Funko POP figures Crimson Peak Tom and Lady SifFunko POP’s take on Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston’s character in Crimson Peak) has arrived to join Lady Sif, my first foray into the world of tiny adorable character figures. I had him on my shortlist of figures I might get, and when I saw that he’d been released, I ordered him in a moment of severe weakness (last week was very, very stressful and exhausting). I think he looks delightfully fretful, and since I’ve been worrying a lot lately, I figure he can worry with me, or possibly for me.

I like the companion figure of Edith Cushing too — the little candelabra is such a great accessory — but I already have one more figure on the “must buy” list (Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, holding a violin) and several on the “strongly considering” list, and my budget can only cover so many little vinyl folk. I’ll have to sternly remind myself that just because I like something, that doesn’t mean I have to own it.

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Yes, it’s just what you’ve been waiting for — another adorable baby otter video, courtesy of PBS! This one discusses the process of taking baby otters and uniting them with adult female otters at the aquarium, so the orphans can be raised and hopefully released back into the wild. It’s a short video, but you’ll learn a lot (plus see some pretty cute otters).

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How adorable is this little bundle of otter fluff? I think it’s probably impossible to be unhappy after watching this video for two minutes or longer.

(If I worked there, I’d be poolside playing with the baby otter ALL DAY LONG.)

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This week, I was looking at NPR’s list of Top 100 Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books, and it reminded me that I still haven’t read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It was on my wish list for at least two years, and I finally bought a copy last fall, only to discover that OMG it’s over 600 pages. I think I read three pages before I decided that I was not up for what was, by my standards, the equivalent of two books in one cover. So I put it aside, intending to read it at some point in the future when I had more time.

But I’ve been at loose ends with my reading material the past few weeks — I needed a break from Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist History novels after reading three of them in a row, but I haven’t really been satisfied with my selections since then. So I figured maybe it was time to give Rothfuss’s doorstopper novel a try.

I consulted my 2015 reading challenge progress and confirmed that I’m ahead of schedule by virtue of reading some short story collections, a novella, a few short novels and a book of poetry. If there was ever going to be a good time to tackle a monster book, this is probably it.

So I’m giving it a go. I started it mid-week and I’m 5% in. I can’t really say I understand what’s happening yet, but I’m interested and curious to know more, which is a good sign. Hopefully it’s as good as my friends have said! And if not, I’ll probably let you know. 🙂

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