Posts Categorized: Miscellaneous

Silly Rabbit, Serial is for Adults!

November 20, 2014 Miscellaneous 6


Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. We’ll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we’ll bring you the latest chapter, so it’s important to listen in order, starting with Episode 1.

So, have you heard about Serial? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t. I only discovered it when I was looking for some new podcasts. It was the number 1podcast in Downcast when I searched all podcasts.

This is for good reason. It is absolutely, obsessively, fantastic.

Serial takes a true story – like it says above – a true CRIME story and gets to the heart of the case. Episode by episdoe, Sarah Koenig, takes a different part of the case – the perpetrator, the victim, testimonial, and more – and reviews every piece of evidence. Testimony is played. Opinions are shared. The mystery unfolds, slowly, but hopefully surely. And by golly, it’s just fascinating. I imagine it feels like the way it did decades ago, when families gathered around the radio for the next installment in their favorite radio show. Or waiting for the next part in a Dickens story. From an article in the Guardian, quoting Sarah Koenig:

It’s such a simple idea! And I’m not supposed to talk about it this way – my colleagues get all annoyed – but honestly, I am such an old fashioned consumer of stories. I like books on tape. I’m not kidding. I go to my public library, I browse the shelves, I check out CDs of books on tape … that’s how old school I am. And this is not an original idea. Maybe in podcast form it is, and trying to do it as a documentary story is really, really hard. But trying to do it as a serial, this is as old as Dickens.

I don’t know how it will end. Sarah Koenig (same article as above) doesn’t even know how it will end:

I don’t know where it will end, actually. The way we have to think about it is, “If this, then what? If that, then what?” We’re forced to build out different scenarios. If this thing turns out to be true or not true, then what do we do? I’m trying not to freak out about the end right now – we’ll get there when we get there.

I’m enjoying the ride so much, I just had to share it with all of you. So, if you like podcasts, or even have never listened to one, I highly recommend taking a listen to this one. I think you’ll be as obsessed as I am.



Weekend Inspiration

October 11, 2014 Art, Books, Lists, Miscellaneous 6

With the fall season upon us, the fact that temperatures will actually drop below 40 degrees this weekend, and because my favorite scarf is looking a little worse for wear, I am feeling the need to either knit or crochet myself a new one. As my skills have developed, this decision (which scarf do I make this time) has become harder every year. When I could only follow one pattern, it was easy! It was just a matter of deciding which color this time! Now, this all important decision includes questions like cowl? Infinity scarf? Go all out with a shawl? Knit or crochet? That awesome yellow color I used last year:

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or pick something new? A dark orange? An interesting blue? Oh, the decisions!

This is why Ravelry exists. And Pinterest. And Google. They give me the hope I can narrow down my choices and make a decision. So, for submitted for your approval, here are my top choices of what to make this year:

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This GAP-tastic Cowl looks humongous, but also terribly warm and snuggly.

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But this New Year’s Cowl does too. And I love that color!

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Or, is this the year I finally learn cables? Because good golly look at that thing?? Love! Even the color! Hmm…

So, do you see my problem? What do you think? Which scarf tickles your fancy? What colors are in this fall? I am in no way up on the latest fashions. Have something else to suggest? Hit me up in the comments!



Currently … September 21, 2014

September 21, 2014 Miscellaneous 5


Time // 7:36 PM

Place // Home

Eating // I fried some chicken eggs earlier and had a couple pieces of cheese with it. I am regretting this. I’ve had a migraine all day and the stomach is decidedly queasy. It did not like the eggs. Or the cheese. Or possibly both.

Yes, I ate something I shouldn’t have. No need to lecture, my stomach is doing enough of that, believe me!

Drinking // Water. It’s all I can stand.

Reading // Not much. Light is killing my eyes today. I’ve been drawing some, in low light. It felt good to get a pencil in my hand again. Thank you Beth!

Watching // I watched a documentary on Alaska last night. Or, rather, I tried too. I actually fell asleep.

Listening // Was listening to Spotify earlier. A “Girl’s Night Out” playlist. I SO need new music.

Pondering // Blogging. Reading. Readathoning. Migraines. What my stomach is telling me. What my stomach ALWAYS tells me after I have something with gluten in it. I am so hardheaded.

Hating // Gluten. My head.

Loving // Drawing. The cool night air. My crazy daughter who just prank called me to ask me (in a posh English accent) if I wanted to go to a tea party.

Anticipating // Tomorrow. Back to work! I love my new job so much!

Have a great week!




Currently // December 23, 2013

December 23, 2013 Miscellaneous 3

Time // 11:02 AM

Place // Home!

Eating // Not much. No appetite.

Drinking // Lots of water. Obvs I’ve been sick. The worst stomach flu in the history of stomach flus is working its way through my family. Hopefully I’m the last one.

Reading // I’m about halfway through Empty Mansions. I’m still enjoying the book, but it’s gotten to a part that feels more gossipy that informative, if that makes sense, and it’s making me vaguely uncomfortable. I’ll be happy to push past this section.

About 80% through Game of Thrones and OMG I can’t read fast enough. What a story. I mean, WHAT A STORY.

I also read The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins yesterday for The Estella Society read along for Wilkie in Winter. It was such a quick read. So honestly, you STILL HAVE TIME to join us. I expect you can even find it for free on the nets… (hint hint)

Watching // Hmm…I watched SNL yesterday, since I love Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and OMG they were on there together. What a bromance. Also watching various Christmas movies. Hoping to fit in one last viewing of The Polar Express today or tomorrow.

Listening // Podcasts right now. My brain is fried. Catching up on Thinking Sideways (like X-Files but true mysterious stories), The History Chicks, and Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Am also halfway through The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which is an incredible book but also terribly heartbreaking. Can only take it in small gulps.

Pondering // CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. Done, but you know how when you think you’re done but there is something nagging you at the back of your thoughts, like WHO DID I MISS? That is where I am.

Hating // This God-awful stomach bug. I’ve never been so sick with the stomach flu. Have also lost almost 4 pounds. Silver lining playbook y’all.

Loving // It’s Christmas yo!

Anticipating // Uh, Christmas?

Have a great week everyone!



Currently // December 16, 2013

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Time // It’s 6:04 am and I’m panicking because IT IS ONLY NINE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS. NINE DAYS PEOPLE.

Place // Home!

Eating // Cereal for now.

Drinking // MILK!

Reading // You own’t believe this, but, I’m still reading the same things I was reading LAST WEEK. Game of Thrones is taking for freaking EVER. But still, so good. And Empty Mansions is feeling rather gossipy? at this point, but geez, it’s like good gossipy. Fascinating gossipy. Can’t turn away gossipy. Good stuff. I am on VACATION! after tomorrow, so I hope to really get into both of these, perhaps even FINISH THEM.

Watching // Christmas plays. That’s about it.

Listening // I finished The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag and Flavia was as completely adorable as ever. Now I’m listening to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which is ripping my poor little heart out. Completely ripping it out. And I’ve only listened to about 20% of it? I don’t know why I waited so long to listen to it, after all the glowing reviews last year. At least, I think it was last year. Anywho, it’s wonderful, even if I can only listen in small doses. Because of the heartbreaking and all.

Also finished Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator with the kids. Thank GOD. Because that book is nowhere NEAR as good as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s one disk shorter, but I would swear it is longer. It took FOREVER. GAH. And I think there is another book! Thank the Lord, we don’t have it, except they REALLY want to get it. I am hoping what we are listening to now will make them forever. What? You say? What are we listening to know? WHY, it is THE WEE FREE MEN!!! Geez, I love Tiffany Aching and am tickled fuchsia pink to bring her into my children’s lives. The boy isn’t enamored yet, but I think I have the girl hooked. The Nac Mac Feegles should draw the boy in, or my name isn’t Capricious Heather Reader. Or something like that.

Pondering // Christmas. Presents. 2014 reading goals. Rereading. Etc, etc, etc.

Blogging // Much of the same!

Hating // The cold. My bones do not like it.

Loving // That in two very short days, I WILL BE ON VACATION! Also, I made some gluten free cupcakes yesterday (from this book) and I am 1) rather proud of myself and 2) happy that they are here for snacking purposes. Cupcake picture!


