Week in Review 22.02.2016 - 26.02.2016

Photo of the Week: I found this old picture on my phone of a colourful street in Baltimore, Hampden area I think near where my sister lives, and I just love it so much.

Photo of the Week: I found this old picture on my phone of a colourful street in Baltimore, Hampden area I think near where my sister lives, and I just love it so much.

Sitting down to write this week's review the song 'Another One Bites the Dust' started playing in my head...so I guess that's my mood for the afternoon. If only I could be as badass as Freddie Mercury

As you'll have noticed, blogging has been in drips and drabs over the past few weeks but I'm working on some longer posts these days so each one takes a bit more work. I feel like I spend too much time talking about how I'm not blogging properly and I should probably stop. There is no right way to blog. Ok, now that that's out of the way...

It's been a while since I've sat down to give a little update on life here on a weekly review. I haven't been up to much, though...except a trip to the Middle East last week. If you saw my post last Thursday (here), you'll know that H and I took an impromptu trip to Abu Dhabi. Other than that it's just February, so we're muddling through. It was definitely good to get a few days' sunshine in last week, and to go have H's parents take care of us for a few days. Sometimes, even as adults, it's just nice to have parental figures take care of you when you're stressed. As our parents live abroad, H and I don't get to spend time with family very often so a little family time was nice. Suffice it to say I've been feeling quite homesick lately - I've lived in England for 4.5 years, but I still miss Baltimore sometimes (look at that beautiful street of colourful houses!).

Anyway, I have quite a bit to share with you so let's get on to the good stuff!

 

Reading

As it's been two weeks since I officially updated my reading progress here on the blog I have quite a lot of books to account for. Check out my review for Passenger, which I finished reading in Abu Dhabi. I also read Scarlet, the Lunar Chronicles #2 by Marissa Meyer (Goodreads) and The Duchess War by Courtney Milan (Goodreads) on holiday. As I listen to audiobooks while travelling, I was able to get through Order of the Phoenix last week and most of Halfblood Prince. Also - I've become quite addicted to easy, fun romance novels of late, having breezed through two Lisa Kleypas books this week - Mine till Midnight (Goodreads) and Tempt Me at Twilight (Goodreads), both part of the Hathaways series. My book club read this month was The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (Goodreads), which also counts as romance I suppose although it wasn't nearly as fun as Lisa Kleypas and Courtney Milan. And finally, I'm currently reading Cress, the Lunar Chronicles #3 (Goodreads), A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell (Goodreads), AND In the Country: Stories by Mia Alvar (Goodreads).

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As you can tell I'm currently in an in-between stage waiting for one of my current reads to suck me in. Binge-reading romance novels isn't helping, I suppose, but I'm probably not stopping anytime soon.

Phew. That's a lot of books for one round-up.

 

Watching

I've finally come to the end of my Grey's Anatomy re-watch and I'm not going to lie, my life feels pretty empty without it. I will try to resist starting over at season 1, but I'm only so strong. Not much TV has been grabbing me lately. The 100 season 3 has started to air here in the UK and the first two episodes have been pretty good so I'm glad to have something to look forward to every week. In online video, I shared this video tour of Umberto Eco's house on Twitter - I've watched it, staring in awe, several times now. And I have to recommend another Rosianna Halse Rojas video. She is my favourite voice on YouTube right now and she posts discussions that are interesting and intelligent and just all around great. 

Umberto Eco's Books: view here

Rosianna's video, sexual harassment (involving Uber and Lyft)

 

Listening

The Inside The Time's Podcast has been a recent discovery - the most recent episode is an interview with Will Shortz, the editor of the famous New York Times Crosswords (which I do every day). Another recent listen that I loved - In Our Time: Mary Magdalen, about one of the most fascinating women in history. I also listen to The Writer's Almanac every day and so I feel like I should mention it here every once in a while. 

 

More Reading

I should probably have more Internet wanderings to share with you, but this crop is filled with some gems. Yes, there's some religious humour but that's par for the course for me (also I pretty much love everything Mallory Ortberg produces for The Toast - she's amazing). But there's also a great exploration of the controversial figure that is Professor Bhaer (of Little Women)...I'm pro-Bhaer, guys. Just thought you should know. And of course Ta-Nehesi Coates is great. 

Tweets That Catholics Will Find Sinfully Funny

Mallory Reviews the 95 Theses Part 1

Getting to Know Professor Bhaer

Ruth Graham and Ta-Nehisi Coates talk about poetry

The Setup Wizard - Hogwarts' IT Guy Tells All

 

Twittering

 

Poem of the Week

Myths of Disappearance

By Monica Ferrell


I rise like a red balloon, untethered and vacant.
 
The essence of my dolor has become rarefied,
Holy; like a fragrance, bodiless, without referent.
It is pale shadow on the sun, a wasp’s-wing, accidental
Splash of poison on the white rose’s thorn—
I twist it in my fingers and faint. Shall I tell you?
 
There was one bad fairy at my birth, there came one curse,
One blister, one drop of mercury in the moult of me
And everything was ruined after.
 
                                                       Still it is
No good; the words drift from me like ashes.
I am so old now, I have left half my life
In caves hollowed out in rock by the seashore:
I prayed in each one, and could not find my way back,
Or lied when the pass-word was asked, or turned my back,
Making gestures of despondency at the roiling surf.
 
                  In a mirror I shot all my hateful selves, the yesterdays.
 

 

That's all for now - I have Pilates as usual and then it's movie night.

Have a happy, halcyon weekend, friends!