Welp. I Should Have Been Blogging This Year

I hate those “I’m back!” posts everyone always feels inclined to write when they’ve been away from their blog for an extended period. Now I’m proceeding to write another.

I checked. I haven’t posted since last April. You know what else happened last April? Of course you don’t, how could you? I made the decision to buy my first house. 🏑

Last May I made an offer for the third time, but unlike the previous two this one was accepted! *happy dance* πŸ•ΊπŸ»We went through everything and I got the key to my home June 28th.

In the almost 16 months since, I’ve found myself learning and doing more than I expected. I do all of my own yard work. I’ve cut down and removed three trees from the yard. I’ve replaced every light fixture in the house. I replaced all of the door knobs. I re-seeded my backyard. But none of that is the fun part.

Last September (2019) I was lying on my sofa scrolling through vehicles for sale online. I had no intention of acting on my searches until I found this guy! Fully electric and FANCY.

I previously had two bookshelves from Walmart. No more!

Bought, built, and painted by me! I’ve since added quite a few to the read shelves (first two on the left), so I’m getting close to building more. These are my babies. After these I added a smaller one I use as my TBR shelf.

Once I had these in place I moved on to a sofa table. I had way too much room in my living room.

Hehe. This came out nicely. Most recently at the start of the pandemic I finally set up my home office.

Only about a week after my job sent everyone to work from home I added to the family. πŸ•

And it’s been Fabio and I ever since. Like so many people I’m still working from home. No idea when or if I’ll go back into the office at some point. The beauty of being home ALL THE TIME is I’ve been taking advantage of the additional time to actually read. Maybe you know, probably you don’t, but my goal every year is to read 50 books. 8(!) years ago as a junior in college I came close with 44. The previous two years I read 31 twice. In the years since I’ve disappointed myself over and over again. But I’ve finally found my groove. Right before opening the app to write this post I finished my 28th book of the year. Hearing that with no context you’ll probably think to yourself that we have no time left to get to 50. Meh. I’ve read 11 since the final week of August. This. Is. The. Year.

I know 2020 has been rough for so many among us. All we can do is take things a day at a time.

What I plan on doing as I get back into the swing of things on here is telling you about the best and worst of my 2020 reads so far. I’ve got plenty of thoughts, as always.

The Diary of an Unhappy Nobody: Day 3

I said yesterday that I’d tell y’all about the first organization I’ll be donating to this year in my yearlong effort to be more giving.

But first I need to tell you why.

Last April I purchased a new vehicle. Fully electric. Why? Because I believe every one of us should do what we can to preserve and protect our planet. But circumstances forced me to purchase a gas powered vehicle a week ago. I’m not one bit happy about it.

What I know is scientists working in many different fields are constantly coming up with technologies or improving processes to protect and preserve the earth. Scientists are working to save your planet even if you refuse to “believe” in climate change. It might be funny if it wasn’t so serious.

The first organization I’ll be supporting in 2018 will be the Houston Museum of Natural Science. I love museums more than any person I know. But it’s so much more than that. When huge swaths of the population claim not to “believe” in climate change or evolution it just leaves one questioning where the hell we are and how we got here.

HMNS is an incredible place of scientific knowledge. Scientific fact. Scientific history. Scientific education.