Everyday is a new day

So, the blogging hasn’t gone as well as I would like it to, but in my defense I have been in school for the past year and keeping up with that, work and life during this crazy time has kept me pretty busy.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m working on setting aside more time for myself to do the things I enjoy. (reading, napping and crochet are the top 3 things on my list!) I only have 3 months of school left though and I am determined to get through this and be a straight “A” student for the first time in my life. Not easy, but in the end it will be worth it. Thankfully I have a great bunch of gals in class with me, wonderful friends, my sweet pups and kitties and Logan.

I feel like too many people have spent too much time thinking about all the ways 2020 and 2021 have been awful and that makes me sad. I have a lot to be thankful for and if 2020 and 2021 hadn’t happened, I might not have made the decisions that have led me to this point in my life.

  1. I started school after thinking about it for way too many years
  2. I have started consciously thinking about doing more writing and reading and not just to shame all of my friends on Goodreads 😉
  3. I have realized that letting go is sometimes the best thing to do and my mental health is more important that letting others bully me into doing what they want me to do.
  4. I have also realized that it is not shameful to talk about my anxiety and depression. I talk about not for sympathy, but so that others know they can talk to me. Also so they can be aware that sometimes I struggle and it has nothing to do with anyone but myself.

While maybe not the most extensive list, it is one I cherish because #3 especially has always been hard for me. I still fail at this task sometimes, but at least I am getting better about it.

I would actually love to hear all the things you are thankful for that 2020 and 2021 have brought to your life. Have a great day! Soak up some sunshine and give a dog a kiss!

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And the adventures continue…

So after yesterday mornings Delbert surround sound, I was getting ready for bed and every night before bed I make sure either Logan or I take the dogs out. Last night Logan wasn’t feeling well and went up to bed early so I was on dog duty. As I was getting ready to take the dogs out I start hearing something falling or being shifted. At first I was worried Logan had fallen or something, but then I realized it was coming from the kitchen and that always means the cats are getting into something.

I get up and start heading that way, but no cat in sight. Then I saw that the drawer for the tupperware was all the way open.

DAMMIT REGINALD!

This cat. I love this cat. I also regularly want to strangle him because he loves getting in through this drawer because it sometimes slips open and I keep forgetting to buy child locks for it. So I wander over and am talking to him. The conversation went something like:

Me: Huh. Get yourself stuck silly boy?

Reggie: *glares at me with an obviously you moron look*

Me: That sucks. I know you can get out on your own though. Come on.

Reggie: *more glares followed by him working his way out while I hold the drawer still for him.

He gets out fairly easily and then proceeds to run away because he got caught being stuck and now he is embarrassed.

sorry for the blurry photo, he was angry….

Now I have a cat who is angry because he got caught and I’m going to have to find child locks. If you don’t hear from me in a week just know that I fought Reggie off until the very end….

I have finished reading 2 books and a short story this week and gotten my school work done and my house isn’t a total disaster. Does that make this a successful week? I think so.

I will have separate posts for the books because they are both wonderful and deserve their own post so I can tell you how much I enjoyed them. I think then, I will talk to you about the short story I just read for the first time in many, many years. “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Have you read this short story? If you haven’t or it has been a long time, you should. I found it here after finding the link to it in one of my emails although for the life of me I can’t remember which blog had it tagged for me. Whoever it was, thank you, I needed to read this again. Seems things always come along when they need to and this short story is no different.

I always liked this story because you can make many different arguments for what our main character is going through, but I think it is commonly know that she is suffering from post-partum depression. My heart breaks for her every time I read it because although the time frame is never said, it always seems to be so long ago and they just thought she needed rest and she wasn’t allowed to do things because her husband (he’s a doctor, of course) knows best.

Her struggle is real and while reading the story you can tell when things start to become worse for her and all you want to do is hug her and love her and tell her that is okay and that her husband and sister-in-law suck. They don’t, they obviously love her, but they don’t know how to help and in the end, that was what made her worse.

