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heylaurenmack

heylaurenmack

Joined August 2016

Reliable machine. Writer on hold. INFJ. Ravenclaw. Nike Leader. Extra planetary sign. Jacksonville, FL.
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Stargazing at Noon by Amanda Torroni
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The Little Blue Kite | Mark Z. Danielewski
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When Strand Bookstore comes through and you still get your signed copy of Mark Z. Danielewski‘s new book. 💙

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Robin | Dave Itzkoff
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Finally finished this morning. Cried like a baby through the last 100 pages. The whole book read as I hoped it would - a gentle and honest telling of a man who was as gentle as he was frenetic. I didn‘t want to finish because I wanted to spend more time with Robin. Guess I‘ll go watch some movies now.

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Haven‘t done one of these in a while.
1. Sorry!
2. Graceland, Paris, Hemingway house.
3. I am doing the best I can 😂.
4. This is a tough one. Probably Richard Russo.
5. Favorite video games recent or classic?
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CoffeeNBooks Super Mario Bros.! 2w
heylaurenmack @CoffeeNBooks Mine is Crash Bandicoot! 2w
annamatopoetry Katamari Damacy! 2w
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heylaurenmack @annamatopoetry Woa! I dig it! 2w
Balibee146 Sonic or Tekken 2w
Sharpeipup Burger time 2w
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The Little Blue Kite | Mark Z. Danielewski
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Long shot ask - Anybody in the NYC (Strand bookstore) Nov 11 or Atlanta (Wrecking Bar Brewpub) Nov 13 areas wanna do me a huge favor and make my life? My favorite author is releasing a new book (tagged) and doing a signing. I can‘t make it to either location cause of work. I‘d pay you for the book and the shipping and you‘d be making my whole life. And you‘d get to meet a brilliant author. #nyc #atlanta #houseofleaves #markzdanielewski

Cinfhen I wonder if Strand is offering signed copies for sale?? Or do you want it personalized?? Sorry, can‘t help you but it‘s a good idea to put it out on the Litsyverse!! Also ask @LitsyHappenings to repost for you!!! 2w
heylaurenmack @Cinfhen Yeah! I found I could just order a regular old signed copy. Shooting for a personalized since he‘s my fav but if I have to settle I will. 2w
Cinfhen Good luck 🍀 🤞🏽 2w
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heylaurenmack @LitsyHappenings @MrBook @Avanders Could I get a repost on this on the Happenings page? I know it‘s a super long shot but would mean the world to me! 1w
MrBook 😎🙌🏻👍🏻👍🏻 @Kaylamburson @ScientistSam @mrozzz , what do you amazing ladies think?! 1w
Kaylamburson I so wish I could do that for you tomorrow, @MrBook!, but i have to head to CT right after work to get fitted for invisalign. Yay, dentistry lol. I hope someone is able to for you! 1w
Caterina Wish I could help!! I hope someone can!🤞 1w
heylaurenmack @Caterina I ended up preordering a regular old signed copy from Strand. Still holding out someone will be able to snag me a personalized one but it doesn‘t look hopeful 1w
Caterina Bummer. 😓 I hope you get to meet the author someday yourself! ❤️ 1w
mrozzz Sorry I‘m not actually working in NYC anymore! @MrBook I‘m glad you‘re getting a signed edition and hope you can get a personalized copy in the future @heylaurenmack 1w
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Stargazing at Noon | Amanda Torroni
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Been following Amanda Torroni on social media for a while and got my hands on Stargazing At Noon recently. She once gave me advice on pushing myself to start writing again.

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Robin | Dave Itzkoff
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My morning reading got interrupted by a 3 hour long fire alarm for no reason in my complex so I‘m trying again this morning. I also figured out my friend who gifted me this book managed to get me a first edition. 🤗😊

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What does everyone think?

wanderinglynn I like the idea in theory, but as an introvert, I‘d probably still stay home. 😅 1mo
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Dancing Bear | James Crumley
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Thank god I‘m done with this one. I guess old style, hard boiled private investigator stories just aren‘t for me. And the lead character did SO MUCH cocaine. The author hammered me over the head with how much this guy likes cocaine.

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That's Not a Feeling | DAN JOSEFSON
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Finished up this morning. I‘ll admit this book wasn‘t what I thought it was. I‘m usually not a fan of the whole kids on adventure or kids coming of age situation. The problematic behavioral home with it‘s weird rules saved it for me though.

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Robin | Dave Itzkoff
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Belated birthday gift from my friends while I was in Michigan in late August. I miss Robin as if I knew him.

