Sunday, January 21, 2018

Week in Review (3)


Life

Well, we finally got the snow. Last Wednesday it snowed all day, so we had quite the mess on Thursday morning. A friend was nice enough to come and plow us out. As the weather here always hovers around the freezing point, we never get light snow anymore. It is always really wet and really heavy. The weather was quite different than predicted last week in general because there was supposed to be rain after the snow, but it never warmed up to that point. This winter is just weird and I feel like I say that every winter now for one reason or another. Mackie hurt his paw running around a couple weeks ago and crashing through some ice. I know you can buy shoes for dogs, but I figure the dog will come in missing at least one and then I will have to go out and find it. So, we are just trying to keep him calmer when he is outside. I have to say, the hurt paw didn't slow him down much. He found stairs hard and jumping up on the bed, but otherwise he just walked on 3 paws or limped.

I rejoined Postcrossing last week and have been organising my postcards. I have vintage cards from my family and I have been going through them. I bought plastic covers for them and a new box so I can actually show people them. They have spent too many years hidden away. While I have been going through them, I have posted a couple of them on Facebook and shared the family history. I am trying to decide how to write notes on them. I was thinking post-it notes stuck to the plastic, but not sure if they will stay stuck. I always end up with a million projects on the go, huh? lol

Currently Reading

Been on a graphic novel kick, so nothing technically in progress right now.

Audiobook


Weekly Reading

Lazarus - Volume 5: Cull ~ I bought this last year and was so excited. I love this series about a strong female. I should have reread the series first, though. I forgot some details and it took me a bit to get hooked because I was trying to remember things. There is a new book out a bit later this year, so I plan to do a reread before it to refresh my memory entirely. I did really enjoy this, don't get me wrong, but I have too many comic series on the go and the storylines kind of run together or get hazy. I am glad I checked this series out, though, and look forward to more. Strongly recommended!

Sex Criminals - Volume 4: Fourgy ~ My mother actually bought this for me for Christmas. She asked if there were any comics I wanted and I sent the list to the store itself, so I am not sure what she thought when she went to pick this one up. lol It's a strange series that I wouldn't expect to like at all, but I have been enjoying it. Because I hardly read last year, it has been a while since I read the previous volumes in these series I am catching up on, and I think I should have done a reread of this one, too. I will for Volume 5. Strongly recommended!

Lady Killer - Volume 2 ~ I was excited when I found out there was a Volume 2 in this series. Volume 1 kind of seemed like a standalone. There was no marking on it to say Volume 1. It was just called Lady Killer. This was another one of the comics I decided to catch-up on at Christmas. A stay-at-home mother who has a secret life makes for an interesting story-line. The ending was a bit of a cliff-hanger, so that means a Volume 3. I am excited. Strongly recommended!








Watching


Gilmore Girls continues to be the main thing I am watching. I am on Season 4 now. I am enjoying it. It is good, mindless fun. There are not complicated storylines to keep track of or anything. I think it fits my mind at the moment. I am looking forward to seeing the new season that was released. I will get there soon!


I told myself I was not starting any new shows because I am so behind at the moment. But, I heard about this show and how it was done by the same person that did House and decided yesterday to give it a try. I love it! It has the same wit as House did, but it also is new and fresh. It is a show about an autistic surgeon. Freddie Highmore does such a good job playing him, too. He really is a talented actor. I look forward to more of this show!

I also watched Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, The Curse of Oak Island, The Good Place, and a bit of Once Upon a Time. Oh, and Star Trek: Discovery. I still need to watch the newest This is Us. This list is why I didn't want to start any new shows. lol We also watched the episode of David Letterman on Netflix where he interviews Barack Obama. Very well done!

New Additions

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Weekly Posts

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Week in Review (2)


Life

Life has been interesting. 2018 is starting off quiet, but also with weird weather. Usually, after Christmas, we get snow. We currently have 16 degree Celsius weather and can see our lawn. It is also raining. If all the rain we have got was snow, we may have seen our lawn again in May. I don't mind a bit of snow, but you also have to be practical. My heat is off right now. When can you normally turn your heat off in January? It is supposed to get cold next week, and I am sure we will get snow before the winter is over, but still weird! They say that Nova Scotia is, on average, the warmest province in Canada and I believe it. (Only because B.C. goes so far up North). 

