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My March

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First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who commented on my February recap post – your sweet messages mean the world to me. <3 

March was a nice month, the weather was unpredictable but we got several very, very beautiful, sunny days which we took advantage of by going to the zoo, to the playground, and to the seaside. The trees are blooming and there are daffodils and the first tulips – my favourite time of the year. I’m looking forward to April and May, when I’ll be able to wear a short-sleeved t-shirt and a skirt without tights and my Converse. 

In Kiddo news: he’s been doing great. He’s forming sentences now (like “Grandad gave apples to horses” or simple things like that), of course half the words are still garbled and we’re probably the only ones who understand him, but it’s easier to have a conversation with him. He’s also exhibiting typical signs of being a toddler, i.e. hissy fits and loud complaints, which we’re told are completely normal and should fade when he’s about 4 (which means more than 2 years to go, hold me). His current obsession is with horses, cows and excavators. 

In future baby news: I’m feeling good. I started feeling the little kicks and nudges last week, they’re still too weak to be felt from the outside, but it’s great to know s/he’s swimming in there, flexing her/his little limbs. I have a checkup in April when we’ll be able to find out the sex of the baby, I’m looking forward to that! We didn’t ask for Kiddo and we’re doing it differently this time. Other than that, I’m in that weird stage where I sometimes look like I’ve gained some weight (just in my tummy area) if I’m not wearing a tight t-shirt. I can still wear most of my jeans but I have to unsnap my button when I’m sitting. :D It’s weird, but I’ll be showing properly soon. 

In reading news: I read A Gathering of Shadows right at the beginning of the month, it was fantastic and haven’t been the same since. *sigh* It seems 2016 is the year of reading slumps, what can I say. I did read Every Move, which I’ll be reviewing soon – it was a really good conclusion to the series. I have to find a new Sherlock inspired series soon – does anyone know anything that isn’t too bloody and scary? :) You know I’m a chicken, so be gentle with me. Because of Miss Bridgerton was one of the best romances I’ve read in a while, by the way, so if you’re craving historicals, go for it.

ink-and-bone-caineI got some interesting books this monthThe Wrath and the Dawn was really cheap for Kindle, I guess because the sequel is to be published soon, so I caved and picked it up. I also ordered Lean Mean Thirteen, the (you guessed it) thirteenth instalment of the Stephanie Plum series – I love it so much! I’m currently reading it and it’s hilarious. Seriously, I was having a pedi today and snort-laughed while the very nice lady was taking care of my feet.

Then I got Ink and Bone from NetGalley, I’m ridiculously excited about that because it got fantastic reviews from bloggers I trust. I also got a couple of contemporary romances that aren’t even worth mentioning (seriously, I should stop listening to Amazon when it recommends things to me. It does not know me). I’m currently reading a French novel a colleague asked me to review, I’m still chewing my way through Red Seas under Red Skies and I probably have other half-finished books sitting around the apartment, waiting for me to pick them up again. Lots of choices, anyway. 

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What I wrote:

Interestingly enough, there were no posts to be put into my usual “random” category. Maybe I should work on more randomness in the future?

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Link love:

  • These photos of a broken-down Moroccan palace remind me of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. (Also, click around that blog, her photos are gorgeous!)
  • Some artists cut food into cubes of the same size and they look great! I love such simple ideas.
  • The long shadow of Katniss Everdeen – something to think about!
  • Greg shared his flash fiction piece, Trust Issues.
  • The making of Vienetta ice cream – I don’t know if this brand is available wherever you are but it’s one of my faves and this looks yummy (+ I kind of want access to this conveyor belt).
  • You people know I hardly ever get political, especially since this doesn’t concern my country, but I really feel like it does concern me, given how the USA is one of the world’s superpowers. I feel like we all have the right to laugh at this (don’t quit it immediately).

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How have you been? What was your April like?

Did you read anything interesting? Do you have a Sherlock-inspired rec for me?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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My February (with News)

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February has been an interesting month. As I’m writing this, Kiddo has an ear infection (and has just stopped having fever) and my husband’s home sick with an infected throat and a fever, so it’s been… fun. But other than this past week, things have been pretty great, so I can’t complain, though I would love to have a full night’s sleep every once in a while (*crosses fingers*).

So, this “news” thing I put in the title to entice you all to click the post. It’s pretty damn major. We’re having another baby! I can finally share this with you because I’m past my first trimester and have had my nuchal translucency exam, which told us that the tiny future-human is doing okay so far. It’s still too small for me to feel its kicks but it looked like it was having a workout when I had my ultrasound examination.

I’m feeling okay now though the first two months were pretty hard – I felt sick (though I didn’t throw up) throughout the day and the worst thing was that my sense of smell went haywire. This is one of those things that popular culture usually fails to mention but most pregnant women experience at least some change in their sense of smell. I did the first time around, too, but this time it’s extreme. I had to switch my deodorant and shower gel, milk smells awful, and coffee is out of the question for me. So yeah, I’ve made some adjustments. But I’ve also had some weird food cravings, like hummus and bread with mustard.

