Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday Musings


My week: I definitely enjoyed my Memorial Day off work! I took the opportunity to clean out and reorganize my closet. Sometimes purging stuff just feels so good! Wednesday I finally made it to the beach, and it was fantastic and relaxing and much-needed. And Sunday I went hiking with some of my co-workers. It was fun but, as are most Hawaii hikes, pretty muddy!

hike collage

Reading: I finished and enjoyed "A Twist in Time," book two in a time travel/historical mystery series. Plotwise, I liked this book better than the first, and I'll definitely read the third book when it comes out next spring. The books are set in early 19th century England and I love all the historical details the author includes.

Now I'm reading a non-fiction book a friend recommended, "Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-Extinction," which is a fun look at the very real possibility of bringing extinct animals back into existence.

I'm also skimming "Maybe in Another Life," the June book club book for work. I read it back in December and really enjoyed it, but unfortunately my book club co-facilitators didn't like it! I sure hope the patrons in the club have more positive reactions.

Watching: We watched "The Girl With All the Gifts" this week and it was decent. I loved the little girl they chose to play Melanie. And I got totally sucked into this new show, "The World of Dance" on NBC. I don't really watch competition shows these days but Jarrod was working the night the premiere came on and I was exhausted and just needed to stare at the TV... and of course, I was hooked and will now be tuning in every Tuesday!

We also watched a random episode of "Full House," which was fun! We always put something on the TV for Alohi when we leave, and Jarrod left the TV on Nickelodeon when we went out to eat the other night. When we came home, "Full House" was on and, oh, the nostalgia! And the '90s clothes!

Making: The new wall display in the kids' section at work. Our summer reading program kicked off on Saturday and this year's theme is STEM, so I made a giant volcano with books spewing out the top -- Hawaii-related, science-y and bookish!


Eating: Chocolate-chip banana bread (literally, right now as I type this!).

Craving: A burger and fries!

Monday Musings
8 Exciting Books Coming in the Second Half of 2017
10 Things... I'm Looking Forward to This Summer
16 Intriguing June 2017 Book Releases
Turning the Page on May 2017
Book Review: American War by Omar El Akaad

Looking forward to: One of my favorite shows, "Grantchester" on PBS/Masterpiece, comes back on in two Sundays!

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


  1. I like the cover for Twist in Time. I hope you enjoy your books!

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  2. I love the display. How awesome and I bet the kids are impressed by it. We always leave the TV on for the pups too. They used to watch a lot of cartoons, but now it seems Mr. Barb leaves it on USA for them so they end up watching a lot of SVU and CSI. I think they would probably make awesome police dogs now.

  3. Beautiful beach photos. Armchair Book Expo, getting ready to move, drama club, and a volunteers' tea. Come see what I'm reading this week.

  4. I love the wall display + great pictures from your hike. Wishing you a lovely fresh week!

  5. I watched one episode of Grantchester but then for some reason forgot about it! I will have to catch up. Your weekend sounds lovely, particularly the hiking! :)

  6. I've been meaning to read the first of those time books. I'm glad the second one is good too!!

    Banana bread sounds delicious. Maybe I will make some this week...


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