Sunday, January 08, 2012

The Sunday Salon - First Book Finished! And Stuff.

Morning, y'all! I don't have much time to spend online this morning, but I wanted to pop in and share my reading weekend thus far.

Yesterday was a busy day from start to finish. I dropped Greyson off to spend some time with the fam, ran some errands, picked up a dresser for Greyson that I'd put on layaway a while back, reclaimed two of my dresser drawers, had a late lunch, and cleaned, cleaned, CLEANED. Oh, and I finished off the day with a margarita in a bag. Ahem!  I also found a few minutes to finish up my first book of 2012, and it was a great way to start the year. You can expect a fond review of Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor early this week.

In other bookish news, I had an epiphany this week. I've had an Estella's Revenge (Lite) Tumblr site for a while, but I've been unsure exactly how to use it and haven't publicized it very much. To this point I've used it to share quotes from my current reading but I've been very inconsistent in posting, though it is a great way to keep up with those passages I want to remember.

The epiphany this week was a new way to utilize Tumblr that still integrates my reading. As I'm reading, I'll be posting passages, pictures, articles, movies, music, and other "artifacts" that relate to my reading. I suppose I'm using it as sort of a "commonplace book" to accompany the books I ingest. It's a fun idea for me -- a visual representation of my reading in any given year-- and I hope you'll follow along if you also use Tumblr. I need some other Tumblr feeds to follow myself and haven't spend as much time "friending" over there as I'd like to.

This week I posted links and images from some other mathematically-related literature I love: the play, Proof by David Auburn, and the film adaptation. I also shared some images of Japanese items I enjoy (sushi, cherry blossoms), and some written passages (of course!). I'll be digging even further into this plan with my next read...

That's right! I've never read Wicked even though I've had it on my stacks forever. Where have I heard that before??! I didn't have the physical book in my possession this week, so I found an inexpensive copy and downloaded it to my Nook, and I'm off and running. So far it's a lot of fun, and I have some creative Tumblr ideas for this one.

I'll be drafting some posts for this week later on today. With the start of our academic term in full swing, I have lots to do! Faculty to chase, paperwork to square away, files to update, and FOUR CLASSES to teach on-ground (in addition to the two online). Yeah, it's one of THOSE terms! But it's OK. I love what I do.  I'll be around commenting when my brain goes up in smoke, and I hope you're all having a great weekend with a calm and peaceful week ahead.

Have a drink for me.

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