Thursday, April 11, 2019

Little Updates

No, we don't have a new car yet. We're getting closer... and so in lieu of a post about car shopping, here are some small updates on other things.

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The latest Annorlunda Books title is now available - The Dodo Knight, by Michelle Rene, tells the story of the friendship between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, the little girl who was the muse for Alice in Wonderland. Before Alice in Wonderland was published, there was a falling out between Carroll and the Liddell family. No one really knows what caused it. Rene imagines an answer in this novella.

I'm running a release month promo for The Dodo Knight - get details on that and all the purchase links over at the Annorlunda website.

And here's Fill Your Bookshelf's review. Everyone I know who has read this book has really liked it - so if you're at all tempted, give it a try!

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One of my goals for this year is to get out and enjoy my city more. I pay a lot of money to live here, and there's more on offer than just great weather (although the great weather is nice). Prompted by that, and by my lingering regret that I didn't listen to my sister when she told me that I should go see Come From Away during its pre-Broadway run at the La Jolla Playhouse, I got tickets to go see Diana, a new musical about Princess Di that is currently running the La Jolla Playhouse and may well head to Broadway next.

We went and saw Diana last night and it was a lot of fun. It may not be on the same level as Come From Away, but it was definitely worth the money and the time. I thought the female leads (Diana, Camilla, and the Queen) were all very strong.

Plus, the program listed the upcoming season at The La Jolla Playhouse, and there were a couple of other shows we might want to go see.

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I don't have a new car yet, but the research process has made me more thoughtful about my environmental impact than usual. I find it easy to get overwhelmed by how much I'd have to change to live a really green lifestyle. To counteract that tendency, I try to focus on just getting better. I don't have to get to the best I can be, there is value in just getting better.

I thought about what aspect of our daily lives could easily be made more green, and I settled on food storage. We use entirely too many Ziploc bags, particularly to store the bread I make for Petunia's breakfasts and the scones I make for Pumpkin's lunches. So I did a little research and bought these silicone "bags." They arrived today. They're a little smaller than I thought they'd be so they won't work for the scones, but I think they can be made to work for the bread, which we slice before we freeze. (You may wonder why I don't just use Tupperware: We have a relatively small fridge and no space to get a bigger one. So space in the fridge and freezer both are at a premium.)

I also bought more mesh produce bags, because I never seem to have enough with me when I'm at the store.

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The poppies up by Lake Elsinore have gotten all the press, but there are flowers blooming everywhere here right now. The weeds native plants that line some of the roads I drive are full of flowers. Gardens are full of flowers. Even the ice plant on our back slope is full of flowers. We had so much rain earlier this year, and now we're reaping the rewards. Except in my front yard, which has some flowers but far more weeds....

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