Currently Obsessed With: It’s 2020!

I can’t believe it’s 2020 already!  I feel like 2019 passed by in a blur, and that it’s not only a new year, but a new decade!

2019 has been fun and it felt like so much and yet so little has happened.  I’m looking forward to a new year, and I actually have some things I want to focus on for 2020.  It’s that time of year where I sometimes decide I’m going to do all of these things, and do them for a while, only to stop doing them.  I really want that to be different this year.

One of the biggest things was taking a vacation at the end of the year- I talked about part of it here, and going to three theme parks in three days was fun but exhausting.  I spent the rest of my time off doing nothing but sitting in bed, watching t.v.  Okay, I did do a few things, like get my hair cut and seeing Star Wars, which I liked.  Plus some last minute Christmas shopping, since I was at the mall already.  Going back to work was pretty hard, especially because I went back the day after Christmas.  I definitely need to take more vacations!

I want to go to more places.  I haven’t been to the zoo in ages, so maybe it’s time to start going again.  Maybe I’ll even go back to Universal Studios.  To, you know, see the rest of it, because I only did the Wizarding World and then left.  I’m definitely going back to YALLWEST, and maybe I’ll even make my way to the LA Times Festival Of Books.  They are on back to back weekends, so that might be a good time for a vacation!  Even if I do absolutely nothing during that time.

I’ve been to the movies more times in the last couple of months than I have the rest of the year combined!  Since late November, I’ve seen Frozen 2, Stars Wars, Little Women and Knives Out.  I remember, just a few years ago, going to the movies a lot more than I have been, and it’s fun to watch something new, instead of re-watching the same two or three shows over and over.

So what do I want to focus on for 2020?

I crochet, but I really love Shutterbean, and her blog is such an inspiration!  I want to be more creative and painting and drawing sounds fun but I feel like I have no talent for it.  I’ve tried hand-lettering a little, but I’m planning on exploring it more.  I also love seeing all of the photos she shares, and at least right now, I’m determined to take more pictures this year.  I’ll still crochet, of course, and since it’s taken a backseat over the last few months, I’m going to start crocheting more.  It may be time to pick up another big project, like a blanket…or maybe continue the couple of blankets I started and never really went back to or just pick up every once in a while.

And journaling!  I used to journal all the time in high school and even college, and then, over time, I just sort of stopped.  I have a few sitting on my table, and even though they’re more guided than what I used to do back in high school, I think having something guided will be good.  I think it will focus my attention and get me to write about something specific.  Maybe, in time, and if I keep up with it, I’ll do more free-form journaling.

I’ve been using the food journal for about 6 months now, and it’s been nice to look back and see what I’m eating.  I’ve tried the counting calories food tracking thing, and I always give that up after a week or two.  But writing down what I eat allows me to see what I’m eating and what I need to work or what I want to keep doing.  Drinking water is something I need to do more of because I don’t drink enough of it!  It’s actually more helpful for me than counting calories, but I’m all for whatever is easier for people.

I also want to start cooking and baking again!  I love cooking and I love baking even more but I haven’t done a lot of it over the last 6 months or so.  I’ve relied a lot on sandwiches and t.v. dinners, mostly because I’ve felt too lazy to cook.  But it’s a new year and it’s time to start cooking again.  Things got a little weird for a while, and I felt lazy, unmotivated and apathetic.  With a new year and a new decade, I’m feeling motivated and determined to make it last.

Back to cooking, though.  For a while, I didn’t really feel up to cooking or baking, but having done some of it over the holidays reminded me of how much I like it, and fun it is.  I have so many cookbooks, and it’s time to use them every week, instead of every few weeks.

Two things I’ve made lately: Instant Pot Ragu|Instant Pot Beef Brisket

They were both really good, and I have a lot of the Beef Brisket in the freezer right now, because it was a lot more than I could eat.  I’m glad I have something I can pull out of the freezer!  I have a couple of things I’m going to make, but I have some cookbooks I’m going to go through so I see what I’m in the mood for and put some sort of menu/meal plan together.

Even though creativity and cooking are two big things I want to focus on, I think focus is the underlying current.  For part of the year, I haven’t really felt like myself, and I had a hard time focusing on things like crochet and cooking, and over the last few weeks, I’ve felt like I can focus on it again.  I think, once I get back into, I’ll be fine, and getting back to being myself and doing things I enjoy.  If it means hanging out at the library more, or going to Panera or somewhere else to crochet or doodle or write things that may or may not be nonsense, then I’m going to do it.  And maybe make my apartment a place I want to be creative- though it is fun to get out of the house sometimes, and there’s something soothing about not being at home and doing something creative.  I’ve always been more productive when I’m not at home.

I’m feeling really excited about a new year and trying out new things.

Have a happy great 2020,

Currently Obsessed With: The NaNo Procrastination Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my U.S. readers!  I hope it’s a fun holiday for all of you, and I’m looking forward to all of the food.

I feel like I haven’t done one of these in forever!  The last time I did one of these, I resolved to do them more often but that’s never happened.  Honestly, I feel like I haven’t had enough to talk about as far as non-review posts go.  There has been the occasional cool stuff on the internet post, but that’s been about it.

