That’s probably pretty obvious after a two month hiatus. Sorry about that. I’m not here to promise that I’m going to be active again, but to explain why.
It’s going to be a little TMI:
The first and foremost reason behind my disappearance was a change in birth control. Sounds weird right? But, after reading reviews of the birth control I was using at the time, I found a lot of reviews complaining of depression and brain fog. I had never considered that my brain fog and sometimes bouts of mild depression might be caused by my birth control. I always thought it was an issue stemming from my grandfather passing away, which was about the same time that I started BC and I never put the two together. So, I decided to switch drugs and see if I had different results. It has very much turned my life around. I feel like my old, happy, creative self again.
Second, my husband had lost his job due to corporate restructuring. A lot of stress there. He was re-employed again in just a few weeks thankfully.
Third, Coronavirus hit. Being a pharmacy technician, work got crazy (still is). Plus, we live in Michigan, one of the hardest hit states. So obviously, life has been very different and my attentions have been else where.
On top of all that, I decided that I wasn’t reviewing books anymore. It was becoming a bit of a chore and since quitting, I’ve been enjoying reading more.
Where does all this leave my blog? Honestly, on the back burner.
I want to try to post at least once a month BUT I’m not going to pressure myself.
I am however, off to catch up on some of my favorite blogs while the mood has struck me!
Hello my favorite little weirdos! It’s the first Coffee & A Chat of 2020. A post where I just ramble about whatever I feel like because I can and I will.
First and foremost – I HAVE BOUGHT ZERO BOOKS IN JANUARY. I didn’t think I could do it but I did. I’ve been on an Urban Fantasy kick as of late and I own quite a few of those. I’m also working on a controversial non-fiction read. I take my time with non-fiction though or I don’t enjoy it as much. I have to finish it by March 3rd as that is when my Kindle Unlimited ends and I do not plan to renew it. I find I can read most of what I want that’s available on Unlimited within a month or two.
I’ve decided to not stress myself about posting on the blog so there may some weeks where I post frequently enough and others where I only post once. That does not mean however that I’m not going to keep up on YOUR blog posts. It’s a part of my morning coffee-before-work routine to see what everyone else is up to.
It hasn’t been a REAL winter here in my part of Michigan. All rain and ice and very little snow. Why am I complaining about this? Because it means I have little excuse not to go out when people ask us to and I was really looking forward to using that excuse to stay home more.
Mr. C&M and I have a lot of metal concerts planned this year. With no vacation to save up for, we’ll be doing more fun little things.
Tomorrow is the Super Bowl, which in general, I don’t care about BUT my boss has a crazy party every year so either I need to run out to buy a snack to bring or find an easy baked good to make, so ta-ta for now!
How has 2020 treated you thus far and what are you looking forward to the most???
Alex Bentley is a ghost therapist. She helps spirits move onto whatever afterlife exists. People hire her to rid themselves of troublesome ghosts that are effecting business or driving the living person insane. Her latest case pulls her to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. What at first appears to be your average restless spirit turns into a missing persons case. The police have put in virtually zero effort in finding missing teenage boys, instead just labeling them drug addicts and runaways. The rumors in the small town even point to Native American folklore as the possible culprit.
This book is absolutely fine if you take it for what it is. A paranormal mystery with minimum world building and fairly two dimensional characters. There is a possible love triangle and some insta-love happening and isn’t that the formula for a million urban fantasies out there?
As someone who helped start a small business, I find her complete lack of business sense annoying. She’ll jet off to help someone with no guarantee of getting paid or getting paid much more than it’s costing her. She’s flying to other states, spending days at a time, coming home and having barely any money to show for it. She’s on the brink of losing everything, yet she does it again. You can point out that you can’t put a price on doing what you love, but when you’re the only known ghost therapist, you can literally put a price tag on it.
All the action parts were sparse, easily handled and over almost immediately. Even drawing out more detail of an eventual trial would have provided some well needed depth.
What this book needs is more fleshing out. More world building, more character building and progression, and more descriptions of virtually everything. At times you went from being inside the character’s mind frame to the character addressing you as if you were an audience or they were writing a letter. Anytime that Alex thought anything remotely deep that might resound with the reader, it was pointed out how serious and dark things were getting in her head and she tried to lighten the mood with some quip.
There is a lot of potential here for a great urban fantasy if the author worked out a few of these kinks. Otherwise, it’s fine but not something I’ll run around recommending to my friends.
Alex McKnight is an ex-Detroit cop, retired to the woods of the Upper Peninsula. Last year, he was a private investigator on the side, and renting cabins full time. His first case was so out of control that he put private investigating behind him.
Trouble comes looking for him once again in the form of a Native American woman, looking to get away from her abusive boyfriend. What Alex doesn’t realize is that the problem is much deeper than domestic violence. She’s stolen drugs from a Russian drug lord from out of state. So, when she disappears under Alex’s watch, from one of his own cabins, he feels so guilty that he can’t let it go, even though he doesn’t know about the drugs at the beginning. He won’t rest until he finds her or gets himself killed.
Not only does he have to survive attacks from various bad guys, he also has to survive mother nature after those attacks. Winter in the Upper Peninsula is not to be trifled with.
This is a mediocre detective novel with a grumpy, old guy main character. The grumpiness is endearing but the nostalgia is what keeps me coming back. I’ve lived and adventured in the Northern parts of Michigan my whole life. My grandfather (now deceased) is the one who introduced me to this series and gave me several books in it, so I’m sure I’ll continue it.
Mr. C&M and I simply refer to our favorite podcasters ever as, The Boys. The boys came to Michigan for the first time December 6th and despite already seeing the show for this tour back in March, we had to represent for our state so that they would keep coming back.
Totally worth it. It may have been the same show but the jokes were 20 times better. We were laughing our asses off the whole way through.
If you’ve never attended one of their shows, first, fix that. Second, here’s their formula for success:
Henry dons his Mufon gear and tells us about some alien encounters:
Marcus covers crytids. This year’s was most special as it’s a legend for our state, the Dogman:
Ben gives us some professional wrestling stories which I do not have pictures of.
To round up a quality show, there has to be a little conspiracy theory action. This year’s involving Mama Cass of The Mamas & The Papas.
We also had much better seats at this show since we bought them the day they were released. I’m fairly certain that the show sold out, so hopefully they hit Michigan on their next tour too.
If you need a new podcast to edu-tain you, then I highly recommend the boys.
Wooooo! It’s my second favorite month of the year guys. 😀
Michigan has jumped early into it’s autumn-like weather (aside from a day here or there) and I am DIGGING IT. I am ready for apples and pumpkins and to BASIC BITCH ALL OVER THE PLACE.
I may even begin decorating for Halloween here very, very soon.
What can you expect in the next two months of this blog? Well, after I finish my current book, I’m hopping into the horror/paranormal genres. Nothing sets the mood like spooky books. If we’re lucky, I’ll get some sweet baking in and come October, horror movie marathons.
Mr. C&M and I have a lot going down on the weekends until November, but those things are awesome. Like, visiting the Michigan Renaissance Festival, concerts and a Harry Potter themed Halloween party. It also means our 13 year dating anniversary and our 5 year wedding anniversary.
I’m the best wife. I found a collaboration between two of my husband’s favorite brewing companies. It was only available as singles in the store that I found it but, turns out that was fine because well……I’ll let him rate it.
Brewing Company: Laguintas Brewing Company in collaboration with Short’s Brewing Company.
Location of company: California and Michigan
Style: Session IPA
Rating: 2.75 out of 5
There was a lot going on in this beer and with it’s ABV rating it didn’t taste very boozy. Overall, not very impressed.
The perfect coffee table/bathroom book for any Michigander home.
This easy-to-read true crime novel highlights some of Michigan’s
most notorious crimes. From our polygamist king, a couple of serial
killers, the original gangsters of Detroit (ones even Al Capone
wouldn’t mess with) to the wild west of the Upper Peninsula, if
there is one thing Michigan isn’t, it’s boring.
Despite living my entire life in the Great Lakes state, there were
plenty of stories about cases I had no idea about in general or I
just didn’t realized they had happened here. For example; the
largest school massacre in US history happened in Bath, Michigan in
1927 and the culprit was raised in the town I currently call home.
(Not exactly something they put on the welcome billboard and I’m
sure the historical society likes to keep in the dark.)
Do you have to be from Michigan to enjoy this? Of course not,
however, I do think it adds a personal connection to the stories if
Most people who are not from Michigan (and maybe some who are) probably think that a night out in Detroit is a horrible idea. What a lot of people don’t know, is that Detroit is hard at work reviving itself and the results have been pretty great.
The food was fantastic with the second best beer cheese I’ve ever tried. Prices were very reasonable for brewery food. There was nice seating both inside and outside. Outside even had giant heaters and fire pits which was fantastic as it was a chilly night.
The bell of the ball for my husband was getting to have KBS 2018 on tap.
Overall, it was fantastic. We definitely recommend giving it a try if you’re in the Detroit area.
Why yes, I have decided that these little coffee chats may become a semi-regular thing as I enjoy them. Just a little time to ramble on about life or whatever topic seems to be on my mind on an early Sunday morning, sipping the world’s best beverage.
Yesterday was a beautiful 67 degrees here. I had to work half the day but when I came home we promptly got to work on spring clean up. We have several probably 100+ year old maple trees in our yard and they always drop their leaves at the end of the season. Let me tell you, there were a metric butt ton of leaves. (Between fall and spring, we’ve raked about 50-55 bags of leaves.) Add in all the rain last fall and we were not able to get everything up by the last leaf pick up of the year. So, that meant a messy yard when the snow melted.
The dogs had an intense game of ball and then hung out on the patio while we worked in the yard. The fresh spring day had everyone feeling lovely.
I was so happy in fact, that I picked up a house plant for the first time in about 10 years.
There were signs of green life springing up all over the yard and it just made me want to go out and buy MORE plants/trees/bushes.
I’m ready for all of this. The cold and gray was really putting a funk on my life. One day of sunshine and I was ready to live outside.
What are your Spring plans? Looking forward to planting anything special?