hate being so busy

Sarah Sunday

So, this was quite a week. Work was ridiculously busy (I’m thinking that this has become the new normal for my job, which I feel some sort of way about) and I was there till around 6 at least 3 nights out of the week. But also, my little brother, who moved clear across the country in February, was in a car accident. I got the call Wednesday morning, and my mom flew right out there as quick as she could, but it was relatively serious. Fractured cheekbone (going up to eye socket) that will probably need some sort of surgery later, a whole bunch of abrasions, possible sprained ankle, and who knows what else because the private hospital he was rushed to basically tried to shove him out the door as soon as they heard he has no insurance. My mom said he could barely walk (my nephew video-chatted with him on Friday and told me “Tio walks like a zombie now”. He went to another hospital last night to get checked out, and I’m waiting to hear from him and my mom to see if they found any other injuries or anything. It was a relief to talk to him on the phone, but I’ve been worried all week and I know he’s still in a hell of a lot of pain. 😦

Anyways, on to the things…

Reading: The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle… I can’t decide if it’s slow, or if my attempts at reading it have just been so scattered have been ruining the reading experience. I’m going to try to read of a chunk of it today, hopefully.

Watching: LUKE CAGE!!

Listening: Nothing at the moment, but I did download a bunch of old Busta Rhymes, TLC, and some other stuff on my phone since I had to do that stupid reset and lost so much music on it.

Eating: Just junk food yesterday while we watched the first 7 episodes of Luke Cage. I feel gross.

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Blogging: HA. Barely this week. I’m going to try to get caught up on some work stuff today so that maybe I can leave work at a decent time this week and have more time for reading/blogging/living.

Anticipating: Hopefully getting to the mall this week to use the like $50 I have in Sears points because I bought the washer and dryer there. I really need a new pair of boots for the fall, but man I hate shoe shopping.

Alright, hope everyone is having a great weekend. I got work to do.

~Sarah

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Sarah Sunday

Last week was THE WORST, a bunch of people were on vacation so work was crazy busy. I’m really bummed that it’s already Sunday.

Reading: Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood (audio), Seven Skeletons by Lydia Pyne (e-galley), and Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole (e-book).

Watching: Scrubs and basically nothing else. Not a lot of TV-watching happening over here because we’ve been diving into Borderlands a LOT. I’m working on my Maya character.

Listening: Playing Dead, and sometimes some In the Heights or Hamilton to mix it up. My niece and nephew finally discovered how awesome Hamilton is so I’m extra looking forward to watching them all next weekend.

Eating: I had a breakfast empanada at the public market yesterday and it was SO GOOD and dammit why don’t we have more empanada places in this town?

Blogging: I really need to wrote reviews for The Underground Railroad and Labyrinth Lost, it just hasn’t happened yet.

Thinking: About working out, which probably won’t happen today because I got up late and I’m doing laundry and already showered… but I have new workout clothes that I’m really excited to wear, so soon.

Anticipating: Getting the keys to our new apartment on Friday! Woohoooooo!!!

How has your week been?

~Sarah

My tiny #boutofbooks to-read list

So, Bout of Books 17 starts next Monday – I signed up, even though I suspect my reading will be prettttyyyy darn limited since I’m moving soon. But I’m hoping to do the Twitter chat on Monday night, and maybe this will motivate me to make sure I don’t skip lunches at work, and maybe read instead of playing the crap out of Borderlands in my down time.

(Also, I’ll be posting on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for Bout of Books – SarahSaysRead on all three if you wanna socialize during the readathon!)

So, here’s what I’m currently reading – if I get a chance to finish these before Monday that’d be great, but it’s not likely, so they’ll be part of my focus for BoB:

Seven Skeletons by Lydia Pyne – I’m reading an e-galley of this that kind of got approved at the last minute (it came out this Tuesday). It’s about the 7 most famous fossils and while it IS interesting, I’ve only read it in 10-minute little scraps before bedtime so far.

Playing Dead Audiobook

Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood – This book about death fraud is SURPRISINGLY interesting, and the audiobook is really great so far. Makes for a really fascinating, morbid commute but I’m kind of loving it.

