It’s Ain’t Easy Being Green ~Beyond the Books

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Today we are talking about things that make us green with envy

I am pretty content person. I have achieved a lot in my life, so I shouldn’t be jealous of anyone else. But I CAN’T help it sometimes.

Things that make me go green:

People who win large amounts of money


My Miguel plays the lotteries here every week. I don’t play because I am extremely unlucky. I don’t even touch his tickets for fear that I will jinx them. I have never won money. I can’t help but feel a bit jealous when I see people who have won and are now living the big life. I am more likely to be hit by lightening then win a lottery, but I am very envious of people that do.


Seeing homes that look like they were just staged


I try to keep my house clean. No matter how hard I try, my house will never been magazine ready. Some of my very functional furniture does not match. Oh how I wish it was, but I AM POOR. If you look too long, you are bound to see a random sock under the couch or that pile of shoes by the door. My kids and pets are not helping with my situation. Not only that but I have too much stuff, and I put it on top of stuff, so it looks cluttered. I don’t know where those people with staged looking homes put their stuff, cause I don’t see it. If we hit the lottery, I am buying all matching furniture and hiring a maid.


Seeing people with perfect teeth


Yea, my teeth aren’t perfect. They are not even close. I was supposed to get braces when I was a kid, but my mother opted not to shell out the money for them. As I got older, my teeth got worse as a result of crowding. It was way too late for realignment once I could afford it. My smile is flawed by my UN-perfect teeth. My kids will NOT know this horror. I just spent the equivalent of a car for my oldest daughter to get invisalign. Today she has a perfect smile. I am so envious.


Seeing people with stacks of ARCs


No matter what it looks like here, I am completely out of the loop. I don’t get ARCs from publishers. I am not on any publishers list. I get Edelweiss copies most of the time, and rarely I get NetGalley. I buy a ton of books. I get a little green when I see people who get ALL the ARCs.


People who rule Instagram


I admitted last week that I have no artistic talent. I also have no talent for picture taking. Oh how I wish I had an eye for what would look good. Or props. Or motivation. I just don’t have any of that and I wish I did. You guys make it look so easy.


Blog Events and Tags I am never part of


I have never been tagged. I see those posts where people say at end I tag YOU, meaning anyone who wants to do it. It is not the same as actually being tagged though. I feel like I miss out on major blogging events that EVERYONE else is part of. I would call this blogger envy, but I like my blog. I just wish it got included in things more often. I know most bloggers feel this way, so I know I am not alone….right? RIGHT?


That is all I can think of for now. If you are one of the people I described on this list, just know you are motivating me to try harder. I want to be you when I grow up.

What makes you green with envy?

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By | 2017-12-16T10:23:34+00:00 Thursday, July 14, 2016|Beyond the Books|17 Comments

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Mother, Lover, Writer, Reviewer, Social Media Princess. Karen has been a blogger since 2010. She is a US Army veteran, a medical professional, and the mother of four. Karen is the owner of That Book Store llc. She reviews books and shares mind vomit for this blog in her 'spare' time. Karen lives in New England.


  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    July 14, 2016 at 9:29 am - Reply

    My husband had braces as a child and even with that his bottom teeth are very crooked. Comparing orthodontic stories I don’t think his were done right as he has a little mouth and they left all his teeth in there when there wasn’t room. I’m not a particularly jealous person though it may be because I’m so self involved that I don’t tend to notice other people! For a long time I was jealous of my husband’s ex-wife because she had just walked away and could start fresh whereas I was saddled with fixing the debt she had run up, living in her house filled with her tacky crap, and dealing with the issues she had caused. Obviously I didn’t know all that when I married him but I was 22 so what did I know in the first place! Luckily it all evened out because she’s a terrible person.
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    • Karen Blue
      July 14, 2016 at 9:35 am - Reply

      I am not a really jealous person, I envy situations, but I wouldn’t change who I am. Crooked teeth and all, I am still really happy being me.

  2. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    July 14, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Geez I kind of envy a lot of stuff but not in a bad way. What I mean is yeah I wish I had more money, a prettier home, a better IG account etc but overall I know it isn’t important and I’m good. Does that even make sense?? Still, more money would be nice 🙂
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    • Karen Blue
      July 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      Yes, I am envious but it doesn’t keep me up at night or anything. This is just stuff that makes me wish I was better at.

  3. Heather Duff
    July 14, 2016 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    My teeth are wonky at the bottom however rather than fix them I’d rather have nice white teeth instead.

