2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | April Round Up

Anne Apr 2

Hello Readers!

So guilt + busy weekend has kept me from writing this post on time. Guilt? Yeah, cause you see, I haven’t finished Anne of Windy Poplars yet. Agh. I’m sorry, but it has been so hard sinking into this book! At the beginning of the month I said that it’s the one I’ve never actually read all the way through and it’s still true. I’m still working on it though and WILL FINISH IT SOON!

All that notwithstanding, I can still offer some discussion questions for those of you who have completed this month’s read.

  1. What do you think of Anne’s letter’s to Gil? Do you have any favorite lines? Are you or have you ever been a letter writer? Do you require a certain kind of writing instrument to write certain things?
  2. Whose your favorite character in this book? Any kindred spirits that stole your affection?
  3. This is the last book before the start of Anne’s married life. What have been your favorite moments in her childhood, adolescence and young adulthood? What has she learned? How has she changed? How has she remained the same?

Here’s the linky if you’re blogging your way through 🙂

Alrighty! That’s all I’ve got for this one. I’m not going to lie, while it’s interesting to see Anne in a totally different environment, I miss all the old familiar faces and I don’t like Gilbert not being around :(.  Y’all ready for the next chapter in her story? Hello May! Hello House of Dreams! I’ll have the next intro post up tomorrow.

Have a wonderful evening 🙂

April Report Card

April Report Card

1. Establish a Sleep Schedule and Morning Routine – B-.

I don’t have this down perfectly yet but I have made some really great progress. I’ve been going to bed at a decent hour more consistently and waking up at a decent hour more consistently. My worst bedtime habit was listening to podcasts & audiobooks while falling asleep. I’ve had a reeeeeeally hard time admitting that this was not doing me any good because I was not letting my brain shut down properly. I FINALLY nipped that in the bud and downloaded an app that plays nature and ambient sounds to help me fall asleep. One of the best decisions I’ve made this month. I sleep better and I’m not as groggy in the morning. Old habits die hard for real, but it was a necessary death and I’m glad I finally sucked it up and made the change.

The morning routine still has some bugs but it’s almost there.

2. Read/Finish at Least 5 Books – A. 

Finished 1 book I started last month and started and finished 4 this month. YAAAASSSSS!!!!

3. Try 4 New Juice Recipes – D-

We did juice but I didn’t try any new recipes.

4. Establish Writing/Blogging Schedule – D+

Sooooooooo I’ve decided on a M-W-F schedule. Implementing that has been a whole other challenge. I’ve just been writing whenever I can find the time.

5. Catch Up on Book ReviewsC-

I wrote one and have others that are started but not completed…………

6. Recipe Binder – D-

Yeah, nope, didn’t happen.

7. Update My Resume – A+

I did update my resume and it looks beautiful if I do say so myself. Aaaaaand I updated my Monster and LinkedIn profiles so those are bonus points ^.^

8. Get New Calling Cards Printed – B-

I designed them but didn’t get them printed because my budget is tight and I’m trying to space out my expenditures if you know what I mean. Maaaaybe next month cause I really need to get this done.

9. Spring Clean and Organize My Bedroom – D-

Yeah, nope, didn’t happen.

Overall Grade = C+

Not great at all but better than I anticipated!

Now onto May!

April To Do List

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 Why hello April!  So nice of you to arrive!

1. Establish a Sleep Schedule and Morning Routine – I keep failing at this and I refuse to give up!  My plan is to go to sleep no later than 10 o’clock and rise no later than 6. After I get that down, I’m going to switch to sleep at 9 o’clock and waking at 5.  And while I’ve been working out faithfully, my devotional time continues to be at sporadic times.  Sooooo…

  1. Wake Up
  2. Devotions
  3. Work Out

If I can just establish these 3 things, my days would fall into a better pattern.  I’m not sure why this is so hard but it is and I want to get it together already!

2. Read/Finish at Least 5 Books – Audiobooks, audiobooks, audiobooks, baby!  I have several titles to get through besides whatever print books I can manage to sit down with.

3. Try 4 New Juice Recipes – My family’s been on a juicing kick that we’ve no desire to let go of.  My mom’s got this great juicing recipe book and I want to try some new combos!

4. Establish Writing/Blogging Schedule – This is pretty self-explanatory.  It goes along the same lines as establishing my morning routine – I need a writing routine!

5. Catch Up on Book Reviews – I’ve been behind in book review since 2013  – oh the shame XD lol.  Over on my book blog, I made the goal to blog about every single book I read this year and I pledged to read 100 books in 2015.  Yeeeeeeah.  Let me just catch up on the books I’ve read so far this year and back track as much as possible.    

6. Recipe Binder – I started this project last month and need to complete it! 🙂

7. Update My Resume – Self explanatory.

8. Get New Calling Cards Printed – Back in the day, people left their card when they went calling on neighbors or potential associates.  It bore their name and information so the person who was called on knew who had been by and how to get in touch with them.  A calling card is like a business card but for an individual who doesn’t own or represent a company.  It has your name and whatever information you want to give people so they can get in touch with you!  I had some made a few years ago and they need to be updated.

9. Spring Clean and Organize My Bedroom – I’m not sure why but I feel like my room has gotten smaller in the past month or so and it’s driving me nuts!  I need a new desk situation and some more storage.  I also need to go through my clothes and get rid of stuff I don’t wear anymore.  It’s so easy to keep pieces cause you may wear them again someday.  But seriously, dude, if it’s been hanging there and you NEVER wear it, then give it away so at least someone else can and you gain space for things you actually use.

Recurring Goals

  1. Work out daily, M-F
  2. Blog at least twice a week
  3. Practice piano for at least an hour daily

This is my longest list so far this year and I’m determined to get an A at the end!!  Here we gooooooooo!