Posts Categorized: Miscellaneous

Currently // December 23, 2013

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Time // 11:02 AM

Place // Home!

Eating // Not much. No appetite.

Drinking // Lots of water. Obvs I’ve been sick. The worst stomach flu in the history of stomach flus is working its way through my family. Hopefully I’m the last one.

Reading // I’m about halfway through Empty Mansions. I’m still enjoying the book, but it’s gotten to a part that feels more gossipy that informative, if that makes sense, and it’s making me vaguely uncomfortable. I’ll be happy to push past this section.

About 80% through Game of Thrones and OMG I can’t read fast enough. What a story. I mean, WHAT A STORY.

I also read The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins yesterday for The Estella Society read along for Wilkie in Winter. It was such a quick read. So honestly, you STILL HAVE TIME to join us. I expect you can even find it for free on the nets… (hint hint)

Watching // Hmm…I watched SNL yesterday, since I love Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and OMG they were on there together. What a bromance. Also watching various Christmas movies. Hoping to fit in one last viewing of The Polar Express today or tomorrow.

Listening // Podcasts right now. My brain is fried. Catching up on Thinking Sideways (like X-Files but true mysterious stories), The History Chicks, and Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Am also halfway through The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which is an incredible book but also terribly heartbreaking. Can only take it in small gulps.

Pondering // CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. Done, but you know how when you think you’re done but there is something nagging you at the back of your thoughts, like WHO DID I MISS? That is where I am.

Hating // This God-awful stomach bug. I’ve never been so sick with the stomach flu. Have also lost almost 4 pounds. Silver lining playbook y’all.

Loving // It’s Christmas yo!

Anticipating // Uh, Christmas?

Have a great week everyone!

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Currently // December 16, 2013

December 16, 2013 Miscellaneous 7

Time // It’s 6:04 am and I’m panicking because IT IS ONLY NINE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS. NINE DAYS PEOPLE.

Place // Home!

Eating // Cereal for now.

Drinking // MILK!

Reading // You own’t believe this, but, I’m still reading the same things I was reading LAST WEEK. Game of Thrones is taking for freaking EVER. But still, so good. And Empty Mansions is feeling rather gossipy? at this point, but geez, it’s like good gossipy. Fascinating gossipy. Can’t turn away gossipy. Good stuff. I am on VACATION! after tomorrow, so I hope to really get into both of these, perhaps even FINISH THEM.

Watching // Christmas plays. That’s about it.

Listening // I finished The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag and Flavia was as completely adorable as ever. Now I’m listening to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which is ripping my poor little heart out. Completely ripping it out. And I’ve only listened to about 20% of it? I don’t know why I waited so long to listen to it, after all the glowing reviews last year. At least, I think it was last year. Anywho, it’s wonderful, even if I can only listen in small doses. Because of the heartbreaking and all.

Also finished Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator with the kids. Thank GOD. Because that book is nowhere NEAR as good as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s one disk shorter, but I would swear it is longer. It took FOREVER. GAH. And I think there is another book! Thank the Lord, we don’t have it, except they REALLY want to get it. I am hoping what we are listening to now will make them forever. What? You say? What are we listening to know? WHY, it is THE WEE FREE MEN!!! Geez, I love Tiffany Aching and am tickled fuchsia pink to bring her into my children’s lives. The boy isn’t enamored yet, but I think I have the girl hooked. The Nac Mac Feegles should draw the boy in, or my name isn’t Capricious Heather Reader. Or something like that.

Pondering // Christmas. Presents. 2014 reading goals. Rereading. Etc, etc, etc.

Blogging // Much of the same!

Hating // The cold. My bones do not like it.

Loving // That in two very short days, I WILL BE ON VACATION! Also, I made some gluten free cupcakes yesterday (from this book) and I am 1) rather proud of myself and 2) happy that they are here for snacking purposes. Cupcake picture!

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Anticipating // Did I mention vacation? And that I will be on it shortly?

Have a great week everyone!

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Currently // December 9, 2013

December 9, 2013 Miscellaneous 6

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Random lol for you. You’re welcome.

Time // 1:50 am. Night Owl Heather, reporting for duty, sir!

Place // Home!

