Book Blogger Hop ~ Classic One

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


Name one classic novel you have always wanted to read. (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I read several classics in high school and college. I feel pretty well-read, but I also know there are many I haven’t read…yet. In college I started keeping track of the BBC 100 List and ticking books off my list.

The one book I’ve always heard talked about growing up was Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I actually started reading it when I was a sophomore in college. I think I got to chapter 12 (or 32?) and I just had to stop. I couldn’t get through it. I haven’t picked it back up since then, but I do still have my copy and the bookmark is still there.

Top Ten Tuesday: Audio Freebie

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Music on My Mind

The last year I have reconnected with music. It’s ironic since the two-ish years before I complained about and was unsatisfied with music a lot of the time. Here are some jams I’ve been tuning into…

What are your recent favorite songs?

Book Blogger Hop ~ Reading Along with Audio

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


Do you read along with your audio books? (submitted by Angelica @ Paperback Princess)

I don’t listen to many audiobooks anymore at all these days. But even when I did, I didn’t read along with them. I would have them playing when I would be working on something on my computer or doing housework.

WWW Wednesdays (3.20.19)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

I am reading HOLES with all of my ELA classes. We are making slower progress than I thought we’d make with keeping a double-entry journal and a few checkpoint assignments and activities along the way. Currently we have read to Chapter 14 and today we’ll read Chapters 15 and 16. We’re testing for the next two days, but next week we’ll read a few more chapters and then have a big writing assignment.

This is the first time I’ve read HOLES. Several of my students don’t believe me! I do feel like seeing the movie has ruined the book for me, and my kids keep making points about the differences we’ve discovered so far. I keep telling them Hollywood does what they want.


 What did you just finish reading?


What do you think you’ll read next?


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Books On My Spring TBR

I stopped reading last summer before school started back for me. I was so stressed out with new curriculum, hosting UIL, and a whole new crew of yearbook staff that I finally reached max capacity and shut down. These are the books that were on my list at the end of July, so here is where I’m going to start, with a few new ones added in.

Which books are on your list? 

Sunday Post ~ She Returns

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a weekly news post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase the books and other goodies you’ve received, and share news about upcoming events on your blog. Be creative and personalize it! To get in on the Sunday fun day, see the rules here: Suday Post Meme.


So. I’m working on slowly, truly coming back to my blog. And reading. I haven’t read a book since last summer. I’m currently reading HOLES with my students, and it breaks my heart to realize I’ve gone half a year without reading. That’s how stressed I’ve been.

The same thing can be said about my bullet journal. I have slowly been whittling away at a spread here or there in it this past week, but I am SO far behind for the year.

Last week was spring break and while I should have been working on bujo and blog projects like a madman, I wasn’t. I was a total bum. And now I need at least 2 more days of spring break. During the break I slept A LOT, played all my games daily, watched a fair amount of TV, did some tidying here and there, had a day out with my mom, celebrated one brother’s birthday, and went to visit my baby brother at Ft. Sam. Y’all, I found out that I can totally be on board with living in the stingray area of the aquarium. I LOVED petting and playing with them.

If you follow me on Insta, you’ll know these past few weeks have been rough with Poco. This is the dog I found in early November and no one ever claimed him. My landlord’s husband volunteers with our shelter and is in the loop tried using his contacts to help in addition to everything I was doing to find this dog’s people. After weeks and weeks, I finally took him to get shots and chipped. He got fixed at the end of January and since then things have gone downhill fast.

I had to order quite a motherload of new shoes since Poco chewed up all my flip flops and two brand new pairs of shoes. And since I was there, I also purchased some additions to my wardrobe. This summer my goal is to go through my closet and remove and donate everything I don’t wear and reorganize. It really is chaos right now. I feel like a college kid picking up clothes off the floor to wear because I hate the closet.

