Past, Present, and Future: July in Review

Past

It’s been a busy month.  It started with my birthday weekend in Baltimore for the Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival.  It was fun to see some people I haven’t seen in a long time.  One of my cousins and I got to hang out for the first time in a year.  We went out drinking & caught up on each other’s lives.  The festival was incredible.  There were 1,600 dancers that came together from 6 countries.

The next weekend was my Aunt’s surprise 60th Birthday Party in Covington Kentucky/Cincinnati, OH. She was so surprised and it was so much fun being with family for the weekend.
Then there was the annual Lithuanian Picnic where I got to eat Kugelis and drink gira with my dad.  I love being around Lithuanian people and hearing the language.  I don’t think that will ever get old.  It feels like home.  While there, I got to visit my grandmother’s grave and it was nice to say hi.

And last but not least, I went to a Harry Potter release party with my friend Ren.  We decorated our own wands, played some of the scavenger hunt, drank a butterbeer frappacino and generally enjoyed each other’s company.  Then, clearly, I spent the next day reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in between wandering around IKEA and Costco. I may have needed another bookcase in my life.

I surprising read a lot this month for how busy I’ve been.  I’m shocked.

Number of books read in June: 13

Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison
Giant Days, Vol. 2 by John Allison
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Written in the Stars– Aisha Saeed

Books I Loved in June:

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden
And I Darken by Kiersten White
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Movies seen (new to me)

  • Ghostbusters
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Overboard

TV Shows

  • I finished Miss Fisher’s and I’m sad there’s no more.
  • Next week is the season finale of season 2 of UnREAL and I don’t know what I’m going to do after it’s over.  How can I wait A WHOLE YEAR for more!?

Present

Currently Obsessed with…

  • Harry Potter, because of course. I need to reread Harry Potter & the Cursed Child. I need to savor it this time.
  • Trailers were released and oh goodness, I can’t wait for November… there’s Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and Moana and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.  I CAN’T CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT.

Currently Reading

  • Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
  • The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

Recent Purchases

  • Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
  • Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
  • How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman
  • The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  • The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
  • The Crown by Kiera Cass

Future

August is going to be quiet for me. Hoping to see more movies and do a lot more reading since there are some awesome books coming out this month.  Hold on though, can you really believe it’s August?! The year is more than half over–when the hell did that happen?

Anyway, hoping to see Suicide Squad this weekend and catch up with some friends.

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Past, Present, and Future: June in Review

I feel like I say this every month, but damn, this month went by quick.  Before I know it, it’ll be December again.  I’m so happy it’s July.  I love the summer (but hate the heat).  It feels like anything is possible in the summertime.  Plus, there’s an excess of ice-cream.   And who doesn’t love ice-cream?

Past

The most exciting thing I did this month was get my first tattoo!   I drove up to New Hampshire to spend the weekend with one of my cousins and we spent most of the weekend in bookstores, beside the tattoo bit.  One of my cousins is a fantastically talented artist and I was so pleased with how it turned out.  I was so ridiculously nervous.  It wasn’t too painful but I survived!

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In case you’re wondering what it IS exactly… I’ll tell you! It’s the sound waves of my grandmother’s voice telling me “iki pasimatymo”, which means until I see you again.  In order to get the design to look that cool, there’s some other bits that she says too.  But I first watched this particular video of her talking to me after she passed away last year and it stuck with me.  It was a cool experience to have my some of my cousins with me when I got this tattoo done.  It was meaningful on many levels.

Number of books read in June:    7
Wanderlost by Jen Malone
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

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Books I Loved in May
Lumberjanes, Vol 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
Lumberjanes, Vol 3: A Terrible Plan
by Noelle Stevenson
My Lady Jane
 by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North

Movies seen (new to me)

  • Me Before You
    While the book was better, Emilia Clarke was lovely.
  • Finding Dory
    THIS WAS EVERYTHING
  • How to be Single
    Oh god, this was so relatable.  I loved it to bits.

TV Shows

  • UnReal
    It’s seriously fantastic.  I can’t recommend it enough.  I binged the first season on Hulu and the second season is currently airing on Lifetime.
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
    Simply delightful. It’s on Netflix and I just finished season 1 and am almost done with season 2! #addicted

Present

Currently Obsessed with…

Nothing different actually.  I’m just happy it’s summer and ice-cream shops are open all the time.  In case you were wondering, my favorite flavor is coffee oreo and peanut butter cup.

Currently Reading

And I Darken by Kiersten White
The Invisble Library by Genevieve Cogman

Music
HandClap – Fitz & The Tantrums
Love Myself  – Hailee Steinfeld
Roses -The Chainsmokers
Cleopatra – The Lumineers
Geronimo – Sheppard
Cake by the Ocean – DNCE

Recent Purchases
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The View From The Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

(and like a million others– I couldn’t possibly list them all)

Future

Guys, it’s my birthday!!

Right after work I’ll be on my way to Baltimore for a fun weekend in the city celebrating my birthday and all things Lithuanian.  Look out, world!  The whole reason I’m going to Baltimore is because it’s Soki Svente (which I’ll talk more about in the wrap up for July).  I love being Lithuanian and I love celebrating birthdays! It should be a fantastic 4th of July weekend.

I hope you all had a wonderful June and that you’ll have a great time celebrating the 4th of July this weekend! 

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Past, Present, and Future: May in Review

It’s not the first! I’m slacking so hard these past few weeks. I totally thought I had this ready to post and then suddenly, I realized it never went up this week. My bad, guys. This is only the third month of this and I’m falling behind. Yikes.  I promise to be better! 

Past

This month has been pretty slow. I’m learning some new things at work which is overwhelming. I feel like I’m just swimming in information.

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Besides that, I’ve had family over.  I went up to Maine for a couple of relaxing weekends. The beach was cold & windy but I got some awesome pictures.  Especially the day there was this awesome rainbow in the clouds!

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Despite it seeming like I haven’t done much, May went by so fast!

Number of books read in May:    8
Big Boned by Meg Cabot
Double Down (Lois Lane #2) by Gwenda Bond
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury 
The Crown’s Game 
by Evelyn Skye

Books I Loved in May
A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Lumberjanes, vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy 
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

Movies seen (new to me)
Captain America: Civil War
(wow, TOTALLY slacking in the movie department)

Present

Currently Obsessed with…

  • Asparagus. Seriously.  Put some in the oven for 10 minutes (at 400 degrees) with olive oil and garlic salt and you have the perfect vegetable.  You can do the same thing with brocolli and it comes out equally as wonderful.
  • Finally other music besides Hamilton. I know. It’s about time.
  • I’ve been binge watching Amy Schumer’s show.  I had seen clips before and I saw her live a few months ago.  But now I’m catching up on Hulu.

Currently Writing:
Nothing. Once again, I’m slacking. But I am thinking about a certain character I want to write about.

Currently Reading
Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Music

  • Justin Timberlake’s new single, because DUH.
  • The album Sprained Ankle by Julien Baker
  • The music from Waitress (as sung by Sara Bareilles)
  • In the Heights- Lin’s other musical that won Tony’s in 2008.

Recent Purchases
ALL THE BOOKS. But no, really.

  • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
  • Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins,
  • You Were Here by Cori McCarthy
  • A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
  • Lumberjanes, vol 2 & 3
  • The Haters by Jesse Andrews
  • Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • She Is Not Visible & Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Future

June 3rd.  I’m so ready to bawl my eyes out watching Me Before You!  Then the Tony Awards are happening June 12th and I am so beyond ready to watch Hamilton take the cake.

June is going to be a slow month but I’m totally fine that. Officially less than one month until my birthday!

Are y’all excited that it finally feels like summer? I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready to go mini golfing and out for ice cream. Happy June, everyone! 

