What I’m ACTUALLY Doing Instead of BEA…

Where in the world have I been?!!?!?

I know, I know. I’m so sorry! May has been the craziest month for me! I read Amber’s (YA Indulgences) post about “Things to do Instead of BEA” and got inspired to create my own post explaining where in the world I’ve been and what in the world I’m doing other than blogging at the moment. To find Amber’s post, which is hilarious and absolutely accurate, click here! =)

So… Here is a small glimpse into my real life…

What I’m Actually Doing Instead of BEA

1. Running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.

Seriously, I don’t know how I’ve survived. I’ve been living out of my car and have basically only been home to sleep. I didn’t see my boyfriend for a month and the only time I actually did see him was when I brought him to my cousins wedding…

2. Being a good cousin and bridesmaid!

My cousin’s wedding was the second weekend in May. I was there from Thursday through Saturday attending rehearsals, getting my hair, nails, and make-up done, making sure my cousin was okay, and taking thousands of pictures in cold wind. All with a smile on my face! It was a GREAT wedding and I LOVED being a part of it! I had to leave early on Saturday to go to work though…

3. Running around like a dance teacher during recital season…

Did I ever tell you all that in addition to being an English Teacher, I’m also a Dance Teacher at night? YUP! You heard that right! I actually work about three or four jobs, but only two on a regular basis. Have any of you ever had siblings or kids take dance classes and sat through a recital and all of the rehearsals that go with it? Recitals will usually run about 3-4 hours long, especially for the teachers running everything behind the scenes. The teachers also run the rehearsals which usually are longer. Not to mention working the lights, the music, the curtain, and making sure all girls and boys, ages two through eighteen, are going through their quick changes, all shoes are tied, making potty trips, etc…. You all get the point. Now imagine that your Dance director owns four studios… That’s four rehearsals, four recitals, and multiple ballet rehearsals as well. You can imagine why my first list item was running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off…

4. Proctoring Keystone and AP Exams…

For anyone else who is a teacher out there, you all know that this is not only a nightmare for the students, but for the teachers as well. Our normal routine is thrown off, teachers can’t give homework, we have to get pulled from classes to proctor and close down our resource rooms, such as the library, so that large groups of students can take these tests. I’ve been proctoring for the entirety of May. The beginning was AP exams. The middle weeks were AP exams and Keystone Exams. This week and last week was Keystones and Keystone/AP make-up exams. It’s been miserable and, needless to say, I’m so happy it’s over. However, I’m now on to the fun part of the year…


Good lord, I never knew how hard it was to pack all of my things up and carry them out to my car and find storage for all of my teaching/classroom things at home. It’s a very good thing that I have a shed in back of my house that seems to be reserved for all of my extra items and furnishings.

6. Crying, hugging, and petting all the books.

My current room operates as a secondary library for the school I work in. They provide me with a budget every year to buy some books, while I save up ARCs of my own for some of my students to borrow and for my future actual English classroom. However, because our high school got this new, awesome, amazing librarian, I’ve been told that all of the school books in my room have to be moved to the school library. I’ve been taking all of my personal books out of the classroom and hugging and petting my favorites good-bye. =( Though the school librarian is a good friend of mine, she isn’t keeping most of the books, even the brand new ones, because she already has most of them. It’s slightly heart breaking to see so many books getting sold/donated. It’s honestly hurt seeing many of them go.

7. Trying to organize SO MANY BOOKS!

I swear I’m trying to get rid of them, but I just keep getting more and more in! A HUGE thank you to The Midnight Garden for hosting a giveaway, allowing me to be the winner, and sending my name to HarperTeen for a box of ARCs! Also, a HUGE thank you to everyone who has been trading with me and just giving me books out of the kindness of their heart! Especially those who have traded and given me books for summer signings! And, as always, THANK YOU to Britt at Please Feed the Bookworm for being THE BEST Secret Sister in the entire world and spoiling me every month. =) So much love to you, Britt! Every single one of you are awesome and I have a huge smile on my face every time I see a package on my doorstep when I get home! You all make my day so much better every day! The most exciting part of this organization is that I just went and bought a brand new BOOKCASE to assemble and put up in the spare bedroom!!! Can you see me squealing and jumping for joy?!?! I’M SO EXCITED TO ORGANIZE!!!

8. Camping!

I went camping this past weekend, after rehearsals, recitals, and weddings are all over, and LOVED IT! It’s been so long since I’ve been camping and I missed it so much. Not to mention that I had legitimately no cell phone service and had my phone turned off for the entire weekend because of it. I had no idea what time it was, who was tweeting, what calls I was getting, etc. and it was wonderful. I advise you all to do this at some point in your life. It’s so refreshing… minus the spiders and ticks… but I left work miserable and came back smiling!

9. Getting ready to write a manuscript.

Man, this is the most exciting thing for me. I’ve been planning out a manuscript for a few months now, knowing that I’d never be able to write it during the school year, and gearing myself up to begin writing it in the summer. My hope is to have book one finished by September. Who knows!! I’m just so excited to start! Myself and Lauren from Between The Pages have been bouncing ideas around and plotting and planning our own manuscripts with help from each other. It’s been such a great experience and she keeps me motivated and excited for this new chapter and opportunity in my life! YAYYYYYY I CAN’T WAIT!! Countdown to start date: 17 days!

