Weekend Update – The August 20, 2017 Edition

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Fun, Weekend Update | 1 comment

Weekend Update


This was a busy week. We were gone last weekend so all the weekend errands and chores had to be squeezed in during the week. We survived though and I have tomorrow off so a three day weekend is nice.

We’re going eclipse chasing tomorrow. Portland isn’t in the path of totality but it’s close enough to make it worth going. I just knew  I’d kick myself if it turned out to be perfect weather and we didn’t try to get there.  I took tomorrow off but told my boss that if the weather was awful I’d cancel the vacation day. It turns out that tomorrow might be just perfect weather so I’m excited. I’ve seen several partial eclipses but never experienced totality. My sister-in-law lives in the path and it’s about an hour from our house. We’ll get up early tomorrow and head to her house.  Hopefully we’ll miss the worst of the traffic on the main roads but we’re giving ourselves plenty of time anyway.


Today is our 23rd wedding anniversary. We’re celebrating with an adventure. There’s a zipline park not far from here and we’ve talked about doing it for a long time. Today is the day. The weather is nice and the course is supposed to take about two hours to do the whole thing. We’ve done a single zipline before but never a long course with multiple lines like this.  If the Hubster can manage to get a decent video you might see it here later.


Bout of Books starts tomorrow and I’m looking forward to squeezing in as much reading time as I can.


Hope you’re having a great weekend.


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Weeknd Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week August 2017 Edition

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Ten Things, Weekend Update | 1 comment

Ten Things I Liked This Week August 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week August 2017

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. Dogs who want to save their owners


2. This week’s Game of Thrones
We won’t be able to watch tonight’s episode until tomorrow.
Game of Thrones


3. Less hair
When I sat down a the salon I said, “I have TOO MUCH HAIR!” It’s better now

hair before and after

before and after


4. This


5. A pedicure
It had been way too long
pedicure time


6. Sungold cherry tomatoes
These are just tomato candy and the plant in our back yard is HUGE!
Sungold cherry tomatoes


7. Disney With Explosions
I found the Twitter hashtag Disney with Explosions. I know it’s all kinds of wrong but I did giggle.


8. This Chicken
This giant inflatable chicken was staring down the White House for a while this week.


9. Road trip snacks

First rule of road trips #rules #roadtrip #snacks #travel #wanderlove #wanderlust

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10. The wine we had with dinner last night
We need to get more of this.
Upper Five Sauvignon Blanc


Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update – The August 6, 2017 Edition

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in photos, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

It’s been a hot week and a busy week. I’m glad to have an empty calendar today.

Mostly it was hot. Record setting hot. Triple digits for a couple of days and close to it the rest of the time. We’re supposed to have highs in the 90’s all this week too. On top of the heat we had lots of smoke in the air. It blew down here from wildfires in British Columbia. That made for some bad air quality for a few days. It also kept the temps down by a couple of degrees so a bit of a mixed blessing there.
smoky air in Portland


On Monday we finished the longest Kitchen remodel ever. We bought the house new in 1998. The kitchen was all white (cabinets, tile countertops, vinyl on the floor). In 2005 we had the white walls painted a sage green. In 2007 we covered the vinyl floor with a wood colored laminate. This year we finally replaced the dining set we’d had since we moved here. We also got rid of the brass knobs and that awful brass lamp. This week was the final step. We had the tile countertops covered with an engineered granite and I’m so happy with the results.

Kitchen as it began

Kitchen as it began


kitchen before new countertops

Before the new countertops


Kitchen finally done

Kitchen finally done


While I was refreshing things I also got a new laundry room rug to go with the new washer and dryer we got when our 23 year old washer developed a leak. It’s kind of silly how much this makes me smile.
Laundry room rug

Abby seems to have adopted it.
Abby likes the new rug


Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update – The July 30, 2017 Edition

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Fun, Weekend Update | 5 comments

Weekend Update

The blog was pretty quiet this week because we were on vacation. We spent the week over on the Oregon coast. We’ve rented the same little vacation cottage for the past ten years. We call it our version of a time share. Next July’s trip is already booked.

I always take several books with me but end up not reading much at all because this is our back yard.

It’s just hard to focus on a book with that happening out the window.

We had a great week. We did a lot of walking and hiking. We went to the aquarium in Newport and visited a few other favorite spots in the area.

This is called Thor’s Well.

The tide was pretty high when we were there so it was pretty dangerous to get any closer.

It was a great week and I’m not looking forward to going to work tomorrow but today is technically still vacation and I plan to relax.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Ten Things, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week July 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week July 2017

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. A beautiful morning
A lovely morning inspires me to get off the train a few stops early and walk to work.
Pretty morning


2. The Musketeers
for the second time We’re partway through rewatching the first and second seasons before we watch the third and final season for the first time. Such a fun show.

The Musketeers


3. Fiona spending time with her parents.
(You knew there would be a Fiona update didn’t you?). I have an irrational desire to fly to Cincinnati and hang out at the zoo until I see her in person.


4. The Hubster’s birthday present
He adores the Minions for some reason so he needed Turbo Dave. It’s hilarious.


5. These clowns
Abby loves Howie. Howie is getting old and was just diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism as well as some other issues. He’s now on daily meds and once the thyroid issue is settled down we’ll see how much of the other things were side effects of that.
Howie and Abby


6. Broadchurch
This is just an excellent show. The third and final season is airing now. David Tennant and Olivia Coleman are so good as detectives.


7. Marvin
I was fully prepared to ignore Amazon Prime day until the Roomba. I’m impressed so far.


8. Field trips for ice cream
On Friday my boss scheduled a ‘meeting’ at Ben and Jerry’s. Supporting our downtown Ben and Jerry’s supports a good cause.

Ben and Jerry's Downtown Portland

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9. This
Turn up the volume


10. Wonder Woman
We finally saw it yesterday. I loved it.
Wonder Woman


Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update The 11 years of Blogging Edition

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Weekend Update | 9 comments

Weekend Update
Eleven years of Blogging

This week (Wednesday) is the 11th anniversary of my first post on this blog.

I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for eleven years.

Eleven Years!!

Eleven Years!!

As I said last year a lot has changed. The world has changed. Technology has changed. I’ve changed. Blogging has changed. One thing that has not changed is my love of books and reading.

When I started a blog all those years ago I was planning on it being an online reading journal that I might share with a few friends and family who asked about book recommendations. I was shocked to get a comment from a total stranger a couple of weeks after going live. I had no idea that book blogs were even a ‘thing’.

I followed the links on her blogroll (gosh, remember those) and discovered a whole new world of booklovers and readers. Over the years many have come and gone but I have a solid group of core reading friends I wouldn’t even know if I hadn’t started this blog.

Next month I’m going to meet one of those first commenters who is now a friend. It’s a meetup over ten years in the making.

This little online reading journal led me to a wonderful community of readers who have become my friends. So yeah, it’s totally worth it to still be doing this after all these years.

Thanks for visiting. Thanks for reading. I hope we’ll still be here for many years to come.

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