Why hello there. It’s Wednesday. No complaints on that front 🙂 As you may have guessed, I’m linking up for What’s Up Wednesday.
What I’m eating
As I’m writing this, I’m eating this no-bake cookie dough from Chocolate Covered Katie. I highly recommend it.
What I’m Reminiscing About
My trip to Europe. I got back from said trip about two weeks ago. Some of the best parts of vacation are looking forward to it and looking back on it. Happy memories 🙂 This trip was not all smooth sailing. It was my first solo trip. My camera broke. I got slightly lost. Parts of it felt a little lonely. The weather didn’t cooperate. It was crazy expensive. But hey, I was in Europe. Absolutely no regrets. Well actually I regret spilling water on my camera, but mistakes happen. Switzerland was very easy on the eyes. I took this photo of Lake Lucerne from Mt. Pilatus.
What I’m loving
The bracelet from my sister and seasonal beer. Also, dark nail polish. If you wanted to describe me as basic right now, I wouldn’t even fight you on it.
What I’ve been up to
Working away at my goals. If you want, you can read more about that here.
What I’m dreading
I was in a minor-ish car accident where I was rear-ended so I’m dealing with insurance right now. Not my favorite thing.
What I’m working on
I’m writing and trying to silence my inner-critic. It’s an ongoing battle. I was listening to the Fiction School podcast and learned about beat sheets, which are basically screen-writing plot templates that can also be applied to novels or short stories. I constantly struggle with plotting and planning and outlining and feeling overwhelmed and hating every word I’ve ever written. So shortcuts like this might be a really good jumping off point. There’s more about these templates in a blog post by Jami Gold here.
What I’m excited about
Such a cliche answer but, come Friday, I’m ordering a pumpkin spice latte and wearing boots. I don’t care if it’s 90 degrees. It’s happening.
What I’m watching/reading
I’m watching Do The Right Thing as I write this. There are some slammin 80’s dance moves, but ona more serious note, it examines hate and bigotry, which continue to be highly relevant. I have a few criticisms of this movie, but I’ll keep those to myself 🙂 I have nothing but respect for Spike Lee. This movie is on the AFI Top 100 Movies list, which I’m slowly chipping away at.
I’m reading Persuasion by Jane Austen, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, and The Catcher and the Rye by JD Salinger. Ordinarily I try to have three books going that are a little more varied – one classic/ literary fiction book, one fun book (usually a thriller or mystery), and one non-fiction book. But these are all on my 30×30 book list and I am motivated.
The 10 minute timer method is helping me get started on the drier books that I want to read but find more challenging. I subscribe to the philosophy that you should ditch a book if you don’t like it, but I also don’t think you should skip a book just because it’s challenging. For me it’s kind of like running; sometimes you look forward to it and sometimes you don’t, but and you’re always glad you did it.
What I’m Listening To
A lot of podcasts. Trying some new ones. I reviewed a few here. Most recently Anna Faris Is Unqualified. Jury is still out on this one.
What I’m Wearing
Per usual, a lot of black. The season doesn’t matter. It’s basically my uniform and makes getting dressed in the morning easy. Just add some fun jewelry or a scarf and you’re good to go. Please excuse the dirty mirror and bad selfie.
What I’m Doing This Weekend
It will be a pretty chill weekend. Last week was rough, so I’m taking it easy. I also have zero desire to travel on long weekends because most of the popular places are busy and expensive and traffic is a mess. Especially if you’re in the Seattle area and need to take a ferry. Plan on waiting a few hours.
What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month
Since I’ve already told you about cliche fall things…. I don’t really plan very far ahead. I’m actually seeing Chris Botti perform live for the second time in September. I don’t follow him closely, but he gives a solid live performance. In case you don’t know who he is, he plays the trumpet and performs mainly pop and jazz music. He’s performed with Sting, Frank Sinatra, Arethra Franklin, and Paul Simon. His main fan base is probably more of my parents’ generation, but it should be fun 🙂
What Else is New
I added some info about my New York art trip. You can find it here. I’m pretty proud of this photo.