Reflecting on May

Renovations

May saw us finally making some headway on our renovations! We officially live in a house with doors, skirting and architraves! Honestly I am so happy with how all this turned out considering how long it took us to find the right team of carpenters to get the job done.We do still need to paint said doors and architraves but that is definitely something that is on the back burner at the moment. 

Its all about getting excited about the small things in life and let me tell you I am in love with my front door lock! 

Reading

May was a busy month for us and I only ended up finishing two books. ‘The Well of Ascension’ by Brandon Sanderson and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ by J.K Rowling. 

The Well of Ascension
by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn book 2

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter book 2

In all honesty the pace of my reading slowing down is a bit upsetting to see but I do need to take into consideration that a lot has happened in May and give myself a chance to find a new routine that allows for a little bit of time each day to read. 

Family

Hugo James arrived this month and we honestly couldn’t be more in love with him! His birth didn’t quite go to ‘plan’ (I say plan loosely as we didn’t really go in with a plan) He arrived at 7:19pm on May 18th 2021. We spent 6 nights in the hospital before finally bringing Hugo home to meet his new best friend Archie. 

Currently we are all just getting into the routine of life at home. It’s a little Topsy turvy at the moment as Victoria is in another lock down, which is making it difficult, but we will get through. 

Life

So we are now parents! Which is a crazy thing in itself. Currently we are working on how to balance Hugo’s needs with those of Archie as well as what we each need to function day to day. We haven’t been home for too long so I think we are doing pretty well but Its something that is important for me to get the hang of sooner rather than later. 

Currently in terms of hobbies and things I enjoy doing, I am still cooking dinners, which I am really enjoying although they are all very simple meals at the moment. I am also trying to finish my book club book, although lock down may be helping with that as we can’t meet up just yet. I am trying to get a chapter read each day and cutting myself some slack if that all I get done in a day. 

We are currently re watching New Girl which I am absolutely loving! I forget just how much I love that show! 

Overall I think we are at the stage where we are managing life, which is a win but not quite where we are in a great routine. 

Most Anticipated Games

One of the best things about having a husband that enjoys playing video games is that he always keeps me up to date on release announcements and keeps note of the games he thinks I will enjoy. This leads to both of us getting to enjoy different games together. 

There are a few games that have already (now) been released, are being released later in 2021 and some that are being released even further into the future that I am really excited about!

Already available 

There are two games that have already been released since I began compiling the list that I am so excited to get to play soon, they are both being released on the Nintendo Switch, which as a side note is my favourite console. 

Being Released in 2021

Now looking further into 2021 these are the games I am looking forward to being released 

There are only a couple that have set release dates. Pokemon Snap is coming out on the Switch April 30th 2021, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is being released July 16th on the switch as well and Kena: Bridge of Spirits is being released on Play Station August 24th 2021.

Another game being released in the Winter of 2021 ‘Coral Island’ which will be released on PC. 

Both Pokemon Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond have yet to be given a release date but the trailer is available which looks amazing! I am a huge fun of the Pokemon games. 

The last two games both coming to the Nintendo Switch that have not been given an exact date for release in 2021 are Bear and Breakfast and Alba: A Wildlife Adventure.

Looking Further into the future

Now to look even further into the future! There are four games that are hopefully being released in 2022 that I am super excited for with three being released on the Nintendo Switch and one of the Play Station.

The number of games that are coming out this year and into the future is super exciting and these are just the games that I am really excited for, there are so many options for different types of game players and different ability levels which is something I absolutely love about gaming  in general. 

I am also really excited to start streaming some game play of my favourtite games on twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/thenicotribe, which I will post about in advance if anyone is keen to jump on! 

Being able to share more of my passions in 2021 is something that I am beyond excited to be able to do and see how these expressions help me to grow as a person and find others in the community that may have similar interests. 

Stardew Valley Bundles

Stardew Valley has got to be one of my favourite video games. I currently play on both the Nintendo Switch and on PC. It is one of the most relaxing games I have come across that I can play for hours.

If you are unfamiliar Stardew Valley is a farming game where you create a character and begin your own farm. There you can grow crops, fish, mine and just explore the town at large. Its a game that doesn’t involve to much combat or puzzle solving, instead focusing on an relaxing experience that allows each player to focus on the area they enjoy the most (definitely not fishing for me!)

Now, i am not an expert at this game at all. It has taken me ages to complete some of the objectives and some I just didn’t bother with until I realised the benefits of completing them. One of those things is completing the bundles that are located in the Community Centre. Now that I am working on them I am loving the game even more.

With that said the bundles can we hard to keep track of. I decided to make a spread sheet to track the items I’d given in and the ones that I still needed to collect for each bundle. This is something I thought I’d share in case anyone wanted to use it!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1H9nvGanM80AX97ZXjJ7abGpMkPMUE3dOThbPfkLfmH0/edit?usp=sharing

with this link you can access the spread sheet from google drive to use for your own Star Dew Adventure!

Stardew Valley is definitely a game that I recommend anyone!

Reflecting on April

It has really gotten to the time where the cliche ‘time flies’ really applies. April has been a crazy month and I have seen a really big personal shift. I finished up work this month which is a massive milestone in my pregnancy. We are really getting to the nitty gritty now and the reality that when I write my next reflection I will have a tiny earth side human is absolutely crazy!

renovations

In April we made a tiny bit of headway with the renovations! Yay! We managed to find a carpenter that has been able to source doors, skirting and architraves to install in the main living area, dinning, hallway and both bedrooms. Its been exciting to finally be able to begin ordering everything and deciding what doors we want – which is actually a really hard choice! 

reading

My reading has really slowed down in April and I only managed to finish 2 books. I am trying not to be too hard on myself about it considering that will probably be my reality once Bubs arrives. 

I really enjoyed both ‘Mistborn’ by Brandon Sanderson and ‘Rule of Wolves’ by Leigh Bardugo, so definitely worth while reading month. I would definitely recommend ‘Mistborn’ to any

Family

Bubs is still not earth side! However we are at the point now where we are just waiting. At the end of April I had both a midwife and an OB appointment. That was the point in the pregnancy where I needed more blood tests to check my Vitamin D and Iron Levels in preparation for Labor. I also completed my Step B test which came back negative which is great.

We did find out that his growth rate has slowed down a bit so at my next appointment at the beginning of May he’ll be measured again and the OB will decide whether he needs to arrive a little early or if he can keep trying to grow.

April was also a busy, if not stressful month for our fur baby Archie! He turned 1 at the end of the month which meant at the beginning of the month he got neutered. Which was not a fun experience for the poor guy. He gets very anxious at the Vets so getting him sedated enough for them to place the IV was difficult. I am so thankful that the staff at our clinic are absolutely amazing and helped both Archie and I through the experience.

My brother also was finally able to get married to his gorgeous now wife Grace in April! Due to the virus and restrictions they had to push their wedding date twice, however they were both pretty good about it all even though they were thrown so many curve balls! It was definitely worth the wait and it was an absolutely stunning day!

Life

It’s all getting very very real and to make it feel even more like a reality that a baby is going to come out of me and that we are going to be someone’s PARENTS (what?!) I am now officially on my maternity leave. Which feels super crazy. Honestly I already miss my work friends and seeing the kids every day but I cannot wait to take Bubs in to meet everyone and see the kids he’s heard chattering away while I’ve been pregnant. 

My anxiety has been a little more difficult to manage at the moment, but considering I am about to give birth for the first time I am trying to give myself a bit of grace and take some time to relax every day to help. 

Ive started playing a few more video games as of late – not sure if its good timing to start playing additional games, but oh well – I’ve begun the ‘Not so Berry Challenge’ on The Sims 4 which I am really enjoying as well as playing a lot more Stardew Valley on both the Nintendo Switch and PC. 

My husband also picked up Pokemon Snap! Which was released on April 30th. He’s been playing to unwind at night and really enjoying it so far. I’ve only played for about 30 minutes so far but think it will be a great game to have. It’s very relaxing and I’ve been enjoying taking photos of all the cute Pokemon! 

2021 most anticipated book releases

I recently wrote a post about the video games I am most anticipating this year (and into the future) which reminded me of the list I had been compiling on random post it notes scattered throughout my house of all the books I am so excited to read this year. 

If you’ve been here for a while or even if you are new (Welcome!) it might be obvious that I am a pretty avid reader. Now I know things are most likely going to slow down once Bubs is in the mix but I am hoping to still be able to read something each month, even if its just one book. 

Every year I look forward to seeing all the books that they are going to be released in a new year, it always seems like an exciting ‘fresh start’ for the year and even through everything going on last year it was something to look forward too. 

