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JennW in SoCal

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  1. Disneyland in Anaheim will be enforcing mask wearing by guests and cast members. Furloughed employees (including my ds) are waiting for word on when (and if) they will be returning to work. Employees all have to go through COVID training before returning to work, which I assume will NOT be sessions held in tiny meeting rooms with cast members stuffed in like sardines, lol! There is a petition here in So Cal to delay the reopening, but the opening is scheduled for July 17, the 65th anniversary of the park.
  2. I listened to a nice bit of fluff last week, The Jane Austen Society. The only thing to rave about is the narration by Richard Armitage who has a fine voice and the acting chops to bring a wide cast of characters to life. But the book itself is just a solid ok. For me, for this fraught time, it was a nice gentle escape, with decent enough writing, and not too predictable a plot. I also started listening to another book by the late drummer for the band Rush, Neil Peart. This time it is Traveling Music, his musings on the musical inspirations of his life as he takes a road trip from LA to
  3. Stumbling in, late as usual. I had actual things to do last week which felt stressfully busy after 3 months of not doing much of anything. I even put make up on my face as I was recording music and thought I should make an attempt at looking decent, lol! It was odd, too, to have to play "for reals" after hardly touching my violin since March. Books were read last week, though! I really enjoyed the romance Love Lettering, which Kareni read some months back. The novel, and the romance, is centered around signs and fonts, and on the art of hand lettering. I'm wondering if the print edition
  4. I'm going to do this in backwards order and post first then read the thread. Some weeks I start reading the thread with the intention of posting afterwards, but get pulled away and never come back. Last week was one of those weeks. It wasn't like I was doing anything with my time. Just felt the need for naps almost everyday, lol! My armchair travel is taking me to Ireland this week, thanks to some good finds on Kindle. Last summer I visited County Sligo, Ireland, a part of Ireland near and dear to the heart of WB Yeats. In honor of that visit, I'm reading a collection of his, Fairy and Fo
  5. And every single professional musician is out of work at the moment, unless they are teaching via Zoom. I was purposefully down to only 3 students this year, none of whom want to do video lessons, and of course all my spring gigs were cancelled. Fortunately for us, we are not dependent on my meager income as a musician!
  6. Yes Robin -- that is really wonderful news that the financial pressure is off for your business. But, aren't you (couldn't you be considered) essential? I took my laptop to a computer repair place last week, and it was really nicely set up with a line out side marked with tape, and the way they disinfected everything when it was your turn at the door. It was safe, they were friendly and happily my fix was super easy.
  7. Comfort reads with armchair travel might describe my recent reads. I stumbled upon what looks to be a gem of a gentle, cozy-ish mystery series. Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano features a German woman of Italian descent, a widow with a decided crush on policemen in uniform, who decides to retire in Sicily when she turns 60. It is filled with descriptions of food and of Sicily, and is filled with quirky characters. Most importantly it is making me smile and laugh. The 2 and 3 star reviews on Goodreads are no doubt by the young and boringly ironic or cynical who can't a
  8. @mumto2 Have you ever read the historical mysteries written by Sharon Kay Penman? The series of 4 books, all set in the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine, has all the great period detail as her other books, plus great characters and a mystery, and starts with The Queen's Man. It's been 20 years or more since I read the first 2, but I really loved them. Just discovered on Goodreads just now that there are 2 more, but I'm almost afraid to revisit the series as my reading tastes have changed so much. @Kareni I read the first Chalion book last year, but never got to the rest of the series. The
  9. Oldest books on my shelf? I have 2 books from my dad's childhood (he was born in 1920), one of which is a paperback One Hundred and One Favorite Poems, printed in 1928 and apparently re-gifted to my dad as it has two handwritten inscriptions. The other has no copyright but I assume is also from the 1920s. It is Rudyard Kipling's Wee Willie Winkie, and it has the softest suede-like cover. I've got 2 of my mom's high school texts from the 1930s, one a Handbook of Composition by Woolley, Scott & Tressler, and the other is Hamlet. The oldest book on my shelves is Longfellow's Evangeline
  10. I finished a really good mystery today, the first in a series about a Scottish detective working on cold cases. It was The Distant Echo by Val McDermid. Have any of my fellow mystery readers read any of these? (Looks at Goodreads....sees that Mumto2 has read them!!) I really enjoyed this one and will certainly read the others in the series.
