Wrap-Up: February 2017

february2017-monthlyFirst off: Happy Dr. Seuss Day!

Teaching the bigger voldies has given me quite the perspective on time management. Where “time management” equates to “no time at all” for the most part. Seriously, how do fellow teachers deal all the time?! I swear I’ve only managed to rack in a couple hours of video game this weekend, and then it was back to grading, lesson planning, and browsing other math and science resources. Not to mention the fact that I’m also trying to keep regular schedule with reading and blogging…

Sigh. At best, it’s going to be an interesting next few months. At worst, I’ll not have done any writing or editing at all.

But it’s not all fatigue and sadness! Lots of good stuff this month, too!

Books Read

I was in a bit of a slump over the month, to a point where I’ve even gotten bored with audiobooks to a point where I just DNF it after the first few chapters. Hopefully I’ll find a balance of being able to read AND get other work done in the coming weeks.

Avatar: The Last Airbender, Smoke and Shadow, Vols. 1-3 by Gene Luen Yang || An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir || Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure by Bill Willingham || Gilded Cage by Vic James

Currently Reading

Let’s be honest here. I’ve probably pushed all books back in light of Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light being out. Sorry not sorry.

Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Duncan || Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson || Truthwitch by Susan Dennard || A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab


Unless I’m counting blog posts and lesson plans, writing has pretty much been nonexistent. Not a good thing, but I don’t think that’s going to change until I’ve got a decent system in place to get through my regular workdays without being utterly drained of any motivation whatsoever, lol.


February is always my busiest month for movies, and for good reason! Now that the Oscars are over, I can finally take it easy with watching the other movies I wanted to get to this year. That said, there were some very good movies on the list that I watched this month. And, uh, I totally watched more than 8 movies, I just didn’t have room to add the rest…


Moana || Hacksaw Ridge || Lion || Kubo and the Two Strings || Florence Foster Jenkins || Fences || Jackie || Hell or High Water || Nocturnal Animals (not pictured) || The Red Turtle (not pictured) || Captain Fantastic (not pictured)


The Magicians, Season 1 – Honestly, this had something going for it, up until the characters kept doing stupid things, and I was just so over it.

Arrow, Season 3 – Yeah, still on this season, but I’m getting to the point where I had stopped a long way back!

Flash, Season 1 – Ditto.

Outlander, Season 2 – So I subscribed to a free week of Starz, which meant I totally binged a majority of the second Outlander season. I may have to resort to other streaming services to get to the rest of the episodes, though…

The Great British Bake Off, Season 3 – NETFLIX FINALLY HAS MORE SEASONS UP. Naturally, I just had to watch it.

Video Games

Dishonored 2 – Took me much longer to finish a stealthy, non-lethal run with Corvo, but that’s mostly because I haven’t been binge-playing video games in a while. I plan to do a couple more runs on this game, but I might wait another time.

Batman: Arkham Knight – A ways back, I totally rage-quit this game and stopped playing it for a while because the effing Batmobile Riddler challenges DROVE ME NUTS. I just went back into the swing of things, though. Might as well try to finish the game…before I contemplate heading back to Dragon Age

Fooding and Drinking

Last month there was a severe lack of food and drink pictures gracing my blog. This month, I needed to separate food AND drink apart, because there was a lot of both happening due to Valentine’s Day and it being my mother’s birthday among other things.


Thin Mint Oreo and Kit Kat Brownies || Tutti Frutti Waffles || Apple Pirozhki || Pineapple BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza || Tiramisu || Waffle Fries || Marinated Prime Rib BBQ || Harvey Wallbanger Cake

I’d also visited The Way Station, which was the dorkiest bar I’d ever seen. And this is a good thing! I ended up ordering a few Doctor Who-inspired drinks, and they were LOVELY.


Galliano || 4th Doctor || 10th Doctor || River’s Red Mark || Barefoot Moscato || Mocha Madness || Moroccan Mint Tea || Vodka (for baking!)


Valentine’s Day was a pretty good day, considering. My bestie and I ended up just reserving a table at Max Brenners and fed on food and chocolate for the rest of the day. Soooo delicious.

I did do another Food and Fandom post, which means I’m good for the month. But now the cycle begins again and I probably need to start thinking about another F&F project to do in order to stay on top of my own Reading Challenge…

Nerdy News

I honestly don’t know why I insist on following up on the Mass Effect hype, because every single time I see an article, like character profiles (YES FEMALE TURIAN COMPANION RAAAAAAH), voice actor announcements (Margery Tyrell joins The Tempest crew as an asari, WHAAAT), and the fact that you can still actually decide which Commander Shepard is YOUR Shepard in ME: Andromeda (FemShep all the way!) only gets me overexcited about this game. And it’s not like I’m even planning to get it in March! I’m going to have to wait much longer than that, otherwise NO work is getting done…

On another space-related note: I am so eagerly awaiting for our First Contact with turians. NASA, make this happen. You’ve found the planets, so find the aliens. Just don’t try to wage war, please. XD


You know what, I’d actually be interested in the Ford, Bernard, and Maeve Westworld Funkos. I wouldn’t mind if they suddenly came up with a Hector Funko. Rodrigo Santoro is a beautiful man.

