My computer has died. Well, at least it has decided to hibernate and Mini-him hasn't been around long enough lately to try to wake it back up. I'm borrowing my husband's work computer just now but my time on the computer will be limited until I solve the problem with my computer. I must admit that I was getting a little twitchy today being unable to get on a computer. I have been pondering trying to unplug for a week. The past couple of days probably either mean that I really need to or maybe just that I shouldn't even attempt it.
Like most of you, I spent a lot of time this past week watching the coverage of Sandy and the aftermath. Four years ago, I would have been concerned about my aunt and uncle in Rhode Island but otherwise I didn't know much of anyone that would be effected by such a storm. Since I've started blogging, though, I count so many of you on the East Coast as friends. I watched the coverage in an entirely different light. How were Joann's daughter and Teri faring in NYC? Was Care's boat going to end up on a street two block inland? Were Mari and Jo having any trouble with falling trees in New Jersey? For a worry wart like me, I was grateful that everyone, even those without power, were able to at least get on Twitter and keep us updated.
Here's what I'm:
Listening to: Punch Brothers and The Civil Wars which I just discovered last night on Austin City Limits. Punch Brothers play what they call "aggressive bluegrass" and The Civil Wars do a cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Yes, a folk version. It's fabulous.
Cooking: Yesterday I made a crock pot of chicken thighs which I'll pull the meat off of today to freeze in meal-sized portions. I would love to have an entire shelf of my freezer devoted to pre-cooked meats; it's so nice to have that much of dinner ready any time.
Making: If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I've spent quite a lot of time this past week making a cape. Mini-me was Robin (of Batman and Robin) for Halloween and went to a number of parties without the cape. But this weekend was NebCon, which even those in attendance might call "NerdCon," and the full costume was essential, apparently. I have never sewn anything lined, have never sewn with satiny material and have never attached a hood to anything. It was quite a learning experience. It looks pretty impressive...if you don't look too closely at all of the seams. Mini-him was very happy with it and here is where I'm supposed to say that makes it all worth it. It doesn't, not entirely; seriously, that cape took more than ten hours!
Grateful for: That extra hour of sleep! I guess I could have gotten up an hour earlier and used that hour productively. Show of hands...anyone do that?
Happy about: My parents coming into Omaha today. We'll celebrate my birthday and Mama Shepp's mama's birthday which was also last week.
Looking forward to: Another quiet week ahead at Casa Shepp which I don't mind at all. I know some of you are still looking forward to getting power back this week - fingers crossed that you all have lights, heat and warm water again soon!
This week I'm really kicking off my Fall Feasting reading. I've been working it around R.I.P. challenge in October but November is really going to focus on reading and reviewing books that have food as a central theme. This week I'll finally finish Peaches for Father Francis by Joanne Harris. After that, I don't know what I'll pull out of my pile next.
What are you reading this week?