I told TheGuy the other day that lately I find myself in a constant tension between berating myself in my own head about not getting enough done and that “life is short!” and alternatively feeling anticipatory about how much space and opportunity there is and to chill out because “life is long.” My head is a challenging place to be sometimes.
So. It’s July. Half of 2013 is over. TheLittleGuy turned 5 (very exciting!). We have taken two family trips so far this year and had some family visit for a few days for the afore-mentioned turning 5. Of my 4 big projects: 1 (Rhubarb) is basically done. RockStar is started (but had a huge slowdown in the last month or so). Hurricane has met a number of positive milestones, but is still not quite where I want it to be. And Surround is a dud so far. 6 more months to get these latter 3 on track.
This week on a friend’s recommendation we have been trying out “green smoothies” using the recipes provided in Simple Green Smoothies 30-day challenge. With one exception, TheGuy and I have liked them all. TLG enjoys making them with me, but will only sip a little bit. To be fair, he’s been that way about our ‘regular’ smoothies for awhile, now – I think he’s just not into the smoothie form factor at the moment. He also rejected strawberry shortcake yesterday (I know?!!?) and would prefer just a small piece of dark chocolate as a treat, if you don’t mind. Ohhhhkay.
Short unrelated bits of blogging:
I recently listened to two interviews with Jeremy Scahill (1, 2). Some overlap in content. Worth the time. He’s super sharp, thoughtful, and impressive.
Iain M. Banks passed away recently. I had not read any of his sf; several people suggested his Culture series so I read the first one, Consider Phlebas. I liked it, but don’t yet feel hugely compelled to go read the next. On the other hand, I’ve seen many raves about the Culture body of work as a whole that I’ll probably try to get to more of it soon.
I have nothing useful to add about the recent surveillance revelations except that I think more attention and critique needs to be aimed at Congress as policymakers and appropriators. (Not to say other parts of the government don’t also merit scrutiny.)
TLG’s pre-K program has been teaching them a bit about Independence Day, I gather. TLG’s takeaway is that there was a fight with guns and bombs, and one of the bombs hit the flag. And the fight was about “the freedom” and “the choice.”
I share Marco Arment’s concerns about interoperability and the open web.