Without adding to much to the preamble, these are the books that I am most looking forward too picking up this year. 

Already released

Since I am writing this post so late there are some books that I am am mentioning that have already been released that I just haven’t picked up yet. 

Synopsis

Synopsis
I absolutely loved Courtney Summers book ‘Sadie’ so I do really want to get to this soon

May 4th

Synopsis

may 13th

May 18th

Synopsis

may 25th

June 8th

june 15th

july 25th

November 11th

I am so excited for all these books to come out and these are just the releases I know about that I’m excited for. If you have any book recommendations of new releases leave a comment so I can add it to my list!

Animal Crossing Island Tour

I am so excited to start sharing my Animal Crossing Island! I’ve recently started watching (and loving) Animal Crossing Island Tours and these Islands are stunning! Honestly people are so talented.

Now, my Island is far from complete. I wanted to share where my at now so that I can share the progress as my island improves. So this is where we are at.

I’d love yo hear ant tips you might have for Forest Cove!

reflecting on February

Renovations

February has been a slow month for renovations. We have broken up all the things we want to accomplish with the house into phases – kinda like the MCU but not as cool – We are currently in phase one also known as the Pre Baby phase to kind of put back together the parts of the house that were removed during the beginning of the renovation, namely doors and curtains. 

We have spent the month chasing quotes for the skirting, architraves, door jams, and doors. We are hoping to get the ball rolling in March with finally getting things done, but we will just see how we go.

Reading

I honestly had the most intense reaction when I started A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t know what it is about Nesta but man I am not a fan. Even though I love the series and the characters overall I did not enjoy reading from Nesta’s point of view!

baby

We ended February at 27 weeks pregnant. I think i’m feeling pretty good, thankfully. The long days at work are definitely tiring but they are also so rewarding and enjoyable that even though I am exhausted at the end of the day I can’t help but look forward to coming back the next!

I recently got my Glucose Tolerance Test which, for those who don’t know, is the Sugar tolerance test that is done to test for Diabetes and is done during week 26-28 of pregnancy to test for gestational diabetes. It takes 2 hours at the blood draw clinic. The clinicians take your first sample then you drink a very sweet drink, wait an hour, another sample taken, wait an hour and then your last sample. It was actually really nice to be able to go and sit in my car and head back into the clinic for my next draw, I was able to watch some YouTube and play some Animal Crossing. Really just living my best life.

life

Throughout the month I continued my obsession with Stardew Valley on the PC while also diving head first back into Animal Crossing which has been taking up a lot of my time. I’ve been patiently anticipating Taylor Swift’s release of fearless as well as discovering the world of digital bullet journalling. 

Starting a new Island in Animal Cross: New Horizon

During the first round of lock down in 2020 I got super deep into Animal Crossing and I mean super deep. I had never played any of the previous variations but give me a game on the switch and I will more than give it a go. 

However, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and in the end and gave up on making my island a magical place. Not only was I unhappy about the layout of my island, I didn’t know anything about villager hunting and their different personalities. I didn’t love the name either and was just not committed to continuing. 

After learning about the new 2021 updates, and the announcement of yet another lock down I was ready to start my island over again and actually make an island that I absolutely love.

Beginning with the name this time round I wanted to go for something a little more tree/wood related because I absolutely love trees! So I decided to name my island ‘Forest Cove’ because forests and mountains are my absolute favourite place. I find them really peaceful and I want to keep the theme of my Island quite nature filled and tranquil. 

I also went for a different layout with this new island and so far I am really enjoying it. So far there are a couple of buildings that I want to relocate but I will do that once the option becomes available.

This time around I have more awareness of taking my time to choose villagers. I already have the first 2 villagers that you get when you move onto your Island, and I am working hard to earn Nookmiles to get tickets to travel to mystery Islands to find the villagers I really want to love in. 

After much research of Nookipedia I found the villagers I would love to have on my island. All their personalities are Normal (I’m pretty sure), which is one I prefer. I really wanted to avoid jock, cranky and lazy villagers.

Here are the villagers that I plan to hunt for to move to Forest Cove.

I am currently working towards 100 Nook Mile Tickets before streaming the hunt for these villagers!

I am really enjoying getting back into Animal crossing and cannot wait to share an update next month with which villagers I have on my island and any things I’ve learnt along the way!