It has been a real whirlwind of a week. Or two now that I'm thinking about it...I'm so tired I can barely think straight haha! Let's see...the week before this one, I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day but otherwise it's been a pretty good couple weeks, just very busy. I'm too tired for sentences so I'm going to go into my beloved list form:
The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
1. In which Elizabeth discovers she has had a tick on her for two and a half days and had to go to the minute clinic for the preventative antibiotic and her health insurance has been cancelled as of a few weeks ago and she can't find out why because she only has so many hours in a day when she can stay on hold and NEVER GET A HOLD OF THE BLOODY INSURANCE PEOPLE TO TELL HER WHY THEY WON'T TAKE HER FRELLING DOCUMENTS. Seriously any time your phone dies because you've been on hold 3 hours multiple times is just too bloodydamn long.
2. In which she then discovers that Bank of America has done away with ebanking for all of time and now no longer has any accounts whatsoever that don't require a minimum balance or a minimum monthly direct deposit. She's a nanny. And a barista. These occupations are done primarily in cash. And she can't just move to another bank because then she would have like no credit.
3. In which Elizabeth realizes that her speedometer isn't working at all, and when she goes to the dealership to get it fixed they inform her it won't get fixed until the next day (which matters because she was planning on driving to South Carolina that day) AND that they are charging her double the price it should be to fix it. (I know, I know dealerships, but honestly they've been pretty awesome and usually fair on prices).
BUT. Other than that spectacularly bad day, the rest of my week has been pretty awesome. I went down to South Carolina to see my best friend, and even though it was a very, very short trip because I didn't have a working speedometer (I did consider for a split second the merit of just taking the 9 hour drive without a speedometer before realizing that was just dumb) so I only really had one full day, it was totally worth it. We went whitewater rafting and I got to spend 4th of July with my best friend! Good times were had :) And in defense of getting the tick, (which was really not that big of a deal since chances of getting lyme disease are like 1% - it was more inconvenient than anything) I did get it picking wineberries with the kids. I'd never even heard of wineberries before. They're DELICIOUS. They're fairly similar to raspberries, for any of you who also have never heard of them. So that was fun. This past week has been crazy busy work wise. The kids are suddenly on a museum kick, so after standing for 12 hours the previous day, I drove them down to D.C. and we walked around the National Museum of Natural History (which was pretty awesome) and then the next day I took them into Baltimore to look at art at the Walter (which was also awesome). I mean how often do you get kids who LOVE reading and LOVE going to museums??? These are things I like too and I get paid to do all this! But I put my foot down the next day and said I absolutely needed to not walk around all day because I was pretty sure my feet were going to fall off and I was going to have to stand all day at work the next day haha! And my godmother came down to D.C. this weekend so I headed back to D.C. and stayed the night with her and her granddaughter which was a lot of fun! So I got to travel quite a bit which is always good for alleviating my everpresent travel itch.
And my bloglovin feed is still a scary, scary place. Although more like a 250 unread posts scary place instead of 630, so that's good. Buuuut I still haven't made it into my July posts haha! So here's my link roundup with the disclaimer that a lot of these are pretty old, sorry!
Amy gives us some great tips for combating the dreaded reading slump.
Maya names some smart tropes in sexy books: positive characterization and good romance novels.
Nafiza muses on the separation of the book and its author.
Specific Books and Authors
Melissa Grey gives us five female characters of under-appreciated strength. (Genya allllll the way, and Sansa for sure as well, even if I hadn't liked her very much until Storm of Swords)
Emily brings up an interesting connection between Squibs and people with disabilities in her Order of the Phoenix reread.
Mallory informs us how to cast Jane Eyre (hint, she shouldn't be freaking gorgeous!)
Bookish Fun Stuff
Cait created a quiz where she guesses what style of book covers you love. (And she totally nailed me - 100% The Artist Coneisseur)
Gillian brings us part III of her YA Sorting Hat.
Cait has shares some overlooked (but highly useful) life lessons from books.
Mitchii shares some Filipino words to live by. (She talks about words that English speakers don't have in their vocabulary and I LOVED the words she chose!)
Emily talks about how The Lion King was a heartwarming but very unlikely success story.
Sara analyzes movie soundtracks (the stuff that heroes are made of).
Natalies asks which type of artificial intelligence would you rather see in our future?
Emily tells us there's more to life than being happy. Stephanie @ Don't Be Afraid of the Dork shared this gem and it's well worth reading - it gives a very different perspective on life.
John shares what it's like inside the mind of a black Baltimore cop.
Leah asks if biology needs to be destiny in the works of Joss Whedon?