Eating // Nothing! But I’m starving!

Drinking // Water

Reading // Still working my way through Game of Thrones and Empty Mansions. It’s so hard to decide which one to read at any given time; I’m enjoying both so much!

Also finished reading the Bone books. Gosh, I love those books so hard. I even managed to get my daughter reading them! She’s reading the first one now. Fingers crossed she’ll read the rest!

Watching // We’ve been watching a lot of Christmas movies. Although, last night my son wanted to watch The Lorax again. I just love that movie.

Listening // Still listening to The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley. I just love the narrator. She was a great choice for these books. She’s able to maintain a youthful voice for Flavia and yet provide more adult tones for the adults. Just wonderful!

Pondering // Christmas presents! And Elf on the Shelf mischief! And…ducks?

Blogging // This….and I hope more.

Promoting // The usual! Come read with us!

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Hating // Being gluten-free. It’s really hard this time of year, plus some in my family aren’t believing that going gluten-free is what helped me so much. Not going to name names, but someone very close to me insists it is all in my head. It is very disheartening. He/she has witnessed my migraines disappearing, plus other symptoms lessening, but persists in this thinking. Without a doubt, it really hurts my feelings. *sigh*

Loving // This time of year! I’m such an old cynic, but this time of year really brings out the innocence in me. No! Really! lol

Anticipating //

Have a great week everyone!

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Currently // December 4, 2013

December 4, 2013 Miscellaneous 9

Time // 6:00 am

Place // Home! Sweet! Home!

Eating // Nothing yet. Too early to eat.

Drinking // Nothing yet. Too early to even think.

Reading // Oh oh oh! Let’s see. I’m reading so many wonderful things!

1 – Game of Thrones. Is wonderful. Is ssslllooowww. But it is also amazing. Love all the characters, love the story, love the plot, love wondering where this insane writer is taking me.

2 – Empty Mansions. Keeps rudely elbowing GoT out of the way. So fascinating. So INTERESTING. Love it.

3 – At the Mouth of the River of Bees. It’s Kij Johnson. I love Kij Johnson. Her writing is so evocative. So mesmerizing. So magical. It’s short stories and, while each is basically perfect, it’s short. I need more Kij Johnson. Her novel The Fox Woman was complete amaze balls.

4 – Still working my way through the Bone books. This is my first time REREADING this series and I love it just as hard as I did the first time. Perhaps even harder!

Watching // Nothing. Not that I watch much of anything anyway, but just got home from vacation last night and we seriously had NO TIME to watch anything. The days were full and the nights were collapsing in exhaustion. Am honestly hoping to go see Catching Fire VERY SOON.

Listening // The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag. Flavia!!!

Pondering // What I’m going to face at work tomorrow… Eek. :|

Blogging // This! And hopefully a review of Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando sometime this week!

Promoting // Wilkie in Winter! December #EstellaGram! It is not to late to join either one!

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Hating // That I have to go to work today. Ugh.

Anticipating // THE WEEKEND!!!!! And getting groceries. Because, we have, like, no food.

Have a great week everyone!

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Currently // November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013 Miscellaneous 4

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Random Adorable Kitty Picture. You’re welcome.

Time // 6:10 am

Place // Home!

Eating // Chocolate Chex cereal with Kind granola mixed in. Yum! Breakfast of gluten free champions.

Drinking // Milk

Reading // Still working through Game of Thrones. I didn’t get nearly as much time to read this weekend as I had hoped. Still loving it, even at halfway through. Surprisingly, I am loving the slow build, which usually gets on my nerves at some point. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen this time, especially since it’s taking longer to read than I would like.

I also started a short story collection by Kij Johnson. I LOVED her book The Fox Woman, so I’ve been meaning to get to this collection for awhile now. I’ve only read the first story, and I loved it, so can’t wait to dig into more of them.

Watching // What did I watch…oh, only the 50TH anniversary Doctor Who episode!!! LOVED IT. I can’t wait to watch it again. And again. And again….

Listening // It took me awhile to find an audiobook, but I finally got into one. I’m listening to the second Flavia de Luce novel; The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag. For some reason, I needed a cozy mystery.

Pondering // Work. It sucks. And it’s getting sucker.

