WoRd PoW #3!

WoRd PoW #3!

I had last week’s WoRd PoW all written up last week but I never got around to finishing and posting it. Sorry about that. But we’re here now so let’s talk about the things we love!

Writing: I have written a total of 2619 words in the month of May. Not a lot but not bad either, compared to previous months. I’ve noticed I tend to sit down and write about twice a week. I’d like it to be 5 or 6 times a week and I’m making changes in my schedule to accommodate that.

22544764Reading: I finished a few books in the last two weeks. If you follow me on Goodreads you can always see what I’m reading. But yesterday I read an entire 435 page book in a day. I didn’t mean to, I just couldn’t put Uprooted by Naomi Novik down. It’s such a delightful book.

When I started reading I thought I knew in what direction the story was going. I thought this would be a simple fantasy story with a little romance and magic, but the story was a lot deeper than that and I just kept being pulled in to the mystery of The Wood. Also while there is a fun romance plot with a lot of tension, I felt the focal relationship was between the main character, Agnieszka and her friend Kasia; and I really liked that.

Doing: Potty training has begun for 4 year old Jacob. I’ve been putting it off long enough. So now my day is broken up into 30 minute chunks of getting stuff done before I have to stop everything to get this very active little boy to sit still on the potty for five minutes. I’m running out of stickers! Please send supplies! 😉

hearthstone20mage20guide20title20imagePlaying: I mentioned it briefly in my last post, but I’ve discovered Hearthstone and it is consuming my life. If you don’t know what it is, Hearthstone is a card game that works a lot like Magic the Gathering (but simpler) and is based in the World of Warcraft world (say that five times fast). It’s free-to-play on smart phones, tablets and the PC and it’s the best free-to-play game I’ve ever played with. Of course, like many free-to-play games, there’s a lot in in-app purchasing that can be done. I have yet to spend real money on the game, but I could see myself doing it and feeling satisfied with that in the future.

phil-in-pdsWatching: Most of my screen time is spent on YouTube. I hardly ever watch regular TV anymore. One of my favorite YouTubers, the one I’ve been watching the longest is Philip DeFranco. He does a little news show Monday-Thursday where he talks about news bits that interest him and gives his opinion on the matter.

I like him partly because I agree with him most of the time and because, through him I’ve learned a lot and broadened my horizons. While he is an opinionated news source I believe he is pretty fair and balanced and loves to interact and share with his community.

So that’s my WoRd PoW for this week. Let me know what you’re Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing or Watching this week in the comments!


Wednesday WoRd PoW

Wednesday WoRd PoW

Welcome to the new weekly installment for my blog! WoRd PoW stands for Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing, and Watching. The D isn’t capitalized because sometimes there’s isn’t much else going on in my life that isn’t one of the other four.

Once a week I will post about the things I’m currently into. What I’m working on in my writing, what book I’m reading or just finished, what games I’m playing, and shows/movies I’m watching.

I’m really excited to do this, and I’d love to know what your WoRd PoW of the week is. I’m always looking for new things to do. 🙂

So this week in Writing: This is the last week of CampNaNo. It did not go well this month. There were two birthdays and a surgery over the last four weeks. NaNo always falls at a busy time for me. Camp will happen again in June, but that month will be super busy as well, so I won’t be participating. I added about 5000 words to my Work In Progress and that was it. Not great, but every word helps. I plan on doing better in the weeks to come so I’ll have weekly word count updates here.

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Reading: I’m finishing up The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett. It’s been a slow read, not because it isn’t good, I’m just easily distracted and there are parts that I just wasn’t into. It’s a very funny book and I’ll probably have to reread it and the previous book, The Color of Magic to appreciate it more. I’m positive I’ll finish the rest of the series this year.


Doing: My youngest turned four this month and it’s hit me that I still treat him like a baby. It’s a common failing among mothers, we just don’t want them to grow up and become annoying teenagers. 😀 So I’ve started the process of transitioning him from a sippy cup to a regular cup and soon we’ll begin potty training. Just yesterday I found this great cup to help with the transition. It doesn’t have a spout but it is spill proof. Not a sponsor, but if you want to check it out, here’s a link Miracle® 360° Cup – 10oz

Playing: I’m always playing Minecraft, it’s a life style. 😀 This past weekend I streamed with my brother, PilchPlays and we had a great time Saturday night when a Wither Boss got loose in our beautiful Nether Hub. It was a fun and intense fight. Watch it here! The fun begins around the 1:11:00 mark. PilchPlays YouTube.

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That’s the Wither Boss about to blow Pilch (the face in the corner) away. ;P


79409Watching: There is a new series that’s airing on Crunchyroll right now called Bungo Stray Dogs, that I’m really enjoying. It’s about a group of supernaturally gifted people who tackle issues that the police or military can’t handle. From what I’ve discovered after some research, most of the characters are based on famous writers and their respective works or characters. Since the main characters are all Japanese, I don’t know any of them, but the concept really intrigues me. I’m three episodes in and I really like it. The humor is great, the animation is good and there is a healthy dose of violence. I’m excited to see where it goes.

