Let’s Catch up: March Edition
Well, here we are about half way through April and I’m just getting around to my let’s catch up post… geez I really have to get on the blogging ball here. The Let’s catch Up series, is basically an area with little blurbs about how the month was for me, basically little stuff that I feel like would not be a good post, it’s a way to get to know the me, the lady behind the blog. If you’d like to check out the previous months, here are the links January and February. If there is anything that you are interested in reading about either in this series or something else altogether, let me know in the comments. In the meantime you may want to check out my posts about Daytona Beach and my visit to the Henry Ford Museum. I am currently working on several ideas for some blog posts about books, and turning 40.
Read on for what I got up to in March.
Books Read: 2
Temptations of A Wallflower by Eva Leigh
-young noble woman, who writes erotic fiction under a pen name – young vicar, son of an Earl tasked with discovering the identity of the erotic novelist. -London 1816, these two meet at a garden party, and there is of course a spark. What happens when they decide to throw society’s expectations aside and marry only to discover that not all is what meets the eye. Can the relationship survive the strain? you’ll have to read it to find out.
Guys, to be honest I totally love historic romance novels, trashy or classy. This one did not disappoint, it had all the usual elements of the boy meets girl and for whatever reason they can’t be together. However it throws in a little of the taboo and a little adventure. The story moves along at a good pace, keeps the flow and ends it with you wanting to know more, always a good sign if you ask me.
– tale as old as time -interwoven with the Disney version of the tale, once Belle is given the Library, it changes a bit -a book is enchanted giving Belle the opportunity to escape the castle for a few hours – she spends more and more time there -is she losing herself -is it a gift or a trap? – can Belle and the Beast save each other?
I wanted to love this book, after all Beauty and The Beast is one of my Disney favorites, alas it just didn’t work for me, I thought the plot was awesome, it just wasn’t executed very well in this book. I did end up liking it by the end, as the ending is quite good, however it wasn’t quite good enough to save it, maybe it’s because it’s written more for children than adults. I really hate giving bad reviews, in fact I usually go out of my way to avoid it. But this one just fell flat. I was disappointed. However, If you have younger children they might enjoy it.
Music/TV/Movies that I’m loving right now
-a police detective, discovers he can see mythological creatures – a Grimm – becomes friends with some of them instead of chopping of their heads -uses his new abilities to help solve murder cases -can he continue to hide that he’s a Grimm from his fiance and partner?
We were a little late to the game on this show, we’ve only watched season 1 and 2, but so far we have stayed up way past our bedtimes to keep watching. Dave and I don’t watch many shows and we are very picky when it comes to which ones we watch. This one meets all the requirements of good story line, action/adventure, good actors and flows well. Add in that’s it a unique twist on a cop show and you’ve got a winner, plus how can you go wrong with the fairy tale twist. Do you watch Grimm? If you’ve got any recommendations of similar shows pop them in the comments.
Movie: Kong Skull Island
-uncharted island in the pacific -scientists, soldiers and adventurers -giant gorilla -giant lizard like things that are half formed -ultimate battle between man and nature -ends up rescuing a WWII pilot who’d been stranded there
In my opinion this was the best of the King Kong movies yet. I love how there is the twist of finding the WWII pilot, how they show the struggle of environmentalist vs science. There is a lot of action and gore. Both of my husband and son loved it as well. I believe it might still be playing at select theaters.
Music: Moonshine Bandits
Another music discovery of mine this month, The Moonshine Bandits. Actually managed to catch the last couple of songs they performed while we were at Daytona Bike week. It’s a country/rap style, good for dancing or driving. Check them out and let me know what you think?
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Most popular Instagram photo
Instagram is the social media site that I like best, I love seeing everyone’s photo’s. The more creative and varied you are the better in my opinion, though it doesn’t seem to be shared by the vast majority. Everyone’s photos are all similar to help create a uniform account, which sometimes is cool but I like the variety. I want to see people be creative. Also, just found out that a lot of bloggers, either buy followers or use a robot style app to automatically like and/or comment on photo’s. Which sort of bums me out, people want to be successful but they don’t want to work for it. Well I know my photo’s are not the best, but I’m learning, practicing and letting my creativity lead the way. I’m going the organic route, hashtags, creativity and practice, in the hopes that people will like it for what it is. Are you on Instagram? What do you think of buying your way to the top?
A photo I took during Daytona Bike Week was the winner for March, with a total of 28 likes. I managed to post 9 photo’s in March and 5 of them got 20 or more likes each, not that many comments. But still a good showing since I only had 62 followers in March. It’s a bit more than that now…so exciting for me. If you’d like you can check out my feed here.
Some of the usual dinner with friends, date nights and some parties at my husbands club, and some of the not so usual stuff like
- Daytona Bike week, I did do a blog post about this. A good time even if Florida was a bit chilly.
- Spent time exploring Henry Ford Museum with kids and grand kids
- Took my husband to the Red Wings Game, one of the last ones to be at Joe Louis Arena (they are building a new stadium)
- Started Skyfit, and exercise program at SkyZone , this is super fun and a full body workout, burns up to 1,000 calories in the hour.
- Celebrated my 1 year of successful weight loss, after having the gastric sleeve done. Lost a total of 145lbs
Not too many this month, a blessing to be sure. But as we all know life is seldom all rainbows and unicorns, so I list these out, no one is alone in their struggles, even if they seem like “first world problems”. Just gotta keep swimming.
- The continued battle of emotional eating and learning a new healthy lifestyle. I am determined to keep off that 145lbs
- one our dogs had a bad ear infection and it has to be cleaned and it’s yucky. Feel bad for him though.
2017 seems to be zipping right along, guess it’s true what they say. “Time moves faster, the older you get”. April marks the anniversary of my 40th year on the planet. I’m not sure I feel ready for that. Spring is moving in and bringing blooms, baseball and bike rides. Can’t wait.