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Briefly | I have been in the worst sort of funk all week. I can’t quite pin down the cause, but I think it’s a combination of delayed stress from all the personal crap that’s been going on this month and dismay at our current political climate. The February funk is real and awful and I can’t wait to be on the other side of it.

Reading | On the plus side, I seemed to have turned the corner where reading is finally soothing and helpful again and ended up reading a ton this week. Books finished include The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (fiction), HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen and Amir Parnes (nonfiction), Cat Person by Seo Kim (comic) and Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart. They were all the exact book I wanted to read at the moment I picked them up, so all ended up being just great. I’m not sure what is in the queue for today… something fun, I think.

Watching | The boyfriend and I watched Spectre (oh my gosh, SO BORING) and Waking Ned Devine (charming!) this weekend.

Listening | When I told my sister I was in a major funk, her first question was whether I’d listened to Hamilton lately… I had not! So, it’s been a Hamilton-fueled weekend.

Blogging | It’s been a quiet week on the blog, I just posted a review of The Interstellar Age by Jim Bell.

Promoting | Are you a book blogger who will be attended Book Expo America 2016 in Chicago? Join the Facebook group we’ve started to help bloggers connect and ask questions before the conference.

Promoting II | If you love Harry Potter, you must read The Setup Wizard, the “daily accounts of a Muggle I.T. guy working at Hogwarts.” So great.

Hating | Everything? That’s not true, it just feels that way.

Loving | On Saturday our high temperature reached almost 60 degrees. It was glorious! I went for a walk outside and we opened all our windows to air out the house a little bit. That brief, sunny glimpse of spring was badly needed.

Avoiding | Everything? That’s also not true… I’ve been reasonably productive this weekend and finished most of my hated chores, so I can relax most of the day today.

Anticipating | Work this week is going to be a little crazy, but I like being busy and having events to cover so it should also be fun. And Minnesota’s caucus is this Tuesday, so I guess we’ll get to learn whether Minnesota Republicans are as angry as everywhere else. Fingers crossed so hard on that one.

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  • Andi February 28, 2016, 9:10 am

    I hope the funk passes soon, but I totally know the feeling. The political climate is definitely contributing to my funkiness.

  • Ann @ Books on the Table February 28, 2016, 9:11 am

    Hope the upcoming week is better for you! Just sent you a request to join the BEA Book Bloggers FB group. I live in Chicago, so I’m thrilled that it’s finally here after quite a few years. I look forward to meeting you in person!

  • Bex February 28, 2016, 9:38 am

    The political climate is depressing even for those of us who don’t live there so I can’t even imagine… I hope your funk passes soon! Glad that reading is a comfort for you though:-)

  • Juhi February 28, 2016, 10:01 am

    Being outside helps with the funk a bit, doesn’t it? I hope you have more glorious weather and that the funk passes sooner than you can drink your coffee (or tea?)! And I’m so glad you shared The Setup Wizard–I’d no idea it existed!

    • Kim March 2, 2016, 7:26 pm

      It’s supposed to be beautiful and sunny again this weekend, which I think will help!

  • Bettina February 28, 2016, 10:04 am

    Sorry to hear you’ve been in a funk, and I hope you manage to get out of it! February funks are the worst. x

  • Lisa February 28, 2016, 2:07 pm

    Angry Republicans I can understand – it’s stupid ones I don’t. Are they seriously willing to give their party over to a lunatic to prove a point?

    How great to have four books in a row that were the right book at the right time! Definitely helps the whole world seem better.

    • Kim March 2, 2016, 7:25 pm

      Hard to say! I get the idea of wanting change and feeling like Trump represents that… but at what cost? His whole campaign plays to the worst instincts in people, which is so demoralizing.

  • Chrisbookarama February 28, 2016, 3:42 pm

    Omg, I hated Spectre. HATED! That girl was supposed to be “smarter than all of us and good at hiding.” She was neither! Ugh!

