Friday Things

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Happy Friday!

I am happy today because after cancelling our trip to Grenada, we ended up booking a last-minute flight to Florida to visit my lifelong best friend and her family. She just gave birth to her fifth child, so it’s going to be a long weekend spent catching up and playing with lots of small people. And strangely enough, her kids are some of the few I know that actually make me look forward to having my own (but not anytime soon). They’re just really cool small people.

Some other cool things from around the internets this week:

1. People who procrastinate are more creative. As are people who sleep late. My “bad habits”, justified :)

2. I found a really great new blog to follow (though it’s been around a while, which always makes me wonder what other great things are out there on the internets that I’m missing). This post about the daily habits of writers and other creatives really hit home for me, as making enough time to write is something I’ve been struggling with lately.

3. I love this idea, and will be shopping here exclusively from now on. (In theory.)

4. Finally, what to do when you’re having a bad day :)

Reading: On the final installment of this trilogy, which began with this book. Still liking it, but I’m hoping that in this book, the heroine attends far fewer meetings than in the second book. Meetings are the worst things in the world. I deal with them daily at work and really don’t need them cropping up in my YA fantasy.

Writing: My YA fantasy. I finally got to the exciting parts, so the writing’s coming much more easily :)

Watching: I need something new. Any recommendations?

Listening to: Recently discovered these guys–they’re different and kind of awesome.

Cooking: New category! I actually love to cook. Pouring a glass of wine, putting on Netflix, and making a giant mess in the kitchen for my boyfriend to clean up later is one of my favorite things to do. It’s the one time when my brain’s not mentally responding to an email or trying to figure out some plot problems or worrying that I still haven’t found the perfect armchair for my apartment. This week I made this and it was amazing, though next time I think I’ll try just baking the cauliflower and cheese alone then dipping it in the tomato sauce so it doesn’t get soggy.

How was your week??

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Friday Things

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Hello Friday, it’s wonderful to see you.

It’s been a week. I ultimately decided to cancel my upcoming trip to Grenada, which sucks, but we’re trying to plan something else to make up for it. My cat may be ill. I’m behind on my writing. I’m trying not to let my day job suck out my soul. Hoping this weekend will be a good time to reboot and go into next week feeling a bit more together.

Here are some interesting things I’ve found on the internets lately:

1. Famous authors had day jobs, too.

2. To me it never went away, but I loved reading about the resurgence of the greatest TV show ever.

3. Not sure I agree with the accuracy of all of these, but this was interesting.

4. This is just awesome.

5. And this is incredibly useful.

Reading: The sequel to this. It’s so good I was happy when the subway got stuck this morning because it gave me extra reading time.

Watching: This. It’s definitely not the most brilliant TV of our time, but I loved the books and am really enjoying it. (This made me laugh so hard.)

Writing: Still on my YA fantasy. Last week I made a major shift to the inciting incident–I made things much worse for my protagonist–so I’m quickly reworking some of the opening scenes before moving onto to new stuff. It’s a definite improvement. I just need a Time-Turner so I have more time to work on it.

Listening to: These guys

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Wanderlusty Wednesday: A Travel Dilemma

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Please help me make a decision!

So I wrote a little while ago about how our friends randomly invited us to go to Grenada on short notice, and in the spirit of “why not?” travel, we said yes. Flights booked, Airbnb booked, Grenada here we come!

Well, it turns out there are actually reason why not to go to Grenada right now. That mosquito virus, mainly. I’m not pregnant, but one of my friends may be and another is trying–so everyone else has backed out of the trip.

Also, a US tourist just got murdered there. It wouldn’t be a deterrent, normally, but it’s kind of weird this news has come right as my boyfriend and I are debating whether or not to still go.

I know we’d have fun just the two of us but we’re already kind of bummed since it was supposed to be a group trip. We won’t be able to afford as nice of a place with just us, the car rental will be more, etc. I’m not excited about it anymore. And now I’m also worried, more about the virus than the murder. Anyone infected is being asked to wait two years before trying to get pregnant. I’m not sure what the next two years hold for me, but I really didn’t have “wait out mosquito virus” in my plans.

I know I’ve said not to let fear stop you from traveling before, but disease scares me in a very different way than terrorism does. I’m also just not excited to go anymore. I don’t know if we can get our airfare refunded–but even if we can’t, I may just want to stay home.

What should we do? I’m notoriously terrible at decision-making. (The Libra in me.) Please help!

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