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Time // It’s about 2:00 p.m. on Sunday… probably the latest I’ve put up one of these posts since I switched to this format earlier this year. It’s been a slow day. But in my defense (Do I really need to defend myself? No…), I have gotten all of my laundry done and vacuumed the floor in my office.

Place // My slightly tidier desk, in my much tidier office

Eating // Nothing for the moment, but I am excited to try the Chili Cheese Wheat Thins I impulse bought yesterday.

Drinking // Republic of Tea Apple Cider Tea (my current decaffeinated favorite)

Reading // Unfortunately, I had a hard time settling in to read (again) this week. Fortunately, that was because I was very busy, not because I wasn’t reading anything good. I did manage to finish two books, Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman and In Praise of Messy Lives by Katie Roiphe. I loved both of them.

I’m still in the middle of a couple of books, Going Clear by Lawrence Wright and Pinkerton’s Great Detective by Beau Riggenburgh. I can tell that both of them are wonderful, but they’re both slow reads. I’m in the mood for something quick, so I may switch it up this afternoon and try something lighter, maybe Paddle My Own Canoe by Nick Offerman or Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson.

Watching // The FOX Tuesday night comedy trio of Brooklyn Nine NineNew Girl and The Mindy Project continues to delight me. I also love Sleepy Hollow and am finally caught up with Once Upon a Time. The previews for Almost Human are intriguing, but that may just be because I love Michael Ealy.

Listening // I need to start making time for audio books again. Since it got chilly (and I got lazy), I haven’t been running or walking much, a key time for listening. I did go on a bit of a cleaning spree this weekend, aided by the sounds of my pop rock station on Pandora.

Making // Last Sunday I made barbecue pulled pork in our slow cooker which was divine. We’re still trying to finish it up. I was going to make some quick Indian food tonight, but the boyfriend is stuck working a double shift and it seems a shame to cook just for me.

Blogging // In addition to my post on time/productivity books, I also posted a review of a book I thought was great, The Distraction Addiction by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. If you like science/philosophy books and want to learn more about maintaining focus while still embracing technology, I highly recommend it.

Promoting // Nonfiction November has been amazing so far. I still can’t believe how many people wrote up posts for week two, be the expert. I’m so excited to see what people come up for this week’s discussion topic, pairing fiction and nonfiction.

Hating and Loving // I have a new gym buddy who has been getting me out to a weight-lifting class a few times a week. Today my butt and back sort of hate me for that, but it’s a nice change of pace and I’m glad to have some peer pressure to get to the gym more frequently.

Avoiding // The one chore I have to get done this weekend is cleaning the litter box… which I don’t want to do!

Anticipating // My sister is coming to visit me next weekend and we’re going to go see Catching Fire. I can’t wait! I’m also getting excited for the holiday season. Thanks to some tips Jenny (Reading the End) posted last year, I have ideas for nearly everyone on my list already. Huzzah!

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  • Rebecca @ Love at First Book November 17, 2013, 4:58 pm

    I may need to pick up Going Clear. It sounds interesting, and it’s been all over the bookish world (blogs, podcasts, um. . . I guess that’s all of what the bookish world consists of besides bookstores)

  • Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll) November 17, 2013, 4:59 pm

    Sounds like a good Sunday, all in all! I’m going to look for Apple Cider Tea — that sounds perfect for this time of year.

  • Shannon @ River City Reading November 17, 2013, 7:43 pm

    I really loved Going Clear, but it was definitely a slow read for me and I ended up breaking it up with a few other things, too. Jealous of your Apple Cider Tea, that sounds fabulous!

    • Kim November 20, 2013, 8:22 pm

      I think that’s why I need to do, pair it with some YA or something to balance it out.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End November 17, 2013, 9:27 pm

    Yayyy! I’m glad I was helpful with the present-giving. I’m actually a bit behind on thinking of gift ideas. I’ve got most of my nuclear family sorted out, but there are a bunch of other friends-and-relations that still need to get sorted out.

  • Tanya Patrice November 17, 2013, 10:09 pm

    I’m already saving a list of books o read for Non-fic November next year! It’s been an awesome series and I’ve enjoyed reading the answers.

    • Kim November 20, 2013, 8:23 pm

      The Nonfiction November discussion posts have been so much fun to read. I’ve added a ton of books to my TBR.

  • Sandy November 18, 2013, 5:46 am

    Oooh apple cider tea! Yum. I just picked up chocolate mint tea yesterday…we will see how that works out. I actually love it when I work out and feel sore later. Means something is working! I was out part of last week so my house is a hell hole, including the litter box. Going to have to do some scrubbing before we leave for Thanksgiving. I hate that damn litter box(es) too.

  • Carole November 18, 2013, 8:37 am

    Why do we all have such problems with cleaning the litter box? I’m a clean freak, and I still have trouble with it. Our poor little kitties….

    You should cook just for you. Don’t you deserve a great meal on Sunday? We always do stuff like that, don’t we? Like we’re not important enough for the extra effort – but we’ll do it for everyone else.

    Happy reading!

  • Debbie Wong November 18, 2013, 1:38 pm

    I love your cat! I used to have a cat that looked just like him. adorable!

  • Florinda November 22, 2013, 1:25 pm

    I’m about 2/3 through ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK on audiobook–and amused that, once again, we’ve been reading on parallel tracks :-D! I haven’t done any posts for Nonfiction November, but it’s pretty much all I’ve been reading this month.

    • Kim November 24, 2013, 4:59 pm

      Reading/listening! I think that one would be good on audio.