Life of a Blogger: Favorite sports teams

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by The Novel Heartbeat. You can see the full list of topics HERE.

Today’s topic is favorite sports teams.

This isn’t a hard topic for me at all. My dad was born in Chicago and he raised both my brother and me as all-around Chicago fans.

My teams are:

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The Chicago Bulls; The Chicago Cubs; The Chicago Bears; The Chicago Blackhawks

I’m a Chicago fan, plain and simple. I have been to about 7 Cubs games (two in Chicago and Atlanta, and one in Pittsburgh, Houston, and Arlington). I was at the 1991 Chicago Bulls Championship game (okay, I was 1 and slept through half of it, but I was there and so was Michael Jordan).

I will say that I much prefer basketball and baseball to football and hockey. I will watch all four of these, but I have more fun with basketball and baseball. I’m a huge Bulls fan. That’s my favorite of the four. I have a couple of Bulls shirts (a D Rose one being my favorite). It physically pained me when D Rose got hurt AGAIN this season. I need him to get back on it and to get better knees, okay? I love me some Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, too.

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I’m not a college sports fans at all. I’ve never gotten into any of them, so I’m just a pro-sports kind of girl.

Are you into any sports teams? Who do you support? If you’re a Miami Heat fan or an Atlanta Braves fan, get off my blog! Haha. Just kidding… sort of. 

Life of a Blogger: School

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by The Novel Heartbeat. You can see the full list of topics HERE.

This week’s theme is school.

(There’s lots of links because I want everyone to know about these things. Haha)

I won’t go into discussing my high school, other than to tell you I graduated with only 68 other people and I was third in my class.

For college, I attended Mississippi University for Women (hence the “W Blogger” badge on the side of my blog). I was a member of the residential honors college and received a full scholarship to the school! MUW is located in Columbus, MS, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I love that school. At “the W”, I was a member of the Revelers, one of several social clubs unique to the W’s campus. The Revelers are my family, forever, and I’ve met some of my best friends through my club.

We like to have fun. :)

Revelers like to have fun. 🙂

Love my Revelers

Love my Revelers

While at the W, I majored in English and minored in Spanish. As part of the residential honors program, I studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland for a month after my sophomore year. Because of my job in the honors college, I was able to do it again after my junior year as a mentor. This is when I met and interviewed Ian Rankin for my honors thesis (which was published).

Me with the lovely Ian Rankin

I graduated Magna Cum Laude and received the MUW Spirit Award (I seriously love that school!). I could go on and on about all the things I did while at the W and how much I love that school, but I’ll leave it at that.

I will say that it was because of the W that I studied abroad in Scotland, obviously, and it was because of my time studying abroad that I chose to attend the University of Stirling in Scotland to pursue my Master’s degree in Publishing Studies. I freaking loved this program (MLitt in Publishing Studies). Through this program, I found out about Bloody Scotland; its inaugural year was 2012, which is when I moved over to Scotland. I volunteered that first year and then went back in 2013 as the Volunteer Coordinator.

My 2012 Bloody Scotland program, signed by 24 amazing authors

My 2012 Bloody Scotland program, signed by 24 amazing authors

I also interned at Freight Books and Pitch Publishing after meeting the owners through my program; each Thursday we had a publishing professional come talk to us about different aspects of the publishing industry (how cool is that?!). My dissertation was on the UNESCO Cities of Literature, and I was able to intern at the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature (the world’s first City of Literature!). AND I interned at Canongate Books in the publicity department last summer, which is probably my favorite internship so far. In addition to my internships, I took classes on marketing, design, and editorial practice. I created content for, designed, and wrote a marketing plan for my publishing project, a 16 pages sample of a magazine I created. That was super fun!

This is the cover of my magazine, titled 808 Magazine

This is the cover of my magazine, titled 808 Magazine

I gained so much experience and had so many amazing opportunities during my program, and I got to live in Scotland for a year! I definitely don’t regret choosing this school.

What about you? Where did/do you go for school? Tell me in the comments!

Life of a Blogger: Collections

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by The Novel Heartbeat. You can see the full list of topics HERE.

This week’s theme is collections

It’s probably obvious, but my main collection is books. Unfortunately, most of my books are currently packed up, so I can’t post a picture, but I have HUNDREDS. Before we packed them all up, I had about three bookshelves or so, and I currently have one that is almost full, so yeah, I have a lot of books.

I am also a coffee addict, and I really love coffee cups, so that’s my next collection. Again, some of them are packed up, but these are some of mine. I’ve got several Doctor Who ones, a couple of penguin ones, two Keep Calm ones, and various others. The second picture is the coffee cup cabinet in our kitchen, which is actually missing a few (they’re in the dishwasher).