It’s a story worth pondering and reading even if you have never had post-partum depression. I think it always rings true to me because I have had boughts of depression and I can relate to her on that level.

I put this post out here to let you know that you are not alone, that you are allowed to feel your feelings, but also to remind you to talk to your doctor if you are not feeling okay or like yourself. Life is strange right now (isn’t it always though?) and hiding those feelings away will not help. Reach out to friends and family. Reach out to me. Message me if you need to. I’ll end this with this quote I read on @TheBloggess today:

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― Neil Gaiman

You can beat your dragons, but you don’t have to do it by yourself. Be kind, be safe and most of all, be happy.

Warbound and Lost

Oh….My…..Lanta. I was so sad when this book ended. My love for this world grew with every book and I can’t wait to dive into the side stories about these characters. This action packed final book in the Grimnoir Chronicles did an excellent job of wrapping everything up and leave the reader wanting more. My heart continuously sank as I feared for the characters, laughed with them and cried with and for them.

Faye and Jake go on their own paths to be reunited at the end. Just when you didn’t think Faye could be any more magnificent, she goes and proves just what a rare and special gem she is. While her and Jake have always seemed odd and slow to some, no one can deny that they prove you should never judge a book by it’s cover. While I loved the way the series wrapped up, I was devastated to have to close that chapter on these characters.

Have you not read it yet? Seriously? Go! Now! Read!

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Spellbound has me spellbound

I was so happy to start listening to this 2nd book in the Grimnoir Chronicles and Mr. Correia did not disappoint me. The first book took me a bit to adjust to after the lighter tone of his Tom Stranger series, but these books have just been amazing also.

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After a failed assassination attempt on the president, the Grimnoir Knights are framed for it and go on the run, Faye has her own mission to accomplish and a phone call from a dead man shocks Jake to his core. This book is non-stop action. I laughed and cried with the characters and fell even more in love with this world so like our own and yet so different.

While Faye and Jake are still our main actives, I soaked up every bit about the others that I could. I highly recommend this series if you like action thrown in with some steam punk super heroes!

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Broken(and working on it)

So for the last week I have been listening to Jenny Lawson’s new book Broken (in the best possible way) and I am now listening to another book of hers called Furiously Happy because right now at this point in my life, I need more Jenny Lawson in my life. Broken is wonderful. Every chapter is a different story or musing. Some make you laugh and some make you cry, but they all make a difference. My anxiety and depression have been strong this week and in between laying in bed napping or playing a mindless game while binge eating my sadness, Jenny’s words have brought both tears and laughter to me in a time when I needed them the most.

I have mentioned the bloggess here many times because I love her and one day I am going to make it my life mission to meet her, but Broken is the first book of hers that I have read. (I read her blog all the time and sometimes even wait a few days so that I can read more than one post at a time.) I not only have the audiobook (which is narrated by her!), but I also have a signed copy of her book at home and it is definitely in my top 10 most cherished books of all time.

aren’t you already in love with this book?

So many quotable lines out of this book that now I have to make all of my friends read it so we can quote it to each other.

All this being said, I should probably go do something productive…or take a nap…we’ll see. Let me know if you have read this book and your thoughts on it!

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Carl and Donut

So, I started listening to this book because Logan told me I should read this. I started reading it on my Kindle, but school quickly got in the way and it got put to the side for a while. Last month I started listening to it on Audible and quickly fell in love with Carl and Princess Donut.

The premise isn’t unlike other books of this genre, but who doesn’t love a talking cat, a man running around a dungeon in his boxers and a pair of women’s crocs and all the high jinx that come with it?

After a late night adventure trying to get Donut back into the apartment, Carl is shocked when a voice from the sky tells him to go in a tunnel or face life on a now desolate Earth. Clutching a pissed of cat he emerges into a world that he never thought possible and where the rules of the game seem to change every time he starts to figure things out.

Dungeon Crawler Carl
Princess Donut looks terrifying here, doesn’t she?

It’s the first in a series and I am ready for the 2nd book to come out on Audible so Logan and I can enjoy it together. It combines our love of Dungeons and Dragons with the video games Logan loves.

