Category: Monthly Recap

Sep 02
August 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

August 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in August: Here’s what I accomplished in August: Not much blogging. As you’ve probably noticed, most weeks I’m only managing two posts—my Sunday Post and one other. And the Sunday Posts are mostly only making it up because I really hate the idea of missing someone’s birthday or blogoversary. Seriously, it’s the only thing keeping me posting, so I guess it’s good I include it! We brought my oldest to college! Jade is attending IIT, majoring in AI with plans to get her Master’s in Data Science. She’s technically transferring in as a junior (or possibly second-semester sophomore? It’s hard to map it exactly) because of all her community college credits she got in “high school.” Not kidding, she’s kind of brilliant. Like, when most kids are graduating high school, she had already completed all three Calcs, Linear Algebra, Discrete Math, Differential Equations, Physics 1 & 2… Read more »


Aug 03
July 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

July 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in July: Here’s what I accomplished in July: We refurbished another cabinet, made two pet gates, created one more piece of junk art (a pup!), and made a decorative key holder for my husband. Lots of projects in July! I already posted pics of all of these (except the second gate, but it basically looks the same as the first). You can find the cabinet and gate in this Sunday Post and the junk art and keyholder in my July Junk Art post. 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, 6/28,7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2. But here’s my monthly “before and after” pic, so you can see the first day he came home versus this week: What I’ve watched: Danielle and I watched through season 6 of The… Read more »


Jul 03
June 2020 Wrap-Up: Did June Happen?

June 2020 Wrap-Up: Did June Happen?

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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… Read more »


Jun 01
May 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

May 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in May: We have been working on junk art! This is an incredibly fun activity. You should check out my post about it if you haven’t yet. I’m thinking I’ll do a monthly update on our creations! I’ve been consumed with all things PUPPY! Our new little fluff will be coming home this coming Saturday, so we’ve been watching videos and getting prepared! Even with those amazing things happening, May of 2020 has felt … hard, especially here at the end. Some days it really does feel like our society is imploding, and I wish there was some way to fix it ALL. I went to a local protest for George Floyd yesterday—it felt better to do something than nothing, but it still doesn’t seem like enough (I’m researching other ways to help and where are the best places to donate to). And now with so much… Read more »


May 01
April 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

April 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in April: Once again, there isn’t really anything to say here. I’ve been listing our random quarantine activities in my Sunday Posts, so I don’t think I should mention them all here again, but go check out the pictures of how my home improvement project turned out! Quarantine hasn’t been all that bad for me, really. I’ve realized I’m truly an introvert. There are five of us living in this house, and I’m mostly fine with only having them for company—I’m not so sad about not being able to go other places. I have thought about my privilege lately, though, and how easy it is for me to say that. I have three kids who all have computers (two of them have them from school), so they can easily do their schoolwork. We have easy access to deliveries. My husband can work from home and his company… Read more »


Mar 31
March 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

March 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in March: I did what everyone did in March: stayed home. I played lots of games, watched lots of movies and TV, worked on a puzzle, did some crafts, worked on my home renovation project, and more. I’ve already been chronicling these things in my Sunday Posts, so I won’t bother going into detail here. Features & Discussions: March 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway! Google Searches Are Weird (AKA: You Found Me HOW?) All Those Deleted Drafts. Let’s Discuss. Fun with Spam #12 March 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway! My 2020 Reading Progress: I’ve read 40 books so far this year, putting me 16 books ahead of my Goodreads goal. March 2020 Reviews If We Were Giants by Dave Matthews and Clete Barrett Smith | Review Freaky in Fresno by Laurie Boyle Crompton | Review Descendant of the Crane by Joan He | Review… Read more »


Mar 02
February 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

February 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in February: My dad had a stroke at the very end of the month. For more than 24 hours he was pretty much incomprehensible—he had both receptive and expressive aphasia, meaning he couldn’t understand everything that was being said to him and his responses usually made no sense (sometimes he would substitute a random word for one he meant and sometimes his responses were just complete gibberish). It was very scary!! Then, he very suddenly made an almost-complete recovery (at the very time that the tech, worship and leadership teams at my church were praying for him—coincidence?). The doctors say the aphasia might have been caused by his high blood pressure rather than the stroke itself, which is interesting because I couldn’t find any information about high blood pressure itself causing aphasia. At any rate, he’s doing much better now. The only lasting effects seem to be a loss… Read more »


Feb 07
January 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up (& Some December Updates Too)

January 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up (& Some December Updates Too)

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My Goings On in January: I started an eight-week workout class on Friday mornings, which is motivating me to be active—at least once a week. I went to the quarterfinals of the high school a capella competition in our area (think Pitch Perfect). It was really fun to watch!! What I watched: We’ve been watching the new season of The Good Place. (We still need to watch the series finale!) I love this show!! We went to see Frozen 2 in theaters and really enjoyed it. We finished watching all the Harry Potter movies as a family. I watched another season of Married at First Sight (season 7, I believe?) when I had a bad week and needing some mind-numbing entertainment. That show definitely fits the bill—it is horrible in many ways, but also weirdly addictive. Features & Discussions: I’m including December posts and reviews since I never actually posted… Read more »


Jan 02
2019 End of Year Book Survey (& Year in Graphs!)

2019 End of Year Book Survey (& Year in Graphs!)

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As usual, I’ve adapted this from The Perpetual Page Turner’s End of Year Survey! 2019 READING STATS Number Of Books You Read: 173 Number of Re-Reads: 14 Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy/Paranormal   Best Book You Read In 2019? ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!! Okay, but here are a few: Middle Grade Contemporary: Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee (Also: Planet Earth Is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos) Middle Grade Fantasy: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia (Also: Midsummer Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca) YA Contemporary: The Boy Who Steals Houses by CG Drews (Also: Birthday by Meredith Russo) YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi: The Toll by Neal Shusterman (Also: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer) Verse Novel: The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton (Also: Voices The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott) Graphic Novel: Becoming RBG by Debbie Levy (Also: The Okay… Read more »


Dec 02
November 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

November 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in November: I went on vacation to Cancun to celebrate my 20th anniversary! If you want to see pictures, click on my Sunday Post. Then I came home to a plumbing emergency that lasted for over a week (and cost thousands of dollars). Yay? I started working on a new editing project.  I went to lots of swim meets and floor hockey games. (My kids’.) And sang a lot at church. I joined the worship team a couple of months ago, and I’m singing two or three weekends a month, which I love—but it is a lot of time (from 11:30-6:30 on Saturday and then from 7:30-12:30 on Sunday). It’s been harder to get my Sunday Posts ready (well—with giveaways and pre-order deals) when I don’t have much of my Saturday to work on it, so I’ve been adjusting to that. What I watched: We’ve been watching… Read more »