Wayda minnit

Heyyy, waittaminnit -

Didn't I say I would be Blo-Po-ing every day this month? Yeah well. Sorry, fell off the wagon there for a few days. But I think it would be rude for me to leave you with screaming Christian Bale for much longer, so ... what to write instead?

The journaling prompt says to write about a person, so I will leave this here as a stub, and pledge to add more meat later.


I was going to write about my father*. But the TV is on, and there is the Great British Baking Show ... Masterclass, where the two judges, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, are doing the baking!!! And they are showing us what their secrets are. Let's see what Mary Berry does with a madeira cake. 

She adds candied lemon peel! I know how to do that. I will have plenty of lemons on the tree soon. 

But Black Forest gateau is on the list for today's episode as well; I will hold out for that.


*It's his birthday. He would have been 95 today. 

Reading The Year

I signed up the POPSUGAR 2016 Ultimate Reading Challenge. Also joined the relevant Goodreads Group. I'm going to add some ideas for what to read right here. And I am re-ordering the list based on what I've already read (obv. the ones in bold, with the checkmark and the date finished.)

Other books that I read this year, that may not fit into this list, or double in a category that I already covered:

  • [nothing yet; I've managed to shoe-horn them all in]

2015 Sugar-coated reading

Let's run my 2015 reading against the POPSUGAR reading challenge list. My recollection might not be perfect, but let's see how I fared. I am going to move all the no's to the bottom of the list, change the list to be numbered, and viola: 

  1. A book based on a fairy tale: The Bloody Chamber
  2. A book you haven't read since high school: Goethe's Dr. Faustus
  3. A book set in your home state: all of Sue Grafton's alphabet series
  4. A book translated to English: how about reading it not in English? Goethe's Dr. Faustus
  5. A romance set in the future: "The Alchemy of Stone" by Ekaterina Sedia
  6. A book set in Europe: Goethe's Dr. Faustus
  7. A book under 150 pages: The Bloody Chamber, at 126 pages
  8. A New York Times bestseller: "Modern Romance" by Aziz Anzari
  9. A self-improvement book: Better than Before
  10. A book you can finish in a day: any of the Sue Grafton alphabet series
  11. A book written by a celebrity: "Modern Romance" by Aziz Anzari
  12. A book at least 100 years older than you: Goethe's Dr. Faustus
  13. A science-fiction novel: Michael Crichton's "Next"
  14. A book that is published in 2015: David Millar, "The Racer", published in the UK in October
  15. A book that takes place during Summer: David Millar's cyclist memoir "The Racer" is mostly set in the summers, during the racing season
  16. A book and its prequel: does the alphabet series count? A is the prequel to B and so on.
  17. A murder mystery: Sue Grafton alphabet series, P.D. James "The Lighthouse"
  18. A book written by a comedian: "Modern Romance" by Aziz Anzari
  19. A book with a blue cover: P.D. James, "The Lighthouse"
  20. An autobiography: "My Life from Scratch", an autobiography with recipes, woohoo!
  21. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with: "His Majesty's Dragons", about the navy and aviators in the 18th century. And dragons.
  22. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy: I knew I would love "The Racer"
  23. A National Book Award winner: nope
  24. A YA bestseller: nope
  25. A book that's becoming a movie this year: not that I know
  26. A book recommended by someone you just met: don't think so
  27. A political memoir: nope
  28. A book that's more than 600 pages: not even close
  29. A book from Oprah's Book Club: nope
  30. A book recommended by a family member: nope
  31. A graphic novel: nope
  32. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation: nope. This is probably the hardest category.
  33. A dystopian novel: I don't think so.
  34. A book of poetry: nope
  35. The first book you see in a bookstore: possibly
  36. A classic from the 20th century: nope
  37. A book from the library: nope
  38. A book about a road trip: no
  39. A satirical book: no
  40. A book that takes place on an island: no

Not too bad! Considering that most of my reading was murder mysteries and science fiction, and 14 of the 30 books I read were all from the same detective series with the same setting and characters. And still I met more than half of the categories. With a little planning ahead, these forty bits should be fairly easy to check off. 

Things to Do

Things to do and places to go in Cambria:

FUD and drink:


Moar sites:


Starting a collection of road trip ideas:

More details and ideas for Gold Country: