January 2018 Month in Review
Month in Review / February 1, 2018

Newsworthy January started out with a BANG. David and I attended two New Years Eve parties and had more fun at NYE than we’ve had in years. It was the perfect start to a wonderful year. This month, we went to see Rent the Musical. It’s hard to believe Rent is 20 years old! But, that was obvious in the theatre when a parent around me had to explain how old-school answering machines work (“You can hear them speak in real time and then pick up the phone to interrupt their message and talk to them immediately…”) and what the AIDS epidemic was. Yup. Rent is now a period piece. Last week, I was in Orlando Florida for an Operational Excellence Convention. I learned a TON and I’m looking forward to sharing that back at work. Meanwhile, I obviously went to Epcot, read on all my flights, and took lots of photos of palm trees when I was there too. It was great to have so much time dedicated to reading. Unfortunately, I came back from this convention with some sort of bug. Cold variant? Who knows. All I know is that it’s bad. I’ve spent the last few days…

2017 Year in Review
About the Blog , Year in Review / January 6, 2018

As we enter into a new year, many are taking the time to reflect on what happened in 2017 and how they can make 2018 the best year yet. I already know 2018 will be the best year yet for many, many reasons. But, it’s important to understand where you’ve been in order to figure out the best way to get where you are going.  *Unlike TTT posts, all links to books below will take you to reviews on my blog. This is more-or-less to show the shame in lack of reviewing I did this year… O_o   Thanks to Goodreads, it’s easy to get some book stats without much effort. Here are my favorite statistics: 38,529 pages read 2 books DNF’d Shortest Book: White Robes: An Interesting Army by David Kudler (novella, 28 pages) Longest Book: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (novel, 656 pages) Average Book Length: 296 pages Average Rating: 3.6 stars Highest Rated 2017 Read on Goodreads: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Most Read Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Most Read Reading Level: Young Adult Most Read Format: Hardcover Top Way to Access Books: Public library system Reflecting on my habits over the last few years, I find that…

December 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / January 1, 2018

Newsworthy Oh my goodness, that was crazy. Somehow, December caught me in her clutches when I wasn’t looking. Life took over and dragged me along like a limp doll no matter how hard I ran to keep up. The winter holidays were in full swing, obviously. Not only did we celebrate Hanukkah with my family and Christmas with David’s, but we attended many holiday parties which covered Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, and a repeat of Thanksgiving. We also made many many cookies with many many friends and family members. I swear, we gained 12 pounds each this month due to cookies alone. Work was chaotic. Apparently, as we get towards the end of the year everyone needs something from my role. This was my first Q4 in this job, and while I love my job, I will need to work harder next year to ensure that doesn’t happen. It was a lot of stress and late nights. Not ideal– but now I know and can be prepared for next year at this time! Relatedly, the work I was doing with my non-profits also ramped up. That, plus work, plus holidays, plus wedding planning, plus the usual book clubs meant…

November 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / December 2, 2017

Newsworthy November is always my favorite month of the year. It’s a month filled with football, friends, family, and food. Kurosh is finally starting to become a real pack member. He’s greeting us more warmly and finally listening to us more often than now. We’ve started some dog training, though, and that’s definitely helping with the listening. It’s obvious our dog now thinks of us as his pack instead of some people he’s stuck with. It only took three months! I went home for the full week of Thanksgiving and a TON of wedding stuff got done. We met with basically every vendor we are working with, believe it or not. My aunt also hosted my first bridal shower. It was fun, but a bit overwhelming. So many of my Mom’s friends I don’t really know watching me unwrap gifts! O_o Now we’re on to step two– where I write a hundred thousand thank you cards. Thanksgiving is also my favorite holiday of the year. It was great seeing all of my family– if a bit overwhelming with the non-stop activities. Plus Ottavia and I hosted the Thanksgiving Readathon! When I got home I needed a holiday from my holiday….

October 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / November 1, 2017

Newsworthy Wait. It’s November already?! October was a wonderful whirlwind of family visits, wedding planning, musical performances, new and exciting work projects, and helping Kurosh become a true member of the family (even though sometimes it feels like he is patiently grooming us to be members of his pack). I made a conscious effort to spend more time with my friends, and for the most part, I think I was quite successful! David and I managed to write out and mail all our Save the Dates. Let me tell you, that was QUITE an ordeal.  But now that it’s all done and they are in the mail I couldn’t be more excited! That feels like an awesome check off my list. 😀 I also finished training for, and ran, my first 10k! It was cold and pouring rain, but I really enjoyed myself. In this process, I learned that I can run quite comfortably listening to audio books. It just took acclimating to a steady pace. Now I just need to make certain I keep running so I don’t lose my distance!   List of Reads After September being an amazing reading month, October fell flat. With family visiting, sickness,…

