I can be a pretty spontaneous person. I'm that friend who suggests we leave Atlanta tomorrow morning and ride out to Nashville, just for the heck of it. Lately, however, I've been one, big, baked couch potato, staying warm and cozy at home during my free time. 

This weekend was different. This weekend, I was all over town... alllll over town. I got out, made moves and jump started my 2014 social life. It felt pretty good, too. Speed go-kart racing happened [pictured], hot yoga happened, lunch & a movie with Mom happened, a hibachi dinner happened [pictured], a tattoo shop visit happened [no new ink for me] and a hookah lounge visit happened. I also managed to run errands, pay bills, grocery shop, check out True Detective on HBO [Matt McConaughey is better than ever] and read an entire book.


Speaking of books, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman, was arguably the best part of this past weekend. I started the prologue on Thursday night, and if I didn't have to get up early Friday morning, I would've pulled an all-nighter flipping through the pages. I've always been an avid reader, but even the best books often have a bit of fluff that I find myself skimming through [Moby Dick, anyone?]. Sometimes it's just a paragraph or two, but other times I'll jump over whole pages. All those excessively elaborate descriptions can put a damper on my "narrative high" sometimes. It's the intense plot progressions that keep me hanging on like an infant to a nipple, and this book did not disappoint in the intensity department. My high never came down, and I could. not. stop. reading. The photo above was taken in the car, right before I started reading again in the Chick Fil A drive-thru lane. Anyone who likes the Magical Realism genre [think Like Water for Chocolate or One Hundred Years of Solitude] will definitely enjoy the story, and I can't recommend it enough.

The four-month delay at my library was worth it, and now I'm off return it and pass the goodness along to the next person on the wait list. Then I'll start looking other works by Mr. Gaiman.