Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reflections: A Look Back at November 2014

monthly recap, monthly goals

Well, November is just about over. It flew by in a whirlwind, I feel like. Of course, I say that every month, but it's still true! Thanksgiving was awesome. The boys and I got to stuff our faces with delicious food. Charlie had to work, but we were able to celebrate with him a day early, thankfully. 

Let's take a look at my goals for November and see how I did. 

Recap of Goals from November 2014:
  • Figure out what the heck I'm going to do for William's 4th birthday party in December. He is having a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party. I have everything ready except the cake, which I will take care of next week. Wahoooo. 
  • Get back into spin class! This one is a wash. I've gone a few times, but not as regularly as I would like. But it's the holiday season, so I'm going to give myself a pass. 
  • Read "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline for our virtual book club. Success! I really enjoyed the book. Our next book will be announced in a just a few days. If you would like to join us, click here. I promise we don't bite. We're a very laidback book club.

Highlights from November 2014:
  • I read 15 books this month. I took a little break from doing book reviews, but I'll be back at it in December.  
  • Write or Die Wednesdays is still going strong. We've had some really interesting prompts and such heartfelt posts from the bloggers who join us each week. Click here to read more about Write or Die. 
  • I shared a playlist for 12 sad songs for when you need a good cry. Just cry it out, I totally understand. You'll feel much better afterwards, promise!
  • I talked about why it's important to try to build bridges instead of putting up walls. It's something I am trying to improve in my life. 
  • I shared some insight into upcoming projects and my writing process. I'm super excited for 2015 and what it has in store for the blog and for my writing. Weee! 

Goals for December 2014:
  • Buy Eric Church pre-sale tickets for his show in Philly with Kenny Chesney. OMG. I cannot even wait. 
  • Get my Christmas card list in order and have everything ready to mail in PLENTY of time before Christmas.
  • Put the finishing touches on a super awesome swap that I'm working on. It's not your average blog swap. So be on the lookout for that soon! Yayyyy. 

Now, it's your turn! What were some of your highlights from November? And what are your goals for December? Share below, I want to hear all about it! 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: Moonlight and Smoke

Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.


If you are new to this link-up and are wondering what Write or Die is all about, check it out here!

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Last week, our prompt was: What will be your legacy? And it was heartwarming to read the responses of the lovely ladies who linked up. Click here to check out the posts.

This week's prompt is a quote from Anton Chekhov: 

Happy writing and happy reading! 


"Nice night, isn't it?"

She froze when she heard his voice. She knew that voice. Immediately, her heart was in her throat and she blinked back her tears. She tried to regain her composure as quickly as she could. There was no way he was going to see how his voice still affected her, even after all these years.

"I guess," she replied, her voice a little unsteady. He came closer and stood next to her on the balcony. The party in the apartment behind them was still in full swing. But outside, it was peaceful, the moon shining down on them, giving everything a beautiful, eerie glow.

"How have you been?" he asked, his dark eyes boring into hers.

"Fine. You?"

"OK, I guess. I'm alive, so I can't complain. I didn't know you would be here tonight."

"Yeah. I didn't know I would be here either. It's not really my scene."

He chuckled. "I remember." He lit his cigarette and inhaled deeply. He held out his pack to her in silent offer.

She shook her head. "I quit last year." But her mind flashed back to other nights, nights they shared together, smoking, talking into the wee hours, kissing. She closed her eyes and tried to will those memories away. That was a long time ago, she thought to herself. Stop it.

"Congratulations. I keep saying I will, but you know." He shrugged. "So, are you here with someone?" he asked quietly.



"Don't," she said again, her voice tight.

"Em. Come on. Don't be that way. I'm just making conversation."

Emily sighed. "No. I'm not here with anyone. My friend was supposed to meet me here, but obviously, she's not coming." She looked at him and reached for his cigarettes. "Give me one of those damn things."

