OCD at it’s finest.

I have OCD.

Real OCD. Not the kind that people talk about flippantly.

I am highly medicated and forever bothered by intrusive thoughts, obsessions, and the compulsions that follow.

Take today for example. It was ruined from the get-go.

Wednesdays are my favorite days at work because we get free breakfast. I look forward to my sausage biscuit, chocolate milk, and blueberry muffin. Today, though, there was a surprise.

Someone’s hair was in my biscuit!

Now, I saw the hair before I even picked the biscuit up, but that stupid thing has clung to me all day. I keep having flashbacks to seeing the hair and I am convinced it has somehow gotten into my mouth. I’ve been gagging and cringing all day. So much so that my muscles ache from the tension.

This may not seem like a big deal to most people (the thinking about it all day, not the hair), but thanks to these intrusive thoughts, my entire day has revolved around it. Luckily, I have some great people at work that know that distraction is one of the best things they can do to help me (because drinking 7 water bottles and eating a donut did not help).

I spent some time with the nurse chatting, in the library discussing books, and wandering around campus trying to get my mind off of it.

It may be 13 hours later, and that feeling might still be with me, but thanks to my brother, boyfriend, sister, and friends, I’m starting to feel better.

Tomorrow has to be better, right?

September 25th. I love it.

Roller coaster emotions this week friends, but I still love it.

First up this week, having a visitor. I love it. Carmen (a dog) has been staying with me since Friday. It’s been really nice because there’s someone else for Yogi to play with. They’re about the same size and they both love playing fetch so when Yogi tosses a toy across the room, they both chase it and chaos ensues. It’s like I’m living with the 3 Stooges.

I love it.

Next up, reading. I love it. I know this one is obvious, but this week alone I read three books and I loved them all. The first was “I Kill the Mockingbird” then it was “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” and I finished off the week with “Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere.” I highly recommend all three. I gave myself a break from reading this weekend to catch up on some shows, but I’ll be back at it this week with Mara Wilson’s (Matilda in the movie way back when) autobiography, “Where Am I Now?” I tweeted that I’m going to pick it up from the library tomorrow and she liked my tweet! It’s fun to know that people you admire acknowledged your existence even if only for a second.

I love it.

Finally, book reviews. I love it. If you’ve noticed, I’ve started putting short little book reviews on my blog. I don’t try to give away spoilers and I often go off on tangents, but if theres a book that you think I should read, let me know! Of if you wrote a book and want a review, let me know too!

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here: A book review

Patrick Ness is one of those authors that slowly builds up the story to the point where you get emotional because it’s all over the place. I felt that way when I read “A Monster Calls” and this week I read “The Rest of Us Just Live Here.”

This is the kind of book I’ve been waiting for. What goes on in the rest of the town while the heroes are taking care of business?

The story, taking place in Washington State, is the story of a boy, Michael, who has a crush on his best friend, Henna. Throughout the story, strange things happen, like the indie kids dying, zombie dears, car crashes, and blue lights and eyes all over the place. Michael and his friends have no idea what is going on, but they aren’t the heroes in the story.

They just live there.

This book is all about what’s happening behind the scenes in most adventure tales. While the indie kids are fighting the immortals, Michael is trying to speak to the girl he likes. While the indie kids are dying, Michael is studying for finals.

The setup of the book is perfect. The intro blurb at the beginning of each chapter tells you what the hero kids are doing. Like, “Satchel finds Finn laying on the street. She’s afraid to approach him because he might be possessed, but then Dylan comes along and makes her feel more comfortable.” That’s not an actual quote from the book, but it will give you an idea. The summary is of what the chapter should be about, but it’s not.

Patrick Ness is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and next on my list of his is “The Knife of Never Letting Go.” I hear it’s suspenseful and fantastic. I was also warned not to look ahead while I read.

I can’t wait!

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September 18th. I love it.

Love. First up this week, small classes. I love it. I know I can’t complain about having classes of 35 kids, but those day when I only have 12 are magical. They get along better. They are less aggressive, and those kids that don’t like to participate come out of their shells. It’s one of those teacher wins.

I love it.

Next up, finishing The Harry Potter Series. I love it. Before work yesterday, I finished the Deathly Hallows. So so and uplifting at the same time. Expect a blog about my thoughts later this week. Today o even watched the movies to round it out. 

I love it.

Finally, having dinner with Bud. I love it. Even though he lives so far away, I’m glad we can still take time to eat dinner together even if it is just over FaceTime. You don’t realize how important something like that is until you can’t do it anymore.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great. 

I love it.