All in all, I’m really excited to know that in 6 months (my due date is August 25, which is, incidentally, the same due date as for Kiddo – who was then born on September 1) I’ll get to know this kid. But it also means that my workload right now is absolutely enormous if I want to finish some projects in time. So things around here might get a little chaotic – don’t hold it against me. :)

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In book news, my reading slump has been dragging on, and though I did give The Demon King a 4.5 rating, I’m still feeling kind of disenchanted with my reading choices in 2016. Here’s hoping March does better in this regard. I’m still waiting for my copy of A Gathering of Shadows to arrive in the mail and I have Every Move and The Girl From Everywhere lined up next, so I’m feeling optimistic.

What I wrote:

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Link love:

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How was your February? Did you read any good books?

Did anything surprise you last month?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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My November

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So… It’s December. I know we all like to yell “what the hell happened?” at the beginning of each new month, but I haven’t done a life/blog/reading recap in a while and thought it was long overdue. December crept up on me, mostly because the weather in November was gorgeous and made me feel like it was still October, only the days are getting shorter.

A life update: we moved. We’re now renting this great apartment on the other side of the city (I lived in our previous neighborhood for 21 years so it’s strange … I don’t even know what routes the buses take!) and we love it so much. It’s just high enough that we have a wonderful view over Ljubljana and our windows look both to East and West, so my Instagram has been spammed with photos of pretty skies lately. I also cut my hair again so this is probably the shortest it’s been since I was 15. I like it a lot.

A kiddo update: he’s doing great. He talks a lot and it’s a bit like learning a new language, trying to understand him and his one-syllable conversations. He’s started using two-syllable words now (like bah-nee is a banana) and things are getting easier. He runs around a lot, too, is fascinated by every nook and cranny and likes wearing boxes on his head, pretending they’re his helmet. He has 16 little teeth and a gap between his first two, so his smile is seriously adorable. We’re having a great time.

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Ljubljana has gone into full holiday mode – I don’t think they’ve ever put up this many decorations.

A writing update: some of you may know this already, but others don’t, so: I won NaNoWriMo this year. I gave it a try, deciding to finally start writing that story of mine that’s been rolling around my head for a while and now I’m more than halfway through and really happy with it. It’s a contemporary romance (*blush*) and I like the couple very much.

A reading update: due to my writing sessions (seriously, 50k is a lot of words), I read a bit less in November, but I read the first two books in the Fever series, which seems perfect for a book binge, I’m at Volume 3 of Saga, which is effing fantastic (I have to get 4 and 5 soon!) and I read and reviewed Lady Thief and Nice Dragons Finish Last – this one is funny and cool, well worth a read.

A blogging update: you’ll have noticed that posts are a bit less frequent now. I’m trying to answer all your amazing comments in a timely fashion and now that I’m slightly more organized, things might get more active around here, but I feel comfortable knowing I’m posting less content and making it count instead of trying desperately to fill some self-assigned quota and making a rush job out of it.

That said, the most popular posts of last month were The Bastard Read-along, wherein DJ and I invite you to join us for a read-along of Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora and sequels, and Second Chances, a discussion on whether you read books by authors whose work you didn’t enjoy. I cordially invite you to check them out if you haven’t already! :)

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Link love

So, not a lot, but then I’ve tried to stay away from the internet as much as possible… :)

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How are YOU? What’s life been like on your end? 

Have you read any good books recently? Have you started your Christmas shopping already? (hint: I haven’t)

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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My August

my-august15People, summer is almost over. Kiddo turns one today and I’ve been thinking about this year a lot, what with going over my blogging resolutions and challenges and spending some time away from home. It’s been a great year so far and I can only hope the last four months will be just as good! I’m excited for the cooler weather, actually, even though we currently have 32°C and perfect sunny skies in Ljubljana.

In Kiddo news: we’re celebrating Kiddo’s birthday today – just the three of us, because we said we wanted to do this on our own first, and then we’ll have small gatherings for grandmas and grandpas and other family members and friends. This means lots of cake, which is always cool, but I think small is the way to go for now. He’ll have huge raucous gatherings when he’s older anyway. He’s starting nursery school this week so that’s new. I hope he doesn’t immediately get sick, though they warned us he might – most kids do once they get together like this. There will be 14 toddlers in his group which sounds chaotic to me but seems to be working perfectly for most of the kids so I’m reserving my judgement. I really want him to like nursery school and meet friends and all.

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Here is a stack of pigs for your entertainment – we went to the ZOO last week and saw this adorable bundle at the petting zoo – they weren’t bothered by our arrival at all, just kept on snoring. Kiddo got frightened by a tiny pig (it didn’t even do anything, just walked around) and started crying in the most pitiful way so we didn’t linger, but I thought I’d share this with you. I didn’t know pigs slept like this… It must be warm and cushy but perhaps not very comfortable if you’re the one smelling your brother’s butt?

We spent some time in Premantura, Croatia, where the main attraction is going to the beach at the Kamenjak Peninsula, a natural reserve with really beautiful beaches and amazingly clean water. If you’re following me on Instagram, I posted some pics there, too. It was lovely, it’s still hot and sunny but the nights are longer and colder. The skies were that washed-out blue that goes perfectly with the burnt brown of the grass and the water was cool and clear.

