Weekly rundown, 2/6-2/11

Yes, it has been a while, no kidding, thanks for asking. Let’s get some accountability in here.

Mr. Cat (the black one) did indeed disappear, never to be seen again. He was like an 18-pound Mary Poppins that would regularly scare the shit out of me by shouting “HELLO?!” at me from down the hall when he thought no one was home. If you get a starter cat, get a talking one, that’s a good way to begin.

In April, though, the feral tuxedo cat showed up to reclaim her territory, and had a litter of five kittens. We managed to trap four, and then the last one showed up literally the day after we’d taken the whole family to the animal shelter, so we’ve kept her and named her Sadie. She’s a brown/caramel tabby who once contemplated becoming a calico, reflected in her one foot with pink toes (all others are black). She enjoys biting, and talking to her stuffed eel toy.

I bought a house. The kitchen needed renovations, so we’ve been working on that, and there will be pictures and projects. To my mom’s unending horror and existential dismay, it’s getting decorated with Mid Century Modern pieces.

So! With a year gone by, here are some lists.

What I’ve been reading

  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi. Strong overtones of a Snow White redux, but also… not? Good world-building and set up with an odd payoff at the end. I enjoyed her style enough to check out Mr. Fox, which is sitting on a moving box at home.
  • For Esme—With Love and Squalor by J.D. Salinger. I won’t be afraid to admit that I didn’t know what I was getting into here; I’m not a Salinger person, I just wanted to see some of the reasoning behind Lemony Snicket’s character name choice. I detect none.
  • A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine. Stoicism not in the sense of suppressing all emotion, but in developing desire and appreciation for what we already have. Mr. Money Mustache made a big to-do about this one, but his chosen example of negative visualization through imagining that he was a blind person came across as rather tone deaf.
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand. YA Book Club pick. This is what I imagine Reign to be like, except probably funnier and even less historically accurate?
  • The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery. The author reads the audiobook, and it’s a feat how she manages to stay amazed at octopuses.

What I’ve been listening to

  • Impeach the President by The Honeydrippers is catchy.
  • Can You Get to That by Funkadelic has thoroughly shamed me; of course I should have realized that Sleigh Bells sampled that guitar line, no white kids from Brooklyn could ever come up with that

What I’ve been watching

  • We picked up Riverdale, and it’s just as frothy and silly as I was hoping. Emo Jughead; you can’t make this up.
  • No Tomorrow came recommended with high praise, and it has answered the call. You can just sit and enjoy it from any old direction, come at it from any angle or plane, and it’s great.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events needs to be on a much tighter release schedule, a YEAR TO SEE THE NEW ONES?!
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