Month in Review: June 2016

June went by in a blur of baseball, flying to Baltimore, and cramming at work. I’ll explain more below.

– I finished 11 books this month (4 audio, 5 paper, 2 Kindle), including 2 re-listens.
– I didn’t read Colleen Hoover yet for my new author challenge.
– My YA Book Club read The Unexpected Everything and had varying opinions and a fun meeting.
– My Family Book Club read Everything, Everything, and we had a very spirited discussion.
– My favorite book this month was Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld.

– I bought the URL for my second blog, but I haven’t launch it yet because I’m having some issues with the blog design. I’m hoping to get it going sometime this month. Stand by. šŸ™‚

– Here’s my big news! Yesterday was my last day working at Ashley Furniture on their IT Retail team. Next Wednesday I start a new job (also in IT) with Trusted Media Brands (a.k.a. Reader’s Digest) in downtown Milwaukee. I’m excited to work downtown again, to have a longer commute (more audio book time!), and to enter the publishing world.

– I went to the gym 4 times this month. Still not great.
– But I finished The Savage Race on June 25th! I did a lot better than I thought. The race was at a paintball course, so most of the running was through the woods. The trail was narrow and very uneven, which meant it was hard to run. I’d say I ran about 2 miles and walked the other 3. There were 24 obstacles (one was missing for some reason). I completed 18 obstacles. I fell off of 2 and then got back on and finished. I couldn’t complete 2, I skipped part of 1, and I didn’t even attempt 1. It wasn’t as muddy as I thought it would be, but I’m very glad I got a pair of contacts from a friend because having glasses would have sucked.

Me on the wheel monkey bars. I made it to one more, 
and then I fell in the water pit.

Me, Jeff, and Emily mid-race. Jim didn’t race.

– We saw a lot of family this month because we did a lot of traveling.
– The first weekend in June, we flew to Baltimore for my aunt and uncle’s joint 60th birthday party. It was terrific – photo booth, music and dancing, lots of drinks, and good people.

Christopher dancing with my mom.

– That Sunday was my cousin’s baby shower. We played THE BEST shower games I’ve ever played, courtesy of my other cousin. So fun!

Christopher, my grandmother (Nana), me, and my mother at the shower.

– Then a week later my aunt came to visit as she does every year. We had lunch on the river downtown, went on a river/lake boat cruise unexpectedly, and hung out at home with the boys in the evening.
– We went up north for Father’s Day weekend to visit Jim’s parents. The weather was perfect, Jim got some quality time with his folks, Christopher got to fish, I did some reading. A great time was had by all.

Christopher caught 5 fish. They were all about this small.

Jim, his dad, and Christopher on Father’s Day.

– Last weekend we flew to Baltimore again and drove up to suburban Philadelphia to stay with my sister and her family. In addition to the race, we spent some time at the pool and went to Ocean City, NJ.
– Christopher finished school on June 10th. And he’s been loving camp so far. Camp Invention was a hit. He loved taking about a VCR. And the camp at Princeton Club has him beginning to stay late everyday, so that’s a good sign.

Christopher on the last day of Camp Invention.

– Christopher is playing baseball again and doing really well. He’s handling making mistakes much better this year, and he’s cheering his teammates on and congratulating them on their achievements, which did not happen last year.

Christopher with his game ball and his two best friends from daycare.
They’re all on different teams, but the other two played each other right after our game.

– We’ve been almost too busy for fun this month, but Jim and I did manage a night out to see X-Men: Apocalypse. It was decent, but not great. I enjoyed it more than Jim did.

– The gardening continued for the one weekend we were home this month. We still have a lot to go, but it’s so satisfying to see our progress, and it’s helping me crank through audio books. šŸ™‚

I did this garden – raising the brick and adding mulch.
Jim did this garden – weeding, raising the brick. I mulched.

– Christopher has his first yard sale. He only made $11.25, but we took all of the left over stuff to the Goodwill. I was happy to get it out of our house.

Christopher manning his lemonade stand / yard sale.

I’m looking forward to my new job of course and a slightly less packed schedule in July. We’re only going out of town once. Hooray!

How was your month? What are you looking forward to in July?

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  1. Wow sounds like a great and busy month. You were up in my neck of the woods in Jersey šŸ™‚ Hope you had a great time. That race looks like a lot of fun. The one I did last month was super muddy! Glad Christopher is liking camp.My kids start next week and I can't wait! Congrats on the job! Have a great July!

    1. Thanks, Grace! It certainly was a busy month – but fun. Which race did you do? My brother in law is all fired up to do another one. I think I'm good until next year. Haha. Enjoy your time alone while the kids are at camp!

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