Category: Monthly Recap

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 »


Nov 02
October 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

October 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in October: My daughter is recovering from her accident. If you’ve been following my Sunday Posts, you’ve already heard all about this, so I won’t go into details here (I’m sure you’re tired of hearing me talk about it). Lots of this month was spent at doctors’ offices and hospitals and surgery centers, but we’re (hopefully) done with all that now, and she’s just got a healing broken ankle and some occasional nausea to deal with. My youngest turned 15! (Yep, I’m old.) Not much else. Honestly, the health stuff took up most of my month. The rest is a blur. What I watched: We’ve been watching the new (and final 🙁 ) season of The Good Place. Loving it!! I’m a bit behind, but I’m also watching the current season of So You Think You Can Dance. At the beginning of the month, I watched Netflix’s Tall… Read more »


Oct 02
September 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

September 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in September: My family ended up in the ER twice this month. Once for my husband to get eight stitches in his finger, and once because my daughter got in a car accident. Since I already went into detail about the incidents (including a pic of the car!) in two Sunday Posts, I won’t elaborate here—you can click on the links if you want to see what happened. Here’s an update, though: Scott’s finger is healing up nicely. Jade has been feeling really nauseated a lot of the time (due to a concussion, we believe), so she’s been pretty miserable. We actually almost had another trip to the ER last night because she felt like the small amount of food that she ate hadn’t gone down her throat and it made her feel sick as well as extremely uncomfortable, to the point where she was getting hysterical. On… Read more »


Sep 02
August 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

August 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in August: I made a few changes on the blog. (In case you didn’t notice.) I asked your advice (in the comments and in the form of a poll) and ended up deciding to go for it. I was nervous about the change, but as many of you pointed out, it doesn’t have to be permanent if I decide I preferred the old look. But, I don’t think I’m going to regret it. My little fox girl is just a little bit more “me” now.  🙂 I went on vacation with my family to LA and then stuck around for the SCBWI LA Conference. We went to Universal Studios! We’ve been there before (the one in Florida), but the kids weren’t really old enough to remember it well. My youngest listened to the Harry Potter Series in the past year, so he was especially excited to see… Read more »


Aug 02
July 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

July 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in July: I worked on planning a vacation to LA (we leave today!) and a backyard renovation that keeps growing and growing. (Check out this Sunday Post for details on how the scope keeps creeping and this Sunday Post for pics of the first step of the project.) I finished the editing project I’ve been working on (a book called Momoire by Alyssa DeRose. It’s not in Goodreads yet, but I’m sure it will be soon!). Things I watched:  I continued watching Game of Thrones (a little bit), I’m still on season 5. I’ve been watching the new season of The 100! I watched way too many episodes of Married at First Sight. This show is ridiculous and also strangely addictive. I think I might have maxed out on it, though. I’ll probably give it a break once I’m done with the season I’m watching right now…. Read more »


Jul 01
June 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

June 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in June: I paused a lot of my regularly scheduled reading near the beginning of this month to read more LGBTQ+ books for Pride Month. Even though I didn’t get reviews up for most of them yet, I was pretty successful at that. I ended up reading 8 LGBTQ+ books in June (and 5 non). Considering I didn’t make the decision until June 6th and I’d already read three books at that point, I don’t think that’s too bad. I finished my first pass on that new editing project. I continued volunteering at Bernie’s Book Bank. I signed up for their 50-Hour Club, which basically means you pledge to volunteer at least 50 hours in a year. I’m really enjoying it, so I don’t think it will be an issue. Things I watched:  I continued watching Game of Thrones, I’m still on season 5. I’ve been watching… Read more »


Jun 01
May 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

May 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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  My Goings On in May: I went to the SCBWI Marvelous Midwest writing conference! I learned a lot and found some great inspiration. One of these days I’ll manage to post a recap. I attended an online class on verse novels taught by Cordelia Jensen. I started a new editing project, a book called Momoire by Alyssa DeRose. School finished up, so the kids are all now home for the summer. That means track season is done for Danielle, but she’s back to club swimming for the summer (she’s not so sure about it now that she’s taken so much time off–she’s definitely got a lot of catching up to do). My mom and I started volunteering at Bernie’s Book Bank, which has been a great experience! Things I watched:  My family got Lego Movie 2 from the library. It was really cute and we all enjoyed it! (Though… Read more »