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Replaced my iPad Mini 2 with a Kindle Fire 7. The old iPad finally stopped being able to update and wasn‘t holding much of a charge anymore. I was only using it to read anyway and couldn‘t justify a 400+ replacement when the Kindle was like 40 bucks. Turns out converting epubs to mobi files for Kindle is a little more painstaking than I thought but it reminded me just how much I have to read.

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Dancing Bear | James Crumley
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I‘m usually reading one digital and one print book at a time so I started this one this morning. I‘m not sure how it got into my shelf or who recommended it. I also had no idea it‘s the second book in a series. A little beat up but readable. So far the writing has some old timey quips on women‘s looks that I‘m not exactly thrilled with but the story keeps plugging along okay.

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Imagine Me Gone | Adam Haslett
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I did not expect such an emotional back and forth with this book. Scrolling through the reviews made me worry cause of the changing narrator and timelines but I did not find it hard to follow at all. I think Adam Haslett did a great job showing the inner doubts and complexities of families who struggle to hold each other up. Hey @CSeydel I think you‘ll be pleased to know I‘m mailing this on to another friend! 😊

CSeydel Awesome! So glad you enjoyed it & pleased it will get to be loved by someone else now too 😊 2mo
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Imagine Me Gone | Adam Haslett

What do you fear when you fear everything? Time passing and not passing. Death and life. But even to say this would abet the lie that terror can be described, when anyone who‘s ever known it knows that it has no components but is undead everywhere inside you all the time, until you recognize yourself only by the tensions that string one minute to the next. This being the condition itself: the relentless need to escape a moment that never ends.

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Imagine Me Gone | Adam Haslett
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I started Imagine Me Gone last night and Adam Haslett‘s writing reminds me a lot of Donna Tartt which means I am loving it so far. I want to finish it by the end of the month so I can bring it to my friend I‘m visiting in Michigan. Mika is helping (pinning my arm down and making biscuits on me 😂).

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That's Not a Feeling | DAN JOSEFSON

A lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads for this title but giving it a shot anyway. 75 pages in and enjoying the narrator switch between his perspective and what the other kids in the school were up to while his experience was happening.

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Finally finished this one tonight. Any narrative that ties up several characters all clever like always makes me all gushy inside. The war in this book felt like it was unfolding in front of you without detailing much battle. What a treasure.

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Getting some Mika cuddles in cause she won‘t let me read in peace. It‘s also my birthday and I‘m 30 now so I‘m probably allowed 30 minutes of cuddling.

Mynameisacolour Happy Birthday!!🎉🎈🎊 4mo
Lauram Happy Birthday 🎂 4mo
Molly_the_mezzo Happy birthday! That‘s a big one! I had my 30th a few months ago! 4mo
Reviewsbylola Happy birthday!! 4mo
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Finally have a day off and it‘s Wimbledon and Reading for me. And laundry. But we‘ll ignore that last part.

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The things in his life that caused him the most sorrow were the things he‘d lived with the longest, and now that everything was falling they became the pillars that held him: had he a thirty two year old toothache rather than a thirty two year old son, he would have treasured it the same.

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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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I took a trip to Michigan to visit some friends earlier in the month and they surprised me with a HP mug and a Hedwig! I wasn‘t planning on taking a whole owl back home so I had to jam him in my backpack and traveled through the Detroit airport with his head sticking out 😂

Slajaunie 💙💙💙 5mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama

If I‘d learned anything from the ugliness of the campaign, it was that public judgment sweeps in to fill any void. If you don‘t get out and define yourself, you‘ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others. I wasn‘t interested in slotting myself into a passive role, waiting for Barack‘s team to give me direction. I knew that I would never allow myself to get that banged up again.

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Well, I feel like a complete person now that I‘ve uploaded my Goodreads library to Litsy.

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Finally finished this while watching the Celtics vs Pacers series. While it was informative, the whole thing felt extremely vendettaesque and was so repetitive I almost quit a few times. My completist nature wouldn‘t allow it though.

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I don‘t read much nonfiction but all three of my most recent have been life stories and history. Started this one the other day. #gettingmylearnon

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Career is often written about as some kind of albatross around a woman‘s neck. It‘s the thing that keeps her from fully committing to her family or it stood her from having a family altogether. It allegedly intimidates male partners or gets in the way of her having a family altogether. Women who are career focused are often seen as missing out on life but I never wanted the kind of career where I drive home from work and forget what I did all day.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama

My book club picked Becoming for our first book. I‘m just excited to be spending time with the Obamas again.

