Currently- July Edition

General- It is too hot to even think about going outside so we are attempting to learn the art of staying inside the house and finding fun things to do inside. We have been reorganizing and moving some things around at home so we feel like we have brand new spaces! So that is pretty cool. We took a trip up to Washington to visit some family and tried the BEST donuts ever. Plus we got to scooter all around town. It was a blast. I have awesome family and watching Little Man play with my cousin’s kids was pure joy.  

Reading– I’m currently reading The Bookish Boyfriends A Date with Darcy. I started reading it on the plane to Washington and haven’t picked it up since. I haven’t been reading like I was. It’s a roller coaster ride, my reading habits, a lot of ups and downs. Give me some book recommendations though! I’m always looking for a new book to read. Although, my shelves are filling quickly with more books I haven’t read than books I have. 

Listening– I just finished Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen and I am starting the second book in the series, Saving Quinton. I read her series with Callie & Kayden and LOVED the books. Her books do have trigger themes in them and I really wish book descriptions had trigger warnings sometimes. While I’m normally okay, I wasn’t 100% prepared so it was a little jarring at first. In fact, I was even considering not finishing the series after Breaking Nova but I loved the ending and I needed to know what happens next. There is a lot of redemption in her books, so I have hope. At least, Callie & Kayden had redemption. This month I also finished Catch A Falling Star by Kim Culbertson. I bought the actual book years ago at a book fair and loved it. It’s a cute YA for when you don’t want to deal with adult problems. 

Watching– I’m still working my way through the West Wing. I stopped watching Designated Survivor. A friend said Netflix ruined the show with the 3rd season and when she gave me the reasons it was ruined, I no longer wanted to watch the show. No point in watching something to have to skip a season. I started Criminal Minds though! My best friend and I used to binge watch her seasons on DVD. Hotch is my favorite. I’m so psychology obsesses and curious that I wish I knew that this was a job possibility when I was in high school, before I discovered writing, because maybe I’d be working my way to the BAU myself. (Lol)

Writing– ALL THE PAPERS. I haven’t really been writing anything outside of school stuff and journaling. Oh, and some blog posts (duh!). The one thing that is keeping me going is that I have had another professor tell me that my paper was the best one they got so that gives me hope for my writing. This week, I got the comment “Excellent paper, as usual,” which makes me happy and smile. Seriously, it makes me think I actually know what I’m doing when I write. You gotta take the victories when you can, you know?

Other– I’m working on a project I’m hoping to announce soon. I’ve also started doing a bible study with my friends and we just did our first week and it was really cool to see how different parts of a single chapter of the Bible had different parts that stood out to all of us differently. I’m trying this thing were I go to bed before midnight and we are trying to not have our power bill look like a car payment. This summer has been really interesting and fun and I’m kind of excited to see what is going to happen next in our lives. 

Currently- June Edition

General- we are getting a small reprieve from the desert heat. We’ll apparently stay in the 90’s this weekend. Am I going to talk about the weather every single time I do one of these? Probably- it is too hot to function and someone needs to know. 

Outside of that things have been pretty chaotic around here. Hubby just got back from army training and while you might think having him home would just mean things would go back to normal when he got home, you’d be wrong. It’s like rediscovering our groove. This training about about 4 weeks so I had 4 weeks of making my own decisions without input or feedback, my own schedule and my own things. Now, I’m back at work, hubby is back at work, our schedules are wack and why does the army need to do training anyway? Hahaha. It probably didn’t help that he was home for about five seconds before we packed the car and headed to California for another Universal Studios trip. Basically my life is a mess this week and I’m just rolling with it. 

That being said, I will be taking a week off from the blog. Next week there will be no blog posts because I am going to sit down, focus on a set schedule and start things on a new project. Plus it is the last week of term so it will be nice to be able to be able to put all my writing energy into my final papers.   

Reading– I finally finished Girl, Wash Your Face! Also, in the past month I have read the Sweet Evil trilogy by Wendy Higgins. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han, and I feel like I am forgetting one. Maybe I’m not. I’ve been picking up my reading game! I’m almost back to where I used to be a few years ago when I used to inhale books. It was good times. I’ve also been really into audiobooks lately. So I’m going to do a listening section.

Listening– I finished the Dark Elements series I was listening to back in May. I also listened to the Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (P.S. she is my FAV author). Currently I’m listening to Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West. (I inhaled every single book she had available at my library last year in three weeks. Love her!) I also have started to listen to podcasts more often! Currently I’m really into Rise by Rachel Hollis and Live Free Creative by Miranda Anderson. I’ve been following Miranda on Instagram for a year or so now, she is super inspiring and is very good at giving practical steps to problems. Rachel Hollis is awesome and I loved her book so listening to her podcasts just gives me the same motivation and feelings her book did, so it’s all good stuff. 

Watching– Descendants & Descendants 2! Hubby and I ran across the first one right before the second one was released a few years ago (maybe last year?) and fell in love with the movies. Disney movies just have a way of sucking you in. We had some of the songs on a playlist we made last year. I pulled up this playlist to listen to in the car one day, one of the songs from the soundtrack came on and my son has been asking for the “chill song” (Chillin’ like a Villain) ever since. So, we bought the movies and have been keeping it on repeat while we are home. In my heart lives a 5 year old. I’m okay with it.

I’m still hooked on Designated Survivor and am almost done with the first season. I’m also watching the West Wing. Basically, I love dialogue driven political shows. Oh, and technically I watch Friends every night sooooo that is what I am watching.

Writing– A lot of drafts of my papers for my classes this term! Gosh, I am writing more for those than I am writing for myself. Last month I mentioned I was pulling out a project I set aside 6 years ago. Well, I put that project back on the shelf and now I am working on another project I started, this one was about 4 years ago, and stopped for whatever reason. It is sort of a memoir project, but I know that is what I need to be writing right now so I dusted off that project and now I’m working on it from the beginning. Instead of editing the almost 20,000 words I had, I’m just started from the beginning and using the first draft, I guess you could call it, as a bouncing point. I’m working from a different angle this time so I am really excited to see where it goes. 

Other– I’m getting ready for our 4th of July BBQ. Independence Day is my favorite holiday and I light all the sparklers. This year is my first year having a backyard and a grill and all the adult things that makes having parties easier. (Apartments and parties are a tad rough. At least my old apartment was.) So I’ll be writing about that one soon, after my birthday party & book launch party I still need to write about. I just like parties, okay. I went to event planning school for a reason. 🙂 

Tell me what is going on in your life! I love writing posts like this, seeing all the details of my life in the current state. It’s pretty cool.