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.

June 2017 Wrap-Up

How is it July already? Seriously, this year is going by far too fast. Anyway, it’s time to look back on what I read and did over the month of June. I ended up reading a total of eleven books in June.

So what did I read in the month of June?

  • Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher
  • Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
  • Erased Vol. 1 by Kei Sanbe
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • Your Name: A Light Novel by Makoto Shinkai
  • Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta
  • A Bride’s Story Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori
  • Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  • Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda
  • A Bride’s Story Vol. 2 by Kaoru Mori
  • A Bride’s Story Vol. 3 by Kaoru Mori

June was a pretty busy month. My son was finishing up his soccer season, and so that kept us occupied for a few nights each week. The season was long and yet went by fairly quickly. They ended up losing only a single game over the season and ended up with the gold medal. I was also able to finally plant the garden, though it happened about two weeks later than what normally happens, but I had no choice in that since it kept raining every day making it impossible to plant it. The good news is, that some of the things I planted started to sprout a mere two days later and come the end of the month everything but the spinach had sprouted. I also put in a bunch of time trying to organize things for a garage sale we plan on having at some point next month, and that was  a big task and I still have so much more work on this to do before I’m ready. At the end of the month I got my hands on a new book shelf, a birthday gift from my husband, and I’m so excited to have it because it’s a good quality shelf so I don’t need to worry about the shelves starting to sag under the weight of my book after a month or so. Overall, this was a good, albeit busy month.

May 2017 Wrap-Up

It’s mid-June and that means I am late for posting my May Wrap-Up! I’m already struggling to remember what I did in May, and for the most part I can tell you this; I did very little. I read a total of nine books in May.

So what did I read in the month of May?

  • Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure by Cecil Castellucci
  • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  • A Silent Voice Volume 1 by Yoshitoki Ooima
  • A Silent Voice Volume 2 by Yoshitoki Ooima
  • A Silent Voice Volume 3 by Yoshitoki Ooima
  • A Silent Voice Volume 4 by Yoshitoki Ooima
  • A Silent Voice Volume 5 by Yoshitoki Ooima
  • A Silent Voice Volume 6 by Yoshitoki Ooima
  • A Silent Voice Volume 7 by Yoshitoki Ooima

Outside of reading, I don’t remember doing much over the course of the month. I did play a lot of World of Warcraft, which was fun and yet not as fun as I remember it being years ago. I had family visiting as well, which is always a stressful time. The boy started soccer as well, and his team won every game that they played, which he is very happy about since last year his team lost eery single game. I’m sure I did other things, but honestly I am drawing a blank.

April 2017 Wrap Up

With May here, it’s time to take a moment to look back at all the things I accomplished in April. In total I read fifteen books in April, which is fantastic.

So what did I read in April?

  • Warcraft Legends Volume 1 by Richard A Knaak
  • Warcraft Legends Volume 2 by Richard A Knaak
  • Murder In A Minor Key by Jessica Fletcher
  • The Battle of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
  • The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
  • Saga Volume 1
  • Saga Volume 2
  • Saga Volume 3
  • Saga Volume 4
  • Saga Volume 5
  • Saga Volume 6
  • Saga Volume 7
  • .hack// Legend of The Twilight, Vol. 1
  • .hack// Legend of The Twilight, Vol. 2
  • .hack// Legend of The Twilight, Vol. 3

April was such a weird month. The weather was one of those things that just couldn’t make up it’s mind. For the most part, we were having gorgeous spring weather, some days even almost felt like spring. Then on Easter weekend we got hit by a couple inches of snow. Then the last week of April saw a huge winter storm hit most of Northern Ontario, which effectively shut it down for two days – though the roads somehow remained open despite everything else being closed. This storm also screwed over my plans to go see Your Name, since it hit the day I was supposed to go to the city to see the movie, and it was only in theaters for one day, so needless to say I was in a very annoyed mood that day. Probably didn’t help that the in-laws also came up at that time, so I had to deal with them, really bad weather and not get to see the movie.

April also saw me return to playing World of Warcraft. I hadn’t played in nearly four years, but I really wanted to check out the latest expansion, Legion, because it looked so darn good. I have really been enjoying my time playing the game again, though it does tend to eat up most of my waking hours.

I did watch a bunch of movies and TV shows over the course of the month as well, however, I will admit, I don’t feel like looking over my previous posts in order to see what all they were and list them here. If you want to know all that I watched, check out my Monday Progress Report posts and you will find it all there. So, that was my month. Hoping that May will be good.

March 2017 Wrap-Up

With April here, it’s time to take a moment to look back at all the things I accomplished in March. Firstly, I can’t believe it is April already. This year is just flying by. Though I only read five books, I had a very productive month.

