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!

The Journey So far

Before I get into anything that may be a little TMI, just a disclaimer, this may be a little TMI, but I think it’s important to be open and honest about my experience with pregnancy. It is such an individual experience that no two people will be in the same boat, but everyone who is or has been pregnant can probably relate to some aspect in your own story. 

I must say that regardless of my experience I intend to stay optimistic and feel positive with how my body is and will handle this crazy experience. That is one thing I have learnt from becoming pregnant. Mindset is everything. You may read this and think that it’s looking at pregnancy with rose colored glasses but let me assure you that I am aware that experiencing these things can be awful and it is not all a walk in the park, but I appreciate that my body is doing an incredible thing and I want to appreciate its ability to do so. 

I also feel as though there is a lot of focus on the negative and not by the people experiencing them but by others inquiring about your well being. I’ve found that a lot of the time people are expecting a negative answer and are a little shocked when you say ‘feeling great! Have some morning sickness but what can you do’. Again this is a personal thing. To my closest family and friends I will say that I’m feeling exhausted and king of crummy but to anyone not in that little circle I want to be as positive as possible! 

Finding out

So we found out pretty early on. We were actively trying to get pregnant so I was able to track my period and see where I was in terms of if it was almost ‘that time of the month’. With that being said, I tried to wait until after the date my period was due before taking a test just to avoid disappointment. I am a highly emotional and sensitive person and definitely feel things quickly and intensely. 

This month however, I did not wait, I was too eager and ended up taking a test at 6:30 in the morning a day before my period was due to begin. I told myself it would be negative to try and ease my reaction a little. I was not expecting that second little line to appear and was in shock when it did. Not as much shock as my husband waking up to me walking into our bedroom saying ‘Um.. I think I’m pregnant’. This obviously prompted a trip to the supermarket to get a couple more tests. It is safe to say that I was cautiously optimistic the rest of the day. 

First Trimester

After finding out I booked in with my GP and began the first trimester blood tests and the search for an OB/GYN. After quickly getting my bloods done we discovered that my Iron and vitamin D were both much lower than Ideal and I began taking supplements to make sure that bub would get everything they need to grow. 

About 6 weeks in the morning sickness hit. When they tell you it’s not just in the morning they are not lying. This wasn’t the most fun experience, I was constantly rushing to the toilet at work and struggled to eat much at all. But I am so grateful I was able to eat something each day and know that i definitely had it easy considering the experience some people have with it. 

If you are someone that is experiencing morning sickness that is making you feel blah I can only recommend listening to your GP. For me that meant for me was eating small meals and snack throughout the day, drinking plenty of water, keeping it as bland as possible – I ate a lot of dry white toast- and avoiding anything that triggered the nausea,

Aside from the morning sickness my experience was limited to headaches, which a suffered from prior to pregnancy crazy levels of fatigue – meaning i Feel asleep at like 6pm every night- and my boobs got HUGE (well for me) 

We then hit 8 weeks and were about to finally get an ultrasound to see our little nugget. It was honestly the most exhilarating day. I definitely over filled my bladder taking the instructions to have a full bladder maybe a little too far. It was a little overwhelming seeing that little jelly bean chilling in there. 

With bubs discovery they also found a little bleed in my uterus. It sounds really scary when your GP sits you down and tells you that you have some extra unwanted blood in your uterus and tells you you need to ‘take it easy’. I genuinely googled the meaning of ‘taking it easy’ . I am not a person who likes to stop. But for the health of my uterus I tried my best. I had my husband lift everything and he did a lot of the housework. I was already going crazy! 

Overall I was blessed to experience a more low key first trimester and am so grateful for it.

Second Trimester

I definitely felt a lot of relief when I hit the second trimester. It was amazing to get to share our news with our family and friends. My first trimester symptoms dissipated slowly and I was still feeling some morning sickness until about 15/16 weeks. I definitely had a lot more pep in my step though with my energy slowly returning in about the same time frame. 

Now we sit at the end of the second trimester a few weeks away from the home stretch. I have had an Iron infusion already this year because apparently this baby is Iron Man and is absorbing any iron that I try to put in my body. I’ve also got a weird thing with eggs where I always get sick then I eat them so I don’t think bub is a fan at all. 

Overall I feel great. I am so grateful for the experience of getting to carry bub and start our family and I am looking forward with a lot of excitement and nerves for what the third trimester brings and meeting our tiny little human. 

January Recap

After all the chaos of December and that weird period of time where no one knows what the date is or the day of the week January was an easing into 2021 that we needed.

Renovations


throughout January we continued renovating. We managed to achieve a lot and that is mostly down to my paint master husband who spent days upon days painting. We were able to get the living room, dining room and hall way completed painted and ready for the next steps in phase one of these renovations.

