Looking Back: July 2015

Posted August 1, 2015 by Carlisa in Features, Looking Back / 6 Comments

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We’re well into the second half of 2015, people. That means 2016 is almost here OH MY GOSH. What is this? Why does time go so quickly? Bah, okay. It’s okay. July was a wonderful month even though it passed in the literal blink of an eye.

Like, it’s July 1st. blink Boom. July’s over.

Okay, anyways. Let’s talk about what happened this month!

What I…

Ooh-ed and Aah-ed About: Fireworks, obviously. It was the Fourth of July! I went and watched the fireworks with my parents and younger brother and they were beautiful and wonderful.

Failed: Guys, I failed Camp Nanowrimo big time. I just couldn’t find the time with my internship and part-time job. So I epically failed. I don’t even want to talk about it, lol.

Wanted to Cry About Because I Almost Died: I am not even exaggerating here. My friend and I drove to Indianapolis which is like an hour from my house. On the way back, all of a sudden straight ahead was blackness. Like we were driving into blackness. And then rain hit–super big, huge, pelting raindrops and within 30 seconds, I couldn’t see anything. Like I’ve driven in thunderstorms before and it super stresses me out when it’s hard to see…but this was so much worse. I couldn’t see at all. So I turned off and parked at a little church of the highway. Within another minute, the parking lot was filled with around 15 other cars who couldn’t see either. And my car was shaking. Lightening was touching down in what looked like the fields just across the road. And then we get it: Emergency Tornado Warnings on our phones. Oh my gosh, it was awful. If my friend hadn’t been there, I would’ve just been sitting there crying. So I call my dad and he checks and he starts freaking out saying the tornado is heading right towards us. AND WE WERE IN A CAR. If you’ve ever lived in the Midwest, you’d know how absolutely terrifying tornados are. They are so sporadic but so destructive. They touch down and pick up in a matter of seconds–destroying everything in its wake. AND WE WERE IN A CAR. I have never not been in a house or a building when we get a tornado warning, so I was legitimately terrified. So we just sat there, hoping and praying that’d be okay. And then a few minutes later, the rain lightened up some and we pulled out and kept going, only about ten miles from home. The rain picked up again on the way home–people were driving with their hazard lights on because otherwise you couldn’t see the car in front of you…but we make it home and all is well. The next day they confirm two tornados had touched down. One about a mile back from where we were, right off the highway, and one about a mile east of us. We were literally about a minute away from where the tornado touched down. If we had stopped and pulled over any earlier, we could’ve gotten hit or even just destroyed by a tree. SO SCARY, but we’re SO lucky.

Freaked Out Over (In a Good Way): My friend in the last story was my college roommate from last year. I’m home for the summer and I missed her so…and she came out to Indiana to visit me! It’s funny because before she got here, I jokingly told her “If you’re lucky, we’ll see a tornado!” since she’s never been to the Midwest and so has never been in a tornado warning. If only I knew, man. We also watched Twister the next day because we wanted to, but I think it just made us more stressed out. But anyways, she came and it was so fun and wonderful.

What I’m Looking Forward to in August

August means the end of summer. But I think I’m ready for it. So in less than two weeks now, me and some of my family are taking a 24-hour roadtrip back out to Utah. It’ll be a long two days, but I’m still looking forward to it. I miss Utah and my friends there dearly, so it’ll be good to be back. I just have to start getting back into the school mindset.

Also, two days after my roadtrip to Utah, me and some of my friends are roadtripping down to Southern California! I’M SO EXCITED. My roommate from the past year (not the same one from before) and one of my best buddies are getting married! Sooooooo happy. And I’ve never been to California before so I’m ready to see all the things.

What I Read

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Bookish Updates

Books Read This Month: 8
Pages Read This Month: 3,266
Books Read This Year: 52
Pages Read This Year: 17,104
Summer of Series Challenge:

  • The Entire Anna and the French Kiss series
  • An Ember in the Ashes #1
  • The Diviners #1

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Now, let’s do this August.


  • I found you through twitter and I love your site! Great design and I especially like your Fairy Tale Friday feature.

    Glad to hear you got out of your near death experience okay- it sounds absolutely terrifying.

    Also looks like you had a great bookish month, I hope you enjoy more of your reads in August!!

    • Thank you, Aentee! Your blog is awesome! I’m in awe of your graphics! Do you use Photoshop?

      And I hope you have a wonderful August, too! I hope we can get to know each other more!

  • Oh man. I am so sorry about the tornado. It sounds absolutely HORRIBLE! I’m just glad nothing bad happened! Like really glad.

    It’s kind of scary how August is already here! I’m not ready for summer to end 🙁

    • Yeah, we were definitely lucky but at least we have a story to tell now! Haha.

      And yessss, I cannot believe that it’s already August! I have about three and a half more weeks of freedom until Fall classes start but that blows my mind.

  • Sounds like you had an adventurous month – I’m really glad you’re alive though. There’s just been so much rain lately! Hopefully that’ll die down a little. Have a fantastic month!

    ~Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    • I’m also very very very glad I’m alive haha. And Y E S. The rain has been non-stop this summer! Hopefully this last month before classes will bring us some sunshine!