He grinned that grin that she loved. The one that showed off his dimples and made his eyes twinkle. The one that said, Screw it. Live life. Who cares about the consequences? 

She put the cigarette in her mouth. He leaned over with his lighter and she waved him off. "I just want to hold it. For old times' sake."

He leaned close to her, bumped her with his shoulder. "I've missed you. I've missed this. Our talks."

She pulled away. "Don't. OK? Just don't. I don't want to talk about it. I should probably go, it's getting late." She turned away. He grabbed her hand.

"Em. Please wait. Don't go," he pleaded. "I'm sorry. I really am. I know that I hurt you. If I could go back and do things differently, I absolutely would."

Emily tried to blink back her tears, but couldn't. She sobbed, "Well, you can't! You can't go back. It happened, Dean. You broke my heart. Do you understand? Do you know what that feels like? To hear all of those 'forevers' and believe them, like an idiot?" She pulled away and angrily wiped the tears on her sleeve. "Just leave me alone. Please. Go away."

Dean just stood there, refusing to leave, looking at her with pain in his eyes. "You're not an idiot, Em. I never meant to hurt you. And to be honest, Sheila had no intention of coming here tonight. I asked her to invite you so that I could talk to you. I... I've been thinking about you a lot lately. About us."

She didn't respond. She looked at him and felt that punch to her gut that she always felt when she was around him. He moved closer and reached for her hand. She didn't stop him. This is it, she thought. Here he is again, just like I always hoped. What do I do?

She looked out into the night, the moonlight shining on her hair...

*This is an original story written by me. Please do not copy or distribute this post without my permission. Thank you.*


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Read All About It: Libraries are my Utopia

I love the library. I could spend hours there. Just browsing the shelves, sitting in the comfy chairs and reading, finding books for the boys. It's just a great, quiet place to be. We take the boys to the library every week for story time and they love it and look forward to it. They get to pick out a handful of books each and we read to them every night. I just love it. 

And ya know, I may or may not check out a million books each week. I currently have 22 books checked out. And we only get 2 weeks to read them. So... the renew option on my account gets a serious work out. :) 

Check out some of my library haul. I won't post the descriptions for all of these, or else we'll be here all day. But click on the links and it will take you to the Goodreads synopsis of each book. :) [And I apologize in advance for my crappy cell phone quality photos.] 

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Inside the Box by Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

The Group by Mary McCarthy

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud

The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley with Jonathan Littman

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

The Gift by Lewis Hyde

Breakthrough Creativity by Lynne Levesque

The Breakout Principle by Herbert Benson and William Proctor 

Marry Your Muse by Jan Phillips 

The Progress Principle by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer

The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loort

Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Cracking Creativity by Michael Michalko

Make Your Brain Smarter by Sandra Bond Chapman

Phew! That's a lot of books, right? As you can see, I'm on a pretty heavy nonfiction/creativity kick right now. If you're on Goodreads, feel free to add me here

So, now it's YOUR turn. What are you reading? I'm always up for new book suggestions! 

P.S. Don't forget about Write or Die Wednesdays! Our prompt for tomorrow is below. Hope you join us! Click here to find out what Write or Die is all about. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Tour Through Blogland: My Writing Process

Hi everybody! Last week, my lovely friend Sheryl from How to Make a Life tagged me to continue the tour through blogland. If you're new here, welcome! Come on in, I don't bite. You can read a little more about me here. And if you're a regular reader, welcome back, it's so lovely to see you again. I hope you will stick around and learn a little more about my writing process and what I'm working on right now. 

OK, so let's get started! 

What are you working on now?

I'm working on a few things right now. First and foremost, my favorite project right now is the Write or Die Wednesdays writer's link up with my buddy Vashelle from Shelly's Cabaret. We try very hard to come up with unique writing prompts with some substance to them so that we can all get those creative juices flowing {P.S. Our next prompt has been posted!}. We are constantly on the lookout for inspiration with our weekly prompts and Wednesday has definitely become my favorite day of the week! Check us out and I hope you join, if you're so inclined. 

