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Countdown to another long weekend!

Posted on: November 24, 2019

You ever have one of those weeks where you feel like you got absolutely nothing done?  Yep, this past week felt like that.  But? only three workdays this week, and then a 4 day weekend full of food, shopping, more food, reading, and general chillaxing!  And I’ll be doing all that shopping online while wearing pajamas.


what have I been up to lately?

I did end up setting aside the Robin Hobb book. Not so much a didn’t finish, as a I’m not in the mood for this right now.   and I did start reading The Quantum Garden by Derek Kunsken. I’m only about 100 pages in, but what a ride so far!

I picked up a book of short stories called Flying Carpets, and I’ll admit I was drawn to this book because of the cover.  Got to meet the author at a local event,  and when she said “magical realism”, I was sold.   I’ve read the first few stories so far, and they are quite enjoyable.

And speaking of short stories, I was flipping through the table of contents of the absolutely massive The Big Book of Science Fiction, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer, when I realized this tome has some favorites that I haven’t gotten to read in a really long time, such as “Standing Woman” by Yasutaka Tsutsui , “Sandkings” by George R R Martin, and “Gorgonoids” by Leena Krohn. There’s also “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, “The Poetry Cloud” by Cixin Liu, “Blood Music” by Greg Bear,  “Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Terius” by Jorge Luis Bores, and about a million more. Hard to believe a the paperback of this costs less than $30!  Yes, I am recommending this as a gift to your science fiction loving friends!

On the non-bookish side of life,  if your planning a holiday Game of Thrones binge watch, make sure you have matching liquor and beer.

And when you’ve got rice, some veggies, and some high quality tinned fish, dinner can come together in 5 minutes.

Mackerel over rice with corn, green olives, and scallions. This photo doesn’t do it justice, this plate was to die for.

What have you been reading, watching, drinking, eating, and enjoying lately?


4 Responses to "Countdown to another long weekend!"

I’m reading Flights by Olga Tokarczuk because my Polish wife pushed it on me. She had this writer already in her visors since she won last year the Man Booker International Prize, but woke up to it when on top of this when O.T. won a Nobel-prize. And my most notable latest eating habit is that we can’t eat anything that contains tomatoes or that’s spicy. Because said person has a stomach problem. The mackerel would pass the test, but I’m not that crazy about it, not to mention that said person had a couple of years ago a bout of ciguatera (fish poisoning) and has to be careful with some kinds of white fish because they can cause a relapse.


Flights looks amazing! what do you think of it so far? I imagine the vignette style structure could be very weird to get used to.

I hear you on the tomatoes, I have to be careful with them. anything tomato paste I should avoid, and i have to be careful what pasta sauce and pizza sauce we buy. The rice would be just as tasty with chicken, or any other protein, i’m sure. 🙂

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Honestly, the vignette structure of this book grates me a little. It reads a little as a diary of someone who travels between airports. It’s great lecture for someone who has troubles to fall asleep.

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that does sound very odd, now that I think more about it.

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