    I hope your funk passes. I’ve been feeling the same myself.

    • Bryan G. Robinson March 1, 2016, 7:38 am

      I’m glad my wife and I weren’t the only ones that disliked Spectre with you and Kim not liking it. We actually stopped watching it after 30 minutes. It was incredibly boring and going nowhere.

      • Kim March 2, 2016, 7:15 pm

        The parts that were James Bond-y were fun… but all the talking parts were super boring!

    • Kim March 2, 2016, 7:24 pm

      Lol, yeah, she wasn’t that impressive all things considered. The chases and stuff were fun but gosh, was the rest of it a slog.

  • Athira February 28, 2016, 5:42 pm

    The Setup Wizard looks funny – thanks for sharing it. Glad you enjoyed Girl Waits With Gun – I can’t wait to hear what you think.

  • Julie Merilatt February 28, 2016, 7:18 pm

    February definitely sucks a big one. In fact, it’s currently sucking at my house right now! But I can’t wait to see you at BEA!!!

    • Kim March 2, 2016, 7:23 pm

      YES! I am so excited about that!!!

  • Beth F February 29, 2016, 8:21 am

    Boo on the funk! But glad you’ve set up the BEA group.

  • Deepika Ramesh February 29, 2016, 1:01 pm

    This is the first time I am reading your ‘Currently’, and I love it. Thank you for sharing this. ‘Spectre’ didn’t agree with me too. 🙂

    I hope you will have a peaceful March, despite the political climate. 🙂

    • Kim March 2, 2016, 7:23 pm

      Thank you! Now that Super Tuesday is over and Minnesotans have voted, I can put some blinders on for a bit and try not to let what goes on elsewhere get me too upset 🙂

  • Christy February 29, 2016, 6:19 pm

    I’ve been in a funk on and off this month too, though mostly connected with specific things happening at work. I know what you mean by the spring-like weather giving a much-needed boost. Virginia’s primary is tomorrow, so I’ll also be learning where my state’s voters land. I don’t expect that it will be any different from the other states though.

    • Kim March 2, 2016, 7:22 pm

      Work-related funks are the worst because it’s so hard to leave them behind at the end of the day, and I hate when things from work bleed over into the rest of my life in an unpleasant way. I hope things improve soon!

  • Kailana February 29, 2016, 7:47 pm

    I am sorry that you are in a funk. 🙁 February is usually my least favourite month of the year, but it hasn’t been so bad this year because of the weather. The politics there affect Canada, though, so I have been watching.. We have apparently been offering a safe haven if things don’t go well down there… Hope March goes better!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End February 29, 2016, 7:52 pm

    Oh, the political climate is getting me down too. I want to just not think about it, but I can’t even do that because our primaries are so soon, and I need to make a decision about who I’m going to vote for. It’s a mess.

    • Kim March 2, 2016, 7:21 pm

      Our primary was this week and even though it’s probably not going to matter, I’m glad Minnesota Republicans didn’t endorse Trump. That makes me feel good about my state, even if everything else is a disaster 🙂

  • susan February 29, 2016, 9:05 pm

    I hope you are able to shake the funk. At least the temps went up right? I think I’m attending Book Expo this year. So I sent a request to join the FB group. It’ll be fun to meet up with everyone. Cheers.

  • Jennine G February 29, 2016, 10:39 pm

    I understand the ugh factor. I’m getting some reading done, but mostly stuff for my classes, rereads, but at least rereads of I’m getting a lot out of. But it does feel like a daily grind. I’m hoping now that we’re done moving, things will settle. Hopefully things will start to settle for you now too.

    • Kim March 2, 2016, 7:16 pm

      Moving and reading is hard… too much mental energy going into logistics. I hope things settle down for you!

  • Christina March 5, 2016, 4:20 pm

    I’ve been listening to Hamilton like crazy to get through my own funk at work. Hope you will have some relief from the nasty political climate we’re living in now that Super Tuesday has passed.

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