Stash Dash, The Third

Hello Everyone! It’s about that time of year, where I start thinking about Stash Dash again.  I’m not going to lie, I was a bit mad when I didn’t make my 15K goal last year. I’ve decided that this will be my redemption year. I’ve been taking steps since the middle of December to ensure that I can keep my goal intact, and maybe surpass it. Honestly, I’ve been working on my WIPs to a certain point and stopping ever since then, to the detriment of the “Silver’s WIP-Down” I was having in my podcast group until the end of 2016. At that point, I no longer cared. I was already looking toward the next big KAL I wanted to participate in.  THAT’s how upset I was that I didn’t hit my goal. I think my exact words at the close of Stash Dash 2016 were “Didn’t make 15K, but next year 15K, you’re mine!” Or something to that extent. And I wrote it in my FO (Finished Objects) thread on the KAL Ravelry page. So, yeah. Wish me luck! Hopefully I don’t drive you as crazy as I’ve been driving Emptyeye over the past few months about this issue… LOL.  He’s a saint, that one…

I’m going to break down how I’ll keep track of everything as we go along. To get to 15K of yarn, I need roughly 16,404.199 yards.  I’ll even show you how far things are right now, etc. So, grab your knitting/craft of choice and here we go!

 

Quick Update 5/24: A few things to add. I’ve decided that it’s time I gave myself a break before the craziness starts. Taking my time working on things (if I knit at all over the next few days) will help me in the long run. So, in the meantime, here a few things you need to know before it all starts:

Stash Dash 2017 Rules can be found Here!!!!

The Ladies have also provided a video to explain this year’s rules! Check it out, if you want to participate! 🙂

We have a Hashtag now! Use #stashdash2017 around the social Mediums, just like I will be! 🙂

 

Start Date: May 26th

End Date: August 20th

 

For Your Ease Getting Around the Large NUMBER of projects I’m planning to do, I will include shortcuts to the
different categories of items I will be doing:

 

 

 

Shawls: (a Total of 17, 801 yards Predicted before the beginning of S.D.)

It’s a Flaming Winged Axel! :)”: “Wingspan” by maylin Tri’Coterie Designs.

Yarn Used: Gynx Yarns: “Girl on Fire” and “Axel”

928 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 3/15/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As far as I can get:  Calling it good 5/24…

Completed: ?

 

All This Red Is Knitting Up Like Butta: “Color Affection” By Veera Valimaki.

Yarn Used: Dream in Color Smooshy, “Butter Peeps,” “Miami Red,” and “Lipstick Lava”

1200 Yards Predicted

Started: 3/28/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 1st Rotation of Last Section: 4/24

Completed: ?

 

Lintilla The Hun:  “Lintilla” by Martina Behm. One of her 4 patterns in the collection “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.”

Yarn Used: Wollmeise Pure, “Xaverl”

570 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 4/2/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As far as I can get: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Tri-ed And True: “Trillian” by Martina Behm. One of her 4 patterns in the collection “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.”

Yarn Used: Wollmeise Pure, “Xaverl und rosi”

570 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 4/2/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As Far as I can get: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Brainy Dance:  “Yowza Weigh-It Shawl 3” by Susan B. Anderson

Yarn Used: Yowza by Miss Babs, “Zombie Prom”

560 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

 

Started: 7/25/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As far as I’m able to get: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Zombie Moons: “Yowza Weigh-It Shawl 4” by Susan B. Anderson

Yarn Used: Yowza by Miss Babs, “Zombie Honeymoon

560 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 8/1/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As Far as I’m able to get: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

It’s All Over The Place!: “Typhoon” by Josh Ryks

Yarn Used: Pound of Stitches, “Gentle Grey” & Storybrook Fairytale, “Coral Mist”

2000 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 8/1/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As Far as I’m able to get: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

This Space Be Poppin: “Wizzpopper Shawl” by Laura “LaLa” Linneman

Yarn Used: Lucky Violet Yarn Company, Betty Base, “Lumpy Space”

840 Yards Predicted

Started: 8/9/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 4 rows, then the applied edging: 4/10

Completed: ?

 

Frozen Bowties Are Cooler: “Bowties Are Cool Shawl” by Jennie Santopietro

Yarn Used: Dream in Color Smooshy, “In Vino Veritas” & Supernatural Yarns Siren Sock, ” Frozen

Frozen Bowties Are Cooler

Started: 8/19/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 2 Rows, then B/O: 2/1

Completed: ?

 

Elementary, My Dear Doctor: “Brickless” by Martina Behm

Yarn Used: Knit Picks Felici, “Time Traveler,” and “221B Baker St”

436 yards predicted. Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 5/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As Far as I can: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Bringing The BOOOM!: “Copper Boom” by Scrappy Daisy Knits

Yarn Used: Red Heart, “Peruvian Print”

250 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 10/3/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As far as I can get: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Simply Aware: “LaLa’s Simple Shawl” by Laura “LaLa” Linneman. This was meant to be a shawl for Cancer Awareness month. Hopefully I can finish this before I’ve been “working on it” for a year…

Yarn Used: Premier Yarns Cotton Fair, “Cotton Candy,” “Bright Peach,” and “Baby Pink”

951 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 10/4/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Last garter section & B/O: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

KetterDance: “Ketterdam” by Laura “LaLa” Linneman

Yarn Used: Unwind Yarn Company, “Let’s Do The Timewarp Again!”

800 Yards Predicted

Started: 10/25/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Lacy Section at the End: 4/9

Completed: ?

 

Burning The Blue: “Ashburn” by Melanie Berg

Yarn Used: Yummy by Miss Babs, “Denim,” “Sipriz,” & “TARDish”

1200 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 11/7/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = The Third Section: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Lorel Eyes Binge MKAL: “Lorel Eyes” by Christopher Salas

Yarn Used: Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock “Lorel-Eyes” and “Denim”

860 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 11/25/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As far as I can possibly Get: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Bella Coffee: “Coffee Date” by CC Almon (JavaPurl)

Yarn Used: The Plucky Knitter Bello, “Putty In My Hands,” The Plucky Knitter Plucky Single, “Give A Hoot,” & The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering, “Enchantment”

1308 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 12/31/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Last Garter Section: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Hundred Acre Razzle:  “Hundred Acre Wood” by Helen Stewart

Yarn Used: Leading Men Fiber Arts Soliloquy Gradient, “Razzle Dazzle #5”

650 Yards Predicted

Started: 1/11/17

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Last Two Rows & B/O: 2/6

Completed: ?

 

Dreamy Love: “Yowza Weigh-It Shawl 2” by Susan B. Anderson

Yarn Used: Yowza by Miss Babs, “You Gotta Love Me”

1120 Yards Predicted

3 lacy repeats.

Started: 3/18

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Lacy Section: 5/20

Completed: ?

 

Morticia’s Batwings: “Yowza Weigh-It Shawl 2” by Susan B. Anderson

Yarn Used: Yowza by Miss Babs, “Morticia”

1120 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 3/22

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Lacy Section: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

The Galaxy Beyond The Cloud: “Hitchhiker Beyond” by Martina Behm

Yarn Used: Knit Picks, Alpaca Cloud.  6 Colorways.

2,640 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 5/1

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Lacy Section: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Others I want to Cast on and Count for Stash Dash, but haven’t yet:

  1. Another Coffee Date
  2. An Evenstar

 

Socks: (a Total of 3,040 Yards Predicted before S.D)

Benilla Llatte Socks: “Vanilla Latte Socks” by Virginia Rose-Jeanes.

Yarn Used: Gynx Yarns, “Belle”

464 Yards Predicted

Started: 3/2/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to toe: 4/19

Completed: ?

 

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Socks Para Mi: “French Vanilla Cappuccino Socks” by CC Almon. (JavaPurl). Pattern WAS going to be a Toe-up Sock pattern, but I changed my mind…

Yarn Used: Into the Whirled Pakokku Sock, “Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey”

450 Yards Predicted

Started: 5/20/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/18

Completed: ?

 

Watermelon <3: “Toe-Up Socks With A Difference” by Wendy D. Johnson.

Yarn Used: Gale’s Art Single Knit Sock Blank, “Watermelon”

463 Yards Predicted

Started: 6/29/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/4

Completed: ?

