Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Erased: Volume 1 by Kei Sanbe

What I did Last Week

Read

I did a decent amount of reading last week. I read the first 5 volumes of Death Note. This is a strange yet addictive series. I’ll be posting a full series review of this one once I am done with it.

 

 

 

Then I read The Incredible Journey. I enjoyed this one quite a bit but was surprised by how different it was from the movie. I knew it would be different, but only the general essence of the book remained in the movie version.

 

Watched

The main this I watched this week was the entire sixth season of The Golden Girls. We ended up watching The Princess Bride. This is a movie I watched quite a few years ago and absolutely hated. Watching it again, I still didn’t enjoy it all that much, but it was better than the first time. The boy didn’t much care for it, which of course disappointed hubby because he loves that movie. We also watched Thor: Tales of Asgard, an odd little cartoon movie. For Family Movie Night we ended up watching Kubo And The Two Strings, which was the movie the boy picked, and we all enjoyed it.

Life

It was a fairly easy going week. Having returned from our short trip on Monday, we decided to take a day to rest and recharge, but that ended up extending throughout most of the week. I did spend some time weeding the garden, which was in desperate need of the attention, but due to lots of rain, I didn’t get it all done. I did spend some time over the weekend trying to get our laundry room cleaned and organized. I got the job well over half done, but still have some work to do with it.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I will be continuing to read the rest of the Death Note series. With luck I will be able to get to the end of the series by the end of the week, but it all depends on how much reading time I set aside.

 

 

 

I also would like to start reading Dark Horse. I have enjoyed nearly all the books I have read by B.J. Daniels, but it has been a while since I have read any, so I’m looking forward to starting this latest of series by her.

 

 

Watching

I’ll be working on the final season of The Golden Girls. I don’t want to finish this series up, because I love it so much, but doing so will also allow me to watch other things. Beyond that, I’m not sure what else I will be watching this week.

Life

The boy has science camp this week, which he’s super excited about – as am I, because it gets him out of the house for a few hours each day. Hubby also returns back to work after having the last two weeks off for vacation, so I will have the house all to myself for quite a bit of it. I do have quite a bit of work around the house that I want to do. Our garage sale was put off due to rain, but even so, I’m eager to go through the house again and make sure I didn’t miss anything in my initial purging. Also, we want to reorganize a few other rooms, which means the perfect opportunity to go through things. I also need to make room for a new book case or two, which hubby will only buy me once I prove we have room for them. If the weather is good, I will also need to weed the garden as it’s overflowing with weeds thanks to all the rain we have been getting.

July 2017 Wrap-Up

With August here it’s time to look back on what I did during the month of July. This month seemed to have flown by, but even with it going so quickly, I still managed to read a whopping sixteen books.

So what did I read in July?

  • Rhapsody: Child of Blood by Elizabeth Haydon
  • A Bride’s Story Vol. 4 by Kaoru Mori
  • A Bride’s Story Vol. 5 by Kaoru Mori
  • A Bride’s Story Vol. 6 by Kaoru Mori
  • A Bride’s Story Vol. 7 by Kaoru Mori
  • A Bride’s Story Vol. 8 by Kaoru Mori
  • The Huntress & The Sphinx by Ru Emerson
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  • Erased Vol. 2 by Kei Sanbe
  • Provence To Die for by Jessica Fletcher
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Riders by Veronica Rossi

July was a semi-hectic month. I did quite a bit of baking, including a frantic pre-vacation bake-a-thon. I also dedicated a bunch of kitchen time to making food for the dog – she’s super spoiled and eats almost no store bought food. We had our old wood shed finally torn down, which resulted in us spending a day emptying it out and sorting through what was in it. A lot of it went to the dump.I also spent a decent amount of time tending to the garden. This are growing slowly but steadily, though I still feel that all the plants are too far behind even at this point in the year and accounting for everything being planted late. I really hope all my effort nets us something.

I had hoped to have a garage sale sometime during the month, but unfortunately the weather was against that. Seemed like the only nice weekend we had in town over the course of the month was the one when we were gone. Go figure.

