31 Days of Smallish Blogging

July Blogging Challenge: Day 5

Day 5 – 5 senses check in

I see . . .

my nightstand, which is surprisingly clear of junk, although my lamp is a bit dusty. On it is my bottle of medication, so that I remember to take them in the morning, along with a bottle of Doterra Breathe oil from when I was sick last week.

I hear . . .

Lots of crickets outside. I also hear the occasional creaking of my daughter’s bed across the hall. Some traffic sounds carry from the nearby highway, but they are very distant and barely noticeable.

I smell . . .

The remnants of the candle I had burning downstairs, the smoke from the wick that I just blew out.

I taste . . .

Cinnamon flavored toothpaste.

I feel . . .

The soft sheets and blankets of my bed underneath me. The hard plastic of my phone’s case in my hand as I type this into the WordPress app.

Sometimes it is a good thing to just break everything down into five senses. It’s a pretty good meditation exercise, really makes you focus and center yourself. Give it a try sometime!

31 Days of Smallish Blogging · Books I've Read

July Blogging Challenge: Day 2

~ A Favorite Childhood Book ~

As soon as I saw the topic for today, I knew exactly the book I wanted to talk about. This is a book I had completely forgotten about until a few days ago when I saw this tweet from Tor.com:

tor tweet

You can read their article here.

As soon as I saw that, I was immediately thrown back in time. The book is The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs. The story is about a young boy named Lewis who is bullied because of being a fat, weird kid. He goes to live with his uncle, who turns out to be a wizard, and then finds out that the next-door neighbor is also a witch. I remember my favorite character being Rose Rita, a feisty tomboy who was Lewis’s best friend and not willing to put up with any foolishness.

It’s been a really long time since I’ve read this book, but I remember being obsessed with it during my middle school years. It was spooky, but also very funny and heart warming. This book is also the beginning of a series, although the only other one I read was the second book, A Figure in the Shadows. I wish I could remember more details about the story. I do remember one other character that made me laugh, because he liked to swear a lot, but kept trying to not swear in front of the children. Finally at one point, he just gives up.

Come to think of it, I should probably track these down and re-read them, and maybe finish the series. They were a lot of fun!


Clean Up

Doing a bit of tidying up on my blog today. I got my list of book reviews updated, as well as my 2013 reading challenge list. Let’s just say that I’m kicking butt this year. My goal was to read 70 books, and I’m already up to 65. Can I read five books in three and a half months? Um, have you been reading my blog?

I feel really good about that, so now I just need to work on some of the other reading goals I had for this year. Mostly this falls under completing series that I haven’t finished, which is a fairly hefty list. I’ll get there eventually, but there’s so many other shiny new books sitting on my desk!

Mostly today, I wanted to ask a few questions to my fellow book bloggers out there. I tend to get overly analytical about things (I’m sure you haven’t noticed) and I’m trying to figure out some ways to make blogging a bit easier. My schedule gets crazy, especially now that school has started, my writer’s group is getting more organized, and I’m singing with the Symphony again. Oh yeah, and I also have a family and a full time job. Why do I do this to myself?

Anyway, so here are the questions. They are pretty simple, so if you could take just a second and leave an answer or two, it would be muchly appreciated.

1. How often to you post to your blog? Daily, weekly, or whenever you feel like it?

2. What time of day do you usually post? I ask this because I am very weirdly tuned in to posting in the morning, and if I miss doing so in the morning, I don’t post at all. Yes, I know this sounds silly.

3. What sort of topics do you cover? I know many of us participate in weekly memes, like Top Ten Tuesday and WWW Wednesday, and most of us do book reviews as well, but what else do you like to talk about? Or do you just stick to those things alone?

4. How many other blogs do you follow on a regular basis? I try to keep up with the people who comment on my blog, but it’s hard. I end up following them, but then not making it back to read their stuff, unless it’s a meme post. That’s something I want to try and do better at.

Thank you so much for listening to me ramble. I really appreciate everyone who comes to visit my little corner of the Internet. 🙂