Weekly update #80 – it’s been a while

My blogging goes a little up and down, I sit down and blog a little when I feel like it. I have the app on my phone which makes it possible to blog from my phone but it’s much more comfortable to do from the computer. I haven’t been spending so much time in front of the computer lately and therefore there haven’t been so much activity here either. I could promise to post more now but I think we all know that such promise could turn out to be tricky to keep.

Projects

What have I been up to lately? I have started to cross stitch. I haven’t done it for many years but I passed a cross stitch magasine while out Christmas shopping that held a very cute cross stitch pattern on the cover and felt like trying it out again. I’ve started on said pattern and have also cross stitched a cat on a sweater to cover up a hole that I patched. It’s fun! I think there will be a few more of those projects.

A birthday card in progress
A cross stitched cat on sweater

Reading

I’m currently re-reading River Marked by Patricia Briggs. It’s the sixth book in the Mercy Thompson series. I have a couple of unread books in the series and felt like re-rearing a couple books to freshen up my memory of the series before continuing. And, I really like the series so it’s just a delight to be back in the world.

I did finish listen to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone the other day. I think that Stephen Fry is a marvelous narrator so when I didn’t know what to listen to this is what I picked. Even though I’ve read and listened to those books many times there are always small details that I’ve forgotten or things I realise while reading. It’s a good series.

I’m currently listening to a non-fiction book about user experience called Sweet Spot UX: Communicating User Experience to Stakeholders, Decision Makers and Other Humans by Mike Newman. It felt like the book had a very long intro, explaining why this book was written, but finally I think we’re starting to come somewhere. It’s maybe not what I expected when going into the book but I think it could be interesting anyway.

I’m also listening to Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones. My sister has been recommending this one to me and I really like it so far!

Stats and such

I’ve been thinking about keeping some sort of excel sheet for my read books during the year to be able to do some nice stats and charts of my reading. I’ve just never gotten around to it and I haven’t known what to put in there. But now, now I’ve done it. I googled on existing speadsheets yesterday and found one I like. I’m going to try it out for a bit and see if I want to create my own based on it once I know what I like and dislike with it. For now, I just like to fill it with the books I’ve read this year (which doesn’t happen to be so many because the year just started) and the books I’m currently reading to see how it’s affecting the stats. How fun!

What are you currently reading?

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About Yrsha

I love reading, writing and sending letters and postcards. I have (too) many plants and enjoy being out in the forest.
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