1. Bout of Books 13 + #CrushYourTBR

    May 10, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, Geek Events by Kristina Horner

    I am participating in not one but TWO readathons this week, and I wanted to let you know what they are in case you want to join in!

    The first one is called Bout of Books, which runs from Monday the 11th to Sunday the 17th. This one has pretty loose rules; you basically set your own goal and then can participate in the challenges along the way if you so choose. I’m actually hosting Wednesday’s challenge here on my blog, so make sure to stop back and see what it is!

    Then on Friday the 15th – Sunday the 17th (it overlaps, which is actually kind of nice – double motivation!) I’ll also be participating in #CrushYourTBR, which is also a pretty casual TBR meant to encourage people to get through the books on their shelves at a quicker rate than normal. It’s great.

    I’ve got a pretty over-ambitious TBR for the week, but I plan to start bringing a book to work and reading on my lunch break, which will help. I might not get through all of these, but by george I’m going to try.

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    I’ll likely be tweeting about the readathon experience over the course of the week, so make sure you’re following me on Twitter if you want to see my updates. It should be a lot of fun, and I’m dying to start. There are some books in that stack I’ve been meaning to read for months, so it should be great.

    Let me know if you’re participating, and what you’re hoping to accomplish. Happy reading!

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  2. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 4/25 – Wrap Up!

    April 26, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, Geek Events by Kristina Horner

    I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon yesterday, April 25th. I cheated a little, starting Friday night, but I had the evening to myself so I wanted to get reading early. Technically I was supposed to start at 5am my time, but I started around 7pm the night before because I knew I’d be sleeping through many of the pivotal reading hours.

    Basically I just made my personal 24 hours of reading a little more convenient to keeping a regular sleeping schedule.

    My goal for the readathon, as I stated in a previous blog post, included a stack of a two books I was halfway through and a couple graphic novels I’d been meaning to read. As I got closer to the actual event, I revised my goal to include one more short novel and to read at least 500 pages over the course of the day.

    Here’s how I did:

    Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: I read the 275 pages I had left. 5 hours.
    Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples: I read all 144 pages. 1 hour.
    Sex Criminals Vol. 2 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky: I read all 128 pages. 1 hour.
    Doll Bones by Holly Black: I read 133 pages, making it about halfway. 2.5 hours.

    Total pages read: 680 pages
    Total books completed: 3 books
    Total hours read: 9.5 hours

    I didn’t do quite as well as I was hoping, but I had a fantastic time and I knocked a few books off my TBR, which really was the ultimate goal. I still haven’t finished Sorcerer’s Stone and now I’m always halfway through Doll Bones as well, but.. I’ll finish those soon. I’m looking forward to getting really serious about my TBR after this, because I have to start whittling it down. I have to.

    I believe the next readathon I’ll be doing is Bout of Books, and I am very much looking forward to it. I might also host a readathon this summer for my book club, if anyone is interested. Happy reading!

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  3. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

    April 23, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, Geek Events by Kristina Horner

    I’ve been craving a readathon lately, and luckily – there’s one this Saturday! If you haven’t heard of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, I highly encourage you to go check it out. It’s fun and relatively low commitment, since it’s only 24 hours. Here’s my TBR:

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    I realize this is incredibly ambitious for a 24 hour period, but I am about halfway through both Since You’ve Been Gone and Sorcerer’s Stone already. I hope to finish each of those books, and get through two graphic novels I’ve been sitting on for awhile. It’ll be tough, but I’m gonna try!

    Are you taking part in the readathon? If so, what books are you hoping to read? Leave a comment, let me know, and join me on twitter this Saturday! I’ll be tweeting about my progress when my nose isn’t in these books. So excited!

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  4. Sanrio/Little Twin Stars Cosplay Photos + Tutorial

    April 19, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Conventions, Cosplay, Geek Events by Kristina Horner

    I’m not sure when I got it in my head that a Little Twin Stars cosplay was a thing I had to do, but once it was there it stuck. I was a huge Sanrio fan as a kid (who are we kidding, I still am) and this adorable pair of siblings was always my favorite of the characters. I can’t tell you how much stationary I had in middle school with the Little Twin Stars on it.

