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January 19, 2020


seems obvious
posted by soe 1:27 am

Seems Obvious

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January 18, 2020


long weekend planning
posted by soe 1:17 am

I have Monday off, which means I get to fill three days with some combination of fun and chores. Here’s some of what I’m thinking that might include:

  • Taking part in the Women’s March. I’m just going to march, not hang around for speechifying, nor take part in the theatrical flash mob singalong they’ve planned.
  • Having a hot drink with Sarah after the March.
  • Finishing some overdue correspondence.
  • Washing laundry.
  • Listening to my audiobook.
  • Putting away the last of the Christmas decorations.
  • Bowling.
  • Baking cookies. Maybe I will make myself a batch of Gramma cookies, since her birthday was today.
  • Doing something with Rudi on Monday after he’s back from coaching.
  • Knitting another row on my shawl.
  • Clearing off my couch and my coffee table.
  • Catching up on some sleep.

What are you thinking about doing this weekend?

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January 17, 2020


removal, civil twilight, and discounts
posted by soe 1:18 am

Indicator Cherries

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. We managed to get our skeletal Christmas tree out of the house with a minimum of fuss.

2. I left the office this evening and it was still light enough out to bike home before dark.

3. We have had some good luck shopping Christmas sales in the last week, picking up inexpensive candy, stationery, lights, and extension cords.

How about you? What’s been beautiful lately in your world?

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January 16, 2020


unraveled and unphotographed in mid-january
posted by soe 1:27 am

This week’s check-in of books and knitting is without a photo because my phone is charging and I am too lazy to go unplug it and to pull out my knitting, which is currently sitting beneath an avalanche-ready pile of laundry on the couch.

So instead, I’ll just tell you. Last weekend I got a row knit on my shawl. That would seem unimpressive (and it is), but since I haven’t done anything besides use its presence as an implement of guilt since September, I’m deeming that success. There is a possibility that I could knit the final row and then bind it off this coming weekend, but let’s not get carried away with things.

On the reading front, I’m listening to Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia. I didn’t finish it on Overdrive, so I took it out on cd, which means I’m way less good about actually listening to it. But I’m enjoying this quest-read about a hospital development researcher (and her friends) who gets caught up in a scavenger hunt/quest game in the wake of a Boston billionaire’s death. I’m more than halfway through and would love to spend some time this weekend listening to it.

On paper, I’ve got two books in progress. Jennifer Chiaverini’s Christmas Bells tells the parallel stories of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow during the Civil War and a contemporary Boston-area music teacher/choirmaster and the organist who is in love with her. It’s fine, but a bit slow-going since chapters alternate between eras and points of view. My other book, We Met in December, is a cute contemporary rom-com, but it, too, is going to shift perspectives. Three books on the go with this literary device is really too many, so maybe I’ll put one on hold and pick up something that can commit to telling a story from a single character’s perspective. I’ve picked up a bunch of the Cybils finalists from the library, so there’s probably at least one of those that doesn’t shift perspective by chapter.

What are you reading and/or crafting these days? (If you want to see what others are working through, head to As Kat Knits for her weekly roundup.)

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January 15, 2020


movies i’m looking forward to
posted by soe 1:40 am

We finally got to see Little Women, which is the movie I’ve most been looking forward to for the last few months. It was utterly delightful. I’m was perfectly happy with the tweaks that were taken with the source material, since overall they were consistent with the story.

But now I need some new movies to look forward to. Here are ten coming out between now and summer that seem promising:

  1. Emma (Yes!)
  2. Onward (Tom Holland and Chris Pratt play brothers in this animated feature0
  3. Sometimes Always Never (A detective film about a love of words? Heck, yeah!)
  4. My Spy (It seems ridiculous to combine a spy with a kid, but I like that kind of ridiculous.)
  5. Mulan (The only live Disney adaptation I’ve been interested in to date has been Beauty and the Beast, but this one looks good. I’m hoping Ming Na has a cameo.
  6. The Lovebirds (“Hilarious murder mystery” sounds promising.
  7. Black Widow (I’ve been waiting for Natasha to get her own film for a decade.)
  8. Dream Horse (A woman decides to breed a racehorse in a Welsh village.)
  9. Artemis Fowl (I should go back and reread the first couple of these middle-grade novels.)
  10. Wonder Woman 1984 (Obviously)
  11. In the Heights (We saw the trailer for this tonight and it looks great!)

What movies (or dvds/streams for those of you who don’t go to the theater) are you looking forward to in the next six months?

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January 14, 2020


top ten bookish discoveries of 2019
posted by soe 1:34 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is bookish discoveries of the past year. I’m choosing to interpret that new-to-me authors I particularly enjoyed:

  1. Comic illustrator Debbie Tung
  2. Author and illustrator Ngozi Ukazu
  3. Fantasy and science fiction novelist Nnedi Okorafor
  4. Author and illustrator Katie O’Neill
  5. Jasmine Guillory, who writes contemporary romance starring African Americans
  6. Linda Holmes, author and NPR host
  7. Author and illustrator Nick Hayes
  8. Writer Jessica Townsend
  9. Author Sonali Dev
  10. Writer Mary H.K. Choi

How about you? What were your bookish discoveries of 2019?

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