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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/19/17

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

I’ve been utterly lazy for days. I’m trying something new this week…less talk, more pictures.

The Book “Diet”

I can’t remember who stopped by and mentioned a “No Buy July”, but I loved the idea. All bets are off until July though.

Last week I finished

I’m currently reading

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My husband listened to…

We were traveling. I was a captive audience.

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What I’m Watching

I watched Sandra Padilla win La Reina de la Canción and I am sad that the show is over.

 

On the Blog and On the ‘Net

As I said, I was so lazy and didn’t post anything. I mainly lurked on blogs and tried to get to everyone on the #GetSocial17 event hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup.

Here’s to another week of reading!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/12/17

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

The Book Diet

Ha! Let’s just say I’m using the word “diet” ironically. I’m starting to think that the only way I can avoid buying books is to stay away from any book related blogs or apps and I’m not doing that.

I’m lazy, so I’ll just leave you with some pictures of this week’s spree (Imagine me wildly  clicking…WHEE!!! BUY ALL THE THINGS!)

Last week I read

I only managed to finish two books: Runaways Vol. 1 and The Liberal Redneck Manifesto. I was mildly entertained by both. My husband recommended Runaways. I liked it, but I like Manga more. For one thing, Manga is lighter, as in “weighs less”. I think I strained my neck trying to read Runaways. Why is the book so.stinking.heavy?

I think the Liberal Rednecks are smart guys and they make great arguments, but I’m not sure they translate well to print (to borrow a phrase from a fellow Litten.) I did find a video of them on YouTube and enjoyed listening to them. I wonder if the audiobook would have been a better choice. Ah well.

I’m currently reading

I’m still plugging away on The Hate U Give. I also joined a Litsy readalong for Gone With the Wind. I was supposed to have the first 8 chapters read by Sunday. I managed to get finish the 8th chapter at 11:05 PM on Sunday.

I’m currently Listening to…

Screenshot_20170607-83507I decided on a Great Courses lecture. I’m a real fan of John McWhorter and I’ve listened to another of his lectures, Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage. I’m currently listening to The Story of Human Language. There is some repeat information, but I’m still really enjoying it.

What I’m Watching

Ugh. I started to realize I’m watching too much TV and it makes me crazy and distracted. I wasn’t  getting enough quiet time. My eyes were tired all the time as well. So I did try to cut down on the TV a little. I’m not sure I was that successful. My husband and I got into another K-drama-Personal Taste with Lee Min Ho. It’s an older one. It’s  much lighter than Goblin. I’m hoping I can talk my husband into The Legend of the Blue Sea next time (I’m going for a Lee Min Ho theme.)

In the kitchen

I didn’t set off the fire alarm at all this week. Yay me!

On the needles and hooks

Almost every project I’m working is mindless double crochet and all seem to be based on a granny square. Perfect for TV watching and audio booking.

I managed to utterly screw up the baby blanket I was working on so I’ll have to start over.

On the Blog and On the ‘Net

I looked more into Bloglovin’. Apparently there is a plug in for it. Unfortunately I’m on the  cheap WordPress plan and I can’t install plugins. *sad face*

I’ve been making my way through the Get Social list on Herding Cats and Burning Soup.

I actually posted THREE posts!! I shared my Sol Book box, babbled about random crap and got all pedantic and bitchy. I’ve got a post in the works describing my reading style.

Here’s to another week of reading!

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Random Thoughts 2 (6/7/17)

  • Sometimes I wonder if I would be a better, more focused reader if I focused less on output.
  • Note to self – your Litsyversary is March 7.
  • Would twitter be a better medium for random thoughts?….Nah…
  • Another Note to self: it doesn’t matter how long (or short!) your posts are.
  • I wonder if I should be worried that it takes me a week to write the “It’s Monday” posts…
  • I’m blogoverwhelmed. I can’t stop by every single one every single day. I will try to be content with making pertinent comments and visiting when I can.
  • Focus is overrated.
  • Maybe I should get in the habit of turning off my phone every night…and morning…and all day…
  • You’ve used the word “focus” or some iteration of it too many times. What’s up with that?

We now interrupt this post of random one-shot thoughts for an entire paragraph (or three or four…)

I am completely baffled by technology. When I was blogging 7 years ago, I used Blogger. I was there for 5 years. Don’t even ask why I chose WordPress when I decided to come back. I just did (I think it had to do with some bad Blogger experiences.)

