My goodness, this year has flown by! I feel like summer just began, I blinked, and now here we are… December 1st!
November was a strange month. Lot’s of stress and craziness, but also a lot of fun!
One highlight of my month was going wedding dress shopping! The day began with a lovely brunch with my future sister in law, Alexandra, which really helped get me excited for the day. The first shop that we went to wasn’t all that exciting… They kept bringing me dresses in a style that I just I didn’t care for, even though I had said that I really don’t know what style I want and therefore wanted to try on lots of different styles. The dresses they had me try on were also all WAY over budget.
On the way to lunch after the first shop, I was feeling a bit down, but my crew cheered me up! Then we headed to the second shop… Now that place was perfect! They let me and my I Do Crew wander the aisles and pick out anything that we wanted to try. The very first dress I tried on was incredible, so we put it aside. I tried on a few others, and had it narrowed down to two. I put on the first dress again, and said yes to the dress!
Alex and I also booked our wedding DJ and he’s been working with us to nail down some details. We’re having so much fun listening to music and considering certain songs for specific parts of the ceremony and reception. We had NO idea how many songs we would need! We have a lot of work to do!
My Reading Breakdown for November:
- 4 Stars- 2
- 3 Stars- 2
- 2 Stars- 1
- Captain Phillips
- The camera work was super shaky and jerky. Unfortunately, this made me a bit sick. Overall, I thought it was a great movie! SO intense! Tom Hanks did a wonderful job! 4/5, though this definitely isn’t a movie I would re-watch.
- The Infiltrator
- I love Bryan Cranston, but this movie was not for me. I didn’t finish it.
- The Brothers Grimm
- I had to watch this one twice. On the first watch, I just wasn’t into it. The second time, I liked it better, but it was still just “meh” for me. Great cast though!
- The Punisher
- I’m really enjoying this one! Though I think some episodes drag a bit. I personally prefer shorter shows, so I find that I drift in and out a bit with my focus.
- Shut In
- The description on the Netflix sleeve reads, “In the midst of a ferocious winter gale, a child psychologist and her son are snowbound in their isolated New England home when a gang of men break in, seeking much more than shelter from the storm.” Wow, that description is VERY off. So I was a bit confused while watching as I kept waiting for the men to break in… But I really enjoyed this movie! It was very suspenseful and the plot twist totally caught me off guard. I LOVED Charlie Heaton and Jacob Tremblay’s roles! Charlie Heaton is an amazing spooky character. I hope to see him in more horror movies soon!
- D&D, simple version
- I had SO much fun playing my very first D&D game! This was a very simplified version, as many people in our group had never played before. The location was local, so we all knew what it was, and the theme was Stranger Things. The campaign began with our group slowly going missing. We had each ended up in the upside down! When I fell through the portal, I hit my head really badly. I was bleeding, but I also unlocked my powers, which were very similar to Eleven! Suddenly a member of our group disappeared! The goal was then to go find her. But, because I was bleeding, the first step was to go find first aid kits to heal me so we didn’t attract more creatures with the blood! The whole thing was so wonderfully organized!
- Episode: Choose Your Own Adventure (Free)
- This game really wasn’t up my alley, but it was fun to check out. I tried the Mean Girls version. I thought it was okay until you were forced to pay to make one decision or use the free one… then I bailed. I would recommend this for teens though!
- Choices: Stories You Play (Free): The Haunting of Braidwood Manor
- This one was really fun! I enjoyed the overall storyline, but it was pretty predictable. Similarly to Episode, you were forced to use gems/pay to make one decision or use the ONE free option, which was bothersome, but didn’t totally ruin my enjoyment. The music here was wonderful and I really enjoyed all of the characters!
- Choices: Stories You Play (Free): It Lives In The Woods
- From this start this one was SUPER creepy! Unfortunately it was mainly about high school drama and bullying, which was just boring to me. In this game, you were also forced to use gems/pay to make one decision or use the ONE free option. In this case, it really took away from the story because it negatively affected things. For example, I could have gotten a weapon at one point, but had to pay to do so. So rather than getting at least a less exciting item, I didn’t get anything at all. One feature that could have been cool here was the artifact collection feature. However, because I refused to pay, I only got two of them. The one redeeming factor for this game was the music.
- Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
- I held out for awhile on this game… but one afternoon I decided to give it a go. I was HOOKED. It is such an addictive game! However, I can’t say that I actually enjoyed it. It’s a game where your just farm to collect resources to give to animals, over and over and over and over... I enjoyed seeing the new characters as I unlocked them, and I liked decorating my van and campsite. But it definitely wasn’t a game that I was going to stick with for long.
- I also went to The Lone Wolfe Brewing Co. with my friend Calie, and had a flight of beers. I really enjoyed one, liked a second, didn’t care for the third but drank it, and didn’t like the fourth at all. So as a VERY picky beer drinker, that wasn’t too bad! I wish I could remember the name of the one I liked… It was a sour beer that began with the letter O…
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How was your month? Have any special plans for December and the holidays? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!