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September 24, 2020


post-tdf unraveling
posted by soe 1:35 am

Welcome to Wednesday, when it’s time to share what we’re reading and crafting.

Today I’m not doing that. I’m exactly in between that and am giving photographic evidence of that limbo:

Post-TdF Unraveling

Here we have Reyna, my Tour de France Knitalong project, off the needles. I still need to weave in my two ends and block it, but that’s what the weekend is for. I’ve not picked up another project to work on yet.

We also have Love Lettering, by Kate Clayborn, which I picked up at the library tonight. I haven’t started it yet, but might take it with me to the beach tomorrow.

Head over to As Kat Knits for the weekly roundup.

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September 23, 2020


sweet movie recommendation
posted by soe 9:44 am

It really helps when you hit publish after writing a post…


While I sometimes share movie recommendations that I adore, I don’t often pass along tips for movies I see that I like.

Last night we watched The Big Year, which came out nearly a decade ago. The movie stars Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Steve Martin as three avid birders, attempting to break the record for how many birds they can see in the U.S. over the course of a year. It also includes John Cleese as our David Attenborough-esque narrator.

I grabbed the movie back in March as the library was getting ready to shut down for the pandemic, desperately looking for something that wouldn’t be terrible to watch. But I was hesitant. Each of these actors is perfectly capable of greatness, but they also have a reputation for going over the top in some roles, which tend to leave me feeling detached from their movies.

I’m pleased to report that The Big Year is not one of those films. Each of the actors does a good job with his role — Wilson as the current record holder who has promised his wife that they can start a family, Martin as a retiring CEO whose wife sends him off to pursue his big dream, and Black as a divorced, mid-career programmer with modest savings and a father and boss who neither understand nor especially support his passion project.

The movie follows the men (and the cast of characters they meet again and again) over the course of a year as they range from a barely accessible outpost on an Alaska island to the coast of Texas after a hurricane with brief stops back home to sort out what’s going on there.

I recommend you look for The Big Year wherever you watch older movies.

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September 22, 2020


top ten fall 2020 reads
posted by soe 1:47 am

It’s time for my favorite seasonal list this week at That Artsy Reader Girl — the top ten books on my autumn to-be-read list.

This fall, it’s a combination of new releases from old favorites, seasonally slanted books (spookier reads, Latinx characters, and political themes), and topical titles I’ve recently bought:

  1. Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas
  2. Jasper Fforde’s The Constant Rabbit
  3. Brandy Colbert’s The Voting Booth
  4. The Night Country by Melissa Albert
  5. Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya
  6. Sandra Cisneros’ A House of My Own: Stories from My Life
  7. Zadie Smith’s Intimations
  8. So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  9. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  10. Aiden Thomas’ Cemetery Boys

How about you? What are you looking forward to reading this fall?

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September 20, 2020


saturday night song: ‘carried me with you’
posted by soe 1:13 am

“Carried Me with You” is the song that plays over the credits of Onward, the latest film from Pixar. Brandi Carlisle, who sings it, wrote it with her bandmates, twins Phil and Tim Hanseroth.

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September 17, 2020


mid-september unraveling
posted by soe 1:55 am

Here is today’s haul of books from the library. Apparently I was going for face books by non-American authors in my book requests. Any nominations for which I should start first?

Mid-September Unraveling

I don’t know if it’s just seasonal allergies kicking in or a temporary malaise because of passing the six-month mark since shutdown or the noticeably earlier sunsets, but I’ve just been really tired this week.

And it shows with my Tour de France shawl, which has not grown much since the weekend. I’m going to have to up my pedal stroke (or at least stay awake) if I want to be on the medal stand in Paris on Sunday.

Head over to As Kat Knits to see what other people are knitting and reading.

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September 15, 2020


favorite 2020 covers so far
posted by soe 1:33 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl invites to post about covers. I gave a brief thought about trying to be clever and post about either book adaptations or about songs about books, but I figured I’d need those for a future Tuesday topic and then I’d regret playing things loose and fast tonight.

So instead I’ll share with you my four favorite covers of things I’ve been read so far this year:


The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Oona Out of Order

Maggy Garrisson

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