Hello, my darlings! It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? I’ve missed you.
This is turning out to be a very weird time in my life. The diagnosis process for my mystery chronic illness is in full swing and taking up most of my time. I’m at doctors appointments nearly every single day for weeks on end, each one leaving me so exhausted that I have to rest for hours afterwards. I’m doing okay, but all this doctering doesn’t leave me with much energy for anything else…especially not writing coherent blog posts.
I’m so happy that the weather is finally warming up where I live. It’s full cherry blossom season in the DC area, my very favorite time of the year, so I’ve been making an effort to drag myself outside periodically to enjoy the warm breeze on my skin and stare at the storms of blossom petals blizzarding through the air.
Hopefully I’ll get my feet back under me soon (metaphorically speaking) and I’ll be able to start posting more often, but there’s no way to predict a timeline for that. It’s hard for me, as someone who loves planning and schedules and organization, to just be like “well, I’ll see you when I see you!” but I’m trying my darndest to lean into the chaos, because there’s simply no other option at the moment.
I hope that you’re all enjoying so glorious spring weather of your own, my darlings!
What I’m reading:
All I do right now is read books, but they’re mostly rereads, since I’m often reading when I’m too tired/sick/etc to really take in new information.
I just finished revisiting the Fairy Tales series by Eloisa James and the Castles Ever After series and Spindle Cove series by Tessa Dare (both good, but Castles Ever After is a superfavorite), and I’m about to dive into a reread of Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals and then maybe Leigh Bardugo’s The Grisha Trilogy, which I haven’t read in a while. Maybe also Throne of Glass. I never finished those, and a nice juicy fantasy series sounds great right now.
On audiobook, I’ve been revisiting Harry Potter (I’m on book 3) and A Wrinkle in Time.
Necklace uncovered a century after Red Cross Pearl Appeal: the story of the Red Cross pearls.
Finnish Photographer Proves Fairy Forests Are Real In Finland.
Writing Fashion History at the Met, One Dress at a Time: How a behind-the-scenes museum team keeps 33,000 fashion ensembles alive and looking their best.
The Quest to Find—and Save—the World’s Most Famous Shipwreck.
This Celebrity Tortoise Breakup Is Honestly Very Inspiring. I don’t know why I love this article so much, but I do.
Daguerreotypes by a French Traveler Who Was Among the First to Photograph the Eastern Mediterranean.
Gemstones Retrieved From Opal Field Turn Out To Be Dinosaur Fossils.
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I was just thinking of you this morning and thought I would stop by your blog to see how you are doing. Just wanted to let you know that folks far away that have never even met you, are thinking of you and wishing you well.
Thank you so much, Elizabeth! That is so kind of you and I truly appreciate it.
Leo mazzotti says
I love it. Your blog is interesting. Wish you a good health. Keep up the great work!
Linda Kamajian says
Just found your blog and thank you, am loving it. Fascinating and fun – you have joined my two very special interests all in one spot!
Hoping you are healing very soon.
Thank you so much, Linda! This is a lovely comment and I really appreciate you stopping by to check out Diamonds in the Library.
Thank you so much, Linda!
Becky dear, I so hope you’re able to get a diagnosis soon because that clears the path to treatment, obviously :^) I re-read old books also when I’m ill and it’s a great comfort to me. Take good care and post when you’re able. We’ll wait :^)
I hope all that testing will soon give you a diagnosis and then better health! Meanwhile, enjoy your reading. Aren’t familiar books comforting like a warm hug?
wonderful links! i’m dying over the tortoises…and oddly conflicted about them, too.
i also re-read favourite books when i am ill or down. happy reading and resting, B.
Just bought Kingdom of Copper (follow up to City of Brass) and my daughter snatched it before I could crack it! Will let you know how it is…