April 2017 Recap

I love the idea of Spring more than I actually like Spring itself I think. Not because of dreading summer, or a huge love for winter, but because of what Spring brings with it.

And by that I mean pollen. Allergies have been rough this year and I’ve been doing all of my crunchy natural remedies and using some OTC medicine too, in an attempt to keep myself functional. Even with all that I still feel like I spent a lot of time in a fog.

April 2017 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 20
Books Read This Year: 52

Things That Happened
  • Book club – A Gentleman in Moscow for my in-person book club and Dark Matter in the Facebook group.
  • Baseball began for G, and both kids had their opening day festivities. On the same day, which was aggravating. I ended up missing all of G’s events, and R missed half of H’s game as he was off with G at those events.
  • Belt testing – G went for recommended black belt (black belt with a red stripe down the middle), and H for senior blue belt (which is the last belt that attends the intermediate classes). For the first time ever in his taekwondo career, G did not pass a belt testing. He messed up something on his form (his arm was turned up when it should have been down, or it was down when it should have been up, I don’t remember). He took the disappointment really well, and is ready to retry in June.
  • R’s brother visited for a few days, and the kids were SO EXCITED to see him. Unfortunately, his last day here was the day of the kids baseball/softball opening events, so R didn’t get to see much of him that last day as we were off with the kids.
What’s Cooking

    I have no idea – clearly, we all ate this month, but I don’t remember anything in particular that I fixed. I think it was a month of old standbys and “what is in the fridge that I can pull together” kind of meals.

What Iโ€™m Anticipating in May
  • My birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • I think we’re going to wrap-up this year of homeschooling for our summer break. It’s possible we may go into June a little bit though; I’m not completely decided on what we’ll do.
  • It’s also possible we won’t have any summer break, and will do school every day we don’t have something else planned (like VBS or Cub Scout camp)
  • Cub Scouts wraps up for the year, which is bittersweet. It’s been a lot of fun for G, and in many ways we have more time in the summer for activities. I’m not one of the leaders though, so it’s easy for me to not feel the same need for a break from everything. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Awana also ends, so G is done with Sparks. That means he’s now been participating in Awana for 5 years, which seems crazy to me.
  • Book club – My Antonia for my in-person book club and Hannah Coulter in the Facebook group.
Books I Read in April
  1. Home Crowd Advantage by Ben Aaronovitch (short story)
  2. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie, adapted by Charles Osborne
  3. A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
  4. A Fearsome Doubt by Charles Todd
  5. Rivers of London: Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel
  6. When to Rob a Bank by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (audio)
  7. Rivers of London: Night Witch by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel
  8. Clean My Space by Melissa Maker
  9. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
  10. Ely Plot by Joan Lennon
  11. Escape from Wolfhaven Castle by Kate Forsyth
  12. Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
  13. Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill
  14. Other People’s Dirt by Louise Rafkin (audio)
  15. Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
  16. Defend and Betray by Anne Perry
  17. Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspeare
  18. Saveur: The New Comfort Food by James Oseland
  19. Have Spacesuit Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein (audio)
  20. Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr

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  1. How did you feel about The Nature of the Beast? I really, really enjoyed that one but I know it wasn’t everyone’s favourite!! A Great Reckoning is super amazing too. I need to dive into that Ben Aaronovitch series sometime!

    • Sheila says:

      Yes – you should try the Aaronovitch series! Unless you don’t like anything veering towards the supernatural, then I don’t think you’d like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      The Nature of the Beast had some moments that stretched credibility for me, both in the continuation of the series as a whole and in this specific book’s plot. But then I read the author’s note at the back and discovered that one of my biggest “oh come on” issues with the book is based on real events – ok, Penny, I’m sorry I was so skeptical.

  2. I just got the first Ben Aaronovitch book from the library, and I’m looking forward to giving this series a try.

  3. I forgot to ever go back and read The Home Crowd Advantage so I did just now, and, gah, I just love Aaronovitch. The end.

    • Sheila says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Wasn’t that fun? I never expect much from short stories, but I really enjoyed that one.

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