I suppose that can happen. I'm not a parent, and when I was growing up I was honestly the kid that never really got into trouble, so I don't have a story that fits this. I do know that some of my friends would get in trouble for really dumb things, like a brush going missing... they aren't my stories to tell, so I won't go into more detail. But sometimes parents go overboard, I can say that.

However, when watching a sitcom, it's always pretty funny! So revel in Axl's misery and get the second season NOW!


-Lauren


I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote The Middle Season Two on DVD.