Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!
If we were having coffee, I’d invite you here. It’s cold and gray outside and, alas, coffee shops are closed for inside service. Since I’ve been watching lots of holiday baking competitions on the Food Network, your visit would prompt me to bake the Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake recipe that I found here. (I don’t want a cake in the house unless there are visitors because I don’t want to eat the whole thing.)
I’d tell you that I’ve started on my Christmas shopping and ordered a few things for my nephew, a family grab bag and my father. I did some shopping for my sister and niece. We’ve got reservations for Christmas mass and hope the churches are open.
I finally got round to writing a short review of Kurosawa’s Ikira, which is such a moving, beautiful film.
I’ve begun reading Passing by Nella Larsen of the Harlem Renaissance. My new book club will discuss that and her novels Quicksand on Thursday. I’d been told these were very short so I haven’t budgeted my time well. I may not finish both considering that I also have a book club on Wednesday and we’re reading Carl Jung’s The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, which is only about 50 pages long.
As part of my library’s Winter Reading program, which this year is more about doing various activities than about reading, I tested out the Mango system for language learning. I played with Indonesian (which is actually Bahasa so that’s a minor flaw) and Swedish. I’d say the program, which my library offers online, was fun. The test of a language program for me is whether you retain what you’ve learned and whether it keeps you engaged during the intermediate phase, when most people quit.
We’re slowly putting up Christmas decorations. I like to put away the few Thanksgiving decorations and gradually converting to Christmas rather than bursting out everything in a day.
Last night I happened upon some dazzling YouTube videos which consist of spinning decorated cakes that look like animation. Take a look:
Have a good week!