Suck It Up, October

How is October over?

This month has been super stretching for me – lots of sucking it up, so to speak. Which is good. It hasn’t been comfortable and I haven’t slept enough this last week or two so I’ve been super cranky.

But I’m glad.

Too often, the last quarter of a year seems like a lame duck period for me. I’m looking forward to next year, trying to plan ahead and gear up for it. The year isn’t over yet but I kinda want it to be over because NEW THINGS!! SO EXCITING! It is so tempting to just let the next few months slide and start over in the bright and shiny new year.

This year, I’m going to end my year of Sucking it Up with a BANG.

So, what was I up to this month? Here’s how I did on my goals:

1) Take family and personal health seriously.

What does that look like? I want to:

a) Cook at least 5 meals a week.

Still plugging along as usual. Next year, I may have to expand my repertoire because I think my kids are getting bored. They look forward to the weekends because then they don’t have to eat what I cook.


However, I did introduce Cookie Monster to the over medium egg with a dash of soy sauce on it and he LOVES them. Gamera has always liked fried eggs but it’s a new thing for him. It reminds me of my childhood and my parents frying eggs for us on the occasional lazy weekend morning so I’m really pleased he enjoys them.

b) Be active once a week.

I am still walking Glow Worm to and from preschool at least once a week so I WHOOO! IN YOUR FACE, INACTIVITY!

c) Wash face and brush teeth twice daily.

I’m still pretty good about washing my face in the morning and slathering on the sunscreen but I am like, 1 in 5 on washing my face at night. I don’t want to talk about brushing teeth anymore.

d) Take vitamins and supplements.

Again, I am good about remembering 1 in 4 days? The problem is that I will remember a few days in a row, then forget. Mostly because all the days run into each other and I think I have taken them when I haven’t. I really should be like those old people and lay out the pills in a pill box so I can tell if I have.

Ok. I just bought one (Amazon affiliate link). So ridiculous. So necessary.

e) Go to sleep when the kids sleep 4x a week.

I did okay on this. These last two weeks, I had a few writing deadlines so I stayed up really late several nights in a row and it wrecked me.


I need to take my body seriously and become more efficient. Because I am no longer a young college co-ed. I’m a middle aged homeschooling SAHM of four.

f) No texting while driving.


2) Take my responsibilities as a grown up seriously.

I FINALLY cleared out (well, not entirely, but mostly) my laundry room. It was getting ridiculous. We could no longer even access the laundry machines and it was a bit dangerous.

Now, I have to sort out the last remaining big bag of crap, but in general, it is no longer a safety hazard. WHOOOOO!



3) Write.

I did really well on this again.

I finally finished a professional bio for a friend, wrote and submitted to a few sites, and several companies approached me to partner with them. I even pitched a few companies to partner with them.

So, when I say writing, I mean the BUSINESS of writing. And this month, I did a LOT on my business. I will have a separate, more involved post on this later, but in short, I hired Brandi Riley for her coaching services and she kicked my ass (and business) into a higher gear.

Because of her, I have already earned more in this month than I ever have, and have already recouped my cost of her coaching. Brandi is worth every penny and every minute and every second.

If you’re not sure about getting her one on one coaching and just want to check her out in action first, she runs a (affiliate link) Courage to Earn MORE Facebook group that has a few spots left for the months of November and December.

Brandi is the reason I am a few steps closer to my dreams of being internet famous.

Alright, that’s it for me this month. As usual, some there is an ebb and flow to my successes and failures. How did you do at the start of Q4?

蠟筆小黑Book Review

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Title: 蠟筆小黑 (La4 bi3 xiao3 hei)/The Little Black Crayon

ISBN: 9789862168820

Author/Illustrator: 中屋美和

Publisher: 小天下

Level: Beginning Reader, Zhuyin, Fiction, Picture book

Summary: This is a Chinese translation of a Japanese series.

A little black crayon is sad because all the other colors are drawing and won’t let him contribute. But when the other crayons get in an argument, Mr. Mechanical Pencil comes up with a solution that has the little black crayon coming to the rescue.

Sample Pages:


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

5 Minute Review: Glow Worm (4) loves this book. (He loves this whole series.) The plot has a great moral, the crayons are super cute, and the illustrations are imaginative and delightful.

I got this book last summer but only finally took it out in August (because I’m lazy, ok?) and so my older two kids never saw it until recently. They both seemed interested and Gamera (~6) even read it by herself. Cookie Monster (~8) was lazy and just glanced at the pictures, but he did enjoy listening to me read the book to Glow Worm.

Personally, I enjoyed the book and the illustrations and I was happy to read it several times to Glow Worm.

I highly recommend the book and the whole three book series.

愛唱歌的青蛙 Book Review

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Title: 愛唱歌的青蛙 (Ai4 chang4 ge de5 qing wa)/The Frog Who Likes to Sing

ISBN: 9789575709235

Author/Illustrator: 加古里子

Publisher: 台灣東方

Level: Beginning Reader, Zhuyin, Fiction, Chapter book

Summary: A singing frog is very poor and trying to make more money. His friend is in the hospital. He tries all to do all sorts of silly things to make money and ends up turning in a bunch of criminals for reward money. He uses that money to help himself and other poor people. When he goes back to visit his friend, she is better.

Keep in mind, I did not read this book personally and am relying on Cookie Monster’s (~8) mediocre sum up of what he read.

Sample Pages:

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

5 Minute Review: Part of the Ferris Wheel set, we borrowed this from PharmGirl. I have the first five books in the set, but I never bothered buying more because I kept thinking that we had enough early chapter books. However, I was wrong but I’m glad I live close enough to PharmGirl so I can steal borrow her set.

Cookie Monster read the book in under an hour and he seemed to like it enough. I don’t know how much he understood about what was going on because he was very reluctant to summarize to me, but he did think it was amusing and was able to give me a bare bones summary.

Having not read it myself (and quite frankly, I’m not going to because EFFORT), I cannot exactly say it’s good or bad but hey. My kid liked it enough. It’s not amazing. It’s not horrible. The illustrations were interesting enough. And it was good practice for him.