Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February Highlights 2017

Pauses. Sighs. Scratches head. Sighs again.

How should I describe February? It was a relatively "normal" month. At least, as "normal" as my life ever gets. :) While I didn't get half as much done as I'd hoped, I still accomplished a decent amount and I'm pleased with the overall results.

~Summary~
Okay. I figured out how to describe the biggest portion of my month—stress. For the greater part of February I have been studying like crazy for my amateur radio test to get my operator license. The test was Monday night and I had the most amazing feeling going into it. Instead of being horribly nervous like I thought I would be, I had total peace. Even during the test and while waiting for the results, I wasn't very nervous. And guess what? I passed with 97%! I'm so thrilled. Yesterday morning I got my temporary call sign but I hope to change it to something more personal. I am officially an amateur radio operator! Yay!

Besides radio classes, studying, and lots of school, I've also been continuing to attend two awesome youth groups and build stronger relationships with my friends. My younger sister went to Hume Lake at the beginning of the month and had a wonderful time. While she was enjoying the snow, I had a wonderful time staying with my marvelous grandparents. I always love sitting and talking with them, and I had plenty of time to do so!

A few weeks later we went to Pacific Grove to visit with my grandparents again for a birthday. It was a nice time, and we got several more great sunset pictures. How can you not get good ones when the sun is setting over the ocean? #beautiful ;)

That's my Dad taking a picture. ;)

It was also an interesting experience in that because of all the rain and wind storms, trees were falling left, right, and center and power was out in Pacific Grove for over 24 hours! We toasted bread and heated water for coffee over the fire and managed just fine. By the time we needed to turn on the oven for our pizza, power came back on. Perfect timing. Can't go without the pizza. :)

All in all, it was a good month despite the stress. I would ask for prayers though for my Mom, who found out yesterday that she has to have some major dental work done. Thanks!

~Reading~
February started out as a very good month for reading, I was ahead in my plan for reaching 10 books despite the short month but then it came to a grinding halt as studying grew more intense. I managed to complete only three for a total of 738 pages plus about half of the book I'm in the middle of, A Time to Die, which will be added to March's book list.
  1. Land of Shining Water: The Icecutter's Daughter, Tracie Peterson (331 pages)
  2. Chiveis Trilogy: The Gift, Bryan M. Litfin (407 pages)
  3. Ilyon Chronicles: The King's Scrolls, Jaye L. Knight (397 pages)
However, I can say that all three books were extraordinary! I'd highly recommend all of them and I can't wait to get book three in both the Chiveis Trilogy and Ilyon Chronicles. Hopefully March will enable me to get a significant amount of reading done now that the radio test is behind me.

~Writing~
While I still didn't write nearly as much as I'd hoped to, I did accomplish more than 4,000 words on my Dragon Chronicles, which is actually a lot considering everything else. I also set a record for the most amount of words I've ever written in a day—the new total is 2,612! That was a happy day. :)

I've also been continuing to edit for some friends, and I'm finding that I really enjoy editing. Another accomplishment was writing my first draft of a synopsis for my Dragon Chronicles. I'm really glad to have come up with something that I think I like for it.

~Photography~
It was a good month for photography! With all the rain, there were lots of rainbows and everything looked fresh. In addition to the sunset pictures I have above, I also got to do a brief photo-shoot with my sister and our horses.

In a "normal" year of rain, this river is half the size. (Taken in January.)
This is one of my favorite pictures I've taken! Isn't it gorgeous?



All the above pictures are © Bethany R.

~Great Quotes~
A found a few cool quotes this month that I thought you might like too.

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” -Annie Dillard

"If you ask me what book I'm reading I'll either go into a long winded and enthusiastic summary of the entire thing or just lift the book to show you the title and keep reading." -I can't find the author


I don't think this counts as a quote but . . . here it is. :)

~Blog Posts~
I managed four posts in February, the most popular of which was my January Highlights post, followed by A Question of Honor Cover Reveal and Faith Leads to Understanding. I was delighted to find that I got several new followers this month as well—welcome to the blog! I'm so happy that you found me. You helped me reach 40 google followers!

As far as other blogger's posts, I'll just mention two things here. The blog tours for both A Question of Honor and The Princess and I have begun! Both books release March 3, so if you are interested, be sure to check those out! Click on the book title to view each author's first post of the blog tour. I've been too busy to participate in either, but know that if I could have I would have! Congratulations Jesseca and Rebekah! I'm so excited for you both!

Wow, I guess a busy month calls for a long post but I didn't anticipate this being THAT long. Well, if you read all of that, thanks! I hope you had a great February and have a delightful March!

18 comments:

  1. Hey Girlfriend! You forgot to add your ham radio training book to that reading list! You've read more than you give yourself credit for :) Love you posts!!!

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    1. While it is true that I've read more than those if you count some other texts, I actually spent more time studying questions and notes than the book itself. ;)

      I'm so glad you enjoy my posts! Thank you for reading!

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  2. Sounds like a fun month!! The pictures of the Pacific Grove were breathtaking!!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you had a fun month as well!

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  3. That is so cool that you got your amateur radio license! Way to go! One of my professors out here was telling us the other day how hard those test are. Glad you had an awesome February. LOVE your photos!

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    1. Thanks! It was difficult, but I'm really glad that I did it. :) We were told that for some students who take electrical engineering, this test is their mid-term! Where exactly are you going to college? I'm glad you enjoyed my pics! Thank you!

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  4. Great post, Bethany! Your photography is incredible! That flower picture... <3 SO GORG!!

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    1. I'm so happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for commenting!

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  5. Sounds like you had quite the month!!
    I have never seen a rainbow so close to the ground before...so stunning!!
    First time visiting your blog...I enjoyed it! :)

    Be blessed,
    Ashley

    likenootherjourney.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Isn't it a lovely sight? I'm so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to my blog! I'd love to have you stick around. :)

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  6. Hey Bethany!!! Nice post! That's so cool that you got your ham license!!! I'm trying to study. My dad got us all radios for Christmas and we can use them once we get our own licenses. I will definitely be reading more on your blog. :-D
    Natalie

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    1. That's great that you are getting it too! It's a lot of work but I can't wait till you have your license. :D I'm glad you like my blog! If you want to get an email whenever I post, you can subscribe to the right. :)

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    2. I especially love all the quotes in this post! (Wink, wink) :-D

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    3. Ah yes, I thought you might. ;)

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  7. I'm so late to this! *hides face* I LOVE your photography! And that quote... It's too true, I spend more koney on books than anything else. =)

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    1. haha don't worry about it. I've *gasp* been known to comment on posts a month after they've been written! XD I'm so glad you enjoyed the post! And yes, THAT QUOTE! So cool. :) I just ordered over $20 worth of books with several more on the list to get, haha. Thanks for commenting!

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  8. The pictures are so cool! I love the one with the rainbow:)

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for following my blog too. I hope you enjoy your stay, Kelsea! ;)

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