Finished reading: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 📚I picked this up before my recent trip for work. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The pandemic portion hit a little close to home though.
Temperatures over 90°F paired with unhealthy air quality makes for a rough day in Nashville.
Stumbled across this blast from the past via Kottke. I definitely carry a soft spot in my heart for this time period of computing, even though I was only in middle school. I Created Clippy 📺
Google Reader may be the only Google product that I actually miss. I migrated to Fastmail a few years back and I rarely use Google Search these days. Who killed Google Reader?
Our flower garden produced a unique bloom on our Gerbera Daisies. I feel like there is a name for when this happens, but I’m failing to find one. It reminds me of meiosis.
Finished Ted Lasso last night. I hate to see it end, but I am quite content with how it wrapped up. The ending was tight, but left ample possibilities of a spinoff.
I watched Whisper of the Heart tonight with the family. I loved it. I can’t get over how much I have enjoyed each Studio Ghibli we have watched. The only negative with this movie is that I now have Take Me Home, Country Roads stuck in my head. I suppose there are worse things.
I am resting after spending a few hours in my backyard, attempting to clean up our flower bed. The plants there were ravaged by the extreme freeze we had in December. I feared all of the plants were dead. However, some seem to be coming back. I have begun pruning the dead limbs back.
I have tried to cut back on the amount of goods I purchase on Amazon. When I do purchase something, I choose the slowest delivery option because I am usually not in immediate need of the product. Amazon usually ships it much faster than the delivery option I choose though. Mildly irritating.
After a long hiatus, I resumed play of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild last night. I was on the fourth quest when I stopped playing previously. The timestamp on the safe file was March of 2022. Difficult to believe that it has been over a year since I last played it.
When you realize that you’re an adult and can just go buy cake anytime you want.
I enjoyed Tetris on Apple TV+. I know the story is embellished for entertainment, but it’s a fun watch.
Monterey Bay is stunning as always
Bird of Paradise at the Hayes Mansion in San Jose
Gruber has been on fire lately. Daring Fireball: U.S. Treasury: All Silicon Valley Bank Depositors Will Have Access to All of Their Money Starting Tomorrow They say there are no atheists in a foxhole, but there are more of them than there are libertarians in a bank run.
It’s difficult to plan any short Spring Break vacations. We had scheduled a trip to California for months and had the unfortunate luck of landing during a very wet week. Even with that, we are attempting to make the best of it.
I understand that there isn’t an avenue for enforcement, but if you park an oversized vehicle in a compact spot or a gas guzzler in a green spot, that’s a jerk move. If you specifically occupy two compact/green spots in an oversized gas guzzler, you are a jerk.
🔗 Daring Fireball: Tweetbot and Twitterrific Face the Cliff I highly doubt that anyone who reads these words is not already aware of this, but just in case you’re the one not in the overlap of this Venn Diagram, please consider not taking the refund.
Late to the party, but just finished season two of Ted Lasso. I like how this season addressed the importance of mental health. One positive thing with being so late to the party: season three is just around the corner. 📺
Clown fish at the Tennessee Aquarium
I’ve listened to The Commander Thinks Aloud dozens of times, but never knew what the song was about. Wow. I vaguely remember the Columbia disaster, but this episode hit me hard. 🎙️ Song Exploder - Episode 28: The Long Winters - The Commander Thinks Aloud
Nashville Mayor John Cooper announces he won’t seek second term I am not sure how I feel about this. He has had such an awful hand dealt to him during his tenure, a hand that cost him $350,000 of his own money. His mayoral term feels like a Pyrrhic victory. I am sure this was not the term he …
I have used toddgrooms.com as my personal blog since I obtained the domain in college. My blog has gone through a few iterations. I have maintained this iteration since 2013. I am proud of my current iteration, but regret the loss of some of the pre-2013 content. Recently, I have been considering a …
Finished reading: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel 📚 Wow! I added this book to my list after seeing it mentioned in someone else’s feed. I’m so glad I picked it up! I enjoyed it and was caught off guard by the ending.
Currently reading: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel 📚