Thursday, May 17, 2018

Right Here, Right Now: Spring 2018

I have a lot of half-finished budget-friendly blog posts in my drafts folder - an intro to YNAB, a review of Republic Wireless, a chicken update, a mediation on the power of plans - but I don't feel like working on any of those today. I have 30 minutes before I need to get ready for work, it's a dark, wet day, and there's a full cup of coffee on my desk. In other words, the perfect morning for a little life update. So, in that spirit, here's what I'm currently up to. 


A lot of Jeopardy!, mostly. We've been watching consistently for about two years, and I'm getting better and better at the game. It's not so much about what you know, but more about what you know about Jeopardy!. Plus it feels better than "regular" TV, since it forces us to think a little bit. We don't always get a chance to watch it at 7:30 pm, but here's a hot tip - the Jeopardy! subreddit has a thread for each night's game, and in that thread a very kind soul posts a link to the episode, which he uploads to Google Drive, every single day. I'm not a religious person, but I'm pretty sure he's an angel. 


Protein, baby! I hopped on the macro train and spent a few days analyzing the balance of my diet, and guess what? It was about 90% carbs. After some trial and error and a few new habits, I was able to get that balance to a better place, and maybe it's psychosomatic, but I feel leaner, stronger, and more energetic, especially in the afternoons. I'm also spending a bit more on food, because as it turns out simple carbs are really cheap, but hey. Health comes first. 


Somehow, this has been the slowest year for reading yet. I've only finished eight books so far! To be fair, I started and abandoned multiple books, but still. Right now, I'm reading You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld, and I'm about to start What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons, which is May's book club pick. My to-read list grows every longer, so hopefully these long and light summer days will offer more time for books! 


As always, I am working on my novel. As always, it's a slow, plodding affair, filled with starts and stops. Every time I have a breakthrough, it requires more work than I anticipated, but things are moving forward. In the meantime, I've cheated on the book a few times with shorter pieces, and one was published yesterday in Flyway Journal! It's called "Material Remains," and it's about two sisters, a family tragedy, and a very deep hole filled with strange and sinister things. I'd be honored if you checked it out. Also, if you like my writing and want more, I have a website with links to almost everything I've published. 


Too much! We still have a budget, of course - in fact, I celebrated my two-year YNABiversary over the weekend via a shopping spree at Costco (oops). Still, I've gotten in a bad habit of spending most of our money in the first half of the month - probably because we both get paid on the last day of the month. Once it's gone, however, it's gone. We don't pull from savings or move too much money around. We just suffer. So if you see me eating beans and riding my bike more during the last few days of May, that's why. 


Speaking of spending, we have a few trips coming up over the next few weeks, and I am very excited for them. One is a weekend on Long Island for my sister's baby shower (I'M GOING TO BE AN AUNT!!!) and the other is a trip to a mysterious location for my Texas BFF's 40th birthday. I say mysterious because we're still deciding where to go - stay tuned! I know I will. 

How About You? 

Tell me what you're watching, eating, reading, writing, spending, or planning right now. I'm super nosey and I'd love to add some new things to my list! 

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