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Amber Can Read : March 2018

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Amber Can Read

Books read this month : 2 

You can generally tell how my life is going by the number of books I’ve read in a month and how often I post on here. Since I only read 2 books last month and this is just my second post in March, I’ll let you be the judge of how everything is right now!

Book 1 : Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Ugh. I should’ve just read the first one in this trilogy and called it a day. Books two (reviewed in February) and this one were both terrible! I feel like Kwan tried to pack too much into both of the books and got away from the snarky humor that I loved so much in the first one. Plus, this one felt like it ended on a little bit of a cliffhanger. Cliffhanger may not be the right word, but something was revealed that just seemed thrown in and could’ve been more fully explored. I don’t recommend this one at all.

Book 2 : The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

On a recent quiet afternoon at work, my friend showed me the movie trailer for this and then insisted that I needed to read it. I checked it out with the intention to get to it after my huge stack of things that I’ve had checked out since December (for the Erin 8.0 challenge). Instead, I read this one in two days, staying up ridiculously late one night to finish it! Oops! It took me a little bit to get into because it’s written as letters, and I got a little confused about who the characters were (#toddlermombrain), but once things clicked for me, I didn’t want to put it down! I really enjoyed this one and recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction (World War II era…which is my favorite historical fiction era!) or anyone who likes a twist on a love story. She and I are planning to see the movie and hope it lives up to the book.

Here’s hoping to things calming a down a bit so I can read and write more often! Have you read anything good lately? Be sure to share your recent favorites with me so I can read them…eventually! 🙂

Linking up with Steph and Jana!

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Sentence a Day : February 2018

Hello again! I want to thank everyone who gave me feedback and encouragement on my post about having trouble being motivated to blog. I took a few days off and found that I missed writing, so I’m back just in time for the Sentence a Day linkup!

Sentence a Day Button

1 – Today was a good day.

2 – Cold day but no snow.

My caption on Instagram was a joke about people eating Tide Pods. One of my coworkers made this the desktop background on one of our front desk computers. Funny, funny. 

3 – Living near family is a gift!

Our letter board was ready for the big game…

4 – See yesterday’s statement. 😉

5 – Lunch with Jen was fun!

Strike a pose!

6 – Another lunch with another college friend!

I have a feeling that someone is watching me…

7 – Feeling not so great 🙁

8 – Big program at work was a success, and I’m glad it’s over!

9 – I feel discouraged today.

10 – Tons of rain, plus Char was up half the night…blerg.

11 – No nap today made for a long day!

Wonder if she’s scheduling her lack of a nap in my planner…

12 – Mom and Dad are sick, so I was home with Char today…and no nap again!

This is her favorite Snapchat filter, and I love that Will got in on it too!

13 – Today has been very discouraging.

14 – We received some much needed good news today!!

15 – Aaaand, I’m back down again…

16 – Yay for forgotten gift cards from Christmas!

17 – Sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you can climb back up.

Mama and Charlotte selfie time!

18 – I’m more fascinated by Char’s toys than she is…

Sometimes a girl needs to sit in her chair, eat some Goldfish crackers, and watch a few videos on Mama’s iPad…

19 – Things are looking up!

20 – Gorgeous weather and free coffee today!

21 – Raining yet again, but it’s warm, so I’m getting spring fever!

22 – So we’re back to poor sleep again, huh…meh

23- Free coffee, sunshine, and Friday!!

I have no shame in admitting that I was trying to get her to hold the belt over her head like a WWE champion.

24 – Char, Mom, and I went consignment shopping today, and it was fun!

25 – Char walked around the grocery store, then ate an entire banana – living the dream…

26 – Saw Jen for a second time this month, plus went to the gym for the first time in nearly three years…ouch!

27 – Moving your arms is overrated.

28 – Feeling so much more optimistic than I have in a while!

I took my work bag and lunchbox to the car, and this is what I returned to. So sweet!

Did you write a sentence a day in February? Join the linkup!

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Slogging Through Blogging

I’m struggling with this blog lately. One part of me just wants it to keep being what I started it as – a way to write and share thoughts and enjoy myself. The other part of me has started doing things to try to make money from blogging, but I haven’t had much success and am feeling discouraged. Honestly, the money making side is making the writing side not fun anymore. I think it’s because my efforts aren’t really focused, and I’m trying a lot of different things at the same time instead of building upon things. I’ve gotten into that all or nothing mentality that I’m so bad about.

Those of you who read this regularly – and not just because I’ve joined some kind of comment thread on a Facebook group – what do you enjoy reading about? Do you really care if I post every day, or would you rather see me skip a day instead of putting filler up? I know I set a goal to write every single day this year, but that’s starting to feel tedious and forced. Plus, my mindset behind it was if I publish every day, then that will increase my traffic, which will increase ad revenue, etc. It has sort of worked, but I’m rethinking a lot of things on here.

Blah, sorry if this sounds negative. I’m actually pretty happy right now. Maybe that’s why I’m looking at this with a more critical eye; now that I’ve got some big worries off of my plate, I can start looking at the little things in life again!

Hope everyone is having a great Sunday! We think Char is getting her two year molars in because sleep has been a mess lately. She and Will laid down for a nap a little while ago, and I’m hoping she’s more pleasant when she gets up!

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Slight Scheduling Change

Charlotte didn’t want to go to bed last night, so I didn’t get my Week in Review post finished. Since it’s semi-started, I’m going to post it tomorrow and skip Seven Sunday Sites this week. I don’t know if she’s getting more teeth or what but dang her sleep has been rough the last couple of nights. Blah.


Management 😜

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Getting Lost on Memory Lane

How many of you out there remember LiveJournal? I had this wonderful idea to do a Throwback Thursday post once a month and put something on here from my LiveJournal days and either comment on what a dramatic person I used to be (totally past that now, right? Ha!) or put an old survey and update the answers. I still plan to do that…on a Thursday sometime…but in the process of looking at my old LiveJournal account, I got a little lost on memory lane.

(In other words, I stayed up waaaaay too late reading about the adventures of college Amber, which included, but weren’t limited to: complaining about classes, talking about work, and taking surveys. Riveting stuff sometimes).

I’ve always enjoyed writing in journals – physical and online. I just have to remember not to start reading the old ones at night when I should be asleep!

Anyway, all of that to say, there should be some fun throwbacks coming up over the next few months. Oh past Amber, if only you had known future Amber was going to be making so much fun of you someday. Present Amber, let this be a warning that future Amber is watching and waiting. That doesn’t sound creepy at all, does it…