Anyhoo, it now seems like I have various online profiles. One for blogger, and one for WordPress. Commenting on a WordPress blog is generally easy…until WordPress decides to randomly kick me out and I have to sign in…again (at least a once a week occurrence.)

Following blogs seems to confound me too. Again, it’s easy if it’s a WordPress blog (and WordPress hasn’t kicked me out.) There’s Bloglovin’ and I follow some people that way. Unfortunately Bloglovin’ is not available for WordPress blogs, so my apologies to those of you out there who want to follow that way.

I am utterly overwhelmed by ALL THE BLOG THINGS.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/5/17

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

The Book Diet

I swear I started my book diet June 1st. It lasted until June 2nd. Thanks to the It’s Monday blog touring I did last week, I purchased the following books:

  • Diary of a Tokyo Teen: A Japanese-American Girl Travels to the Land of Trendy Fashion, High-Tech Toilets and Maid Cafes
  • Las mil y una telenovelas by Cecilia Absatz
  • Flying Witch Volume 1 by Chihiro Ishizuka
  • The Only Girl in China by Eric Qiao

Then I was all “I can do this. I won’t buy books.”

Until I decided I wanted to read Bakuman. So I restarted my book diet at 8 AM June 2nd.

But BookBub sent some great deals on Friday. I couldn’t say no to Crscent by Diana Abu-Jaber

Then Sunday rolled around and the ladies on We Live and Breathe Books  posted about I Belive in a Thing Called Love.

I don’t even know why I bother with book diets.

Last week I read and heard

I managed to fisnish four books!!! The fourth volume of Princess Jellyfish was just as delightful as the first 3. It Ain’t So Awful Falafel is billed as being for grades 4-7, but I don’t think that should stop any adults from reading it. I got into a real knitting and crochet groove so I also listened to audiobooks more. I finished God is Disappointed in You. I got quite a few laughs out of it.  I spent most of my time listening to White Rage with my mouth gaping open in horror. The part about how states fought integration? It sounds just like charter school/school choice today. And I feel so stupid for my ignorance of history.

Even though 4 books were finished, I’m far from declaring the slump over.

I’m currently reading

There was a buddy read on Litsy for The Hate U Give. It was May 20th. I’m finally reading it now. I can’t participate in the discussion, but I don’t think it’s a book I should skip.

I’ve been dabbling in The Liberal Redneck Manifesto, Alma, Royal Scandal and Crime Does Not Pay. They are all  quick reads…or they should be, but I can’t seem to pay attention for very long. I really need to pick one to focus on at a time.

I’m currently Listening to…

 

I haven’t decided what I want to listen to yet. I’m leaning toward a Great Courses lecture by John McWhorter (I’m his #1 fan….love that guy.)

What I’m Watching

*sigh* The Turkish series ended on Friday. I was slightly disappointed by it. Ah well. Life goes on. Tuesday a new Turkish series starts (Volver a Amar) and it sounds just like a romance novel with the two protagonists brought together under wild circumstances. I hope it’s good.

Galavision started its summer programming last week. My friend on El Cohete (there’s a link in the sidebar) is calling it Teen Summer. They are showing Rebelde, Lola Érase una vez and CLAP: El lugar de tus sueños. CLAP is perhaps the cheesiest Fame/Chorus Line/Center Stage/Girls Just Want to Have Fun mashup I’ve ever seen (all credit to La Diva del Desierto for that description.) Thanks to CLAP I am learning that I am really a 12 year old. I am having way too much fun watching it. Please don’t look it up on IMDB. If you do, please don’t judge me for my horrible taste in television.

My husband and I finsihed up Goblin. I think it broke me. I was able to live with the ending, but the show as a whole was just filled with so much heartache and tears. I laid down the law and told my husband our next choice is going to be something utterly fluffy. Don’t get me wrong, Goblin is an amazing show and perhaps the most beautifully filmed K-Drama I’ve ever seen. It just wrung me out emotionally.

In the kitchen

I was feeling decadent and I ordered a dessert add-on from Plated: no churn ice-cream. Now I know a useful ice cream hack. This could be really dangerous. Yes, I am aware that everyone already knows how to use heavy cream and condensed milk to make ice cream. I live under a rock.

