I’ve Been a Busy Girl

Things have been NUTS for me this week! In a nutshell:

  • I had HORRENDOUS jetlag. One day this week I woke up at 3:30pm. THREE THIRTY! I think I’ve finally gotten back on track though, but it literally took me until Friday to sort myself out >_<
  • I’ve been kind of overloaded with work. I’m so glad that I’ve closed new projects. I just have to finish the ones on my plate then I can take a breath! That being said, the clients I’ve been working with are so amazing!
  • I haven’t had time to finish the Novelist plugin because of previously mentioned overload.
  • I’ve read some AWESOME and some not-so-awesome books.
  • I’ve been drowning in horrible tax stuff this week. I’ve had to update all my systems, register for VAT, contact the tax people when shit wasn’t working… Ugh.

Books I’ve been reading

I have full reviews coming up, but I want to give an overview of what I’ve been reading lately. πŸ™‚ Book covers link to Goodreads.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

It really does live up to the hype! It’s so interesting and smexy and I WANT TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD! Well, maybe I don’t because there’s some creepy stuff, but it’s sooooo cool.

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter

I might actually start crying if I say too much about this one… Long story short, I thought I’d love it so much, but it reaaaally tanked for me. πŸ™ I’m so sad!! Being disappointed sucks.

The Cage by Megan Shepherd

The Cage

This was a great book to read after the previous one because IT ROCKED! I didn’t expect to love it this much, but it was so interesting. I’m reaaally craving book 2!

Designs I’ve been working on

I’ve been a busy bee the last few months! Here’s a small taste of the design projects I’ve been working on the last few months:


Bookterflies blog design

It was such a huge pleasure to work with Ε½iva on her new blog design. She and I REALLY clicked and shared this awesome vision. Go check out her blog so you can see for yourself. πŸ˜€

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Harlequin Junkie

Harlequin Junkie blog design

Sara from Harlequin Junkie was another great girl to work with. Not only do I love the design we came up with, but it was also fun to code some unique features and custom widgets for her site. Usually clients don’t ask for much custom coding work, which always disappoints me a little because those projects are so fun! But Sara had a lot of fantastic ideas that were fun to put into action.

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More on the way!

I’m in the process of wrapping up a bunch more custom projects that I can’t wait to share with you!

Holiday pics

Here are a few photos from my trip to the United States over the holidays. πŸ™‚

Sunset in half moon bay
Sunset over the water in half moon bay

Sunset over the water in half moon bay

Ashley and Peter on the beach at sunset
Ashley and Peter hugging on the beach at sunset

Did you have a busy week too?

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    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your cold. πŸ™ Getting sick always makes me fall massively behind too!

  1. I’m not even kidding, i feel like bowing down whenever I see your designs. Aw if only i was on WP haha!

    I really want to read The Sin Eater’s Daughter, awwww. it’s too bad that you didn’t like it. Hope the next one will be better. And oh my gosh, your life sounds so eventful like it isn’t fair <33

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    1. Haha thanks Nova! πŸ˜€

      I hope you enjoy The Sin Eater’s Daughter more than I did if you get around to reading it. A few people have given it 4 and 5 stars so maybe I’m just the odd one out. πŸ˜›

  2. Between different blogs, I wrote and/or published 10 blog posts this week! It felt amazing, especially since some of it was at work and writing on the job makes the not-fun parts of my position much more tolerable.

    But I was a zombie while I did it. I had unused vacation days that expired January 5, so I took the last 3 weeks of December off work. I tend towards nocturnal when I don’t need to set an alarm, so by NYE I was sleeping from like 5:30 am until noon. So waking up at 6:30 am Monday morning was one of he hardest things I’ve ever done in my life! I’m almost back to a more normal schedule now, though.

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    1. That’s some fantastic work this week, Brittany! Three weeks off work sounds like bliss. πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks so much! πŸ˜€ I love slow and quiet weeks—that sounds lovely. Good luck querying!

    1. I hope you end up liking that book more than I did. I seriously felt like I was reading a history book for the first quarter. >_<

    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€ The low carb diet is working wonders! Today the scale hovered at 139 before settling at just over 140 (baaaah). But it feels good to know that I’m ALMOST in the 130s!

  3. Awhhh, those pictures of you and your husband are adorable and what a beautiful sky. The new designs you’ve made look great. I’m currently reading A court of thorns and roses and YES, despite all the horrors so far it sounds like a pretty cool place.

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    1. Thanks so much! πŸ˜€ THE BOOK IS AMAZEBALLS!! I’m glad you’re enjoying it too (but how could anyone not?).

  4. NOOOOOOO don’t tell me bad things about The Sin Eater’s Daughter! I am so so excited about that one! I really hope I like it, it looks and sounds amazing. I love the layout of this post by the way. Very easy on the eye! I hate when I have to scroll down loads in a post (like in my own!) I wish I was good at coding and prettifying things!

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    1. I’m sorry!!!! πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

      I’m so sad too, especially because one of my friends loved it so then I was even MORE confident that I’d love it too! …then I didn’t. πŸ™

    1. Normally I don’t even get jetlag. I think the problem was that:

      * We didn’t manage to upgrade our flights coming back to the UK so we were in World Traveller Plus. That’s kind of like a glorified version of economy.

      * Due to the uncomfortable seats and upright positioning, we weren’t able to get much sleep on the 11 hour flight at all.

      * Then we arrived in London at like 10am so we still had the WHOLE day ahead of us. At least if we’d arrived at like 5-7pm we could have forced ourselves to stay up a few more hours then go to bed early, but it didn’t work out that way. πŸ™

  5. Sorry to hear that Ashley! Hope your next week is more relaxed. I didn’t have a jet-lag but I am really stressed about my uni assignment which means I can’t sleep which results me in feeling like a zombie the next day and not being able to focus on work -_- I have kind of got my schedule back on track and my uni starts back tomorrow. *sigh*

    I love the designs! Can’t wait to see what new designs you have in store for us this year. πŸ™‚

    1. I hope you manage to get your uni assignment done! I know exactly how you feel though. My jet lag has been making me unable to sleep and then when I’m super tired the next day it makes me soooo unproductive. It’s a horrible feeling!

  6. I have been suffering a personal jetlag from my shifts at the hospital..specially from the night shifts like today…got headaches etc πŸ™
    Loved the work designs…specially “harlequin junkie”…the other design i just think it’s hard to read the yellow on the book info πŸ˜‰
    amazing pictures from USA trip…one of my dreams is to go there πŸ˜€ i had that crazy dream when i was a kid of going to hollywood to be an actress hehe…seeing New York live would be stunning…i would fate probably XD


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  7. Lovely designs! Those pictures are amazing too, the ones of you and your hubby are so beautiful! I love that last one. I’m so sad to hear that you didn’t like Sin Eater’s Daughter, I was really looking forward to that one πŸ™ I’m DYING to read ACOTAR! I’ve got The Cage from EW and haven’t had a chance to get to it yet, but you make me want to pick it up asap!

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