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Hi all. I miss this community. I haven‘t been reading, really. Things have been nuts. The holidays were hectic and emotional. I got promoted at my job last week to Operations Manager. Mika has been fighting an ear infection. I‘ve been happy. I‘ve been sad. I‘m gonna try to start reading again!

Mynameisacolour Congrats on the promotion!!! 10mo
JoScho I was thinking of you the other day when I used my HP mug. Glad to see you and congrats on the promotion 😊❤️ 10mo
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heylaurenmack @JoScho I use my mug all the time!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 10mo
JoScho Yay! 10mo
mrozzz 💜💜💜💜 10mo
Craftylikefox Congratulations on the promotion 😊 glad to see you! 10mo
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I did not have high expectations for this book considering the Zak Bagans publications were less than insightful but I‘m a sucker for ghosts. Ghosts Adventures is a guilty pleasure of my TV watching. It‘s become pretty self congratulating over the years. Nick‘s solo stuff and Ghosts of Sheperdstown is much better.

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1. I didn‘t enjoy elementary school too much because I was a quiet kid and somehow that made me weird, but if I had to pick, probably 3rd grade because Mrs. Hess didn‘t make me feel awful for my terrible handwriting and actually helped me with cursive.
2. TV Production.
3. Mika is a cat. 😻
4. Maybe Amelia Island because it is local and very antique and very pretty.
5. @JoScho Hey girl hey

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JoScho Hey!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
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Tell-All | Chuck Palahniuk
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I tend to read one ebook and one hard copy at a time. Figured I‘d give this Palahniuk a shot despite not really being thrilled with his work since Survivor. The completist in me must finish the lineup. I‘m 36 pages in and already kinda exhausted with all the name dropping in the book but the narrative suspense keeps me plugging along.

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Started Jen Kirkman‘s second book the other day. I debated reading this one cause I feel like she‘s gone off the rails a little bit, but so far I‘m glad I decided to give it a go.

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Preacher Book One | Garth Ennis
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Absolutely brutal in its art and story but that‘s why it‘s so good. Cleared up some noticeable disconnects from the Preacher tv show. Can‘t wait to eventually get my hands on book two.

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#friyayintro
1. Goodfellas.
2. Probably seeing some waterfalls in the Asheville, NC mountains.
3. TRUE CRIME!!
4. Red
5. What podcasts are you listening to? I‘m currently listening to That Story Show, WTF, JJ Redick Podcast, Up and Vanished

Kaye Good question. I took a long break from podcasts but just started listening this week again. I listened to season 1 of The Murder in My Family. Very good if you like true crime. I listened to a tiny tidbit of Serial season 3, which I guess will be about the Cleveland Court System. Plus I listened to several of the latest Already Gone. (edited) 1y
heylaurenmack @kaye I‘m excited for Serial to be back!! 1y
Kaye Me too, hope it‘s a good one. I thought season 2 was boring. 1y
sebrittainclark Too many! I'm really enjoying The SSR pod and Novel Predictions right now. Of course with editing, I end up listening to my own podcast (Unassigned Reading) the most 🤣🤣 1y
heylaurenmack @sebrittain You have a podcast?? I‘ll have to check it out 1y
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Became too preoccupied with watching hurricane activity last night that I forgot to do #friyayintro !!
1. Man, I guess I haven‘t read many funny ones but I tagged one of comedian Jen Kirkman‘s books.
2. July! ♋️
3. Mika is a cat.
4. We have Andy‘s Hot Fries in the machine at work right now and it‘s a problem.
5. Happy Virgo season! ♏️

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Preacher Book One | Garth Ennis
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Starting this one today. I really enjoy the TV series. Hoping some graphic novels will get me back in positive reading habits. 😊

hanseatic Enjoy! I love this books! 1y
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We live in a society populated by strangers. Each day we feel more distant from each other, more alone, all while being surrounded by millions. Each day we watch as our city turns into a desert. One in which we are all lost - looking for that oasis‘s we like to call love. The more we wait the more everything and everyone looks like a grain of sand escaping between our fingers before vanishing into the wind.

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When @JoScho makes your week and it‘s only Monday. Thank you so much, Jody! Morning coffee time just got way more magical. 😊😊😊🦅🦅🦅

JoScho Yay!! So glad it arrived safely. Enjoy 😊 1y
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#friyayintro
1. Roger Rabbit 🐰
2. FRENCH FRIES.
3. Been listening to a lot of Blackbear lately
4. Tagged
5. Ok bye.

tif Roger Rabbit was a great movie!! 1y
heylaurenmack @tif Right! I have it on DVD lol 1y
tif @heyLM I might need to go watch it again now! I always wanted to be as hot as Jessica Rabbit... Still waiting 😂 1y
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Simply put, this book is beautiful.

