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Why I Haven’t Finished Any Good Books Lately

Why I Haven't Finished Any Good Books Lately

It’s not for lack of trying. I’m half-way through a book that I’m really enjoying, but no matter what I do or what I read, I have this problem.  I used to be the kind that could finish a book in a day.  A week tops.  Now it’s been several months and I haven’t finished any good books.

For a while I got in to a habit of reading several chapters of a book before bed.  I’d turn off all the lights, use the light on my Kindle, and read until my eyes were heavy and I couldn’t remember the page I read before. Because of this little ritual, my body now thinks every time I read, it’s bedtime.

No joke, yesterday morning I woke up, had a bowl of cereal and started reading.  I had gotten a good nine hours of sleep the night before.  I read for maybe 30 minutes until I started to feel like someone had slipped something funny into my Cheerios and I was out cold.  Three hours later it was lunch time and my biggest accomplishment for the day was drooling on the couch.

And it’s not because I’m bored.  The book I’m reading right now is really good!  I just cannot stay awake! It doesn’t matter how much sleep I’ve gotten or how exciting the reading material is, I sleep.  And these aren’t just quick power naps.  No, I’m dead to the world for at least two hours.

Reading is seriously one of my favorite things.  And I won’t lie, I really enjoy a good nap.  If there was an award for napping, I would win.  But I would really like to be able to do both!  I miss the days when I could read for hours on end.  Now all my reading is good for is replacing an Ambien.

Does reading make you sleepy?  Or do I have book-induced narcolepsy?

 

An Unforgivable Betrayal

 

An Unforgivable Betrayal

As a wife, I have learned that forgiving quickly is one of the keys to having a happy and healthy relationship.  Most of the time I can get over my hurt to forgive and move on.  But in this one instance, this is an unforgivable betrayal I just can’t get over.

My husband watched episodes of our favorite show without me!

Have you ever had this happen?!  You and your significant other or you and your best friend have been binge-watching a show from the beginning on Netflix.  You started the first episode together and you’re going to spend weeks watching it until the end.  One night you happen to have plans that cut into your Friends episode time, and when you come home, your significant other or friend has watched SEVERAL EPISODES WITHOUT YOU.

They don’t even try to pretend they haven’t seen the episodes and re-watch them with you.  No…they just start the show from where they let off.  SEVERAL EPISODES AHEAD.  And it’s not like you haven’t seen every episode of Friends, but it’s the one cardinal rule of binge watching with another person.  You don’t watch episodes without them!!  We have a million options with Hulu and Neflix, but for some reason our show was the only option.  Unforgivable I say.  Unforgivable.

Has this ever happened to you?

 

A Velociraptor Proof Room

A Velociraptor Proof Room

I was three when the original Jurassic Park movie came out.  I was probably too young to see the movie but I was also obsessed with Abraham Lincoln at the time (yes, I was a very strange child) so my mom thought I was mature enough to handle it.  And I proved her right by exclaiming that all the dinosaurs weren’t scary because they were “am-mamatronic.”  I told you I was odd.

The movie became my favorite movie at the time and for the most part it didn’t scare me.  I desperately wanted to visit a theme park that had dinosaurs.  But one irrational fear lingered from being a three-year old who loved an adult movie.  To this day I enter a room and one of my first thoughts is, “is this room velociraptor proof?!”

Do you remember the scene in the movie where the two kids are hiding in the kitchen and the raptors come in? This is the scene I think of when I’m sitting in a room alone.  “If a velociraptor came in the is room would I have places to hide? Would their be some place to lock them up?” Clearly some part of my inner three-year old has stuck around.

I read the original book for the first time in preparation for the new movie and let me tell you, it’s a good thing my mom didn’t read it to me as a bedtime story.  It was terrifying!  I found myself hearing bird noises outside while I was reading in my bedroom and thinking, “those birds are definitely part dinosaur and will try to bust through these windows to peck my eyes out.”  I told you my fears weren’t exactly rational.

I guess it goes without saying that I LOVED the new movie.  I texted one of my girlfriends after to tell her that it was the hottest movie I’ve ever seen.  Apparently I have a serious thing for Dinosaur Trainers.  When I told my husband Chris Pratt reminded me of him the whole movie he said, “You know I’m not Chris Pratt right?”  Oh…yes…I know that.  But do you know if this room is velociraptor proof?

Have you seen Jurassic World?  What did you think?

 

10 Things Friends Got Right About Being In Your 20s

10 Things Friends Got Right About Being In Your 20s

Once again Netflix has taken over my life.  Even though I’ve seen every episode of Friends at least 10 times, I have really enjoyed binge watching it from the beginning again.  Now that I’m older, I’m really identifying with their lives.  Here are 10 things Friends got right about being in your 20s.

1. Pizza is a love language.

10 Things Friends Got Right About Being In Your 20s

2. Clowns are still terrifying.enhanced-15384-1399248196-39

3. Moving is the wost kind of hell.enhanced-16948-1399238898-1

4. Love can be complicated.enhanced-32110-1399239610-1

5. Violence will occur if someone steals your chocolate.friends_o_885542

6. Playing with bubble wrap is still the most fun you can have with your clothes on.friends-large

7. Any math we learned in high school is long forgotten.im-a-doctor-not-a-mathematician

8. There are life’s big questions and then there are life’s important questions.just-joey_o_195545

9. Your furniture has to point toward something. you-dont-own-a-tv

10. The financial struggle is real.

10 Things Friends Got Right About Being In Your 20s

What do you think Friends got right about being in your 20s?

Breaking Up With Cable and Moving On To A New Love

Breaking Up With Cable and Moving On To A New Love

It was silent as I ate my cereal this morning.  Usually I turn on Good Morning America while I eat my breakfast to ease myself in to the day, and this morning was the first week day in months that I didn’t.  You see, Zack and I are breaking up with cable and moving on to a new love.

When we moved to our new apartment a few month after marriage, we decided we didn’t need cable.  There’s hardly anything good on all 1,000 channels that they offer and I hate commercials with a passion that sends lightening striking to the ground.  We had a small list of shows we liked to watch together and we watched them all recorded on our DVR.

My husband called up the cable company to ask if we could just set up internet at our new place and they quoted him some ridiculous price that was vastly more than internet with cable.  I’m not sure how that pricing model works, but it scammed us in to getting both.  We still rarely watched live TV, but when we did, it was mindless non-sense that ate up our time and kept us from actually spending time with one another.

I remember the night of the Super Bowl our cable and internet went out and we just sat there for several moments unsure of how to hang out in our living room with out the option of staring at the TV.  It was time to cut the chord.

We are now cable free.  We went out and bought a Roku and now we are enjoying the shows that we like and avoiding the time-trap that becomes watching the rest of what’s on TV.  Although Zack was a bit sad to give up all 30 episodes of Law and Order he had on our DVR, I think we are better for it.  Because now our television watching will be intentional.  There will be no way to just turn it on and use it as background noise to distract us from one another.  I imagine us starting to fall in love with being present again.  With learning how to spend time with one another without the sound of the TV in the background.  If nothing else, I’ll get a lot of reading done.

Do you have cable?

PS. check out this great post from when my friend Sarah got rid of cable.