Hayao Miyazaki getting bored of retirement and coming back to make more movies is really not surprising. He’s pretty much a workaholic, which is a good thing, because YAY MORE MIYAZAKI MOVIES!

My first reaction to there being a possible A Darker Shade of Magic movie was practically, “OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG EEEEEEEEEEEEE.” My second one is, quite naturally, “OH GOD PLEASE DON’T EFF THIS UP I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH.” So yeah. Excited and REALLY hoping for the best. And super happy for Schwab, who must be super-stoked about this news.


February Wrap-Up


My reading completely slowed down and went into a standstill this month. I had planned on so many reads, and kind of got in a rut after Fangirl. For good reason. The book was awesome. That said, I also started on a writing spree near the end of the month, so February was a little busy.


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (5 cookies)
The Imitation Game by Jim Ottaviani (3 cookies)
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (3.5 cookies)


Abomination by Gary Whitta
Dangerous Women by G.R.R. Martin
Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder


I started a 365-a-day challenge with creative writing prompts from Think Written and so far, I’m on Day #10! It’s been an interesting ride, considering I mostly do little drabbles, some of which involve my steampunk story and others are just me having a bit of writing fun (including a set of limericks about penguins). This might actually be beneficial for me, and I’ll see how long I last before I start banging my head against a wall, haha.

2/19/16 – “Vessel” – Amber and Tourmalines steampunk excerpt (Eirika versus the silkway)
2/20/16 – “Dancing” – Amber and Tourmalines steampunk excerpt (Eirika versus dancing)
2/21/16 – “Food” – Amber and Tourmalines steampunk excerpt (Nemi and the Onion)
2/22/16 – “Eye Contact” – Amber and Tourmalines steampunk excerpt (a smuggler meets Eirika)
2/23/16 – “Rocket-ship” – Mass Effect fanfiction (Shakarian because it’s just…just)
2/24/16 – “Dream” – Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfiction (Zutara because this pairing is everything)
2/25/16 – “Animal” – Limericks of penguins
2/26/16 – “Friendship” – Amber and Tourmalines excerpt (Eirika versus friendship)
2/27/16 – “Dragons” – How a girl falls in love with a good dragon and gives birth to a bad one


“Sketch” – (Excerpt 1) – I swear I’m almost done with this story. I just have issue with how I want things to end without turning this into a novella.

Amber and Tourmalines – I’m on-again-and-off again working on this. I WILL GET DONE THIS YEAR I WILL. I WILL.


The Hateful Eight – Very reminiscent of his older work, Reservoir Dogs. Lots of different lines that made me laugh, though.

Joy – Crazy family life, but good for Joy. Good for her!

Spotlight – Who knew a little bit of investigative journalism could be filmed so intensely? I loved this movie, even though it did get me pretty disturbed.

Room – Just give Brie all the Oscars. GIVE IT ALL TO BRIE.

Creed – I’m not a boxing person, and a boxing movie isn’t something I’m into either. So this movie was kind of lost on me.

The Danish Girl – Vikander was pretty awesome, as was Redmayne. But I kind of expected Redmayne to be stellar anyway.

Revenant – I want to see DiCaprio win as much as the next person, but I got so bored with this movie. I fell asleep in the middle of it, and DiCaprio has done so much better.

Mad Max: Fury Road – Talk about girl power. This movie has many classes of female kicking ass: pregnant, old, and crippled. Definitely action-packed and shit.

The Martian – Probably my favorite of the bunch of Oscar-related movies I’ve watched these past two months. Damon was hilarious and I cannot wait to read the book.


Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – I watched the first few episodes and was a bit indifferent about the show. I did re-watch it with fresher eyes and I am super-loving it right now. I mean, really, what’s not to love in a sexually liberated ’20s private detective with several hot men in line to capture her heart?

Jessica Jones – JEEEEESSSICAAAAAA. Fabulous end to the season. Cannot wait for more.


Mass Effect 2 – I’m a little upset that a situation in Mass Effect 3 didn’t turn out as planned. So naturally, I started ME2 all over again. I know. I am a complete nerd.

Dragon Age: Inquisition – Also started playing this now that I’ve gone back home. I WILL HAVE YOU, DREAD WOLF.


Green Tea Mini Cheesecake – My mother’s birthday came with it an occasion to bake goodies!


Yay science! – We’re getting closer and closer to the First Contact War with the Turians. Make this happen soon, plsthx XD

Assassin’s Creed takes a step back – I have yet to play Syndicate, but I am liking that they’re going to wait a little longer to produce a new AC game. I wasn’t interested in Unity, and everything after Ezio’s trilogy was a little annoying for me, so yeah.

“Eighth” Harry Potter Book whooooo – The level of excitement is real, guys. It’s SO REAL.

Sherlock Season 4 in Wales – Anyone live nearby and want to fangirl? Anyone? ANYONE?!

RIP Harper Lee – 😦

So yeah, light on the reading, but still lots to do!