Wrap Up: January and February 2018

I’m doubling up this time around because I completely forgot to put up January’s monthly wrap-up. Not that much happened in January. I mostly took pictures of food and books, or, well, you know, busy doing nothing much?

Books Read

Well, a double feature of monthly wrap-ups makes it look like I did a ton of reading at least…

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier || Speak Easy by Catherynne M. Valente || Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood || Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente || Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper || Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza || She Captains by Joan Druett

Currently Reading

Tamora Pierce did a signing last month for Tempests and Slaughter! I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long time, and I’ve totally pushed back on all my other books to read this. Yeeep.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch || Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce || Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce || Ghost Slayer by Majanka Verstraete || Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl || The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

Writing

So I’m sitting and listening to music on my way home, and something came to me. I might actually write it down.

Movies

The Academy Awards are tonight, actually, so it’s only appropriate that I highlight my Oscar-movie bingeing for the past two months! I’m only sad that I didn’t get through all the movies on the list, but for the most part, I got through all of the Best Picture nominations at least (well, the last one I’ll be watching last minute).

Mudbound || The Breadwinner || The Big Sick || The Shape of Water || Boss Baby || The Post || I, Tonya || Molly’s Game

I absolutely loved The Shape of Water so much that I might actually buy myself a copy to keep (and I haven’t done that in a while). I, Tonya and Molly’s Game are longshots, but I really liked how they scripted the dialogue in Molly’s Game and I thought Margot Robbie and Allison Janney was fabulous in I, TonyaThe Breadwinner was really good, but it’s honestly Pixar’s category to lose as usual.

Dunkirk || Coco || Get Out || Darkest Hour || The Phantom Thread || Lady Bird || Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri || Victoria and Abdul

I’m normally a period piece kind of gal, but even Victoria and Abdul bored the shmat out of me. I didn’t like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and honestly I hope Get Out wins for screenplay in that vein, because it was definitely well-written. I’m respecting Dunkirk for cinematography, but I honestly couldn’t tell you what the movie was about; I’ve totally forgotten already.

Television

I pretty much binged my shows, though most of my focus has been on movies.

Supergirl, Season 1 – After my general misgivings about how good Supergirl was going to be, I’ve gotten hooked since. Once past a certain number of episodes, it definitely got tons better. Also, I CALLED IT ON THE MARTIAN.

The Royal House of Windsor – This was something I watched after I ran out of The Crown episodes. Again. It wasn’t bad, I suppose, but definitely NOT The Crown.

Video Games

Injustice 2 – I don’t normally play fighting games, but for the Injustice franchise and its superb CG animations, I’m game for anything. This was a fabulous continuation of Injustice, and if there’s a third, I’m looking forward to that, too!

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider – I honestly consider this a spinoff of Dishonored 2, and while it was shorter as far as gameplay, it still packed a wallop. The story was straightforward and contained much less conspiracy, but if this was how Arkane Studios wanted to completely tie up the Dishonored series, it’s definitely a strong finisher.

Fooding

I ate and baked a lot of things, okay? What more do you want from me?!

Florentines || Chicken Gyro || Artichoke and spinach mac n’ cheese || Medovik || Chocolate covered frozen fruits || Chocolate mousse || Banana nutella crepe || Waffle fries

The end of March is going to be interesting, because, um, I’m headed off to a far away place (aka PARIS YAY!), so we’ll see how I’ll fare as far as updates go.

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Wrap Up: December 2017

You know, holidays aren’t really holidays for me. I feel like I get really unproductive when I get super busy on the holidays. But hey, at least there are pictures! Lots and lots of pictures. And it was fun, if not too relaxing…

Books Read

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler || The Richest Woman in America: The Life and Times of Hetty Green by Janet Wallach || The Immortal Nicholas by Glenn Beck

Currently Reading

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch || The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling || Ghost Slayer by Majanka Verstraete || Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Writing

Well. So a couple of authors and I are actually going to be promoting our stories at a bookstore in Massachusetts. This’ll be happening late January, which is pretty cool. Which reminds me…I probably need to send info down to the bookstore…

Movies and TV

Lots of period dramas in December! I think once I started bingeing the second season of The Crown, I just wanted to watch even more stuff on the British royalty. So that happened.

