Sunday, July 15, 2018

A Window Into My Week - July 15, 2018

I have to apologize for missing last week, only a few weeks after I swore I wouldn't miss any weeks with this update without a good reason.  I do have a reason--I'm not sure it is a good one, though.  Am I the only person who loses all sense of time when we have a holiday in the middle of the week?  Even though we had gone to church that morning, I completely forgot that it was Sunday and I should be writing up this post.  As I said, it is a reason, albeit not a good one.


What I've been blogging...
Again, not much.  I have the Saturday Snapshot posts from July 7 and July 14.  I also have my weekly dinner meal plan for the week of July 2nd.  I did put together a meal plan for the following week, but it just didn't get posted.  I'm planning to write that post just as soon as I finish this one.

What I've been reading...
So, I barely read anything during the week I didn't update, but I made up for it the following week.  I finished three books: Kristan Higgins's Now That You Mention ItBecky Albertalli's Leah on the Offbeat, and Camille Perri's When Katie Met Cassidy.  That probably makes me sound more productive than I actually was, though.  I had been reading Now That You Mention It since my last update.  I had previously started Leah on the Offbeat several weeks ago, but it was an eBook from the library and it "went poof" when I was only at the 50% mark.  Fortunately, my turn rolled around again just as I was finishing the Kristan Higgins book and was able to finish it off.  

Of the three books, Now That You Mention It was my favorite.  As soon as I finished it, I began asking myself why I don't read more by Kristan Higgins?  I've read a few (maybe 2?) of her books and loved them both.  She is exactly the kind of author I want to read when I need an escape.  

Leah on the Offbeat was also a success for me, although I wish I had been able to read it without the several week hiatus.  I appreciate how some YA authors are approaching their genre, treating their readers as adults and Albertalli is definitely one of these.  I can now say that I've read all of her published books and would recommend them all.

When Katie Met Cassidy is a book I've seen on several blogs and was looking forward to finding out if it was up to the hype.  Honestly, I'm not sure.  I enjoyed reading it--in fact, I plowed through it all in one day.  However, I have to admit that I was expecting something a bit more nuanced.  This one seemed more in line with a mass market romance--not that there is anything wrong with that, it just wasn't what I thought I was going to be getting.  As I said in my (very brief) Goodreads review, "it's better suited for the beach than the book club."

I think I've found the perfect book to read right now.  When the world is falling apart at the seams, thanks to Spanky McBonespur in the White House, Obama-feels makes things seem a little better.  I came across From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein, a memoir of her time as President Obama's stenographer.  I've just started it, but I can already tell I'm going to enjoy it (despite its inevitable downer ending).  It reads like a novel of a young woman taking on the world, except it is true!  I can't want to read more tonight.

What I've been watching...
People, we did it.  Last night, the hubs and I finished the last episode of The Good Wife.  I am holding onto my opinion that it was good for broadcast television, but The Good Fight is much, much better.  My friend had warned me that The Good Wife kind of fizzles out in the last season, and she was right.  Of course, this led to a discussion with my husband about whether it "fizzled out" or "went off the rails."  I, of course, am right.  It didn't go off the rails--it stayed true to what it was to the very episode.   If it had gone off the rails, it would have ended as a very different show from what it was in the first episode.  Instead, it just seemed like the story had outlasted the character development and they spent the last season trying to make the main character twist and turn within herself beyond what was realistic.  Still, I'm glad I watched it as it adds more context to The Good Fight.

Now that we are done with that, I can finally get into watching the new seasons of Anne with an E and Harlots.  I have started the latter, but I think it needs my full attention.  The latter, however, should not be viewed when the kids are awake!  Now that we're done with The Good Wife, I can finally watch something else after they go to bed.

What I've been listening to...
I did finally start my audio re-read of Eleanor and Park.  The problem is that I either have to use my earbuds or wait until the kids are out of earshot as it really is too old for them.  Also, I need to get on the ball with it, as my book club discussion is coming up!

What I've been eating...
I'll write more about this tomorrow, but I've been doing fairly well with sticking to my menu plan.  I'm also trying to incorporate some new recipes, as I notice we eat the same meals every week.  The problem is that I just can't get too excited about cooking when it is hotter than the surface of hell outside (as it is now.)

What I've been doing...
This past week was sort of a catch-up one.  We did a number of little things that needed to be done in order to get ready for the upcoming weeks.  Starting this week, my daughter has 2 weeks of day camp and then a week off and then 4 days at sleep away camp.  I'm not sure if all these camps are going to make my life easier or harder.  On one hand, I'll only have 1 child with me during the day.  On the other, I'll have to entertain one child, instead of having him play (and fight) with his sister all day.  If I come back here next week with no progress on anything, you'll know what the answer is!

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

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