This week was almost entirely uneventful. I didn’t cook anything interesting (in part because it was hot) and there hasn’t been a lot going on. I did a bunch of boring stuff like get my bike tires replaced and make appointments to see the next optometrist in my saga to get treatment for binocular vision disorder. I also successfully rolled over my 401(k), which is a cause for celebration.
Here are some things I’ve recently read, watched, or bought.
Books and Other Words
I finished the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I mentioned the first book, A Discovery of Witches, last week. This week I read the next two: Shadow of Night and The Book of Life. I liked this series more than I thought I would. I came of age during Twilight mania, so I am very skeptical of any romance novels featuring a vampire. However, this series is well done and doesn’t take itself too seriously. I also like that the main characters are both academics and I really appreciated the way the series was resolved.
Meanwhile, on the internet, I enjoyed this piece from Cybernaut, Caught in the Study Web. This is an overview of how young people are using the internet to connect and study together, and how they use the internet to focus and discuss their issues.
TV and Music
I finally (finally!) started watching Legendary, which many of you have been telling me to do for the last year. I knew I would like it, it’s definitely my kind of show, but even with that in mind, it’s really good. I like that it focuses on the craft and performance and not overmuch on drama (looking at you, Drag Race), except from what stems naturally from competition. It’s a lush show and a lot of fun to watch.
Making Things and Doing stuff
There are some things I’ve made and stuff I’ve done.
Today I had my first Icelandic class with my new teacher and it went well. We mostly chatted about what I’ve learned so far and where I want to go with my studies. Plus we talked about how fun grammar is (roll your eyes if you must). I am surprised at how much I do remember, but also annoyed by how long it takes to excavate the knowledge from my brain. In any case, I’m looking forward to keep working on a language I’ve already made so much progress in.
I’m pleased to announce my virtual dance recital will be this Saturday, June 12 at 4 p.m. I do not, unfortunately, have a link to it yet but I am told it will be a live broadcast via YouTube. If you want to watch, save the date! It won’t stay on YouTube afterwards. I will share a link on the social media as soon as I have it.
The moment you’ve been waiting for: a new kitten! Unfortunately, we decided not to adopt Sebastian because he was having increasingly severe seizures and we did not feel up to caring for him. Fortunately, we went to the Elk Grove animal shelter yesterday and adopted this little nut. Meet Mr. Fritz. The shelter was calling him Fritter and we’ve transformed that into his new name: Fritz. He’s already very cuddly and purrs a lot with me. He does, unfortunately, seem have a case of pink eye, so he will be going to the vet as soon as we can manage it. Huey is a bit offended but there haven’t been any altercations. I think she’s mostly mad that Fritz is in a room that she is not allowed to hang out in often.