the mediator books

Because there are, like, nine hundred applicants with way more experience than people my age for every job that comes available. We all have to work for free just to get some experience so we can put it on our resumes so we can maybe get a paying job someday, but there’s no guarantee that we will. Oh right. I forgot that they don’t mention this in high school.
—  Suze Simons, Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Without stopping to think — huge mistake — I pulled my cell phone from the back pocket of my jeans and angrily punched in one of the numbers Paul had listed. It rang only once before I heard his voice — deeper than I remembered — intone smoothly, “This is Paul Slater.”

“What the hell is your problem?”

“Why, Susannah Simon,” he said, sounding pleased. “How nice to hear from you. You haven’t changed a bit. Still so ladylike and refined.”

“Shut the hell up.”

I’d like to point out that I didn’t say hell either time. There’s a swear jar on my desk — Father Dominic put it there due to my tendency to curse. I’m supposed to stick a dollar in it for every four-letter word I utter, five dollars for every F-bomb I drop.

But since there was no one in the office to overhear me, I let the strongest weapons in my verbal arsenal fly freely. Part of my duties in the administrative offices of the Junípero Serra Mission Academy (grades K–12) — where I’m currently trying to earn some of the practicum credits I need to get my certification as a school counselor — are to answer the phone and check emails while all of my supervisors are at lunch.

What do my duties not include? Swearing. Or making personal phone calls to my enemies.

“I just wanted to find out where you are,” I said, “so I can drive to that location and then slowly dismember you, something I obviously should have done the day we met.”

—  Remembrance by Meg Cabot

zodiacboo  asked:

What's some advice or instructions you'd have for me trying to ground myself ?

The easy answer is going to be meditation. There are a lot of benefits to meditation both physically and mentally, and one of them is grounding! If you’re like me and have a short attention span, meditation can be a little bit difficult. Luckily there are many types of meditation and you just need to find the one that works best for you!

Some include:

Candlelight meditation: concentrating on a candle’s flame. This one is particularly great if you have an affinity towards fire, but still fantastic if you don’t feel that way. If you are unable to use candles where you live, a little electronic tea candle is also great to use!

Nature/ Walking Meditation: Even if you don’t live in a forest-y area, there is a lot of flora and fauna in your own neighborhood that usually goes unnoticed. The best part is that area is so personal to you, and it helps you develop a relationship with the spirit of the land you live on!

Druidry and Mediation: This books is from the perspective of Druidry, so it has a great spiritual and natural aspect to it. It’s only 4$ for kindle, so you can read it on your phone or computer if you don’t have an electronic reading device. I found it to be really helpful and well written. There are even some small activities inside that act as “homework: to help you practice!

23 different types of Meditation: Here’s a nice list of different types of meditation you can look through and find one you like in particular to research more of/try out.

I also like to perform an activity I am passionate about. I personally love to knit and crochet, so sometimes I will prepare some extra time when I know I’m going to perform a ritual or something. I find a nice space that I’m comfortable in, and start my work. I usually make things for other people, so I fill my head and heart with warmth, love, happiness, etc. The repetitive and familiar movement of my hands is sort of like a chant, and that helps me remember who I am and puts my mind at ease.

I know some people who like to soak in warm water, and usually add some soothing scents, bath salts, etc. They say they can feel the negativity and physical/emotional dirt leave their body, and bring them back to themselves.

When it comes down to it, grounding is usually a very personal and individual activity. You just have to play around a bit and find out what is best for you!


Book: Royal Wedding
Author: Meg Cabot
Pages: 436
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding—but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

My Thoughts:

I’m just so excited about Royal Wedding ahhhhh!! You guys don’t understand I loved The Princess Diaries as a pre-teen, I remember reading the books and giggling none stop (I still giggled none stop tbh), and I remember seeing the movie in theaters with my mom and swooning over Erik von Detten. I even had a picture of him in my wallet. I wish I was kidding. So to read this after almost 15 years brought back so many good memories. It had been forever since I read them, and to be completely honest I never finished reading the whole series because by the time I reached middle school and high school I hit my goth/punk/emo/whatever it was phase and I was like, “I’m too punk to read books about princesses” so I started reading her Mediator series (Meg is releasing another Mediator book as well. Can you hear my fangirl screams?) but deep down I secretly loved them and watched the movies whenever they were on. 

Anyway, enough of my rambling and nostalgia let us talk about the book itself! So Mia is 26 now, she and Michael (squeeeeeee I’m in love with him ngl) have been together for like ten years, she’s still close to Lilly, Tina, and co.  Lar’s is funny as ever, Clarissa is meaner than I remember (but I blame the wonderful Julie Andrews for making me forget how cruel the Dowager could be) and Phillipe is just a hot mess. Mia is under so much stress she’s developed an eye twitch and the problems keep coming. This book is suppose to be about Mia’s royal wedding (not a spoiler see the title lol) but I’m slightly disappointed by the lack of wedding talk in the book, it was kind of glossed over and I wanted more in-depth detail. The book focuses on Mia’s stressors and how she’s coping with a multitude of issues. Her narrative was still funny as ever and I laughed numerous times. Meg Cabot has a serious gift when it comes to writing fantastic puns and humor. Mia still has a really innocent voice and even though this is considered an “adult” book, swear words are retracted and sex is only sort of hinted at. You know it’s definitely happening but you get close to no details. So I feel like this could be upper YA instead of classified as adult. Overall I absolutely loved this book, it made me laugh and was just way too cute.  I’m glad with the way things turned out and really hope that we’ll get a sequel! 

how does meg cabot still have such a hold on my brain/body/soul that i stayed up until 2 am reading the new mediator book. why do i scream and have an aneurysm whenever her protagonists kiss. lms if michael moscowitz gave you high expectations for boys and the world at large