Yeah, I’m definitely not making my 2022 reading challenge. I almost canceled this week’s post, and, to be perfectly honest, if it hadn’t been time-sensitive I probably would’ve pushed it to next week. November was really not my month for a number of reasons, the biggest one being the health-related emergency I’ve been dealing with since the Friday before Thanksgiving. It’s been a long two weeks and I’m tired as hell, but I think I’m on the upswing, so maybe one of these days I’ll finally get around to finishing Hamnet.

In brighter news, I have entered at least a dozen Goodreads giveaways, but this is the first one where I’ve actually won something!

It can only get better from here, right?


November Reading Stats

Books Finished:

haha

Books Abandoned:

  1. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

Total Pages Read: 149

I don’t have much to say at all this month. I started Hamnet and Arm of the Sphinx a while ago, and have thoroughly neglected them both.


Things I’ve Been Doing Instead of Reading

Voting

Okay so it took me thirty minutes to find the polling place that turned out to be literally across the street from me and I could just as easily have walked, BUT: I cannot tell you how fucking relieved I am that election season is more or less over, aside from one ongoing battle. In any case, I tried, and therefore no one should criticize me.

Even Moar Home Improvement
After a solid month of weeping over my busted washing machine, the maintenance team rolled up to my door with a matching set of smart machines that completely dwarf the old ones. The new machines are so big that they had to take out part of my kitchen cabinets and counter, which does make me sad, but I’d rather have the washing machine than the counter space.

Before:

In progress:

After:

I love these things. The old washing machine used to shake my entire kitchen during the spin cycle, but the new one is so quiet that I can’t always hear it from my bedroom. Tomorrow I’m going to find out if it really is big enough to fit my comforter. I really hope it is, because I am currently too lazy to take the comforter to the laundromat.

Holiday Noms
Thanksgiving is unequivocally my favorite holiday. There’s no trick-or-treaters to hide from and no presents to buy, and all you have to do is show up and cook and eat for four days straight. This Black Friday marked my first attempt at the mille-feuille nabe that’s been floating around the internet, with zero regrets. We also made Chinese scrambled eggs with Hunan salted chilies because I happened to see the recipe shortly before Thanksgiving and bundled it into my plans. I have been on a quest recently to learn to like eggs, which so far isn’t going too badly.

(Note for anyone who cares: We made the nabe again last night, and we have learned that very thinly sliced Spam does not detract from the quality of the nabe.)

I Love My Switch More Than I Love My Books
I am officially an ACNH addict (even more than I was a month ago), and have a Stalk Market price-tracking spreadsheet to prove it. I still don’t trust the raccoons, who are the Jelly Cove equivalent of the Mafia, but I cannot stop giving them money. Like literally the second I paid off the $348,000 back room expansion on my house fucking Tom Crook asked me if I wanted to expand my house again and godDAMMIT yes I did so now I have a third room and I am $548,000 in the hole. Of course, the island’s economy is cyclic because the bulk of my income comes from selling random shit to the baby raccoons, so I suppose it evens out in the end.

I also paid the raccoons to install a ramp by my house. We’re living big over here.

And one of my villagers shows up every now and then without pants. I don’t even know what to say at this point.

I Bought Pokémon Violet and I Kinda Have Buyer’s Regret
idk, the game is fine. I lost my mind getting my Pokémon to a Nemona-crushing level because if anyone needed their teeth kicked in it would absolutely be her, and now I have no idea what I’m supposed to be doing. Long story short, it isn’t sucking me in the way I want to be sucked in, and I probably would’ve returned it or sold it if I weren’t determined to hang onto Syrax, my little fire croc.

I literally cannot sell that little face but this game is so disappointing. Fingers crossed it gets better.

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