I have to go off on a tangent. I am going to complain about my experience with Amazon. We live off the beaten path, so I have Amazon Prime for those things that are not easy to get here. This amazing Amazon Prime is supposed to make parcels arrive sooner than if you don't have Amazon Prime. Except, they use Purolator for their deliveries a lot of the time and their service is terrible. I got a parcel yesterday that they first lost and then they kept blaming the weather for being delayed. Yes, provinces are having storms, but when the parcel is in my province for 2-3 days and you keep telling me it is delayed because of bad weather, I am going to get mad. There was no bad weather.  I became that customer. I probably complained 5 times about the poor service and have really reconsidered my renewing my Prime. Is it worth it? Sure, it is great if I am getting low on cat litter, for example, and don't have time to run to a store that carries cat litter, but if the parcel takes a week to get here... I need to go to a store to get litter anyway. (Not really what happened, just an example.) I have been dissatisfied for a while because I remember when you preordered a book, you would get it a bit early. Now, I am way behind. But, no bookstore here anymore sadly. I know people love Amazon, but I am just frustrated lately.

Currently Reading


Audiobook


Weekly Reading

The Hate U Give ~ The first audiobook of 2018. I loved it! It was on a lot of Best of.. lists for 2017, and I did start it in December of 2017, but it was a great way to start 2018 off. The narrator was really good, too. I am almost nervous to say any more about this book, but just know it is worth checking out. Strongly recommended!




 Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda ~ I followed up a great audiobook, with a great novel. This is one I have wanted to check out for a while and I am so glad I finally did! It was really well written. The author really expresses the life of a 16 year old boy well. I got really engrossed in this book. It is another strongly recommended read!




Nimona ~ In continuing with books I have been meaning to check out, I finally checked out this one. It was another fun read. Nimona was a fun character. Noelle Stevenson always writes great stuff. I look forward to what she does next! Strongly Recommended!





Saga - Volume 8 ~ I love me some Saga! I am always very excited when a new copy is released. This was no exception. I am all ready looking forward to Volume 9! Strongly recommended!











Watching


I am up to Season 3 of this series. I am enjoying checking it out. It is exactly what I like in a show, but I just didn't get into it before. We will see how it continues to go.


We are still only on Season 1 of this show. I think we watched one whole episode since my last post. I like it. I am not sure why we have such a hard time with it.


I don't watch a lot of movies, but I love musicals and I LOVED this! I have always loved the idea of circus, but never go because there are some negative ideas surrounding them nowadays. But, you have to applaud P.T. Barnum for seeing something in people that no one else did and going from rags to riches. It was so well done!

I also watched the newest episodes of The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, and The Good Place.



New Additions

Saga - Volume 8

Weekly Posts


Sunday, January 07, 2018

Week in Review (1)


Life

I decided to see if I can resurrect this blog. I haven't blogged since August because my reading was pretty much non-existent last year. And, I know that I can talk about things other than reading, but I just never sit down and write the post. In 2016, I blogged every Sunday. I am going to see if I can do that again for 2018.

It is hard to recap so much time. In January I always think I need to get back on track with things. So, I make lists and pick up old hobbies. Then, as the year goes, I start fizzling. One big thing I did in 2016, that I slacked on last year, was my bullet journal. I think once I got out of the habit of doing it last year, it became like I was not accountable to my plans or projects. This year, even though I still have a perfectly nice journal left from last year, I started right from scratch and am determined to get back in the habit. I like to do lists and checking off when I accomplish something. I also got a new package of the pens I really like for Christmas. I am sure projects will fall to the wayside, but we will see how it goes.

I really just want to read this year. I hardly read anything last year. It was one of my worst reading years ever. My TBR didn't really grow last year, but it didn't really decrease either. I need to get back on track with that!

Currently Reading 


Audiobook


Weekly Reading

The Sandman - Volume 1: Preludes & Nocturnes ~ This was actually a reread for me. I added it to Goodreads in 2011, but I know that I read it before I started reading Fables in 2009. I hated it. I was not reading graphic novels yet, it was weird, and I never read on in the series. But, since I got more into graphic novels, I felt like this was a huge series missing from my reading. Over the holidays, the e-books of this series went on sale. So, now I have to hopefully like this series more than I did the first time I tried it. On the plus side, I enjoyed this more than I did the first time I read it and immediately started Volume 2 after finishing it. This just goes to show you can evolve as a reader. When I read this the first time, I never thought I would be the big graphic novel reader I became. This book is why I was hesitant to start Fables, etc. Glad it went better this time. Recommended!

The Sandman - Volume 2: The Doll's House ~ I then moved on to Volume 2 in the series. This was the first time I ever read this particular volume and it went pretty well. The series is definitely on the darker side, but it is becoming a page turning type of series. A series that follows the Sandman around can't help but being intriguing because dreams are something we all share and the Sandman is just one of those things we have heard about before. I am glad I decided to finally add this series to my list of read series. Recommended!

