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Continue reading “Books and Bakes Book Tag”
I’m not much of a traveler, but I just read a book that made me fond of small towns.
I want to live in a lighthouse and paint all day…and I DON’T EVEN PAINT.
Continue reading “Wanderlust Book Tag”
I had to make use of the eggs and butter in my fridge, so tonight I’m baking for the first time all season.
And, to honor the holy rite of seasonal baking, I’m doing the Christmas stocking tag. Continue reading “The Christmas Stocking Book Tag”
I had some goal for October but, coming up to it, I’ve decided on a better plan: just…relax.
I want a break from the intense goals I keep setting for myself.
I want a month without a focus.
I want time to relax before my Next Big Project (which will necessitate a month-long hiatus.)
I’m trying to be more mindful of my energy, so! No hard goals this month! Everything is soft – it’s all about comfort.
This month, I would like to:
- Drink tea
Safeway had a sale on Tazo tea last weekend! I cleaned up!
- Wear a sweater
Seattle hasn’t decided how cold it wants to be. Most days, my office is freezing; when I go outside, I have to peel layers off my body; in my apartment, I open all the windows. So a nice, brisk day that requires a CARDIGAN would be swell.
- Reread a favorite book
Even the staunchest feminists need a break. Carry On tops my reread list. I’m also considering Dress Codes for Small Towns, Far From the Tree, and Turtles All the Way Down. If I really let myself go, I’d reread half my bookshelf. Which, you know…I could.
WHAT AM I THINKING? It’s October! Training for The Scorpio Races starts SOON!
- Revisit a reviled book
What if Fangirl is really good!? Maybe I wasn’t ready for it the first time!
Watching The Golden Compass reminded me how much I liked the book. I thought I could get through the series now that I have different opinions on sacrilege.
Then I remembered Will Parry and scrapped that idea.
- Read a borrowed book
My mom lent me Disunity in the Church by Christena Cleveland for Spiritual Health Month. I got through one chapter before setting it down to focus on my stack of 9,000,000 library books.
Claire also lent me a number of fantasy novels, two poetry books, and a couple historically-inspired stories. You read that right.
I might as well finish one of these while I have the time.
- Read a new book
I started Anger is a Gift over a month ago and haven’t picked it up since! Then I bought some fun new novels and received a bunch of books as gifts…MY SHELF RUNNETH OVER.
Maybe I’ll finally read The Hate U Give or check out Heretics Anonymous (a book I’m very excited about…)
- Finish an unfinished book
I have this habit of starting six books at once and neglecting ones I don’t like. For the ones I have going right now, I either have to finish them or stop reading them. I have several contenders that I don’t want to name. One of them is a reread that I was enjoying until Feminist Month caught up with me!
I found four fall dessert recipes to try out on my coworkers. They all have basically the same ingredients, so I’ll likely have to pick one and scrap the rest. BUT STILL. I get to use cinnamon, yellow cake mix, and cream cheese. I am unreasonably excited about the prospect.