This Week, 07.14.2014

I adore Lily Pebbles’ blog, and her Wear Life Eats posts offer a glimpse beyond the standard beauty fare she posts. I’m also a fan of Kim’sCurrently” as it acts as a quick snapshot of  broader topics. Consider this an homage to those lovely bloggers.

Reading I am still indecisive. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been doing some book hauls at my local indie bookstore. This morning’s pic featured my acquisitions from the last month (a couple were from my dad). I did polish off the 2nd Start Here volume, and I’m back into Under the Dome because Scott wants to watch the series. Best get to reading!

Listening I finished Laura Lippman’s After I’m Gone, which was a good character-driven mystery. I expect that from Lippman, so she has to really blow me away to get high praises. AIG was good, but not quite top-tier. I’m listening to The Weight of Blood now, and it gives me a Winter’s Bone vibe.

Watching We just started the TV series Under the Dome last night – so far, plenty of differences from the book, but I’m liking some of the characters just a touch more than I thought I would. Personally, I prefer when the casting surprises you. I’d rather have a relative unknown bring an unexpected nuance to a role than a what-you-see-is-what-you-get “perfect” cast. Then again, I’m an odd bibliophile who doesn’t mind some liberties with book-to-screen adaptations. Quelle horreur, y’all.

Wearing I’m determined to clean out my closets (space is tight, so they’re separated by seasons) after I realized how much junk I’ve accumulated since moving to Phoenix. Our department has moved to more casual wear for the summer, so lots of denim (yay!).

Writing What am I not writing? The novella, a short story, the manuscript…write on!

Blogging I’m really excited that my reading diversity blog post has ballooned into a series. I’m posting Part I this afternoon!

Anticipating Core class, offered four times this week at the gym! It’s challenging for any level, and at only thirty minutes isn’t too much to squeeze in during the evening. I love it because it’s a mini-yoga session and endorphin overload. Even the “bad” classes have ended on a high note for me.

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This Week, 07.06.2014

I adore Lily Pebbles’ blog, and her Wear Life Eats posts offer a glimpse beyond the standard beauty fare she posts. I’m also a fan of Kim’sCurrently” as it acts as a quick snapshot of  broader topics. Consider this an homage to those lovely bloggers.

Reading I was a bit indecisive this week, unable to pick which book I wanted to read. Since I went back to NC, I also inherited a few books from my dad (thank you!). I ended up reading Monica Byrne‘s The Girl in the Road, a recent acquisition that you’ll learn more about tomorrow!

Listening Just finished The Interestingswhich I adored. It’s so well written and beautiful. I ached with and for the characters, each and every one of them. It will definitely be a GRT feature! To follow up, I downloaded a few more Audible credits and grabbed a few random short ones from my queue.

Watching Lamesauce, but I discovered ANTM is kind of on Hulu, and it’s been great to have in the background.

Eating & Drinking After traveling last week and being treated to home-cooked meals and hometown favorites, we were exhausted when we got back this afternoon. Scott picked up takeout from our favorite Thai place, and I’m coping with the Phoenix heat with an Otter Pop and lots of ice-cold water.

Exercising Yesterday I did my first run on the beach, which was amazing and exhilarating and perfect.

Wearing A lot more J. Crew than I have been.

Writing Not a whole lot since I was on vacation last week. Let’s see what happens, shall we?

Blogging A bunch of writing/books posts and maybe a litPhoenix post?

Anticipating My weekly trip to Changing Hands! Because I need more books, obviously.

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This Week, 06.23.2014

I adore Lily Pebbles’ blog, and her Wear Life Eats posts offer a glimpse beyond the standard beauty fare she posts. I’m also a fan of Kim’sCurrently” as it acts as a quick snapshot of  broader topics. Consider this an homage to those lovely bloggers.

Reading Last week I read Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome. It’s a new novella by John Scalzi, and I totally devoured it. I’m still tapping through Under the Dome. I also went to a wonderful bookstore with a bar, and I may have purchased like, ten pounds of books so my TBR pile (digital and tangible) is just out of control right now.

Listening I finished The Enchanted this morning, and I have to say…eh. It was underwhelming. I also purchased The Interestings, courtesy of a rec on my last post. It is engaging and fabulous and I can’t wait to write the inevitable GRT post.

Watching I added a few new things to my queue (or – list? Is that what we’re calling it these days, Netflix?). I’ve started rewatching Malcolm in the Middle. Rewatch isn’t quite accurate; I watched the first two seasons when it was on the air, so now that I’m into S3, I’m not sure what I’m getting.

Eating & Drinking Trip 2 to NC commences Friday afternoon. On Saturday, I will be at that bakery. In addition, I made a quiche this weekend and it is good. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but now that I’ve gotten the basics under my belt, I think I’ll be able to improve variations in the future.

Exercising Back to work means working out is harder. I didn’t exercise as much last week as I wanted to – partially because of laziness, partially because of jet lag and lower back pain. I did go on an unexpectedly long, hot hike that was uphill both ways, and I’m integrating more core work into my exercise routine. Brutal, but worth it.

Wearing Nothing I wore camping this weekend, because those were some comfy layers that now stink!

Writing Toying around with that longer short story and some flash fiction pieces.

Blogging I’m so behind on my blog posts – refining the author post, my 1:1000 write-up, the never-ending diversity in reading post, and “one liner reviews.” I also want to post about that hike I mentioned above, because it’s a helluva story. Oh, and this Saturday marks the last Saturday of the month, so a deluge of subscription box posts.

Anticipating Seeing our family and getting a nice NC/NJ vacay starting Friday!