Blogging // I hope to get a lot done this week, as after today, I AM OFF WORK FOR A WEEK!!!!!

Promoting // Wilkie in Winter!!! It’ll be here before you know it!

Hating // The cold! OMG it is so cold!!!

Anticipating // Did I mention being off work for a whole week?

Have a great week everyone!

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Currently // November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013 Miscellaneous 3

Time / 9-ish            

Place // Somewhere in space and time…

Eating // Cereal, eggs, and bacon. Breakfast of champions!

Drinking // Water, as always. Yes, it’s boring, but also not caffeinated.

Reading // I’m about 40% into A Game of Thrones and boy, is it getting exciting!!! It’s getting easier to keep up with all the characters, and I love MOST of them like crazy. There are some bad boys and so far, they are floating around the edges. I can’t wait to get into their motivates and such. Seems like so far most of the “bad” ones have “reasons” for their rough edges, so I’m excited to find out the motivations of the truly BAD GUYS.

I’m looking for a second book to start. I like to have at least 2 going, plus an audiobook. I started The Secret Lives of Dresses, but it just didn’t hold my attention. Not sure what I’ll be starting next, maybe The Devil in Silver by Victor Lavalle?

Watching // Not much. Watched some more Chuck this weekend, plus trying to catch up with Agents of SHIELD. Also watched the latest Sleepy Hollow. Boy do I love me some Ichabod Crane!

Listening //  Started Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, but also found a new podcast to listen to, Thinking Sideways, so I’ve been going back and forth between the too. Team of Rivals is fascinating, but best taken in small 30 minute-ish doses for me.

Pondering // What to read!! And chickens!! No, I’m not kidding!

Blogging // Hope to have another review this week. Maybe The Coldest Girl in Coldtown? Since I reviewed Doll Bones last week and all!

Promoting // Wilkie in Winter!!

Loving // The weather!! It is going to be a gorgeous day! I wish I was outside!

Hating // That I’m not outside today. :(

Anticipating // Christmas! We’re halfway through our shopping list already. How are you doing on that?

Have a great week all!

 

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Currently // November 11, 2013

November 11, 2013 Miscellaneous 3

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Time // 9:52 AM. Happy Veteran’s Day! Thank you Veteran’s for all you did and to those who continue to serve.

Place // Home!

Eating // Um…candy corn. Don’t judge me.

Drinking // Water.

Reading // I’ve been working on A Game of Thrones (which is aMAYzing) and a little book called The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean (which provides a nice break from AGoT occasionally). I plan on starting a book of short stories today; maybe one by Shirley Jackson? We’ll see.

Watching // I’ve been a bit under the weather (this is a gross understatement), so I did watch a bit of TV this weekend. They finally added my CHUCK to Netflix, so I’ve been enjoying that. I loved that show you guys, LOVED. IT. I also watched New Girl. Coach is back! And wow, I don’t remember him being so…the way he is. Since he’s sticking around for the rest of the year, I’m looking forward to seeing his character grow. A LOT.

Listening // I finished the radio play based on Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman last week, starring James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, Benedict Cumberbatch, and more. It was soooooooo good. So good in fact, that I haven’t really started anything new yet. I have the last book in the Birthright Trilogy by Gabrielle Zevin and Insurgent by Veronica Roth on tap, plus countless others, so we’ll have to see what grabs me.

Pondering // What to listen to next!

Blogging // This so far. I hope to get a little ahead today, since I’m off work and home sick, but, well, since I’m sick, we’ll have to see. The couch is calling my name. So is Game of Thrones….

Promoting // Wilkie in Winter!!!

Hating // This cold! I can’t stop coughing! And my head is all stopped up. Hell, stop whining Heather! *sorry*

Anticipating // The weekend! Always the weekend.

Have a great week everyone!

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Currently // November 5, 2013

November 5, 2013 Miscellaneous 1

Time // 8:40 am

Place // Somewhere

Eating // I had bacon and eggs with the kids. When I got here, I took Chocolate Chex cereal and some gluten free granola and mixed them together and added milk. So yum!

Drinking //  Water and milk

Reading // Still reading on A Game of Thrones. I had a crazy busy weekend, so I didn’t get to read at all. I hope I can do some reading on my breaks today!

