Makeout Monday: Things I love this week


// Vegan Strawberry Pie OH MY GAWD //


// Tiny Mermaid Swimmie for a Little Girl // 


// Super cute nail art // 





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Doing: I have been in recovery mode the past week.  I am doing well, but even the littlest tasks exhaust me.  I will return to work tomorrow, and I am a little nervous to see how it goes, as everything seem super tiring to do, and I know there will be a pile of work waiting for my return.

Thinking about: I am anxiously awaiting fall.  At the end of every July, I get very antsy for the season to start changing.  I know that I still have an entire month to get through before fall appears, and really with as weird as the weather has been, I honestly don't think "fall" weather is going to get her until we are long into October/November.  I am also pouring over recipes to welcome the changing seasons.  Soups, stews, breads, etc.  Oh man, it makes me hungry thinking about it.

Watching: I haven't necessarily been watching anything, as I have been sleeping a lot lately, and really, mostly everything that is on right now is reruns.

Looking forward to: Now I am really just looking forward to reaping the benefits of our garden.  We have begun to harvest cucumbers and tomatoes and a few zucchini.  The Mr. has made about 25 jars of pickles from his grandmother's recipe.  I can't stand cucumbers or pickles, so that is a bit of a bummer, but I do love zucchini, so that makes me happy.

Reading: really I have only been reading blogs, and online news. Sad, but I don't have any books downloaded to ready.

Loving: Pretty much my life has been ruled with yoga shorts and hoodies.  I am constantly on a roller coaster of temperatures since having my thyroid removed.  Your thyroid acts like a thermostat and since mine is gone, I can't ever tell if I am going to be burning up or freezing cold.  It is kind of annoying.

Post Surgery Update #2

Daily Candy with Eshakti


Find eShakti on FacebookPinterest & Twitter.

I had the wonderful chance to review a dress for eshakti.com.  I was familiar with the company, but had never shopped on the site, or tried on any of their dresses.

Since I love a more "retro" esthetic, sometimes it is hard to shop on a more modern site and still find the kind of dress or skirt that I like.  That is where Eshakti is totally different.  While there online store does have modern lines and newer looks, a lot of their dress and skirt are reminiscent of a more 1950's image.  That is totally up my alley.



Not only does the company have a variety of patterns and designs, you have the ability to customize your clothing to your specific measurements.  That means you plug in your height, bust, under bust, waist and hips measurements and the item you select will be tailored to fit your frame.  That is a totally new shopping experience for me!


I was immediately drawn to the fun print of the spectacle dress.  The glasses are just totally cute and just enough nerdy to win my heart.  I didn't even realize it had POCKETS until I got it, and tried it on!  A dress with a set of pockets is the best!


I paired my dress with a teal pair of strappy sandals by Jessica Simpson and called it a day.  I hope you stop by the eShakti website and take a look.  I am sure you will find something to tickle your fancy.


Stay Sweet, 
Katty

My thyroid surgery update

I got 99 problems, and my thyroid is one

Review and Blog Tour: Dusty Innocents

Synopsis
Bliss knows all about bad choices but has yet to make them herself. With an innocent heart, she searches for freedom and finds it in the delinquent down the hall.

Dusty is a foul-mouthed troublemaker, tear-maker and heartbreaker. The boy with summer sky-blue eyes knows to stay away, but he can't resist the girl who made his house a home.

She's his reason, but he might not catch her when she falls.

She loves him. He loves her crazy. 

This is what happens when a love made of secrets is kept with rules instead of promises.

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Excerpt
Front windows cracked, we’re relaxed in the back of his parents’ old Audi and it feels good again.

“Caffeine isn’t good for you, you know,” Thomas says, glancing over. 

The sun has set and the purple sky and the Yaquina lighthouse paint my temperamental troublemaker in soft hues. The scent and sounds of the sea drift in with the breeze, mixing with smoke from the blunt he’s relit and the low melodies of Citizen Cope singing about a girl that won’t give in and he’ll never let go of.

Taking another drink of the coffee he bought me, I shrug. I don’t know what he said to get the baristas to make a pumpkin spice latte in February, but cinnamon and caffeine fill me with warm relief. 

Under his breath and around a hit, Thomas chuckles.

“It’s bad for your bones and skin,” he says, smirking as I tuck my toes under his leg. “And your heart. Uncontrolled beats are a prelude to heart attack, princess.”

