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currently January 26 2014

Briefly // The weather has managed to throw wrenches into my plans twice this week. I was supposed to drive to Minneapolis on Wednesday afternoon for the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention, but a blizzard warning all day kept me at home until Thursday morning. I was planning to stay until Sunday — hanging out with friends and family — but a blizzard warning today prompted me to head home last night. While that leaves me with an unexpected Sunday to myself, I’m disappointed I missed time with people I care about. Welcome to winter in the country.

Time and Place // 1:45 p.m. at my desk in Morris

Eating and Drinking // Freeze dried pineapples and some peach black tea

Reading // I got very little reading done this week, but I did manage to finish The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud this morning. I have to think a bit about what I want to say about it, but it was definitely a good read. I’m not sure what I’ll pick up this afternoon — perhaps Marketplace of the Marvelous by Erika Janik for a paid review or Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco because Chris Hedges is scheduled to give a convocation at the local university on Tuesday.

Watching // I finished the first season of Arrow and have started making my way through the second season. My sister also informed me that Veronica Mars is available on Amazon Prime… so I may switch to a rewatch of that show!

Listening // I started Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman (I almost wrote “Ron Swanson” there…) on one of my drives this weekend. It’s pretty great, if you’re into Libertarian politics and don’t mind a liberal amount of cursing, but also a little disjointed.

Blogging // I didn’t mean to fall off the blogging bandwagon last week, but the weather and traveling ruined the plans I had to write during the week. I’m hoping to use much of this afternoon to write ahead a few posts, but since I’m not traveling at all in February I think it’ll be a better month.

Promoting // Cindie at Nonfictionado is hosing a President’s Day Reading Challenge, which sounds so fun! Since she’s also opened up the challenge to books about world leaders, I’m thinking about reading Elizabeth the Queen, a biography of Queen Elizabeth II by Sally Bedell Smith that I bought last year.

Hating // The weather, obviously. The view from my living room is depressing.

Loving // I’ve been working to finish up my journaling and thinking about my One Little Word for this year. To keep my word visible, I ordered some letterpress stamps that are sitting on my desk. I love them.

Avoiding // The outside?

Anticipating // Although I love the things I get to do in January, I’m excited that I will be home more on February. I feel like it’s going to be a month of getting settled and really focusing on the routines I want to build for this year.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Bryan G. Robinson January 26, 2014, 3:38 pm

    We’re not having blizzards here. It’s just cold and hard to get motivated to do much of anything. I went out today, but almost wish I hadn’t…except for the wings I picked up while I was out there. Tonight, I think my wife and I are going to end up curling under a blanket and catching up on Downton Abbey or some other shows. Reading? Accused, the 12th in the Rosato & Associates series, by Lisa Scottoline. Good so far and nice to see Scottoline get back to this series after a few standalones (that I didn’t read, because I really like this series).

    • Kim January 26, 2014, 9:19 pm

      The cold does make it hard to be motivated! At least I didn’t have anywhere to go today! Sounds like you had a nice evening!

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) January 26, 2014, 3:47 pm

    I am so over winter but am thankful that we haven’t had snow. There was ice on our ponds, though. I am dreaming of summer. Stay warm!

  • Rory January 26, 2014, 3:48 pm

    I love the letterpress you ordered. And I dislike your winter weather for you. I am contemplating a move to Vermont, but one of the cons is how cold and snowy it is (compared to Colorado, which is warm-ish and snowy).

    • Kim January 26, 2014, 9:21 pm

      I wouldn’t mind warm-ish and snowy, these sub-zero temps can be harsh!

  • Kim January 26, 2014, 3:55 pm

    Wow. Weather has been pretty nice here the last couple of weeks. Cold but clear. We’re supposed to get storms next week though.

  • Kelly January 26, 2014, 5:02 pm

    I hate the weather toooo!!! It’s just as snowy and miserable here in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Kailana January 26, 2014, 5:44 pm

    As I said on the blog post you read, my reading is all over the place. It is common for January but I was hoping it wouldn’t be the case because my 2013 reading year was kind of quiet. It doesn’t help so many new books come into my house at the end of December/beginning of January!

    • Kim January 26, 2014, 9:22 pm

      I’ve kept the new books pretty under control, I think, but I still haven’t read as many of my own books as I wish I had. That’ll need to be a priority soon.

  • Diane@BibliophilebytheSea January 26, 2014, 5:53 pm

    The weather has been so awful and freezing cold – I havn’t gotten exercise in over a week.

  • Lu January 26, 2014, 6:27 pm

    No blizzards here, but I haven’t seen snow stick around this long since I was in college and VA had a couple of unusual winters. And ugh the cold. I was supposed to go on a business trip on Monday and Tuesday, but ended up coming home early on Monday night, because I was worried about driving through rural MA and CT in the snow. I’m definitely not good at driving in the snow! I really enjoyed The Emperor’s Children when I listened to it on audio a few years ago. Here’s to a much more relaxing Feb!

    • Kim January 26, 2014, 9:24 pm

      Or sounds like a smart idea to head home early. I’m glad I left my parents’ a day early — we’re under a no travel advisory now, it’s crazy!

  • susan January 26, 2014, 9:29 pm

    Sorry about the weather there; that’s rough. Ugh. Winter is long here in western Canada so I know what you’re talking about. Take a breather. Regroup. I’m going to try the new Chang-Rae Lee novel. Cheers.

  • Vasilly January 26, 2014, 10:12 pm

    Read the Sacco book! I’m mainly saying that since I haven’t read it yet and it’s been on my list forever. 😉 The weather out there looks fierce! Stay warm.

    • Kim January 27, 2014, 7:54 pm

      I started that one this morning. but it was too political for my mood right now. I may change my mind after I see him give a speech tomorrow though!

  • Ciska @ Ciska's Book Chest January 27, 2014, 2:11 am

    That weather does look terrible! *hands over some more tea* I hope it gets better soon.

  • Athira January 27, 2014, 11:05 am

    We’re also expecting some worse weather this week before things finally warm up (for a few days) and then there’s more cold weather after that. I typically love winters but I’ve never been in freezing weather until this season.

    • Kim January 27, 2014, 7:55 pm

      This winter has been brutal. It’s just been so consistently freezing, worse than usual, I’d say.

  • Carrie January 27, 2014, 12:46 pm

    DO read Elizabeth the Queen. It was one of my favorite reads last year. I’ve made it my mission in life to promote that book.

    I’m in the “we’ve had enough winter” boat, too. I’m not far from you–Eau Claire, WI–and folks in my area were asked to keep their heat at 60 degrees until further notice. Even though it’s -15 outside. No relief!

    • Kim January 27, 2014, 7:56 pm

      Good to know! I checked out the ebook from the library so I don’t have to lug around the paperback — hopefully that will prompt me to pick it up!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End January 27, 2014, 6:20 pm

    Sorry the weather’s depressing you! Poor you! We’re having a snow day tomorrow without any snow — it’s just ice, ice, ice, in sheets coating all our cars and bridges and interstates, and no civic infrastructure for un-iceing anything. :/

    • Kim January 27, 2014, 7:56 pm

      Ewww, that sounds truly horrible. I hope you are safe inside while the ice is making things miserable.

  • Andi @ Estella's Revenge January 28, 2014, 3:13 pm

    Wow! I’m sorry the weather ruined your plans. It’s crazy, isn’t it??

  • Jennine G. February 1, 2014, 12:12 am

    Sorry about the weather ruining your plans. I had the exact same problem that weekend…I was supposed to attend the ALA conference in Philly. Stupid snow!