I’m having a hard time not writing about birds on here every day. In May, my life is consumed with birds. I think about where to take my students to see birds, what to do if the weather isn’t cooperating. I check the weather even more religiously than I normally do. I check the bird radars every morning.
Yes, bird radars are a thing.
Just like the weather doplar, birds show up on radars during migration, indicating “hotspots” of activity. We nerders (birder + nerd = nerder; I made that up; funny eh?) get really excited when we see a hot spot.
We haven’t seen many of those in the last couple weeks though, so teaching this course has been a challenge for me this year.
I’m making do with what I can. I’m trying to stay positive. I’m trying (and failing) to remain excited about the ducks in the water, but seriously. I can’t look at ducks for another 5 hour morning. I just can’t.
So today, after a disappointing couple hours in the early morning, we headed to a local wildlife artist studio. Not really birding in the field, but it was interesting and it was anice change of pace. Plus? It was inside, out of the wind and WARM.
In the afternoon, I’ve been so tired that it is all I can do to not crash face-first into bed, so I’ve been reading a lot.
I finished a couple of books this week – Cooked by Michael Pollan and Swimming Home by Deborah Levy. (Links will take you to my reviews on goodreads.) I also got a great new cookbook – The Korean Table: From Barbecue to Bibimbop.
I have been deep in the throes of a love affair with Korean food for the past 6 months or so, and while I don’t think Korean food could ever get old, even if you eat the exact same thing every day (and I do), I’m thinking it might be time for me to branch out from my standard Korean fare.
This is a cookbook, sure. Normally, I wouldn’t really mention a cookbook in reference to something I’m reading, but this reads so much like a book, that I’m even including it in my Goodreads book shelves.
I actually sat down on my couch yesterday afternoon, while the rain was ruining my afternoon of gardening or biking or doing anything fun outside, and read the first 50 pages. Every word. Like a book.
I also read the internet like a junkie. A news junkie. And because I’m guessing I’m not the only internet news junkie out there….
This is a great article written by a man who gave up the internet for a year. Let’s just say that the results aren’t what you (or he) would have expected.
Here’s a fascinating article about the science of junk food. Spoiler alert: you can be addicted to the flavor, but marketing plays a big role in it too.
Are you “popular” on the internet? Do you want to be? Are you willing to pay to gain internet popularity? Read this to find out how! (My thought: People do this? For real? That’s just weird.)
I want to make so many things, and yet, I find myself sitting on my couch planning when I can make them instead of actually making them. Partly, this can be blamed on the time schedule and the cursed mornings in the field which just suck all my energy, but also partly can be blamed on laziness. (If I am being honest.)
Speaking of birds (from way back at the beginning of what has become a behemoth of a post) this is on my list of things to make.
Soon. Very soon. Because….cute! Easy! Birds!
I was also planning on making these, to celebrate it FINALLY BEING SPRING, but then….I checked the weather and there is snow in the forecast for tonight and I think we all know how I feel about that. I’d tell you again, but I promised to not drop the f-bombs anymore, so click here and you will know how I feel.
Maybe I should make them anyway. A sort of ‘screw you’ to mother nature?
And last, because it’s Friday and I am leaving work early today (which isn’t really all that early, since I started at 6 am), and because I can’t end on a sour grapes note, here’s a couple more random things to get your weekend off to a great start.
What are you reading? Planning? Laughing about? Are you birding? You should be! Birds are the coolest!