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#friyayintro
1. All this rain. 🌧
2. Raises have finally come through! 💵
3. Cray-on!🖍🖍
4. Hunting in Harlem
5. 🖤🖤🖤

BarbaraTheBibliophage I am so over all this rain! But glad to have green grass again ... for now. 😳 1y
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#hellothursday
1. English, but I had a lot of credits in History in college.
2. Math. No thanks.
3. I played basketball and flag football. Later took part in TV Production for 3 years.
4. Saints.

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 1y
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Sorry I‘ve been MIA! #humpdaypost
1. Some handwritten thank you from corporate. #winasateam
2. I recovered from a pretty good party. 😂😂😂
3. Dairy. Although I think I‘m slightly lactose intolerant.
4. Tagged above. I‘ve been presaving panels for posting later. It‘s beautiful.
5. Nope. Although I‘m pretty sure I have a stress fracture in my left foot.

MinDea You work for Nike? Nice! Are you in Oregon? 1y
heylaurenmack @MinDea I‘m a footwear manager for a store in Florida! A city not far from us hosts The Player‘s Club golf tournament every year and we normally partner with corporate. But Oregon is the goal. Or maybe the new NYC headquarters! 🤔 1y
MinDea Awesome!! 1y
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Took a trip to NYC this past weekend and was able to make it to the Strand bookstore!!

mrozzz 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 1y
Slajaunie Yes!! Let‘s do it!! 1y
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1. When I‘m not working I‘m home snuggling that baby Mika. I‘m going to New York next weekend for my birthday celebration which is actually the 8th.
2. Hunting in Harlem - Mat Johnson
3. I want to see that Mister Rogers documentary.
4. 😂🤷🏼‍♀️🖤😻🕷
5. Gonna go follow some #friyayintro folks.

Sace 😻❤️ 1y
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Hunting in Harlem | Mat Johnson
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Overall, I enjoyed this maniacal, murderous ride. The writing was much more simplistic than Pym but think it reflected the mindset of the characters circumstances. One of the central characters doing a 180 to the moral deficiencies really made me sad.

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Not book related but I wanted to share cause this community has so been so supportive. 5 years of gratitude with the best brand in the world. Thank you for helping this soft spoken individual find my voice. If I‘ve been any amount of successful it is because of the people who have lead me, lead with me, and allowed me to lead them. Let‘s keep winning together.

Craftylikefox Yay! Congratulations! 1y
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julesG Congratulations! 1y
heylaurenmack @julesG Thank you! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Congratulations—that‘s a really nice way to recognize you! 1y
heylaurenmack @BarbaraTheBibliophage There‘s a little plaque thing they have on order too. I‘ve always jokingly said I‘m getting my crystal swoosh and then I‘m out 😂 1y
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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Hunting in Harlem | Mat Johnson
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1. Having my schedule switched to 3-midnight to fix an inventory issue at work when I‘m on the tail end of a week stretch. 😩
2. Think about my next closest day off. And hug Mika. 😻
3. My birthday is coming up July 8.
4. Tagged book. Haven‘t had a lot of time to finish with the way my schedule has been.
#moodymonday

Monieeka But why is getting old making you happy?! You‘re ancient. 1y
heylaurenmack @Monieeka you are the same age as me 1y
Monieeka @heyLM no. You‘re a day older. 1y
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#friyayintro
1. This is tough. Is Fight Club a fairytale? 🤜🏻👊🏻
2. MONSTERS INC DUH
3. 8:30PM EST
4. MUSTARD. NOPE. NO THANK YOU.
5. @mrozzz who might have already done it

mrozzz I actually have not! Thanks for the tag ☺️ 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage #1 - LOL. I‘m not much for fairy tales either! 1y
heylaurenmack @BarbaraTheBibliophage I find myself rolling my eyes pretty hard hahaha 🙄 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @heyLM For sure. The prince doesn‘t always save the princess in real life, that‘s for sure. 1y
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1. Strange & Norrell are about as fantasy as I get in my reading habits. What struck me the most about this book was it was a debut novel and it flowed, with so many moving parts, incredibly well. The world and concepts felt planned for decades.

2. Graceland. Elvis was the first man I ever loved. It would be like going to Mecca.

Thank you so much for the giveaway!
#welcometolitsygiveaway

kellyann28 I live so close to Graceland but have never been! I'm sure you are ashamed of me 😂 thanks for entering! 1y
heylaurenmack @kellyann28 What!!!!! Trade with me right now 👇🏻 1y
kellyann28 @heyLM 😂😂 1y
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