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.

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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


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


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Weekend Update – October 7, 2017

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017 in Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update

Currently //

Time // 9:45 ish pm Saturday evening

Place // My recliner in the family room

Eating // Nothing now but I had way too much at the football watching gathering earlier today

Drinking // Chardonnay

Reading // I’m determined to finish The Romanovs 1613-1918 tomorrow. It’s good but life has limited my reading time lately and I’d like to finish more books this month

Listening // My current audiobook is Divided in Death by J.D. Robb. I enjoy this series and even more so now that I’ve switched to the audio editions

Watching // Football. The Oregon Ducks lost earlier today but due to injuries they’re down to the third string quarterback as well as playing without several starters it wasn’t a big surprise.

Promoting // It’s never too early to make plans for the next Bout of Books. January 8th through 14th. Mark your calendars.

Blogging // Not much lately, I need to fix that.

Making // I’m working on a couple of baby afghans.

Anticipating // The new recipe I’m trying for dinner Sunday.

What are you reading? What are you listening to? What are you doing?

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update- September 2017 Reading Wrap-up

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up, Weekend Update | 7 comments

Weekend Update
September 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

September2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Well, this will be short because I apparently sucked at reading in September. I’m not sure why other than just life and work getting in the way over and over again. Blergh. I think I need to make a commitment to myself to set a week each month to read as if the Bout of Books was going on.

I only finished two audiobooks and one graphic novel in September. In print I’m reading and enjoying The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore but just not getting enough time so spend with it. I’m going to see if I can turn off distractions better this week and get back to my long lost reading routine.

Here’s what I read in September

Graphic Novels and Comics

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg



The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

The Western Star by Craig Johnson narrated by George Guidall


Hope you had a great reading month in September. What was the best book you read last month?

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

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Fun, The Things I Liked This Week, Weekend Update | 4 comments

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


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


7. A Bad Jokes
My inner 8 year old giggled.


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


Turn on the volume. The play call is brilliant.


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


Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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