We were then able to replace the floors! This task wasn’t initially on our list for phase one however they got damaged during the plastering due to being quite thin and brittle. I am so happy with how they turned out and definitely not sad that they are done. Archie is a huge fan!

Reading

I was some how (don’t ask me how) able to finish 9 books to start the year off. I’m really excited that I was able to complete so many books and really enjoy the reading experience again after what was a slow reading year in 2020.

If there are any books you’d like to see a review on, leave a comment and I will make sure to review that book!

Life

Aside from having at least 1 doctors appointment each week of January I spent the rest of the month having coffee catch ups, preping for the baby and playing Stardew Valley and Immortals: Fenyx Rising. Both of which are games I absolutely love. I also got back into podcasts a little more, which has been really fun.

With January done and dusted I can’t wait to see what February brings…

Website relaunch

The Nico TRIBE

Hi, Hello and welcome (or welcome back) to the new and improved The Nico Tribe blog – previously called ordinary worlds – I am Kate the main (and only) contributor to The Nico Tribe blog.

We are starting off 2021 with a pretty big refresh here, which feels kind of necessary for many reasons. Firstly, of course the shambles that was 2020 on a global level really necessitates a revamp. Secondly, on a more personal level a lot has shifted and change for me throughout 2020 which I wanted to share however i felt as though I’d boxed myself into the book niche of the internet up until now.

The Nico Tribe will still have aspects of the familiar for the return readers (thank you by the way) with some book reviews and book related posts. I also wanted to post about my other hobbies which include gaming and cooking!

Along with these hobbies I wanted to explore and have a place to talk about more life oriented things. In 2020 we were blessed enough to buy our first house and the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 has been a crazy time of renovating for us. We have definitely had some things not go the way we planned – typical for renovating – and have discovered things that we didn’t know we wanted to do within out house and sharing things that we’ve learnt and our experiences as people that have not renovated before makes me feel so excited.

We also gained a family member in our Fur baby Archie! I am learning so much about owning a dog and I love sharing little stories about him because let me tell you owning a border collie is not easy!

We are also so lucky to be welcoming another member to our family in May 2021 and I know that this is an experience that is going to change us as people and a family and I cannot wait to get into that adventure.

Basically 2021 is going to be a huge shift and I can’t wait to share it all!

Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan

Summery

At last, the breathtaking, action-packed finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo series is here! Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic moral form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? Lester’s demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Lester’s final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? These questions and more will be answered in this book that all demigods are eagerly awaiting.

Thoughts

It has been a real hot minute since I wrote a review, so this one may be short and how just how rusty I am.

The Trials of Apollo series is one that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and I genuinely sad to see come to an end. The way that Rick Riordan writes Apollo aka Lester Papadopoulos makes me laugh every time and is filled while such entertaining and consistent wit. It feels true to how the god would of been in all the myths.

Throughout the series we have seen characters from across the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series grow and evolve getting glimpses into where their lives have headed since the end of their respective stories. As a reader that thrives on character connection this is something that I absolutely love seeing.

The overall plot of ‘The Tower of Nero’ ties together all the loose ends from the previous 4 books of the ‘Trials of Apollo’ series. Allowing characters, readers and listeners the closure that is needed after such a saga of events.

I am honestly sad to see the end of this series and really hope for more Lester Papadopoulos in the future.

What are your thoughts on the series?

The Return!

I don’t know if its something that anyone noticed because it happened so out of the blue, but I’ve been a bit absent from here for about 3 months now. This was a very unexpected break. With the world the way that it is currently consistency was a real goal of mine especially when it came to posting because it would take myself and any readers out of what was currently going on if just for a second.

It’s not, however, something I achieved. The lack of routine definitely threw me into a loop. When this all began George and I were living with his parents. We had – a day before the first lockdown begun – signed on the dotted line, purchasing a house.

Fast forward to this new lockdown and we are in our new home and along with that welcomed a new furry family member into the mix.

The combination of anxiety about the state of the world and a whole punch of changes within our lives left all my routine and consistency in tatters.

Now with a bit more stability – if only imagined – I feel that I can finally get back to a little bit of what I am passionate about – sharing glimpses of my world through books with all of you.

So, here I am, ready to jump back into it all. I will be starting slowly. Posting one or two times a week but I can’t wait to read your comments and get back into this awesome community.

Year-a-thon TBR

The beginning of the April Year-a-thon is here and that means we start reading the Highest and Lowest rated books on your Goodreads TBR. So these are the two books I’ll be picking up this week.

‘Empress of A Thousand Skies’ by Rhoda Belleza is the lowest rated book on my Goodreads TBR so I will be picking that up, along with ‘Heartstopper: Volume 3’ by Alice Oseman which is my highest rated book.

I’m really looking forward to reading both and I’m a little glad that this challenge is making me prioratise books that may not of been on the forefront of my TBR.