my latest stack of bookmail

WATCHING I know bookstagram is obsessing over these Harry Potter ASMR rooms and, yeah, they’re okay, but I’ve found myself reaching for videos from New Bliss (a train journey! an ancient library!) and The Guild of Ambience (haunted forest! potion shop!). This weekend was especially nice: Matt was doing his own thing with his gaming buddies so it was just me curled up with the pups. I put a few videos on for background noise and spent hours deep inside a good book.

LISTENING TO I really ought to update my podcast series from last year – since then I’ve added SEVERAL to my rotation. At the moment though, I’ve got an audiobook going: The Mental Floss History of the World. Light and fun, perfect for days at work!

LOVING Stitchfix recently came out with a new feature Shop My Looks, a constantly refreshing page showing different outfits (including purses, shoes, scarves, dresses, tops, pants, and blazers) based on items you’ve bought. I. Am. Obsessed. I’ve already bought a few things, have saved a TON to pinterest, and am always visiting and revisiting the page to see what new goodies await!

LOOKING FORWARD TO Two good friends and I recently formed a book club using Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2020 Reading Challenge as our guide. Our first pick Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami (a book published the decade you were born) was a massive dud – and a DNF for all of us. Wednesday we’re getting together and I have a feeling this one will go MUCH better: we’re discussing Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone (a debut). Have you read it??

READING I just finished two: You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe, a biography on George Washington; and The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown, a Middle Grade novel featuring ghosts and the segregated South.

EATING I recently made a big batch of Making Thyme for Health’s Best Ever Quinoa Chili. I wouldn’t say it was the best ever, but definitely tasty and made enough for a week’s worth of lunches. I’m also back on the Misfits Market train – I’m set up for Tuesday deliveries to coincide with one of the days I work from home instead of the office and am looking forward to seeing what tomorrow’s box brings. They recently added a new marketplace feature where you can choose add-ons (soup mixes, veggies, fruits) and I impulse-added mushrooms called hen of the woods.

WEARING I’ve been living in my Amazon slippers that are featured in pretty much every single photo on Instagram.

ENJOYING The weather! It reached the mid 50s today and that plus the sun made for a gorgeous day. Last year a group of coworkers and I put a daily walk on our calendars for whoever was in the office and wasn’t too busy. Obviously once winter arrived those walks stopped, but a few of us did some loops around the grounds today and it put me in such a springtime mood!!

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