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March 15, 2020

my library checkout list
posted by soe 11:52 pm

D.C.’s public library gave us the advantage of a couple days’ notice that they were going to close for the rest of the month, which meant that I had the opportunity to add a few things — mostly cookbooks and dvds — to the burgeoning collection of materials I already had checked out.


  • The Big Year (I’m not a huge fan of Steve Martin, Jack Black, or the Wilson brothers singly, let alone in combination, but I’m hopeful.)
  • Rush Hour (I never saw the original movie, but I enjoyed the tv remake that came out a couple years back, which friends assure me was sometimes based line for line on its source material.)
  • Spy (I like Melissa McCarthy and am hopeful this will fall on the silly side of funny, rather than stupid.)
  • Spider-Man, into the Spider-Verse (I have seen it. And loved it. And wanted to see it again.)
  • Charlie’s Angels (We missed it when it was in the theaters last fall, probably due to my volleyball schedule. I know it got terrible reviews. Probably I would have watched it anyway.)
  • Veronica Mars: Season 1 (This is the new tv show. No, we didn’t watch the original tv show and the series is old enough that our library system has all the seasons broken up into multiple dvds, so you can’t really request them and instead have to wander around the various branches searching out the discs you need. We understand the overall concept, if not all the nuance.)
  • Frankie Drake Mysteries. The complete second season
  • The Goldfinch (Honestly, even the preview for this movie made me anxious, but I still wanted to watch it. I just might not have picked it up right now if it hadn’t already been on hold for me.)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 5


  • Sheet Pan Suppers Meatless by Raquel Pelzel
  • Great British Bake Off — Bake It Better. No. 8: Pastry & Patisserie by Joanna Farrow
  • Red Truck Bakery Cookbook by Brian Noyes (All three of these were picked up yesterday, when the urge to start stress baking on a daily basis started rearing its head.)
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean (Yes, I’ve had this out for like six months. Apparently it’ll be mine for at least one more.)
  • Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer (This has also been checked out to me for a while, but I haven’t started it. Guess I have time now…)
  • The First Dinosaur: How Science Solved the Greatest Mystery on Earth by Ian Lendler (Ian was my childhood neighbor and is the first person who introduced me to Tolkein.)

Adult Fiction

  • A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn
  • The Travelers by Regina Porter
  • The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
  • Red Letter Days by Sarah Jane Stratford

YA Fiction

  • Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (I need to find and reread Carry On, and now, apparently, I have time to figure out where my copy is.)
  • I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones (Seems about right for our current situation, although it’s actually about race relations.)
  • Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
  • The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

Middle-Grade Fiction

  • Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
  • Homerooms & Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell
  • Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
  • Roll with It by Jamie Sumner
  • Stargazing by Jen Wang
  • Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya
  • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Do you have materials out from the library to help you through your hours at home?

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state of emergency
posted by soe 1:52 am

D.C. — along with nearly every other city — has responded quickly to the threat of the corona virus, announcing on Friday that schools and libraries would close for at least the next two weeks beginning on Monday. Gatherings of more than 250 people have been ceased, which means most cultural activities have shuttered, although bars remain open.

The universities told their students not to return from spring break and most tourists have wisely also remained home, which makes the region, which should be full of school groups pouring over our sidewalks and amiable suburbanites stopping two steps off the top of the metro escalators to consult their maps, oddly empty.

We were told on Thursday to prepare to work at home for the next two days, although most of us expect that that edict will also expand into April.

If Europe is any indication, this is not the end of the restrictions, but the beginning. Cities are particularly vulnerable for any transmissible illness, because we literally live on top of each other, so it won’t surprise me if we eventually build up to a “don’t leave home unless you’re going to the grocery store or for medical assistance” model.

I know these are reasonable precautions given this illness’ rapid spread, but it is not easy. The whole reason to live in a city is because of its amenities. No one actually enjoys living in the tiny amount of real estate allotted to each of us — and my subterranean dwelling is going to get to me fast once they tell us never to set foot outdoors again.

The one good thing that may come of this is that Rudi and I are going to have to do a serious tidy of the apartment. There’s no way we’re going to be able to function here 24 hours a day 7 days a week in its current state.

But at least we have the internet, right?

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