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currently august 9 2015

Time and Place | It’s just about 8:30 a.m. and I’m sitting in my favorite chair, windows open so I can hear the rain outside. It’s supposed to be by storming on and off most of the day, which I’m taking as an excuse to just stay inside.

Eating and Drinking | Basic black tea and a yogurt. I work up this morning feeling sick-ish with a headache, so I’m exercising some caution. I’ve been feeling off most of the week though. I blame work stress and the humidity.

Reading | I’m making progress with 11/22/63 by Stephen King — I passed the 600 pages mark just before I went to bed last night! I also started a new comics series, Shutter, thanks to this recommendation post from Panels. It’s delightfully weird — if a tad confusing through the first volume — and definitely has the same vibe as one of my favorite series, Saga.

Watching | Yesterday, the boyfriend and I finally sat down and watched Jon Stewart’s final episode of The Daily Show. I followed that up with the final episode of Friends, ending my epic 10-season binge watch. What’s next?

Listening | Spotify has a new feature for finding new music, Discover Weekly, which sounds sort of like a custom mix tape based on what other songs and playlists you’re listening to. My mix today is so eclectic, I just love it.

Blogging | It’s been a good week on the blog. I shared my reading recap from June and July, followed by some thoughts on comfortable and uncomfortable narratives inspired by Just Mercy and Ghettoside.

Promoting | This New York Times piece on what happens when people are released from prison is great.

Hating | For my birthday, the boyfriend agreed to do the dishes for a month. My month reprieve from chores ended yesterday… which is a bummer!

Loving | Jenny and I leave for our trip in 14 days! Also, ice cream. Dairy Queen has a mini Rolos blizzard that’s pretty awesome.

Avoiding | I have a lot of work to get done at work before I can head out of the country. I went into the office for a couple hours yesterday afternoon to get some writing done and I probably should go in today but… it’s raining and I’m tired.

Wanting | I could use a break in the humidity. It’s been brutal the last couple days, despite some thunderstorms that should have helped things cool off. Our county fair is this week and boy, would I love it if the temperatures were reasonable.

Anticipating | We’re leaving for London in 14 days! There are things I should be anticipating before that but, let’s be real, that’s all I can think about at the moment.

Happy Sunday everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Megan August 9, 2015, 9:24 am

    I’m so jealous of your vacation! I’ve been to London once, and I’d love to go back someday. Soon I’ll be taking a well-earned vacation of my own, but I’m afraid it’ll be decidedly closer to home. :-/

    Thanks for the tip about Spotify’s new feature. I’m always looking for some new music, and I hadn’t noticed it yet.

    Hope you have a great week!

    • Kim August 11, 2015, 8:50 pm

      Vacations that are closer to home are great too. I didn’t get much of a vacation this year because I was saving up for this one and I’m definitely feeling it. I should have done a short staycation earlier this year.

  • Bryan G. Robinson August 9, 2015, 9:56 am

    Today I’m continuing a series about a former Sudanese police inspector who is working in Egypt as a private investigator. It’s by Parker Bilal.

    My wife and I watched the last episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart yesterday too — and we loved it, except that we’re sad to see him go.

    Can’t wait to see all the photos on your trip to London. Not that we’ve been many places, but when we have gone anywhere for a week, it’s always hard to focus the weeks leading up to that time. Good luck on keeping somewhat focused the next couple of weeks.

    • Jenny @ Reading the End August 10, 2015, 2:41 pm

      Heyyyy! I read the first book in that series! I enjoyed it, I’ll be reading the second one soon.

  • Andi August 9, 2015, 10:23 am

    I hope you’re feeling better quick, and I hope your trip is outstanding! Our temps in Texas are in the 103-range this week, and that’s just basically unbearable to me. There’s no humidity, thank goodness, but it’s a bit like being an egg in a frying pan.

