Watching: I binged the whole season of You (on Netflix) last Saturday while feeling under the weather. It’s dark and creeptastic but I was really into it. Then I started watching The Assassination of Gianni Versace on Netflix based on a recommendation. Darren Criss is brilliant as Andrew Cunanan and I love Penelope Cruz as Donatella. As you can tell, my viewing has been REALLY dark the last week and it’s messing with my dreams. I need some fluffy recommendations.
Knitting: I finished the pair of socks that I’ve been working on since January and have just started a pair for Jesse. I received the yarn in my Sleeping Bear Dunes Yarn Club in December and I LOVE it. (I’ve been a member of this yarn club for about three years and I say that about almost every skein of yarn I’ve received!)
Reading: I’ve been doing a lot so this little blurb is going to be long. Getting rid of Facebook and Instagram has freed up a scary amount of time in my life. (I’m actually humbled at the amount of time I’ve wasted!!).
I recently signed up for a three month book of the month subscription and the book from February was called History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund. The writing was absolutely gorgeous. The story absolutely baffled me. It seemed like the type of book that would be great for a college level class – lots of symbolism (that I’m not sure I understood), stories that intertwined but not fully. Nothing was ever really CLEAR. I wanted someone smarter than me to say, “This is what this meant, can you see how this ties into this, do you see how this symbolized…”. I can’t decide if I liked it.
I also read The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. I would definitely recommend it as a dark beach read.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris was also on my list this month. I definitely think this is worth reading. It was stark (In reading criticisms on Goodreads one of the largest was that there was a lack of ‘prose’ and that the story wasn’t very fleshed out.) but I think that added power to the story. The facts themselves are atrocious and I don’t know that sentimentalizing them would make them feel more atrocious.
I’m just starting this month’s book club pick, Any Man by Amber Tamblyn. The premise seems interesting and unsettling and I’m interested to see how it unfolds.
Listening: I’m late to the party on the Dirty John podcast but I’ve been listening to that when the kids are at school. I’m always collecting podcast ideas so if you know of any good ones, please share! On Spotify, we’ve been listening to a lot of classical piano. It reminds Jesse and me of one of our favorite getaway places because they always have classical music playing in your room when you arrive.
Making: I’ve been playing with some art journaling in a sketchbook and collecting inspiration/ideas on a Pinterest board. It’s calming and fun. In the kitchen I recently tried this pancake recipe and it’s become a weekend staple. The kids appreciate it and I appreciate the fact that I almost always have the ingredients on hand (unlike Martha’s buttermilk recipe which I also love). Jesse eats his with raspberry jam (my mother-in-law makes and it and it’s just the best, but I’m sure store bought would be fine if you don’t have homemade) and the kids eat theirs with maple syrup. If there are any left, I eat mine plain like a piece of toast because I’m an animal. This shrimp, this chicken (I made it without the sesame seeds and didn’t use green beans as the veggie because I didn’t have any) were good. I want to try this salad and these cinnamon rolls (because balance) this week. (To be honest I probably won’t make the cinnamon rolls because I’m in the middle of this health challenge and I have zero willpower.)
So that’s me. What are you reading, watching, listening to and making?