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currently april 5 2014

Time and Place // 9:30 p.m. on Saturday in my office. Normally I sit down and write these posts on Sunday mornings, but I need to take a trip to the Twin Cities on Sunday to see my family. Rather that skipping a second week in a row, I’m drafting this Saturday night — that’s as close to “currently” as I’m going to get this week.

Eating and Drinking // Cheez-Its and tea

Reading // As I mentioned in my March wrap-up post, it’s been a strange few weeks of reading… or rather, not reading. Since I last updated I’ve finished two books, The $11 Billion Year by Anne Thompson (a look at a year in the film industry) and The Remedy by Thomas Goetz (a story about the fight to cure tuberculosis). Both were excellent, and I’m hoping to get reviews up this week.

I’m not quite sure what I’ll be reading next. I have a copy of Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman from the library (fiction about a young, female war veteran), but I’m also thinking about grabbing The Humor Code by Peter McGraw and Joel Warner (nonfiction about what makes things funny).

Watching // I’ve been pretty much mainlining episodes of The Good Wife — I’m already into season four! I need to cut back, but man, is this show good.

Listening // I’m slowly making my way through The Martian by Andy Weir, which is just awesome.

Blogging // This week I posted my March reading wrap-up with a look to April and 12 excellent true stories by authors of color. I don’t quite have a blogging plan for this week, but I am hoping to share a little bit about my plans for the LA Times Festival of Books next weekend!

Loving // Last weekend I helped out at a literary festival at the college in my town that I’ve been helping to organize since last spring. It was an amazing event, especially because the writers we brought to campus were so excellent — Rachael Hanel, Debra Monroe, Matt Hart, Joanna Scott and Jake Lloyd and Anthony Wayne. They were the most generous and thoughtful people throughout the weekend.

Hating // One fun part of this week was taking Hannah to the vet for what I can only describe as the cat flu. The sickness and the vet were unpleasant for both of us, but she seems to be on the mend.

Avoiding // I still haven’t filed my taxes. I hate doing it and will probably put it off for several more days… especially since I will probably owe some money.

Wishing // There was an unexpected, untimely death in my extended family this week, which is the reason for my quick trip home. I deeply wish for some solace and comfort for all of my relatives.

Anticipating // Given the fact that we had snow in Minnesota this week, I am even more excited for the beautiful weather anticipated in Los Angeles next weekend. I am flying out to LA on Friday morning and have a jam-packed weekend planned. It’s going to be awesome. Now I just need to get a bunch of work done before I go!

Happy Sunday, everyone. What are you reading today?

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  • Tanya Patrice April 6, 2014, 8:00 am

    Ooh I love The Good Wife. This season is just as good, so slow down, pace yourself. This show needs to be savored 🙂

    • Kim April 7, 2014, 9:21 pm

      I should really slow down a bit. Maybe after vacation — being without tv for a few days — I’ll be able to pace better!

  • Bryan G. Robinson April 6, 2014, 9:12 am

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss in your family — and the taxes too. We seem to always owe money, especially on the federal front, no matter how hard we try. Glad, though, your cat is on the mend and for your trip to L.A. and better weather.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End April 6, 2014, 10:27 am

    I’m so sorry to hear there was a death in your family. I’ll be thinking of you and your kin this week.

    The Good Wife IS good. I think it fell off a little in the fourth season, but the current season has just been insanely good — I’m back to watching it live, and I’m crazy about it. I’m just sad it’s getting preempted today! I was all set to watch it!

    • Kim April 7, 2014, 9:22 pm

      I’ve read a few posts on some of the current season dramatics, so I know a bit what is coming, and I am excited to see it!

  • Vasilly April 6, 2014, 11:56 am

    There’s some good and some bad in your upcoming week. I hope your family find some solace this week too with their loss. I also hope you’re able to get everything done so you can enjoy yourself out here this weekend. Make sure to take lots of pictures. 🙂

    • Kim April 7, 2014, 9:23 pm

      I am working so hard to get everything done before I leave so I can enjoy time away rather than worry about what I’m not doing. I need that mental break.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) April 6, 2014, 2:29 pm

    Ugh, I hate taxes too. I went down to do my mom’s last week and think it’s just ridiculous that she still has to file a return.

  • Kelly from Readlately.com April 6, 2014, 9:46 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss!

  • Jeanne April 7, 2014, 7:15 am

    Aw. I always love a photo of Hannah!

    • Kim April 7, 2014, 9:23 pm

      She is a photogenic cat 🙂

  • Jennine G. April 7, 2014, 8:45 am

    I can relate to the couple of weeks of lessened reading. The world has gone mad I guess! I almost picked up The Martian Saturday because everyone has great things to say. But I’m making myself stick to my ARCs and TBRs!

    • Kim April 7, 2014, 9:24 pm

      I’m looking forward to listening to some of that book on the plane this weekend. I think it’ll be a good ditraction.

  • Courtney April 7, 2014, 2:14 pm

    Working on two books right now. A theology book on vocation – The Call by Os Guinness – and my big, fat, nerdy fantasy book – Battle by Michelle West.

  • Athira April 7, 2014, 5:51 pm

    The LA festival sounds great! Hope you have pictures and posts for us! We finished our taxes last week, phew! After postponing it for a while.

  • Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf April 8, 2014, 11:51 am

    I really enjoyed The Remedy, can’t wait to hear your thoughts on that one!

  • susan April 10, 2014, 3:12 pm

    The Good Wife is a great show. Keep it up. I’m just now starting The Martian and hope to dig it. Also I want to read the novel Be Safe I Love You because it sounds good. Enjoy your reading. http://www.thecuecard.com/

  • Kailana April 11, 2014, 12:37 pm

    I hope you love The Martian! I did and went and got the audio to reread it at some point this year. 🙂