So what did I read in March?

  • The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
  • Illidan by William King
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
  • Buffalo Girls by Larry McMurtry

For the most part, I enjoyed everything that I read. Though I think my favorite was a tie between Buffalo Girls and Scarlet. On top of reading, I did a crap ton of writing during the month of March, churning out 75,000 words in three weeks. I definitely think that having a spot set up specifically to do my writing at has been a major factor in getting so much writing done in such a short period of time. I also did a bunch of baking, mostly dog treats and a few things for us as well, but it certainly wasn’t an overly busy baking month – which I’m kind of grateful for because sometimes I just need a break from it.

As far as watching things during the month, I got through the entire second season of The Golden Girls and part of the way through the third season. I also caught up on Heartland, which I had fallen behind on by several episodes. I also watched My 600lb Life and River Monsters. Movie wise I ended up watching Green Lantern, Moana (probably about 20 times throughout the month, The Day After Tomorrow, Best In Show, and Jumper.

Overall, I have to say that the month of March was pretty good. The icing on the cake has certainly been the gorgeous weather we’ve been getting, which is definitely strange because normally March is still very much winter up here. Looks like we are finally getting spring on time this year.

February 2017 Wrap-Up

With March here, it’s time to take a moment to look back at all the things I accomplished in February. In total I read six books during the month of February.

So what did I read in February?

  • Bird & Squirrel On The Run by James Burks
  • Bird & Squirrel On Ice by James Burks
  • Bird & Squirrel On The Edge by James Burks
  • Bird & Squirrel On Fire by James Burks
  • In Shade And Shadow by Barb & J.C. Hendee
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The month started off so strong. I read those six books in the first six days of the month. Then I got busy. I was trying to continue with the house purge I started in January. I did manage to get some of that done, mostly small areas like closets and bathrooms, but certainly not as much as I had intended. On top of that, I had lots of baking to do throughout the month, so a lot of my time was spend in the kitchen either cooking or cleaning up after cooking.

I didn’t watch a lot of movies or TV during the month. I did watch the first season of The Golden Girls, after getting the entire series on DVD on sale. I’m really enjoying watching this show again. On Netflix I watched I Am Your Father, Dark Horse, First Contact: Lost Tribe of The Amazon, The True Cost, 13th The Great Alone. I also finished up the third season of Gilmore Girls. For movies we ended up watching The Karate Kid Part 3, Airplane, Thelma & Louise, Balto 2: Wolf Quest and The Next Karate Kid. On the TV, I watched River Monsters, Alaska: The Last Frontier, My 600lbs Life, Westminster Kennel Club Show, Star Wars: Rebels and Heartland

One of the more important things I did this month was buy a new desk and finally set up a part of the house dedicated to writing. I chose the spot beside my reading corner mostly because it was really the only place available in the house that would be distraction free as possible. Since then, I have been spending several hours each day working on my writing. All in all, February was a good month.

January 2017 Wrap-Up

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With February here, it’s time to look back on the reading I did in January. I had a very good start to reading this year, knocking out nine books during January. I have found that making, and sticking, to a monthly TBR has helped me out immensely and I will be doing this every month.

So what did I read in January?

  • Trick And Treachery by Jessica Flecther
  • War Crimes by Christie Golden
  • War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • True Grit by Charles Portis
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Marley & My by John Grogan
  • Dark Disciple by Christie Golden
  • The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The month was also busy outside of reading. I had lots of baking to do, which was mostly dog treat orders, from my baking side business. I also started to do a major purge of the house. This is a project that will likely take a couple of months to complete, but I have already noticed a huge difference after only doing two full rooms. Getting this done will finally allow us to rearrange some of the rooms, something we have been wanting to do for a while now, and allow us to get new carpet in the main bedroom as well.

We played board games quite a bit over the month, which was lots of fun. We used to play them regularly, but then we stopped for some reason, so it’s been great to return to regular board game nights. Our two favorite games are Settlers of Catan, which we play both the regular game and some of the expansion packs as well. Another favorite is Touche, a two player game from the late 70s. I managed to find this one of ebay a while back, because I remembered having so much fun playing it as a kid. Touche is great for when we want to play a game, but don’t have a lot of time, as it can take only a few minutes to play a round.

We also watched a LOT of movies. Part of the house purge involves getting rid of a big chunk of our DVD collection. Some movies we know we no longer need, but others we aren’t sure about, so they have been piled up and we will watch each one, afterward determining whether to keep it or get rid of it. Between this and Netflix, I have put in many hours of watching movies and shows with month and it will continue until we have gone through all the DVDs.