Sarah Sundays

Sarah Sunday

This was a weirdly busy week, capped off my a surprise visit from my mom and nephew! Which is great, of course, except yeah my reading is really suffering this month.

Reading: I still feel like I’m in a slump, but I finally settled on re-reading Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn so that at least I’m working on a Read Harder challenge. Plus it’s a super fun book and the sequel comes out this summer so I’ll be all refreshed for it!

Watching: American Horror Story (ugh, season 5) still, but also some of The Office. On Valentine’s Day night we made a pizza together and then watched Valentine’s Day episodes of The Office, which was pretty great.

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Listening: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah still. If I try really hard, I’ll be able to finish it this month – I have about 4 hours to go. I only have 3 hours of commuting left of the month (my drive is only a measly 20 minutes, barely), and that’s my main listening time. Maybe if family isn’t around I can take walks after work, because the weather this week is supposed to be in the high 40’s (so warm!)

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Eating: Gummy bears! Also I drank basically nothing but coffee and wine this weekend, so I really need to hydrate on Monday.

Thinking: Things. I really can’t go into more detail than that.

Citizening: I called my reps twice this week. I also bought Celeste (who runs http://itstimetofight.weebly.com) a coffee because really, the work she’s putting into the site is so valuable.

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Anticipating: Iron Fist coming out on Netflix on March 17? I guess? Actually I have very mixed feelings. I’m looking forward to it because Netflix / Marvel has been doing an awesome job with these shows. I’m NOT looking forward to it because I feel like this is going to be the weakest of the bunch. I’m disappointed that they didn’t pick an Asian actor to play Danny Rand. They had a chance to do something really great there, especially after the white-washing bullshit in Doctor Strange and the racist bullshit in Daredevil season 2, but they didn’t. “White dude becomes the best at Asian martial arts” is a tired old storyline that I have no interest in. BUT – I want to watch The Defenders, which is going to include Iron Fist, so I’m going to watch it.

Exercising: As per usual, I went twice during the week and not at all over the weekend. I mean if I can at least maintain that, I can try to build on it, right?

Hope your weekend was delightful.

Sarah Sunday

I can’t handle how quick this weekend flew by. Oy. And work has been busy again, so yeah time is just flying right now. We’re basically halfway through the month already!

Reading: I finished Bad Idea by Damon Suede, a M/M romance novel. Other than that though, BASICALLY NOTHING. I lost my mojo. I keep picking up a book, reading 15-20 pages, and putting it down and then picking up another book. There’s at least 10 books on my coffee table right now and I just can’t seem to fall into any of them. UGHGHGHGH.

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Watching: Well, we finally finished American Horror Story: Freak Show and now we’ve started Hotel. So far, not loving Hotel… kind of like Coven, I feel like it’s just a lot of shock factor with (so far) really weak character and storyline development, but whatever. I don’t know why we’re bothering, nothing will be as good as the first season.

Also, last weekend I watched the entirety of Santa Clarita Diet in one day. It’s funny, in case you’re wondering. I’m gonna re-watch at some point.

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Listening: Okay, I did start listening to Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and that’s fantastic, so I guess I’m reading that right now. But I don’t have a paper copy to follow along when I’m not driving and honestly I wouldn’t want to miss his narration, so.

Eating: Coffee!!! It’s all that matters. Also we’re going to make pizza for Valentine’s Day this week and I’m pretty psyched about that.

Thinking: About how I can’t wait to dye my hair. I’m going to go for a silvery-grey-blonde color sometime in the next few weeks. I’m sick of growing out my hair and that color is just getting me. Google “silver blonde hair” or “grey blonde hair” and you’ll see kind of what I’m meaning. And I told my little brother about how I’m gonna turn thirty and look all saucy with my cool new hair and apparently saucy is now some sort of weird new slang that means something different than how I meant it?

Citizening: So, since I skipped updating last week – I made calls the week before, but this last week I didn’t make any. I just kind of felt burnt out. But I did donate to She Should Run when I got paid, and I’m going to pick up the phone again this week to talk about upcoming confirmation votes and the refugee/immigrant ban.

