Like the title implies… I am stateside yet again for the holidays, and happily spending every second of every day being reminded how much I love America. This may be slightly biased given that I spend most of the days around the house without much responsibility. Nevertheless – it’s true when they say it is so nice to be home. The trip home was a bit problematic… given that 1 hour into my 9 hour flight back to Washington, the man in front of me put down his chair. This complicated my very ambitious book review plans, and set me on a TV binge occasionally interrupted by a Federalist Paper. I did get to watch Maze Runner 2 and The Bridge (two new movies out). Confession time: I’m fairly certain the only reason I’m slightly up to date on my films is due to long transatlantic flights. (I’ve really got to get ahold of that Dream Water)
Oh yes, that’s the other thing that I’ve been up to: Reading the Federalist Papers. I will be the first to admit how absolutely crazy they are to read in our era due to content… and to the style of writing. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay are pretty awesome – but damn, the majority of these works could be bulleted in under 100 words.
What else? I made Gingerbread houses at my friend’s house to great success. This may be because she attends SCAD (The Savannah College of Art and Design), but I prefer to place the burden on our combined effort. In a couple days: I’ll be off to visit family up and around the East Coast, and then to return home. It’s weird seeing friends and family that I had resigned myself to not seeing for a year, but it feels almost like the first time all year where I have been able to breathe for a moment without stressing about the consequences. Strange? Most definitely yes.
Given that this is already a late post, I’m sure you already assume that I’ve been reading very little (because Christmas and Family time). You are partially right. I finished Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us by Murray Carpenter. Great audio read which has completely transformed how I feel about synthetic caffeine and how prevalent it is in our society (disturbingly so). As per usual, I bought yet another book this week: Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I’ve been meaning to check this out for a while, so hopefully it’ll be an inspirational read. Wish me luck!
Happy Christmas and New Years to everyone out there! I will probably be yet another day late posting next week before New Years, but December Favorites is coming out soon (So Look For That!) x Christmas spirit is in the air *hint hint*.