Saturday, April 29, 2017

April Rewind

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; Born Standing Up, by Steve Martin; Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum and The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Ledger.  The Hate U Give I'm officially attributing to helping my crawl out of my book funk. It's probably the best book I've read in the last year or at least this whole year. It was so good and so painful to read. Tears slipped out a couple of times.  My next favorite was probably the biography by Steve Martin. I've always had a bit of a old man crush on him and it has grown substantially more after reading his book. He is such a gentle hilarious creature and I just want to cuddle with him.  The other two books were pretty ok too. I felt like my teenage heart really connect with Penelope from The Museum of Heartbreak. First loves are tough and sometimes you sacrifice a piece of yourself to fit in and then realize how silly it is to do so. I'd basically recommend them all.


Girls! The husband and I binged the first 5 1/2 seasons and then watched the last few episodes live. It was definitely one of those shows that I didn't absolutely love but I didn't hate it either but I can not put my finger on the reasons why. I really did enjoy watching it from start to finish even if I was let down by the finale. But I'm starting to think that might just be an cable tv thing? Weeds & Dexter immediately come to mind on horrible finales but I'm pretty sure they were Showtime shows and not a HBO show.  I watched 1 episode of This Is Us and I can't decide if I want to watch another. Sometimes when things get mega popular I want to resist them on principle and this is one of those things.  I did start rewatching Dawson's Creek and I think I'll only continue this rewatch as I'm making new garments. Its such a great background show.


I've been listening to The Court of Thrones & Roses and The Court of Mist and Fury in anticipation for the release of the 3rd book on May 2nd. They are over 20 hour audio books and I'm about 40% of the way through Mist & Fury and I'm really hoping I can listen/read to the remainder over the weekend so I'm ready to go on release Tuesday. 

Also this month:

Paint Night
I did one of those paint and sip nights with my mom and sister. It was a lot of fun and there were complimentary wine slushies which were great.  The painting part brought on some crazy anxiety at times but I loved walking away with a half decent piece of artwork to display, that I made myself.

Yea, I'm probably going to become a little obnoxious about all my handmade additions to my wardrobe but I'm still so pumped that I can actually turn a piece of fabric into a wearable garment. It's literally the most proud I've ever been of myself.

6 years married/11 years happy
So we celebrated our 6 year anniversary this month. 11 years total. We are both such cynical and non-romantic people, it borderlines on ridiculous. We made zero plans but did decide to go out to dinner at our favorite restaurant. It's crazy how different our relationship is now compared to the beginning.  I can't believe I've spent an entire decade being so indescribably close to another person. You start out feeling like you have the rest of your life to figure out where things are going and where they fit and then you wake up and it's 10 years later. Were there any discoveries or any major plans forged? Nothing​ profound but it's been an indescribably happy time in my life.

April was kind of a reading slump month for me. I had basically zero motivation to read, despite having so many unread books on my shelves and like 15 library holds that all came in at once. I love reading but sometimes having too many choices can be paralyzing! I did manage to fit in a few things. I really enjoyed the book club selection of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and will definitely be talking more about that in a discussion post. I also loved Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia. It was so so good, and had alternating points of view. Lastly I read Kids of Appetite by David Arnold. If you like John Green, I think you'll like this book as well. It was kind of pretentious at time, but ultimately it was something I enjoyed. 

I think I've mentioned in other posts that I've taken a leave of absence from work recently. The reasons are pretty personal, and I'm still unsure if I will talk more about that on the blog or not. The upside to the time off is that I have been able to binge so much tv. I kicked off the month with Big Little Lies. I didn't read the book but the show was addictive and amazing. I highly recommend it. Next I finished up How to Get Away with Murder and I'm so sad season 4 is so far away. Finally I binged all 6 seasons of Girls. I am always on the fence about Lena Dunham as a person but this show was almost perfect for me. I loved the uncertainty of your 20s and how your friendships and relationships grow and change as you discover who you are. I know it's not for everyone, and has problematic parts at times, but watching it all in one go was the way to do it friends. 

I've not listened to really anything this month. I listened to the audiobooks of A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas since the next book in the series comes out next week and I wanted to be all caught up on where we are in the series. I do have a goal for May to catch up on podcasts because seeing all the unplayed alerts on my phone is stressing me out. 

Also this month:

Sister Day at the Zoo 
My sister Stephanie lives and works at the Grand Canyon (which is super cool) and she was able to come into town for a few days on short notice. I got to spend a few days with her and my nephew just hanging out. Plus we took a trip to the St. Louis Zoo with our other sister Ciara. It's the first time in a year we were all together with our kids. Plus all the animals were so active and fun to check out. It was a great day full of laughter and coffee and delicious vegan food once the zoo kicked our butts. 

Cleaning out my closet 
I am an emotional shopper and my emotions have been off the chart lately. So once again my closet is bursting. I was able to go through my clothes and separate things to donate and things to sell. Usually the sell pile sits around so long that I end up donating it, but this time I set up a nice little photo corner and listed a bunch of it on Poshmark. I've sold quite a few things already so I'd say listing things has been more than worth it. 

Dabbling in tarot 
I have recently purchased the Holly Simple tarot deck last month and I've been pulling tarot card in the morning a few times a week. I also purchased the tarot guide from her, which gives meanings to the cards in an interesting and straightforward way. It's been a way to connect to myself and so far I've been able to find meaning in each card I pull. Plus they look cool which is always helpful. 

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