Thank You

Just wanted to say thank you so much for all of your kind words on my previous post. I’m very fortunate to have a lot of wonderful people in my life (you guys included!) and that makes a world of difference.

So I’ve been taking it easy whenever I can this past few days. I ended up not going to the Texas Book Festival over the weekend because I really just wanted to rest. So I did some journaling, napping, walking and of course reading. We can always count on books to be a great distraction and comfort can’t we?

I did finally clear off my nightstand from a lot of in progress books because my progress was pretty much stalled and instead started a new book last week and am really enjoying it. I’m reading The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. I don’t think I’ve read a book set in India (this one is partially set in India) in quite a while so it’s fun revisit a country I would love to see one day.

I know the Once Upon A Time Reading Challenge is coming to a close and I have only finished one book for it. I may start a new one soon but we’ll see. I did watch a good spooky movie recently, The Woman in Black. I loved the book and as it’s been eons since I read the book I wasn’t focusing on the differences so I found the movie entertaining.

I hope you are all having a great week and more book talk soon!

Thinking Of…

My thoughts these past few days have been of all the wonderful moments I shared with my abuelita. Sadly my grandma passed away this last Sunday. She was 101 years old! And while I’m very sad that I won’t get to talk to her, I am also quite grateful that I had just traveled to Monterrey to visit her the weekend before.

Despite not living in the same country, my abuelita came to visit us often and I spent many summers with her while I was growing up. For the past few years I’ve had a weekly Sunday call with her. My abuelita shared many stories with me and I will always treasure those.

Of course life keeps moving forward. There are several events going on around town, mainly the Texas Book Festival which I had planned to attend, but now I think I may just try to rest up after the two back-to-back trips to Monterrey. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.

So, hold your loved ones close and do something good for yourself this weekend. I’m slowly surfacing so I hope to get back to blogland soon.

Hello October

September you were a busy month filled with a lot of activity and I get the feeling the rest of the year is going to be just as busy but there were some great moments in September. Number one was going to the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat in Dallas. I got to take a class with artist Pam Carriker who was a delight. And, best of all I got to see my best friends. I love hanging out with the girls.

I also visited a wonderful indie bookstore in Dallas, The Wild Detectives. My friend Christine has been raving about it and so glad I finally got to visit it. That visit deserves a whole post on its own but for now I’ll just tell you that I picked up Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and my friend Isabel gifted me The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.

What else? Well, I’ve been spending more time on crafting and other personal things and unfortunately my reading time has been very limited. Can you believe I am still reading a book from months ago? Yikes. I did finish one book for the R.I.P. Challenge though so that’s a good thing.

So, what do I want for this month? I want more reading time! I’m behind on all of my reading challenges so I would love to get one or two more books in for the challenges. I would also like to finish some of my books in progress.

There are lots of great things to look forward to this month for example the Texas Book Festival. Joyce Carol Oates is one of the many authors who’ll be making an appearance. I really want to hear her. I’m also planning a trip to Monterrey and I can’t wait to see my family. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the chance to visit.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on with me. How about you? What are your plans for October?