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currently november 23 2014

Time and Place | About 8:30 a.m. at my desk, nothing special here.

Eating and Drinking |  Black tea.

Reading | I had another slow reading week. I finished Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand yesterday morning, but that’s it. I haven’t decided what I want to read next, but I got several good choices in the mail this week: The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum (part of Bex’s Nonfiction Book Swap), Grim Legacies by Jack Zipes (from Princeton University Press), The Lonely War by Nazila Fathi (from Basic Books) and The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (the November Riot Read). And there are still a bunch of books on my Nonfiction November reading list that I haven’t read yet… so many choices!

Watching | I’m still working my way through Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix. I’m going to be sad when I’m caught up with all of the available episodes. We also went to see Mockingjay: Part I last night — I really enjoyed it! I don’t think they needed to make the book into two movies, but I liked the stuff they added to flesh this one out and where they chose to break the book.

Listening | I’m going to try to start listening to Serial, a true crime podcast that everyone seems to be raving about. It seems like something that’ll be right up my alley.

Making | I worked on a couple of crochet cowls this week. I don’t have any finished pictures — no willing models — but I’ll try to get some up in a week or two.

Cooking | I’m in charge of bringing rolls and condiments (pickles and olives) to Thanksgiving dinner this week. I’m thinking about making these Sweet Potato Biscuits as an experiment.

Blogging | This week I shared some thoughts on diversity in nonfiction as part of Nonfiction November. I also put up a post on The Restless Sleep by Stacy Horn, one of our Nonfiction November readalongs. Work was crazy again this week, so I’m woefully behind on comments… that’s my project for this afternoon.

Promoting | Rebecca (I’m Lost in Books) was the host for this week of Nonfiction November, a discussion of diversity and nonfiction. Her wrap up has a ton of great posts to click though. Katie (Doing Dewey) will be the host for our final week, so make sure to check out her blog tomorrow.

Hating/Loving | I got new glasses this week, which was good and bad. I had a terrible headache the first day I wore them, but it’s better now. I’m not a person who likes to change things, so they’ve taken some getting used to… but I think I love them.

Life Hacking | When I got home from work on Friday I spent about an hour cleaning our house (doing the dishes, sorting laundry, picking up clutter in the living room, clearing off the top of my dresser) before we went out with some friends. I’ve done this Friday evening tidy up for about a month now and I absolutely love it. It’s awesome waking up on Saturday morning and not having to immediately start in on chores.

Wanting | After 11 days where the temperature didn’t get above freezing (horrible), things warmed up this weekend. We’re going to hit 40 degrees today! I want it to stay this warm, but I don’t think that will happen.

Anticipating | I’m so excited to spend Thanksgiving with my family! The boyfriend and I are leaving Wednesday after work and staying with my parents until Sunday. It’s going to be wonderful.

Happy Sunday! What are you reading today?

Updated to Add | I almost forgot! A post I wrote for Book Riot was shared by Reading Rainbow — a personal highlight of the week.

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  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes November 23, 2014, 9:00 am

    Ooh, you’re going to love Serial!

    I love the cowl you’re making. I love knitting, but I haven’t worked up the nerve to try using two colors yet.

    • Kim November 25, 2014, 8:46 pm

      I haven’t managed to pick up knitting yet… crochet is just so much easier for me I haven’t really bothered practicing.

  • Bryan G. Robinson November 23, 2014, 11:19 am

    My wife and I just discovered Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. We’ve only watched one so far, but already we’re hooked.

    I can relate to the headache of new glasses, but also then the joy of being able to see better than I did previously. It does take some adjustment. By the way, they look good. 🙂

    • Kim November 25, 2014, 8:47 pm

      Thanks! They are growing on me, just taking some time to adjust to the color and (very slightly) different shaped frames.

  • Meg November 23, 2014, 1:14 pm

    How exciting to get a call-out from Reading Rainbow! That’s awesome. And yes, so excited for Thanksgiving! We’re hosting this year and I’m a little nervous, but we got our big grocery run over with this morning and, though I’m much poorer, I feel far better prepared. 🙂

    • Kim November 25, 2014, 8:47 pm

      I may have squealed. I loved that show as a kid. I’m sure your first Thanksgiving is going to go swimmingly, but good luck anyway 🙂

  • Nupur November 23, 2014, 2:15 pm

    I enjoyed Miss Fisher! I’m reading a completely fun yet intelligent book: What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe.

    • Kim November 25, 2014, 8:48 pm

      That sounds so fun!

  • susan November 23, 2014, 3:39 pm

    Good to hear about Mockingjay. I’d be interested to hear what you thought of Seabiscuit. I saw the Seabiscuit movie but haven’t read the book. Thanks for stopping by my site today. Cheers. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Kim November 25, 2014, 8:48 pm

      I think I saw the movie… but I can’t remember anything about it. I want to watch it again though.

  • Anita November 23, 2014, 5:01 pm

    I have been meaning to begin listening to Serial too. So many people are talking about it.
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday….sounds perfect.

    • Kim November 25, 2014, 8:48 pm

      As long as our drives goes smoothly, it should be awesome.

  • Sandy November 23, 2014, 6:29 pm

    I just got new glasses too, last weekend. It took me a few days to get used to the new strength. I like yours, they look great! I downloaded the first episode of Serial to listen to, but good Lord I have so many audios. We will see if I get to that. I HAVE heard really great things about it.

    • Kim November 25, 2014, 8:49 pm

      I’m thinking we may listen to Serial in the car while were driving home for Thanksgiving… I think the shorter lengths will be good for the time of our car ride.

  • Jennine G. November 24, 2014, 8:41 am

    Your writing shared by Reading Rainbow is awesome! We hit 60 degrees in Ohio yesterday and it was like a miracle.

    • Kim November 25, 2014, 8:49 pm

      60 degrees!? That sounds beautiful 🙂

  • Jenny @ Reading the End November 25, 2014, 10:09 am

    Gaaah, I need to get new contact lenses myself. I’ve been noticing deterioration in vision in my right eye (grrrrr, but it’s justified — I did it to myself with all this cross-stitching), and I need to get back to my eye doctor to have a new prescription. Bah.

    Grimm Legacies me too! I have that plus his new translation of the first edition of the fairy tales, and it’s fascinating reading so far!

    • Kim November 25, 2014, 8:50 pm

      The eye doctor is a pain… it’s part of the reason I didn’t deal with glasses for so long. I didn’t get my eyes dilated this time, which was awesome. I’m glad Grimm Legacies is good — I’m hoping to get to that one next month.