July Highlights!

This year is flying by. I can’t believe it’s already August. Before I know it we’ll be in October and I’ll be a mom! I was a little bit busier this month so I didn’t get to read as much as I would have liked, but it does feel amazing to be a bookworm again.

I read 3 books:

The Martian Anne of Avonlea Wives and Daughters

Anne of Avonlea is a well-known favorite of mine, but The Martian and Wives and Daughters are new favorites that I LOVED reading! I am now on a Classics-craze which is perfect because I need to get a move on with my Classics Club list.

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What I Watched

Wives and Daughters BBC Little Dorrit

I watched and loved both the Wives and Daughters and Little Dorrit BBC miniseries last month. Matthew Macfadyen is always lovely in a period drama and Andy Serkis will freak you out with his acting talents. And Wives and Daughters is a beautiful adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s unfinished last work. I watched the ending several times :)

July Highlights

  • Hanging out with friends! – We had several movie and game nights this past month. It’s been an important goal for Matt and I to hang out with friends as much as possible before the baby arrives, because then we probably won’t be able to for a while.
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    Playing Ticket to Ride for the first time :)

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    Spending a summer evening downtown with friends watching an 80s cover band (The Breakfast Club)

  • Reading! – Last month I finally felt like a bookworm again. I started a new book as soon as I finished an old one, I carried my Kindle around with me everywhere, and I had a “book hangover” for the first time in months :) I’ve really been into Classics lately and I wish I could be reading them all at once. I also finally organized the bookshelves in our living room:
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  • Surprise trip to Atlanta! – Last month I drove to Atlanta with my best friend Jae to surprise our other best friend McKenzie after she got engaged :) Her fiancé coordinated everything and he did a fantastic job. It was so thoughtful of him to ask McKenzie’s close friends to be there and I know it meant a lot to all of us.
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    After dinner selfies with my friends Caroline and Jae.

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    With my newly engaged BFF McKenzie!

July Challenges

  • Being uncomfortable – I was at the end of my second trimester in July, so things are starting to become more and more uncomfortable for me. I have such a short torso already so that doesn’t help. Bending over to put on shoes or pet the dog cuts off my circulation a bit and most nights I can’t find a good sleeping position. But as of today I have 12 weeks to go! Little Baby French Fry will be here before we know it :)

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    27 weeks & 1 day

  • Longing for autumn – I’m so tired of summer and I can’t wait for my favorite season to arrive! I’ve already seen so many autumn decorations out in the stores and last week I even bought a fall-themed monogrammed banner for our front door on sale at Joann’s :) I can’t wait for cooler weather, changing leaves, college football, Thanksgiving, and a sweet baby boy to arrive!

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    It’s hard to enjoy the lingering summer months when autumnal candles bombard me with their lovely scents.

Looking Forward To in August

  • Read-alongs – I’m participating in a read-along of Villette with my Goodreads group this month. I’m also joining a 4-month read-along of the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter) hosted by The Book Addict’s Guide. Both of these read-alongs just started so feel free to join in :)
  • Austen in August – This year I’m participating in two different Austen in August events! One is month-long and the other is a week-long. I plan on reading Sense and Sensibility as well as some modern Austen-inspired adaptations. I’ll be posting several Austen-themed blog posts, and I’m even hosting a giveaway at the end of the month :)
  • Preparing for my baby shower – It’s in just over a month from now and I can’t wait! My mom and my dear friend Robin are helping plan it and already I’m overwhelmed by all the love and support I’ve felt from them and from all my other friends during my pregnancy.

Discovering Grenoble: K fée des Jeux (Game Cafe)

So one thing I learned about Matt shortly before we started dating was that he is OBSESSED with games; board games to be exact. Now before I met him, my concept of a board game was Monopoly, Sorry, Life (bleck), Parcheesi, etc. But since knowing Matt, I have discovered that there was this entire world of board games I had no idea about, like Settlers of Catan and World Without End (my personal favorite). On the weekends we spend a lot of time playing board games with friends and family, and it’s a great way to spend time with people.

Earlier this year, we noticed that there was a game cafe in town and Matt has always wanted to go with our good friend Sam. It’s called K fée des Jeux; the French K sounds like “ca” as in cat. This week we finally got an opportunity to try it out, and I honestly have to say it wasn’t my favorite place ever. I had a lot of fun playing games, don’t get me wrong. But the cafe also serves food and drinks and the food was not very good in my opinion. It was really cold the night we went so I just ordered some pea soup…but it tasted more like not-quite-finished baby purée. But the drinks were really good. I got something called “Dragon’s Blood” that was basically a blend of blackberry, raspberry, and orange sirop (for those who don’t know, sirop is basically a highly concentrated flavor that you add to water for a nice drink; it can be fruit, citrus, mint, or even cola flavored), and later we all got hot chocolate with whip cream that really hit the spot.

We had time to play two games, a simple pirate game that wasn’t too entertaining, and a co-op game called Pandemic which was really fun. The basis of Pandemic is that there are 4 epidemics spreading across majors cities in the world and, as a team, every player helps to find the remedy and cure the infected cities. I’ve never played a co-op board game like that and it was nice not having to be extremely competitive with one another. Plus, those types of games are a great team-building activity.

All in all it was a fun experience, but the fact that you have to pay to play the games, plus each person has to buy a food or drink item every hour, made it a little disappointing to me. But Matt really enjoyed it and I’m sure we’ll go back in the future. This time, no pea soup for me!

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An instagram collage of our trip to K fée des Jeux.