I just felt like popping in and saying hi. Some of my favorite posts to read on other peoples’ blogs are the ones where it’s like sitting down and having a cup of tea with an old friend. I know I have my March Wrap Up coming tomorrow, which includes some of those things anyway, but I just felt like popping in.
So. Hi! How are you all today?
I am luxuriating in a rare Sunday, where my husband is off on Adventures in Skiing and I am cozy at home, able to do as I please. To be honest, it gets a bit lonely after an hour? But I don’t ski and have no inclination to learn (gah, winter), so here I am!
I’ve been struggling through my books lately. I plopped myself in the middle of an awkward situation where I decided to re-read Gone With the Wind and it’s taking me a small eternity. The thing is, I genuinely like the book, but my favorite parts are early in the story where Scarlett is young and fresh and vivacious. Frankly at the endshe’s a terrible person. That’s where my affections switch to the ever sweet Melanie.
But here’s the thing about Gone With the Wind. It’s a long book. Listening to it is 48 hours. I’ve listened to it twice before, but for some reason this time I have no motivation to listen. I’m seeing this overall in my reading as well. Everything is taking me several times longer to finish than it ought. I’m just drudging through things.
I am really enjoying The Magicians though! Does anyone watch that show? I don’t, but Matt does so I’ve picked up bits and pieces here and there. The show has one of those overly dramatic overtones that I don’t love, but I really like the world.
I was gifted the book last Christmas and pulled it out of the TBR Jar earlier this month. I like it, I really do. But it’s so dense. I can usually lightly read through books, but this one I have to carefully ingest each word or I’m lost.
So that’s where I am in books, I guess? I’m nearly at the end of all the audiobooks – Gone With the Wind, The Vikings, and Wizard and Glass. Maybe moving on to different audiobooks will help? I’m just past 50% on The Magicians and I have an ARC I need to read after that. Don’t get me started on The Phantom Tree. Good god y’all – do people even do period research on historical fiction anymore?
My world is a series of extremes right now – from awesome moments to exasperating ones. Never is a need for a vacation so overwhelming as in the last month beforehand. 21 days, but who’s counting.
(I am counting. I’m almost at the point where I’m considering converting days to hours.)
This week had good moments and bad moments. Focusing on the bad moments won’t help things at all, and they won’t make me feel better. Four things worth appreciating this week (as seen above):
1. Lady Elizabeth is the cutest thing on this planet. No, I’m serious. I love both my cats, but the little tiger we adopted last spring brings more joy to my heart than anything ever. She’s taken to curling up on my lap every morning before work which means I get absolutely nothing done. I primarily blame her for my lack of writing – I cannot have both a laptop and small cat on my lap, and how could I possibly turn her away…. 🙂
2. Tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party arrived. I adore Disney and I’m giving myself more permission to say that and to not care about what other adults think. Why does liking Disney have such a stigma? Because they primarily make children’s films? Honestly, Pixar’s last two films may have been animated, but both Inside Out and Coco have stories that adults can enjoy more than children, I think. Besides, who said adults aren’t allowed to have stupid, childish fun? I am looking forward to MNSSHP. I am gathering costume pieces to go as the Scarlet Witch.
3. I read Nimona. For whatever reason, I typically don’t have patience for graphic novels. I skim them and get bored and whatever. This one had me smiling and chuckling. My favorite panels are in the beginning where she randomly turns into a shark and hahaha I needed those laughs. Also the hard truth in the panel above? There should always be time for tea.
4. I stood up for myself at work and now I have more time to do things I enjoy. I’ve been working 10-ish hour days, no lunch break, for months. It started as a struggle to get things done under old management and turned into a daily habit. The problem? Things weren’t changing. It was becoming normal and I was feeling like I had to keep doing EVEN MORE. So I pulled my manager aside and explained how much unpaid time I’d been putting in. For myself, and for my co-TL. We’re both getting burnt out. As a result, instead of starting work an hour and a half early on Thursday, I was able to read a little over 100 pages of The Magicians. And it was great. I felt so pulled in by the story and wrapped up in the world. Quentin and Alice are adorable.
I’m linking this up to The Sunday Post on the Caffeinated Reviewer. Sometimes it’s nice to just hunker down and reflect on last week before diving into a new one. <3
I would love to hear all about your week and the little things that stood out to you as wonderful. I know that the world can pull us in sometimes and wrap us up in duct tape and AAH. We talk about books a lot, but we are more than books. We are people with cats and children and a penchant for making too many glorious cups of tea just to stay awake. So pull up a chair and tell me…
How is reading going for y’all? How’s school, work, home, everything?
What made you laugh this week? What made you cry?
I hope you all had a magnificent week. I will work on better structure for posts like this in the future. I’m cutting corners by making images on Photoshop Express and working to better organize my thoughts. Trust me, you don’t want to jump into my head – it’s pure chaos in there. 🙂