Monthly Recap: November 2016

Posted December 1, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments

Guys! We’re almost done with 2016. In a matter of months, my daughter will be a high school graduate. I just can’t even deal right now.

What I Did


1. Lady Saxons Kick Off Potluck: Basketball season is under way and November kicked it all off. Every year, our North High Lady Saxons basketball program kicks their basketball season with a team potluck where the official rosters for all levels of basketball are introduced, meeting and greeting the newbies and being social with the oldies takes place and this year, between Brenna and Cheridan, we brought like 20 people with us. It was a good time and I’m excited for our season.
2. Lady Seahawks Kick Off Luau: Makenna’s annual fundraising luau was on the same day as our Lady Saxons Kick Off Potluck so our day started at Redondo. Makenna’s a senior this year so she did the senior siva Samoa and she did a great job. I wasn’t even mad that I had to make up a dance for her to do in less than a week. We pulled it out and she did great.
3. I turned 36: November 13th was my birthday and I turned 36. My bestie made me dinner and we hung out, laughed it up with my girls Bren and Ken. It was a low key event and I was glad. I’m a homebody so low key is how I roll. It was a good birthday so yay for another year!
4. Weendizzle turned 1: November was also my blog anniversary. I started this blog last year and have kept it up for the most part of a year. It’s grown and went through some face lifts but I’m happy with what I’m doing here (it’s more personal than anything else I’m doing right now) and I plan to keep it up in the new year.

What I Watched

Moana: My review for Moana is here and I really enjoyed it. From beginning to end, it was cute!

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I found out we were getting it and while I enjoyed it as a whole, I was disappointed too. I’ll be writing up a review of it that will go up next week so be on the look out for that. 🙂

Teen Wolf: It’s the last season for my favorite TV werewolves and supernatural friends and they’re really packing a punch with everything going on. I’m probably loving the hell out of everything because my ship is finally sailing loud and proud!! I have been in Stydia heaven for three weeks now. Ha!

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Started from the bottom, now we here. 🙂

This is me right now:

I’m Beyonce, of course. Ha! I’ve waited 6 seasons for Lydia Martin to stop messing around and get her man. Looks like it’s our turn. Yay!!

What I Listened To

Moana Soundtrack: I’ve been listening to this one mostly because of my 7 year old nephew Luke (who I’ve been spending a lot of time with lately) and Brenna. Luke came to work with me last week and wanted to listen to it for 3 hours and we did. He sang his bootleg version (wrong lyrics) of every song at the top of his lungs…AT MY OFFICE! He’s lucky everyone thought he was cute. Ha!

Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic Album: This album dropped a couple of weeks ago and I haven’t listened to much else since. I’m loving every song, the feel good vibe and just Bruno Mars in general. Luke has also been heard singing the following lyrics from Versace of the Floor, “Let’s just kiss til we’re naked, baby” Ummm…yikes. Ha!

What I Read

1. The Other Sister by Dianne Dixon | 2.5 out of 5
2. Love Irresistibly (Oxford #1) by Lauren Layne (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
3. I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2) by Lauren Layne (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
4. Fighting for Devlin (Lost Boys #1) by Jessica Lemmon | 4.25 out of 5
5. Shut Up and Kiss Me (Lost Boys #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
6. Downed (Gridiron #3) by Jen Frederick | 4.75 out of 5
7. Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan | 3.5 out of 5
8. Managed (VIP #2) by Kristen Callihan | 4 out of 5
9. First Step Forward (Grand Valley #1) by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5
10. Size Matters by Alison Bliss | 3.5 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Keepsake by Sarina Bowen
Twisted Palace by Erin Watt (Buddy review with Ames)
Ruled by Elle Kennedy
The Goal by Elle Kennedy
Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne
I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne
The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath
One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

What I Got

What I Loved


Planner Stickers. The entire month of November was filled with me trying to find my happy place again with all things Happy Planner. Toward the end of the month, I started getting into the bullet journal videos. I am completely inspired for next year. Since I’m now much of an artist (I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler), I’m drawn to the sticker sets that are just too cute for words. I’ve browsed Etsy more in the last month than anything else, except probably YouTube and I’ve bought so many stickers and stickers sets that I’m going to starve since I’m spending all of my lunch money but I can’t help it. I love this crap.

There you have it, folks. The month that was November 2016 for me. How was your month? What are you watching, listening and loving these days?

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10 responses to “Monthly Recap: November 2016

  1. GUess what I’m doing right now? Watching bullet journal videos on youtube! I really hope you like it, you don’t have to be artistic at all. I draw in mine 5% of the time. Th erest of the time I just make it look nice with colorful pens and markers. Your stickers will look great! I love Lauren Layne, loved Moana. I haven’t heard the new Bruno Mars. Is it more Uptown Funk or more Grenade? I love his slower slongs like Grenade but feel like most of his songs are more on the funky side. I have been OBSESSED with the new Weeknd cd though. LOVE!

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

    • Rowena

      I’ve got so many ideas and inspiration from watching YouTube videos though some of those YouTubers are kind of ridiculous with their videos. My friend Ames told me about how one of them had a grocery shopping haul and I’m like, “Seriously? I don’t give a crap about your grocery shopping” Ha!

      Lauren Layne is probably my favorite author of 2016. She really brought it this year and I’m looking forward to next year too.

      Moana was the bomb! I loved it. They did my people proud!

      Bruno’s album is more Uptown Funk. I’m really digging it though I’m loving his R&B songs like Versace on the Floor. That’s a great slow song.

      Star boy has been stuck in my head all week cause I’m a mother-effing star boy.

  2. Ksenia

    This stickers are so lovely, Rowena! I loved Act Like It, I hope you would enjoy it too. I didn’t know you blog for only a year. I’m a new follower, but I really like your blog and your personality. Keep going!

    • Rowena

      Thanks Ksenia! I’m excited to use them all but I’m spending so much money on planner things that I really need to slow my roll. Wish me luck on that!

      I’ve been blogging for a lot longer than a year but this blog is a year old. Thanks for following me over here. I’m glad you enjoy it. I promise I will start visiting blogs and commenting again. I’m just in a funk right now.

  3. I looooved Moana and I love the soundtrack so much too. I’m not much of a musical fan, but I really enjoyed all the songs in that movie. WELL, maybe not Shiny as much haha.
    Ugh. I was so bummed out by Gilmore Girls. It was so bad when it came to characterizations. I never want to see the show again.
    You got Act Like It! I can’t wait for you to read it and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂
    And ahhh you’ve been sucked into the bujo vortex too! 😀
    I hope your December is just as great, Rowena!

    • Rowena

      The soundtrack is pretty cool. I listen to it so much I’m singing How Far I’ll Go in my sleep. I also don’t respond to people’s, “Thank you” by saying, “You’re welcome”. I sing it. Ha!

      I don’t know that I don’t ever want to watch the show again but I was disappointed in a lot of stuff.

      Everyone and their Mom loves that book so I’m looking forward to it as soon as I get my review pile down.

      Thanks, Nick! Same to you!

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