Passing Fancies: January 2014

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Brrrrr!

Reading: Palisades Park by Alan Brennert, a novel set in a famous New Jersey amusement part in the 1930s-40s; it was a Christmas gift from Mr. TC.

Video: New seasons of Downton Abbey and Sherlock, obviously! I also just saw Spike Jones’s Her at the movies.

Audio: I just purchased a new (rose-colored) iPod, after not having one for several years.

Eats & Treats: A friend brought us some Wilbur Chocolate Buds from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and now I’m addicted to them.

Drinks: Oren’s Daily Roast Holiday Blend coffee (another gift from Mr. TC) and Numi Aged Earl Grey tea.

Beauty Products: Aesop Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream and Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil have been godsends in this frigid, dry weather.

Art: I recently made a trip to Bentonville, Arkansas, where I visited the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and viewed its collections, as well as a James Turrell “Skyspace” titled The Way of Color on the museum grounds. I experienced the Skyspace at sunset in the company of friends and colleagues, and it was memorable.

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Pleasure: Late weekend mornings in bed with both cats, now that the kitten has also learned to enjoy snuggling with her older step-sister and me.

Anticipation: Tackling some new writing projects.

Images: Eugène Grasset, Janvier (January) (1896), via Wikipaintings; Turrell photo by Tinsel Creation.

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