Instead of making up excuses as to why I haven’t written a blog post in OVER A MONTH, let’s just jump right into the middle of September and talk about things that I’ve actually accomplished over the past five weeks!
And yes, I get that in doing that is also kind of giving excuses as to why I haven’t blogged in so long. But hey, it’s not like I’ve just been sitting on my ass looking at Adventure Time Tumblr GIFS.*
So just because I haven’t blogged in a millennia doesn’t mean that I haven’t been writing. No, siree. I’ve actually dug up a couple of good ol’ stories I’ve started in the past and have never been able to finish. And guess what? I still haven’t finished them. But that’s okay! I managed to completely change the plot of both of them and delete a bunch of stuff and write a bunch more that I probably will end of deleting as well. But all that takes time, yo.
I’ve also been pretty committed to my other blog, which I have to do every day or else I get behind and then the whole thing is screwed up. But it’s so much fun to write, and embarrassing and scary and hilarious to read these old journal entries from twenty years ago, especially when all of it is still so vivid in my mind. So go read it!
Oh my goodness, I’ve read books! And despite the two week period where I barely read a thing (writing, people!), I’ve done a very decent amount of reading since the beginning of September. Eight books in two and a half weeks, actually. Feel free to be impressed. And what’s even better? Most of those are probably some of the best books I’ve read so far this year. Seriously, I’ve been on a good streak when it comes to young adult fiction these days.
Shadow and Bone / Siege and Storm (Books 1&2 from the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Unravel Me (Book 2 in the Shatter Me series by Tarereh Mafi)
All of these books got 5 stars on my Goodreads page, a rating I usually only reserve for JK Rowling books and Betsy-Tacy books. And the occasional young adult contemporary that managed to knock me onto my ass.*
I’m referring, of course, to Gayle Forman’s Just One Day which is so incredibly divine that I want to have it for dessert every night.
I told myself this year that when my daughter was spending four weeks at Camp Grandma, I would find a new TV show to get into and WATCH ALL THE EPISODES. Last year it was Supernatural, and it was well worth the time.
To be honest, I didn’t think it was going to happen this year. My husband and I found ourselves obsessively watching every episode of The Amazing Race on Hulu (seriously, there are 20 seasons streaming on it right now), which does not qualify as a new show in my world.
Finding a new show didn’t happen until the weekend my husband flew to CA to pick up our daughter and I had the place – and the TV – to myself. I decided to watch the first episode of Teen Wolf – a show I had been mildly against since its inception – and…WHOOPS I ACCIDENTLY WATCHED THE ENTIRE FIRST SEASON IN ONE NIGHT.
So yeah, I ended up kind of liking it. Loving it. Oh,hell. LURVING IT. It’s easily comparable to The Vampire Diaries, but you know what? I like it better. Even if you try to shove Damon and Stefan in my face, with all their prettiness and sexiness and whatnot, THEY ARE NOT STILES STILINKSI.
Seriously. I watch Teen Wolf for Stiles. And maybe a little bit for Derek’s chest. Okay, and for Jackson’s freckled nose. Fine…and Alison’s clothes. Whatever. I just really enjoy the show.
I’m also a teeny bit pissed I didn’t stick around for the Teen Wolf panel at Comic Con this year.
Okay, so near the end of August I somehow developed this weird, kind of obsessive “thing” for One Direction. I know, I KNOW…sounds totally weird. But seriously, I COULD NOT stop listening to their music, it was so addictive. And Harry Styles? HOLY MARY I thought he was the end-all be-all of my world. Gorgeous, funny, and a sexy, gravely voice to boot! Never mind the fact that he’s, erm, 15 years younger than me. I dare – nay, CHALLENGE you to find a woman my age who wouldn’t admit that, yeah, okay, she MIGHT want to do things to him.
I even went and saw the ID movie in 3D. By myself. AND IT WAS FUN. So what.
Luckily (for me and my poor husband who had to endure this two week obsession of mine) the obsession has faded a bit. I’m listening to all things on my iPod now instead of just the 31 One Direction songs that currently reside there. I’m not checking Harry Styles’ twitter feed every hour to see if he’s said something quirky. And I’m not watching ID videos on You Tube with my daughter every night. Things are back to normal.
I’m still kinda excited for their new album coming out in November, though. Suck it.
In between all this nonsense, I am still first and foremost a parent. Yes, really! I spent the last part of August getting said child ready for Kindergarten, which has proved to be both stressful and weird and fun and stuff. I don’t remember bringing home this much paperwork when I was five years old – seriously, all I brought home from kindergarten when I was a kid was sticky glue fingers – but I guess that’s just what’s up with kindergarten these days. Paperwork and pseudo homework.
But it’s all good. My daughter gets out of the house for a full day, which makes everyone happy. And that’s another thing I don’t get. These moms who cry and get all depressed because their kid is leaving the house for a few hours. Like, really? How can this be a sad thing? Don’t they remember how annoying summer is when your kid complains about how bored they are and both of you get annoyed with each other because it’s just you and her and she wants to go play somewhere and you want to stay home and read in silence but you can’t because you have this thing in your face begging you to take her to the park even though it’s 100 degrees outside with 99% humidity??
Sorry. I love my daughter, I really do. But she needs time away from us, just like we need time away from her. I shed no tears when she has to leave for school. Because school is awesome.
STAY IN SCHOOL, KIDS. Your parents want you there.
So that’s about all that’s been going on in my world. A lot, but not a whole lot. I promise to try keep up again with this blog and give you all the odds and thens from the pop culture world via MY BRAIN.
So get ready, world.