Valentine’s Day

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.

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Sarah Sunday

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  • I’ve been quiet on Twitter and whatnot this week. We have a new temp at work now (so far so good) and so that’s taking up ALL my time. I got in 53 hours this week – already failed at my “I don’t want to work more than 50 hours a week” thing. Nice.
  • I did manage to finish two books this week – Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older, and Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit. I MIGHT be able to write a review or two today, but I’ve finally started An Untamed State by Roxane Gay and it’s calling to me.
  • Oh yeah, yesterday was Valentine’s Day. My older sister came out my way to run my tons of errands, and we shopped and had lunch at Moe’s. I FINALLY bought new black dress boots for work. It was nice, but I didn’t get home till 5 pm and was beat. I passed out on the couch I think before 9 last night.
  • On the plus side,  I woke up really early this morning and went to the gym. And now I’m staying inside the rest of the day because it’s super crappy outside. I hate winter.
  • I forgot to mention it last week, but Harper Lee has a new book coming out (Go Set a Watchman) and though I have some misgivings about how it all came about, I’m excited to read it. Come onnnn, July. I think I should re-read To Kill a Mockingbird before that though. I’ve only read it once.
  • No letter from the honeyman this week, which sucks. I don’t know how their mail system really works, but I know the honeyman said last week that he mailed something, so I was hoping. I really want his address so I can start mailing my letters to him. But, my fingers are crossed for a call today.
  • I’m all caught up on The Flash! I purposely caught up on it so that I could cancel Hulu, but now that I watched so many… I want to be able to keep watching it, so maybe I won’t cancel Hulu? Damn subscription services are so tempting.
  • I have chicken taco chili in the crockpot right now, and that’ll be my dinner basically all week. Last week it was vegetable lasagna. Really no sense in making myself small regular dinners, especially when I’m working late too. But by the end of the week, I definitely get sick of eating the same thing and will go splurge on a sub or something.

Okay, I’m going to go cuddle up with Gabby and read. Poor kitty, she’s so attention-starved right now. How has your weekend been? Did you all have a lovely V-Day?

~Sarah

Sarah Sunday!

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Me looking tired, but happy about my new cutlass – FLOWERS – new books – Gabby being weird – Gabby being even more weird

 

Happy Sunday morning there, ya’ll!

So, stuff happened this week that is sucky for the short-term, but awesome for the long-term (I think). Basically someone at my job quit really abruptly, so for the next 1-2 months, I’m doing 10-hour days, 5 days a week at my job. BUT at the same time I’m also training to move into a slightly different position at work that will have me doing more important stuff and learning a lot, will be regular 8 to 5 hours (or earlier, if I want) with nice hour-long lunches, and will pay more. The OT sucks right now because I’m working 8:30 to 7 and I have practically zero time for working out or reading. But I have a new position to look forward to when that’s over, and hopefully that will get me back on track for reading and blogging things as well. You may have noticed me commenting sporadically or on posts that are days to a week old… this is going to be the norm for a while. I’m tryin.

Reading has been AWFUL for me this month. It’s killing me a bit. I re-read The Rosie Project (awesome), read two graphic novels (Revival Vol. 1 and Chew Vol. 2), and quit Bleak House because seriously, no time for all that. I’m on page 306 of 435 in Assassin’s Apprentice, which I’m actually really enjoying except that I’m reading it basically a half-hour at a time. I was not prepared to work this much this week, so coming home and trying to figure out dinner has been a pain in the ass. I’ve basically come home, made food, watched an episode of something with the honeyman, and gone to bed. I’m planning things better for this week so at least I won’t have to waste a bunch of time making food.

ANYWAYS. Happy Valentine’s Day! Which I know was two days ago, but shut up. The honeyman did a FABULOUS job and got me a cutlass! It’s sharp, full-tang, not too heavy, and awesome. I’m soooooo going to be a pirate for Halloween this year. And of course, flowers and food. (And I got him a collapsible bow and arrow set he had been wanting.) We basically just hung out together Friday night and Saturday, watching most of Archer season 4 and spending time together. I did finally get to the gym this weekend too, which was awesome. I really missed it during the week and I think desperately needed it just to release tension and all that from work. It was fun.

