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currently august 16 2015

Briefly | One week until we leave for London! There’s more going on than that, but that’s about all I can focus on right now.

Time and Place | 8:15ish on my couch, thinking about breakfast and getting on with my day — I have to head up to our county fair this morning to take photos at a few events.

Eating and Drinking | Breakfast will include black tea, hard boiled eggs, a nectarine and some homegrown carrots (thanks, coworker with a garden!).

Reading | I finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King last Sunday afternoon, yay! I really enjoyed it — definitely a book that gives you a sense of King’s style without being too, well, Stephen King.

Since then I’ve had a hard time settling in with anything that requires a ton of attention. I did finish up Thor, Vol. 1: Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman (fun but not my favorite comic ever) and The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips. I liked this one a lot, even if I’m not sure that I totally understood what happened. It was sort of like if The Yellow Wallpaper meets The Trial, except more fun.

I’m not sure what I’ll try to read today, if anything. I’ve been carrying around both In the Language of Miracles by Rajia Hassib and Where Everybody Looks Like Me by Ron Stodghill (Sept. 22 from Harper), but haven’t gotten far with either.

Watching | The boyfriend and I went to see Trainwreck, the new Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow movie, last night. We both agreed it was very funny, and had a particularly great performance from, of all people, LeBron James.

Blogging | This week I shared my responses to a reading habits survey I borrowed from other bloggers. I hope you’ll take it yourself and share responses — I think these are always a lot of fun.

Promoting | I don’t share a lot of writing from my day job here, but I wrote a piece this week that I’m proud of — a look at a new specialized court process, drug court, that is helping people with serious addictions. It’s changing lives in our community, and I’m really grateful for the people who shared their stories with me so I could write this piece.

Hating | My Secret Agent Gnome keychain broke! I don’t know where his body ended up, which is a bummer. Sorry, old friend.

Loving | In a week I’m going on a much needed vacation! For three weeks! I can’t quite believe it yet.

Avoiding | I haven’t started seriously packing, so I need to get on that pretty soon. It’s kind of overwhelming to think about everything I need to bring to be away from home that long.

Wanting | I’m hoping the humidity will take it down a notch today since I am going to be at the fair most of the early afternoon.

Anticipating | In a week I’m going on a much needed vacation! For three weeks! I can’t quite believe it yet!

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today? 

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  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes August 16, 2015, 10:49 am

    I hear you about having a hard time settling down with a book that requires a lot of attention. I’m thinking a book written in an updated version of Old English (The Wake) was a bad choice for me during such a busy week; I don’t have the time or brain space!

    Good luck with your London packing!

    • Kim August 17, 2015, 8:42 pm

      Is that the new one from Graywolf? Yeah, I’m thinking that’d be rough right about now 🙂

  • BermudaOnion (Kathy) August 16, 2015, 11:08 am

    I’m excited for you – you and your sister are going to have a blast!

  • Kay August 16, 2015, 2:31 pm

    I can totally understand your excitement and anticipation. I’m betting if it were me, the reading might go out the window for the week. Have a wonderful time! Trip of a lifetime, right?

    • Kim August 17, 2015, 8:43 pm

      It’s definitely up there. I haven’t taken a vacation this long since, probably, the summer before I started grad school.

  • Kailana August 16, 2015, 3:55 pm

    I am glad to hear that Thor, Vol. 1: Goddess of Thunder didn’t blow you away. I will wait and read it through Marvel Unlimited instead of getting the trade if that is the case. 🙂

  • Sarah's Book Shelves August 16, 2015, 5:42 pm

    I’m still pondering The Beautiful Bureaucrat as well…what does it all mean?!!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End August 17, 2015, 10:32 am

    LONDON. I continue to be so, so jealous. Make sure you go to the Tate Modern, lovely Tate Modern, oh how I wish I could go to it.

    • Kim August 17, 2015, 8:43 pm

      I will put it on our list!

  • susan August 18, 2015, 9:19 pm

    Oh my that Amy Schumer movie is crazy. Over-the top eh?? Have a great time in England. 3 weeks, that’s terrific, you’ll be a local by then. We just came back from 10 days away, and I thought that was long, but good. What about that Bill Bryson book about England — (Notes From a Small Island) is that any good?

  • Beth F August 20, 2015, 6:35 am

    Poor Mr. Gnome. Safe travels, post photos, ENJOY

  • Katie @ Doing Dewey August 22, 2015, 11:13 pm

    I’m behind enough on my feedreader, you might have left for london already! I hope you have a great time and can’t wait to hear all about it 🙂

  • Shaina August 24, 2015, 6:27 pm

    I’m late in saying so, but I hope your vacation is absolutely wonderful/at this point, getting off to a wonderful start!

    What a fantastic explainer about what drug court is and how it functions! I think I’ve brought up this book in your comments before, but have you read Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari? It’s an in-depth look at the history of the American war on drugs and how the U.S. and other countries treat drug addiction. If this is a topic you care about, I think you’d love it.