Books,  Miscellany

Sunday Books and Stuff #3

Happy 4am Sunday! Yep, I’m awake early…again. This is becoming a normal thing, which I suppose is fine since my schedule shifts soon and I’ll be busier, earlier on most days.

Two book covers. The one on the left is "Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?" a peach cover, with a graphic of the author. Cover on the right is Dread Nation...dark background with the heroine in the middle with back turned and gazing off to the left, with a flag draped in the background.

Reading |I have two books up my sleeve right now. I’ve made a return to Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland. I started it months ago on audio, and the audiobook was WONDERFUL, but I was still wrestling with a slump. I decided to start over completely, and I’m reading it on my Kindle this time. I’m loving it as much as I did the first time.

I’m also reading through Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins. It’s been ages since I finished a short story collection, but I think this collection is just the thing. It’s interesting to know that Collins was a filmmaker because these stories have a distinctly cinematic feel to them. I’m reading a couple of stories a day from this book, also on my Kindle.

Sawbones Logo: a blue-to-red fade in the background overlaid with "Sawbones: a Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine" text overlaid. Logo to the left of the text is intertwined snakes around a bone and saw.
Image credit.

Listening | Yesterday I binged my back episodes of Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine. Heather, Queen of Podcast Recommendations, has been telling me to listen to this foreverrrr, and I’ve been subscribed for ages, consuming an episode here and there, but I finally fell hard. This podcast is so funny and informative with a great mix of straight man and eccentric (the wife, Sydnee, is a physician and the hubs, Justin, is a goofball). My very favorite episode so far is about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Blogging| #AMonthoffFaves saved my blogging life!

Doing | My academic quarter officially starts on January 2, so I’m doing a little bit of pre-quarter prep. The structure this term is VERY different from what I’m used to. The intro to composition course I generally teach is going into a pilot structure that’s a lot like a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in numbers. I’m one of five “teaching assistants” (even though I’m an adjunct professor) juggling the grading, responses, and outreach for a ton of students. We’ll see how this shakes out.

A pic of my feet bedecked in my new book shoes. Two feet, crossed, legs covered in a quilt. The shoes are slip-on style with black print, orange, yellow, and blue book print, and white soles and edging.
These rad book shoes are from

Opening| Christmas gifts! My family spoiled me rotten: Dr. Teal’s coconut oil bath accoutrement, Sara Boccaccini Meadows watercolor book, Rutabaga the Adventure Chef graphic novel, bluetooth running headphones, plaid lounge pants from heaven, Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh (my fave), theBalm Nude Beach eyeshadow palette, Dodow sleep light, Kate Spade bookshelf travel mug, book shoes, and a book print tote bag, EyeVac touchless vacuum (freaking amazing).

Rabbit Hole | Greyson got an Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas from his dad. G listens to audiobooks every night to go to sleep, so Chuck thought it’d be a great idea. He was totally right, and as soon as David and I started playing with it, we both ordered Echo Dots for our respective office spaces. Oops!

Loving | A CLEAN HOUSE! My husband and I spent three days of our break deep cleaning our house. We gave away furniture that wasn’t working for us anymore, we donated stuff, deep cleaned EVERYTHING. It’s so nice. Since we already have a head start, I signed up for one of my fave online events, Apartment Therapy’s January Cure for 2019. I did this several years ago, and I enjoyed the house’s cleanliness and increased organization SO MUCH. I want more of that to begin 2019.

What have you been up to? Let’s chat in the comments. 

P.S. Some of the links in this post are Amazon Associates links, so I get a wee tiny commission if you purchase something through the link.

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  • Darlene@Lostinliterature108

    I love the Daisy So Fresh and Daisy Dream. I have them in rollerball. ♡
    Also, gonna check out that apartment organization site.
    Happy New Year!

  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)

    Yay on cleaning! (I mean, boo, it’s the least fun ever, but the result is always nice!). I just finished my top 10 reads blog post for the 2nd, which is awesome, since last year I don’t think I managed to whip one up. Feeling reading slump-ish — none of my current reads have really grabbed me!

    Would love to chat Dread Nation with you — I mostly liked it altho I had a few quibbles (mostly with characterization). Looking forward to the next book tho!

  • Akilah

    I love the shoes! I hadn’t considered the Echo might be good for audiobooks. Hmmm.

    I’ll be VERY interested to hear how the new structure for your comp class works out. Very interested indeed.

    • Andi

      Thanks! And yes….LOVING the Echo for audiobooks and podcasts. It’s also nice for scheduling, reminders, and all that jazz. I’ll keep you posted on the comp class! I may have to email you. It’s something.

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