Blog (and Life) Updates

I know it has been a really long time since I last posted, and I feel bad about that because I’ve had tons of good blog ideas but no time to write them down. (I feel even worse because I’ve had tons of good story ideas but no time to write those down either.) Ideas are funny things. They multiply exponentially when you have no time to explore them. So here’s what’s been going on:

  • I recovered from the car accident and got the money back from the other driver’s insurance company after having a lawyer twist their collective arm (long story). Sometimes my foot still feels a little weird, and I wonder now if it will always feel weird when the weather changes.
  • Work was a beast. Seems like every year, the busy season gets busier. It led to me working a ton of overtime in August, which is good because more money, but it’s bad because more stress.
  • I moved into an apartment last month—a huge change because until then I lived with my parents (yeah, I was one of those millennials). Fortunately, it’s in a safe area, it’s so close to work that my commute is cut in half, and there’s not a whole bunch of noise except for the occasional movements of the Upstairs Stomper. Future husband is going to be 100% moved in after the wedding (most of his stuff is already here).
  • Wedding planning and running around to various appointments took up a lot of time. If anyone asks me for wedding advice after this, I would have to tell them that the number one thing to remember is to take time to stay organized. It makes everyone’s lives much, much easier and greatly reduces the likelihood of the bride turning into a bridezilla.
  • My WordPress domain has expired, which is just as well because I’m going to have to change it upon getting married anyway, although my new last name is just as generic as my old last name, so I’m wondering if I ought to just leave it as is. 🙂 (Three cheers for anonymity!)
  • Speaking of blogging, I want to try to get back to my old consistent schedule in October or November, depending on how long it takes to deal with post-wedding/post-honeymoon stuff. I really miss my blog… and reading/commenting on others’ blogs. Thank you all for your patience as I sort through Real Life™.

The Thursday Three #35

1. Thomas Sowell, the renowned economist and conservative thinker, has retired from column writing.* He also turned 87 not too long ago, as did Harold Bloom,** who is one of the greatest literary critics of all time. As the years pass, I keep wondering who will replace these brilliant minds.

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. —Harold Bloom

Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good. —Thomas Sowell

2. Three songs I’m obsessed with: Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” because I was daydreaming and came up with an awesome idea for a music video for it, Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” because all of a sudden the radio started playing it a lot and I don’t think I had ever heard it before, and Julia Michaels’s “Issues” because it describes a nice mix of dysfunction and commitment.

3. Here’s a picture of a double rainbow (although you can barely see the outer one). Trust me… there were two.

*I highly recommend Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed (1995).

**I highly recommend Bloom’s How to Read and Why (2000).

The Thursday Three #34

  1. I missed my blogiversary on May 14! My blog is 7 years old and has reached the age of reason! I may need an outside source to verify this, but I feel as though the blog has come a long way. Because my life is rapidly changing, I do not know what will become of this blog, but I do hope to continue it in some form, even though I may not update as regularly as I did in the past.
  2. If you are a writer, you’ve probably been encouraged to read Annie Dillard’s memoir The Writing Life. There is literally no reason why you shouldn’t read this book. It’s only 100-something pages long and beautifully written. Sometimes it is difficult to tell that the author is in fact ruminating on the craft of writing, but by the end of the little book, all the metaphors become clear.
  3. Wedding update: The Knot says I am more than halfway through planning, which is good because we are getting married in less than 4 months! The entire notion of being someone’s wife is becoming less and less foreign to me; every day, I learn something that simultaneously makes me hang my head in humility and smile in amazement. I chose right. 🙂

    Bonus cat picture!