show and tell sunday

[Show-and-Tell Sunday] When Randomness Rules

My husband took this picture of his car thermometer when he arrived at work this past Tuesday. The effects of a chilly, rainy weekend were lingering here in Southern California.

car thermometer Feb 2 2016
California chill on Groundhog Day

Yesterday morning I walked the dog in sunshine and warm breezes. The high temperature was forecast to top 70°, and today and tomorrow are supposed to be even warmer.

sunny February Saturday
Sunny and 60 degrees at 8 AM Saturday

If I could pack this up and send it off to share with those of you buried in snowdrifts, I’d be glad to do it! Weather that doesn’t know what to do with itself is a pretty good fit with where I am this week, though–kind of all over the place.

I’m taking a few months off from “deadline reading” and paid reviewing, but I guess I’ve grown used to scheduling my books. Now, without requirements and assignments, I’ve been having trouble getting into any books since the one I finished last weekend. (The situation is complicated by the fact that the book I finished was the best novel I’ve read in a few months, so there’s that “book hangover” thing too.) I do have an audiobook out from the library, but haven’t started it yet (it’s not a long one); instead, I spent my commute time last week listening to my backlog of Pop Culture Happy Hour podcasts.

It’s been a good week for keeping the “unread” counts in Feedly on the low side, though–trading book-reading for blog reading, I guess!

During the winter months and into spring, I always experience a sense of temporal displacement that’s particular to accountants–I’m working in two fiscal years at once, which occasionally makes me confused about when I am. Time moves at a weird, uneven speed for me between January and April even when I’m not already discombobulated.

While trying to keep my footing in both the present and recent past, I’m also making some plans for the not-too-distant future.

collage downtown Chicago

The first and last time I was in Chicago was July 2009, for BlogHer, but I’m going back again this May for Book Expo America! I will be attending Book Expo and the Bloggers Conference (disclosure: I’m a member of the conference Advisory Board), but after not going to BEA last year, I’m mostly looking forward to spending face-to-face time with book-blogger friends–starting with Kim, who will once again be my roommate! Tell me in the comments if you’ll be there, too.

And there’s one more thing I’d like you to tell me–it’ll help me with a book roundup I’m working on for

favorite celebrity memoirs
What are your favorite celebrity memoirs in audiobook (read by the author)?

And this was the view from Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, California on Super Bowl Sunday 2006, when Paul proposed to me and I said yes.

santa barbara february 2006 engagement day


We’re not going back there today, but we probably won’t be watching football either. Maybe I’ll finally settle in with something to read! What are you up to today?

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  1. We’ll be watching football – our street is having a block party tonight with the game projected on a big screen. I recently listened to Troublemaker by Leah Remini and really enjoyed it.

  2. I’m glad to know I’m not the only accountant who is discombobulated this time of year! 🙂

  3. Born with Teeth and Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl. Both good.

    I’m pretty sure I’ll be in Chicago … if I’m asked to be on a panel again, I’ll definitely be there, otherwise I’m sitting at 90% sure.

  4. Yay for non-deadline reading! Enjoy. I’m reading through blog posts this morning and hope to do some book reading this afternoon so I can relate to trying to keep up with both.

    Celebrity memoirs: Amy Poehler. Tina Fey. I’ve only read a few, and mostly comedians, but I enjoyed both of them.

    1. I made a real effort NOT to put BOSSYPANTS on the list–I loved it (and have a soft spot for it as my very first audiobook), but I figured everyone knows it by now. I did include YES PLEASE, though, because of all the extras in the audiobook.