Anticipating // Did I mention vacation? And that I will be on it shortly?

Have a great week everyone!



Currently // December 9, 2013

December 9, 2013 Miscellaneous 6


Random lol for you. You’re welcome.

Time // 1:50 am. Night Owl Heather, reporting for duty, sir!

Place // Home!

Eating // Nothing! But I’m starving!

Drinking // Water

Reading // Still working my way through Game of Thrones and Empty Mansions. It’s so hard to decide which one to read at any given time; I’m enjoying both so much!

Also finished reading the Bone books. Gosh, I love those books so hard. I even managed to get my daughter reading them! She’s reading the first one now. Fingers crossed she’ll read the rest!

Watching // We’ve been watching a lot of Christmas movies. Although, last night my son wanted to watch The Lorax again. I just love that movie.

Listening // Still listening to The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley. I just love the narrator. She was a great choice for these books. She’s able to maintain a youthful voice for Flavia and yet provide more adult tones for the adults. Just wonderful!

Pondering // Christmas presents! And Elf on the Shelf mischief! And…ducks?

Blogging // This….and I hope more.

Promoting // The usual! Come read with us!


Hating // Being gluten-free. It’s really hard this time of year, plus some in my family aren’t believing that going gluten-free is what helped me so much. Not going to name names, but someone very close to me insists it is all in my head. It is very disheartening. He/she has witnessed my migraines disappearing, plus other symptoms lessening, but persists in this thinking. Without a doubt, it really hurts my feelings. *sigh*

Loving // This time of year! I’m such an old cynic, but this time of year really brings out the innocence in me. No! Really! lol

Anticipating //

Have a great week everyone!



Currently // December 4, 2013

December 4, 2013 Miscellaneous 9

Time // 6:00 am

Place // Home! Sweet! Home!

Eating // Nothing yet. Too early to eat.

Drinking // Nothing yet. Too early to even think.

Reading // Oh oh oh! Let’s see. I’m reading so many wonderful things!

1 – Game of Thrones. Is wonderful. Is ssslllooowww. But it is also amazing. Love all the characters, love the story, love the plot, love wondering where this insane writer is taking me.

2 – Empty Mansions. Keeps rudely elbowing GoT out of the way. So fascinating. So INTERESTING. Love it.

3 – At the Mouth of the River of Bees. It’s Kij Johnson. I love Kij Johnson. Her writing is so evocative. So mesmerizing. So magical. It’s short stories and, while each is basically perfect, it’s short. I need more Kij Johnson. Her novel The Fox Woman was complete amaze balls.

4 – Still working my way through the Bone books. This is my first time REREADING this series and I love it just as hard as I did the first time. Perhaps even harder!

Watching // Nothing. Not that I watch much of anything anyway, but just got home from vacation last night and we seriously had NO TIME to watch anything. The days were full and the nights were collapsing in exhaustion. Am honestly hoping to go see Catching Fire VERY SOON.

Listening // The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag. Flavia!!!

Pondering // What I’m going to face at work tomorrow… Eek. :|

Blogging // This! And hopefully a review of Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando sometime this week!

Promoting // Wilkie in Winter! December #EstellaGram! It is not to late to join either one!


Hating // That I have to go to work today. Ugh.

Anticipating // THE WEEKEND!!!!! And getting groceries. Because, we have, like, no food.

Have a great week everyone!



Currently // November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013 Miscellaneous 4


Random Adorable Kitty Picture. You’re welcome.

Time // 6:10 am

Place // Home!

Eating // Chocolate Chex cereal with Kind granola mixed in. Yum! Breakfast of gluten free champions.

Drinking // Milk

Reading // Still working through Game of Thrones. I didn’t get nearly as much time to read this weekend as I had hoped. Still loving it, even at halfway through. Surprisingly, I am loving the slow build, which usually gets on my nerves at some point. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen this time, especially since it’s taking longer to read than I would like.

I also started a short story collection by Kij Johnson. I LOVED her book The Fox Woman, so I’ve been meaning to get to this collection for awhile now. I’ve only read the first story, and I loved it, so can’t wait to dig into more of them.

