Wordless Wednesday #159

>> Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rainy Leaves

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November Photo a Day Challenge

>> Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It's almost November so it's time for my regular monthly reminder and recruitment post about rhe Photo a Day Challenge hosted by Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim. I've been participating in this daily photo challenge since back in the middle of March and today will be my 229th day of posting a daily photo. It's been fun to have so many of my online and in person friends join in to participate in this. I love seeing everyone's photos and how creative folks can be with the daily prompts.

If you haven't tried it yet, November is as good a time as any to start.

Every month Chantelle posts a list of subjects or prompts for each day of the month. Chantelle's post about November's list includes some extra explanation and ideas just in case any of the prompts have you stumped.

This is the list for November and Chantelle's instructions:

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Joining the photo a day challenges is super easy and just as much fun! The first rule is, there are no rules. It’s all about being creative and just getting involved. Everyone is welcome to play along. Yes, even you Aunty Nancy.

Questions previously asked by photo-a-day photo-takers

What on earth is this photo a day?
Each month I reveal a list of daily prompts. All you have to do is use any camera you have {iPhone, Smartphone, Digital, DSLR, Polaroid … seriously anything that captures photos} and use the daily prompt as inspiration. For example if the day one prompt is ‘peace’, just take a photo of something that represents peace to you.

Why would I want to play?
Did I mention it’s fun? It is. It really is. It makes you take a little time each day to stop and take notice of what’s around you, as well as be a little creative. There’s also a rockin’ community of photo-sharers that like and comment on each other’s photos. Oh, and Pink {the singer, not the colour} played along in June. All the cool kids are doing it.

How do I share my photos?
This is the fun part. If you’re into sharing, then you have a few options. Just share to whichever social media platforms you like. The photo a day community is shared across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Blogs, Tumblr and more.

If you’re sharing on Instagram or Twitter – make sure you use the monthly hashtag {ie #photoadayjuly} so that people can find your photos.

If you’re sharing on Facebook, you can share on your personal page, on your business page {if you have one} and/or over on my blog’s Facebook page. You can find it here.

I like to be nosey. How can I see other people’s photos? Please.
Once you’ve shared your own photo, why not check out everyone else’s pics? Check them out on the social media platforms mentioned above. Like them, love them, leave comments and enjoy being part of the photo-a-day community.

My dog was sick. I lost my iPhone charger. And I forgot to take a photo yesterday. What do I do now? Am I failure?
Never. Photo a day is all about having fun. So you skipped a day, so what? It doesn’t mean you have to fall off the photo-a-day bandwagon completely. You can either just pretend yesterday didn’t happen, or you can take two photos in one day. If you skipped a whole week, then just decide whether you want to make up some days or just start on the current day. Remember, there are no rules. By the way, I hope your dog gets better.

I have always participated in this challenge using only photos from my phone. Between Instagram and a few other photo applications I have lots of options for editing photos on my phone. It's fun for me to see what I can do using just my phone and apps.

If you’d like to check out my previous photos they’re on my Tumblr blog at at Whimpulsiveness

I'm also now using ShutterCal too. You can see all 229 of my Photo A Day photos in a calendar format.

The most important thing to remember about this is the flexibility. For me, using only photos from my phone makes it low pressure so I don't feel like I ahve to have a perfect shot. That helps me to just relax and have fun with it.

I have created a Google Calendar for those who would like to have the daily prompts in their google calendar. Here is a link to the Instructions for subscribing to that.

If you've been participating I hope you'll continue. Please let me know where you are sharing your photos so that I can find them.

Here are a few of my favorites from the September Photo a Day Challenge. Click on the individual photos if you want to see a larger version.

shadow
October 5th - shadow
angle
October 8th - angle
emotion
October 10th - emotion
something you wrote
October 16th - something you wrote
people
October 25th - people
moon
October 29th - moon

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The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill

>> Monday, October 29, 2012

The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill


The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill

Genre: Ghost Story (according to my library anyway)
Publisher: Overlook Press
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 145
Source: copy Library


The Short Version:
A painting of Venetian revelers holds a dark secret.

