I’m still around, I promise.

Life has been super busy, you guys. In January, my husband and I and our cat and parrot moved about 600 miles away from the county where I had lived since I was in preschool. We got a gorgeous new apartment, I started working a crazy-but-amazing new job, my husband got a new job, and we adopted a dog. All within the span of two months. Things are just settling down now to the point where I’m making myself take some time to read.

(Oh, and did I mention that I’ve been pretty much constantly sick since we moved? My lungs do not agree with the new climate, even though it’s not THAT much different from where I used to live. Cough drops, cough medicine, my inhaler, tissues, Vicks VapoRub and Sudafed have become my best friends.)

Anyway, so I am getting back into reading. Slowly. Very slowly. So I’m still around, I’ll still be posting (hopefully a little less intermittently!), and I will do my best to read the books I have lined up to review! You know who you are. 🙂

One of the perks of moving from a rural area to a much more urban area is that the library here is amazing. Don’t get me wrong, I love the small town library where the librarians knew who I was… but I am much more pleased with the collection of (physical) books that the library here has! Also, they have a reading room with comfy chairs and big windows. I don’t think there are words to describe how happy this makes me! I love being able to go there on a weekend and curl up with a big stack of books with my iPod playing, and just lose myself in a world that someone else has created. It’s one of the most soothing things I can do.

Another interesting “change” since we moved is that I’ve become more interested in nonfiction. I’ve started reading various humor authors – from Dave Barry (I like him but he is a bit repetitive) to Joan Rivers (don’t like her, too offensive on all levels) – as well as true crime (not right before bed though) and just various other books (for example, right now I’m reading Unmentionable: A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners – it’s pretty interesting! although I already knew some of the things written about in it). I’m also reading a variety of fiction – on my Kindle app on my phone, I’m STILL working toward finishing Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (I didn’t like Gone Girl – I think because I took too long to finish it so I lost threads of the plot – but I decided to give Flynn another shot). From the library, I’m reading Let’s Get Lost by Ali Alsaid, Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume (classic! I’d never read any Judy Blume prior to earlier this year, when I finished Forever…), and Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake. And here at home, I have Fahreinheit 451 by Ray Bradbury waiting for me as well as The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, which I’m buddy-reading with my mom. 🙂

So all is (fairly) well here. I’m happy to be posting an update; I’ve missed being more active on here.

xx April.

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Update!!~

Well, my friends, I am now officially over halfway through my grad school experience… and I am finding it so difficult to find the motivation to do the assignments.  I didn’t gain momentum until halfway through last semester, so I guess it’s good sense to expect the same this semester – but I wish that I were motivated immediately.  I think part of it is that I don’t really feel like I had a winter break – although I had some time off, it was not actually a restful winter break, and I only finished my fall internship hours the week prior to spring classes starting.  Thank God for the extended field option.  I would’ve been a mess without it last semester, and I will most likely be doing that again this semester, just because I’m already behind in hours (more about this in a moment).

I’m glad that I’ve had time to read this semester so far, though.  I’m actually kind of keeping up with readings for classes, too – I am glad that we only have class every 2 weeks this semester, although I think that contributes to the unmotivated feeling.  But it does give me more time to get the work done.  Anyway, yes – I’ve been working on my NetGalley ARCs some, and also some of my bajillion paperbacks and e-books.  I only post reviews here of the NetGalley ones, usually, but perhaps I should start posting reviews here of books that I particularly enjoyed (e.g., I just finished Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers, by Anne Lamott, and I loved it) – would you guys be interested in reading those?  Consider them book recommendations, whereas the NetGalley ones are just ways to get the titles out there. 🙂

So about being behind in hours… this week had its scary moments.  I’ve been ahead in hours until this week hit, and you know how unexpected things hit at the most inconvenient times?  That was this week to a T.  I was in a one-person car accident earlier this week, and even though I came out of it unscathed, and even though my car only needed a wheel alignment, it was scary.  I was so close to hitting a tree as well as getting tangled up in a barbed wire fence, but thanks to the huge snowbank that I plowed into (courtesy of slick and unexpected snow on a curve), I came out of it alive.  I think the seriousness of the situation is really only hitting me today, and this occurred much earlier this week.  So, since I was without a car for a few days, I couldn’t go to my internship, and fell behind in hours. (See, I did have a reason for blabbity-blabbing all of that out here!! 😉 )

Other than that, though, life goes on.  Today is Valentine’s Day – which my husband and I don’t really celebrate (read: don’t celebrate at all) – but tomorrow is the better and less well-known holiday, to me.  It’ll be Half Price Chocolate Day!! and I am pretty sure we’re planning on celebrating that day. 😀 Honestly, I don’t know why I hate Valentine’s Day as much as I do.  I think just because it’s so commercialized and I believe that we should appreciate the people in our lives every day, not just one day a year… that sweet acts like giving gifts or cards or doing things for those we love shouldn’t be limited to one day a year.  But at the same time, I can see how, even though it’s so commercialized, some people would view it as a special holiday.  I guess also because my husband isn’t particularly romantic, so rather than be jealous of those couples I know that are getting cards and flowers and candy, I just make jokes about it and know that I’ll get chocolate tomorrow. 😉 I mean, I know he loves me, and I love him, so the extra money spent on cards/candy/flowers is unnecessary.

(That being said, I wouldn’t say no to any of the above.  Maybe someday.)

Ah, but I did not intend this to turn into a Valentine’s Day post.  It kind of did though, didn’t it?  Dearie me.  I really am not as much of a party pooper as the latter part of this post made me sound. 😉

Aside from the car mishap (it just seems wrong to call it an accident, since it was pretty minor in terms of what actually needed to be done to fix the issue with my car, and no one else was involved, etc., etc.), things are going well.  This semester I’ll be conducting a research project with college students, so I am getting kind of excited about that.  I will also be doing a huge group project about a community near us – macro-level social work – so I am kind of excited about that too.  I just wish I could turn this excitement into motivation.  Goodness.

So tell me, what are some of the things that will be happening in the next few months that you are looking forward to? 😀