Monday, June 15, 2015

Catching Up

Yikes - it's been awhile since I got a minute to sneak off to Tim Hortons and use their internet and update my space here.

There has been a lot of activity and family drama (which I don't plan on going into here).  I do have one bit of news I'd like to share, however.  C and I are getting married!!!!

We got engaged two Mondays ago and will be getting married .... July 25th.  As in a little over a month from now.  Needless to say I'm a bit stressed, but I've got my dress picked out (and ordering this weekend), the location is picked and will also be paid this weekend, all the invites went out today and ..... well that's it.  It's basically just the little stuff from here on out.  

So, hopefully you can understand why this post is short and sweet and why I haven't been on for a bit.  But I am jumping back on this blogging bandwagon and will have posts up again starting Friday.  

Until then - wish me luck with the craziness!  (Because I'll need it)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Monthly Goals // June 2015

1,000 activity points on my Misfit daily

This turns out to be about 10,000 walking steps

Get my butt camping already!

I have yet to go camping this summer and it makes me super sad.  Every time I plan on going, it rains.

Hoop dance twice per week 

I need to start re-learning some of the moves, but I'm wicked excited about it.

Find a place to live

 This one is already in the works, but I felt the need to put it on here anyway.

Get my blog branding figured out

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Summer Bucket List // 13 Awesomely Fun Things I Want to Do This Summer

Go Camping Monthly (June, July, August, Sept)
Spend a long weekend at my fam’s camp
Go berry picking
Have a water balloon fight
Throw a BBQ
Go on a daylong 4 wheeler trip
Go to a concert
Go to a fair
Have a baseball/wiffleball/kickball game
Go on a bike ride
Road trip!
Climb Mt. Katahdin
Canoeing / Kayaking

Monday, May 25, 2015

On My Shelf // May 2015

Whoops - this was supposed to go up on Friday but apparently I never hit publish.  My bad.  I also feel like I read more books, but can't for the life of me remember them.

Brief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne BoleynBrief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Margaret Campbell Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a HUGE fan of Tudor era books. I'm not sure why, but the history of the time with all the politics of being at court just draw me in. That said, I really enjoyed this book. It's, in the simplest terms, a(nother) book about the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn. I enjoyed that they didn't paint Anne as a horrible shrew with no redeeming qualities (like they do in a lot of books). She was flawed, but was human.

Lizzy and JaneLizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed 'Lizzy and Jane'. I read it all in an afternoon when I was sick. I loved that the characters were flawed in a realistic way that made them easy to relate to. I didn't feel like the flaws were a story device, but almost as if the characters where real people. It made me want to actually get to know them in real life.

I would recommend this book to any reader who is looking for a fun, quick read

Wylding HallWylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"Wylding Hall" - Good. Would have preferred a slightly more straight forward format instead of the bits from people here and there. Would have loved more detail. Still not 100% sure what the connection to the finches and that hill with Julian and Nancy was. Left me slightly confused - but good bones of a story.

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Both "Lizzie & Jane" and "Wylding Hall" came from - which provides free books for honest reviews. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The WanderList // Alaska

Since I have a serious case of wanderlust right now, I thought it would be fun to share a new location on my wanderlust list (WanderList -- get it?) every month.  I decided to start it off with a bang with a location that has been on my must see list forever.

 All four photos are from the Flicker Creative Commons website.  #1 & #4 are by Christopher Michel, #2 by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and #3 by Bureau of Land Management.