I'm also working on some creative projects for 2015 to share with you all here on the bloggy blog. I'm thinking very hard about what 2015 will mean for me and my family and my dreams. There's something about the promise of a new year. It's a blank slate and you're able to start fresh with new eyes and hopefully accomplish a lot! Hope you guys will stick around and share that journey with me. And I'm always looking for creative collaborators, so if you're interested, leave a comment below with your email and I will definitely get back to you. 

And last, but never, ever least, I am finally working on an outline for my novel. EEEKKK! My mind always runs in a million different directions, so finally putting pen to paper and making a plan has been extremely helpful. If you're a regular reader, you know that writing a novel has always been something that I said I would do someday. But I'm glad that I finally decided to put that plan into motion. I know it will be a long journey, but I'm so, so excited to take on this dream. Squeee. 

How does your work differ from others in the genre?

My blog is definitely a mix of different topics. But I mean, the word "Chaos" is in the title, so it's kind of fitting, right? I blog about books, about writing, about life, about my hopes and dreams, about my family, about clean eating, etc. 

I think that there are a lot of lifestyle blogs out there, but even though we may blog about the same types of things, I feel that we are all unique in our own way. We all bring our life experiences and perspectives and our sense of humor to our little space on the interwebz. So for me, it's about finding people out there who are passionate about some of the same things I am, or people who get my weird sense of humor. 

Why do you write/create what you do?

I write because the words are in my soul and I have a story to tell. And I will keep on telling it until my story ends. And I'm actually visiting over at Ashley's blog, Chaos and Words today, talking about this exact thing - Why I Write. I hope you'll visit us there today and leave me some love! :) 

How does your writing/creative process work?

Haha, my "process" is probably the opposite of a process. First, I am always on the lookout for inspiration for posts. Whether it's the song I'm listening to on the radio, or a quote I saw in a book, or a picture, etc., I try to jot down those ideas or email things to myself, or if I'm driving I'll record a note to myself, etc. 

And then the actual writing of posts takes place mostly in the evenings after my kids are in bed, or on the weekends when I have a little bit of free time. Sometimes I will just open up the browser and start typing, or other times, I will write out what I want to say by hand first. It really just depends. And I kind of like it that way - keeps things fresh and spontaneous and organic. 

So this concludes my tour. I hope you have enjoyed it. :) I am tagging a few people below to continue the tour, but please feel free to join and answer these questions as well on your blog or in the comments. Or if you have a post about your writing process, post it in the comments as well, I'd love to read it! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: Leaving a Legacy

Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.


If you are new to this link-up and are wondering what Write or Die is all about, check it out here!

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Last week we wrote about our passions, and it was so much fun reading everyone's passions from writing to inspiring others to kids & sports and more! It was so hard picking just one weekly featured writer when everyone equally shared their hearts. Because of this, we are re-sharing everyone's post!

Kasey at the Bat
How to Make a Life
How I Roll
The Chronicles of Chaos
Shelly's Cabaret

This week's prompt is the following: What will be your legacy?

Happy writing!


This is a hard one for me because to be honest, thinking about my legacy ultimately leads me to thinking about my death. My thoughts on this subject tend to get overly morbid if I dwell on it too long. I mean, it's kind of mind-blowing to think that, no matter your religious or spiritual beliefs, you will eventually cease to exist on this Earth. And obviously, that's never going to happen to me because I'm going to become a vampire and live forever. *slow blink*

OK, fine, let's say this immortality thing doesn't work out. So, what will be my legacy??? How do I want to be remembered? What will I pass down to my kids and grandchildren and great-grandchildren?

I hope to leave behind a literary legacy. You knew I was going to say that, right? Writing has been a shining light in my life and I would hope to pass that on in some form. Hopefully, a book or three. ;) But not just writing. I want to also pass on a love of learning. Soak up everything you can. Strive to learn new things.

