Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2016

Posted March 2, 2016 by Debby in Uncategorized

February 2016: what a whirlwind

For a short month, February sure was jam packed with activities. Woah. Despite all that, I did manage to get myself back into blogging for the most part – so SCORE. Reading is still below par but you know *runs away from GR “You are 5 books behind schedule” button*

February Reads

Books Read:

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas (re-read)
Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Book of the Month:

A Study in Charlotte
February Stats
Total books read: 6
Total pages read: 2,137
Average rating: 3.3
1/6 (17%) standalones, 5/6 (83%) series
1/6 (17%) paper, 5/6 (83%) pixels
2016 Stats
Total books read: 11
Total pages read: 4,088
Average rating: 3.7
9% standalones, 91% series
36% paper, 64% pixels

February Reviews

February Posts

On the Big Screen

TV Series:

Suits: As far as airing shows go, I’m pretty much only watching my sitcoms, but I have kept up with Suits and OH MAN my anxiety right now is through the roof.

How I Met Your Mother: I’ve still almost exclusively been binge rewatching HIMYM. It’s just super relaxing. And after busy days, it’s the only thing I still want to do at night. I am like 2 episodes away from the VERY END though and I’m skipping that last episode because NO SIR.


Snow White and the Huntsman: I rewatched this after reading The Shadow Queen just ‘cuz. It’d been a while. Yeah, spoiler alert: it’s still not good. Womp womp. (2.5/5)

Deadpool: YEAH BOI. Oh my god, this movie is SO AWESOME. One of my all time fave superhero movies. I laughed so hard I almost cried. It’s so meta and smart and funny. And Ryan Reynolds = yum. Always. (4.5/5)

Through My Speakers

In Real Life

  • February basically flew by because of two main events: my dad came to visit! And it was the first time in over a year that I got to see him, so THAT was overdue. I met the new girlfriend, who is really nice, and we visited Kinderdijk to see the windmills, Volendam and Marken (where we spotted Dutch celebrity Jan Smit), and my grandparents… who are really getting old. NGL, it was pretty tough. And four full days of family time is EXHAUSTING.
  • I then spent the next weekend at my best friend’s new apartment! šŸ™‚ He’s all settled in to his new job and the apartment looks SUPER nice. As usual, we ate all of the things (new favorite place: Amsterdam Foodhallen), went to see Deadpool, and I helped him pick out a color after which we painted his living room. I swear he can make no decisions alone.
  • Book club: in which I failed to read the book (but hey, we’re all allowed some leeway now and then) but ate delicious tapas. Those croquettes with Iberico ham? To. Die. For.
  • And work’s been busy but rewarding: one of the US colleagues came around, so I was basically his guide for 3 days, which was cool – but they were LONG days (with yummy dinners, so no harm no foul). He’s super fun and that makes me even more excited to visit the office in April. Technically, this is a March thing, but yesterday my manager sent an email to the ENTIRE COMPANY about how happy he is with me, how much I’m helping the US team, going above and beyond, yadda yadda yadda… NGL, I printed out that email and will save it for rainy days. So unexpected, but so lovely šŸ™‚

That’s it for me! How was your month?

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One response to “Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2016

  1. Ah yeah, we have had a few similar books the last few weeks.was The Girl from Everywhere was a 2-star disappointment for me. I didn’t fare as well with reading A Study in Charlotte as you did, but I am glad you liked it enough for Book of the Month!

    I do the same exact thing with HIMYM. That last episode is non canon and needs to be erased from the collective memory of pop culture. Nope no sire no way did that travesty really be the way they ended the series.

    The best things for me about Snow White and the Huntsman were, in order: Chris Hemsworth’s arms, Charlize Theron, the pretty epic CGI. I also loooved the Breath of Life song on the soundtrack because Florence and the Machine.

    Agree 100% on Deadpool — I laughed so hard I thought I was going to be kicked out of the theatre. (“All the dinosaurs fear the t-rex!”) Also the first movie that has really made me “get” Ryan Reynolds. Late to the party but yessir I am there now.

    So cool that you got to see your dad and that his new gf seems to be pretty nice and a good fit for your family. That’s the best. You sound like you’re running around with a hectic schedule — miss seeing you on Twitter as much! šŸ™‚