Hello there, loves. It was a bit of a month. I’m a week late wrapping things up, but the effort is sincere. I wish I could say all of January was filled with the positive momentum of the Women’s March (and meeting Cheryl Strayed!), but the last few weeks have been a serious struggle for me in terms of balance and anxiety over how quickly the new administration is gutting our democracy. Right now I’m super thankful for things like the Action Now TinyLetter and How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind (both thanks to Kerry), which are helping me disconnect enough to work without losing focus.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
Loner by Teddy Wayne
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter
Reign of Error by Diane Ravitch
Best Book of the Month
Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin – BY FAR!!
Still going with a decent amount of audiobooks lately (Hoopla for the win!), but squeezing a few podcasts in, too. I’m glad the Keepin’ It 1600 crew is still around as Pod Save America because I’m not sure I could make it through without them.
Hubs and I just finished watching The Fall because we love our British crime shows and now we’re catching up on this season’s Top Chef. We also hate-watched the newest season of The Affair, which was a pile of garbage, so maybe avoid that (Fiona Apple’s intro is the very best part of every episode).
On the School Side
So, this semester came in like a lion. Does that mean it will go out like a lamb? I’m crawling out of my comfort zone and sharing some of my research ideas outside my classes, which is both scary and rewarding, and just finished proposals for two conferences later this year. Fingers crossed!
How was your January?