 

This Is Halloween!: “Jack-O-Lantern Self-Patterning Socks” by Abigail Grasso

Yarn Used: ArtisticYarnbyAbi, “Jack-O-Lantern”

350 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 8/8/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to toe: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Christmas Tree Socks: “Toe-Up Socks With A Difference” by Wendy D. Johnson. This was my Christmas Eve cast-on. My family was a bit wierded out/impressed at the concept of a sock blank…LOL…

Yarn Used: Gales Art Single Sock Blank, “Christmas Tree”

463 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 12/24/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Ribbing Marc: “Weasley Rib” by Erica Lueder

Yarn Used: Trekking XXL, “578”

459 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 4/3

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to toe: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Where Are You Leading Me Mario? Where you lead, I Will Follow: “Where You Lead I Will Follow” by CC Almon (JavaPurl). It’s a Gilmore Thing…

Yarn Used: Inner Yarn Zen Superwash Fingering, “The Old Muddy River Bridge Knitathon”

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 4/11

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Extermiknit The Rainbow: “Catch The Rainbow Socks” by CC Almon (JavaPurl). It’s a Whovian Thing…

Yarn Used: Desert Vista Dyeworks, Viso, “Rainbow Exterminate”

462 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 3/14

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Darunia Loves Hot Chocolate With Green Marshmallows: “Hot Chocolate With Pink Marshmallows” by CC Almon (JavaPurl). From the new book.

Yarn Used: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal, “Mountain Pass”

462 Yards Predicted

Started: 4/14

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/20

Completed: ?

 

Double The Pumpkin Spice, Double The Fun: “I Love You More Thank Pumpkin Spice” by CC Almon (JavaPurl).

Yarn Used: GnomeAcres Spiffy Gnome “Pumpkin Spice Latte”

435 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 1/24

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Vanilla Rouge: “CC’s Vanilla Cappuccino Socks” by CC Almon (JavaPurl).

Yarn Used: Regia, Arne & Carlos “Nome”

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 5/18

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Other Socks I haven’t Cast-On, but I still want to count for Stash Dash:

  1. –. .–. -.- .–. – May

 

Other:  (a Total of 6,560 Yards Predicted before S.D)

A Winter’s Snow: No pattern. Just following a snowflake-ish pattern from a stitch pattern.

Yarn Used: Lion Brand Pound of Love, “Bluebell” and “Creamcicle”

2040 Yards Predicted. Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 11/19/15

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Last blue section: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Zelda For A Zelda 🙂 : “Twilight Princess” by Anni Laine

Yarn Used: Red Heart With Love, “Violeta” and “Peacock”

740 Yards Predicted. Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 1/18/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Last Triforce: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Blue Weave ❤: “Basketweave Baby Blanket” by me. For a co-worker.

Yarn Used: Red Heart TLC Baby, “Powder Blue”

1,074 Yards Predicted. Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 1/2/17

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Last garter section: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

2017 Pile of Washcloths: “Grandma’s Favorite Dish Cloth” by Ruth Slate

Yarn Used: Miscellaneous. I’ll be using stashed cotton. I’ll update as I go. I’m planning on making 1 each week.

Started: 1/1/17

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = NONE. See the description to see why…

Completed: ?

 

Adult Sleep Sack: Blanket in the round. No pattern. Just wanted to make a blanket in the round… lol.

Yarn Used: Red Heart Comfort, “Apple/Purple/Jade” print

1298 Yards Predicted. Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

Started: 1/16/17

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = as far as I can get: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Mermaid, Take 2: Ladies Mermaid Lapghan Cocoon Blanket: by Angie Hartley

Yarn Used: “Rosewood” and “Grape Purple”

880 Yards Predicted, Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

 Started: 1/19/17

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = as far as I can get, possibly the tail: 5/24

Completed: ?

 

Thank you for joining indulging in my madness again this year!  I hope this will be easy to follow.  If not, please comment below, or you can always e-mail me directly at silversdreamlandpodcast@gmail.com. I’ll answer as soon as I can.

Happy Knitting!

-Silver-

 

Rock On Chica!!! Get On With Your Bad Self!!!

Hello everyone! As you probably can’t tell, I’ve been better about balancing my reading time with my knitting time recently. What you didn’t know, however, is that I’ve been in ABSOLUTE Love with finding great new authors to read.  I think I may have found another author to follow.  No…. I don’t just think I have… I KNOW I have. Let me be the first to introduce you to Michelle Mankin’s work.  It all started with the book “Rock F*ck Club.”

Two things you need to remember before following down my rabbit hole. 1) I love romance books. Of all kinds. 2) Rock Stars, quite frankly ROCK!!!  Anyone who can tame them in my eyes is someone I want to read or learn about.

So, with those two things in mind and I haven’t scared you off, let’s continue with my review of “Rock F*ck Club!” So, grab your drink of choice, your knitting, and away we go!!!

 

SO, most of the time, the description of the book catches my eye. Sometimes, it’s the picture on the front. Sometimes it’s the title itself. This one has all three, so I thought I’d share this with you right quick.  I read this book within 36 hours of getting this (mostly due to a work weekend).

 

The description I grabbed for you is from Goodreads:

10 cities in two weeks 10 famous rockstars. On my knees. Against the wall. On my tits
I don’t care. As long as I get the evidence to prove it. Why? Because I caught my former prick of a boyfriend from Heavy Metal Enthusiasts doing a groupie doggie style backstage on the night we were supposed to be celebrating our 1 year anniversary.

 He told me I was too uptight. Too vanilla. Too boring. So I got drunk with my bestie, Marsha West, the aspiring videographer. I ranted. I raved. I came up with a crazy idea. What I didn’t know was that my best friend recorded me. Marsha put the video up on YouTube. It went viral with 10 million hits. Now I’ve got fans and sponsors offering me big bucks.

Rockstars are volunteering to be my f*ck buddy.
Hollywood is calling.
I get to choose which rockstars I want.
The stakes are high.
This sh*t just got real.
What could go wrong?”

 

Catchy, huh? I’m going to be honest. I was approached by Michelle’s PA directly, with the chance to read this as an Advance Reader Copy (ARC). This, however, won’t color what I have to say about the book, in either way. You know how I roll… lol

But honestly, I can’t say anything overly negative about this book. I have spent today (the date it goes on sale, if you were wondering) trying to think of something. I honestly cannot.

 

I have several stickynotes with things I was thinking about as I read the book, so I suppose I should share those pearls of wisdom. Well, now that I think about it, there was only one.  But it’s a doozy! 😉

  1.  You know it’s a good book when…
    1. …You consider calling out of work to finish it.

 

Okay, some notes about the book. The premise of this book is that a woman catches her man cheating with another. She and her friend decide to go on a 10 day tour of sleeping around with Rock Stars of their choosing and recording the whole journey. Along the way, Raven learns about herself, and others around her. Situations she thought were so straightforward are not what they first appeared to be. Within the first 20% of the book, I realized that Raven has had some issues in her past that make her not trust her instincts. This annoyed the F’ out of me. I even said to Emptyeye at one point that I liked the “Bad-Boy” rocker Lucky SOOOOO much better. Even with him acting all douche-y at the beginning. But that should teach me to judge… The beauty of this book, is that Ms. Mankin has this genius way of bringing you along on this personal journey of Raven’s, even if it was kicking and screaming at first. What you thought would be a “Bang-fest” turns into a way for Raven to grow and learn. All with Lucky’s help, BTW…

 

WELL DONE!!!  I’m buying a copy for myself, and you should too!!! I’m going to link to Amazon where you can find it, as well as where it is on Goodreads! You never know, you may find further reviews out of me when it comes to this author. She’s one to watch! 🙂 I’ve marked all of her books “To-Read” on Goodreads, in case you were wondering… lol.

 

You can find the book On:

Amazon:

Goodreads:

 

Thanks for stopping by, and for giving this author a shot.

-Silver-

Reading Is Good For Silvers…

Yes. Indeed. Reading is good For my soul. I think I’ll breakdown the books I read and show the book covers. Maybe less of a review of each one as I go. Hopefully, you’ll still get the gist, right? lol. Okay. Here we go…

January:

rock-chick-reckoning

December 27th, 2016 -> January 6th: Rock Chick Reckoning: This is the story of Stella and Mace. My Goodreads review: “OMG!!! The Feels!!! ;)”

 

the-mistletoe-secret

12th: The Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans: I read this one pretty fast. My Goodreads review: “🙂 Okay. This was cute! 5 hours of Audible. Have to say… The Feels…. 🙂

 

rock-chick-regret

6th -> 17th: Rock Chick Regret: This is the story of Hector and Sadie. I loved their characters as well. I love how she goes from an “Ice Princess” at the beginning to a softie at the end.