Anticipating: My birthday at the end of the month because I’m going to give myself a 4-day weekend and ENJOY that shit. And also my family might come into town the week after that for my Mom’s birthday! Yay!

Exercising: I went twice during the week but weekends continue to elude me. Keeping that confidence up though!

 

 

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Alright, I gotta go dive into some comics. Comics will save me from this slump, right?

Sarah Sunday

Late with my Sarah Sunday post once again because the weekend was ridiculous (car issues, argh).

This was also week 1 of the new presidency. In one week, our new president attacked healthcare, reproductive rights, the environment, Native people and lands, science, jobs (which also hurts veterans), refugees, immigrants, Mexico, and voting rights. That is a fucking LOT to take in and try to fight against. The only thing that gives me hope is seeing the many ways people are resisting – by donating money, by calling their representatives, by volunteering, by protesting. Every small act we do to fight against what is happening is important.

If you are interested in getting involved in even the tiniest of ways, one of the things you can do is call your reps. These are some of the tools I’ve been using:

It’s Time to Fight is an AWESOME site for scripts and information. Celeste P. updates it and you should definitely be following her on Twitter as well.

https://whoaremyrepresentatives.org/ is perfect for finding out who your reps are. Save their numbers in your phone, trust me it makes calling them so much easier. Save local office and DC office numbers if you can.

The 65 is what used to be that “We’re His Problem Now” Google sheet. I’ve been using Celeste’s more, but this is also super useful and updated regularly.

5 Calls is another one that I’ve seen pop up lately – spend 5 minutes, make 5 calls. I haven’t used it yet, but I know lots of people have.

And if you’re interested in throwing some dollars to good causes, this article has a great list.

On a slightly lighter note – I installed the Make America Kittens Again extension in Chrome and it’s great. It turns most pics of DT into pics of adorable kittens instead. It doesn’t catch them all, but it’s nice not to be bombarded with images of his face as I read about all of the horrible things happening. Just one of those little things that’s helping me stay sane.

Alright, onto other stuff now.

Reading: I finished Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimiamanda Ngozi Adichie yesterday, and it was great. I think probably my second favorite novel of hers so far – first being Americanah and the third being Purple Hibiscus. And today I’m just reading Fables: Volume 13 and OMG tomorrow is February. Woah.

Watching: Still working through American Horror Story: Freak Show, but also been watching a few random episodes of Bob’s Burgers and man I forgot how freaking funny it can be. Tina!

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Listening: I’ve been putting my whole track list on random because my moods are all over the place this week.

Eating: My mom’s homemade baked macaroni and cheese 🙂

Thinking: I mean mostly about the horrible political landscape we’re in. But also I had some car issues this weekend trying to get it stupid inspected and like $250 later, that’s finally mostly taken care of. But I’ve decided that around this time next year, I’m going to try to sell it to pay off the rest I owe on it, and then I’m going to lease a new car. I fucking hate owning a car. HATE it, don’t want to do it anymore.

Citizening: I called my reps about a few issues, including senate confirmations, which I’m getting more comfortable with it except just trying to find a good time to do it, because I work the same hours as their offices basically. And because it was a pay week for me, I made some donations. This time I chose the Standing Stone Legal Defense Fund, the National Immigration Law Center, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. #smallacts y’all. I made my donations on Friday, and I was very happy to see later on that the NILC was filing suits to stop refugees or immigrants who were arriving at airports over the weekend from being automatically deported or sent back. The ACLU was also involved, and they had an incredible leap in donations this weekend. Every little bit we can do helps.

Anticipating: Honestly, just forward movement. More books read, more money saved or paid down on my credit card, more working out, more citizen work. OH also I got a NYPL library card and that’s very exciting and one of the e-books I have on hold should be available soon.

