My Goings On in June:
Um, June happened, right? Like, honestly, it just pretty much passed me by in ALL ways except puppy and TV watching. I didn’t read. I didn’t write. I barely blogged. And, the worst thing is, it wasn’t because I just decided to give myself some time off, I just couldn’t do those things. Every time I picked up a book I’d fall asleep (puppy exhaustion). I couldn’t find any time or inspiration for blogging. I’d pick up my manuscript just to review it and I’d get like two or three poems in and something would pull me away. I was feeling very worn-down and burnt-out. But July is a new month, right? I really hope it’s better.
Okay, but a few things did happen:
- We had our court date to officially change our oldest’s name. The court date was done via Zoom, which worked out nicely—also kind of interesting to see how other kinds of court cases were handled, since there were several in our “session.” The judge was super nice and spent most of our time asking Jade what she’s going to be doing for college. Anyway, I can now introduce you to Jade Alice Hewitt. (She chose Alice as her middle name based on an anime character. 🙂 ) We managed to get this in before her eighteenth birthday, which was yesterday (I know that’s technically July, but I’ll mention it here anyway). Having it changed before she’s eighteen will help because her earlier records will be sealed and she won’t have to constantly report a previous name on official paperwork. (As a side note, I got her a whole slew of Japanese light novels for her birthday, and she spent her “perfect” birthday evening reading—makes a mom’s heart happy! Good thing someone’s getting some reading done around here!)
- We had our first family party since the quarantine. Scott’s parents and his two sisters’ family all came over (15 of us in all), and we had a party in the backyard for all July birthdays (my twin nieces were born 10 hours after Jade and my nephew’s birthday is on the 11th). We were outdoors the entire time and wore masks. We also separated into family groups when we ate. It was definitely a different sort of party than we’re used to, but it was nice to see everyone again!
- We refurbished a cabinet. We got an awesome, solid (maybe cherry?) cabinet for $30 and fixed it up to put in our family room. It took a bit of work, but it turned out gorgeous! You can see a pic in my Sunday Post, if you’re interested.
- We made some more junk art. I wrote a post with pics.
- Digit! I’ve been sharing pics of our new pup in my Sunday Posts every week so you can see him grow up: 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28. But here’s a little taste in case you don’t want to go look back at all those pics but you still want to see him. A couple of people have asked for “before and after” pics, so here’s one from the first day he came home and one from yesterday (in his favorite spot on the air vent—apparently warm weather is not his friend):
- What I’ve watched:
- My daughter Danielle and I watched all the current episodes of On My Block. We love this show!
- We’ve also watched all the current episodes of Atypical. My daughter, husband and I all really enjoy this show (even if we did get a little tired of all the cheating going on).
- Danielle and I watched all of season one of The 100 and just moved on to season two. I’m SO excited that she’s agreed to watch it with me! It’s really interesting to go back to the very beginning, knowing everything that’s happened on the show over the years; plus, it’s fun to share a favorite with her!
Features & Discussions:
June 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-up and Giveaway!
Black Lives Matter – A link to black-owned bookstores and a couple of other resources, along with some thoughts.
What Draws Me to a Book Cover? Let’s Discuss.
June Junk Art Creations
June 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway!
My 2020 Reading Progress:
I read exactly 2 books in June. TWO!!!! One was an audiobook and the other was a MG verse novel that took me a couple of hours total to read. Since I’ve been blogging, I have never ever ever ever read so little in a month.
Good thing I was way ahead on my Goodreads goal (and I lowered it for the year with the intent of writing more). I’ve now read 61 books so far this year, putting me 11 books ahead of my goal.
June 2020 Reviews
See that big space right there? That represents the nothingness of the 0 reviews that I posted in June. I guess I can’t pick a Best of the Bunch this month either. My favorite of the nothing that I reviewed is … nothing. Honestly, guys, this is sort of surreal for me. It’s never happened. Even when I was on vacation for a full month a few years back, I posted a review or two. Who am I, and what has become of me?!
2020 Goals Progress:
Progress: 11/21-30 Discussions (Chatty Kathy)
I actually did post two discussions this month (if you count my BLM post, which I am because I can).
What Draws Me to a Book Cover?
Black Lives Matter
My Teenagers Are Reading Again and My Heart Has Never Been So Happy!!
I’ve Been Impersonated on Instagram!!
Google Searches Are Weird (AKA: You Found Me HOW?)
All Those Deleted Drafts
Book-Related Anxiety. It’s a Thing (and I Have It).
The Wonders of a Writing Accountability Partner
The Cybils Awards Finalists! Which Books Do You Hope Will Win?
My 2020 Goals & Challenges
2019 End of Year Book Survey (& Year in Graphs!)
My Bookish Goals for 2020:
My Writing Goals
- I’m just not even updating this because, as I mentioned, I didn’t write in June.
My Reading/Reviewing Goals
- Hahahahaha! (Refer back to my 0 reviews written, and I think you will know where I’m at with the goals that normally appear here). Hopefully you all had a better reading month than I did.
Don’t forget to link your June wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up. And enter the giveaway!