It’s been quite some time since the dogs had their very own post here on the blog and with the recent snow fall, they’ve been especially cute playing in the fluffy whiteness. So just sit back and enjoy a small photo gallery of my funny little snow hounds. ❤
I loving refer to Ozzy as the Snow King in the winter as he LUUUUUURRVVVEESSS the snow. Samus loves it for a minute, bounds through it like a deer and then is promptly ready to go back inside to the warmth. Ozzy must be convinced to come back in.
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Would you rather travel to the deep sea or outer space?
Could you ask a more difficult question?? I mean………..crap. I think I’m going to have to choose deep sea but you should feel bad for making me think so hard about this. I want to see all the sea critters. I want to see space critters too but I think I’m guaranteed a few sea critters. Aliens, please make contact soon because, why not?
2. Are you artistic?
Is ‘sort of’ an acceptable answer? I can do STUFF. Just not anything particularly GOOD.
3. How many books did you read last year?
4. If you could live any one historical figures life, which would you choose?
I think I’m going to have to choose the Notorious RBG.
5. Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter?
6. Which character in a book would you most like to be?
Full fantasy mode with this one, Julia (aka Aurelia Ryder) in the Kate Daniels series. I dig her powers, her attitude and her obviously future mate. (But I’d like to stay a brunette please.)
This were some pretty fun questions so I’m going to keep them for my tagged peeps:
I didn’t accomplish much this week aside from working. No new recipes, no book reviews. Hell, I barely even read the current book I’m working on. I’m a bit ‘meh’ on it currently and don’t know if I’ll finish it.
There were a few other things accomplished though;
I received my second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. This time, the side effects kicked my ass. Super sleepy, achy, hot flashes and cold sweats (no fever though) and a minor headache. I felt like an old woman going through menopause. I started feeling super tired the night of the vaccine, didn’t sleep too well and felt like garbage for about 12 hours the next day. The day after that, I felt normal again. 10/10 would do it again though.
As of this morning, I applied to go back to college. There is a recent initiative provided by my state for adults to go back to school to earn a degree where they pay for your tuition fees. Years ago, I went to community college with the intention of getting a degree in small business administration. For a myriad of reasons, I never finished. Now, I’m going back to earn a degree in business administration – associate of arts. The way I see it, it will help the small business that I currently work for and any future enterprise I may start myself. (see last post.)
I should start back to school in May so I’m sure you’ll see a decline in posts then but I’m hoping to be more organized and be able to balance life and school better than I did back in the day.
So that’s it for this week folks, did anyone else get the first or second dose of the Covid vaccine? What were your side effects if anything?
Good snowy morning ladies and germs! What a way to round out the first month of 2021 but with a little chat over the morning’s caffeine intake.
A new realization this month: This pandemic has made me realize many things over the last almost year, and my dears, the general public made me question whether I want to be a pharmacy technician the rest of my life. After a bit of consideration, I discovered that the answer had become a solid, no. Then, Mr. C&M gave me another idea; to one day open my own bookstore.
So that’s the new life plan, in the next 5 to 10 years, open my own bookstore. Pharmacy is still fine for now but if someone is rude, I want to be able to throw them out of my own store. (I may also be falsely envisioning that book patrons are a less rude bunch, but let me have my dream.) I helped open one small business, after lots of research, I think I can do it on my own one day.
As for the rest of January, I did pretty good with keeping up on content.
I also received my first dose of the Covid Vaccine almost 3 weeks ago. My second dose is this Tuesday. I didn’t have too many side effects with the first dose. Just muscle soreness for 24 hours and was ravenously hungry the next day. We’ll see what the second dose has in store as we’ve heard that’s usually where you see more side effects.
This may become my new format, Coffee & a Chat’s for the end of the month to recap progress and various happenings.
Well I had hoped to post a video link to my lovely. foul-mouthed husband’s Twitch page however, WP has decided that unless I upgrade, I shall not be allowed. *Shakes fists at WP overlords* So text link it is.
There’s no judgements on my part about all the swearing as, I sound much like a trucker in my day-to-day life. I say it mostly as a warning for anyone not into that kind of thing.
He plays a little bit of everything. Rivals of Aether, Super Smash Bros, Among Us and there is even a video of yours truly doing a full Castle Crashers run with him on our anniversary. He loves video games as much as I love books and isn’t that how love is supposed to work??
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please go give him a follow. It will make the fellow happy and make me look like a good, supportive wife.
Also, he said if he gets even one follower from this post, he’ll kiss my toe. Make sure he knows I sent you. I want this toe kiss on principal alone.
I mean….truth. Sure, reading is fun but so are photos/memes/gifs.
I’ve been a bit of a scatter brain lately, I meant to address this stuff in my Bookish Resolutions post but I did…….not.
Mr. C&M poked fun at me in 2020 for backing off of blogging. As he pointed out, I was being lazy about it the instant people were looking for new content to keep them entertained while trapped at home. It was a fair point BUT work became hell at that point and mental health became a prerogative. (Not to mention he jumped in the game streaming ocean both feet first, so one of us was doing the world a content favor anyway.)