September 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / October 1, 2017

Newsworthy September is over– and now we are starting my favorite season: Fall! Fall is amazing for so many reasons. I love sleeping with the windows open, wearing sweaters and scarves sans coat, all things apple, pumpkin, and root vegetable, the changing leaves, being outside and drinking warm beverages. Unfortunately, the start of fall seems to always be SUPER busy. I am a practicing Jew and the chair of the music committee at my synagogue. Yesterday ended the Days of Awe; the 10 days celebrating the most important holidays of our year. And, shockingly, it’s REALLY heavy on the music. I love what I do, but as a volunteer, this ordeal is always exhausting. I’m glad to see it winding down (only two more holidays in the next 2 weeks!) and get some time back for myself. Hopefully, that means I’ll see you guys more around the blogs.  Work is a bit of chaos. We’ve had a lot of turnover in my area. Some of the teams I support are really struggling. As we inch towards the end of the year, I’m finding more and more things teams have been hiding under the covers from me. The last quarter will be…

August 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / September 1, 2017

Newsworthy No. Seriously. I know last month I said, “Where has summer gone?” But this month. Seriously. I feel like I was *just* writing this post for July! August flew by. Plus, it was much colder than usual here in Wisconsin. It’s like Summer never even showed up for August. Super strange. My boss has taken a 6-month leave-of-absence from work (she’s fine, everything is awesome!), which leaves me in charge of the Lean program at work. I’m definitely up for the challenge, and I can’t wait to show the higher level leaders what I’m capable of! That said, things have been really crazy. I’ve been putting in a lot of time at work, and for once, my reading isn’t suffering. Instead, it’s my exercise… O_o I have plans to realign that for September! I’m sure something will give if I add back in exercise. We’ll see how that affects my blogging time. The Better Half and I got our engagement photos back this month. They are AMAZING! We are so thankful for our photographer, Amy of Amy Ann Photography. Now that we have them, it’s time to get moving on paper products! No one told us weddings were so…

July 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / August 1, 2017

Newsworthy I can’t believe we have already reached the end of July! Where has this summer gone? As you know from my June Month in Review post, I did quite a bit of traveling in July. I started my month in Croatia, which was AMAZING. You can see some details and photos in my …And We’re Back! post. I also traveled home for a week to do some wedding planning, and I went on my first camping trip. Yup– first ever. It was a ton of fun. While this is keeping me super busy you’ll find a couldn’t be happier. I feel like I’m really taking advantage of my summer for the first time in years. Wedding planning is making steady progress. I’m starting with a lot of my least favorite sorts of tasks, honestly. Why? I hate project management and this should help alleviate stress as we get closer and closer to the wedding date. It’s been stressing me out some, but I think it will be worth it in the end. My bookish life is starting to overwhelm me a bit. You’ll read more about that below when I talk about my goals. But, I am officially unable to…

June 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / July 14, 2017

Newsworthy Better late than never, right? Due to my hiatus, I didn’t get to this until mid-month. Oops! As you can see from both my On Hiatus! and the …And We’re Back! post I had some adventures at the end of June. Croatia was amazing – great food, amazing friends, wonderful vistas, stunning ruins, tons of education, and a beautiful wedding. I couldn’t have asked for more. Check out my ..And We’re Back! post for more photos and details about the trip. This photo? It’s real. #NoFilter. Just the Adriatic Sea doing it’s thing. Man, is that gorgeous! …But it’s time to get back in the grind. My bookish life took a bit of a hit thanks to the vacation, but I couldn’t be more excited to dig in and get blogging! June was an interesting month for posts. Almost all of my posts were for #AnneReadAlong2017! I’m glad I was able to stick with it as my time was limited in early June. I also published reviews for the entire Falconer trilogy. I’ve never published reviews for an entire trilogy, so that feels pretty good. Expect to see more diverse posts in July. I have so much planned. We’ll see how far…

May 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / June 1, 2017

Newsworthy May was quite a productive month! My soon-to-be father-in-law and uncle came to visit and helped replace the cracked siding on the house. My mother came to visit and we did some wedding planning. I performed in a band concert, really started to dig into my new job, I celebrated my birthday (yay me!), and we finalized all the details for our trip to Croatia! Quite a busy month in my personal life, for sure.  My bookish life was always quite busy. Getting my blog back up was really unfinished in April, so my AWESOME Admin (<3 you DarthGoat) helped me wrap some things up this month. I learned a TON from that experience; you can expect a full post on that in the future. I finished all my work with the Empty Pages writing club. It was incredibly fulfilling participating in this project with them. In fact, they gave me the greatest compliment I think I’ve gotten as an adult, that I am “critical without soul-crushing”. D’aw. I look forward to working with them more in the future! Finally, I also joined up with Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf to co-host an Anne of Green Gables read along. This has…

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