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June 2022 Wrap-Up

So I am reaaaally late with this and ya know, it’s okay. LIFE HAPPENS.

(Didn’t mean to write that in caps, but it happened and it’s more accurate.)

Also, I really should realize this happens all the time but I don’t, every time…

Anywho, that’s enough of that, let’s dive into the…

|| Highlights & Lowlights

// So Her Majesty’s Jubilee happened and I was able to watch that and celebrate with my family. It was epic. ❤ I’m so grateful for our Queen!

// I finished Spring 100 weeks early!! That was awesome, because then I didn’t have to worry about walking on our trop 🙂

// I packed my bookshelf the week before leaving on our trip… it was exhausting but I was convinced we’d move by the time the trip was over. (Spoiler: we didn’t. And now I really miss my books).

// So our Alberta trip happened. If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you know the first part of the story. 😉

My sister and I fell ill just before our flight to Alberta—the very first flight we’ve ever taken… at least, since we were about 6 and 20 months old, which was in the good old days B.B. (Before Babies-Had-to-Pay).

[you don’t want to know how many times I rewrote that sentence and pondered over the math]

In the end, we appeared well enough to go, so we packed and got up at 3:00 A.M. to catch our flight. Security, by the way, didn’t impress either of us—it was nothing as fearsome as we’d been led to believe… and also, when something as momentous as catching a plane rests upon you, it’s astonishing how quick you are to ask Competent Adults™ for help instead of shyly shrinking away.

The first flight was quite nice. I had a middle seat, which I rather deplored, but Sister and I shared a seat and had no other partner, so that was pleasant. The girl across the aisle from us had a whole seat to herself and just listened to music while gazing out of her rain-streaked window, and I quite envied her the romance of her position. #storyidea

The second leg of our journey was much less delightful. It was only an hour’s flight but both Sis and I were slightly airsick, and our plane was late, and we landed at one end of the airport while our other plane was boarding at the entire other end. I am convinced the mad dash we did across that building will go down in the annals of the airport. We both panicked and responded characteristically: Sis, powerwalking across the airport, making herself a way through the crowds of fast-moving travellers, glancing frequently at our one map and completely ignoring everything else; me, clutching my skirts, trundling my suitcase behind me and praying it didn’t snap anyone’s ankle or toes, running directly at people and swerving out of the way at the last minute, demanding of Sis if she was quitesure of her directions, and puffing like a grampus as I made uncomfortable eye contact with an airport policemen who seemed confused and worried at my frantic state. 

We finally arrived at a gate that Sis was convinced was the right one; I was not. I was too hysterical to believe anything, and couldn’t see any signs, and there was no official to double-check with. Sis asked someone in line, who confirmed the destination, and in sheer desperation I concluded that at least we were headedfor the right city, even if we got onto the wrong plane. 

My sister turned out right.

That plane was quite full. I had a middle seat again, but the gentleman in the aisle seat kindly asked if I would like him to take the middle seat next to his travelling partner, and he has my blessing forever. That was a five-hour ride; I was slightly airsick and envied my companion for being able to sleep through the entire thing. Or watch a movie. I had, of course, an e-reader bearing over a thousand books, but it’s significantly harder to read when you’re dizzy. 

By the time we landed, we felt like seasoned travellers. Sis swore never to fly again; I withdrew the similar vow I had made while airsick and cheerfully proclaimed how fun it had been and how willing I was to repeat it in about 36.5 weeks. 

It then turned out both Sis and I were actually still quite sick, and we had a miserable three days of it. I ended up texting my mother at 3 o’clock in the morning bawling and bemoaning, which I kicked myself for afterwards, but, as Phil Gordon says, “at three o’clock at night I never can be logical.” I was also quite homesick and missed the family routine to an extent I hadn’t expected (because for some reason I don’t miss people very well—not unless something happens that is tied to them and then I miss them excessively. I am an odd creature…)

And if you’re interested in seeing what happened next and if we survived, subscribe to my newsletter, because it’s coming out shortly with the rest of the trip info!

Spoiler alert: we both survived.

// Roe v. Wade was repealed, y’all. I never believed I’d see the day. Now I have so much more hope for the rest of the world to change… including Canada. ❤

// I don’t have a lot of updates for you all, and this is why.