On the needles

I finished up an afghan that I started waaay back during Bosch Season 2. It’s cookie monster blue, acrylic and hideous. And I love it. There was yarn left over so I made this cool Cocoon Shrug. Mine doesn’t look half as nice as the ones pictured on Ravelry (see: cookie monster blue and acrylic), but it serves it’s purpose. I think I would like to make another one and not be so sloppy about it.

On the Blog and On the ‘Net

I posted about my math hangups and wrapped up May with a side of June goals. Anna on Herding Cats and Burning Soup (and hot damn she drops the F-bomb….looove herrrr!) organized a Blogger Social that I joined and posted an intro for. I’ll be doing some visiting this week! *waves to visitors*

Here’s to another week of reading!

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Why I Hate Math(s)

Confession: I suck at math. Really suck. Somehow I’ve gotten through life and gotten a college degree without officially taking algebra. Some concepts of algebra may have been covered during that remedial math class I had to take before taking “Math for Elementary Ed Majors”, but algebra has never graced my transcript. (And yes, “Math for Elementary Ed Majors” did feel a bit like code for “Math for Stupid People” and yes we were all insulted by it.)

So I decided to fix my deficiency. The Calculus teacher at my school agreed to help me out. Poor guy. So we get rolling and he gives me my first set of homework problems. I’m feeling pretty good and he gives me a second. And there are fractions…multiplication and division of fractions.

I panicked. I don’t even remember how to add and subtract them! (See “I suck at math” above.) So I pulled out an old 6th grade math textbook and got to work. (I have no idea why I even have a 6th grade math book.)

I guess I don’t really hate math, but now that I’m going back and trying to make up for my deficiency I’m starting to see where all my confidence issues may have started and where I got lost.

I’ll submit as evidence this picture:

See that last problem? 399 over 32??? Ugly. Just not pretty. I was clicking along feeling pretty good about myself and then I started getting answers like 156 over 63 and 399 over 32.  It just seems wrong to start a kid off with all these even numbers that simplify like a dream and then throw that crap at them. No wonder I started thinking I sucked at math. These were not easily simplified and who the hell ever uses fractions like that? I must have it all wrong, right? (And I probably do.)

But I’m not giving up. When I’m done with 6th grade math I’m going for the gold with Algebra and Geometry. I’ve got my books ready!

Maaaath

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/29/17

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

The Book Diet

I swear I’m starting my book diet June 1st. This week I’ve acquired some kindle daily deals and some not so daily deals. Unfortunately, the reading of one book usually leads to the purchase of 2 more books. In this case, The Ten-cent Plague led to the purchase of the Mad titles.

  • Schadenfreude, A Love Story: Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Unfortunate Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words For by Rebecca Schuman
  • So Far From God by Ana Castillo
  • Mad Magazine #1
  • Mad about the Sixties
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Book Mail!

I also have some book mail. I haven’t opened them yet. I’m hoping I will get off my butt and make a post out of the opening of each box.

 

Last week I read and heard

I am officially in a slump. The last week of school is basically 5 days of no structure. Some kids take exams, some are exempt. Students are checking in and out of school all day long. It’s annoying and I don’t do well in those conditions.

Anyhoo… I did manage to finish the 3rd volume of Princess Jellyfish so now I am carrying the 4th volume around (still not really opening it or reading it.)

I did finish listening to The Ten-Cent Plague. I paid attention to perhaps 85 percent of it? That’s pretty good for me. Especially considering my lack of focus for the last two weeks.

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On Saturday there was a marathon listening and knitting session and I got quite a bit done on a kitchen towel AND I finished listening to Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas. I think memoirs read by the authors are my never-fail listens. I always manage to pay attention to those.

I’m currently reading

After my success with Funny in Farsi, I decided to finally read It Ain’t So Awful Falafel which has been languishing on a shelf for a year (also by Firoozeh Dumas.) I’m also poking around in The Liberal Redneck’s Manifesto and some other kindle books. Like I said, my focus is all over the place.

I’m currently Listening to…

I’m going way out on a limb and listening to TWO different books: God is Disappointed in You by Mark Russell and White Rage by Carol Anderson.

What I’m Watching

We’re still watching The Lonely Shining Goblin. My husband is really enjoying the comedic elements. I’m enjoying it as well, but could do with a little less lingering and longing.