    I hear you about ARCs and tags, and as for Instagram, well I love looking at things but seriously I don’t have the time in my life to muck about with pot plants and feathers plus all those props must take up as space?
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    • Karen Blue
      July 15, 2016 at 7:37 am - Reply

      Yea, probably the props do take up space. I feel like those people that are really winning at Instagram do not have as many things on their plate as I do (and you as well I imagine). White teeth is a dream I will never see happen. My teeth are too weak for whitening, or so I have been told.

  4. Mara @ Mara Was Here July 14, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Well, ARC envy isn’t really something to be easily suppressed, but I do try to just ignore the feeling most of the time when I can. The thing that makes me envious a bit, though, are those who can join Twitter chats and stuff because for some reason, I can never attend them. 🙁 Most of them start from 1-9 AM in my country, and sometimes even on school days, so I basically can’t attend most of them because I’m either asleep or at school (I haven’t even attended a single one yet. T_T) Timezones are hard. </3

    Great post, Karen!

    • Karen Blue
      July 15, 2016 at 7:35 am - Reply

      That thing about the time zones really sucks! Have you thought about mentioning it to the people who host those? Or starting one yourself? I am sure there are loads of people who can’t attend due to time-zone conflicts, you might want to start something yourself. I choose not to attend them myself because I am shit at twitter chats. It feels like things happen too fast and I am late to reply to stuff. Oh well!

  5. kimbacaffeinate July 14, 2016 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    I use to envy folks, but learned a valuable lesson when my kiddies were small, I use to admire the family across the street. Their home was HGTV perfect, they had a darling little girl who never yelled and always looked so pretty. The wife had a fancy car and golden career. They made a stunning couple always out on the town, big parties with never ending friends. I was green…until one morning a for Sale sign went up on their lawn. The wife told me they were getting divorced he had another woman. Things had been bad for a while. It blew my mind. Never again will I look at what others have..because while I was busy wishing I was the Jones..I was the one who was truly blessed.
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    • Karen Blue
      July 15, 2016 at 7:20 am - Reply

      I am not really an envious person for the most part. I am really happy to be me but I think seeing things I wish I had makes me strive to be better. Thanks for sharing that story about your neighbors, that was a great example of how the grass may look greener it may be fake. Thanks for chiming in!

  6. I had braces for like three years, but then I stopped wearing my retainer, so my teeth are crooked again -_- I didn’t get them for cosmetic reasons, but it still would’ve been nice to keep my teeth straight after dealing with braces for so long.

    I think it’s funny though that you get books on Edelweiss but not Netgalley because I’ve literally been denied for every book I’ve requested on Edelweiss lol, but I do get books from Netgalley. It would be awesome to get physical ARCs though, especially since I can’t really afford to buy physical books and have such a sad, tiny bookshelf!
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    • Karen Blue
      July 15, 2016 at 7:09 am - Reply

      My bookshelf is full of books I bought and my haul from BEA this year. It was a little sad to start off though (just a little over 2 years ago, it was almost bare). I have found one publisher on Edelweiss that pretty much approves all of my requests, a lot of other pubs don’t approve them. I don’t care, I will keep requesting anyways.
      Some bloggers just get ebooks and that is all they review. I am thinking they got it right because for me reading an ebook is so much easier. Thanks for chiming in!

  7. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight
    July 16, 2016 at 1:59 am - Reply

    Legitimately jealous of all these things also- except I guess the teeth one cause mine are okay- even though the bottom ones are a little jacked up even POST-braces (ironic, since they were fine PRE-braces). I also have some pretty serious money envy, ARC envy, success in general envy, and relationship envy. In fact, I think I might have *too* much envy bwhahha 😂
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    • Karen Blue
      July 18, 2016 at 7:05 am - Reply

      I think envy can be good if it motivates you to try harder/do more. I am currently envious of anyone with a little free time, since I have none.

  8. I had braces when I was a kid, but my teeth are still crooked. My son doesn’t want braces at all, and I’m debating about forcing him. It’s a lot of money to spend on something he doesn’t care about – but if they’re going to get worse, he might regret it later. Still thinking about that …

    The tagging thing made me laugh because I usually don’t tag people for fear of aggravating them … and here, you’ve been feeling left out for not being tagged! I actually haven’t done a tag in quite awhile, but I’m totally tagging you next time! 🙂

    • Karen Blue
      July 25, 2016 at 7:56 am - Reply

      Cool! I kinda feel like no one would have known if I didn’t talk about it. I wish I had a tag, I would tag everyone!
      My daughter got invisalign, but my son has perfectly straight teeth. Go figure! Have you thought about invisalign? I know it is expensive, but it is also barely noticeable.

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