I’ve been in a blogging mood lately, though.  I’ve been catching up on reviews that I haven’t felt like doing, and in an effort to write something that’s not my novel, it seemed like a good time to do something different.

There’s nothing like procrastination to get me to do something different.  And it is my favorite time of year.

November!

AKA the month where I write a ridiculous amount of words in the span of 30 days.  This year, I’m writing a YA apocalyptic/sci-fi story where alien invasion meets the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse.  It’s going better then I expected, considering I didn’t feel like planning anything.  Good, as in I’ve actually reached 50,000 words!  It’s definitely a year for pantsing it, and it’s been a while since I’ve done that.

My brain, however, has decided it needs a break, so it’s time to catch up on blogging, and I may pick up one of my crochet projects to give my mind a break more of a break.  It always ends up being a good reset, and I always go back to my project refreshed.  I’m hoping it will get me back in the noveling mindset.

I may or may not do some sort of wrap-up post in December.  I’m really thinking about it, because I feel feel like talking about it a little more.  It kind of makes me wish I had a second project to work on but I don’t have the energy for multiple novels this year.  Ever since that one crazy year where I did three 50,000 word novels in one month, I’ve been burnt out on the multiple novels in one month thing.  Maybe next year, I’ll have a smaller project to work on as a break from the main one.

Nail Polish & Skin Care Land

It’s been I don’t know how long since I’ve talked about nail polish, and earlier this year, I was sad to see the Julep Maven subscription box get discontinued.  I haven’t found a great nail polish subscription box to take it’s place, which is sad because I loved getting nail polish every month.

If anyone knows of a nail polish-only subscription box, let me know in the comments!

I have fallen in love with the ILNP brand.  They have some amazing colors, and while I have a lot of purples, they have a lot of other gorgeous colors.  I’m glad I gave them a try, and I’m always looking to see what else I want to try.

I don’t know why, but for some reason, I’ve gotten super-into skincare.  It’s that time of year where I can’t slather on enough lotion, and it seems like my skin is a lot drier than normal.

I’m in love with this 72 hour Hydrator from Clinique, and my face feels a lot more hydrated/less dry since I’ve been using it.  I’m also in love with this lip mask from Laneige.  My lips have been so dry and cracked, and they’re so much softer.

I’ve barely made a dent in it, and I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks.  A little goes a long way, and I like it so much I got the chocolate mint one!  There were a couple of nights where I didn’t use it, and I noticed the difference in the morning.  Combined with O’Keefe’s Cooling Relief Lip Repair Balm (which I actually found at Wal-Mart), my lips are no longer cracked and peeling and super dry.

Speaking of subscription boxes…

There are a couple of boxes that I really like!  There’s the Feeling Fab box, which I’ve been getting for a few months, and I really like it!  It’s a lot of skincare, but they’re more sample sizes, which is good, because it’s a good way to test stuff out.  It’s been interesting, but it’s also been really fun and I’ve found some stuff I want to keep using.  I’m going to have to get a picture one of these months.

I also love the Lit Box from Frostbeard.  I’ve been a fan of their shop on Etsy for a long time now, and even though I’ve only been getting their box for a couple of months, it’s fun to get a new scent, plus other really cool stuff that goes with their scent of the month.  I love that you have the option to get either the candle or the wax melts- I’m a wax melt person, but when I saw they had it, I knew I had to get it.

Other Fun Stuff

I’ve been to a couple of book signings, and I had a blast at both events.

I got The Guinevere Deception signed, and having a new Kiersten White book to read is really exciting!  Plus, Kiersten is funny and her signings are always really fun to go to.

I also got to meet Marissa Meyer, and I had an amazing time listening to her talk about how much her Renegades trilogy changed since she got the original idea!  I’ve been a fan since reading her Cinder series, and I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to see her in person.

Things I’m Looking Forward To

I’m going to Disneyland with my family next month!  That’s the main thing I’m excited about, and I’m glad to take an actual vacation for once.  It’s been a few years since I’ve taken one, and I can’t wait to go.  I’m tempted to take a day and go to Universal Studios for the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter.  It’s not too far of a drive from Disney, so it would be the perfect time to go.  It’s close enough I could make the trip up there if I don’t make it, so we’ll see if I make it over there.

Honestly, that’s the main thing I’m looking forward to, and I feel like I’m missing a few other fun things.  But it’s November, and my brain can only handle so much right now.  I’m going to leave it here, and I’ll be back soon!

Happy Thanksgiving/Happy Thursday!

Currently Obsessed With: July 2019

Hello!  I can’t believe it’s August already, and the year is really flying by!

July was a pretty fun month for me.  Not a lot happened, but it was still a great month.  I went to the San Diego Zoo a few times…I ended up getting a membership when I went on July 4th, and it’s really fun to just walk around.  I’m pretty sore for a couple of days afterwards, because there are a lot of hills, but it’s worth it.

How can you not love baby giraffes?  There are two right now!  I only got a picture of one, but they’re both really adorable.

I just love the giraffes.

I’m bummed I didn’t make it before the pandas left a while back but we have polar bears!

Gerenuks look really cool, and they remind of giraffes.  And it’s amazing how they can stand up to eat.