I hope to leave behind a legacy of love. For my boys: That no matter what happens or where life takes them, they know that I loved them with every fiber of my being, every ounce of will and energy that I have. For my husband: That our love changed my life and saved me time and time again.

It may not sound like much, but these things are extremely important to me. I'm a simple person and I don't expect much, but if I can pass those things on, I'd die a happy lady.

But I'd totally invite a vampire into my house to bite the shizzle out of me, so hit me up if you know any.

What will be YOUR legacy? 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Building Bridges Instead of Walls

Being an introvert has its ups and downs. Lately, I've found it to have more downs than ups. Sometimes, I wish I could be more like my hubby who has never met a stranger. 

It's a pretty lonely existence. But then again, being an introvert means that 90% of the time, I'd much rather be alone. I can read, write, just enjoy the solitude. Not feel any obligations or guilt in not calling anyone back, etc. 

That other 10% is very powerful, though. It's hard enough to make friends as an adult. That other 10% wants to have people to meet up with for brunch, or call to come over and watch Walking Dead and eat popcorn. That other 10% is desperate for one-on-one girl time where you can talk about anything and everything over coffee, or margaritas at happy hour. 

I'm tired of being The Quiet Girl Who Keeps to Herself. [Clearly, I drew the short straw when they were giving out Native American names. Just a joke, don't sue me, people.] 

Seriously, though. I'll never be the life of the party. Well, at least not while I'm sober. Ha. But I want to be more open to new connections, new people, new experiences. I know it's a bit early for resolutions, but I'm going to work on this. 

So, won't you join me on my Extroversion Excursion? [You like that? Just pulled that one from the buttockal region. You're welcome.] 

P.S. Don't forget to check back here tomorrow for Write or Die Wednesdays! Our prompt this week is: What will be your legacy? Happy writing! Click here for more info on Write or Die.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things: November 2014 Edition

Well, hello there, lovelies! It's time for the next edition of A Few of My Favorite Things. I really love doing these posts every month because it gives me a good excuse to do some online window shopping. Not that I really need an excuse. ;) 

  • Um, have I mentioned that if Eric Church and I weren't already married to other people, I would totally kidnap him and marry him? Because yea.. I would. And when I do, I have to do it in style and wear this sweatshirt


  • I absolutely love Julie Ann Art. The shop features awesome greeting cards (that you will most definitely NOT find in Hallmark), but there are also some other items that caught my eye, particularly this notepad that I really need in my life. 


  • Oh, this mug. It satisfies both my love of crows and my love of Edgar Allen Poe. Lurrvvee. 


  • Does this book even need an explanation? Favorite author + latest book = DUH. Get in my bookshelf!!!


And this concludes the latest installment of A Few of My Favorite Things. 

What are some of your must-haves? Leave a comment and share below. 

P.S. The writing prompt for Write or Die Wednesdays is: What will be your legacy? Hope you join us! Click here to read more about Write or Die. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lifting the Fog

As I was driving the kids to daycare yesterday morning, there was this incredibly dense fog outside. It was so thick I was afraid to pull out of our neighborhood because I couldn't see a foot in front of me. But driving safety aside, there is something just so beautiful about fog. 

Dom, my oldest, said to me, "Mommy! I can't see anything, can you?" And I replied, "No, honey, I can't, it's so foggy!" And he said, "But it's so pretty!" And it was. I love the way fog transforms your surroundings. Roads and landmarks that you drive by every day take on this whole new presence. It really changes your perspective. The fog forces you to slow down, drive a little more slowly, be a little more present in the moment. 

Sometimes, I think of fog as a metaphor for life. The fog appears. You struggle for a bit. You are unsure of where you are going or what's going to happen. But you keep your head down and you push through. Eventually, the fog will dissipate and your perseverance will be rewarded. 

Am I the only weirdo who thinks of this stuff while I'm driving with two yelling children in the backseat? 