And here’s a couple potential reads for BoB – not currently reading, but I might pick them up for funsies:

Saga: Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Would be great to sit down and blast through. I kept a stack of single-issue comics and a couple of trades unpacked in the hopes I’d squeeze them in.

The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu – You had NO idea how psyched I was when this NetGalley request got approved. I love the author’s Tao series and this is an offshoot of that. Yessssss.

Alright – let’s be realistic and just call that my complete “pile” (downside of having books packed and reading a lot e-galleys – no pretty pictures of book stacks). What’s your to-read list looking like for Bout of Books?

August Mini-Review Recap

Man, August – you sucked. Lots of stuff happened (stupid it happens in threes rule of life), and August was annoyingly busy. I didn’t manage to read much, but here’s my smallish reviews on what I did read.

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The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez – This is about a Mexican family, the Riveras, who comes to the US to help their daughter, who hasn’t been the same since a bad accident. I wasn’t expecting it, but this book was really touching and wonderful. The Riveras bond in unexpected ways with other immigrants in their Delaware community, and you get a little bit of heartbreaking backstory from everyone. I absolutely recommend to everybody, especially with the ridiculous, racist wave of immigrant-hate that Trump is spreading all over the place.

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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – I can’t believe I’ve never read a Faber book before this! So, a Christian preacher gets the opportunity to go to another planet to spread religion to the native inhabitants – but in doing so, he leaves his wife behind on Earth, at a time when the whole world seems to be falling apart. Fascinating and sad and SO well-written.

Heh, just noticed that both of those titles start with “The Book of…

The only other book/comic I read was a re-read, and that was Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. It was on Scribd, and it provided MANY laughs late at night when I should have been sleeping. Alright, let’s get to stats.

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 3

Female authors: 2 (66%)

Non-white authors: 1 (33%)

Format breakdown: 2 print, 1 e-book

STATS – COMICS (including writers and illustrators)

Issues read: 38

Female authors/illustrators: 12

Non-white authors/illustrators: 10

Format breakdown: 30 print, 8 e-book

So, not horrible I guess. I read more comics in August than in July, and had more female and POC creators in the comics I read. I started an audiobook, How to Rob a Bank by the Freakonomics guys, but I got bored with it 2/3 of the way through and haven’t finished it yet. And I started The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander which is BRILLIANT and I totally would have finished in August if I wasn’t watching my nephew so much. I’ll be finishing it soon though.

And because I’ve just been too busy to do decent comic reviews, I wanted to mention some of my favorites this month:

  • Princeless by Jeremy Whitley and various artists (so good)
  • Fables: Volume 3 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (loving this series but damn there’s so many volumes and they’re so expensive)
  • Rat Queens #11 by Kurtis Wiebe and Tess Fowler (am SO SO psyched that Tess Fowler is the new artist and looking forward to seeing issues more regularly)

So then. Have you read anything good lately?

~Sarah

Sarah Update

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Hey guys! It’s been a while! I’m still alive, but I’ve been stupidly busy. Here’s what’s been going on:

  • A big project at work has been taking up a bunch of my time since the end of May. This has severely impacted my reading time and ability to concentrate on anything not-work. Luckily, that’s winding down so I’ll actually be taking my lunches again and bringing my work laptop home less often.
  • My little sis graduated last week, so I went with my mom and nephew down to Georgia to see it and to bring her home. I can’t believe she works for the federal government now. It’s crazy. The trip was okay – some stressful times, and some good times. I was really glad to get back home. I missed my Gabby-cat like crazy and Georgia water smells gross.
  • And then this morning my mom, nephew, and sister just left to move to Maine. Which sucks, and I have some sads about that today. Stupid Maine.
  • On the bright side – the honeyman gets home in SEVEN DAYS. ONE WEEK. I so cannot wait.
  • That means this week I’ll be trying to clean up and get ready for him coming home. Stocking the fridge so we don’t have to leave the apartment if we don’t want to, doing big loads of laundry so everything is clean and fresh, de-cluttering some stuff, etc.
  • But I’m hoping to finish a book or two this week. We’ll see. I also have 30+ comics waiting for me to dive into, plus I’ve been reading some Daredevil on Scribd…

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  • My job is moving to a new office in August, and I’ve been having fun thinking of decor. I’m going to go with a comics and bookish theme. I ordered this today:

Deadpool Faces his Most Dangerous Adversary Yet... An Ornery Harlequin Cat Awesome Upcycled Vintage Dictionary Page Book Art Print 8x10

  • And I’m going to buy these soon as well…

Vintage Superheroes Minimalist Movie Poster Set / 6 Poster

  • Plus I’m going to make book or comic themed coasters, get a bookish mug to hold my pens, etc.

