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


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.

December 2016 Wrap-Up


With January here it’s time to look back on the reading I did in December. I did pretty good reading wise and managed to read a total of 13 books.

So what did I read in December?

  • Knock ‘Em Dead by Jessica Fletcher
  • From The Listening Hills by Louis L’Amour
  • Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino
  • Vol’Jin: Shadow of The Horde
  • Dangerous Depths by Karen Amanda Hooper
  • Return of The Rancher by Max Brand
  • Catch Rider by Jennifer H. Lynn
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Wind River Rancher by Lindsay McKenna
  • Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  • The Bookshop On The Corner by Jenny Colgan
  • Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • The Empty Throne by Ru Emerson

December turned out to be a semi-eventful month. I had a number of baking orders to do throughout the month, which was nice as it gave me some extra money to work with. We started a new tradition this month, which will be repeated in future years, and that was to watch a Christmas movie every day from the first of December up to Christmas day. This was plenty fun to do and helped us spend some time together as a family. We also spent time together playing board games, building Lego sets that the boy got for Christmas and we also did some baking together.

We did manage to squeeze a trip to the city mid-month, which isn’t always possible with the winter weather, and got to see Rogue One and Moana in theater. I liked Rogue One, but I have to say that Moana was fantastic and I would go as far to say it was my favorite movie of the year. I cannot wait to own it on Blu-Ray and watch it over and over. I have already been obsessively listening to the soundtrack every day since seeing the movie.

It’s hard to believe that the year is over now and that we have moved into a new year.

November 2016 Wrap-Up


With December here it’s time to look back on the reading I did in November. I barely read this month, I just didn’t have time to, but did manage to get through three books.

So what did I read in November?

  • Havoc by Ann Aguirre
  • Star Wars: Catalyst by James Luceno
  • Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Oh November, you were so busy. I knew the month was going to be busy, but I never expected it to be so busy. Between NaNoWriMo, participating in Sci-Fi Month, prepping for a craft fair, and then dealing with post craft fair orders, and getting some work done on our house, it was a bit crazy. I did really good with NaNoWriMo, even though I didn’t get to do any writing for two weeks, I managed to not only hit, but exceed, the 50,000 word count goal. I’m sure had I had more writing time, I would have gone even further into the word count, perhaps even pushing close to 100,000 words. Sci-Fi Month was great, but the one thing I never got a chance to do was visit and comment on all the other blogs participating in the event, I tried to set some time aside, but alas it didn’t work out. I will try to make time to go to them next month as I really want to see what everyone posted about. The craft fair was a huge success. I spent a week baking and getting ready for it, then spend two days there, even having to bake at night to keep up with demand. I got one day of rest after that and then orders started to pile in. I’m happy with the continued orders, though I am also looking forward to a time when I do have a few days off from baking, as so far it’s been pretty constant since the craft fair.

Overall, the month was very good, albeit chaotic. I look forward to seeing what December has in store and hopefully I will have more time to read next month.

October 2016 Wrap-Up


With November here it’s time to look back on the reading I did in October. The month started off pretty slow reading wise, in fact I didn’t finish a single book until October 22, when I participated in the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon.

So what did I read in October?

  • Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston
  • Fairest of All by Serena Valentino
  • Prophecy of Darkness by Ru Emerson
  • The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
  • Murder At The Powderhorn Ranch by Jessica Fletcher
  • Havoc by Ann Aguirre
  • Cardwell Christmas Crime Scene by B.J. Daniels

The month was decently busy as well. We were gone visiting family during the first week. It was fun, tiring and good to get out of the way before the winter weather comes and seals us into town for several months. This also gave us the opportunity to go see a movie in the theater (something we rarely get to do), so we ended up seeing The Magnificent Seven, which we enjoyed quite a bit. We got to do quite a few fun things, like visiting The Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto, going to the Brigden Fair and getting all kinds of shopping done (mostly for Christmas). Getting to eat at an all you can eat Sushi restaurant was pretty awesome as well.

After vacation, we tried to play catch up on all the things we should have done weeks before – the weather had been really nice in late September, which meant we didn’t get everything outside done like we normally would have. I also got a chance to watch a number of movies and TV shows over the month. The 1989 Batman movie, The Addams Family, Addams Family Value, the last three and a half season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and episodes from Live Free Or Die and Alaska: The Last Frontier. I also played quite a bit of Star Wars: The Old Republic. All in all I have to say that October was a pretty good month overall, and I look forward to what November has in store.

July 2016 Wrap-Up


With August here, it’s time to take a moment and look back on all the reading that I did in the month of July. The month was certainly not my strongest reading wise, and yet I did better than some of the previous months where I read nothing.

So what did I read in July?

  • Perdition by Ann Aguirre

Yup, that’s it. Just one book.

Of course, I had a lot of other things going on during the month, so I just didn’t have time or the motivation to read. We have had a pretty amazing summer weather wise this year, which is odd and yet fantastic because normally our summers are cool and wet. This year however we have had lots of warm and even plenty of hot days. So because of this we have been spending as much time as we can enjoying it. Because of this, the garden is doing fantastic, though so far I have only harvested strawberries, radishes, potatoes and a few snap peas.

When it was too hot to be out, or during the evening, we would sit down together as a family and watched movies and episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Simpsons. Our goal is to finish up all of Star Wars: The Clone Wars before the next season of Star Wars: Rebels comes out, which honestly doesn’t give us a lot of time given we are only on season two of The Clone Wars. As far as movies went, we watched The BFG, Armageddon, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Karate Kid Part II, The Secret Life of Pets, and lastly to finish off the month we watched all four Sharknado movies. Obviously we spent a lot fo time in front of the TV, but when it’s hot out (and you’re not used to hot weather) it’s the best thing to do.

Overall, July was a pretty good month and I’m looking forward to what August holds for us.