 

full-package

17th -> 18th: Full Package By Lauren Blakely: Needed a quick break from the Rock CHick series. It was a pretty quick read. Started mid-evening and finished just after midnight…

 

rock-chick-revolution

17th -> 25th: Rock Chick Revolution: This is the last of the Rock Chick series by Kristen Alley. This is the story of Ally and Ren. It was pretty good. The author used the character of Jane to embody her own personality. I have to admit to delaying the end of this book to make it last…

From Goodreads: “🙂 Best ending to the series! But I’m sad it’s over. I’ll keep hoping for more, but…. ”

 

trading-christmas

25th -> 26th:  Trading Christmas by Debbie Macomber: This was a cute little story that includes a mother/daughter relationship, mis-understandings, and people falling in love, despite the odds. This is everything that I’ve come to love and know about Debbie Macomber books. Well done!!!

From Goodreads: “It was a cute little read. Wish I had gotten to it before Christmas, but what-evs. It was still pretty good.”

 

the-dispatcher

26th: The Dispatcher by John Scalzi: This was a cute little story. A bit odd, but I loved listening to Zachary Quinto reading it even better. He does voices, ya’ll!!! 🙂

From Goodreads: “Interesting story… Better reader, if you get it through Audible. I mean, come on… It’s freaking “new Spock” reading to you…. “

 

February: (4/8: Playing catch-up!  Sorry. I just realized that I haven’t updated in a bit… Sorry about that. -Silver-)

6th -> 8th: Surrender by Melody Anne: It was cute and entertaining. Not something I would recommend to my family, though. Hence why I had a 1 star rating on Goodreads…


8th -> 12th: Submit by Melody Anne: It was cute and entertaining. Not something I would recommend to my family, though. Hence why I had a 1 star rating on Goodreads…


15th ->16th: Seduced by Melody Anne: It was cute and entertaining. Not something I would recommend to my family, though. Hence why I had a 1 star rating on Goodreads…


16th -> 22nd: Scorched by Melody Anne: It was cute and entertaining. Not something I would recommend to my family, though. Hence why I had a 1 star rating on Goodreads…

From Goodreads :”It was cute and entertaining while I was sick…

22nd -> 24th: Bedding the Wrong Brother by Virna DePaul

From Goodreads: “:) Cute”

24th -> 27th: The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank. From Goodreads: “:) Cute”

 

March:

1st: Beast Unchained by Daniella Wright. Shifter romance. Pretty good.

1st -> 2nd: First Beginning by Malcolm Bryant. Hot guys and animals? Perfect combo!

2nd -> 6th: The Succubus in a Red Dress by Daniel David Garcia. Cute. But I dunno how I feel about it, even a month later…

7th: Filthy Professor by Amy Brent. My Goodreads review says it all.

From Goodreads: “🙂 Look. I liked the main book itself. I just never try to give a 5 star on anything that I wouldn’t be proud to recommend to my mother. It’s not on the fault of the author, or anything like that. I enjoyed it. Just see my previous comment… ”

7th: Dirty Filthy Rich Boys by Laurelin Paige. My Goodreads review says it all.

From Goodreads: “🙂 Okay. NOT sold on this one… It was a cute little story. Rescuer getting her V-Chip, him being an a-hole about her grades to get it… I’m more confused by the main character than anything. Maybe there’s more to their story coming up… I’ll have to see…”

6th -> 7th: Teaching The Boss by Mallory Crowe.

7th->8th: Tapping The Billionaire by Max Monroe.

8th: A Seal’s Oath by Cora Seton. I like the concept of this book. Bringing in an important Ecological issue of composting and not being wasteful. Basically, they are building a sustainable community, which is a topic I’m in LOVE with! The concept revolves around  a Reality TV show where Navy Seals pledge to save their Farming project by falling in love and marrying while on Camera. This one was Boone and Riley’s story, the first to meet (as in, when they were younger) and fall in love.  I LOVED this book!

9th ->10th: A Seal’s Vow by Cora Seton. I like the concept of this book. Bringing in an important Ecological issue of composting and not being wasteful. Basically, they are building a sustainable community, which is a topic I’m in LOVE with! The concept revolves around  a Reality TV show where Navy Seals pledge to save their Farming project by falling in love and marrying while on Camera. This one was Clay and Nora’s story.  I LOVED this book! Although, I hated that Nora was in trouble with a stalker, but… Yeah. You’ll have to read this to figure out all the details.

9th -> 12th: A Seal’s Consent by Cora Seton. I like the concept of this book. Bringing in an important Ecological issue of composting and not being wasteful. Basically, they are building a sustainable community, which is a topic I’m in LOVE with! The concept revolves around  a Reality TV show where Navy Seals pledge to save their Farming project by falling in love and marrying while on Camera. This one was Harris (Hawk) and Samantha’s story.

12th -> 14th: A Seal’s Pledge by Cora Seton. I like the concept of this book. Bringing in an important Ecological issue of composting and not being wasteful. Basically, they are building a sustainable community, which is a topic I’m in LOVE with! The concept revolves around  a Reality TV show where Navy Seals pledge to save their Farming project by falling in love and marrying while on Camera. This one was Jericho and Savannah’s story.  I LOVED this book! This one wasn’t released until this year, so I suppose I’ll have to wait for the next one to come out, even though I’m anxious to read the next one! 🙂 Well done Ms. Seton!

15th -> 16th: Filthy Scrooge by Taryn Quinn. Interesting. A Kandy Kane melting the heart of a scrooge? Perfect!  🙂

17th -> 20th: The Soldier’s E-mail Order Bride by Cora Seton. Cute. Austin and Ella meet online via an e-mail ad. Interesting concept of the Ranch/Military dude getting a movie star.  It was a pretty cute story. Wasn’t sure about reading the rest of this mini-series, though…

20th -> 21st: Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham. My Goodreads review says it all…

From Goodreads: “🙂 ALLL Gilmore Girls Fans will enjoy this one. Lauren talks about the original series and the Reboot. Her thoughts on both, the final 4 words, and Ed. Well Done! I listened to the audio version, which made it SOOO much better! Wish there was 10 stars I could give it…

18th – > 21st: Sing Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell. Rockstar fiction? Sign me up!  It was a pretty cute book. Won’t be reading the rest in the series, even though I gave the book a 4 star review. I think I had enough of the bandmates with this first book. I don’t need to see them in later books. Sorry, but there it is…

21st: The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson. I read the audio version of this book, on a suggestion from the ladies on the “Knit The Books” podcast. They were right. This book was pretty good.  I honestly couldn’t stop listening to this wonderful story. My Goodreads review should tell you the rest…

From Goodreads: “”I love this book. It’s so cute, and it got me thinking about my own life. It also draws parallels between the main character’s love of movies and his own real life. I mean, how many of us see the beauty in movies that they may normally not see in real life. Well Done! Reader was pretty good too…

22nd: Wicked Wedding by Brooke Page. Cute story. But I’m not sure how I feel about it, even with the time that has passed since I read it… But it helped pass the evening. So, I guess that’s something…

25th -> 27th: Bedded Bliss by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott. Vegas shotgun wedding starts their relationship.  However, there is more to this  story that meets the eye. Which is perfect for me… My Goodreads review says it all…

From Goodreads: “Like… aww. The ending was pretty cute! 🙂

28th ->29th: Yes Boss by Juliana Conners. Boss and employee. I don’t know why I keep reading these, but I seem like I was in the mood for them when I originally downloaded them… So, I guess that’s something…  I only said “Cute” as a review on Goodreads, so I guess that’s telling, right?

 

April:

1st ->2nd: Lemon Drops and Love by Angela Stevens. Okay, so I think I have more to say about this one than a few others. Mostly, because I made a note to do so… Controlling boyfriend gets dumped and ends up stalking the girl. Gil hooks up with her best friend. Best friend helps to fight him off. Rape and other bad things help make them stronger. But it helps show off the victim’s side of things, which made it a VERY powerful story. I’ll admit, I was crying much of the time while reading this book, and I think that’s a powerful emotion, and the right emotion you want your readers to have when dealing with such a dark subject.  So, well done, Ms. Stevens!

2nd -> 3rd: A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand. After the last one, I needed something a bit lighter. This one was perfect! Broken girl meets an ecological-minded dude, who helps her take her mind off her problems.

3rd: Coming Back to You by Darline Joyce. It was cute, but not really as good as some others in this same genre…

4th -> 6th: Close to Home by Suzanne Ferrell. My goodreads review says it all! 🙂

From Goodreads: “🙂 VERY good. A Must-read!”


