[10] Obsessive Wednesdays: Can I Get an Aelin?

Hey! It’s Wednesday already! And the day is almost over! And my post title is hella cheesy, I know. Like SO cheesy. Whatever. You’ll deal. I’ve had a pretty one-track mind lately with a certain book (listed below) that I finished last week, so today’s post is gonna be short, but filled with goodness. Enjoy these things to get you through the rest of your week!

BOOKS

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Oh yeah. No surprise here, especially if you follow me on social media. I finished this book last Thursday, and I still cannot stop thinking about it. I could talk about it for hours and hours (and I have). It was a perfect installment to a series that is gradually becoming an all-time favorite. Who knows – maybe it’ll squeak past The Selection? I guess we’ll have to wait and see when both series are concluded! Anyway, I actually started re-reading the last 200 pages of Queen of Shadows last night because I couldn’t bring myself to read anything new yet (aside from those RS Grey books I cruised through over the weekend). It might be a while before I  gather all my my thoughts & feels enough to write a review, but I’m pretty sure you don’t need the review to know what I’ve rated this book!

LIFE

100 Happy Days

I started the 100 Happy Days challenge yesterday, along with some members of the AdultBooklr Admin group. The purpose of this challenge is to pay attention to the things that make you happy on a daily basis. By posting every day with one thing that made you happy, you can improve your overall well-being and mental health over the course of 100 days. We will be tagging our posts with #happysqugs on  Instagram and Tumblr, so you can follow along! I also encourage everyone out there to participate! To sign up & make a pledge, just visit 100HappyDays.com!

MUSIC

Discover Playlist

Spotify started making custom “Discover Playlists” a month or two ago, and I have to admit I’m impressed. I’ve added the majority of songs on my playlist to my saved music almost every week. I love that I somehow end up with a bunch of songs that I know but have forgotten about, along with a few new songs I haven’t heard before. They’re doing a really great job of analyzing my music tastes, which honestly surprises me because I’ve never been a fan of their radio feature or suggestions. Anyway, here’s my playlist – you can follow it & see what I’m rocking out to each week 🙂

TV

Friends

Hubby & I have been POWERING through the whole series on Netflix for the past couple months. We’re finally only about 8 episodes from the end, and I’m gonna be sad to see it go! I forgot how great this show is. Unlike even some of my current/ more recent favorites (HIMYM, Big Bang Theory, etc…),  I feel like there was never one season of Friends that was subpar to the others. It was consistently fantastic & every episode makes me laugh out loud.

GOALS

In addition to the 100HappyDays challenge, I’ve been making a lot of daily goals for myself, like “write every day” and “draw every day”. I haven’t had much time to really focus on blocking into my schedule for these things, but I’m definitely ready to do so in conjunction with the 100HappyDays! So, I just wanted to make a declaration that I’ll be writing more (both fiction & nonfiction) and drawing more! Hopefully I’ll be able to share updates & progress with you guys after a few weeks of attempting all this! Today’s drawing is REALLY exciting, and coincides with my book obsession… can’t wait to share it!

What are you loving right now? I’m always interested to see what you’re up to! Let me know in the comments!

Until Next Time ❤

How I’ve Survived Being Sick

Well, it’s been over a  week now since I started coming down with the cold that eventually turned into bronchitis. I’ve basically  been in bed or on the couch since Tuesday after work.  I really never get sick like this – I get a couple sinus infections each year, but nothing that knocks me on my ass the way this has. Add to that the fact that my husband had to leave with our daughter on Friday to visit family & I obviously couldn’t go due to being contagious. Honestly, it’s probably for the best that they’re gone so I can just get rid of all the germs & it doesn’t get bounced around the house like some sadistic game of ping pong. Needless to say, though, it’s been a very boring, very lonely last few days.

I’ve been trying to entertain myself in every way possible, which really has just consisted of LOTS of TV  & Internet.  This is by far the most productive “lazy” weekend of my life. I binge-watched movies like I haven’t done in years and it kind of felt awesome. They were pretty much all chick flicks or feel-good movies…SUPER guilty pleasures because, isn’t that the best when you’re sick?

Here’s a little rundown (and yes, this is all just since Friday):

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  1. Glee (Season 6, episodes 4-10)
  2. Mindy Project (Season 3, episodes 8-16)
  3. American Idol (Season 14, episodes 15-18)
  4. Twilight
  5. Friends with Benefits
  6. Just My Luck
  7. Fanboys
  8. The Prince & Me
  9. Princess Diaries 2
  10. RENT
  11. A Knight’s Tale

I was lucky enough to feel well enough to drive over to my mom’s house Friday night & get a little human interaction. I even made it out with an old friend to see one of my favorite local bands, although I started getting lightheaded after an hour & had to call it a night.

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Old poster, but I love it so much 🙂

Saturday my sister-from-another-mister came over to keep me company & we put together this amazing Wonder Woman puzzle she got me for Christmas. It’s 1,000 pieces & we did it in something like 3.5 hours. Because we’re insane.

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I spent most of the rest of Saturday drawing, which was insanely therapeutic. This is the only drawing I did (which I’ve already posted), but I also started doing some male anatomy studies on Sunday, which is something I’ve NEVER done before. My entire portfolio from college is almost exclusively photo-realisitic (ish) portraits. I’ve never ventured into stylized drawing & I’m actually really loving it. Drawing the male figure is a completely different experience & I’m having fun trying to figure out how to make muscles not look like boobs.

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My mom also came over to keep me company on Sunday & we had a nice long chat during the few hours she was there. After she left I actually felt well enough to shower & get some laundry done. This might be the closest I’ve EVER been to having ZERO laundry piles chillin in the laundry room, so, bonus!

Of course, this was all while peppered in with my get-well staples:

  1. Airborne
  2. Tea (ALL the tea)
  3. Puffs tissues with lotion + Vick’s (so great when you’re super congested)
  4. Sudafed + Claritin cocktail (opens the sinuses like magic)
  5. Vick’s Vaporub
  6. Naps.

This whole experience has made me realize how incredibly co-dependent I am on the people in my life. I’m super grateful for everyone who has taken time out of their day to entertain me, but I also feel like maybe I should learn to be a little more independent. I’ve never spent this much time alone before. I have never lived alone, or even stayed home alone for more than like 2 days. I’ve traveled alone for work, but even then I just holed up in my hotel room & watched TV.

I think I’m making it a last-minute resolution this year to start doing  more things by myself. And I don’t mean just locking myself in the bedroom with Netflix. I actually need to DO things by myself.  Maybe I’ll start by signing up for a drawing class at the community college? That sounds good.

Maybe this post should have been titled something like “Epiphanies I had while on my deathbed” or something super melodramatic like that? It’s been a real eye-opening experience.

 How do you survive being sick? I’m back at work today, but still feel terrible & could stand a couple ideas to help me get through the rest of this lonely week.

Until Next Time ❤

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CURRENT OBSESSIONS:

  1. Book: Silver Shadows– Richelle Mead
  2. Comic: Saga, Vol. 3 – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  3. Music: 1989 (on REPEAT)
  4. TV: Once Upon A Time (it’s baaaaaack)
  5. YouTube: Cartoonblock
  6. Blog: A Girl, Obsessed

 

Weekend Scribbles

I used to be an art major, but I haven’t seriously drawn anything in close to 6 years. Picked up some stuff from my parents house last night & started working on this today. Can’t figure out why I ever stopped drawing. I love this.  Definitely need to practice some more, but not a bad start.


Update: About 4 hours later and I can’t decide if it’s finished…

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What do you think? ❤