      My coffee cups      Coffee cup cabinet

In addition to books, I’m a big fan of music. I love going to live shows, and I’m almost always listening to music. These are just the CDs I bought while in Scotland for a year and since being home.

My CD Collection

I really enjoy getting to meet bands and musicians so I can tell them how much I love/related to their music. I’ve met several of my favorites. Sometimes I ask them to sign a CD for me. Here are a couple of the ones I have signed.

The Neighbourhood - I Love You

The Neighbourhood actually signed the physical CD, which was silly and great.

Clockwise: Passenger, Eric Hutchinson, King Charles, Joshua James

Clockwise: Passenger, Eric Hutchinson, King Charles, Joshua James

I’m kind of an all-kind-of-entertainment person, so I also really love movies and television. I’m just a sucker for a good story. This is the movie cabinet in our house. My family really likes movies. 🙂 I’ve seen most of these.

Movie collection

What about you? What kind of things do you collect?

Life of a Blogger: 101 things I hate

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by the bookish blog Novel Heartbeat. The meme is a way for bloggers to talk about non-bookish topics and get to know one another!

Life of a Blogger

Last week’s theme was 101 things I love. This week it’s 101 things I hate, but I try not to be that extreme with things, so I’m going to go with 101 things I seriously dislike. 🙂

Like last week, I’m just going to list them in the order they come to me, so they haven’t been prioritized or anything.

  1. When People Capitalize Every Letter In A Sentence
  2. People who have to one-up you
  3. Standard, generic rejection letters
  4. People who are rude for no reason
  5. Hot weather (I mean, like excessively hot. I live in MS. It’s too hot here)
  6. Racism
  7. Cherry flavored things
  8. Oranges
  9. Mayo
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Coconut
  12. HAMBURGERS/ground beef (I haven’t had a hamburger in approximately 7 years)
  13. Being a picky eater
  14. Hot tea (I’m a coffee drinker. My British friends are going to disown me)
  15. Not having a job
  16. Not being able to fly back to Scotland whenever I want
  17. Not being able to buy all of the books I want
  18. Applying for jobs
  19. Broken spines on books
  20. Dogeared pages in books
  21. The smell of cigarettes
  22. The smell of freshly cut grass
  23. Slow drivers
  24. Idiotic drivers
  25. People who get right on your bumper when you’re already over the speed limit
  26. Reality TV
  27. Being sick
  28. People who make plans and wait until the last minute to cancel
  29. Country music
  30. Buffering YouTube videos
  31. Sonic commercials (they are SO stupid)
  32. Bees/wasps/buzzing bugs
  33. Backseat drivers
  34. Scary movies based on true events
  35. When people are late
  36. When people use your when they meant you’re (also its/it’s and all those others)
  37. Bad grammar
  38. Bad punctuation
  39. Bad spelling
  40. Finding any/all of the previous three in a PUBLISHED book
  41. Waiting
  42. Texting to figure out a plan
  43. Constantly being interrupted while I’m reading (it’s obvious I don’t want to talk to you)
  44. Chapped lips
  45. When my nail polish chips
  46. Dr. Pepper
  47. Pepsi
  48. Mountain Dew
  49. Organic foods being so expensive
  50. Mumblers
  51. Finding hair in the drain
  52. Finding hair on my stuff (it’s obviously not mine)
  53. Finding hair in my food (DEFINITELY NOT MINE! EWW!)
  54. Finding hair on me (I think I got pretty lucky. Haha)
  55. Hairy chests
  56. Mannequins
  57. MANNEQUINS (purposely included them twice; I hate them that much. Especially the Old Navy ones)
  58. The Snuggy bear (that thing will eat you in your sleep)
  59. Dolls that come to life in movies
  60. Ignorance
  61. Second guessing myself
  62. Being scared to do something
  63. TV shows that promote idiotic behavior (16 and Pregnant, that stupid Mac Miller show, etc.)
  64. Cold showers
  65. Cheaters (in any area of life)
  66. Leggings as pants
  67. Wine
  68. Cold feet
  69. Feet
  70. Drunk drivers
  71. Waiting for Sherlock to come back
  72. People telling me they don’t read/don’t like to read (what do you do with your life?!)
  73. People who don’t have any books in their house (again, what do you do with your life?!)
  74. Tweets/Facebook posts/Instagram posts/etc. that just ask for likes or RTs
  75. The fact that no bands come near me for shows (I have to drive several hours for most shows)
  76. The fact that I live in MS
  77. Failing
  78. Feeling like I’ve failed
  79. Depression
  80. Knowing what I’m feeling is silly and not being able to change it
  81. Not being able to get a new tattoo
  82. Taylor Swift
  83. Coldplay
  84. Allergies
  85. Pollen
  86. Pretentious people
  88. The “YOLO” mindset
  89. The hipster mindset (I don’t necessarily have a problem with hipsters, just the way they get all upset when bands they supposedly like start getting recognition. You know what I mean?)
  90. Not being able to read all the books I want to read RIGHT NOW
  91. Whiny children
  92. The Miami Heat
  93. LeBron James
  94. Arrogance
  95. Inconsiderate people
  96. When people can’t put things back where they got them
  97. Tyler Perry movies
  98. Rape culture
  99. “Bald people are ugly/manly” jokes in movies/TV shows
  100. The fact I hold all my stress in the middle of my back
  101. Stress/anxiety

