Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday Musings

Puppy class graduation.

My week: Jarrod and I are finally over our colds, and the antibiotics got rid of Alohi's kennel cough -- we're a cough-free household! I got my first-ever facial Thursday night and it was fabulous! I think I'm going to make it a regular monthly treat (the massage alone was worth it!). And we went to the beach Sunday afternoon, which was nice.

Work was busy for me with summer reading program, and in exciting news I'm going to be helping out with the library's 4th and 5th grade book club from now on. I'm glad to be getting some more experience working with kids -- and the best part is I get to come up with the crafts! The first book is "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech and I think I'm going to have the kids make dreamcatchers.

Reading: Not a fabulous reading week for me. I finally finished "The Likeness," the second book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, on Friday night. It got off to a slow start, though it did eventually pick up and I was totally hooked for a while, but then dragged on a bit toward the end and I actually did a bit of skimming. This seems to be the unanimous favorite of the series so I fully expected to give it 5 stars (what would have been my long-overdue first of the year) but I felt it only earned 4 stars.

I also read some more of "Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-Extinction," which I started a couple weeks ago and put aside in favor of some fiction. It's a fun, interesting look at the possibility of de-extincting extinct creatures. And I started "News of the World" by Paulette Jiles at the beach yesterday.

Watching: I'm continuing to watch "World of Dance" on Tuesday nights, and I started watching the new season of one of my favorite shows, Masterpiece Mystery's "Grantchester." Movie-wise we watched "Sully," "Keeping up with the Joneses" and "The Space Between Us" this week and all were decent, though none were rave-worthy.

Listening to: "Wish I Knew You" by The Revivalists.

Making: A snuffle-mat for Alohi! Have you heard of these stimulating dog toys? Basically it's a fluffy mat that you stuff treats down in and the dog uses her nose to sniff them out. I saw a pricey one on Amazon, which inspired me to look up DIY directions. I tied strips of fleece to a dish drainer mat that had a grid of holes in it and it came out pretty well!


Blogging: (totally slacking off blog-wise lately!)
Monday Musings
16 Series I Want to Start

Looking forward to: Alohi's getting spayed on Friday and I'll be glad to have that behind us. Also, 4th of July! Since Alohi will be recovering we probably won't be doing anything major, but we have a fabulous view of fireworks across the island right from our house (even better, our roof) and fireworks are one of my favorite parts of summer.

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


  1. I hope you will share your fireworks pictures with us. It sounds beautiful.

    The book club sounds very fun. There are some great books for that age, and kids that age can read well and are just starting to really think about the world. Walk Two Moons is an excellent choice. I'd recommend Raymie Nightingale, too, if you ever need suggestions.

  2. What an adorable pic of Alohi. That mat looks awesome and it's so cool you made your own. Booker HATES fireworks so even though I'm off, I dread this time of year for that fact alone. He has to take Xanax if they get too bad. Last year was extra bad because he had gastritis and we needed to keep him as stress-free as possible. Hope you have a great reading week!

  3. Hope you enjoy News of the World. It was one of my favorites last year.

  4. The book club sounds like it could be fun. Enjoy your fireworks. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. Oh my goodness, that graduation picture is precious! I love hearing what other libraries are doing this summer; my kids are so excited to start their summer reading program this week.

  6. I just started News of the World last night - was surprised at how dense it is for a short book! Looking forward to finishing it though.

    Good luck to you and Alohi with her surgery! I went through it with my GSD in April, and true to form, she had to make it difficult. I think we went through 4 of those cone collars!

  7. I like the mat you made for Alohi. We're thinking of getting a dog after all the moving is said and done. A mat like that would make a good welcoming present.

    It's been a busy week with a cracked toilet, day camp, and paperwork for cross country. Come see what I'm reading

  8. So glad everyone is feeling better!! Oh, I've been meaning to treat myself to a facial! I never seem to get around to it. Perhaps that it what I will do for my birthday next week :)

  9. Congrats to Alohi on her graduation! The snuffle mat looks fun, but I can't help thinking Petri would just tear the whole thing apart in about 10 minutes.

    Good luck with your book group! I like that it includes a crafting element. It sounds challenging and fun!


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