November 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

November 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. Every once in a while I just can’t find a prompt that works for me that say so I give myself permission to tag whatever I do want to photograph. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for November:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so I now have over 5 years of daily photos.

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These are the most liked of my October 2017 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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Weekend Update – October 29, 2017

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in photos, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Weekend Update

After a stretch of rain we had absolutely gorgeous weather this week. The Hubster and I took advantage and went for a walk when I got home from work almost every day this week. After next weekend it’ll be dark when I get home from work so we took advantage of the weather and the light while we could.

Fall means apples and I needed o restock the freezer with applesauce. I made one batch last Sunday and witll make
another batch today with cinnamon.

I have a new laptop on the way and I am so happy to have only a short time left with the one I’ve had. It’s been a bit of a lemon ever since I got it. I didn’t realize that Costco extends manufacturer warranties an extra year on all computers so that was a nice surprise.

Friday’s sunrise as I was walking from the train to the office was beautiful.

Mt. Hood at sunrise

Mt. Hood at sunrise

Hope you’re having a great weekend.

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A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in 2017, 3.5 stars, Book Review, Jodi Taylor | 0 comments

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Ebook, Trade Paperback
Series: The Chronicles of St Mary’s #3
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Publication Date: 2013
Pages. 317
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”—these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

In A Second Chance, it seems nothing can go right for Max and her fellow historians. The team confronts a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton and later witnesses how the ancient and bizarre cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC: Concussion By Cheese.

Finally, Max makes her long-awaited jump to Bronze Age Troy, only for it to end in personal catastrophe. And just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse, it’s back to the Cretaceous Period to confront an old enemy who has nothing to lose.

My Thoughts:
I don’t get too worried about the ‘correct science’ of time travel stories and I was pleased to read this comment from the author at the beginning of the first book in this series:

I made all this up. Historians and physicists – please do not spit on me in the street.

After reading the second book in the series back in April I decided not to let too much time pass before continuing with the series. I think this one is my favorite in the series so far. I have a feeling that this is a series that I’ll go back and reread in the audio format. The author has written many short stories related to the series and I have the audio editions of those

The important thing to know is that even though the story jumps around in time (including to future and past St. Mary’s) it’s imortant to read the serie in order and start with the first (Just One Damned Thing After Another).

The story is told by Madeline (Max) Maxwell with a good bit of sarcasm and humor in between the brushes with death.

The major mission in this one is to observe Troy before the war started and then go back 10 years later to find out what really happend when Troy fell. For these missions the team spent months in the past. There’s some pretty brutal violence in this part. You can’t really tell the story of the fall of Troy without it. Other missions include the battle of Agincourt and a couple of other short missions.

It’s not great literature but it’s good light escapist fun.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #90

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 0 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #90

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

It’s been a while since I read a Miss Marple book and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

I had high hopes for this one. The first half kept me interested but the second half let me down. I won’t be continuing with the trilogy.

Started in Print

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

This is a fun time travel adventure series with plenty of action and humor.

Continued on Audio

Divided in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

Divided in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

This is a guilty pleasure series for me and now that I switched from print to audio I won’t go back. Susan Ericksen does an excellent job of narrating this series.

Reviews since my last update:
The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

What are you reading?

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