Monday Whimsy

Hello!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Sunday Whimsy! And it will still be a little while longer until that happens, because it's Monday. But, I mean... same thing, just a different day.

I actually spent the last Sunday of April and first Sunday of May in California. You probably know this, because you are probably my Grandma or some close friend, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.

I spent those Sundays reading in my relatives’ front yard, where geckos and hummingbirds would flit in and out of my sight. It was wonderful and relaxing and sunny. Now that I’m back in Vancouver, it’s nice to see the same is true here! Minus the geckos and hummingbirds. But I have this cute little white dog, so that more than makes up for it.

Yesterday my family bought a bunch of outdoor rugs for our deck out back and everyone is now lounging around outside, tanning and playing Sudoku in the shade. What've you been up to?

If you're looking for something to read, there are 16 links here for Monday Whimsy:

  • Susie Dent’s twitter. The woman in Dictionary Corner offers some great tidbits of linguistic knowledge that make for some nice transit reading.

  • I recently wrote about visiting the Murakami exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Cool to see that Uniqlo is launching a Murakami collaboration featuring Doraemon

  • I've instituted a book-buying ban for the month of May, because I'm trying to curb spending and also, I have 15 books on my bedside table that need attention. But that doesn't mean I'm not thinking about June... and when June does come, one of the first books on my list will be Circe by Madeline Miller.

  • The sunny weather has me wanting to travel. I just came back from vacation, but still. It wasn't Vienna.

  • Who’s excited for E3? (ME!) Nintendo has released it’s schedule for the big event: 

  • A pretty, tiny New York studio apartment.

  • Comfort food I’m craving. (Also, if you didn’t know the difference between light and dark soy sauce, now you will!)

  • Like the previous link, this is also from I Am a Food Blog: the run-down on the perfect 3-ingredient chicken

  • There’s a new Sanrio Netflix anime that’s targeted towards adults. A friend actually tagged me in one of the promo clips with a short quip—that you?—which, haha. No. Still, I’m wondering if it’s funny or worth watching. Thoughts?

  • How the squid lost its shell.

  • I was too swamped to participate in Book Bites kast month, which was kind of heartbreaking. I had intended to make bread for my contribution. Heres' the recipe, and the reveal of Book Bites’ would-be April theme.

  • I love Taika Waititi. Here's a lil' vid he did on racism.

  • Warm weather means outdoor dinners. And outdoor dinners mean fun mocktails!

  • This cocktail screams summer.

  • A day after it was cancelled, my favourite show was picked up by NBC and saved! Brooklyn Nine Nine will be back for a sixth season and this is the best news that I'll be getting all week. Nothing could beat it.

  • I can't say I've ever cared that much about the British monarchy, but I'm happy to see people celebrate something that gives them joy. I'm speaking about the royal wedding viewing parties people hold, and those weird William & Kate "Mr./Mrs" plates you can buy in home decor shops. Still, there's something to be said about what the upcoming wedding means for the monarchy and all the people who hang on so tightly to what they do. This piece is an interesting conversation starter.

I hope the start of the week is treating you well.

Cheers,

Miriam