  11. The seeds I'd sewn in pots set on the kitchen window have just sprouted. Grow little herbs! Grow little beans! Now if I can get my hands on some tomato seeds or seedlings...or spinach. Renee's Garden catalog seed company is overwhelmed with orders and out of some basics. I am doing lots of mindless reading. I've got 2 hours to go in the audio of the sci-fi Vorkosigan saga, Cetaganda. Great mindless listen for sewing or puzzling. Not surprised Robin has the weeks wrong starting these threads, but I'm so impressed with you remembering it is Sunday!! Time is so weirdly meaningless these
  12. I started with Shards of Honor, which, along with the novel Barrayar are background before Miles appears.... or is conceived! But, they are fun, entertaining books, and great to quilt to!! Here's a Book Riot article on the best reading order. After my brush with the terror of no library card, I downloaded and started Cetaganda (soft "c", long "e"). I think my ds is hooked too, now with my Artemis Fowl reference. He's read Shards of Honor, but kind of hated, as only a college male can, the whole love story it sets up. I have been making masks for friends, neighbors and family, but h
  13. Almost had a major panic attack just now. I couldn't check out the next audiobook in my space opera series because my library card expires today!! But bless them, the library system website is set up with live-chat, and a real human librarian, no doubt on her computer at home, was able to renew my card. Whew!! I seem incapable of handling anything more than lite sci-fi or good ol' murder mysteries, preferably British. Which is a shame as I have so many good books here at home, but so it goes. The sci-fi/space opera series I'm enjoying is the Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold.
  14. Goodness. Is it Wednesday afternoon already? (checking phone to see what day it is -- yep, it is Wednesday.) I went into face mask sewing overdrive with a neighbor (we were each in our own sewing rooms) to make and deliver 24 (more?) masks for the immediate neighbors. I found it really stressful due the need for them, the sense of urgency that people need them NOW, and my usual perfectionist worries that they aren't going to be right, whether the design or materials or craftsmanship. I'm going to make a few more for extended family members but am taking a break this afternoon and catching
  15. Not a meme, but a link to another musical parody. It's brilliant, too -- a family singing their Corvid-19 version of the Les Mis song, "One Day More". There's a short article about them and the youtube song is embedded in the article: Family recreates "One Day More"
  16. LOL. I knew others had read it but couldn't remember exactly who! I'll have to look for the next 2 books. As long as you are here....what was the name of the mystery writer who was from around your are in England? I remember reading the first book, and the young detective has a mom at home with health or mental issues. Are there more books?
  17. Stop the press! I actually finished a book this week!! An audiobook, actually. Seems the only way to wrangle my brain cells is to sit in a chair with hand work (quilting or embroidery this week) while listening to an audiobook. Anything else and I either fall asleep or succumb to the lure of the phone or computer. The lucky book that was started and finished was not necessarily the best choice!. It was the first of the Cork O'Connor series by William Kent Kreuger, Iron Lake. I had assumed these were standard mysteries, but I'd say it is more of a thriller, a testosterone fueled thriller.
  18. I'm thinking of you, @Kareni, as I read Linesman. It's been languishing for a few months now in my Kindle library -- I had completely forgotten it was there!
  19. Oh my gosh, yes to the bolded!! I may bandy about that phrase "So it's come to this..." in regards to my own books and reading. And goodness, sorry you were caught in the midst of traveling during the time of pandemic. At least you weren't on a cruise ship! I love I Capture the Castle. One of my favorite books from the past few years -- just cozy and comfortable and delightfully quirky. Instead of reading any of my actually dusty physical books, I am listening to Wolf Hall (had to use my audible credit) and was delighted to see I have Linesman in my Kindle library. I am enjoying bot
  20. I have zero self discipline. I come online to check in with my book buddies but find it (illogically) necessary to first look at the news headlines, then to catch up on The Thread here on all things coronavirus. Before long I find I have to close the laptop and walk away. Only after checking the meme thread (much to the amusement of my millennial young adult children). Gathering enough brain cells together at one time to focus on a book is a whole 'nother challenge! Perhaps now that my calendar is cleared and the pantry full I can settle down. I thought an engrossing and long audiobook wo
  21. LOL -- And I'm learning about it from someone in Australia?!! (I'm the mom whose ds works there. He may still be working, though as he does lots of maintenance work after park hours.) ETA got the text from my ds just as I clicked "submit"
  22. My ds who works for The Mouse figures one of these evenings before long, after park close, they will finally make an announcement and just not reopen the next day. For now attendance is probably low due to the rainy weather. But then again, all those college kids whose classes are cancelled wouldn't let a little rain stop them from going to the parks! I can't believe a youth musical I'm involved with is going on as planned this weekend. I figure attendance will be so low that the audience can spread out and distance themselves appropriately!
  23. Into Thin Air, the opera?!! In googling I see the opera is titled Everest, but it is based on that book, isn't it? I watched a few youtube clips and it looks like an incredible production, and goodness but the story totally lends itself to opera. The music sounds accessible, too, not too weirdly dissonant or modern. My reading this week, other than reading obsessively to keep up to date on all things Corona Virus: The Plague -- haven't continued with it in a few days, but really want to. I laugh at myself when reading classics like this, sometimes, because I find myself thinking, "
  24. A friend of a friend is on the Grand Princess (is that the right name of the ship stuck off San Francisco?) and reports she is hating life. She and her husband are stuck inside their small cabin which only has 1 chair aside from the bed, and apparently her dh is binge watching horror movies! Anyway, I heard through this grape vine that only the crew had been tested, not any of the passengers. Those poor people need to be brought off the ship -- I keep thinking about the recirculating air in most of those cabins. But where will they be allowed to quarantine? I'm a bit horrified by the pan
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