First things first, I’m writing this on my new laptop: a very lovely (and now very pink) MacBook Air. I got so used to using a computer than dies after half an hour, so I’m super pumped about this new addition to my life. Kudos to my parental unit. I’ve been actively web-surfing, listening to music, and writing for over an hour and it’s only used 15 percent of the battery. Kate is very happy. And as usual I’m loving iced vanilla Americanos, because my body runs on coffee and sarcasm.
What I’m listening to: Babes in Toyland soundtrack
While transferring music between laptops, I unearthed some gems that I have no recollection of buying. Among these included the soundtrack to the Arthur musical episode (HAVING FUN ISN’T HARD WHEN YOU’VE GOT A LIBRARY CARD!) and the soundtrack to the 1961 theatrical version of Babes in Toyland. This was one of the video cassettes I watched religiously as a kid and I’m loving the nostalgia. Brings back memories of my grandparents’ freezing cold basement and Ovaltine. I’m fighting the urge to watch a YouTube version, that’s technically not illegal downloading, right?
What I’m watching: Sense8
Since summer means tv options are pretty limited, I turned to trusty Netflix for new shows (not that I need to add any more to my schedule). After trying very hard to get into Bloodline and Daredevil, I had almost given up on Netflix, but then I read a lot of buzz about their new sci-fi drama, Sense8. The program was compared to LOST, which of course, is one of my favorite shows ever. In a nutshell, Sense8 is about eight strangers around the world who become sensates (get it?) aka they become linked mentally and emotionally linked. When one is in danger, another can show up and kick their adversary’s ass. When one is having sex it turns into a group orgy. That was an awkward scene. And when one is singing karaoke, they all have that annoying sensation when you get a song stuck in your head and can’t get it out. The show is slow to start and it’s not one of those you can just have as background distraction, you actually need to pay attention. But the pay off is good and the program is quality.
What I’m reading: “Wild,” by Cheryl Strayed
Technically I’ve been reading this for months (I got distracted by the Divergent trilogy), but I’m trying to finally finish it. I’ve heard from multiple sources that the book is better than the movie, which I enjoyed), but it’s taking me a while to get into it. I’m about halfway through and part of me kind of wants to give it up. But, hey, it’s good for inspirational quotes and the perfectionist in me never leaves a book half-read. Even though I blog for myself, I’ve never really read them. Lately while searching for some recovery inspiration, I’ve come across some good ones. I’m currently loving Julia’s “Lord Still Loves Me.” She’s quite a few years younger than me, but has such a good view on recovery and life beyond an eating disorder.