6th: Embracing my Submission by Jenna Jacob. Subject matter is adult, but it’s a nice little story that  teaches the reader that no matter what life throws at you, don’t be afraid to be yourself.. No matter what.. And while you’re off finding yourself, if you find a handsome man who accepts you for who you are, then keep hold of him VERY tight. 🙂

 

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I hope I enable you to read one of these books this year. If not, I won’t be mad. I know that everyone had their own type of books they like. Have a great year!!!
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Non-Serial Reader (Almost)

I’ve been doing some reviews for series this year, but I wanted to let you know my thoughts on the Non-Serial books I’ve been reading over the course of this year.  Here they are by Month.  Hope you enjoy my thoughts as much as I enjoyed writing them down.

I’m including a “Jump-To” Hyperlink system here.  That way every month, you can just check back what has changed.  If you’ve been living under a rock, if you click the Months below, you will be brought to that month’s list of books I’ve read…

  1. January ’16
  2. February ’16
  3. March ’16
  4. April ’16
  5. May ’16
  6. June ’16
  7. July ’16
  8. August ’16
  9. September ’16
  10. October ’16
  11. November ’16
  12. December ’16

 

 


January:

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride – Abridged version that was eventually made into the movie.  I squeed when I realized HOW much was put in there.  Also, William Goldman did an awesome job of explaining EXACTLY what he took out of S. Morgenstern’s original version and why.  What you see in the movie is pretty much how the abridging story came about.  I’ll recommend that fans of the movie also read the book too.  But, movie first.  It makes the descriptions of the abridging parts easier to swallow.

 

The Librarian Principle

The Librarian Principle – Just some fluff reading I found on Audible.  I needed a break from the FBI series I’ve been listening to on Audible, so I found some fluff.  I honestly found myself blushing for how much fun the reader seemed to be having with the book at times….  That’s all I have to say about that….

 

As You Wish

As You Wish!

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride I have to say… very well done. I laughed, I cried, and I geeked out quite a bit at the recollection of their memories. Loved every moment and never wanted to put it down. A must-read for all fans of the book and movie!!!!!!! 🙂 And as I did, you’ll “have fun storming the castle!”

 

Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory

Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl’s Most Famous Creation – This book gave me a further look into the world of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I’ve always loved the movies and book.  Didn’t know there was so much history behind the scenes, so to speak.  I recommend it to everyone who’s a fan of the book!

 

Switch A Wish

Switch A Wish – I found this book on Goodreads, as the author was one of their Best New Authors.  It was a welcome change from the more serious books I’ve been reading so far.  It reminds me of Freaky Friday, in that people switch bodies for awhile.   M.B. Earnheardt  does an awesome job of bring the concept to life.  She introduces an interesting way for a married couple to get couple’s therapy without having to go.  It was a pretty interesting read and made me think of all the stuff I had bottled up, that could have hurt my relationships if I had let it go on…  Wow!  Well done Ms. Earnheardt!

 

Update: 2/3:  Just had a fan girl moment!  The author just reached out to me herself and followed me!  Squee!  Thank you again M.B.  Let me know when you’ll be coming out with your next.  I’ll be there to read it first thing!

 

Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia – Let’s just put it this way.  It’s a mix of two of my favorite things.  The Legend of Zelda series of videogames, and comic books.  Here we get a glimpse into the videogame’s creator as he looks back at what he intended for the series, and gives us a glimpse into the upcoming games.  It’s basically a history of The Legend of Zelda, so it made my heart squee when I saw it on sale on Amazon as a new book.  Glad I purchased it!

 

My Knitting Book

My Knitting Book By Ms. Lambert – I had the knitting pattern book bug for awhile in 2015.  This is the last one.  Glad I waited to read it.  Needed a change of pace, as it gave me a glimpse into the minds of knitters who came before me.  It gave me a few ideas for patterns to try down the road as well!  😉

 

Plan as You Go

The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan – I had the urge to study a bit on how to make my business grow.  I got a few ideas for how to make things more solid in my business-life.

 

Business Planning

Business Planning For Dummies – Not really a Dummy, but I will admit that there are some things I need help with.  This book helped learn some of my weak points.

 

EtymologiconThe Etymologicon – I love learning about the Etymology of words, don’t get me wrong, but this book was pretty boring.  The reader did his best to make it entertaining, but yeah..  I got through about a half hour->40 minutes of listening before I skipped to the end to see if I was to expect more of the same.  Yup…  The author took one word and defined it, and gave it’s roots.  Used the last word in that rant and did the same.  I think the concept was to bridge a gap between Etymology and Icon, which would have been an interesting concept, but the author’s way about going about it was just….  annoying.  I dunno.  You may like it, but I surely didn’t…

 

Strange CandyStrange Candy – Laurell K. Hamilton MUST be commended on her ability to adapt to different supernatural beings and make us want to read about them.  This collection of stories gave me more of an understanding of how her genius mind works.  Not only Anita Blake and vampires, but Fairies, Shifters, and many, many more.  I LOVED this short story collection!  Well Done!  🙂

 

The Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom of The Opera – Any fan of the Movies and Broadway Play MUST read the story in it’s entirety.  I also recommend listening to this audible version I found.  The reader (Ralph Cosham) does a great job of keeping your attention and bringing the story to life!  I’ll probably come back and listen again once I finish the list I have planned for this year, I loved it THAT much!  Well Done!  The Angel of Music was always my favorite part of this book. I’m so glad I finally got a chance to read this book in it’s original form! Reader was pretty good too! 🙂

 


February:

Dracula

Dracula – 2/15: My first impression of the novel, according to my review on goodreads.  “OMG! The readers on this audio version are doing a good job bringing the story to life. I read this once when I was younger, and don’t remember liking the book this much! Can’t wait to listen to more! :)”  That summed up my experience with the book, to a T!  I loved it!  🙂

Harry Potter Series – I’m calling this series as non-serial, only because they’re so few of them, based on the rest of the book series’ I’m planning on reading soon-ly.

HP Stone

15th->17th: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s (Philosopher’s) Stone: From Goodreads:”There’s something so satisfying about listening to Tim Dale read through one of my favorite books. Some of the voices were so close to the actors in the films that I thought I would squee so loud people would think I was crazy when listening to this book in public. Well done! 🙂 ”

HP Secrets

17th->19th: Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets: No review on Goodreads, but I really sucked this book up.  I love that the reader knows the book so well, and tries to give a good voice to each character!  🙂

HP Prisoner

19th->22nd: Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban: From Goodreads:  “:) I’m in love with the books all over again! Well Done Tim Dale, for making them shiny and new! 🙂 ”

HP Goblet

22nd->24th: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire: From Goodreads:  “This was 21 hours of pure entertainment! As with the last 3, Jim Dale does an awesome job reading one of my favorite Series. I have to say, though… Sometimes he confuses male/female voices, which makes it all the more entertaining to me! 😉 ”

 


March:

HP Phoenix

February 24th->March 2nd: Harry Potter & The Order of Phoenix: From Goodreads: “See, when you haven’t read the series in awhile, you find new parts to love about it. The first couple of read-throughs years ago were great, but reading it again when you’re older just make it that much better. Still, in most cases, the book is better than the movie when it comes to expressing this wonderful story.  Having it read to you by someone with a pretty good sense of J.K. Rowling’s characters makes it all the better! Well done! 🙂 ”

 

HP Prince

2nd->6th: Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince: From Goodreads: “Just :):):)  .”  To continue in this vein, there were a lot of tears, laughter, and “oh, I didn’t remember that part” going on as I listened to Tim Dale read this one!  I think I loved listening to it as much as I loved reading it the first few times I read it.  I have to say, the movies really DON’T do this book a service.  All the small nuances I loved never made an appearance in the movies, for some odd reason…

 

Wrapped In Comfort

Wrapped In Comfort – 3/7.  From Goodreads: “VERY pretty shawls. I love getting ideas out of books/magazines! :)”  I can’t wait to try some of these shawls!!!

 

HP Hallows

6th->10th: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Already about 9% in.  Had to take a break.  It’s about 21 hours long.  After a few hours, I needed to do something else…  But I’ll be back to it soon-ly I think.  I’m already pretty hooked!  🙂  From Goodreads: “You know me. I laughed, I cried. I even geeked out at the parts I haven’t read about in forever! 🙂 Too bad this was the last one. May have to read it again soon-ly…

 

Closely Knit

7th->27th:  Closely Knit: I loved reading this book about a wonderful bunch of knitters.  Heard about the book from TheKnitGirllls.  It got me thinking that I’ve been anti-social of late, and I need that to stop.  LOVED this book!  Almost wish there was more of it…   🙂

 


April:

Update 4/25: I’ve been absolutely HORRIBLE about not reading anything other than books that are part of a longer established series.  I’ll try to be better about that in May.  But for now, I’m calling this month good, on that front.

