#Readathon Wrap-Up Post

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  • So… I fell asleep. DAMN. I was really hoping that this would be the one that I stayed up through entirely. I think I passed out around 11 PM (so early, really) and woke back up at 5 AM… and then I fell asleep again sometime before 8 AM. Ugh.
  • I mean, obviously there’s no failing in the readathon and I’m still happy I read a bunch (that stack in the picture on the top left), but damn.
  • If anyone’s wondering, the Chips Ahoy Oreo Cream-filled cookies are not that great. Not enough filling.
  • I loved focusing on comics! My downfall last night may have actually been switching to a regular book. It’s a really great book, but less flipping of pages, less color… maybe that’s what knocked me out.
  • So, now I’m going to go throw chicken in the crockpot (didn’t actually make dinner yesterday because I had so many snacks), clean, and read more and wait for the honeyman to call – fingers crossed.

Oh right, End of Event thing!

 

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 15, apparently. How lame.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The Sculptor by Scott McCloud was a really good graphic novel. I didn’t think I’d finish it since it’s like 500 pages, but I did! 
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Okay this may have been a thing and maybe I just missed it… but a Twitter chat around hour 18-20 would be really fun! If I knew going in that there would be a Twitter chat at a certain time, I would’ve set an alarm as a reminder and wouldn’t have slept 5 hours straight, lol. And Twitter chats are SO FUN. And looking at a screen helps keep you awake, and it’s more interactive than just blog-hopping.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Man, you cheerleaders were ON POINT. Great job!!!
  5. How many books did you read? I read two graphic novels, five trade volumes, and five single issues. That actually comes out to 32 issues and 2 graphic novels.
  6. What were the names of the books you read?
    • The Sculptor
    • The Griff
    • Ms. Marvel #14
    • Chew #46-48
    • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4
    • Manifest Destiny Volume 1
    • Copperhead Volume 1
    • Fables Volume 2
    • Invincible Iron Man Volume 5
    • Truth: Red, White, & Black
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Hmmm… Iron Man, or Fables. Or all of the single issues I read because those are some of my absolute favorite series.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Sadly, The Griff. It didn’t feel very Christopher Moore-ish, except for when one character said “fucksocks”.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? OF COURSE I’m gonna readathon again. Hopefully in a more active role as a cheerleader or challenge host.

 

I had a blast with everyone! Thanks for putting up with my tons of Instagram photos and tweets. Now, I have things to do. How is it 1 PM already?!

~Sarah

#Readathon Update No. 2

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My shirt today matches my comics readathon theme.

 

 

Alright, time for another update!

this day is bananas

  • More things read, as seen above. The Sculptor was really good.
  • Thinking about taking a break from my comics and reading a book-book soon. MAYBE.
  • Jalapeno poppers are in the oven and maaaan I can’t wait.
  • I wish the honeyman was home for the readathon. I mean, I wish he was home all the time because MAN I miss him, but I miss him playing video games or going out to get us food, and us talking about whatever he’s playing and whatever I’m reading. Le sigh. The apartment is just so damn silent and it was making me extra sleepy, I think, so I put music on reeeeaaallll low so I had background noise but wasn’t distracted.
  • Also, I had an energy drink and that may have helped with avoiding a nap too.
  • I watched this lip sync battle between Terry Crews and Mike Tyson earlier and I cracking up

  • I was on Christopher Moore’s website to double check something about his graphic novel The Griff, and found out there’s a sequel to his book A Dirty Job coming out in August! It’s called Secondhand Souls and holy shit I cannot wait. A Dirty Job is my second favorite Moore book.

Oh right, and there’s a Mid-Event Survey thing! Let’s do that.

1. What are you reading right now? Well technically nothing, I’m between books right now. 
2. How many books have you read so far? Ummm 8. Which is really 6 trade volumes or graphic novels and 2 single issues.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? More Invincible Iron Man. I’m on volume 6 right now.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Not really… I went out at 9 this morning to run a couple errands, and then I stopped at Starbucks and read for a bit. But otherwise, nothing.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I tweeted this earlier on, but almost every readathon TBR stack I’ve seen online today has had some sort of comics in it and that is SO exciting. I remember years ago when book bloggers weren’t really into comics, and if they were, it was usually only stand-alone graphic novels (myself included). But I’ve seen a ton of trades in piles – lots of Ms. Marvel, Locke & Key, Sex Criminals, and more. There’s been a huge explosion of comics reading among book bloggers and I LOVE seeing it. But otherwise, no surprises. Readathoners continue to be incredibly awesome.