3 Thoughts I Have After Reading Half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I have waited a long time to read the Harry Potter series. I didn’t really have a plan not to, but I guess when the books came out I just didn’t want to read what everyone else was. It was something I regretted early on, but I managed to keep myself safe from spoilers up until this point by avoiding the movies, Tumblr posts, memes, and any and all summaries. Therefore, I have no idea what happens at the end of the books. So far, my favorite book is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and my favorite movie is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Currently, I’m halfway through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

These are the three things I hope/wish/wonder happen in the rest of the 7th book:

  1. I hope that Harry, Ron, and Hermione go back to Hogwarts after taking a hiatus looking for the horcruxes/He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named and finish their studies. That is the geek in me wishing everyone did their best and they follow the plan. I mean, how are they going to get jobs if they don’t take their NEWTS? Plus, they could graduate with Ginny and wouldn’t that be fun?
  2. I wonder what’s going on with Neville. You know, this story could just have easily been him so I’d love to know how things would have been different. Does Harry have the intention of telling Neville what could have been? This could be a major bonding moment. I’m also super pumped about how much Neville came out of his shell as he grew up. What could have been, right?
  3. I wish that Harry and Hermione were the ones that fell in love. Ron, honestly, drives me crazy and is a jealous git. Harry is very humble doesn’t want all of the attention, like Ron does. Harry and Hermione just fit better together. Has anyone written FanFic about that yet? It’s my goal now to find it.

These are my thoughts halfway through. I’ll write about my thought about the entire series once I’m done. I can’t believe I waited so long to read them!

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September 11th. I love it.

I’m fully aware that I forgot to post last week, but once again, the holiday weekend messed me up.

First up this week, “Steve and Me.” I love it. A friend of mine told me that Terri Irwin’s book about her husband Steve Irwin and I just had to read it. Back in elementary school, he was one of my favorite people, so learning about his life made me feel great. I had no idea how he met his wife, why he named his daughter what he did, and also more details into the events after his life. I almost couldn’t stop reading this book, but I made myself take 2 days to read it. BONUS: I also hit my 25 book goal for the year.

I love it.

Next up, Gilmore Girls. I love it. Last week I started watching it on Netflix again. Oh, the memories. I can remember watching this with my family, especially during the fall and the holiday season so it’s my feel good show. I can’t wait for the new season to come out so this is just my prep time. Obviously, I couldn’t watch it without have a huge cup of coffee and a donut.

I love it.

Finally, being needed. I love it. Despite the fact that I no longer work at Tulane, I was still brought in for the first home football game yesterday. I got a lot of questions and requests from my former co-workers so that let me know that they miss me. While I don’t miss the crazy hours and all of the stress, I do miss the people that I used to see everyday, so it’s nice that I’ll get a chance to see them a few more times this season. I’m gone but not forgotten.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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Nerd Lists: Pros and Cons of Audiobooks

In the past year, I have become seriously obsessed with audiobooks. I don’t use Audible or anything mainstream because I found out that I can “borrow” them from the library. I mean, it’s free, it’s easy, and there are millions of books to pick from.

Arthur Read was right. “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.”

While I absolutely love what audiobooks can do for me, I have found some drawbacks. As I often do, I started a Pro/Con list so I’d thought I’d share it with you for some insight (whether you want it or not).

Pro: I can still be productive while I’m reading.

Before I started using audiobooks, I was always stressing out about finishing a book before it was do or I would put off chores and other necessary adult things because my mind wouldn’t be satisfied until I finished the book. Now, I can multitask. For instance, just last night, I put on my wireless headphones and started listening to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” While doing that, I cleaned my bathroom, did the dishes, and played with my cats. It’s like a win-win situation.

Con: I sometimes stop paying attention.

Just as easy as it is to multitask, it’s just as easy to forget to pay attention. There have been times where I find that I’m completely lost in the story and have no idea how we got there.

Pro: I can read more books.

Now, not only do I read a book, but I listen to one, too. I have a book (in physical form) with me at all times in the event that audiobooks aren’t appropriate and the other way around. I have 2 books I’m working on at all times. Double the pleasure reading, double the fun. It’s only September but I’ve already finished my goal of reading 25 books this year. So many more books can be read before December!

Con: It’s harder to update my Goodreads page.

One of my favorite, nerdy things to do is update my Goodreads page. I participate in the reading challenge every year and I take pride in updating what page I’m on in a book. It also lets me know what kind of pace I’m reading at so I can guess when I’ll finish it. With audiobooks, sure, you know what chapter you’re on, but there are no page numbers. It kills me to not be able to update how far along I am in a book. Sometimes, I’ll just take the total number of chapters and divide them to find the percentage of the book I have done, but it’s not the same feeling.

Pro: There’s the possibility for a non-stop reading fest.

Sometimes, if I own a book and I’m really into it, I’ll look for the audiobook. That way, when my eyes can no longer focus on the book, I can pick up right where I left off in audiobook format. This is something I use a lot. Last weekend, in fact, while reading “Cinder”, the first book of the Lunar Chronicles Series, I spent 14 hours reading, listening, and taking the occasional break. I would read until I thought of something I had to do and put the book on audio. Then, when I found myself having a hard time paying attention to the audio, I’d start reading the book again.

 

Looking at this list, it is clear to me that the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to audiobooks. Anyone interested in free audiobooks should talk to their local library about what they have to offer or support paid for audiobook sites like Audible.

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