6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week?

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

Book: Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Kipling has my heart if only because of “Gunga Din” and “If.” I was seriously underwhelmed by Captains Courageous (probably because I love the Spencer Tracy movie so much), so I wasn’t expecting much from Kim. Pretty much all I knew about it was that, as a child, I’d seen the first five minutes or so of the movie adaptation with Errol Flynn. But I gotta say: it’s pretty awesome. Kim is a thoroughly dynamic, engaging character–an Irish soldier’s orphaned son, brought up in the streets as if he were a low-caste Indian, who becomes the tool of British intelligence agents. The plot’s a little lacking, but the evocation of 19th-century India and the exploration of Kim’s strange life is delightful and imagination-sparking.

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

Movie: Kung Fu Panda 3 directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Allesandro Carloni

I admit it: Po the Panda has my heart. He really is awesome. (And attractive.) I’ve been looking forward to this third installment in the series ever since the second one, and while I feel it’s the weakest of the lot (the panda village was seriously underwhelming and ultimately a little too silly for my liking), it also does a shockingly amazing job of tying the Dragon Warrior lore into a seamless narrative that really made me believe Po was the only one who could have done the job. Another scrumptious soundtrack from Hans Zimmer as well.


Music: Odyssey by Hayley Westenra

Hayley Westenra has long been my favorite of the Celtic Woman group. I like her song choices and her soaring, but still childlike, vocals. “Both Sides Now” on this album was actually an early inspiration for my aviation-adventure novel Storming.


Food: Crio Bru Brewed Cocoa

This is cool. At the local health food store the other day, I was browsing organic coffee (in my ongoing quest) when I stumbled upon something entirely new: brewable cocoa beans. Basically, they’re just cocoa beans ground in the same way you’d grind coffee beans. You pop ’em in the coffee maker (but no paper filter, please, unless you want a big fat mess), brew like normal, and voila! It tastes like a very, very dark liquid chocolate. I’m going to experiment with adding a little stevia to sweeten it just a smidge next time.


Trick: Turn Your Browser Into a Notepad

Here’s a nifty browser shortcut I use off and on, so I don’t have to flip back and forth between wepbages and a word processor. Type the following code into your browser’s address bar and–whammo!–you can type right into your browser for note keeping or what have you.

Code: data:text/html, <html contenteditable> (I bookmark it on my browser bar, for easy access.)

Turn Your Browser into a Notepad

Cute Animal I Want This Week

Photo taken by Andrew Petrie

Let’s chat! What was the last animal you played with? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. Thank you for including Kipling in this post! I don’t know how many times I have read The Jungle Book; it must be at least four. I’m hoping the live-action film this year is actually *accurate* to the Mowgli parts of the book. I couldn’t watch the Disney cartoon after I read the book because the changes were too great. Although I love Kipling’s stories and characters, I do not care for his writing style, which sadly enough, some of my early work shows me trying to imitate.

    I last played with my neighbors’ maltese-poodle mix puppy. Hyper, fluffy and adorable.

  2. That’s a neat trick for the notepad! Though I don’t usually consider switching back and forth a problem. Then again, I have a huge screen, and can go half-and-half if I need to…

    Played with my dog, Tucker, last. He keeps getting these little playful moods where he wants attention, brings you a tennis ball, but then refuses to chase it! I think he’s just wanting to grab my attention. 🙂

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      Sometimes if you’re doing research in a web browser, it’s just faster to use quick keyboard shortcuts to move between tabs, rather than having to reach for the mouse and click back and forth between applications.

  3. Hi!

    Kung fu Panda looks like a cute animation. Would love to see it myself starting at the first movie. Don’t laugh, but I’m guessing that’s a lamb. Baahaaaaaa. I wish you well on your quest for coffee :). Fight the good fight. The beans sound like a winner but I’ve got mixed feelings about stevia. I wouldn’t want to take it long term but I suppose it’s better than processed sugars.


  4. Matt Jenkins says:

    “Hayley Westenra has long been my favorite of the Celtic Woman group.”



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