I maybe got 1% read in Outlander, so I think I may count this one this month…

Outlander

From Goodreads on March 10th: “I read a bit, then I decided I wanted to listen to another book. If I could, I’d take back “beginning” this book for another time. As I can’t, I’m putting this into hibernation… ”  I think I still agree with these sentiments.  I’ll try again in May when other books aren’t calling my attention…

 


May:

Update 5/17: Alright.  I’ve been a bit better over the past few weeks with my reading.  Pretty much a mission, if I’m going to be honest…  But here goes!  🙂

Mischief

4/25->5/2: Mischief: This was an audiobook.  It featured a wonderfully creative female lead, who just happens to fall in love with a creative bad boy.  First impressions of one another lead to a story that becomes a comedy of errors, and one of growing love.  From Goodreads: “I started this one slowly, but then I got into the wonderful story.  A Wonderful story made even better by a wonderful reader.  🙂 ”

 

Rock Chick

5/2->5/6: Rock Chick: This is actually the first book of a short series.  I may actually read the rest of the series.  Heck, I already downloaded the next few books.  Just a matter of when, as I’m in the middle of another series that I’m listening to right now…  This first book, is the story of Indy and Lee, who have known each other since they were younger.  The children of two cops who are also friends.  Indy is obsessed with being her wonderfully different self.  Also, with Lee since she was younger.  As both grew up, Lee became more and more dangerous and started to dissuade Indy from her obsession of him.  After 10 years of her trying to ignore her feelings, she gets into a spot of trouble and needs Lee to get her out of it.  Comedy ensues, as well as a wonderful love story.  The reader was pretty good too.  I’m hoping the second book in the series  is just a s good, and can’t wait to find out.

 

The Gunslinger

5/7->5/8: The Gunslinger: This is the first of Steven King’s ‘Dark Tower Series.’  This is not the first, nor the second time I’ve read through this series.  I’m obsessed.  Saw this on Audible, and decided to give it a try.  Let someone read the story to me for once…  From Goodreads: “I’ve forgotten how AWESOME this book was. I read it a few years ago, and for some reason…. I just got it through my head again. This time, the wonderful story is being read TO me by a wonderful reader. It’s the PERFECT combo! Well Done!”

 

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5/9->5/10: Big Rock: This was just a bit of fluff between the first and second of the new series I’ve been reading through.  Sometimes, you need something light…  At first the main character is a pretty big asshole, who only cares to get his rocks off.  Then he needs to impress one of his Diamond Business Tycoon Father’s Investors, and begs help from a woman to pay his fiancé.  They end up falling in love, and he changes.  It’s an interesting story told in the male POV.  I couldn’t put it down.  🙂  I also like the fact that the title has several meanings…

 

The Drawing Of The Three

5/10->5/15: The Drawing of The Three: This is the second of Steven King’s ‘Dark Tower Series.’  Also not the first time I’ve read through this book.  When I made the decision to listen to The Gunslinger, I also downloaded this one.  As you do… 😉 My only comment on Goodreads is “:)” Which just about sums up my thoughts about this series…  🙂

 

The Waste Lands

5/15-> Current: The Wastelands: This is the third of Steven King’s ‘Dark Tower Series.’  See my comment from above.  So far, so good.  I’m obsessed with this series so far.  Love the characters and I’m just getting to the part of Blaine the damn pain…

Update 6/5: Finished this one 5/17. It was an awesome story met with an awesome reader who really got you into the story every time you left the book for any length of time.  I didn’t, but if you did, you would be alright.  We learn that even Roland was wandering aimlessly until he finds the path of the beam that will take him to his beloved Tower.  We are joined by Jake (after he has “died/not-died” and a Billybumbler named Oy.  We hear this several times, but “Blaine is a pain, and that is the truth!” They must wake the pain to get out of Dodge, so to speak!  🙂

 


June:

Wizard And Glass

May 17th-> June 5th: Wizard and Glass: I’m really not surprised this one took me as long as it did.  It’s got SOO much happening in it.  We start off with a journey aboard Blaine the pain.  I love how Eddie’s previously dumb jokes save their bacon during the Riddling contest.  It’s then, that Roland sees Eddie’s true worth, and they learn to respect each other better.  We also see a different side of Roland as he tells the story of his True Love Susan.  We see that the hard-as-nails Gunslinger can also be soft as well.  We learn that although he has been hard on his Ka-Tet over the past couple of books, he has also come to love and respect them. A trip through a land like Oz also shows us that he believes HE will be the reason the Ka-Tet breaks, after they learn about his past.  They prove him wrong, and in an awesome way!  You’ll have to read it to find out what I’m talking about.  My review from Goodreads: ” 🙂 OMG!  I’m still in love with this story, and it was even better by the reader!  Well Met!  And “Ka Like the Wind!” 🙂 ”

 

The Wind Through The Keyhole

June 5th->Current: The Wind Through The Keyhole: I just started this one.  It’s #4.5 in the series.  It’s new to me, as I never knew that there was a book between the “major” books in the series.  So it’s a first for me.  It’s made even better by the fact that Stephen King is reading the story to me himself!  🙂  LOL!

 

Update 7/26: This one took me until the 11th of June to read. Let’s be honest.  The most I remember from this book, is that Roland was telling a story that he had heard from his youth.  So “Yay!  Storytime!” 🙂

 

It Itches

June 21st: It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons by Franklin Habit. I absolutely LOVED this book.  I enjoyed every second of his essays and cartoons.  Here’s my review from Goodreads:  “Franklin is an amazing writer & cartoonist… I practically rolled on the floor with laughter from his cartoons. At times, these were only funny to a knitter. Or a Knitter’s Significant other. I honestly would recommend this book to anyone who wouldn’t mind some dry humor! 🙂 ”

 

Wolves Of The Calla

June 11th->22nd: Wolves of The Calla by Stephen King. I’ve read this book before, but there’s something about listening to someone else read this wonderful story to me. My Review from Goodreads: “OMG! I loved reading the book, but listening to it was even better! I can’t believe that this wonderful reader won’t be able to do the next one…. ”

 

Song of Susannah

June 22nd->July 4th: Song of Susannah by Stephen King.  Once again, I had read this one before,  but I enjoyed having someone else read Stephen King’s wonderful story. Don’t get me wrong, having Stephen write himself was an interesting twist, but it was a “pretty d-bag move.” I just thought it was an interesting twist, but having read that comment from someone else that reviewed the book, I’ve been thinking about that…  I dunno… It’s neither here, nor there.  It made for good reading, either way…

 


July:

The Dark Tower

July 4th->13th: The Dark Tower by Stephen King. I’ve always loved this story! Also, having this story read to me made it even better. The twist at the end makes it even better. Sometimes, readers get mad at writers for having weird twists in their stories, or not resolving it to their satisfaction.  However, as I can attest, sometimes our characters dictate the storyline for us… This seems to be the perfect example of how Roland has been egging King on since he first appeared on the scene.  I had my moments of being mad at King’s killing off of important characters, but I do understand in the end…

 

The Hunger Games

July 13th->17th: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve seen the movie, but never read the book. I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful reader.  Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job portraying the Games, and the love story that develops. I pretty much ATE up this book, and didn’t want to stop listening to it! 🙂

 

Catching Fire

July 17th->19th: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I’ve seen the movie, but never read the book. I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful reader.  Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job! I never wanted to put it down! 🙂

 

Yarn Harlot

June 22nd->July 20th: Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of A Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. This book was simply wonderful! Stephanie is very witty, and had me glad that my stash isn’t as large as I think it is…  I mean, her bit about the yarn in the piano made me roll on the floor laughing… 🙂  Any knitter needs to read this one, at least once!  It’s simply brilliant! If you’ve been knitting as long as I have, you’ve probably experienced many of the blunders that she mentions.  Well done!  🙂

 

Mockingjay

July 19th->22nd: The Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I’ve seen the movie, but never read the book. I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful reader.  Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job portraying the story! 🙂

 

Cinder

July 26th: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This was an interesting take on the Cinderella story that we all know and love.  My review from Goodreads:

🙂 I couldn’t put it down! Pretty much read it straight through without stopping! I’ll have to download the next when my next audible credit comes through! 🙂

 

At Knit's End

July 26th->27th: At Knits End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.  I LOVE this lady.  She totally gets me.  My review from Goodreads:

I knit, I laughed. I even cheered some! This book reminded me that you should NEVER be afraid to be who you are. A knitter who doesn’t care what other people think of you, or what you knit with. Well Done! 🙂

 

Death By Cashmere

July 27th->August 1: Death By Cashmere by Sally Goldenbaum. This was a cute little book.  It’s a part of a series, and I may get back to the series later.  I just needed a mystery between the romance books recently. This was EXACTLY what I needed!

