August 25, 2016

Currently ( August )

 
READING · I've been doing an atrocious job at putting aside time to read this month, but on the days that I do actually seem to have my junk together, I've been thumbing through the pages of Fahrenheit 451 (the book I purchased while visiting Haslam's). I haven't gotten very far into the story yet, but I like it so far. It's certainly interesting.

WATCHING · Near the beginning of the month, we binge-watched Stranger Things in about two days. Then we decided to watch it all over again (it's just that good). From the 80's vibes to the characters, I have nothing but love for this show. After that, we began watching The Strain. Basically one of the weirdest + grossest shows I've come across so far. The story line is extremely weak and the character development is nonexistent. I'm surprised that we made it through both seasons as quickly as we did. Our most recent find would be Wayward Pines, which is turning out to be another binge-worthy show.
 
LISTENING TO · I've been on an 80's-inspired kick lately (mostly synthwave). My husband introduced me to a few new artists + I've been jamming out to them relentlessly, but Dynatron has been on repeat more often than others. Great music to veg out to!
 
DISCOVERING · That there's so much peace / freedom found in leaving everything (I mean every single thing) in God's hands. I've been doing a lot of that during this season. If a problem arises or something seems like it's not going to work out, I simply throw my hands up and thank God for working it all out. I don't have the time or energy to worry about things that are out of my control.

PLANNING · A day trip to Disney tomorrow with a very good friend who will be moving away in a few months! We're planning on tackling all 4 parks tomorrow Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios + Animal Kingdom. I know, we're crazy. We'll see just how much we can get through in the 14 hours we'll be there! The pricing was too good to pass up as they were offering $79 park hopper tickets for the family members / friends of passholders. I'm sure I'll share the outcome of our endeavor afterwards.

CRAVING · G and I have been doing very well as far as counting calories go, but I've been craving a big juicy burger from Burger Monger for the past few days. Geez. The struggle is real. I mean, just look at what they have to offer! Mmm. 


WISHING · That I was finished with the last portion of my GED testing so that I could go ahead and enroll at SPC. Even if I was only able to take 1-2 classes a semester to start out with, it would be better than waiting until G completes his degree. I'm about 30% finished with my prep book + I'm planning to take a practice test within the next few weeks. So, we shall see how it pans out!

FEELING · Content. Work has been going smoothly, G is loving his classes so far, fall is literally right around the corner. All is well.

PRAYING FOR · A fresh outpouring of God's presence in my life. I feel like my spirit needs a reboot.

August 22, 2016

Top TV Picks · Vol. 2

Well, about a million years ago a year ago, I shared my first round of top TV picks with you guys. Obviously I wanted to divvy out more suggestions before now, but it is what it is. There are many binge-worthy watches out there. And, as I stated in my previous picks post, there's a crazy amount that I would consider to be personal favorites. You'll notice that the majority of shows I enjoy watching are classified as science fiction (real big shocker there). So, without further ado, here's round two.




August 21, 2016

August 17, 2016

Local Love · Haslam's Book Store

Roughly two weeks ago, I was finally introduced to the magic that is Haslam's Book Store. If you weren't aware, I've been eager to visit this book store for a long while now. Over the years, my brother has raved about how glorious each of his endeavors within this store have been. He even takes one whole day off of work each year just to venture throughout this literary wonderland with one of his good friends. Haslam's Day, as they so merrily call it. His love for this book store is apparent. My good friend, Charlene (from Charlene Zale), has also spoken very highly of this place in the past. With all that being said, I obviously had to visit too.


The store is located just on the edge of downtown St. Petersburg, which luckily for us is a mere 30 minutes away from home. In the months prior to our little adventure, I had snagged a $20 Groupon deal for a restaurant near St. Pete Beach called The Salty Rim Grill. We're always a little leary of the places we find on Groupon as we never know what to expect, but we were hopeful in our persuit of some yummy grub. Let me start by saying, we will certainly be back. Their menu provided just the right amount of choices (both for the seafood lovers + those who stray away from all things fishy). I made my decision as soon as I saw that they offered tequila lime chicken tacos + french fries. I'm one of those in-betweeners when it comes to seafood. You know, the type of person who only orders it occasionally (I wasn't really feeling it that day). I also got one of their sunset ritas. G opted for the fried shrimp basket with fries as well. Everything that we ordered was so fresh and full of flavor. And the portions far exceeded what we had expected! We're planning on going back with my mama sometime soon. I've been craving more of those tacos already!


Now, onto our book store experience. The time we spent at Haslam's put me into a state of euphoria. G enjoyed perusing the science, mathematics, and computer sections, as I burrowed through every nook + cranny of the entire store (spending the most time in the science fiction section, of course). There was so much to examine, so many aisles one could easily get lost within. Just as I thought we had reached the end, we turned a corner only to realize that the path kept going. On and on, row after row. Books on books on books and cats! Yes, cats! There are several of them who reside within the store (so you know that I was in heaven), but Teacup was my favorite since she's the only one I had a chance to briefly bond with. And, by bond, I mean I was able to pet her + take a photo of her before she scurried off. The atmosphere is dreamy, to say the least. Sadly, we couldn't spend the entire afternoon there as we wanted to beat the 5 o'clock traffic that would soon plague the Howard Franklin Bridge. I ended up purchasing a copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (as Charlene had suggested). There was also a neat collection of William Shakespeare's Star Wars books that I had my eye on, but I later added them to my birthday / Christmas wish-list instead.









I'm very much looking forward to my next Haslam's adventure, be it with my brother, the lovely Charlene, or my hubby again. If you are ever in the vicinity of downtown St. Petersburg, you should make it a point to stop in and experience the magic yourself!