Life Update

Hey everyone! It’s been awhile, I know! I’ve had a busy year and the last couple of months have been pretty hectic and stressful (but also exciting) so my blog has taken the backseat for awhile.  I’ll still be dealing with some craziness for the rest of the year but I’m hoping to be a little more active than I have been seeing as how my last post was almost a month ago.  So I just wanted to take the time to fill you in a little bit on why I’ve been MIA and what I’ve been up to lately on the reading front and other areas.

So I may have mentioned before that my husband and I listed our townhouse for sale back in August… Well, here we are now with a buyer a little less than a month from our closing date! It’s a little bittersweet because while it wasn’t the first place we lived together in, it was the first place we owned.  But we are moving on to bigger and better things. We are actually purchasing the house I grew up in from 7th grade on from my parents who are starting to transition towards retirement.  Since I have lived in that house for most of my life, I have a lot of memories there so I’m really looking forward to continuing my life there and making many more memories there.  If all goes according to plan, we will be the new owners of the house a few days after we close on our townhouse.

One thing I always loved about this house was my room in the basement.  When they bought the house, the basement was unfinished so I was originally in a bedroom upstairs but as they gradually started finishing the basement, I moved to the basement.  I lived down there when the walls were just studs and a big black tarp haha.  But I loved it down there. I had to briefly move back upstairs during my junior year of high school while my dad worked to get the drywall put up.  Once the drywall was up and I could move back down, they let me choose my paint colors.  I couldn’t choose just one color so my mom and I came up with a fun plan to fit in the 4 colors I had chosen – blue, green, orange, and yellow.  The interior of my closet was a bright sunshine yellow, and the walls of my room  were blue in the center with zig-zagged corners that alternated orange and lime green.  What can I say, I loved bright colors! 🙂  I also quickly filled up my walls with posters from Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, and even Seth Cohen from The OC.  My mom wanted to make me a special quilt where I got to choose the colors… and I think she may have regretted that because I asked for the full spectrum of colors! She enlisted my aunt, a master quilter, for help and the resulting product is one of my favorite things ever.  I filled my room with hand-me-down bookshelves, a giant filing cabinet I used to store my plethora of movies and TV seasons, a comfy orange hand-me-down chair, etc. I took that room and made it 1000% my own. Anyways, this room is going to be mine once more and I couldn’t be happier! Currently it has a bunch of my parents’ stuff still in it but the hubs and I have each claimed a corner of the room for our computer setups and eventually after my parents move out, his setup will be moving into the next room over which is currently our jam packed bedroom while we are co-habitating with my parents.  So I will once again get to make that room my own.  I may not go as far as I did as a teenager, but I’m really looking forward to getting some new bookshelves to fulfill my dream of having a wall of books and put up some of the bookish art and other things I have accumulated over the years.  It’s going to be a really cozy setup and I can’t wait to get it more in order. (And yes, my door was a Spongebob Squarepants bedsheet turned into a curtain haha!)

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This past weekend I was finally able to get my desktop computer all set up.  I’ve missed it so much as I haven’t been able to use it since July.  I’ve moved three of my several bookshelves in there so far but that’s all I will be able to fit until the transition is complete. And then I want to start replacing my mismatched hand-me-downs with some better shelves. As you can see in this next photo, my parents had painted over my bright colors with a boring beige. So that will be one of the first things to go lol. Picture_20171106_200614664

On the reading front, I’ve actually been in a bit of a slump lately so I haven’t been doing much reading at all.  Also doesn’t help that with everything going on I haven’t been in the mood to concentrate on anything so I’ve been watching a lot of TV in my spare time.  I binge watched all available episodes of Nashville over the past month.  I think I have also burned myself out on review copies which is why I am slightly behind on mine. I also think that was part of the reason why I ended up DNFing All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. I could not get into that one at all but I don’t know if it was because of my burn out or because I didn’t like the story so I may try it again later on down the road.  I listened to the audiobook for A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  I read it in print two years ago and haven’t finished the trilogy so I wanted a refresher before continuing on with the books.  I also wanted to re-read it since they are currently filming the tv adaptation starring Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer.  I’m really excited to see how that turns out.  I started reading the second book, Shadow of Night, but haven’t gotten very far yet. I’ve also been carrying around an ARC of Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller in the hopes that I would get in the mood to read again.  On the way home from work yesterday I was hit with the desire to open the book and give it a shot.  I’m a little under 30 pages into it and so far I am really intrigued.  This one has gotten some mixed reviews so I’ll be interested to see how the rest of it goes.

I did plan on discussing my future plans for the blog but this post is already longer than I had anticipated so I will end it here and you can look forward to another post down the road about my plans.

Reading Update

Hey everyone! It’s been awhile since my last post so I thought I would just check in now that things are starting to die down again in my personal life.  We moved out of our townhouse and officially listed it for sale a week ago today.  It’s been a crazy couple of weeks but I finally started having time to read again this week.  I was so happy to receive an ARC of Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor in the mail last week from The Novl! I jumped up and down with joy.  So I’m currently reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone to prepare to read it.  After I finish DoSaB, I will move on to Days of Blood and Starlight.  When that is finished I will pick up the ARC.  I’ve flipped through it and the illustrations that made it into the ARC are fantastic!  I’ve already preordered my finished copy so I can’t wait to see the rest of the illustrations.


I am also still continuing my re-read of the Outlander series.  I had to put it down for a couple weeks but started reading it again last night.  I’ve missed these characters and story so much.  It’s been almost three years since I first fell in love with this series.  Going back and reading it again reminds me of all of the differences between the book and the tv adaptation.  Not bad differences though… I love the adaptation as well.


I am also currently listening to an audiobook of a non-fiction history book that I read years ago.  It is called The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir.  I love Tudor history, especially about Henry VIII and his wives.  Alison Weir is probably my favorite non-fiction author who writes about Tudor history.  The narrator has a very soothing voice similar to Jim Dale who is one of my favorite narrators.


What have you been reading lately?

End of the Week Update + Look At Next Week

It’s been awhile since I’ve done any sort of update on the recent happenings in my life, bookish and non, so that’s what this post is!  Are you ready? 😉  If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, you should 🙂 ), then you have seen quite a few of these pics already.

Two weeks ago my little brother got married to his college sweetheart.  They got married in the same, small Iowa town that we a bunch of us went to college in.  My great uncle, my dad and his two brothers, my mom (that’s where my parents met), my aunt (married to my dad’s youngest brother), myself, my brother and my new sister-in-law.  It was fun going back to that town.  I haven’t been back there since my brother graduated in 2013.  I spent 4 years of my life living in that town (2005-2009) so it was fun to see how much it has changed and how much it hasn’t.  It was a beautiful wedding and I couldn’t be happier for my brother.

jimstephweddingTop right photo is of the mother-son dance.  Middle photo is of Ethan and I.  We were host and hostess along with Steph’s brother and sister-in-law at the reception.  Bottom right is of my Dad having a great time dancing in one of my brother’s friend’s crazy suit coats lol.

Then this past weekend on Sunday I was lucky enough to get to go see one of my favorite country musicians, Jason Aldean.  We were extra lucky that it was one of the few concerts that he teamed up with Kenny Chesney at outdoor stadiums.  It was a great concert and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect!

jasonaldean concertThe other day I got some GREAT book mail but I will be saving photos of that until I do a book haul post at the end of the month.  I also got some great deals on some new shoes yesterday so I can’t wait to get those in the mail!  Tonight Ethan and I are having a little date night.  On Sunday we’re heading down to Austin, MN to visit my Grandma for the day.  I have Monday through Wednesday off work so Monday I am getting together with a friend to have a shopping day.  On Tuesday I get to cross off one of the biggest things on my bucket list…

shania-twain-2015-rock-this-country-tour-art-400pxAfter many, many years of waiting… Shania Twain is back on tour!  Totally can’t wait for this concert!

That’s it for the non-bookish updates.  As for bookish updates, I am pretty behind on my 20 Books of Summer Challenge.  July is almost over and I’m only less than halfway through my list!  Luckily once August hits I’ll be able to knock off some more during carpool since I don’t have to drive.


Currently I am reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  I like it but not as much as I thought I would so that’s a little disappointing.  I still have no interest in The Distant Hours so I’m almost 99% positive that one will end up being a DNF.  With some time off work next week I am really looking forward to getting a lot of reading done!

Monday will be my last book haul of the month (and hopefully for awhile) with the exception of a few packages that are still on their way.  So stay tuned for my July Book Haul post coming up next week! 🙂

And that’s it!  Thanks for stopping by!

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