April 2015 Wrap Up: Busy Busy Fun Fun
April 30, 2015
Oh April…..how much fun we had together! As crazy busy as this month was, I made lots of awesome memories with both friends and family. I had some great moments in all aspects of my life. Here are some of the highlights:
- At the beginning of the month, I went to the REO Speedwagon concert – a total blast from the past. I have to admit that their voices aren’t quite what they used to be, but it was fun to sing along with the audience!
- Easter was fun with lots of family coming into town. I am blessed to have an awesome network of aunts, uncles, and cousins, in addition to my parents, my brother, my sister-in-law, my niece, and my nephew. I love family time, and there are few things that make me feel quite as content!
- I was able to relive a huge part of my childhood by going to the Neil Diamond concert with my parents and my brother. My mom is truly one of the biggest fans of Neil, and my brother and I were subjected to lots of music time with him growing up – we even rewrote some of the words to his songs on a rainy day! Neil was my first concert, and it was fun to revisit that scene 30 years later!
- I checked an item off of my bucket list when I went to Bacon Fest for the first time. I had always been a little reluctant because of the cost, but trust me people….it is so worth it! Lots of eating and drinking and hanging with friends…..there’s nothing better. I will definitely be going again!
- I attended an awesome wine dinner that was hosted by The Wine Cellar at Artistic Cuisine. I was lucky enough to sit by the owner of the store, and it was a delight to get to know him a little more. We sampled several Hindsight Wines, and the 5 course meal was amazing!
- My family celebrated my Mom and Dad’s birthdays with an awesome family dinner at a favorite seafood location Bob Chinn’s.
- Number of books read: 8 (that’s such an awesome number for me)!
- Most viewed post: My Book Club Blowout for Big Little Lies gets views daily. That has been a very popular book club book, and someone even pinned the post on Pinterest this month!
- Post I wish got more love: My Book Club Blowout for The Art of Fielding. I had so much fun with the baseball theme!
- Reviews posted: Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, Alice + Freda Forever by Alexis Coe, The New Mrs. Collins by Quanie Miller, Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Small Damages by Beth Kephart
- Top Ten lists: Books Featuring Mental Illness, Favorite Authors, Favorite Book Quotes, Characters I’d Like to Check in With
- Let’s Chat features: Weight Loss, Bucket Lists,
- The biggest excitement for my blog this month was being asked to be part of a cover reveal and book trailer release for Suanne Laqueur’s soon-to-be-released book Give Me Your Answer True. It was a huge bummer when my website had major issues shortly after posting that one! Please check it out if you haven’t had a chance yet!
- My book club had the opportunity to have author Jessica Null Vealitzek attend our gathering this month to discuss her debut novel The Rooms Are Filled. She was a student at the elementary school I work at back in the day! She was a delight to meet, and I will definitely be supporting her in the future.
- I participated in my first Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I loved setting aside so much time for reading, and I loved connecting with other bloggers throughout the day. I exceeded my goal and spent 7 hours on the challenge.
- I want to give a shout out to Leah from Books Speak Volumes, who not only offered advice and cheering during Dewey’s, but has done the same at other times during my blogging journey as well. She is uber supportive, and I love following her blog. Make sure to check it out!
What exciting and fun things happened with you in April?