Accidental Dials & Contemp YA Month

I was at the store today, looking at birthday presents for my little nephew (little, because he’s pre-k aged and I also have a big, college-aged nephew). I needed to call my mom and talk about the options since we decided to go in together for his present this year and I had no idea what to get. I was walking around the aisle, looking at all of our options as I looked for my mom in the list of contacts on my phone. I was barely paying attention to my phone, of course, and ended up dialing another person’s phone number. Another person to whom I haven’t spoken for years. I stopped in the middle of the aisle when a voice other than my mom’s answered the phone but after I figured out who I was talking we had a pleasant conversation. It was good to catch up!

Also, we ended up getting a really cool present for my nephew! Thank he’ll let me play with him?

In other news, The Contemps have decided that June is Contemporary YA Month. What Contemporary YA books have you read and enjoyed recently? What books are on your to-read list?

In preparation for the second season premiere of Pretty Little Liars (and the release of the first season on DVD on Tuesday!) I read the fourth book of the series, Unbelievable, by Sara Shepard. I was reading it during my break at work yesterday and when my boss walked into the back (she’s a fellow book lover) I had to tell her about it. Some of the events in the show mirror some of the events in the books, and I had just finished one of those moments when she walked in. Even though I had already experienced that moment in the show, I was still sitting at the edge of my seat, gasping as the scene played out. I’m hoping to finish the current books in the series by the June 14th premiere of the show. Let’s see if my work/social schedule will allow this to happen.

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  • Met this handsome fella today. His name is Chauncey. When he blooms he’ll smell like eau de rotting meat and will make everyone swoon. 😍🥴😷 (If you live in the Twin Cities and visit him on Tuesday you might be able to see/smell him in all his glory.)
  • “Spread love wherever you go.” [Mother Theresa]
  • Whether you had a case of the Mondays or you had a great Monday, a photo of a cute dog is always in order.

PS - There’s a new post on the blog featuring this guy and a few other cute dogs. 🐶
  • If you’re looking for me, I am probably buried in the snow someplace, waiting for mail that never gets delivered and wondering if the only greenery I’ll ever see again are the plants that fill my room. What colors do you see when you look outside?
  • Just booked tickets to head back to a city that captured my heart last year. And I’ll be there a little longer this time! Tell me your NYC faves! What should I do? Where should I eat? Where should I get coffee? And any tips for being social while at @vox_con? I can be an awkward one sometimes. 😂
  • Happy #nationalloveyourpetday to my sweet little sidekick. She was a little bewildered by all the snow we got today, but by the end of the day she was frolicking through it. I so appreciate this little girl and all the joy, laughter, and comfort she brings. Tell me about your pet.
  • Let’s see if I can make it through this without crying. If you’ve been following my Stories, you’ll know that I left town on Wednesday. I mentioned that this isn’t a fun trip, but I followed that up with images of cute dogs and a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan. What I didn’t show was a day spent at the hospital as I visit people I love dearly, one of whom is in ICU and may not get better. This would actually be a great segue into “Instagram is curated,” but not today.

Yesterday was a hard day. It was filled with this view, that brought some peace. It was filled with cute dogs, who brought some comfort. It was also filled with a lot of anxiety and tension and sadness. We ended the day in a group and our conversation was filled with tears as we talked about what’s happening right now and how we feel.

And then the tears turned to laughter as we reminisced about the past and talked about dogs.

It brought to mind that quote by the wise Albus Dumbledore: “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” The day I left, a friend and I were chatting and he said, “Your heart must be aching.” And it is. I wouldn’t necessarily describe anything I’ve felt as happiness, but yesterday I was reminded (because I’ve always known this, sometimes it’s just harder to remember) that the heartache and sadness can coexist with easier moments, too.

I can enjoy this view and accept the peace that it brings as I wonder what the outcome of this will be. I can feel the heaviness that I might not see this person again and accept the comfort that these dogs bring me. I can band together with people that I love to live through a rough day, but also enjoy the good moments that we share in the midst of it.

Laughter can accompany tears.

And when I live through days like today, I wonder if it’s exactly what we need in order to get through them.
  • Happy birthday, Valentino! You have the ability to make me roll my eyes, then melt my heart, all within a matter of seconds. You’re such a delight of a Canine Nephew and the best reason for celebration on Valentine’s Day. 😘

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