Thanks for dropping by! Leave a comment telling me what your WoRd PoW is this week. Have a great week!

Potty Training & Advice

NOTE: I apologize to any of my readers who aren’t parents or who just don’t care about this kind of stuff. You can always check out The Writing Blog. 🙂

We have made a great big step in potty training this week. William is consistently pooping in the potty and hasn’t had any accidents of any kind in almost a week. Trust me, a week is a long time in Potty Training Land.

When I started potty training (and I say the rest of this as someone who’s still in the thick of it, this stuff ain’t over by any means) I did a ton of research about when to know your child is ready and how to go about it and all that jazz. And the one thing I saw repeated over and over is to trust your instincts.

There are some other basics to getting started. Like:

A. Be sure your child can communicate well. There’s a lot of explaining that needs to be done. Your child should be able to understand you and vise-versa.

B. Persistence  Once you start, don’t give up. Take breaks if you need to, if you or your toddler is just too stressed out by the whole thing. But don’t give up.

C. And as I said, trust your instincts. You know your child better than anyone else. You’ll know when they’re ready and you’ll know what strategy will work best to help them learn.

The strategy we’ve used for Will has been pretty straight forward. In the beginning I had (still have) a potty seat in the living room and I’d make him sit on it ever half hour or so. Every 15 minutes kind of drove me crazy. We also spent a few days running around commando so he didn’t have the security of going in his pants.

Once he went in the potty properly we celebrated and rewarded him with cookies. Will loves cookies. After a while he began to understand that going potty=cookies and began to go as often as possible.

Learning to poop took a little longer. We began using a chart to mark when he went potty and when he had accidents. I think that was more for me than him, but he likes getting stars. And then I began not letting him do anything in the morning until he pooped in the potty. Again he went pantless. Will loves his TV time in the morning and was willing to do whatever it took to get his TV.

It did not take long. Within a day he got the idea and being rewarded with TWO cookies after pooping is the best!

So now, my next step is to get the potty seat from the living room to the bathroom. Will’s going to miss being able to watch shows and potty at the same time, but that’s what books are for!

In other kid news, Jacob now has two teeth and is this close to walking on his own. I’m kind of freaking out about having two little ones walking around. Things were easier when Jacob couldn’t move much.

And that’s what my life has been consumed with lately.

Thanks for reading! Happy Thursday!

I’m Not Dead

Hello dear readers! I know, I’ve been gone for a while. It’s my own fault really and I’m sorry. You see, my laptop and I got in a little fight. He did something really stupid, I got mad and then he had to go away for a couple weeks. It was a rough time for both of us, but I think our relationship is stronger for it now.

He knows to do what he’s freaking told and I know to be nicer to him. He’s a lot more fragile than he looks. 😉

Anyway! Not much has been going on in the Kricket household. Still working on potty training the Toddler. Some days are better than others, but overall, he’s getting better at it. Baby is everywhere now. He’s really fast and gets into everything. He can now say “Mama!” and “Dada!” and he still doesn’t have any teeth.

Other than that, my life has been pretty boring. I’ve got a couple topics I’d like to cover in the next couple weeks and a book review that will pop up soon on the Writing Blog. So look forward to those.

Until then, have a happy Wednesday and thanks for reading!

The Joys (?) of Potty Training

Oh potty training. We started training Will two weeks ago. I thought I was prepared. I thought I had a plan, but within the first couple days it all went down the toilet, so to speak. 😉

I originally planed to do this every 15 minute thing. Where you load him up on salty foods and water or juice and then make him sit on the toilet every 15 minutes. Well that didn’t work. William would just wait until I put his pants back on and then to pee. So then I tried something that people had suggested to me a few times but I was scared to try. I just let him run around half naked for a couple days.

And yes, there were some wonderfully epic accidents, but it worked. Will learned it was better to go in the potty then face Mommy’s wrath. Cookies helped enforce that. 🙂

So he’s got going pee in the potty down well, and only in the last couple days has he figured out that it’s better to poop in the potty than in the pants.

He’s a smart kid and I knew he’d get it, but that first week was rough, for me. I was convinced that he’d get it within the first day or two, so when that didn’t happen I started stressing out. Like a lot. I took his slow learning to mean that I was a bad mom in some way. I know now that was stupid thinking, but at the time it was really eating me up.

But now things are going really well. He’s starting to use the potty without even telling me until he’s done. We haven’t tackled night time stuff yet. I figure we need to get the routine down for day time before we go there. So for now he’s still sleeps in pull ups.

I know we’re not done training, but he’s making good progress and that makes me happy. Now the next step is getting this kid to sleep all night and not try to get into bed with us at 3 in the morning. But that’s another post for another time.