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Currently: The Where Did My Week Go? Edition


Time // 8:30 a.m.

Place // At my desk in my office. But this is the last Sunday I will get to say that before I go on vacation!

Snacking // Dry Kix cereal before I make breakfast.

Drinking // Cocoa Chai Tea

Reading // I finished three books this week: Imperfect Harmony by Stacy Horn, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and Duel With the Devil by Paul Collins. I’m really surprised I finish that many books — it feels like I spent the entire week running around like a crazy person with no time to just settle.

I did manage to find some time to read outside yesterday, which was just lovely (bottom right photo). At the moment I’m in the middle of two books: Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President by Eli Saslow (a lovely, lovely read) and Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Creative Mind, a collection of essays edited by Jocelyn K. Glei of 99U. I’m a little bit obsessed with time management/productivity books right now, so this one fits right in.

Watching // I basically gave up television for the week (sad!) out of necessity, but made up for it this weekend by squeezing in a couple of movies — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1). I’m hoping to make time for Part 2 this afternoon while the boyfriend is at work. The boyfriend and I also went to see Man of Steel which, my gosh, I just hated. Without getting into a rant, I thought it was boring, excessively destructive, and just genuinely not fun. We almost walked out, but stayed because I am an obsessive finisher of things even when I hate them.

Making // I have spent this week making and revising lists. I leave for a 10 day vacation this Friday after work, so I have been writing list after list to make sure I don’t forget to bring anything  and don’t forget to finish anything before I go. There are a lot of lists going on right now.

Blogging // I was out of town last weekend (driving home in the top left photo), so I didn’t get much blogging done ahead of the week. I did manage to put up two posts, which I thought was pretty good. Today I’m working on posts for this week and scheduling guest posts for next week. I have some cool bloggers who offered to step in while I’m away; I’m excited to share their posts with you.

Hating // We had some wicked weather roll through this week, the worst being a severe storm on Thursday night into Friday morning. I can’t even begin to imagine how many trees came down around my small town. It was devastating. The top right photo is the playground just across the street from my house — the wood you see on the ground in the roof of the dugout near the playground… it just got blown off and mangled in the storm. There is a city council meeting this week, so I expect we’ll all know more about the extent of the damage then. In the mean time, we’re supposed to get more thunderstorms for at least the next several days. It’s crazy.

Loving // I’m in love with the idea of being on vacation. I just need to get through this week!

Avoiding // I didn’t write much yesterday, so I have a pretty long list of words I was to get on the page (on the screen?) today if I don’t want to spend the rest of this week frantically playing catch-up. I will stop procrastinating soon.

Anticipating // Vacation! Did I say that already? (Kidding!). But really, I haven’t been away from work for an extended period since, I think, last May, so I really need this one.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Bryan G. Robinson June 23, 2013, 10:50 am

    Whoa…first extreme negative reaction I’ve seen to Man of Steel…AND the reason I’m not rushing to see this one. Not just because of YOUR reaction. 😉 But because overall, it’s not getting positive reactions…say, like The Avengers did. I think I’ll wait to watch this.

    • Kim June 23, 2013, 11:41 am

      I really didn’t enjoy MAN OF STEEL. The first half was ok, although full of even more exposition than is typical of a super hero origin story. The last half was just painful to sit through. The big battle was just so destructive it almost didn’t mean anything. You have to have some levity in a super hero movie, but this just had NONE. Ugh, I’m getting annoyed just thinking about it 🙂

      • Bryan G. Robinson June 23, 2013, 6:58 pm

        Well, at least, you’re still smiling after the ordeal.

        • Kim June 23, 2013, 8:23 pm

          True, true. If you can’t smile about a bad movie, what’s the point.

  • Jennifer June 23, 2013, 11:20 am

    Oh my word, look at all that water. Muddy playground, boo. I bet some kids would love to splash around there though 😉

    I can tell that you’re a bit excited about your upcoming vacation! I hope you have a wonderful time!

    • Kim June 23, 2013, 11:43 am

      No doubt! I haven’t seen too many kids out at the park the last couple days — I think most are stuck at home while mom and dad take care of all the downed trees.

      And yeah, just a little excited to be out of here for awhile 🙂

  • Shannon @ River City Reading June 23, 2013, 12:59 pm

    Cocoa chai tea? Where has this been all my life? Vacation sounds glorious…I need one of those almost as much as this chai.

    • Kim June 23, 2013, 3:03 pm

      The brand is Good Earth, I think, I don’t have one of the bags near me at the moment. It’s quite good, once you get used to the taste being not-quite-chai.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) June 23, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Weather sure has been crazy and scary lately. We’ve had so much rain local farmers are worried about their crops drowning. I hope you have a blast on your vacation!

