Bullet Journaling



I really, really like lists. And notebooks. And goals. And stationary supplies. And having hobbies. 

So, obviously, bullet journaling is probably for me. Well, at least... maybe? I think?

So, you ask, what is bullet journaling? Or maybe you know and I'm the last person around to figure it out. It's quite possible. 

I'm not really sure, actually. But from what I can gather, it's for people that like lists, notebooks, making goals, buying stationary supplies, and subjecting themselves to new hobbies. 

I also gather that is requires some creativity and possible artistic talent, which might be a problem, because I don't have a lot of that going on when it comes to visuals. I'm ignoring that project-terminating threat for now. 

I first heard of bullet journaling months ago and sort of added it my list if "figure out what this is later" list, but didn't get around to it in a timely fashion. The video I watched of it on the actual website confused me and I left it at that. But, then more and more bloggers I read started singing the praises of this mysterious bullet journaling, so I did what any other thirty-something-year-old woman would do: I searched it on Pinterest. 

So, from what I can gather, bullet journaling is basically the pretty way to get your shit together, whatever you consider your shit to be. Some people make it their end-all-be-all one-stop-shop organizational hub. It's every appointment, every grocery list, every fitness goal, and every last sock they plan on packing for their trip to Montreal. For some, it's more about inspiration and self-improvement. 

For me, I have no plans of abandoning my physical daily planner that I live and die by, nor my personal journal that I say mean things about people in or my to-do list pads. But instead I want to stop leaving this horribly unorganized trail of iPhone notes, piles of Post-Its, and brain clutter in my wake. I want a centralized location to plan projects, better map out blog posts, work on ideas for novels I may get around to writing one day, and whatever else my little heart desires. 

What I don't want this to be is something that takes up more time, frustrates me, or becomes a chore. I don't want to become a glorified doodle-pad or for the look of the bullet journal to become more important than the content, which I think some of the examples I've seen have had trouble with. 

I plan to organize it by month right now, which is perfect, since October is near. So, armed with the notebook itself, some fancy pens, and washi tape, I will go forth and bullet journal. We'll see how it goes! 

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

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1. Dear God, I feel like I have been to hell and back. I'll spare everyone the details (and whining), but I had the worst stomach virus of my life over the weekend- I was just able to go back to work today. I lost seven pounds over the course of about thirty hours, let's just say, and eventually we all came down with it. An only semi-sick toddler when both parents are down for the count is HARD. But we are all basically alive now, although I'm still trying to get the guts to have a cup of coffee. I'm so very tired and need it, but am also so scared. 

2. Speaking of coffee, I finally did break and get a Keurig and it has made me so happy. We are best friends.

3. And because I was sick I was disqualified from the writing contest I had been taking part in, which is a bummer. I had planned on writing Saturday night or Sunday morning, since the deadline was that evening, but that certainly did not happen. I placed 10 of 32 in the first round in my group, with some really great feedback from the judges that I completely agreed with. I had written that short story in about an hour before it was due, so I had high hopes for actually putting in effort during the second round and scoring even higher. THE WORLD WILL NEVER KNOW.

4. It rained the other day. Here. In Southern California, during the drought, in September. I'd like to think it's foreshadowing a wet winter, but I'm more realistic than that. It was still nice, though.

5. Last Wednesday I went to the podiatrist to have my deformed toe looked at yet again and he said that he could fix it with surgery, no problem ("it's no big deal, we'll open you up here, put in a little screw here..."). But then he stopped himself and said we had one more hail-mary kind of option- a gel lined sleeve to straighten it out. He sent me home with a few with strict instructions to run and walk on concrete. I did both. My toe hurt very much still. I was sad, I as upset, I was disappointed. But then, the next day, I had a stroke of genius (for once). I also put a sleeve on the toe next to it and BOOM. It worked. I've run a few times with both on and picked up more of the expensive little guys today.

6. I then promptly signed up for the We Run this City 5k at UCLA in November, which is a charity competition where runners sign up to run for either UCLA or USC as part of rivalry week (go Bruins!). I did this a few years ago with my sister and it was a lot of fun. Hopefully my brother remembers to sign up so I have some company.

7. Kristen Bell's Emmy dress was so beautiful. I didn't watch the Emmy's and didn't really even look at the winners, but I follow her on Instagram and she posted a funny story about taping up her nipples to her shoulders so I had to investigate what was worth that sort of torture. The verdict? For that dress? You tape anything wherever they tell you to.

