cymry: (Starbuck - home)
The month has flown by. The weather's clearing a little (though still cold and grey), so I'm spending more time outdoors.

April booklist )
cymry: (Starbuck - home)
Gods, how is it the end of March? Time is both at a standstill and racing forwards. I blame the lousy Smarch weather... which is a thousand times lousier in Halifax, FYI. Only bonus is the amount of time I can spend reading. The libraries here are actually very good and the local thrift store has 4 aisles of books, all of them cheap.

March booklist )
cymry: (Starbuck - home)
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias

Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

Only 6 songs?? I'm a music addict, I'm pretty much always listening to something while I work, write, etc. So, in the interest of saving my sanity, let me go with 6 songs I'm currently obsessed with, in no particular order.

1. Walk the Moon - Shut Up and Dance (catchy, upbeat, fun)
2. Hozier - In the Woods Somewhere (I love that subtle beat in the background and the whole eerie atmosphere. Also, love the lyrics)
3. Air Traffic Controller - Hurry, Hurry (good beat, playful lyrics, pretty much the story of my life)
4. Autoheart - The Sailor Song (oh, that voice. so much love for that voice)
5. Olafur Arnalds featuring Dan Arnor - Old Skin (I love Olafur Arnalds, he is by far my favorite instrumental artist, and adding a guest singer makes me want to listen to it on repeat, over and over)
6. Banks - Beggin for Thread (another of those random things I just can't get enough of; it gets me moving)

I could go on forever. I did try to stick mostly to artists or songs that aren't as well known, rather than the standard radio stuff. Love it.
cymry: (toothless)
So, things got hectic at the end of January. Relocation 15 hours away from my home, new job, new city, sickness, confusion, and horrible weather. So my January recap never got posted. Instead, you get two months for the price of one.

January & February booklist )
cymry: (redwitch)
My life has sped up quite a bit in the last few weeks, what with starting working and the long-distance traveling. My reading has reflected that a bit: I went on a splurge of rereading books recently, just because I could..

December booklist & 2014 book recap )
cymry: (Miyu - tooi gate)
November was a bit of a whirlwind. Conference in Pittsburgh, moving back to Joliette, and starting my new contract have all cut into my time off considerably. Throw in traveling back and forth between Ottawa and Joliette on weekends (6 hours round-trip) and you get an idea of how much free time I have.

Still, books.

November booklist )
cymry: (Miyu - tooi gate)
October has been up and down. Still lots of free time but I didn't get much done due to bad health and stress. Because my body obviously thinks any time off is the perfect time to freak out...

October booklist )
cymry: (toothless)
DAY TWENTY-THREE: share one of your current favorite tunes

I've been listening to new music recently, so this is kind of appropriate!

Sia - Elastic Heart (with The Weeknd & Diplo)

Ane Brun - Do You Remember

Jill Barber - Broken For Good
cymry: (toothless)
DAY ELEVEN: share your favorite recipe

Okay, this is the simplest recipe in the world and absolutely delicious. I'm actually making it right now.

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken
4 frozen chicken breasts
½ cup sweet BBQ sauce
1 cup smoky BBQ sauce
buns

Heat on low for 10-12 hours. Pull chicken apart with forks and serve over buns. 

That's it. Toss frozen chicken into your slow cooker, add BBQ sauce, cook the hell out of it, then enjoy. I love easy, tasty food.
cymry: (toothless)
September was the onset of free time and lots of stress. So... books.

September booklist )
cymry: (Rapunzel art)
August and July were write-offs. Stressful, nebulous, unfocused, unanchored.

August booklist )
cymry: (Faulty Towers)
July was awful. Stress, a horrible job, demanding teachers and students and staff, extra-long days, and no time to get over it. I think this is the first time in my life I've been so stressed about something that I routinely began to wake up in the middle of the night to try to work out problems, and was unable to get back to sleep.

It's gotten better but I'd like to make sure that I won't be going back to that.

July booklist )
cymry: (Rapunzel art)
June was lovely - I read quite a bit on vacation (spending nearly 24 hours on a plane will do that to you) and saw several plane movies as well. Also, my exhaustion levels when I got home made reading just about the only thing I was willing to tackle...

June booklist )
cymry: (Rapunzel art)
May was spent preparing for Greece and the conference. Not much time for fun reading, sadly.

May booklist )
cymry: (Rapunzel art)
April was crazy. Crazy, crazy. It doesn't end.

April booklist )
cymry: (paper art)
March was a busy month for books 'n things. A bit of a depressing month too, which explains why I read so much, I guess.

March booklist )
cymry: (Faulty Towers)
I'm fidgeting again. It may have something to do with spring - my thoughts turning to a desperate need to travel, to do new things, to embrace change, are certainly classic spring symptoms. So is my need to reexamine my entire life and find so much of it wanting.

I spend so much damn time wanting. I'm not ambitious, not really, I just want things. Lots of things. Impossible things. Contradictory things. I am a Gemini, after all.

Or the fidgets may have something to do with a job interview on Friday. I'll get progressively more and more nervous, even while denying that I am. I'll be one tightly strung wire of rigidly controlled terror by Friday morning. And all for a job I don't particularly want - except that it is a way out of the job I currently have, which I definitely don't want and desperately need to escape.

Argh. And, may I add, grr.
cymry: (Rapunzel art)
As usual, February and I did not get along. This explains the amount of rereading fluffy books I did.

February booklist )
cymry: (Faulty Towers)
I'm not quite sure where January went. Busy month that flew by...

January booklist )
cymry: (redwitch)
It's been a slow month, I'll admit, but I haven't been doing much reading. Mea culpa.

December booklist & 2013 recap )

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