November 2017 Wrap-Up

It’s almost the end of December, so this wrap-up is just a bit late. So let’s take a moment and look back on everything I did in November.

So what did I read in November?

  • Warcraft Legends Volume 3 by Various Authors
  • Warcraft Legends Volume 4 by Various Authors
  • Bonds of Brotherhood by Various Authors
  • Erased Volume 3 by Kei Sanbe
  • Dangerous Depths by Karen Amanda Hooper
  • Sacred Seas by Karen Amanda Hooper
  • Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor

In total, I read seven books in November. I really enjoyed all of them except Bonds of Brotherhood. Though I had hoped to read a few more books, I’m quite happy with the amount that I did get through.

On top of that, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the seventh year. Unfortunately, this year I just wasn’t able to complete the challenge. I did fairly decent in the beginning, hitting my word goal and often going over it in the first two weeks, but after that, I just couldn’t manage to get the words down. I tried, but no matter what, even switching what ideas I was working on, just didn’t help get the muse flowing. It also didn’t help that some shit went down in my life early on in November and that just killed my desire to write, and do a lot of things to be perfectly honest.

I spent a decent amount of time watching movies and television for a lot of the month as well, and then about mid-month, I also renewed my subscription to World of Warcraft. This was honestly a great idea, because I needed a distraction from life and Warcraft provided that.

All in all, November was an okay month. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t terrible, but I got through it and that’s all that matters.


October 2017 Wrap-Up

Now that it’s November, it’s time to look back at everything I did during the month of October. The month was pretty good overall, got a bunch of reading done along with lots of other things.

So what did I read in October?

  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Orange: The Complete Collection Volume 1 by Ichigo Takano
  • Orange: The Complete Collection Volume 2 by Ichigo Takano
  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  • Rough Rider by B.J. Daniels
  • Read Or Dream Volume 1 by Hideyuki Kurata
  • Read Or Dream Volume 2 by Hideyuki Kurata
  • Read Or Dream Volume 3 by Hideyuki Kurata
  • Read Or Dream Volume 4 by Hideyuki Kurata
  • Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper
  • Dangerous Depths by Karen Amanda Hooper
  • Rigged To Ride by Mike Flanagan

October was another sort of strange month. We had really great weather for nearly the whole month, which was nice, but weird to be out and about with just a t-shirt on most days. Usually October is sweater weather if not also coat weather. We spent some time cleaning up the yard, putting everything away, reorganizing the shed and under deck storage to make sure any winter items were easy to access. Because of the gorgeous weather I spent a lot of time outside, taking Penny for walks and just enjoying the unseasonably nice weather.

We went to the city for a pre-winter shopping trip. I feel like we have been getting ready for a couple months now, but honestly that is the case almost every year. So we spent way too much money, but that’s what happens when you do Christmas shopping along with more winter stock up supplies. It was a very long day, which happens when you spend 8 hours total driving and about 4 hours shopping.

Then on October 24 everything changed. The previous day was another gorgeous, unseasonably warm day and then we found out that a winter storm was headed out way. So after dinner, we got busy harvesting the carrots, which were the last thing left in the garden. It took us two hours to get it all done, but we got about 35 pounds of carrots, which is awesome. Tuesday we woke up to heavy rain, which shifted a couple hours later to snow and then it snowed heavily all day. We got around 6-8 inches of snow that day and it was nasty. We also ended up losing power for about four hours during the storm. Since then it has been cold and snowy every day, which means winter is here to stay. We did have to shovel snow once, as we got several more inches Friday night, so Saturday we got out there and cleared the driveway and deck.

I ended up watching a lot of TV and movies over the month. Honestly, there are too many to list, so if you are interested in knowing what I watched then you can check out my Monday posts.

Finally, on the last day of the month, we not only had Halloween, so lots of trick or treating that night, but I also finally got my butt into gear and worked a bit on my NaNoWriMo prep. I didn’t get much done prep wise for my writing, but something is better than nothing.

September 2017 Wrap-Up

Now that it’s October, it’s time to look back at everything I did during the month of September. Reading wise, it was a decent enough month and when it comes to life, it was different. In total, I read six books.

So what did I read in September?

  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  • The History of Bee by Maja Lunde
  • Dead Ringer by B.J. Daniels
  • A Bride’s Story, Volume 9 by Kaoru Mori
  • Ranma 1/2 Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi
  • Redshirts by John Scalzi

This month was crazy. The boy returned to school, which meant we had to get back into the habit of waking up early and making lunches at night. It was actually easier than previous years to get back into this routine. The weather was all over the place, with some days being cool and the nights dipping down to freezing, then it would suddenly turn warm again, practically returning to summer weather. This caused a lot of issues with the garden, since I had to start covering at night when it was cold, but then uncover it during the day so it wasn’t smothered. By the end of the month, I was pulling out most of the plants as the growing season had clearly come to an end. A few plants remain, which should be harvested soon. Other happenings of the month were that my parents came up to visit and it was….messy, yes, I think messy is the best way to describe those few days. Then to add to the overall fun of the month, the boy and I got colds, likely a combination of the wonky weather and returning to school. The fair also came to town at the beginning of the month. This is a newer thing for us, as it’s only been coming to town for a couple of months, and it isn’t a very large fair, but we are glad to have it and most importantly, the boy loves it, so we make sure to go.

