What’s up?

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Wow, Oct 2012 was the last post. Well, here I am, I’ve been mostly unavailable due to the fact that my daughter hogs the laptop. I found my old T41 IBM laptop, fired it up and it still works like a charm! Granted my husband wiped it and loaded Ubuntu, but hey, it still works! Changes, changes, changes. I got rid of some domain names like Shopperanza, Sweetercrafts and Bizmake since I haven’t been able to capitalize on them. Maybe other folks will have better luck with them.So now I just have two: this one and TheGaerlans.com where I post my book reviews. I really try to post as many book reviews as I can, but lately, between sleep and reading, I usually choose the former.

I’m unable to join two conferences that I love going to: ALA Annual and BlogHer. ALA Annual is where I get my book fix-last year I was able to get 250 galleys; BlogHer is where I won two, yes two iPads. Boy was that fun. It was in BlogHer where I found out how mommy bloggers earn their money (or not). Getting free stuff was neat, but the whole PR and marketing aspect of it was a lot of work! I tried it out for a while with the ads and item reviews, but it wasn’t as fun as I hoped. I do like shopping, but there were already a ton of women doing that already, who offer coupons and savings info with a huge following. So I decided to just focus on books–since I want to write about what I know! On top of that, I plan to share information about libraries on the Gaerlans site–maybe the name can be better…I’m still pondering on it. As far as Andrienne goes, this really should be a blog about me as a mom, crafter, and everything else except stuff from libraryland.

Holidays are a-comin’

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Christmas is my favorite holiday. I had to fight with my husband to put up the Christmas tree early (I graciously lost), just because Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet, well, let alone Halloween! I can feel the air changing now, there’s a crispness to it, an inherent chill that is most welcome since we’ve had what felt like an eternity of summer. Our decoration usually includes a Christmas tree, a Nativity scene, a few stockings and some wreaths. I am also looking forward to new Holiday music from Leigh Nash and Christina Perri. I’ve asked Jon if he feels like cooking a traditional Turkey dinner and he said yes! I can’t wait.

Ah…too many blogs too much to do

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So my last entry was on my birthday! Sheesh. Zam and I are watching Snoopy’s Reunion on DVD and I’m updating my other blog The Gaerlans where I post reviews of books I’ve read. I’m reading “City of Dark Magic” right now. So far, I’ve been sent 3 books by the Penguin Debut Author program and I’ve liked them all (not kidding or patronizing). I always look forward to any Penguin book. Another book I was sent, “Falling Kingdoms” by Rhodes was published by Razorbill, and guess what? It’s a Penguin imprint. I’m a huge Penguin fan. Don’t get me wrong, I read all kinds of books from other publishers as well: Random House, HarperCollins, Knopf, Norton, even Harlequin! Anyway, I’m looking forward to attending the ALA Midwinter in Seattle in January. I hope it could be my birthday present to myself. I love reading books even before they hit the shelves. I love recommending books to library patrons and then getting feedback weeks later that they loved the book I recommended. Zamora is turning out to be a good little girl. She cares a lot about those around her, once, I dropped a plate in the kitchen and she hollered to me, “Is everything OK back there?” or something to that effect. She is aware of her surroundings and she is compassionate. I’ll post more updates as often as I can. Stay tuned!

Birthday Celebration

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I had a great birthday weekend. Jon didn’t let me do any chores for 3 days! It was nice. He cooked dinner (meatloaf, my favorite) and he washed the dishes, he took care of Zam. I also got to hang out with my good friend, Damaris at the Americana in Glendale. Gosh, it sure brought back a lot of memories. I rented my first apartment there and even though it was only for a year, it was so worth it! I also worked in Glendale for 3 years and for the most part without a car to go around in. I got fit walking around a lot (with groceries on hand too!). I’m talking two full bags one on each hand and walking for almost a mile. Ah, the good old days. I wasn’t earning anywhere near where I wanted, but somehow it worked out well. I like Glendale and would definitely go back just to soak up the past experience.