At the end of the month we headed down to Sudbury for a last minute mini vacation. Each year, for the last few years, we have gone down to Sudbury for the weekend to hit up the Science Center there and do some shopping – since it’s hard to not shop (even though I hate shopping) when you have every store at your disposal. The Science Center was fun, as per usual, though I have to say that their current temporary displace, 101 Inventions That Changed The World, was a major letdown. It was basically just a list of those inventions, a short movie talking about some of them, a small display that showed some of them and a whole lot of empty space. At least the rest of the Science Center was fun, especially for the boy. While we were in the city, we also hit up my favorite used book store, Bay Used Books, because I said we weren’t allowed to head home until we did so.

Over the course of the month, I ended up watching quite a few movies and a few TV shows – you can find out exactly what I watched by looking through my Monday posts. Of those movies, I have to say that Queen of Katwe was my favorite. I would have never thought I would like a movie about chess, and yet this movie proved me wrong.

All in all, I have to say that July was a pretty good month. Now to look forward to what August has in store for us.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
.hack//Legend of The Twilight by Tatsuya Hamazaki

What I did Last Week

Read

I had another decent reading week last week. First up, I read Fairest. This was a quick and enjoyable book about the villain from The Lunar Chronicles series. I really enjoyed seeing her progress along the way to become more and more the person I recognize from the rest of the series. I’ll be posting a full review of this book in a few weeks.

 

 

Next, I read Erased Volume 2. This was another great manga. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this series goes. I’ll be posting a full review of this book in a few weeks.

 

 

Then I read Provence To Die For, one of the Murder She Wrote novels. This one didn’t appeal to me as much as some of the previous ones, but I still enjoyed it in it’s own way. I likely won’t review this one, as I find it hard to review books from this series.

 

 

Lastly, I read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I had started this one a while back but only got about a chapter in. I quick enjoyed this book, which was a mix of an autobiography and a science text book. I’m undecided as to whether I will review this one or not, as I tend not to review non-fiction.

 

Watched

We finally got around to doing Bad Movie Monday again and last week we watched Earth vs. Asteroid. This movie was quite bad and proves our theory that pretty much any movie that has “vs.” in the title is bound to be bad. Then we watching Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2 and Despicable Me 3. We enjoyed all these, even having seen the first two multiple times. We also watched Wonder Woman, which was my third viewing, my son’s second and hubby’s first. We all really enjoyed this movie and are looking forward to owning it in the future so we can watch it whenever we want. I also watched a whole lot of episodes of The Golden Girls. I’m nearly done with season four.

Life

The week wasn’t busy. I got the last bit of stuff organized for our future garage sale, now we just need to pick a weekend to do it. We ended up going to the city over the weekend to do some necessary shopping, looked at some vehicles (since hubby’s truck is on it’s last legs), and saw two movies while we were there.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I don’t have any solid reading plans this week because it’s going to be a decently busy week, so not sure how much reading time I will have.

Watching

I have about four episodes of season four of The Golden Girls to get through, then I will be starting season five. I also should really watch some of the stuff on our PVR if I can.

Life

It’s going to be busy. I don’t have any solid plans outside of getting as much done from a very long to-do list as I can. If the weather looks good for the weekend, we may have our garage sale then.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

What I did Last Week

Read

First up, I finished my reread of Rhapsody: Child of Blood. I really enjoyed this one alot, and even though I had read it before, I had forgotten 99% of the story, so it was like reading it for the first time again. You can find my review of this book here.

 

 

Next I ended up reading Volumes 4 to 8 of A Bride’s Story. I liked some of these more than others, but overall I still really enjoy this series and cannot wait to read the next volume coming out later this year.

 

 

 

Then I read The Last Olympian. I struggled with this one a bit because I’ve lost interest in the series but didn’t want to leave it at one book, the final book at that, as being unread. I’ll probably review this one eventually, but I’m not eager to do so.

 

 

Just when I thought I was done reading for the week, last night I ended up reading Xena: Warrior Princess The Huntress And The Sphinx. This one was okay. I’ve read better Xena books, and I’ve also read worse ones. I’ll be posting a full review of this one in a few weeks.

Eight books in one week. Not too shabby.

 

Watched

Despite my plan to watch some of the stuff I have on my PVR and some anime, I did no such thing. In fact, I barely watched anything last week. I did watch a few episodes of Phineas & Ferb with my son, we are now into season 3 of the show. For family movie night we ended up watching Crocodile Dundee, a movie the hubby and I haven’t watched in a few years. It was the boys first time seeing it and he liked it overall, but found some parts to be boring.

