Grumpy Book Grrrl

a writer and reader

Well, I know that it is Friday and normally we have a fun post featuring some pretty freaky subject matters. It’s what we do. It’s how we roll. It’s kinda our “thing.”

But here, in the Deep South, it is HOT y’all.

Like walk-out dry, walk-in dripping sweat, sticky, gross, humid hot. I mean, it has rained every day since like May and my yard has turned into a jungle that we risk at our own peril. On top of that, all the rain has made the gnats horrible and EVERYONE is falling victim to a wonderful summer cold that has to be linked to this icky weather in some way. So as I sit here, cooling under my ceiling fan, valiantly attempting to breathe through my nose, the only thing I can think of is, “Bleh,” and I’m sure I’m not the only one suffering from this miasma of blehness. So for today, instead offering up some freakiness, as was my original intent, I thought I’d be productive and offer up some easy ways that I have found to help beat back these summertime blues.


Listen to an audio book

Sometimes, especially when it’s hot enough to melt the trash bag to the front walk (which is what happened to my son today taking out the trash–wtf?), the heat can suck all of the energy right out of you…even the little bit of energy that’s required to read a book. Instead, try listening to an audiobook. It literally requires almost zero effort.

Play a board game

This is something we’ve done a bit of this summer. For some reason my husband and my children LOVE monopoly. Go figure. We’ve also played Farkle, Oregon Trail, Uno, GURPS, cards, and I just purchased Yahtzee today. We get pretty competitive. My son even dressed in his “landlord” clothes to play monopoly and now wants a top hat and a monocle. I guess Mr Moneybags is kind of his idol.

(my kid’s take on a “landlord” outfit)

Take up a new hobby

Ha! Start a blog! I work full time, am a full time student, not to mention have a full house that I am sorta kinda responsible for. So what did I do over summer break? Why, started blogging of course!  It helps to fill the time that’s not already filled with all the other things. In a few weeks classes start back so we’ll see where it goes from there. But in the meantime, the key thing is to try to do something that is fun and is actually an escape from the tedium of the bleh stuff. In my opinion, a hobby shouldn’t feel like work.

Do something you’ve been meaning to do but keep putting off

Last weekend we FINALLY went through an escape room. We kept saying to each other, “Hey, we should totally do an escape room” and then we’d promptly find reasons not to. Last weekend we bit the bullet, invited friends, and went and escaped the hell out of that cell and solved the crime. Not only that, but we beat the standing time record. We had a blast! I’m super happy we finally got our shit together and went.

Netflix and chill

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No, seriously. Get your butt in a breezy tank and shorts, lay back with a nice cold something something to drink, and just watch Netflix and chill. Take the time to discover a new favorite show or catch up on one you forgot you loved 2 seasons ago. It’s okay, I promise.

Explore your local treasures

Be adventurous. Take the plunge and step into that new shop you’ve been eyeing. Visit the farmer’s market or your local community flea market. My daughter has become interested in the paranormal so the other day we took a trip to a locally known haunted cemetery (see above pic.)  We plan to visit a haunted restaurant in our area soon, and we even discovered there is a paranormal convention being held here in September. Guess who now has plans to attend? Yep, that’d be us. Cool stuff to be found right at home.

Alright, so those are a few things I’ve done this summer in an attempt to defeat the funk. Lame, I know, but there it is. What are some things you guys do? I’d seriously love to know!

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Next Friday I promise we’ll post some freaky shit for all you weirdos. Until next time, MacHalo lovers.

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