Book Binge!

I don’t know about you, but I can apparently binge read like no ones business when I find either a series, or an author I love.  This happened to me for the last two weeks.  I simply fell in love with the author Lani Lynn Vale and her books! I have read 20 of her books since September 30th!  Apparently I read all the different series backwards but they were all amazing!  But now I am in the stage of “the binge-read” that I can’t remember everything and almost feel the need to re-read them all again (in the correct order this time) so that I can get everything straight. This might have to wait until I finish the rest of my Goodreads Book Challenge, but it will happen.  But I will tell you she will forever-more be on my insta-buy list!

So in the spirit of Binge Reading i am going to see if i can keep my momentum up and start binge reading another of the authors that I have loved Sherrilyn Kenyon.  I know that i have at least the first 22 of her dark-hunter series, and i think at least 5 of her “the League – Nemesis Rising” books, so i should have plenty of reading material for the foreseeable future, or until I have to read something in a different genre for a while:)

I have 55 more books to read before the end of the year for my book challenge, and i don’t count ones that i have already read this year or those that i have counted towards previous years challenges, but if i stay going like i have the last two weeks i might be finished by the beginning of November:) My goal is 365 books for the year.

So what have you binge-read lately, and do you have a reading challenge that you work towards every year?

Goodreads Book Challenge Update

So i updated my post from Friday and i have officially completed my book challenge for July.  I of course didn’t list the ones that aren’t part of a series, or that are part of a series but i already had one on the list:) I enjoyed this one a lot more than the one i did for June.  This one just had less rules and guidelines i had to follow so i could pick stuff that i was more in the mood for at that time rather than trying to track down something that matched something specific on a list and then not enjoying it.

Another thing that helped was apparently i got over my reading slump so i felt like i could actually read something new and enjoy it.  I have a bad tendency to fall into reading slumps where i will start a book, lose interest, then skip to the end to see if is is worth even trying to force myself to finish it.  When this happens i just have to re-read something that i have already read until i get over it.

What are some of the things that you have to do to get over a reading slump?

July Book Challenge

So have another new Book Challenge from my Goodreads group

Read 10 Different books from 10 different series—these can be either new series to you or books that are in a series that you are already reading. For this challenge, you must give the title of the book, author’s name, name of the series, and what position it occupies in the series. Ex. Witch World by Andre Norton (Witch World, book 1) Just remember to keep to the same format for your entire list.

1. Honeymoon from Hell Box Set I ( Honeymoon from Hell #1-6) – R.L. Mathewson – 7/4/16

2. Into the Mist (Falcon Mercenary Group, #1) – Maya Banks – 7/5/16

3. Matched (Galactic Battle, #1) – L.H. Whitlock – 7/6/16

4. Ravished by Jaleck (Olodian Alien Warrior #3) – Mychal Daniels – 7/8/16

5. Forever Pucked (Pucked #4) – Helena Hunting – 7/10/16

6. Hyde and Seek (Hyde #1) – Layla Frost – 7/13/16

7. Inevitable Love (Navy Love series #1) – J.C. Santo – 7/14/16

8. Smith (the Beckett Boys, #1) – Olivia Chase – 7/15/16

9. Hendrix (Caldwell Brothers #1) – Chelsea Camaron – 7-16-16

10. Area 51: Pucked Series Deleted Scenes & Outtakes (Pucked #4.1) – Helena Hunting – 7-16-16

11. Always You (Second Chances #1) – Stephanie Rose – 7-18-16

I already have a pretty good start on this one:)

Work, work, work

I don’t know how many people say this, especially at the start of June, but i am already ready for the summer to be done.  Contrary to popular belief my job at a University does not slow down in the summer time, it actually gets way busier.  All the things that i couldn’t do while students are on campus now have to get done before they get back.  Stuff that only happens in the summer adds to my list of things to do, like summer camp cards, end of fiscal year billing, upgrades, etc… all has to get done in three short months. When you are pretty much a single person office, and/or are the only one who knows how/what to do, that means my short little legs are going all the time.  Add onto the fact that i now have a second job i kind of feel like a hamster on a wheel.

