Yup, you’re getting two posts in one day, because I somehow forgot to publish my New Year’s Day post on the day I wrote it. Many would tell me this is terrible blog marketing strategy. Fact: I don’t care.
Right now: Outside, it is straight-up THIRTY BELOW with windchill, but: IT IS NOT SNOWING. This is a first for Weekend Latte and Links, as it was definitely snowing on both of my previous entries. Inside: I am sitting at my table, BY THE WINDOW, and the winter sunlight is pouring in, and Freddy is sound asleep on the couch across the room. Breakfast was a vanilla latte and oatmeal, but more importantly, right now I am drinking Oprah’s Chai, and nibbling some espresso brownie cookies sent by a camp friend, and both are deeply delicious.
Shiny brilliance of the week:
- I am usually loathe to link to Buzzfeed, but my dear friend Matt B Gomez sent me this list of 51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature, and I have kept the tab open for the whole week, reading and re-reading.
- I do like a good challenge, and this 100 Things Weekend intrigues me. Can I get rid of 100 things in my house in a single weekend? It seems like a worthy thing to try…
- There are so many posts at this time of year about starting fresh, looking forward, putting the past behind us. This post about rearview mirrors, and how we NEED to see and know what is behind (and around us) before we can move forward safely, has struck a deep chord with me.
- And finally, because I know some of you keep coming back for links about education, here is one to challenge one of the most sacrosanct constructs in modern K-12 education: The Myth of Learning Styles.
On the nightstand:
- Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief. Yup. This was highly recommended to me, and with good reason. About 200 words a day – not a lot, just enough to reassure that this seemingly interminable, aching, roller-coaster-in-the-dark process, is endurable. Recommend, for anyone who is moving through loss.
- A Great and Terrible Beauty. I started this a long time ago, and just now came back to it. Young Adult literature works for me right now. Basic premise: a groups of girls at a finishing school discover a portal to another, magical world. Drama and danger ensue. Ironically, it is neither terrible nor great, but the plot moves along and is interesting enough to make it worth returning to.
On the Audible app:
- I’ve only recently regained my attention span for audiobooks, so I’m still plugging away at The Night Circus. It remains good, magical, slightly dark, and gorgeously descriptive. The plot is forgiving enough that if I tune out for a few minutes, I can still follow it, so that helps, too.
One thing you should buy:
- A Tea Cozy. I know this seems like a little-old-lady thing to own, but I tell you, if you drink tea from a teapot, a tea cozy is a life changer. THE TEA STAYS HOT. And yes, they all seem to be made out of fussy cutesy patterned fabrics, but trust me. Hot tea is worth enduring a little chintz. Or polka dots. Or even chevron.
Back to school tomorrow. I know I am not alone in my ambivalence about this. Enjoy this last day of rest, friends.