Today is the LAST DAY of the Maryland Renaissance Festival for 2019! It’s unofficially known as The Day of Wrong, and a lot of patrons and participants will do something subtly or overtly -wrong- with their garb to celebrate. For instance, this year, I’m going as a blonde! I’m naturally a brunette, and the last few years I’ve been dying my hair crazy colors. Since I work at a booth, I need to have natural color in my hair, so I let the phoenix colors fade and haven’t redyed my hair recently. I bleached it last week in preparation for re-dyeing it this week, so it’s currently blonde! Which is a weird look on me, and one I don’t really care for, but it works for The Day of Wrong!
This also means things around here will be getting somewhat less stressful soon, since we have our weekends back. We’re having a Halloween party next weekend, and The Baltimore Book Festival is the weekend after that, so we’re still going to be busy for a while. My husband’s other partner will also being staying with us for a couple of weeks, starting next weekend, because they’re starting a new job here in Baltimore. So that will be added stress, but hopefully they will find other housing quickly.
I’m so excited about the Baltimore Book Festival! I’ve been poring through the schedule of events, and there’s even a blogger panel happening on the Romance Writers’ stage! I’m going to have to make a personal schedule of where I need to be when!
That’s about all that’s going on here – the temperature is finally starting to drop. Fall will be here for a couple of weeks and then we’ll quickly be plunged into winter. I can’t wait to see our new house in the snow.
So I think I am going to gradually build the Survival Library lists here on the blog as well. They’ll join the other Book Lists I have, and probably replace the current Homesteading Book List. It’ll be easier to add links to my reviews of each book, and add a little blurb about each one right on the book list. That will be a long-term project.
I’ve also got a really tough review coming up this week – because most of what I want to talk about is the ending of the book because WHO DOES THAT OMG. It’s a massive spoiler so I can’t talk about it. But AAAAAHHHH.
Other than that, it’s been a fairly uneventful week. My copy of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments arrived, so I’ve been working on getting ready to have my heart ripped out. It’s a not a book I can just read with no preparation, The Handmaid’s Tale left me emotionally wrecked for days.
I’ll be at the Maryland Renaissance Festival this Saturday, working at my friend’s mask booth! This means I probably won’t have a Sunday post one week from today, as I will be absolutely exhausted after Fair.
I have been really glad to have a backlog of scheduled posts this week, because my back has been A MESS. I went to the chiropractor on Friday, on the advice of my doctor, and that definitely seems to have helped. I’m not totally better yet, but I’m seeing the chiropractor again tomorrow, so hopefully I will continue to improve!
I did have a few bright spots this week – I picked my books for Book of the Month, and my Illumicrate box arrived! I should start doing an unboxing post now that I’ve decided to keep that subscription; this month is my third box. The first box had a book called The Orphanage of Gods, which I still haven’t actually read. My second box had Once & Future in it, which made me really happy, and this month’s box had Descendant of the Crane! Illumicrate likes to be coy about what book is in the box; they’ll mention the plot briefly but they almost never give up the titles. So I knew I was getting Once & Future last month, because I recognized what they said about the plot. I had no idea I was getting Descendant of the Crane this month though, so that was pretty awesome. All of the books from Illumicrate have gorgeous sprayed edges, which I adore. June’s box should have two books, one of which is going to have rainbow sprayed edges. I can’t wait!
For Book of the Month, I got to pick The Bride Test, the sequel to The Kiss Quotient, which I received through Book of the Month last year. Like The Kiss Quotient, it also has an autistic main character! In addition, since it’s my birthday this month (next Sunday!) I got to pick an extra book. I’ve heard a lot about The Library Book, so I added that to my box. You know I love reading books about books!
In addition to that, yesterday was the birthday party of one of my dear friends, so I got to go over and play board games and eat delicious lasagna. (My husband made her homemade lasagna for her birthday, and he made me a special gluten- and nightshade-free one!)
I can’t keep up with all the things going on this month! It’s Autism Acceptance/Pride Month, and I have two books for that (The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily and White Stag). There’s also an Ace-spec April reading challenge going on, and while I’ve read a lot of asexual-spectrum books in the past, the only one I have on deck for this month is All Out, and that’s kind of an accident because it’s an anthology of stories. (Previously, though, I’ve read What If It’s Us, Black Wings Beating, Dread Nation, The Spy With the Red Balloon, Summer Bird Blue, and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.) I’m also continuing the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, with Unmarriageable last week, and The Bird King and Empire of Sand coming up.
I wish I had more lined up for Ace-spec April and Autism Acceptance Month, but to be honest I kind of forgot about them and I already have stacks of library books to read! I’m planning ahead for June, though, and June will be a month of queer book reviews. I’m really looking forward to it!
Edit: I realized Once & Future also counts for Ace-Spec April – one of the knights is ace. My review will be up on Saturday!
Well, things have calmed down somewhat, and after getting most of our stuff unpacked, my husband and I have agreed to take a few weeks off to relax before tackling the upstairs rooms. So I’ve been able to get back to reading!
The husband is also getting some reading time in, and while we share some interests, one thing I haven’t been able to give him any recommendations on his hard sci-fi. Specifically, military sci-fi. So if anyone has suggestions, I’d love to hear them!
Well, I’ve updated a few site pages – added some books to the polyamory list that are on my radar but unread, changed a bit on my About Me page, and some general formatting updates elsewhere. I haven’t had time to sit down and dive into the new tools available to me since upgrading my WordPress account, but that will be soon. I have managed to post almost every day this last week, and I have a few posts scheduled this coming week already. I’m well on my way to posting every day again!
I still have a lot to unpack in the house – mostly books, but I think we need to replace our bookshelves. They were the cheap ones from Target, and they…didn’t survive the move well. They’re kind of rickety now. So most of the books may stay in boxes until we can buy new shelves. I’m still on the lookout for a shelf to complete my reading nook; I want one that is visually interesting, and I just haven’t quite found THE ONE yet.
I’ll try to take some pictures of the house to post next Sunday! Our housewarming party is on Saturday, actually, so I’ll be pretty busy this week trying to get a few last things done in the main living areas before everyone comes over!
Today we turn our last house’s keys in to our landlady, so we are OFFICIALLY DONE with that place. No more getting stuff, no more cleaning, no more dealing with roommates. DONE. That’s a huge relief!
Now I just have to finish putting this place together!