“Don’t let the agony, regret, or fog of yesterday blind you to the fact that each new day carries with it a plethora of opportunities to move your life into the right direction.” -Steve Maraboli

P.S. Don't forget to check out our topic for Write or Die Wednesdays. Click here! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: Light My Fire.

Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! 
We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.


If you are new to this link-up and are wondering what Write or Die is all about, check it out here!

So, last week our writing prompt was a photo. We had such a great time reading everyone's posts and seeing how we are all inspired by the same photo in different ways.

I was especially impressed [this is Mia right now, btw] by Shelly's poem from last week, "A Field Full of Wishes". It was beautiful. Click here to read it. Shelly doesn't know it yet, but she is our Weekly Featured Writer, weee! :) Show her some love! [OK, back to your regularly scheduled programming!]

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This week's prompt is inspired by this line from the song "Unkiss Me" by Maroon 5: "You can't light a fire if the candle's melted." What lights your fire? What inspires you? What's your passion?

Happy writing and happy reading!


Words. Words have always been my passion. Big surprise, right? But it's true. Whether it's reading beautiful words in a book or trying to write beautiful words of my own - words just inspire me. I love how they can invoke certain emotions or provide imagery for entire scenes.

There's nothing better than settling down with a good book, or opening up a blank page that really gets me going.

I always say that someday I want to be a writer. But you know what? I *am* a writer. Right now. Just because I'm not a published author doesn't mean that the words that I write don't have value. They matter to me. In the midst of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, for those of you in the know), I'm surrounded by tweets and FB posts of people who are writing novels. And I'm envious. Because that's ultimately one of the biggest dreams and passions that I have.

So, this is my promise to myself: Even if it takes me until I'm 80 years old - I'm going to write a novel. I'll work on it here and there, whenever I can fit it into my schedule. But I'm going to do it.

I can't tell you how happy this makes me. I'm feeling inspired. I've said it for a long time, but I have never put this idea that I have down on paper. It's always been "some day." Well that day is TODAY, damn it.

I know it sounds stupid - like, "Mia, if you've always wanted to write a novel, then why haven't you?" Well, the answer is fear. Doubt. Guilt. Insecurity. Feeling like nobody would want to read what I write. Lack of inspiration. But I've been reminding myself these past few months that life is short and that I don't want it to pass me by. Well, here is me following my own advice.

I've got plenty of blank notebooks and a vast collection of pens just calling my name.

My candle is no longer melted. It's time to make this dream a reality. 

What is YOUR passion? 

Monday, November 10, 2014

12 Sad Songs for When You Need a Good Cry

Songs that make you cry; sad songs

Do you ever find yourself feeling down? Maybe you had a bad day, or received some bad news. Maybe you're suffering from a bad breakup. Maybe somebody has a case of the Mondays [that would be me]. So you watch some sad movies, or read a sad book. 

Or better yet, you listen to some sad songs. Studies show that listening to sad music when you're sad helps you feel better. So, here are 12 songs that I've chosen especially for you when you've got the blues. They always help me when I'm in a funk and I hope that they will help you, too. 

Let me set the scene for you. It's raining outside. You're in your room. It's dark and you have some candles lit. You're laying in bed, staring at the ceiling. Singing along with your heart and soul. Ready, set, go. 

1. Last Kiss by Pearl Jam. 

2. Creep by Radiohead. 

3. I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan. 

4. Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton. 

5. Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor. 

6. Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.

7. Here Without You by 3 Doors Down.

8. Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye.

9. Grenade by Bruno Mars.

10. Rolling in the Deep by Adele. 

11. Jolene by Dolly Parton. 

12. Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers. 

What are your favorite sad songs?  

P.S. The next prompt for Write or Die Wednesdays has been posted. Check it out here

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: Living the Simple Life

Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.


If you are new to this link-up and are wondering what Write or Die is all about, check it out here!

So, last week our writing prompt was the word "cozy." We had such a great time reading everyone's posts and seeing how we all mentioned many of the same things: coffee/tea, a good book, fuzzy socks, etc.

