Friday, November 9, 2012

Life Lately

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Sweet Zephyr, secret favorite, got too close to a candle and now has one curly eyebrow whisker.

Anticipating...
The holidays! I know it's early, but I love this time of year, when you start to see hints of the holidays here and there, plus there's the anticipation of seeing my family. Chris and I came up with a some rough plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas this week and I'm excited. In the past- because of our former proximity to both of our families- these two holidays were usually stress-filled affiars spent running from one house to the next, but since we moved 12 hours away, things have become much simpler! I'm looking forward to our second Thanksgiving spent in Pittsburgh, a day that is now nothing but relaxing and mostly an excuse to cook something more awesome than usual, go on a hike, and watch Alice's Restaurant. Also, I'll be running the Turkey Trot this year, a decision that, after getting back into running last week, I'm starting to seriously question.

Reading...
I picked up three books from the library this week: Freakonomics, The Good Girls Revolt, and The Vanishers. I started The Vanishers first, and so far it's interesting. I've always been drawn to slightly off kilter books, anything involving paranormal-lite (as in, not super scary, but just a little strange). And the bright floral cover of this book jumped out at me from the shelf- yeah, I totally judge books by their covers. I've heard a lot about Freakonimics, and was drawn to the Good Girls Revolt after listening to an interview with the author on NPR a few weeks ago. So I'm excited to get into those as well. I'm also really interested in Far From the Tree (after listening to yet another author interview). I've been looking for a book that explores the dynamics of families with children that don't fall in to society's idea of "normal" ...essentially, coming from a family with an autistic child (my sister), I've been looking for a book about a family similar to mine...if that makes sense? Hope so. Anyway, it looks interesting.

Relieved About...
Zeb and Zephyr. The cats can be in the same room together! So much progress! In case you skip over all my cat posts (how could you??), Zeb has been temporarily prescribed prozac for anxiety and general issues of cat-stress. He's been taking it for about three or four weeks now and is doing great. Things definitely aren't the same as they were (they don't snuggle together like they used to, which makes me sad), but I'm hoping that once we find a new apartment in the spring and wean him off they'll get back to normal. 

Watching...
Ok, so I have a confession to make: I'm addicted to Once Upon A Time. Don't judge me, ok? I'm a sucker for the whole fairy-tales-in-modern-life thing so this is like television candy to me. I love everything about it, but I really, really love the awful CGI and questionable costume decisions (the Blue Fairy looks like she could be an extra on Toddlers and Tiaras).

Working on...
Another confession: that episode of Parks and Rec where Tom is forced to spend time away from all his "screens" got me super paranoid about my own use of technology. Sometimes I take too much away from silly T.V. shows... anyways I don't think it's a bad thing to want to spend less time in front of a screen on the weekends. Because of the work that I do (and this blog), being on the computer for long stretches of time is a fact of life during the week and completely unavoidable. So on the weekends I've been making more of an effort to step away and work on things with my hands. I have a long list of projects that feel as if they've been on the backburner forever. The 30 Day Drawing Challenge has been helping immensely with this. Also, my phone. I'm working on breaking the spell. 

Craving...
A haircut.


This post is inspired by Sometimes Sweet, a pretty awesome blog.

9 comments:

Fiona said...

I'm also addicted to Once Upon A Time. It's a really good guilty pleasure when the weather's really cold and wet! My favourite thing about it is how it seems like each actor has been assigned one 'serious face' which must be used whenever there may be trouble!

sallie oleta barbee said...

Oh I'm a fellow Once Upon a Time "fan" - why is the CGI and costuming SO BAD??!! Haha! I totally had to laugh about the blue fairy comment because my husband and I have said the exact. same. thing! And yet, I'm hooked!
You also just reminded me that I need to get over to the library. I have a list of books I've been meaning to check out.

Jill said...

The Vanishers is perfect if you like slightly off-kilter books. It's smart and weird and really well-written. I liked it a lot. Let us know your thoughts when you finish!

Bridget said...

Good lord, those fairy costumes really are hideous! Half the fun of being a fairy is getting an awesome costume, not looking like a flying jellyfish! Snow has definitely lucked out with costumes, though.

Heidi said...

Im living Once Upon A Time too! They are starting to get creative with the characters, perfect for one of those guilty pleasure shows. -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

Femke said...

A poor Zephyr - luckily he's getting better!

It's good to hear how inspiring the 30 days drawing challenge is. It's definitely something I'd like to pick up myself! Good luck with everything!

xoxo, Femke By Button

Amanda Ellexson said...

I'm so happy to hear that Zeb and Zephyr are able to be in the same room again! I wish you the best at find a new apartment and them getting back to normal with one another (cuddles included!)

Debra said...

Lol Poor kitty!

You should check out the books by Jackson Pearce.
I think Sister's Red was the first book but from what I understand it's the retelling of little red riding hood on a kick ass level. my friend has been trying to get me to read it for well over a year but I've put it in my "to-read" list. That goes for all of you modern fairy tale lovers! ;)

~Debra
honestlydebra.blogspot.com

allison lee said...

Oh my word, prozac for kitties that is just too much! Poor little thing!! We had to put one of our cats down a few months ago and now the other just seems so lonely (they were sisters from the same litter so I'm sure it was super traumatic). We're hesitant to find her a new friend though cause we want to be sure they'll get along :( Hopefully yours will go back their cuddly to norm soon!

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