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Other things…

  • I’ve listened to a full 1o episodes of Welcome to Night Vale now, so I might do a review-thingy of that this week, if I can squeeze it in.
  • There’s a multidimensional new geometric shape that means important things for quantum field theory.
  • I definitely fell on black ice on V-Day night. I tried to save myself so I fell pretty slowly, but still scraped up my left knuckles somehow.
  • I’m going to do a Sprite vs. Sierra Mist taste challenge today. We bought both, and the honeyman is going to blindfold me and have me taste test them, because he thinks I can’t tell the difference. He is wrong, because I KNOW Sprite is way more delicious.

And now I’m off to rush through all my errand so I can get home, do laundry, and read my ass off. I want to finish Assassin’s Apprentice, Saga Vol. 1, and Hellsing Vol. 1. Oh and yeah, I bought my first manga novel… I have reached a level of nerd that I never thought I would, but I do want to get more into Hellsing. I’ve seen some of the show, and it’s good, and the honeyman loves it.

 

How has everyone’s week been? Do any fun things on Valentine’s Day? Anything you’re excited about this week?

~Sarah

 

Sarah Sunday!

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Fondue! / V-Day display at grocery store / Gabby! / My V-day flowers and balloon / The honeyman and I

Good morning!

Sarah update: Well, I had a relatively good week. A little busy here and there, but overall good. AND Thursday was Valentine’s Day, which was obviously the most exciting part!

The honeyman and I both took V-Day off, because I really love V-Day and we don’t usually have a whole day off together. He brought home a balloon and flowers for me the night before, and then V-Day morning we exchanged cards & presents (well, my main present actually didn’t come until Friday) and then went and worked out at the gym. We then went and picked up our taxes from the accountant, and then we saw Warm Bodies. You guys, Warm Bodies was SO GOOD. It put an interesting spin on zombies, it was funny, and it was sweet. Totally worth buying the DVD later. Aaaaand now I want to read the book, which I’ve heard is a bit darker but probably still good.

Anyways, after the movie we went to The Melting Pot. The honeyman made reservations for us two weeks ahead of time, so YAY him for being awesome. The Melting Pot was amazing. We sat in a little alcove booth that was so cozy and private. The food was AH-MAZ-ING. Like, I get fondue now. I’ve dunked stuff in chocolate before, and it was okay. This was fantastic. There were 4 courses, all super delicious. The service was awesome. They came and took our picture and put it in a little frame (part of the V-Day package), and also brought over two glasses of champagne. And seriously – THE FOOD. Dipping a perfect bite of cheesecake into melted milk chocolate and peanut butter may be the best thing I’ve ever tasted.

After dinner we went home, played Black Ops 2, and had some nice cozy time before I had to get up and get ready for work. Yeah, I had to work at 2 am on Friday… really should have thought about that, but oh well. Work on Friday sucked because I was super-tired, but V-Day was awesome and that’s all that matters. I love spending time with the honeyman. I must like him or something.

Oh, and my main V-Day present?

Gerber 31-000705 Gator Machete Pro, Nylon Sheath

He gets me.

He gets me a weapon for V-day every year, and this is what I asked for this year. Glen uses something like this in The Walking Dead. AWESOME.

Worked out a few times this week, and my treadmill intervals are STILL kicking my ass. But instead of alternating 1 minute walking and 1 minute running for 20 minutes or so, now I’m alternating walking for 1.5 minutes and running for 1.5 minutes, for 20 to 25 minutes. Soooo, that’s good I guess? I don’t think I’m ever going to be a “runner”, but it’s a fun challenge I suppose. Oh and I’m still maintaining my weight, so that’s cool.

This coming week I’m working 68 to 74 hours, which is going to suck. I spent time this weekend trying to get a little ahead on posts. But reading might be slow this week (whatever, it’s been a bit slow all month), and my internet time will be somewhat limited. Don’t miss me too much.

How I'll probably feel at the end of this week...

How I’ll probably feel at the end of this week…

What’s good is that after next Sunday, I’ll have NINE days off. Sure, at least half of that will be spent recovering from having my wisdom teeth taken out, but at least I won’t be at work!

Bookish update: Ummmm yeah. The only book I finished this week was the third Harry Potter book for the readalong. Oh, and I finished One Good Earl Deserves a Lover last Sunday while I was at work, but that was just a fluffy mindless read and barely worth reviewing, even though I did.

I started The Prince and The Pauper last weekend… ugh. I got like 70 pages in, and I don’t know if I’m going to bother reading the last 120 pages or so. It’s so SLOW. Just proves that picking the shortest classics doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be easier to read than longer ones.

I finally got to start the second Ketty Jay book, The Black Lung Captain. Hooray! I’m about 2/3 of the way through it now. Loving these books. I even named my V-Day stuffed puppy Darian Frey after the captain in this series (and yes, the honeyman gets me stuffed animals for V-Day too, and I usually name them after a male character from books or movies I’m loving at the time). I’m going to try to fit in Me Before You and/or The Martian Chronicles this week, if work isn’t too hectic and annoying. (Rebecca, interested in reading The Martian Chronicles this week? I remember you mentioned maybe reading it together!)

OH and yesterday I decided to sign up for the Vanity Fair readalong. It’s going to be tough to cram the first half of the book into the next two weeks, but I really want to feel like I’m making progress on my Classics Club list and I’ve heard good things.

And finally, some links to interesting stuff:

Alright folks, I’m off to do worky stuff now. Enjoy your Sunday!!!

~Sarah

Sarah Sunday!

Just one of my V-Day presents 🙂

Good morning ya’ll.

Sarah update: Well, it’s been an okay week. Date night last Sunday was relaxing at home, ordering pizza, and watching the new episode of The Walking Dead. I got to hang out with my sister Heather on Monday night – we had dinner at Red Lobster (mmmmmmm) and then did some shopping. And then Tuesday was VALENTINE’S DAY!!! YAYYY!!

I woke up to flowers, a card, and my new cookware set ❤

We had a nice, relaxing morning of exchanging presents and cards and then went out for lunch at Critic’s, a cute little diner-restaurant at the mall. (He surprised me with the blue cookware set I wanted, which I thought he was going to save for my birthday. And I got him a really fancy pocketwatch that I’d had engraved and everything.) Then we drove out to The Steel Source, and I got to pick out my big Valentine’s Day presents, one of which I’m holding in that picture at the top. I also got another cute little knife, and the honeyman bought us a knife-sharpening kit. (Seriously, this is one of my favorite traditions that we have. Him getting me weapons for V-Day is his way of saying he cares enough that he wants me to be safe. It’s like something I imagine old-school tribes would do or something.) Anyways, after that we drove out to ANOTHER mall because I had put a shirt on hold that I wanted to get him – a Black Ops Zombies t-shirt, and this was the only one left in his size in our area.

The pocket watch I got for the honeyman.

While we were at the mall the honeyman wanted to look around Men’s Warehouse, and they had a big sale going on so he bought two leather jackets and two pairs of fancy man dress-jeans and he looked SO HANDSOME. We also really liked the guy that was helping him, he was nice and helpful. Then we went home to change, stopped at my mom’s to give and my grandma roses and chocolates, and then went to The Cheesecake Factory. We ended up buying cheesecake and leaving – the wait for a table was 1.5 hours, and we figured it’d be nicer to go home and hang out together. So we left, stopped at his mom’s to give her a rose and chocolates, picked up some Chinese food, and went home to watch the new Cougar Town episode and relax. It was such a great day.

Such a handsome, handsome man. I'm a very lucky girl 🙂

ANYHOO… and then Wednesday was a hectic day of me cleaning, doing laundry, and grocery shopping, and then picking up my friend Doni and us watching the new Cougar Town episode on Hulu. She also showed me some stuff on my new sewing machine (which I got for Christmas and STILL haven’t had time to play with yet), so I went out and bought some thread and I’m hoping to start experimenting with it in the next week or two.

