More laughter because the last time I did this was in 2015. But listen, weary audience, sometimes you need to ease into stuff.

Me, everyday


  • The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante. Obviously I had to start reading the second one. It just left off at the most cliff-hangery moment! Plus, it’s kind of just delicious to get into fiction again.
  • White Teeth by Zaddie Smith. The lady does have a way with words. I’ve only just started.
  • Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp , John Zeratsky, Brad Kowitz. A bunch of Googlers wrote about how they make ideas happen for startups, everyone has read it here, so I thought so should I.


  • My Brilliant Friend (Book #1) by Elena Ferrante. Thanks, Vinita for the recommendation.
  • Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale Jr.. I explained this book to my friend that I am in a reading challenge and one of the prompts is “A book made into a movie that you’ve seen.” After a pause, their response: “I’m surprised you didn’t pick something more recent.” What can I say? WILDCARD! Also, I listened to an interview from Abagnale recently.
  • Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay. Another one of the prompts was to read a book about feminism. I didn’t realize that this was a book of short—fictional—stories. Good, but also sad. Any recommendations for books on feminism?
  • Universal Methods of Design by Bella Martin & Bruce Hannington. This is a book of 100 design research methods, I can’t imagine this appealing to very many of my 3 readers.
  • Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman #1) by Neil Gaiman. This graphic novel has been on my to-read list for a while because I’ve heard very good things. I finished it, but it’s too scary and violent for my tastes so I probably won’t keep reading.


  • As someone already susceptible to life-logging, Scott introduced me to to this “gamified” habit tracker called Habitca that I’ve been using to keep track of all the little and big things I want to do daily, regularly, or even one-off tasks. I’ve been using it to try to encourage me to do things like yes, exercising, but also “do something creative every day”, “write”, “wear your retainers”, “use Duolingo” and “call your parents”. This, in addition to my ad hoc bullet journal has helped me keep top-of mind the things I want to do give me a small satisfaction of ticking them off. It’s silly but it helps.
  • I’m really enjoying my coworkers and it’s a pleasure to work with so many seemingly likeminded folks. But just wait until I start really diving in.


  • have been doing more creative things and have plans in the works! Excited to get started.


  • I’m also afraid of doing something wrong at work and being able to actually contribute. Naturally. Basically, although everyone is very nice, I am afraid everyone will hate me.


  • I’ve been taking more walks in the area again. I went to Mt. Sutro & the Interior Greenbelt
  • Golden Gate Heights Park & Grandview Parks, which are small but have a great view
  • And even took Scott to see some of those tiles stairs that are so popular in the city.
  • Oh, and I saw Katie & Owen too. They’re nice people.


I foolishly got an annual subscription to Movie Pass and have been trying to see movies before it goes out of business. I hope I make it but I’m not so sure I will.

  • McQueen. A documentary about fashion designer Alexander McQueen
  • Sorry to Bother You. I’ve heard it was good on the podcasts I listened to and I did enjoy it. A unique story.
  • Eight Grade. Also heard very good things and enjoyed how realistic it felt.
  • Incredibles 2. Scott likes animation. It was cute.
  • Hearts Beat Loud. One of the many times MoviePass failed me and we had to see a different movie instead, but this was a cute movie and has Nick Offerman in it.
  • Solo. Did it.
  • Deadpool 2. I think they were a little over zealous with breaking the fourth wall because it was so well received the first time.

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