Friday Five (10/4/2013)

1. It's the beginning of October somehow and I'm writing this blog post from a brand-new laptop. I woke up one morning, intending to print off an essay that was due and maybe write a bit before class... and my trusty old Betsy (yes, I named my Dell Betsy) wouldn't turn on. I rushed it to the computer doctor, and he told me that there would be no reviving the old girl. So here I am, with a fancy touch-screen contraption that I'm scared of and slightly excited about and more than a little resentful towards. This computer feels like a... Philip. I don't know why. Here's to a long and fruitful relationship, Philip.
2. NaNoWriMo. Come on, you know I had to bring it up. November is right around the corner and the time is coming when we all disregard inconsequential things like hygiene and food for the sake of pounding out 50,000 words in thirty days. I'm definitely going to try again, "try" being the key word as I've never actually succeeded at this. Anyone else planning on being crazy with me this year?
3. I've actually been reading lately, and I've stumbled across some great ones. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. So sweet and funny and painful. I loved it so much that I went out and bought Rainbow's next book, Fangirl. I also just consumed Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. This one made me nervous, because I couldn't get into it right away. But about halfway though, guys, the story picks up and it's just addicting. Last but not least, I finished Wild Awake by Hilary Smith. This book was, in a word, crazy. It truly felt like I was unraveling with the main character. It's so beautifully written and I loved it. What have you been reading?
4. There are so many good things on TV this fall. Someone should come and take my cable away so I actually get things done. Hello, New Girl and Scandal and Vampire Diaries and Nashville. I love-hate you all. Anyone else watching with me?
5. My great-grandfather passed away yesterday morning. He was 104 years old. It's strange to think of a world without him in it, and I know that this Thanksgiving I'll keep looking at his empty chair in the living room and feel that pang. I'll never forget Elmer Sutton and he will be so, so missed.
Hope you have a great week, guys.