Category Archives: Life

Self-care and February reading

What’s something you do for self care? (Reading and binging shows is not what I meant!😉) January was about reflection and coming up with a plan for self care because I’m really bad at it. 🤦🏽‍♀️ My goal in February is to put my plan in action and try out what works and what doesn’t.

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One thing that I really enjoy is taking long walks at our local nature center. If you saw my stories this morning, I shared glimpses of what it’s like. As I mentioned before I really enjoy going on these walks, but I also am very good at making up excuses not to go! No more of that! If I can’t make it out, then I’ll find another self care activity that I enjoy. No more making excuses! This year will be more of looking for opportunities! 💪🏽

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And yes I brought some books with me on my walk. 💁🏽‍♀️ Featured here are just a couple of my February reads! I’ll do a January wrap-up and a more comprehensive February TBR in another post, but I wanted to share a couple books that I’m really excited for! The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag @molly_ostertag and Binti the Night Masquerade (Book 3) by Nnedi Okorafor @nnediokorafor have been on my TBR for a while now. I’m a few pages into Witch Boy and I’m in love! I finished Binti 2 earlier this week and I’m so glad Binti 3 came out last month because that cliffhanger had me like 😯😧😩!

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What’s on your February TBR?

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Happy New Year! Watership Down by Richard Adams

Helllooo! Happy New Year, friends! I hope you’ve all had a great holiday and are ready for 2018. I can not believe how fast the year ended!

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I have been in and out of social media, but I hope to be able to post more now. Everything’s great—just busy! If you didn’t know, I’m a mother of four kids 10 years old and under; I’m revising my draft for my first book; and I’ve been fighting the plague in between 😆. Needless to say, life is busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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This picture was taken at the park while my kids were playing. My oldest was my assistant, giving his opinions on angles and where to take the shot. 😆 It’s also a pretty good representation of my life right now—family and sneaking in time to read!

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I listen to books with my kids and our current read is Watership Down! It had been on my TBR for some time and I decided it was a good time to start it before winter break. My oldest, who is 10, is enjoying it very much! The younger siblings, ages 8, 5, and 4 aren’t so much. 😆 (They much prefer listening to the Rainbow Fairy series by Daisy Meadows.)

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We’re about 40% of the way in, and I’m enjoying the story. The characters are rabbits who leave their warren bc of an unforeseeable danger. If you enjoy stories with likeable characters against impossible odds, I highly recommend it. For kids, it’s a great middle grade style story, but the audiobook is a great way to get through the slow parts and vocabulary specific to the world building.

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What are you reading? How was your holidays?

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Happy Father’s Day!

I met my husband when we were still in college. We started off as friends and I learned he was a reader too, but I learned he was a big Sci-Fi/Fantasy reader. I had not really read any SFF. (I was a Lit major, so Classics were my jam.) But I wanted him to like me, so I asked what his favorite book was which was Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, but he had me read Monkey Sonatas first. When I did, I wasn’t sure if I’d like SF. 😅 Then he had me read Ender’s Game and I loved it. .

Fast forward seven years after we met, we got married. He let me plan our wedding but insisted on only one thing: his wedding ring had to be white-gold. He said it was because of the Thomas Covenant series by Stephen R. Donaldson.

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When coming up with a name for our oldest son, we decided to name him after one of my husband’s favorite authors Isaac Asimov. 

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Last year, he finished the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and I felt bad that he had to say goodbye to a story and characters that were in his life for nearly twenty years. 

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Happy Father’s Day to my husband! I’m so lucky to have a partner who enjoys reading and also who puts up with my book hoarding and bookstagramming shenanigans. ❤️

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#grimdragon Happy Father’s Day! 

Happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday everyone!! I hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend so far. I saw Wonder Woman last night and I’m ready to see it again! It lived up to the hype and more! If you haven’t seen it yet, I hope you get to soon! It’s worth the trip out to see it in the theater. .

What are your plans for today? I’m going to an author signing with Maurene Goo who wrote I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Cindy Pon whose new book Want comes out Tuesday, and Sherri L. Smith who wrote Pasadena. I’m excited to meet these awesome ladies!

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So how are you? What have you been up to? Me? Trying to survive the end of the school year with my kids (4 more days) and LOTS of reading.

Checking in! 

I just wanted to sneak in here to thank everyone who messaged and texted me just to check on me. My family was battling the flu. We’re a family of six, so by day’s end I was exhausted! And with the cloudy and rainy weather, there wasn’t much opportunity for pictures either. .Yesterday, I had to take my husband to the ER for what turned out to be a kidney stone. He’s okay now but we’re trying to rest and recover from the event. .

I’m hoping this will be the end of illnesses and trips to the ER and that big things really don’t happen in threes and we can move on to February without incident. I can’t believe it’s going to be February already!

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How are you all doing? I hope your January was better than mine! During all the family illnesses, I did manage to get some reading done. Thank goodness for audio books! I’ll share a wrap-up soon. .

I found this plaque at the dollar store and thought it was so fitting for my current situation. I hope to post more often now and thank you again for the concerned messages! Miss you all. ❤️