I have also been working on trying to get to bed earlier to have more sleep and quality sleep. Well, some nights. I am the worst at taking care of myself, and I’m trying to start one thing each week to start building habits to take care of me. Two weekends ago I practiced straightening my hair to see how it would turn out and if that’s something I can keep doing moving forward. Success! I had so many compliments that next week about my new ‘do. Then I added in wearing my upper earrings and sometimes one other piece of jewelry, either a necklace or bracelet. I think my next step will be making the time to put on makeup a couple days a week.

My classroom is also feeling cramped. In the next two weeks I plan on getting rid of a tall bookcase, reorganizing furniture and some of my systems, and hopefully feel a little more fresh for the last stretch of the year.

I’m reading HOLES with all of my ELA classes. We have read thru chapter 10. We are keeping a double-entry journal as we go through the book. The kids are finding great examples of figurative language and irony. We’ve had some interesting discussions about Zero knowing something about the Warden, Mr. Sir having something to do with the yellow-spotted lizards, and more.

This is the first time I’ve read the book. Most of my students don’t believe me, though. I keep telling them I’m reading it for the first time alongside them. I have seen the movie, so I’m looking for things I know are different as I go through the book.

The Facts of Life

 

Let’s be real. I have avoided a LOT of things this year. Mostly my personal life. Hell, any life.

I’ve been an ostrich. A horse with blinders. Ignoring things left and right.

FACT.

It is March and I have not even put one thing in my brand new ice blue bullet journal for 2019. Nothing. Absolutely nothing in it. Entirely blank.

 

I have peaced out on ever using my closet again. FACT.

Instead, I now have a rolly cart of leggings and other shirts that won’t fit in any of my dresser drawers. Plus, that huge chair in the corner literally ladened with work clothes. Mostly winter wear for now. (Seriously, Texas, take your medication! I can’t take going from 29 one day to 80 three later. Make up your mind, homegirl!)

 

Pretty sure my two piercings in my upper ear are entirely closed up. I haven’t put in earrings in two months, if not more. I’m not even sure when I last wore earrings. FACT.

Speaking of the sparkly, I also haven’t worn any jewelry at all besides the 5 rings that never leave my fingers. Who has the effort? FACT.

And since we’re on the topic of effort, I have worn make up TWO days to work in the past 3 months. The day I was filmed for Region XIII and TEA, and my birthday. FACT.

 

I haven’t read a book since last July. FACT.

I have anxiety just thinking about my Kindle and all the books I could be reading. So I put on blinders. Ohhhh, whaaaat Kindle? FACT.

I have put off paying bills until the last possible minute lately. And I’m an “all paid on the 1st” person. FACT.

I am avoiding my office and desk. Some bills that I have to call and dispute. AGAIN. (My finger is on you, American Home Patient.) All of my bullet journal supplies, which have been lifeless in months. FACT.

 

I go to the store and don’t really shop for meals or packing lunches. I have a whole lotta random in my fridge and pantry. FACT.

Some nights I don’t want to do anything but crawl in bed. And I do, when in reality I should eat dinner or take a shower. FACT.

Most mornings I get ready from start to finish in just a few minutes. All you need is clothes, right? Brush here and there, and run out. FACT.

 

What was not a fact to me growing up is how complex being an adult actually is. I knew members in my family had struggles, usually big things. But every day, mundane struggles? Like this? No one prepared me for this. FACT. Did my mom struggle like this in silence? Did my dad? My grandparents?

Are these things so overwhelming because of my anxiety? No, I don’t have chronic pain. Not that I’m aware of, at least. But The Spoon Theory is something I highly relate to with my anxiety and depression. It’s the idea that you have a set number of “spoons” – or units of energy – for the entire day. Usually it is 20-25 spoons. Different activities and interactions use up your spoons and they are weighted differently. Higher level interactions use more spoons. As a teacher, I feel like I use way more spoons for my “work” than the list below. Just getting to work uses over 1/4 of the allotted spoons for the day. Actually making breakfast? That’s a whole other story. Is this idea the reason behind my feeling of failing at adulting?

 

What is something you have been putting off doing? I now have 4 rosebushes to plant, as well as re-doing my backyard fence, plus all the regular every week stuff.