I’m mostly writing this to urge myself to finish my New Year resolution. 52 books in 2017. I’ve finished 24 books since the middle of February and I’m currently rereading a series. So… 26 books? Does that even count? I think it should. Ugh, I’ve been so busy this summer with work and some exploring that I haven’t had the time to read multiple books until the wee hours. That is until last night. And I’ll probably binge read for the remainder of my days off. I should be grateful that it’s books I’m addicted to and not something else. *shrug*
I like finding meaningless drafts I deemed unfit for the human eye.
June 9, 2017
“You know that warm fuzzy feeling you get when something you long for is finally within reach? After your 25 minutes of impatient waiting for the crisp goodness in the oven to be transferred to your plate. Mouth watering. You know what I’m talking about. Those sweet, chicken tender loving moments. It’s a love hate relationship with those guys.”
This is a note to all my friends. I feel as though I’m a million miles away (okay, only a couple thousand) but I still think about you guys all of the time. I don’t know if your thoughts are with me, but I hope so. Lives are constanly changing and new additions are being made but I still like to think that there is a tethered connection between our souls. I’ll continue to tag you in stupid memes and videos on facebook, and just know that it’s because I care. I may not pick up the phone as often as I should, but I still love you.
I love watching you guys, a few imparticular, grow into these amazing humans, especially with your little humans growing right along side you. You go guys! It almost brings tears to my eyes… With busy lives, work, and family, I find it hard to keep in contact with my “other” families, but just know that you guys are always on my mind.
In February, (holy crap… it’s June and I’m just writing about this now…) I went with some family for a weekend trip to Tulsa where we traveled up to Pawhuska to visit The Mercantile and search around The Pioneer Woman’s lovely town. We shopped around for hours and ate in her restaurant which was WELL worth the wait. It was absolutely amazing and I’d eat these grilled cheese strips everyday.
Welcome to the most amazing night of my life… up until now, because I’m sure there are greater things than a concert for my future. I have been waiting years to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers live AND I FINALLY GOT THE CHANCE. Exciting is an understatement because I am not sure there is a word to describe the magical evening I had with my lovely friend, Colleen A.
Rogers Arena made me realize how upset I was for not being alive 30 or so years ago when I could have seen them play a small show with a hundred or less people watching and be able to STAND on the floor instead of arranged seating. I wanted to groove and, mosh isn’t a suitable word, but whatever the equivalent is for a funk concert. I SO wish that I could have experienced them like that. But I was not born in the 80’s, so I am left to deal with this. However, it was completely worth it and I hope I can see them again very very soon.
I’ve loved their music for many years now, and their jams helped me through quite a rough period in my life. So, when they were coming within my province I jumped on that opportunity. I would do it over 100x if I could.
Oh, wow. Months later, and I return. I did not succumb to the dark side but I did, however, take a long, long, looooong mental break from writing. I still wrote in my very personal handy dandy notebook, but I switched my attention towards getting more involved with reading. BOOKS! Not articles, and blog posts, and magazine recipes. Good old books. I may have gone a little over board and I lost many hours of sleep over these past months.
I made a resolution a few years ago and I was to read 52 books in the year. And do you think I accomplished that? Of course not. Are you kidding me? Ha ha ha. But this year, I was serious. All in or nothing. And oh, I went all in. I started out in February and racked my number up to twelve books to date. I am so proud of myself. Not because I obviously don’t have a life but because this is the most reading I have done in years. And Psych and Anthro books don’t count. I found myself absorbed into the young adult fantasy genre and I think I’ve found my niche. No wonder I had a hard time sticking to a book and not closing it up after a few chapters. I had not found MY kind of novel. I’m so, so happy I did.
Sarah J. Maas
I have simply fallen in love with Sarah J. Maas novels. I have my dear friend, Colleen to thank for that (virtual hug). The A Court of Thorns and Roses series is beyond wonderful and the third installment will be out in a few weeks! I won’t say much but GO READ THIS NOW if it’s your kind of thing. Feyre, the strong female protagonist with a bad ass story line will have you binge reading to see what happens next. I felt that I became a part of the enchanting world and love story that Maas created, and I didn’t want to leave. Being a faerie would be pretty neat, I decided shortly after book one. I’ll be rereading it before A Court of Wings and Ruins comes out on May 2!!!
I’m currently making my way through the Throne of Glass series by Sarah as well. I’m on book three and Maas’ storytelling draws me in, to the point where I am unaware of my surroundings. She paints some lovely characters and again, a strong female protag with some POVs from lovers, friends, and potential enemies. Even writing this, I wonder why the hell I’m doing this and not reading instead. Hmmph.
Stay tuned for some photos and blurbs from the beginning of my year.
and the lush covers of your skeleton are withering away.
They crunch under my feet
and disperse in the wind, as if you are no longer whole.
But you are.
You are strong and sturdy
and reaching towards the sky each day.
Your bare bones reveal the raging storm,
tucked in behind your ribs.
It rips and roars and thrashes in the wind.
Passing time will heal you.
It will fill you full of life.
You will be whole again.
Inspired by Tree