Saturday, February 02, 2019

February Currentlies

Well, that's one month of 2019 down! I don't know that I have a lot to say about my January. It seems like I was very busy, but I don't really have a lot to show for it. Although I did finally replace my ailing smartphone. And my car battery (again). And we won't even get into the frustrations I had with my new health insurance provider.

Right. Let's do this thing again.

Current clothes: Gray sweatpants. A red shirt with cover art from Isaac Asimov's I, Robot. White socks.

Current mood: Tired. Physically tired, as opposed to all the other kinds of tired I usually am. Today I finally repainted my laundry room ceiling after having the water damage in there fixed. And a very amateurish job I'm sure it was, but that just means it matches the rest of my house. Anyway, it involved a lot of climbing around on ladders and sniffing paint fumes and stuff.

Current music: Nothing at the moment.

Current annoyance: Tiredness and general having-to-be-an-adult.

Current thing: Tiredness and general having to be an adult.

Current desktop picture: I've gone back to one of my old book-themed wallpapers, but I feel like I really should find something new.

Current book: The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading by Phyllis Rose. It's about the author's project to basically take one shelf from a lending library and read (more or less) every book on it. Which sounds like my sort of thing, but I'm genuinely surprised by how interesting I'm finding it so far.

Current song in head: Nothing at all, really.

Current refreshment: Moroccan mint tea and a Cadbury fruit & nut Dairy Milk bar. Because I need it.

Currently watching: I'm re-watching Fawlty Towers for the first time in a couple of decades. It's not quite as hilarious as I remember it being, and it's showing its age in some ways, but at its best, it's still stupidly funny.

Current happy thing: I have a new car battery and a working smartphone and a repaired and painted ceiling, and my maddening issues with the insurance company have finally been sorted out, so maybe I'm finally caught up with the adulting for a while? Except, wait, I just remembered that I still have to do my taxes. Sigh.

Current thought: I wonder if that irritated feeling in the back of my throat is due to paint fumes?

Thursday, January 03, 2019

January Currentlies

Here I am in 2019, checking in the same way I've checked in every month for who knows how long.

Current clothes: Jeans. A gray sweatshirt featuring the definition of the word "abibliophobia": "The fear of running out of books to read." Aka the reason why I have 922 unread books on my shelves. Well, OK, one of the reasons. Also, white socks. And bunny slippers, because my feet are cold.

Current mood: Not too bad. A little rushed-feeling. I'm working evening shifts this week, and it always feels like there's not enough time to do very much before I have to leave.

Current music: Nothing, really.

Current annoyance: There are many, but the dominant one is the weather. Temperatures that drop down towards the single digits (yes, Fahrenheit). Snow that doesn't melt before more snow falls on top of it. Treacherous ice everywhere. What is the point of living in New Mexico, I ask you, if I have to put up with this sort of thing? Fortunately, next week looks like it's going to be warmer.

Current thing: I don't know if it counts as a New Year's resolution or not, but I'm going to at least try to spend less time on stupid time-wastey stuff and more on things I actually want to do.

Current desktop picture: It's still the TARDIS with a Christmas wreath. Time to change it again!

Current book: Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke. It's the final book in a trilogy of kids' books. It's a good story (and one that appeals to my book-loving soul), but overlong, especially this volume.

Current song in head: "Good King Wenceslas." Which is weird and annoying, because I know barely any of the lyrics, because I honestly have no idea who Good King Wenceslas even is or why I should care about him, and because Christmas is over, already!

Current refreshment: Nothing, but I must have some lunch soon.

Currently watching: Most recently, the Doctor Who New Year's special. It occurs to me that I haven't talked about my thoughts about the most recent season of Who here. I hate to say it, but I've found it kind of disappointing. There are lots of specific things I've really enjoyed, mind you. And I think Jodie Whittaker is good, and I love the new companions and the way their relationships with each other and with the Doctor are being handled. But Chris Chibnall's particular weaknesses as a writer, especially when it comes to plot, seem to trip my annoyance triggers hard. And while I think this incarnation of the Doctor being a kinder, nicer version makes a lot of sense in character terms (and manages to avoid feeling like a gender stereotype, fortunately), I long for Whittaker to be allowed to have just a little bit more of an edge to her. Now. All that having been said, I actually really thoroughly enjoyed the New Year's special. In fact, it got me feeling all excited about the show again... just in time to launch us into a hiatus of more than a year. Sigh.

Current happy thing: I always get weirdly happy at the turn of the year about having a whole new year's worth of reading in front of me. This time I'm going to make even more progress through the TBR shelves, I'm sure of it!

Current thought: A raise of the glass to all of you who have been really loving the current era of Doctor Who so far. Lots of people are, and I am delighted for them! And am trying not to be jealous. After all, in Steven Moffat's run I already got a version of the show that -- while I certainly can't say it never made any missteps -- hit my own personal fannish buttons really well and made me feel very satisfied and happy. And it's somebody else's turn for that now. That's pretty much just how Doctor Who works.