Currently: seriously summer

Loving | This fortune cookie pin from Duck Duck Goat, because I am ALL ABOUT THE JELLO
Reading | I’ve been positively binge-reading This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick, which I’ll write about soon. I’ve started to read and take notes on Start with Why by Simon Sinek. And on my iPhone: the ARC of the compulsively readable memoir The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancy. (Thanks, NetGalley!) I feel awash in wonderful books.

Listening (the books) | My third time reading The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, and this time I listened to it. And I gotta say… this book works better for me on the page. I prefer my interpretation of Eli’s tone — way funnier and sadder. My iPhone listening: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, which I’m liking as much as Julz said I would (and that’s a lot). 

Listening (the non-books) | The Presidential podcast entered my consciousness over the past couple of weeks, and I’m completely wild about it. Each President gets his own episode, hosted by Washington Post reporter Lillian Cunningham, who often interviews people like David McCullough and Bob Woodward. (Did I squeal? Yes, I did.)

Learning | Speaking of Presidents… While visiting the Museum of Broadcast Communications, we saw the exact camera that was used to film the Kennedy-Nixon debate. (I nearly passed out.)

Watching | Olympic swimming trials… Anthony Ervin, whose book I fully adored,
qualified for the Olympics. AGAIN! And it was only mostly awkward when
the post-race interviewer asked him 3 times (!) about the fact that he
qualified for the Olympics at the remarkably advanced age of 35.

Celebrating | On some recent glamorous vacation days, I KonMari’d my household cleaning products, hardware, and linens. I know: way too much of a good time. But dang, things are lookin’ good.

Anticipating | On deck: Cubs game!  

Currently: Inaugural Edition

Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness and Julie of JulzReads have inspired me. (Thanks, ladies!)

Here’s my first Currently post…

Reading | I’m meandering my way through Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland by Sarah Moss, and tearing through This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warnick. And I’ve been reading Erich Wurster’s The Coaster in fits and bursts. (Thanks, Poisoned Pen Press, for that ARC in the mail!)
Listening (the books) | In the car, I’m spinning Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration: Lessons from the Second City by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton. Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton is accompanying me on my iPhone. (Horrible shame: I realized it’s an abridged version. Don’t tell anyone!)

Listening (the non-books) | During a run last week, I nearly came to a dead halt when I heard that the Books on the Nightstand podcast will soon cease production. Ann and Michael, you’ve been with me ever since my first iPod! Stunned and scrambling to fill my podcast subscriptions with more bookish fodder, and feeling slightly bereft.

Watching | Parks and Recreation. Yeah, this slacker’s still on season 6. But by design: I’m pacing myself.

Pawnee City Hall? We visited it.
Learning | The Dear Man and I are both reading Black Hawk: An Autobiography, and his supplementary research is making it even more fascinating. So, yeah: we’re getting super smart about the Black Hawk War.

Loving | Cherries are in season, and I’ve eaten an unseemly amount because they’re stinkin’ amazing. Also: this pizza, which is our reigning thin crust champion. 

Anticipating | Excited about some upcoming weekend adventures in our beautiful second city

Celebrating | I realized that I recently blew past my 20th anniversary as a public librarian. Still loving the life, but dang… 20 years?! I’m pretty sure I’m not old enough for that to be true.  

First day on the job

So, my fellow readers… What’ve you got currently going on?