So. I’m gonna blog hop a bit, then settle down with more reading and some jalapeno poppers. Can’t believe we’re half-way through already!! How is your day going?

~Sarah

 

 

 

#Readathon Update No. 1

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We’re like 5.5 hours in and I decided to do some sort of update post because I’m already getting drowsy. I really wish I had got more sleep last night.

So far…

  • Read four things (see pic above).
  • Had strawberries, and an almond croissant and coffee at Starbucks.
  • Went to bank, pharmacy, post office, and started laundry.

I’m thinking that after I blog hop for a bit and listen to some music to wake myself up, I’m going to start The Sculptor by Scott McCloud. Man that’s a giant book.

How is everyone else doing?

~Sarah

#Readathon Starts Now!

The readathon is here! The readathon is here! I’m pretty excited. I’m going to try to stay up for the full thing, and hopefully socializing and being online will help with that. I’ll do update posts… I don’t know… sporadically. Maybe every 6 hours? I don’t like posting a million times because DUDE IT’S TIME CONSUMING AND I’M TRYING TO READ HERE.

So let’s gaze in wonder at my awesome stack of stuff to read.

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BAM

The comics:

Manhattan Projects: Volume 5 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra
Copperhead: Volume 1 by Jay Faerber and Ron Riley
Manifest Destiny: Volume 1 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, and Owen Gieni
Fables: Volume 2 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham
Truth: Red, White, and Black by Robert Morales and Kyle Baker
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
The Invincible Iron Man: Volume 5 (and up) by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca (on Scribd)
The Griff by Christopher Moore and Ian Corson (on Scribd)
Many other single issues, including Ms. Marvel, Chew, Saga, Storm, Thor, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Descender, and more

And a couple books:
The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

I’m going to throw stuff in the crockpot later for chicken tacos, I have water and an energy drink, I have snacks, and I think I’m going to head to Starbucks soon to have breakfast and coffee and start reading! Today is going to be a blast. And I don’t have any page or book goals or anything. Just want to have fun and read as much as I can.
Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? NY. It’s annoyingly chilly.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Sculptor, I think. I’ve heard so many amazing things about it. It was due at the library this Wednesday, but I kept it purposely to read today. Late fines be damned.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Starbucks! I know, how sad. I’m also really looking forward to some strawberries.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Ummmm… my bff is my cat. She’s insane but she’s also the sweetest and I love her.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I’ve done a million of these things. I haven’t yet managed to stay up for the full 24-hours, but hopefully this will be the time! Because damn, I want to have done it at least once. Also, my reading is going to be like 90% comics. I have two other books in my stack as well just in case I want to mix it up.

Alright, so are you ready?? I’m ready. We have about 20 minutes till it officially starts – I’m gonna go do a couple last minute things. If you want to chat with my during the readathon, I’m @SarahSaysRead on Twitter and Instagram :)

Let’s do this!

~Sarah

Renner and Evans call Black Widow a “slut” and YES it’s a problem

So you guys have heard about this, yes? In an interview, Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans were asked how they felt about fans shipping Black Widow with multiple Avengers characters. “She’s a slut” and a “complete whore” were their responses, much to their own amusement.

I saw this on Twitter and I instantly was hoping that it wasn’t true. But nope, there it was. Right on camera. Renner calling Black Widow a slut and Evans’ huge burst of laughter. So let’s start with the fact that calling someone a slut is NEVER okay. Not in any situation. I don’t have any respect for people who have these words in their day-to-day vocabulary. Of course, men came out of the wood works to yell “It was just a joke!” It’s not a joke. It’s never funny. Slut-shaming is not okay. They could have said that Black Widow doesn’t need a man or romantic storyline. They could have danced around the question and left that to the fans and their shipping. Almost anything they could have said would have been better than this. For men thinking that this is no big deal – you have no idea how much my heart sank at the news of this. You haven’t experienced the double-standards that women have to deal with when it comes to their sex lives, and how hurtful any comment like this can be. I will never be able to see them in a movie and not think that this is how these actors feel about women, and how disappointing that is.

I was keeping my fingers crossed that they would both apologize, without making excuses or rationalizing it. Chris Evans managed that. He said it was juvenile, offensive, that fans were RIGHTFULLY upset, and apologized. Jeremy Renner, not so much – he used the joke excuse, the “it’s just a fictional character” excuse, blamed it on being tired, and said that he was sorry it offended anyone – but didn’t actually apologize for saying the bad thing. This is hugely problematic. That he not only didn’t apologize, but that he tried to actually mock the people he offended by throwing in the “fictional character” line. Fuck Jeremy Renner. (And thank you Chris Evans. I have a lot of respect for someone who can own up to the fact that they screwed up.)

