I Made It Home But Then FFXII Kidnapped Me

I meant to post a few days ago when we got home from our camping trip but Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age was here waiting for me. It’s my favorite Final Fantasy and it came out for the PS4 this past Tuesday. I’ve been pretty excited to play it again so I may have been lost to it for a couple of days.

I thought about maybe making some Let’s Play videos for the game but I’m not sure if anyone would be interested in that. Maybe, I still haven’t decided.

I really have nothing else to write here. Sorry for wasting time and internet space.

Day Three of our Maine adventure

I have learned some very valuable lessons on this adventure so far.

  1. Do not expect your toddler to sleep by themselves while on a camping trip.
  2. No matter how small the tiny person is, a camping cot will not be large enough to fit the two of you.
  3. No matter how low your expectations for toddler cleanliness are, the toddler will push it past the limits.
  4. Be adaptable.

We went down to the beach yesterday and walked along the water on our way to the pier. The ocean scared the crap out of her but she loved the sand.

Today it’s supposed to rain off and on. My parents do not seem to believe in finding indoor fun that might cost money so it’s looking to be a boring day.

We’re alive!!

Well I am happy to announce that we; my husband, daughter, and both my parents; all made it safely to Maine. We have not tried to kill each other yet and for my father and I that should be counted as a miracle.

Currently I am sitting by a fire that my mother keeps poking at and yelling Paw Patrol fire safety at my two year old who wishes to poke at the flames like her dear grandmother. I don’t know what I should have expected but I don’t think I thought the motto for this trip was going to be, “What would Marshall do?” (The answer is that he would not be trying to touch the fire kid now cut the shit!!!)

Campfire tip #1: If there are flames do not blow on them as you will very likely BLOW THE FIRE OUT!!#@%@!

There really hasn’t been a lot happening today. Mostly we just sat in the car for about three hours and then set up camp, walked around a bit, played on the playground, and messed around on our various tablets and phones. Obviously we’re really roughing it over here.

The munchkin is having a blast, which means that she is tiring her dad out.

Quote of the night: “Munchkin, how are you not dead?” (The toddler in question has not napped at all today. She has never slept in a tent either so bedtime is a frightening concept right about now.)

Given her insistence at dragging her dad all over the campground I am getting plenty of time for reading and writing so I will probably try to come back and let you guys know that I’m alive. Now excuse me while I try to come up with some proper scary campfire stories. (for after the the toddler is asleep of course.)

June Wrap- Up and July TBR

I really have to get better about this blogging thing.

I had completely forgotten that Terry Brooks’ new book was coming out last month. So when I found the five hundred e-mails in my inbox box telling me it was available for purchase I had no choice; I had to buy it, and then I had to read it. So my Wrap-Up for the month is:

Six Of Crows | by: Leigh Bardugo

This was so flipping good. I can’t wait to read the next book (except I have to wait since I didn’t have the $10 or so to buy it this week). I knew the hype over it couldn’t be for nothing but for some stupid reason I didn’t think I was going to be as in love with it as I am. I’m so very glad that I was wrong.

The Back Elfstone | by: Terry Brooks

Brooks has been my favorite author since I was in high school. His Shannara series is one of the reasons I love fantasy as much as I do. So when he announced that he was going to be writing it’s conclusion I knew I was going to have to read it. I’m still nine books behind but I made a promise to myself that I would pick up each of these books the day they’re released and read them. So that’s what I did.

For July’s TBR list I’m going smallish again. I’m actually going on vacation this month so that can either be really good or really bad for the reading list. A five night camping trip with a toddler should be interesting.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban | by: Malala Yousafzai

A Million Junes | by: Emily Henry (going to try this one again)

Crooked Kingdom | by: Leigh Bardugo

I started reading I Am Malala earlier this week so I’m already a bit over half done with it and should be finished before we leave for our trip. Crooked Kingdom will be purchased with my next paycheck and will probably not last through the car trip. There may be other titles I read this month I just haven’t decided what I want to take with me yet.

Any good beach reads you guys are looking forward to reading this summer?

May Wrap-Up and June TBR

So another month has passed and some really good books have been read. I mostly made it through the four books I had lined up to read last month. So here we go.

The Alchemist | by: Paulo Coelho

This was a reread of one of my most favorite books written by one of my most favorite authors. There are no words I think I can say to express how amazing this book is So I’m just going to have to leave it at that.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane | by: Neil Gaiman

This book was really, really good…but also pretty terrifying. I though I was going to have nightmare from it.

Uprooted | by: Naomi Novik

Even after I had read most of this book a while ago, this book was still a page turner. I couldn’t wait to read what was going to happen next.

The Leavers | by: Lisa Ko

This was the title I had chosen for my Book of the Month. I really wanted to like it, I really did but it bored me so much I had no choice but to put it down. Just wasn’t the book for me I suppose.

This month I’m going to go with a smaller list. I can sort of feel myself entering a reading slump so I’m not going to push myself to hard.