Exercising: Only twice last week. I skipped out all weekend yet again, but trying not to feel too crappy about it because I was dealing with car stuff. I have to get an alignment done this coming weekend and I scheduled it for 10 so I can go to the gym first. BUT, for the two days that I did go last week, I ran more than I’ve been able to in months so that’s good. Still an embarrassingly small amount, but still.

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Stay strong, kittens.

Sarah Sunday

This has been a pretty fabulous weekend. The only downside is that I didn’t go to the gym at all, but I did read a bunch, and books that I ordered when I was having some very bleak feels on Friday (Inauguration Day) showed up today, so that’s cool.

I didn’t attend any of the Women’s Marches happening, but man it was WONDERFUL to see the worldwide participation all over the internet. I know I’ll hear a lot of “so stupid, just get over it, what does protesting even do” but screw that. It was a global showing that women are here and not going to stand for the shit that our new president and Congress are going to try to pull on us. I just hope that everyone stays that pumped up and continues to do good work – call representatives, donate to good causes, learn now to vote in ALL elections, and most importantly be there and stand up for the more marginalized groups. These are things we ALL have to get better at, me included. Every little bit helps.

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Reading: Woo! Okay, I read March: Book Three (yay John Lewis) and the final volume of Chew. I finished Breasts by Florence Williams earlier this week, and I don’t know if I’ll get a review up but basically if you have them it’s totally worth the read. And the author makes it an engaging, funny read, kind of like a toned-down Mary Roach. She doesn’t quite reach so hard for the jokes but they’re great. And I finished Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I’ve had it on my Kindle for years but kind of avoided it because it seemed very rich white people problems. And it is, but it was gossipy and the women touched on some really serious issues that actually affect all women and it was kind of really great. I’m looking forward to checking out the show at some point. And now I’m starting Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie because she’s amazing and it’s going to count as my “book about war” for the Read Harder challenge.

Watching: Ugh, trying to finish watching season 3 of Blacklist. I might drop it after we finish this season, I don’t like the direction it’s taking.

Listening: Sticky Fingaz. I finally put music on the new laptop and back on my phone so I’m enjoying lots of older music right now.

Eating: Garlic-stuffed kalamata olives, marinated mushrooms, and roasted garlic on bruschette toasts. Mmmmm.

Thinking: Normal “I don’t want to go to work tomorrow” feels. And how I should really get back to reading.

Citizening: I did call my reps this week – my senators to encourage them to vote against Betsy DeVos, and my House rep to express my feelings about the H.R. 490 bill that was introduced to committee, which if passed would basically outlaw abortion – it’s a national heartbeat bill. And if our new president puts a far right conservative in the Supreme Court, then it has a chance of being upheld. I’ll be calling a lot about this.

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I don’t even understand the life we’re living right now.

Oh, and I made a small donation to First Book on Friday. Because buying myself diverse books and donating money to kids for books felt like actionable things I could do to try to curb the despair feels I had going on.

Anticipating: My next paycheck. Definitely shouldn’t have gone on that book-buying binge, but oh well. I got some really awesome books – the last volume of Chew, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (partly because Obama read and liked it, I admit) and Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi which is going to be a long, hard read but I bet it will be well worth it.

Exercising: Only went to the gym twice this week. I am too good at talking myself out of going on the weekends, damn it. I gotta get better at that. You’d think weekends would be easier than the two 3:30 am weekdays, but so far that’s not the case.

Alright loves, I gotta get back to my books and take advantage of these last few weekend hours. Have a great, productive week!

Sarah Sunday 

As always, the weekend is going by too fast. But right now I’m home, doing laundry, with nothing pressing to do for the rest of the day so I’m feelin pretty alright.

Reading: So many things, I swear. I finished 3 books this week – Battle Hill Bolero by Daniel Jose Older, Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis, and The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles. I’m listening to Hidden Figures on audio, I’m still in the middle of Hope in the Dark,  and I’ll probably start another book or two later today. My reading is all over the place right now.

Also, today was the first meet-up for my local Read Harder group! We had four today (in all our glory in the picture below) and hopefully will have more next month. It was a blast.