Alright I guess I’m just rambling now. Just wanted to let y’all know I’m still around. Hopefully will be catching up on blog stuff this week, or at least by the end of the month.

How are you guys doing???

~Sarah

Sarah Sunday!

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This week was ridiculous. Work was mainly training people in the things I do, and just about every night I had something I had to do – I got new glasses one night, I had the honeyman’s brother’s birthday party to go to, I went to a Pampered Chef party, game night, etc. It was all insane and ugh I hate being so busy. And all made worse by the fact that last Sunday, I didn’t even get a call from the honeyman. That’s the first Sunday that he didn’t call, someone must have done something that got them all in trouble. Sucks. REALLY hoping he’s able to call tonight.

So anyways. Yay, new glasses! I got two pairs for under $200, which is pretty great. And at the Pampered Chef party I got a new can opener, which is more exciting that it sounds – I love the one I have, but it’s old and got a bit dull, so. Man, when we get a house I’m SO going to host Pampered Chef parties because I want ALL the things. Other than that, I’ve felt for a past couple days like I might be getting sick, but that could just be tiredness, I don’t know.

I finished The Mis-Adventures of an Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae this week, on audio, and that was pretty great. And I’ve been reading a ton of comics, including the newest volume of Saga, finally. I’m hoping that I can squeeze a bunch more reading in today, but we’ll see how it goes. I am SO looking forward to the readathon next month, and the Bout of Books one in May.

Other than that, I’m really just hoping that this coming week is a lot more relaxed and less social, and holy crap it’s my last week at my current job! I start my new job on the 6th. I’m so psyched.

So, back to my laundry and Friends-watching. I slept like crap last night (stupid headache, ugh), but maybe I’ll get more reading and interneting in later.

How is your weekend going?

~Sarah

Sarah Sunday!

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Interview outfit, celebratory cake from friends, Gabby staring at Treland, and this week’s comic haul

 

 

 

So, big news this week – I got a new job! I had an interview earlier in the week, and was offered the job on Thursday. I start on April 6th. I’m SO EXCITED. I’m kind of sad to be leaving my current co-workers, but this is such a great opportunity and I think I can do the job really, really well. I’m even going to have my own office! With a door and everything! Not a cubicle. Oh man. That’s just icing on the cake, of course, but every little perk is exciting. I can’t wait till the honeyman calls tonight so I can tell him. (Oh, and speaking of the honeyman, I mailed him a care package this weekend! I don’t know if he’ll want or be able to use half of the stuff I put in there, but at the very least it should make him smile and he can share stuff with his buddies if he wants.)

So, the job news is really been the biggest, blab-worthy part of my week. This week was so BUSY. My mom and nephew slept over Monday night because of some issue with the furnace at their house, Tuesday was my interview and then that night I played hours and hours of Borderlands with my friend, Wednesday I was so tired I just laid on the couch all night and watched Friends, Thursday I went out with my sister to celebrate my new job, and then Friday night was game night. I think poor Gabby has been really sad and annoyed that I haven’t been home much this week, so I’m trying to be home as much as possible this weekend. I have to go to the store later, and out to see Treland’s mom, but otherwise it’s just laundry and being lazy today.

And of course, my reading has suffered this week. I’m listening to The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae on Audible, which is really great so far. I’m reading This Nonviolent Stuffll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible by Charles E. Cobb, which is super fascinating and interesting. And I’m trying to basically stuff as many comics in my face as I can because my stack had grown to a ridiculous height – on the menu today is the new Ms. Marvel, Borderlands, newest three issues of Thor, and some other stuff.

And that’s all the updating I have, because I want to try and actually get another post written today. Fingers crossed, because I have a headache right now. Hmph.

