Pause for Positive Things

Are You Kidding Me, Mexico City? will continue next week, but for now, I want to pause the series to appreciate a damn good week (and it’s only Thursday).

Life Tip #14: When you have good news, share it. Happiness is contagious.

To begin… I finally finished the second book in the Outlander series and the final book of the Lux series. Both were wonderful. WARNING: tangent ahead.

I tend to read two books simultaneously – one of a heavier variety (in size and/or drama) and one of the easy-reading/fluff variety. I had been taking my sweet time to get through Outlander: Dragonfly in Amber, despite loving the story, appreciating Diana Gabaldon’s ability to put pen to paper, and wanting to know what the hell happens next. And damnit all if I didn’t immediately download book 3 upon completion. I finished all FIVE of the Lux series books within the span of time it took me to complete DiA.

I thoroughly enjoyed this near 1,000 page novel, but I could only give it my attention when I wanted to give it my attention. I was fully invested in the story (still am), but I needed motivation to pick it up. It’s not that I’m intimidated by big books or heavy drama. I love big books, and I love stories with depth. But I’m realizing that I can be this way with television shows too.

I tend to Netflix two series simultaneously (e.g. Buffy alongside Friends, Star Trek: TNG alongside How I Met Your Mother, and now, Friday Night Lights alongside That 70’s Show). I honestly just made this connection about myself in this moment. I love learning things about myself. I’m not sure what this says about me, so I won’t speculate, but I will openly wonder, am I the only human who does this?

Life Tip #15: If you’re the type to refuse an e-reader in favor of the real thing, swallow your pride. Get one anyway. You can bring multiple books with you ANYWHERE and read in ANY LIGHTING.

I absolutely love that I can read any time I want because I have my Nook in my purse and the app on my phone. I’ve always had serious guilt over relinquishing books to the used book store in favor of living space, but now, I don’t have to worry about that. I can just keep hard copies of my absolute faves on my shelf and keep everything else on my space-saving virtual shelf. I’ve always read borderline excessively, and an e-reader’s convenience facilitates my addiction. The Nook is the cure. More good news from this week? I found a book that was good enough to finish in less than 3 days despite working a full time job. Thank you, Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Speaking of work, you know that career change I mentioned a mere month ago? Well, that career change just turned into a promotion. I am a firm believer that you get back what you put out into the world. Positive thoughts and hard work yield positive and earned actualities. More often than not, luck has nothing to do with it. Timing and effort do.

Bonus positive thought, I get to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the entirety of America. You know it’s a good week when you’ve been to the beach on every day that ends in “y.”

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And to wrap up a great week, Dave and Lee are heading to Troncones, Mexico (north of Ixtapa, if you’re curious) over Labor Day weekend! It’s officially official. Stay tuned for that surfy-and-sunny series.


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