Watching: We saw Hidden Figures last Sunday night! It was so great, which is why I’m currently listening to the audio. Also watched Obama’s farewell speech, and the clip of him giving a medal to Joe Biden, so there’s been some sad sobs this week.

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Listening: Hamilton. Because of course. One Last Time is just killing me right now.

Eating: Junk! And some salad. I’d really like to make a lamb stew or something this week.

Thinking: About this proposal in Tennessee that would prohibit food stamp recipients from buying “junk” food and sweets, and would fine people who use their food stamps to buy the banned items. I cannot even articulate the fucking rage I feel towards this. If you live in TN, please make sure to call your reps and lawmakers to fight this. As I mentioned in my rant about this on Twitter last night, you do NOT impose fines on a group of people who already need assistance to feed their families.

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Because they want to create a pipeline to put more poor people in prison, Monica, and it’s super fucked up.

ALSO, they say something in the article about people on assistance using “taxpayer money” shouldn’t be buying junk food – as if people that get food stamps have never, or aren’t currently, or won’t ever paying fucking taxes. Guess what you can’t afford on a minimum wage income? Food. Partly because a portion of your check is being eaten up by taxes.

Citizen-ing: I called and emailed my reps this week – my Congresswoman to urge her to vote against the budget proposal in order to try to save the ACA, and my senators to thank them for voting against it in that sneaky midnight session. It passed both anyways, cause you know – Republican majority. One of the senators in particular made a pretty passionate plea, but of course it fell on (mostly) deaf Republican ears. And because it was payday this week I donated to the Ali Forney Center, which helps homeless LGBT youth.

Anticipating: Spring. I am very done with this winter shit already. But sadly there’s at least another 3 months to go.

Exercising: Yeah! I did the thing three times this week, which a massive improvement from the week before. Getting up early on Tuesday and Thursday seems to be okay. Weekends might end up being more of a struggle, weirdly, but I’m gonna try to stick with it. I did skip this morning so that I could do laundry before the Reader Harder meeting – whoops.

And on that note, I’m going to cuddle up with my Gabby and read more books.

Sarah Sunday

Hey guys, guess what? I married the honeyman 1 year ago today! Time is going by way too fast. He’s at drill right now but I’m looking forward to hanging out with him later 🙂

Reading: I finished All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai this week and I’m actually going to try to write a review for it this week, since it was an e-galley and all. I’m about halfway through Hope in the Dark and not really loving it. I think maybe Rebecca Solnit is not for me. I’m also reading Battle Hill Bolero (woohoo, new Daniel Jose Older!).

Watching: Seriously I’m just re-watching stuff, but we should probably try to finish Blacklist season 3 and American Horror Story: Freak Show sometime soon. We’ve been watching them since like October.

Listening: Come Close by Common

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Eating: Ugh. Nothing but junk basically.

Exercising: Not at all this week, which SUCKS. But I know that it’s partly because my schedule this week was kind of all over the place, so moving on and getting back to my gym routine this week.

Thinking: Where we should go to dinner tonight, and hoping the honeyman gets home early enough that maybe we can squeeze in a movie or some Black Ops 3 too.

Citizen-ing: I didn’t make any calls this week, which also sucks. I suck on human-ing this week basically. I plan on calling this week about making sure PP is not de-funded, but sometimes things like that seem redundant since my reps are all Dems and are likely already going to try to do that anyways. I’ll find other things to point my focus on this week too.

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Anticipating: The break from holidays and stuff for a while so I can some financial stuff back under control. Helping that- I’m only letting myself buy 4 books a month this year. (No limit on comics, but I am going to try to cull my pull list a bit since I have Marvel Unlimited now and need to chill on throwing money at all those single issues.)

Alright, so I have a lot to do this week! Get back on schedule with my gym outings, call my reps, look at budgeting stuff, etc. Now I’m gonna go enjoy the rest of my weekend while there’s some left.

Sarah… Tuesday?

I feel like I haven’t done a proper Sarah Sunday post in a while since the holidays were busy, so I’m just gonna go ahead and pretend that today is actually Sunday instead of Tuesday.

