Currently // Overload

Right this minute | I’m relaxing in my favorite chair for a bit before I have to get ready for church….AND I just realized I haven’t had any coffee yet. Must fix this.

Feeling | I don’t know…maybe a trifle overwhelmed? I know I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew, I’m just seeing things shift…in ways I’m not perhaps happy with. I haven’t read a bit in almost two weeks and I miss it. Yet, when I go to pick up a book, I…well, I can only say that it feels like I have no room in my head for it. Does that makes sense?

Reading | I’m listening to The Trees by Ali Shaw. I seem to be okay with audio.

Listening | See above yo!

Watching | Mary Doodles on YouTube! And other doodlers and illustrators and such. And lots of How to Use Illustrator videos.

Blogging | I’m trying!

Loving | The cooler weather! It’s still hot and humid, but not AS hot and humid.

Hating | I can’t really think of anything at the moment.

Eating | I had strawberry Cheerios for breakfast. They vaguely remind me of Frankenberry.

Anticipating | We’re having a cookout later and then, I hope, I get a nap!

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Labor Day!


Time to Imbibe Some Peril



Despite everything going on in my life at the moment, I refuse to miss out on RIP XI. Nope, it’s not going to happen. My list is shorter than years past, and I know I won’t read AS MUCH, but I will still do some reading. Well, mostly listening. I had a few extra credits laying around, so I bought a few perfect RIP reads. And I have a couple short novellas waiting in the wings as well.

My pool consists of:

On audio:

The Trees by Ali Shaw
The Hike by Drew Margary
The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni
Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
The Elementals by Michael McDowell

In print:

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Man in the Mirror by Susan Hill (I want to reread)
The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue

and then who knows how many comics.

Plus, I’ll be watching Stranger Things on Netflix for sure. I just watched the first episode and I am completely hooked.

Monthly Wrap Up – August 2016

Monthly Wrap Up

Just as I suspected it would, my reading slowed drastically this month. Now that I am a college student (again!) and the kids are back in as well, time is at a premium. Still. I read some great things.

111. Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
112. Giant Days, Issue 17 by John Allison
113. Queen & Country Volume 1: Broken Ground by Greg Rucka
114. The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson
115. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
116. Lumberjanes, Issue 29 by Shannon Watters
117. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, read by Cary Elwes and additional cast

I completely adored Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves and I am hoping it wins all the awards. The Men Who Stare at Goats was just the best. So fun to read, as I told you here. The Soul of an Octopus made me fall in love with the shy, intelligent, and adorable mollusks. And As You Wish was a delight.

I don’t mind the reduced reading, when it is this fulfilling. I hope September brings more gems like these my way.

How was your August?

Currently // Whew!


Right this minute | I’m sitting on the couch. My family is still sleeping. It is lovely and quiet and peaceful. It won’t last, which is fine. It makes this moment all the more special.

Feeling | I’m not going to say I’ve bitten off more than I can chew; I can do all of this because I have the support of my awesome husband and family, but whew. I went to bed at 6:30 Friday night and slept until 7 Saturday morning, with only the shortest of wake-ups in-between. This girl was BEAT.

Reading | I have not read a word I wanted to read all week. It’s like college all over again. *short*

Listening | I AM listening. Now that I’ve finished my Tanis binge (next episode please!) I have moved onto listening to As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and it is just lovely. I am loving learning more about the product of what is probably my favorite movie of all time.

Watching | I’ve been watching YouTube tutorials and Skillshare classes on Adobe Illustrator. I know InDesign and Photoshop, so of course we’re using Illustrator in class. I have some catching up to do!

Blogging | Sporadically. May be a bunch of Currently posts between now and December!

Loving | Life! School starts tomorrow for the kiddos, I have class, our new kitten is growing and crazy. Life is pretty good.

Hating | That my nature makes me “wait” for the other shoe to drop. So to speak.

Eating | Y’all. Candy corn is out.

Anticipating | Class tomorrow! Now, I’m going to go work on my HOMEWORK! lol

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

It’s a Life – So, I’ve Been Thinking…


So, sometime on Monday, I became a college student again. I applied to my alma mater (and employer) back in the spring to take a few graphic design classes, now that I am being called on to do more and more design work here in my office. I was accepted, again!, and then had a HELL of a time getting into the class I wanted to take. Employees get to take (three) classes for free (woot!) a year and I wanted to skip a couple prerequisites I didn’t really need. The class I wanted to take was full, so I emailed the professor. I never heard anything so I emailed around (admin, assistant director, director, and so on) some more. To cut a very summer long story short…

…Monday. I showed up to class with an add sheet and dude let me IN. I AM A COLLEGE STUDENT AGAIN.

And I feel so old. Everyone is half my age and twice my height in this class. Hopefully I will kick all their butts. Ha!

So, anywayyyyy, I write this to say I may be a very sporatic until December. Between my school, the kids school, work, and life (plus readathon in October) I am going to be short on time. So, don’t LEAVE ME, but know I may be quiet.

Top Ten Tuesday – Shame Walk

Walk of SHAME

I have been blogging for over (hold on, have to check…) 11 years now and this is going to be so embarrassing. I have so many books I haven’t read, that I have OWNED since before that time. I am so serious. So come along. Join me on this walk of shame, will you?

The Cider House Rules by John Irving – I read A Widow for One Year right before I started blogging and swore I’d read all the Irving. It hasn’t happened yet, obviously.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – I went on a classics kick when I was a teenager. I never quite made it to Steinbeck before it was over. Still have only read East of Eden. Which I loved. When will I ever learn?

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – I remember when everyone and their mother (on Yahoo! Groups) was reading, and loving this book. So I grabbed it when I found it in a used book store. Never got to it. Still there. On the shelf. I feel like I can say that for every book on this list.

