Whatcha been…?

I’m only just getting around to filling out this “Whatcha been…?” questionnaire. Meh, only two months late…. ūüėČ

Whatcha been reading?: ¬†Mostly books that are part of a series. I’m a long-time fan of Bernard Cornwell and The Last Kingdom series in particular, so I devoured¬†The Flame Bearer (book 10) when it was released at the end of November. I’ve also been reading and listening to (Kindle/Audible whisper-sync) The Dresden Files, but I’ve finished what’s out and am impatiently waiting for more. I got sucked into the¬†Outlander books a few weeks ago, mostly because I wanted to watch the series (Graham McTavish in a kilt–need I say more?) and I generally like to read the book(s) before watching any adaptation. I thought it was pretty silly at first, but¬†it’s growing on me.

Whatcha been watching?: Outlander, not surprisingly. I’m actually not the biggest fan of the show, eye-candy aside, but I feel like I’m invested at this point. I also watched the latest season of Black Mirror, but wasn’t terribly impressed. The first two seasons were awesome, so that was a bit of a let-down. I’m enjoying¬†The Crown, though.

Whatcha been writing?: Law school application essays and manuscript reviews, mostly. Nothing fun.

Whatcha been learning?:¬†I keep telling myself that I’m going to dust off my German, but nope. ūüėõ I finally bought a¬†German audiobook version of one of my favorite Bernard Cornwell novels, so maybe I’ll actually get around to listening to it.

Whatcha been doing that‚Äôs new?: ¬†I’ve been TEACHING. I’ve picked up a second job as an adjunct instructor at the local community college. I’m teaching an evening Intro to Bio class. It’s an adventure.

Whatcha been thinking about?:¬†I love Alma’s book club idea, although it’s going to take a lot of discipline on my part to actually participate. I’ve also been thinking a lot about my impending career change. I applied to some law schools back in December and have gotten some offers and some interview requests. I will be attending law school in the fall, but it’ll be a few months before I make a final decision on which school.

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Whatcha been…?

I know we haven’t posted in a long while but I thought of a simple, fun way that we can update each other. ¬†Each month we can answer a few questions about what we have been doing, reading, watching, eating, etc., hence the name “Whatcha been…?” ¬†The first person to post can think of questions for everyone else to answer. ¬†You can do as much or as little as you have time for. ¬†Here’s mine below:

Whatcha been reading?:  I just finished the book Demelza by Winston Graham.  It is one of the books in the Poldark series which I first came upon when I watched the 1975 BBC version on Netflix (despite bad hair, bad teeth, awful cinematography, it was great).  Recently, I started watching the PBS version on Amazon and I love it.  When I found out it was a book series, I had to start reading it.

Whatcha been watching?: Becoming JaneРcried terribly afterwards.  I never realized Jane Austen was never married.  Also, Aftermath on Netflix, it is a Korean show about a kid who falls off of a roof and then he can tell when people are about to die or about to kill.

Whatcha been writing?: I don’t normally write anything when I am not in school so, the last thing I wrote (besides this blog post) was a ten page paper about the best practices for socializing a new employee onto a team. ¬†Riveting, eh? ¬†That is Industrial and Organizational Psychology for you.

Whatcha been learning?: Well, gross, besides everything in grad school, I am still trying to learn French but I have not been going to the free community class at the Catholic church because of my work schedule.  I am also secretly trying to learn Korean because it is more interesting than French.  (Secretly because I told myself I was learning French next).  I also just finished the 10 day boot camp at skillcrush (https://learn.skillcrush.com/skillcrush-10-day-bootcamp/).  It is just a brief overview of some coding information.  I am attempting to learn about Ruby and Python so that I can potentially use it in a career setting.

Whatcha been doing that’s new?: ¬†We have been trying to eat healthy (that is not new) but we still like going out to eat. ¬†We feel it is healthier when we make all of our food from scratch but once a month, Blake and I drop Clark off at his grandmother’s and go out to a new restaurant to try something different. ¬†Last month we went to the Maple Street Biscuit Company and it was amazing!

Whatcha been thinking about?: Start a book club with me on goodreads, please, please.  We can create a private book club and we can take turns reading books that each one of us picks out.  Or, start writing reviews on this blog about what you read.

When you have time, post your answers to the same questions.