Watching // Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I totally meant to check out Dracula. Maybe this weekend? Where DOES all the time go?

Listening //  I’ve been listening to the radio play BBC did last year with Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. It. Is. Amazing.  The voice cast is fantastic. James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, Benedict Cumberbatch… what a great way to revisit this story! It’s one of my favorites by Gaiman and listening to this reminded me how much I wish he would write a sequel. He left some questions unanswered! Plus I just love this world he created.

Pondering // Music. I’ve been listening to a lot of The Wailing Jennys and this great violist I discovered named Max Ablitzer, but I’m ready for some new stuff. Any recommendations?

Blogging // This is going to be a busy week for me, I hope I can post! Seeing as how I meant to post this yesterday…. *sigh*

Promoting // Wilkie in Winter! It’s going to be ever so much fun. Reading Wilkie Collins always is!

Loving // I love being busy, especially at work, but whew. I need a break. I’m off on Monday, but geez, I still have to take the girl to the dentist to get her braces adjusted!

Hating // While I am pretty much adjusted to this gluten free thing (oh, and doctor confirmed it last week, I am allergic to gluten. *sigh*), I am missing quite a few things this week. Cake. Cookies. Bread. Bread with olive oil. Bread with butter. Bread and jelly. Bread. Bread. Bread. *sigh*

Oh, and also insurance. Our Open Enrollment just started and, well, I am just STUPIFIED by the prices. Staggered. Shocked. Amazed. Astounded. Flabbergasted. Speechless.

Anticipating // Going home!

 

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Currently // October 28, 2013

October 28, 2013 Miscellaneous 9

Time // 8:05 am. Monday. Yay.

Place // Work. Also yay.

Eating // Nothing yet. Will have some cereal soon. Have discovered I don’t like corn Chex, I only like rice Chex. Guess what I have?

Drinking //  Water. And also milk for my CORN cereal.

Reading // I hesitate to call it, but I read 3 books this week, so maybe slump over? I read Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando, Dracula by Bram Stoker, read by Anthony Valentine, and Doll Bones by Holly Black. I also listened to half of Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah, read by Mohzan Marno and it is marvelous.

I also read the first 55 pages of A Game of Thrones, which honestly, shocked me. I’ve started and stopped that book countless times. Who knows why it is sticking now.

Watching // Nothing. I am missing Sleepy Hollow. Oh wait, I did watch New Girl. That’s it.

Pondering // A Game of Thrones! Really! I wish I was reading it now, which is so weird to me! I had given up on that book, I am not kidding.

Promoting // Nothing! Yet! See me in November!

Loving // The weather! This is my season.

Hating // That I’m a work. I want to be home, reading, and drinking hot apple cider.

Anticipating // Going home and doing just that. And also HALLOWEEN!!!!

Have a great week everyone!

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Currently // October 21, 2013

October 21, 2013 Miscellaneous 6

Time // 9:30

Place // Work, ssshhh!!

Eating // I just had a fried egg and bacon for breakfast. And Greek yogurt for snack.

Reading // Nothing. Abso-stinking-nothing. I’m depressed about this, but nothing I try is grabbing me. It holds my attention until I put it down and then I’m just MEH about picking it back up again. And by IT I mean EVERYTHING. This is the mother of all slumps from slump hell.

Watching // Nothing. We canceled our satellite two weeks ago and honestly, I haven’t missed it a bit.  Sleepy Hollow is on a mini break, so I don’t know that I’ll watch anything at all this week either!

Listening // Finally finished Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the kids, who LOVED it, so now we’re listening to Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. I FINALLY FINISHED THE HISTORIAN yesterday, so now I’m at loose ends there. Not sure what to start next. Am honestly afraid the slump is extending into that arena. Podcasts are still good though.

Pondering // This reading thing.

Blogging // Not much, unfortunately. Life has been too busy. Which is probably contributing to the reading thing. *sigh*

Promoting // Nothing until December! Woot!

Loving // The weather. It is SO BEAUTIFUL outside today.

Hating // The fact that I am inside today. And the reading thing, if you didn’t know.

Anticipating // Reading again?

Have a great week everyone! What are you reading? Give me ideas!

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