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currently february 8 2015

Time and Place | 8:50 a.m on my couch with my Chromebook. Yay for weekends at home.

Eating and Drinking | I’m on day seven of my Whole 30 (second time giving this a try), so lots of protein, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. I haven’t made the kale and apple soup I mentioned last week, hopefully today, along with some crock pot beef and tomato sauce.

Reading | I had a great reading week. I finished up The Lonely War by Nazila Fathi (review hopefully this week), and started in on Eye on the Struggle by James McGrath Morris, a biography of Ethel Payne, a pioneering African American journalist. Morris wrote another one of my favorite journalism biographies, Pulitzer, and so far this one is wonderful too. I also impulsively ordered a bunch of trade editions of comics and finished up Alex + Ada, Volume 1 last night.

Watching | I finally finished The Tudors on Netflix. The last episode was pretty bonkers, but I’m not sure what I should have expected. I want to get back into The Americans with the boyfriend next.

Listening | I just started listening to Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries, a collection of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s popular essays and articles. I’m not far enough along to have a strong opinion on it yet.

Blogging | This week I shared my January wrap-up and looked ahead at my reading plans for February. I also reviewed Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman and shared some nonfiction readlikes.

Promoting | I read a few great articles online this week: Rebecca Traister on the challenges current labor policies put on new moms, Jeff O’Neal with some uncollected thoughts on the new Harper Lee novel, and Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on how women are often responsible for “office housework.” Great reads, all of them.

Loving | I finally broke down and bought myself a Nook GlowLight. It’s pretty awesome — small, light, and easy to read in bed at night because of the lighted screen. I’m still working on getting egalleys on it, so for now I’m digging into the extensive ebook backlist I’ve accumulated.

Contemplating | One of my favorite blogs is Contemplating Computing by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang (author of The Distraction Addiction). It’s full of interesting ideas and links around the idea of using technology deliberately rather than letting technology dictate your actions. This week he linked to a group making “home screen nudges” to remind your to use your phone more mindfully. I added the “Remember to Breathe” screen this week, which makes me smile every time I unlock my phone.

Anticipating | This week I have an event, work or personal, scheduled for every evening. I tend to hate weeks like that, so I’m going to spend a lot of today prepping — getting blog posts done, clearing out my email, and cooking some fast and easy dinners.

Anticipating II | I got a lot of exciting book mail this week, including Neil Gaiman’s newest short story collection, Trigger Warning. I hope I can start in on that one this afternoon too.

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  • Bryan G. Robinson February 8, 2015, 10:11 am

    My wife will be doing some cooking ahead this week too as she has play rehearsals every night this week for a play she’s in that starts on Friday and runs through this weekend and next weekend. So she’ll be using the crock pot too, I’m sure…and also recently has started another Whole30. What I’m saying, I guess, is that you’re in good company. 🙂

    • Kim February 11, 2015, 9:45 pm

      Yes, clearly in good company! The crock pot meat sauce I made is still going strong, but I ran out of other foods. I don’t think I prepped quite enough to make it until Saturday when I’ll have time to cook again.

  • BermudaOnion(Kathy) February 8, 2015, 10:17 am

    I hate busy weeks like that too but surviving it will make next weekend extra special.

  • Belle Wong February 8, 2015, 12:25 pm

    The Whole30 program looks interesting. Good luck with it! Im excited about Trigger Warning but I’m still on hold for it at the library. I hate it when a week gets really busy too – hope you get some you-time through it all!

    • Kim February 11, 2015, 9:45 pm

      So far, so good. I managed to get up a little early for some quiet time in the morning — that really helps.

  • Sandy February 8, 2015, 5:12 pm

    The best thing to do with weeks like that is take a deep breathe and plunge through. I wish you luck! I am jealous of your reading productivity…I am consumed with puppy.

    • Kim February 11, 2015, 9:45 pm

      If I had an adorable new puppy, I’d be getting absolutely nothing done too 🙂

  • Trisha February 8, 2015, 5:30 pm

    Yikes! That is one busy week. I’m one of those people who mutter “this too shall pass” in an effort to cope.

  • Athira February 8, 2015, 5:43 pm

    I hope you have a good week! I don’t like it either when every day in a week is packed with activities, so hope you get some breather time.

    • Kim February 11, 2015, 9:46 pm

      Friday, I think, is the quiet night 🙂

  • Kailana February 8, 2015, 6:02 pm

    Alex + Ada is something I really want to read… I hope this week turns out to be a good one even if you are not entirely looking forward to it…

  • Kristen M. February 9, 2015, 2:55 am

    I’ve had a busy five weeks. I have one more to go before I get a nice long rest and I can’t wait! I did find time to power through Trigger Warning though. 🙂 There’s always time for Neil.

  • Sheila (Book Journey) February 9, 2015, 8:22 am

    Enjoy your week! An event? I love events 🙂 Have fun!

    • Kim February 11, 2015, 9:46 pm

      The executive editor of Graywolf Press is coming to speak at our local college campus — super excited about that!

  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes February 9, 2015, 9:33 am

    I hope some of your events this week are fun ones!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End February 9, 2015, 12:23 pm

    Trigger Warning! I finished it up last night and made some notes for a review, but I haven’t figured out how to put them together into a proper post. In the meantime, I am very satisfied with it as a collection of very VERY Neil Gaimany stories.

    • Kim February 11, 2015, 9:47 pm

      Nice! That is good to hear. I can’t remember the last Neil Gaiman book I read, so I’m excited to jump into these.

  • Andi (@estellasrevenge) February 9, 2015, 2:46 pm

    Good luck this busy week!

  • Laurie C February 9, 2015, 4:50 pm

    My screen on my ancient Nook Color got cracked last summer when I didn’t pack it well in the suitcase on vacation, so I’ve been wondering about buying a new Nook. Glad to hear you like the GlowLight!

    • Kim February 11, 2015, 9:47 pm

      So far so good, although I am always so tempted by my books on shelves that it is already getting a little neglected.

      • Laurie C February 15, 2015, 8:29 pm

        I know what you mean!

  • Care February 11, 2015, 8:42 am

    These links are great! thank you. Now I’m trying to figure out how to remember to visit some of these on an ongoing basis – I feel so scattered! oh well.

    • Kim February 22, 2015, 9:24 am

      The best thing I’ve been doing for my scattered brain is getting EVERYTHING into an only task manager (Todoist). I set up recurring tasks for stuff that has to happen weekly/monthly/yearly, which has been super helpful (even little stuff, like reminders to check a certain website or add my books read to Goodreads).

  • Christy February 15, 2015, 8:01 pm

    The Sandberg/Grant article is interesting and I’ve observed some of that behavior at work. I read the previous article about women being interrupted as well. I feel depressed after reading these types of articles though, and while the NYT comments, due to curation, are worth reading, they can be depressing too. 🙁

    • Kim February 22, 2015, 9:25 am

      I get a little sad when I read those articles too. I’m lucky to, for now, work in an office of all women… I’m a little nervous/worried about how these issues for women in the workplace will manifest when I work somewhere else.