Books I’m reading/Want to read soon

This list will eternally grow – I am always adding titles of books that I want to read and I’m always putting down books I’m half way through and picking up new ones.  Some books never get finished, others never get started.  But maybe if I keep an actual list and stick to it, I’ll actually get some reading done…

1 – Bonk: The curious coupling of science and sex by Mary Roach

2 – The Universe in a Single Atom: The convergence of science and spirituality by the Dalai Lama

3 – Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk

4 – The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

5 – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

6 – A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

7 – Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the obstacles to Psychological balance and compassion by the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman, PhD

8 – Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

9 – The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

10 – The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

11 – Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlin

12 – Foundation by Isaac Asimov

13 – The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness by Pema Chodron

14 – The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

15 – Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Oh…so many books, so little time…

A few goals…

OK.  So there are a few things that I’ve been wanting to work on for quite awhile – not New Year’s resolution type stuff, just habit-changing, etc. to live healthier and happier.  So here are the top priorities:

1 -Try to be more minimalist (OK, not working out so well since I just went shopping today and bought many superfluous items, BUT in my defense, after buying two pairs of shoes, I got rid of 6 and after buying 3 pairs of jeans, I got rid of 5 pairs…it’s progress…)

2 – Read more (this is always on my list since it seems like I will never have enough time to read all of the books that I want to – but I think if I could just not get addicted to any more TV shows, it could help this effort)

3 – Exercise regularly (I’ve actually been doing an OK job of this…for about 6 weeks now I’ve exercised at least 3 to 4 times a week, which is a lot more than I used to: 0 times per week)

4 – Avoid fast food ( I won’t say eat healthier in general, because even though I try to do that I am a sucker for sugar and carbs.  However, if I could learn to avoid fast food more and more, I think it would be a step in the right direction?)

5 – Find a job (yuck.)

6 – Return voicemails and missed calls (Really…I will try)

7 – Avoid hangovers (really, they’re not pleasant, this one should be easy…but it’s so hard to turn down good beer, even if I’ve already had 5…)

8 – Write daily (whether it’s in my personal journal or my blog, writing is something I used to do a lot more of, and it’s time to start up again)

9 – Be nicer to myself (In other words, if I “fail” to meet all of these goals, if I buy more stuff, if I skip a couple of days of exercise, don’t beat myself up about it – focus on small victories, progression, and effort…be more positive.  Maybe it sounds cliche, but there’s no point in focusing on the things I’m not doing or not doing well enough, it’s a waste of energy)

10 – In the words of the dog whisperer, “live in the now” (no more worrying about what happened in the past or what will happen in the future…it takes time away from what I’m doing now.)

11 – Stop biting my nails once and for all!  (Ugh, I hate that habit, why is it so hard to kick??)

So there it is, 11 things that I am going to work on (or on and off), and maybe some of them are a little kitschy … but I think all of them will help me feel better whether it be emotionally, mentally, or physically.  It’s easy to think about doing these things…I don’t know if writing them down will make them any easier to accomplish – but it’s worth a shot, right?

Blogs I’ve been following…

OK.  Here’s an easy start – blogs that I follow.

1 – Bookslut – fascinating interviews, reviews of books, and just general revelry around books

2 – Mashable – keeps me savvy in the social media world…downside is that never have I spent so much time on youtube!

3 – Zenhabits – great articles on minimalist living, and taking a zen approach to life…helps me destress

4 – Librarified – Gretchen (my librarian classmate and colleague) keeps this blog on all subjects library, especially young adult topics

5 – Broken Secrets – Fun facts to kill time

6 – The Onion – the only reliable news source

7 – Our Bodies Our Blog – Women’s health news…always good to be up to date on that!

8 – tinynibbles.com – not for the faint of heart…all things sex (but intelligent also)

9 – Real Beauty – great tips on makeup, hair, etc. etc.  you know – girly things

10 – An American Girl in London– My lovely Ellie’s blog about her upcoming experience in vet school in London

11 – OnFiction – fascinating research about literature…

12 –Entertaining Half Thoughts – what could be better than a combination of Geography, Philosophy, Kansas, and randomness….nothing…that is why I read my favorite college roommate’s blog =)

It took me awhile to understand the appeal of blogs – I didn’t understand the wide variety of topics that are out there.  Turns out, there’s a blog for every taste – and since personal email is blocked at my work, naturally I turned to blogs for my time wasting…I mean, entertainment.