If I Stay


If I Stay


I finished the book If I Stay in less than 24 hours. Granted, it’s not a long book but I am not one to sit down and read a book through. I started this Saturday night and finished it when I woke up Sunday morning. It is about a 17 year old girl (Mia) who has a really good life. Great supportive parents, a fun loving little brother, a best friend, and the kind of boyfriend that most 17 year olds don’t get to experience. One day her family is driving to family friend’s house when the car is hit by another car and Mia goes into a coma. The story is narrated from the girls point of  view but it is unique because while she is in the coma, she is stuck in a “ghost like” state and has to decide whether to stay alive or die. For most it would probably be a no brainer to live, but for her own reasons (I am trying not to spoil it here) the decision is really hard. The girl is a cello player in a family full of musicians, so there is a huge emphasis on music. But I do not believe that you have to be into music to get something out of this book.

So yeah, I recommend this book 100% to anyone. It really makes you think differently about life and death. I really enjoy reading but a book usually doesn’t make me cry or laugh out loud, and I did both during reading this.

I came across this book from reading Peanut Butter Fingers blog. I have been reading her blog for a couple of years now and she has been doing a book club for a while but this will be the first one I join in on. She will review the blog and have a discussion about the book on June 7th, so there is still plenty of time to read it and join in yourself!


Trauma Junkie By Tom Hobbs

Trauma Junkie by Tom Hobbs

Trauma Junkie by Tom Hobbs

I read this book in one day, I couldn’t put it down! Its about a paramedic who is going through a divorce. The marriage fell apart because of their infants death a few years prior. All he has left is saving lives and he is passionate about it. While responding to calls, a red headed reporter often shows up and they end up falling in love.

The calls that these guys respond to are sometimes touching and sometimes hilarious. Hello, a drug dealer who got shot in the nether regions when a drug deal went bad. The book had me waiting for the next 911 call. The characters are well developed and really start to care for them. The main character has some great one-liners, he had me laughing out loud several times.

It was a little hard to read at first since it was originally written for a screenplay, but I quickly got it down and didn’t even notice.

There are two more Trauma Junkie books by Tom Hobbs that I am looking forward to reading soon.

Update on 30 by 30!

It’s going to be a long one because so much has gone on lately!

First of all I would like to introduce the newest member of the family:


Her name is Mercedes. She is another rescue, who was in a foster home. They believe she is a Shepherd/Rottweiler mix. She looks like neither to me but there were 7 puppies and she was the only different one. The others either obviously looked Shepherd or obviously looked Rottweiler. She also has the Rottweiler walk. She is super cute and just loves us. We picked her because when we walked in she ran straight to us!

Bentley loves her too!









I marked off what I have accomplished on my 30 by 30 page so I will just go down the list with updates.

1. Graduate nursing school. Boom, done! Such an emotional day. The ceremony was amazingly beautiful. I couldn’t have asked for anything better!

6. Get rid of stuff we don’t need. I am actually still in the process but I took out 4 trash bags of stuff we didn’t need yesterday!

7. Get extensions. I wanted these for graduations and didn’t get them until after Christmas but I still like them. My cousin (who is also my hair lady) talked me into clip ins. She said she would do sew ins if that’s what I wanted but the clip ins last longer and don’t damage your hair. So that’s what I got. I really like them. They take just a couple minutes to put in and I straighten, curl, and wash them just like my real hair.


12. Score something awesome this Black Friday. I got my hubby an Android Tablet and a fish radar that goes on his fishing pole for Christmas! Pretty good scores in my opinion!

21. Buy two new sets of sheets. I went to TJ Maxx (we just got one in my town and it’s pretty darn awesome) and got a set of Ralph Lauren and a set of some that were a little cheaper but we love them way more. I really wish I could remember what brand they are so I could get another set.

30. Read books for leisure. Since this post, I have read 5 books for fun! I am a little over half way through my 6 🙂






My most recent was a short book on how to save money on groceries. I can go to the grocery store and spent $100 a week and we still eat out half the week. It is ridiculous. So I am in money saving mode. I just took inventory of all food in my kitchen and I am going to do a month meal plan. After I get a good portion of it used, I will start doing weekly meal plans using the weekly sales ads.







This was also a short book filled with tips on how to save money. Most of it was common sense stuff that you should already know. There were a few good tips that I have not thought about. Like, an LED TV is more energy efficient than an LCD TV.






I didn’t really get a whole lot out of this book. I think some people might but having already gone through nursing school, there wasn’t a whole lot that I didn’t know.






I am not sure what my preoccupation is with young adult books. Maybe I am a little immature. Its a little sic-fi. A lot like The Hunger Games. I really liked this though. So much, that I am on the third in the series.






I am counting Free Four as the second book in the series. It is actually just one scene from the first book just told from another characters point of view. It’s very short and $0.99 on Amazon so worth the read but not amazing.






This is the third book and I am actually finding it hard to stay into this. It seems to be moving a little slow and I think I need a bread from this type of book. The first one was really good and my mom read all of these and said that this one is really good also. So I think it’s just me. I also started this before Christmas and taking my NCLEX so I think that I just have had too many other things on my mind to really enjoy it.

Speaking of the NCLEX, I took it on Wednesday, and found out I PASSED today!! Such a huge huge weight lifted off my shoulders! Now it’s time to flood the nursing homes with applications! Wish me luck!