Outnumbered 4 to 1: State Testing, Pets, and Nerdy Treasures.

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If you follow me on any social media you might have seen some new  AirBrush_20180421155307.jpgadditions to our family.  Yup. There are four of them there and they all all little beebees. Here is an actual hubbster snapchat of the moment we just realized we brought 4 rats home instead of 1.

There is Frankie and Dean (1 & 4… his little head is poking out from under his brother… I promise) who are both dark gray and white. The hubbster wanted to name them after the rat pack (lulz) but the names that have stuck for me are Frankie and Dean the Bean. The two white ones were my naming choice, so they are Jon Snow and Samwell Turly.

I’ll bet you’re asking… Delaney, don’t you already have two rats? (yes.) Isn’t that kind of crazy to bring four more home? (maybe.) Are you turning into a crazy rat lady? (definitely.) So here’s the story…

I’ve been telling Jake for weeks that we need to bring at least one more rat home to live with our boys. Rats are social animals and bond with their humans and cage mates. Rats have been known to get depressed and pass away soon after their bonded friend does, so I wanted to have more rats in the cage in case something happened to one of our adults. The hubbster kept putting it off, so I decided to be a turdhead and go get one without him. I brought home little Jon Jon home. Well, the hubbster reacted well and said he wanted to go get another one so there were two in the second cage while we went through the introductions process. We got to Petco and there were three left in the cage. I don’t know if Petco is actually supposed to sell their companion animals as food for reptiles, but the guy helping us asked if we wanted a cute rat or a tasty one. So we ended up taking all three home. No one was becoming a snack that day!

All of this is to say that the past week has been a little hectic. The state reading test for 6th grade was Thursday so I spent most of the week frantically trying to prep kiddos for that. Then when I came home I had to do grad school work and make time to handle the new babies every night so they would trust us. Also, I had to figure out the whole cage situation. And also taking care of the dogs and gecko. There are officially 9 animals and two humans in our household. We are outnumbered. Oh and we have to keep the house clean on top of all of that.  Oi vay!

I believe in subscription boxes. It’s like Christmas once a month. You get amazing surprises and what you get is typically worth way more than what you pay for. I got my mom started on Ipsy 6 months back and now we call each other once a month to talk about what we got in our bags. However, I have a new favorite subscription: the Bookish Box.

I got my April Bookish Box on Wednesday evening, which was like the bookish box, the US Postal Service and the Universe teamed up to give me a “Good-luck-on-state-testing-tomorrow” gift. And everything in it was F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C. Check it out…



Sorry about the huge picture of me front and center, but this shirt had me squealing. If you can’t read it, it says “The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.” This is a Game of Thrones quote and we all know how I feel about GOT. This is a Ned Stark quote and I am here for it. “But wait there’s more!” she said in her besBilMayes voice.

The bookish box has the option to add a shirt, but the real stars of the show are the little random goodies you get every month.





April’s box theme was
Storybook Beasts so it was all fantasy literature and I was all about it.

The first little goodie is this freaking gorgeous watercolor book mark designed by Carmen Sedlaczek. I feel like it belongs in my book Monster Legends in America. I’m in such a habit of using whatever scrap I can find as a bookmark that I forgot that good books deserve pretty bookmarks.


Look at Totoro! Even if you’re not a fan of Miyazaki films, you can appreciate how stinking cute this Totoro pencil case is. I can’t decide if I want to keep make up or my bullet journal pens in his cute little tummy.



Six of Crows ring, Nevernight Mister Kindly pen, and a Unicorn Bubble Bath truffle that I have a hot date with tonight because it smells like HEAVEN!


I saved my favorite for last. This little sticker has a quote that has been sort of a mantra for me both as a teacher teaching children a love of literature and a person fighting her own dragons.

It actually sparked a little research on my end, because I knew this as similar quote by another author Gaiman did say this in Coralne, but it has been paraphrased and misattributed for a hot minute now.  The original quote was “Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.” It’s interesting because I thought it was a C.S. Lewis quote reading, “Fairy tales do not tell children dragons are real. Children know dragons are real. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be defeated.” People have strong opinion about this issue on GoodReads.com Whoever said it and in what context, I think it is a terrific sentiment and I’m going to find the perfect place to stick it.

Has anyone out there in internet land got a bookish box before? Did you love it? Do you think you’ll get a bookish box now? Do you get some other amazing subscription box that we all HAVE to know about? Let me know in the comments.




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