Yep, it’s the last day of February.
I don’t know if the groundhog saw his shadow or not, but here in Texas we’re having an unseasonably warm winter and spring is already in full swing. We did actually have a winter. It’s just that it only lasted about two days.
Anyway, I’ve been pretty scarce around here due to life circumstances. Writing has been hard lately and time to do it is practically nonexistent. But these posts are my favorite since I just talk about what I’ve been doing for the last month.
What I Read:
The Fisherman by John Langan
This is a super creepy novel about two widowers who go on a fishing trip and encounter some truly horrific stuff. I enjoyed this book immensely and plan to add it to my ongoing list of spooky novels. 4/5 stars
The Vegetarian by Kang Han
Okay, first off, this novel is translated from Korean. I like that aspect of it at first, because it seemed straightforward and to the point. After a while, though, it just got weird. And I’m fine with weird if it actually goes somewhere. This one didn’t really. Totally fizzled out at the end. 2/5 stars
Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi
This was the best book I read this month. The majority of its chapters were written during the 2015-2016 presidential campaign and are consistently insightful, and at times eerily prophetic. There’s been lots of buzz about the people in America who elected Donald Trump, as in Hillbilly Elegy. But this book is about the critical role the press played in the election. It’s wise and funny. Definitely written from a liberal slant (fine by me) but with a keen eye toward how our nation has evolved into a country that would put Trump in power. 5/5 stars
Invasive by Chuck Wendig
This was reminiscent of Michael Crichton, whose books I devoured in my twenties. I liked this novel but I didn’t love it, thought it could have been more suspenseful. It’s basically about an engineered species of killer ants, which is a cool premise. There are some pretty graphic scenes, but I just didn’t feel as much tension as I wanted to. 3/5 stars
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is a chick lit romance about a woman who has to choose between her beloved fiance and her presumed dead husband who suddenly shows up alive. The premise was great, and I enjoyed the first half of the book. Unfortunately, the chemistry just wasn’t there. Plus, I got truly irritated with the protagonist when she couldn’t make the right choice (and did some really irksome stuff) when it was clear which direction the plot was headed. This one fizzled. 3/5 stars
What I Watched:
Well, for starters, The Walking Dead is back! Woohoo! Gosh, I love this show.
We’re also going strong on Friends reruns. (Insight: why did it seem like it took forever for Rachel and Ross to get together and then break up the first time around? All of that happened in the first three seasons, so when you’re binge watching, it goes by in a flash!)
What I Ate:
Hardly any carbs.
So after doing a Whole 30 in January and only losing five pounds, I decided to try a low-carb, ketogenic diet. I’m a little over two weeks in, and here are my insights so far:
- The first week nearly killed me. My mood was terrible and I’m not sure about the science behind it, but after my experience I’m convinced that carbs manufacture happiness. Because without them (not even fruit!) I was ready to curl up in a ball and die.
- The second week was better. At least for my mood. Not for my bowels, ahem. Let’s just say things have come to a bit of a standstill. So there’s that.
- Low-carb is supposed to put your body into a state of ketosis, which makes you burn fat like crazy. I know I’m there, because I’ve been peeing on the little sticks and watching them turn purple. So. . . want to know how much weight I’ve lost? Absolutely zero. Yeah. It’s a little discouraging to cut out even fruit and not lose an ounce.
All that to say, so far my experience with low-carb dieting is not a positive one. And I’m starting to get really tired of eggs and meat.
Except for bacon. Bacon, I could never stay mad at you.
Other Stuff I’m Into:
1. Trip to San Antonio
I got to attend our state music educator’s conference and I dragged Eric along with me for the weekend. Not only did I learn a lot in the sessions I attended, but we got to enjoy absolutely gorgeous weather while we were there. We ate lunch on the patio and soaked up the sun. It was a much-needed respite.
2. The color pink
It just dawned on me this morning that I’ve been accumulating quite a bit of pink stuff. Not sure what’s up with that, since I’ve never claimed pink as my favorite color. Still, I seem to be drawn to it lately.
3. Cream in my coffee
I always love doing a Whole 30, but dairy is the food group I miss most. Actually, I can even do without cheese and milk. But there is nothing like real cream for your coffee. And it only takes the tiniest bit.
That’s about all she wrote for the month of February. I just realized it’s been a while since I’ve shared my favorite online reads with you, but that’s because I haven’t been reading much online. For the most part, I’m avoiding Facebook and even blogs. . . partly out of a lack of time and partly because of the state of the world right now. If you know what I mean.
So I’m trying to keep things lighthearted. . . and pink!
What about you? What are you into and up to lately? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!