And I actually managed to see a koala awake, which feels like a small miracle!

Anyway, that’s enough zoo talk!  I mostly just wanted to share some of the pictures, and there may be more to come.

I also hung up some pictures last month, and I can’t believe it’s taken me over a year to start decorating my room.  I’m in love with this starfish photo, this sea urchin photo, this macaron print, a really cool pineapple print, a Dragonfly Inn poster, and a Stars Hollow poster.  It’s just nice to actually have stuff hanging on my walls.  I’m actually surprised that I don’t have anything Harry Potter related hanging up but maybe I will one of these days.

I also had book club, which was fun!  We read The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson, and I really liked it.  I really liked the magic, and how connected they were to crows.  I’m curious to see where things go, and I’m pretty excited about the next book.

Really, that’s all I have for today.  I wish I had more to talk about, but I’m pretty sure I’ll have more to talk for August!  I hope you have a great day!

Currently Obsessed With: May 2019

Hey everyone!  It’s actually good to be back with my monthly wrap-up feature, and I’m really hoping this will come back more regularly.

May was a pretty fun month!  It started off great with YALLWEST, which I already talked about here.  I’m not really going to talk about it again, but I had a lot of fun, and I can’t wait for next year!

So, this is an April thing, and not a May thing, but I have to share a picture of the cake we had at book club in April.  It’s too cool not to share.  I can’t believe it’s been a year already!  The cake was made by celestialsweets, and you can find her on instagram here, if you want to check out her other creations.  All of which look awesome, by the way.

I also had a birthday, which was fun!  I’m pretty sure I ended up with food poisoning, but at least I started feeling the effects of it at the end of the day.

I never realized how cool the benches were at Fiesta De Reyes.  I know that’s super random, but it’s true!  I love how they’re decorated.

Usually when I go to Old Town, I get my coffee and some candy, and leave but it was a nice day out, so I decided to wander around for a while.  I always get taffy, and every once in a while, I’ll add some other candy too.

Anyway, Cousins is an old-timey candy shop and it’s fun just to go in and look around.  Even though I didn’t get any tea this time, when I do, I always get the black currant tea and the peach white tea.  I also love their highlander grog coffee.  If you happen to be looking for recommendations for coffee or tea.

You thought you were done looking at benches, weren’t you?

You’d be wrong, because there’s one more!

It was definitely a good day to stop and admire this flowers.

And also these flowers.

Plus this really cool plant.

And a huge tree!

And I don’t know why, but I always have to look at this flagpole!

No birthday is complete without ice cream.

Oddly enough, I didn’t have cake…but I was in the mood for ice cream, that I sadly didn’t get a picture of.  I didn’t think of it until I was done eating.  And of course, since it’s me we’re talking about, I did get some yarn.

I’ve been thinking about making some washcloths and those little face scrubbies.  Since I don’t have a lot of cotton yarn in my stash right now, I stopped by my local yarn store and got some.  I have a few projects going on and I swear, there’s a post coming on what I’m working on.  Not today, because I have zero pictures, and when it comes to craft projects, it’s always fun to actually see them.

That’s all for today, and I hope you have a great day!

Random Ramblings: The What’s Been Going On Edition

So, remember, years ago, when I used to do a monthly recap post called Currently Obsessed With?  They were going pretty strong and then they just sort of stopped, and lately, I’ve been thinking that I should bring that back.  Don’t get me wrong, I love doing the book reviews and those are not going anywhere.  But I’ve been doing my internet link posts, and it’s been nice to talk about something other than books.

An Easter Basket For My Mom

I made my mom an Easter basket!  It was really fun getting some stuff to put in there, and I wanted to get her something for Easter.  I picked up some food from the Honey Baked Ham store, and it was pretty good.  I figured the places that were open would be busy, and it seemed easier than making something.

I also cracked and bought an Instant Pot.  I’ve only used it once, but it makes pretty good taco meat.  For the longest time, I thought it was just a fad, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere.  I think it’ll come in handy during the summer because there is no way I’m turning my oven in my apartment.  Unless I want it to get even more warm than it already is.

If anyone has any good recipes, send them my way.  I’ve found a few recipes that look good, and I also bought Dinner In An Instant and Comfort In An Instant.  I have yet to use them, of course, but I’m looking forward to using it.

I’ve been on a shopping spree lately, especially with clothes.  I hate buying clothes, but some of the clothes I had are starting to fall apart so it was time for some new clothes.  I shared some of the tops I’ve purchased lately in my latest around the internet post, and I am totally that person who will buy the same shirt in every color possible.  I’m really picky about clothes, so when I find something I like, I’ll get in every color because I know it fits well, and it saves me from trying to find other things.

I’ve been on a skincare kick lately, and I don’t know why I try end up using products that aren’t Clinique.  I’m not sure why but my skin also seems to look and feel better when I use it.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time either in Sephora or on their website lately…I love the liquid facial soap in mild, the clarifying lotion 2 and, in a big departure for me, I actually decided to give the dramatically different hydrating jelly a try.  I’ve only been using it for about a week, so I’m going to hold off on opinions on it for now.  I also picked up these wipes when I was in Sephora, and I really like them!  They’re great for when I need to cleanse but don’t feel like doing my whole routine.