How is your weekend going?

~Sarah

Sarah Sunday!

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You guys, there is just not enough time in the day. Seriously.

On the weekends, there are always a million things I have to do, or want to do – bank, grocery shop, Petco, library, laundry, go to the gym, clean, read, hang out with the honeyman, blog, play Borderlands, cook, take naps, etc… I’ve been on this normal people, 5-day work schedule since November, and I still haven’t figured out how the rest of you manage it. I miss having more days off in which to do things.

ANYWAYS, point being that at the moment I both want to read and blog, and I know that in another hour or two I should probably start making dinner, and after dinner I’ll want to just be lazy and then tomorrow is Monday and UGH this is going to be a busy week at work. I’m wondering if I should start scaling back my Sarah Sunday posts to every two weeks or so… mostly just to have more time for other blog posts. I don’t know, we’ll see. I’m pondering.

Alright, enough of the whine fest. Yesterday I went to the comic book shop again! And it was great, and I started a pull list for Ms. Marvel and Rat Queens, and also asked the guy there if he could the Borderlands comics for me. I bought TEN comics yesterday to catch up on Ms. Marvel and Rat Queens, and I also bought the new Storm that came out. I need to hunt down Ms. Marvel issue #2 and Rat Queens #5 because they weren’t available, so I may have to go explore another comic book shop sometime soon. Anyways, it was awesome. I’m going to have to take pictures next time I go so I can do a comic book shop post of some sort.

I also went to the library and got a bunch of great stuff, including How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky and California, and I’m excited to make a TBR stack for next month. I’m still reading The Sparrow right now – it’s getting good, I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish it this week. I would’ve been finishing it this weekend except you know… comics. I spent most of my lunch hours this past week catching up on graphic novels. And checking up on Twitter and seeing all the tweets about Comic Con. SO JEALOUS that I wasn’t there. I can’t wait to go someday.

So I’m gonna sign off now, so I can get to work on some other posts… how’s everyone’s weekend so far?

 

~Sarah

I HAVE A PLAN

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HI YOU GUYS!!!!

It’s been over a month since my last update. What the hell. But now I’m back, because I HAVE A PLAN. A plan for slowly getting back into my blogging groove. Wanna know what it is? Of course you do!

 

  • Don’t even try to post a lot until at least July. This may sound silly, but here’s the deal – I’ve just been re-reading the Outlander books anyways, so I don’t have any great review to write. And the newest Outlander book comes out in June, so I’m hoping that by July I’ll have re-read them all and have read the new one and I’ll be ready to read other things. For now, my brain is still really enjoying the comfort-reading of Outlander.
  • Catch up with you guys. This is the other brilliant point of not posting much until July. My Bloglovin reader is at around 500, and I’m going to work on that over the next several weeks. I want to know what you all have been up to! And I don’t want to be a narcissistic asshole who just jumps back into blogging without knowing how you all have been too. I miss ya’ll. And your nice comments here and on Twitter and Instagram have brought many smiles to my face.
  • Take my lunches. Part of the appeal of this new position at work was that I’d get to take hour-long lunches. I have not really been doing that, but from now on, no skipping lunches. Even on the days when I’m there 14 hrs and have a million things to do. I really want to use that hour to get some reading in, or to read blogs.
  • Just do it. Even my awesomely thought-out plan involves me getting online and doing things, which I haven’t always been in the mood for lately. Like at all. Cause spending all day at work on the computer kind of makes me just want to go home, eat food, watch something, read something maybe, and pass out. But if I can get up at 4 in the morning for work some days, I can certainly get up early or stay up late to get online for a bit.

That’s my plan! I know, you’re in awe. Now on to some randomness…

So, work has been interesting. I really like the stuff I’m doing and learning, and I think that I’ll be learning more stuff in the near future, so that’s good. Some days are crazy stressful, but not many.

My eating has been atrocious, and I have NOT been working out as much as I’d like, and I haven’t gone to Krav Maga (oh yeah, we started doing that two nights a week) in like a week and a half. But you know. Some days I’m just too tired. I gotta get my ass in gear though, cause we’re doing the Color Run at the end of the month.

