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.
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.
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.
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.
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