I’ve been doing a lot of shopping lately, now that I’m looking this post over!  Clearly, I’ve been shopping a lot lately.

I’ve been crocheting some lately.  I have to take some pictures of what I’ve been working on- blankets, mostly- but I have a hat I’m working on right now.  I have a few projects in mind- blankets, of course, but I was thinking of making some Christmas ornaments as presents, so now would probably be a good time to start on that.

It really sounds like I have a lot of blankets, don’t I?  Okay, there’s 5 that are finished, plus two in progress.  One is made up of granny squares, and I still haven’t finished sewing it together.  One of these days, I will.

Some Art Supplies

I recently subscribed to CreativeBug, and I got some art supplies at Michael’s.  They have some art classes and lettering classes that look really cool, and while I love crochet, I’ve also been wanting to try to something else.  I’m pretty excited, and I’ll try to remember to get some pictures of the stuff I do, so I can share them.  If anyone has good recommendations for art supplies, I’d love to hear them, especially for pens!

I’ve been going to a book club for the last year or so!  It’s hosted by Mysterious Galaxy, which is a local bookstore here in San Diego, and it’s really fun.  It’s been great because I never would have picked up some of the books on my own.  I haven’t loved all of them but that’s how those things go sometimes.

And the last thing I’m going to talk about is YALLWEST!  I’ve been meaning to go ever since I heard about it, but it never seemed to work out.  But this is the year it’s going to happen, and I’m excited.  It’s going to be a long drive since it’s in Santa Monica, but since my mom usually works early on Saturday mornings, I’ll probably head up there after dropping her off.

I think that’s all for today!  I don’t know know how often I’ll be doing these posts- hopefully, I’ll start doing them monthly again but it may be more sporadic.  And I’ll definitely be keeping it as Currently Obsessed With.

Happy Friday!

Currently Obsessed With: June 2017

Currently Obsessed With is a once-a-month feature where I talking about my favorite things from the last month.

I can’t believe it’s July already!  Where has the year gone?  It feels like it was January just yesterday!

Books:

I bought a few books this month- I bought Now I Rise by Kiersten White, Glitter by Aprilynne Pike, Escape Velocity by Jason Hough, and Love Real Food by Katheryne Taylor in print.  I also bought On The Edge Of Gone and Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, and the Nook version of And I Darken by Kiersten White, all of which are e-books.  I haven’t settled on my audible pick- nothing’s jumping out at me, but maybe something will later on.

I’ve also been getting audio books from Audio Book Sync, but the choices this year aren’t as appealing as the picks from previous years.  I’ll give them a try, though, because maybe I’ll end liking some of them.

Crochet:

I haven’t been crocheting a lot- the blanket is officially on hold until it’s cool enough to work on it again, but I haven’t picked up anything else.  I think last month I mentioned ordering an embroidery kit, which finally arrived in the mail, but has been sitting in my yarn basket since getting it.  I might pick it up, but I might go with something else. I haven’t been in much of a crocheting mood, but at least I have a few projects in mind for when I do pick up my yarn and hooks.

T.V./Movies:

I haven’t seen any movies, and I haven’t watched a lot of t.v. either.  I did watch The Keepers on Netflix, which I really liked.  It was more about the abuse that some girls at Keough High School experienced, and the lasting effects that it had, rather than the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik.  Her murder is still unsolved, but it was horrifying to see what some of the students had to go through, and how nothing was done.  My question is this, though: why Cesnik?  It sounds like a lot of the teachers knew what was happening, so why her?  It could have been any one of the teachers.  Anyway, it was still interesting to watch.  I’m not sure what to watch next, since I have been in much of a mood to watch anything.  I have a shortlist, but I can’t decide, since I’m not in the mood for anything right now.

Around The Internet: 

June Things:

I went to the launch party for Now I Rise by Kiersten White!  It was a lot of fun, and it made me really excited to read it.  I’m not done with the book yet, but I really love Lada.  She’s willing to do whatever she can to help Wallachia, and she really cares about her country.  You know how with trilogies, the middle book feels like a bridge between the 1st and 3rd book?  You don’t get that with this book at all, which is really nice and completely awesome.

I loved hearing her talk about some of her upcoming projects, and writing this series (and writing in general).  I really need to take notes or something during author events because there are so many things I want to talk about, and then I don’t because I forget the really interesting stuff.  I did like what she said about how she likes to explore questions, and that she might not have written some of her earlier books now, because it was something she needed to explore at that time.

I got a new job!  It’s with the same company, but a different position.  I wasn’t expecting to get it, but I’m glad I did.  I didn’t realize how much I needed to change positions until I actually did, and I’ll be glad once they hire someone for my old job so I can focus on the new one.

July:

July Fourth is almost here, and I have no plans.  Maybe I’ll go see some fireworks, but then again, by the time that comes around, I might be too lazy to leave the house.  July looks like it’ll be pretty uneventful, at least at this point.

