Weekend Update – The Vacation at the Coast Edition

>> Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekend Update

Same thing every year. I pack for our week at the coast and take way more books than I can possibly read because after all what if I’m not in the right mood for ANY of the books I have with me. This irrational fear is somewhat mitigated by my eReader but only partially because I really hate reading books on my eReader or tablet back to back. I prefer to mix the paper in with the electronic.

Then we get over to the coast and I look out the window of the rental house and see this.

Yachats waves

Then I pick up a book and stare out the window, read a few pages, stare out the window some more and then end up reading way less than I plan to but I don’t even care because . . . this!
Yachats Sunset

We had a great week. The weather was pretty spectacular for the Oregon coast. We only had one day that was partially damp and even that day turned out to be pretty in the afternoon.
Valley Trail at Carl G. Washburne State Park

We went for a hike one day and while it was sunny on the trail through the woods when we got to the beach it was foggy. That was kind of weird. We were walking up the beach and couldn't see either the cliff to our right or the ocean to our left. It was rather disorienting
foggy beach

It felt like we were walking through some mystery movie scene. Then all of a sudden in cleared up ahead of us.
clearing up on the beach

It was baby seagull season with lots of young birds on the roofs of the houses in the village. There was no nest on the house next door this year but we did get to see a few a couple of houses over.,
Seagull and baby

We watched some whales spouting offshore. They were there for a couple of days but we didn't seen any for the rest of the week.

Oh what did I actually read? I finished Identity by Ingrid Thoft. It was just as good as Loyalty (the first book in the Fina Ludlow series) and the author said on Twitter that number three is with the publisher and she’s working on number four.

I read a couple of comic collections. Sweet Tooth Volume 5: Unnatural Habitats by Jeff Lemire added even more answers and questions to the ongoing story. I’m both looking forward to reading the final volume in the series and sad that I’ll be finishing it. Mostly I’m very curious about how it’ll all wind up. Then I read Fables Vol. 10: The Good Prince by Bill Willingham, I loved this one because there is a lot of stuff going on and one of my very favorite characters is featured.

I also read another of the stories in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. I like interspersing these stories in between books or as a break from a longer book.

Finally I started the third book in Timothy Hallinan's Junior Bender series, The Fame Thief. Junior is a burglar who also works as an investigator (often not necessarily by his own choice) for folks on the wrong side of the law themselves. This time the story has links to the old Hollywood in the 1950’s. So far it’s fun and interesting.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Wordless Wednesday #248

>> Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dodging the Waves at Sunset

dodging the waves at sunset
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Weekend Update – The This App Made Me Succeed at Keeping a Journal Edition

>> Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekend Update

I have been a serial failure at keeping a journal over and over again since I was about twelve years old. This week I hit a major milestone and reached the one full year mark of daily journaling.

What was the key? The Day One App on my phone and tablet. Seriously. I love this app.

For me the game-changer was the ability to use photos as part of my daily journal. I have been doing the Photo a Day thing on Instagram for over two years now. The thing that I learned from that is that those photos became a sort of photo journal for me.

The Day One App let me take that a step further and combine a daily text journal and photos.

I happened to get the app when it was available for free on a special offer but I can tell you it's worth the cost. If you're hesitant about spending the money then you should follow @dayoneapp on Twitter. When a special offer is available then you'll know and can grab the app.

I'm now at the point where I can look back and see what I was doing this time last year and this shocks me. I have never stuck with a journal format or process for even close to a full year. I started out with just a photo and a sentence or two but now that it's become more of a habit and a daily ritual I'm expanding my entries more often.

I sync through Dropbox so I have a backup and I can access my journal both on my phone and my tablet. There is a desktop application for Macs but I have a Windows laptop. Luckily there is a nifty little desktop viewer that is built in java. I don't use it a lot because I do use my phone and tablet most but it's handy to have and while it's not a full version you can edit and save entries if you need to be able to do that on a windows machine.

Bottom line, this app turned me into a success at maintaining a daily journal habit after a lifetime of short lived attempts. I highly recommend this app. Go check out the Day One App website for more information. Also, in case you're wondering, they didn't ask me to write this and don't even know I did.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Nutshell Review: Sweet Tooth Vol. 4: Endangered Species by Jeff Lemire

>> Friday, July 18, 2014

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Sweet Tooth Vol. 4: Endangered Species by Jeff Lemire

Sweet Tooth Vol. 4: Endangered Species by Jeff Lemire

Genre: Science Fiction, Graphic Novel
Series: #4 in the Sweet Tooth series
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 176
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume contains issues 18-25 of the comic series
From the publisher:
They were hunted... but they survived.

The half-animal hybrid child called Gus and the big man called Jepperd have escapes the clutches of a brutal militia, with a ragtag band of scientists, survivors, and other hybrids in tow. Though the betrayals and sins of the past are fresh in their minds, an uneasy truce binds the group together.

Now they head north to Alaska, where salvation from the sickness that slaughtered billions -- and the mysterious condition that created Gus and his hybrid friends -- may be found.

My Thoughts:
As I said after the previous volume, this series just gets more and more fascinating with every issue.

I enjoyed the way that the flashback stories of some of the characters were drawn by guest artists Nate Powell, Emi Lenox and Matt Kindt. It was an interesting and fun element.

The story continues to add interesting elements and surprises while at the same time keeping the focus on Gus and Jepperd and a handful of other characters,

More and more of both the backstories of recurring characters are revealed. There are also more clues and questions about both Gus's origin and what caused the plague.

I'm glad I have the final two volumes out from the library.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5


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