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Currently: June 2, 2013


Time // 10:00 a.m.

Place // At my desk, again.

Eating // Cinnamon Cheerios and cherries (cherries finally went on sale this week and they are SO GOOD).

Drinking // Black tea and water.

Reading // I finished a bunch of books this week, although aside from The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (which I liked a lot but didn’t fall in love with), they were all pretty short — two middle grade biographies for a paid review I’m working on (Father Groppi by Stuart Stotts and Mary Nohl by Barbara Manger and Janine Smith) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling for a re-read marathon with my sister. I also finished the last few chapters of Getting Things Done by David Allen, but I’m feeling a little intimidated with how to implement the system and actually start getting things done.

This week, I’m not sure what I am going to try to read. I feel like I’m in one of those moments where I have so many great options to choose from and I can’t quite pick. We’ll see what catches my eye later today.

Watching // The boyfriend and I have been slowly watching the new episodes of Arrested Development, which I think are very funny but also disjointed and missing some of the family dynamics I loved so much from the original series. I think we’ll finish watching them this week. I also watched Anna Karenina (I liked it a lot) and started watching House of Cards on Netflix. I actually don’t know anything about where this series is going, but I suspect dark places since Kevin Spacey’s character killed a dying dog in the opening minutes of the pilot.

Making // While I was binge-watching House of Cards last night, I made some good progress on my sampler. It now just says BITCH, which makes me laugh.

Blogging // This week was Armchair BEA, so all of my posts were focused on the blogging side of book blogging. I wrote an introduction, a post about how I make money blogging, a post on blogging ethics and transparency, and a post where I offered to do personal nonfiction recommendations. The personal recommendations post seemed to be a hit — enough that I am going to think about turning it into a regular feature once I sort out the logistics.

Exercising // I think one of the reasons I was able to read so many books this month (12!) is because I’ve been neglecting to exercise. I need to change that, for both my physical and mental health, so I got up this morning and went for a run (Week 4, Day 1 of Couch to 5K). It was hard, but I feel good about it. I’d like to get into a habit of exercising right away in the morning, but we’ll see how successful I am at that. The last time I was able to exercise consistently for a long period of time was when I had a buddy to exercise with and I don’t have one of those right now.

Avoiding // I made a big project list for the weekend, and while I’ve checked off all of my chores I’ve been avoiding my writing projects. I’d like to get posts for the week written and scheduled, a professional review written, and catch up on comments. I think I can do it if I just settle in and focus, but we’ll see.

Anticipating // Vacation! I’m not leaving for vacation until the end of the month, but I am already getting excited about being away from work and relaxing for an entire week.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Vasilly June 2, 2013, 12:35 pm

    Cinnamon Cheerios?! Hmm. I love the dulce de leche ones so maybe I’ll give these a try too. 😉 I think the whole blogisphere is watching Arrested Development. It seems to be a show that no one can get enough of. Your non-fiction recommendations posts are always so thoughtful so I’m definitely going to check it out. Over the years, you’ve added so many non-fiction reads to my tbr list. I just finished reading the latest Fables graphic novel so I think I’ll continue Don’t Go Back to School by Kio Stark (non-fiction). I hope you enjoy your Sunday.

    • Kim June 3, 2013, 8:01 pm

      Cinnamon Cheerios are my favorite, but they’re really expensive so we don’t get them very often.

      And I miss Fables, a lot! My library doesn’t have them so I had to sort of give it up. I am thinking about subscribing to them electronically, but haven’t make the leap yet.

  • Andi (@estellasrevenge) June 2, 2013, 2:14 pm

    Lots of good stuff here. I haven’t started watching House of Cards yet, but it’s been recommended to me. David and I have been watching Sherlock this weekend. He’s watched all of the available episodes, but I’m just now getting into it.

    I’m reading Confessions of a Sociopath and finishing it up, hopefully tomorrow. Then I have a whole slew of other non-fiction books that need reviewing: The Whole Fromage and The Astronauts Wives Club among them.

    • Kim June 3, 2013, 8:02 pm

      I’m going to have House of Cards done in like two days. With only 13 episodes, it’s pretty easy to cruise through. The boyfriend and I watched a little Sherlock, but haven’t gotten really into it.

      The Astronauts Wives Club sounds totally wonderful — I can’t wait to hear about that one!

  • Care June 2, 2013, 5:25 pm

    I love your nonfic suggestion idea and am open to assist if you need brainstorming help. You really don’t need to think up anything for me – I’ve got plenty of want-to-reads, yaknow.
    I am fully immersed in to #DomeAlong; already 20% in! crazy. And I will have mow time tomorrow so I get to find out if the audio is good (I’ve been eBooking so far – whispersync rocks.)

    • Kim June 3, 2013, 8:03 pm

      That would be so fun! If I do turn it into a series, it’d be really fun to have other people make recommendations too in the comments. I’d love that.

      I’m like 100 pages into #DomeAlong. I might pause for a bit though and pick it back up when I’m on vacation — it’s so quick it feels like a vacation read (even if it is super gruesome).

  • Florinda June 2, 2013, 6:01 pm

    I shared your post offering nonfiction recommendations–love the idea, and of course a perfect project for you :-). I didn’t get to participate as much in Armchair BEA as I wanted to, but I’d like to use some of the genre-day themes as posting prompts over the next couple of weeks anyway.

    I’m kind of with you on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT so far, but reserving full judgment till I finish watching it. And my vacation starts in 12 days :-D!

    • Kim June 3, 2013, 8:04 pm

      I think it would be a fun thing to do, definitely a way to marry some of the things I love about books and being part of a reading community.

  • Jennifer June 3, 2013, 10:49 am

    I zipped through the first seasons of Arrested D so I’d be all ready when the new season was released. It’s got a lot of the same quirkiness but I miss the family interacting. I’m hoping there will be more of that as I continue to watch the new season. I miss Buster!! 😀

    Reading or exercise? Exercise or reading?? I’ll let you guess which one I consistently pick, lol. 😉

    • Kim June 3, 2013, 8:05 pm

      I thought about re-watching AD before the season, but the boyfriend wasn’t into the idea so we skipped it. I’ll probably watch the whole thing at some point though. I miss Buster too!

  • Nikki Steele June 3, 2013, 3:09 pm

    Oh my gosh, we just got a bunch of cherries and they were all the amazing. Such a summer treat.

    I thought your nonfiction recommendations was a great idea, but didn’t want to jam you up the first time through. I’m all on board next time you do one!

    Also, GTD. *Shakes head* GTD. You’ll get there 😀

    • Kim June 3, 2013, 8:06 pm

      I’ve eaten so many cherries the last week or so. I’m surprised my face hasn’t started to turn red or something.

      Since there’s at least one more person who needs a recommendation, I will have to do that again!

      Oh, GTD. I wish I could take a day and just sort out life, but that’s not in the cards. So I’m sorting it out in little pieces 🙂