Music/Podcasts:

I’ve been on a trying-to-catch-up-on-podcasts kick lately, so no music choices for today.  If anyone has any music recommendations, I am completely willing to check out it.  I make no promises about actually liking it, but there’s no harm in trying, right?  I also have no new podcast recommendations, because I’m pretty sure I’ve shared all of the ones I would have talked about, but maybe next month I’ll have something.

Have a great week, and for those in the U.S., I hope tomorrow is full of fun and food!

Currently Obsessed With: May 2017

Currently Obsessed With is a once-a-month feature where I talking about my favorite things from the last month.

May was fun!  I find myself needing to review quite a few books…but unable to find the motivation to sit down and write them.  They will be coming, though, I promise.  Maybe I’ll start going to the library or Starbucks or something once or twice a week to get myself back into writing and blogging, since that’s the only place I seem to be productive these days.

For whatever reason, I’ve had a hard time writing at home, and I really have to sit down and force myself to do it. But if I’m not at home, I’m perfectly fine.  It’s weird, because while I’ve always managed to write at home just fine, it’s never been this hard.  I’m randomly in the mood to blog, but maybe the lack of motivation is a weird way to get me to take a break?  I haven’t really taken a break from blogging since I started back in 2010.  I can’t believe it’s been that long, but maybe it’s overdue.  I’ll be glad to get back to it consistently because I really miss it.

Books:

I did buy a few books last month!  I got The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye, Soldier by Julie Kagawa, and Binti and Hello, Moto, both of which are by Nnedi Okorafor.  I also got a couple of cookbooks: Joy The Baker’s Over Easy and Five Ingredients Or Less Slow Cooker Cookbook by Stephanie O’Dea.  Now that it’s summer, it’s pretty much time to dust off my crock-pot and find some new recipes.

I know it sounds weird, but I use the crock-pot more during the summer than any other time of year. It just gets so hot that I don’t want to turn on the oven or stand over a stove and cook anything, and the crock-pot is a pretty easy (and wonderful) way to cook that doesn’t require the oven or the stove.

I’m actually really excited about the slow cooker cookbook, because I really like her recipes- the ingredients are things I either have on hand, or things I can find easily at the grocery store.  I can’t wait to start making things from it.  I’m also really excited about the Joy The Baker cookbook too.  I have her other cookbooks, and I love her recipes, so I had no hesitation in ordering it online.

I also got The Rose And The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh and When Dimple Met Risha by Sandhya Menon from Audible.

Crochet: 

I’m still working on the blanket I mentioned last month!  I still don’t know what I’m going to work on when it’s too hot to work on it.  I’m going to have to find something in the next couple of weeks, because I figure by the end of the month, I’ll have to set it aside.

It might be the perfect time to work on a Viking hat- I’ve always wanted to make one, so I might start on that first. I also ordered a beginner embroidery kit from Etsy, since I’ve always wanted to try my hand at something besides crochet, and that seemed like a good start.

I also have this shawl that I started last year, and I’m considering going back to it.  It’s been in time-out for a long time, because the stitch count is completely off, and I didn’t want to keep going…but I also didn’t want to frog it either.  At this point, I’m considering frogging it and starting over, because being off on the stitch count is really bothering me.

Crocheting something that required a lot of attention during my lunch was not a good idea- I eventually switched over to projects that didn’t require any (or minimal) counting because then I wouldn’t lose track of where I was.

I’m also considering doing something made out of granny squares- I’m towards a blanket (of course) or a bag. Making the squares will be fun, but I’m a little hesitant because eventually I will have to put the squares together and there would be so many ends to weave in.  I have the feeling that they may sit there for a while before I get around to doing that.  By the time I have enough for some sort of project, summer would be over though.  Since I’m not sure what to make with them, I’d probably skip over the one method of attaching the squares where you do it as you go along.

T.V./Movies:

Let’s start with movies!  I saw Guardians Of The Galaxy, and it was fun.  Which wasn’t surprising, considering the first one was fun, but Groot was my favorite part of the whole movie.  I have the soundtrack, but have yet to listen to it- I liked the music but not as much as I like the music from the first Guardians Of The Galaxy.  I did really like a couple of the song, though.

I never made it to Everything, Everything, which I want to see, but I don’t know that I want to see it enough to see it in an actual theater.  Also, there aren’t a lot of showings, and none of the times work super well for me. They’re not horrible, but I don’t want to see the movie enough to make it work.

As for t.v., I’ve been watching The Crown on Netflix!  I really like Matt Smith in it, and I wasn’t sure if I’d like him in it.  And I’m not sure who’s playing Queen Elizabeth, but I really like her!  I also watched a few episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, and I like it, but not as much as I thought.  It’s hard to watch- mostly because it’s something I can see happening.  Not to the degree that it’s happening in the show, of course, but so much of what’s happening seems so very familiar, and not in a good way.

I haven’t read the book, though, so I wonder if maybe that’s why I’m not as excited as I thought?  In a lot of ways, I’m glad I got to watch it before reading the book, because I don’t have the book to compare it too, and I can go into it with a fresh set of eyes.  Plus, the wait list for the audio book is really long- it’s narrated by Claire Danes, which I think will be cool/interesting.  I did try reading it a few years ago, but it didn’t work for me, so I’m hoping the audio will work better for me.

