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

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Ten Things I Liked This Week April 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week April 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. Wine Club Parties
Remy Wines in Mc Minnville is one of our favorites wineries. If you enjoy old world reds you should check them out. We joined the wine club a couple of years ago. Not only are the wines great but Remy turns the club pickup into a party twice a year.
Remy Wines

 

2. Trees in Bloom
The trees around here bloomed late (stupid winter) but this week they were spectacular. That is they were spectacular until Friday’s windstorm blew most of the blooms off the trees.
cherry blossoms

 

3. This Cockatoo
He definitely enjoyes Elvis tunes. The one on the left is all “Back off, Dude”.

 

4. The Financial Times 404 Page not Found Page
I saw a tweet about this earlier this week and just had to check it out to verify it is true and it is. I’ve copied a couple of sections to post here but please go to this link to read the whole thing. It’s brilliant.
Financial Times Page Not Found

Financial Times Economist Explanations

 

5. This
Branch Manager

 

6. Potential Job Offers
We’ve known for a while that the company that bought out The Hubster’s company was going to close the Portland plant and that he’d be out of a job. We now know that April 21st will be his last day. He’s had some meetings this week that could turn into job offers and that would be a very nice thing.

 

7. Asparagus Pizza
I know it sounds weird but it’s delicous. Our local pizza place has this as their monthly special this month. We’ll be eating more pizza than usual this month.

Fresh asparagus is here and we’re celebrating by serving it on both our Asparagi pizza and roasted asparagus appetizer. The Asparagi is topped with lightly blanched spears of crisp asparagus, fresh mozzarella, creamy gorgonzola and local bacon from family-owned Hill Meats farm in Pendleton.

Asparagi Pizza

 

8. Fiona Running
You already know I’ve been following the progress of the Cincinnati Zoo’s premature hippo. This 5 second clip of her running made my day.

 

8. The Lego Batman Movie
We finally saw it yesterday. I loved it.
Lego Batman Movie

 

10. This Guide
It’s baby bird season and this guide from Bird and Moon is extremely useful. Then it’s extremely hilarious. Click on the image for the full sized version.
If you find a baby bird

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update – March 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Weekend Update
March 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

March 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

This was a good reading month for me.

Here’s what I read in March
Novels
The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Graphic Novels and Comics
Descender Book Two: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire

Short Stories
The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor (review coming this week)

Fiction Audiobooks
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Nonfiction Audiobooks
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by SarahVowell narrated by the author

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher narrated by the Author

This Time Together by Carol Burnett

 

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 Bookish Nostalgia March 2017 Edition

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia March 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.

2004:
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Along with the rest of the world.

2005:
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffinegger
This is another one that everyone seemed to be reading at the same time. I liked it.

2006:
Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George
This was a chunkster. I can’t believe I read 3 other books the same month I read this 866 page doorstop.

2008:
City Boy by Herman Wouk
I first read this book back when I was in high school. If you only associate Herman Wouk with such novels as The Caine Mutiny or Winds of War you probably have never heard of this, his second novel. It’s a charming, humorous, yet bittersweet coming of age story.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
And I loved it all over again.

2009:
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
A friend convinced me to read this one. I thought it was very good.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This was delightfully charming and one of those that I’l like to read again someday.

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Weekend Update – The Five Books I Want to Read Spring 2017 Edition

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Weekend Update | 8 comments

Five Books I Want to Read Spring 2017

The Five Books I Want to Read Spring 2017 Edition

I’ve been doing this seasonal list of Top Books I’d Like to Get To for a while now. This time I didn’t read all the books I picked but I’m carrying over the one I haven’t started yet for next time.

For Winter I picked 5 books and I finished three of them. The other two I DNF’d near the halfway point

The three I finished are:

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
I loved this. I admired Ruth Bader Ginsburg before I read it but I admire her even more afterwards.

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
I enjoyed this audiobook mostly because the author’s narration was excellent. I doubt I would have liked it in print.

The two I DNF’d are:
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
The Hubster loves this series but it’s just not for me.

The Likeness by Tana French
I wanted to love this book but I didn’t

Tomorrow is the Spring Equinox so it’s time to move on and pick my Spring possibilities that I want to read before the Summer Solstice on June 20th.

The Five Books I Want to Read This Summer

This time around I’m focusing on books I want to read for the 2017 What’s in a Name Challenge. This is the only official reading challenge that I join every year. I typically end up finishing the final book some time in December. This year I’d like to wind it up earlier for a change. I was able to pick most of the books for this challenge from books that were already om my TBR list so now I want to get them read.

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy – I’ve read the earlier books in this cozy mystery series and enjoyed them. This one qualifies for the category of a book title with a compass direction.

 

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean has been on my ereader for years. This challenge is just the nudge I need to finally read it. This one qualifies for the category of a book title with an item/items of cutlery.

 

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey is the next book for me in his Serge Storms series. It’s guaranteed to be completely bananas. This one qualifies for the category of a book title in which at least two words share the same first letter

 

1776 by David McCullough

1776 by David McCullough

1776 by David McCullough has been on my bookshelf since it was first released. After listening to Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell last weekend I’m looking forward to reading this soon. This one qualifies for the category of a book title with a number in numbers.

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride by William Goldman is not for the What’s in a Name Challenge. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read this book. I picked up this gorgeous illustrated edition last weekend and I’m excited about reading it soon.

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in the next few months?

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Weekend Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week March 2017 Edition

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Fun, Ten Things, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week March 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week March 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. Fiona the baby hippo
She was born six weeks premature and I have been following the Cincinnati Zoo’s twitter feed for updates. I am totally #TeamFiona
Fiona gets a ramp

Fiona gets weighed and a bigger bottle

 

2.The Hollow Crown
This has been around but we just discovered it. The BBC has done fabulous adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays. We got the DVDs of the first season from the library but might end up the full set.
The Hollow Crown
Season 1 is Richard II, Henry IV – Part 1, Henry IV – Part 2, and Henry V (Tom Hiddleston and Prince Hal/Henry V in the last three)

Season 2 is Henry VI – Part 1, Henry VI, Part 2, and Richard III (Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III)

We’ve only watched the first two plays of Season 1. The productions are gorgeous and the cast is spectacular.

 

3. This pigeon
He marches to the beat of his own carousel.

 

4. This
Friends with benefits

 

5. Thinking before decorating
We might have to consider this
Scratching Post Furniture

 

6. “And then the murders began.”

This has been cracking me up all week. It’s way too much fun to try this with various books.
And then the murders began

Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive. And then the murders began.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. And then the murders began.

“Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. And then the murders began.

One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something, so he went round to Piglet’s house to see what Piglet was doing. And then the murders began.

 

7. This monastery adopted a shnauzer
And it’s adorable

 

8. Choosing your battles
Choosing your battles

9. Steve ‘n’ Seagulls
I got totally lost in the rabbit hole of their videos. I now understand all the words of a few songs for the first time.

Steve ‘n’ Seagulls is a Finnish country band, playing bluegrass versions of well-known hard rock and metal songs.

 

10. This commentary on the weather
I can’t say I liked the weather this week but this commentary cracked me up.
All seasons in one day

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update – The Bookish Nostalgia February 2017 Edition

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia February 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.

2004:
The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory
I remember it seemed like everyone was reading this at the same time. I never saw the movie adaptation. Is it any good?

2004:
The Killing Floor by Lee Child
This is the first in his Jack Reacher series. I need to get back to that series. It’s been a couple of years since I last read one.

2006:
Leaving Ireland by Ann Moore
This is the middle book in a trilogy. It’s entertaining historical fiction beginning in Ireland and moves to America.

2007:
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
This was (at the time) a new translation by Richard Pevear. It was a lot of fun.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Forget every Frankenstein movie you’ve ever seen and read this book

2008:

Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
I was glad I finally read this classic. It’s got love, loss, war, emotional and political upheaval, wonderful writing, a complex story and one well worth reading.

Peter the Great by Robert K. Massie
Massie is the master of Rusian royalty biographies. This one is huge but it has to be because Peter lived a long and fascinating life.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Rereading childhood favorites can be risky but this one held up and I enjoyed it all over again.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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