Becca's poem, which presented the essence of coziness in such a succinct way, made us want to go streaking in Target (haha)! That is why we have chosen her to be Write or Die's WEEKLY FEATURED WRITER! Yay, Becca!

Please take some time to read Becca's poem here, and show her some love if you haven't already!

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This week's prompt is the image below. Happy writing and happy reading!

I'm really tired of the rat race. You know what I'm talking about, right? The days that pass by in a blur. Work, eat, sleep, repeat. Living life, but not really experiencing it. Another day, another spin in the useless hamster wheel of life. Soul-sucking repetition. What is the point exactly? Work to pay bills. Pay bills, go broke again. Work to get more money and pay more bills. That can't be the point of life. But it's the reality, I suppose. 

You know what I would really love? You know what I dream of? Just a simple, quiet life. A small house in the country, with lots of land. Growing our own herbs and vegetables. Wide open space for our boys to run around. Heck, maybe even a small farm. Pigs, cows, chickens, goats. Haha. 

No sitting in traffic. No noisy neighbors. No HOA. No cubicles. No strip malls. Just fresh air, blue skies, and fields of green. Leisurely family walks or picnics. A big tree, providing shade on a sunny day - perfect for reading or napping. 

Not this constant hustle and bustle. Sentences like "Hurry up!" or "We're going to be late!" But instead, "We have all the time in the world."

That's my dream. A simple life of simple pleasures. 

What's your dream? 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Reflections: A Look Back at October 2014

Reflections: A Look Back at October 2014

Happy November! I'm so excited for the start of the holiday season. Thanksgiving is almost upon us! And then, Christmas! Eeeekkk. I'm already playing my Christmas albums on repeat. #sorrynotsorry

So, now that October 2014 has come to a close, it's only natural to take a look back and see what it was all about. 

  • Get family pictures taken. Fail. I was all excited to do this and then, at the last minute, Charlie got called into work, and we couldn't go. Sigh. At this time of year, I think we'd be hard-pressed to find anyone with any availability as most photographers get booked up so quickly. We'll see. It may have to wait until Spring. Le bummer. 
  • Blogger meet-up. Yay! This totally happened and it was an afternoon filled with good food and great company. Love you guys. 
L to R: Me, Krystle, Melanie, Caitlin, Sarah

  • Halloween costumes for the boys. Yes! Look at these cuties. They went to a costume party a few days before Halloween, and then of course went trick-or-treating on Halloween itself. They had such a great time. 

  • New link up with a new friend. Happy Happy Joy Joy! Vashelle from Shelly's Cabaret and I started the Write or Die writer's link up in order to inspire other bloggers who love to write. I can't tell you how happy I am every time Wednesday rolls around. And how happy I am to have connected with other writers, not to mention, finding an awesome writing/inspiration partner like Vashelle! Click here to find out more about Write or Die and see previous topics. Also, our writing prompt for this upcoming Wednesday (Nov 5) is the photo below. Hope you'll join us!

Highlights from October 2014: 
  • I resolved to get a tattoo, asap! Check out the images that have inspired me. 
  • Of course, no October recap can be complete without a spooky story. Check out this short story that I wrote called "Ding Dong Ditch." 
  • I went to the Eric Church concert with my hubby. I've never really been a country fan, but I am now most certainly an Eric Church fan. Best concert ever! 
Eric Church concert

Goals for November 2014:

  • Figure out what the heck I'm going to do for William's 4th birthday party in December. He's really into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles right now, so that will probably be the theme of the party. But I need to get my act together and figure out the details and the invitations. 
  • Get back into spin class! I was sick for awhile and couldn't go, and now I'm in a training class and get home late. But I plan to get my butt back to class asap. 
  • Read "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline for our virtual book club. There's still time to join us if you'd like to get on board! 

OK, so now it's your turn! What were some of your accomplishments from October? What are your goals for November? I'd love to hear about it. We can cheer each other on! :)