Just ten short days ago, I was complaining about the -9 weather we were having here in Michigan. Today it’s -10 with a windchill making it feel more like -40. The Governor has declared a state of emergency, the county has shut down and even the US Postal Service has said, Fuck this. For some crazy reason my boss decided that the pharmacy should stay open, but a few of us got the day off because there is no way that many people are coming in. If they do, they’re bat shit crazy.
In this house, we’re curled up in the blankets on the couch, reading, snuggling and playing video games. (I beat Pokemon Let’s Go!) The husband monster is fully absorbed in Kingdom Hearts 3. Time to fill up on coffee and chai lattes to fuel lazy winter day activities.
Also, it’s Ignited Moth’s birthday today so make sure to pop on over to her blog and wish her a Happy Birthday. She really is the bestest friend a girl could ask for.
Okay, that’s a little dramatic but we did get 4-5 inches of snow and we woke up to it being 1 degree outside. The dogs were out for less than 3 minutes, they could barely pee, before they started lifting their paws and trying to lay down in the snow. So we’ve declared it, No Leaving the House Day.
It’s excellent timing as I’ve already been feeling restless. I’m ready to get outside and work on all the things but alas, that’s still going to be a couple of months.
That means today I’m going to try to occupy myself with lots of random things; try a new baking recipe, decide whether to continue the book I’m reading or not, laundry, pinning soup recipes and eyeballing Instant Pots. (My faithful crock pot has a massive crack in it.) There might even be an attempt at writing but we’ll see. My restlessness makes concentrating nearly impossible. Even as I write this, I drift off thinking of other things.
The cemetery disappeared in fog all day yesterday and I’ve been nursing a severe case of cabin fever the last couple of days. I had the day off Wednesday of work and I kind of just wondered around the shops in town. Most of the time I can handle being couped up in the house but after several months of it my brain just cannot handle much more. It happens every year. It’s just part of life living in Michigan I suppose. (Or anywhere with heavy winters.)
I’ve been slowly working my way through the first book in the Wheel of Time series, The Eye of the World. I’m enjoying it but my brain isn’t letting me read it for any extended period of time with it’s current state of cabin fever eating the fun out of everything. My husband even bought me this great new reading lamp for V-Day and I can only sit still for an hour.
Next week is something to look forward to. Not only is it meeting time for book club, I’ll also finally be seeing Ignited Moth and getting to exchange Christmas presents and celebrate her birthday. (She’s old.)
It’s half way through the first month of 2018 and I’ve been killing it in the reading department. (That’s why there have been less sassy un-book-related posts.) It helps that it’s unbearably frigid outside so I try not to leave the house other than to go to work or take the dogs out to go to the bathroom.
I was immediately accepted to read a book I had requested on Netgalley (The King of Bones and Ashes) and now check daily to see if I’m lucky enough to get accepted for some big releases for this year that I’ve requested. (Iron Gold, Burn Bright and Scourged) Currently, I limit my requests due to paranoia that they’ll all get accepted at the same time. Controlling myself is hard. The excitement I felt after getting accepted for one book is addicting. I’m a fiend for that next thrill.
I was also asked by a Goodreads friend to read and rate/review their book. I said yes before I really looked into the book and it’s a children’s story. Not really my department but it’s free on Kindle Unlimited so I’ll keep my word and squeeze it in before my month is up.
If I’ve mentioned it once, I’ve mentioned it a thousand times. Michigan is always drunk when it comes to weather. We can have all four seasons in one day. This morning I woke up to the first full frost of the year. I have a feeling we’re in a for a nasty winter since last year’s was so week. (It rained and was cold the whole winter. It maybe snowed twice and neither time did it stay for longer than 24 hours.) My dad texts that they’re about to get hit with a snowstorm tonight, less than two days before we venture up to where I grew up in Northern Lower Michigan.
I’ll make the trip up north, snowstorm or not because I haven’t been up there in over a year and a half. We deserve a mini-vacation. Plus, when winter does hit, I fully intend to become a hermit and never leave my house except for work and food. (It will probably be my busiest blog season yet! Cabin fever is real thing.) I look forward to an awesome Winter of Epic Fantasy once the snow descends.
Every winter becomes my “Winter of Epic Fantasy” as soon as the snow hits. I don’t really know why but the snow seems to set an even better mood for epic fantasy. Or maybe it’s just because I don’t want to go outside for as many hours as possible. Add being cuddled on the couch under mounds of blankets and my critters all around me and really why would I want to move?
The snow is holding out on me this year. We’ve had one dusting and it all melted by morning. But that doesn’t hold this girl back! I started anyway. I finally picked up the second book in the original Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. It’s been almost two years since I read the first book and absolutely loved it. Why did it take me so long to pick up the second?
I have this wonderful habit of starting a series and then starting another series and then starting another series. So my only reading goal for 2017 is finishing up some of those series and I’m getting a jump start on it.
So, since most of my favorite epic fantasy tales are 800+ pages long, I would be going pretty long in between posting book reviews. Luckily, I have two years worth of reviews that I’ve already done on Goodreads so I will share those while reading my epic monsters.
I encourage you, my dear book dragons, to spend the winter indulging in some epic fantasy as well. (It is after all, the best genre.)
What epic fantasy series do you need to catch up on?