Unraveled Wednesday, 2/2/22.

Joining Kat and friends. Go see what the others are up to.

Knitting.

The red hat is nearly done. I started the decreases immediately after I took this photo. I might even finish it tonight (Tuesday). If so, I can wear it to knitting group on Wednesday — what could be better?

Next up is a blue hat, but not a Sockhead. The pattern is this, which I used for this. The yarn is Malabrigo Worsted in this color. I am really looking forward to it!

Reading.

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Severance by Ling Ma. I am about halfway through this and will probably finish it tonight (Tuesday). The most striking thing about this book is that it is about the aftermath of a pandemic… and it is copyrighted 2018, two years before the spread of coronavirus. The story follows a small group of survivors as they travel from New York City to Chicago, where their leader promises they can live in The Facility… which turns out to be a large shopping mall. Right now I would give it 3✭; that could possibly change, depending on how it goes from here to the end.

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Goodreads.com is failing me tonight, or, really, I have failed Goodreads. There are no books on my read-in-2022 shelf after the ones I blogged about two weeks ago (!). I know I have read some but for the life of me I cannot remember them. Hello, senior moment…

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Listening.

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Life’s too Short by Abby Jimenez. This one is a romance novel, but way better than the Harlequins. (You could ask how I know that, given that I have never read any Harlequin romances.) I described the plot last Unraveled Wednesday, so I won’t rehash it here. The ending is properly sweet. 3.5✭

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Zero Day Code by John Birmingham. Just another post-apocalyptic thriller set in the near future. I just started it, so no rating yet. It appears to be the first book in a trilogy; it remains to be seen whether I want to read #s 2 and 3.

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The Spires by Kate Moretti. I started to listen to this, but it seemed awfully familiar. Turns out I read the book in December. Hello, senior moment #2…

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Watching.

Still on season 4 of Cold Case. I finished Bosch. The ending of the latter’s last episode seems like a prelude to a new series in which Harry has left the LAPD and pursued a career as a private investigator. According to Wikipedia, the new series will be called Bosch: Legacy, and the first season has already been filmed. Yay!

Don’t Look Up on Netflix. You probably know the plot of this one, given the publicity it engendered when it was released on Netflix. A pair of astronomers – Leonardo de Caprio and Jennifer Lawrence – find a comet the size of Mt. Everest that is on a collision course with Earth. They attempt to alert the president – Meryl Streep – but she blows them off. They go on a TV talk show hosted by Cate Blanchett and Jack Bremmer (don’t feel badly, I had never heard of him either), but again their message is distorted. Our opinion was that 1, the movie should have been 3 degrees less silly and 3 degrees more satiric; B, Leonardo de Caprio was downright annoying (YMMV); and iii, Jennifer Lawrence was great. 3✭

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7 Responses to Unraveled Wednesday, 2/2/22.

  1. Kat says:

    Lovely knitting! I think you are smart to stick to glorious stockinette unmarred by any fripperies! LOL

    I have Don’t Look Up in my queue on Netflix but have not had a chunk of time to just sit. I need to remedy that!

  2. Ruth Flanders says:

    DiCaprio is always annoying. Jennifer Lawrence is always a delight. Rediscovered Martha Grimes and going through series. She’s brilliant on occasion, but throws in too much sentimentality for my taste. I still advise you to try Richard Osman’s two books. I have already pre-ordered his third, due in Sept or Oct. Can’t wait. Another great author in Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, James Oswald, Barry Maitland. But, I must admit I do love British mysteries, especially police procedurals, so if you don’t enjoy that genre, maybe not for you. February, yea!! Getting closer to spring!!

  3. Kym says:

    Love the hat! And I’ve had A Thing for Leonardo DiCaprio since Gilbert Grape . . . so I didn’t mind him a bit. 😉 And Jennifer Lawerence IS always wonderful. XO

  4. Mary Jo says:

    The thing about DiCaprio is that I always imagine him on the Titanic or in Catch Me If You Can. I guess I have not watched his more recent films. In Don’t Look Up his character has sons in their 20s with full beards. Is he aging? Am I aging? (Gosh, I’m only 68!)

  5. Hooray for an almost finished hat! I haven’t enjoyed Leonardo DiCaprio for a long time. Sometimes I’ll enjoy a movie he’s in despite that fact, though. (But we cancelled Netflix, so I can’t watch Don’t Look Up at this time.)

  6. gayle says:

    I just went and looked up Leonardo DiCaprio and realized that despite the fact he’s made dozens of movies, I’ve only seen two – both of which I liked. (Inception and Shutter Island, both from 2010. I started to watch Titanic on tv years ago, found myself idly thumbing through a magazine about 20 minutes in to the movie, and decided to just shut it off. No regrets.) I’ve got Don’t Look Up on my watch-it-maybe list; I’ll now switch it to my watch-it-probably list!

  7. gayle says:

    Oh, and enjoy knitting that hat with that luscious blue yarn! Yum!

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