The Sandman - Volume 3: Dream Country ~ This volume collects 4 short stories into one. The stories are all unrelated, but The Sandman, Morpheus, plays minor roles. I enjoyed the story about what cats dream about because I can totally see cats believing they are the top of the chain and wanting to be there again. It is a good story to fit cats personalities. The other stories caught my interest as well. This was a shorter volume and I read it rather quickly. Recommended!


Everafter - Volume 1: The Pandora Protocol ~ Fables! Fables! I love Fables! I was kind of putting reading this series off, but when I got Volume 2 this month... I decided it was time. I am happy every time they decide to do a spin-off series. This series takes place after the events in the main story-line and includes characters we have met before, but also some new ones. I enjoyed it! Recommended!



Everafter - Volume 2: The Unsentimental Education ~ When I went to read this, I looked up when Volume 3 was supposed to be out. No Volume 3. And, upon reading this, I would say that it was because the series got cancelled. This seemed a bit rushed and there are some story-lines that didn't get explained at all. It was still good, but it could have been better. I am all caught up on Fables now and that makes me sad. I hope there is something else set to come out, but this might be the end of a 9 year friendship! (I read my first volume of Fables in January of 2009.)





Watching


One of the reasons why my reading died last year was because I watched way more TV last year than I normally do. I need to find a happier medium this year, but I did start out the year with Gilmore Girls. I have definitely watched a lot of this before, but I am not sure if I saw every episode. I am finishing up the second season and having fun with it. This is a lead up to finally watch the reunion show. It will take me a bit of time to get to the end, but I am happy I randomly chose this show as my next project.


I am watching Gilmore Girls on my own, but with the guy I am attempting to catch-up in Once Upon a Time. I have seen the first season about 3 times now, and we are about to watch the second season for the second time. But, then we fizzle. It usually happens because I generally want to read instead of watch TV. So, we will see how it goes. We have been stalled on this show since earlier in the week. I want to get moving on it because The Crown is another show we watch together and I want to see the second season. 


For those of you that do not know, I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I am very aware of Oak Island, but have never actually been on it. They allow tours in the summer now, so really must get around to that before they close the island again. I am sporadic with this show, but have been watching the most recent season. We watched the most recent episode this week and it was kind of a filler episode. I keep saying that if they find anything amazing, it will be on the news before the episode airs. They have definitely gone further than others, though, so I keep hoping they will figure out the mystery. It is something that has intrigued me since I was a little kid.


One of my favourite shows that I actually have watched as it aired over the years. It continues to be fun, but I don't think I like the newest season as much as some of the others. The wedding is getting fun, though, so the latest season is starting to get going.


I am not sure if I like this show, but I keep watching. It is not as funny as The Big Bang Theory, but it has potential. I just have never been a big fan of young main characters, but I am doing better than I used to. And, Sheldon's mom is so much like his mother in The Big Bang Theory. I know it is her daughter, but she is my favourite character.


I was starting to wonder where this show went. I hadn't seen an episode in a long time. It is a fun show, but nothing amazing. I enjoy watching it, though, and am curious where the show is going to go next.

New Additions

Sex Criminals - Volume 4: Fourgy (Christmas)
Giant Days - Volume 6 (Christmas)
Monstress - Volume 2: The Blood (Christmas)
Everafter - Volume 2: The Unsentimental Education (Read)
Lady Killer - Volume 2

Weekly Posts

None, but if I leave this off, I forget about it. 

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Week in Review - Week 32 (?)


Life

Hi everyone! Can you believe I haven't blogged since April 4th? After blogging at least once a week all last year, I am disappointed that I couldn't remotely keep it up this year. But, that is me. I ebb and flow with my interests. And, sometimes I just have too many and things start falling by the wayside. This year has not been a great reading year either. I think I may have finished two books since my last post. That is a pretty extensive reading slump even for me. It also means that what started out as a great year for audios has turned back into a typical one. I am not sure what is up with 2017...

Last time I updated I mentioned that I had started couponing. I am still doing that, but even that has taken a back burner this last month. There is only two of us and we only have so much room. I am hoping to get into a bit more this month and into the fall. It is really fun, but it is hard when you have so few store options in your immediate area and do not have a store that price matches. I never thought I would be disappointed to not live near a Walmart... You need to stay consistent with it to see a difference in your budget, so I must get back on track.

What else have I been doing... I put the puzzles away until the winter. I have been watching TV a lot more than I normally do. I am in the midst of a huge watch of ER and just finished the 11th season. That is very unusual for me. That random project kind of paused the Disney project, but hoping to get back to that when I finish off this show. I think I will need a break! Otherwise, it is just life stuff. I haven't even been taking that many pictures.

Currently Reading


Audiobook


Weekly 4 Month Reading


Dark Ambition: The Shocking Crime of Dellen Millard & Mark Smich ~ My friend lent this to me and I have to admit that I am not even sure if I heard about this case and murder. I live under a rock, people! But, she gave it to me so I decided to see what it was all about. All I can say is you still are left with unanswered questions that will probably never be answered and the whole case is appalling. Murdered over a truck... I don't understand the mentality that would lead people to do that...


Mercy Thompson Series - Book 9: Fire Touched - I then decided to check back in with Mercy Thompson. I love this series and used to be caught up in it... Now I am one book closer to being caught back up and hopefully will get to book 10 in this century. Maybe even this year! It was another fun adventure. I always enjoy checking in with Mercy and her world.

New Additions

Nothing. I have not bought books or gone to the second hand store or anything...

Weekly Posts

Imaginary... lol


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Week in Review - Week 13 &14


Life

Well, it was bound to happen. I am not really reading that much, so now blogging is losing its allure. After blogging at least once a week for over a year, I missed a week. I am sad about it, but I just don't really know what to talk about when I am in a slump. It is not getting better either, folks. It is April 4th and I have not read anything or listened to any audio so far this month. I have no idea what is wrong with me this year.

What have I been doing lately? I started couponing. It is not like it is in the US in Canada, but we can still do it. I am on week two and I have got free shampoo, soup, and cat food. I have also received really great savings on other things. We came out of the grocery store the other night with like 4 bags that cost me under 20 dollars. I was pretty proud of myself. I am still learning, though. I am not sure I will ever be an Extreme Couponer, but any savings are better than none!

I started a second job. I am not sure if I will be continuing it, though. I like it, but it is very time consuming, and I haven't quite figured out how to fit it in around my regular job and everything else happening in my house. When I got paid for it on Monday, though, I was very happy to have extra money in my account. So, I will have to make it work.

I have been continuing watching Disney movies. Since my last post I watched Lady and the Tramp, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Pocahontas, Alice in Wonderland (2010), Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Cinderella (2015), The Good Dinosaur, Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), and I think that is it... Part of my issue is finding all of the movies that I want to watch. 

I am also still making puzzles, but not as fast as I was...

Currently Reading

Probably nothing...

Audiobook


That's the plan, anyway!

Weekly Reading


American Street - I really liked this audio. The narrator did a great job and the story was compelling, too. It is too bad that this is the last audio I have finished recently, but at least I left off on a good note. If you haven't checked this out, I do recommend it!


Ghosts - I read Drama earlier this year and had fun with it. This one was at the second hand store when I went in last week, so I grabbed it and actually managed to read it in a timely manner. I like how the author touches on serious matters in almost a lighthearted way. I actually had two friends growing up that had cystic fibrosis and they both passed away before graduating high school. So, I could relate to a certain point to the experiences in this book. 

New Additions

Bombshells - Volume 3: Uprising

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 12

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Week in Review - Week 12


Life

Remember how I tend to be a bit of project undertaker? I haven't really had one in a while, so I started one this last week. I have been mentioning all my movie watching lately, right? Well, I am doing a movie project. Disney movies! I printed off a list of all of them ever made and that will be my movie watching over the next while. I am going to start with ones I have never seen before and then move on. We will see how far I make it in this project. I am not a big movie watcher typically, so this could end up fizzling, but it has been fun so far! As I write this I am watching the new Alice Through the Looking Glass and regretting that I didn't rewatch Alice in Wonderland first because I hardly remember it. I think I will have to rethink my plans a bit.

I am still not reading very much. It makes me kind of sad that I can't seem to settle in with anything lately, but at least I have found other things to do in the meantime. 

Disney Movies Watched

This list will be a bit long to catch up on what I have watched so far this year...

Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Brave
Wreck-It Ralph
Monsters University
Maleficent
Big Hero 6
Inside Out
Zootopia
Finding Dory
The BFG
Queen of Katwe
Moana

Currently Reading

I don't even know. lol

Audiobook


Weekly Reading


Dreams of Gods & Monsters (audio) ~ Look, I finished a trilogy! I really enjoy the narrator of this trilogy, but I do not think I liked this book as much as I could have. It is why my audio listening slowed down after being off to such a great start this month. I did like it, but not as much as I wanted to and enough to keep me wanting to pick it up. I probably should have set it aside, but I wanted to finish a trilogy.


