Time and Place | 8 a.m. at my desk, enjoying an obligation-free weekend at home.
Eating and Drinking | Black tea, with plans to make scrambled eggs and sausage in a little bit.
Reading | I finished two books this week! The first book was a memoir, Without You There Is No Us by Suki Kim (Oct. 14 from Crown), about a woman teaching English at a university in North Korea. It was really wonderful. The second book was A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel (Sept. 23 from William Morrow), the story of an early legal case about texting and driving and an exploration of the current science of attention. I had a few quibbles with the style of this one (it felt very repetitive in places), but overall it’s a good read on an important contemporary issue.
Watching | I kept away from the television most of the week, but I did indulge in several episodes of Castle yesterday. Nathan Fillion is one of my favorite people.
Listening | I made good progress getting caught up with my favorite podcast, Pop Culture Happy Hour, while I was cooking and eating breakfast. I’m still many episodes behind, but closer.
Cooking | Because I finally had a weekend home with no plans, I spent quite a bit of time yesterday afternoon doing meal prep for the week. I cooked up some slow cooker taco meat and cauliflower rice, cut up vegetables, and prepped to make some chicken today. My Whole30 only officially goes through Monday, but I’m trying to stick to a mostly Paleo diet when I’m finished.
Blogging | This week I shared some true tales of madness and murder for every reader and reviews of a couple of books outside my comfort zone — Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes and The High Divide by Lin Enger. I didn’t get around to doing the big behind-the-scenes blog update I’d planned this weekend. I used that time to write some blog posts instead!
Promoting | This is not an official announcement, just more of a heads up: Nonfiction November is coming back this year! Leslie (Regular Rumination) and I will be joined by two new co-hosts, which I am so excited about. We’ll have more details soon.
Loving | I finally found a pair of khaki pants that fit and seem to look good on me. This has taken a long time.
Wanting | Is there a way to get more time in a weekend? I got a ton of stuff done yesterday, but I still feel like I need another day or two to really feel caught up with life.
Waiting | Doing a Whole30 has been really good for me (details on this at the end of the week), but man, do I miss putting sugar in my tea. I can’t wait until Tuesday when I can ease up just a little bit.
Anticipating | Next weekend I will be having a girls weekend with some of my best friends from high school. We got a hotel room downtown and will just be hanging out for an evening. I’m excited about it.