So you probably noticed that there wasn't a new post up yesterday. Unsurprisingly, the holidays have hit - and they've hit hard. I don't really know what leisure time is anymore; and no, I'm not exactly complaining. I like being busy! Though this week was a bit too much; hopefully next week won't be as bad.
Because I find myself in the rare position of not having a Weekend Recommendations prepared for today, I thought this would be a great time to do a personal update for the month. And actually, I am going to start trying to do this every month. We'll see how it works out.
Life has been crazy busy. I have finally joined the ranks of the officially employed, and I am happy to call a local bookstore my workplace. Fulfilling my dreams one step at a time. Some of my Readers know that I used to volunteer at a local library, which I've done for nine years. It was hard leaving that behind, but I have always wanted to work at the bookstore I am now employed at, so I couldn't have left the library for a better position. And as all retail workers know, Christmas is a big time for stores, hence why I have been so busy, busy, busy.
However, I have also found one small problem with working at a bookstore. Each day, I am surrounded by new books, most of which I have on my TBR and to-buy lists. I also have money, and the bank is only a literal step away. Guess where all of my income has been going? That's right - books! November was so bad that I had to put myself on a book-buying ban. I have to read five books on my TBR shelf before I can buy a new one. And so far, I am sticking to it pretty well. Oh, I have been sorely tempted these last two days, but I've persevered so far! I only have to last until the end of December, then I will let myself do a rather large book haul as a reward (which I suppose kind of defeats the purpose of a book-buying ban . . .)
Despite being so wonderfully busy, I'm finding time to read. I haven't been writing nearly as much as I would like to, but after working for so long on my first novel, a break probably wouldn't go amiss. I've finally brought my TBR pile down to a pretty manageable size - mostly because I had to return a bunch of library books before I could get to them. But don't worry! I'm still going to review those books; just at a much later date than I initially planned. But this is a good thing! Because now I can start at Square One and actually begin a monthly TBR list. That's right, people - The Reading Hedgehog is officially joining the ranks of Readers who have a planned reading list per month. I should have done this a long time ago!
And of course, I've been up to Christmas preparations! I started my Christmas shopping early, and I'm glad I did. This year is Hedgie's first Christmas! I will do my very best to get some Christmas pictures of him, especially with his prezzies (yes, I bought my hedgehog presents. Just because he's a small mammal doesn't mean he doesn't enjoy Christmas as well). The weather here has been very cold, so whenever I'm off work, he curls up in my sweater pocket while I read in my chair - with a cup of cocoa, of course, and gingerbread.
Other than that, nothing much has been going on! Some of my Christmas plans involve seeing The Nutcracker ballet, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (for the record, I'm seeing it for Martin Freeman, who everyone seems to forget about. And Benedict Cumberbatch, of course, even though he's just doing a voice-over in this installment). There's going to be lots of baking, gift wrapping, and Christmas carols.
What are some of your Christmas plans?