Nevertheless, if I'm writing, I'm keeping my mind under control. It's focused on something innocuous and not flitting off in a dozen directions, and finding two dozen things to be anxious about. Sometimes I wonder if I have Night Time ADD. My thoughts seem to move around in a fairly orderly fashion during the day, but the later it gets, the more restless my mind becomes. I both need and hate therapy, and let the hate win over the need. If I ever get around to letting the need win over the hate, I'll ask if Night Time ADD is a thing. (I doubt it.)
Let's see... matters of interest. How about books! Books are always interesting! I finished one last night, A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews. This was a randomly selected book from the library's table of Blind Date books. I would give it 6 stars if Goodreads would let me. It was an excellent book! The writing was witty, clever and engaging. I've noticed as I read more and varied things, the writing tends to be what hooks me. There are plot themes I enjoy, admittedly, but I will appreciate a well written book on nearly any subject. When I unwrapped A Complicated Kindness and read the synopsis, I thought it sounded good. In fact, I thought it sounded really good, and felt I had gotten pretty lucky in the Blind Date Book lottery. In the end, though, it surpassed my expectations and was better than I had any right to hope for. Though I had not heard of Miriam Toews prior to this, I will definitely be reading anything else of hers I can get my hands on.
Since I had such fabulous luck with the Blind Date Book... and because I like unwrapping shiny packages... I couldn't resist picking up a second one when I dropped off my review card of the first one.
It was just too enticing to leave behind! Once again, like a little kid, I had to tear it open as soon as I got to the car with it. I found The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles by Ken Kuhlken. It's a mystery, and while I don't dislike mysteries, they're also not generally the first thing I reach for. The synopsis makes it sound like noir mystery, though, and that's more intriguing.
There are a couple books in line ahead of it, though. Tonight I started Alice's Tulips by Sandra Dallas. It's on loan to me from a good friend, along with her recommendation. I've read a few books she has suggested previously, and I've loved all of them. So far this one is interesting. It's historical fiction, although not really the kind I'm used to. I managed to lose about 2 hours of time reading it, which I suppose says it's engaging!
And lastly, BBQ 3001. This is one of the jars of spices I bought at Penzeys the other day, and I decided to give it a whirl. I wasn't sure entirely what I wanted to do with it, but was quite positive I didn't want to do anything that required too much effort. That's just how it goes some days. Some days I don't mind putting a little work into a meal, and other days I want it quick and easy. I finally decided to open up a can of chicken broth, pour it into a pan, dump some of the BBQ 3001 in, and use it to poach some chicken breast. Result? Awesome! The BBQ 3001 has a great taste and did a nice job of flavoring the chicken. Now let's hope I have equally good luck with the other blends I bought.
I guess this Sleep playlist on Spotify is doing it's job, since I'm suddenly tired and ready for bed. Sweet dreams, folks!