Task it Tuesday: Summer Count Down

Welcome to Task it Tuesday, created by the fabulous Geeky Blogger and adopted first by Because Reading and now by Bloggiesta!

What is Task it Tuesday? Task it Tuesday is a weekly meme dedicated to the list makers of the blogging world 🙂 It’s all about being productive and organized – on your blog and in real life (if you so chose). By sharing our lists we get instant accountability partners and also get ideas of things to add to our lists (or sometimes ways to tackle tasks more efficiently).

Task it Tuesday: Summer Count Down

I have gotten most of my tasks completed from all of July! I realized when it was down to the wire last night that there were two I could not finish this month. They have to wait a bit. And obviously I am avoiding emptying out that email – but that is my job to do tomorrow! Empty email, link up, visit and comment because I SUCKED at it this month. Look for a fresh list next week!

  • BUJO: Check & Update Monthly Task List — Due 8/1
  • BUJO: Update reading challenge lists
  • BLOG: Check & Update Challenge pages
  • BLOG: Draft & Schedule all My Favorite…posts through mid-August – prompts only thru Aug 22
  • BLOG: Draft & Schedule new discussion post for August
  • BLOG: Draft & Schedule new BUJO post for end of July
  • BLOG: Empty email – entirely, no hoarding (file or delete!)
  • BLOG: Draft July Monthly Chit Chat
  • BLOG: Update Review Archives
  • BLOG: Update Spreadsheet
  • SCHOOL: Format Unit 1 Test for on level class & send to print shop

 

NEW:

  • BLOG: Draft & Schedule all Top 10 Tuesday posts through August
  • BLOG: Draft & Schedule all Book Blogger posts through August
  • BLOG: Draft & Schedule BUJO post for August — Due later
  • BUJO: August calendar and trackers
  • BUJO: August weeklies
  • KINDLE: Delete old PDFs
  • BLOG: Draft & Schedule 2 reviews

 

Tuesday Teaser & Intro: My Lady Governess

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Synopsis ~ My Lady Governess

One knight, one runaway heiress, one rollicking romance: A breath of fresh air in Regency romance!

Proud and haughty, Lord de Waare is almost as medieval as his castle…until he accidentally abducts a governess, who turns out not to be a governess at all, and who shows this knight that his heart is not as armoured as he thought.

A girl with a dangerous past, Marina would happily disappear again, but since de Waare won’t let that happen, then the least he can do is help her clear her name. But moving back into society is dangerous for her and for the stern man she’s coming to love. She knows the rules of honour and society, and she won’t allow de Waare to compromise the principles that define him.

But de Waare didn’t become the Crusader by accepting defeat. Faint heart never won a fair lady, and de Waares always win.

 

Chapter 1

Marina Frome, governess to Lady Kemp’s three daughters, was a great fan of Jane Austen, but whilst she agreed about the young man in want of a wife, she thought that at present there were other universally acknowledged truths that were rather more important. Such as, a single man in possession of a good fortune must face unbelievable sycophancy wherever he went. Or that the marriage mart was a singularly cut-throat business. Or, most strongly of all, that were was nobody as blind as an ambitious mama – as was being shown to her right this minute in the drawing room where she sat in the corner, one beady eye on her charges.


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Lord de Waare swung on his heel, managing not to reel too much, everyone still frozen. Then he swung back. He swung back and pushed his face close o hers, snarling, “Nobody talks to me like that,” and the next moment Marina left the ground and was being taken at speed down the passage over a very broad shoulder.

 

Never trust a woman whom no other woman can stand.


Would you keep reading? 

tuesdayTeaser Tuesday is hosted by The PurpleBooker. Post two sentences from somewhere in a book you’re reading. No spoilers, please! List the author and book title too. Link up HERE.

First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros was created by Bibliophile By The Sea and is now hosted by Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach. To participate, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you’re reading or thinking about reading soon. Link up HERE.

Sunday Post ~ Education Packed

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a weekly news post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase the books and other goodies you’ve received, and share news about upcoming events on your blog. Be creative and personalize it! To get in on the Sunday fun day, see the rules here: Suday Post Meme.


A few weeks ago I asked for prayers for some families who are dear to me. I’d like to give you guys an update on the Shartzer family. Linda’s vacation has come to an end and she has to return to work here in Texas while her husband Victor is still in a coma in a Canadian hospital. I can’t even imagine how terrifying that is. If you can donate something small or send some positivity their way, both families would be grateful.

