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Books!

I’ve been doing a lot more reading this year – mostly due to all the travel I’ve been doing.  It is so much easier to find time to ready when I’m stuck in a hotel/plane/train/etc.

So far I’ve finished:

Moneyball – written by the same guy who wrote the Blindside (which I read last year and loved – much, much better than the movie)  Moneyball was pretty good, definitely a book for those into either the culture of sports (me) or statistical analysis (not really me)  Saw the movie after I finished the book.  The Blindside was better, both the movie and the book.

The Hunger Games – Loved, loved, loved this book.  But mostly because 15 year-old me would have been obsessed with it.  Strong teenaged girl battling to survive in dystopian future?  It is like they asked a teenaged me what would be the perfect book.  In fact, there was a similar book, The Girl from the Emeraline Island, that I loved, and reread a lot as teenager.  The Hunger Games isn’t great literature, but it is an engaging and fast read and I’m looking forward to the movie.

And I’ve started:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – it is slow, but I like it.  I read a review that said something along the lines of it reads like stage directions, and I can see that – lots of descriptions of people’s outfits and food and the layout of rooms.  I wanted to read it before the movie came out just because I always think that seeing the movie first can ruin the book, but that the book rarely ruins the movie.

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter  – this is half cookbook and half the author’s story about losing her job and deciding to do more “from scratch” cooking.  I’m really interested in finding things that are better/cheaper if made at home, so this seemed right up my alley – surprisingly, it is also totally hysterical.  This book goes much further than I ever will – they end up raising chicken and goats, but I will admit that smoking my own bacon does kind of appeal to me…

Catching Fire – this is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy.

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World – my mom got me interested in mindfulness meditation a few years ago, it is supposed to be very good at helping you deal with stress and depression.  I even went as far as to sign up for a meditation class, that I dropped out of after 2 weeks because I was too busy and stressed with work (ironic, no?)  The book is a little heavy on the “meditation is amazing” and the dopey illustrative stories about how it has helped people, but I do believe in the practice of meditation, so I’m mostly focusing on the “8 week plan” part.

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WTF?!?

Do any of you guys use LinkedIn? I have a profile that I set up and then didn’t do anything with for 6 months. The other day I got a request to link with someone I work with, so today I logged in to accept the request. Just like Facebook, LinkedIn will suggest people you might know and want to connect to.

It suggested 3 people:
1) a current co-worker
2) someone I worked with frequently at another company a few years ago
3) an ex-boyfriend from 10 years ago!

 
I have not talked to this ex since before I took this job, he has never (as far as I know) had my email address at this job , we do not work in the same industry, and I really don’t want to be in contact with him. It is really freaking me out that LinkedIn somehow connected us. He does know #2 on that list above and we did both go to Tech, but I’m sure there are a lot more people that meet both those criteria that LinkedIn should be suggesting.

 
Ah, the joys of technology….

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Fall?

Hey! What happened to fall? I seem to have missed most of it….

I spent the end of September going to baseball games, 2 weeks of October in Jacksonville, Florida for work (which was incredibly boring) and then it seems like I skipped right to Thanksgiving.

For Thanksgiving weekend we took the train to Chicago and then rented a car to drive the rest of the way to WI. I normally like taking the train – I put on some headphones and read for 6 hours and then I’m there. Unfortunately, this year I managed to be super sick and unable to sleep the night before we left, and Brad decided it would be a good idea to stay out till 2am (the train leaves at 6:25am). So, we were both really tired and looking forward to getting some sleep on board. Our fellow passengers had other ideas – like using the world’s loudest method of eating potato chips and listening to DVDs with no headphones. Needless to say, neither of us slept that much.

The rest of the weekend was ok – lots of football, eating and shopping – but this year we finally got a chance to hang out with Lesley 🙂 She took us all around her neighborhood and its overabundance of bars. My favorite by far was the Wisconsin Cheese Mart, where I had coffee stout and we shared soft pretzels and an amazing cheese platter.

And now we are home…and it seems to be winter…

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