Why I Read It:
I’ve been a fan of Susan Hill’s crime fiction for a long time and I thought her ghost story The Woman in Black was very good. Halloween was a great time to give another of her ghost stories a try.

The Book:
From the publisher:

In the apartment of Oliver's old professor in Cambridge, there a painting on the wall, a mysterious depiction of masked revelers at the Venice carnival. On this cold winter's night, the old professor has decided to reveal the painting s eerie secret. The dark art of the Venetian scene, instead of imitating life, has the power to entrap it. To stare into the painting is to play dangerously with the unseen demons it hides, and become the victim of its macabre beauty...

My Thoughts:
Despite the title and the fact that every library I checked has this classified as a ghost story I don’t think I’d really call it that.
To me it’s a gothic suspense story. Bottom line it’s a deliciously creepy story of a creepy 18th century painting that has been causing trouble since it was painted.

The painting’s creepy history is told by Oliver’s elderly former professor. He describes how he came to own it as well as how the painting’s former owner told him of its history. The layers of the history are peeled back as the suspense builds. It becomes clear that the story of the painting is not done yet but what will happen next is suddenly inevitable.

It’s a quick read and perfect for a stormy winter afternoon. It’s one I will probably read again when I’m looking for a seasonal Halloween book.

4 stars Rating 4/5

This is my contribution to the Murder Monsters and Mayhem event hosted by Jenn at Jenn's Bookshelves.

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Weekend Update October 28, 2012

>> Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weekend Update

Since my last update:
This week made me feel like I’m getting my reading mojo back (or maybe my life is returning to routine). I finished a bunch of books.

I finished Say You’re Sorry by Michael Robotham and even though I haven’t read the earlier book in the series I thought it was good and plan to seek out the earlier books.

I read a fun seasonal story by Susan Hill. The Man in the Picture isn’t exactly a ghost story but it’s got a great gothic feel that’s perfect for the Halloween season.

I also read the 5th in the Unwritten series. This is such a fun graphic novel series and I love all the literary stuff that is such a key part of the plot.

I’m now reading Eggsecutive Orders by Julie Hyzy. This White House Chef cozy mystery series is a lot of fun and something a bit lighter is a good change of pace from what I’ve read recently.

On audio I finished The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny and am now back in the pattern of waiting for the next book in the Armand Gamache series. I’ll pass on the print and wait for the audio.

An article on NPR about the 60th anniversary of Charlotte’s Web led me to get the audio version of that. It’s read by the author and while not up to today’s audiobook production standards (you can hear papers being shuffled in the background once in a while) it was just a delight to have this book read to me. I’m looking forward to writing my review of this one.

I have returned to the Amelia Peabody series for my current audiobook. I’m Listening to The River in the Sky (narrated by Barbara Rosenblat). It’s the most recently published book in the series but I’m reading the series in story chronology order rather than publication order.


Other than books and reading:
Well, based how much I read this week, there obviously wasn’t a lot other than books and reading going on around here. I still haven’t pulled the boxes of books out of the attic to start restocking the bookshelves . . . Ha! Maybe I’ll tackle one of those this afternoon . . . or not.

Browsing the iphone photos from this week:

Downtown Portland foggy morning

Fall weather showed up this week with rain, fog and cooler temperatures.
Rainy Beaverton park

Fall trees in Beaverton park

We did reorganize and put up some new shelves in the garage so of course the cats had to help. Well in Abby’s case “help” is a stretch.
Abby considering going for a bike ride


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Audiobook – The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

>> Friday, October 26, 2012

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

Genre: Mystery
Series: #8 in the Inspector Armand Gamache series
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Publication Date: 2012
Length: 13 hours, 35 minutes
Read by: Ralph Cosham
Source: Library

The Short Version:
Once again Louise Penny takes a couple of the regular cast to a new location and this time it’s a cloistered monastery where a monk has been murdered.

