Place // My desk/office
Eating // A banana and some grapes
Drinking // Cranberry blood orange tea
Reading // Since I didn’t get a chance to write an update post last Sunday, I’m not quite sure which books I finished last week compared to this week. But it’s been another two weeks of amazing reading.
I managed to finish all of Margaret Atwood’s sci-fi trilogy — Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood, and Maddaddam. Getting to read all three books right in a row was incredibly satisfying. I love the way Atwood started with a microscopic view of this dystopian future then slowly expanded it through the series. It’s brilliant, but what else can you expect from Atwood.
I’ve also finished three other books — Visiting Tom by Michael Perry, Why Have Kids? by Jessica Valenti and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. I think the sixth Harry Potter book may be my favorite book of the series so far, and I can’t wait to dive into Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this month.
Watching // I had a crazy busy week at work, so I didn’t get to watch much television this week. I did finish up Orange is the New Black this morning, which I ended up liking a lot more than I thought I would after the pilot episode. Once the series opens up from focusing on the main character, it gets much more interesting.
Listening // I did a lot of driving last weekend, so I caught up a bit on my favorite podcast, Pop Culture Happy Hour. I also, finally, finished the audio book of Insurgent by Veronica Roth. It was really a chore, which was disappointing after how much I liked the first book in the trilogy, Divergent.
Blogging // I’m in a bit of a funk/internal debate about how to keep this blog going and evolving as my life continues to change. I’ve got lots of ideas floating around, but nothing solidified or settled on. It’s a little uncomfortable to be in the midst of, but it’ll be good once I make up my mind.
Promoting // Sarah over at Citizen Reader is hosting a giveaway for Stacy Horn’s wonderful new book Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others. I really liked this book, so if you’re in the market for a copy hop over and enter the giveaway!
Hating // Mosquitoes! Still! I went to a party on Friday night that was outside and ended up with a horrendous number of bites on my feet and ankles. They itch and hurt and are making me a little cranky.
Loving // We have had some amazing summer peaches the last couple weeks. I am eating so many I may end up turning a little bit orange.
Avoiding // I’ve let my personal e-mail get a little out of control lately… I need to do some replying and archiving and whatnot sometime today. Have an overflowing inbox gives me weird anxiety.
Missing // Last weekend my sister and I went to the Minnesota State Fair, which was lovely. I haven’t been to the fair in years because, in general, I hate traffic, crowds and being outside when it’s super hot (three qualities that are almost a given at the State Fair). But Jenny and I took a shuttle over to the fair early in the morning and managed to do all the things we wanted to before it got really hot or the crowds got to bad. It was a great day and I hope I can find a way to go again next year.
Anticipating // I am so excited to spend this afternoon watching football! I have three fantasy football teams this year — Ron Swanson, Dumbeldore’s Army, and (my personal favorite) Touchdownton Abbey. I’m hoping at least one of them will do well, but who knows.