    • jenn aka the picky girl August 10, 2015, 10:20 am

      Here too! I hate seeing that high, and it’s SO humid here. It makes me incredibly grumpy. People keep talking about the end of summer, and all I can think is – what end of summer? We have at least two more months of this. AT LEAST. (Why do I live in Texas?)

      • Kim August 11, 2015, 8:52 pm

        Ugh, yeah, you guys have it bad too! I don’t think we have two more months of summer — we’ll be into bearable overnight temperatures by mid to late September — but it’s pretty aggravating now!

  • BermudaOnion (Kathy) August 9, 2015, 10:47 am

    The heat and humidity have been horrible this summer. Take care of yourself so you’re in top form for your trip!

  • Sarah's Book Shelves August 9, 2015, 2:10 pm

    Ha – I love hearing your progress through 11/22/63…that thing is a doorstop! I read it on my Kindle, so I wonder if I would have gotten discouraged had I had to actually look at it all the time!! It’s one of my all-time faves though!

    • Kim August 11, 2015, 8:52 pm

      I actually liked seeing the pages go by as I was reading. It was satisfying 🙂

  • Florinda August 9, 2015, 2:58 pm

    I think we’ll be watching that last Daily Show episode in the next day or two. I will SO miss Jon Stewart! We just finished a binge-watch of Freaks and Geeks, so I’m not sure what’s next TV-wise, either.

    Humidity is miserable! We don’t get a lot of it in Southern California, but there’s been some this summer, and I’m remembering one thing about living back east that I don’t miss AT ALL.

    I’m so excited for you being so excited about your trip!

  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes August 9, 2015, 4:39 pm

    I didn’t know about Spotify’s Discover Weekly feature. I must check it out!

    I’m so jealous that you’re heading to London; I studied abroad there in college and really loved it. I’m dying to go back!

    • Kim August 11, 2015, 8:53 pm

      I did one May session class in London, but we were doing theater so I didn’t get to do a lot of other sightseeing. I’m excited to go back again.

  • Anita August 9, 2015, 7:41 pm

    I’m sorry you weren’t feeling well, but hope by now you’re better. Going to London sounds wonderful…expecting pictures. This is the long time of the year in FL, stays hot and humid for so long…until late October. UGH. Have a good week.

  • Beth F August 10, 2015, 6:55 am

    The rain always makes me feel lazy — not a good thing this summer, because it’s rained so much. Everyone loved that King book — maybe I’ll read it one of these days.

    • Kim August 11, 2015, 8:54 pm

      We haven’t had a lot of rain, but when it’s come it’s been a lot in a very short time — not great for infrastructure or flood-prone basements!

  • Michelle August 10, 2015, 11:52 am

    I hear you on the humidity. What little rain we have gotten has not helped on iota. It makes for some uncomfortable weather, doesn’t it?

    A month without doing dishes? That is awesome. I can see how you would be bummed at having to do them again.

    A mini Rolos blizzard? That does sound fabulous. I must check it out!

    • Kim August 11, 2015, 8:54 pm

      Doing the dishes for a month was the best present he could have gotten me — it was so great!

  • Diane August 11, 2015, 6:12 am

    We really liked the last Jon STewart show, but I was hoping for more highlights from funny moments of the past. There will never be another Jon.

  • Kailana August 11, 2015, 10:52 am

    I am sure you will have an awesome time on vacation!!

  • Laurie C August 12, 2015, 7:14 am

    So excited for you for your trip! It’s going to be fabulous! I went out for ice cream last week with a friend and finally had the homemade peach ice cream I’d been craving since June!

  • Shaina August 12, 2015, 4:38 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better!

    Oh man, I haven’t had Dairy Queen in AGES. Blizzards used to be my jam, but McFlurries did fine in a pinch.

    You’re so close to your trip now. 🙂 I hope you have a fantastic time!

    • Kim August 17, 2015, 8:48 pm

      McFlurries are ok… but they just don’t hit the spot like a Blizzard. I have fond childhood memories of warm summer nights at Dairy Queen, so I’m sure that’s part of it!