It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written anything here (and I think I ran out of scheduled posts a few weeks ago, oops), but I wanted to update y’all as to why it’s been a little quiet around here and talk about my upcoming plans for the end of this year/the beginning of next year (can you believe 2022 is right around the corner? I’m still trapped in 2020!).
First and foremost, I spent a lot of time not-reading because I was too focused on researching for a trip to New York City! My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary last week, and we flew up to NYC just for this occasion. We spent an entire week in New York, eating and drinking our way around the town and enjoying all of the museums. We hit up the MoMA, the Met, the Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of the Moving Image. We went to two live shows – Phantom of the Opera on Broadway (of course!) and the New York Neo-Futurists in a little theater called the Kraine Theater. We walked nearly 70 miles in six days. And we had the absolute best time. New York was supposed to be our honeymoon, but of course the pandemic was a little worse last year and we couldn’t go. Check out this link to view our entire itinerary! I’ve fallen in love with New York and I already can’t wait to go back! We didn’t get to everything on our list this time, which means we’ve got to plan another trip at some point in the future.
Secondly, I’ve been distracted with a lot of health issues lately. I wrote in a post a few months ago about getting diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, and it turns out I might not have it but I definitely have some sort of genetic kidney disease that’s just going to get worse with time — the doctors just don’t know what it is yet. So I’ve got a ton of tests to go through and it’s been a lot of waiting and testing and waiting some more. It’s never a good thing when your doctor says, “Well, we still don’t know what it is, and I’ve never seen these results before, but I’m absolutely fascinated and can’t wait to dig more into your tests and see what’s there!” I just hope I don’t become the subject of a research paper. And then for the past two weeks I’ve been battling sinus issues (finally got a z-pack from the doctor and I’m on the mend, but my hearing is still about half of what it should be, thanks to said sinus issues) and I’m just tired all the time.
Thirdly, I’ve hit that weird part of the year where I just want to sit on the couch and do nothing. While I love winter because I hate the heat of the summer, the lack of natural light (I get up in the dark and I go home in the dark, because daylight savings time sucks) in the winter makes my life so much harder. I haven’t even been able to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons as much as I want to lately, because the physical thought of picking up the controller is too exhausting to consider. Add in that I’m now going into the office almost every day (except Tuesdays, my work-from-home day) and that my office at my job doesn’t have any windows so I’m literally trapped in a windowless room for 9 hours out of the day now (instead of getting the natural sunlight out of the two giant windows in my home office), and it’s pretty depressing. Maybe I need to get one of those sunlight lamps for my work office, because I can’t stand sitting in that room all day.
So what’s next? Well, I’ve finally worked my way through all of my library holds, and I’m working on writing up the few reviews that I have for that (Dead Dead Girls and The Hidden Palace), and then I think I’m going to take a break on library books/reading on my Kindle for a while and try to work through the stack of physical books that I have on my shelf. I haven’t read a single Fantastic Stranglings Book Club Book since April, and I’ve bought a few other physical books since then. I’m also working my way through the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage (I’ve never finished the entire series and I want to finally do so!), because it’s a way to get myself back into reading, by reading about familiar characters.
We’ve also been trying more recipes lately. The bad part about my Wednesday recipe reviews is that I have to actually try new recipes in order to write anything for those reviews! I’m happy to say that we’ve tried a few new recipes in the last few weeks and they’ve all turned out spectacularly. I’ve been using a lot more from Budget Bytes (especially their one-pan dinners!) and we’ve been eating more vegetables, too. Still only making main dishes with no sides to speak of, but at least we’ve got leftovers, too!
I’ve been itching to get back into blogging, but every time I sit down at the computer I either find something else to do or my fingers just won’t write. So we’ll see how long this little spout of motivation lasts.
And as always, keep reading.