Daily Life

What I’ve Been Up to Lately

Looking forward to and trying to save for Christmas, Ladies’ Shopping Day, possibly two art/Christmas Festivals, and Black Friday. I’ve set up a fun money account, but I keep emptying it because I over spend. We’ve already drawn names among the siblings with the Draw Names site and most people have their gift list. I need a second job.

Not reading scary books. For one thing, I’ve really fallen into a reading slump. I’m really looking forward to my Narnia plan for December. For another, I don’t want to read scary books. Also, making a too strict and long list is a sure fire way for me not to read anything on said list. However, I’m keeping my Fall/Autumn list for future seasons, maybe I’ll read one book each season. I’m still aiming for a reread of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall because I want to watch the miniseries.

Watching tons of Youtube. That has been a theme of this year. I’ll post some of the my recent favs in another post.

Waiting for Disney+, it’s a little over a week peoples!

Working on routines. My morning routine is timed down to five minute intervals in some sections with even such things as brushing my teeth and warming up my car included because I’m that much of a late person, but also because I want to get a lot done (this is a relative term, my a lot is very small apparently) in the morning since I’m usually brain-dead when I get back from work.

Trying to work on preparing my own food. I tried HelloFresh because of their first time offers. It was lovely, and I have some new recipes to try and new recipe/meal structures to build on. However, it’s too expensive to use regularly, and I’m not high-energy, so I want to get into a two day a week cooking/meal prep schedule. We’ll see. I’d would like to make my way through the meal-planning services, using their first-time codes.

Working on my Spanish on Duolingo. I was working on this for the first half of the year pretty consistently. I fell off of that for a few months, but I’ve been doing it almost every day for the last two months, I think. The concept of streaks and setting high XP points don’t really work well with my rebelliousness, but the concept of leagues works with my competitiveness, so my average daily XP has risen exponentially, and I’ve maintained a 30+ day streak (I missed at one day, that’s way it’s not 60+). And it’s been so fun to see my much faster progress through my tree. I’m going to try to add extra Spanish grammar and vocab on the weekends. I’m getting to the point where I need that.

Speaking of Duolingo, I was super-excited to see their Latin course. I will say though, I think learning the grammar first is the best way to learn Latin, at least for non-Romance Language first language speakers, and especially for us really-without-a-grammar-structure English speakers, because it sets you up to understand the grammar structure, of for example, Spanish. However, because I took Latin in college, I’d like to go back and learn more vocab (helpful for English speakers as most of our vocab is Latin-based and for anyone learning a Romance language and for anyone interested in Classical education).

Becoming more interested in Audible this year. It’s paused now, but I’ve taken advantage of the buy-three at a discount to stock up on books. I’m going to listen to Narnia as I follow along in the colored-illustration version in December. I also have a ton of BBC radio dramas on my list. However, I’ve been low on the attention-span and high on the irritability lately, so I haven’t been even listening to music much at work. So basically, I’m just burned out overall. Or tired. Or both.

Obsessing over my sleep habits. Being a princess and the pea seems to be hereditary. My purchases these last couple of years for sleeping have included a weighted blanked, tons of earplugs, a sleep mask, a sound machine, outside door weatherproofing stripping, and a sound curtain for the door (which I haven’t hung and not sure how I can use, might have to get a different one and just put that behind the book shelf?). This sleep issue is a work in progress.

Working on my style. I’d fallen into a rut with my weight gain. But my renewed interest in hair and make-up and more strategic fall purchases as well as my new morning routine have significantly helped me in this area. Also, tons of inspiration from Youtube.

A lot on this list hinges on habits and routines. I’ve been learning and thinking a lot about that this year.




    • Livia Rose

      Oh, don’t let my extreme pickiness put you off (I’m a Marianne Dashwood). I think it’s worth watching at least once. I’m going to rewatch it in a better situation. Part of my problem was I wanted it to be SO good (I’m in a Paul Rudd mood lately).

  • Olivia

    Oh, by the Tenant of Wildfell Hall miniseries, do you mean the one with Tara Fitzgerald? I thought that was quite a good one (though it has some unnecessary sex scenes in my personal opinion).

    I’ve been thinking about my style some lately too. It can be hard to figure out concretely.

    • Livia Rose

      Yes, that version, I had to look it up, I didn’t know who the girl was, I just saw Toby Stephens and Rupert Graves and everything else went out the door. Doesn’t surprise me about the sex scenes, the Tom Hardy Wuthering Heights had those too (I tried watching that years ago, but couldn’t finish it) and the Jane Eyre films can be rather sensual.

      Yeah, I feel like my style was slipping into a bit lazy. I don’t follow real trends, but I do seem to have my own cycles of style. Plus I’m trying to find the balance between pretty and comfortable and what is my style and what is my apparently ancient version of me style, I’d like to be a bit more cohesive overall.

      • Olivia

        Haha, I know what you mean. They’re all really good in this! True, true. I’d imagine a film version of Wuthering Heights would be . . . interesting.

        Exactly, that’s the problem. Like, my typical style is pretty relaxed and simple, but sometimes I feel like I should maybe be putting a little more effort in.

        • Livia Rose

          That Wuthering Heights adaptation is something . . . it starts with Heathcliff digging up Cathy’s body (what’s left of it! and I don’t do that) and regularly flashes back to that . . . yeah. I would watch like minutes at a time and then click off the screen. And I still didn’t get all that far.

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