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Monthly Recap: June & July 2017

Posted August 23, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

I have been sorely lacking in getting any posts written for this blog. I’ve been busy, lazy, not in the mood…you name it, I was it. I’m slowly starting to get back in the thick of things so wish me luck. I missed my June monthly recap so I’ll just add the jist of things here. It’s not like I have much to report, book wise for June anyway.

What I Did

 Bren, Ken, & Cher graduated from High School and Makaela was promoted from middle school to High School. Bren and Ken will be attending our local junior college while Cher leaves for Utah this coming Friday to start her freshman year of college at BYU, Provo. Makaela has joined the North High Volleyball team and I’m sure she’s going to do great things. We met Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma in Las Vegas. In July, we traveled to Las Vegas for the girls last Club tournament with the Mustangs. It was hot as hell and the girls played game after game after game and on our first night of games, we had dinner at Raising Caines and one of the newest Lakers ate right next to us so of course we welcomed him to Los Angeles and got a picture with him. Fun times!

What I Read

1. The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5 2. The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean | 5 out of 5 3. Wired by Julie Garwood | 3.5 out of 5 4. Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon (re-read) | 4 out of 5 6. I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5 7. Dating You, Hating You by Christine Lauren | 4 out of 5 8. Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5 9. Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5 10. Some Kind of Hero by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 3.5 out of 5 11. Lucky in Love by Kasie West | 3.25 out of 5 12. How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis | 3 out of 5 13. Ready to Run by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5 14. When It’s Real by Erin Watt | 4.25 out of 5 15. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare | 4.5 out of 5 16. The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley | 3.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Lucky in Love by Kasie West True Love and Other Disasters (Chinooks Hockey Team #4) by Rachel Gibson Wired (Buchanan-Renard #13) by Julie Garwood Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon Fair Play by Deirdre Martin Coming Up for Air (Hundred Oaks #8) by Miranda Kenneally I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters #17) by Suzanne Brockmann The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young Second Chance Season (Grand Valley #2) by Liora Blake Stay (WAGS #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean Black Tie Optional (Wild Weddings #1) by Ann Marie Walker The Girl with the Make Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) by Julia Quinn Shadow Readper (Shadows #2) by Christine Feehan Revenge (Lawless #3) by Lexi Blake Silver Silence (Psy/Changelings Trinity #1) by Nalini Singh An Affair with a Notorious Heiress (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4) by Lorraine Heath

What I Bought Or was Gifted

I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren Once and For All by Sarah Dessen My Roommates Girl by Julianna Keyes Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews White Hot by Ilona Andrews Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews Shacking Up by Helena Hunting When It’s Real by Erin Watt

What I Got for Review

The Final Score (Play by Play #13) by Jaci Burton The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes #1) by Loretta Chase If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon

What I Listened To

Perfect by Ed Sheeran
This has gotten some major play on my Apple Music. I still love the hell out of this song…in August.

What I Watched on TV

Loving all of these shows, except Suits. I love the show but this season is pretty boring.

What Movies I Watched

John Wick (2014) (re-watch) | 4 out of 5 The Art of Us (2017) | DNF Wonder Woman (2017) | 4.25 out of 5 Life As We Know It (2010) | 4.5 out of 5 Something Borrowed (2011) | 4 out of 5 Bad Date Chronicles (2017) | 3 out of 5 Bound & Babysitting (2015) | 4.25 out of 5 My Favorite Wedding (2017) | 3.5 out of 5 The Russell Girl (2008) | 4.5 out of 5 Loving Leah (2009) | 4 out of 5 Portrait of Love (2015) | 3 out of 5 A Wish for Christmas (2015) | 3.5 out of 5 Chance at Romance (2013) | 3 out of 5 Sand Castle (2017) | 4 out of 5
There you have it…all of the things that I did in June and July. Did you do any fun things?Read any good books? Watch any fab movies?

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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

team-wilson-gang-basketball-2016-2017 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

sticker-stash 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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Week in Books (43)

Posted November 28, 2016 by Rowena in Books, Features | 6 Comments

Week in Books v2 The highlight of this week is surprisingly not Thanksgiving. It’s the return of my nephew, RJ. RJ served a two year mission for our Church and he has returned with honor. I’m so glad to see that he’s happy, healthy and safely home. He’s such a good kid, always has a smile on his face and he’s been through so much in his short life so I’m happy to see him happy. I’m just bummed that we couldn’t make it out to Colorado to see him. We’ll make up for that in January when he comes to California for Chach’s farewell. welcome-home-rj I hope that everyone had a great weekend, cause I did and I’m ready to get back to it all this week.

