My week: It was a fairly quiet week around these parts. Jarrod had Friday off for Veteran's Day and we took advantage of the time to do some shopping for our front garden, which was in desperate need of some TLC. We've been in our house for a little over four months now and it was past time to tackle it. I had a blast browsing all the gorgeous Hawaii flora! We didn't buy any of the above plants, but I couldn't resist photographing all the beautiful foliage. And I have half a mind to go back and get that bromeliad in the bottom right corner!
On Saturday we went to a big semi-annual craft fair on base (where I bought a pretty necklace, a glass locket filled with shells, sea glass and a little sand dollar) and then spent the afternoon and evening working our butts off in the garden, getting the area cleaned up and our new purchases planted. After a long, hot shower (scrubbing all that red Hawaii dirt off made me think of a little 19th century urchin arriving at the orphanage and getting scoured with scalding water and lye soap) and picking take-out for dinner, I was absolutely, utterly bushed!
Reading: I finished Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" on Tuesday night (review to come soon -- I gave it four stars), then dove into the second installment in Louise Penny's Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series. I happened to choose the ideal time to finally get to it -- the beginning of the book is set at Christmas in the idyllic Quebec village of Three Pines and I've been in the mood for something a little holiday-ish. I read the first book in the series about a year ago, but I'm reeeeeally going to try to read the third book soon. It would be so nice to get caught up on the series and then just read the new releases as they come out!
Last night I read the first couple pages of "Sweetbitter" by Stephanie Danler. I don't know much about it other than it's set in New York City and involves the foodie scene. It got a ton of hype but its Goodreads rating is a little low, so we'll see!
Watching: I finished season 5 of "Gilmore Girls" in a three-episode binge last night and I'm so excited to start season 6! Season 5 had a doozy of an ending that I'd completely forgotten about. Poor Rory!
We also started watching season 2 of the addicting British crime drama "Broadchurch." The first season focused on the murder investigation while season two is about the trial -- in which, of course, more dark secrets about the quiet little Cornwall town of Broadchurch will be revealed.
Eating: fall-colored peanut M&Ms (right this minute, as I write the post!).
Browsing: Gifts for my Broke and Bookish Secret Santa partner! I got an e-mail last night with her info and I spent some time online looking for present ideas. Last year I gifted a handknitted hat among the bookish goodies and I had planned to do the same again, but this year's partner is highly allergic to cats and I'm pretty sure Lily's fur is ingrained in everything I knit, so I'll have to come up with a different surprise -- and in a way, it's kind of a fun challenge.
11 Recent Additions to My To-Read List
Yarn Along: "The Underground Railroad" and a Tweed Hat in Progress
Book Review: Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple (3 stars)
I'm linking up with Kathryn of Book Date for It's Monday, What Are You Reading?