I think we can all agree that comics are seeing a huge surge in popularity lately. I’m not 100% sure when it started – maybe with the Iron Man movies? The Avengers? But people are loving the awesome movies and shows that have been coming out. Comic book sales have been growing. I don’t have any data that shows the gender of the people buying the comics and movie tickets, but I’m willing to bet that part of the uptrend is due to women. I myself only started getting really into comics last summer, when I heard fellow bloggers talking about Ms. Marvel and Rat Queens. Since then, the number of women I’ve seen start to wade into comics has exploded. Part of it is that comic book publishers have been making an effort to be more diverse and inclusive, which benefits everyone. I love reading backlist stuff of some of the long-running characters, but I also love that there are comics that are catering directly to the ladies now.

But there’s still a feeling that comics are for boys only. There are still women nervous to go into comic shops. And bullshit like this is NOT making us feel any more welcome. Those women who are really into the Avengers movies and who have been thinking about getting into comics – you just alienated the shit out of them. Hell, I almost decided to refuse to go see Age of Ultron in the theaters. Because what the fuck. Once they apologized (well, once Evans apologized and Renner kinda sorta acknowledged the incident), I felt like I could at least go without feeling completely disgusted.

Men that are in the comic book industry – I hope you’ll think about this, and talk about it, and don’t just stay silent about it. If you don’t understand why it’s so upsetting – ask some people. Chat. Inquire. And then be a part of the solution. Don’t tolerate or condone this behavior.

I’m going to go drown my feelings in some Mexican food now.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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I feel like I’ve had my eye on this one for years. Dorothy Must Die takes the story of  The Wizard of Oz, which we all know and love, and turns it on its head. In this the girl ending up on the wrong side of the tornado is Amy, and she doesn’t recognize the Oz that she grew up seeing in movies. That’s because after the movie ends, Dorothy comes back to Oz – and she’s destroying it. It’s up to Amy to bring her down.

So the writing here wasn’t great, especially in the beginning. There was a lot of telling instead of showing. For example “And Amy just new in her gut blah blah blah”. Somewhere around the middle the author seemed to hit her stride, and it got better after that. Amy is a high school girl growing up in a trailer park in Kansas. She’s taunted at school, and her mom is neglectful. Going to Oz almost seems like a blessing, until she realizes how dangerous Dorothy has made it. You can be arrested for and punished for “Sass”. The Tin Man now has knives and needles for hands. And Dorothy is mining Oz for magic, hoarding it all to herself and killing Oz in the process. Oz is bleak.

The idea of those deemed wicked actually being the good guys is such a fun spin. Amy’s fight to save Oz kept me reading. That, and her developing crush on a boy named Nox. I almost quit Dorothy Must Die when I was about a quarter of the way in, and I’m glad that I stuck with it. I spent most of last Sunday just reading it on my couch, totally sucked in. There are sequels and prequels out, which I’m thinking I’ll read soon. I need to know what happens!

Fun fact: my sister read this with me. This is the first book we’ve ever picked out and read at the same time! How have we not done that before??

Sarah Says: 3.5 stars

Scribd – I Did a Free Month Trial and I Love It

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Up until recently, I’ve used Oyster as my e-book subscription service, and I gave Kindle Unlimited a shot for a brief amount of time. Last month I was chatting with a co-worker about comics, and he asked if I had read a particular Iron Man run, and I said no I hadn’t, and he mentioned that it was available on Scribd. He was the first person I’d met who used Scribd, and I asked him about it, and he said a lot of comics were added and it was really well worth it. So, I went home that weekend and played around on their website and ended up signing up for the free month trial. And here we are.

Alright, so here were the things I didn’t love:

  • In the app, browsing/scrolling is a little glitchy. Mid-scroll it will bounce back to the beginning of a list.
  • While playing an audiobook, you can’t adjust the reading speed.

And now the things I did love:

  • Only $8.99 a month (very slightly cheaper than both Oyster and Kindle Unlimited, but still)
  • E-books, audiobooks, AND comics!
  • They have some major comics publishers signed on – namely Marvel, IDW, and Valiant. Both single issues and collected volumes are available. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they can sign up Image sometime in the future, but still impressive.
  • Download books to the app for offline-reading.
  • Highlighting and note-taking feature.
  • “Request” titles that aren’t available. If a book appears but currently isn’t offered, you can click a button to request it, so that Scribd can make the case to the publishers to make it available. So you still don’t get to read that book right away, but you’re able to make your voice heard in a small way and give publishers a clue to what readers want.
  • Pretty great selection.

