October 22, 2016

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon October 22, 2016

Hi! Hello! Welcome!
Gooooood morning to all of you beautiful readers out there! Here's my opening questionnaire. I've filled one of these things out too many times to count (Actually, I could count them but I'm lazy. Let's say I've done this around 10 times?) and the answers rarely vary. Nevertheless, here they are! 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I always say I'm practically in Canada. Ha ha ha, that's a little northern Wisconsin humor for you. You're welcome.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

My stack will probably change numerous times over the day but as of right now I'm very much looking forward to digging into the graphic novels I've been saving up for today. The newest volumes of both Saga and Ms. Marvel are calling my name! 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I'm going to be putting this taco chicken chili in the crockpot. I've made it for this event before and it's a big hit. I couldn't make up my mind about smaller snacks so my husband said he'd run out today and shop for me if there was something I couldn't live without. 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I'm fond of tattoos and am in the middle of my first very bookish ink. I have an appointment next week to finish it up. I cannot wait to see (and share!) the finished result. Here's a sneak peek.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I've learned not to take things so seriously. If I need a nap, I'll take one. If I need a break, I'll take one. This event is supposed to be fun! I solemnly swear to make it so. 

Now, to the books!
I hope that all of you readathoners have a fantastic, book-filled day! I'll probably be hanging out on Twitter and Instagram most of the time. Come say hello!

October 9, 2016

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 10/09/2016

Remember last year when I worked at a bookstore a day or two a week? I needed more hours so I searched elsewhere. I found a fantastic bank job with fantastic people and I adore it a fantastic amount. However, since I started I'm not doing much of anything else. It's technically part-time but it doesn't feel that way. It's no coincidence that I stopped blogging consistently at the very same time I started my new gig.

I'm not sure what to do about it. I've joined the millions of people who are searching for balance. I'm not special, I'm not alone. I am tired. I am frustrated. I am missing the things I used to do and the people I used to spend time with.

Ha ha, nope.
Preparing decent meals with decent ingredients for my family is one of the things I miss most of all. We're going to try something different this week, including Sunday meal prep for the upcoming week. We'll see how it turns out! I did bake this past week. A coworker had a birthday so I whipped up some cupcakes.

Today I'm going to make some cauliflower "fried rice" using this recipe. A few of my friends have made it and raved about it. Healthy and tasty? Sign me up.

I'm in the middle of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I've been in the middle of it for some time. I'm beating a dead horse when I say that I don't have the time I once did, right? It's an absolutely delightful tale, now I only need to get back to it!

It's fall so all the goodies are back on the air, hooray! I've finally started Luke Cage. Oooh, that's some good stuff. I thought Jessica Jones was fab and I've been waiting for this.

I also gobbled up season 3 of Transparent. That show is absolutely stellar.

It's amazing how I make time for television but not for books. Hmm. That's a topic I could explore but I'm not going to right now, ha ha.

Last week I started the process of getting a new tattoo. The first session was awesome...and awesomely painful after a couple of hours. At the end of this month I'll have this section finished and I'll share pictures. It's big, it's bookish, and it's incredible.

Last weekend we buried my maternal grandmother's ashes next to her husband's. It was such a moving movement for all of us. We celebrated Grandma's life with a lot of stories, laughs, and cocktails. It's exactly what she would have wanted.

I'd like to wish you all a life as long, as fulfilling, and as worthy of celebration as my grandma's. Go get after it folks, the days are passing.

I'd love to hear about your week. What have you been up to? Cooking anything good? Reading anything great? Watching anything amazing? Let me know!