Weekend Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week May 2017

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Ten Things, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week May 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week May2017

I started doing Ten Things I Liked This Week in June of 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

Here are ten things I liked this week:

1. These Candy Bars
I’ve been a Nestle’s Crunch fan all my life. These are better.
Trader Joes Candy Bar


2. Worthy Easy Day Kolsh
This is just great on a warm day.
Worthy Easy Day Kolsch


3. Special Counsel
It’s a step in the right direction

4. My second favorite news story of the week
Dutch King reveals he secretly piloted KLM passenger flights for 21 years.


5. This horse and his squeaky chicken


6. Polar Bear Belly Flops


7. Friday afternoon in the back yard
Record setting rain is getting old. Friday was beautiful and I worked from home so I could skip the whole commute time and go straight to enjoying life in the back yard.
Friday afternoon in the back yard


8. Silver Falls State Park
We went for an explore yesterday. First stop was Silver Falls State Park. Eight waterfalls worth of hiking on a beautiful day. This is Middle North Falls and is one of the falls you can walk behind.
Middle North Falls


8. This weather vane at the Oregon Garden
Another one of our stops yesterday. I need this weather vane.
Dragon Weather vane


10. A spectacularly beautiful day
view from Mt. Angel Abbey


Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update – The 6 Things on Sunday 5-14-17 Edition

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Fun, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

Six Things On Sunday

1. I have two three day weekends in a row coming up. Vacation next Monday. Memorial day the next.
2. We have a new kitchen table and chairs. We decided this year to do a joint birthday gift to each other and replace our old beat up dining set. We looked for ages and didn’t see anything that was truly what we wanted. I was wary of ordering something online that we hadn’t seen or sat on in person but what we ended up with is just perfect.dining set
3. I’m tired of rain. We had two days of summer a few weeks ago. Then we had three days of spring the week before last. Other than that. Rain. BlerghStatue in the rain
4. I ordered more tea. I might have a problem. I need to figure out a storage solution.
Republic of Tea
5. Bout of Books may have revived my reading mojo. I’ve had a great week of reading.

Bout of Books

6. Prosciutto Pasta for dinner tonight. Yes green olives on a pasta dish sounds odd but it’s one of our favorites. See my post about this dish.
Prosciutto pasta
Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update – The Five Books on My Shopping List Edition

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Weekend Update | 3 comments

Weekend Update

Five Books on My Shopping List

I’m a heavy user of the library. After doing a major purge of the bookshelves a few years ago my book purchases dropped off considerably. Because I have great libraries I can get nearly any book I want to read. I seldom read new releases because in most cases I don’t mind waiting. For me to purchase a book it has to be something worth keeping on my shelves. These are five that I do plan to purchase

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: Mostly because I cannot believe I haven’t read it yet.


The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith: There was so much hoopla when this came out that I wanted nothing to do with it. Now I want to read it.


The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: The library won’t do for this one, I need to own it.


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch: Too many of my friends were praising this one. Now that it’s been out for a while and the hubbub has died down a bit it’s time to pick up a copy


Victoria the Queen by Julia Baird
Victoria the Queen by Julia Baird: I read Queen Victoria: A Personal History by Christopher Hibbert back in 2008 but I’ve heard good things about this one and want to buy a copy. I’m trying to read at least one nonfiction a month this year and this one will fit in nicely to that plan.


Which of these have you read and what did you think of them?


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Weekend Update – April 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up, Weekend Update | 0 comments

Weekend Update
April 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

April 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Here’s what I read in April
A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

The Frozen Thames Helen Humphreys

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith (audio narrated by Lisette Lecat) review coming this week

Graphic Novels and Comics
Descender Book Three: Singularities by Jeff Lemire

Chew Vol. 12: Sour Grapes by John Layman

1776 by David McCullough – review coming this week


Hope you had a great reading month in March. What was the best book you read last month?

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Weekend Update – The April 2017 Bookish Nostalgia Edition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia April 2017

I totally stole this idea from Kay at Kay’s Reading Life. Every month she looks back in her reading records to see what she was reading this month in past years. I decided that would be fun even though my reading spreadsheet doesn’t go back as far as Kay’s records do.

Bookish Nostalgia

I’ve only been tracking my reading since October 2003 but it’s still fun to take a look back occasionally. Anything before mid-2006 hasn’t been on my blog and some of those old reviews are frankly a little embarrassing at this point. I’ll link to my full reviews when I think are worth reading.

Sometimes my reaction is “I can’t believe I read that” and other times it’s “Oh I remember where I was when I read that one”. and occasionally it’s “I really want to read that again.”

Most of these are pre-blog so the links take you to Powell’s for more information. Links for 2007 and later take you to my review.

Gracelin O’Malley by Ann Moore
Historical fiction and first in a trilogy that begins during the potato famine in Ireland and moves to the United States

Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne
It was ridiculous and hilarious.

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (for probably the third time)
One of my all time favorites. I haven’t read the sequels because I’m afraid of falling out of love with it.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (for the umpteenth time) My favorite edition of this book is the audio narrated by Sissy Spacek.

Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon
A story of a young couple separated when he is sent to prison. It’s told through their letters. It’s a powerful little book,

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update – The April 16, 2017 Edition

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Currently, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

Currently //

Time // 9pm

Place // A hotel room in Reno.

Eating // There’s some M&M’s over there staring at me so that could be next.

Drinking // Pinot Grigio in the glass i got at the Reno Wine Walk this afternoon

Reading // I’m finally reading 1776 by David McCullough. It’s good so far.

Watching // Lots of great people watching today and this evening. I’m not a gambler but casinos make great people watching

Pondering // What we’re going to do tomorrow. Probably a Reno Aces baseball game. Possibly miniature golf. Looking for a Thai restaurant for dinner

What are you reading? What are you listening to? What are you doing?

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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