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This Week, 06.17.2014

I adore Lily Pebbles’ blog, and her Wear Life Eats posts offer a glimpse beyond the standard beauty fare she posts. I’m also a fan of Kim’sCurrently” as it acts as a quick snapshot of  broader topics. Consider this an homage to those lovely bloggers.

Reading One of my new favorite YA authors, Suzanne Young, released The Treatment, the follow-up to The Program. I also started Stephen King’s Under the Dome, and have forced myself to shelve it until I finish some pressing projects. King is pretty addictive…

Listening I’m finishing up The Pillars of the Earth audiobook and should be done today. I have two credits on Audible – any suggestions?

Watching I’ve hit a plateau with my Netflix/Hulu queue of late. Any recommendations? I have a lot in my Netflix list, just no desire to watch or rewatch…

Eating & Drinking I just got back from a trip to North Carolina to visit my parents and already I can’t wait to go back. I hadn’t been to NC since October, and there were so many cool new places open in my small college hometown. It’s slow and sleepy in the summer without many students, so I got to relish my experiences at a new market and a new bakery. I went there three of the four days I was in town!

Exercising I spent a lot of time walking Huckleberry with my parents while I was in NC. I was able to swim for ten minutes on Sunday, but I gave up my prime spot at the smaller pool so a father/son could bond. I’ve been hitting between 9-12K steps every day for the last week, so go me and my no-longer-sedentary lifestyle!

Wearing I’m in between jeans again, where I have several pairs now too big and many more still too small. I ended up buying a pair of very comfortable cropped jeans at J. Crew right before I left. They were marked down to $50, so that was a nice treat. And they are amazing. I always thought cropped pants looked a little odd on me. Maybe these still do, but paired with loose cotton t-shirts and flip-flops, I couldn’t be happier.

Writing Still working on the manuscript and novella, of course. One of my flash fiction pieces ballooned into a short story. My plane ride yesterday allowed me to write 2500 words (!) – the (now) short story, which is still unfinished, and a flash fiction piece for The Speakeasy!

Blogging Because I had WiFi issues in NC and didn’t finish/queue up posts, almost everything from last week is still unpublished – the diversity in reading, literary Phoenix, hour with an author…eesh. I’ll also have a 1:1000 blog post up soon, since my latest went live…today!

Anticipating Honestly, I’m kind of jet-lagged and trying to get back to a routine, so I’m not quite sure what I’m most excited to see.

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This Week, 06.08.2014

I adore Lily Pebbles’ blog, and her Wear Life Eats posts offer a glimpse beyond the standard beauty fare she posts. I’m also a fan of Kim’sCurrently” as it acts as a quick snapshot of  broader topics. Consider this an homage to those lovely bloggers.

Reading I started Orange is the New Black after binge-watching S1 on Netflix a couple of weeks ago. I’ve got a quarter left. I’ve enjoyed how (so far) the series used elements of Piper’s experiences and story as inspiration. I would say that if you’re expecting something that remotely resembles the visceral rawness of the show, however, this is not the book for you. I’m not sure what I’ll start after I finish this one, but between the shelves of unread books and the “unopened” titles on my Kindle, I have a wealth of options.

Listening I’m also revisiting my summer reread pile – in a different format. There are some books I used to love rereading every year, and I decided to try them out as audiobooks. I finished The Hot Zone and The Stand (somehow even better as an audiobook) earlier this month. I decided to write a fuller post on The Stand/audiobooks in general, but I started The Pillars of the Earth. No matter how, when, or where I experience this book, I always feel young and laid back and hopeful…probably because the first time I read the book, I was in high school.

Watching The biggest one? S2, Orange is the New Black. We’ve also been keeping up with Game of Thrones (of course). Our latest discoveries have been The IT Crowd and Silicon Valley, both hilarious and geeky. Oh, and we also started a slow re-watch of the Star Wars series, because I felt like watching the original trilogy over Memorial Day weekend. My guilty pleasure watch, The Bachelorette, also makes appearances during my workout.

Eating & Drinking I’ve switched to the Dark Side this year – my regular green tea and tofu cravings have been corrupted by a newfound love of coffee and steak (…not at the same time). I think I’m craving more protein because of my new gym habit.

Exercising I rediscovered my love of swimming at the new gym Scott and I joined. I swim outside in the mornings. I also did a health/fitness assessment and am doing heart rate-based training to get healthier and burn some fat. Though I look healthier than I did a year ago, I have a very high fat percentage for someone my age (I’ve learned to wear more flattering clothes so it isn’t as obvious). I can feel the difference, and the BMI/fat percentage numbers on our smart scale confirm I’m making some positive changes.

Wearing Lots of casual stuff. Loose, draped cardigans and stretchy leggings. Cotton shirts. Blacks, whites, and grays. The occasional pair of H&M shorts. Flip-flops. Flowy subscription box favorites.

Writing After a rut (which are far too common these days!), I managed to write my next two 1:1000 pieces this past Sunday. I’m also outlining a manuscript and working on a novella piece and some flash fiction/short stories for submission. All of these things are terrifying but exciting – all but one of the 1:1000 pieces are beyond my comfort zone, either in terms of style, tone, ambition, or a combination of all three.

Blogging I have a diversity in reading post I’ve been working on for weeks now. It’s really in-depth and I want to pull in a lot of topics: voice, identity, censorship, citizenship…I think it will be great once it’s done, but it just isn’t all there yet. I’m also consolidating all my subscription box posts into on monthly Saturday linkfest. There are few more books/reading topics queued up, and I think I’ll post a “writing tools” guide this week. I’m also playing around with a series of “literary Phoenix” blog posts, one of which will include a new “hour with an author” feature.

Anticipating Megan Abbot’s The Fever and Andy Hall’s Denali’s Howl.

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