Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday Malarkey - Road trip version

Not a whole heck of a lot of bookishness has happened since my Whoopsie-daisy Wednesday substituted for a belated Monday Malarkey, last week. So, this Monday Malarkey post will be interpersed with road trip images from this weekend's visit to Memphis to visit Kiddo, who is temporarily living in Tennessee. I bought the happy Buddha, above, at the Memphis Zoo. Husband calls him, "Nixon Buddha," and followed up that designation with the words, "I am not a crook."

Arrivals since Wednesday:

  • Flight from Berlin by David John - via Paperback Swap

Yep, that's it. Just one. We didn't go to any bookstores in Memphis because this trip (in spite of the heat) was all about getting out to check out the area in which Kiddo is staying and trying out some local food.

Posts since Whoospie-daisy Wednesday:

Just one post, as well, thanks to Husband's week off. We spent the bulk of the week emptying a large walk-in closet, going through boxes and bins, tossing things out, reorganizing, generally making a pretty significant mess in the living room but with an admirable end result. Hopefully, this will be a decent blogging week. I just never know.

We interrupt this post for a photo of peppers from the Farmer's Market in Memphis:

Books finished since Wednesday:

  • Nothin' - Bummer. On the plus side, it's been less than a week and I'm definitely going to finish a book, today.

Currently reading:

The same books I was reading on Wednesday, except I've added one more:

  • The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Opinion of the World's Finest Actor by Robert Schnakenberg

I don't think Bill Murray would like me (apart from the fact that I never, ever approach famous people I see in public), if only because I don't drink enough. But, I'm having a blast reading about him and had no idea how many actors there are from the Murray family. I was familiar with most of them as individuals but had no idea they were related to Bill.

Ever feel like you're being watched?

Just thought I'd ask. Sometimes I wake up in the hazy morning light (hazy because my eyes don't focus when I wake up) and find that I am, indeed, being very carefully observed:

This week's rough plan:

  • Recover from having husband at home for a full week.
  • Read, read, read, and read some more.
  • Write questions for Anthony Breznican (yes, I still haven't written questions for that elusive Q/A).
  • Write a million posts . . . or, at least, a few.
  • Write, write, write, and write some more (fiction).

Closing comment by Husband:

After three very Southern and very meaty meals in Memphis, Husband said, "You ate catfish, fried chicken, and sausage, this weekend. You have changed." I'm not a big meat eater or fan of Southern food, you see. But, apparently I'm more open to new food experiences than I was in the past.

I still love my veggies, though.

In other news:

Andi gave me permission to share a photo of the two of us in front of my living room bookshelves. I confess I hate photos of myself (this photo, unfortunately blurry, convinced me it was time to hack off the hair) but we had such a great time I figured I should share the joy. Andi and I were all matchy-matchy in navy and white stripes. Funny! We had a blast and I'm hoping she'll drop through again, some time in the future.

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  1. Well it sounds like you had a wonderful excuse not to read or write. I like when you have one of those crazy weeks that's so different from normal that it makes you appreciate the monotony.

    And that pic? This is why I don't let the kitties sleep with me. Creepy!

    1. It was definitely a crazy week but an enjoyable one for the change of pace. I'm still recovering from yesterday, I think. Our visit to the Memphis Zoo was a hot one. We came home and it was about 12 degrees hotter, here than in Memphis at 103° but the 90s are hot enough, thankyouverymuch.

      I love it when the kitties sleep with me, but I confess it's pretty spooky looking up to see a cat looking down at you. I've been having a bout of insomnia for several weeks, now, and Husband cast me out because I was ruining *his* sleep. In the guest room, we have what used to be an entertainment center (without the part that holds the TV) serving as a headboard, now. Izzy jumps up to the top of the entertainment center from a rickety set of cube-shaped shelving units that came from Target (temporarily in our home while Kiddo is adrift) but they're not stable and she knows it. So, then she peers down at me and paces, trying to figure out how to get down. It's pretty funny but I have to drag myself out of bed and give her a pep talk to convince her jumping down on the bed is the best option. Cats are nutty.

    2. I say it's spooky having a cat look down but I forgot to say that weird as it is, it makes me laugh every time. Just before I took this photo, I had looked up to see nothing but two little pointed ears and a pair of eyes. It was hilarious and so stinking cute that I ran to get the camera and that photo is what I ended up with -- similar but not quite as funny.

  2. Love the picture! You two look like you are having a great time. As for the kitty-stare, at least it wasn't the first one - the really big 'kitty'. LOL

    Enjoy your week. Love the fact that recovery is required after a husband 'at home'. I totally understand. ;-)

    1. We had a great time! And, good point about the kitty stare. Both stared at me but one is completely harmless (unless you're an insect -- Isabel is our pest control agency).

      Husbands are exhausting things. We got a lot done, though, and it was pretty fun having him around. We've never had a staycation before!

  3. Gawd, veggies are so pretty! I really wish our garden had panned out this year (with some pattypan squash). That photo totally cracks me up. Husbands + cameras. hehe

    1. Aren't the veggies gorgeous? I think the fam thought I was a little crazy taking photos of them but I like looking at them as much as eating them. LOL We skipped gardening entirely, this year, thanks to the squirrels. Probably for the best. We needed the time to work on painting the deck and it's been so hot everything the squirrels left (they left *nothing* last year, so that's an optimistic statement) would be dead, anyway.

      Poor Huz did his best. The other one was clearer but just not as good, expression-wise, unfortunately. So, I opted to go with the blurrier of the two.

  4. How awesome that you got to meet-up with Andi. Great picture!

    1. Thanks! We had such a great time. It's always fun meeting fellow book buddies and extra special meeting one who goes so far back (since a few years before we both began blogging).


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