Bookworm

(Written around 2014)

For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to books, and the written word. I love to read, to write (journaling, mostly), and collect books. Growing up, the parental units did not put restrictions on what I read, so I read anything and everything available to me. From my family’s second hand books (with a few trashy romance novels thrown into the mix), to fairy tales (the darker versions, natch!), to the classics, I loved and read them all. I did not discriminate. Trips to the library were made weekly if not twice a week. I devoured books left and right, before and after school, night and day. Reading was, and still is, my escape. Given the chance, I’ve been known to finish a book in a day. 

My bookshelves are filled with my all time favorite books. Most were purchased brand new, some were gifts, and some were bought second hand. I love them all equally. Someday I hope to have a pseudo library with wall to wall, floor to ceiling shelves overflowing with books. A girl can dream, right? At this day and age you’d think I’d prefer electronic books, but I don’t. While I appreciate the convenience of ebooks (and have quite a few on my phone/Kindle app), I love being able to wander down the aisles in a bookstore and let the books find me. I like being able to turn pages, use bookmarks, write on the margins or highlight (if needed!). I love the scent of a new book, but I especially love the aroma of old, used volumes.

I prefer to read books in the historical fiction, and modern/contemporary genres. Once in a while, if the mood strikes, I will pick up a YA and/or dystopian best seller. I’m not immune to the lure of a best seller list. However, my first true loves are the classics; Fitzgerald, Bronte, Eyre, Austen, Dickens, Wilde; I can go on and on! Also, I’m quite to hardcover editions. I’m a snob that way I suppose, ha. Don’t be mistaken, I don’t mind paperbacks but there’s just something about hardcover books. Additionally, I’m very particular about my collection. I try not to crease the binding of any book especially paperbacks! I sort my library by color (yes, by color), and I don’t usually lend my books out for fear of others not treating them as well as they should. As such, I only lend books to my trusted friends. Yes, I’ve got quite a few book related idiosyncrasies.

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As a mom to three rambunctious boys, I don’t have nearly much time to devote to reading these days. I try my best to read at least a few chapters in my downtime. I hope to pass on my love of reading to my sons.

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Hello Again

Ok so I haven’t updated in a while. Let’s make a list of what’s happened so far this year…

1. We spent my 40th birthday in Vegas. Just a quick overnight trip to celebrate our birthdays together (yay Aquarius!) WITHOUT the kids. We did adult things like having uninterrupted conversations, eating our food while it’s still hot, drinking copious amounts of alcohol and getting 8 hours of SLEEP! It was wonderful and SO needed. Can’t wait for another date night.

2. O turned two and he is most definitely living up to the ‘terrible two’ label. He’s our wildest child. He’s loud and crazy, fearless and silly, talkative and sweet. He and L are either at each other’s throats or BFFs.

3. The Boys in general are doing well. C’s loving school (math especially!) and his teacher is amazing. L loves anything Sesame Street and things that go. He’s also my little helper. They are successfully driving the Husband and I insane and we couldn’t be any more proud, ha.

4. We have enjoyed all the rain this season! Not only did we get rain, we had thunder and lightning storms, and even hail! I cannot express how much I have loved all this gorgeously gloomy weather! That said, I’m NOT looking forward to Summer because I know it will probably be intense.

5. Yoga is going very well. I’m so glad I decided to get back into it on the regular. I attend classes 4x a week. Two of those classes are more strenuous (Vinyasa) while the others are mellow/restorative. I love both equally and hope to incorporate Flow once I can fit the class into my/our schedule.

6. Unfortunately my creative muses have left me. I haven’t felt the need/urge to draw lately. I think it’s partly due to yoga. See, drawing and writing was/is my way of meditating. I turned to either when I was anxious or stressed or if my mind was spinning. The other (major) part is not having any time to sit without being interrupted. *sigh* I’ll get back to it when I can.

7. Y’know how some people feel reinvigorated when Spring/Summer arrives? I do believe I’m the opposite. All I can think about is how hot it’s going to be and how my allergies (sinus and skin) will make me feel like I’m slowly dying.

As a way to be proactive, I have increased my Vitamin D intake as well as changed my multivitamin. I feel this combo has really helped lessen my nearly year-round allergy attacks. Though I really can’t do anything for my skin (I break out in a splotchy/itchy rash when exposed to the sun) other than slather on sunscreen every day.

There are other fun things in the works but, I’ll write about that when it happens! 😉

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Hello 2019

I started two creative projects this year :

A perpetual journal that will (hopefully) be filled with nature drawings and anecdotal musings. My goal is to venture into botanical art (which gets me outside more) and improve my mediocre drawing skills.

A new notebook that will be used as a bullet journal/planner, an art/scrapbook journal and tarot and witchy pseudo-grimoire. It’s all going to mesh well together, I know it!

That’s all. I swear.

I know well enough that I don’t have the time for anything more. I tried that mess last year and, other than my Tarot365 project, everything else went to the wayside.

I have learned I can’t do everything I want to do even if I really, really want to do it. It’s better to do a couple things right than half-ass it all – right? Right.

Another thing.

I started going to my local yoga studio again. I didn’t just buy a series of classes, I signed up for a monthly membership which allows me to attend an unlimited amount of classes. However many I can fit into my schedule. I’m aiming for 3x a week.

An early birthday treat, to me from me.

Honestly, I find it far more beneficial and motivating to go to an actual studio than to follow along to a YT video at home. Plus, it gets me out of the house and I’m guaranteed an uninterrupted 1 hour and 15 minutes to myself. It’s bliss I tell ya!

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