Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Musings

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Daddy and furbaby!

My week: Yet another blur of a week! Tuesday Alohi had a vet appointment for her third set of shots, and afterwards we took her to my library so my co-workers could finally meet the adorable furball I talk about incessantly. Saturday we took her to puppy playtime at Petco, and she had fun interacting with other puppies her size. She was definitely the most exuberant of the bunch. She looooves people and other dogs. Some dogs were too nervous to even get off their parents' laps -- not her!

Reading: I finished "A Perilous Undertaking," the second book in Deanna Raybourn's fun Veronica Speedwell historical mystery series and, though it wasn't quite as good as book 1, I really enjoyed it. Then I read the much-touted "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders. I had a super-hard time getting into it because of the very unique format, but eventually I got used to it and the story really took off. In the end I had mixed feelings about it... right now my rating sits at 4 stars: 3 for the story plus 1 for sheer creativity.

Now I'm about a third of the way done with "Murder of Crows" by Anne Bishop, the second book in The Others series. I read the first, "Written in Red," back in the fall and loved it, despite it being a bit out of my wheelhouse (urban fantasy with a twist of cozy). I'm a little less enthralled with "Murder of Crows" but I'm still enjoying being back in Lakeside, and I can definitely see now where the rest of the series is headed.


Knitting: Nada! :(

Watching: I had a bit of time in the evenings this weekend to watch some stuff from the DVR, and I'm finally caught up on "Grey's Anatomy"! I also watched episodes 3 and 4 of "This is Us." I started watching it when it originally came on but quickly got behind and decided to just record everything for a binge-watch. I've got 14 episodes on the DVR, so this'll be my next project. I can see why it's become the show of the year!

Eating: Ice cream cake! Jarrod's birthday was last week.

Buying: Jarrod's promotion ceremony is this week, and since this one's a bit of a bigger deal I decided to get him a gift. He loves bourbon, so I ordered him a wood watch made out of recycled Kentucky whiskey barrels. (The company I got it from is called Original Grain, if you're interested.)

Feeling: The urge to do some spring cleaning! But I don't even have time to keep to my regular cleaning schedule right now, so that's probably not going to happen! (I am in awe of women who work full-time and have kids -- and sometimes blog on top of all that?! I only work 24 hours a week and have a puppy, and I can't seem to get my shit together!)

Blogging:
Monday Musings
YA Reviews: Carve the Mark and A Monster Calls
Yarn Along: "Lincoln in the Bardo" and Hufflepuff Scarf (sadly, the Yarn Along link-up is no more!)

Looking forward to: STILL seeing "Beauty and the Beast." One of these days!

*I'm linking up with Kathryn of Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

12 comments:

  1. I have read and enjoyed all of The Others books by Anne Bishop. I love the covers almost enough to buy print versions of books I enjoyed on my Kindle. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. It's funny you say that -- I actually DON'T like the covers! I generally don't gravitate toward covers with realistic pictures of people on them. I'm always fascinated to see who likes what covers -- we all have different tastes. That said, I do love the series!

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  2. Alohi is growing so fast. Every time I see her pictures it gives me puppy fever - BAD! Congrats to your husband on the promotion and that sounds like such a great gift. Having a puppy can be a major time suck but so worth it. Hope you continue to love The Others series - it's one of my faves even if I still need to read the last book.

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    1. We're finally settling into a good rhythm with Alohi. Crazy that we've had her almost TWO months now! She's pretty much potty trained, she knows lots of commands and she's mellowing out a bit. We're still dealing with the separation anxiety, but we got a clear shower curtain so at least I don't have to deal with her stress-pooping while I'm in the shower anymore! I guess the next hump will be teething in a couple months -- eek!

      I finished "Murder of Crows" today and liked it, though not as much as the first book. I'm itching to continue the series, though!

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  3. Cute dog. We might be adopting one later in the year. It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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  4. Oh my gosh, I've been feeling the urge to spring clean as well!

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  5. Congrats to Jarrod on his promotion. That sounds like a wonderful gift. Cute puppy too.

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  6. Lincoln in the Bardo sounds like such an interesting story. I might have to give in and give it a try!

    This Is Us is a great show. You might be the smartest watcher of us all, since you don't have as much time between finishing season 1 and starting season 2!

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    1. "Lincoln" was really an interesting read. I'm not sure I got quite as much out of the story as some other readers, and at the end I was still a little like "huh," but the format was so fresh and unique! Like I said, I had a HARD time getting into it (I think almost everyone did) but then it sorta clicked. It was a nice change to read something so different, and after I got over the format hump it went really quickly. There's a lot of space on each page so it's really not very long.

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  7. I keep seeing mention (and praise) of Lincoln in Bardo and admit it doesn't really interest me. I do want to read Raybourn's Speedwell series, however.

    Congratulations to Jarrod. And Alohi is just too cute!

    I hope you have a great week, Lindsay!

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    1. Definitely check out the Veronica Speedwell books! They're so much fun and such a pleasure to read. "Lincoln," on the other hand, was much more of a reading experience. I'm not sure exactly how I felt about the story itself, but the format -- once I got used to it -- was so fresh and different. If you DO decide to read it, don't give up if you're having trouble with the way it's written. Eventually it'll click!

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