According to LibraryThing, I read 22 books. I probably started another 20 but I don’t count them if I don’t get past 100 pages. The two highest rated books were non-fiction, Eight Flavors and The Woman Who Smashed Codes. The highest rated fiction were The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles and Penric’s Fox by Bujold (novella). The biggest disappointments (other than DNFs) were Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (I think I’m done with her books entirely) and Prisoner of Limnos by Bujold (part of the Penric series).
Theater and film:
- King Charles III
- The Select: The Sun Also Rises
- School for Lies
- Hidden Figures
- Wonder Woman
- Atomic Blonde
- A Bad Moms Christmas
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Portugal – Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto
- Las Vegas
- February 4 – Beauts at Rivs, W
- February 12 – NWHL All Star Game (Steadman vs Kessel, Steadman won)
- March 12 – Pride at Rivs, W
- March 17 – Beauts at Rivs – Isobel Cup Playoffs (Beauts won)
- December 3 – Whale at Rivs, W
- December 10 – Beauts at Rivs, W
- January 3 – Leafs at Capitals, 6-5 Caps in OT
- January 11 – Penguins at Capitals, L2-5, saw Oveckin’s 1000th point 😦
- February 14 – Canucks at Penguins, W4-0
- March 6 – Stars @ Caps, Stars 4-2
- March 16 – Predators at Capitals, Preds 2-1 OT
- March 24 – NYI at Penguins, L3-4 in SO
- March 26 – Flyers at Penguins, L6-2
- April 14 – ECQF, G2, CBJ at Penguins, W4-1
- April 27 – ECSF, G1, Penguins at Capitals, W3-2
- May 1 – ECSF, G3, Capitals at Penguins, L3-2 in OT (ugly hit by Niskanen, amazing comeback down 0-2 in the last 3 minutes)
- May 13 – ECF, G1, Senators at Penguins, L2-1 in OT
- May 31 – Stanley Cup Finals, G2, Predators at Penguins, W4-1
- October 11 – Penguins at Capitals, W3-2
- October 17 – Leafs at Capitals, 2-0 Leafs
- December 4 – Sharks at Capitals, L4-1
- December 12 – Carolina at VGK, Carolina won in SO – Flower’s first game back!
- December 14 – Penguins at VGK, L1-2, all about the goalies
- December 23 – Ducks at Penguins, L4-0 (this was a hot mess of a game; Letang got booed because he was the biggest part of the mess)
For baseball, I know I went to at least two Orioles games, one vs NYY and one vs DET, but I cannot find the ticket stubs.
Museums and cultural events…the Walters, the Heinz, National Museum of the American Indian, and a bunch in Portugal. Which I need to write about. Two Frank Turner shows.
To say that I am not particularly fashionable would be an understatement. My wardrobe isn’t small, but the section that I wear on a regular basis is. While I joke with colleagues about how bland and uniform-like most suits are for people in our particular line of work, there’s a certain relief in knowing that there’s a uniform of sorts for days with meetings and for business casual.
But I am always keeping an eye out for clothes that travel well, are easy to mix and match, and are wash and wearable.
A few days before leaving for Portugal, I stopped by REI, looking for a pair of shoes. They didn’t have exactly what I wanted: the particular style had been on clearance and sold out. But I ended up buying a pair of Merrells and a pair of Mammut pants off the clearance sale rack.
The Merrells are as excellent as Merrells usually are: the black Dassie shoe worked with pants and casual skirts and wore well for walking miles on cobblestones. The Mammut pants wound up being better than I anticipated for traveling. They are made of lightweight material that dries quickly when rained upon, didn’t feel binding even after 12+ hours of wear, were easily cleaned, etc.
Highly recommend both…although it looks like the pants aren’t available any longer.
Still…if you don’t want to wear sneakers as you travel but still need good support and sturdy shoes for walking, Merrell might be a brand to try. And I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for more Mammut on the sale rack.
Next time, permit more time for wine tasting. Two port caves per day is really my limit, but there are so many, and I won’t have time to try them all. 😍
Also: this fascinated me. Up close, it’s a bunch of mangled car parts stuck on the corner of a building for no apparent reason. A few yards away, it is clearly an Art Installation…maybe one with a message I don’t really get. But still, it’s ingenious.
And then there is this installation across from a hipster-y coffee place. Those are car tires sticking out of or affixed to the building.
(Where I had a pastry and a latte. Yum.)
I’ve never gotten the appeal of fruitcake. Even Carla Kelly’s Regencies with their Christmas pudding never sold me. But today I saw the biggest fruitcake I’ve ever seen at a café in Coimbra.
And when I walked past the same pasteleria on my way home after a day of tourist-ing, about 2/3 of it was gone.
Which makes me wonder if I’m missing something. Maybe for a coffee break tomorrow I’ll stop in and try it. Or one of the other amazing looking pastries.
Has the meaning of nonplussed morphed? Back in grade school, it was a vocabulary word that meant confused or surprised to the point of being uncertain how to react. I’ve read A LOT of fan fiction that misused it in place of nonchalant. Has that caused the meaning to morph, at least colloquially in North America, to calm/casual/nonchalant? I just read an ESPN article that used it in a context that is definitely the latter.
Or maybe that’s just more poor editing from ESPN.