Not Books, Personal

Unplanned Hiatus

Happy Sunday, everyone!

As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t made any posts and haven’t done much in the way of comments or interactions for the past week. I’ve had some health and some work stuff come up and just wasn’t able to get onto WordPress. I barely got any reading done, and I also didn’t do much on Twitter either. Anyway! I have three posts queued up for this week and, uhh, I think one or two already written and queued for next week, so I’m back!

I’m also still planning on doing the Make Me Read It Readathon and am excited but nervous about that! Any general motivational advice would be much appreciated, as it has been difficult for me to find the energy or time to do anything!

Not Books, Personal

Road Trip 2k17

So!!! My family and I went on a road trip to Washington, D.C. recently to visit some family. I hadn’t been down in a few years and I haven’t taken a proper vacation in years.


I don’t even want to talk about how much coffee I had during this vacation.


Compulsory Starbucks bathroom selfie! Why am I wearing a flower crown on a road trip? I don’t know.


Obviously cats are the most important part of any vacation, so here’s a handsome one.


We went to the National Zoo! This was the Amazonia exhibit, which was really cool because the animals weren’t fenced in! They were all around us.


I went to Duck Donuts for the first time… and the second… and the third. They’re fresh, made-to-order donuts with whatever toppings you want!


This is Cat #2! He’s an angel and my baby and I love him. His name is Malbec. 💕


I got liquid nitrogen ice cream for the first time and it was so cool???????


Me and Malbec bonding 



We went to a Nats game and their park is STUPENDOUS, but their mascots are a little creepy. This is my mom and I with Teddy. I also met Screech in an elevator, but didn’t get a picture!


My final picture: me and Lincoln (my second picture with him–I got one at Nats park too!). This was taken at Gettysburg on our way home.

All-in-all it was a great vacation! It was so lovely spending time with family I don’t get to see often and it was nice to see a different part of the country for a bit. I don’t travel nearly as much as I’d like to, but I’m hoping to do a bit more starting next year!

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Anything but books [tag]

Very exciting, my first tag that I’ve actually been tagged in! The lovely Wendy over at what the log had to say tagged me for this one. 🙂

Name a cartoon that you love.
There are probably lots of way better ones, but the first one that comes to mind is Superjail! It was one of my favorite shows in high school. I just love that no matter how many times you watch it, you’ll always see something new. Even though it’s wildly offensive and inappropriate. Very problematic.

What is your favourite song right now?
“St. Joe Keeps Us Safe” by Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties. UGH, my HEART.

What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?
Netflixing! Although it’s been harder for me to watch TV for extended periods of time lately. I’d also say walking and listening to podcasts.

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What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
I love to go horseback riding!! I used to be an avid rider, but I had a really bad fall and haven’t done it in years and years. I hope that when I start making more money I’ll be able to start back up again.

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(me smooching a cute mini horse at a friend’s wedding!)

What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?
Cephalopods!! My little babies in the ocean.

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What is something unusual that you know how to do?
I don’t know how unusual it is, but I kind of know how to longboard!

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Name something you made last year and show us if you can.
A nautilus doodle!

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What is your most recent personal project?
Honestly? This blog!

Tell us something you think about often.
Besides books? Tattoos.

Give us something that is your favourite.
When the weather is perfect and you feel nice and happy and you’re curled up with a book in the sun.

Say the first thing that pops into your head.
I feel weird not using images with the last few questions, but I didn’t really have much to fit them!

I tag: whoever would like to do this next! It was fun. 🙂

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When something clicks


If any of you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been getting into yoga recently. I’ve done yoga a handful of times before, but it’s never become anything of a habit for me. A couple months ago, I found out that one of my coworkers does yoga regularly at a studio in Cambridge. She sent me a Groupon and I decided to buy one of the passes on sale so that I could check the place out, and maybe find a form of exercise that I actually enjoy.

Well, I did just that! I fell in love right away. The first class I took was sweaty (it’s hot yoga–the room is usually heated to 95 degrees Fahrenheit), extremely difficult (my coworker said that day happened to be more intense than usual as far as practice goes), and immensely rewarding. My body was shaking, I was surrounded by a puddle of sweat, and I realized that this was something I could get behind.

Since then, I’ve gone to probably 8 classes. I try to go two to three times a week, sometimes on weekends and somtimes before work. So far, I still love it. I love feeling almost every muscle in my body at work, and I love the mindfulness required of me. I have to pay attention to how every part of me feels, and how my breathing helps to move me through the poses. I have become much more mindful of my body outside of class. My posture is improving, I feel more confident about the way my body looks and moves, and I feel much more grounded in the world around me.

This all may sound stereotypical and like a bunch of hooplah, but yoga has given me an awareness of and appreciation for my body that I have never experiencced before.

Last night’s class was another turning point for me. Something within me just clicked. I could hold poses longer and my form was better. I felt rooted into my mat and found myself modifying less. My body felt stronger than it ever had before and I was filled with a combination of joy, pride, and love for myself. I know I still have a long way to go, and that perfection is unattainable, but this is a big step in the right direction. I can’t wait to see my body continue to progress and hope that my mind follows suit.