Alright ladies and gentlemen. I have been spinning my wheels with school and no time to update my page on the regular. Whoever thought taking less credits would mean more work? Holy cow! I have papers, regular homework, presentations and so much math. It seems as though this semester has been speeding along a lot faster than the rest my semesters. I’m actually enjoying my classes, despite the intense workload. It keeps my mind off of what is going on outside of academia. I know everyone has different opinions. However, as a believer in science, facts, and the system of checks and balances, these last few weeks haven’t been fun to watch. As someone who has anxiety, not having consistency is a detriment to my mental health. So my constants are the fifth floor left-most study room in the library, homework, and studying 10 hours a day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I know it sounds extreme, but I do what I can to achieve my goals and to keep my focus. It also allows me to watch television during the week (by television I mean twitch.tv). I have my favorite geek programs that make me happy, including Dice Camera Action, and Critical Role, and my favorite podcast StarTalk. I finally finished up my Netflix binge of the Magicians and also Supernatural. I keep thinking I will pick up an actual book, but I tend to do audio, because it allows me to do other things, like planning the week and whatever bits of homework I have straggling along. I’ve managed to finish Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. It’s just the first book of the series, and I’m looking to grabbing the next one during Spring Break. In the meantime I’m reading Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen (again). It’s easy to pick up and read and drop it when I don’t have time. Anyway, I’m sorry I haven’t come around here. I will try to do better in the future.
So, I have come across this Facebook group that basically is a bunch of planner addicts enabling each other and it is great! There are several on Facebook as well as Tumblr and other places. I have found them to be a mecca of ideas, free printables, and encouragement. Having a positive environment for people who share the compulsion to buy tons of washi tape and stickers for the sole purpose of putting it into a planner that becomes obsolete in a year is important. Not many people understand the excitement of flipping on YouTube and finding out how people set up planners and how different types of planners look from cover to cover. So, if you are on Facebook at any point and enjoy finding free printables and ideas for your planner check out We Come in Planner Peace.
*Now for something completely different…*
I have been an avid reader since the age of three when I first picked up a book no one had time to read to me and taught myself. By fifth grade, I was reading (and understanding) Shakespeare. I learned to hate Romeo and Juliet at a fairly early age. Finding it to be nothing that girls should be swooning over. I have read classics, mysteries, horror, pop literature, and even a few bodice rippers with Fabio on the cover. I even slogged my way through the train wreck of the Twilight series. I wanted to know what the hype was about. Girls kept swooning over this mysterious Edward Cullen. More like creepy stalker that no one should ever want to date. It isn’t romantic, it is gross and creepy. One could make it a drinking game: every time the words “white,” “marble,” or “stone” appear, one takes a shot of whatever grain alcohol you have on hand. However, be warned, you will need an ambulance on standby because you will get alcohol poisoning before the ending of the first book. I have yet to lower myself to read 50 Shades of Gray. Since I started school, my focus has been on education and learn, learn, learn!
I have been slack on my reading since I started back to school. I haven’t read any book that wasn’t a text book or something assigned for class. So, I have challenged myself to get 30 books read before school starts on August 22 (Seems ambitious doesn’t it?). I have also created a printable to share for anyone who wants to challenge themselves to read more books. The file has 5 colors (because I can’t decide on a color on any given day): green, pink, blue, orange, and yellow. I hope you enjoy them and they encourage you to read more for enjoyment rather than just reading for classes or work. Remember, reading doesn’t just need to be done because it should be but it should be done because you can.
You can find the reading challenge printable here.
Remember that these are for personal use only, so please do not try to sell them. Also, direct people to my website as opposed to giving them the direct link for this and all other printables that I have created. I hope you enjoy them!