Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday Malarkey

There's very little to say, this week. Last week was a quiet week at home and the weekend was all about reloading the master bedroom closet. Kiddo returned from Memphis and will be bringing more of his possessions home soon, so it's become a critical task making room for All That Stuff. Fortunately, it's going very, very well.

Recent arrivals:

  • The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje - via Paperback Swap

Yep, only one book arrived, again. I would say I may finally be improving but I happen to know that a book I pre-ordered is due to arrive, tomorrow. And, I may have said "yes" to reviewing a few more children's books. Confession: I adore children's books. They're the reading equivalent of adult coloring or playing with Lego blocks when there are no children around. 

Posts since last Malarkey:

Books finished since last malarkey:

  • The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnackenberg
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders 

Both of these books were such fun. I have to return Tenth of December to the library, this week, and it's one of those rare books that inspired me (as in, made stories of my own swirl in my head) so it pains me to return the book but I can always check it out again, later.

Currently reading:

  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

I have bookmarks in other books but need to finish Salvage the Bones by Wednesday for F2F discussion, so for the moment that's all I'm reading.

In other news:

The chair I used to photograph The Cat's Table, above, is the chair I bought specifically to paint but it's been far too hot to do anything outdoors; and, as it turned out, Isabel loves my desk chair. I hate kicking her out of the chair when she's happily napping. So, I turned the old desk chair over to the cat and brought the elderly chair I intend to paint into the library (where my computer currently resides). The older chair is a little creaky but I figure we've made a decent compromise, for now. In fact, I'm rethinking my original paint palette. If I'm going to end up using the chair I plan to paint, I might as well paint it to coordinate with the library colors, right? Thanks, Izzy. Very helpful.

Positive thinking!

I may be having a major reading slump, this year, but there's always a plus side. I'm not falling behind on reviews at the rate I typically do. So, wahoo for that!!!

Also, I hear fall is coming, yay! Kiddo is no longer in school but Eldest has one more year to go at Rutgers  (on his second and third masters degrees) and then we may actually have a brief lull during which there are no students in the family. It won't last, I'm sure. This family seems to be addicted to college education.

Gotta run. Happy Monday to all!

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  1. I hear ya about it being to hot to do anything. I always get up in the morning with a list of all I'm going to accomplish, take one step outside, and go, "nope". Sigh! I'm ready for fall!

    1. It's actually literally too hot to even use the paint or stripper, according to the cans. 90° is the maximum temp. I don't what the temp was, today, but we had something like 36 or 38 days in a row over 95°. At some point I got tired of hearing about the records we were breaking and decided to give up till it really cools off. And, then, of course, I have the deck to finish painting, as well. So much to do!!! Me, too. I am always, always ready for fall!

  2. I am way behind my reading goal for the year too. I barely hit 150 last year and there is no way this year. I just have not been able to focus. Lately I have been doing massive clean out of my house too. I read the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and loved it. I highly recommend it to everyone I meet. lol My closet is semi walk in and its looking very empty. And I have purged over 700 books off my shelves. I don't know what to do with all the books I have not read on my shelves. Looking at them stresses me out so I have been trying to read more of them.

    1. I loved The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up but it didn't work for me with books. I've found I'm still happy with the old method, weeding slowly. My husband probably wishes the unread books stressed me out. They don't unless I have too many ARCs at any given time (and I'm being careful not to go overboard, now). I really do love being surrounded by books. When I die, the kids are going to hate me for that!


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