Sunday Salon | April 12, 2020

How is everyone doing on this fine Sunday? Casa Lindskold is doing well, all things considered. I’m still frustrated about my life basically revolving around figuring out what the hell I’m going to eat that doesn’t involve a ton of work cooking. I see so many people talking about how they’re going to gain a ton of weight during this, but I’m going to end up losing 15 pounds. Le sigh.

Anyway, on to more positive things!

I have read A LOT of books over the past few weeks that need reviewing…

  • Nothing to See Here (Kevin Wilson)
  • World War Z (Max Brooks)
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Haruki Murakami)
  • The Sun Down Motel (Simone St. James)
  • The Stand (Stephen King)
  • A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World (C.A. Fletcher)
  • The Illness Lesson (Clare Beams)
  • Salt Slow (Julia Armfield)

But I did post my review of Upright Women Wanted last week.

I’m currently reading The Starless Sea (Erin Morgenstern), and I’m loving every page. Why can’t stuff like that be real? I want to live in an underground library full of stories and cats and secret rooms and *coughmagiccough*! Oh, and to have access to that kitchen and its staff…yes, please! Everything about The Starless Sea is dreamy and lovely, even the sad parts.

On the TV front, my husband and I started watching The Witcher last week. I wanted to read the books first, but I really want to finish The Wheel of Time before I start another series, so we’re watching the show first. It’s pretty good so far. The only thing that’s really annoying me is that grunt/hum thing the Witcher does…he does it INCESSANTLY. I can’t unhear it. I counted during one of the episodes we watched last night and he did it six or seven times! STAHP IT.

I’m also watching 30 Rock with my tv buddy. We’ll be starting the last season sometime next week, and when that’s done we’ll be moving on to Parks and Recreation. We’re also watching the latest season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as it airs.

I’m so sad that this stupid pandemic has interrupted Supernatural. I just wanted to watch the last season in peace, but nooooo. Ugh.

Oh, lord, and my boss has me watching Dance Moms. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. 😂

Oh! And my classes started on April 6, so I’ve been doing school work, too. Last two classes of my Bachelor’s degree! Wooooooo! I’m so excited. The university I attend disappointed me a bit, though, when they told me I couldn’t put my maiden name on my diploma along with my married name. Their rules state that the name on the student record is the name that goes on the diploma. I started this journey before I got married and I really wanted my maiden name on my diploma in addition to my married name. And that may sound like a little thing that I shouldn’t be upset about, but it bothers me a lot. Oh well.

I think I’ve rambled on enough, though, so how are all of you doing? What have you been reading and watching?

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Sunday Salon | February 16, 2020

Me: Three-day weekend, WOOOOOOO! No schoolwork, WOOOOOO! I’m gonna read ALL THE BOOKS! So excited! It’s gonna be the best!

Universe: You seem really excited. How ‘bout a cold or a sinus infection to go with your long weekend? Wouldn’t that be fun?! WOOOOOO!

You guys, I’m never sick. I pride myself on my superhuman immune system and my ability to avoid ingesting germs. Well, I must have let my guard down at some point last week, ‘cause I’ve got SOMETHING. It’s all in my nose, so it’s either a cold or a sinus infection. Still too early to tell which. My left nostril started getting stuffy Friday night (it’s always my left nostril), and now it’s pretty much full-blown (no pun intended), whatever it is. I’m waiting to see how it progresses.

ANYWAY, that means no Sunday morning breakfast date with Eric, BOO HISS. I can’t be one of those people who goes out sick and spreads the snot-nosed love. I complain about those people all the time. Heh. So we’re staying in and Eric is getting me breakfast from McD’s, which is totally not the same as a homemade breakfast from our favorite locally-owned breakfast spot down the street. THANKS, UNIVERSE. 🙄

Also, I told Eric I would make lasagna for dinner tonight as my belated Valentine’s Day gift to him, so I need to save my strength. I hope he enjoys that Plague Lasagna. 😂

But I’ve been getting a lot of reading done around my naps! I have about 30 pages left of How Long ‘til Black Future Month? (N.K. Jemisin), and I think I’ll read Weather (Jenny Offill) next. Weather is pretty short, so I should be able to start and finish that one today.

Oh, and like I said about Ursula K. Le Guin, if you enjoy sci-fi/fantasy and you haven’t read anything by N.K. Jemisin, you’re seriously missing out. BFM is so good.

On the TV front, we’re all caught up on This Is Us, so I think we’re going to start watching V Wars tonight.

Now I need to go blow my nose and take a shower so I can put on clean jammies and lie on the couch until it’s time to make dinner. I’d just like to give the Universe a shout-out and thank it again for giving me the plague for my three-day weekend. Stay classy, Universe, you’re the best.

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Sunday Salon | March 10, 2019

I know I keep repeating myself, but it was another hectic week at work. More moving, more heavy lifting. Next weekend is our largest fundraiser of the year, so things will be hectic again next week, but for a different reason. Things are going well, though. Spring is showing it’s face this weekend and into next week…I just hope it lasts.

I was able to read more than I normally would last week and was able to start and finish The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin. I just love her books. I went to her website today to see what kinds of things she blogs about and came across this post about why her books shouldn’t be shelved in an African American section in the library. As a librarian, I have always had an issue with a separate section for African American literature, too. Read it if you have a minute.

My daughter is off to college next year, and she has officially made her choice. She will be attending Smith College in the fall, and I’m super proud of her. She has worked so hard to make this happen. Her father and I will miss her like crazy when she’s away, but I honestly can’t wait to have a kid-free house. It’ll be so nice for my husband and I to be able to just do things we want to do without taking a kid’s schedule into account. I’m looking forward to it. We (parents) raise our kids to go off on their own and be independent, and it is time.

Currently reading:

Currently watching: We finished watching the first season of The Umbrella Academy (we loved it), and now we’re watching the first season of The Passage. We’re still watching other shows as they air, and we’re really looking forward to the newest seasons of American Gods, Veep, and A.P. Bio.

This quote came up on The Magicians this week, and as a librarian (and a woman) it made me “YESSSSSS!”

“All I’m saying is, you think you’ve seen stories like this before, so you can guess what’s going to happen. Who’s important and who isn’t, but that’s because you’re trapped in your POV. You have a classic case of white male protagonism Derek, and a Librarian simply cannot have that. But that’s why these books are so important, they’re such a gift. They can allow you to see other points of view, and once you start seeing that you’ll find that the story doesn’t end the way you think, and most important, characters who you expect.” (Penny, s4e7)

I wrote these two posts last week, in case you missed them:

Have a great week, everyone!

Sunday Salon | February 24, 2019

This was another hectic week for me. We had another snow day due to bad weather, and another two-hour delay for the same reason…but I had (have) so much work to get done. It’s nice to have a day off in the middle of the week, but I would rather have been at work getting sh*t done, and I would prefer that the day off be one of my choosing, instead of it being because we’re getting six inches of snow with a nice icy finish. Yuck.

Work has been pretty crazy. We’re downsizing a bit to allow another organization in the community to lease space in our building, so we’re having to rearrange a bunch of stuff, condense stuff, and get rid of (really old) stuff that we haven’t had a use for in years. There is more than one silver lining to all of this, but a personal silver lining was acquiring a nice big desk to use in our house for our computers. This allowed us to get our smaller computer desks–and computers–out of our living room and put them in a room that we’ve wanted to turn into a home office for years. The room still needs a lot of work, but the desk and computers are in there now, so three cheers for that. And our living room looks a lot nicer now, too.

The filing cabinet will eventually be painted to match the off-white color of the desk ends.
This is where the computer desks used to be. We need to move those paintings, and we’ll eventually have different bookcases on that wall.
ALL THE SK! These are in order of publication year, except for the DT series that I kept together at the bottom.

I didn’t get to read a whole lot this past week; I had school work to get done and some other things going on. As soon as I’m done writing this, I’ll be spending the rest of the evening reading.

Currently reading:

Currently watching: The same list as last week, but we finished Black Mirror and started watching the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist. We’ll probably finish that one up tonight, though.

I wrote two reviews last week, in case you missed them:

Have a great week, everyone!

Sunday Salon | February 17, 2019

This was a nice, short week for me. We had some bad weather in Central PA on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, so the library was closed on Tuesday and had a delayed opening on Wednesday. I had a lot of work to do, though, so I ended up having a lot less time to do it in. That was a little rough, but it was still a short work week, so I’m not complaining. Now I have a three-day weekend for Presidents’ Day, so I’m looking forward to doing ALL THE READING.

I didn’t get much pleasure reading done last week. I’m taking a Lit class this quarter, so most of my reading during the week is for class. And not that I don’t enjoy what I’m reading for class (writing from 1865 to the present day), but it’s not stuff I’m choosing to read. I finished Everything’s Eventual last Sunday (review here), and I finally finished The Luminaries yesterday (I started it on January 20). The Luminaries is going to be hard to review, but I loved it.

Library books I have checked out:

Books I’ve purchased over the last couple weeks:

I’m not sure when I’m going to get to the books I’ve purchased, but very soon I hope. I need to read the library books first.

Currently reading:

I am really enjoying The Expanse book series. Eric and I started watching the TV show before I knew it was based on a series of books. Of course I had to start reading the books as soon as I found out they existed. The TV show is done really well; the books are a little different, but not in a way that makes them better than the show. I’m really enjoying both the show and the book series.

I’m actually writing this post on Saturday afternoon, so I haven’t started reading Pandaemonium yet–I’ll be starting it Saturday evening.

Currently watching:

  • Black Mirror (will be caught up by the time you read this)
  • Bob’s Burgers (beginning of season 8)
  • Dear White People (middle of season 2)
  • Gotham (as it airs)
  • The Magicians (as it airs)
  • Supernatural (as it airs)
  • This is Us (as it airs)
  • The Walking Dead (as it airs)
  • The Wire (beginning of season 4)

Hope everyone has a good week!

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