March 2016

So in March, THIS happened…

  • Celebrated the coming spring by “worm watching” with Dora during her pre-bedtime pee. This activity very much mirrors “whack-a-mole” but with much more pointing and sniffing rather than spotting and whacking. (I do the pointing while Dora does the sniffing, although we do mix it up from time to time to keep things interesting).
  • I got off my ass (already) and started taking a career as a writer with the legitimacy and seriousness it deserves.
  • Switched to brown eggs because brown chickens are apparently “less angry” (my dad continues to question me on this one…)
  • Started a free online writing course which has turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made (did I mention it was FREE??!)
  • Became mildly obsessed with the movie Divergent; may or may have not watched it six times. (The same can be said for the movie Spotlight – SO good!)
  • Was rather zealous to eat the ears and head off my chocolate Easter bunny…does that scream psychological problems?
  • Spent an obscene amount of time Googling “30 day challenges” – think I’ve finally found one I can succeed at…

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My March book shelf:

All about Love: New Visions by bell hookbellhooks

This book challenged the notion of love being perceived as a verb, not a just a noun. It made me think about how we can say we love someone or something, but it is our actions that truly reflect our feelings. While rather simplistic at times, I’m glad I finally got around to reading a book by bell hooks following years of encouragement from those who swear by her teachings.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincerobadass

I really liked this book simply because I shared in many of the author’s views. My only criticism is that I found it slightly contradictory at times – particularly during the chapter about our relationship with money. All in all, this was an honest, quick read that made me take a good look at decisions I’ve made in the past and how I can change them to create a future that makes me want to jump out of bed every morning.

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauerinto thin air

What was evidently clear from the first pages of this book was the overzealous commercialization of nature, with Mount Everest being the highest-paid commodity sought by cut-throat adventurers. The disaster this book references was terrible and tragic but I can’t help but wonder if we, as a human race, have used our link to money and power to push boundaries that nature never meant for us to cross. A very eye opening read, indeed.

In Praise of Slow by Carl Honoreslow

Ironically, I initially found this to be a bit of a slow read. However, once I got into it I felt validated in a way because many of the author’s research findings paralleled how I was intuitively feeling in my own overwhelming desire to slow down. I was introduced to the “slow movement” as not only an agent of change, but an entity of self and social betterment. Glad I finally picked it up!

Bones on Ice by Kathy ReichsBones-on-Ice-cover-1

This, her latest novella, Kathy Reichs takes readers to the summit of Everest to investigate the death of a twentysomething thrill seeker. What is originally suspected as a death due to exposure, questions start to arise as the body begins to thaw. This definitely provided a great “Temperance Brennan fix” while waiting for Ms. Reichs’ newest novel release.


2 thoughts on “March 2016

  1. Hi Erica:
    I love that Dora is looking for worms! Ozcar’s obsession is bunnies right now and he tries to do a pointer impersonation when he sees one.
    I’m wondering what free online writing course you started? I might like to look into something like that in the future. And I’m so amazed at what a voracious reader you are! I’m still working on one book.

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