As for what to watch next…I’m not sure what to go with next.  Nothing is really jumping out at me, but I’m considering watching this series called The Keepers.  It’s about this nun who was murdered, and the connection it may have to a priest who was accused of abuse.  I’ve heard a lot about Anne With An E, so that’s on the shortlist. I’ve only the first couple of books, and that was when I first started blogging years ago, so maybe I’ll watch it and then re-read it.  And I haven’t watched the latest season of The 100, so I’m between those 3 for now.

I haven’t listened to many podcasts lately, so I’m super behind on those.  I’ve given up hope for catching up on Gilmore Guys and Alohomora- their episodes tend to be long (especially Gilmore Guys, those 3.5/4 hour episodes kill me sometimes), and it’s hard to get through anything that’s over an hour-and-a-half tops.  But since I’m not really in the mood to watch anything, maybe I’ll switch over to podcasts for a while.

Around The Internet:

  • I don’t think about what it’s like to be a truck driver, but this article about truck drivers is pretty interesting.
  • I always wonder about storing certain foods (especially produce), and this list of resources seems like it will be really helpful.
  • I really like this article about writing ASL.  It’s such a visual language, and I wonder if some of the points mentioned in the book are why I had major issues with Soundless by Richelle Mead.
  • There are two interesting articles about some of the changes made to what the Librarian Of Congress can do.  You can find them here and here.
  • I think trigger warnings are important, and I love this post about why they matter.
  • I’m still on the fence about watching 13 Reasons Why- I was not a fan of the book, and from what I’ve heard about the t.v. show (from sources I trust), I’m not sure it’s for me.  I do want to know what people are talking about, though, so maybe eventually?  At any rate, there are a ton of articles and blog posts about the series, and this is one of my favorite posts I’ve seen so far.
  • I have yet to see the video, but this article highlighting a panel Chimamanda Adichie and Trevor Noah did on cultural identity in both literature and life makes me want to watch it even more.
  • If you’re looking for podcasts about food & nutrition, this list might be a good place to start.  I haven’t listened to any of them, but a couple have caught my eye.
  • Speaking of food: I made this lemon chicken, and it was really good!  Unfortunately, I went to make it, only to realize I took out a package of chicken thighs and drumsticks instead of all chicken thighs, but it was still really good with the drumsticks.  If anyone is wondering.
  • I also really liked this recipe for skillet chicken, and I like the idea of this breakfast meal prep.  I usually stick with oatmeal, since that’s a lot easier for me to prep, but I might do this every once in a while.

Fun Things I Did In May:

  • I did a Star Wars pub trivia thing with some friends.  I am completely horrible with Stars Wars trivia, but it was still fun!
  • I went to a book signing for Injection Burn!  I know Jason, and it was great to go and support him and his book!
  • My birthday was a few days ago!  Car stuff took up part of my day- it turns out I had a nail in one of my tires, and that was why it randomly needed air, but thankfully it was able to be patched up.  I will need new tires pretty soon, though, but not right away.  On the plus side, my car is good, and there’s nothing wrong with it.
  • Back to my birthday!  I did wander around Old Town for a while.  They have this shop that sells coffee and tea, and I was in desperate need for both, so I stopped by and got some.  I love their Highlander Grog coffee and their black currant tea.  I also stopped to get some salt water taffy from Cousin’s Candy Shop, and it’s fun to see them pulling the taffy and cutting it up.  Plus, they usually have samples.
  • And I know I can buy olive oil and balsamic vinegar elsewhere (and for a lot cheaper) but I just really, really like this roasted garlic olive oil and fresh apple balsamic vinegar.  I also like that they have a tasting room, which I would never think to do.  And tacos!  It’s Old Town, so there are a ton of Mexican food restaurants, and since I was really hungry, I figured I might as well eat something, and fish tacos sounded really good.

June Things I’m Looking Forward To:

Honestly, it’s not much.  I am looking forward to the launch party for Now I Rise by Kiersten White, but that’s it. Maybe I’ll do something else, but who knows?  I have plenty of time to figure it out.

Music/Podcasts:

Well…I haven’t been listening to anything new, music wise.  I do have a couple of podcast recommendations I want to share.

  • I just started listening to The Baby Sitter’s Club Club, and even though I’ve listened to the most recent episode, plus their first episode, I am already a fan.  It makes me want to go back and re-read the series along with them, because I haven’t read those books in forever.  Even though it’s been a very long time since I picked up a BSC book, it’s still easy to follow along.
  • I also started listening to My Favorite Murder.  It’s worth checking out if you like true crime, and I think it’s pretty interesting.  I’m a few episodes behind, but I’m hoping I can get caught up soon.

That’s all for today!  Have a great Sunday!

Currently Obsessed With: April 2017

Currently Obsessed With is a once-a-month feature where I talk about my favorite things from the last month.

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these…probably because it’s actually been a while since I’ve done one!  Not a lot has been going on over the last few months, and my break from blogging really wasn’t intentional. But I think it was good because mentally, I just needed a break.  Now I feel more refreshed and focused on things again.

