from instagram: winter coping strategies
This month we rang out the old year, made crazy plans for the new, endured some truly terrible dreary winter days and a few gloriously sunny and un-frigid ones, read a lot of books, and built a lot of fires.
Silas’s original birthday, and his fifth
I’m also starting to think about what’s going to happen when I pick up my NaNoWriMo manuscript again. When I finished it back in November, I closed the file, shoved all my notes in a drawer, and resolved not to touch it till February 1. It’s almost time …
What I’m watching
We stayed up way too late watching the series finale of Parenthood. So good.
I’m watching Downton Abbey again (although I haven’t seen this week’s episode yet). Is it just me, or is this season way soapier than previous ones?
I gave The March Family Letters from Pemberley Digital a try … and I’m not sure I care. Nice premise, but it’s no Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
In my ears
I’ve been listening to a few new-to-me podcasts:
• The Popcast by Knox and Jamie. They remind me of how much I don’t know about popular anything. Their Oscar coverage is terrific.
• I’ve followed Jeni at The Blog Maven for a while now and finally checked out a great episode of her Blog Smarter podcast, where she talks with Tsh Oxenreider about simplifying your blogging life.
my highbrow Amazon cart
What I’m reading
I finally finished The Brothers K, a book I’ve been meaning to read that has been recommended by numerous people with great taste.
On the blog
My accidental capsule wardrobe. I sat down to write a post about why I don’t have a capsule wardrobe—and then realized that I did.
The beginner’s great big guide to audiobooks. This is, uh, huge. Everything you need to know to get started, but I’d be surprised if experienced audiophiles didn’t pick up a few tips and titles, too.
The 2015 MMD Reading Challenge. (It’s not too late to join!)
9 novels to curl up with this winter. Your winter reading list.
Survival strategies for winter, my least favorite season. My favorite coping tips. I loved the ones you shared, too.
Best of the web
19 perfectly emotional Parenthood moments. Grab the tissues. (I have been thinking about #15 so much recently.)
The meteorology of Little House on the Prairie. “I’d never had a real clear idea of what “the train can’t get through” really meant. But, as it turns out, when the train company said they couldn’t get the trains through, they were not messing around.
There are two kinds of readers; one is more likely to become a writer. “What’s perceived as the antisocial nature of “substantive” authors, whether it’s James Joyce’s exile or J. D. Salinger’s reclusion, derives in large part from the social isolation that’s necessary for inhabiting an imagined world.”
7 surprising things that can help you stop worrying. Change your bedtime, eat chocolate, smell a grapefruit. I love grapefruit.
That time Queen Elizabeth terrified the Saudi King with her driving. This makes me want to rewatch The Queen immediately, and read all the Eleanor Roosevelt books I have stored up on my Kindle. I realize the second one makes no sense, other than they’re clearly both badass women.
What were you into in January?
Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.