Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday Musings


My week: The week started off on the chaotic side as my husband gave me 24 hours' notice that we'd be hosting a bunch of people for a cookout on Monday night. On the plus side, a handful of them were from the Australian military here for the exercise my husband's work was doing (the cookout was to celebrate the end of it!) and we got two packages of TimTams out of the deal.

Work was busy as the time had come to take down my huge summer reading volcano bulletin board (and I do mean huge -- the board is 13x9 feet) and put up a new one, Swim Back to School, which has an underwater scene with a school of fish at the center. I keep meaning to do a post of all the bulletin boards I've done so far -- maybe next week. This isn't one of my favorites, but I'm already thinking about September and Banned Books Week. (I might go for the cliche but fun "AzkaBANNED Prison" idea.) I also got my genre display at work changed from readable science books to books set in England, which I'd been wanting to do ever since I happened upon a book languishing back in the nonfiction stacks with a brilliant cover called "The A303: Highway to the Sun." Sure enough, it got checked out the first day my display was up!

The weekend was fun but went by way too fast. Saturday afternoon we went to the beach and Jarrod surfed while I read, and Sunday we took Alohi to the beach for the first time! We went up to the North Shore and then got ice cream at our favorite shop there afterwards.

Reading: I'm nearing the end of "Dragonfly in Amber," the second Outlander book! At almost 950 pages, it's one of the longest books I've ever read and I'm feeling rather accomplished! I'm not finding it to be quite as absorbing or immersive as the first book, but I'm really enjoying it nonetheless. (Though I keep thinking about all the other books waiting in the wings: six library books, an ARC, and the August book for the kids' book club at work!)

Watching: Same as the last few weeks: "Grantchester," "My Mother and Other Strangers," "World of Dance." Hoping to start "Game of Thrones" soon! Movie-wise the only one we got to was "Central Intelligence," which made me laugh a few times but overall was pretty dumb.

Listening to: "Redbone" by Childish Gambino.

Eating: So much food. Jarrod had to work late several days this week and we ended up eating out once and picking up dinner twice. And then on Monday for the get-together we had three kinds of smoked meat (Jarrod loves his smoker), buffalo chicken dip, dill french onion dip, pineapple, hashbrown casserole, baked beans, and two types of dessert, the leftovers of which we've been eating all week.

Buying: Some clothes! It's been a while since I've been shopping at my leisure, but I finally made it to the Gap Factory Store on Wednesday and left with a pair of jeans, a pair of shorts, some yoga pants and several tops.

Monday Musings
Intriguing August 2017 Book Releases

Looking forward to: Finally getting to watch "Outlander" season 2, now that I'll have read the book. It's been on my DVR for months, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how some aspects of the book are portrayed on screen! I guess if I want to read "Voyager" before season 3 comes on, I better get on that...

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


  1. I can't believe how much Alohi has grown! She's so beautiful. I keep thinking about getting another puppy but really two is plenty. Plus I don't think Cass and Booker would like sharing their parents with someone else right now. I LOVE that Redbone song. We first heard it when we watched Get Out a few months back. The movie was great and this song really sticks with you. I had to get the album after that. That is one long read you've got going but at least you are getting some enjoyment out of it. I would really like to see some pics of your displays.

  2. Oh I LOVE the idea of AzkaBANNED Prison for your book poster! I hope to see a post with all you designs at some point! :)

  3. I love that Childish Gambino song! How are you feeling about Granchester? It's my mission in life to watch all BBC series, but that's one I haven't gotten to yet. I can't believe we're preparing for the start of the school year again - WHAT IS IT WITH TIME?

  4. Your weekend sounds lovely! I imagine those Hawaiian beaches are tough to resist. :)

    I'm glad I'm not the only thinking about all of the books piling up while I'm finishing the one I'm reading. I hope all of those upcoming books are great!


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