March 3, 2021

Doing another linkup – this one is Currently with Anne In Residence. I’m always up for a writing prompt/linkup and this month’s words are choosing, imagining, making, recommending, and wearing.

screenshot of instagram poll results - 59% for Born a Crime and 41% for The Vanishing Half
I love the Libby app!

choosing … To read Born a Crime by Trevor Noah next. That book and The Vanishing Half became available at the same time. I can read both in 2 weeks so I accepted both. I was torn on which to read first so I punted the question to Instagram and Twitter (not linking my Twitter account because I’m meaner there) and Born a Crime won. By the time I finish both, Our Time is Now by Stacey Abrams should be ready to arrive. By the way, the monthly Show Us Your Books linkup is next Tuesday if you’re a bookish blogger/blogreader.

imagining – A post-COVID social life. We have weddings coming up in June, September, and October and I don’t know how to act.

No, literally, I don’t know how to act. For example, all of my dancing for the last 12 months has been clumsy butt-poppin’ to 90s New Jack Swing songs because the only one who sees me has to jump through a lot of expensive legal hoops to get out of this relationship. And I’m carrying around a bag of Doritos like a security blanket. Maybe I should send my regrets…

making – Popcorn! I don’t have a microwave, so I pop my popcorn in a West Bend Stir Crazy with a little bit of olive oil. I asked Twitter (again, don’t follow me there I’m not nice) which toppings they put on popcorn and received the following suggestions: cinnamon sugar, Old Bay with butter, hot sauce & lime juice, powdered chicken, powdered vinegar, smoked paprika, curry powder, nutritional yeast with butter, furikake, Trader Joe’s Everything but the Elote seasoning, M&Ms, a combo of garlic powder, truffle salt, nutritional yeast, cayenne, sharp cheddar powder and black pepper, a bunch of suggestions for cheddar powders, a link to Chrissy Teigen’s popcorn flavor set, and a recommendation to pop half in bacon grease, half normally with cheddar powder, and mix the two.

That is a LOT of popcorn options, and I look forward to working through them. What’s your popcorn go-to?

recommending Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Redwood Forest. A swipe of it makes me look more alive on a day of Zoom calls. I keep it my desk drawer. It’s a bricky red that doesn’t make me look like a six year old trying on Mom’s makeup. I’m wearing it here…

Selfie, wearing a mickey mouse beanie hat and some snazzy lipstick.
No filter, and lit by the sickly light of a computer monitor.

wearing – A hat indoors. I’m cold from November until April. Is it how I’m wired? Is it the creeping despair of non-summer? Who knows? But the one thing I’ve started doing that has increased my comfort at home while not turning up the heat is wearing a hat when I’m sitting. Which is a lot. For my birthday before last, WM bought me a Mickey Mouse Barefoot Dreams Beanie (see pic above) and it is my go-to inside hat. It’s not good for outside winter weather but for reading a book on the sofa on a dreary winter’s night? PERFECT.

Read others’ answers to this month’s prompt here.

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  • Kelly March 3, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    My go to popcorn is Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn………….it’s amazing

    • Kimberly March 4, 2021 at 8:11 am

      They make sweet onion popcorn? Oh no…

  • Anne March 3, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Can’t remember the last time I had popcorn, but all of a sudden it sounds so good! 🙂 Library holds coming in at the same time is quite an issue indeed – especially when you have such good options. I loved both of those books. Vanishing Half was one of my top reads of 2020.

    Thanks for joining in the linkup!

    • Kimberly March 4, 2021 at 8:10 am

      Thanks for hosting the linkup! I swear it always looks like the books are coming in at a nice staggered rate but nope…all at once.

  • Natasha March 3, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    I need to find Stacey Abrams’ book. And I now want to try all sorts of gourmet popcorn. A friend dropped off some for us last weekend and my favourite was the chocolate drizzle — yum!!! Also, your post made me laugh on a day where not much has made me laugh (it’s been a frustrating day) so thank you!

    • Kimberly March 4, 2021 at 8:09 am

      I’m glad I could make you smile, and now I’m wondering if I can drizzle melted semi-sweet chocolate chips into the popcorn….

  • Lovely March 3, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    That’s a lot of options for popcorn toppings! I would like to give it all a try.

    • Kimberly March 4, 2021 at 8:08 am

      Of course I had popcorn last night and stuck with butter and salt.

  • Carolyn March 3, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Yes! You will love Born a Crime! I read Vanishing Half quickly–can’t go wrong with either! Glad you have time for both. We use the same popcorn popper you do–but we pop it in coconut oil. Super yummy. I highly recommend! Let it swirl around for a few minutes to melt, then dump your kernels in.

    • Kimberly March 4, 2021 at 8:08 am

      Oooo. I never considered changing up the oil. That’s next level – thanks for the tip!

  • Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life March 4, 2021 at 8:19 am

    I am also dreaming of post-COVID life! Just bring your Doritos to the wedding and dance away. 🙂 And that is a great lip color option- plus I love anything Burt’s Bees. I will check it out!

    • Kimberly March 8, 2021 at 7:31 pm

      Maybe I can buy a dress that matches the Cool Ranch color scheme….

  • ShootingStarsMag March 4, 2021 at 8:27 am

    My house is the one where it tends to be colder in the Winter because we don’t turn the heat super high, and nicer in the Summer because heat sucks and we’d rather pay more for AC. LOL I’m often cold, but I have lots of blankets and socks. Cute hat!!

    • Kimberly March 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks! And in my case, if I had my way I’d sit in front of a space heater until my pants caught on fire and still be cold. I can’t wait until July when I can scorch my bare feet on concrete again.

  • Dara March 4, 2021 at 8:45 am

    The fact that your library has Born a Crime on audio – I thought that was an audible only release! I’m going to check mine! I won’t know how to act in public when we can be in public again either. Kinda stressful!

    • Kimberly March 8, 2021 at 7:33 pm

      I was joking with my mother that I’m not even going to know how to greet strangers. Thanks to the weird sea shanty phase we just passed through it might be “AHOY!”

  • Tobia | craftaliciousme March 8, 2021 at 5:28 am

    I love salted pop corn. tried the cheesy option but haven’t quite figured out how to make it. I have read both of those books. Enjoy them.

    • Kimberly March 8, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks! I bought Old Bay today to start down the popcorn path.