I roll my eyes and laugh some, because I do feel them. I felt them earlier in his bed, and before that, when I was thinking of him. My unsteady heartbeats have nothing to do with coffee.

“Bring on the palpitations,” I say before taking another drink, letting Dusty lecture me about bad habits, as if I’m too young to understand irony.

“I’m serious,” he continues, smoking up and blowing out. “Your body will build a tolerance. When you feel it’s becoming bad for you, you’ll want more. You’ll need more. Caffeine’s a drug, Leigh.”

I laugh. I can’t help it. Maybe I’m still high.

“Oh yeah?” I ask. “Like pot?”

This boy blows a cloud of smoke up, and I watch it swirl-spread out across the car’s ceiling.

“Pot’s from the earth,” he says, puffing smoke rings while I wrap both hands around my cup, absorbing its warmth through my palms. I inhale the cream-sweet scent of cinnamon and nutmeg and ginger, and it may be full of stimulants, but I feel calm.

Thomas’ presence is the best Valentine’s Day gift. Candy is nice, and candy flavored blunt wraps were thoughtful, but this is what I wanted most. Just us.

“Pumpkins are from the earth,” I say. “And coffee beans.”

“You think there’s real pumpkin in that?” he asks. When I can’t do more than smile and stare at his lips, he sits up straighter.

“Caffeine’s an analeptic. It fucks with your impulse control and your insulin resistance.”

I laugh because, “What?”

He pulls a hit. “That shit will give you stress hormones, Bliss.”

“How do you know all this?” 

“Baseball.”

We’re quiet for a second, looking at each other. His carefreeness is back, but his smile is understated.

“You sure you’re not worried it’ll stunt my growth?”

Between licking his bottom lip and bringing the blunt back up, Dusty glances at my chest without a stitch of modesty.

“You’re growing up fine, girl.”

My cheeks heat, and I hide my smile with another drink. 

After I’ve finished my coffee, Thomas offers me the blunt. When I decline, my actual addiction leans into me, nudges his hood from my head, and exhales his smoke all over my neck. 

The playful punk that was lecturing me is gone. This honest to a fault, recklessly unflinching, too-beautiful, fated youth is a person only I know. This is my person. 

He tosses the blunt out the window while I drop my empty cup to the floorboard, and we shift together. We kiss open and deep, claiming and binding. We kiss the way I wanted to earlier, with eyes closed and hearts open, and I know the real drug is here. It’s between us and inside us.

It’s the way he opens my lips with his lips to kiss me deeper, and the way my pulse feels like his name is in my veins.

It’s the way I can’t stay hurt or mad or jealous, and the way he can’t stand for me to.

It’s the craving that never goes away, the need for more that grows as we feed it. It’s the tolerance he was talking about and knowing he’s right. 

It’s this, our secret.

We’re the drug.

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MeetTheAuthor

 

Mary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets. Known as The Realist, she is one half of The Elizabeths—a duo brave enough to never hide the truth. Born and raised in Southern California, she’s a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She’s a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it’s perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her stranglehold. And she’s not letting go until every story is told. 

To follow Mary’s upcoming solo and collaborative projects, she can be found at her website http://www.maryelizabethlit.com/.

Brought together by their love of storytelling, Mary and Sarah Elizabeth are a pair of dedicated writers with complementary strengths who’ve cultivated a literary style that captures a Realist’s brutality with a Poet’s grace, uncovering the self-seeking side of tenderness and the undisguised truth of honesty. Inspired by the lyrics of a song, Dusty was born between emails and long G-chats before a single chapter was ever typed. A short story turned into a monster, and more than four years and several edits later, the first half of their collaboration, Innocents, will be released on July 14, 2014. And its conclusion, Delinquents, is set to release on October 23, 2014. 

If you’d like to contact The Elizabeths, they can be located on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheElizabethsDusty?ref=hl.

MeetTheAuthor
   

Listener, messenger, secret keeper, Elizabeth, and TrueLove, Sarah works two jobs by day so that she's able to really work by night. She's written since she was old enough to hold a marker, and her writing bridges the sacred and profane, from first love to forbidden, with a longing for truth and a passion for hearts. She is currently based in Kansas City where her army is comprised of one little buffalo. Her best friends are girls named Moses and Bunny. Her hero is a boy named Bishop, and the one she loves has ocean eyes. In addition to Dusty, Sarah also has a collaborative novella, Light and Wine, due to be released on June 8th, and her solo work will be featured in the anthology Branded, this August.