And then I went back to work… and got some crappy news. The temp that was hired at my job was in a car accident and although he’s fine, his car was messed up and he doesn’t have a new one yet. So last week my co-workers had to scramble to fill in for him (I couldn’t because I was so busy), but he’s still going to be out this week. I agreed to take the late shift today instead of my morning shift, but someone also needs to cover on Tuesday night and I’m really the only person that could do it… but I’m not going to, dammit. I had a lot of plans on Tuesday, and I’m supposed to go visit my little sister and nephew out-of-town on Wednesday, which I wouldn’t be able to do if I worked until 2 in the morning. So I’m going to say no to covering on Tuesday. I really need my 4 days off this week, because I had stuff planned and also just to save my own sanity.

However. If the temp doesn’t get his act together and get a car soon… well, I don’t know how long my boss is going to put up with him not having reliable transportation. And if they fire him, that means me and my co-workers are going to go back to 60-hour weeks until they find someone new, train him or her, etc. UGH. It’s a very depressing thought… and just thinking that it could happen REALLY makes me not want that extra shift on Tuesday, because who knows when the next time I’m going to have 4 days off is? I guess I just have to wait and see… I’m really glad we decided to re-sign our lease and not move. I could NOT deal with that and working extra.

Anyways, that was my week. It went by so fast… this whole year is moving very fast so far. I can’t believe February is almost over.

Bookish update: I seem to be having some serious trouble focusing, and finishing books. I’ve only finished 10 books so far this year, which is about half of what I’d like and what’s more normal for me. It’s partly just me being busy, in my day-to-day life AND at work. But I don’t know… if a book isn’t really holding my interest, I can’t bring myself to trudge through it. I kind of paused in Red Mars because I’m at a boring part and ehhh. And now I’m reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, which is okay… but I’m not loving it yet (sorry Jenn!). However I WILL finish it, because it’s part of the Gaiman Challenge I’m doing this year.

In fact, since I have like 3 hours because I need to get ready for work, I think I’m going to take my coffee and go into the spare bedroom and read for a while. Sounds heavenly.

Hope everyone has a great week!!!

~Sarah

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Broke My Little Heart

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!!

I’m so excited 🙂 The honeyman and I both have the whole day off, so it shall be filled with good food, games, and general just hanging out together. I woke up this morning to flowers, a card, chocolate, and a suprise – the blue cookware set I wanted! Plus he’s taking me shopping later to get some other stuff that he didn’t have time to get before. I love that man 🙂 I’m also excited for today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and The Bookish) because even though I don’t support the anti-V-Day sentiment, at least it’s an interesting list! The topic is Top Ten Books That Broke Your Heart A Little.

1. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon – I love this series, and just about every single book makes me cry at some point. ESPECIALLY the first three. Jamie and Claire are such an epic love story, and they go through some serious hard times. The first time I read the 2nd book, I remember I was reading the end of it while I was taking a bath – the honeyman came in to check on me, and I was sobbing and SO sad because of what was happening. Makes me tear up just thinking about it…

2. The Bronze Horseman and Tatiana & Alexander by Paullina Simons – So this trilogy is about about Tatiana and Alexander (I didn’t list the third book because it SUCKED, but the first two books were awesome) and they have a really rough and tragic start to their love story. They meet on the day that World War 2 starts in Russia, and they have to survive SO MUCH to try to be together. Seriously sad times.

 

3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Poor Heathcliff…
“Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest, as long as I am living! You said I killed you – haunt me then! … Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I can not find you!”

 

4. The Geography of Love by Glenda Burgess – Such a bright and happy cover, right? Lies. This is a memoir, written by a woman who watches her beloved 40-ish year old husband die of cancer. I would read this on my lunch at work, and tears would just be rolling down my face. It was SO SAD.

5. Wicked by Gregory Maguire – OK, so we all know how the Wicked Witch’s story ends because of The Wizard of Oz. But this book brings her to life, and dude, poor Elphie and Fiyero…

And you know what, that’s all I can do for today. It’s supposed to be a happy day and if I think of more sad books, it’s gonna be too depressing.