Most of June and July was me struggling emotionally and mentally, and I’m still trying to figure it all out. But the upshot is, I didn’t do much.

|| Reading

I ended up reading 55 books in June…. blame the trip, okay? I managed to finish the March–June Reading Challenge and started a new July-October Reading Challenge that will hopefully be easier for us to keep up with. 🙂

I started a book group on Goodreads… that was interesting and cool. I also signed up for a few ARCs, but I’m dreadfully behind on reviews, so that’s really fun…

Favourite Book of June: The Revolution by Olivia Lynn Jarmusch.
My Other 5-star Reads of June:

Souls Astray, by Kellyn Roth
Kate’s Dilemma, by Sarah Holman
Kate’s Conundrum, by Sarah Holman
Kate’s Christmas, by Sarah Holman
Kate’s Informant, by Sarah Holman
The Boarded-Up House, by Augusta Huiell Seaman
The Secret of the Mansion, by Julie Campbell
The Adventure of the Dying Detective, by Arthur Conan Doyle
An Old-Fashioned Girl, by Louisa May Alcott
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge, by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot, by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure of the Red Circle, by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger, by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans, by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane, by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire, by Arthur Conan Doyle
Ways of Wood Folk, by William Joseph Long

Least Favourite Book of June: The Perfect Season by Stephen Roth

|| Writing Update

I did well on the 100-for-100; even kept it up during the trip. But I discovered that it was really soul-sucking/not fun and I decided the stress was not worth the profit, so I quit. After that, I haven’t really written. I dabbled a bit in a few short stories. I started the process of publishing my books on Amazon. At the moment, though, I am feeling really frustrated with my writing. Nativity needs to be formatted for kindle and proofread one last time. Colour Red needs the edits re-applied, which means having to go through all my beta-readers’ edits again, and it needs to be formatted for kindle… and proofread. Christmas has to be rewritten/edited and then formatted and proofread. And Colour Blue has to be totally rewritten. I am struggling to find a way to brainstorm an edit for that. I feel really uncreative and I wasn’t to be writing, not editing, yet I feel guilty ignoring the other books, which is why I’m doing nothing. I don’t feel right now is the right time to publish these novels, but I still feel guilt and shame. So it’s really complicated and hard and I’m trying to find time to brainstorm Colour Blue, as I said.

|| Blog Posts

How to Create Villains Who Are Actually Intimidating @ Story Embers

|| What Did I Learn in June?

  • I learned a lot about what I can really do when I have to. I’m not dumb, and I’m capable.
  • I also learned that God really does take care of everything and I don’t have to worry.

I was at such peace during the trip and I’m pretty sure this is a strong spiritual attack I’ve been experiencing as the devil tries to wrest me back to the anxiety and fear I used to have. Unfortunately, I allowed him to succeed, but I’m working on pushing back. ❤

How was your June?

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Published by Katja L.

Hello! :) I'm Katja. I'm a Canadian bibliophile, book reviewer, writer, and child of God. I love too many things to name, but among them are chocolate, heirlooms, history, fancy handwriting, grammar & punctuation, laughter, tearjerking books, lists, organized bookshelves, pink roses, flowing skirts, hymns, and pretty much anything old-fashioned, beautiful, & classy.

4 thoughts on “June 2022 Wrap-Up

  1. That airport experience sounded crazy! I think I might’ve had a panic attack if I were in your situation! I’ve flown many times (thought not in the past two years), but I’ve always been with at least one of my parents. I had ear surgery when I was little, and I still remember the agony I felt in my ears during liftoff and touchdown. I’m forever thankful I somehow grew out of that pain, but it still makes me cringe a little when I think about it. So there’s my icky experience with planes.

    I love how many Arthur Conan Doyle books you read! I haven’t picked one up in some time, but I remember them being quite suspenseful.

    I wish you the best (and more!), Katja!

    Lily 💗

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    1. Haha, it wasn’t THAT bad … in hindsight. XD Ooooo girl that sounds terrible! So sorry for you about that <33

      Aw, thanks! I was finishing up the Sherlock Holmes collection 🙂 reread the whole thing every year—one of my fav things ever!

      Hugs, Lily! You’re the best ❤

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      1. Aw, well I think everything always feels so much worse when you’re in the moment, you know?

        That’s great! I really need to get back to reading more mysteries. Have you read his The Horror on the Heights and Other Strange Tales thriller collection? It’s quite creepy!

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