Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Musings


My week: What a week it's been! We got back from our trip to the Big Island Sunday night, worked all day Monday, ran errands and went to the beach Tuesday afternoon -- and then picked up our new little bundle of joy Tuesday night. Life has been just a little bit crazy since then!

Meet our adorable 8-week-old boxer puppy! She's so, so, so cute, and she's rambunctious and curious and playful and smart, and she adores snuggles and naps. We didn't intend to start this so soon, but she already sleeps curled up in between us at night. She was pretty much destined to be spoiled from the start! I haven't had a puppy since first grade when my family got our sheltie, Stoney, and I have to say puppies sure are exhausting. But we are completely in love with our furbaby -- it's just delightful to watch her discover the world.

You might notice I didn't mention a name -- she doesn't have one just yet. We're temporarily calling her Alohi when we need to use her name (it's the nickname her parents' family gave her and it means brilliant in Hawaiian). We might keep that, or we might go with one of our previous contenders (like Hanalei, Juniper or Daisy), or something else might just present itself as the perfect name for her. For now, she's "the puppy." 

Reading: I've hardly had any time for reading this week, but I did finish "Looking for Alaska" by John Green, this month's pick for the book club I facilitate at work. (Not my choice, and I thought the book was just-ok, though I did like it better than "The Fault in Our Stars." I'm really just not a YA fan.)

I made a some headway in "Lab Girl," a wonderful memoir by Hope Jahren. I absolutely love her conversational descriptions of the life cycle and science of trees and plants, which follow along with her own journey as a woman and a scientist. I'm about three-quarters of the way done and I would definitely recommend it!

Next up: an advance-read copy of the new YA fantasy (I know I just don't like YA, but I couldn't resist this one), "Gilded Cage" by Vic James. It comes out this Tuesday and I know I won't be able to read it before then, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless.

Knitting: Not a stitch. Though I did talk to two patrons at the library about fiber arts this week!

Watching: We watched "Snowden" and "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" this week and enjoyed them both.

Making: Monday was a gray, rainy day and it seemed like the perfect time to make a Sherlock Holmes-themed display at work! If you're familiar with the show "Sherlock," you'll get the wallpaper, smiley face and "I am Sherlocked." There are SO many Sherlock-themed spin-offs (or "pastiches" if you're feeling literary); my library is pretty small, so it says a lot that we had this many in our collection!


Looking forward to: The upcoming three-day weekend!

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


  1. Your new baby is so adorable. I just want to snuggle with her. Puppies are rather demanding but so worth it. Cass slept in between us from day one - it was easier to get up with him in the middle of the night to take him outside when we could feel him move around. I like the name Juniper but I'm sure you'll pick the name that's perfect for her.

    1. Thanks, Barb! Yes, she is a total cutie. We had intended to let her sleep with us after she was potty-trained, but we like you said, it's easier to just set an alarm and take her out for a quick potty in the middle of the night. And we ALL sleep better this way. She gets anxiety in the crate and it makes her poop, and nobody wants to clean off a poopy puppy at 2 a.m.!

  2. Your puppy is absolutely adorable!! Puppies are the best. We did the same thing with our black Lab when he was a puppy (let him sleep on our bed) and he still does as a full grown dog! He definitely takes up a lot of space but he deserves to be spoiled :) Give your pup kisses from me!

    1. Thanks, Lori! I think she's just about the cutest thing ever! She was always destined to sleep in the bed with us, we just sped things up a little bit. Our previous furbaby, Conan, slept right in the middle, and we actually bought a king-size bed so he could have more room!

  3. I love your Sherlock display! I feel like that must be one of the fun parts of working at a library.

    Have a great week!

    1. I had so much fun putting it together! I didn't get to do stuff like this when I worked at the public library. Getting to be more crafty is something I'm really enjoying about my current job!

  4. The puppy is adorable. Juniper is such a cool name. The display is awesome as well.

  5. What a fun display! And your puppy looks so sweet sleeping!


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