I also got back into the habit of baking on the weekends so that we had healthy snacks for the week ahead. I let this slide during the summer months, but now that the boy is in school again I felt it was extra important to do it. Plus the homemade snacks taste so much better than the store bought stuff.

The movies we watched were Goosebumps, Mars Attacks, Thunderbirds, Black Beauty (1971), Miss Hokusai, The Princess of Thieves, Speed Racer and Office Space. I had a bunch of shows on the PVR that I watched as well, some had been on it for a while along with a few that were newer. These shows were Yukon Men, Deadliest Catch, River Monsters, and The Incredible Dr. Pol. I also watched InuYasha: The Final Act.

August 2017 Wrap-Up

With September here, it’s time to take a look back on everything that I did in August. Reading wise, it was a very good month, and I was able to read a whopping twenty-one books!

So what did I read in August?

  • The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
  • Death Note Volume 1 by Tsugami Oba
  • Death Note Volume 2 by Tsugami Oba
  • Death Note Volume 3 by Tsugami Oba
  • Death Note Volume 4 by Tsugami Oba
  • Death Note Volume 5 by Tsugami Oba
  • Death Note Volume 6 by Tsugami Oba
  • Death Note Volume 7 by Tsugami Oba
  • Death Note Volume 8 by Tsugami Oba
  • Death Note Volume 9 by Tsugami Oba
  • Death Note Volume 10 by Tsugami Oba
  • Death Note Volume 11 by Tsugami Oba
  • Death Note Volume 12 by Tsugami Oba
  • Dark Horse by B.J. Daniels
  • Cowboy Up! by Mike Flanagan
  • The Further Adventures of Xena: Warrior Princess by Mary Morgan
  • Majoring In Murder by Jessica Fletcher
  • Fruits Basket Collectors Edition: Volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Last of The Free by Gareth Patterson
  • The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher

August was a very strange month this year. Early in the month, we saw geese starting to fly south, which is a good month to a month and a half earlier than normal. To add to the signs of impending early fall, the rose hips were out a solid month early, more geese headed south mid-month and people are scrambling to get the snowmobiles ready. There is also that crisp fall air greeting us in the morning, and some days it sticks around all day, and we nearly had frost a couple nights in a row, which is again a month earlier than normal. This spurred us into action making sure we have everything ready for the winter ahead. Hubby and I spend a weekend cooking a bunch of freezer meals, so we would have them on hand for when we didn’t feel like actually cooking during the cold months. We ended up making three veggie lasagna, three shepards pies, 2 batches of cabbage rolls and 1 batch of zucchini boats. This filled up a good portion of our small freezer nicely. I also went through all out home canned goods, making note of what we have left and what I need to can in the coming weeks.

The garden is well behind where it normally is, and that has me wondering if I will really get anything out of it. I did get some radishes mid-month, but only hubby eats those. It was nearly the end of the month before anything started to flower and even the carrot tops are much smaller than they should be. I’m hoping in the next week or so, everything explodes with life or we won’t get much before the frost kills it off.

I also did a very quick, but efficient four day long purge of the house. I think I was able to get the whole house done so quickly because I had done an initial purge of many things back at the beginning of the year. I was able to clear out lots of stuff, selling some, but mostly donating or trashing the rest. We now have tons of open space in the house, which ironically enough got semi-filled up during out winter stock up, but at least it’s neatly organized, and we know over the coming months that stuff will be used up.

On top of all the ready, cleaning and cooking I did over the course of the month, I also watched quite a bit of TV. I watched the sixth and seventh season of The Golden Girls. I really enjoyed watching this series again but I’m sad that it’s over with. I also watched all of InuYasha: The Final Act and I really enjoyed it, I’m also happy to finally have that entire series done after all these years. Clearing out some of my PVR was another big task this month and I did a pretty good job of it. On the PVR I watched nearly the entire season of Deadliest Catch and Yukon Men, the entire season of The Last Alaskans, and about ten episodes of River Monsters. I’ve still got some more stuff to clear off of it, but that put a major dent in it. We started doing Bad Movie Monday again part way through the month, and for this we watched the live action Beauty & The Beast and the 2016 Ghostbusters. For Family Movie Night we watched Sharknado 5, the 2010 Karate Kid, Kubo And The Two Strings and Jumanji. Other movies we watched over the course of the month were The Princess Bride, Moana and Thor: Tales of Asgard.

To say the month was busy was an understatement, but I feel good about it because I accomplished so much. How was your August?

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.