After having Scribd just for a couple weeks, I decided to cancel by Oyster subscription. They both have a lot of the same books available – I was able to scroll through my Oyster “Reading List” and find most of them on Scribd. I love that I can highlight or makes notes as I’m reading – it really annoyed me that Oyster didn’t have that feature active for Android users yet. And the COMICS. OMG. They’re a huge part of my reading lately. There are so many series and characters I want to read. I absolutely love my local comic shop, but I am no where near rich enough to be able to buy all of the volumes of characters and series that I want to read. I would if I could. Scribd is giving me the opportunity to check out comics that I might not have been able to get to for years.

Here’s what I’ve read on Scribd so far:

 

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King Maker is no longer available, but all the others still are. I’m reading volume 3 of The Invincible Iron Man now, and listening to the audiobook of High Price by Dr. Carl Hart.

To further your excitement, here are some note-worthy titles that Scribd currently has available and that I’ve added to my “library”…

  • Comics
    • Lumberjanes (issues #1-9)
    • True Blood (5 volumes)
    • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
    • She-Hulk, Daredevil, X-Men, Deadpool, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Defenders, and a ton of other Marvel comics
    • Edward Scissorhands (issues #1-3)
    • Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (4 volumes)
    • March: Book One by John Lewis
  • Books
    • Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
    • Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson
    • A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
    • Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
    • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
    • Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
    • The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
    • Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
    • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
    • a whole ton of Christopher Moore titles
  • Audiobooks
    • Yes Please by Amy Poehler
    • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
    • How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
    • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
    • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
    • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

That is SO many awesome titles!

I’m really psyched about Scribd. The only real downside is that their app isn’t very… graceful. But it’s not clunky either, and I’m sure it will become more elegant with another update or two. And I swear that Scribd isn’t paying me to talk about them or review their service. I just think they’re awesome. Go to their site and play around, see what they have. Try out the free month trial. It’s so worth it.

its my shit

~Sarah

 

Sarah Sunday

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  • I spent basically the whole week sick, which sucks. I feel fine now, except for this annoying dry cough that’s lingering.
  • It was my friend’s birthday on Friday, so we went out to dinner that night, and then went to the movies with some other girls on Saturday. It was fun, but man, being social really takes it out of me.
  • I’m hoping to pack in a bunch of reading today, and this week in general. I want to finish Dorothy Must Die, which is weird and interesting, but so far not really the best writing.
  • It’d be nice to get back to my audiobook too. I’ve mainly been listening to podcasts to and from work – they just work out a little better since my commute is now slightly shorter. My faves to listen to right now:
  • I want to make some comics coasters. I need coasters for my desk at work, since it’s wood, and I want to bring a little of my fangirl-y personality to my work area. I was looking on Etsy, but they were either too expensive or just not really what I had in mind. So that should be a new project for me over the next couple weeks – gathering up tiles, Mod Podge, and raiding the dollar bins at the comic shop for panels/images that I like.
  • Next weekend is Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon and oh man, I cannot wait. I’m going to get my stack together this week and I think it’s going to be mostly comics. Not all, but mostly, because that’s just fun and I have a ton to catch up on. And I’m going to make chicken tacos. And I haven’t had an energy drink in… hmmm… about a month? But maybe I’ll let myself have one then, since it’s a special occasion and all.
  • The honeyman should be graduating from basic in about two months! And I’ve been spending a lot of time online looking up the cheapest possible ways to get from NY to MO (and then back again) so I can maybe be there for it. I really want to go, but we don’t really have the extra travel money… so yeah. Not sure if it’s going to happen. Hmm.
  • OMG TWO MONTHS. Not nearly soon enough.
  • On a cheerier note – Spring is finally here! Snow is finally melted, and it’s been in the 60’s the past couple days, which is absolutely lovely. I got to wear flip-flops yesterday. It was amazing.
  • I’m planning to actually get a post or two up this week – one talking about Scribd vs Oyster vs Kindle Unlimited, and hopefully one review of something.

Alright, now I’m going to go relax on the couch and read while my laundry is in the dryer. How is everyone else’s weekend going?

~Sarah

Comics – What I’ve Been Reading (Lady Killer, Iron Man, Rat Queens, Nailbiter, Birthright)

Ideally, I would’ve had a book review or two to post this week, but things just didn’t work out that way. Hell, I meant to get this post up on Wednesday, but sick / busy / blah blah blah. But here we are, so let’s talk about the comics I’ve been reading.

