Our Norfolk pine!
Saturday we braved the drizzle and went to cut down our Christmas tree, a Norfolk pine, a rather wacky-looking tree that grows naturally here in Hawaii. I also got all my Christmas cards sent off and mailed my (8!) packages at the post office this week. (My bill was $100. Does anyone else feel like they're single-handedly keeping the post office in business like I do?!)
This next week won't be quite so quiet -- I'll be adjusting to working again after a several-month break, and Jarrod starts a new work schedule, 4 a.m. to noon. I foresee a few extra dinners out in our near future!
Reading: It took me forever, but I finally finished up "The Masked City," book 2 in Genevieve Cogman's Invisible Library series. I read and enjoyed the first book a few months ago -- the premise was so creative and fun and I was looking forward to diving back into the world of alternate universe-traveling librarians. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood, but the second book didn't enchant me in the same way. I was bored, I was confused, I actually skimmed! I'm not sure if I'll continue the series with the newly-released book 3 or not.
But thanks to Taylor Jenkins Reid, I've finally got my reading mojo back after two blah weeks. For some reason, I never jumped on the TJR bandwagon when everyone else was getting excited about "Maybe in Another Life," but after the world continued to rave about her newer book, "One True Loves," I decided it was time for me to check her out. The story was clever and hard to stop reading, the plot presented surprises where I didn't expect any, the writing was super-readable but still good, and I loved the main character (both versions of her -- the book is about how one simple decision can change so much and it's told in alternating storylines). I definitely recommend it next time you want a lighter read!
Last night I read the first couple pages of the popular new thriller "The Couple Next Door" by Shari Lapena. I also have the historical fiction novel "Belgravia" by Julian Fellowes and the fantasy "The Queen of Blood" by Sarah Beth Durst checked out from the library, but I thought I better continue the fast-paced easy-reading trend so I don't risk losing my mojo again!
We also watched the last two episodes of one of my favorite shows, "Poldark." I'm sad that I have to wait until next fall for more Ross and Demelza!
Knitting: Last week I mentioned that I ripped out my entire Gilmore Girls mystery knit-along cowl because I didn't like the shape it was going to end up being (and, of course, I waited until I was nearly done to decide this). But I did a lot of knitting while I finished watching season 7 and got the cowl almost entirely re-knit! I just have to block it and Kitchener stitch it together into a loop. Pictures to come soon!
Listening to: Christmas music, of course. I loooove this version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" -- though it's totally making me crave pudding.
10 New-to-Me Authors I Read (and Loved) in 2016
Yarn Along: Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life MKAL and "Maybe in Another Life"
A Very Merry Christmas Survey (feel free to borrow my questions and fill out the survey on your own blog!)
25 Books I'm Committing to Read for the 2017 Backlist Reader Challenge
Looking forward to: Watching "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" by the light of our unconventional Christmas tree!
I'm linking up with Kathryn at Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?