Currently in October 2016

I didn’t really plan on not posting much last week, but that’s what happened. I’m kind of in limbo with my blog right now in that I have a lot of ideas of where I want it to go and the look I want, and yet I haven’t had the time or made the time to implement any of it. Therefore I feel like I’m chugging along a bit uselessly right now, churning out posts in a space I wish were different. But, since this blog isn’t for profit or anything other than a hobby I enjoy, I’m not letting myself stress about it TOO much. I’ll get this place to where I want it eventually! Moving on to the point of this post – currently in October things are pretty great! Read on for the details.

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Watching: I’m finally taking some time to catch up on my Netflix shows! I’m now caught up on New Girl, Call the Midwife, and American Horror Story. AHS: Hotel was SO WEIRD but I actually kind of loved it. It had a lot of Murder House vibes and it was nice to see the show have some of it’s roots back in it. I’ve heard good(ish) things about Roanoke so I’m hopeful for it!

Currently in October - The Raven Cycle books by Maggie Stiefvater

Reading: The Raven Cycle books. I am in love. This is definitely going to be my absolute favorite YA series (not counting Harry Potter…I mean Harry Potter is just in it’s own category of wonderfulness.) I’m just starting Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and I can’t wait to dive in. Sadly, The Raven King, the fourth and final book, is only out in hardcover. I have all the other books in paperback. SIGH. Therefore I’m left with the choice of waiting to read the conclusion until it is released in paperback, or having a series of books that don’t match. UGH. (Sidebar: How beautiful are those covers?! I swoon.)

Listening: I’ve actually been really loving my Creative Juice Pandora station lately which is about 98% piano music. Most of it is classical, but there is some more modern stuff thrown in. Now that I have a lot of time for podcasts, I actually need some new ones since I run out of things to listen to! I’m open for suggestions – what are your fave podcasts to tune in to?

Making: Commissions! Currently, I’ve got a large graphite commission that is filling my time and it feels so good to do a graphite piece again. I used to work exclusively in graphite pencils, so working with them feels so familiar and cozy. The piece has to be kept under wraps for now, but I’ll share it when I can. I’m also working on staying caught up with Inktober. I just got caught up, and then fell a day behind again, oops.

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Feeling: Okay. The end of the year always brings a lot of anxiety to my brain. It is the busiest time of year for me & my family, and I end up with so much on my plate. I have oodles of projects right now between commissions, personal art, our Halloween costumes, planning my partner’s birthday, planning my daughter’s birthday, and yes, thinking about Christmas shopping. I end up thinking about all I have to do all at once as opposed to taking it a step at a time, which kicks in the anxiety. I’m learning to identify the behaviors I have that means I’m letting anxiety rule more than it should, and taking measures to keep it under control. So far, it’s going alright.

Planning: Um, everything listed above. Mainly my daughter’s birthday party. She’s having a Pokemon themed party and I’m starting to list out ideas for things like decor, food, games, etc. I even made a Pinterest board for it, woo!

Loving: All things fall. Sweater weather every day. My house filled with fall scented candles. Making art every single day. Bath season. Our road trip to Boston. Going to Lush for the first time. New comics. My Instagram feed filled with glorious Inktober art. Planning game nights with friends.

What would your Currently in October look like?

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  • Sonya

    Okay, so, I had the same problem with my Raven Cycle books because I have the first three in paperback but *had* to read The Raven King, so I’d say get it from the library, and then buy the paperback version when it comes out, because that’s what I’m doing.

    As for AHS: Roanoke, I’m still a little on the fence about this season, but I am looking forward to the next episode because it’s been so hyped as having a huge twist. I’m hoping it won’t disappoint.

    • Kay

      I really hope my library has it! It doesn’t often get new (or even relatively new) books, but I should see if they can get a copy in from a different library. Thanks for the idea, I always forget about my library as an option!!

      I was almost ready to give up on AHS after Freak Show which I was incredibly disappointed with. Hotel was just so strange, and I can’t decide if I ACTUALLY liked it or if it was just so weird I had to keep watching, if that makes any sense at all? I’m definitely willing to give Roanoke a try, and I hope it’s doesn’t disappoint either!

  • I’m so jealous of your pretty fall leaves!! I miss the northern autumn so much!! D: Also, that book series sounds really awesome! I’m currently head over heels in love with the Throne of Glass series, it’s WONDERFUL!!