Six Of Crows | by: Leigh Bardugo

A Million Junes | by: Emily Henry (Book of the Month)

I also picked out White Fur for my June BOTM box so if I do read both of these I may read that one as well. Or Maybe I’ll purchase Crooked Kingdom instead. I haven’t decided yet.

What is everyone else reading this month? Let me know in the comments.

May TBR List

I’ve been slowly catching up with the pile of books I have collected on my shelf, most of which came from my Book of the Month subscription. The last couple of months I’ve actually opened the book and started reading as soon as I’ve taken it out of the box which is something that I think I’m going to try to continue. It’s a good habit to get into; otherwise, they just pile up on my shelf.

So this month I’m going to try to get through:

The Leavers | by: Lisa Ko (BOTM)

The Alchemist | by: Paulo Coelho (re-read)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane | by: Neil Gaiman

Uprooted | by: Naomi Novik (sort of a re-read)

Two of these are pretty short so reading them all shouldn’t be a problem for me. I’ve actually been able to get some reading time in during the day when my daughter is watching Paw Patrol so I’ve been pretty thankful for that (even thought those puppies are literally driving me insane most days).

Uprooted is only sort of a re-read because it’s a book I tried reading shortly after my daughter was born which was not a thing that actually happened. Not sure why I thought it would be back then but you know what they say about hindsight and all that. Anyway, I managed to read a little over half of it but then the year long phase of her only taking her naps while being held started and that killed the idea of me doing just about anything for a while. It’ll be really awesome to find out how it ends.

I’m Back!!

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything for the blog. Two months I believe. Well it turns out leaving the gallstones in wasn’t the smartest idea I’ve ever had. I ended up spending six days in the hospital with acute pancreatitis because a stone decided to take a little trip. That was the beginning of March and then I was out of work for a month recovering from the surgery. I suppose I could have written then but mostly I was too busy sitting around and throwing myself one hell of a pity party.

Sometime in there preparations for my sister’s wedding really started to get underway. I had to get my dress altered (only a week after I had been cut into btw), fake flowers for bouquets had to be picked and arranged, center pieces made, veils sewn, one thousand paper cranes folded. Basically everything we had had months to do needed to be crammed into a month and a half because we’re all lazy procrastinators.

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The wedding was this past Saturday and even though I really thought we were all going to kill each other, it turned out pretty well. (And these beautiful dorks only made me cry once…maybe twice.)

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Also, I never want to see another paper crane again. NEVER!

Down The TBR Hole Week #7

It’s that time again. Time to curb the goodreads tbr list with this weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Lia at Lost In A Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Now here we go:

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Dragonflight | by: Anne Mcaffrey

I really have no excuse for not reading any of this series. It’s been on my dad’s bookshelf since before I can remember. I also think I have it on my kindle so I should probably read this one soon.

Judgement: Keep!

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Top 5 Wednesdays | Favorite Non-Written Novels

This was a hard topic to name, but this is about all books that are not ‘written’ novels! So graphic novels, comics, manga, audiobooks, etc. Shed some light on books in other forms.

  • Angel Sanctuary by Kaori Yuki

I can’t make a top anything list without including this manga series. Kaori Yuki’s art style is gorgeous, the story is amazing, and there isn’t a single character that you can’t, if not love, then have some kind of feelings for. I haven’t read this in years and I’m always telling myself to fix that. It’s always one of those series that I practically throw at people who show even the slightest amount of interest in trying out some manga reading. If any of you ever have a chance to read this, I highly recommend that you do so.

  • Clover by CLAMP

It’s really hard to pick a series by CLAMP to include on this list. They’re an amazingly talented group of women and I love every piece of their work that I have read. Their art is beautiful and I think that’s one of the things that stand out the most in Clover. The art style in this series is a lot more simplified than usual, leaving a lot of negative space on each page. What this does is leave the reader a lot less overwhelmed to that they can truly appreciate the small bursts of beauty that they do give you. The story is interesting though unfinished. I never felt that it left you unsatisfied in the least though.

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The Gift Of Giving

So I recently did what I like to call a purge of my bookshelves. There was a lot of book that went this time, mostly manga that I hadn’t touched in years but there was some novels too. I ended up bringing most of the books to Savers, since my schedule couldn’t match with library hours, but I did manage to bring some of the book to my job for the residents.

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Everything but the Shakespeare went within the first hour and everyone who took one was so thankful. A lot of them even asked when I could bring more in.

For anyone who is thinking about getting rid of  books that you are done with, let me make a suggestion. Why not donate them to one of your local Nursing or Rest homes? If you’re not sure where the nearest one is then I’m sure that you can google it. Make sure that you contact the home first to double-check what their donation policy is first. Most places will have limited space and so they may not be able to take everything you’re getting rid of. Some may only be interested in certain kind of books.

And don’t just stop at books either. Clothes would likely be welcome as well as some basic toiletries (tooth/hair brushes, disposable razors, shampoo and body wash, those sorts of things). Most of the patients or residents won’t have the money to get themselves everything that they need or want so anything you can bring in would likely brighten their day.