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Currently | Hot Tea, Pot Roast and Flannel Sheets

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Briefly | Last weekend I was in the Twin Cities doing some volunteering and didn’t have it in me to put a post together. This week has been pretty normal, but it felt like I was working a ton (a couple evening meetings coupled with a couple earlier-than-normal mornings will do that).

Eating and Drinking | Cranberry orange black tea and a giant chocolate chip muffin, but I’m thinking about the egg/bacon/biscuit sandwich I had last weekend at Butter Bakery Cafe. SO GOOD.

Reading | My reading has continued at a snails pace. Since I last checked in, I’ve finished Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker. I’m still (slowly) reading Re Jane by Patricia Park, and I hope to finish I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates today or tomorrow.

Watching | I suspect the reason reading is still slow is because there’s been a lot of watching going on around here. I’m done with five episodes of the BBC Wolf Hall adaptation, and I watched a little bit of Jessica Jones on Netflix. We also did a Mockingjay double feature last night, catching Part 1 at home and heading to the theater for Part 2. Mini Reviews: Wolf Hall is more accurate and less fun than The TudorsJessica Jones seems fun, but I haven’t hit the dark parts yet. Mockingjay Part 2 is a well-done adaptation, but man, that book is such a downer.

Cooking | The first winter-y weekend of the year calls for a pot roast in the crock pot. I’m thinking about trying Budget Bytes’ Sweet Potato Corn Bread as a side.

Blogging | For week two of Nonfiction November, I wrote about books on science and community. For week three, I wrote about some online essays that I think are doing cool things with the format. I also wrote about Sarah Vowell’s Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.

Promoting | Two fun posts this week: How to Hygge (Or: 29 Ways to Actually Enjoy Winter) by Sarah Von Bargen at Yes and Yes and How Hamilton Uses History by Joanne B. Freeman at Slate.

Hating | Winter is here? We didn’t get the snow that much of Wisconsin and Illinois did, but our warm fall has finally come back to reality. Yesterday we pulled out the flannel sheets and I found my electric blanket. I’m trying to embrace the season changing.

Loving | Elect Hamilton, a genius Tumblr from our own Shannon (River City Reading) and April (The Steadfast Reader). It is perfect.

Loving II | Phil Klay, author of the short story collection Redeployment, wrote an eloquent response to the total craziness going on related to Syrian refugees. The most important: “But it’s only during frightening times when you get to find out if your country really deserves to call itself the ‘home of the brave.'”

Avoiding | I am woefully behind on blog comments… I don’t even want to look.


Anticipating | The Vikings play the Packers in a big game later this afternoon. Even if the Vikings lose — which I always expect that they will — it should be a fun match up.

Happy Sunday everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Andi November 22, 2015, 4:12 pm

    Oooh, pot roast! Yum, yum. Temperatures here are starting to dip down into freezing at night, so I’m ready to throw on a pot of chili. But first, an apple bourbon pork loin tomorrow night. Between work and Harry Potter I haven’t read the amount of nonfiction I would’ve like this month. Oh well. Shizzle happens.

    • Kim November 29, 2015, 8:57 am

      Yuuum, both of those recipes sound delicious. I am committed to using my slow cooker more this year.

  • BermudaOnion (Kathy) November 22, 2015, 6:18 pm

    I’m reading at a snail’s pace too. Things are so busy right now that when I do have time to sit down with a book, I can’t focus on it. I don’t see that changing until next week at the earliest.

    • Kim November 29, 2015, 8:58 am

      The holidays can be hard for reading, it’s super easy to get distracted. I go for easier books and that seems to help.

  • Sarah's Book Shelves November 22, 2015, 8:27 pm

    Oooh…that bacon/egg biscuit looks delicious! Hope your reading picks up for you.

  • Laurie C November 23, 2015, 5:53 am

    I’m reading some nonfiction this month, but never got it together to join Nonfiction November and here the month is practically over! I’ve been reading a lot, but not blogging or commenting as much as I’d like, either!

    • Kim November 29, 2015, 8:59 am

      November went by fast, didn’t it? Where did the time go?

  • Amanda November 23, 2015, 12:59 pm

    Flannel sheets and a book sound amazing right now! I am over winter already.

    • Kim November 29, 2015, 8:59 am

      The first night I climbed into bed with the flannel sheets I was so, so happy. Just… heaven.

  • Athira November 23, 2015, 3:01 pm

    I still need to catch up on all the Nonfiction November posts out there. I have been keeping the posts unread so that I can come to them later. Maybe during this long weekend.

  • Michelle November 23, 2015, 9:20 pm

    I love a good breakfast sandwich, and that one looks amazing.

    The game was an interesting one, wasn’t it? I was a bit worried that the Packers would continue their streak. The Vikings’ quarterback has quite the arm.

    Embrace the winter. I suspect it is definitely here to stay now.

    Have a great week! I hope you can get caught up on some reading over the holidays!

    • Kim November 29, 2015, 9:01 am

      That Vikings/Packers game was hard to watch. I mean, I know not to get too excited about the Vikings — they manage to mess things up pretty spectacularly every year — I was still hoping they might pull it out. But we need AP to have a good game for us to be successful and he just… didn’t. Teddy is going to be great in a couple years as he gets more experience.

  • susan November 25, 2015, 5:13 pm

    I’m curious who does Mary Louise Parker write letters to in the book? Is it everyone except Billy Crudup? It sounds pretty personal or is it?

    • Kim November 29, 2015, 9:02 am

      None of the men are named specifically, but I suppose if you know her biography well you’d be able to figure out who some of them are. I don’t, so I really couldn’t.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End November 26, 2015, 1:38 pm

    Oh! How are you watching Wolf Hall? Is it through methods, or is it on Netflix? Cause I finally read (most of) the book before the library summoned it home, and I found it shockingly good compared to my expectations, and now I want to watch the adaptation too. I love Mark Rylance!

    • Kim November 29, 2015, 9:03 am

      I think Wolf Hall is on Amazon Prime? I’m drawing a blank now and I can’t remember. I didn’t watch it illegally though 🙂 I like it, although there’s less sordid drama than in The Tudors (as should be expected!).