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currently March 8, 2015

Time and Place | I think it’s about 9 a.m.? I know that I’m on my sister’s couch in Minneapolis. Daylight Saving Time always messes with me a little bit.

Reading | This week I finished The Monopolists by Mary Pilon. This narrative history of the board game Monopoly was perfectly in my wheelhouse of readable, quirky nonfiction. At the moment, I’m in the middle of How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston, a mix of memoir and humorous essays about ideas of blackness and how they’re being challenged. I also started Laura van den Berg’s new novel, Find Me, which has some dystopian similarities with Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Watching | The boyfriend and I watched the first couple of episodes of FOX’s new show The Last Man on Earth, which we liked a lot. We both laughed out loud at many jokes and visual gags — a good sign for a new show.

Listening | I fell hard for a couple of playlists this week: Spotify’s Acoustic Concentration (perfect for writing or blogging) and Greatist’s Ultimate Cooking Playlist. I didn’t know I wanted a specific playlist for cooking until I put this one on and it was perfect.

Cooking | My new favorite work lunch is ground turkey mixed with frozen peas, with some Trader Joe’s Garlic Salt Seasoning on the top. It’s super simple, but so delicious.

Blogging | This week I reviewed Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and shared my February reading wrap up. I highly recommend Being Mortal, if you haven’t read it yet. I’m also feeling good about the blog updates I did last weekend, and the updated header I made this week (new South Park character!).

Promoting | My favorite blog post from this whole week was from Shannon (River City Reading) — Read This, Watch That: Nonfiction from Page to Screen. I wish I had thought of this post!

Promoting II | I loved this Book Riot post about The Any Book Book Club. I want to start one of these!

Loving | My sister and I went to see Pentatonix last night — so awesome! And then we managed to be home and in our pajamas by 10 p.m. — also awesome!

Avoiding | I took a vacation day tomorrow, so I am actively trying not to think about work. This week at the office was a little stressful, so getting myself out of that mindset has been hard.

Wanting | I am not much for bumper stickers, but I might make an exception if I could declare myself Team Oxford Comma.

Anticipating | My sister and I have a full day of shopping today, including stops at two different grocery stores and World Market. Then we’re coming home to binge on Netflix and make burrito bowls for dinner. It’s a good weekend.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading?

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  • Bryan G. Robinson March 8, 2015, 9:45 am

    So what will you be binge watching tonight?

    Sometimes we all just need that vacation day. Not that my job’s that bad, if bad at all, but I enjoy the day off here and there.

    • Kim Ukura March 8, 2015, 7:35 pm

      I think we’re going to try The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt — we both like Ellie Kemper and Tina Fey comedies.

      I was psyched about this vacation day, then the school board scheduled a special meeting in the evening. So I have the day off, but still have to sit in on a meeting at night… ugh!

  • Trisha March 8, 2015, 11:14 am

    I’m glad to hear Last Man on Earth is funny; it’s one of the few new shows I chose to DVR. And I really don’t watch very many “funny” shows, so I was keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

    • Kim Ukura March 8, 2015, 7:36 pm

      We both liked it quite a lot. Some of the visual gags in the first episode are just awesome and bonkers. I’m optimistic that it’s going to keep being good.

  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes March 8, 2015, 12:05 pm

    I need that Team Oxford Comma bumper sticker! And your weekend with your sister sounds lovely.

    • Kim Ukura March 8, 2015, 7:36 pm

      After spending a full month in my small town, getting out and spending time with family is great.

  • Kay March 8, 2015, 1:11 pm

    How fun to get to see Pentatonix. I love them!

    • Kim Ukura March 8, 2015, 7:36 pm

      They were great in person!

  • Shannon @ River City Reading March 8, 2015, 4:26 pm

    I adored The Monopolists, too! It was such an unexpected, fun little read for me. I love books that make me want to share all those great tidbits.

    Thanks so much for sharing my post this week!

    • Kim Ukura March 8, 2015, 7:37 pm

      Yes, that’s the perfect way to describe The Monopolists — unexpected and fun.

  • Beth March 8, 2015, 5:55 pm

    Definitely team Oxford Comma! 🙂 Enjoy your binge watching. I just started Parks and Rec and I’m really loving it.

    • Kim Ukura March 8, 2015, 7:38 pm

      Parks and Rec is so great! I will evangelize that show forever 🙂

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) March 8, 2015, 7:16 pm

    I’m Team Oxford Comma too! It always takes me at least a week to adjust to the time change. I wish they’d pick a time and stick with it.

    • Kim Ukura March 8, 2015, 7:38 pm

      I hope DST goes away in time. I think it’s outdated at this point.

  • Belle Wong March 8, 2015, 8:58 pm

    It sounds like such a lovely weekend! I want to read The Monopolists, too. It sounds like a fun read. Enjoy your vacation day tomorrow!

  • Jennine G. March 9, 2015, 6:39 pm

    I love that bumper sticker. I passed the pic around to all my nerdy grammar freak friends and coworkers (as an English teacher, I’ve got more of those types of friends than most people).

    • Kim Ukura March 11, 2015, 7:39 pm

      There are many people with strong feelings on the Oxford Comma — I know I have many.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End March 9, 2015, 7:48 pm

    I am much in the mood for some Netflix bingeing. I hear nothing but wonderful things about the new Tina Fey / Ellie Kemper show, so I’m looking forward to that. Right now I’m indulging in a guilty pleasure and finishing the second season of Elementary on DVD.

    • Kim Ukura March 11, 2015, 7:41 pm

      I thought parts of the Tina Fey/Ellie Kemper show were pretty funny. And then, like 30 Rock, there were parts that just annoyed me and felt a little too bonkers. But it’s fun to watch!

  • Kailana March 10, 2015, 6:19 pm

    It looks like you had a great weekend!

  • Christina March 11, 2015, 8:29 am

    I do so love an Oxford Comma so that bumper sticker would be right at home on my wall of stickers (I don’t own a car so a bulletin board is the next best thing).

    I’m really intrigued by the concept of an Any Book Book Club. The book clubs I belong to tend to follow the pick a book, read, and discuss format, but I always love the pre-book club conversation when we’re waiting to start and you end up discussing what else you’re reading with the person next to you.

    By the way, I don’t know if this is a glitch with your new site design or with my feed reader (The Old Reader), but your pictures show up twice in the feed. Just thought I’d give you a heads up. 😉

    • Kim Ukura March 11, 2015, 7:43 pm

      I don’t put bumper stickers on my car, so I’d put it on a bulletin board too 🙂 I think that’s what I like about the Any Book Book Club too — it’s focusing on the most fun part, just chatting about what everyone is reading.

  • Jennifer March 21, 2015, 1:01 am

    I love the team oxford comma bumper sticker. I’m also not really all that into bumper stickers, but I might even make an exception for that one!