Life

So much for my take it easy and do nothing week. I ended up doing a bunch of baking because a number of orders came through. Then I sorted through the vast majority of stuff we have set aside for a garage sale, took an inventory, worked out pricing and all that fun stuff. In doing that I made quite a mess of half the house, so I then did a thorough cleaning of the house. We did manage to sell a few of the bigger items this week, advertising them on a local sale site, which cleaned up a nice amount of room. We also started the task of rearranging our bedroom, I don’t know why we did this, but it’s happening. I’ve also been spending a good chunk of time in the garden, tending to the steadily growing plants, weeding and just enjoying the nice weather.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I don’t really know what I will be reading this week. I need to look at my TBR pile and see what jumps out at me.

Watching

I will once again try to watch things that are on the PVR in order to clear out some space on it. I also would really like to start to watch at least one anime series this week, though I have yet to decide which series I will watch.

Life

I have some more prep work to do for our garage sale, which will hopefully happen sometime in the next two weeks. Then we need to finish rearranging our bedroom, put together another bookshelf, fill it with books and add the old shelf to the garage sale pile. I’m sure there is more than needs to get done, but that’s the immediate concerns.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Warcraft Legends Vol. 1 by Richard A. Knaak

What I did Last Week

Read

Didn’t read much last week. I did get around to reading A Bride’s Story Vol 2 & 3, which I really enjoyed, though I didn’t enjoyed Volume 3 as much as the previous ones. I have decided to review these books as a series, so the review will come along once I have read them all.

 

 

Watched

The boy and I continued to watch Phineas & Ferb and are nearly done with the second season. I haven’t watched all the episodes with him, but quite a few of them I have watched, especially when he tells me it’s one we haven’t seen before. On netflix I watched the anime series Silver Spoon, which is about students attending an agricultural high school. This series was weird at times but overall I enjoyed it, I just wish there were more seasons to it because it was over far too quickly. We also watched Read Or Die together, because my husband said something one day that made me think of this movie (although it’s actually three episodes) and when I tried to explain the connection they showed interest in watching it. In the end they thought it was okay, but I enjoyed watched it again quite a bit. For Family Movie Night we ended up watching Balto 3: Wings of Change, which is what the boy choose to watch. This one was good but not quite as good as the first movie. Lastly, we ended up watching Okja, which was a strange yet good movie.

Life

I was so much more busy that I was expecting last week. I had some baking orders, but then even more came in, so I spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen. On top of this I was regularly in the garden making sure it was weeded and watered often. My son and I also played a ton of board games between the itm ehe got home from school and when hubby got home from work, and then we often played more games after dinner. Over the week we played Touche, The Game of Life, Barrel of Monkeys, Monopoly and Star Wars: Jedi Unleashed. I also started to organize things that I had purged a few months ago, but were simply piled up in our laundry room to get ready for a garage sale which I hope to have in a couple of weeks. It will be really nice to have all that space back and make some money in the process.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I will be continuing with Rhapsody: Child of Blood. I’m about half way through with my reread of this one and really enjoying it. Hoping to have it done in the next couple of days.

After this I’m not sure what I will read, it all depends on if I get the books I recently ordered this week or not.

 

Watching

I don’t really have any solid plan for the week. I have a few things on the PVR that I should watch, as well as some anime that I really want to get around to as well.

Life

I’m hoping to take it easy this week. Last week was really busy, and I need a relaxing week to recharge.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

What I did Last Week

Read

I did a decent amount of reading last week. First up I read A Bride’s Story Vol. 1. I really enjoyed this one, so much so that I immediately ordered the next two volumes after finishing this one. I haven’t decided if I will review this as a series or do individual reviews for each volume.

 

 

Next up I read Secret Daughter. This was such a great read and I’m so glad this book was sent to me from my Secret Sister because I would have otherwise missed out on it. I will be posting a full review of this book in a few weeks.

 

 

Lastly, I read Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki. While I enjoyed this one, I feel like I would have enjoyed it more if I had watched the anime. I will make sure to watch the anime one day to see how it compares to the manga. I will be posting a full review of this book in a few weeks.

