I'm doing fine. I'm still around despite my less frequent posts. It was my hope that I'd have some reviews squared away before I had moved because I knew that I'd struggle to balance my free time but alas. No such luck. I am struggling with balancing time. I can no longer drive everywhere the way I did in California, which sometimes saved time and sometimes didn't. My commute to and from work, round-trip, is about 1.5 to 2 hours via train and walking. When I want to go to the gym, I walk the two mile round-trip and that's an hour without the workout (I like to stroll. Power walking is not my thing...). When I get home, I'm making dinner or washing dishes or showering because of all the sweat I've released in this gross humidity. I'm struggling to stay awake at night and concentrate. I don't have a desk yet because IKEA messed up my bed order, so I feel less productive in this half-assembled room. It's not organized and so then I don't feel that necessary connection to get things done, which is bad because I have other work I'd like to do as well. And it turns out, I have a clean obsession somewhere in me (I'm turning into my mother AHHHHH (but my mother is awesome, so whatever)). I'm pretty messy in my room, but I'm diligent about the kitchen and dishes and the bathroom and I already know I'll be cleaning things if not every day, every weekend. I live with two guys, one of whom is not here yet, and unless he's also clean, which seems unlikely given what I've observed of men from my brothers and college spiblings, it'll probably get worse soon.
The good thing is.... this made me realize how awesome audiobooks are.
In California, unless I went to work, which I stopped doing after a while, working from home instead, I didn't have very long commutes, so it never felt quite worth it to listen to the audiobooks. I had also convinced myself that I couldn't concentrate on a book while I was exercising, but lies. What lies! I now listen to audiobooks on my walk to and from work and the gym. Mostly recently I listened All Our Yesterdays thanks to the audiobooksync program (y'all, free YA title a week in the summer; get on it!). The narrator was pretty good in that one and now I am listening to one of my favorite novels from 2013, but maybe one of my least favorite narrators in, Cruel Beauty. At some point, I'm going to run out of the audiobooks from that program.... so do you have any audiobook recommendations? Any books. Books I have yet to read, books I have read but that are so awesome, they bear rereading. One of my favorite audiobooks is Will Patton's reading of The Raven Boys. Let me know if you have recommendations so that I can request the books at my local library, which has an awesome YA section.
In other book related news, I decorated my room with those glow in the dark stars. Lola and the Boy Next Door is one of my favorite YA novels, and I think? one of the characters used those stars. Maybe not though. I know Lola and Cricket talked about watching the moon and real stars - just can't remember if they had watched the plastic type too ;). I got the idea from some book, if not that one, and I'm quite pleased with the way everything looks. I didn't arrange them in a specific way - mostly I placed them to hide the poster tape stuff and paint nicks from previous tenants. What do you think? Did I do a good job? Do you know which YA book they might have been from?
If you're missing the blog and bookish rounds overly so, you can still follow cover reveals at my Pinterest. I've been keeping track of them there. It's just getting harder to convince myself to spend all that time trying to catch up on the news and some part of me -- maybe the perfectionist -- won't accept it if I just do one week's worth (rather than trying to catch up). I'm still hoping to get that post done... if I don't, well... there's still a chance of some other awesome book news coming from me maybe soonish to y'all.
Also, Simply Lemonade is the best.
And one last story. Last weekend was my first in New Jersey, and my roommate took me with him to a BBQ with a bunch of his friends. I met an aspiring neuroscientist from the Netherlands who was really, really sweet, but was only there for the summer. He mentioned how Americans seem to be very enthusiastic about a lot of things whereas the Dutch are calmer and steadier... Apparently, when I left, he told my roommate that the hummus I'd brought (aka my first ever attempt at making hummus) was the best hummus he'd ever tasted. Whaaaaaat. I thought that it was pretty salty (I HATE YOU KOSHER SALT), but I'm not going to lie: that compliment was awesome.
Happy 4th, if you live in the US! If not, enjoy the regular day :). We've had thunderstorms the past two days here, and it's supposed to rain into the afternoon. That and my own lack of planning = I'm not entirely sure if I'll be doing anything, but I hope y'all have fun!
And happy reading :). Talk to you soon!