Today marks the start of a two-week vacation for me, and the boy and I are kicking it off by heading down to San Antonio for the weekend. We’re going to stay in a fancy hotel, eat in the revolving restaurant at the Tower of the Americas, check out El Mercado and the Riverwalk, and just in general relax and have a good time. It’s a sort of early birthday present trip to me, as I turn 30 next week. !!! I’ve officially finished all of the work stuff I needed to get done before leaving this afternoon, and so now I just need to shower, pack my stuff, and get Sienna ready for her doggy day camp weekend. Yes, I’m writing this unshowered, don’t judge.
The rest of the two weeks is just a staycation, but it’s a much needed one since I didn’t really have a vacation this summer. I’ll pop in on the blog here and there, but mostly you’ll find me on the couch reading or Netflixing. It’s going to be awesome.
When was the last time you had a vacation or staycation? Tell me about it!
Time for some book talk! Here’s a few reads I’m currently working my way through:
Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds. The first book in the series. This one was recommended to me by a friend as sci-fi worth reading. I’m about halfway through, and I think I agree. It’s a little slow to get started, but now I’m definitely hooked. It reminds me a little bit of Jack McDevitt’s Academy series, in that there are some mysterious ancient alien ruins hinting at disaster, but the society Reynolds envisions (complete with humans of varying degrees of cyborg/AI-ness) is very different. I’m eager to finish this and see what the rest of the series has in store.
The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson. This month’s book club nonfiction pick, all about the history and morphing of the English language. I suggested it, as I’ve read Bill Bryson before and enjoy the humorous tone he brings to things which could otherwise be really dry. This had been on my to-read list for awhile. It is an older book of his, comparatively, (1990) and I’m beginning to suspect he hadn’t fully developed his voice yet when writing this. It’s still interesting, but it hasn’t quite made me chuckle like his other books I’ve read. We’ll see what the other book clubbers think at the end of the month.
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. Aging, widowed Major Pettigrew begins a new romance with the widowed Pakistani shopkeeper Jasmina Ali, and their small British town and families throw a hissy fit. This is actually a lovely book, and I like the characters of Pettigrew and Jasmina. But I’m having a hard time pushing through; it has the pace of life in the English countryside – slow. And I really just want to skip to the end and avoid all the unpleasantness I know is coming in the middle. I want it to be like Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (which has nothing to do with this book other than the main character name) and be full of romance with a happy ending.
The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I read both of these years, years, years ago, and loved them, but the recent movie and TV show respectively have made me want to re-read them and compare. There will probably be some forthcoming Book vs. Movie/Show posts coming once I finish.
What are you reading lately? Any recommendations?
- Video of the week: Dogs Execute Master Plan to Retrieve Giant Chew Toy From Pool.
- How to befriend anybody (even if you’re an introvert).
- There Might be a TV Show Based on Myst. I’m equal parts excited and skeptical of this.
- The elegant art of not giving a shit.
- What Happens When Second Graders Are Treated to a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal.
- This Video Game Teaches Kids How To Avoid Debt. Not gonna lie, could’ve used this as a kid.
- Great post from Kristen: Is Your Professionalism Pushing Customers Away? (psst, I designed her site!)
- 6 Subtle Things You Do that Lower Your Perceived Value and Diminish Opportunities for Work.
- Local Chicago Man Would Like Women to Smile, Accept His Advances. Ugh, ugh, ugh, UGH.
- Could “Frozen” Create Psychological Problems for Girls Later in Life? “Girls are learning from princess culture that how you look is very, very important, and that you will be rewarded for looking pretty.”
- Artists Should Get Paid for Their Work—Especially By Lena Dunham. “Other artists should understand that paying an artist who is working onstage at their well-funded event isn’t a bonus or an afterthought, it’s essential support for someone whose work requires significant energy, time, and money.”
- Medicine, As You Know It, Is Younger Than You Probably Realize.
Things of Note:
I had breakfast tacos for dinner last night. To illustrate how much Texas has changed me, you should know that a) I’m a fairly picky eater in general (super taster in the house!) and b) when I first moved here 8+ years ago, I did not know what a breakfast taco was and was plainly skeptical when I found out. Eggs in a taco? Weird. And now I eat them all the time– for any meal, not just breakfast. Side note: they should probably have a name other than breakfast taco, but egg taco just doesn’t sound as appetizing, amiright?
If you had told the me of 8 years ago that in the future I’d be happily eating a taco that contained both eggs and cheese (two things I still don’t like together when not in taco form) I would’ve said you were crazy. I would also not have believed that I’d become a dog person, or run a blog that anyone anywhere could read, or that I would get used to not having actual buttons on my cellphone.
This is all just to say that time is a crazy thing and can work all sorts of changes, big and small. Ruminations while writing this last night.
Have you changed in any ways that surprise you over the last few years?
1. Three-day weekend coming up, woohoo! And then once next week is finished, I have a little two-week staycation/break from work scheduled so I can turn 30 in peace and get some much-needed down time. To say I’m looking forward to it would be an understatement. Anyone want to hop in with a guest post for the blog while I’m away? I’ll schedule probably TTT and maybe a book review, but blogging will be sparse those two weeks (Oct. 20-31). I’m specifically interested in recipes, bookish lists, or something life/small business related. If you would like to guest post, email me at email@example.com with your idea.
2. My lovely friend Kara is helping me out with a photoshoot on Monday to get some more shop shirts on models. It’s an ongoing project and I hope to have all shirts on models by the end of the year.
3. I get to see the Broadway musical version of Beauty & the Beast this weekend, which I’m pretty pumped about. The boy is… tolerant of it, at least. Between this and the ballet last month, I’m pretty sure I owe him a monster truck rally or BBQ road trip or something.
4. If you are near Austin and also self-employed/a freelancer, you might want to check out the upcoming Freelance Conference. It looks like it will be super useful, and I’ll be there, so we could hang.
What’s going on with you lately?
Today, I officially become a two-blog gal. I used to have a blog on my freelance site, but it went dark a while ago because I just didn’t know what to write/how to blog/how to keep up with it. I feel like writing Dragonflight Dreams the last few years has taught me some of that, and I actually have ideas for it now. So I’ve brought The AC Vent back from the dead. You can find it here, if you care to poke around – there’s not much there yet, just some old archives (that have been somewhat de-scarified). The first real new post (i.e. not the welcome post) will land tomorrow.
Let’s see if I can rock the dual blogs like Sarah von Bargen (1 and 2).
Have you ever kept up with writing two blogs at once? Any secrets?
Things of Note:
So far it’s been a sloooooooow week. Honestly, I’m in a place where I’m a bit stressed about money, and that always leaves me feeling blah. Which of course is not helpful in generating the necessary energy to be productive and drum up new business, so it’s a vicious cycle. But I’m forcing myself to work through it. Like right now (as I’m writing this Monday afternoon) I could give in and just take a nap I don’t really need, but I made myself a) write this blog post, b) put up a new quote request form on my freelance site, and c) pulled together the info I need for a guest post that’s due in 2 weeks. So things still got done, despite the blah. Now I’m going to reward myself with a brownie.
Do you ever have days like that? What are your tricks for working through the blah?