Currently Reading

Managed (VIP #2) by Kristen Callihan.
It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big…ego. I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London. That is until HE sat next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me. I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming. If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool façade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart. Let the battle begin…
I didn’t read all of the books like I planned over my long weekend but I did manage to finish Idol by Kristen Callihan and Size Matters by Alison Bliss. Both books were good but not books that I would put on my favorites shelf. They both get 3.5 out of 5 stars.


Idol by Kristen Callihan | 3.5 out of 5 Size Matters by Alison Bliss | 3.5 out of 5


The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath

Posts You May Have Missed

11/21: Week in Books (42) 11/24: Happy Thanksgiving!
I really need to get my act together and start writing up some posts. I’m just lazy but this week is the week that I really get my shit together. For reals.

New to My Bookshelves

None. I’ve been distracted with all things planners these days. I haven’t been really looking at the books coming out, books that I want to read and all that. Surprising but I’m completely addicted to all things Happy Planner and Bullet Journals. I’m going to be doing both next year, now that I’ve got the hang of how I want to do these things. I’m excited!

New to My Review Shelf

The Hero (Sons of Texas #1) by Donna Grant
There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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Kaleo is a Savage

Posted September 8, 2016 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments

MegHan My niece Meghan tore one ACL during her sophomore year and the other ACL during her senior year in high school, playing basketball. She has flat feet and has struggled with her feet for most of her life. That didn’t stop her from playing basketball. Meghan is passionate about basketball the same way that I am passionate about books. She missed a lot of family time because she was in the gym or at some camp, playing. When high school started, she was ready. She prepared to make Varsity and start her freshman year and was able to check both of those off her bucket list. She’s a damn good player. She’s a stand out player that all the coaches she’s played against have prepared for because she had nights like this more than once. Two ACL breaks didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream of playing college basketball. After she got hurt the second time, a lot of the colleges that were interested in her disappeared but instead of letting that get her down, she went the community college route and got Co Player of the Year for her conference as a freshman. She’s doing really well and is preparing for her sophomore year of college. My nephew Kaleo is no stranger to injuries. He was born with clubbed feet and lived with his own fair share of feet problems. He made national headlines when (at age 13) he decided to amputate both of his feet for a chance at a pain free life. He’s almost 16 now and he’s got his driver’s license and he’s still the same, fun loving, loud mouth crazy kid. I don’t think there’s anyone funnier than Kaleo in our family because he stays cracking jokes. When he’s in town for the summer, you will hear every single adult yell, “SHUT UP KALEO!” more than once because not only does he crack jokes all the time, he also talks really loud. He’s our family jokester. I was scrolling through Facebook the other day when I came across this: Kaleo LOL! Zero damns given. That’s our Kaleo…responding to Meghan’s post from 3 years ago and being a complete savage too. P.S. Kaleo’s comment is supposed to say, “AYE YOU NEXT WITH YOUR BROKE ACLS” LMAO!

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Blanche’s 50th Birthday

Posted August 18, 2016 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments

Yesterday was my sister Blanche’s 50th birthday and her kids planned a pretty special surprise family dinner for her…at the same restaurant we had my Mom’s 50th birthday dinner. 🙁 Mom’s been gone for 5 years now so it was nice that she was still a part of Blanche’s 50th birthday celebration, even if it was in spirit. Blanche 50th Now that the surprise party is over and done with, I can finally share this story. Ha! For as long as I can remember, my younger brother Pete has never missed an opportunity to tease Blanche about how old she is. She’s 16 years older than Pete. 14 years older than me. Every time Pete teases Blanche, she threatens to kick him and we all laugh. A running joke in our family is that Blanche went to Seminary with Moses. That she was classmates with Jesus. A few weeks ago, Chloe (Blanche’s oldest daughter) sent a text out to all of Blanche’s siblings, asking for old pictures of Blanche. She was working on something for the party and needed old pictures. Pete sends this: Moses LMAO! I can’t even deal with this picture. I laughed so hard and so much at this picture that every time I see it, I bowl over and laugh some more. If you didn’t catch it, Pete photoshopped Blanche into the bottom left of the picture. We were finally able to share the picture with her and she about peed her pants from laughing so much. We ended our birthday celebrations like we always do..with our family turn up picture. Birthday Turn Up - Blanche Ha! Gotta love Team Wilson Gang!

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