I haven’t done The Sunday Salon in a long time, and I’ve found myself really missing it. I liked having a space and excuse to do just have a sort of personal musings and readings post, so I’m going to try and start up again.
Right now seems like a good time for a general reading and life update, if you’re interested in this dork’s life, with pictures!
Next weekend I’ll be picking up my stuff and moving one apartment building over into a two bedroom place that I’ll be sharing with one of my good friends, Amanda (a recent guest poster). We’re moving into a beautiful place with hardwood floors, tons of windows, a faux fireplace, and even some built-in bookshelves.
Needless to say, I’m psyched.
What’s not so awesome is having to pick up and move all my stuff! I packed my books earlier this week, and they took up 11 boxes. Here’s a picture, which doesn’t even include all of them:
I can’t decide if that looks like a lot or not very much. I’m sure it’ll be a lot as I’m carrying them up and down the stairs.
I’ve also become obsessed with decorating. I’m pretty excited about creating a personal reading space, complete with comfy armchair, table, lamp, and bookshelf – something like this (via Lovely Undergrad and Melancholyflower):
I’ve been at my job for almost three months now, and so far it’s going well. I still come home every day with a brain tired from how many new things I learned that day, but there’s something comforting about that. I’ve gotten to write a few more long-form stories and opinion pieces, which is exciting. Here are some of my recent favorites:
Work has also inspired an upcoming Narrative Nonfiction 5 list which includes books on embracing and rejecting technology. It’s all written, so expect that post soon.
Hannah, my beautiful kitten, and I just passed the six month anniversary of her adoption. She’s about twice as big as she was when I got her, but just as cute and well-behaved.
I feel bad she spends a lot of time at home alone while I’m at work, but I think things will perk up once Amanda is here and there is another human around to give her the constant attention she craves.
Here’s what you all probably care about – how’s my reading been?
So far this year I’ve finished 61 books. Last year, I only finished 71 total, so I’m well on my way to reading a lot more this year. I suspect a much less reading-intensive spring semester is partly responsible for the massive increase, as well as an obsessive summer reading routine.
The problem with reading more is that I have more books to review… and apparently less time to actually write reviews! Right now I’m 10 reviews behind, which is stressing me out a bit. Review-a-thon anyone?
So that is what’s going on with me. What’s going on with you?