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Around Here | It’s a lazy Sunday morning here in Minnesota. My sister and I hosted a holiday party with a boozy hot chocolate bar last night, so we’re all moving a little bit slowly this morning.

Reading | It’s 10 days into December and I haven’t finished a book! I got sucked into read a book on Edward VIII, his abdication, and how he was basically a Nazi. It was interesting, but I also think my patience with stories about mediocre white dudes dealing with problems of their own making is low, which made it hard to pick up. So, I’ll be sending that on back to the library and digging into two books that fit my mood better — This Book is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson and Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.

Watching | On the whole, it’s been a good fall tv season. I’ve continued to love The Good PlaceBrooklyn Nine-Nine, black-ish, and Speechless. And a couple of new shows — The Mayor and Ghosted — have made their way into our rotation. However, the highlight of this season has been The Big Family Cooking Showdown, a cooking show with some of the same DNA as The Great British Baking Show. It’s been a delight to watch after a long day.

Listening | Our party playlist last night was Spotify’s Christmas Pop list, which was pretty delightful.

Feeling | There’s this billboard on the highway on my drive to work — “FURY. Now Hiring All Positions.” It’s for an auto dealership, but it pretty well sums up how I’m feeling about being a woman in the world right now.

Loving | For the last month, my sister and I have been doing a community education class on beginning watercolor painting. I’ve been having so much fun with it. I’ve never been an artist, but there’s something really meditative about the process that I’m enjoying.

Loving II | My new job, as social media specialist for a county library system, is so great. I like my coworkers, the work is challenging, and the pace of the job feels more manageable. It took awhile to find, but every day I’m more confident this is where I was supposed to end up.

Pondering | As the year comes to a close, I’ve started thinking about what my One Little Word will be for next year. I didn’t do much publicly with my word (joy) this year, but it’s often been on my mind and part of what I tried to explore during my job search. I have a few ideas for 2018, but I want to sit with them more to see what feels right.

Happy Sunday, everyone! What are you reading today?

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  • Drew December 10, 2017, 10:26 am

    Love that sign! It is, sadly, the sign of our times.

    And congratulation on the new job. Sounds like a good fit.

    – Drew

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) December 10, 2017, 10:41 am

    A boozy hot chocolate bar sounds like fun to me!

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying your job and painting.

  • Heather December 10, 2017, 1:39 pm

    Congrats on the new job! I’ve wanted to take a beginning painting class for a long time. So glad you are enjoying yours.

  • Maphead December 10, 2017, 6:29 pm

    Congrats on the new job!
    As for what I’m reading today, I’m finishing up The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall. One of the best novel’s I’ve read all year!

  • Vicki December 10, 2017, 7:09 pm

    I don’t drink booze but I do love hot chocolate.

    Glad you like your new job and co-workers. Not liking either is awful.

  • Allison @ My Novel Life December 10, 2017, 7:51 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read Alias Grace ever since the show came out on Netflix, but I haven’t been able to get it at the library. Other people must have the same idea.

  • Jeanne December 11, 2017, 7:21 am

    That’s a great billboard.

  • Michelle December 11, 2017, 11:49 am

    Mmmm…boozy hot chocolate. This reminds me I need to get some peppermint schnapps in the house sooner rather than later!

    I love that billboard. I feel that has been my state of being pretty much nonstop since November 8, 2016, and I know I am not the only one. I wonder if we can co-opt it from the dealership…

    I am so happy that you found such a wonderful job. May we all be so lucky!

  • Bryan December 11, 2017, 8:13 pm

    Hmmm. I have to start thinking about my own One Word.

  • Amy Brandon December 13, 2017, 8:45 am

    Alias Grace is so good!

  • iliana December 13, 2017, 3:24 pm

    Awesome billboard and you are so right! I’ve never done the “one word” but probably should think on that. And, so happy to hear you are enjoying your watercolor class. I truly believe that arts can bring so much healing and peace. Hope you continue to enjoy!

  • Tina Culbertson December 14, 2017, 3:25 pm

    You work in a library? That’s so cool. I started my Masters in library science but didn’t get it done. I am a government drone and will retire as such.
    Great sign! I love it.
    I just finished a historical fiction called Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King and i liked it. Just started Sunday Silence by Nicci French.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End December 15, 2017, 7:11 pm

    I’m so glad your new job is going so well, Kim. You deserve the greatest of coworkers and a most satisfying workload. <3

  • Julie @ Smiling Shelves December 18, 2017, 6:18 pm

    Sounds like a fun job! Congrats! Bailey’s and hot chocolate is my favorite winter drink. I just may make myself one right now…

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