Why I Read It:
This is one of my favorite audio series. I love Ralph Cosham’s narration and will wait for the audio rather than read the print.

The Book:
Once again Louise Penny takes the action and a couple of characters away from the usual settings village of The Pines and Montreal. When a series is set in a relatively small environment like a small Canadian village it’s tough to keep things going without having the body count become ridiculous. Penny has managed this by occasionally taking the story elsewhere. The trade off is that it’s not practical to have too many of the regular cast of characters relocate along with the story.

The timing of separating Gamache and Beauvoir together works well at this point in the ongoing plots of the series. For many reasons their personal and professional relationships are at a crucial juncture. Having them isolated together in a restricted environment works well for their story. The surprise arrival of the Chief Superintendant only adds to the tension already in place.

I love the little gems that Penny tosses into the narrative. I catch myself often rewinding to re-hear a sentence or paragraph here or there along the way.
That was what Gamache and his team did. They sieved for that often tiny event. A word. A look. A slight. That final wound that released the monster. Something had made a man into a murderer. Had made a monk into a murderer, surely a longer journey than most.
He and the abbot had been discussing the garden. He wanted to bring the interview back to a more conversational tone. It was like fishing. Reel in, let go. Reel in, let go. Give the suspect the impression of freedom. That they were off the hook. Then reel them in again.
It was exhausting. For everyone. But mostly, Gamache knew, for whoever was on the hook and writhing.
Emotions, Gamache knew from years of kneeling beside corpses, were what made the body. Not a gun, not a knife. Not a length of old iron.
Some emotion had slipped the leash and killed Frere Mathieu. And to find his killer, Armand Gamache needed to use his logic, but also, his own feelings.

Ralph Cosham is excellent as the narrator for this series. In my mind his voice is the voice of Armand Gamache. His narration has a lot to do with why this series is a favorite of mine.

4 stars Rating 4/5 for the book

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5 for the narration



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Touring my TBR Spreadsheet and Shelves - October 2012

>> Thursday, October 25, 2012



This month I’m going to talk a bit about what’s new on my shelves and my To Be Read list.

What’s new on the shelves recently:
Who I Am by Pete Townshend
This one isn’t even for me. The Hubster is a longtime fan of The Who and when this one showed up in multiple newsletters the week it was released, I sent a link to the Rolling Stones review to The Hubster to see if he wanted me to pick up a copy. I knew he would so the asking was pretty much a formality.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
This one has been on the TBR list for a while but I haven’t gotten around to readin it yet. I’ve seen so many good reviews of this and the follow up (Bring Up The Bodies) and now a second Man Booker Prize. It’s time and it needed to be purchased.
Whose Body by Dorothy Sayers
The Lord Peter Wimsey series Is another oldie but goodie that I’ve heard about for ages and never read. Thanks to BethFishReads and Ana at Things Mean a Lot both encouraging me I went ahead and picked up a copy last time I was at Powells


New on the ipod:
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
This is actually my current audiobook. The reason I got this one is because of the publication anniversary post on NPR. It mentioned that E.B White narrated the audio himself and had a hard time getting through Charlotte’s death without breaking down. I love this book and Wilbur is the screensaver on my nook. It’s time to re-experience and seriously what a great book to have read to me?


New on my library shelf:

I’m planning ahead and making my library requests now. Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves is planning a Cozy Mystery event sometime in early December so I’ve been gathering a selection of books from some of my favorite cozy series in preparation for this.

