To Be The Very Best! #ReadThemAllThon is hosting a Pokemon Go themed Read- A- Thon and it sounds like an excellent way to check off some of the books on my “To Be Read” shelf. If you want to participate check out the original post hereThere’s more to this challenge than just reading and taking over the gym. The other challenge involves choosing a Pokemon and using your reading to gain combat points for him. Whoever owns the Pokemon with the highest CP in the end, wins the title of Pokemon League Champion and will earn a prize (to be announced), as well as bragging rights.

In all honesty I probably will not take on that aspect of the challenge. I know I am going to have a hard enough time just trying to read the books to take over the gym. If it’s something you choose to do though I wish you a lot of luck! As I progress in this challenge I will update this page as well as my Goodreads #ReadThemAllThon shelf with what I’m reading. If I have thoughts about the book I will link them to Goodreads to save any spoilers.

  • What Is It? A 3 week long reading challenge based on becoming a Pokemon Master. Instead of fighting gym battles, you’ll be reading books instead! Your reading will power up the pokemon of your choice to have a final battle in the end, so choose wisely.
  • When Is It? August 14th until September 4th. You can sign up anytime between now and the end of the read-a-thon.
  • The Challenge/Gyms: There are 8 reading challenges within this read-a-thon, based on the 8 gyms that are in the Indigo League. Earn a badge every time you complete a book! 


I Want To Be The Very Best

01/08 Complete


Pewter Gym: The First Book In A Series
This Rock-type gym is the first gym Ash and the Pokemon player ever encounters. Finish this challenge to win a Boulder Badge.

Chosen Book: Fury Rising by Yasmine Galenorn

Status: Incomplete

Cerulean Gym: A Book That Might Make You Cry
This Water-type gym has a badge that looks like a droplet of your tear, so read a book that will rip your heart out. Finish this challenge to win a Cascade Badge.

Chosen Book: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Status: Incomplete


Vermillion Gym: A Book With Thunderous Hype
Vermillion City is the home to Lt. Surge and his many Electric-type Pokemon. For this challenge, read a book that’s been hyped all over bestseller’s list and the internet.  Finish this challenge to win a Thunder Badge.

Chosen Book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 by J.K. Rowling

Status: In Progress – Not going to lie, this is boring to me.

Celadon Gym: A Book That Focuses on Diversity
Celadon Gym is one of my favourites, because of it’s colourful Grass-type aesthetics. Read a diverse book and you will earn yourself a Rainbow Badge.

Chosen Book: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Status: Incomplete


Fuschia Gym: A Book With A Great Romance
I’ve always been confused by the fact that a Poison-type gym has a heart-shaped badge. Can someone explain please. Read a book that features romance prominently and earn a Soul Badge.

Chosen Book: Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn

Status: Incomplete

Saffron Gym: A Book With Fantasy/Supernatural Elements
Saffron City is where all the Psychic-types hang out, so for this challenge, read a bool with fantasy, magical realism, or paranormal elements. Finish this challenge to win a Marsh Badge.

Chosen Book: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Status: Completed. Thoughts here.

Cinnabar Gym: A Book With A Red Cover
Cinnabar Island is famous for red earth and Fire-type Pokemon. For this challenge, read a book with a red cover. Complete this challenge to win a Volcano Badge.

Chosen Book: Fire Study by Marie V. Snyder

Status: Incomplete

ReadThemAllThon-Badge08-Earth Viridian Gym: A Book With Post-Apocalyptic Setting
The final gym is home to a Team Rocket Leader (OK, if it’s been out 10+ years you can’t cry spoilers) and Ground-type Pokemon. For this challenge, read a book featuring a ruined, post-apocalyptic Earth. Finish this to win yourself an Earth Badge.

Chosen Book: Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagan

Status: IncompletePokeball Divider

If you decide to set out on this quest let me know! I would love to see what books others are reading to beat the gyms. Be sure to follow my own progress by viewing my Goodreads or following me on Twitter! I will also be updating this blog entry as I complete books.


Life Lately – July Edition

Life Captures

Life Lately July Edition
Alexiel ▲ Vincent ▲ Alexiel and I
Stompy Poppers ▲ Alexiel and Vincent on Mud Day ▲ Vincent taking pictures of Pokemon
PIKACHU ▲ New Keychain ▲ Onix


Beyond Ghost in the Shell: First Assault I have been playing an old game called The Longest Journey on Steam.

The Longest Journey is an amazing graphical adventure, where the player controls the protagonist, April Ryan, on her journey between parallel universes. Embark on an exciting and original journey of discovery, where you will explore, solve puzzles, meet new people, face terrifying monsters, learn, grow, and live the adventure of a lifetime!

The Longest Journey was released in 2000, so it’s sixteen years old. The graphics remind me a lot of American McGee’s Alice so it has a nostalgic feel to it. The play style is Point and Click and not something I am used to, so it initially too me a while to get into the game. I’m only on Chapter Two, but the game itself seems interesting. I just get bored waiting for April to run to the location I need. I’ve never been very patient like that.



The story follows Satoru Fujinuma, a man who somehow possesses an ability that sends him back in time moments before a life-threatening incident, allowing him to prevent it from happening. When his mother is murdered by an unknown assailant, Satoru’s ability suddenly sends him back eighteen years to when he was still in elementary school, giving him the opportunity to prevent a kidnapping incident that took the lives of three of his classmates.

