2016 Update and Reading Goals

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2016 – Hard to believe, we are now well in to the new year.

I have been graced with a four year old. That fact alone is kind of blowing my mind and that was before the year started.

2016 started with a bang – literally.
My kid was throwing up all over me (and her bed) That is how my year began.
It then went through the entire house but we made it through.

It’s a scary thing when a child that small is sick.
I may have scar tissue forever but that is part of the parenting life.

I have also finally shut my doctor up and gotten my first physical done since having a baby.  (Because where the hell do I have time for that? lol)
Nothing too out there came out of my physical – a couple referrals for small things and I was finally able to get my hand looked at.

I have a cyst on the tendon of my left index finger – right at the knuckle bend. So we are watching that for growth.
I can not tell you how annoying that can be to have a cyst there. The vein is pulled over it, so it looks blue. I thought I had something lodged in my finger.
Good thing, I ignored the people in my life telling me to slice my finger open and take whatever it was out.  (Yeah… like I was going to do that. Eeek)

I have been reading despite the serious lack of posting here.
Christmas holidays, and the stress of traveling (and the extra drama) just left little time for everything else.
But we made it.
The proof is in the 6ft cardboard castle in my living room 😉

I read the first four books in the Sword Of Truth series.
Do yourself a favor, and stop at three if you read it.
The first three were great. I loved them. 4 made me hate the author and never want to purchase another of his books – ever again.
*His books, spawned the television series Legend of the Seeker – which is AMAZING.

Watch the trailer here.

I am going to need to do another re-read just to get over what book 4 did to my heart. If you seen me tweeting that book than you know my anguish.

I have also read

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Living Remnants

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STARCROSSED by Marc Johnson.
Both are short stories.

(Those covers, seriously! Love them)
I haven’t read many short stories, but I can see the appeal to them. Especially in between books when you have no idea what you want to read next. Or when you are trying to avoid falling in to a book rut because the last book you read, you hated.

 

I actually received a gift card for the bookstore as did Kiddo during the holidays. I have yet to decide what books to spend them on. I would really like to take kiddo to the bookstore to pick out her own books unfortunately, they are way too high for her to be able to do so.

One of my reading goals this year – was more variety. I tend to get very stuck in my genres.
I also do a LOT of comfort reading. You know, curling up with a book you have read so much that you have the book memorized. (Every person who’s ever read Harry Potter, knows just what I mean!)

I am going to try to throw myself out of my comfort zone (and genre) a bit more this year.

I’d like to get in to reading some biographies – but I don’t want to read something too dry because then it drags and I end up putting the book down and can’t make myself pick it back up.
I love life stories – especially done in a a journal or letter writing way.
Like: Love & Salt
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or This Star Won’t Go Outthis star wont go outIf you know of a biography or journal/letter style book about someone interesting share it with me in the comments!
What are your reading goals this year?

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Summer fun and Surviving the heat

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Summer has been a tough one around here. I have done lots of bribing to keep kiddo hydrated. Fresh fruits, water, veggies, ice cream. Whatever it takes.

watermelonIt hasn’t gone too badly. No scary heat issues for us, no dehydration or anything like that.

We also now have a portable AC unit in the living room. Which is where I moved both of our mattresses yesterday.

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Of course, it was new and a novelty so she jumped in to her bed half hour early. Yet took two more full hours before she was finally asleep.
Nap time today, also took two full hours before she finally passed out.

Honestly, I may go insane and put her back in her room to sweat it out if this is the way it is going to keep going.
She did however sleep last night. She woke up in the middle of the night and ended up on my mattress. But the pay off of me sleeping here, she played nicely for a whole hour. Quietly. Until 8am. I only heard a few small sounds from her, which is why I even knew she was up.

I then got to drink my coffee and journal while she read books beside me on her mattress.

If the struggle to get her to sleep would quit and I got mornings like that every morning it wouldn’t be too bad.
But the fact it takes her that long to sleep I am losing almost all my time for me and that is not going to help either of us.

There needs to be some kind of middle ground.

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We made faery land today. Out of old cereal boxes, paint, bits of nature and figurines. It was a quick fun activity to do outside.
Followed by a picnic. While it was cool enough to be out there.

It’s been too hot for her to see her friends, so I am trying to find ways to keep her amused and me sane in the heat.
It’s all about little moments.

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She is turning in to quite the little lady and it has lead to some tension. She is picking up behavior from her little friends that I have been trying to nip in the bud.
On top of words from the neighbors that I don’t want her using.
So it has been interesting.

It takes all I got some days to not just snap.

But on the plus side,  some of it is also growing up.
She has come out with spelling words on her own, knowing the months of the year, the seasons, counting to 29.
Knowing her planets.

It’s not easy but I don’t regret it. I am so proud of her. Even when she sasses like crazy, answers with sarcasm and fights sleep for two hours.

She has been non stop talking about snow and Christmas lately. Especially when practicing her writing. She can’t wait to write Santa and tell him what toys she needs.

I am surprised by how quiet every one has been about my not putting her in Jr Kindergarten. Surprised but pleased.
I am glad I chose to give her another year of just being a kid at home and letting her learn at home at her own pace based on her own interests.

I would much rather her be outside climbing, creating, pretending and in her element than forced to be in a desk all day.

Of course the weather cooperating with that would be nice too. This heat is just too much to bear.
How do you survive the heat waves with wee ones running around. What extra things do you add to your self care to make it through the days?

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