I just want to explain how my weekend is going so far.  I worked 9 hours at my full time job yesterday, then went immediately to my part – time job and worked an additional 6.75 hours.  I got home at 12:30 (approximately) this morning and then had to take a shower before i could go to bed because my jeans had died my legs blue.  I then had to be up and back to work at my part time job 9-5 today, then back to my full time job to try to do some work outside of normal business hours so that i didn’t inconvenience anyone else by having to have the system down.  So far that is adding up to about an additional 4 hours.  Then back to my part time job for another full 8 hours tomorrow (2-10).  Then on Monday 8 hours at my full time job, and another 5.75 at my part time.  So if anyone is counting, in a 4 day period i will have approximately 49.5 hours of work, plus another 32 hours of regular full time work next week, if i don’t have any overtime.  I just want a nap!  I know i am not the only one who works to jobs and has a lot of hours, but thank you for letting me vent:)

Goodreads

So i have been enjoying my June Goodreads book challenge.  Finished a couple more books that i got to add to my list!  Now i just have to find ones that fit the rest of the challenge criteria:) The ones that i added were Be My Hero by Linda Kage, and Warrior by B.D. Snowden.

Be my Hero is about a very abused girl who gets pregnant and is living with her cousin to escape a horrific home life.  There she meets her soul mate Pick.  Pick grew up in foster care with horrible circumstances, when he was 14 he was shown by the local witch that he would have a soul mate, Tinkerbell.  He had pretty much given up hope when he finally met her.  Overall i really enjoyed it!

Warrior is more of a futuristic “mars needs women” kind of story.  I have read these many times before, but what is nice is that this time the woman was a full on warrior mama! overall a good story that i got for free.

Last night i had gotten home from hanging out with some friends and just read my book in a totally quiet house.  I forgot how much i like that, usually i have the tv, or music on.  It was very peaceful and relaxing!

Accomplishments

I decided that i need to make a blog post about what i have accomplished in the last two days.  It is a little bit more uplifting than what i still have to do.

  1. I have read the first book for my June book challenge!
  2. Got one of the two telephone bills done that i need to do
  3. Finished one of the Summer Group card batches that i have to do.
  4. Got to hang out with a couple of my friends last night.
  5. Did a load of laundry last night and remembered to take my trash out to the curb this morning.

This is what i can remember off the top of my head anyways.  Makes me feel a little bit better about the last couple of days.  Now on to my to-do list for today:

  1. finish the other telephone bill
  2. do at least two more summer group card batches
  3. finish gathering my quotes so i can give the info to Cami to put in orders
  4. Blackboard Billing
  5. ePOS billing prep
  6. PsAlli updates
  7. Blog assignments for Women in Leadership Class
  8. Timesheets
  9. Clean Desk

I think that is enough things to concentrate on in addition to my regular stuff i have to do every day.  I’ll see how much i can get accomplished.

Joys of Gardening

Let me just say this, i am not a gardener.  I have no problem keeping stuff alive once it is planted, and if we are just planting something i am usually good to plant stuff for about 30 minutes, then i am done.  But yesterday my mom came down and helped me pick out some new bushes for in front of my house where i had some dead ones that needed to be replaced.  And we got a few veggie plants that i planted in my big barrel planters.  I might get some flowers just to spruce things up, but then i am done with my planting for the year.  I know lots of people find it relaxing, but usually i find it is just one more thing to put on my to-do list.  But maybe this summer i can find a little more joy in it than usual.  Fingers crossed anyways:)

Goodreads Book Challenge

One of my groups has a book Challenge for June. I have never actually participated in a book challenge so i will have to see how well i can follow the directions:) The challenge is as follows:

