Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and lethargy.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and lethargy.

Is that even a word? Yeah, it is. I had the energy to look it up in the dictionary.

I have been feeling so lethargic this week. Monday I was full of vim and vigor and then came the downward slide into lethargy.

I guess it didn’t help that I wasn’t feeling well either. My whole body ached. It’s really hard to get motivated when you feel like crap.

Do you ever have those days? Or weeks? How do you get motivated?


I’m motivated to lay low this weekend and am looking forward to relaxing and spending time with good friends.

Have wonderful weekend!

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . Best Worst American by Juan Martinez and The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr.

Finished Best Worst American, which is highly rated on Goodreads. It’s a collection of short stories by a Colombian author. The stories are quirky and a bit disturbing. Some stories are really odd and some are realistic. The author’s writing is clever and smartly funny yet also profound. I liked it . . . sort of.

So here’s the thing . . . I’m sure it’s a critically masterful book of short stories, but I’m kind of sick of the odd, sort of magical realism, let’s-try-to-jar-you, culturally relevant collection of short stories. I really miss the engaging, funny, moving, clever short story collections like Anthony Doerr’s The Memory Wall or J.S. Salinger’s Nine Stories. I used to love short stories because you could get into a really good story without reading 300 pages. Now it seems all the short story collections are trying too hard to be so weird and funny but in a f*ed up kind of way, not a funny ha-ha way. The actual story gets lost for the art of it.

Starting another highly rated book There There by Tommy Orange. Reading this one for my book club, and still finishing up The Art of Memoir.

I’ve been watching . . . Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.

Ok, so the movie was kind of bad but I still loved it! One word: Cher. And, even if she was in it only the last 15 minutes or so of the movie, I don’t care—it was the best part of the movie. Well, that and the movie location.

The movie was filmed on the island of Vis in Croatia, which was probably my favorite island I visited on my recent trip there.

I’ve been listening to . . . ABBA and Cher. I’m a little bit obsessed since seeing the movie.

Even better is the album of ABBA covers Cher is releasing in September. ABBA songs + Cher. What’s not to love?

Her version of SOS is THE best!  She definitely makes it her own.



(Photograph by Mat Reding.)

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