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currently june 8 2014

Briefly // The boyfriend started a new, full time job at a manufacturing facility here in town, which means he’s up early in the morning and not working on nights and weekends anymore. It’s a transition for both of us, but I’m excited about it.

Time and Place // 9:45 a.m. at my desk

Eating and Drinking // Cranberry Blood Orange Tea, blueberry Greek yogurt, strawberries

Reading // It’s been a quiet reading week. I think seeing the pile of books from Book Expo America sitting on my desk (37, if I am counting correctly) has put me into those READ ALL THE THINGS modes where I flip between books without really getting anywhere. When I have been able to sit down, I’ve been picking through On Such a Full Sea by Change-Rae Lee (from the library!), Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty (Sept. 15 from W.W. Norton), and The Crossword Century by Alan Connor (July 10 from Gotham). I’m hoping to find time to just sit and finish a book this afternoon.

Watching // My sister and I are rewatching Merlin this summer. We got through the first four seasons a couple of years ago, but then were too sad about the show ending to watch the fifth season. Jenny finally decided to just go for it and I’m copying her. Other than that, I’m trying to cut back on television for the summer… so not much to report!

Listening // I finished a wonderful, frustrating, outrageous audio book this week — Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff. I loved LeDuff’s style of outraged, gonzo journalism, even as my heart was breaking for the situation in Detroit. It’s a good one and works quite well on audio.

Blogging // This week I shared my May reading wrap-up and looked ahead to June. I also shared my first recap from BEA. If all goes well today, I’ll get my BEA books post and my second recap post ready to go, along with a review of… something. I’m not sure what yet.

Promoting // I thought this post from NPR Monkey See — Do Female-Named Hurricanes Need to Lean In? — was hilarious. And this post from the Feminist Texan — On Divergent, Sex and Assault — interrogates a part of that movie that I found really troubling.

Loving // It’s been a really beautiful week in Minnesota. We had a bit of rain, but when the sun has been out it’s been gorgeous. I feel like I should just change this particular prompt to “Reacting to the Weather.”

Hating // I finally got back to the gym yesterday after way too many weeks off. It was good, but wow, am I sore today!

Avoiding // We’re having friends over for a game night tomorrow, so we need to get our house cleaned up. It shouldn’t take too long, once we get started.

Anticipating // I love the feeling of Sunday just stretching out in front of me. I’d really like to get myself organized today — get books put away, get a plan for the blog in place, and get started on all of the books I am excited to be reading!

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  • bermudaonion (Kathy) June 8, 2014, 11:04 am

    My brother-in-law is from Detroit and his family still lives there. They were just up there and my sister said it is sad indeed.

    My BEA books came Wednesday but I haven’t had time to do anything with them or write my BEA posts because I worked all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I’m heading back to work now – maybe I can write a post tonight.

    • Kim June 9, 2014, 9:36 pm

      I finally caught up with BEA posts this weekend, which feels good, although now I’m behind on writing reviews! Do we bloggers ever catch up?

  • Belle Wong June 8, 2014, 5:45 pm

    I always think that’s one of the nicest things about having people over – we have to clean house, and the place is nice and sparkling for a few days after! The Divergent article looks interesting – will pop over now for a read.

    • Kim June 9, 2014, 9:37 pm

      I do really love how clean our house is today — company is about the only time we really spend time vacuuming (embarrassing confession!).

  • Athira June 8, 2014, 5:46 pm

    When I’m in one of those transition weeks, I get annoyed because the routine is disrupted and nothing is going to plan. I hope you get to settle down soon!

    • Kim June 9, 2014, 9:38 pm

      I’m excited for us to figure out a new normal with this new job. The first week went smoothly, we’ll see how week two goes.

  • Christy June 8, 2014, 5:59 pm

    I remember someone on Pop Culture Happy Hour pointing out the difference in the Divergent film on that scene, and I was like, oh yeah. wow. When I was watching the movie, I remember laughing a little when that scene began because I remembered how it was in the book, and that it was an embarrassing moment for the protagonist. I remember others in the theater laughing a little too and I presume for the same reason. But then it turned into something else, and that is troubling that they changed the tone so much.

    • Kim June 9, 2014, 9:39 pm

      It’s a weird change. I guess rape is easier to convey, or something, than the idea of being afraid of intimacy. But I love that the way Tris beats that is to take control with her body and her wants — it’s a healthy message you don’t get in the way they redid it.

  • Kelly from Readlately.com June 8, 2014, 7:50 pm

    All those books! Swoon 🙂

  • Trisha June 8, 2014, 9:22 pm

    Heading over to read the Divergent article. And I am the worst with putting off housework; I so very much dislike cleaing.

  • Anita June 8, 2014, 9:49 pm

    So funny you should mention flipping around books, because I had been that way about all the June books publishing that I want to read and review, and then…boom I read 2 almost 3 books this past week!! I also sent some books to my best friend and she’s going to write some guest reviews with me.
    Hope you have a great week coming up, can’t wait to read more of your BEA posts.

    • Kim June 9, 2014, 9:43 pm

      I think I need to get all of my books shelved and organized — one they’re off my desk I think i will be less distracted and pressured by them. That’s the hope, anyway!

  • Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf June 9, 2014, 12:45 am

    Ahhhh that “read all the things” feeling is so discombobulating! I feel that way just looking at all of you guys’ BEA posts! 😉

    I kind of hadn’t realized (or had forgotten) that you’re in Minnesota. I did a concert tour in Faribault and St. Paul/Minneapolis in college. LOVED IT up there. So much.

    • Kim June 9, 2014, 9:44 pm

      Minnesota is lovely, for a few months of the year. We’re in the beautiful time right now and so I’m trying to soak up as much summer as I can.

  • Jennine G. June 9, 2014, 10:20 am

    I totally understand the overwhelming-ness of piles of books! I lay in bed and stare at my pile, dreaming of it, and I think it works against me in the long run. But that doesn’t stop me from making a pile of books at my bedside…or three piles, as it is now.

    • Kim June 9, 2014, 9:45 pm

      I try to keep the piles away from my nightstand. For now, all the books are piled near my desk — I need to make space on the shelves!

  • Bryan G. Robinson June 9, 2014, 2:56 pm

    So no pressure :), but were you able to finish a book, and if so, which one?

    • Kim June 9, 2014, 9:45 pm

      I didn’t finish one, but I did make good progress with On Such a Full Sea. I think I’ll finish it in a couple of days.

  • Andi @ Estella's Revenge June 9, 2014, 3:49 pm

    Those moods where ya flip back and forth through a variety of books without making headway are ALMOST as frustrating as a slump. I’m there right now.

    • Kim June 9, 2014, 9:45 pm

      It’s so frustrating! I want to be reading, but I just can’t settle into a story. Ugh.

  • Words for Worms June 9, 2014, 9:49 pm

    I spy body pump gear! I could barely walk for a good 3 days after my first class, I feel you!

    • Kim June 10, 2014, 8:21 pm

      Yep, that’s the class! When I was going regularly, I didn’t hurt too badly. I’ve been away for a few weeks and am still sore three days later!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End June 10, 2014, 2:31 pm

    Glad you’re promoting that post from The Feminist Texan. I haven’t seen Divergent (mixed reviews put me off), but I agree that the aspect of the movie she brings up is no good. I remember quite liking that passage from the book. :/

    • Kim June 10, 2014, 8:22 pm

      It’s an awesome section, and such a good message about sex and bravery and all of those things.

  • Jennifer June 24, 2014, 9:25 pm

    My boyfriend also just got a new job which has created some interesting changes and adjustments for us.