While in grad school, my casual reading did not exist. Through the manipulative power of gamification, Goodreads has allowed me to change that. The first year I signed up, I read 41 books, which was 40 books more than usual. My goal this year is smaller than when I started out, and I am thinking that it will be smaller in 2018 to make room for some larger text books. That being said, here are the 21 books I read in 2017, in no particular order:
So many good movies coming out! I should be getting my MoviePass any day now and I’m so excited to be let lose at the movies. Star Wars of course is a big one. My company is having screenings of Three Billboards, The Shape of Water, The Post, and The Greatest Showman soon, knocking those off the list. I’m also excited to see Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird. Unfortunately, two theaters in my area are having special screenings on the same night, so I am passing up on Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life in favor of getting to see Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers on the big screen. I also recently passed my yearly goal of seeing 100 films. There were many duplicates (which is fine) but I still definitely saw many, many more in theaters thanks to half price nights, morning matinees, and my amazing library’s stellar collection. I also still need to see the new Hey, Arnold! movie that came out (on TV and online) in November. I’m also super bummed that I missed Wonderstruck while it was in theaters.
A movie I am also particularly excited for that comes out this month is one that I worked on, Ferdinand.
I was one of those people who had been tracking Cuphead for a few years now, bought Cuphead the day it came out….and still hasn’t played it. What the hell? That can be said for a few games I’ve got in my Steam library, but Cuphead is really the big one. That and replaying Kingdom Hearts to get to the new material added in the latest bundle release. Not in a rush to play that one as much, as KH3 still doesn’t have a set release date other than “2018.”
I am so, so close to finishing my GoodReads 20 book challenge this year, but I am not quite there yet. There are a few books/graphic novels that have been on my TBR list all year that I haven’t gotten to, and there are some that are just so dense that they take me ages to get through. One I definitely want to start and finish this year is the new graphic novel The Witch Boy, by Molly Ostertag.
Actually…there aren’t very many events I am interested in this month. In fact, I tend to lay low precisely because of all the craziness the holidays brings with it. One of my best friends will be home this month, so I am hoping to see her a bunch. And I will be taking some vacation days off in between Christmas and New Years–which I usually don’t do–in order to spend more time at home.
I’d really like to dig out some of my old Christmas VHS tapes, some Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Rankin-Bass. Good shit, man.
Writing and Creating!
And by extension, editing. Lots of new things on the horizon, if I can buckle down. Put up or shut up, basically.
Always the planner, never the executioner. That sounds morbid, and sad, but that’s something I definitely have struggled with since the beginning of time, and why I excel at a job where I plan things and am an enabler for others to deliver. With the end of the year comes the slew of year-end prompts and reflections that we’re all suckers for. Top 10 lists, reviewing resolutions and goals made, planning for the future. I’ve been trying to find a new planner (I’m one of those) that I think will best assist me with the different things that I’m working on, and to try to make things as modular during my weekdays as possible. I know that sounds super lame, but not when you’re trying to build routines and work towards bigger goals, which is definitely where I’ve struggled this year.
So I need to just reflect on everything. This blog, my animation site, goals I have, other writing I want to do, videos I want to make, events and places, more dedicated times for things, whether it’s reading or even figuring out consistent gym times (which I think I finally am). I get really good with certain things, like meal planning, for a while at least, and then then simplest thing throws it out of whack and all of that supposed-discipline goes down the shitter. I’m too old for that.
Most Novembers start out really fantastically for me as my birthday is the first of the month. I’m not a big birthday person–just some lowkey quality time is all I need.
The celebration for me started on Halloween though. And started…with doctors appointments. Once that was out of the way, the bf and I drove up to Bear Mountain and walked around by the riverside and visited the on-site museums–things we’ve never done despite frequenting that area. After, we got ramen at a new restaurant that opened downtown before going to the final meeting of the podcasting class I’d been attending at the library. We had a fun Halloween-themed meeting before bidding each other goodbye and heading home.
On the first, I had to go to work. Which was fine–my team actually surprised me with a cake, which was so, so sweet of them. At lunch, they had a screening of the new Studio Ponoc film (distributed by GKids) Mary and the Witch’s Flower. That evening, the bf and I popped over to Cosi for some sandwiches and I rewatched one of my faves, Whisper of the Heart. Some day he’ll stay awake through that film….but this year was not his year.
Speaking of films, this month was decent. Saw the new Thor, which was basically a funnier, more colorful version of the first Thor, Justice League, and saw the Jane Goodall doc, Jane, which was fantastic. Ron Diamond visited work and presented his 19th annual Animation Show of Shows, which is always a delight. Including Mary, Blue Sky screened a number of other GKids releases this month, including Birdboy: The Forgotten Children and The Breadwinner. We also had a Q&A and presentation from the director Nora, as well as a presentation from the man whose job it is to localize the Studio Ponoc (and formerly Ghibli) films. I’ll eventually be writing about all of this over on Animation Complex. I also saw Coco, which I enjoyed a lot, and Loving Vincent. I revisited a few films this month too, that I hadn’t seen in years, like Enchanted and Meet the Robinsons, which still both hold up so well.
Work had been absolutely mental up until right before Thanksgiving, and now we are in the quiet period while waiting for the next steps from the powers that be. A decent amount of OT was worked, which makes shopping for Christmas a little less stressful. This entire year just snuck up on me, so I know Christmas will too.
Thanksgiving did, but it was made much more palatable (especially compared to last years post-election fun : P ) thanks to a couple of friends who joined my family for the holiday.
That’s sort of it to be honest. Bunch a movies and Thanksgiving. The bf and I did take a second trip to Bear Mountain, as the first time we went the zoo was closed, so we got to see the foxes as per our now annual tradition.
October started off with a bang. That seems to happen to me quite often though…going for a long time with nothing going on only to have several big ticket items practically tripping over each other. In this case, it was some of NYC’s finest offerings (for me at least).
I’m pretty sure that the severe delay in posting a recap of last month is all you need to know about how last month was. So here’s a very short, far less formal recap: