Sunday, July 1, 2018

A Window into My Week - July 1, 2018

I feel like I should get a medal for doing this update two weeks in a row!  It will probably take me the summer for it to become a habit again, so just bear with me.  My goal is to post every week, unless we’re out of town (and we currently have no firm plans to go out of town, but that might change).  It will be a challenge, but it is things like this—activities that reconnect me with things that I enjoy—that help me stay sane in the middle of this colossal mess in the world.

What I’ve been blogging…
Again, the only post I put up this week, was my Saturday Snapshot.  However, I thought about things to post, so that’s good…right?

On the other side of blogging, I got back into reading blogs.  Here’s the story:  I loved Google Reader with a passion that could fuel a thousand suns.  Then it went away, and I’ve been spending years trying to find a new way that works for me to follow my favorite bloggers.  I tried everything and was never able to find anything that worked nearly as well as Google Reader.  So, I gave up.  I went back to Bloglovin’, the one reader that I hated the least.  Don’t get me wrong, I still hate it…but I can use it.  I’ve been reloading it with my favorite blogs and, I think, things are finally going as smoothly as they can.

What I’ve been reading….
I’m still working on The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan.  I’m enjoying it, but I’m savoring it.  Since I own it, instead of having it out from the library, I don’t have a deadline on it. I try to read a couple of chapters a day on it and hope to have it finished this week, with a review out next.

I'm still working on Grand Forks by Marilyn Hagerty, and I expect to for quite some time, as it is a book that I read for a moment when I have a free minute.  I forgot how much I enjoyed food writing, so I may follow this one (once I finally finish) with something by Ruth Reichl.

I finished The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren and quite enjoyed it.  It is the second in the serious and really not a standalone.  It isn’t overly entwined with the previous book in terms of plot, but I strongly feel that you have to read the first one (The Ones Who Got Away) to get the background, which is necessary for fully appreciating this story.  Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until January for the 3rd book.

I started Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins.  I’m not yet that far into it, so I don’t have an opinion on yet, other than Higgins is just a fun author to read!  I am hoping to have this finished this week as I have far too many library books on my kindle that are about to go poof (this was one that disappeared after I had read one chapter and I had to wait weeks to get it back!)

What I’ve been watching…
We’re still working our way through The Good Wife.  I believe we are almost done with season 5 and the “shocking thing” has happened.  I am planning to do a re-watch of The Good Fight once I finish with this series and know the entire backstory.

My husband has also been watching the World Cup.  He was a serious soccer player when he was young and still watches the English Premier league.  Unfortunately, the US coverage of the tournament has not been great, so I frequently find him watching Spanish language broadcasts.  No, he doesn’t speak Spanish.  However, I think the two words that transcend all languages are Hallelujah and GOALLLLLL!!!!!, so he’s doing fine with it!

What I’ve been listening to…
I still need to start my re-listen of Eleanor and Park so that I can finish before my next book club.  I have been trying to get somewhat caught up with my podcast backlog, but the bulk of my listening remains Hamilton.  It seems to be the only thing that offers a true respite from the news.

What I’ve been eating…
On the fish front, I have to say that this week’s salmon was excellent.  The previous week, my husband brought some home from Costco—and who knows how fresh that is.  This week, I purchased some wild caught salmon from New Seasons and it was infinitely better.  I mean, I was almost tempted to have seconds!

I did manage to put an actual meal plan together for this week—the first time in ages!  I’m hoping to post it tomorrow (Monday), so check back to see what it is.  I was hoping to link it up to a blog hop, but that is on hiatus until later this month.  Just my luck!

What I’ve been doing…
This past week was Vacation Bible School week, which was much less tiring this year as I opted not to volunteer.  I felt a bit guilty (just a bit, just at first) about not being there, but my mental health just needed a break.  And I’m glad I did it…I was able to work out AND take a shower every day.  Woo-hoo!

This week will be a bit of a strange one, as Independence Day falls right in the middle.  We don’t have much else planned, so I foresee a fair amount of pool time for the kids.  On the 4th, my dad is coming over and we will have far too much food.  Again, tune in Monday for that plan.

I do have vague plans to get something done in my house.  Many of you gave me some tips, and I will be trying to put those to use.  I’m resisting setting any big goals, but if I can do enough so that there is a visible improvement, I’ll be happy.

There is my week in a nutshell.  For those of you in the good old US of A, I hope that you have a wonderful 4th of July and that, hopefully, things won’t be such crap in our country at least on that day.  And for my Canadian friends, Happy Canada Day!

I'm linking up with It's Monday...What Are You Reading?, hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

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