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8. Do you follow Joy the Baker on Instagram? If you don't you should, mostly for her stories. She's been in London and I just love the stuff she posts. She so quirky and cute. 

9. On the way to work there's this little girl and her brother who walk to the elementary school who I see ever day. She's maybe in third grade and I notice that she's been reading as she's walking- it's something I would have done (and yes, a tad dangerous, too). Our district is in a low socioeconomic area, so people love to act like our kids don't want to learn or that they're not passionate readers. This little girl is just the exact opposite and I love her. 

10. I am so excited about Public School's collaboration with Fitbit. I didn't fall in love with Tory Burch's line, but this one is lookin' good. 

A Morning at the LACMA

Last Saturday the three of us headed to LA to visit the Guillermo del Toro exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). I'm not really a fan of del Toro (nor am I not a fan, I just haven't seen many of his movies), but my husband is and I wasn't going to pass up an opportunity to visit an art museum I love as a family! I haven't been in maybe four or so years and I've never taken Sawyer, so this was perfect. I want to go back without my little guy soon to see the rain exhibit, since tickets are really hard to get and the entry timing is so precise (it's a room of rain that you stand in but don't get wet, due to some fancy censors). Some pictures from the morning:

[the del Torro exhibit- Sawyer was pretty interested but a little disturbed]

[this piece from his house was great- the old guy was sharing his cookies with the goblins]


[if you live in the area you have to take your kids to go see Metropolis 2; there are hundreds of cars and trains that exceed 200 mph!]

[Sawyer watched it for thirty minutes; we did many laps around the exhibit]

[Augh! No touching!]

[Sawyer lost his mind with excitement when he saw this piece and the only way I could get him to calm down was to let him take this picture]


[off to run to the rock!]


I promptly succumbed to the worse stomach virus I have ever been afflicted with in my entire life a few hours after we got home, with the rest of the family soon to follow. At least we got one fun thing in this weekend! 

Top Ten Tuesday- Audiobooks

This week The Broke and the Bookish ask us center our list around audiobooks this week, and I'm just going to go with the ones I've most enjoyed. I have had an Audible membership for about three or four years and used to listen a lot more before I had my son and was this pregnant lady walking her two dogs around the neighborhood for an hour a day. Now I primarily listen on the ten or so minutes from my work to daycare and on the weekends if I'm alone driving somewhere far (or if Sawyer has conked out), or sometimes if I'm cross stitching. 

I often listen to things that I wouldn't typically read on audiobook (like Gone Girl) or nonfiction.

Here are my favorites:

Bosspants by Tina Fey- I love that she reads it and thought it was a really entertaining listen. 

Waiting to be Heard by Amanda Knox- This would never have been a book I purchases, but I thought the case was interesting.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- I am glad I chose to listen to this, since it kept my interest during long walks inside and outside. The male and female narrators took some time to acclimate to (their voices weren't pleasing), but I don't think I would have enjoyed actually reading it. I would be likely to listen to another one of her's in the future.

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel- I'm not a huge space buff or anything, but I downloaded this on a whim and ended up learning a lot.

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout- I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir about the journalist's abduction while she was on assignment in Somalia. It was also really educational in terms of travel and Middle Easter/North African politics. I wish I would have read it and am considering getting a copy so that I can use it in an activity with my students. 

Anything written by Anthony Bourdain- He's funny, honesty, smart, and a great reader of his own work. I'm a sucker for restaurant and food books, so this is perfect. 

Anything written by Liane Moriarty- Moriarty is a little too fluffy for me to read (sorry!), but she's perfect to listen to. Her stories are crazy and humorous, and I love the Australian narrators.

On Writing by Stephen King- I LOVED this memoir and may actually purchase it as well. It was fascinating listening to him talk about his process. 

Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi- I was a huge fan of Top Chef back when I had time to watch it (and satellite), and I knew that it would sort of be a love/hate listen. Lakshmi is a little full of herself, but it was fascinating listening to her talk about her childhood, her marriage to Salman Rushdie, and her work on the show. 

Anything written by Jenny Lawson- She wrote her two memoirs, Furiously Happy and Let's Pretend This Never Happened, about her time dealing with mental illness and I was captivated by both. 

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