A Look Back at June and the Start of Summer

Every month, I’m taking a look back at the things I learned, loved, and lived through. I’m also looking forward to the next month. Here’s my look back at June and the start of summer 2017.

A Look Back at May

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LEARNED

Bugs will find a way to the light. With the lights off, I streamed a movie on my laptop and flying bugs found their way to the screen through the window screen. Pesky, sneaky buggers. I ordered this insect fly window net screen and it helped. I only caught (and yes, killed) one flying bug since putting it up. Upon inspection, one corner had lifted up, and I suspect that’s how the bug got through. Installation was easy. It came with a sticker velcro strip. I cut it to size, which produced ragged edges, but they hadn’t frayed.

You can procrastinate with legitimate work. There’s a difference between having a to-do list and a prioritized to-do list. The first is filled with things to-do. The second lists those things to-do in order of priority. How can you procrastinate with legitimate work? Work on your to-do list without an order of priority. You may know you need to schedule a wisdom tooth removal, but opt to do your laundry instead. In my defense, I don’t have dental insurance and that wisdom tooth hasn’t been hurting. And there you go, another way to procrastinate: make excuses. See, ain’t I helpful?

LOVED

The Wonder Woman movie. My sisters, cousin, and I went to a late night showing and it was awesome. I loved the way they shot the action sequences up-close with slow-mo/pauses. It’s much more dramatic and really pulled you in. The story-telling wasn’t lost in the explosions, and the drama and humor were the right balance. I was so happy they did right by this movie. If you watch a movie this summer, watch this one.

This computer privacy filter. You know you should cover up your computer/laptop webcam, right? I’ve been covering mine up with stickers for years now. It’s currently a frog. After a couple of incidents where I caught men sitting near me at Starbucks looking at my screen, I bought a privacy filter. Since then, I only caught a couple of men do double-takes, probably because, with the privacy filer on, it looks like I’m typing away at a black screen. What is it with men, though??? I haven’t caught women spying on me.

Loved, loved, loved summer staycation with the girls

This Word Cloud Classics edition of Pride and Prejudice, a total vanity purchase but isn’t it adorable?!?

 

LIVED THROUGH

Hundred-degree summer days. This much more grateful to Starbucks, which has air conditioner, tables, plugs, and free wi-fi.

Summer Bucketlist Recap: If you missed it, here’s a FREE Summer Nights Bucketlist! My own bucketlist includes:

  • Read a book by the beach or pool (check!)
  • Visit a Carnegie library
  • Visit the aquarium (I must use the membership!)
  • Use up my art and DIY supplies
  • Read through my ever-growing book stack. I should probably add “stop adding to the book stack” because it just keeps growing, but no self-respecting book lover would ever do that

Books I read/listened to: 

  1. Perelandra by C.S. Lewis
  2. Kalipunan Ng Mga Tula by Rheno A. Velasco (Collection of Poems, in Tagalog/Filipino)
  3. A Family Shaped by Grace by Gary Morland (book review)
  4. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken (book review)
  5. The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (a Sherlock Holmes story) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle narrated by Graeme Malcolm
  6. The Story of the Bagman’s Uncle by Charles Dickens narrated by Walter Zimmerman

And if you’re wondering, I listen to audiobooks on Audible Channels for Prime (which is free for Prime members) because I’m already a Prime member and I don’t want to subscribe to Audible (it’s not right for me at this time).

Books I abandoned: The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis (I returned it to the library and plan to borrow it again when the season is right. I felt like I was reading it off season).

Books I’m currently reading: 

  1. That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy book 3) by C.S. Lewis
  2. Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
  3. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

LOOKING FORWARD

In July (and I know this post went up in July), I’m looking forward to Family VBS. Ours is next week! We’re finalizing set-up and everything else this Sunday. It’s all I could really think of right now. Juggling much of anything else would send me spinning. That’s something else I’m learning about me. The older I get, the less I can multi-task…like truly multi-task where everything I juggle is super important and time-sensitive.

Last year, I had jury-duty during VBS week and I plain forgot about it. They sent a letter. It felt threatening, but they actually gave me one last chance. I had to show up OR ELSE. I was ultimately dismissed and thanked, even though I wanted to serve.

And that’s how my summer started.

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