The Shartzer Family,

The Ford Family


This week was strange. Monday my mom and I hit the road to Ft. Sam Houston for my brother’s final swearing in ceremony and his departure to Ft. Leonard Wood (MO). We had dropped him off at the recruiter’s station Sunday. I was really hurt that when I said I loved him, he entirely ignored me. Didn’t look at me, didn’t say anything. On Monday when everything was done and he had 5 minutes with us before going to a briefing, he took a picture with my mom and when she asked for my phone to take one of us, he made the ugliest face and said “Hell no.” Y’all, my baby brother is literally like my kid. My mom went back to work after 3 weeks. I did everything but birth and breastfeed him. He came to stay with me and my roommate in college one year. His attitude and the way he has treated me recently really hurts – especially after I told him that two weeks ago. Everyone keeps saying he is scared, but I don’t really think so.

Tuesday I had an all-day training at school for Google. The closer it got to the three-hour test, the more wigged out I started getting. I was convinced I was being too nonchalant about it and that it would be harder than I thought and I’d fail. I finished in 1.5 hours and passed.

Wednesday I don’t even know what I did. I think I just putted around and watched TV and snoozed all day.

Thursday I had another training in the morning, also technology-based. It would be a stretch of how to use it in my class at the middle school level. While there, I discovered that the next level for the Google stuff I did Tuesday was going on next door. I much rather would have done that and got my Level 2 cert. I also had lunch with one of my coworkers. I call her my work mom. I was shocked when she revealed something about her spouse’s job that had happened before school even got out. I felt so horrible for her and her family. We had a good catch up. I also FINALLY got around to hanging up my wall decor. It has been sitting in the office/library closet since I moved in. I spent two hours getting only a few things up and as it went on I became exceedingly frustrated, calling the wall and the nails and the piece all a jackass. It is an old house with old paneling walls, but seriously. There cannot be a stud everywhere. That’s what I kept running into. So, yay for gouging holes in all the walls.

Then Friday morning I looked at some of the things I had put up and it was so…garish together and where it was. I took them down yesterday and moved them to different rooms. I like it much better. I still have several things I didn’t put up that I’ll work on. It will require climbing on my desk, which I think is a task for my skinny mom and not me.

I also got my dad’s new smartphone up and running, got all his pictures out of messages in his flip phone, and entered all of his contacts (yes, one by one). I think he is going to have more trouble with this new phone than my mom, who is already messaging and texting like a fool and scrolling Facebook daily. Speaking of which, my dad HATES you putting anything “out there” about our family besides pictures (eyeroll), and he was all sad that he didn’t have Instagram and Facebook to scroll through pictures and videos. It was a very Twilight Zone moment. But now he can talk to my brother in Africa … who is going to talk him into going to buy a trailer for him. And then orchestrate him buying some Brahman heifers for him. It’ll happen, too. Just watch.

There has also been more drama with the asshole uncle with the land and all. My mom has put in a call and will be going back to the attorney to move forward with the next steps, and also some other steps for the sheriff’s office. If the latter goes as planned, it will be a show I don’t want to miss.

I’ve had to feed and let in my landlord’s cat all week since they are gone. She has attacked me TWICE. Her normal routine is to go outside and come back in in the evening. I’ve only put her out twice. The second time she cornered me on the little back porch and would not let me down the steps – also the site of the second attack. I had to go back inside and find another way out and back to my house. She is fucking evil.

My cousin’s wife had their babies Friday morning. She is not due until October 1st. The girl was 3lbs 7oz and the boy was 4 lbs 3oz. I believe they are transferring them to an Austin hospital for better NICU services.

I haven’t done a lot of reading this week. I don’t know why. It is the perfect time and I have more than ample time. I did start in on a new book, Spring in Sweetwater County. The beginning is a little convoluted and I’m still not very far into it. I’m trying to work out all these ominous statements about characters and figure out what happened “all those years ago.”

I did a little work in my bullet journal, not much. I added another spread for shows, which I basically colored all in anyway, but I wanted a record of what I was watching this year.

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Book Blogger Hop ~ First Name

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


Do you agree or disagree with this statement: A blogger’s first name should be in a prominent place on his/her blog. (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I do agree. There are some bloggers that write and blog under an alias, and that’s fine. But it should still be displayed somewhere prominently on their blog. Whether that’s in the title, in a mini bio in the sidebar, but DEFINITELY should be on their About page. I don’t understand why I read so many blogs and they don’t include their name on their About page. They go on and on about themselves, but never tell us their name! What! I don’t how to talk to you because I don’t know what to call you. It makes it awkward turtle.

My Bullet Journal: Blogging with My BUJO

Last year I did an entire series of posts about My Bullet Journal journey. It was the first year I started, and I shared my tools, tips, spreads, mistakes, and ideas. I am using a Leuchtturm 1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook with Dotted Pages in Purple for 2018. I hope you enjoy my spreads and ideas from my bullet journal. I’d love if you would share your own ideas or photos of your journals with me, too!