Past, Present, and Future: April in Review

Oh goodness, has it really been a month already? I don’t understand.  Why does time simultaneously move so fast and yet so slow? And how is it MAY? I don’t get it.  I really don’t.  It’s almost summer and it’s 2 months until my birthday which is crazy to me.  Didn’t I JUST turn 23? It sure feels like it.  But anyway, on with the show!

Past

In the beginning of the month, my parents and I went to see Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood at a local venue.  I bought the tickets for my dad for Christmas and it was brilliant.  It was an improv show and I was constantly laughing.  I would definitely see them again.

On the 24th, I walked with my mom and coworkers in support of the March of Dimes for the March for Babies. We walked 5 miles through the city.  Then we got mac & cheese for brunch. And a mimosa– because if you don’t have a mimosa, did you really have brunch?

But the most exciting thing!!! This past weekend, my mom and I went to NYC for the weekend.  It’s 3 hours away but we only go about once every 1 or 2 years.  Friday was a nightmare getting to NYC. We drove to New Haven and then took the train to Grand Central… but of course it couldn’t be that easy. There was a fatality on the tracks(super sad and I guess it keeps happening in the damn spot, too) so we had to get off in West Haven, take an Uber to Bridgeport then get on the last train (or so we heard) into NYC. To say it was stressful would be an understatement.

Anyway, Friday night we saw Hamilton (SUPER SQUEEEEE)!! I could legit wrote a whole blog post about Hamilton, which actually, I might do because I have way too much to say about it.  Highlights version: My mom surprised me with 7th row seats (I knew we were going to the show but I had NO IDEA we would have perfect seats.  I could see Lin cry. And the whole cast spit.  And it was so wonderful.) and I couldn’t stop smiling throughout the entire show (well, until I cried anyway).

 

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Then Saturday we walked around and did some shopping.  I spent a little too much money in Sephora and I just HAD to buy some books at Barnes & Noble– I mean, it was RIGHT THERE and I had a coupon.  For lunch, we went to Shake Shack, which made me a very happy Evie because it’s my favorite.  That night I spoiled my mom with tickets to Aladdin, we had phenomenal seats there too. James M. Iglehart  is a standout as Genie. He was the best part of the show.

I can now die happy.

Number of books read in April:     15

  • The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley 
  • Ms. Marvel: Generation Why
  • Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley
  • The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
  • The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
  • Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine
  • Sex Criminals, Vol 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky
  • The Heir and the Spare -Emily Albright
  • The Mirror and The Maze(The Wrath & The Dawn #1.5)– Renee Ahdieh
  • Size 14 Is Not Fat Either– Meg Cabot

    Books I Loved in April
  • Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
  • Scarlett Epstein Hates It Hate by Anna Breslaw
  • Make Good Art – Neil Gaiman
  • Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter
  • The Rose and the Dagger(The Wrath & The Dawn #2)– Renee Ahdieh


Movies seen (new to me)
I’m totally slacking on the movie department this month. Shame on me.  

  • Sisters
  • Macbeth
  • The Lady in the Van

Present

Currently Obsessed with…
Still Hamilton. That hasn’t changed. But now I’m catching up on Outlander and Game of Thrones and it’s taking up my spare not reading time.

Currently Writing
Ugh, nothing right now.  I haven’t been motivated at all. Which is terribly and I hate that I’m not writing but hopefully I’ll start again soon.

Currently Reading
I just picked up Delilah Dirk and The Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff and I’m waiting for my pre-ordered books to come in this week.

Music

  • The Lumineers: Cleopatra (The entire album)
  • Waitress, music from the show by Sara Barelis
  • I’ve been obessed with My House by Flo Rida and have to turn the volume way up whenever it comes on the radio.

