Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Valentine's Day is my absolute favorite holiday! It's a day for love, happiness, and dessert! Every year, I make a playlist that I share on social media and listen to all day.

 So, to keep you occupied, whether you have a date with a person or a bottle of wine, here's some of my favorite Valentine's Day tunes.

Always, Raineedayze

Sunday, February 11, 2018

My 23rd Birthday

It's a shiny new day on this side of 23.

My birthday was on Tuesday and even though I had an excruciatingly long lab in the morning, I was pretty excited though because Jonathan managed to get  the day off.

We headed to lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, where we tore through a ton of Carribean Jerk wings and fried pickles. After lunch, we drove around town for a bit and then headed to watch Winchester. The Drafthouse gives members free movie tickets for their birthday and since we went during the work day, it was nice and empty.

Winchester was pretty bad.....well really bad. But after a bottle of wine and a FANTASTIC boozy milkshake, I was feeling pretty good.

We ended our night at the pub where we got to watch some pub trivia and got a nice buzz.

Jonathan picked up an ice cream cake and we headed home to order some pizza. However, as soon as the pizza guy knocked, I was ready to crash out.

I ended up with leftover pizza and cake (no worries, they made a great after school snack the next day) and a bunch of fantastic memories!

I'm pretty excited to see what I can accomplish this year and hope to make 23 a great year!

Always, Raineedayze

Friday, February 2, 2018

February Mini Goals

Happy February!!!

Now, I may be a little bit biased because my birthday is in February, but I absolutely adore the month of February. Valentine's Day is my absolute favorite holiday, and I love how this month is when we actually start getting into the swing of things. January is always the trial month, but February is really where you can see how your year is going.

That being said, I spent so much time working on this list of monthly goals, and I can definitely say they build up from last month's goals. 

Last, month I focused on goals in terms of 4. I used this because it gave me a chance to complete one item on the list per week. Since most of those goals went by pretty successfully, I wanted to add a little more to my plate. February is a shorter month but I think I can handle it.

1. Draw 4 digital pieces (and upload one!)

It's no secret that I have been working hard on my art. Now that I am nearing the end of my academic career, I wanted to focus on what I actually enjoy doing and I have a huge passion for art. I want to build up my work ethic with it and hold myself accountable for completing pieces I am proud of, so hopefully you guys can see a piece this month!

2. Read 9 Books

My goal for the year is to read 100 books. In January, I read 9 books and I want to keep the streak up and stay ahead. I am nearing the end of my tenth book and one of my books came off hold at the library so I am pretty stoked to finish them by the end of the week. 

3. Drink a bottle of water a day

I have a huuuuuge issue with not drinking enough water. I really need to take care of myself because kidney issues are no joke and I have already had a few health problems stemming from my poor water intake. A bottle of water is still lower than the recommended amount, but I need to start somewhere!

4. Post twice a week

I managed to successfully keep the blog running last month, but I could feel the urge to slack off in the back of my head. I'm not sure why I have been in a super meh mood, but I want to make sure this blog is productive because I love connecting with people through it!

These are my main goals for the month and I'll be checking in with you guys later in the month to see if I was successful!

What are your monthly goals? Let's chat!

Always, Raineedayze

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Monthly Goals Wrap Up: January

It's the first day of February and I am posting this January Goal Wrap-Up late because....

I did a dumb thing.

A few days ago, I posted a Goals Check In where I discussed my monthly goals and how successful I was at them in January. (You can check that post out here!)

I have no idea where my brain was because I talked about my yearly goals in that post instead of my monthly goals. So if you were confused, I totally get it.


I edited the post but man, I felt pretty silly. So here is my check in for my January Mini Goals! 

 1. Read My 4 TBR Books

On my TBR for January I had The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Warcross by Marie Lu, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Unfortunately, The Cruel Prince was all cleared out at my local library, so I wasn't able to get it this month. However, I read the other three books and loved them all! I was also able to read a few other awesome books (you can check the full list on my Captain's Log for January).

2. Draw 4 Things

Holy moly, did I rock this goal. I drew daily this month, and nearly cleared out a sketchbook! I moved my sketchpad to right in front of my computer, so I spent many a day sketching out random doodles while watching Supernatural or random Youtube videos. I was super proud of how much I actually got done!

3. Make 4 Blog posts.

Woohoo!! I was pretty happy that I uploaded 3 times that amount this month! I want to keep this blog running because not only is it a great escape for me to get all my thoughts out, I get to connect with so many people in the blogging community. Plus, I can look back at these posts as a digital scrapbook and see all the great memories of the year!

4. Walk 4 Miles

I have to be honest. I didn't keep track of this goal at all. While the start of school meant more walking around the campus, I don't think I moved around much more outside of that. Although I did head to the park trails a few times with Jonathan. So I guess this was a half-success?

Overall, I think I rocked my January Goals and I am super excited to build upon these for my February goals. I also loved keeping track of them in the spread I made in my planner, so I plan to continue that since it helped me keep track!

