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Happiness Practice - May 25, 2018

It's time for what's making us happy this week! On Monday, Megan & I crushed the Grouse Grind, and I've been happy and proud about it since! I had never done it before, and I'm really glad we did! It was a really fun morning and I feel strong and capable and excited about having crushed it. We also went to see the bears and eat a beaver tail - I definitely should have taken a photo of the beaver tail! It's been making me happy all week, and I'm looking forward to trying it again - and maybe working to improve my time! This week, I also read A Room of One's Own, by Virgina Woolf, and I was really impressed with it. It's incredible how nearly a hundred years later, so much of what she's saying still rings true. In general, I have found that I really enjoy writers - and especially women writers - of a certain era, and I think I'm going to make more of an effort to read through them. The full text is online: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/020…

Happiness Practice - May 18, 2018

What's making you happy this week? First off, I got a surprise day off because my office is closed for some reason! That's definitely making me happy but it isn't exactly easy to share, so... I recently started playing Caesar III again, which is a sorta city-sim/strategy game from 1999 I've played on and off since probably the turn of the millennium, and I'm enjoying it so much! It definitely shows its age, and running on a new machine has a few weird new glitches, but building a balanced city and getting the people fed and keeping the gods happy is an entertaining challenge, and I'm having a blast. It's about $5 on Steam and I would definitely say it's worth it! I have spent the last few days daydreaming about housing tile layouts that might work for my new city. The other thing making me happy this week is Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland. It's about a zombie uprising during the American Civil War, and it was really good! I tore through it in onl…

Happiness Practice - May 11, 2018

What's making you happy this week? Neither of my items this week made me *happy*, exactly, but both of them are really interesting pieces that I enjoyed interacting with and that I am still thinking about. They're not cheery pieces at all, but I'm still glad I got to to engage with them! First up is Leigh Alexander's short story, "The Future We Wanted". It plays off a variety of themes - AI, emotional labour, changing relationships, lots more - and it's very, very good. In general I really like her work and I'm excited that she's started posting short fiction relatively frequently. If you have a few minutes today, you should give it a read! The other thing I've been enjoying this week is a video game AND a board game called This War of Mine. It makes you play as a group of civilians trapped in a war-torn city, just trying to stay alive while nothing is normal. It's grueling, and very hard, and a very good reminder of just how fortunate I …

Happiness Practice - May 4, 2018

What's making you happy this week? To absolutely no one's surprise, Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe's new album, is making me happy! I haven't had a chance to listen to it as much as I'd like, but I've already listened through a few times and it is very, very good. Make Me Feel and Pynk are both still great, and I also really like Screwed and I Like That. It's a great album and I am sure I'll be listening for a while! Another thing making me happy this week is having had the chance to go see Avengers already! I enjoyed the film, but more than anything I'm just glad I can browse the internet safely without worrying about clicking on something that will have surprise spoilers. It's a very 2018 sense of relief but I'm still glad I don't have to be on guard anymore. And now, what about you?