Blurt!Sben

The smoke is gone, I “mopped” the floors, and all windows are open. Feeling agitated by the fallout of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death yesterday, and by the upcoming two-plus months of political shitshow, but not quite so helpless/hopeless.

Sat., Sep 19, 2020, 12:09:01pm PDT

Just noting the smoke for the record. Woke up to a yellow-beige light this morning.

Sat., Sep 12, 2020, 9:56:29am PDT

Tonight’s picnic victory: bratwursts in sauerkraut on the grill; baked beans; nectarine/raspberry cobbler with ginger biscuits; peach sorbet with the bambina; coffee ice cream with the dude. Mom and Greg and Jocelyn and the kids came over to help us eat it all.

Sun., Sep 6, 2020, 8:43:40pm PDT

The dude convinced the bambina to listen to “The Internationale”. She seemed into it, though maybe not as much as he is.

Sat., Sep 5, 2020, 4:34:41pm PDT

Downloaded 1700-some photos from my Flickr account. Boy is that some nostalgia.

Thu., Aug 27, 2020, 8:58:59pm PDT

Got sucked into Ancillary Justice, and then reread Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy in short order. A couple thoughts:

  • Of course the books are a criticism of imperialism and oppression, and a subversion of gender normativity. But Leckie also writes what strike me as neuro-atypical characters as well (Breq here, but possibly also one of the main characters in The Raven Tower).
  • By the end of the series, I had grown tired of Breq’s near-omnicompetence.

Anyway, I finally got back to The End of Policing last night.

Thu., Aug 27, 2020, 12:52:33pm PDT

Talkin’ cosmology with the dude.

Aug 21, 2020, 9:40pm

Last night’s and tonight’s kitchen victory: assisted the dude making coffee ice cream.

Aug 15, 2020, 8:59pm

For years I’ve only read one book at a time. I’ve recently started alternating between two — one important, one fun. So, also currently rereading Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

Aug 13, 2020, 9:41am

Also, I finished writing the first draft of my long walk journal. Next up, get a red pen and give it a vigorous editing.

Aug 11, 2020, 11:36pm

Finished reading A Memory Called Empire. First impression confirmed; it felt more like Leckie’s and Chambers’s second or third books than their firsts. That’s a strong recommendation.

Aug 11, 2020, 11:30pm

I am delighted and so grateful that the kids are getting along so well during the covid home time — actually growing closer, when they could easily have been antagonizing each other to death.

Aug 2, 2020, 2:26pm

Finished reading How to Be an Antiracist. It feels like more of a primer than a deep dive, but it’s carefully structured and methodical, and I’m sure I’ll be thinking about it a lot. I hope I put some of what I read into action.

Jul 28, 2020, 10:13pm