June 2016 — Wedding Month
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Something Old (author you have read before):
1. Wrong Place, Right Time (Bourbon Street Boys) – Elle Casey
2. Kick Push – Jay McLean
3. Coast  (Kick Push #2) – Jay McLean
4. Guardian Angel (Callaghan Brothers #5) – Abbie Zanders

Something New (a new to you author):
1.Warrior (Vukasin Saga #1) – BD Snowden
2.Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3) – Linda Kage
Something Borrowed (from a friend’s list):
1.Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3) – Linda Kage
2.Warrior (Vukasin Saga #1) – BD Snowden
Something Blue (books that have the word “Blue” in their title or the cover is primarily blue):
1.Prophecy – Lea Kirk – The guy on the cover is blue, figured that counted:)
2. Matched – L.H. Whitlock
Bridal jitters—(books that feature wedding wear on the cover (veil, wedding gown, wedding rings/engagement rings) or have weddings in the story):
1.Karma – Nikki Sex
2.Honeymoon from Hell Box Set – R.L. Mathewson

So i finally completed the challenge – or maybe i should say i finally updated my post with the completed challenge:) I read a lot more than these books in June, most of them just didn’t fit into these categories.  Now onto something for July!

Fields of Grain

In Response to the daily post prompt. The magic word Grain

Growing up on a ranch in a rural area, fields of wheat, corn, alfalfa, and oats are a common sight to see and help plant and harvest.  They are not only the lifeblood of the farmers and ranchers but also of the cattle.

Now as i said above i grew up on a Ranch, which is much different than a farm.  Ranchers grow the above to feed to their cattle (cows, sheep, etc…) which then they take to market and sell.  Farmers might have some cattle, but their main source of income are the crops they grow.  Now living in a town, even one as small as Spearfish, SD, there are a lot of people who don’t know where their food or meat comes from, or even how it gets from the land to them.  With urban sprawl, more and more farmers and ranchers can’t afford to keep their places and are forced to sell land that might have been in their families for generations.  We as a people must remember that our ecosystems need farmers and ranchers to supply the food that we eat, and i personally would much rather support my Family ranch and those local to me, than some corporation somewhere else where i don’t know their business practices, or how they treat their animals.  Knowing where my food came from and that it is fresh and healthy, not processed to the point of being unrecognizable is worth paying a little bit more.

Farming and Ranching is hard, tiring work and these people need much more respect than they get.

Juggling everything

I am hoping with this leadership course i will be able to learn how to better juggle everything that i have to do with actually having some balance with a personal life.  Currently i work two jobs.  I am full time at the university, and while i love my job most days it is not the best paying job (hopefully working on that and changing it soon).  I also work part time at a liquor store, usually anywhere between 15 and 24 hours. While the 15-20 mark is usually manageable, when it gets over that it becomes a really, really long week.  The liquor store is a relatively new addition, only had that one for the last couple of months, but i thought it was necessary to help with bills.  When i bought my house last year i now had some additional bills that i haven’t had before and i also was using my credit cards more than i should have. So the second job is really to help me pay off my credit cards and once that is done to start putting money away in an emergency fund.

This isn’t the first time that i have had two jobs, it has just been a while since i have had to do that.  Right now one of my big struggles is that when i am not working at the second job i just want to sleep a lot or sit around and do nothing.  This hinders what i should really be doing, such as housework, gardening, working out, and actually having a social life.  One other struggle that i am having is that I have never really dated, and am getting to that point in my life where i really want a family and companionship.  So somewhere in my schedule i have to add time to hopefully meet someone and have time to date.  And in among all these other things i miss seeing my friends so that is really important too.

Something has to give at least a little bit.  Thankfully i am now starting to get adjusted to the work schedule, so i am learning how to adjust my time off to get important things done when i can.  I guess it is a work in progress and i am moving forward towards my goals.  I just want to be able to feel more in control.