Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Lisa Reads - The Internet

Every Wednesday in the wee hours of the morning, our work servers "reboot" (or whatever the actual term is for that), so I spend a few minutes on Tuesday before I leave closing and saving everything I've got open on my computer. This includes closing up my Incognito Browser Window (shhhhh). So, every Tuesday I send myself an email with a bunch of links I have been discovering throughout the week, so when I close down, I can get back to reading...eventually.

This is a really long way to say that I am going to start sharing those links with y'all here on a weekly basis! Welcome to...

Fiscally Disastrous - Alternet

Remember when Republicans cared about debt - The Washington Post

Bike Advocacy's Blind Spot - City Lab
"We are in a moment of tremendous change. The bike movement, which was accustomed to being a little movement, hasn’t necessarily figured out how to be a part of the broader landscape of social change."

The Best Medicine for my Climate Grief - Yes Magazine
"I sense a social barrier to talking about these emotions. If I bring up climate change in casual conversation, the topic is often met with awkward pauses and the polite introduction of new subjects. "

Defending Deveny - That's My Philosophy (blog)
This one's from a few years ago, but it's a nice breakdown of a specific example of the meme I've been seeing circulate again on how men perceive women dominate a conversation when we speak only 30% of the time.

Remember 'Enforced Monogamy'? - We Hunted the Mammoth
CN: For extreme misogyny and violence against women

And continuing on the thread of JP...
Reconsider the Lobster by Kate Manne. I am on the holds list for her book, and I can't wait!
Again, CN: For extreme misogyny and violence against women

Breaking it Down - Pembina Institute
CN: Climate change is real don't @ me
"A price on carbon pollution leaves the door wide open for the most innovative companies and the most creative ideas, and leaves freedom for consumers to make the choice that works best for them."

Edmonton Football Team Still Thinking About It's Name - Edmonton Quotient
"The answer, of course, is right in front of Rhodes and the team’s ownership: would they call Inuit people coming to a game “e***mos”? Of course they wouldn’t."

Most Public Engagement is Worthless - Strong Towns

And let's finish off this list with a nice book list!
10 Books About the Plague. Ooh! The Plague!!


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Happy Birthday Dude

Today is Lucas' 13th birthday. To celebrate, I thought I would share some old layouts. Ack! Memory Lane! I promised myself I wouldn't do this on Sundays anymore! Oh well...it's worth it.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Dude's 12th Birthday

Thinking about Lucas' 13th birthday coming up, and reminiscing about years' past, inspired me to complete a simple mini album using photos from his birthday last year!

My main goal for last year was to just relax and let things happen. I usually get anxious about birthdays, worried about them not living up to my expectations or what I "should" be doing to celebrate. Last year, I said "fuck it" to all of that and simply had fun hanging out with my son.

- Telus World of Science to see the Science of Pixar exhibit
- Kingsway Mall for lunch (sushi), shopping at Lush (bath bombs), then dessert from a food truck in the parking lot (cotton candy wrapped popsicle)
- Take out pizza dinner at home with Grandma & Grandpa
- Presents & cake!

We are celebrating his 13th birthday today and tomorrow. Another low key weekend for us, but HE IS HAVING A FRIEND OVER AND I'M FINE JUST FINE OVER HERE NOTHING TO SEE HERE NOTHING AT ALL I'M A COOL MOM.

Being 13 was interesting. And now I get to see it from the other side. Parenting is a weird and wild ride y'all.


Friday, August 17, 2018

Adventure in Mill Creek Ravine

I think my new favourite thing after books and biking is finding inspirational quotes about books and biking.

Photos take June 22, 2018.
Mill Creek Ravine
The new bridges had just opened!


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Lisa Reads 52 Books

Well, it's happened again Folks. I finished my reading challenge well ahead (3.5 months ahead to be particular) of my self-imposed "deadline". And what do I have to show for it? Well...I made this bar graph...

Would you look at that! These are the "themes" I see appearing in my reading, year after year. I enjoy story collections, sci-fi fantasy, and series. Even though they aren't my favourite, young adult books keep popping up. 

This year I find myself reading more of what I am going to call "fictionalized history" books. Essentially, these are books that take a historical event or person - Einstein's first wife, the women of the Bible, a young sultan of the Ottoman Empire - and imagine a story around it.

I read a lot of audio books, but the majority of books I read are still actual, hold-in-your-hands books. I would like to read more audio books, and more non-fiction as well.

It's getting harder and harder for me to pick favourites. Last year I wrote about reading "too many books" and not being able to remember all of them. That continues to be something I struggle with, but it also feels like this is just my life now!

NK Jemisin is always a good choice, and so is Gail Carriger. Both books I read by those ladies this year were stellar. And actually on my TBR List! Ha!

Some other favourites were (in no particular order):
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

My new goals for the remainder of the year are to seek out more non-fiction books in my wheelhouse. To be honest, I started a lot of non-fiction this year that I couldn't finish. Either they weren't interesting, weren't what I expected, or were just bad. I also went through a month-long period where every book that came up on my Library Holds list was non-fiction and I let a lot of holds slip. Let's see what I can do to fix that!

I still have over 30 books on my TBR list on Goodreads. If you have a Goodreads account, you can find me here. I would like to see how many of those I can polish off before the year is up. I have already started a "2019 TBR List" on there, which feels like putting the cart before the horse, but that's just where I'm at right now!

My 2018 Book List is here. I will keep updating it as the year goes on.
My Goodreads account is here. I don't update this one as often, but I do keep track of TBRs there.
More of my 2018 reviews and posts about books can be found here.