23 Jun

Happy Monday everyone! I am currently in Portland Oregon, here with my OH for his new job. Yes, you read that right. He now has a great job  in Portland. I dropped Lady off with my mom and packed my laptop, books and pages of notes I’ve been taking for growing this little blog of mine, and came up to be closer to him.

pouting after her bath

pouting after her bath


I was looking at what’s coming up for me and this is what I noticed:

Camp Nanowrimo – starts next week – Tuesday in fact! – in case you don’t know, this is part of nanowrimo (a place to write, have feedback and help with the whole process. yes, there’s more to it than that, but that’s my simple explanation). I have decided I’m going to work on a story I started in the beginning of the year. So, off and on, I have worked on ideas for it, and have high hopes to work on an outline this coming week. Now, I hate outlines. Always have. Completely tortuous things, outlines. But, as I have been reading more tips and whatnots for writing, they keep coming up. So, I thought I would try it this coming month.  We will see how it goes.

Meaningful Marriage Study – starts next week – Tuesday also! – I follow a blog, Life with Amberly and Joe  (http://www.lifewithamberlyandjoe.com/search/label/meaningful%20marriage%20book%20study) and I simply adore her writing. Her focus is her marriage. She is starting a series reading books about marriage. This time around it will be July through September. I am excited about this as it saves me the time of having to choose what book to read, and ‘makes’ me read it! I am planning on writing about it as we go along! =) This is an article that Amberly shared and I like the perspective it gives. I’ve never thought of the topic in such terms. Well worth the maybe five minutes of reading – http://www.lovethegrows.com/2012/10/infidelity-in-its-broadest-term.html


I am also trying to start a morning routine (although I will have to switch it a bit while here in Portland…) , the gist of it so far is get up, (heh, no, it’s not just a give-in that i’ll do that) , have a protein/carbs snack, go for a walk/run, eat breakfast, read, prayer/study time, blog… etc… I am hoping to still get out to some parks around here and walk but it won’t be almost everyday like I was able to do last week. (living across from a park has its perks). My plan for July is to get that more set and figured out. I like slow, physically-easy mornings lately, otherwise I get worn out too quickly and then I get frustrated and then all I want is ice cream and a chick flick. Not good.

So, while that might not look like too much to most of you – it’ll be a lot for me and my limited focusing ability (due to the migraines)! But, I am excited about all of it, plus other things I’m hoping to get to.

What are you looking forward to this coming month/ summer?

fun times last month with my dear friend Kori!!!

fun times last month with my dear friend Kori!!!


the drive to Portland. love the beauty around us!


the gorgeous Mt. Hood

26 Responses to “I-just-realized-july-is-going-to-be-busy”

  1. deannasallao June 24, 2014 at 1:12 am #

    hey there! i’m loving your recent posts!
    I also blogged about wandering in the streets of Georgetown, Penang Island in Malaysia. Colonial Houses, Authentic Food, Street Arts and many more is what I have discovered!

    here’s what my recent post is all about…

    what do you think of old towns/ houses? have you been to a place like Georgtown before? what place is it?

    would be so nice to hear from you! 🙂

    cheers! xx

    deanna ( http://www.talkaboutbeauty.wordpress.com )


    • booksnbakery June 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      I love old. movies-houses-fashion-dances etc. I was born in the wrong era, ha! I’ve been to Spain (years ago now) and absolutely loved it there. The buildings – especially the churches! – are so beautiful compared to our boring ones here. Thanks for checking out my little blog!


  2. Betsy Gettis June 24, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    That morning routine sounds like a dream…I need to take a page from your book!


  3. Ashley June 24, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Sounds like a good, but busy month! We have family coming in during July and then August so we’ll be entertaining then preparing to entertain again 😉


    • booksnbakery June 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

      oh fun! That’s nice you get a bit of a break in between though.


  4. ashleyzieglerr June 24, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    I’m excited for meaningful marriage study!


  5. Myrabev June 24, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    I am looking forward to a couple holidays whilst I still can but I have meetings from 8th till 31st at work so you know a bit busy lol x


    • booksnbakery June 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

      whew. the word ‘meetings’ always makes me cringe. Make sure you take a cup of coffee/tea in with you! =)


  6. viktorija June 24, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    so excited for you + Mike and this next adventure! 😉


  7. christenwypy June 24, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    These are all such wonderful things you are doing. Busy, but busy in a good way!


  8. christine m June 24, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Yay, Portland! 🙂 I’ve only been there a handful of times, even though I live in WA. You must try Voodoo Donuts! 🙂 It’s still on my list to try. But beware: the line is usually long! That’s a good sign though!


    • booksnbakery June 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

      Voodoo donuts is all I hear about here! although, sadly, I will never be able to have one since I am gluten-dairy-egg free… unless of course, I decide eating one outweighs the feeling awful afterward! We love going to Ya Hala restaurant – lebanese food. Yum! i’d only been here 2x before i met my husband – shrug.


  9. estherjulee June 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    i’ve always wanted to participate in nanowrimo! 🙂 writing is probably always on the backburner for me, but i’ve always wanted to get better at it. also, starting a morning routine is difficult.. i’ve been meaning to do that too and i can’t get past a week. 😦 hopefully, you’ll be much more persistent than i am though!


  10. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    The Meaningful Marriage study sounds like a fantastic idea!


  11. Bekkie - Lipstick & Lullabies June 25, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    I’m excited to get outside with the family – though we only have about 1 nice day a week currently. Sounds like a great morning routine!


  12. Alicia June 25, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    I’ve always wanted to visit Portland! And sounds like a busy summer, but those are also the most fun and rewarding times when life is busy!


  13. Amberly June 25, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    Sometimes those types of months are good and sometimes they’re not 😛


  14. thelaurawayblog June 26, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    I’m gonna try Camp Nano but I don’t think I’ll get very far. It’ll be a busy month.


    • booksnbakery June 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

      Yeah , I had hoped to have more of the character bios done by now. .. All well, we will see what happens!


    • booksnbakery June 29, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

      I know, I’m thinking that will be what happens, but I figure as long as I start and try, it’ll be good!


  15. Alice June 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    That’s a really cool routine you have going there – sounds like you’ve got a great summer lined up too. It’s so important to give yourself that time to reflect!


    • booksnbakery June 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

      thanks!!! I’m hoping to get back on routine tomorrow morning!


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