August Wrap-Up

I realize that all of my pictures lately have been either of my bird feeder or Rex. Sorry about that?


events

I got a job! I was finally hired as technical editor for graduate students at the university.  It’s my first ever permanent full-time position. I feel much adult. 🙂 I even have business cards now. And a nametag. And an office. Such wow.

School started last Monday. And it’s my first fall without taking classes since age 5. It’s super weird but I’m not complaining.
But…I’m still teaching a class! So I took a position as an adjunct professor for this semester. It’s enjoyable but it’s a class I’ve never taught before (Intro to Technical Communication) so it’s a lot of work on top of editing. But I’m certainly not bored!

– I’m plotting a new story. I have no idea if I’ll be able to do NaNoWriMo this year because my schedule is so full, but a new story has taken hold of me. It’s been in my head since early June, but an actual plot started to spontaneously develop overnight last week. So…we’ll see. It will be my first contemporary! (It’s about Youtube! and pizza! and dogs! and social awkwardness!)

nerdfightersdontfightnerds: “ YEAH, PIZZA! (x) ”

I’m trying out Grammarly. So far, I think I like it. Any other users out there?

thoughts
Why does August have 31 days? It completely breaks the pattern. Petition to give that extra day to February, then give Halloween to September and New Years Eve to November. I know that sounds drastic, but everything would make so much more sense.

I always want to reread Harry Potter on September 1st. Here’s to the Hogwarts Express and Sorting Hat!

– Bed, Bath, and Beyond is life-changing. Deacon took me there for the first time earlier this month and oh. my. goodness.
– Hank Green is having a baby and if you haven’t noticed I’m just a little bit excited about it.

– No one should ever, ever space twice between sentences. It’s an archaic practice that originated from the monospacing of typewriters. But we have word processing now so spacing twice isn’t necessary. Or at least, that’s what I thought up until a week ago, when I learned that the current edition of the APA style guide recommends two spaces. Now, my life is a lie.

rex report
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Not the best news. Rex tore a ligament in his other back leg a few weeks ago and has to have surgery. For the first two weeks he struggled with walking and standing up. He is getting better at walking now and is on pain medicine, but he’s back to no walks and no jumping. He’s scheduled to see a surgeon on September 8 and his surgery will most likely be on September 9. Then we’ll go back in eight weeks and he might need a second surgery on his other leg.

I’m planning to do a whole blog post on this, but in the meantime, I’ve set up a GoFundMe to help with the cost of his surgery.

tv shows
The Office
(currently on season 5)

movies
10 Cloverfield Lane (liked it)
Locke (liked it)
Spirited Away (liked it)
Good Will Hunting (rewatch – love it)

books
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (enjoyed most of it)
Apartments by Sarah Marchant (liked it)
All the Bright Places (strongly disliked it)
    
currently reading: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
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Tell me how your August was! For recent graduates, how are you coping? How did you like Cursed Child? Did anyone else loathe AtBP? Can you believe I waited until 2016 to watch Spirited Away? Any fans of Grammarly out there? Let me know all the things!

–Emily
currently listening to: Stand By Me (cover) by Florence + The Machine

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