In work/study news: I’ve been marathoning writing my article for a while now, it’s slow going mostly because I can only work when Kiddo’s asleep but A. has been a real help because he’s taken some time off work and has been entertaining Kiddo so I can type away. Ugh. I’d much rather be spending time with them, but what can I do?

In reading and blogging news: August wasn’t a great reading month for me. It wasn’t bad but I’ve been putting my evenings to good use and writing that article, so I only read 6 or 7 novels, which isn’t that bad but I usually read more. Tessa Dare’s new novel, When a Scot Ties the Knot is the best I read, I think, but I’m currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird, which I’m enjoying a lot. I haven’t been blogging a lot, either, I actually wrote most of the August posts in July when I was procrastinating and doing anything I could think of to avoid starting the damn article, but I hope to get back into the routine as September starts. I’ve been rubbish at commenting and answering comments and commenting back, too, none of which has been helped by the fact that my phone died and I feel like it’s the end of the world (it’s not, but still).

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What I wrote about:

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What I read about (link love):

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How was your August? What was the best book your read?

Are you excited for the autumn? (By the way, do you use “autumn” or “fall” and why? I’m always confused about this…)

I’d love to hear from you!

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My July

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People, I thought about skipping this month’s reacap because I feel like time is running away from me but I like looking back at what I’ve done the past month and feel like I’ve accomplished something after all. You can see my June post here. I’m also linking this wrap-up to this post, where you can check up other people’s end-of-month posts and see what they’ve been up to.

The best book I read was probably The Accident Season. I’ve been thinking about it for weeks now and I really hope it will get more hype as the US publication date comes up!

We had a three-week heatwave here in Slovenia, which was absurdly hot (go figure) and my mind felt like it turned into Nutella – all warm and gooey and useless when it comes to work/studying. We took a couple of days off and escaped the city in search of cooler places.

Kiddo is doing great, he’s 11 months old now and can stand on his own for a couple of seconds at a time before dropping back onto his bum with a poof. He’s got 8 teeth and is happily munching away at whatever we feed him (though tomatoes, my father’s beautiful, home-grown tomatoes, seem to be giving him some tummy problems…). He’s going to nursery school in a month and I just want to cuddle him and keep him at home, which is really counter-productive, because:

I’m finally getting back to working and studying. I’m a PhD student and a freelance translator which means I work from home, which is both a blessing and a curse. But it feels nice to put my brain to work again, I missed this so much. We’re sleeping better, too, which is a huge factor for my productivity and motivation.

I’ve been posting some pictures on Instagram, if you’d like to check them out, and you can also follow my blog via e-mail if that’s your preferred method.

scorpion-rules-erin-bowI didn’t get that many books this month, apart from signed edition of Joe Abercrombie’s Half a War that I’ve already devoured. OK, so I also got a Kindle edition of Jennifer Armentrout’s Every Last Breath but that’s a given. I’m trying really hard to get through the books I already own (both physical and arcs), and I feel like I’m doing good. I’m really excited about this arc of The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow that I got off Netgalley – I feel it’s going to be epic! :)

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What I’ve been writing about:

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Link love:

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How was your July? Did you do anything special?

What was the best book you read?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

My June

my-june I forgot to do a May update, which is something I only realized halfway through June. So this is two months worth of stuff. I can’t believe it’s only been two months since I changed my blog design – it feels so right I can’t even rememeber what the old one looked like (which is probably for the best).

A reading update: my favourite reads of these two months were Uprooted and Every BreathWhite Cat was also cool. Other than that, I read a bunch of contemporary romance novels that didn’t wow me and made me want to read more fantasy. We’ll see how that goes.

A blog update: you can now follow me by e-mail! Click the link here or the one in the sidebar! (You know you want to!)

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A kiddo update: I first began this line as “a baby update” but he’s 10 months old now! Not really a baby anymore since he’s eating solids and crawling around and being a little person. In just two months, he’ll be starting with nursery (kindergarten? I never know how these stages go in English) along with other tiny kids. As much as I know he’ll love it (he’s really curious and likes other people), I kind of want to keep him home forever. Eh :) He’s standing up now, cruising around while holding onto the couch/table/our legs. He’s only got 4 teeth and has a huge gap between the upper two which is beyond cute. He’s one of the most sunny-dispositioned people I know – as long as he’s not hungry, that is!

A life update: I’ve been trying to fit in some work and studying but I’m dragging my feet. It’s horrible but my brain refuses to function properly on 5 hours of (interrupted) sleep. My mom had another operation of the hip she broke back in September. My husbands 28th birthday was on the 17th and we had a nice dinner while his mom put the kiddo to sleep. We spent two days at the seaside, which was really nice and relaxing. I’m hoping for more small getaways during the summer! We also started watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix for the first time ever, which is fun. Nobody’s died yet so that’s a definite upgrade over Game of Thrones.

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My favourite posts of the two months:

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Link love:

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What have you been up to recently? 

Have you read any good books? Watched any great movies? 

What are you doing during the summer vacation?

I’d love to hear from you! :)