So for the most part of this year I have been more in touch with reading. Like I have said before in a previous entry, my time to really sit down and read has been limited but I have really put more effort into this year, taking whatever time I DO have to read whatever is on my pending reading list. I even bought a couple of books just so I have something on my ebook reader and it will make me want to read and not waste my money by it just sitting there. Plus, that ebook reader was a gift from my husband for Mother’s Day because he knew that I used to love reading so much and he wanted me to continue that passion. I love him so much. In turn for Father’s Day, I bought him one too! He was never normally a reader but over the years he started reading more and found the joy of being engulfed in a book! He even read more books than me at one point and I was hilariously quite surprised by it. So why not share in that passion together? I got him his Kobo e-reader and he was so excited and happy when I put a couple of books in there that he had been wanting to read for quite some time.
I had set myself a goal for this year to read at least four books by the end of the year. I know it doesn’t seem like much AT ALL in comparison to avid readers out there but I wanted to set a realistic goal for myself knowing that my time to read is limited. Now, not only did I read four books, I surpassed it by three books so SEVEN books in total!! Now, mind you, a couple of them were Audiobooks but it’s still a win for me because it’s still books that I never would otherwise have been able to read. Read more
I meant to blog earlier but I had to fight a cold for a good long while. It was not very pleasant. I had taken two days off from work to run errands and go to appointments, only to get sick on the second day. Luckily it was before a weekend so I had some time to rest but it really was not enough. I still managed to drag my ass to work the following week but that’s not without feeling like crap the whole time. I managed through it somehow. My son got sick too, poor kid. Thank goodness we are all better now. It would suck to continue being sick with the holidays so close by.
We are almost done our Christmas shopping. Thank goodness. The malls are crazy, not to mention part of your day going to these places are spent looking for parking. Going early enough in the day helps to beat the rush. Christmas shopping can be daunting but on the positive side of things, it’s a family day for us. It’s nice to be able to go out, the three of us, and enjoy whatever it is we are doing. Even it means rubbing shoulders with other disgruntled shoppers. I think we only have four people left on our list. My in-laws, my brother-in-law and my mother. I know we have ideas for my father-in-law and my brother-in-law but my mother-in-law and my mom are difficult to shop for sometimes. We never know what they want. I think my husband said that they will be “amazon” gifts this year. That’s the great benefit of being able to shop online. You don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home. With all the running around we’ve already done, I think it’s nice to be able to just shop online for the rest. Read more
I finished a quick little novella last night I wanted to share it. “Among the Thorns” by Veronica Schanoes is a retelling of an old Brothers Grimm fairytale, The Jew In The Thorn.
I came across this while searching for fairytale related books because I’ve always been a fan of fairytales. I enjoy all versions, especially the darker toned ones. This is probably why I was drawn to this one. A tale of a girl who vowed revenge for the brutal death of her beloved father? Who doesn’t love a good revenge story.
They made my father dance in thorns before they killed him. I used to think that this was a metaphor, that they beat him with thorny vines, perhaps. But I was wrong about that.
They made him dance.
Like I said, this is a novella so it was a very very short read. I kind of wished that it was longer just for the sole selfish reason that I wanted her vengeance to be more fulfilling, detailed, in-depth, and exceptionally executed. Regardless, it was a satisfying tale of revenge that made me say, “this girl is BAD ASS”. It’s not just about revenge though. It also depicts the attributes of love, family, loyalty, greed, prejudice, ignorance and how all those things intertwine with each other leading to dire results, naturally. The ending was swift but sweet and I very much enjoyed it more than I thought I would!
The title says just that. I want to curl up with a blanket in this cold weather with a hot cup of coffee and read. I have to say, that is one of the things I miss most about having some extra free time. My free time is only at nights when my son is asleep and by that time, I just want to sleep.
I miss reading a good book though. I still get to read once in a while but I can’t fully engage myself in a book because I just always end up dozing off. I am in the middle of 3 or 4 current books at the moment and each are equally good that it’s hard to concentrate on just one. I am trying to find my specific tastes in books and I have to say it’s not that easy. My mind wants to be open to numerous genres and that’s probably a good thing.
I also started listening to audiobooks since I have longer commutes to and from work and honestly, that’s helped a lot. It’s not just the story that makes a good book but when it comes to audiobooks in particular, the narrator makes A BIG DIFFERENCE. Read more
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to be organized. Not just organized in a cleaning sense but I guess organized as in “let’s get my shit together” as well. It did start with organizing a little at home. I took a good opportunity to do some cleaning and organizing while my son was napping and I was enjoying myself. It always feels good when things are nice and clean. It feels even better when stuff is actually organized and not just piled in some hot mess, hidden behind closed doors – *remembers Friend’s episode where Monica has her closet of shame*.
I only did SOME though. I got to organize the kitchen a bit and some of the cupboards. It was enough to satisfy this need to clean that I have been having lately. I still have a lot to do upstairs because I also do have my own “closet of shame”. That’s something for tomorrow then.
I think I’m straying off the real point here. I think my point is that my need to clean and organize also branches into my need to clean and organize my life as well. Life is hectic, as we all know and we just go about our days trying to deal with it but not really doing too much about it. For the most part I do feel like there isn’t much we can do about it because life IS grand and we never know which way things will turn. We end up worrying about how our lives are going to be fucked and there’s only so much we can do. Read more
I have moved on and started anew. I used to be on a subdomain but I decided to keep it simple and move on back to regular wordpress and start fresh. A lot of things lately in my life have been starting fresh so why not have a new home for my blog too? I even changed the name, which is VERY new for me. I’ve pretty much kept the same name for years and years but I think it’s time to finally let go.
I don’t know what sparked my new liking for blogs again. Maybe it’s because I’ve started a cooking one and felt like I needed one for my personal.
So I’m going to keep this initial post simple and continue to be excited to move on forward with Unscripted Design.