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Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #40

February 4, 2016 | 12 comments


1. I cannot believe it’s already February. Time flies.

2. This also means that the first month of Kerry’s Clean Your Reader challenge is over. As the name suggest, it’s all about reading books already on your e-reader. During January, I read two books for the challenge (Unraveling You by Jessica Sorensen and Slammed by Colleen Hoover). Both are young adult novels I bought a few years ago, and then never ended up reading.

3. Another challenge that also just ended is the semi-charmed book challenge (hosted by Megan). I did 10 tasks for the first two months (see books here and here). I had actually finished one more task in December. I read The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne and didn’t realize that Tremayne is a pseudonym used by Tom Knox. I’m not very upset that I, once again, didn’t finish all the tasks. It was fun anyway.

4. I love this list about Scandinavian food! Although I’m still freaking out about the entire leave-Hawaii/move-back-home thing, I’m starting to really look forward being back in Sweden. The food is definitely something I’ve missed.

5. After reading this, I feel like I need to start a collection of chocolate bar wrappers.

6. While we’re on the subject of chocolate – Em tried this recipe the other day and it was the best thing ever. She just replaced the flour (same amount) with Pillsbury’s gluten free flour and it turned out great. We’re never using a brownie mix again.

7. One of my friends sent me a box of cheese from Wisconsin. This friend clearly understands my obsession with cheese.

8. I want one of these personalized serving trays. I don’t want to pay $150 for it.

9. Once a year, all the graduate students in my department have to attend individual review meetings with a panel of professors to make sure that we have made satisfactory progress and that there are no issues preventing us from completing our degrees. The idea behind the meetings is good, but in practice (unless you have any problems), they are not very useful. In preparation for the meeting, we all have to fill out a form, answering things like when did you last meet with your committee (or why did you not meet with them recently), what have you accomplished in the last year, what do you plan to accomplish in the next year, and so on. I won’t lie. It felt pretty good answering “I have already defended” on every question.

10. I (like many, many others) was obsessed with listening to the podcast Serial last year. When it ended, I continued listening to Undisclosed, which I actually liked more than Serial. This morning, on my walk to the office, I listened to the first of the daily updates from the Adnan’s new PCR hearing. It’s quite interesting to see how the two podcasts describe the same events differently.

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