    • Kim June 23, 2013, 3:03 pm

      I almost don’t want to know what the fields around here look like. Between the late winter and crazy spring, there’s no way we’ll have corn knee high by the 4th of July.

  • Julie Merilatt June 23, 2013, 3:01 pm

    Wow, if Henry Cavill of the glorious eye-candy can’t redeem the movie… How was his American accent?

    • Kim June 23, 2013, 3:04 pm

      He was quite good looking. I did enjoy that, when he got to be smart and funny and charming in the first part of the movie. But the second half was all brooding and fighting and nonsense… not the best showcase for hotties. The accent was great though, I actually didn’t know he was British until I looked him up later (clearly I pay no attention to actors).

      • Julie Merilatt June 24, 2013, 8:36 am

        He played Charles Brandon in The Tudors and he was DIVINE!

        • Kim June 26, 2013, 6:40 pm

          Oooh, sure, I know now. I don’t think I’ve watched that show much… maybe I should 🙂

  • Teresa June 23, 2013, 6:01 pm

    Have you listened to the Pop Culture Happy Hour reaction to Man of Steel? I think you’ll enjoy what they have to say about it. The trailer had me semi-interested, but now I think I’d rather watch the Christopher Reeve movies again.

    • Kim June 23, 2013, 8:24 pm

      I did! I actually got home from the movie about midnight and listened to the podcast before I went to bed as a way to validate my feelings of hate towards the movie. It felt good 🙂

  • Vasilly June 23, 2013, 8:24 pm

    Yay for your vacation coming soon! How was Day-to-Day? I share that same obsession and have been wanting to read this since it was written about on BrainPickings. Is it worth buying? I’m starting to think I should wait to watch Man of Steel. Enjoy your week!

    • Kim June 23, 2013, 8:41 pm

      So far Day-to-Day is pretty good. There was one section that was supposed to be about tips for technology that was pretty useless. The essayists are saying a lot of similar things, too, but overall it’s giving me some good things to think about and I’m glad I bought it so I can revisit it.

  • Laurie C June 24, 2013, 6:10 am

    I’m looking forward to vacation, too! The problem is mine doesn’t come till mid-August! Hope you have a wonderful relaxing vacation, with plenty of reading time.

    • Kim June 26, 2013, 6:40 pm

      Sad! I have been waiting on this one for awhile. THanks!

  • Brooke June 24, 2013, 8:45 am

    I’m jealous of your vacation! I don’t understand those people who never take time off and don’t believe in enjoying free time. As for Man of Steel, I definitely didn’t hate it, but can see how lots of people could. Henry Cavill is my movie husband so I blocked most of the bad out, but the story lacked major development and the action was too extreme. It was a movie with great small moments thrown in among destruction scenes.

    • Kim June 26, 2013, 6:41 pm

      Me either. We all need time to recharge and get our heads back on straight.

      I should say I liked the first half or so of the movie, but then the last half was just so ponderous and serious and destructive… I was totally bored. But Superman was hot 🙂

  • Jeanne June 24, 2013, 10:14 am

    Aw, I love the photo of Hannah.
    I am so glad to hear you didn’t like Man of Steel, because I wanted to see it and couldn’t get anybody to go with me. Now I feel less frustrated by that!

    • Kim June 26, 2013, 6:42 pm

      Skip it! You can always catch it on DVD and then it won’t be so annoying 🙂

  • Nikki Steele June 24, 2013, 12:23 pm

    How are you liking Manage Your Day-To-Day? I saw that show up on your Goodreads list as was instantly hooked by the title. I’m definitely needing that same, sit down and do it, talking to by a book.

    Have a lovely vacation! All this planning now will make the trip itself blissfully relaxing! 😀

    • Kim June 26, 2013, 6:42 pm

      I really liked it. Some of it was a little repetitive, and there’s one section on “managing technology” that was basically useless, but overall it’s given me some good things to think about (especially in conjunction with the GTD system and trying to make that work).

  • Charlie June 24, 2013, 2:27 pm

    Hope the next storms aren’t as bad as that one! I’ve heard of the film though have no plans to see it (that seems a good thing considering what you and the comments have said!)

    • Kim June 26, 2013, 6:43 pm

      I think the boyfriend liked it a little more than me, although he did offer to leave when I said I was bored. So… maybe not?

  • Christy June 25, 2013, 4:57 pm

    Hm, knowing that you and Pop Culture Happy Hour didn’t care for Man of Steel makes me think I should wait for the rental, if I see it. I’m not huge on superhero movies in general and Superman doesn’t really intrigue me, but the trailer had looked interesting. I’ll just wait on that then.

    • Kim June 26, 2013, 6:44 pm

      Listening to PCHH validated many of the things I though and made me feel less like I was just being a crab about the movie. Wait for the rental, especially if you don’t care much for Superman.