I am a MASTER READER. Or maybe I’m just super excited because I finished not one, but TWO books since the last book! Granted, one was kinda fluffy, but still.
Outlander is all finished! Now, I’m going to start watching what has aired so far of the first season on Starz. Perhaps I’ll just try and do no more than 1 episode per day… We’ll see how that goes. I’m quite the binge watcher. I did really enjoy the book after I got used to the way the characters speak. AND, I didn’t know this before, but Audible.com and Kindle are partnered, so if you’re reading a book and then you switch to the audio book, or vice versa, IT SYNCS TO THE LAST READ/HEARD SPOT. I was UBER amazed by this convenience and it definitely helped me stay into the book and finish it a little faster than I might’ve normally. So yes, perhaps after the whole first season of Outlander has aired, I will read the next book in the series: Dragonfly in Amber. (And hopefully it will be my turn in the library queue around the same time – I’m currently #58 for 6 copies.)
After two long reads, I decided to take a break with Sisterhood Everlasting, by Ann Brashares, the most recent of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. As expected, it was an easy, breezy read. I liked it well enough and in the afterwords, Brashares talks about perhaps writing another Sisterhood book in a few years. I think I’d be especially interested in that book because I felt like this book really tied things off very neatly.
Now, onto a book I’ve been trying (and failing) to tackle for years: The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon. Katie has read it and loved it, as have many others (Alex and Sid, to name just a few), but every time I pick it up, I never quite get to the tipping point where I tear through the rest of the book. I know I’m not alone in this because Nathalie and I have commiserated on this problem we both have with the book. Nonetheless, it WILL get finished this time around! I start the book at 19%, since that’s where I last left off.
Also, I’m adding the Amazon produced show, Transparent to my list of shows to watch. I just conned Colin out of his Prime password, so I’ll be able to start that soon!
Anyway, way to bury the lead, because there is something else exciting in the works – I’ve put in an offer on a place and it was accepted!! Currently the loan papers have all been turned in and the bank is working on the process of approving the loan. We’ve done the inspection, and there were only a few minor things (the AC and some minor plumbing issues) that need to be addressed, so we’ve gotten through that hurdle! Closing date is March 6, which is just a few days after my birthday. I’m going to feel so adult this year. For my birthday, I’m getting myself a mortgage! Whoo!…? I’m trying not to get TOO invested before the closing since there are always things that can go wrong. My main way of not getting too invested is to not start pinning, bookmarking, and otherwise specifically searching out design ideas and making any physical plans (like drawing floor plans, etc.) until after the closing. I can do all the daydreaming I want, since there’s no way I’d be able to stop myself from that, but nothing concrete. I can’t wait to start documenting some of my ideas here (after I close)!
In other news, the Manhattan condo is finally gaining some traction as well. To be honest, my patient brother was waiting for me to fill out some paperwork that I was heavily procrastinating on, and with all the paperwork required for the Houston condo, I figured it was time to put together the paperwork for the Manhattan condo. It feels a little crazy that all this is happening (seemingly) all at once!
Book progress: 19%
Playlist: none – did this post sans music