Watching // What did I watch…oh, only the 50TH anniversary Doctor Who episode!!! LOVED IT. I can’t wait to watch it again. And again. And again….

Listening // It took me awhile to find an audiobook, but I finally got into one. I’m listening to the second Flavia de Luce novel; The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag. For some reason, I needed a cozy mystery.

Pondering // Work. It sucks. And it’s getting sucker.

Blogging // I hope to get a lot done this week, as after today, I AM OFF WORK FOR A WEEK!!!!!

Promoting // Wilkie in Winter!!! It’ll be here before you know it!

Hating // The cold! OMG it is so cold!!!

Anticipating // Did I mention being off work for a whole week?

Have a great week everyone!



Currently // November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013 Miscellaneous 3

Time / 9-ish            

Place // Somewhere in space and time…

Eating // Cereal, eggs, and bacon. Breakfast of champions!

Drinking // Water, as always. Yes, it’s boring, but also not caffeinated.

Reading // I’m about 40% into A Game of Thrones and boy, is it getting exciting!!! It’s getting easier to keep up with all the characters, and I love MOST of them like crazy. There are some bad boys and so far, they are floating around the edges. I can’t wait to get into their motivates and such. Seems like so far most of the “bad” ones have “reasons” for their rough edges, so I’m excited to find out the motivations of the truly BAD GUYS.

I’m looking for a second book to start. I like to have at least 2 going, plus an audiobook. I started The Secret Lives of Dresses, but it just didn’t hold my attention. Not sure what I’ll be starting next, maybe The Devil in Silver by Victor Lavalle?

Watching // Not much. Watched some more Chuck this weekend, plus trying to catch up with Agents of SHIELD. Also watched the latest Sleepy Hollow. Boy do I love me some Ichabod Crane!

Listening //  Started Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, but also found a new podcast to listen to, Thinking Sideways, so I’ve been going back and forth between the too. Team of Rivals is fascinating, but best taken in small 30 minute-ish doses for me.

Pondering // What to read!! And chickens!! No, I’m not kidding!

Blogging // Hope to have another review this week. Maybe The Coldest Girl in Coldtown? Since I reviewed Doll Bones last week and all!

Promoting // Wilkie in Winter!!

Loving // The weather!! It is going to be a gorgeous day! I wish I was outside!

Hating // That I’m not outside today. :(

Anticipating // Christmas! We’re halfway through our shopping list already. How are you doing on that?

Have a great week all!




Currently // November 11, 2013

November 11, 2013 Miscellaneous 3


Time // 9:52 AM. Happy Veteran’s Day! Thank you Veteran’s for all you did and to those who continue to serve.

Place // Home!

Eating // Um…candy corn. Don’t judge me.

Drinking // Water.

Reading // I’ve been working on A Game of Thrones (which is aMAYzing) and a little book called The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean (which provides a nice break from AGoT occasionally). I plan on starting a book of short stories today; maybe one by Shirley Jackson? We’ll see.

Watching // I’ve been a bit under the weather (this is a gross understatement), so I did watch a bit of TV this weekend. They finally added my CHUCK to Netflix, so I’ve been enjoying that. I loved that show you guys, LOVED. IT. I also watched New Girl. Coach is back! And wow, I don’t remember him being so…the way he is. Since he’s sticking around for the rest of the year, I’m looking forward to seeing his character grow. A LOT.

Listening // I finished the radio play based on Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman last week, starring James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, Benedict Cumberbatch, and more. It was soooooooo good. So good in fact, that I haven’t really started anything new yet. I have the last book in the Birthright Trilogy by Gabrielle Zevin and Insurgent by Veronica Roth on tap, plus countless others, so we’ll have to see what grabs me.

Pondering // What to listen to next!

Blogging // This so far. I hope to get a little ahead today, since I’m off work and home sick, but, well, since I’m sick, we’ll have to see. The couch is calling my name. So is Game of Thrones….

Promoting // Wilkie in Winter!!!

Hating // This cold! I can’t stop coughing! And my head is all stopped up. Hell, stop whining Heather! *sorry*

Anticipating // The weekend! Always the weekend.

Have a great week everyone!