Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wahoo! Wednesday returns after lengthy absence, dogs go crazy

For those who are unfamiliar with Wahoo! Wednesday, it is a feature that I had going at my blog for several years. At some point, I found that I was mentioning really ridiculous things or repeating myself and decided to ditch this feature. Lately, I've been missing it. I may not wahoo absolutely every week, but I plan to try. It's good to reflect upon things worth shouting, "Wahoo!" about.

Things worth wahooing about in my household, this week:

1. Books! Wahoo! for books - Naturally, that had to come first. There have been some extremely exciting arrivals, lately. I've got one special set that I'll devote an entire post to, soon (4 books that go together -- the ultimate in cool; you'll love 'em) but for now I'll stick to those that have most recently walked in the door and begin with the most exciting:

Wahoo! Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones has been on my wishlist for a while and it's been lurking in my mind, since I started thinking that I need to read more books by people from different countries and/or of different colors or ethnicities. It recently occurred to me that I seem to read an awful lot of books by white people. So, even though I have been excited about every other book that's walked in my door, lately, the unexpected copy of Silver Sparrow that arrived from Algonquin Books, yesterday, is the one that got the loudest squeal of delight! Thank you, Algonquin!!

Other arrivals:

All Woman and Springtime by Brandon W. Jones - from Algonquin (I'm currently reading this one)
An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer - from Harper
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones - from Harper
Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost - from Paperback Swap
Secret Heroes by Paul Marten - from Harper
The Bond by Wayne Pacelle - from Wm Morrow
A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez - from Algonquin
The Cove by Ron Rash - from Ecco for TLC Tour
A Sense of Direction by Gideon Lewis-Kraus - from Riverhead Books
The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero - from Riverhead Books
Johnson's Life of London by Boris Johnson - from Riverhead Books
The Wild Trees by Richard Preston - from Paperback Swap

That's about 3 weeks' worth . . . just so you know I'm not in the midst of a huge requesting frenzy, here (although I look seriously guilty, don't I?) Oh, and Algonquin sent me a finished copy of The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead, which is all kinds of awesome because I loved it and wanted a permanent copy. He's going to be at Lemuria Books in Jackson, tomorrow. I'm hoping I can go see him. I'm missing Ron Rash, tonight, because I can't get there in time. Actually, let me stop to take a shower, since I've typed a few sentences just after walking in the door from the gym . . .

I'm back! And, I smell good, so . . .

2. Wahoo! for running water and soap - I can never get too much of that clean and shiny sensation.

3. Wahoo! for Kiddo - After two years of waffling about what he wants to do for a living (while attending a nearby community college), he has finally chosen a major university to attend in the fall and has a plan!! Wahoo!

4. Wahoo! for cooler temps - And, on that note, I'm going to go do some planting.

I can think of plenty more things I could wahoo about if I didn't need to do my digging while it's cool, so I do believe I'll wahoo again, next Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday! What do you have to wahoo about, today?

Bookfool, about to dig in the dirt . . . very wahooey

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  1. Lots of good looking books! Wahoo for kiddo is right!

    1. Yeah, great titles. I'm excited about all of them! Thrilled that Kiddo is figuring things out. Some of us take longer than others. I was very much like him.

  2. Yes, Wahoo for kiddo! Today's Wahoo, for me, was the word "ubiquitous" on my blog:


    1. I love the word "ubiquitous". Must go peek at your post, naturally. Curiosity and all that lot.

  3. My Wahoo is for a book that arrived this week, and the fact that it's a sequel to something that I have had on my nightstand just waiting for the perfect time to read. Now I have the reason to read them both, and I have to say, I am pretty pleased! Your Wahoos are wonderful as well!

    1. That's a pretty terrific wahoo, Zibilee! It's always nicer when you can read series books back to back, so you don't forget important details, isn't it? Thanks for wahooing with me. :)

  4. What a great book haul! Glad you had a good Wednesday!

    1. Thanks, Kelly! I'm having a decent Thursday, too. I just bought the cats a sisal scratcher and they are going nuts, rubbing their necks against it. Much hilarity is happening, around here. :)

  5. Today is Friday which is a HUGE Wahoo!!! Elle will be one next Wednesday so I can't imagine I'll be Wahooing then. Probably more like wallowing. ;)

    pretty impatiens! I love to plant them but they're only good for about six weeks before the heat kicks in and they wither away. Only planting begonias this year (if I plant at all...some of mine survived the winter so I could get away without planting).

    Wow--enjoy the books! And great news for kiddo! I think it's natural for kids to waffle a bit when they are his age.

    Happy Friday! And Wahoo for Wednesday Wahoo making its return. ;)

    1. Wahoo for Friday! :)

      Birthday-wise . . . it gets easier, Trish. When they're little and sweet, you want to keep them that way forever. But, eventually you'll realize that every year is good in its own way (except maybe the adolescent years - ick).

      Impatiens must like humidity because ours tend to grow to impatiens bushes! I'm kind of lazy and just continue to plant those, every few years -- with our mild winters, they return until they're spindly and then I replant. They're easy and easy is good!!

      Thanks! Just got another book: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. The UPS man actually woke me up. That was surprising!

      Happy Friday to you, too!

  6. Anonymous11:30 AM

    Wahoo for Silver Sparrow. I just started it and am loving the writing.

    1. Wahoo! I can't wait to hear what you think!! It'll be at least a couple weeks before I get to it but I am so excited!

  7. How nice to see the return of your Wahoo Wednesday posts. I've always enjoyed them.

    Our garden centers are open with lots of beautiful annuals (and perennials), but I'm holding off until May. We could still get hit with a hard freeze (highly unlikely, but ya never know!) and I'd hate to lose new plants simply because I'm anxious for some color in my beds. I'll probably plant a bunch of Impatiens, as they do so well in my shady front yard. I also plan to fill a bunch of large pots out on our decks. Typically, I throw a yellow hibiscus in a couple and some geraniums and lobelia in a few others. I might try some petunias again this year. They are so pretty, although they get quite leggy by July.

    I, too, have a copy of The Cove and am anxious to give it a read. I don't believe I've read anything by Rash. I have so many new ARCs (from work) that I'm excited about. Need. More. Time!! :)

    Isn't it wonderful that the kiddo has a plan? Good for him!

    1. Les,

      Well, that's one thing I don't have to worry about! We didn't even have a freeze at all, this year, as far as I know. I'm pretty late planting, but I often am. As long as you get things in the ground before the end of May (unless it's one of those years that it hits the 90s by May), mine will probably be okay but just won't grow as big and bushy.

      Impatiens and coleus are my favorites because they're hardy and I know they'll grow if I bother to water them, but I do need to get to the garden center to find a few other plants.

      I'm enjoying The Cove. Hardly read a word, this weekend. Hope to get back to that, tonight! I'm new to Ron Rash. It actually took me a while to get into the book but now I'm anxious to find out what's going to happen.

      Totally relieved that Kiddo has a plan! We just found out the dorms are so crowded we're going to have to seek out an apartment. Darn.


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