March Recap 2015

2015 03-15 Coffee ShopsSo far 2015 is turning out to be one hell of a roller coaster. Every time something great happens it’s like there’s someone waiting to smack you in the face before you get too excited or stay happy for too long.

The major positives are 1) we’re 1/4 of the way through the year so we’re past the “Monday” of 2015. 2) We beat the record so all the snow was worth it. And 3) Most of the snow has melted in Boston (even though it snowed this week), and we’re finally starting to see signs of spring including a couple of 50+ (10C) degree days over the past two weeks and the sun is out a lot more than it has been. It never ceases to amaze me how an extra 10-15 minutes of sunlight a day can seriously improve your attitude! As the weather has been so iffy lately I’ve spent a lot of time in coffee shops and curled up reading books, and thus the starting photo. (Yes that’s a spoon pushed into the cement.)

Other things happened and many more are still happening, so for now on to the books!

Books and Bookish
This was a fast month for reading, but according to Goodreads, I’m still TWO book behind! It must just be from February where I only read three books and something I’m refusing to call a book. I’ll catch up I’m sure!

The books I did read this month included one library book (Funny Girl), two “to-be-read” books (Tender as Hellfire and Emma – Yay JABC!), two galleys/ARCs (Shadow Scale and The Anxiety Toolkit), and one book a friend loaned me way too long ago (Crome Yellow), thanks Nick!

Recent Acquisitions
2015 03-20 Anxiety GalleyAccording to my spreadsheet I was really good in March! I only purchased one book and received one from a publisher (at my request). I purchased a copy of Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Dispossessed after recording episode five of Come Read With Me! The book I received from the publisher was The Anxiety Toolkit by Dr. Alice Boyes, which I cannot recommend enough. Seriously, go check out my response and then get a hold of a copy somehow.

What’s Next?
2015 03-12 Madrid PlanningI’m already most of the way through my first book of April (Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks) and I’ve already got the next few lined up including that Anne Rice novel I mentioned last month and the book for episode six of Come Read With Me with my friend Emily.

On a non-book related note (which you know I’ll make book related). We’ve started planning, and mostly finished, what we will be doing in Spain this coming summer. I’m hoping to quick read Don Quixote as I know I’ll see the famous Don Quixote and Sancho Panza statue in Madrid, but I’m not sure I’ll get to it. Either way I’m very VERY excited and can’t wait to be there.

Hope everyone had a great month!

February Recap 2015

2015 02-15 King of the SnowAnother month gone. I know they say the years go by faster the older you get, but this is getting ridiculous. Maybe I was just too busy, or maybe I just don’t have a grasp on time with so much snow covering everything, but 2015 is 1/6th of the way over and I’ve no idea what happened.

February was a rough month personally and professionally. It’s never a good sign when one aspect of your life drains into the other aspect in negative ways, and I honestly couldn’t tell you which bled into which more, but either way it was just a gross month. But that being said I did have an excellent last weekend of the month when I went skiing with my sister and a bunch of friends for a belated birthday and Christmas present! (See photos below.) The photo directly above is of me in South Boston standing on a snow bank. I could touch the One Way sign and was taller than the street light. Thankfully, snow is starting to melt, but we’re LESS THAN TWO INCHES from the all time record (107.9) and I can’t help but think, “Bring it on!”

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January Recap 2015

2015 01-08 COLD in BostonGood grief! 1/12th of 2015 is already over and all I can think is where did it go. Mine started off super busy with one of my oldest friends weddings and me being sick for over a week. The middle portion just sort of happened and then the last week we had the sixth largest blizzard in Boston history (I was here for the fifth too!) and missed two days of work. And that doesn’t even account for the -20° and lower windchill we had earlier in the month! On the blogging front I finally did another Culture Corner post and have been waging a battle with WordPress for their ridiculous new changes.

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December (And Year!) 2014 Recap

2014 12-08 Washington MonumentWhat a busy and exhausting month December was! It’s been almost a full week into the new year and I’m struggling to get a recap together so it’s going to be pretty basic. I did a lot of traveling from a birthday trip to DC (right) to my annual winter trek down to NC, with a side trip to Virginia where I completed my 30×30 list with a literary inspired tattoo, and topped off the month and kicked off the new year with friends in Charlotte, NC and a wedding in Omaha, Nebraska! I’ll do a separate December/January Culture Corner to do a recap on my traveling to DC and Omaha as I went to so many museums and traveling in itself is a type of culture!

I’m going to do a quick monthly recap in the next paragraph and then after that will be my yearly recap and a couple of small changes you’ll notice in the new year.

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September Recap 2014

2014 09-14 Sherman's Book Store Bar HarborThis was a crazy month. I completed five of my 30×30 list AND read five books. Most of the month surrounded my trip to Acadia. I know I did other stuff too, but my brain is absolutely drained.

The photo to the right, was an awesome snapshot I took while visiting Bar Harbor, Maine. I think what I was most impressed with is that there are no people other than the driver and it could really be any time period (except for the pram/stroller). It wasn’t my favorite book shop we visited, that was Mystery Cove and I didn’t get the chance to visit the Big Chicken Barn but I will go back up at some point!

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