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    There are a lot of different variations of these two, but we used this basic image as inspiration.

    SakuraCon 2015 fell the weekend directly after Emerald City Comic Con, so we didn’t really have time to put together anything too complicated. We weren’t going to cosplay at all, but then I remembered this idea. I asked Eia if she’d be down to power through putting this together, and luckily she was totally on board. We figured all we’d need to do was find matching white dresses, find the right color and length wigs, find matching shoes and make our respective props.

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    In the end it was actually a little bit more than a “quick costume” but we still managed to pull it together in a little over a week.

    How we did it: Starting from the top down, the wigs we both got lucky enough to find on Amazon Prime. Thank goodness, as we definitely wouldn’t have had time to order from China or anything like that. Both the star wand and star backpack were made by using standard pillow-making method with yellow fabric and batting. I glued mine on a wooden dowel, Eia added straps to her with thick pink ribbon. We got uber mega lucky with the white dresses, as we found these simple, perfect ones that somehow looked great on both our body types at Forever 21. Eia made her pink waist bow with the same ribbon she used for the backpack straps. We both found tights and/or leggings on our own (I believe mine were from Target and hers were from Goodwill) and the white sneakers were from Payless Shoe Source.

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    Surprisingly, not too many people knew what we were dressed as right away, but those who did were instantly delighted. Maybe they were too obscure of Sanrio characters. Maybe people just weren’t thinking that far back into their childhoods. Whatever it was, I really didn’t mind being in a relatively obscure costume, because everyone always got it as soon as we explained it, and it can be sort of fun to see people scratching their heads as you walk by. Especially after being Rapunzel last weekend (one of many, many Rapunzels) it was exciting to be a less immediately obvious character.

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    It was a nice little test at how quickly we can put together costumes we’re still proud of. Even though we spent way less time and money on these costumes than previous ones we’ve made, they weren’t any less fun to wear. The photoshoot wasn’t any less good, the pictures are a lot of fun, and we were super comfortable all day.

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    I think that’s a good lesson to learn early in cosplay honestly — that sometimes it’s really not the amount of money and time spent on a costume that makes it great. You don’t have to break the bank and make yourself crazy every time you go to a con. I will definitely be mixing easier costumes like these into my lineup in the future, for my own mental sanity and because at the end of the day, people are going to enjoy your costumes regardless of how hard they were to make.

    As long as you put your heart into everything you do, it’ll usually turn out great. *thumbs up*

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  5. 2015 Conventions I Will Be At!

    April 18, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Conventions, Cosplay, Geek Events, YouTube videos by Kristina Horner

    After realizing I never made videos mentioning I would be at Emerald City Comic Con and SakuraCon this year, I decided something needed to be done. Here’s a video outlining every other event I currently plan to be at in 2015 – though if new events pop up, you’ll want to make sure you’re following me on other social media!

    Are you going to any of these events? Do you know of any other cool conventions I might not have heard about? Leave me a comment!

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  6. 5 Fandom Friday: Five Times I Totally Fangirled

    April 3, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Bucket List, Conventions, Geek Events, Journal by Kristina Horner

    Okay. I’ve had 5 Fandom Friday bookmarked for months and months, and even though it’s totally right up my alley — I just haven’t done it yet. So! That ends today! Today, I am delving into this blog link-up thingy! Woo!

