Hi friends! Happy Sunday. I miss you all so much. As much as I’d like to say today will be dedicated to catching up on blog comments, emails, inquiries, and reading other blogs, I’m not sure I can get to that. I barely had time for this post, but I had the instinct to blog, so I went with it. I’m trying to be more proactive about taking breaks (because life is BUSY), but after I hit publish to this one, I have to go back to an essay.
*pardon the old Lord Still Loves Me logo. I promise on day I’ll clean up the blog.*
That said, I will make time for all of those things asap. I hope you are all doing quite well for yourself and enjoying the summer months. Each and every single one of you are wonders of this world. Take ownership of the inherent value of being alive and being you. I’m so grateful for your place in my heart.
In other recent news, I got a car! Because of my daily commute to work and back home, I have rediscovered my love for listening to music. It takes about 25 minutes from point a to point b, which is just enough time to make a dent through some music. Right now, I keep switching back from the score of Waitress and the score of Dear Evan Hansen (two Broadway musicals). They are the only things on my phone right now, but I am not complaining regardless.
And yes, I’m totally one of those people who rocks out at full volume while I’m driving as I pretend that I’m a leading actress in a musical. (All safely done, don’t you worry.)
This is way too late because I’m pretty sure Ian and I watched this movie on the second day of June, but: Pulp Fiction. It’s long been revered as a classic, but I’ve never stumbled upon it before. Well that all changed when we went to an outdoor screening of it at Griffith Park.
From the moment the screen flicked on, I was wholly captivated. Easily, this film is in my top ten. It might even be my favorite of all time. I’ll have to watch it again before I come to that conclusion though. It is superb. I can find no faults with the movie. If you haven’t seen it before, my advice is to go into the film without knowing anything about it. That’s how I experienced it, and I don’t think I would have liked it as much had I known what was I going into.
Current TV Show:
I’m still making my way through the Office. It’s a show I have to fully pay attention to, and my time for television is sparse, but when I can, I squeeze in an episode.
Last week on Twitter, I mentioned I was in a reading funk. You all came through with your recommendations! I added them all onto my already overflowing TBR (to be read) list on Goodreads, but when I popped into my local library, I saw that Station Eleven was available. It was one of those books I’d always heard rave reviews about, but whenever I read the intriguing snoops on the back, I was never entirely enticed to give it a shot. I’m not one for post-apocalyptic fiction, but for whatever reason, I decided to give it a shot this time.
Sooooo worth it. Even if you are like me and not a fan of the genre, this one might just reel you in. It’s much more than the end of the world. It grapples with the real thoughts and emotions of the people left behind. It takes a gander on what might become of them. How do they move on? How do they work with the minimal resources they have left, when they have clear memories of a more luxurious life before? How do they cope with lost lives of the ones they loved, or used to love, or never understood their love for? Through this tale, you hear so many different stories, all interwoven in the most magnificent way. It’s been a while since I’ve been this hooked on a book. So much so, I’ve wanted to write a book review post on the blog, but nothing has given me the motivation to do so. Station Eleven finally sparked that for me.
Next on my list: a nonfiction work called The Witches.
Making it through an eight hour shift that consists of running around in the blazing heat of summer has taught me that I depend on my snacks. Every morning I’ve been munching on an apple that I bring with me (along with a lot more), and it is probably the most satisfying thing I eat all day. It’s light, cool, and refreshing. Plus, it’s a pretty mobile snack to have while I’m bustling about.
Given how long the days are at my job and the fact I’m also enrolled in two summer school course, there isn’t much time for *me* time. I’m trying to get back into working on my second novel, but with day-to-day life being as chaotic as it has been, my thoughts just don’t come as they used to.
I have no real desire to go for runs anymore (<– who would have ever thought I’d utter that sentence, huh? I used to think running was my life). Even though I’m not logging miles any more, I still crave the morning ritual of having alone time to myself outside. This month, I exchanged my morning runs for morning walks, sometimes with music or a podcast, and sometimes just with my thoughts. It’s given me time to set my intentions for the day ahead of me.
An added bonus: it’s the only time of day where the sun is out and it doesn’t feel like death. June gloom, where did you go?
My job. I didn’t think I could ever love a job this much, but I really do. These kids have totally taken my heart captive, and I have no intention of escaping their grasp. They all are just incredible. Sure, they might have their disobedient moments, but those are so few compared to the moments of joy they bring. On Friday, I was one of the last counselors to leave work, and as I was departing from the playground to head to my car, I actually had kids hold onto me with strong huggings asking me to stay. I ended up staying an extra half hour, not getting paid, but just to hang out with them and talk to some of the parents. This job has established such a community. I love the kids. I love the parents. I love the coworkers. Everything about this job has helped me grow and feel prosperous this summer.
So much so, I could actually see myself become an elementary teacher one day… though I’m not getting the proper degree for that. Then again, who knows what the next year will bring! I think there are a lot of changes up ahead for me, and I am not going to turn away from them.
Every week, we go on two field trips for my work as a summer camp counselor. Usually, I go on one out of the two. The other day I stay behind with the kids who opted out of the field trip and we play games as per usual. This week, I got to go a bowling alley with all my little ones! We had a blast, and I myself had a celebratory moment: I got my first turkey! Of course, I was surrounded by kids who had no clue what I was talking about, but I was filled with glee.
My obsession with oatmeal began almost seven years ago, but I always made it in the microwave. I always assumed it was comparable to stovetop, but just a whole lot simpler. Well, when our microwave broke a few weeks ago and I had a hankering for some oatmeal, I took the stove.
It’s two entirely different taste experiences. Granted, I know it’s just oatmeal and most people make a disgusted look whenever they hear the word oatmeal, but coming from someone like me that has at least once a day, I’m overtly enthused by this. If you’re like me and you love your microwave oatmeal, make it on the stove and you’ll like it so much.
Current iPhone Wallpaper
Gah. I miss him.
Remember a few weeks ago when I said I was going to try out new recipes throughout summer? Well, I have kept up with it really well! I only missed one week, so for that, I’m pretty proud of myself. However, every single recipe has been just “meh.” It’s not that I am doing anything wrong (at least, I don’t think I have), but the recipes just haven’t been stellar. There’s nothing I’ve tried so far that I’d revert back to.
Back to pinterest I go! I need one recipe to make and really enjoy.
After taking a course on the theory of grammar, I’ve become infatuated with learning more. If you’re like me, and you are interested in learning more about our language, check this out.
- What music should I add to my phone? When I’m not listening to Broadway, I tend to lean toward folk and indie style music. Rap, pop, country… meh. Not my thing.
- Do you have a go-to recipe?
- What’s a movie you think everyone needs to watch?
- Tell me what is currently going on in your life!