It’s time for another installment of 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks . . . For those new to our series, this is where we all stop in every Sunday to report seven (more or less is fine) Good Things that happened to you (or that you read or saw or experienced or . . . well, you get the picture) this week.
1* Last weekend, when we were househunting in Ithaca, the husband’s soon-to-be employer couldn’t get us a room at the usual hotel because of some festival that was going on… so they put us up in a spa resort! With a giant chess board outside! And I-swear-to-god the most amazing mattress I’ve ever slept on. Didn’t have time to try out the free-to-guests sauna, but I’ve never seen what the benefit of sitting around sweating is supposed to be anyway.
2* While staying at said resort, we saw a deer grazing on the lawn through our window Saturday night. And we saw four very brazen deer nonchalantly grazing right next to the highway as we drove home on Sunday afternoon.
3* And we ate at Moosewood Saturday night. Oh yes, it really is all that, and a bag of… um, not chips… more like: “It’s all that and a bag of steamed asparagus with roasted red pepper dressing.” Boo-yah!
4* And I think we found an apartment. It’s a little smaller than we’d hoped, but it’s so pretty, and in a good location, and heat and internet access are included in rent, and we both got a really good feeling about it when we toured it – it just felt right. And this is one of those tricky areas where there isn’t a lot of overlap in what we each like, so that’s a rare and wondrous thing.
5* And we stopped by the theatre at Ithaca College and I met some of the husband’s soon-to-be colleagues, and they all seemed super-nice and were giving us all kinds of house-hunting advice and offers of help and such.
6* And we saw this.
(I didn’t actually take this photo, because it was just after sunset by the time we got there. I found the photo here. And it looked just like this, only darker.)
I think I’m going to like Ithaca very, very much.
7* How about something non-Ithaca related? Since I’m a children’s librarian, I don’t always hear about the new grown-up books until they’re already out. But I read a PW article on all the buzz-worthy adult books coming out this summer , and I am so psyched about the new stuff from some of my very favorite authors about to hit the shelves. Sure, I already knew about Don Delillo, Chuck Palahniuk, and Haven Kimmel (natch), but I didn’t know about Michael Chabon and Michael Ondaatje… Packing, schmacking. I’ve got books to read!
Psst . . . Hey, Eisha, did you see this and this? That composer pictured there is Anne Boles Levy’s nephew. How do I know this? She posted about it last week, and I caught that post. I wondered if you’d seen it. Maybe Brian will be working with him soon. Who knows. Here’s my list:
1) Two friends sharing two original poems with me this week and last week (Thanks, Sara and Shannon) . . . And they were both really, really good.
2) Listening to The B-52’s “Cosmic Thing” and feeling like I was in college again.
3) My husband really digs his new job. Now at the end of a work day he says he had a great day instead of “I wasted eight hours of my life today.”
4) My mother coming over to play with my daughters while I took a huge stack of books to a coffee shop to read — UNINTERRUPTED! When you have very young children and often cannot use the bathroom alone, this is a luxury.
5) MotherReader’s post on potential prizes for her upcoming 48-Hour Book Challenge, in which she says that one prize will be:
Roger, of Read Roger, will talk about your win on his blog using the words “stoked” and “mega-tastic.” If you clock in more than thirty hours or fifteen books, he will also use either the phrase “true dat” or “that’s how I roll.”
Now, I gotsta have me my Read Roger every day, but it’d be even better, as MoReader put it, if he said “true dat” . . . or, hey, how about “s’aight, y’know what’m se-in?” Fo’ shizzle.
6) Michele at Scholar’s Blog sending me a copy of Emily Gravett’s Monkey and Me. YES, it’s in the mail, my friends! Straight from the UK. As far as I know it’s not been released here (if it has, I’ll be embarrassed, but either way I’ll have a copy in my hands soon). Thanks, Michele!
7) Spring and playing with my daughters outside.
How about you? What are your 7 Kicks this week?