    So this week, the topic is “5 Times I Totally Fangirled”. I am a fangirl of many, many things, but there are very few things/people that make me stammer and squee and lose my composure. Usually I can keep it together, but there have been those few moments in my life where cool-as-a-cucumber Kristina might have freaked out a little. Here are the ones I can think of:

    1. Meeting “Topanga” from Boy Meets World aka Danielle Fishel at VidCon. When I got word that Danielle Fishel was just chillin’ at the con, I dropped everything and ran. Seriously. If you weren’t born in the late 80’s ish, it’s probably hard to understand just how important Boy Meets World was to our generation. It was everything. It was life. Fridays meant new episodes of Boy Meets World, and I swear to god Mom if you try to make plans for me that conflict with TGIF I will scream. It was a good time to be alive. Anyway, I started by taking some creeper selfies with Danielle Fishel in the background, but then managed to get this gem, pictured below.

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    2. Meeting “Shirley” from Community aka Yvette at MyDamnChannel. I was asked to be on weird little show for My Damn Channel that involved being interviewed by a mildly inappropriate cat puppet, and lo and behold… so was Yvette Nicole Brown. Nevermind the extremely bizzare parameters of the situation; I got to sit in a green room and make small talk with Shirley from Community. And it was great.

    DSC051333. Meeting “Andrew and Tara” aka Tom Lenk and Amber Benson at LeakyCon. I’m just going to put it out there – after following Tom Lenk on Instagram for a few years, I can astutely deduce that he’s a weird dude. But he’s a weird dude in Buffy as well, where he’s also my favorite character. So meeting him was pretty awesome, and meeting Amber Benson was just a nice bonus.

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    4. Almost but not quite meeting R.L. Stine at New York Comic Con. I have no picture, because it didn’t happen. I’m still hoping to get to shake R.L. Stine’s hand someday, but that day is yet to arrive. I heard he was at New York Comic Con and I LOST MY SHIT. I realized I missed his panel, ran to his signing line, saw it was A MILE LONG and cried my way through the rest of the convention. Someday, Mr. Stine. Someday.

    5. Meeting Ken Jennings at a PAX after party. Most people laugh at me when I tell them meeting Ken Jennings was a highlight of my life, but let’s get real here – this guy is awesome. My dad and I were already avid Jeopardy fans, but we were ALL ABOUT THAT IT when Ken Jennings went on his 74 game streak. I think I watched every single episode during that time. I don’t even know why; I was just fascinated by watching history being made. He’s also hilarious on social media, and a nice dude in person.

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    There are so many people I’d love to add to this list, but I guess I have my whole life to do that! Really I just need to meet J K Rowling. I don’t know how, or when, but it needs to happen.

    Woo! If you’re interested in 5 Fandom Fridays, the official home for it is here. I hope you enjoyed this post and I am looking forward to doing more.

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  7. Where I’ll be at Emerald City Comic Con ’15!

    March 24, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Conventions, Cosplay, Geek Events, Travel by Kristina Horner

    Hey guys! Are any of you going to Emerald City Comic Con here in Seattle? I sure hope so, because it’s going to be AN EXCELLENT WEEKEND! I figured I would post this a bit early, in case you want to know what I’ll be up to and where to find me this weekend.

    First off – I will of course be cosplaying. I have been working my face off, which has been exceptionally challenging in tandem with my new full-time job. Needless to say, after many nearly sleepless nights, I am so, so, so excited to finally show these bad boys off.

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    Also, I’m going to be on a super-fun panel on Friday that you won’t want to miss!

    The Couple That Games Together
    Room: Hall J (WSCC 3B)
    Date: Friday, March 27th
    Time: 2:00PM – 2:50PM

    This will be my and Joe’s second time getting to be a part of this panel, and I can’t wait. We’ll be discussing the benefits and challenges of being a couple that games together – be that board games, card games, video games, etc! it’s such a fun and interesting topic to delve into, and people always have so many great questions! We had a great turnout last year and I’m hoping this year is even bigger!

    Other than that, I’ll mostly be hanging out in the various “cosplay” areas of the convention (including the main entrance room by the windows) and trying not to spend all my money in the expo hall/vendor area. I am so pumped for ECCC, and glad it’s always my exciting start to convention season. Imagining walking around with my army of Disney Princesses on Saturday is making me giddy with anticipation.