Books:

I have quite a few new books!  Over the last few months I got American Street by Ibi Zoboi, The Reader by Traci Chee, and Iron Cast by Destiny Soria.  The last book I got on one of their half-off sales, and I’m not sure what book I’m getting this month.  I’m thinking about The Rose And The Dagger, since I listened to The Wrath And The Dawn, and I’m a huge fan of the narrator.  But I’m still undecided.

I did get a few cookbooks!  I got the King Arthur Flour’s All-Purpose Baking Companion, which I love, even though I’ve only made a few things from it.  They’re my go-to when I want to bake, and I’ve had my eye on that cookbook for a while.  I also got the Damn Delicious cookbook– I’m a big fan of her blog, and her recipes are really easy and are really good!  The last cook book I got was 30 Minute One Pot Meals.  I really like the recipes in this one too.  I’ve made a few things from it, and they all came out really good.

As for e-books, I bought Talon and Rogue by Julie Kagawa, The Storm Siren Trilogy by Mary Weber, These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker, The Only Thing To Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond, Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones.  I also pre-ordered A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

Crochet:

I’ve been crocheting a lot!  I made a baby blanket, some baby booties, and a baby beanie for a co-worker, and I made a blanket for my Grandma for her birthday a few months ago.  Well, it was in progress way before that, and I thought about giving it to her at Christmas, but there was no way I was going to finish it in time if I wanted it to be a Christmas present, so it turned into a birthday present.

I am working on another blanket- I’ll probably keep this one for myself- but I’m going to have to find a non-blanket project soon, since in the next month or two, it’ll be too warm to work on the blanket.

T.V./Movies:

I saw a couple of movies recently!  I saw Kong: Skull Island, which was fun.  I also saw Beauty And The Beast, which I loved!  I’ve also been re-watching Star Wars in preparation for a Star Wars-themed trivia thing that I’m going to this week.

I’ve watched a few episodes of A Series Of Unfortunate Events on Netflix, and I’m on the fence about 13 Reasons Why.  I didn’t like the book, but people at work keep telling me I need to see it, so maybe I’ll watch it eventually? I’m also curious about The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, and even though I’ve never read the book, I’ll definitely be watching it soon!

Around The Internet:

This one is several months old at this point, but here are the reasons why some libraries are getting rid of their late fines.

This also also a little bit old, but I love the photos of the U.S.-Mexican border in this photo-series The Atlantic did.

I can’t begin to imagine not having access to pads and tampons.

I love to bake, and this article explains why perfectly!

I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t care if the book is better than the movie.  A good story is a good story, no matter how it’s told.

Here’s what happens when “And Then The Murders Began” is the second sentence of novels.  I don’t think I can pick a favorite.  They’re all pretty funny.

This blog post about the problems with #ownvoices LGBTQ books is really interesting.

I doubt we’ll come to a consensus on when to spoil things, but in general, I think it’s important to respect other people’s spoiler preferences.

Upcoming Things:

  • Star Wars Themed Trivia Night!  I hope I remember enough to be helpful, but either way, it will be fun.
  • My birthday!  I usually don’t do anything for my birthday, but maybe I’ll do something the weekend before.

Music:

  • The Cure by Lady Gaga.  This is currently on repeat.  I really love this song.
  • LA Devotee by Panic! At The Disco.  Why do I not listen to them more?  I used to love them, and then I just sort of stopped listening to them.  This is one of my favorites right now.
  • Restless by Cold War Kids.  I don’t remember when I first heard this song- maybe on the radio?  Anyway, I really like it!
  • Now Or Never by Halsey.  I really like Halsey in general, but this is my new favorite song…by her.



That’s all for today.  Have a great week!

Currently Obsessed With: January 2017

Currently Obsessed With is a once-a-month feature where I talk about my favorite things from the last month!

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January felt like such a weird month!  There was reading, but I just couldn’t get myself to actually review the books I read.  Some of them, anyway.  Hopefully, a trip to Starbucks or the library will do the trick, because attempting to write some reviews during my lunch break didn’t work out very well.  I feel like I mostly stared at pinterest, or curled up in bed the second I got home from work, which is super-weird for me.  I feel like I’m starting to come out of whatever funk I was in, so hopefully I’ll get back to reading and reviewing soon!

Books: 

Not a lot of book-buying happened last month!  Just Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder from Audible, and that’s it.

Crochet:

I continued working on a blanket that I’ve been working on for a while.  I finished it last night, which is good, considering it’s a birthday present for my grandma, and her birthday is tomorrow!  I have a couple projects I need to get started on (baby gifts for a co-worker), and after that…I have no idea what to work on next.  I’ll figure it out eventually, I just need to get through the baby gifts first!

T.V./Movies:

I haven’t really watched anything- I’m just waiting for Beauty And The Beast to come out (which reminds me, I don’t even know when that is).  I haven’t really been in the mood to watch anything, but maybe that will change this month!

Around The Internet:

Why We Need More New Adult Books.

Why Libraries Are Awesome!

This is an interesting article on social isolation.

I also really liked this article about how one man helped shaped climate change.

Has anyone else read this transcript of President Obama talking about what books mean to him?  I thought it was absolutely fascinating.

Speaking of President Obama, I also thought this article about the letters mailed to the White House was really fascinating.