I’m still watching alllll the telenovela things and there’s a new one on the horizon: Totalmente Diva. It’s Brazilian and according to Wikipedia it’s loosely based on Pygmalion. I can’t resist that!

In the kitchen

Some Portobello mushroom “bacon” set off the fire alarm. Other than that I’ve felt like Julia Child…even if I was just searing chicken and making salad.

On the needles

I’m still just in a frenzy of dish cloths, but I feel the need for a shawl. I can’t decide if I want to do Thyme after Thyme or Saffron. (Clearly I’m looking for some spice….)

Yarn has been acquired for the Campfire Cardigan and the Kenzie Kimono.

School is over. Summer has begun. I have 8 weeks to overcome the slump and get my zen and focus back.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/22/17

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

The Book Diet

Let’s not talk about that, shall we? Suffice to say daily deals are the devil and  there are new books on my kindle. I’m giving myself props for at least having enough control to stick to daily deals (it’s under $2) and not buying hard copy books. There’s just no more space.

Some recent acquisitions:

  • Vida
  • Drama is Her Middle Name
  • Beauty and the Geek (#blameitonlitsy)
  • Crime Does Not Pay Archives (all right all right… I confess. It wasn’t a daily deal. My audiobook made me do it.)
  • Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book (IT’S NOT MY FAULT!! This is all the fault of Crime Does Not Pay Archives. Matt Fraction *told* me to read it in the introduction!)
  • Welcome to the Ballroom (also not a deal but one does not simply say no to a Manga about competitive ballroom dancing.)

Where I’m Lurking

Right now I feel like even on Litsy I’m lurking. I’m trying to at least post once a day. I don’t feel like I’m interacting as much as I should. So many interesting Littens, but I can’t seem to muster more than a tap on the heart. I’m so lazy and unfocused these days.

Last week I read and heard

All I managed to finish last week was Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood. It’s the first book in the Phryne Fisher series. I can’t say it was a fun experience for me. I could not pay attention to the audiobook. I did much better reading on the kindle. I decided to give another Phryne Fisher book a try (#9 Raisins and Almonds), but this time only in book form.

I’m currently reading

I’m still  carrying around Princess Jellyfish Vol. 3 and The Hate U Give and I haven’t made progress on either one of them.

I’m currently Listening to…

As hard as it was for me to focus on Phryne, I am not giving up on my quest to become a better listener. (I don’t have much choice. See: Audiobook hoarder)

I think I may have found a winner in The Ten-Cent Plague. My husband is a comic book fan and watched a documentary about Batman and Bill Finger over the weekend. I was napping on the couch at the time, but it must have subconsciously piqued my interest in comic book history.

What I’m Watching

In the absence of Bosch, my husband and I started watching Goliath. We finished it up this weekend.

I did get kind of behind and had a 10 hour marathon on Sunday. (I love them, but sometimes I wish they didn’t air 5 days a week!) It did cut into the reading time. Hopefully I can balance the TV and book a little better when school is out (FRIDAY!)

Summer vacation also means K-drama. I don’t know why, but my husband and I always seem to watch K-drama in the summer. And then we end up going to our neighborhood Korean restaurant and getting Bi bim bap and kimbap. We started Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (we just call it “Goblin”) on Saturday. We’ve only seen 2 episodes, but we are hooked!

In the kitchen

I’m discovering that I find cooking relaxing…and I’m not half bad at it. Ok, so the meal delivery company actually does everything for me except chop the vegetables and cook the food. Let me have my fantasy.

Thanks to Home Chef we’ve enjoyed individual Turkey meatloaves (sooo gooood) and shrimp and grits.

With Blue Apron we got to enjoy Tandoori Chicken and Stir-fried Wonton Noodles.

Update: Blue Apron lost me when they sent an entire bulb of garlic when I only needed two cloves. This happened with 2 different deliveries. I loathe peeling garlic. And now I have two more or less full bulbs of garlic sitting on my counter. They also sent a package of squid ink spaghetti noodles that weren’t part of any recipe. Some poor person is looking for their ink spaghetti. While all the food has been delicious, I find myself more annoyed by them than other services. I mean, they don’t even have an Android app??? I can’t even.

Sooo, we have decided to stick with Home Chef and Plated and just rotate weeks for variety.

On the needles

I’m still plugging away on dish towels and baby blankets, but I found this cardigan and I want to give it a whirl.

So on the book front a rather sluggish week, but the TV has gotten a workout.