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In Like a Lion, Out like a…

Hi Everyone,

No, I am not planning on discussing the weather. Sadly, this saying has applied to my family’s life for this past month…and so far there is no lamb in sight. So what has been going on in my world that has caused my silence here? Well, where do I begin?

Back in February, I posted that I was recovering from a broken wrist. (Tonight is my first night trying to type without my brace and it has proven to be an interesting journey.) What I didn’t explain during that short post, was that my grandfather had a nervous breakdown and spent 2.5 weeks in a hospital trying to “come back.” Unfortunately, once these nervous breakdowns happen, they will continue and they will become more frequent as the Alzheimer’s progresses. And over the course of the past two weeks, he has been headed towards another breakdown. My Mom and I are doing everything in our power to slow this one down. We know there is no stopping it, but if we could slow it down that would be a relief. He has a doctor appointment Tuesday to see what else we can do.

Needless to say, these past few weeks have been beyond stressful. And that stress has led to Ozzy having two seizures in the past three weeks. So it seems that despite the fact that I wake up each day, hoping, wishing, dreaming and praying for peace… peace is not meant to be for my home. By the time night falls, I am unbelievably exhausted and drained, that even the thought of looking at the computer leaves me cross-eyed. (Oh and don’t let me forget to mention that the season of fireworks officially started last night, with a surprise performance at 11pm.)

I offer you all my sincerest apologies and I hope that you will all understand my absence over these past few weeks. Please take note, over the course of the next 48hrs, I will be posting my 10 reviews that I have for you and answering all of my emails. Then next week, the quotes, author interviews and reviews will all be back as normal.

Due to the overwhelming stress in my life, there will be some changes to the site. The most significant change is that I will no longer be accepting review requests, until I have caught up on all current books from The List. I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause authors, but I promise this will only be temporary. Once I have substantially caught up and/or my life has found a routine, I will re-open the Review Requests. Another change was made earlier today, when I updated both Lists and bolded the ‘Started Reading’ next to each of the books that I am currently reading, so it should be easier to see what I am reading. Over the weekend, I will be updating the sidebars to include book giveaways and/or author contests for readers to participate in.

In the meantime, let’s focus on the positive and discuss what everyone is reading. Right now, I am reading The Quest for Juice and Defending Jacob. What are you reading on this fine Friday night and how has your March been?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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What are you reading?

Hi Everyone,

After spending the other day, getting the new site up and running, I decided to spend the next two days reading. This morning, boys and I curled up and gathered the books, and read a total of 10 pages, before we were interrupted. (figures.) I am currently reading The Book Thief for My Sister’s Books and Other Systems from The List. What are you all reading? Do you have any special holiday themed books planned for next week?

I just wanted to take a quick minute and thank you all again for your continued support. I really appreciate it. Have a wonderful night!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Well… HELLO September!!!

Hi Everyone,

How are you? Sorry I have been quiet this past week and a half. The last week of August flew by and left my head spinning. However they were productive on the home front and one major boulder has been lifted off our shoulders. Thank goodness. However, the month of August was wretched for my family and it seems the large amount of stress that existed during that month, has now hit me like a ton of bricks. Either that or an end-of summer flu bug. Yuk! I logged onto the computer today and realized that my absence has caused my emails to back up tremendously. If you are waiting to hear back from me, please know that I am working on getting caught up on all emails today. My deepest apologies for the delay. I also have a review that I need to type up and will hopefully have that posted for you tonight.

I can’t tell you how relieved I was to say goodbye to August and welcome September with open arms. Also, which almost seems like perfect timing for my family, this month is Alzheimer’s Awareness month. Please be aware of the early warning signs and symptoms and please help spread the word, in hopes of a cure. If it runs in your family, take time to make a game plan with your family, just in case, before it is too late. On a lighter note… I am still working with the winners of the Big Giveaway, however, I will be posting the answers to all of the games tomorrow. Thank you all for your patience, understand and your support. You all are amazing. Thank you!

Here’s to a happy and peaceful autumn for us all.