    If you’re planning on going to Emerald City Comic Con, let me know what you’re most looking forward to seeing! And of course – I hope to see you there.

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  8. 2015 Reading Challenge

    February 10, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, Geek Events by Kristina Horner

    Okay, I wasn’t going to do this reading challenge, but hearing other people talk about things is the biggest catalyst in making me want to do those things. So here I am. Doing the Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge. I’ll be updating this list all year long as I tackle the challenges, so check back if you want to see how I am doing.

    Challenges Completed: (46/50)

    A book with more than 500 pages: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    A classic romance (Persuasion)
    A book that became a movie: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
    A book published this year: The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
    A book with a number in the title: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    A book written by someone under 30: The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories by Simon Rich
    A book with nonhuman characters: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
    A funny book: Sex Criminals Vol. 2 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky 
    A book by a female author: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
    A mystery or thriller: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
    A book with a one word title: Hazed by Mark Sable
    A book with short stories: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes
    A book set in a different country: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    A non-fiction book: The Opposite of Loneliness 
    A popular author’s first book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
    A book a friend recommended: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    A Pulitzer Prize winning novel: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    A book based on a true story: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
    A book at the bottom of your TBR list: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
    A book your mom loves: Old North Dakota German Cookbook
    A book that scares you: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
    A book more than a 100 years old: Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
    A book based entirely on its cover: In Real Life by Corey Doctorow and Jen Wang
    A book you were supposed to read in school and didn’t: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    A memoir: Bossypants by Tina Fey
    A book with antonyms in the title: Glory O’brien’s History of the Future by AS King
    A book you can finish in a day: The Woods: Vol 1 by James Tynion IV
    A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to go: Magical Girl Apocalypse
    A book published the year you were born (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency)
    A book with bad reviews: Doll Bones by Holly Black
    A Trilogy (Magic 2.0)
    A book from your childhood: Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
    A book with a love triangle: The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
    A book set in the future: Cress by Marissa Meyer
    A book set in high school: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
    A book with a color in the title: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
    A book that made you cry: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
    A book with magic: Spell or High Water by Scott Meyer
    A graphic novel: A Wrinkle in Time the Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle/Hope Larson
    A book by an author you’ve never read before: This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
    A book you own but never read: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    A book that takes place in your hometown: Off To Be The Wizard by Scott Meyer
    A book that was originally written in another language: Magical Girl Apocalypse
    A book set during Christmas: PS. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
    A book by an author who has your same initials: The Kite Runner Graphic Novel by Khaled Hosseini
    A play (from joe!)
    A banned book: On The Bright Side I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison
    A book based on or turned into a tv show: The 100 by Kass Morgan
    A book you started but never finished: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

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  9. Book I’ve Read 2015

    ♥ Posted in: Books, Geek Events, Journal by Kristina Horner

    I wanted a place to document which books I read this year, in what order, and what I rated them. Because I like when things are organized into lists, and because apparently Goodreads alone isn’t enough. So here it is! My 2015 Reading List:

    January:
    1. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (4.5)
    2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (4.5)
    3. Hazed by Mark Sable (1.5)
    4. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (4)

    February:
    5. Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (4)
    6. Cinder by Melissa Meyer (3.5)
    7. On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison (4.5)
    8. A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larson (4)
    9. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (2)
    10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (5)
    11. In Real Life by Corey Doctorow and Jen Wang (4.5)
    12. Off To Be The Wizard by Scott Meyer (5)
    13. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (4)

    March:
    14. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski (5)
    15. Wait Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (3.5)
    16. Spell or High Water by Scott Meyer (4.5)
    17. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (4)
    18. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (4)
    19. Cress by Marissa Meyer (2.5)
    20. The Woods: Vol 1 by James Tynion IV (4)
    21. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (4)

