Monday, September 4, 2017

Monday Musings

We stumbled across this awesome mural while running errands Sunday.

My week: It was a pretty quiet week here. My alarm either didn't go off one day or I turned it off and went back to sleep with zero memory of doing so, so that was fun! We had an afternoon of pouring rain with a bit of thunder and lightning, which is super-rare for Hawaii, and that actually was fun. College football started back over the weekend and I'll now be a football widow for the next several months. On the plus side, Hawaii plays my alma mater Colorado State in a couple weeks and we'll be going to the game!

Reading: I'm continuing to read "One Summer: America, 1927" in 25-page chunks, though I admit to skipping a couple days last week because I didn't have as much time to read. (I'm thoroughly enjoying it, though, and I've learned a ton!) I started "The Essex Serpent" last Monday and finished it on Friday; I loved the first half but the second fell a bit flat for me. Still, I gave it 4 stars.

Now I'm reading "Red Sister," the first in a new fantasy series. I grabbed it when I saw it at the library because I remembered it was on my to-read list, but I had almost no recollection what it was about and I decided to just dive in without reading the blurb. I'm a little ways in and it's really good so far -- and I'm intrigued by the wholly new world it's set in -- but I really couldn't say yet what it's about! (A young girl who gets rescued from the gallows to become a nun/assassin maybe?)

Watching: The "Game of Thrones" season finale, "Homeland," season 2 of "Outlander." We didn't watch any movies last week.

Buying: Some new pillows for the couch! I splurged and bought some big, fancy ones from Pier 1 and then found two complimentary pillows at Target. I'd been wanting to change out the pillows -- we still had the same ones that came with the couch four years ago --  and I love how such a small change can just brighten up a room!

Making: It's time to change up my giant bulletin board in the kids' section at work again, and this time it's Banned Books Week-themed. I (with help from a fabulous co-worker) have been working on "AzkaBANNED Prison." It features books behind bars (with speech bubbles saying why they're banned or challenged -- i.e. "Diary of Anne Frank" tells people "I'm too depressing."), and when it's done it'll have a dementor and an Azkaban wanted poster photo board for patrons to take pictures with. I'll post pictures when it's done -- I really need to do a wrap-up post of all the boards I've put up since I took over bulletin board duties in March!

Monday Musings
11 Hidden Gems on My To-Read List
Book Title Book Tag
15 Intriguing September 2017 Book Releases
Turning the Page on August 2017

Looking forward to: Our weekend getaway to Kauai! I'm a little nervous about leaving Alohi for the first time -- she is probably going to drive the friend who's house/dog-sitting for us absolutely crazy -- but I'm sooooo ready for some rejuvenation and relaxation on our favorite island!

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


  1. I can't read a book without reading the blurb first - I always feel lost.

  2. Bill Bryson could write about anything and I'd try to read it. Somehow, though, I've missed that one. I think I need to see if I can find a copy.

  3. I go back to work this week and always fear sleeping through my alarm for the first few day! Blurbs are important to me, too, but i do hate when they give everything away.

  4. Oh my gosh, how amazing was the GoT finale?!

    I think my fiancé and I also need to get new pillows for our couch. We've been feeling a bit *meh* about our space recently. And I agree, just the smallest change can help brighten things up!! :)

  5. Sounds like a nice week. I love your bulletin boards. They sound so creative. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  6. Rain sounds wonderful only because we've had two scorching days. Come see what I'm reading

  7. Aside from the alarm mishap, it sounds like a good week all round. I love the sound of the HP themed library display - I look forward to seeing more of that. A lovely week to you!

  8. Hope you have a great time away and I'm sure one look at Alohi and the pet sitter's heart will melt no matter what she does. I love the idea for your bulletin board!

  9. Azkabanned prison sounds great! What a wonderful idea!


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