Coffee Break: March 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

Well, I tried to resist the urge to hibernate...and failed. Of course, once the need to hibernate was fulfilled and I was full of energy once more, I got attacked by a rather obnoxious head cold. I happen to think I do a horrible job writing when I feel bad, so I decided it would be best to push a few things back until I was able to devote the proper amount of time on them. So, if the “upcoming” section makes you feel a sudden rush of Déjà Vu, now you know why. Keep in mind that this section just lists what I plan on posting and sometimes (whether intentional or not) plans change (and there’s nothing wrong with that says the psychologist voice in my head to the one that MUST PLAN ALL THE THINGS!!!) So, once again, before looking forward, let us take a moment to look back on what happened in February.

February Reads:

I started out the month reading Peter Green and the Unliving Academy by Angelina Allsop. I was given the opportunity to read and review it by TCK Publishing and I am so thankful they reached out to me (make sure to check out my review if you have not done so already). I am super excited to see where the next book takes Peter.
I followed this up with a book that was just simply disappointing. Victoria (What Hides Within #2) by Jason Parent is the follow up to What Hides Within, which I read (and absolutely loved) last year. I struggled to finish book two.
Next up, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks, two rereads of two of my favorite books ever (I needed something to cleanse my brain after Victoria). I am pretty sure I read Go Ask Alice almost every year...but my reread of The Hobbit was my first since I was in elementary school, and I ended up loving it, even more, the second time around. I ended the month with the absolutely amazing A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum (which I plan on reviewing) and the beautifully put together illustrated version of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan. Thanks to that head cold and my hibernation spell, that puts me at three books behind schedule for my yearly goal.

February in Film & Television:

...I didn’t really watch anything. I am totally behind on all of the shows I follow and I just did not feel like staring at my tv long enough to watch any movies. I did consume quite a bit of Youtube though…

February in Music:

Country singer Kacey Musgraves, holding the four Grammys she won in 2019.
I did not expect that I would be most excited to see images/reactions to
 Kacey Musgraves winning Album of the Year at the Grammys
instead of all the BTS content...
Another month full of things for me to be excited about and yet another month of just feeling too distanced to care too much about any of it. JYP debuted a new girl group, ITZY, whom I see myself really enjoying in the future (I need more music before deciding). Kacey Musgraves released a music video for her song “Rainbow” which is just beautiful (although not my favorite song off the album). I also was happy to hear new music from the likes of Azin, FROMMAnna of the North, Love X Stereo, Kerli, Marina, and Olafur Arnalds. Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You” blew me away (I mean, I knew she was amazing, but oh my goodness I feel attacked.) and I have had “Want” by Taemin on repeat pretty much since it was released. I also found myself quite impressed with LOONA’s new song “Butterfly”, which is their first song as a group that I have found myself liking.

(BTW, an archive featuring past songs from the playlist can be found here)

Plans for March/Upcoming Posts:

@my brain
My biggest goal for the month is to have my Twilight Zone list up. I could have rushed it and had it up in the middle of February...but I decided it deserved better. I also pushed back my review of Yo Window Weather, because I really love the app and I wanted to make sure I covered all versions instead of just the one I use. If I can manage to keep myself from getting distracted, there should be a review of A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum within the next few days.


Reading: Pushing Daisy (The Clockwork Chimera #2) by Scott Baron and Secondborn (Secondborn #1) by Amy A. Bartol

Binge Watching: True Crime Videos on Youtube, The 2000's and Workin' Moms

SPN Dean Focus gif found on Living the Balanced Life
Kacey Musgraves @2019 Grammys from NYTimes
Irish Coffee image from Junior League of Poughkeepsie 
Simpsons gif found on Giphy