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One Year Older, One Year Thankful

I had a birthday this month. It's been a year of big life changes. I took my first solo vacation abroad. I graduated law school. I took the New Jersey bar exam (still waiting on the results). I moved into a new apartment and am living completely alone (no dog, no nothing) for the first time.

And some things never change. I read a bunch of books (60 from birthday to birthday). I attempted crafts, some attempts more successful than others. (I'm still knitting this second scarf.) I'm still a spendthrift/cheapskate. I'm still a nerd.

I usually use this space to tell people when I find good books, but today I'd like to reflect on all the people who have helped me make it through this year and say thank you.

I want to thank God. I couldn't have made it without him. I want to thank my family. My parents were behind me 100% through law school and beyond, and it would have a been a whole different story without them. I want to thank the law school friends who helped me understand things that didn't click, commiserated over exams and bar prep, and just sat and talked like we were still normal people with lives outside of school. We weren't, but it was nice of you to pretend with me.

I want to thank all the wonderful people I've met through the #OTSPsecretsister program and especially my sister pen pals. You'll never know just how far a little cheer went. I want to thank the blogger friends who talked books and life and everything in between. I want to thank the friends who encouraged me to try their favorite TV shows and laughed graciously when I critiqued said shows with Disney gifs. I want to thank everyone who prayed for me, made me laugh, and pushed me to work harder, and to relax. Thank you for every little, seemingly insignificant gesture of kindness. It wasn't insignificant.

This birthday, I celebrate that I'm still standing after all the change. I hope to hold onto the good and let go of the bad. But this birthday, more than anything, I'm grateful for all the amazing, good-hearted people in my life. You guys are incredible, and you deserve celebration. Thank you.

The 100 Reactions, Eps 8-13: The Disney Edition

And we're back with more reactions to The 100! Shannon at It Starts at Midnight is a HUGE fan of The 100. (See her episode recaps and other The 100 posts here.) She talked me into giving it a try once Bar season was over, and I'm super surprised she's still excited to hear my thoughts given how badly I've ripped the show's plotting and logic so far. ;)

I exercised some restraint  on length this time, so here go reactions to the rest of Season 1!

In case it wasn't obvious, there could be spoilers below for The 100, Season 1, Episodes 8-13. Again, last chance.

SPOILERS AHEAD. 

Now, on to the fun!

Reactions, Episodes 8-13: The Disney Edition

S1/E8: Glad Bellamy had a come to Jesus moment. Sad he still lacks brains.


Finn, your misdealings cost you your influence with Clarke. Be ashamed.


Clarke, stop saying "no choice" or "did the best I could." Stop making excuses. Start making better choices. Octavia, you're a brat. Also, y'all should probably start testing food before getting the whole camp high.


The 100 Reactions, Eps 6-7: Idiocracy, The Sequel

And we're back with more reactions to The 100! Shannon at It Starts at Midnight is a HUGE fan of The 100. (See her episode recaps and other The 100 posts here.) She talked me into giving it a try once Bar season was over, and she will likely regret asking to hear my thoughts before this is over. ^^;

I was going to wait to post until I had another 5 episodes, but clearly my thoughts (and accompanying gifs) run rampant when not constrained by Twitter's character limit. I will try to be more concise next time.

In case it wasn't obvious, there could be spoilers below for The 100, Season 1, Episodes 6-7. Again, last chance.

SPOILERS AHEAD. 

Now, on to the fun!

Reactions, Episodes 6-7: Idiocracy, The Sequel


S1/E6: Eh, I was hoping for a bit more information on the Grounders. Which we could have gotten if we didn't immediately try to kill people. Bellamy, can you not be the most useless kid on the planet? Didn't your guard training teach you to know your enemy? Knowledge is power? Like, seriously Bellamy. You're basically this guy:


The 100 Reactions, Eps 1-5: The Skeptic Skewers

Shannon at It Starts at Midnight is a HUGE fan of the TV show The 100. (See her episode recaps and other The 100 posts here.) She talked me into giving it a try once Bar season was over, and here we are.


The basic premise per IMDB:
Set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends one hundred juvenile delinquents back to Earth, in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.
I started writing my reactions to each episode on Twitter (mostly for Shannon's entertainment), but the thread felt disjointed, and that character limit was...limiting. So, blog post!

In case it wasn't obvious, there could be spoilers below for The 100, Season 1, Episodes 1-5. Again, last chance.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

Now, on to the fun!

Reactions, Episodes 1-5: The Skeptic Skewers

S1/E1: Bellamy's a selfish idiot, knew the goggles kid was a red shirt, wish Octavia had died first.

August Recap: New Apartment and New Job

It's been another long month. I've basically been working all month, except for moving days, and I didn't get a ton of reading done.

The move itself was a little . . . never ending, haha? I was kind of half-moved in but still working near the old place for a couple weeks. Long story short: I don't recommend piecemeal moving.

Strange though it is, this is actually my first time living completely alone (no family, roomies, dog) for an extended stretch of time. It's definitely an adjustment, but I'm getting there. And the dog/parents are close enough for weekend trips when I need my dog fix. Which works well since they need a dog sitter later this month. ;)

It probably says something that the first show I pulled up to watch upon moving was "North & South," where the southern country girl struggles to adapt to the more crowded, urban north, lol.

(actual picture of me trying to find the turn Google Maps says to take)
But we've moved past that initial "what have I done?" stage, and now I'm mainly watching silly, brainless stuff.

July Recap: Books and the Bar

It's August and, as promised, I'm back! Ish.

Quick recap: I took the New Jersey bar exam at the end of July. It was killer. I am now ignoring its existence until I get my test results in October-November. :)

Surprisingly, I actually got a bit of fiction reading done during bar prep. Some of them were "reality TV" reads I just needed to get a mindless break, but I read a few of the unread books on my shelf, some OTSP secret sister gifts, and some others that were mostly decent.


I'll be back . . . in August

I just realized I haven't posted anything since May. (I also realized there were a few comments I never replied to because I didn't get the usual email notifications. I'm sorry guys! Blogger has failed me.)

So, I'm checking in to say I'm still alive and . . .

How to Read the Unread Books You Own


Once upon a time, I got almost all my reading material from the library and saved my chore and holiday money to buy a few books I LOVED and would reread again and again. Ah, happy childhood. Then the internet struck, and I realized my library didn't have a lot of books I wanted to read. I was still a cheapskate, but I had jobs, and I knew how to find books cheaply, so...I became something of a collector. *cough dragon-like book hoarder cough*

Which brings us to today:


Basically, I have a ton of unread books on my shelves. This isn't all of them. They were just the easiest to group and take a picture of. It's kind of depressing. I feel really wasteful and unproductive seeing all these books I bought sitting around. They're not totally untouched; my mom routinely raids my collection and has probably read most of these, but the guilt remains.

So, I want to fix this. I'm moving in a few months and, while I'll be able to keep some books in free storage for a while, that's not permanent. In preparation for the inevitable book purge, it's time to find out what's actually worth keeping, and the only way to do that is to read them.