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb – Everyone loved it – I had to have it.

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood – Everyone loved it – I had to have it.

The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor – I ADORE FLANNERY. Why haven’t I read everything yet?

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway – I thought it sounded good. Paris. Food. Ex-pats. Papa. I’ve tried to read it. Can’t.

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – Laziness. It’s my only excuse. It’s just so BIG. (I have them all in one hardback.)

Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint – I went through a fantasy phase.

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay – See above.

How about you? What’s been on your shelves forever or before you started blogging?


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It’s Monday, August 22nd! What are you reading?

The Trees

You see that book? That book right there? It’s the only book I am really and truly reading. My Goodreads says I’m reading 3 other books, but it’s lying. I’m really not. This book has captured my mind and soul and I can’t read anything else until I finish it. BECAUSE I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS VOODOO MAGIC.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading


Currently // Pumpkin Spice the World


Right this minute | Pumpkin Spice is the new Christmas. I found pumpkin spice coffee in the store Friday and I had to get some. I am enjoying a cup right now. It’s heavenly.

Feeling | Content. I have my coffee, my books…my family is still asleep and all is quiet. I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.

Reading | I’m reading too many things at once, as usual. I’m going to concentrate on The Trees by Ali Shaw today because the writing is beautiful and I need more.

Listening | I have binged on the podcast Tanis for the past 3 days. IT IS SO GOOD.

Watching | Bullet journal videos mostly. I have a new hobby!

Blogging | I haven’t been feeling it much, obviously, and am having serious thoughts about it. But more on that later. I did update my header.  Redecorating always seems to help.

Promoting | Nothing yet, but the October Readathon is on the horizon. I’ve already started a few tentative workings on it.

Loving | The quiet! Did I mention the quiet??? Also that my fellow alumnus Paul Chelimo won SILVER in the 5000 meters in Rio! Go Spartans!!!

Hating | Humidity. Can it just be autumn already?

Eating | I’m still working on this gorgeous coffee.

Anticipating | Autumn. Without a doubt, autumn.

Have a magical Sunday!

The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson

The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon RonsonThe Men Who Stare at Goats
by Jon Ronson
Published by Simon & Schuster
on April 2006
Genres: Nonfiction
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
Source: Scribd
From the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry and So You've Been Publicly Shamed.

In 1979 a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the U.S. Army. Defying all known accepted military practice -- and indeed, the laws of physics -- they believed that a soldier could adopt a cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls, and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them.

Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

With firsthand access to the leading players in the story, Ronson traces the evolution of these bizarre activities over the past three decades and shows how they are alive today within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and in postwar Iraq. Why are they blasting Iraqi prisoners of war with the theme tune to Barney the Purple Dinosaur? Why have 100 debleated goats been secretly placed inside the Special Forces Command Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina? How was the U.S. military associated with the mysterious mass suicide of a strange cult from San Diego? The Men Who Stare at Goats answers these and many more questions.


“Most goat-related military activity is still highly classified.”

I figure I’ve talked about this one enough that I owe you guys a review.

This book is bonkers. Really. How many books do you know that can say:

Remember that the crazy people are not always to be found on the outside. Sometimes the crazy people are deeply embedded on the inside. Not even the most imaginative conspiracy theorist has ever thought to invent a scenario in which a crack team of Special Forces soldiers and major generals secretly try to walk through their walls and stare goats to death.

Yes. They seriously stared at goats. To “death.”


Did they succeed? I really don’t know. But isn’t it weird to think the government even tried? Tried that, and so much more. According to this book, they have dabbled pretty heavily in psychics, remote viewing, and more. And I feel so weird saying that.

How to describe this book. It’s rather like huge conspiracy theories wrapped up in…truth? Hyperbole? Wishful thinking? I was left wondering just what the United States Armed Forces have been up to in the Middle East and other areas of the world, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. And, since this book is over 10 years old, it also left me wondering what they’ve been up to in the years since. It informs somethings I’ve heard in the media and it scares me.

Irregardless of the subject matter, Ronson is an engaging and fun writer. My skeptical feelings are completely informed by him. I could tell while reading the book that, sometimes, he wasn’t sure what to think either and rather than be annoying, it just added to the fun of the book to me. I can’t wait to read more books by him.

Have you read this book? Do you think these things really happened? CAN A MAN STARE A GOAT TO DEATH???

Top Ten Tuesday – Location, Location, Location


I had several different idea for the topic this week. First, I wanted to do books set in cemeteries, what with RIP coming up and me getting all kinds of excited about it. Well, turns out I haven’t READ 10 books set in cemeteries (I know, what???). Then, I thought I’d do books set in bookstores. Surely I have read MORE than 10 of those. No dice (again, WTH?). So then, I decided I would go with boarding schools! Eureka! It was easy.

  1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling – Because DUH.
  2. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – Actually all three books from this series are set in a boarding school in France. They are all fun.
  3. Looking for Alaska by John Green – Still my favorite John Green novel.
  4. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – Another British boarding school, with magic! But all girls this time. ALL GIRLS.
  5. Morning Glories by Nick Spencer – THIS boarding school is completely and homicidally bonkers. It’s freaking awesome.
  6. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart – Geeky girl in a boarding school. She’s probably a criminal mastermind.
  7. The Secret History by Donna Tartt – Mysterious! Oh so mysterious!
  8. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark – Classic.
  9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER. EVER, I TELL YOU.
  10. Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede – Laura Ingalls Wilder meets Harry Potter in the American frontier. You know you want to.

What books have you read set in boarding schools, magical or not? And why are they so fun to read?


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