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Time and Place // 9:00 a.m. at my desk… I hate springing ahead

Eating and Drinking // Peach black tea — I’m almost done with this box, continuing my effort to use up most of my tea stash.

Reading // I spent the entire week with a book I’ve been excited about reading since it came out, The Secretary by Kim Ghattas. The book is a look at Hillary Clinton’s four years as Secretary of State as well as an exploration of how America wields power on the world state. Ghattas is a native of Lebanon, so she brought an interesting perspective to this first-hand account. It was absolutely awesome.

I’m in that place where you finish a great book and then don’t quite know where to go next. I’m leaning towards fiction for an entirely different reading experience, maybe Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi. Or, I might grab one of the other books that arrived in the mail this week, Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

Watching // The boyfriend and I are still enjoying True Detective and I’ve been making my way through The Good Wife. I’ve seen a few scattered episodes of the show, but never watched it all the way through, so that’s exciting. I think I’m going to take a break this week an watch a few episodes of Veronica Mars ahead of going to the movie next Saturday with my sister!

Cooking // The boyfriend and I love stir fry. I usually use those spice packets because they’re easy, but I recently found a super simple, mostly made from pantry staples stir fry recipe from Iowa Girl Eats that I adore. I want to eat it all the time.

Blogging // This week I wrote about why I make book lists (the paradox of choice!) and shared a review of Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala. This week I’m hoping to have a review of Busted by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker and something else… blogging by the seat of my pants continues!

Promoting // This analysis of how the low price for genre fiction may be developing a market for lemons (a situation where price is no longer a reliable indication of quality) is interesting. I also loved this True Detective/Law & Order credits mash-up.

Loving // It’s supposed to get into the 30s and 40s this week… I am so excited for almost spring temperatures!

Waiting // The LA Times Festival of Books finally released the list of participating authors, which is awesome! I am anxiously waiting for the schedule to get posted so I can start making plans for my trip to the festival. (P.S. Do you live in Southern California? Florinda and I want to arrange a book blogger meet up at the FOB!)

Anticipating // My sister and I have tickets to see the Veronica Mars movie on Saturday! As Kickstarter backers of the project, I know we are both excited to see what we helped make happen!

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  • Trisha March 9, 2014, 11:38 am

    At this time of year I am always amused by how excited I get for temps in the 40s as that seems so remarkably,horribly cold when it first starts in the Fall. Now, the 40s seem practically balmy. 🙂

    • Kim March 10, 2014, 9:07 pm

      Those of us in cold climates can be so strange about the weather 🙂

  • Bryan G. Robinson March 9, 2014, 11:53 am

    It got into the 40s here on Friday and the library was fairly empty, which was no surprise. You would have thought spring had arrived.

    Peach black tea? Hmmm. I haven’t heard you mention that before ;). Must be good.

    I can’t wait for some of these shows to come to DVD: True Detective, for example. I really want to see them, but don’t have HBO (no cable either, by choice).

  • Jess - A Book Hoarder March 9, 2014, 12:40 pm

    I’m so excited for Veronica Mars. It’s one show my husband actually enjoyed so we will be going together. I am also getting the urge to read The Secretary.

    • Kim March 10, 2014, 9:08 pm

      I tried to get the boyfriend into Veronica Mars, but he got bored after a few episodes. But Jenny and I have always loved it, so this works out 🙂

  • Sandy March 9, 2014, 12:57 pm

    I don’t know, I might have already said this some other week, but a good friend of mine keeps going on and on about True Detective. We don’t have HBO, so it is going to have to be a DVD thing. It is crazy just how damned good TV has become. I’m completely immersed in House of Cards and Game of Thrones right now. After I’ll take on some new ones. I may never watch another movie again!

    • Kim March 10, 2014, 9:09 pm

      We just finished the finale of True Detective tonight. It was really strange. The acting in the show was rather incredible, but I’m not sure if the story had as much there as the style of the show implied. It was fun to watch though.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) March 9, 2014, 2:55 pm

    Springing forward is so hard for me. I can’t believe you call 30s and 40s spring temperatures. It’s in the 70s here this weekend and it’s glorious!

  • Vasilly March 10, 2014, 12:18 am

    Now you have me curious about The Secretary! It was in the 80s here and while it was a refreshing change, I would love some more winter weather. Enjoy your week.

  • Christy March 10, 2014, 8:17 pm

    My friend and I are going to see the Veronica Mars movie on Friday – we were both Kickstarter backers too. Even if it turns out to not be the greatest movie, I still am excited to watch it on the big-screen, presumably with other VM fans.

    • Kim March 10, 2014, 9:10 pm

      I’m feeling optimistic about the movie. I think even if it’s just average, seeing all of those people on screen and, like you said, with other fans, will be a really fun experience.

  • Kailana March 11, 2014, 12:10 am

    Yay, spring! We are going to Florida on Thursday and I am hoping we are going to come back to nice weather…. 🙂

  • Jeanne March 11, 2014, 7:04 pm

    We have tickets too, even though we get the digital download, as kickstarter backers!

    • Kim March 12, 2014, 7:00 pm

      We’ll get the digital download too, but I think going to see it in the theater is going to be an experience in and of itself!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End March 12, 2014, 8:51 pm

    Yesssss Boy Snow Bird next! I hope that’s what you decided to read next. I loved it.

    I am so excited about Veronica Mars that I am going to New York to see it with my New York friends. I think it will be magical.

    • Kim March 16, 2014, 8:36 pm

      That is so great about the Veronica Mars movie. I hope you loved it. I drove to the Twin Cities to see it with my sister. We adored it.