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Spooktacular Giveaway (Sourcebooks)

My lovely blog readers, do I have a treat for you this Halloween! I know candy is always a preferred treat this time of year, but you know what else is awesome? BOOKS! And thanks to Sourcebooks I have the ultimate TREAT for one lucky person! No tricks required!

One lucky trick-or-treater will win these FOUR books (two middle grade & two young adult) from Sourcebooks! **

Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross
Horrid Henry & the Zombie Vampire by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross
Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin
A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand

Here are the deets for the treats:

  • Contest ends: November 4, 2012
  • Open to Canada & US only.
  • I will not be using your email address for anything other than notifying you if you win.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply with mailing address, or I pick another one.
  • Mailing address will be forwarded to Sourcebooks so they can mail you the books!
  • Do not leave your email address in the comments. If you do, I will delete the comment.

All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below!

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** Reviews of all four of these books will be forthcoming. A few of them were lost in the mail, so those posts are slightly delayed. Stay tuned!

Happy Halloween!!!

how you know you married right

Because I didn’t sleep the first part of this weekend, I of course slept until 10am today, totally throwing off my day. I had to whip up a stew for the crockpot and realized I was out of chicken breast! Oh no! So my wonderful husband zoomed off to the store to pick some up (by then I decided I wanted turkey breast, not chicken). After he’d be gone a while, I forgot I wanted to ask him to pick up Advil, too. For some reason my entire body hurts so much, my back is the worst, it feels like it’s burning. But then I realized he’d been gone too long, so he was probably on his way home. Also, he wouldn’t have gone to the store with the pharmacy in it.

Then I realized I hadn’t turned my ringer back on, so I went over to the phone, turned on the ringer and went back to chopping up veggies for the stew.

Less than a minute after I put my phone down, it rang.

It was Shawn. He was calling about the quality of the turkey breast he was finding. I mentioned about how I was just deciding not to call him because I wanted Advil. He said he’d pick it up. I told him not to drive all over tarnation.

Turns out because he accidentally turned the wrong way going to the closer store, he was at the farther store with the pharmacy in it.

Sometimes we’re so telepathically connected it amazes me. He called just when I was thinking about calling him AND he was at he store I needed him to be at which was a total fluke.

So now I have my crockpot stew cooking and I am happily medicated in hopes that this horrible pain wil go away. Now I can get to the studying and cleaning.

I love my husband. He’s perfect for me.

head space & heart ache

I have been in a weird head space for almost a year now. Everything is so dissonant and out of joint and I can’t figure out how to fix it. Part of it is work, I have so much going on in my head about what I need to keep track of and it’s causing me to lose sleep (I was up at 4 am this morning and haven’t been able to sleep since – not even a nap). As soon as I close my eyes, the voices in my head get really, really loud reminding me what I’ve forgotten, or what I have to remember to do. There are things currently in my life that are just pounding on my brain and I can’t shut them up.

All day today I have been fretting about this stupid trip to Russia that my boss is going on. The saga has been a daily part of my work life since mid-August. It’s driving me crazy!!  If I’m not worried about this, I’m worried about my class and the research paper I have to write and hand in my November 9. I was supposed to work on it all last weekend but I did nothing but panic each time I thought about it and convince myself I am just going to fail so why bother.

In the middle of all this worry today I realized something even more important than travel visas, expense reports and school work… I completely missed October 22 $ 23.

I. Missed. October. 22 & 23.

These are not dates that ever go by without notice. They are seared into my soul like Christmas dates, or my birthday. I can’t even believe that the dates passed and I didn’t think twice about it because the last two months have just whizzed by and I can’t ever remember what date it is anymore.

When I suddenly realized the date today, I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach. I couldn’t breathe.  I felt dizzy (and not because I’d been up since 4am). I am honestly distraught by this and feel like I am the worst person in the world.

October 22 & 23 are such important dates in my life. No matter what’s going on in my life I always stop and think about those two days in 1994. I can’t believe this anniversary of the passing of my friend and her mother just slipped by me this year.

Where the hell was my head? I was at my BodyTalk session on Tuesday night. It was the 23rd THEN. I don’t even think I realized the date. That’s not like me.

We’re almost at 20 years since that accident happened. I don’t want to forget. I didn’t forget, really, but I did. I feel horrible about this and I know it’s not the end of the world, but for me… for something that has been such an important part of my life, for something that has had such an impact on my life… for it to just pass by without my notice? It feels like part of my soul was removed.

I don’t care if that sounds dramatic and over the top. Right now I am feeling so many things, so passionately I just can’t keep it all in.

How the hell could I forget something this Big in my life? I’m sorry Erin & Heather, I truly am. Even though I think of Erin on a regular basis (how would she look? What would she be doing? What would she think of this, that or the other?) I feel as though I let her down. Hell, her birthday in August whizzed by, too. I didn’t even notice the days. What is wrong with me this year?

So I’m going to post my annual post here, at the bottom of this one – on the wrong date – because I need to post it to soothe some of the voices right now. I need to offer my tribute to the spirits and let two very important people know that they are not forgotten. I’m just in a strange head space.


erin walker 1977-1994

erin walker :: august 6, 1977 – october 23, 1994

when i close my eyes

she’s too young to be forgotten
her world has only just begun
her future is an empty slate
waiting to be filled
and i see her
standing there
when i close my eyes

dancing in the sky
over moonbeams, around clouds
starlight in her eyes
angels in her hair
and i see her
when i close my eyes

child of the sunlight
daughter of the day
sleeping on bed of roses
with flowers in her hair

the wind it softly kissed her cheek
the raindrops fell like tears

and i see her
when i close my eyes

a thousand white candles
their flames dancing with the air
as rocks play tag with ocean

she’s fast asleep
never to be woken

and i see her
when i close my eyes

© catherine healy
October 23, 1994


Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie

Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie
by Francesca Simon

Contains four stories – Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie, Horrid Henry’s Horrid Weekend, Horrid Henry’s Grump Card, Horrid Henry’s Olympics. (goodreads.com)

Do you have a young reader who’s ready to make the move from mostly picture books to chapter books? If you do I’d encourage you to pick up any Horrid Henry book. I only discovered Horrid Henry through the Spooktacular Giveaway I was hosting courtesy of Sourcebooks, but these stories are fun AND funny!

When I finished reading all four of these short stories, I turned to my husband and said, “Holy cow is this kid Horrid!” He’s a mean, bratty little dude but you can’t help but laugh! I will be passing on the book to my sister for my 6-year old niece, though I will make sure my sister reads it first. You can laugh as a grown-up, but I’m worried the horridness will put ideas in my niece’s little head. heh

Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie – There’s a scary new movie playing and Horrid Henry’s parents won’t let him go see it. All of the other kids have seen it! One of the kids gets a copy and they all go to his house to watch it. Turns out, it was pretty stupid and Horrid Henry is certain he can make a much better monster movie! His parents tell him he has to include his little brother Perfect Pete though, much to Henry’s dismay. Many laughs and great illustrations!

Horrid Henry’s Horrid Weekend –  A trip to visit family (stupid cousin Stuck-Up Steve!) ends up with pranks and trouble making! The potential to play paintball and a pretty great revenge on his cousin at the end! (I laughed out loud at that one!)

Horrid Henry’s Grump Card – What’s better than a Get Out of Jail Free Card? A Grump Card! If you’re really good you get awarded this card which can get you out of trouble any time. Don’t want to do homework and toss it around? Just as you’re about to be grounded you whip out that Grump Card and your parents can’t ground you! Want to eat all the cookies before dinner? GRUMP CARD! keeps you from getting in trouble. Problem is Horrid Henry isn’t good, he’s horrid! His brother Perfect Pete has a ton of Grump Cards though. Now how to get those away from him… hmmmm.

Horrid Henry’s Olympics – This was actually my favourite of the four stories! Henry wasn’t impressed by the real Olympics so he decided to make his own. He figured he’d win all the events since they were things he was great at!

The illustrations in the book are fabulous and each little story is full of mischief! Check out the official web site to see a list of all the Horrid Henry books! (WARNING: There is auto-play sound on the site and it nearly scared the living daylights out of me! Make sure your speakers are turned way down or off!) I can’t believe there are so many and I only just discovered them now. I can’t wait to read more, myself!