According to LibraryThing, I read 45 books. I have three still in progress that I started in the last month or so, but am likely only to maybe finish one (Gideon the Ninth). Several were the Sean Kennedy Micah Johnston novellas, which I liked fairly well. The highest rated books were City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, which I loved (although I felt kind of meh about the second book of the trilogy); Knife Children by L.M. Bujold; and Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone. Honorable mentions to Alderman’s The Power and Sujata Massey’s The Satapur Moonstone; and Aaronovitch’s German Peter Grant offshoot, The October Man.
Theater and film: Just film this past year, plus one opera.
- The Magic Flute – loved the scenery, which was done by Maurice Sendak
- The Favourite
- Captain Marvel
- Men in Black
- Avengers: Endgame
- The Hustle
- Downton Abbey
- Terminator: Dark Fate
- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
- Las Vegas
- Terceira (Azores)
NWHL – all the Riveters’ home games for the end of the 2018-2019, including the home playoff game. The home 2019-20 games (only a couple so far).
NHL – an embarrassing number of games, but no playoffs – was in Terceira during the first round, when my team was swept. [I was surprised by the sweep but not by the series loss; they were utterly disinterested in playing defense all season, and it caught up with them in the playoffs.] Went to games in Pittsburgh, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Was in Boston during playoffs but not when Boston was playing at home, so TD Garden is still on my list of venues to visit.
For baseball, there were just two games: Detroit and Rays. The Orioles were SO BAD. It was painful. And it was absolutely reflected in attendance. Weekend game, gorgeous weather, maybe 10,000 fans in seats at the most.
Museums and cultural events: the Walters, the Heinz, Fallingwater, Polymath Park, loved the Phipps Conservatory, many lovely chapels on Terceira, the MFA in Boston, the Isabella Gardiner Stewart Museum (favorite). Enjoyed both the Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum, adored the Lego art exhibition at the science museum in Dallas. Went to the Dallas Book Depository because it was very highly recommended. It was fine? I mean, I’m glad I went, but it didn’t really speak to me. Kinda meh about the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, which felt kind of rah rah about law enforcement.
Music – to Boston for Lost Evenings III, four nights of shows at HOB with Frank Turner, all with different themes, opening acts, and set lists. Heard “Balthasar Impresario” live, so all my FT boxes have been checked. Also saw FT and the Sleeping Souls at the Warner Theater for the No Man’s Land tour, which was different – a venue with seats – and a little weird. The music was good but it was literally the first time I went to a non-general admission FT show and sat the whole time. Loved “Kassiani” and “The Lioness” live.
Professionally speaking, eh, I’m doing things I’m not really interested in or trained to do: I’m a lawyer by training, not a technology project manager or a contract manager. This is not the best deployment of my skills. But I do what my director wants done.