Brought together by their love of storytelling, Mary and Sarah Elizabeth are a pair of dedicated writers with complementary strengths who’ve cultivated a literary style that captures a Realist’s brutality with a Poet’s grace, uncovering the self-seeking side of tenderness and the undisguised truth of honesty. Inspired by the lyrics of a song, Dusty was born between emails and long G-chats before a single chapter was ever typed. A short story turned into a monster, and more than four years and several edits later, the first half of their collaboration, Innocents, will be released on July 14, 2014. And its conclusion, Delinquents, is set to release on October 23, 2014. 

If you’d like to contact The Elizabeths, they can be located on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheElizabethsDusty?ref=hl.





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Doing: This week is going to be crazy for me.  I am having surgery on Friday morning.  The surgery is to remove my complete thyroid and all surrounding nodules.  (see upcoming post regarding details)  I am kind of nervous, not only about the surgery, but the outcomes of how my life will be afterwards.  I know there are a lot of people that live with just having to take a pill, daily, for the rest of their lives to regulate hormone production.  That is not the part that I am concerned about.  My concern lies in what my new "normal" will be.  I will explain more of this in a different post.

Thinking about: A super exciting thing is, I got a new car!  Well, not "new", but new to me!  Its a 1960 Studebaker Lark VIII.  It is cherry red and super cute. The Mr. has spent the last week tuning it up and getting it ready to be licensed.


Watching: I have been watching a lot of old reruns of Sex and the City and Friends.  I loved both of the shows, when they were on, and it has been fun to re watch a lot of the seasons.

Looking forward to: Seeing my family.  Most of them will be in this weekend for my surgery, and it will be good to see them.  It is sad that is the reason I get to see them, but I will enjoy it none the less.


Reading: With being on bed rest and recovery for the next week and half or so, I have got to load my kindle with books.  Do you have any summer reading suggestions?


Loving: Sesame Pretzel Crisps.  Oh man, these are good!  If you haven't tried them, they are like thin baked pretzels.  They come in a variety of flavors, but sesame might be my favorite.  They are delicious on their own, you could eat them with hummus, or dip, or really  anything!

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Doing: Garden Harvesting.  We have planted to large raised bed gardens, and well, planted them way too full.  (lesson learned) but we are beginning to get deliciousness from it!  We picked our first zucchini today and our first tomato.  We have also rendered peas, and a variety of peppers.  I am really excited about our garden and all the possibilities that we are going to be able to do!  Tim already made some refrigerator pickles from the cucumbers that we have picked!  (I hates pickles, but I like that we can make our own)

Thinking about: my upcoming surgery. Yes. Surgery.  I am having a complete thyroidectomy and cancer removal on the 18th.  I am oddly at ease, as I know I will be getting back to feeling normal.


Watching: I have really been loving The Big Bang Theory on TBS and Penny Dreadful on Showtime.  Neither show have anything to do with each other, but I really like them both.  Penny Dreadful has a lot of characters that you will be familiar with such as: Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Grey, etc so that is fun!


Looking forward to: Purchasing some new plugs/jewelry.  Right now I only have a blue pair of silicone tunnels, and white carved white rose pair, and a stainless steel and rhinestone pair.  I am at a fairly large size (5/8) and at that size the jewelry can get kind of pricey.  Do you have a favorite jewelry store you like to purchase plugs from?


Reading: I am reading an advanced reading of Dusty, for blog 
review, and cannot believe how amazing it is!  I am proud to say that I know, one of the authors, personally and am BEYOND proud of her!  She is doing something that she loves, and I hope she remembers me when she gets big and famous!!!  It will be released July 14th and I am just so excited I get to be part of their blog tour.





Loving:  My new birthday tattoo.  On Saturday, some of my friends, surprised me with a party and then we all went to get tattoos.  When we arrived at the tattoo studio, no one knew what they wanted, but I thought I would love to get a party cat, then realized that my friends Mark and Karah's daughter, Ireland, that is six, had drawn me a big card with all sorts of magical animals all over it.  I decided on a cat and a cake and then everyone else decided to get art from my cards as well.  It was such a fun night and I now have the cutest reminder of friendship and love.