I got a great suggestion last week. A wise reader suggested that, since I am learning lots of new things every week as a part of this project, I should share what I'm listening to, watching, doing, reading, and learning each week. I love the idea and am going to make it a weekly part of the routine. You can find it in the new tab: "This Week." Creative name, eh? It's nothing fancy, just an overview of my "research" each week, some of which shows up in the weekly posts, some in articles I'm writing for other projects, and some which will fall by the wayside (but you might find it's your new favorite thing). Here's the week of November 12th:
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The Reckoning, by John Grisham. I'm doing a post in a couple of weeks about 2018 novels that would be good holiday gifts (for others or yourself), which I used to justify my purchase of The Reckoning. I'm devouring this book and expect to finish it in a couple of days. Classic Grisham storytelling with a unique plot. If you're looking for an easy, page-turner, this will do the trick.
ABC's The Rookie, which I dug into in the name of this week's post on great TV shows of 2018. While it won't join the ranks of all-time greats or classics, it's entertaining AND, unlike most ABC dramas, my husband and I both enjoy it. We're four episodes in and anxiously awaiting a new one (aired on Tuesdays). Nathan Fillion is great and effectively carries the show. (Note: he's not so much of a great runner, which unfortunately he has to do a lot in this show. Watching that is somewhat painful, but all part of the experience.)
Systematic cleaning of the house. This is a boring, but surprisingly effective, one. Pinterest put me on to a lot of plans for this, and I've been tinkering with them for a few weeks and think I'm finally doing one that works. Here's the gist: every day clean/wipe down kitchen, do a load of laundry, and vacuum or sweep main areas; Mondays clean bathrooms; Tuesdays vacuum bedrooms; Wednesdays wash/change linens; Thursdays deeper clean of kitchen; Saturdays deep clean of other living areas. It's not perfect, but keeps a good handle on cleanliness. Plus, along the way I've fallen in love with the smell of Mrs. Meyer's cleaning supplies, which is adding a little excitement, relatively speaking, to the process. It somehow feels like more of a victory when the house looks and smells good.
The Witch Elm by Tana French on Audible. I fell in love with Tana French's writing when I read her debut novel, In the Woods. The Witch Elm is her seventh novel. So far, I'm not loving it as much as the others, but I'm early into it. I've been listening to it while working out or cleaning, and it's pretty ideal for that.
I'm working on an article about the stock market, an area that I know very little about. As a result, this week I've been getting a very elementary introduction to the world by doing some virtual trading through TD Ameritrade and by reading some pieces of A Random Walk Down Wall Street. It's all very new to me, but it's pretty interesting!