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Any suggestions on similar books? Or other books by Matt Dinniman? I would love to hear from you!

$5 can make a difference

So, I have a couple of causes that I raise money for every year and every year I am super obnoxious about raising money for these causes, but at least it’s only twice a year. Right now it’s the time of year to raise money for Walk MS. Chances are if you are reading this then you either have MS or you know someone with MS. I have 3 friends with MS so this is a cause near and dear to my heart. I’m going to link my fundraiser below just in case you want to donate to this worthy cause. $5 can really make a difference.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/2743977872507723/

Walk MS: Long Island 2021: King Richard's Court - National MS Society

A Fully Grown Mammal (kind of)

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! I could not have been happy on Tuesday when I got home and this beautiful creation was in my mailbox. I have been looking forward to this book for months and knowing I was getting a signed copy for being a part of her online book club made it so much better! I mean, look at this beautiful cover!

I would cuddle the hell out out of that demon creature. SO SQUISHY!

I know I have talked about Jenny aka the bloggess and all of her greatness before, but this is the first book of hers that I own and I am so excited! I also have a copy of it in audiobook to listen to because I wanted to hear her talk to me like we are real friends in real life and she is just opening up about everything because she loves me most of all. I love when audiobooks are read by the authors. It makes them and their works so much more relatable in my opinion.

This post if mostly to let everyone know I am over the moon exctied about now owning this wonderful person’s book. I will be writing a post on it once I am done listening/reading it though so don’t worry!

What are your favorite audiobooks? I love listening to books while driving so please leave me some suggestions!

Hard Magic

Having previously read Larry Correia’s Tom Stranger series, I was very interested in some of the others books he has written. At first I was unsure about this series as the tone was so very different from Tom Stranger, but the longer I listened, the more I fell in love with this world that Mr. Correia created.
The story and it characters can be best described as living in a parallel world where magic is real and life has taken a few different turns from our past. To not fall in love with Jake and the rest of the Grimnoir Knights would be a challenge. Each character is delightfully different and bring out the best (and sometimes worst) in their friends throughout their journey.
This is the first of a three book series and a few side stories. I have read the three main books and am looking forward to listening to all the rest of not only the Grimnoir Chronicles, but also the rest of Mr. Correia’s books.
If you like history, steampunk, magic, fighting, and a colorful cast of characters, check this book out. It was delightful to listen to on my way to and from work.

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Twins, a troll and a Pixel appear in an audiobook…

What is there to say about the Fowl Twins except Beckett and Miles definitely live up to their last name in this book on their first adventure with fairies. If you have read and enjoyed Artemis and his adventures, then you will fall in love with his twin brothers. Beckett is a force of nature and Myles is so very like his big brother was when we first met him (only of course, Myles knows he is far superior to Artemis, lol). Along with their newfound fairy friends they run from a killer nun and a crazy nobleman all just a week after their 11th birthday. On their adventures in this book with there new troll friend and a fairy-in-training the boys learn that the strongest bond in the world is the one between them and that they can do anything they try as long as they have each other.

I listened to this book on my audible and was overjoyed to find out that the same narrator (Nathaniel Parker) was narrating the younger Fowl adventures also. I was very sad when it ended and am looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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The Agatha Christie Book Club

I am currently reading the 2nd book in this series and loving it! The characters are great and as a fan of the Dame of Mystery myself, I have fallen in love with these books.
Alicia walks out on her old boring fuddy duddy book club and decides to start her own around the theme of her favorite author Agatha Christie! The motley crew she assembles are full of personality and before they know it, they have a mystery of their own on their hands. Following in Agatha’s footsteps, the club start looking for clues to solve their mystery, but not even they could have been prepared for what they found out!

C.A. Larmer is an author I enjoy and I have read her other books as well. The Ghostwriter Series is great and so I am very excited to go on this journey with her Agatha Christie Book Club.

The Agatha Christie Book Club (Agatha Christie Book Club #1)