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Friday Fare: 10/25/19

What’s the best productivity hack out there?  This article reminds me of something I’ve said to my writing friends – BICFOK (Butt In Chair, Fingers On Keyboard).

Jessica Lange is a gift.  I can’t wait to see her book of photography.

Minnesota schools and students celebrated MEA Break on Oct. 17-18.  The Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) conference is held on the third Thursday of October each year, so school kids are left to their own devices.  I had a couple friends go to Florida, some acquaintances head to places like Hawaii, Iceland, and London.  I took my kids to Iowa. It may not be the most exotic location, but it’s where my family lives and my boys got to spend some extended time with my parents. (Mostly my dad, which – I think I’m going to owe him a large bottle of something at the holidays.)  On Friday, we went to Effigy Mounds National Monument near Marquette, Iowa.  Funny fact and a fun bit of symmetry for my dad and I – neither of us had been to Effigy Mounds since we were kids.  So, some 25+ years for me; some 45+ years for my old man.  And yes, I think Dad and I had more fun than the hellions we had in tow:

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Watching: My husband and I had a rare child-free night recently.  (Thank you to my parents for wrangling my hellions!)  We thought about watching a Marvel movie, then I was making my play to have us start the Indiana Jones trilogy (and it IS a trilogy, this movie doesn’t exist).  But then we saw that Jim Henson’s classic “The Dark Crystal” was on Netflix and we turned that on (while eating cheap pizza.  We are nothing if not romantic and decadent.)  It’s always funny to watch movies from your childhood through the lens of adulthood.  This one is still creepy AF, but such a good watch.  (And it assured us that no, our children are not ready to watch this movie.)

Bonus Watch – We had a family movie night over the weekend and watched the 1971 “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”  Gosh, that movie is so good.  And (some) shade towards Johnny Depp, but to think that he could replace Gene Wilder?  Fuggedaboutit.

Reading:  Finished Gideon the Ninth by Tasmyn Muir.  Ooof – I can’t believe that I have to wait until June 2020 to read the second book in the trilogy!

Writing Life: Getting ready for Bouchercon and trying to balance work deadlines with personal ones!
– Shelley

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What is Friday Fare? As a recap, on Fridays I post link love to the various bits of arcane shiz I discover on the Interwebs.  I liken it to a glimpse into my mind, but without the 80s song lyrics or mental cobwebs.

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