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Coffee & a Chat – Snowpocalypse 2022

It wasn’t quite the snowpocalypse that everyone was making it out to be. At least for us but, it is the most snow we’ve seen in a long time in our area. We got about 8″-10″, probably closer to 10. (I’m bad at estimating and I never watch the local news.) There was plenty of shoveling but we didn’t have to actually leave our property for two days, which was awesome. We watched the snow fall, made chili, played video games and snuggled up with the fur babies in blankets.

Luckily, we never lost power. I prepped like a crazy woman in case we did but we didn’t. Years of growing up in Northern Michigan makes prepping feel like an essential. During Y2K, (I was 13) my dad wasn’t worried about it, but he let me prep to feel better. I filled our root cellar with water, canned food, dog food and make sure the dog was inside when midnight hit. Obviously, nothing happened but I felt better being ready for it.

Apparently, 22 years later, that still makes me feel better.

Instead of getting in a TON of reading, I became absorbed in Pokemon Shield. I am having a great time and my Dreadnaw can kick almost anyone’s ass.

This isn’t actually my character but they look alike.

When I do get a little reading in, I am still working on Goblet of Fire. It’s slow going but I am enjoying it when I do read.

The snowstorm and subsequent roads have made it a quiet return to work, which is a nice change of pace. I still don’t like being a pharmacy tech anymore.

School on the flipside, has been very enjoyable for a change. I’m doing great in Strategic Business Management (easy when you’ve helped run a small business for 10 years) and I have been working hard in Intro to Probability and Statistics. Despite being a math class, I am having fun learning it.

What is making you happy these days??

Two Weeks of October

Usually, I do a weekly report of all my fun Halloween shenanigans in October, however this year is proving difficult to get anything done blog-wise. Outside of that, I have been watching the crap outta some horror movies. I started that over two weeks ago so this incoming list includes only what I’ve watched in the last 2 weeks:

Head over to Sugar and Scream for our joint reviews of Rawhead Rex and Puppetmaster.

Nightbooks might not really be a horror movie but it was spooky and we enjoyed it so it makes the list. My favorite out of all of these movies was Demons. There is barely a plot line but the practical effects were incredible and I can’t stop thinking about it.

Books

4 out of 5 stars – I very much enjoyed this book. As with the first one, it’s a fun and sassy ride. I just did not feel like reviewing it.

Recipes

In case you missed it – Pumpkin Snickerdoodles with Vanilla Chips.

Lastly, it’s been almost 2 years since our last concert. Work has been hell with Covid vaccines, flu vaccines and Covid testing so we decided we deserved a win. We went and saw KISS. It was an outdoor venue so we felt a little better about going and it was worth it. We had so much fun and they played a great set list.

How has everyone’s October been treating them? (Or tricking them?) What spooky madness have you gotten up to??

August 2021 Recap

I kept my promise! I was very active this month. It was easy for once. Now I get to go back to school starting today and I am sure things will slow down for me, blog wise, until this semester is up in December. I will try to post at least once a week.

I managed to finish 3 books this month. I don’t know the last time this happened. Probably before school started.

The Invention of Sound review

The Last Mortal Bond review

I just finished this last night and I loved it. 5 out of 5 stars. I don’t feel like reviewing it however. There is a lot of world building to explain and I rather just enjoy the bliss it brought me instead of worrying about how to describe it.

eBooks Purchased:

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews $2.99

The Poppy War by RF Huang $1.99

Death Masks by Jim Butcher $0.00 (coupon for this book specifically from Amazon)

TOTAL SPENT: $4.98

Movies Watched:

I’ve clearly been on a horror movie kick. I decided to go back and watch all the ones from the 80s that I haven’t gotten around to yet.

TV Watched:

As you can see, it was a productive month. My three weeks off of class flew by. I’m going to miss all the free time.

What was your favorite part of August??

April’s Mini-Reviews

Wooooo! April. What a month you were. I turned 34 and the celebration was better than last year’s thankfully, work party where everyone was vaccinated. The reason behind the party was actually a vaccination relief party to let some steam off from the stress surrounding distributing the Covid-19 vaccines. It just happened to be on my birthday and I made the most of it. ūüôā

4 out of 5 stars –

Let me preface this mini-review with the disclaimer that I have never read the original story. I’ve always meant to but I just haven’t. Therefore, nothing done here could offend my delicate senses when it came to comparing the two.

There was a profound sense of amusement created by the idea of maintaining decorum whilst battling unmentionables, as they’re called here. The struggle to lure a future husband based not only on your manners but your skill with decapitating zombies, was a balancing act that inspired humor.

Something about all of the above brought upon me, a constant state of enjoyment, although it never succeeded in becoming a favorite.

3 out of 5 stars – I’m not really going to go into this one because….REASONS… to be revealed later. But, YA and I do not always get along. This landed in the ‘meh’ category.

Books purchased:

$1.99 on the Kindle.

Currently reading:

I’ve been on a bit of a YA kick as of late, but it never lasts long.

How was your April??

Coffee & a Chat – Prickly Pear

I thought I was busy at the pharmacy on my last post, little did I know, the next day it would go live on vaccinefinder.org that we had the Covid-19 vaccine in stock and I would experience the craziest day EVER in my entire pharmacy career. I’m not even going to sit here and explain. I don’t want to think about it anymore, it was that level of absurd.

Instead, I’ll focus on the fun stuff. It was finally a work hard, play hard kind of week.

As you can see in the picture above, I went to the library for the first time in over a year. It felt insanely good to just browse the racks. I was so excited that I forgot to bring my library card and had to go home and get it. (Apparently our very small library still doesn’t have the technology to look someone up without them knowing their library ID number. I don’t even have my driver’s license # memorized.) I do not live far from the library though so it was a small price to pay for the level of joy that I experienced.

We went out to dinner with friends for the first time in over a year as well. The local Mexican restaurant has one of those outdoor igloos and there was hardly anyone there. It was raining which made the experience in an igloo bubble even more atmospheric and fun. Everyone in the party is at some stage of their vaccinations. With Michigan surging in case numbers again, we were a bit nervous but the lack of people and plenty of precautions made, we think we’ll be a-okay. If I deserved nothing else after this hell week, it was my favorite prickly pear margarita. (Although it was hella bittersweet without Ignited Moth! My BFF and Margarita-annihilating partner!)

Currently reading:

What does this week entail?

Who knows. I’m basically flying by the seat of my pants and just making it through everyday at this point. A week from today is my birthday so hopefully some cool stuff happens that day and the following week brings a desperately needed bathroom remodel.

How has April been treating you thus far?

Cinnamon Chocolate Bread

Since getting my fancy new stand mixer for Christmas, I have been absolutely¬†lazy¬†about baking. I’m pretty sure my husband is going to strangle me sometime soon. He spent a lot of money on the damn thing. I fully intend to use it a LOT, I’ve just been distracted by so many things. So many stupid things.

This bread was super tasty. You cannot go wrong mixing chocolate and cinnamon.

cinnamonchocolatebread

Recipe Here

Top 10 Reads of 2016

2016 was a great year in reading. In no particular order, here are my top 10 favorite reads of 2016. 

  1. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  2. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  3. Golden Son by Pierce Brown
  4. Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop
  5. King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
  6. Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
  7. The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
  8. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  9. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  10. Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

What were your favorite reads of 2016?