 


August:

Security

Aug. 4th: Security by Gina Wohlsdorf. Loved this book.  As evidenced by my review on Goodreads: “Like, DUDE! It’s a mystery who the narrator of this book is, up until the last %10 of the book. He’s someone who’s witty and a bit different. He literally gets to watch two murderers try to take out his girlfriend and her friends in a “Murder Hotel” all from the ‘comfort’ of his control-room chair. He helps where he can, but he’s literally stuck in one position that makes the reader understand how it ends. I highly recommend this book! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. And if you’re like me and have an Audible credit to burn… I recommend getting the Zach Villa version of the book. He’s a pretty good reader, who gives more character to this wonderful mystery narrator. Well done, all around! :)”

 

Dead Until Dark

Aug 4th->8th: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. This is the first book of the Sookie Stackhouse books. Ever since I started watching True Blood, I’ve been meaning to read the first one in the series. My review from Goodreads: “I absolutely LOVE the TV series, so I was surprised to learn that I hadn’t read this book yet. So, I got it on Audible, and sat down to listen while I knit. I absolutely LOVED this book. The reader made the book even better! 🙂 ”

 

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Aug 15th: Cupcakes, Trinkets And Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge. I started this right before midnight, and couldn’t stop listening to it.  My review from Goodreads: “A cute book.. At times, I found myself screaming at the stupidity of the main character, but that’s ok. I still enjoyed it quite a bit.”

 

Burn For Me

Aug 16th->Current: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews. Just started it, and I’m only 30 minutes into it.  I’ll let you know a bit more about it when I finish.

Update 10/26: Oops.  guess it’s been awhile since I’ve updated this log. I promise that I’ve been reading in the two months since I’ve been away.  Let’s start with this book.

I actually finished this one on  9/12. Here is what I wrote about this book on Goodreads. “Wish there was an ability to make this one 10 stars! I may just have to dive into the second book RIGHT NOW… Well done! :)” This book was a-freaking-mazing! I still remember how much I LOVED the characters and the storyline!  Remind me to grab the second book as soon as it comes out.  I’d LOVE to know what will happen with these wonderful characters!!!

 


September:

roald-dahl-collection

Sept 20->26th: Roald Dahl Audio Box Set: 5 Favorite Stories: I found a version of five of my favorite Roald Dahl stories read by the author!  I absolutely LOVED listening to each story.  There was “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Enormous Crocodile,” and “The Magic Finger.” I’m still geeking out thinking about this awesome collection!!! On Goodreads, I was unable to find the cover for it, so here is the picture of the one I found and what I used for a placeholder as I read the book.

 


October:

rock-chick-rescue

Oct. 8th -> Oct 10th: Rock Chick Rescue by Kristen Ashley. This one is the story of Jet and Eddie, and how they fall in love. I was listening to this book via Audible, and I found myself laughing pretty loud ALOT! Susannah Jones lends her voice again to this wonderful story and makes it even better in the process!  Well Done!!! 🙂 I didn’t leave much of a review on Goodreads, other than a smiley face!

 

rock-chick-redemption

Oct. 10th -> Current: Rock Chick Redemption by Kristen Ashley.  I’m in love with this story between Hank and Roxie so far.  Not what happens to her, but the story between them.  I’ll give you an update later, once I’ve finished listening to this one.

 

And then there are a list of short Romance stories that I’ve been reading.  I’m not really going to add them to Goodreads, as I’ve already hit my goal of 100 books for the year. That, and the fact that they were REALLY short.  Some I just gave up on, but most are so short that I don’t feel the need to enter them… So, I’m just going to list them all here.  Before I do, I’m going to note that this is the order I read them in. It should also be noted that I’ve read these between 10/19 and today (the last in the list being the one I’m currently reading – as of 4AM this morning..

  1. A Quickie With My Best Friend’s Dad – Haley Brooks
  2. Seduced By 2 – Kat Crimson
  3. Romance Quickies: Encounter 1 – Monique DuBois
  4. Pleasure Extraordinare – Liv Bennet
  5. Thrill – Lucia Jordan
  6. Jet-Setting Escort – Moniue DuBois
  7. Seduced By The Alpha Wolf – Kaycee Kine
  8. Taken Rough by The Vampires – Sarah L.
  9. Winter’s Heat – Olivia Blake
  10. Bilionare: The Sheikh Seduces – Kate Harper
  11. Masquerade – By Victoria Vale

 

Update 1/28/17: I finished this one on 10/30.  It was awesome to listen to this one!!!  You’ll see that I continued with the series almost right away after finishing this one…

 

rock-chick-renegade

October 30th -> December 8th: Rock Chick Renegade: This is the story of Jules and Vance.  I fell in love with each of these characters. I’ll admit, I got the feels when Jules got shot at the end…  I won’t tell you why, how, or where…  Spoilers, darling….  😉 (sorry, if you don’t know, it’s a Dr. Who reference…)

 


November:

No books read in November. Move along… lol…  😉

 


December:

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December 8->27th: Rock Chick Revenge: This is the story of Ava and Luke. I love their characters and I couldn’t wait to get to know them better. I didn’t put a review on Goodreads, but this sentence pretty much sums everything up… “The clash of the Rock Chick and Hot Guy begins but Luke’s got the advantage. He has handcuffs and he’s not afraid to use them.”

It was a great year, knitting wise. I think I’m going to do well in 2017. Stay tuned!!!

-Silver-

All The Plum-y Goodness

Hello again everyone!  I’ve been wanting to read each book in this series as well!  It’s the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich!  The first was made into a movie, but the book was SOOO much better.  I cannot wait to get started on the remainder of the books as well.  I’m going to be reviewing the ones that came between the numbers as well, mostly because they ALSO include the character of Stephanie Plum.  Here they all are!

  1. One For The Money
  2. Two For The Dough
  3. Three To Get Deadly
  4. Four To Score
  5. High Five
  6. Hot Six
  7. Seven Up
  8. Hard Eight
  9. Visions of Sugar Plums (8.5)
  10. To The Nines
  11. Ten Big Ones
  12. Eleven On Top
  13. Twelve Sharp
  14. Plum Lovin (12.5)
  15. Lean Mean Thirteen
  16. Plum Lucky (13.5)
  17. Fearless Fourteen
  18. Plum Spooky (14.5)
  19. Finger Lickin’ Fifteen
  20. Sizzling Sixteen
  21. Smoking Seventeen
  22. Explosive Eighteen
  23. Notorious Nineteen
  24. Takedown Twenty
  25. Top Secret Twenty-One
  26. Tricky Twenty-Two
  27. Turbo Twenty-Three (November 2016)

 


Book 1: One For The Money

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Started this one again on 9/1.  I LOVE this story so far!  🙂

 

Update 1/28/17: WOW! I guess it’s been awhile since I updated this post, let alone reading more of the series. Let me see if I can remember what I thought about this book, as I finished back in September. We first learn about Stephanie Plum, and how she got started as a Bond agent. We also meet Morelli and learn about how much of a pig he was with her when they were younger. This is one of three of this series I still have in paperback, so I spent more time reading this one than I have on later books. After reading this, I remember watching the movie right afterwards…

I think I’ll include my review from Goodreads.  “For the number of times I’ve read this one in the past few years, I love it even more with each pass through! That’s a true test of how awesome the character of Stephanie Plum is! 🙂  ”

 


Book 2: Two For The Dough

I finished this one on September 14th. I honestly don’t remember much about this book, even though I know I’ve read it several times. This is the second book of three that I have in paperback. Umm..  Morelli’s cousin makes an appearance as her mark for this book. Hilarity ensues, as per their usual. The only review I put on Goodreads was a smiley face. So, good going past me…

 


Book 3: Three To Get Deadly

I finished this one on September 21st. Again, I honestly don’t remember much about what happened in this book, as this was finished so long ago. This, again, was a paperback book. The premise, is that Stephanie goes up against a guy that is highly revered in their community. Again, good going past me, with the same Goodreads review of ” :)”  LOL…

 


Book 4: Four To Score

This one took me a bit longer to finish, as I think I was starting to need a break from the Stephanie Plum character. Either that, or I got distracted by some pretty new book in my queue. I finished this on October 10th. This is the first that I’ve collected on my Kindle… I didn’t add much to my Goodreads review, once again. I think I’ll put the blurb that’s on Goodreads for each book, if I’ve done that… So, at least you can get the basics of the books…

Stephanie Plum, Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite pistol-packing, condom-carrying bounty hunter, is back – and on the trail of a revenge-seeking waitress who’s skipped bail. With the help of 73-year-old Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker Lula, a transvestite musician named Sally Sweet, and the all-too-hospitable, all-too-sexy Joe Morelli, Stephanie might just catch her woman. Then again, with more mishaps than there are exits on the Jersey Turnpike – including murders, firebombs, and Stephanie’s arch-rival bounty hunter chasing after the same fugitive – Stephanie better watch her back big-time if she wants to live to crack this case.”

