Whoops! Forgot to post this yesterday, so I’ll just pop it up today (Monday). Last week was a tough mental health week for me. I couldn’t concentrate on anything, and had things that needed to be done, which was causing me anxiety that just set off a spiral of self-doubt and more anxiety. Hopefully this week will be better. Being in lockdown with little to no regular schedule has definitely affected me more than I expected. I thought that having time off to recover from the stress of the holidays would be great, but instead I’m yearning for those days when I can get back to work and be more productive.
What I Read/Am Reading
Is it weird that the thing I am loving most about this book is that the dog is a larger breed? I enjoy a good cat-loving cozy mystery as much as the next person, but this German Shepherd has won my heart as one of the best pet partners in cozy mystery land.
This is a book that I’ve been reading off and on for months. I tend to listen to it when I’m struggling to fall asleep, so I miss a lot and have to go back. In the end, I didn’t really enjoy the mystery as much as I had hoped. The murderer ended up being someone that was the easy suspect.
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics
I’m reading this book in hopes that it helps me understand mediation enough that I can incorporate it into my daily life. So far I am liking the ideas that meditation doesn’t have to take a lot of time, and that it isn’t about just clearing your mind and sitting with nothing.
I got this book from the library faster than I had expected. I’m enjoying the quickness of the plot so far. Violet has basically been thrown into a marriage that she was originally very happy in, but after an argument that she won’t talk about, things are rocky and she’s done with it.
Last Week On The Blog
This Week On The Blog
- TTT: 4 New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020
- Book Blogger Hop: Lending Library
Fun Literary Dates and Quotes
- Robert Burns’ Birthday (Jan 25)
- Virginia Woolf’s Birthday (Jan 25)
- Stephen Chbosky’s Birthday (Jan 25)
- National Family Literacy Day (Jan 27)
- Lewis Carroll’s Birthday (Jan 27)
- Mordecai Richler’s Birthday (Jan 27)
- Pride and Prejudice Day (Jan 28)
“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
What I’m Watching
My husband and I have decided to start a Marvel marathon together. It seems that Disney+ has all the movies sorted in chronological order, so last Sunday we started with Captain America. I actually really like it when creators do this, including authors. When an author with a really huge series (usually fantasy authors) jumps back and forth in the timeline of their universe, I am happy to read the books as they are released. However, reading them in chronological order is so satisfying. Suddenly all those hints and bits of lore that vaguely made sense all come together in beautiful clarity.
Off the Blog
One of the things that I was working on this last week was an article for one of my online friends. I’ve been studying tarot for about a year now and decided to take a crack at helping others learn about it too. I realized while writing the article that I still have so much more to learn. Tarot readers come at the practice from so many different directions, so it can be hard to speak to everyone in a way that resonates with them. I read for personal reflection, but a lot of people believe that the cards can tell the future.
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To Have and To Hoax sound like a good read.
I do hope you start to find things easier ,it’s been a tough 12 months. I struggled through the first UK lockdown – much as we complain about going to work not having that routine was very difficult. I found it helped to stick to getting up at my normal time, getting dressed and working through a to do list, like I would at work.