I don’t recall where I first heard of Erased. I just know that at some point I had downloaded it and saved it to watch. I was unsure what to think of it when I started watching, but quickly became hooked. I had to know what was going to happen next. My heart broke as the the story of Kayo Hinazuki was revealed, in fact I found myself in tears. Being taken from Satoru Fujinuma’s present 29 year old self, to his child self with his adult mind, and then back again to see the results of actions in the past effecting the future was interesting. It really kept you wondering just how much is enough.

I watched the subtitled Japanese version, but there is an English dubbed version coming out in October. Here is the English trailer.


July 04, 2016 – Celebrated Independence Day with fireworks! My kids love “Stompy Poppers“.
July 10, 2016 – Played the Bloodstained demo and it was AMAZING.
July 11, 2016 – Got the pins out of my foot.
July 21, 2016 – Celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. <3
July 26, 2016 – Applied for a job and nailed the interview. WOOHOO!
July 27, 2016 – Had to hole up in the bathroom with Jeremy, the kiddos, and all the pets because we were under a tornado warning. Luckily there wasn’t a tornado but we did have huge hail that took out three windows, smashed mirrors on the cars, and dented the heck out of the cars.

The phrase I hate to hear the most is, “It could have been worse”. Yes it could have, I hate saying it myself, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not okay for me to feel angry. We just got back into our house in January after a flood destroyed the bottom half of it in June 2015. We are still working through those feelings and reassuring Vincent that his house is okay. Can you imagine the anxiety a tornado warning brought? Ugh.





10 Things To Carry While Playing Pokemon Go

Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based (GPS) augmented reality mobile game that has taken the world by storm. The app skyrocketed to the number one spot in the mobile gaming download charts in America in less than a day. Pokémon Go has players outside and walking around their communities as they attempt to catch Pokémon using their phone. Along the way are Pokéstops – which are typically landmarks – and PokéGyms. Pokéstops allow the trainer to collect items such as pokeballs and eggs and can be utilized every five minutes, which is perfect as you are walking from one area to the next.

I’ve read that many people are spending hours walking around collecting Pokémon and hitting up Pokéstops to collect items. This got me thinking about what I would need to take with me on my adventure and I wanted to share. These are items that fit easily in my purse so there isn’t much extra to lug around since I take my purse with me nearly everywhere.

Water bottle – it is important to stay hydrated, especially if you are walking around in the heat.

Sunscreen – lather up before you leave and make sure to reapply after a couple hours depending on the sunscreen type you choose.

A Power Source – Even with battery saver mode on Pokémon Go has proven to effectively drain your cellphone’s battery in record time. Give your phone a little extra juice when you’re out by using a portable battery charger, extended power case, or even bring your phone charger with you if you are going to stop near an outlet. Many local businesses are near Pokéstops.

Snacks – Jerky, protein bars, trail mix, something to munch on when you inevitably take a break.

Good shoes – some may scoff at this, but good shoes can really help with your feet not killing you the next day.

Personal Business Cards – bumping into other Pokémon trainers is a great way to form connections. Perhaps carry some personal business cards to promote your blog, business, or even just hand out basic info so you can connect with them again.

Pokémon Card
A quick Pokémon card generated idea
It’s ugly, but you get the idea.

Your Data Plan – Before you adventure make sure that you check your current cell phone data plan to see that it will support your travels. Pokémon Go must remain open and using wifi, 3G, 4G, or LTE to track your GPS location, thus utilizing a constant stream of data. It is estimated that app only consumes between 5MB to 10MB of data per hour, but you also must take into consideration other apps which use data as well – such as Facebook, Instagram, etc that can eat up your data.

Your Safety – If you choose to go Pokémon hunting at night make sure you stay safe. Criminals have targeted Pokéstop’s to rob people by setting up lure’s in the game to attract more Pokémon to that area. One suggestion I’ve seen is to carry a flashlight taser and pepper spray, if this is something you choose to do make sure your town/state allows the use of such objects. Personally, I’d stick with just taking basic safety measures. Hunt with friends, be aware of your surroundings, let someone know where you’re going, look up from  your phone, don’t have music going in your ears, and carry a mean right hook.

Knowledge of your local laws – You may not realize it but often times public parks and mall centers are closed to the public after a certain time of day. If you are caught on the property you can be charged with trespassing. Many towns even have a curfew set in place for people below a certain age. Be sure to check out what times you  might be prohibited from catching Pokémon in certain areas.

Patience – Pokémon Go is still in it’s baby stages. The game servers often go down, the game freezes as you attempt to throw pokéballs, the app crashes, rivals from the opposite teams are being rude, the pokémon you’re after keeps escaping, etc. Try to remain patient and not throw your phone on the ground in frustration.

Pet Safety Tip: If you’re traveling with a furry Pokémon trainer – like your dog – be sure that you consider the road and sidewalk temperature before you travel. Most people don’t realize that if the sidewalk is hot to touch for their own hand, that their pets paws are likely to get burned while walking as well. If the road is safe don’t forget that they are going to need to stay hydrated as well. Carry some extra water and a bowl to keep them healthy. You may also want to carry some plastic bags for any deposits they make on your adventure.

I hope that you have enjoyed my short list of items. I know that a couple of them seem like common sense, but you would be surprised at how something seemingly simple is often forgotten. I know that I have to remind myself to put sunscreen on my own children and myself when we go outside to play.

If you’re a trainer and carry other items with you while on your adventure please feel free to share in the comments!