Crossed Bones by Carolyn Haines
This is a fun series with a sassy ghost who cracks me up.
Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
I’ve read some of Bowen’s Molly Murphy series but this is the first book in another series she writes that looks totally fun. From the publisher:
Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne, is flat broke. She's bolted Scotland, her greedy brother, and her fish-faced betrothed for London. The place where she'll experience freedom, learn life lessons aplenty, do a bit of spying for HRH—oh, and find a dead Frenchman in her tub. Now her new job is to clear her long family name.
Indigo Dying by Susan Wittig Albert
This is a series featuring a herb shop owner in a small town in the hill country of Texas. China Bayles is smart and the series is fun and filled with interesting tidbits about herbs.
Aunt Dimity: Detective by Nancy Atherton
Another series featuring a ghost. Aunt Dimity isn’t quite as funny as Jitty from Carolyn Haines series mentioned above, but she’s smart and kind. She communicates through writing in a journal and one of these days I hope she’s going to tell Lori Shepherd to stop flirting with every man that comes along while her adoring husband is home with the kids. Yes - this is a series where the main character is beginning to annoy me but I’m willing to give it a couple of more books before I decide whether it’s a series I need to break up with or not.

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Wordless Wednesday #158

>> Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rural Washington County Oregon

Washington County Oregon
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Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham

>> Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham

Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham

Genre: Mystery
Series: #5 or #6 in the Joe O’Loughlin series (depending on which list you’re looking at)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 338
Source: copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

The Short Version:
A brutal murder leads to clues to that reopen a three year old case of two missing teenage girls.

Why I Read It:
The book description sounded interesting and I’d heard good things about the author from folks I trust.

The Book:
Three years ago Piper Hadley and Natasha McBain went missing. The two teenagers were never found and were presumed to have run away.

Today a couple is found brutally murdered in their farmhouse and a young woman’s body is found in a frozen lake. The man the police suspect of the murder of the couple is mentally disabled and the police bring in psychologist Joe O’Loughlin to evaluate him.

Before long a connection to the case of the missing teenagers leads the police to reopen the investigation into their disappearance. Joe is reluctantly brought in to assist with the investigation. While one side of the story follows the police investigation into an increasingly disturbing crime, Piper Hadley’s story is interspersed. The two sides of the mystery spiral together in an ever tightening loop that slowly builds and then keeps you on edge until the end.

My Thoughts:
I almost never read a series out of order but I the past few years I’ve become better about letting that compulsion go. In this case I’m glad I went ahead and read this book because it’s so darn good. I fully intend to go back and read the earlier books in the series. Even though I know some of what happens in them from events referred to in this book, Robotham’s writing and storytelling are excellent.

Joe O’Loughlin is one of those troubled but you can’t help but hope for the best for him kind of protagonists. His marriage is in limbo. He’s separated from his wife and has a teenaged daughter with whom he’s trying to have a good relationship. He’s got major health issues and really doesn’t want to get wrapped up in a police investigation.

Once he does though, he’s in all the way. He becomes the one challenging the police assumptions and pushing them to find out what really happened three years ago. He’s Piper’s best chance and I desperately wanted him to succeed. The story gradually built up the background and then plunged into a high tension race with the clock in the final third.

Robotham’s story has some very disturbing elements to it and it’s not a book I’d recommend to folks who like their mysteries on the light side. It’s smartly written and kept me developing and dismissing theories until nearly the end.


4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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Weekend Update October 21, 2012

>> Sunday, October 21, 2012

Weekend Update

Since my last update:
I’m still reading Say You’re Sorry by Michael Robotham. It’s unusual for me to start with a later book in a series but this one is so good. It’s got some dark and disturbing elements to it but I’m liking the main character and the story is very well done. I’m sure I’ll be going back and reading the earlier books in this series.

I also read the 4th book in the Unwritten series by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. I really never expected that I would like a graphic novel series as much as I do. This has been a pleasant surprise. I’ve got the 5th book out from the library now and will be reading it soon. I’m high on the waiting list at the library for the 6th volume which will be out on Tuesday.

On audio, I’m nearly done listening to The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny. This one has been a change of pace for this series. Taking the action away from the village of Three Pines allows her to focus on a couple of ongoing story threads but I miss some of the usual cast of supporting characters.


Other than books and reading:
The ongoing sorting, purging, cleanup binge at our house is shifting to the garage today. New shelf units are ready to be put together and we’ll get one side of the garage cleaned up this afternoon. I have yet to get on with the project of unpacking books and restocking my bookshelves but might get around to starting that this week. Mostly it’s been nice to have a week of fairly normal routine for a change.

Taking a browse through my phone photos for this week . . .

Summer is definitely gone and the showery weather is looking a bit more ominous these days.

Stormy Clouds

I’m back to going to work in the dark again but really – it’s actually kind of pretty at the transit center just around sunrise.
morning at the transit center

Sometimes when I’m sitting in my chair reading and take a glance to the left I see this. Then I crack up.

Abby
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The Unwritten - Leviathan by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

>> Friday, October 19, 2012

The Unwritten - Leviathan by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

The Unwritten - Leviathan by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Series: #4 in the Unwritten series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 144
Source: Library


The Short Version:
Tom Taylor and his friends Lizzie and Richie continue their adventures and Tom enters the world of Moby Dick and more.

Why I Read It:
One of my first real forays into a graphic novel series has turned out to be far more interesting and enjoyable than I ever expected.

The Book:
This volume 4 is a compilation of issues 19-24 of the comic series.

From the back of the book

Tom Taylor is more than just the son of one of the world’s most popular authors and the namesake of his most beloved creation, the boy wizard Tommy Taylor. He’s a living weapon in a literal war of words, in which a shadowy cabal uses the power of storytelling itself to shape the world according to their own dark designs. And he was born and bred to close the book on them forever. But now his own story is headed for it’s most dangerous twist yet – a real whale of a tale.
In order to harness his extraordinary powers, Tom must sail the seas of one of the greatest stories ever told, and hunt the white whale that has left countless stories of myth and madness in its wake. Meanwhile, his friends are hunted by a dangerous new enemy and facing identity crises of their own. Will Tom’s voyage lead them all to the answer they seek? Or will he drown in the depths of a thousand and one unhappy endings?
In The Unwritten: Leviathan, acclaimed storytellers Mike Carey and Peter Gross delve deeper than eve r before into their frightening, fascinating world!

My Thoughts:
I’m enjoying the heck out of this series. The storyline and literary references really make it a fun series for booklovers. Every time Tom meets someone new I start trying to see if I can figure out what classic literary work is being referenced before it’s revealed in the story.

The theme this time is stories with whales. Sinbad, Pinocchio, Baron von Munchausen all make an appearance. The adventure of Tom and his friends Lizzie and Richie continues and the evil cabal who has been controlling public opinion and events through stores are still causing trouble.

In the final chapter of this volume the foul mouthed Mr. Bun has more adventures. This time on a mysterious stairway that has some connection to Tom’s father Wilson Taylor.

The plot(s) continue to thicken and I continue to be entertained.

If you haven’t tried this series yet, pick up volume one and get ready for some fun and adventures.


4 stars Rating 4/5

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When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

>> Thursday, October 18, 2012

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 144
Source: Library.

The Short Version:
The story of a Japanese-American family from California during World War II tells of thier internment from multiple viewpoints.

Why I Read It:
I read and absolutely loved Otsuka's second book (The Buddha in the Attic) earlier this year and wanted to read her earlier work.

The Book:
Opening in Berkeley, California in 1942 the book begins from the perspective of a woman who sees the signs posted about an Evacuation Order. This is the order that authorized the relocation of persons of Japanese ancestry after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

What follows is the story of the next few years in a spare narrative from multiple viewpoints. The mother who packs up her belongings and her two children. The daughter on the train ride to the internment camp in Utah. The young son who plays and goes to school in the camp but desperately misses his father who was taken away the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor and is in a different camp in New Mexico. After the war they return to a damaged home and eventually the father returns but nothing is ever as it was.

My Thoughts:
I think if I had read this before I read The Buddha in the Attic I might have rated it higher. It is still a small but powerful book but I just feel that Otsuka's second novel is a more powerful and superior book.