    • Kay

      I’ve heard so much about that series; I definitely want to give it a read sometime!!

      And I imagine fall in Texas must be so weird!! While I could definitely skip out on northern winters, I would certainly miss fall time here.

  • I’m in the middle of Hotel and yea, its freaking weird, but I love it. Also, yes on the Raven Cycle! I’m finishing up Dream Thieves right now, going to break and read Me Before You, and then jump back in! I also read and finished The Girl on the Train this week too! lol I always have so many books going on…

    • Kay

      Awesome! I’m so curious about The Girl on the Train. I heard so much hype when it came out, and now with the movie…luckily I’ve still avoided spoilers but I am curious! AHS: Hotel really is just SO STRANGE. I’m almost wondering if I actually LIKED it or if it was just so strange I couldn’t stop watching hahaha!

      • Bahahaha me too! And TGOTT is definitely worth the read!!!

  • christine

    I too am starting Christmas shopping alrady, hehe. Can’t wait to see the Poke-birthday pictures, i lnow you’ll do something totally awesome!!

    • Kay

      Yay, I’m not the only one! I always try and be completely finished by the end of November. My partner’s birthday, daughter’s birthday, and Christmas are all one week apart from each other so December is kind of a crazy time! Having everything done by then definitely helps keep my anxiety in check because I KNOW I’m prepare and can just enjoy the ride haha.

  • Mariah Kaercher

    I just finished American Horror Story Hotel and I really liked it! It definitely had that Murder House theme and that’s probably why I liked it so much.

    • Kay

      I hope Roanoke is the same way!! I feel like they started to head towards shock value with Coven & Freak Show which I’m not a huge fan of. I mean, Hotel had plenty of that of course, but I enjoyed the characters and story a lot more than the previous season. Asylum is still my absolute favorite though!

  • Danette Perez

    Being comfortable is nice, but when you’re comfortable you don’t change. When you have an itch, you move. And when you move, you get to explore. I think it’s great that you are feeling new tugs for a different direction of your blog. It means you are going new places, and that’s always worth the time and bravery. 🙂

    And podcasts! I haven’t listened to this one but I bet you’d love and relate!
    http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/one-bad-mother

    This is my current favorite- like Mythbusters only more silly. I also adore the funny banter and energy of the hosts. So fun! So much learning! So much giggles! 😀 http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/oh-no-ross-and-carrie

    • Kay

      Same!! I just need to make the time to actually IMPLEMENT the changes haha. But I am excited about them. The changes will reflect further steps into embracing freelance life, which really helps scare off the Fraud Police. 😀

      Thanks for the podcasts!! I’m already subscribed to One Bad Mother, which is highly amusing. I haven’t heard of Oh No, Ross and Carrie! but I am totally giving it a listen tomorrow, it sounds great!!

  • I’ve been catching up on Young and Hungry on Netflix. It’s such a guilty pleasure! You could get The Raven King from the library that way at least you read it and then you can get the book when it comes out on paperback. Those leaves are so pretty!
    ~Sara

    • Kay

      Great idea! I’m definitely going to try it…our library is so tiny (#smalltownproblems) and doesn’t often have new (or new-ish) books, but they can sometimes get them in from other libraries. Fingers crossed! 🙂

      • No prob! You could also try Overdrive. Sometimes ebooks are available on there that aren’t available in person. Plus you can connect to the whole library system of your county instead of just your local library which is awesome!

        • Kay

          Wow, thanks! That sounds great! I’ll definitely give that a try if I need to!

  • Ugh, so jealous that you get to enjoy fall weather! It’s still super hot (94 degrees today!) in the OC:/ I think it’s awesome that you’re able to recognize when your anxiety is getting to be too much. I still have a lot of trouble with that, so it just gets worse and worse until I need to just lie down, haha.

    • Kay

      It’s definitely still a learning process (yay therapy!) but I’m working on it. It’s subtle things that I never really thought of, mainly in how I make decisions. But I’m working on keeping it in control and not letting it take over! One step at a time…I definitely still have the days where it leads.

      Also 94 degrees in October is so crazy to me haha!!! We’re already getting frosts overnight. Brrrr!

  • The Raven Cycle. 😍

    Have you read Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races? Also wonderful. (And it’s a standalone.)

    • Kay

      I haven’t yet, but I’m loving The Raven Boys so much I will read anything by Maggie Stiefvater now. 😀