Hi all! January is finally over! It really feels like it lasted 465 days this year, and I’m not sure why. Well… I guess I did have a few overwhelming weeks. And my dad was in the hospital for most of it., which caused a lot of stress. And I was exhausted a lot of the time, but I’m not entirely sure why. Except, like many people, I made some healthy goals this year to eat healthier and recommit to my exercise goals, so maybe that’s why I was tired. Only, I’m not sure why that would do it. Anyway, that’s a long way of saying that I didn’t get as much reading as I wanted to. But this is not my monthly wrap up; that’ll come on Friday. 🙂
This week was good. I took some time for myself, started revising the novel I wrote in October, and generally had a good week. Not a lot of reading, but I did get some in. With any luck, I’ll get more done this week.
Hey all! We made it to Sunday. Ready for another week? I am not so much. Progress reports are due on Monday (in the afternoon… I think) and I have not gotten my comments done on them yet thanks to my two plus day migraine. Which sucked. So, that’s what I’m doing today.
Overall, though, the week was pretty good. I didn’t as much reading done as I wanted, but I did get some. I’m starting to get back into a good sleeping routine and, with any luck, I’ll soon be able to get up early again to write. I did decide to DNF The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People because it just wasn’t doing it to me. I like the habits Stephen Covey describes, but the book is just not written in an accessible way for me. It’s too dry and verbose and I can’t get into it. So, I’m dropping that for I Thought It Was Just Me [But It Isn’t] by Brene Brown.
Oy, what a week! Seriously, though, this week was absolutely insane! On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning at about 2, my smoke alarm/CO2 monitor started going off. It was just chirping every few seconds, so I didn’t think it was sending off an alarm. I tried to open it up to take the battery out, only to find that the unit was attached by wires to the ceiling, and I couldn’t figure out how to get them unhooked. I also couldn’t read any of the information on the back except the part that said to call the fire department if it went off.
I ended up calling the non-emergency number, but she treated it like an emergency. She had me go and wait outside, in the cold (okay, okay, California cold, but still) and wait for the fire truck and three firemen in full gear to arrive. They went into my apartment, scared the cats, and tested the air. They eventually determined that the smoke alarm itself was defective or past it’s expiration date and needed to be replaced. They unhooked it from the ceiling and left, leaving me to try and get a few hours more of sleep. It didn’t work all that well.
On Thursday, I was out of school for a training in math. It was also the same day my dad, who lives 300 miles away, went in for surgery. I spent the whole day checking my phone, waiting for updates. Around three, my mom texted to say that it would be a couple more hours. I left the training (with a full bladder) intending to drop by home, use the bathroom, grab my gym clothes, and go to the gym. I arrive to find out that my water had been turned off because of a problem in the building. Frustrated, I packed my shower gear and went to the gym. While working out, I decided that it made more sense to do an extra thirty minutes on the treadmill after strength training, because then my water would be turned on. Meanwhile, two hours came and went with no word from my mom. Finally, my brother texted and said it would be another two or so hours. I almost started crying in the gym. The good news came later that he was fine and out of the surgery.
The next morning, I woke up a little crabby, but ready to slay the day. I jumped in my car and my tire pressure light was on. Again. This put me in an even more sour mood, but I persisted and the day went fine.
Saturday was awesome because I ran two and a half miles to the gym, did a work out, did a stretching class, walked home and stopped for lunch. I was swimming with endorphins. Also, I found out I made it to the second round in the RoadTrip Nation trip I’m trying to get chosen for.
Then, today, I woke up to take my car to get tires replaced, only to find my front tire completely flat. I had to call a tow truck and was late to my appointment (I did call to tell them), but it’s basically going to take all day for the car to get fixed. Oh well. It’ll give me time to write and relax, I guess.
So, that’s a lot of words that have nothing to do with reading or books. For most of the week, I didn’t get much reading done because I was tired or stressed. But I did finished The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh on Friday and Crashing Upwards S.C. Wynne. I saw the later on a list of best M/M romance and, having never heard of it, had to read it. It was fine, but Red, White, and Royal Blue was vastly superior as a romance. Way more romantic.
I’m now getting ready to start A Touch of Madness by Rebecca Crunden. I feel so bad. She sent me the book months ago, and I haven’t read it yet. I should, however, have it done by next week (barring any more disasters). The first book in the series was super enjoyable, and I have no doubt this one will be great as well.
Wow! This was a super busy week! I barely even had time to sit down in the evenings, much less read. My poor cat was desperate for affection and whenever I was sitting down, plopped on me for cuddles. Sadly, I was only able to give him a few minutes of them before I was up and rushing to whatever I had to do next. I did managed to get some reading and cuddling in yesterday, though, so we’re all good. With any luck, this week won’t be quite as busy and I can get back to my regular schedule of cat-cuddles and reading.
Wow, this week has gone by super quickly! On Monday, I drove home to spend the week with my parents for Christmas/Hanukkah/Mom’s birthday. It was a really fun week. We did Christmas with my brother on Christmas Eve. On Christmas, we had a long, leisurely morning before going out to lunch, then doing Christmas. I got new books as presents, which is always so awesome. The next few days were full of shopping and relaxing. I went to Barnes and Noble and got a couple books I’ve been wanting for awhile. Today, I’m driving back home. I’m sad to leave, but I’m also happy because I miss my cats. I’m also getting excited for the new year.
I bought Atomic Habits and The Beautiful. The rest were gifts. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is signed and personalized by the author. I’m thrilled with my holiday haul.
This week was so lovely. I had the week off from school, and I got a lot of relaxing done. Monday and Tuesday, I had appointments and ran/went to the gym, but on Wednesday, I woke up with a deep desire to do nothing. And, by nothing, I mean sit and read. So that’s what I did. I opened up Interview with the Vampire and tore through it. When I was done, I went to the library for The Vampire Lestat (and Queen of the Damned, but my library doesn’t own a copy). It was a magnificent day.
Thursday, I started my day with a run. About five minutes in, I came across a small dog that was in the park. I tried to get it to come to me so I could see its tags, but it ran away. I started running again, only to stumble across the dog once more. The dog ran off, but stopped at the end of the block to bark at me. Then, it ran away and disappeared. I rounded the corner and started running down the block. Then, I heard barking behind me. The little dog had gotten a slightly bigger friend and they both chased me down the street, barking their heads off. I kept running faster and faster, absolutely terrified (all the while cognizant that this was a ridiculous situation). Finally, I decided to stop and see what happened. I did, and put my hands up for some strange reason. The dogs stopped, too, barked at me a little more, and then ran off. So, yeah, that was an adventure.
Reading wise, I finished three books, Interview with the Vampire, Capturing the Devil, and The Jane Austen Society. I wrote a little bit, but not as much as maybe I should have, and I even got to the movies yesterday. So, it’s been a very nice week.
I survived the week before winter break! The week wasn’t as hard to get through as I thought it would be, but it was definitely crazy. Three of the five days, we had assemblies in the morning. Then we’d go back to class and have to test. It was insane. But the kids held together and we got through.
On the reading front, I got a lot done. I finished Finale last night and Her Majesty’s Necromancer earlier in the week. I didn’t get a ton of reading done, but that’s okay; I was busy. Mostly what I did was relax. I got home on Monday and realized I was very close to being totally burned out, so what I needed to do was just let my mind turn to mush and zone. So, that’s what I did.
Yesterday, I ran my second 5K. It was a Christmas themed race, so I joined in the spirit:
I managed to shave a few milliseconds off my time, which was not as fast as I wanted, but still good. Now, I just need to train for my New Year’s run. 🙂