I never really thought about how restaurants prep for VIP’s before.

The ALA Midwinter award list has some amazing books and authors on it!  I really need to read March by John Lewis.

Things YA authors need to stop doing.

Also: Should authors agree with everything they write?

Music:

I’ve been listening to Brave Enough by Lindsey Stirling a lot over the last month!  It’s so good, and it’s interesting because she normally does a lot of instrumentals, with one or two songs that have vocals.  But the songs on Brave Enough are split between instrumentals and vocals, and those are the ones I ended up loving.  Here are two of my favorites!

Song #1: Brave Enough.  I can’t stop listening to it!



Song #2: Where Do We Go.  It’s another one I’ve been listening to constantly.



Currently Obsessed With: Wrapping Up 2016!

Happy new year!  I hope everyone had a safe and fun New Year.  I spent New Year’s Eve with a friend, and we watched Clue the movie, played a game, and watched the Doctor Who Christmas special.  It feels like 2016 went by so fast, and it was an interesting year, to say the least.  It felt like so much happened!  I thought, instead of just focusing on December, I’d take a look back at the whole year.

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Crochet:

This was the year of the crocheted blanket!  I made quite a few blankets- I finished three, and I’m still working on another one.  Blankets are so easy, and I don’t have to think about what I’m going to work on next, but I also want to work on something different, so maybe I’ll find some other projects to work on.  I’m hoping this is the year that I actually make fun hats for NaNo earlier in the year, instead of scrambling to make something in October.

Books:

I got quite a few of them!  I got the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts as a present, I got the first 2 Iron Fey books on audible, and I bought An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho.  I wasn’t sure what to get on Audible, because I have my eye on quite a few new-to-me books.  Nothing seemed right, and when I was looking through my wishlist, I noticed the Iron Fey books and decided to get the first 2.  They are narrated by one of my favorite narrators, it’s what I’m in the mood for right now.

I also bought A Thousand Boy Wishes by Tillie Cole, and I pre-ordered The Hate U Give and Frostblood with a Barnes and Noble gift card.  It was so hard picking which books to get- I had a hard time deciding between 2017 releases, and I have the feeling I’ll be pre-ordering quite a few books this month.

5 Favorite Things I Watched:

  1. Stranger Things is really good, and one of my favorite new shows!
  2. Fantastic Beasts was my most anticipated movie this year, and I have three words: erumpet mating dance.
  3. Deadpool was fun!
  4. The new Gilmore Girls episodes did not disappoint, and I loved going back to Stars Hollow.
  5. Finding Dory was adorable.

Fun Things From The Last Year:

  1. My trip up to Oregon.  I went for a cousin’s wedding, and had a great time.
  2. All of the book events I went to!  In particular, the signings for the Welcome To Night Vale scripts, And I Darken by Kiersten White, Imprudence by Gail Carriger and The Beauty Of Darkness by Mary Pearson.
  3. I had a great time at the midnight release party for HP & The Cursed Child.  When Deathly Hallows came out years ago, I never thought we’d get another midnight release party, and it was a nostalgic night but also cool to have another midnight party for a Harry Potter book.
  4. NaNoWriMo- it’s come and gone, but I wrote at a lot of cool places, and I won.  I do want to go back to it at some point this year, hopefully soon.  If I wait any longer, I probably won’t go back to it.

Some Cool Things To Check Out:

Dinosaur Tail Feathers!  These look so cool!

National Geographic’s 50 Best Images Of The Year.

I have food on the brain today, because I want to make these french toast roll-ups, this Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake, this chicken parmesan casserole, these Asian Pork Rolls, and Bacon Cheddar Waffles And Chicken.

While we’re at, here some of my favorite links from the last year:

The 100 Most Influential Photos Of All Time

Amazing Photos From A Pilot

Here are some cool photos of the Northern Lights

One more picture-filled link: 20+ Rare Historic Photos

Anyone want to play Jane Austen Bingo?

I really need to make these crispy chicken thighs again, because they were AMAZING!

And I am so glad I came across this DIY Oatmeal Packet, because I now make my own oatmeal packets instead of buying them from the store.  I love oatmeal, and this so much cheaper!

Looking At Last Year’s Resolutions:

To be honest, I’m only doing the non-bookish resolutions, because I’m saving those for another post.

I did not crochet 52 granny squares, and I most certainly did not work on a chevron blanket I have sitting next to me. I also didn’t go out of my way to exercise, and I had a pretty good year.  My room is organized enough, though it could probably be a little more organized.  And I saved some money, but not as much as I wanted to.  I’m still not sure what goals I want to accomplish this year.  I have some reading-related goals, but absolutely nothing in terms of stuff that’s not reading-related.  If I can come up with something, I’ll be sure to share!

Favorite Picture I Took:

I didn’t take a lot of pictures, but the one below is my favorite.  It’s a photo of Mt. Shasta in Northern California.

Mt Shasta

Music:

I thought I’d share a playlist of my favorite songs from the last year!  Minus I Don’t Wanna Live Forever, because it’s not on spotify, but it’s one of my favorite songs right now.



I hope everyone has a wonderful and amazing year!