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!!!!

~Sarah

Sarah Sunday!

Good morning everyone!

Sarah update: So, I had four days off this past week and they were NOT very relaxing. There was too much social time. I love my friends and family, but sometimes (lots of times) I really just prefer to be home alone – reading, cleaning, playing Call of Duty, etc. I STILL have not gotten the chance to play with the new sewing machine I got for Christmas!!! Therefore, in February I am going to make it a huge point to get LOTS of relaxing alone-time in. Anyways, on one of my days off I got to do some shopping (okay, a crapload of shopping), and I bought this dress…

Cute, right? Except for me, picture a lot more in the hips and chest area… This picture was just one I found online. It was less than $40, and it actually looks really cute on me. It was the only dress I tried on that didn’t freaking squeeze me in every unflattering way possible. It hangs very well on me, hiding all that should be hidden and making my curves look nice and pretty. I’m planning on wearing it on Valentine’s Day. Which means that in the next two weeks I need to go buy a cute little gold-ish purse, and shoes. I HATE buying shoes, but it must be done. But yay! for getting a cute new dress!

What else… oh yeah, so my only day off this week is Wednesday. Someone took a couple days off, and I agreed to fill in for two of the shifts, which means I’m working 7 ouf of the next 8 days. And actually, since my workweek just started on Friday, I figured out that it equals about 114 hours spread over 9 days. Which is just a big can of suckola, but what the hell. Not only will the paycheck be SWEET, I also tend to fill in shifts when needed because, you know, it’s one of the few ways in which I’m a nice person. There’s only one other person that could have stepped up and offered to fill in, and she’s a douchebag who NEVER fills in an open shift, which means everyone else ends up working like 60 hours in a week, or doing 18-hour long days instead of just 12. I really don’t like her… Oh also, the honeyman is working swing shift this week, which means that he won’t get out of work until 8 pm, while I’m asleep. Which means I am going to be a very miserable, tired girl this week. Expect lots of whiny, complain-y tweets.

ANYWAYS. Because this week is bound to be horrible, I’m trying something kind of new. Instead of sleeping for like 4 hours, getting up, showering, and heading to work, I’m getting up over an hour earlier to drink coffee and eat and stuff beforehand. I’ve only been trying it for a couple days, but so far going to work nice and caffeinated seems to make me a more-easy going person, at least for the first part of the my shift. And I’m not as sleepy, so I get more reading done instead of watching DVD’s. Yay! So, we’ll see how this week goes, but I may have to turn this into something I do all the time for work. Also, I’ve been trying really, really hard to get AT LEAST 6 hours of sleep before getting up for work. It’s harder than you’d think – I get out of work at 2 pm, come home, and if I want to get a full 8 hours in then I need to go back to sleep by 3 pm. That’s the downside of 12-hour days, I suppose. But man I love those weeks when I have 4 days off, so it’s worth it in the end.

What else… that’s it in the Sarah-verse I think. I’m preoccupied with dreading work this week, and thinking of Valentine’s Day stuff for the honeyman. I’m thinking a pocket watch (relax, he already knows this). And I sent him some of the things I have my eye on here. It’s a V-Day tradition with us, he always gets me a weapon as a gift. Which I totally love 🙂

Bookish update: I’ve seemed to break out of my reading slump, thanks to The Neanderthal Parallax trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer. I’ve read the first two and I’m dying to read the third, but I had to special order it and I’m waiting for the bookstore to call and tell me it’s in. I can’t wait, it’s a great series and I love how much it makes me think. I have some of the author’s stand-alone novels that I really want to read as well, but I’m waiting until I finish the trilogy first. So, in the meantime I’ve started reading The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt. I’m about 50 pages in to it so far, and I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. It definitely has that Western feel, which I like, but I’m not sure how I like the story so far. Also, this week is the final 60 pages of Norwegian Wood, thank-freaking-god because that book is BLAH.

Anyways, that’s all I got for today. Hope everyone has a great week!

~Sarah