Continuing last years trend of reading too much, I continue to have 3 or more books legitimately in progress at once. Usually one on a month-or-more finish time (currently last year's Douglas Hofstadter - good but almost hypnotically dense while not being demandingly deep), one that takes me a few weeks (currently Michael Pollan's early book on gardening) and one that I'm actively rushing through (River of Gods which is just getting enthralling as intro stories start to mix, and Elizabeth Warren's personal finance advice which is good but all stuff I stumbled through over the last 5 years and am on solid ground with now). I mostly use the library (mix of ebook and real), one of the annoyances of the interlibrary Georgia library system is that new releases cannot be placed on hold by other county systems for six months, so I've just finally got Abaddon's Gate headed my way and have a few more weeks to wait for The Reason I Jump.
In addition, my wife and in-laws got me several new periodical subscriptions for Christmas, in addition to my staple Harpers I now have copies of Nautilus, Lapham's Quarterly, and Jacobin to soak up. Lefty Sciencey Long Lit. Thankfully mostly quarterlies so I won't fall as behind as when I had that lovely weekly subscription to AAAS Science.
Living in Georgia
Life goes on here, a little subdued as we've been freezing since last year - and still have a inch and a half of snow from two days ago. Houses, heat pumps, and the cold weather clothes that we didn't mail back to Wisconsin are not really made for this weather here.
Still maintaining and growing the social connections we started in the fall, board game group and department peers and random other school connections. Still working on getting a connection into the farming / farmers market circles here, beyond hellos. My pool league team from last fall disintegrated over the holiday break - most of the teams are centered around a core family, and some intergenerational falling out there plus a serious hospitalization left us with too few. Our home bar/hall also unexpectedly shutdown, so we agreed to fold. I was on the fence about reaching out to another team, save the money and already missing the specific old folks on the old team. Well, got a call a week later from a new team that had picked up one of the old guys, and it's going to be good to continue: this new team is more serious, and I'm playing well so far.
I've decided to jump into homebrewing beer this month. In asking distant friends, I'm jumping into small batch all-grain with an English Brown, and I'm roping one of the other history husbands into helping out starting this Sunday, some pre-Superbowl early morning brewing. I very much enjoyed the mechanical DIY construction aspect of building a mashtun out of a cooler and brass hardware, and I anticipate the kitchen and yeast aspect to feel familiar enough... as I think it should be, the emphasis on sanitary and minimal oxygen/splashing conditions throughout will be the daunting aspect coming up.
Is the other theme of my life, no? We have a large summer road trip that I'll save to talk about till later, but before then:
- Tomorrow I'm flying out for a one-day work trip to Boulder. Annoying to do a one-day Friday, up super early to drive up to Atlanta, stay up for the 2-hr timeshift and then up early again to fly back. But it'll be nice since I'm particularly proud of the strategy work I did for this client last fall, and now we get to build on that.
- In two weeks I'm headed down under for the first time, for two weeks in Melbourne also for work, a client team we've been working with for the last year. Hopefully the weather cools down to some desirable 80s instead of 100+.
- On the just-fun-side of things, wife and I are returning to Mexico City for the first time in 3 years for her spring break, not a work or research trip just revisting our favorite places and heading out to Puebla for a few days. And re-jumpstarting our Español.
- We've got a lot of out-of-state friends and family coming to visit us in the spring too, very excited to welcome people here helps make it all real.
- And in May I'm going to the second weekend of Jazzfest in NOLA with some Chicago friends. Going to find a way to enjoy the fact that everyone's excited for The Boss, but the lineup will be overwhelming regardless.
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