October = Castlemania. This time I started from the beginning (so good) and watched into season 6 thinking that maybe I’d be able to watch the whole show. Then 7 happened, and there is the sour note (and I’ve plenty to saw, so prepared to be bored by a few more Castle posts coming up).
I enjoyed the banter (the early seasons are especially good) and the relationships. I was getting SUPER jumpy and freaked out at night, plus didn’t want see some of the stuff (because it has a happen of flashing into my mind at night, awesome), so I started skipping the actual murders and murder scenes more aggressively.
Also, I do not like Halloween. I’m not as terrified as a kid, but between Castle and a (mild to most people) spooky day Youtube video, I got the most graphic nightmare, still remember it.
I actually started out watching Only Murders in the Building and then got caught up. So I tried Castle and like I said, Castlemania. I mean, I didn’t want to read or watch anything else.
Some professional ATM robbers hit a bank near where I live (stealing my neighbor’s truck to do so), meaning they were in MY complex!). Then they hit one of my bank’s locations here in town. So that was interesting.
Not going to lie, not sure that really scared me. I’m not sure how much it would have bothered me. Castle was SO in my head, that (plus every news story I’ve ever read) was what was making me paranoid.
Then I called the police on someone for the first time ever. One morning after I’d literally just ordered some extra door jamming protection (!), I saw someone walking behind my apartment, in what is essentially like a private backyard for my line of buildings with a tree line separating us from the back of Kroger. It seemed that this person possibly may have slept a few yards from my bedroom (I’m second floor, but the ground sweeps up to a higher level). Um, that is going to be an absolute NO from me.
Anyway, apparently they’d gotten calls before about this person. Someone at work said the cops wouldn’t do anything out here as they were all 70 years old. They aren’t. A really cute young policeman* came when my car was hit in my work parking lot while I was working. Yeah, that happened too.
Oh, and I don’t think I mentioned, early one morning in September, I headed next door to Kroger, feeling productive . . . and busted my wheel on a curb, so that was I think $500 (I had some regular stuff done, so I don’t remember the exact breakdown). Awesome.
The kid backed into my car on that side. Again, awesome. I don’t think he did any major damage, but you can tell it’s been hit well. So it matches the other side, when last year I ran over a curb (notice a pattern?) and messed up the bottom edge a bit. Still haven’t had that fixed since it wasn’t necessary to function and it wouldn’t be someone else’s insurance paying . . .
Oh, and I tried to poison Bjorn. Apparently grapes are poisonous to dogs?! I knew in the back of my mind I should check before giving them to him, but I was lazy and didn’t. He had some potty issues, nothing major, I thought I’d been giving him too many treats, then when I was eating breakfast and he was begging for grapes, that got me to check. Yep, poisonous. Poor baby. He did get treats then because Mommy tried to kill him. So I’m going to be much more careful.
Speaking of Bjornling, I got some photos of him in his bat wings which I shared on Instagram. Since he’s not a fan of being still, especially when I have treats and because I stupidly didn’t get a video you can’t see the full effect, but it was cute and hilarious.
In less dramatic news, I sewed 4 skirts thus far (and put in all 4 zippers on the first try very well, yay me!), knitted most of a baby blanket, reorganized my craft stuff and apartment (huge project, not quite done and will always tweak), and tried another mystery author (Josephine Tey) that I enjoyed and another fluff romance author (Berta Ruck). I’ve also made several fall-ish soups, pumpkin bread, and butterscotch chip cookies. I also reread North and South.
Oh, also as part of Darling Desi’s fall list, I read by candlelight a few times (the actual reading is great with a kindle with its own light, not so great with a normal book), which was so much fun and atmospheric and pretty (for proof, see pretty photo that I’m proud of on Instagram). I’m hoping to do a several more of her ideas this month as well.
*He’s probably married, should have checked for a ring, I think I saw one. Guys around here even younger much less my age either are already married with kids or have several baby mamas.
I’m SO thankful for that procrastination inspiration moment in May when I was inspired to cull and revamp my tons of old posts, so that I could fill all of June and a bit into July (I wish I’d continued it a bit longer). I’ve since come up with a few more for July although it will be sparser. My life hit warp speed in June, I knew I had a lot (my sister’s wedding with a two month engagement, 3 classes), but I was stunned by how busy I’ve been. I realized when writing my post that I’d forgotten another huge thing, I went back to full time (because of tanking revenues, I think in the few short weeks after the covid-19 shutdown started we were operating at a loss, we all had to take one unpaid day a week for 8 weeks). Yeah, that does make a difference. Oh, and of course I didn’t start school at full speed ahead (translation, I started late per usual and then also couldn’t get into my classes for several days).
I’ve spent most time on work and school . . . I’ve still wasted time on the internet, but I had very little time, energy, or motivation to participate.
Towards the end of May I got more inspired/alert/motivated plus being reasonably busy gets me focused. With all that and our library starting curbside pickup (which I since discovered will not work with my schedule currently . . . ), I was inspired to read more, so I’ll also do a reading update post (I looked on my Goodreads, I barely read in Feb, March, and April, yikes!). Since the big city library system is being absolutely ridiculous (and wasting the greater resources available to them . . .) and assumes everyone is a person of leisure, I got a card to the library in the county I work (still only one branch but larger than my home county library, and also, opening next week! They’ve been doing curbside for months, they are on their game).
I attended a small outdoor and barn wedding of a childhood friend.
I’ve received my first edition of the Ashtown Burials serial.
Collected a bit more makeup (also signed up for Ipsy) and some lovely bits of things for my bullet journal. I love happy, I lovely things like this, small happy things I use frequently that don’t clutter up my space.
Speaking of clutter, I’m trying to start using up, selling, and giving away more things. I have let go a huge amount of clothes, empty journals I’d collected years ago since I’ve migrated to combined bullet/art/memory journaling, and most of my Christian books which Mom wasn’t happy about, but they were taking up space, and I’m not a Christian, and I just don’t think it’s helpful for me to read them.
I’m trying to build up home goods for my own place, so that when I move out I’m not flattened with all the costs to properly furnish the place. Also, to hopefully forestall gifts when I want my home to be far closer to minimalism than my various family members.
I’ve worked on wedding stuff (I ended up needing to order a dress, I bargained for a J. Crew one on Poshmark, and it’s just lovely). I practiced the cake and cheesecake (first cheesecake), and I attempted to “age” these tiny terracotta pots from a Pinterest idea . . . which gave me a ton of moldy pots which I now have to scrub. Why do simple when you can have a dumb idea and give yourself more work? I also was going to attempt to root mint, gave that idea up too and bought bulk wildflower seeds to put in little organza bags to put in the tiny pots.
I’ve also been working on my room, painting trim and hanging a curtain rod, which was rather an ordeal in my hoarder’s abode which features a very high window. In terms of other Pinterest fails, I hurriedly sewed curtains without properly considering everything, so now I have to close them with a hair clip. My room is on hold for now.I feel like life is spinning away from me. I’m a slow little hobbit, I can’t keep up with even a normal pace.