July 27th, 2018


The Road to You-Know-Where

Two weeks ago, the Friday Five were all about good intentions. I meant to post responses, but, well, you know how that goes. Here is my belated attempt:

1. What are some titles in your to-read stack?
The Brothers Karamazov is my great white whale. I also have a bunch of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, including two by a friend, that I've been meaning to dip into. Finally, I recently discovered contemporary novelist Stephen McCauley, and I'm currently meandering through his back catalog.

2. What are the highlights of this weekend's to-do list?
Somehow finish decluttering enough to move my son's things into the house (Number Two is moving back home in advance of his September wedding). I don't mind telling you that I have already reduced five rooms' worth of Hoarders-level clutter (mostly paper) to something quite respectable. Three rooms to go!

3. Which current or upcoming movies are you looking forward to?
I still haven't seen Solo, not to mention the latest Marvel offering (Ant Man II). But I did catch the Mr. Rogers flick, because I have priorities (and it was wonderful).

4. What's something you meant to do this past week that will have to wait until next week?
Hire a dumpster for the decluttering. Also, take some books from the discard pile to the Baltimore Book Thing.

5. What's an unfinished project (unrelated to media consumption) you haven't touched in at least a year?
Organizing the music at church. We made a dent two years ago, but my heart wasn't in it. Now that I've done my house, it will be.

Scattergories (part 8)

So here's one more catch-up Friday Five post, and I promise it'll be my last. About a month ago, the site's latest edition of Scattergories came out. I've played in the past and was ready to play this time, to the extent that I even went to the random-letter site and metaphorically rolled the die. But I never finished my post, the only draft of which was finally lost during an unexpected system update (does your computer do that? Mine sometimes just decides it's shutting down "in 30 seconds," and if I happen to be away from the screen at the moment, all my open programs close without my being able to save).

So I'm trying again. I rolled a W, which turned out to be an easy letter. Collapse )