10. A few blog surprises!

I’ve been working on a few blog surprises that will hopefully be able to be announced here in another week or two. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to get these surprises up and running! I hope that you will all join me in being as excited as I am! I’M DYING TO TELL YOU! =D

Thus is my life! It’s been an INSANE month!!! I hope you all can forgive me and understand that I’ve been running around like a mad woman. I do have a few things for you to look forward to, though:

Saturday, May 30th – I’ll be at BOOKCON! If anyone else is going on Saturday, let me know! Maybe we can wait in the same insanely long Starbucks line together. Ha! It will be my first time going and I’m really excited, but also slightly nervous! I hear it’s a madhouse!

Friday, June 5th – Review of The Gemstone by Sarena and Sasha Nanua. It’s a YA fantasy novel that I’m very excited to read and review! You can find it on Goodreads by clicking here!

Sunday, June 14th – Sunday Street Team Guest Post from Danielle Ellison, author of Days Like This. Danielle talks about the habit of running from your fears and how it not only relates to her life, but how it shows itself in her book as well. Can I just say that this guest post is AMAZING and I’m BEYOND THRILLED to post it! I read it already and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!

I’m hoping to start picking up Top Ten Tuesdays again, as well. I swear, I’ll jump back on the blogging horse eventually! =)

I hope you all are doing well and that those of you at BEA are enjoying it! Those of you not at BEA can join me in crying silently and hugging your books close.

Love and miss you all!

20 thoughts on “What I’m ACTUALLY Doing Instead of BEA…

  1. I completely understand the running around during dance recital season. My sisters are dancers, so between their 8-10 shows per year I know exactly how your feeling. Well, almost I’m not a dance teacher ;). That’s so interesting that you teach dance along with English. What type of dance teacher are you? Anyway I look forward to seeing your future blog surprises 😀

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    • Haha, I’m glad you understand my pain, even if it’s in a different way! Sitting through them can sometimes be just as painful, especially if the studio has a lot of little kids… At the moment I teach a little bit of everything: Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, Lyrical/Contemporary Ballet, and beginner Tap. I love that my schedule is never the same thing. It makes my weeks go by a little faster and the classes come and go easier. It’s never boring, I’ll say that much! =) I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Next year I will be more focused on the pointe classes though, so that will be a new challenge for me!

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  2. WELCOME BACK!!!! 🙂 I think this is just that time of year where people are CONSTANTLY RUNNING AROUND! But I get ya. The end of the school year is NUTS (and I work at a daycare…and it’s still nuts). But hooray for a weekend away! Hooray for the summer! And hooray for working on your manuscript! I am so excited for you (and excited to read it and be your assistant in the future obviously). Ha I feel as if I have been on a hiatus of sorts. Like occasional reviews but May just has not been my month. But here’s top hoping summer is better for both of us! And now I will be anticipating exciting things!

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    • I agree! Everyone is going insane. Haha! The kids are especially affected by the insanity as well. Ugh, I’m sorry you have pre-schoolers. I really don’t know how you do it Em! Definitely Hooray for summer and last weekend and the summer! I’M SO EXCITED FOR SUMMER! I’m still slightly nervous about the whole financial aspect, but I seriously need a break! You will definitely be my assistant. And that also means that you should probably move to Philly and be my best friend here as well. =) We’ve both been on a hiatus, so I feel you. We will get back into blogging once June arrives! It will happen!!! *rubs hands together* exciting, most definitely!

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  3. You ma’am, are a busy beaver! But glad to see you back!!! Can’t wait to see all the blog surprises you have in store. 🙂 glad you were able to get away and get some R&R, and I can’t wait to plan more and get some writing started!


  4. May always seems like a busy time, end of school and the start of summer makes everything crazy!! But glad to see you back on and can’t wait to see the new posts you have in store for us!!! 🙂 looking forward to working more on the writing as well!! We got to get these manuscripts going so we can get our assistants something to do soon! ( Chelsea and Emily of course 😉 )


  5. Ooh a wedding sounds so fun! I totally get you with the AP exams though. Imagine studying for them AND taking them too… ; n ; May is not a good month for me lol. Anyway, can’t wait to see the surprises you have in mind!


    • Ugh, I can only imagine! My poor students have been so stressed out for the last month. Now finals are here and it’s just as bad! I’m so excited for these surprises! I can’t wait to finalize everything and announce them!


  6. Um the spider!!!!!! What a month you had! You did a good job balancing things. Yay on MS! If you are looking for a CP I would love to swap. I’m about to work on an MS YA fantasy….so excited.


    • I saw one on the tent and had to flick it off. It was horrifying, though definitely not as large as the picture! I would have run FAR, FAR, FAR AWAY if that large of a spider was what I saw! And YAYYY!! Congratulations!! I’m very new to this… what’s a CP? I’m extremely excited as well. I’m thinking about it so often that I get new inspiration on the daily. =)


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