We started watching Bob’s Burgers. It’s really weird, but some parts make me laugh a lot. Archer is better though.

All this overtime has kind of led to me shopping a bit more than I did before… but that’s not terrible. I really needed to re-stock clothes, especially dressy work clothes. I bought THREE dresses yesterday, and I’m super excited to wear them. I’m going to try to rein that in though and actually start saving. That would be nice.

I’ve been catching up on listening to the Book Riot podcasts, and a phrase that Rebecca used, something to the effect of “getting more words in my brain”, has kind of stuck with me. That’s what I need to be doing in all the little ways I can – on lunch breaks, waiting in line at places, driving, etc. I need to find some more good audiobooks, and read on my phone more maybe.

I hate that so many public restrooms have automatic faucets, and now sometimes I just stick my hand under a faucet and wait for water to come out, but then it turns out it’s a normal one that you turn on yourself. That happened to me yesterday.

OH and I almost forgot – Bout of Books 10 starts on May 12th! And obviously I’m going to attempt that, because it’s my favorite readathon and I love it. My updates might be mostly on Instragram and Twitter, but still. Here’s the blurb:

“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”

 

You should definitely sign-up. It’s the most fun ever.

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Alright, I should probably stop rambling and get some stuff done. Blogs to read, an apartment to clean, a shower to be had, etc. I just wanted to say hi, and let you know what my general plan is, and that my posting is hopefully going to be sporadic in the next couple months, but hopefully not completely lacking.

So how have you guys been? Whatcha been up to?

~Sarah

 

 

 

Sarah Sunday – Letting you know I’m alive

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Gabby, my shorter hair, Sharknado, a pile of books I still haven’t finished…

 

Hi guys!

I haven’t posted in over two weeks, which is just ridiculously insane and sad. I mean, my reasons are valid (so.much.WORK.), but still. I really miss ya’ll. I don’t even want to know what my Bloglovin reader looks like right now. (OK I couldn’t resist – it’s almost at 600 unread posts. Fuck.)

 

Here’s a look at what my weeks have been like, Monday through Friday –

  • Get up around 4, 4:15 AM and get ready for work
  • Get to work around 5:30, 5:45 AM
  • Work all day – trying to get the million things that I need to done, in addition to training two new people
  • Get home around 7:30 or 8 PM
  • Make some sort of food, hang out with the honeyman, and crash around 9:30 or 10 PM
  • Repeat

And weekends are a short blur of grocery shopping, cleaning, doing laundry, and trying to get to the gym at least once. I have at least 3 more weeks of this. We’re estimating about a month to train the temps completely… which means a lot of 12 to 14 hour days for me. And most days I barely have time to get up and pee, much less hop online or on my phone to do bloggy things. This really sucks… but if all goes well and the temps work out, then in a month I’ll be on more normal human hours and hopefully will be able to get things back on track. I really miss reading, and blogging, and chatting with you guys.

I haven’t really finished an actual book this month, except that I re-read Outlander and now I’m re-reading Dragonfly in Amber. Graphic novels are nice too, but my time has been limited for even that much reading. I DID splurge last night… and ordered myself a Kindle Paperwhite. And 4 graphic novels. I have to reward myself a little for this overtime, right?

The honeyman has been really awesome. He took care of allllll the cleaning this week so that we could host game night on Friday (which consisted of us ordering pizza and watching older episodes of The Walking Dead). He’s been pitching in with laundry when he can, and ordering food when I’m too tired to cook, and just generally been really sweet (though he does hate me working so much… but what are ya gonna do, ya know?)

seen Sharknado

We watched Sharknado last weekend. You guys – it was the best worst thing I’ve ever seen. The graphics, acting, and plot were all TERRIBLE, but so terrible that I couldn’t stop laughing. There’s a part where the storm unhinges a Ferris wheel, and OF COURSE it starts rolling down the street, because why not, and OF COURSE it crushes people, and it was just so so bad. But in a stupidly great way.

Yes.

Yes.

And that’s about all the updating-time I have. I gotta get chicken tacos going in the crockpot before running out and doing things with my sister. I just wanted to let ya’ll know that I haven’t disappeared completely. Hope you’re all doing really well.

~Sarah