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It’s Friday! Planning day at the day job and grocery day at home.


While writing this week, it’s been the soundtrack to the Cider House Rules. Rachel Portman wrote a great soundtrack. 

And tonight, SiriusXM brings the first live Dave Matthews Band concert in 510 days! That will be on repeat for me all weekend!

And, of course, I am trying to catch up with Cal Newport’s Deep Questions podcast. I’m on episode 61 of 115 (and growing.)


I had read the novel, The North Water a few years ago and started watching the miniseries on AMC+. It’s dark and brutal, and I may not finish watching, truth be told.

Ted Lasso Season 2 starts today, and that I will finish, I am sure!


Fiction: I just finished Yoga Pants Nation by Laurie Gelman. I will probably read the rest of the series at some point. It’s light-hearted PTA mom lit.

Next up is either Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Can’t believe I haven’t read it yet.) or Joyce Maynard’s The Good Daughter.

NonFiction: I have several nonfiction books in progress:

Curious by Ian Leslie (research for my nonfiction book.)

The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living with Less by Christine Platt, and I am rereading Atomic Habits by James Clear once again. I have found myself making goals rather than systems again – this is a good reset.

Doing (Writing)

I am doing a complete re-write of my World War II saga and breaking the massive book into three books. Bonus, this means I can bring back some characters that I had to edit out for space.

I am researching books and scientific papers regarding the connection between anxiety and curiosity. Hopefully, there is a book there, but I will at least pitch a few articles. 


Planning has been quite the struggle at the day job, as no one wants to commit or sign contracts as we do not know what the pandemic has planned. Please, folks, get the vaccine! I am ready to travel!

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

― James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones