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

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Ten Things I Liked This Week September 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. Vacation in Reno
We had a great long weekend there last weekend.
Reno Arch

 

2. The View From Mt. Rose Highway

 

3. And Lake Tahoe at the other end
The surf was up on Lake Tahoe on Monday
Lake Tahoe

 

4. The Fiona Show
The Cincinnati Zoo has put together a video series about my favorite baby hippo. Heres the first episode.

 

5. This
https://twitter.com/DickKingSmith/status/910395612276957184

 

6. Rain
We desperately needed it to help with the wildfires.

 

7. A Bad Jokes
My inner 8 year old giggled.
https://twitter.com/techoglot/status/909537169995325441

 

8. I need this on a T-Shirt
Walk a mile in my shoes

 

9. SQUIRREL TOUCHDOWN
Turn on the volume. The play call is brilliant.
https://twitter.com/FOXSportsSouth/status/911642449847525376

 

10. My new iPad
We’re getting me a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro today.
10.5 inch iPad Pro

 

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Weekend Update – Bookish Nostalgia September 2017

Posted by on Sep 17, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia September 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.”

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.

 

2005:
Mrs. Pollifax on Safari by Dorothy Gilman – audio edition narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
This is such a delightful series and the one that kicked off my love for Barbara Rosenblat as a narrator.

 

2006:
One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash
This continues to be one of my all time favorite books. I should read it again.

 

2008:
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
As old as this one is I was surprised that it didn’t feel more dated. It’s a short book but the gradually building tension makes it disturbing but good.

 

2009:
Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
This is the beginning of a great series about a group of Australian teens and what they do when war breaks out. I have the final two books on my ereader but haven’t read them yet.

 

 

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Weekend Update – September 10, 2017

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in photos, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

 

This was kind of a weird and busy week. Holiday weeks always leave me unsure about what day it is and this week was no exception. My boss was on vacation so that added a little bit of stress to me at work. Luckily there were no crises that I couldn’t handle in her absence. Then on Friday my work laptop decided to be silly and I ended up watching the Desktop support guys mess with it. By the time it was done I had a working laptop but I had lost all my settings and network drive mappings. Blergh. I had it all back to working order by the time I left on Friday.

This week was all about wildfire smoke in Portland. Last weekend a fire was started in the Columbia Gorge by some idiot kid with fireworks. It’s been sad to see such a beautiful natural area devastated by fire.

Smoky day in Portland

Smoky day in Portland

The fire is still not fully contained but the wind has shifted and the air quality is much better now.

Friday night we went to see Craig Johnson (author of the Longmire series) at Powell’s. He’s a great storyteller both in writing and in person. If you ever have the chance to catch one of his tour events you should do it.

Craig Johnson at Powell's

Craig Johnson at Powell’s

 

Today and tomorrow I’ll be keeping and eye on Hurricane Irma. I’ve got friends in Florida and this one is going to be ugly.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.

 

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia August 2017 Edition

Posted by on Aug 27, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia August 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.

This month I’m focusing on audiobooks

2007:
The Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters narrated by Susan O’Malley
The Amelia Peabody series is just delightful listening. The first few I listened to were narrated by Susan O’Malley. While she does a fine job I was much happier when I switched to those narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. She’s one of my favorite narrators and really the best for this series.

 

2008:
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer narrated by Philip Franklin
The Hubster and I have both read books by Jon Krakauer and like his writing. This one we listened to on a road trip. The story of Chris McCandless will never be fully understood. As I said in my review:
“Chris was definitely idealistic, intelligent, rebellious, unprepared, reckless, stupid, compassionate, friendly – all of the above and more. I’m stil not sure of how I feel about him.”

 

2011:
Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell narrated by the author
Sarah Vowell has a unique style and voice. I have enjoyed many of her books. This one wasn’t a favorite.

 

2013:
Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall
This continues to be one of my favorite audio series. George Guidall does a masterful job of narrating.

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Weekend Update – The August 20, 2017 Edition

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Fun, Weekend Update | 2 comments

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.

 

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

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in The Things I Liked This Week, 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
https://twitter.com/aljwhite/status/894289884168560640

 

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
https://twitter.com/CUTEFUNNYANIMAL/status/894280202586529792

 

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.
https://twitter.com/CarlDoonan/status/877556047183065088

 

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

 

9. Road trip snacks
https://www.instagram.com/p/BXq21zqAFSJ/

 

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

 

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