(Lovely lighting in Ikea, and a package all wrapped up to send to Dillon)
I'm back from my unexpected hiatus! The past month is a bit of a blur to be honest... So much happened in that short span of time that I can hardly believe it's only been a month, and not perhaps six.
To sum it all up, in the past month: I turned twenty-one, and can happily now order mojitos when I'm out, my little brother moved far away all on his own for an amazing opportunity (I'm so very proud.), I received Amanda Palmer's Theatre Is Evil (I backed her Kickstarter a few months ago) AND IT ROCKS, work has been wildly hectic as there have been quite a few managerial changes lately, I've planned a Blogger Family swap for All-Hallows-Read, and I've actually made some headway finishing some of the books I've acquired over the years and stuck bookmarks in mid-read.
Life, of course, is ever-changing, ever-morphing, and ever the same. I just happen to be along for the ride. Which, I don't mind all that much to be honest, I enjoy watching things unfold, and I'm rather adaptable so change doesn't bother me. It just causes a lack of blogging-time sometimes. It does feel good to be back at the keyboard though. I've missed this blog dearly, and all of the lovely people I interact with through it. How have your lives been?
I'm trying to keep myself busy lately. It's strange not having my little brother in the house...
Here's a list of things I plan on occupying myself with for the foreseeable future:
➝ Reading. As I've mentioned many time before, I have this habit of picking new books up when I've not finished the one I'm currently reading. Leaving of course, piles of bookmarked books all about my room. I'm attempting to finish the books I've started before I begin any new ones. Although, I just broke my own rule and picked up a rather large stack of books at the library today... We'll see how this goes. I may just be fated to read 10+ books at a time for the rest of my life.
➝ Catching up on films I've been meaning to see. I'll be moving my "This Month in Movies" lists to the ends of monthly catch up posts in the future, but I'm definitely still keeping track of what I've been watching. Netflix, and my local library are lovely things. In fact, to go with that stack of books I picked up today, there's an equally large stack of movies I want to watch.
➝ Try more teas. I love tea, I drink tea every day, and I'm not exaggerating when I say asking for a cup of tea in my house is like that scene in Scott Pilgrim where Ramona lists the contents of her tea-cabinet. There is a vast variety of teas in my house, but I'm always interested in trying new flavors and types, and I'm intrigued by Adagio and their custom blends. Specifically their fandom blends. You guys know me... the thought of Sherlock, Good Omens, and Doctor Who inspired tea blends is just too fantastic!
➝ Re-learn how to knit. I feel like this is a goal I set for myself often... maybe that's a sign I should give up, but I'm not going to! I WILL FINISH A KNITTING PROJECT! (Hasn't finished a knitting project in her life) I got a really fantastic book of sock patterns to knit for my birthday, so I definitely want to be able to put it to good use. I mean, there's a pair of socks in that book inspired by the character Crowley from Supernatural. I HAVE to learn how to knit now. I have no choice. (I am such a hopeless fangirl you guys...)
➝ BAKE. It will finally be cool enough here in Phoenix to start baking soon. I have recipes stock-piled and I can't wait to try them out. Especially some recipes I've been seeing floating around the blogosphere that involve tea. Tea flavored cupcakes? Yes please!
➝ Make things more often, just, in general. I feel like I hit a bit of a creativity slump awhile back, so I vow to make something everyday! Even if it's something little. A handmade postcard, a felt plushie, a hand-written short story, a baked good, an art journal page, anything. Just make something.
How's that for a list of things to occupy my time with!
Last but not least: a birthday giveaway! Leave a comment on this post telling my what your favorite thing about reading my blog (or one recommending a book for me to read!), and include your email address and you'll be entered to win a surprise package from me! Most likely containing handmade goodies, tea, and cute little bits and bobs. I'll randomly pick a winner next Monday: September 24th.