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Reading: WELL, a couple things because it’s the #boutofbooks readathon this week so of course. I started Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit for the Social Justice Book Club, and I started reading the essays in The Feminist Utopia Project, which are FANTASTIC. And today Daniel Jose Older’s newest book comes out, Battle Hill Bolero, and I would be starting that tonight except the tracking on my Amazon package all of the sudden says ETA is tomorrow. And that’s what I get for being lazy and not wanting to go to the store. I may just go out and get it at B&N and return the Amazon copy, b/c what the fuck.

Watching: I’ve been rewatching a lot of stuff – Archer, Captain America: Civil War, Luke Cage, and Deadpool.

Listening: I’ve been playing all the tracks on my phone on random, so… a little bit of everything.

Eating: Some more salads because I need fresh food in my life after all that holiday food. Also, I’m not drinking coffee in 2017 and that already sucks.

 

Exercising: Adding this to my Sarah Sunday posts! Ummm I crushed it last week and worked out 4 times, but so far this week has been off. Didn’t go on Sunday because I woke up really late and had been drinking for NYE, of course. Didn’t go Monday because I was being lazy and didn’t go this morning because I had some extra stuff going on. Tomorrow morning for sure though! Because I like seeing it on my Fitbit updates at the very least.

Thinking: Nothing but wanting to go home and read my books.

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Citizen-ing: Another addition to my Sarah Sunday posts, I need a better name for it though. Anyways, so this morning I called my Representative in the House at her local and DC offices and encouraged her to vote against HR5 and the Goodlatte amendment. Her staffers couldn’t tell me how she was planning to vote, which is concerning since it was today and all, but they were very kind. I’m trying to make calling reps or taking other actions more of a habit, hence adding it to my weekly update posts.

Anticipating: Reading! I just want to dive face first into my pile of books, TBH. I have that new-year-excitement giving me a push.

Okay time to face the rest of the day. Oy.

Sarah Sunday (a little late) 

Well, family was here for a little over a week and it was awesome to see everybody. There was a minor issue when my brother couldn’t get on his flight because they refused to fly his dog, so my mom flew to CA and rented a car and her and my brother (and dog) drove CROSS COUNTRY to get him back here. And now little brother is back in town to stay for a while, which is fabulous; and as you can see in in the picture below, he looks good despite being in that bad accident a few months ago.

I loved having everyone around for the week, and I’m SO GLAD we have a bigger place where everyone can hang out when they’re here. But I’m also very glad now to have an empty house and some peace and quiet. Gabby is happy too, she basically lived in our bedroom while everyone was here. She’s such an untrusting kitty. On the downside, someone got me sick before they left, so that sucks. My throat is killing me. Anyways, on to updates and stuff.

Reading: I finally finished re-reading Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, for the fourth or fifth time. I’d been re-reading it since October, so it’s nice to have that checked off. The Outlander books are GREAT for comfort/random something to read in bed re-reads. I also finished I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi which was great. And now I’m FINALLY reading The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang. Woohoo!

Watching: OMG basically nothing. We really need to finish Blacklist season 3 and American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Listening: The Hamilton Mixtape!! Okay my favorites so far: Wrote My Way Out, An Open Letter, Helpless (OMG Ja Rule and Ashanti), Congratulations, Cabinet Battle #3 (obviously), and History Has Its Eyes On You.

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And I really, really don’t like Kelly Clarkson’s rendition of It’s Quiet Uptown. That’s probably my least favorite so far.

Eating: I made stuffed artichokes and spinach lasagna rolls last weekend for our family’s Christmas get-together and we proceeded to mostly eat leftovers all week. We also made tacos at one point and then I made a breakfast taco and it was so delicious.

Blogging: I’m still here. The rest of the year will probably be pretty quiet honestly but I’ll try to get a review or two up.

Thinking: About what I want from 2017. The new year always brings a sense of a fresh start, but I’m also turning 30 in February, so yeah. I don’t usually do a typical New Years Resolution thing, but I’m kind of craving that kind of discipline in my life a little, so we’ll see what happens.