Geez! This was really hard, but it was pretty fun, too! It felt like letting something off my chest. What are some things that just get on your LAST. NERVE?

Life of a Blogger: 101 things I love

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by the bookish blog Novel Heartbeat. The meme is a way for bloggers to talk about non-bookish topics and get to know one another!

Normally you upload your post on Thursday, but I just found this meme (and it says you can upload it whenever you want). I thought this would be a fun way to talk about some things other than books. And I’m only a day late. This seemed like a fun challenge to come up with 101 things that I love.

I’m just going to list the things as they come to mind, so they’re in no particular order. Here we go:

  1. Coffee
  2. Books. Obviously.
  3. Burt’s Bees chapstick
  4. Mismatched socks
  5. My family
  6. Going to concerts
  7. Going to the movie theater
  8. Band t-shirts
  9. Blogging
  10. Talking about books
  11. Music (I have wide ranging tastes in music: post-hardcore, indie, pop punk, pop, oldies, some rap. No country)
  12. Lists
  13. Ampersands
  14. Tattoos
  15. Fall weather
  16. Coffee mugs
  17. Cheese
  18. Edinburgh, Scotland
  19. TARDIS-es (is that the plural? Or is it TARDI? Lol)
  20. Meeting authors and getting books signed
  21. Painting
  22. Superhero movies
  23. The fresh smell after it rains
  24. Making people laugh
  25. Tom and Jerry
  26. Bookish people
  27. Caddy Shack Peace Tea
  28. The sound of the coffee pot percolating
  29. Train rides by yourself
  30. The Neighbourhood
  31. Arrows
  32. Babies falling asleep on your chest
  33. The smell of freshly baked bread
  34. The smell of gasoline
  35. YouTubers
  36. Traveling
  37. Mangoes
  38. Converse
  39. Vans (I love both)
  40. Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch Ben & Jerry’s
  41. The color green
  42. Getting into bed after a long day
  43. Hot showers
  44. Big sweatshirts
  45. The Chicago Bulls
  46. Long drives alone
  47. Long drives with friends
  48. Meryl Streep
  49. Candles
  50. Things with mustaches
  51. Shooting hoops
  52. Killing zombies with my brother (CoD)
  53. Getting mail
  54. Painting my nails
  55. Meeting new people
  56. Oreos
  57. Walking/running
  58. Freckles
  59. Puppies
  60. Having no hair (yes, I love it. So many advantages)
  61. Random (but appreciated) encouragement from friends (Alex, I’m looking at you, kid)
  62. Sharpies
  63. Bagels with cream cheese
  64. Hugs
  65. AP Magazine
  66. Laughing
  67. Apple juice
  68. Harry Potter
  69. Ian Rankin
  70. Mississippi University for Women
  71. Mean Girls (the movie, not bitches)
  72. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  73. Pillows
  74. Dreamcatchers
  75. The sound of the tattoo gun
  76. Being crafty
  77. Crunchy Cheetos
  78. Dylan O’Brien
  79. Bates Motel
  80. Unique marketing campaigns (I’m a dork, I know)
  81. Learning new skills
  82. Villains (like Ben Linus in Lost. I LOVE him!)
  83. Loki
  84. Mythology
  85. Cheesy potato soup made by my mom
  86. Donnie Darko
  87. Twenty One Pilots
  88. Owls
  89. When authors favorite your tweets
  90. Getting new CD’s (yes, I prefer actual discs)
  91. Gary Oldman
  92. The warmth of a comforter right out of the dryer
  93. Waking up early (I’m a morning person)
  94. Losing yourself in a good book
  95. Edinburgh Castle
  96. Nando’s
  97. Psychological thriller movies
  98. Disney movies
  99. The song Weightless by All Time Low
  100. The number 8
  101. Being myself

Wow! This was harder than I thought it was going to be. What things would be on your list?