Rest in peace, Mr. Nimoy.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it, but I’m a big fan of the tiny house movement. My favourite are the rustic cabin-like houses, usually around 200 sq. ft. They typically have lofts instead of bedrooms, and are often built by the owners themselves.
I like to search online for building plans and pictures of different designs; who knows, maybe someday I can build my own. A couple days ago, I found these pictures:
THIS. My dream house. I wouldn’t change a single thing.
(I would love to give credit to the homeowner/photographer, but the site I found them on didn’t mention them.)
Last night I saw the State Ballet Theatre of Russia perform Swan Lake. It was incredible – I’ve never seen anything like it.
Imagine ballerinas on that stage – there were obviously no pictures allowed!
It was a two-hour performance, and it just flew by; it was so easy to become totally absorbed in the story. And the dancing – holy smokes the dancing. The ballerinas were so graceful; at times they seemed to float across the stage.
I would love to go watch it again.
They didn’t have the greatest night, but it was fun nonetheless. I love the energy and camaraderie amongst the players and the crowd during games.
I also picked up (and got signed) a great coffee table book about roller derby.
It includes photographs and interviews with derby players and refs. It’s fascinating to read about what goes through a player’s head during a jam – a lot of strategy and a lot of emotion/aggression. Reading it has actually helped me understand the game a bit better as well. Check it out.
There is nothing like a book that completely draws you into it’s world, and leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve finished. Maybe I’m picky, maybe it’s because I read so much, but fewer and fewer books have really ‘wowed’ me lately. So I really want to talk about it when one does.
I’ve just finished reading The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. The title character A.J. is a reclusive and border-line alcoholic bookseller on tiny Alice Island in the US. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a moving story that is part mystery, part romance, and all about how books can touch our lives. I don’t feel like I’m selling it very well, but trust me – it’s a great read.
Happy new year! Yes, it’s a few hours early, but I’m not the partying type and probably won’t make it to midnight anyway. I’m having a quiet night in, watching Doctor Who and eating homemade vegan pizza. And of course, spending time with this weirdo:
Walter had a strange reaction to his booster shots yesterday, and I’ve been keeping an eye on him today. He’s currently snoozing on the couch; it looks like he won’t make it to midnight either!
I briefly considered resolutions, but screw it – I can’t even remember what I picked last year. So instead, I’m just hoping for a year of good health and happiness.
See you all in 2015.