Sunday Post #9 | In Which I Drink Too Much Coffee... Again

The Sunday post comes to you courtesy of Caffeinated Reviewer. Here's where many book bloggers catch up after a long week and get excited for things to come!

Hello friends! Though this week wasn't particularly productive, it's still been a pretty good time. I'm still working a lot, but after so long in quarantine, I'm finally starting to get used to managing my time professionally again. As a workaholic, I never thought I'd see the day where I'd struggle to get all of my work done. What crazy times we live in...

What I Did This Week

I'm desperately trying to catch up on ARCs this month. Of course, I didn't spend all of my time reading...

I have been playing an especially large amount of Pokemon Platinum on my DS this week. The nostalgia makes me extremely happy and cozy. My fiance and I have been having little gaming dates while curled up on the couch together. I play Pokemon, and he's been replaying Fallout 4. These little gaming dates won't be able to happen when the semester kicks off, so I am savoring them. I also got to play a ridiculous amount of pinball, as I was tasked with a wee bit of house sitting this week. The house had a pretty awesome arcade room.

I took a bit of a risk this week. One of my absolute favorite coffee shops is typically very empty during the summer when most college kids are home. I popped in just as they were opening up for the day, before any other customer could have gone in. I ordered a London Fog and a chocolate banana muffin, and sat down with them to read. I was the only customer during the time I was there, and it felt like such a treat to sit down with my hot drink. I'm happy to have been able to be a patron to a local business at this time as well. However, I don't plan to do it again very soon.

Speaking of caffeinated beverages, I made a batch of cold brew this week! This is something I typically do during the semester, because I never have time to make hot coffee in the morning, but I was really craving the stuff. I made a coconut rum flavored cold brew, which I've been drinking with chocolate almond milk. I've been considering posting a recipe for my cold brew process here on the blog. Please let me know if you'd be interested in it!

Once upon a time, I was a vegetarian. I'm talking, like, middle school Lori. It's been off and on throughout my life, and would have to end for various financial or medical reasons. I'd really like to give it another go. I've noticed that our efforts as a society to be more sustainable have drastically decreased with the virus, quite understandably. However, I've been trying to balance this by making more sustainable and healthy choices in my personal sphere of influence. I'm going to try to live a vegetarian style (as close to vegan as possible) every other week.

I've also recently switched to homemade toothpaste (which works super well) in order to save some money and be more sustainable. A coworker of mine is going to school to be an oral hygienist, and she's helped me make a safe and effective recipe. (Again, I'd be happy to make a post with the recipe if you would like!) I am all ears if you have any other cost cutting sustainable tips!

This Week At A Glance

This week on Food For Thought we...

I am a mere five posts away from my 50th post! My goal is to write that 50th post this week!

What I Read/Reading Goals

I finished two books this week!

First, I finished The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True by Sean Gibson. I had So. Much. Fun. with this book!! I highly recommend you scroll back up and click the link to the review. His responses in the Q&A perfectly capture the hilariously snarky nature of this book. He can sell the book far better than my sub-par writing can. If you're looking for fun and fast-paced, this is the perfect book for you!

Second, I FINALLY finished Esme's Wish by Elizabeth Foster. I have no explanation for why this took so long. I was definitely enjoying the book! A review will be up later this week, and I will be starting the second book as well.

Both books I've finished this week had to do with dragons. I've also been highly anticipating Paolini's new release and wanting to reread the Inheritance Cycle. Dragons are by far not only my favorite mythical creature, but my favorite animal in general. I think I want to start collecting dragon books. Ahhh... imagine a shelf filled to bursting with books of dragons and a little dragon plush! Be still my heart...

Anyway, I will try to finally finish my Hunger Games reread this week, as well as knock out some more ARCs. I'm not going to be too strict with myself, though. I did pick up the novella by Sean Gibson that takes place in the same world as The Part About the Dragon. I'd love to zip through that this week too, while I'm still reveling in the feelings left by the book.

I need a readathon to look forward to. I'm going to go find one on the readathon calendar to take part in ASAP!

Thanks for visiting! What are you planning to read in the coming days? I hope you have a great week!

Happy reading!