This week is probably going to be relatively uneventful until the weekend. Yet at the same time, there’s something about autumn that makes me feel more alive, more invigorated. I’m at my most creative in the Fall. I have so much I want to get done this week!
Today I had a mad case of the Mondays. I woke up later than planned and it was gloomy. I don’t even know what I did today, to be honest. I wasn’t particularly productive. I did experiment with some cold brew recipes. I have attempted my hand at copying the Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew as well as the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso. I attempted to do try a version with both combined but I haven’t perfected that yet.
I am happy to report that I registered for my next online class that is occurring in November. I’m getting my certification in something that I’ve been tight-lipped about because I’m convinced the Universe is conspiring against me. It’s probably pretty obvious at this point but I’m my final class is January 2022. I cannot wait.
The other books I’m hoping to finish by next week are also A Dowry of Blood by S. T. Gibson (see above) and Monstress: Volume 4. I still need to finish All’s Well by Mona Awad for the Literally Dead Book Club before the live show on Wednesday.
- Exit Strategy by Martha Wells – 76%
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – 57%
- The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake – 20%
- Exit Strategy by Martha Wells – 88%
Today was just a weird day. I couldn’t focus much on anything. The weather has been cloudy, rainy, and just blah. I was also supposed to write today. In fact, I was supposed to be writing since Monday.
I did watch the live show for All’s Well this evening. I only watched the first half because I didn’t finish it and I didn’t want to hear spoilers. I decided to table that book for now but it was interesting to see how much people loved it.
My partner had a stressful day so we made an impromptu decision to go out for pizza. I haven’t had pizza in months so I was just craving something different. The best part of the night was ordering dessert (which I rarely do) and I had the best spiced cake EVER. It had Oktoberfest beer, malted buttercream, and caramel. I’m normally a chocolate cake person but this was positively divine. Then we came home and spent much of the night just goofing off and sharing memes and drinking our last bit of whisky. Suffice to say, I don’t think I got much reading done. I did attempt to read The Atlas Six, but I got distracted. I did finish a novella. Yay!
- Exit Strategy by Martha Wells – Complete
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – 78%
Today I’m determined to write 2,000 words and finish my Neil Gaiman audiobook. I’m using a tool on my Chrome Extension that blocks websites so I can focus. I think using the block feature kind of worked? I wrote 1,000 words and I ended up finishing not one, but two books.
Today was my anniversary. It wasn’t very eventful but I’m okay with that. It’s been rainy and dreary all week. Not to mention, we have to make preparations for a separate event happening out of town. We decided to post-pone our celebration to the following week. I did get woken up to flowers, pumpkin chocolate chip scones, and a maple latte cold brew so that was nice. I ordered my S.O. steak knives since he doesn’t have any as his present but they are late getting here, sadly.
We spent the evening watching Squid Game. Very romantic if I do say so myself (this is a joke).
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Complete
- Hicotea by Lorena Alvarez – Complete
I didn’t get too much reading done today. I was a little stressed out. I was also getting ready to go out of town. I stayed up late baking cookies (and eating them) for a party.
- Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega – 50%
On Saturday, we went to a brewery and enjoyed a delicious burger. Afterward, we wandered around an indie bookstore on Saturday and left with 6 books! We also ended up at Target and got some goodies because I no longer live near a Target! It was my dog Luna’s 5th birthday so we brought her back some treats and a new toy. When we got to the hotel that night, I managed to get some reading done before bed.
On Sunday morning, we went to my favorite cafe/bakery for donuts in my hometown. These are among my top three of favorite donuts ever so I do get sad that I don’t live close by anymore.That same day we celebrated my husband’s dad’s 60th birthday. We coordinated a surprise party and he was successfully surprise. We set up a self-serve taco bar and I brought homemade chocolate chip cookies for dessert that everyone loved.
- Ghost Squad by Clairbel A. Ortega – 100%
- Monstress: Volume 4 – 65%
WEEKLY WRAP UP
- All’s Well by Mona Awad – [DNF]
- Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Ghost Squad by Clairbel A. Ortega
- Monstress: Volume 4
TV SHOWS & MOVIES I WATCHED
- Gilmore Girls Revival: Episode 4, Fall – I bawl every time I watch this episode.
- The Originals – This is another comfort show of mine.
- Teen Wolf: Season 1 – This is so campy but I kind of like it.
- Squid Game – I’ve only made it four episodes in so far.