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Day 7 of book recommending: The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher. The first two are okay, the series starts rolling at book 3. Dead Beat, Changes, and Skin Game are my faves, in that order. πŸ“š

What a day! πŸ‹

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For day 6 of MB’s Book Challenge week, I’m suggesting William Irvine’s A Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt–And Why They Shouldn’t, a book about (not of) insults. I am thankful Irvine wrote this book, as his writing it meant I didn’t have to write my version of it. πŸ“š

For day 5 of MB’s Book Challenge week, I’m suggesting Sam Harris’ Free Will. This book was 9th on my list of Things that F’d Me Up in Life. If you thoughtfully consider the arguments Harris makes, the short read is intensely painful. πŸ“š

Let’s be real here though, Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Fionavar Tapestry is really what I want to recommend. Most people balk at three book recommendations over a single book. πŸ“š

Day 4 of MB’s Book Recommendation week, moving back to fiction:

Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Lions of Al-Rassan, a historical fantasy novel set in Moorish Spain, is a “tale of brutality and romance.” There are scenes in this book that give me goosebumps, even on the fourth reading. πŸ“š

Day 3 of MB’s Book Recommendation week, and this one should be required reading:

Rolf Dobelli’s The Art of Thinking Clearly, a book of cognitive biases, logic fallacies, and faulty thinkings that, once you know about them, you can see everywhere.

Spoiler alert: we are all fallible. πŸ“š

Day 2 of the Book Recommendation part of MB’s May challenge, and, yes, this is also an easy one:

John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, a modern retelling of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel.

First book I can recall reading twice. πŸ“š

Day 1 of the Book Recommendation part of MB’s May challenge, and, hooboy, this is an easy one:

Alfred Lansing’s Endurance, the story of Shackleton’s 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole.

Spoiler alert: everyone survives. πŸ“š

TFW your mother decides that she will read a Scalzi book, and you giggle as you hand her The Android’s Dream. πŸ“š

Finished The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins today. I was expecting neither to enjoy this book as much as I did, nor to read it in one day, but here we are. Recommended with the warning that it is slightly dark in places. πŸ“š

I would be most grateful for your lemon recipes… πŸ‹

Lazy moment, lying in the yard, chatting with the neighbor sitting six meters away, watching the birds fly overhead.

Thankfully, no poop landed on me.

I don’t know how I’m related to my dad.

Travel complete and nominally successful! Except for the guy who sat in the aisle seat, same row, same side, after I sat in the window seat. And except for the second guy who did the same to me after I moved away from the first guy. πŸ˜’

Now we wait 14 days for full success.

Global pandemics are a shit time to break up with a best friend, let me tell you.

I am grateful for the routine the beagle gives me. Every morning, without fail, he asks for walkies, and starts my day.

Started my day calling out an Irish American man and a Cuban American woman on their body shaming of an African American woman, followed by being yelled at by the both of them as they defended their actions as “calling out non-professionalism.”

How’s your day going?

Stupidly excited to have found a training trail with many steep portions that I can use to train for the 14k’ers I am hoping to summit this summer.

The view isn’t bad either.


Pretty sure my year goal of “Read The Wheel of Time” is in direct conflict with my year goal of “Read 100 books.”

The WoT is 4.4 million words long. πŸ˜’

Ugh. Why do people think social distancing means social isolation?

I said hello with a hearty wave to no fewer than 20 people today, and all of them were startled by my greeting.

I’ve been working on my throws, mostly by throwing small oranges from a tree to the sheep on the other side of the yard. They eat them, so no waste.

Today, I had validation that my throws have improved. I am delighted.

πŸ‘ 🍊 ⚾️

sheep in the distance behind a fence with an orange embedded in itclose up of an orange embedded in a chainlink fence

So, uh, how long do spiders live? Uh, asking for a friend.