Recent Purchases

  • Delilah Dirk and The Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff.
  • The Girl That Circumnavigated Fairyland on A Ship of Her Own Making– Catheryne Valente
  • The rest of the Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot
  • The Rose and the Dagger– Renee Ahdieh

I also recently pre-ordered A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, and Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen.

I’m addicted to Philosophy and QVC was having a sale… so I bought an absurd amount. Oops.  Sorry not sorry.  But for realz, it’s the best stuff.  I just started using it as shampoo because the stuff I get is a 3-in-1 body wash/shampoo thing.  I’ve never used it as shampoo before and I don’t know why.  I also got a tip from my coworker that it can be used as hand soap (which duh, why didn’t I think of that before). 

Future

May 3rd is book release day heaven for YA.  I absolutely cannot wait for the books that I preordered. I’m getting Warrior Witch, The Unexpected Everything, A Court of Mist and Fury.  There might be more, but I’m blanking.

I have no trips or exciting events coming up this month except for possible trips to the beach (since it’s only 2 hours away).

I do hope to go to the movies a bunch.  Captain America: Civil War comes out next weekend and I’m planning on going right after work on Saturday!

That’s all folks! This month has been crazy & also super slow.  Quite the contradiction.

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Past, Present, & Future: A Month in Review

I wanted to let you all get to know me a bit better!  So, I’m doing a newsletter style update on my life for the last month and giving a look into what’s ahead! If you like this feature, please let me know in the comments– I would greatly appreciate that.

Every month I’ll post something like this on the first of the month. The categories of what I talk about might alter as I have more time to plan and as my habits change.  It’s fluid.  If you have any suggestions, I’d be happy to take them into consideration!

Past

In the beginning of the month, I went to Arizona to visit my best friend.  We went to the Phoenix Zoo where we rode a camel for 5 minutes and pet sting-rays!  After that, we wandered around the Desert Botanical Gardens which was beautiful. The day after, we flew to California to meet up with some of our friends.  We spent one day visiting iconic places in LA, ending the night at the Santa Monica Pier for dinner.  The next two days were spent between Disney’s California Adventure and Disneyland.  We had so much fun and I didn’t want to go home!

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On one of the days, the five of us wore matching shirts that we bought from Etsy.  You can check them out here.  We got so many compliments!

Number of books read in March: 7

Books I Loved in March

The Captive Prince Trilogy– C.S. Pacat
A Gathering of Shadows– V.E. Schwab
The Winner’s Kiss – Marie Rutkoski

Movies seen
Spectre
Zootopia
Miss You Already
Steve Jobs
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Present

Currently Obsessed with…

  • Hamilton. I  am #Hamiltrash.
  • Starbucks Carmelized Honey lattes/frapacinos (THEY’RE JUST SO GOOD)

Currently Writing
A short story with the premise of a couple meeting over their mutual love of Hamilton. I have a problem, I’m aware.

Currently Reading

  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley
  • Ms. Marvel Vol 2

Music
The entire Hamilton soundtrack. It’s all I listen to and I’m not even kidding.  One day I’ll go back to listening to Stressed Out -Twenty One Pilots and Adele, etc.  Until then, more Hamilton.

Recent Purchases

  • Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe print from Taryn Draws. Her artwork is incredible! 
  • One Plus One and The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
  • A beautiful Dooney & Burke purse because it was on sale.

Future

Excited for

  • The Lumineers new album
  • Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeffrey Seller
  • April’s UppercaseBox and Owlcrate

TV Shows I’m Loving
Heartbeat is a new show on NBC and it’s kind of fantastic.  But really only because I love procedurals and medical dramas. It’s a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see where it goes (it’s only on its 3rd episode).

Big News!
Guys, I’m seeing Hamilton & Aladdin!! It’s a New York weekend at the end of the month and I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait to tell you all about it during/after it happens. Does anyone have any recommendations for places to eat in NYC?  (We go to NYC every few years but never really know where to eat that isn’t a complete tourist trap PLEASE HALP)!

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