A Glance Back: April

Saturday, April 26, 2014

5 things that happened this month:

1. I got back into subbing and my old dry sense of humor came back with a vengeance. Being around those high schoolers hones my wit and sarcasm, and it honestly feels so good. I also realized that I just missed being around teenagers. There's something so alive in teens, and it's nice to be breathe it in and surround myself with it.

2. I found out at the very end of last month that I got accepted to grad school. I am going to be working towards an MA in Creative Writing. So about a week ago, my mom and I took a road trip up to Oklahoma to talk to my advisor and apartment hunt. Needless to say, it went swimmingly with a great advising appointment and signing a lease that very same day.

3. I've kinda gone through a reading rut. I've only read and finished 4 books, and I want so terribly to get into a few good books and finish them in the matter of days.

4. Addison knew it was going to be a trying month from the get-go but she didn't expect it to be so tough. She lost her grandfather this month and had to help her mother plan the funeral and drive all the way out to Missouri for it.

5. Addison lived through standardized testing!! That is always one of the most stressful and tiresome couple weeks being a public school teacher, and she survived!

5 songs that were listened to on repeat:


2 Books that Amanda read this month:
1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
2. On the Fence by Kasie West

2 Books that Addison read this month:
1. If I Stay by Gale Foreman


Amanda's new obsessions:
  This month, my obsessions have come in the form of entertainment. My mom got me hooked on Veronica Mars. Ugh, I just love that show so much. It aired when I was in high school, so everything from the cell phones to the words they say remind me of my own high school experience, which I have realized has dated me when I talk to people younger than me who make fun of some of the things they do or say.

    And I recently fell in love with the show Grimm. So I don't know if you guys know this, but I am thoroughly fascinated with fairytales -like the old Brothers Grimm fairytales and any oral tradition tales passed down. So this show totally caught my attention. It actually made me start writing a new book. I have an excellent plot with really cool characters, and it really just inspired me. I love when shows do that.

Addison's new obsessions:
   VIKINGS. You guys have no idea how obsessed I am with this show. Amanda was harping on me to watch it for months, and I did back in December. I watched the first episode (which is super lame) and didn't give it a second look until this month. I saw that it was on Amazon Prime, so I figured I would give it another chance. I am so glad I did. I am fascinated with the culture, religion, and history of Vikings now. The show brings it to life in such an addicting way. (Think Game of Thrones, but Vikings) Also, George Blagden. Need I say more?

Most popular book review:

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

3 things Amanda is looking forward to next month:

1. Jamie and I are going to the Dark Days tour at the Irving Public Library on the 6th, and to say that we are excited would be an understatement. Kelley Armstrong, Kiera Cass, Kimberly Derting, and Danielle Page are going to be there signing books. I am in the middle of Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong, but other than that I haven't read any of their books. I'm still excited though especially since I haven't seen Jamie for a little over a month.

2. Next month is May, so you know what that means: SCHOLASTIC WAREHOUSE SALES!!! Jamie and I are going to hit up the warehouse in Waco and then the one in Arlington and buy all the books! I'm super pumped! I'm going to have a killer Stacking the Shelves post for you guys!

3. After the first week in May, my youngest sister is coming home. This will be the first summer that neither of us are going to be doing anything, and we will be able just to chill out and swim and soak up the sun together. So excited!

3 things Addison is looking forward to next month:

1. A WORKING COMPUTER. My laptop is now dining with the gods in Valhalla. The first few weeks I didn't miss it because I was busy with funeral arrangements and helping my family. But as life has started to slow down I am realizing how much I rely on it for everyday life. I haven't been able to post much on the blog, or even work from home. As a teacher, this is highly inconvenient.

2. Arizona/Colorado/Missouri road trip! My mom and I are taking a three state road trip the week school lets out, and I couldn't be anymore excited. We both need the time away from everyday life. My mother loves the mountains and the painted orange sunsets and Arizona canyons are calling my name.

3. Summer. I officially have four more weeks of school, and goodness, this break is looking so beautiful. This has been a rough teaching year for me, and it will be nice to simply be lazy for a few months.

Amanda's favorite quote from a book she read this month:

"Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged." 
--Veronica Roth, Insurgent

Addison's favorite quote from a book she read this month:

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.” 
― Gayle FormanIf I Stay

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