 


Book 5: High Five

This one took me a bit to read, but I had also marked this as ‘read’ on October 10th. Nothing on my Goodreads review, so here’s the breakdown they gave…

“Her Uncle Fred has disappeared. A body turns up in a garbage bag. She’s got a nasty bookie following her around town. Grandma Mazur has her hands on the stun gun. Stephanie can’t keep a car for more than forty-eight hours. Two men are trying to get her into bed. She has nothing to wear to the Mafia wedding. And there’s an angry little man (don’t call him a dwarf!) who won’t leave her apartment.

Bail jumping in Trenton is down to small potatoes. Stephanie’s only open case is a small bond for a small violation, committed by a small person who raises Stephanie’s frustration level in big ways. So short of money and long on bills, Stephanie comes up with a plan-–diversify! Signing on as an intern with entrepreneurial Super Bounty Hunter Ranger, Stephanie ventures into Ranger’s mostly morally correct and marginally legal operations.

None of this makes vice cop Joe Morelli a happy man. The cop in him can’t help but wonder as to the source of Stephanie’s expensive new cars. And the rest of him, the man who’s been friend and lover to Stephanie, can’t help but wonder if there’s more to the partnership than meets the eye.

The internship is downgraded to second priority when Uncle Fred goes missing. Even though Grandma Mazur is sure he was abducted by aliens, Stephanie sets out to look for Fred. He’s a perfectly average senior citizen, and he’s disappeared without a trace while running errands. He’s left his ten-year-old Pontiac station wagon locked up nice and neat in the Grand Union parking lot, the cleaning is carefully arranged on the back seat, and his wife is at home, waiting for him to return with the bread and the milk and the olive loaf bologna. Locked in the top drawer of his desk are photos of a body, dismembered and stuffed into a garbage bag. And locked away in the computer files of a another average citizen are the clues that will lead Stephanie to Fred. ”

 


Book 6: Hot Six

This one was marked as ‘read’ on October 19th. No review, yet again…

Low-rent bounty hunter Stephanie Plum reaches depths of personal experience that other women detectives never quite do. In Hot Six, for example, a sequence of new and hideous cars bite the dust; she finds herself lumbered with a policeman’s multiply incontinent dog; and she has several bad skin days. All this when she is trying to prove her distinctly more competent colleague and occasional boyfriend Ranger innocent of a mob hit; avoid the heavies trailing her in the hope of finding him; and cope with a wife-abusing bail defaulter with nasty habits, such as setting Stephanie on fire.”

 


Book 7: Seven Up

I’m still currently “reading” this one, but I think I’ve been taking a bit of a break. I started this on October 19th, and I think I only read a chapter before I let myself get carried away by other books… I’ll update you once I finish the book! 🙂

 


Book 8: Hard Eight


Book 9: Visions of Sugar Plums (8.5)


Book 10: To The Nines


Book 11: Ten Big Ones


Book 12: Eleven On Top


Book 13: Twelve Sharp


Book 14: Plum Lovin (12.5)


Book 15: Lean Mean Thirteen


Book 16: Plum Lucky (13.5)


Book 17: Fearless Fourteen


Book 18: Plum Spooky (14.5)


Book 19: Finger Lickin’ Fifteen


Book 20: Sizzling Sixteen


Book 21: Smoking Seventeen


Book 22: Explosive Eighteen


Book 23: Notorious Nineteen


Book 24: Takedown Twenty


Book 25: Top Secret Twenty-One


Book 26: Tricky Twenty-Two


Book 27: Turbo Twenty-Three

 

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Wow!  That’s a lot of books.  Something tells me that Ms. Evanovich isn’t quite done with Stephanie yet.  Even with the one not being released until November, I predict she has a few more planned.  We’ll see.  In the meantime, I’m out!  Cheers!  -Silver-

2016 Knitting In Review

Hello everyone! Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season! I wanted to break down my knitting year in review for everyone. It’s been a busy year…

Total Projects: 53

Total Yardage: 23,703 Yards

And Here are the FOs:
KitKat Hat #1       90 yards
Cora (L) Lives Upstairs   dsc09143   424 yards
T’s Washcloth       95 yards
T’s Heart’s In New England   dsc09139  1,618 yards
A Fiery New England   dsc09134   1,680 yards
Hitching A Ride On the Grey Train  dsc09113   383 yards
Mermaid Tail in A Half-Shell dsc09115  2,448 yards
Sookie’s Squash Blossoms   dsc09066  424 yards
Judy’s Wrapped Up In Purple  dsc09051   270 yards
Pink Weave ❤    dsc09029   1,086 yards
I’ll Get You My Pretty!  dsc09013    280 yards
Everyone LOVES A KitKat!   dsc09006   110 yards
Tait This Purple Grand?   dsc08924   300 yards
My Kelley    dsc08999    424 yards
Franken-Peach Shawl   dsc08948  464 yards
Progressive Progression Shawl   dsc08910  778 yards
Chocobo-Coffee Addict  dsc08787  371 yards
Hollow By The Sea  dsc08773   600 yards
Crazy Is As Crazy Does    dsc08709 560 yards
All Dolled Up In Teal  dsc08707  1,716 yards
Socks For Marc N’  dsc08697    332 yards
Steam Run Amok!   dsc08690   350 yards
Weighing Drunken Watermelons dsc08683   560 yards
Milo #2   sandy-wanted-to-walk-away-with-it    300 yards
2 Washcloths For Mary  dsc08520   120 yards
Green Steam   dsc08674   225 yards
Redemption Mother’s Day KALdsc08659  630 yards
Blanket For Mary  dsc08505    400 yards
Mad As A Progressive Hare  dsc08656  560 yards
Salan Loves All The Patterning  dsc08632   383 yards
Carrie Loves The Blues   dsc08628  310 yards
Milo #1     sandy-wanted-to-walk-away-with-it   185 yards
Lia Loves The Rainbow  dsc08572    300 yards
My BFF ❤   dsc08555    560 yards
Singing, 22.5 Times  dsc08527    498 yards
My Magrathea    dsc08501   657 yards
Girl of the 80’s Socks  dsc08497    349 yards
Thoughtful Silver Ringing   dsc08494  645 yards
Doctor Bella  dsc08479     500 yards
The Doctor Is In  dsc08473   560 yards
My “Rainbow Hitchiker” dsc08471  495 yards
Hermoine <3’s Ron  dsc08378 345 Yards
Jaime’s Antler – 200 Yards
Washcloth Palooza – 110 yards
Lil’ Baby Hats  2. 90 Yards Each.
Baby Booties – 2 pairs.  90 Yards Each.
My First Baby Sweater – 278.3 Yards
Fractally Perfect In Every Way – 492 Yards
Watermelon Socks – 345 Yards
Simply Cascasdes Off The Needles – 498 Yards
As You Wish – 650 yards
Hitchin’ A Ride – 498 Yards
Sookie!

"Sookie!" on my Rav Page, as it's out of Friday Studios' "Vampire Bill" colorway.

“Sookie!” on my Rav Page, as it’s out of Friday Studios’ “Vampire Bill” colorway.

464 yards

 

Sorry that there are so many that I don’t have pictures of. The Last batch that you see were mostly finished before I started documenting everything for Stash Dash and for my podcast. I have since given a few away, so….

 

Anyway, I hope to be better about this in 2017!

-SIlver-

Our Girl’s Weekend

Hello everyone! Even if you haven’t been listening to my knitting podcast, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been away for a bit. I promise. I’m okay. Just been busy. With What, You ask? Well, my mother, sister, and I recently flew down to Florida for a “girl’s weekend” with my aunt, my cousins, my grandparents, and various extended family members. We had SOOO much fun!! I’ll try and re-collect a bit of what happened. It’s been almost a month since we got back. So is life…

Here’s a note.  All names given are nicknames. I’m not awesome enough to have cousins named Rory and Lorelei, or a grandfather named Bob. Silver-Sis is also a pseudonym.  She is blessed with an awesome name too, but this is the internet, and I have to protect all of their identities.  You know how that goes… lol

 

So, Away we go!!!!


Sunday the 13th:
Flight #1 Day.
Was up at the “bum-f O’clock” (4AM) for a 7:30 flight out of Bradley International Airport.

