Beyond the Books ~ Cinco De Mayo


Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted by Karen @ KissinBlueKaren. Each week features a new topic (mostly non-bookish). This meme is a fun, social weekly post.

This Week’s Topic:

Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a big thing in Texas. In primary school (K-3), I vividly remember having huge ceremonies about Cinco de Mayo where we would listen and listen and listen to Mrs. Haisler talk on and on and on, and then her kids would get out and dance in their bright dresses.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory at Battle of the Puebla on May 5, 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War. It is commonly mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16 and happened about 50 years prior. Cinco de Mayo is actually a minor holiday in Mexico. For most Mexicans, it is a regular day. It is not a federal holiday, so all government offices, banks, and stores remain open.

I feel like Cinco de Mayo is more celebrated in the United States to commemorate Mexican culture and heritage. Parties, music, and festive events are hallmarks alongside tacos, tequila, and other Mexican fare.




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My Favorite…Thing About Myself

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it…The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

Thing About Myself


My favorite thing about myself is my strength and resilience. Growing up, I didn’t have the best home life. As an educator, I hated having to sit through an intensive CPS reporting and outcry training. I almost got up and walked out. I know the law, I know my obligations. I was that kid. And it really triggered some things for me.

As an adult, I have had a string of bad relationships. Each time I thought I had chosen more carefully, and they all turned out to be L7 weenies. Every guy I have dated has cheated on me. That’s a really hard thing to say. It is like the ultimate rejection…after rejection…after rejection. And I always think the next time will be better…and then it happens again. Even though I KNOW it is not me, that rejection is hard to rationalize between my brain and my heart. Why else would this keep happening? Obviously there must be something wrong with me. I hate that we as women are made to feel this way, and I hate that I have because I KNOW it’s not true…but. It slices away another sliver of your heart. Ironically, every single one of those guys (with the exception of The Man – you know, with all the drama) have come back to me asking me to take them back. What? No. I’m not a person who can give out that trust again. I just can’t. That might be little or petty of me, but I firmly believe once a cheater, always a cheater. That is the rule, not the exception.

Despite my failed engagement, despite this slap in the face, despite my affection and intimacy being turned away for the last four years (yeah folks, that’s right – talk about a patient and frustrated woman), I am a very strong and resilient person. I don’t know if my experiences growing up solidified that foundation, if it is naturally inherent, or if it is from my experiences as a young adult. But that is my favorite thing about myself.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.

Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

Honestly, I’ve never been one that is following the new releases list or pre-ordering in advance to get all the special exclusive stuff. I feel kind of out of the ordinary here. Am I the only one?

Now, if money were no option…I might go a little wild. I think we all would. 🙂

Which books would you slay for to get early?