2017 Bullet Journal Posts

2018 Bullet Journal Posts

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Blogging with My BUJO

I took a hiatus from my blog on April 8th. Really, I was hiatusing at the end of March and finally gave in and made it official. I haven’t touched any books or my blog until the end of June. I didn’t do anything in my bullet journal for a while, either. I am now fully back on board…and drowning in how behind I am. Last I looked, Goodreads said I was 16 books behind for my goal. I had no posts drafted or ready to go. It was totally hit the ground running.

I knew I would let things fall through the cracks if I didn’t plan something out. When I started blogging, I was a hardcore organizer and had everything calendered in two months ahead. Then I just stopped entirely. I think I need to go back to a little something to have the visual and to hold me accountable and keep track of the status of things. I am much more visual – digital doesn’t work for me for this, unfortunately.

I started by making a list of all my recurring posts each week or bi-weekly and listed those out for every week until mid-August. I made a column for the post, a column for the topic, and two small columns on the right labeled with a D and S (for draft and scheduled). This way I can just flip open to the couple pages I need and see quickly what I’ve done, what I haven’t, which posts each week I need to finish up and schedule or create completely from scratch and get going.

  • Sunday Post
  • Review (I always post these on Monday)
  • Top 10 Tuesday
  • Tuesday Teaser & Intro
  • WWW Wednesdays
  • My Favorite…
  • Beyond the Books (which now looks like it is on hiatus with Karen opening That Book Store)
  • Famous Last Words (my own meme)
  • Thoughts on Thursdays (my discussions)
  • My Bullet Journal
  • Book Blogger Hop

Here is what one of the full spreads looks like. I used a different color for each week to help bring some color to the pages. At the bottoms on each page, I picked out some quotes related to planning and why it is important.

 

Is it working? 

Yes, it is! On the first day of sitting down to work after creating these spreads (the same day), I drafted 12 posts from scratch to finish and scheduled them. Of course, they were the easiest ones for me to draft and complete, but the next day I began working on some of my tougher posts that are just more in-depth and time consuming, like this post. On day three I was working on the posts that take me the longest: an old review I still hadn’t written, a Famous Last Words graphic.

 

Do you use a pen and paper planning method for your blog? 

I really like how I have the columns labeled, especially the draft and schedule columns. But I am struggling with how much space this takes up. I can only fit two weeks on one page with this format. Like I said, I’m really used to having two months at a time to work through and then get ahead. Do you have a more concise way you keep your blog planning or schedule? I still want to have mine in my bullet journal for the fall, but I definitely will need a new format. What does yours look like?


How do you keep track of your planning and organization for your blog posts?

What has been your bujo inspiration lately? I’m always looking for ideas!

What do you want to see in next month’s Bullet Journal post? 

WWW Wednesdays (7.25.18)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

I just started reading Spring in Sweetwater County yesterday. Spending half the day at Ft. Sam Houston and the other half setting up my dad’s phone, I didn’t get to finish more than the first few pages. But so far it is VERY interesting! I can’t wait to find out more about the character of James Benjamin. I’m a little disappointed it is the second book in the series, but I think I’ll get along with it alright.

Forty years after the death of her true love, Judy Gaylord discovers he’s alive. With the guilt of her falling into the arms of his cousin to console her grief, she now must face the man she betrayed. 

Dr. James Benjamin has dedicated his life to helping people deal with their post-traumatic stress disorder in hopes of forgetting about his own trauma. Not wanting to risk the safety of others, he’s spent decades alone, but when he sees the woman he never forgot from before the war, his heart awakens. 

When circumstances force Judy and James to work together, they soon discover old feelings never faded. Judy must forgive herself and James will have to face his fear or they will miss their second chance.


 What did you just finish reading?

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I stayed up all Saturday night reading Cactus Rose. I thought it was going to be a great book from the start. A woman looking for a husband in Arizona Territory — in the saloon? The story line was interesting, revolving around Native American history, but there were a few strange moments between the two main characters as the book went on. I understood its purpose to create tension and suspense, but it was quite strange. I was a little shocked at the real identity of the mysterious looter and the crazy notions the hot-shot in town has and his gross reach over the law.


What do you think you’ll read next?


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

My Favorite…Dream Job

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it…The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.


Dream Job

I have always, for as long as I can remember (after ditching the idea of being a veterinarian) I have wanted to be a writer. An author. Published. I have these delusions that I’ll suddenly rise to writing fame and live comfortably for the rest of my life. While it is a dream, I do want to really consider it and work on some writing projects I abandoned long ago.

My back up dream job would be playing with dogs. Or doing the whole holding babies in the NICU. We can just snooze and cuddle all day.