It was hot and humid much of the week, but yesterday was gorgeous. I had a routine doctor’s appointment on Tuesday, but other than that, I’ve been staying home and enjoying the AC while I spin, read, and try to catch up on, well, everything I didn’t do during last week’s spinning conference. (Email and laundry in particular.) I have also been enjoying my time off. My next indexing project arrives around the 16th.
Speaking of spinning, Tour de Fleece (TdF) began on Saturday, June 26. TdF is an impromptu spinning challenge that takes place during the Tour de France each year, on both Ravelry and Facebook. Some spinners watch the Tour de France while they spin yarn, but many of us just challenge ourselve to spin everyday, or take on a specific challenge; I am attempting to spin every day. I counted my classes toward the first few days. Since then, I’ve spun up a little more than half of a 4-oz braid of fiber. I’m not a fast spinner! But the fiber I am spinning—Blue-Faced Leicester—is a pleasure to work with, and beautifully dyed by Frabjous Fibers.
Today is Independence Day here in the U.S. Even though we are vaccinated, we’re commemorating it quietly at home… and on my part, at least, with a certain amount of ambivalence. On the one hand, the holiday celebrates the birth of the country I love. On the other hand, America’s history is not the shining, exceptional thing I was taught in school, particularly when it comes to the treatment of indigenous peoples, Black people, and other people of color. As we have seen again and again, America’s history is messy and shadowed by persistent injustices, just as the histories of many other countries are. I cherish and uphold the American ideal of freedom, justice, and equality, but we haven’t fully accomplished it yet. So today, I’m celebrating that ideal, but also reflecting on the ways in which we as a country have fallen short.
- Belated Tuesday Post – June
- My Most Anticipated New Releases: JulyDecember 2021 – Top Ten Tuesday post
- June Wrap-Up
- News & Notes – 7/03/2021
- Independence Day! Sunday Post – 7/04/2021 – this post
- Audiobook Challenge 2021: Mid-Year Check-In
- Signing up for COYER 2021 – Summer Season
- Ten Things I Love About Reading – Top Ten Tuesday
- Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir – review
- Murder in the East End, by Jennifer Ashley – review
- News & Notes – 7/10/2021 – tentative
- Sunday Post – 7/11/2021 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished rereading Beauty (Robin McKinley). I am almost finished with Project Hail Mary (Andy Weir.) Next up is Legacy (Nora Roberts); like Project Hail Mary, it’s a library book, so I’m on a deadline to read it. I am also still reading The Menopause Manifesto.
Listening to: I bought the second Lady Darby mystery, Mortal Arts (Anna Lee Hubert; narrated by Heather Wilds) and I’m already about 30% into it. In podcasts, I listened to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me; a Smart Bitches, Trashy Podcast on romance books and “guilty pleasures”; and The SheepSpot Podcast (I’m going through from the first season).
Watching: We watched Apollo 13 last weekend, Clue on Friday evening, and Star Wars this weekend. (Technically, it’s A New Hope, but we are both old enough to remember when it first came out. “Episode IV” will always be Star Wars to us.) I suspect we’ll watch the other two movies in the original trilogy this coming week.
Added to the Hoard
Library books: Legacy
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
Audiobooks: Mortal Arts.