Week in Review 110116 - 150116

Really enjoying Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman! my 6th book of the year.

Really enjoying Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman! my 6th book of the year.

This week as I sit down to write the WiR, all I can think is - I want a nap! But I am thoroughly anti-naps and so instead I am working from couch, comfy and cozy. I've been going through a bout of insomnia and restless sleep as a side-effect of a new medication. A good sleep schedule is one of those things that you don't fully appreciate until it's taken away. I just want my old 11.30pm-7.30pm schedule back. Until then I may not be my usual sunny self...Random story: I was almost named Sunny after my grandmother. My name was supposed to be Domenica Marie, Sunny for short as Domenica means Sunday in Italian. As much as I love my Grandma Sunny, I'm glad I didn't end up as Little Sunny - it would be too cutesy, ironic given the fact that my personality tends to clouds more than sunshine.

Anyway, that's all for story-time this week. Let's get onto the weekly roundup!


Praise to the reading gods! I had a stellar reading week - finished Illuminae on Sunday, Fates & Furies on Tuesday, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (audiobook) earlier today, and I only have about 30 pages left of Vengeance Road. That's my kind of week.



I'm in a TV dry spell, which is a common side-effect of a good reading week. I did manage to have a mini-binge on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is my favourite comedy at the moment. It's such a fun, enjoyable show - and as a bonus, it's a great show for women (for reference).

My other notable viewing this week hits hard (my therapist recommended it...so yeah, personal). I'll just leave a link and give a nudge, but nothing more. 

Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability (TED Talk)



My Harry Potter audiobook listening has taken up most of my time in transit this week. In the world of podcasts, I enjoyed episodes from Point of Inquiry and Fresh Air - as well as my usual daily listens (Diane Rehm, Woman's Hour, and Writer's Almanack).

Point of Inquiry - Religious Belief Naturally Selected

Fresh Air - David Bowie (embedded below)


More Reading

Just a few picks for Internet reads this week. My fellow West Wing nerds will appreciate the first link about Big Block of Cheese Day. And anyone who was as obsessed with American Girls Dolls as I was when I was little will love that The Paris Review (!!) wrote about Addy Walker's significance as a black doll in American culture - I had several American Girl dolls growing up, including Addy, and I loved them all. Addy's books were some of my favourites and I definitely loved Addy just as much as I loved my Felicity and Samantha dolls (and I loved Josephina, the Latina doll, equally as well). The American Girl dolls were a big part of my childhood, introducing me to girls' stories throughout history.

The (Real) Story of the White House and the Big Block of Cheese 

The Paris Review on Addy Walker, American Girl

Brain Pickings: John O'Donohue on Belonging, Restlessness, and Creativity




Poem of the Week


by Billy Collins

There is the sudden silence of the crowd
above a player not moving on the field,
and the silence of the orchid.

The silence of the falling vase
before it strikes the floor,
the silence of the belt when it is not striking the child.

The stillness of the cup and the water in it,
the silence of the moon
and the quiet of the day far from the roar of the sun.

The silence when I hold you to my chest,
the silence of the window above us,
and the silence when you rise and turn away.

And there is the silence of this morning
which I have broken with my pen,
a silence that had piled up all night

like snow falling in the darkness of the house—
the silence before I wrote a word
and the poorer silence now.

Now, I'm off to finish reading Vengeance Road - and then to badger H into watching my favourite Western, The Man from Snowy River.


Have a magnificently mystical weekend, friends!