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I’m BACK! Plus, Mama’s Mission of the Month May 2017

Okay, after over a month off, I’m back. This time, things are settling down to the point where I don’t think I’ll be disappearing like I did for quite some time. I just had a lot on my plate that I needed to do something about. Most of the crap has been dealt with at this time. The rest is in the final stages of being dealt with. I’m still hard at work at slaying my dragons, and the house is finally coming together how I want it to.

Since this is the first of the month, we’ll get back into it with the most regular item from the blog of the past: Mama’s Mission of the Month. I’ve gotten a slightly better grip on everything now, so it shouldn’t be too hard. The topics haven’t changed, but I am relaxing it a bit and not self-mandating that I have three goals per topic. Maybe this way, it’ll go a little smoother, and I’ll get more things done!

Without further ado, May’s Mama’s Mission of the Month.



  • Start tracking habits in my bujo
  • Make the most of my new health insurance
  • Read at least six books in May


  • Make habit trackers for all four kids
  • Hold family meeting about expectations
  • Help Connor get squared away with permit, school, job, etc.


  • Make budget without child support and STICK TO IT!
  • Work out allowances; budget for tooth loss


  • For me: doctor, dentist, vision, and OTC allowance
  • Kids to all appointments


  • Catch up with the Harpies
  • Plan trip to Mom’s


  • Meal plan and stick to it!
  • Purge everything, then inventory
  • Make lists of wants/needs by room or person


  • Get these beauties (A.K.A. my blogs) up and running again.
  • Post a minimum of two times a week for both blogs
  • Take more pictures


  • Practice handlettering
  • All journals (bujo, Passion Planner, Techo, and TN) up to date all month!


Hopefully, this time, everything works out and I do better than I have thus far!

Challenges, Reading

Reading Challenge Update: Week Seven (8/50)

Another week into the month, and I am honestly wondering if maybe I lowballed my goal for the year. Right now, I’m sitting at 16% of my goal completed, and today ends week seven of the year. So far, I’m two books ahead of schedule. Not too shabby. I guess it’s the benefit of not having a vehicle of my own at present and having kids that just have to go to appointments, visitation, and whatnot.

Part of what has me devouring books as of late is my penchant for all things old and royal in English history. From reading Philippa Gregory, and then moving on to Sharon Kay Pennman, I’ve started really getting into the things before the War of the Roses. I just read a six book series by Juliet Dymoke chronicling some of the plotting, warring, and shenanigans of the Plantagenets, starting with William Marshall and his service to the first five Plantagenet kings in A Pride of Kings and ending with The Sun in Splendour, which ends with the death of Richard III on Bosworth Field.

Now, I’m into a trilogy by the same author covering from just before the Conquest to Henry II. I finished the first book in that series Friday as Ryli and Landry slept on the train on the way home from their check ups. As soon as I finished Of The Ring of Earls I downloaded Henry of the High Rock. As of right now, I’m 24% done with it, according to my Kindle.

My list of things to read is growing by the day, and I’ve still got a few books in various stages of being read. I’m thinking that this may come to be to see how much I underestimated how much I love to read. In all honesty, I haven’t been on this big of a book reading bender since I watched Poldark on Materpiece in 2015 and proceeded to mow through all 12 books in that series.

All that being said, I honestly hope to have at least ten books knocked off by month’s end. We shall see.

Challenges, Education, Reading, Uncategorized

Reading Challenges: Status Report

As I mentioned way back at the beginning of last month, I signed myserlf and the youinger kids up for a reading challenge a piece. I said that I would give updates, and I’m a little behind on that, unless you count the little notes on the recap for Mama’s Mission of the Month.

The kids challenge, from Read Aloud Revival, was for the month of January. After the first few days, I decided to just do it with Ryli reading to me, and Landry if he was into it on any given day. By the tenth, Ryli came home from her first day of school at her new school, and lo and behold, Monday-Thursday, part of her homework is to read to three people and have them initial her homework sheet. Most nights, Landry chose to do other things, like torment Connor and Tucker, Ryli did her homework. We were not the greatest Friday-Sunday, but, per the challenge description, she made it by reading more days than not.

My book challenge is through GoodReads and Amazon Kindle, and it goes all year. I set my goal for FIFTY books this year. At first, I thought that I would be pushing hard to pull that off. Then I read five books in January, with a laundry list of them in queue and 4 at various stages of being read at the moment. Lord of Greenwich (The Plantagenets, #5)  by Juliet Dymoke is what I’m furthest into, and the first five books of the series make up 80% of the books I read last month. The current political climate has me reading 1984 by George Orwell. I may be only 10% into it, but considering I’ve picked it up twice for about five to ten minutes a pop, I’m guessing that I could finish it in a couple hours. I’ve barely started Fangs and Fennel (The Venom Trilogy #2) by Shannon Mayer, but that’s just because I’m too sucked into the first two. Rounding out my list is a re-read for me. Tonight, Ryli gets an introduction to Harry, Hermoine, Ron, and everyone else. Bedtime is sliding up so she can snuggle in bed and have J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone read to her. I’m currently one book ahead of schedule.

As far as books I want to read… my list of books I want to read (or in some cases, re-read) is growing all the time. If I keep this up, I think I’ll need a bigger number for next year!