Reading: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini. This won the 2020 Goodreads Award for Science Fiction. From Goodreads …
Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds. Now she's awakened a nightmare. During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she's delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.
As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn't at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human.
While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity's greatest and final hope...
Listening to: the breeze in the trees, people coming home, distant dogs barking. The sounds of my neighborhood after work as I sit on the patio.
Loving: Our plans for Christmas. This year, we’re setting aside $40 cash for each of us each payday and buying our own presents right then and wrapping them when they arrive. We both like lots of smaller presents under the tree, so this gives us a little more control, and we get what we want, lol. Since we’ve only got 4 more paydays until Christmas, it keeps the spending down to a dull roar too, and leaves us money for gift cards for the fam. I’ve been putting stuff on my Amazon wish list since we came up with this idea (mostly cooking-related) and am excited! I know it doesn’t seem like fun to those who like surprises, but it’s the opening that’s fun for us, not so much the surprise. We’ve been doing far away family gift cards for years now, so no change there. I will probably get Mom something that’s actually a surprise—likely a thing from Talbot’s, because I know what she likes.
Thinking: This week has started off MUCH better than last week ended up. Happy to be back to doing something that I understand at work.
Feeling: Relaxed and happy.
Celebrating: Finally getting rid of the damn treadmill. Another purchase I should have never made. Nothing is more boring. I much prefer walking Maddie outside on our arroyo path. I gave it away, which makes me feel good—free to the person to could come to my house, take it apart, and take it away. A young couple are coming over tomorrow to carry it away. Yay! I have a whole corner of my bedroom to do something with now! I think a reading nook is in my future….
Grateful for: My permanent answer to this is “everything”.
Weather: 73 degrees, sunny with a few whispy clouds here and there. Low of 36 in the early morning tomorrow. Autumn is so great here. The tree in my front yard is bright yellow, and leaves are falling. Last weekend we did all our “winterizing”, taking the hoses off and emptying them, covering the spigots, laying the umbrella down and covering it, and moving a couple of the patio chairs to wear the sun actually hits them. All is ready.
Enjoying: The new season of Leverage: Redemption. I love these characters as much now as I ever did, maybe even more now that Timothy Hutton is gone. He was never my favorite. If you like caper TV and movies, check it out. The first several seasons were just “Leverage”.
A quote I want to share:
"There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance."
True now more than ever.