September 2017 Wrap-Up

– We had a bat in our mailbox. I’m too short to see inside of our mailbox. I usually just grab whatever mail is inside it and feel around to make sure I get everything. Deacon happened to get the mail the Friday before Labor Day and saw a bat inside. It was still there in the same position the next day, so we thought it was dead. Animal Control wasn’t open until noon on Tuesday because of the holiday. The girl that answered was new and never ended up giving the message that we needed the bat removed, so we had to call again the next day. But when Deacon checked the bat again, he realized that it was actually alive. Thankfully, after about a week in our mailbox (with the mailman just sticking mail on top of it), animal control got it out and took it somewhere nice and far away to be released. We still don’t know how it got stuck in there, but I’m glad that 1) it’s gone and 2) it didn’t die or anything.

– We got tickets to see John and Hank Green on tour! I feel like, nauseated every time I think about it because I’m so painfully excited. I’ve never met an author before! And Hank will be there! The moment I found out they were coming to St. Louis, I bought tickets. I don’t even care that there won’t be a book signing.

– Audible had a really good sale and I …erm…bought 7 audiobooks. They were only $5 each! And then I canceled my membership because I only average about one audiobook per month. So I’ll be good for awhile.

– We went to Celebration of Nations. It’s a festival that Rolla has every year to celebrate the cultural diversity of the students at Missouri S&T. Deacon and I had never been before, and it was a lot of fun. (even though I got a sunburn while waiting in line for Chinese barbeque. worth it, though.)


– I’m sorry for being absent on the blog this past week. I just haven’t been in a blogging mood and I’m kind of against forcing myself to blog if I’m not feeling it because I never want it to become a chore. So instead of blogging, I was watching all the Twilight movies with Deacon.

– Is Star Wars fantasy or science fiction? I know the official stance is that it is space opera, but I think that’s a cop-out. And don’t give me any of this science fantasy nonsense (Although I’m open to accepting science fantasy for the graphic novel series Saga, for whatever reason. I guess that series actually seems like a perfect blend of science fiction and fantasy, whereas Star Wars…is harder to pin down.) Mostly I need to know where to shelf Ahsoka in Goodreads.

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– Menstrual cups should be given out to women inmates and the homeless. I’m not going to go into my whole raving review of menstrual cups (although I’m open to doing a post if you want me to?), but I do think they could solve a lot of issues since they are reusable.

– Hank Green is publishing a book and it’s pretty much everything I’ve ever wanted. It’s called An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and it’s adult science fiction and I’m totally here for it.

– “None” can be singular or plural. I got into a polite argument with some guy on the internet about this. I gave sources. He was too stubborn to accept it.

– Pickmonkey no longer allows exports without a membership. Which I didn’t learn until writing this post. I’m pretty terribly angry about it. I’ve seriously been using it since it started in 2012, back when it basically replaced Picnik. I use Lightroom for photo editing, but use Picmonkey whenever I need to put text on images. So I don’t use it enough to buy a membership, but it was my go-to for my monthly wrap-up header images. I AM SO FRUSTRATED. Please send me recommendations for free photo editing websites. (Canva, here I come.)


rex report

As usual, Rex has been great. He’s actually been pretty playful this month. He got a new rope/tug-of-war toy and he loves chewing at the burlap middle on it.

New thing this month: he has been getting me up on weekends at 7:00 AM. He’ll wake up and get out of bed and pace until I get up and get on the couch with him. Then we’ll fall back asleep until about 9:00, at which time he gets me up again to take him outside.


tv shows
Clone Wars (finished the series)
Grey’s Anatomy (finished season 13)

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Youtube Subscriptions
PBS Eons


A Monster Calls (it was okay)
It (liked it)
Princess Mononoke (really liked it)
the entire Twilight saga (rewatched. They just give me the September vibe.)
(500) Days of Summer (really liked it)

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (okay)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (liked it)
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (okay)
Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston (liked it)
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (okay)
The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Part One by Micheal Dante DiMartino (liked it)
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (loved it)
Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan/Fiona Staples (liked it)
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (liked it)
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (really liked it)

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currently reading
Artemis by Andy Weir
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan


How was your September?


  1. Katie
    October 3, 2017

    Rex is so cute!
    As for the editing software, have you looked into Gimp? It’s actual software that you’ll have to put onto your computer but it’s pretty much a free photoshop. I’ve only used it a couple of times but I know of near famous photographers that use it over photoshop.

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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      October 11, 2017

      Thanks for reminding me of it, Katie! I’ve heard of it but have never used it. I’ll be looking into it!

  2. Kyra Morris
    October 4, 2017

    AWW Rex is adorable!

    I stopped using Picmonkey awhile ago but it’s so disappointing to hear how it’s pretty much all membership based now! I love Canva so much, I use it all the time! I also used to edit all my bookstagram photos on Picmonkey but I found a really good editing app on my phone called Pomelo, which I use all the time because the filters are beautiful! I highly recommend that.
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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      October 11, 2017

      Thanks, Kyra!

      I just started using Canva and I like it, but I’m still getting the hang of it. I knew how to do EVERYTHING on Picmonkey. Canva’s interface is a little different to navigate.

      Thanks for the recommendation of Pomelo. I’ll definitely be checking that out.


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