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Early Morning Flight

I think my mom was the only one REALLY awake when we left the house. Which is good, as she was the one driving. But somehow, Silver-Sis and I ended up staying awake to help navigate, etc.

I have to admit, I was kinda nervous about flying. Mostly because I haven’t flown in almost 15 years. Let’s just put it this way, 9-11 was many years away, and I was still in High School… So, yeah. That totally dates me, and I couldn’t care less… lol

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To say I was nervous… I wasn’t nervous about the flight, but more of the security line. I didn’t know what to expect, so I was kinda stressed during the days leading up to it… I got lucky, and my mom was able to get us TSA Pre-Check, which helped us have less of a search and made things easier on  my nerves. I just wish I had known about that beforehand.

 

I would have kept the knitting needles with me and had something like a pacifier for me during the flight. It was a bit bumpy, but the pilot kept chiming in with regards to what was happening. Honestly, he was VERY personable, and the flight crew made sure that all new fliers were given special attention.  As we deplaned, we were even able to listen to a Flight Attendant talk about her reasons for going into her Career.

We used Jet Blue, and they had these awesome screens in the back of the seats. I was able to find a  live map option so I could watch our in-flight progress.  Never mind the three movies that they were playing on other stations. I wanted to watch the map. more-matching I guess I was a bit more nervous than I let on at that point. It was pretty entertaining the way I kept checking the screen and then out the window. matching Like I was trying to get both to match up or something, huh?  lol…

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Look, I even found a Rainbow in the clouds!

 

Once we landed and before we went to get our luggage, we decided to stop and take a “Ice Cream Tease” photo to send.  ice-cream-tease-selfie

My Aunt and my cousin (Nicknamed Rory) becca-driving picked us up. I have to say, it’s hard to believe that both my youngest cousins (Rory and her younger sister, Lorelei) are old enough to drive… But that’s just me, feeling old. They both are awesome drivers, but I have to say I DO appreciate them driving us places!  back-seat-squish

Anyway, after they picked us up, they dropped us at the hotel so we could check in and rest a bit before my Aunt’s birthday party later that night. We found out where the free coffee was, and it was all over for me!  LOL…  I think I drank 3xs as much coffee as I normally do each day we were there…

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I made myself at home, first thing…

 

Silver-Sis was the only one that napped. I actually knit through half-way through the heel on the first sock I had been working on for a client, and my mom decided to catch up on e-mails/FB, etc. message_1479061871685

Close to party time, my Grandfather (we’ll call him Bob from here-on-out) came to pick us up. We took a few selfies while we waited to meet up with him.  here are a few that I like. pa-selfie2 pa-selfie

The party let-there-be-cake was pretty awesome! I got to meet several cousins, aunts, and great aunts I had never met but on FB. Here, let me show you everyone that was there.

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Lorelei, it turns out, is AWESOME at group selfies!

We all had a great time!

 

I was able to give the shawls I had been making for my Aunt and cousins (Rory and her younger sister Lorelei). I’ve found that they are VERY knit worthy. They definitely seemed to appreciate them, even if they can only wear them at night as the weather is still “only a bit nippy.”  shawls

 

Monday the 14th: More Family Time!

Monday we got a chance to sleep in a bit and have a leisurely breakfast. Then we went back to the room for a bit and got ready for lunch with my dad’s parents. Well, first we hung about. Silver-Sis took a quick nap, Mom read a bit of her book on Light Pollution, and I finished the second part of the heel I started the day before. img_20161114_100523

When my grandparents arrived, we took a bunch of pictures together. grandparents-shot girls-looking-good all-girls-looking-good2 all-girls-looking-good

Then we walked to the Panera next to the hotel, and had a great lunch. I finally found out where I got my slight sensitivity to Gluten, and got some tips that my Grandmother has learned over the years. Heck, I finally revealed to my mom what I had recently learned for myself…

After lunch, we went back to the hotel and they played Gulf 20161114_140255 gulf-playerswhile I knit on the sock some more. At this point, I was starting to feel like a punk for working on the sock instead of playing games with my grandparents… However, my grandmother and I finally had a conversation about the differences in our knitting styles.  I think I finally understand why she’s always so fascinated in watching me as I knit. I always took what she taught me, became lazy and taught myself some hybrid of Continental and English knitting.  But this combo is mixed in with my over-crazy need to tension the yarn so that I’m in control of each stitch. What this means, is that I’ve become a REAL tight knitter, and my grandmother has been trying to figure out how my stitches are that tight.  I LOVE learning things!

After my grandparents headed back home, we got ready for a night out on the town with Bob, Mom, Silver-Sis, my aunt, and Lorelei at Manny’s Steak House20161114_201210 i-dont-think-we-can-all-fit-in-this-cab-guys We had SOOO much fun, and ate too much food.  In fact, on the way back to the hotel from the restaurant, I was thinking “Why did you let me eat so much?”

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Only Two of us got carded. Guess who didn’t? Yup. The one underage… lol. But that’s a soda, don’t worry…

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Tuesday the 15th: Epcot Day!

Tuesday, I spent with Bob, Mom, Silver-Sis, my aunt, Rory and Lorelei in Epcot.  Before we left, I had a POWERFUL breakfast of bacon and lots of coffee message_1479214963399. For our Epcot journeys, I’m just going to show off some pictures with some captions. Pictures speak louder than words, in my opinion. We pretty much hit everything.  Spent a lot of time eating and drinking our way around the World Showcase.  Started in Mexico for lunch and went Clockwise.  Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed taking them!  Then, there was good times as we watched the fireworks!  They Were AMAZEBALLS, as always!!!!   10632805_10211172227006270_4137753112698475254_n 15135939_10211172258287052_2168362607764957312_n 15134657_10211172225526233_5326001639295313086_n 15122916_10211172219126073_7175211053889488_o 15094947_10211172254686962_6619313073092472725_n 15078800_10211172256046996_4830061419115763074_n 15073574_10211172254646961_5973156585171705858_n 15073559_10211172215405980_5818161946609081513_n 15056466_10211172166364754_5251954019391441008_n 15037138_10211172206325753_8260032259208996540_n 15036688_10211172219566084_6774089109077596341_n 15036626_10211172257287027_7964876953454935457_n 15036566_10211172215845991_2475279575588481737_n 15027918_10211172168524808_3902922715441752330_n 15025279_10211172202685662_3425088595586493688_o 20161115_210216 20161115_210549 20161115_210551 20161115_210929 20161115_211057 20161115_211050 and-he-saw-someone-dropped-a-diaper as-close-to-the-real-england-as-we-can-get before-eating challenge-to-pa disneys-version-of-a-snowman ducks emmy-the-duck-whisperer emmy-really-is-good-at-the-group-selfie english-selfie english-tea epcot-arch epcot-entrance epcot-girls finally-found-them fountain-shot fun-in-the-land getting-ready had-to-get-japanese-tea hams hunting-for-pasteries-selfie lagoon-while-theyre-setting-up japan italia lets-indulge mom-me-on-spaceship-earth mexico-dining pastery-hunt reminded-pa-of-gram rose-and-crown showcase-selfie showcase-panarama spaceship-earth-and-girls taking-a-break touching-buddah2 touching-buddah theyre-starting-firework-prep-selfie the-girls-getting-our-drink-on the-gardens tried-to-look-cool-but us-straglers we-in-japan-yall wierd-swedish-warriors woah-moon

 

After Epcot, we went out to eat at The Waffle House.  I actually drank more OJ than I ate, but that’s okay.  We still had fun! 🙂

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Wednesday the 16th: Flight #2 Day.

This was another early day. on-way-to-airport The 2nd flight was smoother, and seemed to go by quicker.  I got held up at security.  The lady that we had patted down my ankle quite a bit, like they suspected something…. I think that my ankle had been swollen by the day of walking in Epcot…  But who knows what it really was. I’ll admit, I was pretty confused… lol…

However, the flight crew and pilot weren’t as personable and attentative. I supposed we were spoiled the first time around.  LOL…

We stopped in the Dunkin Donuts for a last round of coffee, as Silver-Sis had to go to work later on in the afternoon.  Then we went to Roncari Valet Parking, where we had stashed the car on Sunday.  The ride home was all a blur, as I was pretty jazzed to get home and tell Emptyeye and Mario about my adventures. I’ll admit it.  I’m a homebody, who was anxious to get home.

 

I can’t believe how much fun I had. It was SUCH a whirlwind of a trip, but we made a lot of memories this trip out.  Emptyeye things we need to go to Disney soon-ish, so that’s something.  Right?

Well, until next time!

-Silver-