Despite my lack of activity, the blog continued to grow in 2020. I’m now up to 886 followers and I just want to say THANKS for joining me AND for hanging in there while I wasn’t posting much.
All that being said, with my new fancy laptop, my motivation has seemed to return. The hope is to be posting twice weekly again, at bare minimum once a week.
I’ve also decided to return to writing book reviews. *insert cheering masses here* I’m going to be more relaxed about it than I used to be however. It became a job at one point and then I stopped enjoying it. So, I’m only going to really review anything that makes me feel strongly one way or the other. Mediocre books produce lame reviews when it comes to me, so I’ll either skip them altogether or do mini-reviews at the end of the month.
I would also like to revive Mr. C&M’s craft beer review section, although since we’re still not going places and he’s not drinking that much, that one might be a little while.
Lastly, I spruced up the front page of the blog. Probably nothing too noticeable though, changed some fonts and colors. Maybe this will be there year that I actually figure out how to do more things with WordPress. I only recently figured out how to do photo galleries if that tells you just how little I’ve tried anything past basic posts.
Those are my big plans. Hopefully 2021 doesn’t take a big fat dump all over them.
I went back and read my resolutions from last year and BOY WAS I OPTIMISTIC. Thanks 2020! In retrospect, compared to a lot of other people, we did just fine in the year that ruined everything for everyone. So I’ll just be thankful for that.
2020’s Resolutions and How I Did:
I challenged myself to read 30 books for the year and I read 40. To be fair, I knew 30 was something that could easily be accomplished but I just didn’t want the pressure of not reaching an unreasonable goal.
My main goal was to spend the least amount possible on books and to work on the ones I already owned. I read 30 books that I owned and bought 17. Technically, that makes me successful. I spent $41.59 of my own money on books for the year and $20 from an Amazon giftcard. Not too shabby!
Read more non-fiction. I read 6 books in that genre which is up from the 2 I think I read the previous year.
I borrowed 7 books between Ignited Moth and my little cousin and checked out ZERO books from the library.
The one bookish goal I did not accomplish was building a bookshelf. That’s two years in a row that I failed that one.
2021 Bookish Resolutions:
Continue working on my current stock at home. Since the world is still on fire, the motivation for this will probably be easy.
Spend as little as possible on books. I’ve got other goals that require money and a giant stock of books at home so I feel like this is a no-brainer.
Mood read the entire year. I’ve been so much happier since doing this that I need to make it a priority.
THIRD YEARS THE CHARM RIGHT??! Build a bookshelf. :3
2021 Non-Bookish Resolutions:
Continue to pay down credit cards. (We did pretty good at this in 2020 since we weren’t going anywhere.)
Invest money in new clothes. Clothes are not something we spend a lot of money on and we could both use some upgrades, so this is to be the year that we clean out and restock our wardrobes.
What resolution are you MOST excited to tackle in 2021?
Happy New Year! Out with the old and in with the new or whatever it is they say you should do this time of the year.
How did you ring in the first day of the new year?
I spent mine drinking and baking with my BFFF (best fucking friends forever) Ignited Moth and I cannot think of a better way to do it given the circumstances.
For our first (we determined that it will not be our last) time drinking and baking on video, we had a bit of a messy start. And, that was BEFORE the drinks got involved. Quickly, we got our shit together and got to baking!
Moth outdid me as she made not just bread, but jam AND a fancy homemade cocktail. Is there anything that girl CAN’T do??
While she tried out a new honey beer bread recipe, I tackled an eggnog bread with eggnog icing. I needed to clean some holiday stuff out of my fridge okay?
Both breads turned out to be winners but here’s a picture of mine (her’s is in her hands in the photo above):
Just popping in to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving this week! Sure, it’s going to be a weird one but just make the best of it that you can. 🙂
Mr. C&M had a successful deer hunt opening weekend. He brought down his first deer and he killed it instantly which is great. We had to buy a deep freezer which I’m excited about because now I can bulk buy things and go out to the stores less.
My science fiction reading is going well but I’ll detail that in an end of the month post.
I’ve been thinking about New Year’s resolutions for the blog already and I’m excited about them. In all fairness, they’re probably not that exciting but any change after this year seems big lol.
How do you plan to spend your Thanksgiving?
We’re doing a quiet day at home with good food, books and video games. So an average day in this household, but with more food. 😛
It’s a new glorious day folks. We spent last night having a very small going away party for a friend and celebrating the results of the election. So I come to you this morning, slightly hungover and slowly sipping this coffee. Oh, the wonders that are coffee. I was sick this last week (not covid, I was tested), and threw up coffee. It only put me off for one day. My love of coffee knows no bounds.
Okay well, I don’t see myself ever getting into coffee enemas, so I guess there are SOME bounds.
As many of you are already fully celebrating, November is Science Fiction Month. Usually, I hop on board another blog’s hosting of a sci-fi extravaganza, but not this year. I’m just not feeling the commitment this go-around. If you wish to join in those festivities however, check out Imyril’s blog. It is a great time.
I did decide to take on a sci-fi giant and since it’s a thicker book, I didn’t want to feel rushed reading to make blog content.
I’m already 344 pages in and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I look forward to a lazy Sunday and getting more of this in.