Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and my phone.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and my phone.

I’ve spent too much time staring at my iPhone. I’m constantly scrolling Instagram. I’m always quick to Google some random person, movie, fact, event, place—you name it. I’m scanning the latest headlines, taking not-so-exciting photos, texting Bitmojis to my friends and family, and checking weather apps for the latest incorrect weather information.

I’m considering using that new Apple iPhone feature that tracks your screen time but I’m not sure I want to know. I already know I spend way too much time on my phone for no real reason. Do I need to know the exact amount?

Would you want to know? iPhone users, are you going to use the new feature?

One thing I know I’m doing this weekend is putting the phone down and enjoying off-screen time.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou in honor of Banned Books Week this past week. I’ve also been listening to the audiobook, which Angelou narrates. The prose is incredible. She paints a vivid picture of her life—each scene, each event described so eloquently that you feel you are there.

I read The Imperfectionists by Thomas Rachman. I didn’t care for the book but I can see why people highly rated it and why it was a best-selling debut novel. Each chapter is about a person who works for or is close to the newspaper. Each chapter is like a short story, each separate with the one connection being the newspaper.

Structure aside, I didn’t like or care about one character in the book. While the author develops each character well, each character is depressing and kind of wretched. There’s no redeeming or likable quality about any of the characters. Essentially, each chapter reads like a character sketch.

I’m still reading The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr. I’ll check back in on it when I’m done.

I’ve been watching . . . the season premiere of this show. Looks like it’s going to be another good season.

I’ve been listening to . . . one guess: CHER! Finally, the full version of her Dancing Queen album is out.

The music video for SOS is so powerful, showing women supporting women—I love it! The new version uses a similar style and tone as the original version.



(Photograph by Pavan Trikutam.)

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