Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

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1. The UCLA Women and Men made it to the Sweet 16! Go Bruins! 

2. Mac is coming to Ulta- like I need to spend more money on makeup.

3. I was supposed to have an MRI of my hip last Saturday, which I scheduled nervously since I am quite claustrophobic. I woke up early that morning and said "nope, not gonna happen" and didn't go. I need to reschedule for the open MRI machine, but I know they are pretty backed up. This sort of refusal from me is really irregular, as I am typically one of those annoying rule-following, get-the-job done asap, kind of people. But apparently Saturday morning I knew my own limitations and decided to be a rebel (and to make the matter worse I couldn't reach anyone in the office so I was a no-show- THE HORROR). 

4. I am obsessed with checking the weather for Yosemite and Fish Camp, where we are staying, now that our departure day has entered the ten-day-forecast. I can deal with rain (just ordered Sawyer same rain boots, haha), but snow not so much. 

5. You can customize Sperrys. How long will I be able to resist?

6. As soon as the Democrats control the Senate, or better, someone has got to make Elizabeth Warren take a vacation. Or a nap. That woman is relentless and I love it. 

7. This Lemon Almond Pudding Cake looks absolutely amazing, but I'm not sure if anyone in my house will help me eat it. 

8. I finished the cross stitching project I have been working on for the last few months and am really pleased with how it turned out (pictured above). 

Top Ten Tuesday: One and Done

This Tuesday the Broke and the Bookish ask up for books we can read in one  sitting (or close to). I love this topic because my students commonly wait until the last minute to finish up their Outside Reading, so I'm frequently throwing titles like this their way, come December and May. 

1. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

2. We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

3. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

4. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (I read this over a few days, but if I was on vacation or child-free I could have knocked it out very quickly) 

5. Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding (the format makes it read so quickly)

6. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (it just reads fast!)

7. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

8. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

9. The Awakening by Kate Chopin 

10. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel  (graphic novel)

Lemme Tell You a Story (3)

Every once in awhile I like to pop in with a few of my Instagram Stories, just for fun. I want to sit down and write my thoughts on the collection of Ann Patchett essays I finished a few days ago, but I'm currently shoulders-deep in baking a Cinnabun Pie and prepping an Easter craft for Sawyer when he wakes up (holy domesticity!), so that ain't happenin'. So for now, happy Sunday:

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

Gah! It's Wednesday! I almost forgot (hence the brevity). Anyway, link up, link back, say hey!

1. Weekend plans: have an MRI on my hip. I saw the doctor last week and she doesn't think it's muscular or soft tissue, so off to get I scan I go. This would be totally fine if I wasn't claustrophobic (their open MRI has a tight schedule that didn't work with mine).

2. Pet peeve: magazine articles that continue their articles on pages in the back.

3. I am seriously considering a trip to Nashville just to visit Parnassus, Ann Patchett's bookstore. I just finished her book of essays and started following them on Instagram and I just need to go. 

4. It's Ruth Bader Ginsburg's birthday! Stay kickin' for four more years, lady! 

5. My child is obsessed with Moana. Help. 

6. Speaking of Sawyer, I cannot decide if it's time to get him a regular bed or not. He still doesn't always sleep through the night, although he goes right back to sleep when he does wake up (I do not, though). Maybe he needs more room? Maybe it will make things worse? I just don't know.

Top Ten Tuesday- Spring TBR

This week The Broke and the Bookish ask us about our current reading plans for the spring are. I have a love/hate relationship with these posts: I love to make plans and get excited about books to come, but I hate the fact that I know I may not follow the plan (I am a planner, so this is sort of a set up to fail, which I also hate). Nonetheless, let's focus on the love part:

Antigone by Sophocles: I am teaching this play next, so I have to reread it (for the fourth time...). If I was really ambitious I'd read the two plays that come before again, but I don't think I'm feeling that much Sophocles right now. 

After the Parade by Lori Ostlund: I honestly don't even know what this book is about, but it's our next department book club selection so I'll be starting it soon!

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid: I have read one of his other book, How to Get Filthy Rich in Asia, and loved it, so when I heard this new one had some magical realism I was all about ordering it. 

Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson: I loved Family Fang, so I am excited to see if his new one is as good. 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman: I hear this one is an easier read that's incredibly endearing. I could use some of that.

The Tempest by William Shakespeare: I want to reread this before I read Margaret Atwood's newest. 

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: Finally! I am the last one on the planet? 

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett: I am currently enamored with Patchett and am resisting reading everything she has written that I have not yet gotten to. 

The Women by TC Boyle: I made a new best friend in line at Target the other day and for some reason Wright's name came up in the best four minute conversation ever and I remembered this book (this guy was probably seventy-five and we totally bonded over chocolate cereal, UCLA v USC, Bass Lake, and whatever else we crammed into the conversation).

The Restrain of Beasts by Magnus Mills: I have no idea what this is about except a friend brought it back from Greece for us last year and it's supposedly hilarious.