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currently september 14 2014

Time and Place // 8:25 a.m. at my desk working on my laptop, since I still haven’t managed to get a new wireless card for my desktop computer. #procrastinator

Eating and Drinking // I’ve got my usual Whole30 (day 22!) breakfast again this morning: three fried eggs, an apple, Trader Joe’s almond butter, and some cranberry blood orange black tea. I found some bacon with no added sugar when I was shopping last weekend, so I’ve added that to the eggs. It’s an awesome addition.

Reading // I may have finally busted out of my reading slump! I made a point to keep the television turned off this week and instead focused on finishing a galley of Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes (Sept. 16 from Mullholland Books). After that, I started a galley of Without You There Is No Us by Suki Kim (Oct. 14 from Crown), a memoir about teaching English to the college-aged men of North Korea’s privileged class. It has a slow start, but it’s picking up.

Watching // Last weekend I was in the Twin Cities to see The Book of Mormon with my sister. It was so very funny, but, as you’d expect with a musical by the South Park guys, incredibly offensive. On Sunday, we both settled onto her couch (along with her giant orange cat, Merlin) to watch the first games of the football season. I have many thoughts on the state of football right now… but that’s another post.

Cooking // One of the things that I’ve enjoyed about my Whole30 experiment (30 days of only eating protein, fruits/vegetables and healthy fats) is that it’s made me spend more time cooking. Nothing fancy, just enough to remind myself that yes, cooking simple meals is possible and more healthy that going out to Subway all the time.

Blogging // Last week I gushed about Margaret Atwood’s new short story collectionStone Mattress. This week I’m hoping to do some mini reviews of some September titles I’ve finished and perhaps share some more details about my Whole30 experience.

Promoting // The next Bloggiesta starts this Thursday, Sept. 18! While there are a ton of blog projects I could work on next weekend, I’d like to focus on updating my blog to a new theme and dealing with all of the annoying tasks that come with that process. I think this theme update is going to be a major pain, so it’ll be good to set aside a few days to problem-solve.

Hating // Minnesota (and much of the Midwest) had a nasty cold streak this week. It was only 38 degrees one morning! It’s supposed to warm up this week, thank goodness, because I am not ready for that.

Loving // The boyfriend’s parents came to visit this weekend, which has been really great. In addition to spending lots of time eating good food, we took them out to see our local horticulture display garden and have plans to go to a movie this afternoon. It’s been fun having them around — we don’t get to see them much because they live pretty far away.

Wanting // The weather turning did get me in the mood for fall clothes. I am coveting a cool, comfy blazer kind of like this one, but less expensive. I’m also getting a lot of inspiration about adopting a minimalist wardrobe from this blog.

Anticipating // I have a haircut scheduled for next week. I love getting my haircut.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • BermudaOnion(Kathy) September 14, 2014, 9:19 am

    The Book of Mormon is coming here and I really want to go but the tickets are over $200 each so they’re out of our budget.

  • Shannon @ River City Reading September 14, 2014, 9:54 am

    We just grabbed our Book of Mormon tickets for November and I’m so excited! Glad to hear you’ve jumped out of your reading slump a bit – Broken Monsters did that for me earlier this summer, too (though I didn’t love the end, I was totally drawn in through most of the book).

    • Kim September 17, 2014, 8:14 pm

      I didn’t totally love Broken Monsters either, but I agree — it’s a page-turner.

  • Vasilly September 14, 2014, 12:46 pm

    I’ve finally gotten out of my reading slump too! The world looks so much brighter. Today I’m reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and starting on Hand to Mouth, both are nonfiction reads. Make sure to take a picture of the new haircut! 😀 Enjoy your day.

    • Kim September 17, 2014, 8:14 pm

      The world does look brighter when I have so many good books to look forward to 🙂

  • Julie Merilatt September 14, 2014, 7:23 pm

    I adored Book of Mormon. As offensive as it was, I’ve never laughed so much… ORLANDO!

  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes September 14, 2014, 7:36 pm

    I’m glad to hear you busted your reading slump! I’ve been reading a ton lately, but nothing that’s really blown me away. (Cool shirt in the last picture 😉 )

  • Sandy September 14, 2014, 8:14 pm

    Hey, the more offensive the better in my opinion. One of these days I’m going to see that play! Very much looking forward to Broken Monsters. And if you are annoyed at 38 degrees, come visit Florida where it is 93 and rains every day. I’m OVER IT!!!

    • Kim September 17, 2014, 8:15 pm

      I can’t decide if 93 and rainy sounds worse than having a frost warning in September 🙂

  • Jeanne September 15, 2014, 7:27 am

    I love The Book of Mormon–the tap-dancing numbers in “Turn it off like a light switch” are my favorite.

    • Kim September 17, 2014, 8:25 pm

      The tap dancing might have been my favorite thing. So funny!

  • Leila @ Readers' Oasis September 15, 2014, 8:12 am

    Ah, it’s always so good to climb out of a reading slump! Broken Monsters does sound intriguing . . . I’ll look for your review.

    We are serious musical theater fans in my house–I loved Book of Mormon! My teenager wants so desperately to see it, but I won’t let her. 🙂

    • Kim September 17, 2014, 8:26 pm

      Yeah… I’m not sure I’d let a teenager see that one. I’m ok with a lot of things, but this pushed my comfort level pretty far!

  • Bryan G. Robinson September 15, 2014, 8:42 am

    Keep up the good work on Whole30. Sounds like it must be working for you as you haven’t completely abandoned it. 🙂

    • Kim September 17, 2014, 8:26 pm

      It is! I don’t feel amazing like it says some people do, but I do feel a lot better and more in control of my eating, which is a good thing.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End September 15, 2014, 7:39 pm

    Oh God, I thought of you with all this football stuff. Honestly, it’s making it really hard to enjoy football this year. I’m just feeling crappy and pissed off every time I turn on a game. If they would fire Roger Goodell that would make me feel a bit better…

    • Kim September 17, 2014, 8:27 pm

      Right? I’m just sort of sad every time I think about it and grumpy while I’m watching games. The management of the NFL (and many of the teams) is so bad… they’ve just messed up every serious decision they’ve needed to make on domestic violence issues.