Stuff and Nonsense


April Morning

It has been many years since I pulled an all-nighter, but last night we were up late, watching streaming things, and then I started listening to an audiobook while I did some work things, and the later it became, the more awake I was. At five, I decided it was simply too late/early to try to sleep so I fed the cat, took a shower, and left the house.

Neil's Donuts opens at six, you see. I know running out for donuts during a pandemic seems like the ultimate decadence ... and it probably is, but I make no apologies. Neil's doughnuts are the best doughnuts in Connecticut. I am going to do what I can to support them, because they are an institution and must not fail.

Also, Neil's Donuts (and its customers) is doing everything right. Staff were masked, gloved, and socially avoidant. Only five customers are allowed in the shop at a time and there are marks on the floor to tell you where to stand. The two customers ahead of me were properly socially avoidant and the entire purchase went smoothly, with nothing to tweak my anxieties.

Having acquired doughnuts, I stopped at Harbor Park for a slow walk along the riverfront. It was a beautiful, if chilly morning, and I had the entire park to myself. Of course, I took some photos. Then I went home, ate doughnuts, and did not go to bed.

The giant head is a concrete sculpture representing the Wangunk Indian Tribe, an indigenous people who lived along the banks of the Connecticut River in what is now central Connecticut, before the arrival of white people in the 1600s brought the epidemics, christianity, and violence which devastated so many of Connecticut's indigenous peoples.


March 2020 Reads

The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
A fluffy, comfortingly predictable foodie romance. The descriptions of traditional Chinese cuisine and the community element in dining made me want to know more. Maggie and Sam's romance, delightfully free of melodrama and miscommunication, was a charming spin on friends-to-lovers.

Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon) [kindle]
A charming, feel-good fantasy about a (literally) godless paladin and a perfumer who is anything but a damsel in distress. Lots of severed heads, reanimated corpses, and banter.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
A mixed-race single mother living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City accidentally encounters a Vietnamese American woman looking for a wife for her stubborn son and finds herself "trying him out" for the summer. Nuanced loved story that manages to deal with complex topics such as autism, immigration, and self-discovery in heartwarming, understanding way.