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wpid-111201391033.jpg Time and Place // 10:00 a.m. at my (increasingly messy) desk. I need a new desk, badly, that has better storage options (hint hint, Santa).

Consuming // I haven’t had breakfast yet, just some black tea.

Reading // Despite good intentions about participating in Thankfully Reading Weekend, I actually haven’t gotten much reading done the last few days. I did start and finish The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, which puts me at 99 books finished this year. My goal every year is 100 books, so this is exciting!

That said, I’m not sure what book 100 will be. I started reading Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel last night, but I might put that aside to read Radioactive by Lauren Redniss instead. That seems like a good book for book 100. After that, I’m not sure what my reading plans will be — probably picking up some backlist titles before the 2014 releases start popping up.

Aside: Can you believe it’s December 1 already? I can’t!

Watching // The boyfriend and I started watching Deadwood, which we’re enjoying despite the difficult-to-follow dialogue. I’ve also been working through The 4400, which I think I’ll finish before the year is out. I’m embarrassingly excited for The Sing Off to start next week too.

Decorating // I’m honestly not much for decorating for the holidays, but I did put up our Christmas wreath yesterday and pull out some of the little figurines and stuff I have for the holidays. I think it’s enough for us.

Blogging // Last week was the final week of Nonfiction November — participants shared some of the books they added to their to be read piles over the month. With the holiday (and having to work on Friday), I didn’t get a wrap-up done, but I’m planning something for tomorrow.

wpid-111201391057.jpgLoving // Now that it’s chilly outside, Hannah has been more cuddly! She’s a persnickety cat, so any time she wants to sit on my lap for extended periods of time makes me happy. Here’s a gratuitous Hannah and Kim selfie for your enjoyment.

Avoiding // I need to go to the grocery store today. Normally I don’t mind grocery shopping, but today I feel lazy.

Enjoying // One of my projects yesterday was organizing our pantry — I’m so happy with how much better it looks now that I cleared out some old food and corralled a lot of the loose things into some baskets. Simple solutions.

Wanting // I really want a new desk for my office. I bought the one I have now for $30 on Craiglist several years ago and it’s just not doing it for me anymore. I want something with more enclosed storage so it feels less cluttered.

Anticipating // December is going to be such a fun and busy month! Over the next four Saturdays I have two Christmas parties, a wedding, and a family Christmas celebration. It’s going to be wonderful and full and fun. I don’t know what’s going to happen with the blog during all of that other stuff, but I know I have some things to say. I’ve got quite a backlog of books to review, in any case — I just need to find time to review them!

Happy December! What are you reading today?

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  • Lu December 1, 2013, 11:09 am

    All I want for this December is to organize my life for the new year! Clean the apartment, get rid of our excess stuff, put things on the wall that I’ve been ignoring for YEARS. And, hopefully, read a few books. I’m almost to my goal of 100 too! I think this is the earliest I have ever finished.

    • Kim December 2, 2013, 9:10 pm

      That’s how I feel about this month. I feel like getting things settled so I can start 2014 with a clean slate.

  • Kailana December 1, 2013, 11:17 am

    The good thing about just moving into a new place is I got rid of a lot of the old… I still could use some more book purging, but that time will come. I just want to get things done by the end of the year so we start the new year with blinds up and pictures on the wall. Simple things like that… And getting back to reading and blogging wouldn’t hurt either!

    • Kim December 2, 2013, 9:11 pm

      We didn’t move this fall (thank goodness), but not going through the exercise of clearing out things in preparation to move has been strange. I need to do more book purging before the end of the year!

  • Shannon @ River City Reading December 1, 2013, 11:58 am

    We’re getting our Christmas decorations up today and I can’t believe it’s already that time. Really curious what you thought about The Golem and the Jinni – I have a copy and even though I’ve heard tons of great things, I’ve been waiting on it.

    • Kelly from Readlately.com December 2, 2013, 5:09 pm

      Don’t wait! It’s soo good! One of my favorites this year.

      • Kim December 2, 2013, 9:11 pm

        I really enjoyed it! I used to read a lot of historical-ish fantasy, but I’ve moved away from that. This was a really nice push back towards those stories. I think it’s worth the read!

  • Sandy December 1, 2013, 2:57 pm

    We just got back from vacation last evening so no decorating has occurred yet. I wish I could just PAY someone to do it for me! (Scroogey I know) I like how nice it looks when its done but hate the process. I have a dirty house and about 6 loads of laundry to do. Bah Humbug!

    • Kim December 2, 2013, 9:12 pm

      You sound like the boyfriend! He doesn’t much care for decorating, so all my efforts were met with incredulous looks 🙂

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) December 1, 2013, 2:59 pm

    December is crazy for me too so I’ll just do what I can. I’m hoping Carl will bring the tree in for me tonight.

    • Kim December 2, 2013, 9:13 pm

      Despite all of the plans already made, this month doesn’t feel too crazy (yet!). Who knows how I will feel in a week though.

  • Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll) December 1, 2013, 7:09 pm

    Love the cat selfie. Hannah looks not amused.

    That’s a busy calendar for December. All of our social stuff ended up in the first week, so we have a busy week coming up, but it will be calmer after that.

    • Kim December 2, 2013, 9:13 pm

      Hannah is never amused when I take pictures of her 🙂

  • Sheila (Book JOurney) December 1, 2013, 9:35 pm

    I didnt read today… I drove 3 1/2 hours back home today from Finland Minnesota and then helped decorate the Library, cooked, hung out with hubby, watched Amazing Race and wrote a post.
    Book #100 huh? I have no idea where I am at… I should try to count them up this week.

    • Kim December 2, 2013, 9:13 pm

      Sounds like a fun day!

  • Meg December 2, 2013, 1:47 pm

    Definitely feel you on more storage! I love my desk at work, but my supplies and stationery and pens and paper goods (which are overflowing . . .) lack any practical space at home. Need to do something about that! Also, sounds like you have so much December fun in store. 🙂 Enjoy it!

    • Kim December 2, 2013, 9:14 pm

      I really need a desk with a bunch of drawers, not open shelving like I have now. Having all of the “stuff” out and in my face is really frustrating.

  • Kelly from Readlately.com December 2, 2013, 5:10 pm

    For inexpensive desk options, maybe check out Ikea? I’m reading and loving Longbourn by Jo Baker

    • Kim December 2, 2013, 9:14 pm

      That’s the plan. I’m going to be home for many days over Christmas, so I’m planning to poke around then. I think I can find something that will work well.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End December 2, 2013, 9:00 pm

    How come the dialogue’s hard to understand in Deadwood? Accents? Do y’all ever use subtitles? (I use them almost always, but I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.)

    I am way WAY behind on my reading. Everything’s been so crazy this past month that I’ve barely been able to read anything, let alone write posts about the reading I have done. I’m trying to think of non-review posts I can throw up real quick in case I don’t get reviews written in a timely manner.

    • Kim December 2, 2013, 9:15 pm

      It’s a mix of accents, complicated sentence structure, and cursing. We’ve done subtitles on several shows (especially British shows), but haven’t thought to do it with Deadwood. I think that will help!

      I think it’s ok to be behind and let the blog slide a little when things are busy. You’ll get back in the groove 🙂

  • liz December 4, 2013, 9:36 am

    You asked which book to read first — I highly recommend the book about Radioactive book. It’s a great read and really well presented. One of my favs really…

    • Kim December 4, 2013, 7:12 pm

      Thanks! I did read that one, it was wonderful.