Hello, lovelies!

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Hello, lovelies!


This post marks my unofficial-official return to blogging regularly. I have missed it, and the unexpected break I took was really what I didn’t know I needed. Most of July and August have been somewhat crazy busy at work with long hours, but this is the last week of that. Here’s a couple of highlights from my break:

  • I continue to organize my new home. It seems to never be enough time in a day. I DID get to organize my bookshelves!! Here’s a pic:


  • With the new house, I also finally relented and my family got a puppy! My daughter is especially excited about this. He’s a mutt, a mix between terrier, pug, and dachshund. His name is still not final, but I think we’re going to go with “Kai”, which, I have come to learn in my research, means “dog” in Cornish, among many other things in many other languages, but I thought that was the most funny. So here’s tentatively-Kai, with my daughter Abi:


  • I got a new car!! WOOHOO!! Check out my new Kia Forte:IMG_0953


So those were the highlights, some really exciting stuff. :)

I still read about one book per week, so I have some reviews waiting to be posted, starting tomorrow, so stop by if you please…I might have giveaways scheduled! Actually I do, starting with this one…

While I was organizing my shelves, I came across some ARCs I now have finished copies of, and because I missed you guys so much, I’ve decided to pass them along! Here are the books:

giveaway 8-27-12


Ok! Well, it was nice seeing you guys again. I hope to see you here again as I make my return to blogging. LOVE YOU, GUYS! XOXO

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Jess @ Gone with the Words

40 Responses to “Hello, lovelies!”

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    Ginger @ GReads!

    Yay! Welcome back!! I’ve missed your blog posts :) I think Kai is adorable!!!! Daisy may need to babysit some time, hehe.

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    It is wonderful to have you back! I was sad faced :(

    Both dog and daughter are too cute. I like Kai – my friend has a son named Kai…didn’t know it meant dog. LOL

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      LOL Thanks, Rachel!

      Hahaha Yeah, I was surprised how many meanings Kai had!

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    YAY! Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your break! Your bookshelves look super-awesome! And I can’t get over the adorableness of your pup!!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you so much, Cass!! It took me a few hours to get those shelves done! But it was worth it. :)

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    Really want to read Legend! Nice car, I have a KIA Soul that’s about a year old now, and I love it. Welcome back to the blog world :)

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    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    Welcome back!!
    Your new puppy is adorable! I have a friend who named their dog Deeogee (D-o-g)…once you get use to saying it though it becomes kind of cute,lol.

    Well I’m happy you’re back and I hope you enjoyed your break :)

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you, Michelle!! OMG! That is the most awesome dog name ever!

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    What a cute puppy! I LOVE the name Kai. I wanted to name my son that but my husband wouldn’t go for it.

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    So happy to see you’re back. I took the summer (heck, most of the spring too) off due to lots of life change as well. Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to and what you’ve been reading!

    P.S. that puppy and your daughter are completely adorable! Though I am saying a little prayer to the carpet gods that Kai has little pees, small poops, and the instinct to mess on only easily cleaned, inexpensive parts of your new home ;)

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you, Sara! And welcome back yourself! :D

      Thank you for the prayer…I’ll need it! But moreso to bring me patience, lol.

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    Welcome back! Congrats on the new puppy and car!

    Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you, Alexa!! It feels longer than it actually was…I’ve missed it!

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    Cyndi M

    Yay!!! Welcome back! Your bookshelves look great, and I love your car!! My summer has been lame, well sort-of. I got to go to ALA, so that was awesome. Plus, I’m getting ready to go back to school, woohoo!

    I look forward to your posts, again :)

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you, Cyndi!! I’m so sad I didn’t get to go to ALA and meet all of you guys! I’m glad you enjoyed it! Good luck in school!

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    The most fun thing I did this summer was I sent to two books signings and had a ton of fun! :)

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    Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    OH MY GOSH YAYYYYY!!! I have missed your blog so much! Sometimes I would just come look at it and have the sads. :(

    Welcome back! Cute car, cute dog, cute kid, cute shelves!


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    So glad to see you’re back! I did check back here often. Sometimes a break is exactly what you need! It sounds like you had a lot of great things going on during that break too! ;)

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you, Stephanie!! There was no way I could have kept up blogging with the hellish month I had at work. So glad that’s over!! :D

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    Wow, you’ve had an amazing month! Your new puppy is soooo cute, and congrats on the new car!!

    Welcome back!

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    Jolene A

    OMG, Kai is so cute :) I just want to play with those ears lol I’ve had a very stressful and chaotic summer that has been filled with weddings, anniversary parties, a vow renewal and many bbq’s. We haven’t been home much and have spent a small fortune on fuel traveling to all these places. In the midst of all the sanity, my grandpa passed away. It was heartwrenching but I lived several states away for the past 4 years and moved back home and not just back home but only a few minutes from my grandparents. I am thankful every day that my husband was transfered when he did and I was able to spend this last year with him. Now, I am taking each day and giving all my love to those important to me

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you, Jolene! His ears are the cutest thing ever. :) Your summer was certainly busy!! Sorry about your grandpa.

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    Jill Marie

    I am so in LOVE with your book shelves!
    One day I hope to have ones as big and awesome!
    Thanks for this giveaway!
    I am a new follower of yours and look forward to your posts!

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    Thanks for the giveaway :) Love your bookshelves…I am dying for some nice shelving. All my books are in bags and stacked up all over the house. I read Embrace (Jessica Shirvington) a while ago and thought it was very good. I appreciate a YA novel that’s realistic in its portrayal of YA relationships and the supernatural aspect was interesting. Have “Entice” on my To Read list already!

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    Welcome back Jess and congratulations on the new dog and new car! I love Kias (we own a Soul), and the Forte is awesome.

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    Tiffany Drew

    Woohoo, welcome back! Love the dog (he’s adorable, as is your daughter!), the bookcases and the new car. What a great year for you! Something fun about my summer, hmm… We took our first family camping trip. It was only two days long since it was a trial run but everyone had so much fun that we are going to make it a yearly thing. We also got to see a bear show, I love bears!!

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