Book Reviews Have Moved!

I’ve been posting book reviews here at my personal blog, but I’ve decided to start a dedicated blog for book reviews.

Hope you’ll follow me over there. 🙂 All my reviews from this site have been copied over and all new reviews will be posted there going forward.

This blog will remain open and will be solely personal from now on (life, knitting, random musings, etc.).

Sunday Confessional

These are my confessions. 

Confession #1:
I’ve gone back to the dark side of computers and am now a PC user once again. WHO AM I.

I’ve been a Mac person for almost 15 years, but it recently became clear that my trusty mid-2007 Macbook was at the end of its life cycle. (Battery/charging/overheating issues, etc.) Frankly, I’m not in a position to drop $1,000 on a new computer right now. Apple: I love you, but your shit is SO expensive. I’d already swapped out the battery previously and had still been experiencing issues over the past couple of years. Since I only need a laptop to do a handful of very basic things (that could be done on my phone or iPad, in theory, but are much more efficiently done on a laptop), after some research I decided to defect back to the world of PCs.

Surprisingly, I don’t hate Windows as much as I used to. Granted, by necessity I use Windows every day at work, but at home I’m using Windows 10 and it…isn’t that bad, actually. There are a zillion settings and notifications that I turned off/disabled, but once I tweaked things to my liking, so far it’s been just fine.

I’m keeping my Macbook since technically, it still runs and I don’t intend on transferring any files over since I like the idea of starting fresh. Also, maybe I’m not exactly ready to let go of it. All this being said, I am still 100% an iPhone person and you will pry it out of my cold, dead hands. But for now, I’m okay with enjoying both worlds (bi-computeral?).

Confession #2:
For the past month or so, I’ve been working on getting my health back in order. I think that blogging about my New Year’s resolutions kept some really important things in the forefront of my mind these past several weeks. So, I started tracking my meals again (ugh) and working out again (UGH).

Also recently, my employer launched a new wellness program that has been really helpful in motivating me to be healthier. There’s a monetary incentive to it, which apparently is very inspirational for me, haha. But also, I’m at a point where I just hated feeling crappy all the time and as much as I hate, hate, hate working out and tracking meals, I hate being unhealthy even more, I guess.

Anyway, since last month, I’m down several pounds and I only have 8 more pounds to lose before I’m back at my goal weight. (Hopefully, this time I’ll stay there.) Right now, my workout routine involves walking on the treadmill while listening to an audiobook. And I’ve plowed through quite a few audiobooks in the past month, which is an unintended bonus to this whole regimen. I’m eating healthier too, but trying to manage my cravings for junk food is still a big challenge for me. I don’t want to jinx myself or sabotage my plans, but I want to be optimistic while still remaining realistic, if that makes sense.

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday and I have no intention of watching the big game, but every intention of watching both the Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl. Also, I will be reading a football romance in honor of the game, but that’s as far as my participation in Super Bowl Sunday goes. 🙂

Bad Blogger

Soooo, if anyone’s still around, you’ve probably noticed that it’s been a couple months since I posted regularly.

I’m still reading all the time, but honestly, I began feeling overwhelmed with having deadlines for book reviews. I was requesting more titles on NetGalley than I could keep up with and got behind on the reviews I was supposed to be writing, so I’ve given up on that, at least for now.

Don’t get me wrong–I absolutely still love romance novels and they are still basically my world. But when I read these days, it’s a relief not to have to compose a long review unless I want to–and more often than not, I just want to leave a star rating on Goodreads and move on. I suspect that will change one day, but in the meantime, I like the lack of pressure and the ability to read simply for pleasure and not obligation.

I’m also still knitting, though I’m very bad about blocking and consequently, taking FO pictures. Maybe I should make a New Year’s resolution about that because I really suck at posting about my knitting.

Since starting this incarnation of my blog, I’ve refrained from getting too personal and that’s been intentional. I wanted to write primarily about books and knitting, but sometimes I just want to talk about life and I don’t want to feel like that doesn’t “belong” here. I hope this is making sense. It made sense in my head when I started this post.

For example, back in September, Michael and I had to make the awful decision to put our oldest dog, Orion, to sleep. It was extremely difficult and I intended on posting about him. I hadn’t felt ready to talk about it, but I think I’m closer to being ready. And I’d like the ability to do that without feeling like it’s too “personal” for a blog that’s primarily about books and knitting.

Anyway, I’ve sufficiently rambled on, so I think that’s it for now. To summarize, the future of this blog is that it will hopefully get more personal and I think that’s the way I like it best.

Catching Up

Since I haven’t had a blog in ages, I figured I’d post a quick recap of what I’ve been up to lately.

This weekend, Michael and I watched Lucy. Warning: slight spoilers ahead. The movie had an interesting concept but I thought that the execution wasn’t great. I expected Lucy to do a bunch of kickass things with her mind but as it turns out, apparently when you use 100% of your brain, you just want to kill a lot of people. And although I’m no neuroscientist, I’m pretty sure that the “humans only use 10% of our brains” theory has been shown to be a myth.

On to other things.

Work lately has been pretty good, except that I’ve had some kind of mystery injury that has put me on light duty. I went to the doctor and found out that I strained a muscle in my neck, which was causing both neck and shoulder pain. I’m still not sure how I injured myself. The doctor gave me pain meds in addition to a muscle relaxer, which have both helped. My neck pain cleared up pretty quickly, but my shoulder has been hurting off and on for the past week.

Since I work library circulation, I do a lot of physical tasks throughout the day, not limited to but including book handling such as check-in, check-out, and carting of materials. So while my neck/shoulder issue wasn’t a major injury, it has definitely been aggravated by my daily duties simply because I haven’t had much chance to just let the muscles rest and recuperate.

Luckily, I was off yesterday and today, so my shoulder is feeling a lot better. I’m hoping that my physical woes will resolve themselves soon. It’s an awful feeling to be at work and be in constant pain every day. It’s like I have arthritis, or something! (Note: I’m way too young to be having so many aches and pains.) Yikes.

Aches and pains aside, work is picking up. In a few months, my position will be eliminated and absorbed into the next higher position, which technically means I’m getting a raise and promotion–yay! It’s an across-the-board move, so a bunch of us will be cross-training in upcoming weeks as we prepare for our positions to be converted.

I’m both excited and nervous about the transition. On one hand, there are a lot of duties that I’ve been doing already, so I feel like I don’t have as much of a learning curve as some others do. On the other hand, with a new position comes extra responsibilities, so I’m slightly nervous but I think it’ll all work out okay. And ultimately, I’m really thankful to be employed at all.

So that’s what’s been going on this past week or so! Since I’ve had the neck/shoulder stuff going on, I haven’t been able to knit at all this week. I really hope everything heals completely because I’m eager to start a new project–a gift for a coworker. Hopefully, soon I’ll be able to show you what’s currently on my needles. 🙂