Tuesday Things

Fall has come on with day after day of gray and rain with the briefest, occasional, glorious gift of an hour of blue skies. I find myself aching to curl up and cocoon but the days are a haze of practice and volunteer and errand obligations opportunities. For the most part I’m soldiering on like a good Midwesterner, but I find it harder and harder to get moving each morning despite getting plenty of sleep. Time to start the Vitamin D and pull my lamp out from its summer storage.

Earlier this month, my sister and I took the ferry over for a visit with family. With gusts over 50 miles an hour and waves in the double digits, it certainly was an adventure (and an hour longer than usual) but once we reached land it was a wonderful time. I love it when the stories and songs start rolling. Plates of my Gram’s food don’t hurt either.

Reading: I’ve read three things since I wrote back in September. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer. If you’re going to read anything, this wouldn’t be the one I’d recommend. Earlier this year, I read What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape by Somalia Abdulali. It isn’t that I think the Krakauer book is bad, I just don’t think it does as good of a job addressing the subject as it could have done. After reading that I stuck with two *really* fluff reads American Royals by Katherine McGee and Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore. Both were very cotton candy. I picked The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates as my BOTM pick and then a certain you-get-a-car TV personality went and made it her book club pick and killed any desire to read it. (Tell me I’m not the only one who side eyes celebrity book club picks.)

Listening to: Trey Anastasio and Phish to prepare for a date night concert. Also lots of Imagine Dragons, Twenty One Pilots, and OneRepublic because KIDS. I’ve been trying out a few different podcasts but not finding anything that sticks.

Knitflixing: I’m trying so hard to be good and not binge for hours and hours which is reducing the amount of knitting I’m managing to get done. I’ve done a few dishrags (car knitting) and have completed the cuff of a sweater and almost have one sock. I obviously think my list of Christmas gift knits is going to be finished by elves. As for shows, I’m watching the newest season of Poldark but I’m hoping something happens because while I feel horrible for George Warleggan, I’m mostly just bored. So excited about Helen Mirren as Catherine the Great but haven’t gotten a chance to watch that yet. I need recommendations. Carnival Row and The Politician were both recommended to me and I’ve watched a couple of episodes of both and liked them, but they haven’t stuck. I feel like streaming is going the way of cable television for me – too many choices so it’s easier to just shrug my shoulders and not watch anything.

So that’s me, as promised. How are you doing this week? Reading, watching, listening to, or making anything you’d like to share?

Friday Finds

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I’m overdue for a Tuesday Things post. Next week. In the meantime here are some random things:

  1. I know what I’m doing December 6.
  2. Halloween Candy ranked. (Tootsie Rolls vastly outrank Swedish Fish IMO, but I agree on the top slot. What’s your favorite?)
  3. I am SUCH a fan of this.
  4. And longer lunch times.
  5. Why you never see your friends anymore.
  6. Truth.
  7. I’m really working on some these – especially the perfectionism one.
  8. This Robert Pattinson story is just hilarious to me.
  9. I’m adding a few of these to my TBR pile. Fair Play and All the Rage are high on my list.
  10. Cooking is so much more than cooking.
  11. Why middle school is so hard.
  12. I still remember all the dismembered heads.
  13. Tips for traveling together in peace.
  14. So cool.
  15. Turn off your bluetooth.
  16. This does not surprise me.
  17. A transcontinental bike trail. Pretty cool.
  18. Pantone’s 2020 spring/summer color palette. (Love all the bright colors!)
  19. Vacation dreaming.
  20. These pictures are amazing. (But I would have been okay skipping the last one.)

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  1. I will be watching this.
  2. Fiona Apple has always been cool AF.
  3. Speaking of music and cool: this is one of the many things I love about the internet.
  4. Greta Thunberg uses her Twitter profile to troll the biggest Twitter troll of all.
  5. Also pictures of then and now.
  6. What’s in emergency vehicles.
  7. How to boil the perfect egg according to science. (Thanks, Rita!!)
  8. Melissa’s list of chick flicks is coming in handy with the Christmas knitting entertainment.
  9. Support – don’t appropriate.
  10. How to be charismatic.
  11. Each state’s most scenic drive.
  12. I’d never thought of this, but YES.
  13. Good question.
  14. Twenty-five famous women on achieving success later in life.
  15. Going on my knit list.
  16. Questions to consider before ending a friendship.
  17. I’m a winter season person. (Truth.)
  18. I remember hearing THIS when my kids were young and it is still some of the best parenting advice I’ve ever received.
  19. Why do some people become life long readers?

Our jam of the week:



Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday Finds

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  1. Things you can find in the woods.
  2. These are clever. (I think the Netflix one is my favorite.)
  3. Speaking of Netflix, between losing THIS and The Office, is it worth keeping?
  4. Has your facebook account been hacked?
  5. A plastic eating mushroom?!?
  6. Things not to put in a dishwasher.
  7. This one thing will change your life. (Or not.)
  8. 50 Memoirs from the Past 50 Years.
  9. The energy you send out is the energy you get back. (Thinking on this a lot this week.)
  10. 2019’s Top 50 Restaurants
  11. BarleyBoy is a cutie.
  12. Yes, please.
  13. We need to stop talking about the teacher shortage.
  14. Clean your laptop.
  15. This bracelet is a gift to myself as I’m trying to tackle some personal goals.
  16. I can see how this would become a thing. Also that it would be annoying/dangerous.
  17. What if we stopped pretending. Both immensely depressing and hopeful.
  18. I’m definitely checking these books out.
  19. Some tips for talking to your kids about the news.
  20. Lions are matrilineal.
  21. Intimacy and the internet. I think about this a lot.
  22. Some of my sketchbook inspiration.

Have a happy weekend!!!