Another library day! My little bookworm is attempting reading her first chapter style book on her own, by none other than Mr. Neil Gaiman. It's always interesting to see her book choices, and she picked another really cool one today, about magical creatures. And Eden has this funny little habit whenever we go to the library, of taking her shoes off and making herself at home. 🤣
Super fangirl moment! Got some autographs, and one of my faves, Bobby Wagner, was my first! He tried to say hi to Eden, but she didn't react, lol, but he said "She's so pretty!" Then I got Paul Richardson, and he said how pretty she is too. Got Justin Britt, Mark Glowinski, and Steve Donatell too. AND! As we were waiting to load up on the bus, I got to say hi to Dave Wyman as he walked by us.
Had a grown up tea party with these beauties today. (By tea, I mean Sangria in personalized tea cups, lol.) I don't know what my life would look like without these two, but I don't even want to imagine it. #soulsisters#love
First new photo we've done in a while! It's National Book Lover's Day, and in honor of today's announcement that director Ava DuVernay, with Victoria Mahoney and Charles D King, will be adapting Octavia Butler's novel Dawn for the screen, we decided to pay tribute to the multi-award winning science fiction author.
Octavia was born June 22, 1947, and was raised in Pasadena, California, by her mother and grandmother, following the death of her father at age 7. Octavia was a socially awkward child, and suffered from slight dyslexia, and as such was a target for bullies. As a result, she spent a good deal of time at the library, writing, and devouring science fiction stories and magazines. At age 10, she received her first typewriter, and she began to create stories of her own.
After high school, while attending college at night, Octavia won her first short story contest. She worked a string of temporary jobs after college, continuing to write. She sold her first stories to be published in 1971. By the late 70's, she had written her Patternist series of novels, and was able to make a living with her writing.
By 1984, Octavia's works were earning her such prestigious awards as the Hugo and Locus Awards. She wrote her Lilith's Brood collection: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago, in the 80's. She continued writing in the 90's, becoming the first science-fiction writer to be awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, aka the "Genius Grant." In 1999, she moved to Lake Forest Park, Washington, where despite suffering from writer's block and depression, she continued to write. She passed away in 2006, at the age of 58.
Octavia overcame racial barriers in her career, and made a name for herself in a genre dominated by white males. In addition to the numerous awards bestowed upon her works, she has been inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
Well, it's been a cute and stressful couple of days... got to cuddle with dogs and kitties at an event this weekend, helped my mom pick out her new kitten to welcome to the family, and then... found out our Arya kitty had gotten into some trouble and scraped up and cut her belly open (superficial laceration, thank goodness)... So she had to have a quick surgery to repair it and is now doped up and wearing the cone of shame. Poor babe. 😿😿😿
I love Sundays. I get to spend them with my family, it's Game of Thrones night, and Insecure is back for season 2! Curled up with a glass of Gnarly Head Authentic Black wine, the husband, and I'm happy. 😊
My mom got some of these weird little candies, and Lola wrote this note and told me she wanted to "type it into my phone"... so yeah, my 6 year old is drafting social media posts, complete with "lol." 😂😣 In case anyone needs a translation, it says "Lol, Lola tried some sweet and salty and a little bit of spice candy," but you know, spelled like a 6 year old, haha.
I can hardly believe it... my little wildflower, Eden Magnolia Jones is 2 years old!! From the day she was born, she has been such an expressive little one, never afraid to make her presence known!! She's 20 lbs of dynamite, wrapped in a sweet little package. She is so funny, sassy, and sweet, and absolutely fearless. She is certainly my little ringmaster, and I can't wait to see her take on the world!!! •Eden's 2 year portraits were taken by the inimitable @kaystefanko of Kayleigh Stefanko Photography. She did a spectacular job capturing the wonder and whimsy of the carnival setting, and is such a good Auntie to my girls. I feel incredibly blessed to know such talent, and to get to call her one of my best friends. Thank you for again capturing beautiful memories for us. 😙 (And if you are in Washington, and haven't booked a session with her yet, what are you waiting for?!?!)