What about you? Are you excited to welcome a change in seasons or do wish to live the last few weeks of summer to the fullest?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Good Morning Everyone

Hi Everyone,

Happy Saturday. I hope you all are having a wonderful week. I wanted to give you all a quick update on the BIG Giveaway. The second winner, Amanda, did contact me and she selected the majority of the prizes. Since there are still a couple left, I have sent an email to the original winner, Melissa, who did not contact me before. Melissa has until 7pm tomorrow to contact me to claim her prizes, otherwise a new name will be drawn tomorrow night. As soon as all the prizes have been claimed I will then post all of the answers to the characters, poems and quotes.

Thank you all again for making the 1 year Birthday party a big success. I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with all of you in the future! Thank you for your continuous support. Have a wonderful weekend!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Well that looks better…

Hi Everyone,

After a few days of back and forth emails, I finally can say: “Welcome back Sidebars!!!” Thankfully the site’s home page is back to normal with everything in the right place. YAY!!! Thank you all for your help and I really appreciate all of your patience.

Also, The List has grown again! Thank you all for your support. The List is now at 99, which is unbelievable and amazing. Thank you!!!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week. I am headed to bed early tonight, so I can catch up on some reading. What are you reading this evening?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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I need your help, please…

Hi Everyone,

How is your weekend going? I hope you are reading some good books!

If you have a few seconds, I could really use your help. I noticed yesterday that my sidebars are not appearing on the side of the home page. (They are now located at the bottom of the home page, resulting in uneven posts and a big white gap.) However, the sidebar information (Hello World, Facebook, Twitter, Categories, Search, etc) is visible in the correct place on other pages. I sent a message to the support team, but haven’t heard back yet. So here’s where you guys come in.

If you have a second, could you please look at a page or two on my site, then click back on the Home page. I have included a question/poll in this post to make it easier to compile the results. If you notice anything strange about the sidebars or if everything is working perfect for you, could you please check off your answer.

Thank you very much for taking a minute to help me figure this situation out. I hope to have it resolved as soon as possible.

Thanks again. Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Drumroll again, please

Good Evening Everyone,

Unfortunately, I did not hear back from the original winner of the BIG Giveaway. Thankfully, the Rafflecopter was full of entries waiting to be picked. So without further ado, the new winner of the BIG Giveaway is lucky entry #440! Congratulations Amanda Zuker!!! Amanda, you have 72 hours to reply back to the email I sent earlier, in order to claim your prizes. If I do not hear from you within 72 hours, I will select another winner.

Thank you again to all who participated in the 1 year anniversary celebration! I hope you all enjoyed the weekly re-reviews and the weekly games. This blog has grown past beyond my wildest dreams and I thank you all for your continued support. You all are amazing!

Have a wonderful night!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Looking for a Winner…

Hi Everyone,

I am still waiting to hear back from the winner of the Big Giveaway. Melissaann Rich, I need to hear back from you before 11:00pm EDT tonight. If I do not hear from you by then, I will have to select another winner.

Hope everyone is having a great day. I will be back in just a few minutes with the next bookstore review.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Drumroll, Please!!!

Hi Everyone,

Wow!!! The Big Giveaway was a huge success!!! Overall there were 1190 entries. Thank you to all who participated. So without further ado: Drumroll, Please…

Congratulations to Melissaann Rich! You were lucky entry #106! An email has been sent to you. Please respond within 72 hours to claim your prizes. Congrats again!!!

Thanks again to everyone who participated. I hope you all had fun! I hope to be able to celebrate many more major milestones with you all, in a similar fashion! Here’s to constantly dreaming and here’s to working hard to achieve those dreams. Thank you all for your support and I am looking forward to several more wonderful years. You all are amazing!

Have a wonderful night!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Manic Monday and Let’s Party…

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for a delay in my posts today. One of my dogs was extremely ill and my family has just been having a rough couple of days. However, while everyone is resting comfortably, I am ready to get the celebration started tonight.

Today is Monday, August 5, 2013, which can only mean one thing… The BIG Giveaway has finished and it is time to pick a winner!!! Thank you to everyone who entered. The three month long celebration was a ton of fun for me and I hope it was just as much fun for all of you! In fact, in a few days I will post a poll asking everyone to vote on which portions of the celebration games you enjoyed the most. Why? Well, it just so happens that I am close to 1,000 followers, so we might need to celebrate again soon! What do you think?

Okay, I am going to use Rafflecopter to pick the winner and verify the winner’s entry. Then I will be back later to announce the winner!!!

Hope you all are having a wonderful night (or day)!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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