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currently july 27 2014

Time and Place // 9:50 a.m., for the last time at my desk in our current house. One week from today we’ll be in our new place!

Eating and Drinking // Blueberry Greek yogurt and blood orange cinnamon black tea

Reading // I spent most of this week reading How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor (Sept. 30 from Basic Books). I’m, at most, a casual Star Wars fan, but I absolutely adored this book, which looked at the history of the movies as well as the ways the movies have impacted popular and fan culture. It was fascinating. This morning, a also flew through the third deluxe edition of Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn and others (a hardcover collectors edition that combines #24–36 of the series into one book). Today I’m going to start re-reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman, in anticipation of the third book in the trilogy, The Magician’s Land, coming out in August.

Watching // I’ve been doing a lot more reading than watching this week (huzzah!), but when I did have some down time I started with The Legend of Korra (the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender). I like exploring this universe with an older protagonist.

Buying // Last weekend — when I was home for my cousin’s graduation party — I visited Half Price Books and picked up two titles, Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History by Scott Andrew Selby and Greg Campbell and Making Comics by Scott McCloud.

Blogging // Work was really busy this week, so it ended up being a quiet week on the blog, just some short reviews of The Good Spy by Kai Bird and Hunting Season by Mirta Ojito. I hope to get a post or two up this week, but with moving prep I’m not sure how much time I’ll really have.

Contemplating // I blogger I really like, Kathleen Forbes (Kapachino) recently completed Whole30, a nutritional program that focuses on whole, healthy foods for 30 days as a sort of nutritional reset. Her before story sounds so much like what I am struggling with now — a little overweight, headaches, low energy, out of control eating — that I am going to  look into doing Whole30 myself.

Hating // Packing? Our packing has gone well, so far, but I’m tired already. I got almost all of the books packed — my goal today is to finish that up.

Loving // My favorite bookshelves are on sale at Target this week and (I think) we’ll have room for another one in the new house. More shelves!

Wanting // One of the things I love about our current house is the beautiful tiger lilys in one of the gardens. I have my fingers crossed that they’ll bloom before we move on Saturday.

Anticipating // I’m definitely going to focus on reading nonfiction in August, other than the three books in The Magician’s trilogy. Some of the books I’m most excited about are Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbot (Sept. 2 from Harper), On Immunity by Eula Biss (Sept. 30 from Graywolf Press), and What Stays in Vegas by Adam Tanner (Sept. 2 from PublicAffairs).

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  • Sandy July 27, 2014, 12:23 pm

    I could use a nutritional reset as well. I do so well for so long, then I just burn out and go crazy. Resets take energy though, and I’m not sure I have it! Which is ironic. Good luck with the moving. I can’t wait to see pictures.

    • Kim July 30, 2014, 5:59 pm

      I go through that pattern too. It’s one of the reasons I think Whole30 might be helpful — do a drastic change (rather than little ones via calorie counting) and jolt my system into a healthier pattern. We’ll see. The Whole30 book arrived today so I will be digging into it.

  • Meg July 28, 2014, 9:03 am

    Sending you tons of warm vibes on the packing! I packed my books first and felt so accomplished seeing those bare shelves, though my beloved novels are still in boxes from a month ago (terrible, I know). Hoping everything goes well for you!

    • Kim July 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

      Thank you! Packing the books took forever, but it felt so great to be done — they will be a project to unpack as well, but I love that part.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End July 28, 2014, 4:09 pm

    I saw an ad for Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy the other day and thought of you! I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts on it at some point.

    Supportive vibes for the packing. Packing is awful. I sympathize hugely.

    • Kim July 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

      I think I first saw it at a BEA event — so up my alley.

  • Anita July 28, 2014, 4:35 pm

    A blogging friend of mine did Whole 30, she’s raved about it. I have those Target book shelves, if I has space I could likely fill another one. Ugh.
    Good luck packing. We’ve been in our house 21 years. I’d love to move but I can’t imagine the work!!

    • Kim July 30, 2014, 6:01 pm

      The Target shelves are my favorite. I hope they never stop making them. Adding another is one step closer to my dream of having a wall of bookshelves.

  • Bryan G. Robinson July 29, 2014, 8:25 am

    Oooh, Whole30…my wife did that (and has done it a few times actually). It’s a great way to reset. I lasted about a week myself, but I know the changes she’s made in her diet have helped me too as she prepares most of the meals in our house. If nothing else, it gives you an idea of what might be affecting you. Myself, I’m wheat-free because of it and mostly sugar-free. My wife is 100 percent on both. Anyway, good luck with it. Hope it works for you too. (Oh, yeah, being wheat- and sugar-free, we have each lost about 100 pounds – so far…so something is working, but it’s whatever works for you.)

    • Kim July 30, 2014, 6:02 pm

      Thanks for the vote in favor of Whole30! It helps to know more people that have been successful and see long-term impacts.

  • Jennifer July 30, 2014, 1:09 pm

    Your August books sound interesting!

    I’m on a green smoothie kick lately. I’ve found that it helps me get in my fruits and veggies even when I don’t feel like it!

    And again, I wish you the best of luck with moving! It looks like you are doing a great job though! Keep up the great work!

    • Kim July 30, 2014, 6:02 pm

      Yum, love smoothies. I haven’t made as many this summer as I thought I might!