Lots of rain in these parts! Lots of books, lots of polishing of final term papers, humidity, smoothies, spring rains. Fortunately, i love all of the above so I’m more than content. This is the time of the semester when stress abounds. Everywhere, in every single tiny nook and cranny. Even though I try and work ahead when it comes to my writing and research, the last 3 weeks of the semester prove stressful nonetheless, packed with presentations, paper polishing, and perfectionism at its zenith.
Kombucha brewing is on hold for the time being, for obvious reasons but I hope to start up another batch this week. Luckily, you can sustain a scoby off of a single batch of booch for weeks on end. You won’t get any kombucha from it, but your scoby will be alive and well! This is some ginger green tea brew from my last round of bottling, about a month ago.
I found a bookstore! It’s about 45 minutes away in Southern Georgia and it’s perfect. I’ve been thinking of it since I ventured up last week. It was a rainy day, fairly cool as far as Florida goes. I took the drive North leisurely, listening to podcasts in the car. I found this little gem of a bookstore and my heart sang. I’ve been craving a small, independent bookstore ever since I moved here. I spent way too much money on books (a worthy cause if you ask me) including the newest Game of Thrones. No, I still haven’t watched the series yet! I won’t until I’ve read this tome. This photo was taken the day of, when I began reading A Dance with Dragons.
About 4 days later.
Have I ever mentioned that I’m a voracious reader? As in ravenous. I go through books like a hungry vegan devours a tempeh ruben. I try to work ahead with my term papers, I wrote two of them nearly 2 months ago! This gives me time to a.) read Game of Thrones b.) polish them up slowly, over time, and carefully and c.) relax and enjoy my time. I LOVE being in graduate school, in fact I’ve never been happier. I like to enjoy this process. Writing is such a personal and intellectual challenge for me. Why waste it when I could savor every word upon the page?
I’ve been enjoying natural light lately, with a few candles burning here and there.
Lots of tea, lots of smoothies. The usual.
I found an amazing new Indian place near my house last weekend. I got channa masala and a mushroom curry dish with veggie pakoras. Amazing and much needed, especially on my rest day.
A now for a couple of recommendations for your week ahead. If you’re a nerd like me, you should definitely check out this podcast. Imaginary Worlds is wonderfully composed and thoughtfully narrated. In 10-20 minute episodes, Eric Molinsky looks at a variety of nerdy alt culture topics from superheroes’ origin stories, to a read of current politics by way of Game of Thrones (the books and the TV series!). Definitely worth a listen and a lovely foil to NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, another one of my new favorites. I went back and listened to the first episode of IW and I have to say, it’s one of the best introductions I’ve encountered in a long time.
Also, if you’re in the mood for a movie, check out A Fantastic Fear of Everything, available on Netflix. It’s brilliantly done. I’ve always thought that if Wes Anderson’s and Tim Burton’s diegeses combined, then that would be my ideal visual world. This movie is the closest thing I’ve found to that. The storyline follows writer Jack’s psychological state and his recently developed agoraphobia. There’s a point in the film (don’t worry, no spoilers here) where things sort of spiral out of control and it seems to be an entirely different movie from the one you started watching. But then, the end comes and everything is tied together so nicely and you completely understand (and appreciate) what just happened. I thought it was the perfect combination of dark, subtle humor, wonderful production design, and absurdity. It served as the perfect bookend to this past week, where writing and all of its psychological appendages have been on my mind almost constantly.
Books, movies, podcasts, writing, amazing food. That’s pretty much what it’s been around here of late. Pretty swell, if I do say so. I’ve so enjoyed striking this balance lately–relaxation and enjoyment coupled to cut semesterly stress. Any tips and tactics that you use to find a similar equilibrium? Let me know if the comments!