One of the Month of Faves prompts was “5 Purchases That Were Totally Worth It,” and I didn’t participate because I only had one purchase…or so I thought. Turns out I actually wound up buying some other stuff–some of which I didn’t get around to using or buying until after the prompt date. So, my favorite things I bought last year:
1. My house. I bought a house. It’s great. All the wall colors are colors I want. It’s still not fully unpacked yet, but that’s okay.
2. Hamilton tickets. This was a Christmas gift for my daughter. We’re going to see the show in March (in New York). Obviously, I couldn’t post about this before Christmas, so.
I actually do love December.
It’s my second (or third???) favorite month. (After writing this, I might have to admit it may be my actual fave.) There’s so much goodness here. Several people I love have their birthdays during December. Christmas is in December (my fave holiday). Twinkly lights! Christmas trees! DECEMBER!
So, as the song goes, here are a few of my favorite things about the month:
I posted this to Facebook after it was clear where the election was headed (@ 2:06 a.m.):
I have been trying to sleep since 10:30 and can’t.
All I can think about is how over 400 years, this country has used and abused us and made it clear over and over how much they hate us. And over 400 years we haven’t let them take our humanity or our souls. And how we have so much now that our ancestors couldn’t even begin to wish and hope for. And what it must have been like for them to see this same abuse, this same denial of their humanity denied over and over and over again.
I am living that latter experience in a very real way. But I feel good knowing that I did what they couldn’t and wanted to do, which was vote. And I feel good about the candidate I voted for.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is rewind aka pick an old topic and do or revisit it. Well, I’m rewinding all the way back to July 12th’s topic and sharing some random facts about myself.
1. As I get older, I have less and less tolerance for mean humor. That’s one of the reasons I had to quit watching Blackish, in fact. It just felt so mean to me.
2. The TV characters I relate to most are Dorothy Zbornak from Golden Girls and Peyton Sawyer from One Tree Hill. The book character I relate to most is Ursula Riggs from Big Mouth & Ugly Girl. Hello, let me show you my issues.
Sorry (not sorry) to all you students looking for homework help, but this post is not about the Joyce Carol Oates story. (P.S. Stop Googling and do your own homework. I promise your instructor doesn’t care what the internet thinks but wants to know what you think instead.)
Where have you been?
So yes. I took a brief (three weeks??? it felt longer) internet hiatus, mostly because I was moving but also because the internet is my fun/escape place, and it definitely has NOT been that for a while. Not only has the news been bad, but a friend of mine was going through a personal crisis that really made me examine who I allow into my safe spaces on the internet. So everything just felt like a lot of noise, and it was stressing me out. Therefore, a break was needed.
As predicted, I did not get many books read in September. In fact, I finished three:
- Smek for President! by Adam Rex (middle grade, audiobook)
- Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond (YA)
- Mindset by Carol S. Dweck (adult, nonfiction)
I just have to accept that I will never get more than 3 or 4 books read in September. Oh well.
I do plan to review all three books, and, as a challenge to myself on that front, I am signing up for the Blog Ahead challenge.
Participants are supposed to have 31+ posts scheduled by the end of the month (the number of scheduled posts you already have + 31), but let’s be real: I am probably not going to hit that goal. For one thing, I rarely, if ever, schedule posts. Secondly, I don’t even think I have 31 post ideas. Not to mention, the posts that count have to go up on Nov. 1 on later. Considering I have nothing scheduled for October and it’s the first week of the month, I can’t honestly say the posts I schedule will be for post-October. Oh, and my life is hectic and I barely have time to watch a half-hour comedy. But I’m going to give it a shot. After all, some is better than none. And if I can schedule some posts that actually get into November? So much the better.
I’m also looking forward to Aarti’s A More Diverse Universe Challenge, which starts tomorrow.
I just have to pick up the book I’m planning to read from the library. Which, I promise, is not happening today. Because I have declared today a Nothing day, which means I’m not leaving the house (maybe to get some food…maybe). So what will I do today? I plan to write a couple of posts, read, and watch some TV. I started my Nothing day last night when I finally finished S1 of the The Flash, so I’m looking forward to getting into more of that kind of fun.
It is almost the end of September, and my reading for this month is about on par with my reading for August, which is to say…not a whole lot has been happening in that arena. So far, I have only finished one book for work, and I haven’t decided if I want to post about it yet. Anyway, the only way I’ll get some content on this blog in the meantime is if I talk about the books I have been attempting to finish since school started, complete with related GIFs.
As If!: The Oral History of Clueless… by Jen Chaney — You would think I’d be done with this one by now since I love Clueless from way down deep in the bottom of my heart. But you’d be wrong.
Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond — Nothing about this book has compelled me to take it beyond the bathroom so far.
Smek for President! by Adam Rex — I’m listening to this on audiobook as I take the bus to/from work. I will probably finish this first since it’s due back in three days, and I’m terrified Overdrive might delete my bookmarks. Possibly that is something I should look into.
There’s also the book club book that I’m pretty sure I’m not going to finish because I haven’t really started it yet. Book club meets this Sunday! So…yeah, that’s probably not going to happen. I mean, I tried to start it, but I’ve been exhausted after work and fell asleep the one time I tried to read it. (For the curious, the book is Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher.) And the graphic novel that I’ve had checked out from the library but have yet to crack open (Rat Queens). And the manuscript of my friend’s book that she sent me that I really want to read but have yet to crack open because see above for all the other books I haven’t completed yet.
Back to school time: it is the absolute worst for my reading mojo.
1. There are a lot (A LOT!) of coloring books for grown-ups out there.
2. Picking which coloring books to buy is an exercise in frustration AND fun.
3. Some of the books have so many details that it’s a little overwhelming.
4. However, I discovered that I actually do like the coloring books that have more detail.
5. I do not, however, have any interest in coloring pictures of nature, animals, or patterns. (Unicorns do not count as animals; they are jerks.)
6. Listening to audiobooks while coloring is A+++ (another idea I got from Andi!).
7. It is very, very easy to spend hours coloring. This is not necessarily a bad thing.
8. I can think a picture looks a hot mess while I’m coloring, and, in the end, it turns out fine. I think/hope I will get better at picking colors that go well together.
9. Coloring a picture with a lot of detail is a little like problem solving or putting together a puzzle.
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