Anticipating: Hunkering down with 2016 reading and book-buying stats and putting together fun end-of-year infographics, best-of lists, and wrap-up posts.

I also want to mention some politics stuff. Since Election Day a month ago, I know a lot of us have been struggling. I recently listened to the Post-Election episode of the Get Booked podcast and it was fantastic. Amanda and Jenn suggest books to make you feel better, but then also books and resources to encourage you to get off your butt and DO SOMETHING. One of the things they suggest is signing up for the Looking to Help TinyLetter, which I did and it’s been great so far. Maya sends a TinyLetter just about every day, with links to relevant news and actions you can take. Some actions are signing a petition, some are donating money, and some are calling your representatives – complete with links to contact info and scripts. Check it out. I’m thinking of adding some categories to my Sarah Sunday posts, and one of them will probably be Citizen-ing – what I’ve done that week to do good, and to make my voice heard so that our civil liberties have a shot at surviving the next four years.

If anyone else has good activism resources to suggest, drop them in the comments.

Sarah Sunday

Is there anything more sad than the end of a long weekend? (Obviously there is, but let me have my first-world-whine for the moment, okay?) But, it’s been a really nice four days off. I ate delicious good, decorated my tree and cleaned the house, read, and even went to the gym on Saturday JUST BECAUSE I FELT LIKE IT.

Reading: I’m 60% through Drums of Autumn. I’m on a VERY slow Outlander series re-read here, but in the name of relaxing I’ve been burying my nose in this and will probably finish it soon. I also read Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole this weekend, which was a great short Civil Rights Era romance novel written by Alyssa Cole. She is the actual best. And I’m still reading The Good Immigrant, I’m Judging You, and The Clancys of Queens. (Clearly I’ve gotten ahead of myself.)

Watching: A lot of Archer. I’ve been wanting to read more, so I watch short episodes of things with the honeyman. Man, season 2 was especially great, amirite?

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Oh, and we also saw Doctor Strange on Saturday, and it was good. Nothing to get excited about, and I feel like it was missing something in terms of plot or character development, and I hate that they even threw in a tiny ridiculous romantic thing (and couldn’t get more creative with their casting than Rachel McAdams), but yeah. It was alright.

Listening: OMG you guys the Hamilton Mixtape is killing me in the greatest possible way. I love that the songs are coming out a couple at a time up until the actual release. Wrote My Way Out is AMAZING and Ja Rule and Ashanti perform Helpless together, and man it’s like my childhood hearing those two together again.

Eating: Well, pumpkin pie because I purposely bought an extra one just for home because I look forward to it all year and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna settle for one pathetic piece on actual Thanksgiving Day. And also spinach lasagna rolls, which are so yum and so much easier to make now that I have counter space.

Blogging: Well, hopefully that will pick up again. I’m done with this working a ton of hours bullshit, so that should help. I DO have family visiting this week though (well, Friday through Wednesday) so this week in particular will probably still be a bit quiet. I’m gonna try to at least get a November wrap-up post up.

Thinking: How my family is coming into town in like 4 days and I still need to buy them Christmas presents. Oy.

Anticipating: My family visiting! My little sister, her boyfriend, my nephew, and my mom are all coming in from NYC and my little brother MIGHT be coming from California (we’re not sure yet). It’s very exciting.

Hope you guys had a great holiday (or regular weekend, if you’re not in the US) and have an easy Monday!

Happy Thanksgiving y’all

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Have a holiday filled with food, love, and relaxation – and don’t put up with any racist/homophobic/sexist/xenophobic/etc asshole relatives’ shit either. 

We’re going to the honeyman’s mom’s house for Thanksgiving, and on Friday night we’re seeing friends. Other than that, I’m locking myself in my house to decorate and read. If you’re interested, there’s a #thankfullyreading readathon thing happening this weekend. It’s very relaxed, just read when ya can and join in – and thanks to Jenn for hosting!