How was your January? Let's chat!

Always, Raineedayze

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Captain's Log: January Wrap-Up

It's my first wrap-up post of the year and I  am so stoked to talk about all the awesome stuff I did this month.

I'm super happy actually, because I did so much awesomeness this month and got so much done that I wanted to. I think it really set the tone for the type of person I want to be and I am LOVING my life.

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler | Geekerella by Ashley Poston | They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera | None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio | Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo | The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | Warcross by Marie Lu | Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | 99 Days by Katie Cotugno |

I had a pretty awesome start to the year in terms of reading. I read 9 books total and started American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Most of these books with an exception of two, were books that I really enjoyed. I also read a whole bunch of new authors like Marie Lu, Adam Silvera, and Leigh Bardugo. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more new authors this year!

 Feel the Snow (Steam) | Fortnite (Xbox One) | Cuphead (Xbox One) | Hearthstone (Tablet) | Heroes of the Storm (PC) |

This month I didn't spend a whole lot of time gaming. Jonathan got me a ton of games over the winter break so I have a pretty full library but I haven't been able to lose myself in a game lately. Hopefully, this will change pretty soon. Especially with the new Overwatch skins!

American Housewife (Hulu) | Supernatural (Netflix) | Black Mirror (Netflix) | The Good Place (Hulu) | South Park (Hulu) |

Murder on the Orient Express | Harry Potter (rewatch) | Ingrid Goes West | 

This month, I started watching shows I had been putting off instead of rewatching old shows (except for South Park, to wind down). I'm trying to finally catch up on Supernatural, since I dropped off after season 5. The rest of the shows are current so I have stuff to look forward to watching every week, which is really awesome and allows me to do something with my time other than sleep.

Movie-wise, I started a Harry Potter rewatch since Jonathan hasn't seen all of them (I know...I was shocked). I'm super excited to have him experience this with me.

 Other Cool Things This Month

I started my last semester of college!

Jonathan and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary!

We spent more weekends out and about instead of at home with Netflix!

All in all, I feel this month was an excellent start to an excellent year!

Always, Raineedayze

Monday, January 29, 2018

Yearly Goals Check-In: January

Hiya guys!

This year, I made monthly mini-goals and 4 big yearly goals. I'll be posting about my mini goals later this week, but here is my progress for my 4 long-term goals!

1. Play More Games - FAIL

I cover this more in my wrap-up post, but I really didn't play too many games this month. I have a pretty large library of shame, or games that I need to get to but I haven't found myself heavily immersed in any game lately. Though, I hope that changes soon with the new games coming out.

2. Get Out More - SUCCESS

This month I wanted to start getting out of the house, whether it was going to the park, for a drive, or just grabbing some lunch. I can definitely say I did get out of the house a bit more. Jonathan and I spent more time at the park, and I tried to make it a priority to leave the house.

3. Create - SUCCESS

Out of all my goals this month, this was the one I was most excited about. I wanted to get back into creating more art and crafting more and I can definitely say this was a success. I got multiple comics done, including a special anniversary comic. I also made it a point to draw every day and filled up my sketchbook with some really awesome stuff. I also made some bookmarks, themed towards fandoms like Geekerella and Harry Potter. I'm pretty happy with how much I created this month and definitely hope to create more.

4. Treat Yo' Self (Better) - SUCCESS

This month, I really wanted to treat myself a lot better. Whether it was healthwise or self-care, I wanted to make my life a life worth living. I think I actually did pretty good! I drank more water, took a lot more time to myself, and indulged myself in things that made me happy. 

I can't wait to see how I progress in February! Check out that post next month and be sure to check out the monthly goals post coming later this week!

Always, Raineedayze

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Happy Anniversary!

This week, Jonathan and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary! 

It's hard to imagine my life before Jonathan, and it was such an amazing day. I had to go to class in the morning and Jonathan had to work in the afternoon, so we knew our time was going to be limited. Luckily, he managed to find some really awesome coworkers that covered for him and he was able to get the day off! I plan to bake some treats for them as a thank you, soon!

We started our day off with some lunch at a seafood restaurant because we have an unintended tradition of eating seafood at every big event in our lives. It was delicious and nice to be able to go out during the day, since we rarely get to go out due to our schedules.

After lunch, we headed to the movies to watch Murder on the Orient Express and it was FANTASTIC. The casting was phenomenal and the storyline was super immersive. We both loved it and it was really nice to go earlier in the day where there were less people. 
Sneaking lunch time photos

We came back home for a bit and played a few rounds of chess and Hearthstone in which I totally lost both games, but enjoyed the trash talking. We ordered some Subway and headed to the park to have a late picnic.  It got pretty cold so we ended up cruising around, talking and listening to a special anniversary mix I made for Jonathan. 

We came home to drink some champagne and watch some South Park, since I had an 8 a.m. the next day. All in all, I think it really summed up our relationship. We are both pretty low-key and we wanted the day to be about us being together. I'm really happy that we were able to celebrate the day together.

Always, Raineedayze