 

 

Watched

I didn’t watch too much last week. My son and I watched a number of episodes of Phineas & Ferb, which are always entertaining. I ended up watching The Garden of Words, which was really good. I had watched it about a year or so ago, but had a hankering to watch it again. I then watched two documentaries on Netflix. The Eagle Huntress was a great look at the first female eagle hunter in Mongolia. The Mask You Live In, which takes a look at how masculinity is pushed onto boys from a young age and how it shapes them.

Life

It was a busy week. The boy had soccer finals, which only lasted two days, but were the most intense two days of soccer out of the whole season. Luckily, his team did amazing and walked away with the gold metal. In fact, over the whole season they only lost one game. I finally had the chance to plant the garden this week. It threatened to rain nearly every day, but I forced myself to get out there and plant things before it is too late. As it is, everything was planted about two weeks late, thanks to lots of rain this month, so I’m hoping the garden does well and gives up lots of produce before the end of the season. I then spent the weekend baking because I had several orders to fill. I did also play a bit of World of Warcraft but not as much as I had hoped I would.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I plan on reading Rhapsody: Child of Blood this week. I had read this book a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, I want to continue on with this series, but can’t remember what happened in the first book, thus the reread.

Beyond that, I plan to read A Bride’s Story Vol. 2 & 3 this week. I had hoped to read these late last week, but unfortunately they were delayed in the mail and should be arriving today. So they will have to wait until this week to get read.

Watching

Not really sure what I will be watching this week. I have a few shows that I need to watch from the PVR but otherwise, I will likely just watch whatever I feel like on any given day.

Life

Though the garden is fully planted, I will be spending lots of time tending to it this week, making sure it’s watered plenty and that the weeds are kept at bay while the plants get established. I also have some more baking to do to fill a few order, which will keep me decently busy, but will help to pay for the books I will inevitably end up purchasing in the coming weeks.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

What I did Last Week

Read

First up I read Wishful Drinking. This was a very interesting read and gave a look into Carrie Fisher’s life. It’s got humor, shocking reveals and all around shows off Carrie in a light that many may not have seen. It was a little sad to read it knowing that she is gone, but I’m glad that I did. Because this is a biography, I will not be posting a review of it.

 

 

Then I read Shockaholic. This is Carrie Fisher’s second biography and I didn’t enjoy it as much as Wishful Drinking. A lot of it is similar to the first book and then there are some chapters that seem so random I didn’t feel like they added anything – like the Michael Jackson chapter. Still glad I read it even though it wasn’t a huge attention grabber. I will not be posting a review for this one either.

 

Finally I read Erased Volume 1. I had bought this book the previous week during my trip to the city and I’m so glad that I did. This was such an amazing book with a rich story line and great art. I cannot wait for the second volume to be out in a couple of weeks. I’ll be posting a full review of this one in the coming weeks.

 

 

Watched

While it doesn’t feel like I watched a lot last week, I actually did. I ended up clearing out several things from my PVR including episodes of Deadliest Catch, River Monsters, My 600lb Life and The Last Alaskans. On the weekend we had a Star Wars Rebels marathon, watching most of season 3 because we realized that we never watched the last couple of episodes and figured it would be best to start rewatching the whole season – we came close to watching all of it, but some bad weather prevented us from watching the last few episodes. For Family Movie Night we ended up watching Hero, which was good, but the boy didn’t enjoy it as much as we hoped he would.

Life

I got lots of work done in the garden last week. Hours spent weeding, fixing the border, fixing the fence, replacing one of the raised beds that had rotted. The only thing I didn’t get done was planting because the weather turned to rain and is obviously not ideal conditions for planting. Soccer kept up busy for a few evenings as well, and the boys team continues to win every game, but some of the other teams are definitely making them work for it.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I will finish Cress this week. I have been working on this one for too long, reading other books when I should be finishing this one, so I am not allowing myself to read anything else until it’s done. I really want to see how the second half of the book works out, so I have no reason to not read it.

 

 

Watching

We will be finishing up season three of Star Wars Rebels this week. I also want to try to finish up season four of The Golden Girls, I think I’m about half way or so, so it shouldnt’ be too much work to do that. It’s the boys pick for Family Movie Night this week, so I’m not sure what he is picking.

Life

It’s the second last week of soccer for the boy, so between his three regular games and a mini tournament, this will take up a decent amount of time. If the weather is good, and so far it doesn’t look like it will be, I will finally be planting the garden.