“I am What I am”

This week I came across a quote I had heard/read before, but I never knew where it came from (the exact book anyway). As you know, Saturday was my birthday. Corey made the day awesome. It was so much fun. One of the gifts he gave me was Dr. Seuss’s Happy Birthday to You book. As I read that, I came across this quote:

“Today you are you! That is truer than true!
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
Shout loud, ‘I am lucky to be what I am!
Thanks goodness I’m not just a clam or a ham
Or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam!
I am what I am! That’s a great thing to be!
If I say so myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!’”

I love this quote, especially the first two lines, because it’s true. There is no one else who is me. I’m proud to be me, even with all my flaws. And, it’s nice to be reminded of that sometimes.

Lord of the Rings Read-Along Schedule


Remember the post I made last month about possibly doing a read-along for Lord of the Rings? Well, it’s a for sure thing now! Yay! I even have a cohost, Kami from Kami’s Library Thoughts.

The read-along isn’t going to start until May. But, we’re going to read all three books together and we’re going to do one book a month. We’ll also have two discussion posts and two Twitter chats each month.

Each book is divided into two parts (or books). We’re going to read the first part in each book during the first half of the month and the second part during the last half of the month. Here’s the reading schedule:

  • Fellowship of the Ring (Book 1): May 1 to May 15
  • Fellowship of the Ring (Book 2): May 16 to May 31
  • The Two Towers (Book 3): June 1 to June 15
  • The Two Towers (Book 4): June 16 to June 30
  • The Return of the King (Book 5): July 1 to July 15
  • The Return of the King (Book 6): July 16 to July 31

Each discussion post will go up on either Kami’s or my blog at the end of each part. Kami will be doing the odds and I’ll be doing the evens. For example, the first discussion post will be on Kami’s blog on May 15 and the second discussion post will be on my blog on May 31. And, we’ll announce when the Twitter chats will be in each discussion post.

Pass the word around! We’ll be posting signups closer to May 1! We hope you’ll join us!

Blog Lift

I like to change the look of my blog as often as Catcher Block changes his shirt (reference). Okay, maybe not that much. But, I love giving my blog a new look. It makes me feel happy and invigorated.

This time I decided to bring back my animated me (illustrated by my friend Tarl). I missed little Jenni Elyse; she was my online identity. Now that she’s back, I feel like me again. I may even bring back my other animated characters now and again.


But, I still wanted something modern and contemporary, yet clean and sleek. I think I accomplished it with this look. Plus, it’s the only theme that the Jetpack blog subscription button has matched! Bonus!

I know, it’s not purple. Gasp! I did try out the purple on this theme, but it was too dark. I wanted something bright, cheery, and springy.

What do you think?