    April:
    22. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (5)
    23. The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (3.5)
    24. Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (5)
    25. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson (4.5)
    26. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (3.5)
    27. Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (5)
    28. Sex Criminals Vol. 2 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (5)
    29. Doll Bones by Holly Black (3.5)
    30. Bossypants by Tina Fey (5)

    May:
    31. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (5)
    32. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (3.5)
    33. The Heir by Kiera Cass (3)
    34. Talon by Julie Kagawa (1)
    35. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (4.5)
    36. The 100 by Kass Morgan (3)
    37. The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes (3)
    38. The Woods: Vol 2 by James Tynion IV (4)
    39. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (3.5)

    June:
    40. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson (5)
    41. The Martian by Andy Weir (5)
    42. An Unwelcome Quest by Scott Meyer (3)
    43. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (3)

    July:
    44. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson (5)
    45. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey (4)
    46. Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison (3.5)
    47. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (5)
    48. Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants by Louise Rennison (4)
    49. Armada by Ernest Cline (3)

    August:
    50. I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest (4)
    51. Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman (4.5)
    52. The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories by Simon Rich (4.5)
    53. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (3)
    54. Survive The Night by Danielle Vega (1)
    55. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (5)
    56. If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? by Kurt Vonnegut (4)
    57. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (4)
    58. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (2.5)
    59. Amber House by Kelly Moore, Larkin Reed and Tucker Reed (3.0)

    September:
    60. Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle (3.0)
    61. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (5.0)
    62. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (4.5)

    October:
    63. In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis (3.5)
    64. Revival Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley, Mike Norton and Mark Englert (4.5)
    65. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (4.5)

    November:
    66. The Haunting of Gillespie House by Darcy Coates (3.0)
    67. Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol (2.5)
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    *feel free to bookmark this page and check back over the course of the year to see what I’m reading.

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  10. Bout Of Books Readathon / Updates!

    January 8, 2015 ♥ Posted in: Books, Geek Events by Kristina Horner

    Okay I am a little late on actually making a blog post about this, but better late than never, right?

    I am participating in Bout Of Books! It’s a readathon that’s happening right now, as we speak – it started on Jan 5th and it goes all the way until Jan 11th. I thought this was the perfect way to kick off the new year and get a few books under my belt early since I am attempting to read 50 books this year.

    Here are the books I set out to read:

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    These were/are my goals:

    • Read all three of these books
    • Don’t watch any Netflix

    Pretty simple, right? Here’s how I did:

    I read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks on Monday and Tuesday, finishing Tuesday night. I also started Ready Player One on Tuesday night, which made me think this readathon was going to be a breeze. However! Wednesday and Thursday were bad reading nights for me… though I still managed to squeeze in a few pages on each of those nights. Not much. About 40 pages total across the two evenings.

    Friday I powered about 100 pages through, then I read 150 pages on Saturday and I finished up Ready Player One today (Sunday morning).

    That book was amazing, but intense. I ended up needing to take a little break (which turned into going for a 3 mile walk with Joe that included stopping for margaritas) and starting to play a game called Hatoful Boyfriend (which is a dating sim for pigeons and yes, it will be on Team Hypercube). After that I finally cracked open The Night Circus, but after the trip Ready Player One took me on, I just wasn’t totally ready to dive into another book.

    So, I’m about 30 pages into The Night Circus, nearly a book short of my goal – but happy. Because I also listened to about eight hours of All The Light We Cannot See over the course of the week, in my car. So really, I’m still leagues ahead on my reading challenge for the year, which is the important part.

    I’m excited for this year. I’m excited for all my new books, and how I finally feel like I’ve carved reading back into my life in a big way, and I don’t even feel like I’m “making time” anymore. I just have reading time, even if it means other things are back-burnered or put on hold.

    Oh – that reminds me. I also stuck to my goal of not watching any TV this week. It’s been 7 days since I watched anything on my television, on Netflix, etc. I’ve only watched a very small handful of YouTube videos, as well. I’m proud of myself.

    But now… I think I am going to reward myself with an episode of Gilmore Girls. Shhh.

     

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