Totally stole this image from Lovely Bookshelf, this might be the last time I credit her for it.
Time // 11:12 A.M. EDT
What the heck have I been doing? This is my first post since EASTER. I’m working full time now as an attorney at the District Attorney’s office in my county. I started this blog as an intellectual outlet for my long suffering during unemployment. The only other cerebral thing I’ve done since starting this blog is study and take (and pass) the Georgia bar exam – which was a temporary thing. Right now I’m feeling pretty intellectually tapped out from work, being a single mom (my husband just got back from being away on business for three weeks), and the work I’ve been doing with the other four ladies in the wildly successful (toot toot) Socratic Salon.
Reading // Even that’s been suffering. I’ve been hitting up a lot of audio, but finally started my first print book in awhile yesterday, which is Larson’s Dead Wake. So far so good! (Oh, I guess I also read A Little Life, though I may wait to write and post a review until after the discussion we’re going to have in The Socratic Salon.)
Cooking // Ha! Today I’ll be doing some real cooking for the first time in three weeks or so. I’m going to attempt kind of a lamb pot pie seasoned with Ras el Hanout, I got the recipe (and the spice and a beautiful Le Creuset pie dish) as a part of Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s Quarterly Box. Perhaps I’ll take pictures and make a delightful Weekend Cooking post later on.
Preparing // I have my first trial coming up in mid-May, so I have plenty of reading and preparation to keep me busy with that. It’s an exciting time, criminal law is a whole different beast from my previous background of tax law working for the IRS, so I also need to brush up on my Georgia Rules of Evidence. Trust me, the Rule of Evidence are just as exciting as they sound.
Fail // I did not hold up my end of the bargain with the #CloudAtlasAlong, but Katie at Bookish Tendencies is still chugging along – go check it out!
How’s it been, Readers? Anyone still out there?
Time // 11:45 am EDT Place // Couch Perch Feeling // Better. It’s been a bit of a wretched week. I’m exhausted from work and single parenting for an indeterminate amount of time, the Mister is in Kentucky on disaster. I totally forgot that this was Holy Week, which isn’t a big deal as I’m an atheist, but for some reason The Girl’s secular pre-school was closed for Good Friday and I was scheduled to be in court with no other childcare options available. It really kicked off a fantastic weekend, realized Saturday night that I had no Easter basket for The Girl so I managed […]
Cloud Atlas by: David Mitchell Parts One and Two Note: As this is a read along spoilers are gonna spoil ladies and gentlefolk. But it’s gonna be hella fun. Don’t forget to stop by other links in the link-up and definitely visit my lovely co-host Katie at Bookish Tendencies. If you want to read along later pick yourself up a copy and get thee to your favorite reading nook! Note Two: These post may or may not have all the language. But on the bright side, it’ll be colorful. Final Note: This post differs from many of those on The Steadfast Reader. (Of course […]
So, things are looking kind of messy in my bracket here. But this week came with some thrilling things happening. Annihilation v. An Untamed State No surprise here – An Untamed State took it, which is exactly how I would have it. Semi-Finals Redeployment v. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay It’s hard for me to have an opinion on this one since I didn’t get around to Those Who Leave, I can say that Redeployment was excellent and I was sad to see it go – but didn’t expect it to take the whole Rooster. A Brief History of Seven Killings v. The […]
This was going to be one of three mini-reviews, until I wrote a whole lot on it. I loved this book to pieces, guys. Everything from the writing itself, to the narration, to the message that the book was seeking to get out there appealed to me. Pohler’s narration is delightful and I love that she brings in guest stars to do bits and pieces for her. The title itself is a call to positivity. “YES PLEASE!” more positivity in my life. “YES PLEASE!” more positivity in the book blogging community “YES PLEASE!” more positivity among and between women, lifting each other up […]
Get thee over to The Socratic Salon to discuss Hausfrau! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts, Readers!
State your intentions! …or just sign up, if you’re planning on joining myself and Katie at Bookish Tendencies for the #CloudAtlasAlong. Tweet, write a blog post, whatever! This is really just a dry run to ensure that we can both co-use a inLinkz link-up and to get an idea of how many people might be reading-along with us! Just a reminder, the schedule of events is: April 2 – Sections 1 & 2 April 9 – Sections 3 & 4 April 16 – Sections 5 & 6 April 23 – Sections 7 & 8 April 29 – Sections 9, 10, & 11 So […]
Dear God. Hausfrau is one of those books that hits you where it hurts. Love (or something close to love), marriage, infidelity, family, mental illness… This book was an all around winner for me. It’s not just deep and important with plenty of things for bookclubs everywhere to argue about, it’s also beautifully written. I have a background in German so the parallels that Essbaum made between the German language and Anna’s life decisions were endlessly fascinating and relatable to me. Despite her affairs and questionable moral behavior I liked Anna and understood her compulsions and actions (or lack thereof). Depression is not something […]
Time // 9:08 EDT Place // As if you had to ask, couch perch. Stuff // TONS of things coming up/happening. Let’s take them one at a time. The Socratic Salon A collaborative project between me, Monika at Lovely Bookshelf, Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books, Shannon at River City Reading, and Jennifer at The Relentless Reader. It’s a new bookish community where our goal is to engender deeper discussions into the books that we read. The site launches in earnest tomorrow (teaser today!) and we’re aiming for our first discussion, on Hausfrau, to go live on Wednesday. Keep your eyeballs peeled because you are probably […]
Holy hell. What happened this past week? All my brackets went straight to hell and I am forced to re-evaluate. Of course the zombie picks could (hopefully?) change everything. But based on this week’s commentary — the three that I have poised to win it all have changed to Seven Killings, An Untamed State, or The Paying Guests. The only one I would have put money on before was An Untamed State which I was very conflicted in choosing Station Eleven over. So! Let’s chat. Station Eleven v. An Untamed State Look. I was super conflicted over this pick. An Untamed State was fully worthy of winning this match-up […]