Weekend Update – My December 2017 Could Do List

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in Fun, Weekend Update | 3 comments

Weekend Update

December 2017 Could Do List

I’ve seen a few bloggers post a monthly ‘Could Do” list and I think it’s a fun idea. Here are a few things I”d like to do in December. I might do them all but I don’t feel obligated to complete the list.

1. Drive around looking at Christmas lights
I love to look at holiday decorations in other neighborhoods

2. Finish one baby afghan and start another.
I’m way behind in getting these done.

3. Empty, purge, and rearrange the kitchen cabinets
It’s the one room we haven’t purged since we moved in 18 years ago. I want it done.

4. Finish my Christmas shopping before next Sunday
I do stockings for The Hubster, his sister and my brother. It’s a combination of fun and practical stuff.

5. Have my own personal mini readathon
If number 4 happens I’ll have a free weekend on the calendar.

What’s on your “Could Do” list this month?

Hope you’re having a great weekend.

Read More

Weekend Update – The Things I Liked This Week November 2017

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in The Things I Liked This Week, Weekend Update | 12 comments

The Things I Liked This Week September 2017

The Things I Liked This Week August 2017

I started doing The 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 the things I liked this week:

1. Gin on a Sunday afternoon
I grew up playing all kinds of card games. The Hubster didn’t. We do like an occasional game of gin. I was champion of Sunday.

Gin on Sunday Afternoon

Gin on Sunday Afternoon

2. Hot Buttered Rum
When the weather is cold this drink is just yummy.The recipe I use is on this post.
Hot Buttered Rum

3. Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar
I had my first of the season this week. So yummy.
Cranberry Bliss Bar

4. Fiona Farts
My inner 8 year old got the giggles. The response below was my favorite.

5. Speaking of Fiona
My calendar for next year arrived this week.
Fiona Calendar

6. Mark Hamill surprising people on Star Tours

7. Hamilton for my birthday
The Hubster snagged us tickets for when the national tour is here next March.
Hamilton the Musical

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Read More

Weekend Update – My November 2017 Could Do List

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Fun, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

November 2017 Could Do List

I’ve seen a few bloggers post a monthly ‘Could Do” list and I think it’s a fun idea. Here are a few things I”d like to do in November. I might do them all but I don’t feel obligated to complete the list.

1.  Listen to Mudbound
I read it years ago but with the movie coming to Netflix this month a reread via audio would be good,. in it and having a fresh batch in the freezer before the cold weather hits would be a good thing.

2.  Make some Hot Buttered Rum Mix
The recipe I use has ice cream in it and having a fresh batch in the freezer before the cold weather hits would be a good thing.

3.  Take a day trip to the coast
We live close enough but don’t do it often enough.

4.  Do some jigsaw puzzles
I haven’t done a puzzle in a while and it’s a great dreary weather activity.

5.  Go to a movie
I think the last one we went to was Wonder Woman.

6.  Speaking of Wonder Woman – watch it again
I bought the movie on iTunes a couple of weeks ago so I need to get it downloaded to my ipad.

What’s on your “Could Do” list this month?

Hope you’re having a great weekend.

Read More

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.

Read More

Weeknd Update – The Things I Liked This Week October 2017 Edition

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Fun, The Things I Liked This Week, Weekend Update | 4 comments

The Things I Liked This Week September 2017

The Things I Liked This Week August 2017

I started doing The 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.

I know this feature used to be called Ten Things I Liked This Week but ten was feeling like self-imposed pressure so from now on it’s “however many things I choose to post that I liked this week,”

Here are the things I liked this week:

1. Reading on the porch in mid-October
The weather Sunday afternoon was simply delightful. Rain arrived later in the week.
Reading on the porch in mid-October

 

2. Kiko Alonso
This just made me laugh

 

3. Yep

Bookworms

Thanks to Iirisheyz77 for posting this on Instagram

 

4. The UPS dogs Facebook page
Whenever you need to smile go check this out. It’s photos of the pets (mostly dogs) who greet and ‘help’ their UPS drivers.

 

5. This Baby Emu
Just so excited

 

6. This Mug
I totally need one.
I will probably spill this

 

7. This
Now I think of this every time I see some fake spiderwebs.

 

8. Truth
mansplainer

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Read More

Weekend Update – Bookish Nostalgia October 2017

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Uncategorized, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia October2017

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.”

Some 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.

 

2004:
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons audio edition narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
This is such a disturbing story. It gave me the creeps. If you’re looking for a creepy Halloween read you should give this one a try.

 

2009:
Still Life by Louise Penny audio edition narrated by Ralph Cosham
This is the first in one of my favorite audio series. If you haven’t started reading this series you should.

 

2010:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K Rowling audio edition narrated by Jim Dale
This was my first time rereading this series in the audio format. It was wonderful. Next time I’m going to listen to the British editions narrated by Stephen Fry.

 

2011:
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray audio edition narrated by the Author
It’s simply fabulous. Instead of filming an all female version of Lord of the Flies (which two men are planning and it’s stupid) they should film this, I liked this audiobook so much I made The Hubster listen to it when we were on a road trip. He loved it too.

 

2012:
Charlotte’s Web by E.B White narrated by the author
Hearing the author read this was simply a lovely experience. From my review:

The audio production is certainly not up to the standards expected today. At one point I distinctly heard something falling over in the background and I heard paper shuffling several times but I didn’t care.

E.B White reads the story much the same way as you’d expect a kindly grandfather to read the story to a child. It was recorded after the book was already a success and this bit from the NPR article was what made me want to hear him.

in 1970, he sat down in a studio to record the narration.
“He, of course, as anyone does doing an audio book, had to do several takes for various things, just to get it right,” Sims says. “But every time, he broke down when he got to Charlotte’s death. And he would do it, and it would mess up. … He took 17 takes to get through Charlotte’s death without his voice cracking or beginning to cry.”

It’s only three and a half hours long so do yourself a favor and listen to it.
 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Read More