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Did everyone survive Book Blogger Appreciation Week? While “Inside Michelle’s Brain” did not win for Best Feature or Series of Posts, Armchair BEA did as the Best Blogging Event for 2011! A huge thank you to everyone who voted and to my fellow co-creators and this year’s organizers for a job well done. It was an amazing week both as a founder and as a participant, and I remain proud to be associated with it. Thank you all again!

Last week, I thought long and hard about posting my thoughts/feelings on the events of September 11, 2001. I did not want to bombard people with yet another post, but I felt that the day needed to be recognized as something other than just another Sunday. I opted for something very simple because I realized that was all I could handle. Watching the memorial services on Sunday and the news coverage in the days leading up to the anniversary was almost more than I could bear. I was blown away by how raw that day still is to me. I tear up at the images and was a blubbering mess during the moments of silence during the memorial services. The terror, uncertainty, shock, and fear I experienced that day ten years ago remain just as strong for me today. It definitely will be a day which I will never be able to forget.

I am going to keep this short this week, as the three-day quarterly sales meeting and late nights reading BBAW goodness felled me quite hard on Thursday. What started as exhaustion, which is typical for the sales meetings, turned into a sore throat and congestion on Friday, and by Saturday morning, I felt like I had wrestled with a semi-truck and lost. Fevers, joint and muscle pain, congestion, exhaustion, sore throat, and general malaise kept me in bed yesterday. I don’t have any plan to move much farther than the couch today. With seven reviews to write, and bills to pay, I hope I can keep it together long enough to cross a few things off my to-do list!

Have a great remainder of the weekend, everyone. Happy reading!

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