All-New Wolverine - Volume 1: The Four Sisters ~ Even with my comic reading, it is all over the place. I have a couple series started on Marvel Unlimited and keep starting new ones. I am enjoying how there are more and more comics centred around women. I especially like how this new run of Wolverine wears real clothes and doesn't feel the need to wear the gravity defying outfits that other superheroes tend to wear. She can just be kick ass and awesome all on her own. I enjoyed this first volume and look forward to her future adventures. Recommended!

New Additions

Giant Days - Volume 4

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 11

Friday, March 17, 2017

Books, Life, & Everything Else (7)

March 2015
1. | I have embraced the reading slump and am just watching a ridiculous amount of movies instead. I am hoping I will get bored of it soon and want to read again. It has been going on all year. It is getting depressing. I made a list of the movies I have watched lately and it is kind of extensive. I am still watching kids movies and have probably watched more movies in the last month than I did all of last year combined. If it does continue for a while, I think I am going to branch out to classic movies and musicals.

2. | Chloe is my movie watching companion. She sits on the back of the couch by my head and sleeps through them. She was a lap cat when we first got her, but sadly doesn't seem interested now. Hoping that changes with age because Finn still won't sit on my lap.

3. | Winter continues to be weird. We had a week of really cold temperatures and then we were supposed to have a really big storm. It started with snow, the winds were enough to shake the whole house, but then it quickly turned to large amounts of rain. Unfortunately the wind did some damage to the house, but thankfully it was a one day fix type mess.

4. | Tonight is St. Paddy's. We normally do not do much for it, but one of the guys friends is playing music at a bar in town and we are going to go for a bit. I am not sure if I will have any green beer, but it should be fun.

5. | My puzzle making continues. I found some cheap new ones online, so I am just waiting for them to arrive. I had to throw a second hand one out the other day because there were so many pieces missing I couldn't even make the border. I will luck into one with all the pieces here and there, but most of them are missing at least one piece. Puzzles are just expensive new.

6. | March was supposed to be my 'get back on track' month. I wanted to get more exercise and start doing some of the things that I have been neglecting. What has happened is I really hurt my foot and could hardly walk on it for a week and then all my other big plans just sort of fizzled because I was so depressed about the fact that I hurt myself. It is not surprising I am in constant reading slumps so far this year.

7. | I did some massive spring cleaning of the downstairs of my house. It means that keeping the downstairs in order is really manageable. I hope that continues. Our upstairs is not really that messy anyway, so that has always been manageable. It is the downstairs that is more lived in and constantly in disorder.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Week in Review - Week 11


Life

Another quiet reading week. I am not even sure what I am doing other than reading, but I didn't even finish my audio this week. Hoping this week gets better. I didn't even get my blog post up on time. 

What I have done is watch a lot of movies. I watched The Secret Life of Pets. That was a cute movie. Another one I watched was Zootopia. I really liked that one. One I didn't like was Trolls. It was a bit boring for me. Storks was cute. I finally saw Finding Dory. I had fun with it. I saw Inside Out, too. It wasn't too bad. As you can see, it was still kid movies. lol I think I just needed some short and sweet stuff that didn't make me think too much. There were others, but that mood seems to be passing. Now if the reading would just get better!

Currently Reading


I got auto-approved for this from Netgalley, so I decided to check it out. I enjoyed Wein in the past. I am liking it, but anyone's guess if I will even finish it! This reading slump is the pits.

Audiobook


I tried to read this last year and couldn't get into it. I though that the audio would go better, but I am not sure if it is me or the book that has this carrying into another week. I have been almost done for days now. Going to have to find something awesome to follow it up with because I don't want an audio slump.

Weekly Reading


Understanding Color in Photography ~ When I was on Netgalley checking out the Elizabeth Wein book, this book caught my eye. I own everyone of his books, so I had to at least try and see if I was approved for this one. And, I was! It was informative and I have the paperback edition in my cart for when it is released in August, but at the same time I am not positive I need to own a copy. The issue I had with this book was the terrible formatting and I know that is an e-galley thing, but there were times where I wasn't sure if I was reading captions or the rest of the sentence. Then I would be like, where is the rest of this sentence. I learned a lot about colour and really wish I actually kept up my camera learning. There is just not enough hours in my day. I do recommend this and all of Bryan Peterson's books, though!


Wayward - Volume 4: Threads and Portents ~ Yay! This is one of my favourite graphic novel series and I was so excited for a new volume. I had planned to reread the first 3 volumes, but with my reading slump, I decided I should just be happy if I manage to get through this one for now. That means that there were a few details it took me a bit to remember, but I still overall really enjoyed this volume and am excited to see how the events of it play out in Volume 5. Recommended!

New Additions

Wayward - Volume 4: Threads and Portents

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 10