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

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in Fun, Ten Things, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week June 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week June 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. Mini Mini-Golf
One of the hotels in Portland turns their parking lot into a miniature mini-golf course and beer garden in the summer. It’s a blast.
Mini Mini -Golf

 

2. Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
This recipe from Dad Cooks Dinner is delicious.
This is also his photo because it’s better than my photo.
Dad Cooks Dinner Mac & Cheese

 

3. Pod Save America
Currently my favorite podcast
Pod Save America

 

4. Jigsaw Puzzles
I enjoy doing them but get a little obsessed and do little else until they’re done. This one,  The Craft Cupboard from Ravensburger was tough but fun.
Jigsaw Puzzle

 

5. A Fiona Update
You knew there’d be something about Fiona didn’t you? She’s been spending more and more time with her mother and in the outdoor pool.

 

6. Starting Fresh
I deleted my TBR spreadsheet this week. Then I returned all the library books I had out with the exception of the one I have through interlibrary loan. Prior plans are no longer relevant.
Delete

 

7. A New Job for The Hubster
He was laid off in April. He’s getting severance pay so we’re not hurting but this week he accepted a new job starting August 1st. It’s a relief.Your'e Hired

 

8. My New Kitchen Light
We’re in the process of winding down the slowest kitchen refresh in history. We started with paint back in 2005 This week we replaced the old light over the kitchen table.

 

9. My Friend’s Siberian Kittens
They are adorable and mischievous.

 

10. Movie Day
We’re finally seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 this afternoon.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update – The 2017 What’s in a Name Challenge Wrap Up

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update

The 2017 What’s in a Name? Challenge

This is my favorite Reading Challenge and the one I have done every year since it first started.

The Tenth Annual What’s in a Name Challenge

What's In A Name 2017

What’s In A Name 2017

Charlie at The Worm Hole hosts this one.

For the What’s in a Name Challenge participants are asked to read books whose titles fit a selection of categories. I typically end up looking for a book in December to fit that one tricky category that seems to come up almost every year. This year I completed the challenge before the end of May. I think that’s the earliest I’ve ever completed this annual challenge

Here are the 2017 categories and the books I read:
(Clicking the images will take you to my reviews)

A number in numbers 

1776 by David McCullough

1776 by David McCullough

 

A building

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

 

A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

 

A compass direction

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

 

An item/items of cutlery

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

 

A title in which at least two words share the same first letter

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

 

It’s not too late to join in on this challenge. For more details check out the sign up post at The Worm Hole.

 

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia May 2017 Edition

Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia May 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.

2005:
A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
This is a fun memoir of the author’s rather interesting childhood.

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
I loved her earlier book (The Secret Life of BeesThe Secret Life of Bees) but I hated this one.

2007:
Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
This was good but his book about Theodore Roosevelt before he became president (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt) was even better

2008:
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
This book was so good. I would like to read it again.

2009:
The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill
This is the first in her wonderful Simon Serrailler series. I highly recommend it.

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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

 

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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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