2. Speaking of local foods, our CSA for the past 2 weeks has been full of mushrooms. This on top of the entirely non-local dried porcini and preserved truffles that showed up for the holidays. There has been mushroom quiche, and mushroom pasta, and cow-share steak with porcini butter. And I still have to find something to do with the last truffle and a bag of shitakes. This is not a hardship.
3. I just read Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel. Fairies in Dust-Bowl-era Kansas, magic based on folk and blues and swing and jazz music, and honest explorations of racial politics. Many thanks to mrissa for the recommendation.
4. I am now reading Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel by Jacqueline Koyanagi. This appears to be Firefly fanfic with the serial numbers heavily filed off and replaced by better world-building. And set in a universe where the unmarked state is dark-skinned lesbian. If you wanted a novel like that--and don't pretend you didn't--this is totally the novel that you wanted.
5. This item is self-referential.