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Lady Killer #1- #3 by Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich

Josie a 50’s era housewife whose day job is actually Bad-Ass Assassin. She’s balancing a husband, kids, and a lucrative career as a killer – and it’s not always easy to keep the two separate. Maybe it’s just me, but it’s super fun to see this doting wife and mother pretending to be volunteering and selling Avon when in actuality she’s a contract killer. I think this is going to be a mini-series of 5 or 6 issues, and after issue 3, I’m a little nervous about how things are going to happen, but I’m enjoying it enough to see if through to the end.

 

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Nailbiter #11 by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson

It’s a bit boring to say that this series continues to be awesome, but it does. Finch is trying to get answers out of the Nailbiter and the anticipation in this issue is just delicious. It also has some of my favorite pages of the series, 20 small panels on each of two pages, going back and forth between Finch/Nailbiter and Agent Barker’s predicament and it’s just done SO well.

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Rat Queens #10 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Stjepan Sejic

I’m kind of cool to see this run/ story arc tie up – the switch between artists and the break between issues because of it left it feeling just a bit disjointed. And I’m still getting used to the new art, but maybe it’ll take a couple issues to start to feel normal. (Did the new artist make Sawyer’s skin lighter??) That being said, Violet and Orc Dave foreverrrrrr!

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Birthright #6 by Joshua Williamson & Adriano Lucas

THE PLOT THICKENS. We get some bro-bonding time here, and it’s nice. I love what a brutal and tragic character Mikey is so far. And I’m loving the creative storytelling and mystery happening. I’m already anxiously awaiting the next issue.

 

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 The Invincible Iron Man: Vol 1 & Vol 2 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca

Iron Man is one of my favorites (just based on my limited character knowledge), and I heard that this was a good starting point for him. Volume 1 was about a crazy terrorist kid hijacking Stark technology and taking suicide bombing to a whole new level, and it was SO insane and good. Volume 2, if I’m not mistaken, takes kind of a weird narrative jump and it took most of the volume for me to get comfortable enough with it. Aaaand now I’ve already started Volume 3. Fraction’s writing is pretty solid, but Larroca’s art is hit-or-miss for me. Sometimes it looks fabulous, and sometimes it looks horrible and like the angles are just all wrong. And just thank goodness for Scribd, man, because I could not afford to buy all of these volumes right now but I’ve been wanting to read some Iron Man for ages.

Alright, so all good things! The 24-Hour Readathon is next weekend, and I’m thinking about making it mostly/all comics that day. That’s mainly what I’ve felt like reading lately anyways, and I have a lot of volumes and stuff to catch up on. I have The Sculptor out from the library and I’ve been saving it for that weekend. And besides, it’ll just be fun to have a theme.

Are you readathoning next weekend? Going to have any comics in your pile?

~Sarah

Sarah Sunday!

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I watched the entirety of the new Daredevil show this weekend, and it was amazing. I didn’t even really mean to, I had zero interest in Daredevil as a character. But I heard a little bit of the hype, and on Friday night at midnight I wasn’t tired, so I put it on and that’s basically all I’ve been doing this weekend. Watch Daredevil, sleep, watch more Daredevil, and I finished it like an hour ago. OMFG it’s so good. You all need to stop what you’re doing right now and go watch it. Man I wish the honeyman had been here to binge watch it with me, but on the plus side when he gets back I’ll have an excuse to watch it all over again. Oh, and like I said, I originally had zero interest in Daredevil, so I haven’t read the comics and can’t speak at all to how the show compares, but clearly I’m going to have to read them sometime soon. Matt Murdock has infected my brain.

Anyways… first week at my new job! It went well – Monday was a little boring but the rest of the week was pretty busy, and I’m excited to dive in and start learning and doing things. I have to actively make myself be a little more social though – I usually tend to read or something on my lunch, but everyone usually hangs out and chats in the break room while they eat, so I made myself join them a couple times. Gotta get better at that. Also, my desk area has two walls that are basically giant mirrors, and it finally motivated me to get my ass up at 4 am on Thursday and Friday and go to the gym before work. I don’t think I’ll have a problem making that a consistent thing. For one, those mirrors are REALLY damn motivating. And two, I actually felt pretty good those days. Yeah yeah, working out gives you more energy, I know.

So. That’s about that. This week was kind of busy, and I’m looking forward to spending the rest of the day with my nose buried in books and comics. I’m reading Dorothy Must Die with my sister, and I have SO many comics to catch up on.

How is your weekend going? ARE YOU WATCHING DAREDEVIL YET?

~Sarah

PS – In that picture of Daredevil on my TV screen – LOL at Gabby in the top right corner. Creeper.