Also, The Last Jedi rocked. And now I want a porg, a BB-8, and a Skywalker. Either twin will do.

The Young Victoria || Star Wars: The Last Jedi || Ghostbusters || 8 Mile || The Office || The Crown, Season 2 || The White Princess || Zumbo’s Just Desserts

Video Games

Horizon Zero Dawn – So I started playing this and didn’t get very far, mostly because I got the Nintendo Switch for Christmas. So…

Super Mario Odyssey – This game happened. And ohhhh boy. It’s very addicting, and I actually love it lots. I managed to finish it the week after Christmas. And even then I’m still trying to collect the rest of the moons.

Overcooked – This game requires a shitton of teamwork. But it does get addicting when you have three other people playing with you, and you just want to keep acing all the levels. We must have played a good three or four hours before we realized we needed to stop and do other things.

Mario Kart Racing – The breaker of friendships and the spiking of high blood pressure. And yet it’s still a family favorite.

Fooding

I actually didn’t do much cooking/baking in December. I mean, there were the standard baking goodies and the toffee, but that wasn’t too much to handle. Oh, and I suppose I also made apple cookies, but those were part of an order, which seems to be a hit, because I’ve got another batch to make this week. To be honest, I did more drink-mixing over the month than anything else!

Turon || White wine sangria || Raisin bread || Bioshock “Plasmid” cocktail || Brenner burger || Peppermint bark || Mojito || Churro waffle

I do have plans for book-inspired baking, but it’ll be a while yet! I cannot wait for the summer, really.

I hope you guys had a great holiday too!

Wrap Up: November 2017

We’re almost halfway through December but this wrap-up still totally counts, right?

I’m making it count.

You’d think it being November that the main reason I disappeared was because I participated in NaNoWriMo. While that was the case, frankly, I didn’t even finish that. Too much baking had to get done over the month, and clearly there was also the matter of report cards to deal with. Sigh. Is it July yet?

This will be a pretty short wrap-up, looks like.

Books Read

Been on a rut lately, and I’ve yet to get out of it. I am reading something that might possibly get me out, though finding the time to read is another matter entirely.

Asylum by Madeleine Roux || Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey || Superman: The High-Flying History of the Man of Steel by Larry Tye

Currently Reading

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling || The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden || Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza || Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Writing

No. Go away.

Movies and TV

I’ve done a TV binge for the most part. Mostly of baking and sweets stuff. Don’t think I’ll continue on with Zumbo’s Just Desserts though. It’s a little over the top and my mouth aches from all the overly-sweet pastries I’m staring at. Finished the second season of Stranger Things, and omgaaaaah. So. GOOD.

Also watched a lovely French film called Peau d’Ane (1970). I totally recommend it. And you can actually listen to a podcast review of the movie in Meg and my Fableulous Retellings blog.

Titan A.E. || The Prince of Egypt || Peau d’Ane || Monty Python and the Holy Grail || iZombie season 3 || Stranger Things season 2 || Zumbo’s Just Desserts season 1 || The Great British Baking Show season 3

Video Games

The Wolf Among Us – Because for research purposes. Um. No, really, though, I played this for the Fableulous Retellings Podcast, and no regrets!

Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze – Totally found this gem on my Android and already finished the first two episodes. When’s the next one being released?! Seriously, love everything Miss Fisher. So long as the series also has a Jack Robinson. And a Dot. And a Mac. Yep.

I’ve also been playing random apps on my phone, but I won’t go crazy describing which. Suffice to say I tend to get sidetracked a lot…

Fooding

As I said, a lot of baking happened. I baked for my school voldies, I baked for two sets of Thanksgiving dinners, I baked for school staff. I also ate random foods and cooked random foods. Too much, I tell ya. Too much.

Sliced fruits over a sugar cookie || Cheese ravioli with homemade marinara sauce || Lychee mochi and lychee-infused gelatin || Apple cupcakes || Apple scones || Assorted Japanese cookies || Mashed potatoes || Pecan pie

I really need to get back to book-inspired baking at some point.

Okay, now I’m hungry. Running off!