It's a quick read but says a lot in a small number of pages. While Buddha ends with the evacuation of Japanese-Americans, this one begins with it. The family members remain unnamed and symbolic of many similar families. On one hand it works to make them an example of many and also echoes the depersonalization and dehumanization of the whole evacuation. On the other hand it keeps them at a distance from the reader and lessens what could be a stronger emotional impact.

It’s a good book about an important and unfortunate time in America’s history. While it’s similar to The Buddha in the Attic it’s also quite different. I loved Buddha, but I liked this one. Perhaps if I’d read them in the opposite order my feelings would be different.


3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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Wordless Wednesday #157

>> Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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Washington County Oregon
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Where in the World Are You Reading? - Cafe

>> Monday, October 15, 2012

Where in the World Are You Reading is a monthly themed Meme jointly hosted by Trish at Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity, Lisa at Books. Lists. Life. and Kailana at The Written World.

Where in the World Are You Reading

Click on any of the links for the posts that explain the details of the Meme. It's never too late to join in so please consider doing so.

Trish is this month's host so here is her explanation of this month's theme and a link to her post:
The October theme is cafes or coffeeshops or teahouses or bars? or anywhere you hangout to grab a bite to eat or a drink and do some reading.

I didn’t think I’d be able to participate this month because I don’t sit in coffeeshops or cafes to read much at all. I only work downtown 3 days a week and I always take my own lunch and do my lunchtime reading in the break room at the office..
McMenamin's Oak Hills Brewpub
When I had last Friday off I decided to take myself out to lunch so I could have something to post for this month. So that burger and tater tots were all Trish’s fault.

Oak Hills Brewpub Menu
I decided to head to our neighborhood brewpub so of course the first reading on the agenda was the menu.

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Then it was time for my book

FlipKlip closed
The next crucial part of any lunchtime reading was my FlipKlip

FlipKlip open
What is a FlipKlip?

FlipKlip on book
It’s only the best invention ever for folks to read while eating lunch. Seriously. I keep one at work and one at home.

It let’s you have both hands to hold your burger.

FlipKlips are available many places and in some stores (I picked up my first one at Powell’s several years ago). This is a link to the manufacturer’s home page.



Lunchtime reading
I wasn’t the only one reading while eating lunch either so I had to sneak a photo.

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Weekend Update October 14, 2012

>> Sunday, October 14, 2012

Weekend Update

Since my last update:
I finished Black Fridays by Michael Sears. I really enjoyed this one. It’s a suspense thriller with a side of heartwarming. I reviewed it Friday. I started Say You’re Sorry by Michael Robotham. It’s a new book in a series I haven’t read before but I’m learning to let go of my compulsion to only read series books in order. Sometimes starting with a later book is just fine. This is huge for me to be able to say.

I also read When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. I loved her second book (The Buddha in the Attic) and had wanted to read her first ever since.

On audio, I’m listening to The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny. This is another entry in the series where she takes a limited number of series regulars and takes the action out of the normal locations. This can be both good and bad with a series that has a cast of regulars. It’s good so far.

Other than books and reading:
After fourteen years our over the range microwave finally gave up. It’s had a random glitch for the past couple of years. Every once in a while the control panel would be ‘mostly dead’. For no apparent reason only the 1, 6, and start buttons would work. This would last a few days and then everything would be fine again. We suspected it was possessed. Well a couple of weeks ago it happened again but just refused to revive itself. While I was getting good at starting everything for 11:11 and then stopping it when enough time had elapsed it just wasn’t going to work long term so we had to adopt a new microwave.

Yesterday was installation day. My typical approach to home improvement projects like this is to go get a pedicure or go shopping until it’s all over with. I couldn’t do that with this one because The Hubster needed my help to take the old microwave down and put the new one back up.

As much as Howie likes to think he’s an excellent helper, opposable thumbs and longer legs and arms were necessary.

All in all it went rather smoothly with no audible cursing and only one trip to Home Depot for a new giant drill bit that will probably never be used again.
The Howie complication is just part of any and all projects at our house.

Abby is the same way. One of these days when Abby gets on the treadmill when I’m done, I’m going to turn it back on.


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