Writing: Not much lately aside from case notes and assessments at work. That's been the story of the year. I'd love to say that this blog post is my grand return to blogging, but I won't. Though I hope it will be. More than anything this year I've wanted to get back to blogging but for the life of me I haven't been able to. I think it's because in my head it comes with having to catch up with tons of book reviews that I haven't written yet and I feel horribly guilty for falling out of touch with everyone too. But I think I need to just give myself permission to start from scratch with the book reviews (even though I REALLY should tell you about some of those books) and I also just need to take the same advice that I'd give other people. Your friends are your friends and they're not going anywhere. At least I hope not. I know blogging has always made me happy, I really need to just pick up where I left off and get back to it.
Reading: I've read SO MANY good books since the last time I've blogged. While I am going to start from scratch with reviews, I do have to say that everyone needs to read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer! I think that's my new favorite book. I should've listened to Trish years ago! I read Eating Animals by him afterwards and that was amazing as well (though painful...painfully important). Right now I'm reading For Today I Am A Boy by Kim Fu for LGBT month (theme month with Debi!). Despite one scene that really bothered me even though I see why she included it, it's really good so far! I'm also listening to the audio of The Night Watch by Sarah Waters for LGBT month...this is my third Waters book and it's just as amazing as the first two I read! And finally, I started reading Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed last night, because I felt like I needed Cheryl Strayed in my life right now and she's working her magic perfectly.
Listening: So much good music right now that I'm a bit overwhelmed!! But there are three albums in particular that I have on heavy rotation. First is Tori Amos' new album, Unrepentant Geraldines. SO GOOD! And it makes me so freaking excited that I'm seeing her in Dallas at the end of July!! In ROW B!!! Yes, as in the second row from the stage. Next up is Owen Pallett's new album, In Conflict, which is so solid. I honestly don't think there's a single bad track on that album. I've been listening to it on repeat. Finally, Amanda Palmer has been talking about Philip Glass' album, Solo Piano a lot recently while writing her new book so I checked it out and damn, it's good. If you like classical/piano music at all, get it.
Watching: It's that time of the year where everything has ended and nothing new has started yet. Though I just binge watched all of Resurrection and while it has a few problems, it looks promising! Looking forward to the next season now. So You Think You Can Dance just started and I always love that show. Bummed that Cosmos is almost over, but I've been loving that. Also bummed that Believe isn't being renewed because I've really been loving that too :( I'm going to be starting Orphan Black soon and from what I've heard I'm in for a big treat!
Looking: For more balance in life. But slowly getting there and learning how that works. It just takes practice. Also a boyfriend. I'm looking for one of those. Oh, and good audiobook recommendations? Anyone have any of those? Like, what's the most amazing audiobook you've ever listened to?
Learning: See above...balance. Slowly getting there. It's just hard work. Sometimes life sort of hits you back to back to back with crap and that's what happened to me in the last 9 months or so. I'm not complaining here or looking for sympathy. But what I am doing is learning that it takes time to come back from that. I think part of what's had me in such a fog is this constant race to "get back to normal." Whatever "normal" is. But what I think I'm realizing is that you never get there if you rush through it. You'd think I'd know this as a counselor...I dole out this advice all day :p The best way around a problem is through it. Just not always the easiest.
Feeling: Content. And I'll take that :)
Anticipating: Autumn? :p I really don't like summer. Especially living in southern Louisiana. The heat gets to be so draining physically and mentally and it's already coming on. On a more positive note, TORI!! I have that to look forward to. AND I'm going to see Tori with Megan and I'll get to spend a few days with her too so I'm super looking forward to that :)
Wishing: That this rain that we've been having for the last three days would stay! I know I'm weird, but I LOVE thunderstorms so much. They always put me at peace. And my garden loves them too! Wishing my migraines would stay away. They've sucked lately, but I got in with my old neurologist today and there is hope on the horizon!
Loving: My family, my friends, books, nature, food, music, coffee, stamps, plants, baths, stray cats. Lots to love.