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Weekend Update December 29, 2012

>> Saturday, December 29, 2012

Weekend Update

Since my last update:
I finished reading The Ridge by Michael Koryta. I really liked this one. It’s similar to The Cypress House in that it’s a thriller with supernatural elements but can still appeal to readers who don’t necessarily like supernatural stuff in their books.
I started reading Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth. It’s fairly light and I’m enjoying it quite a bit so far. After reading Jen’s review at Devourer of Books I decided this might be a good change of pace for vacation reading.

I finished my audiobook. Death Without Company by Craig Johnson. This was the second in the Walt Longmire Series read by George Guidall and I thought it was very good. There’s a holiday themed short story collection by Johnson that features Walt Longmire available as an ebook (Christmas in Absaroka County). Since I’m on vacation and in holiday mode I might try to fit that in before I go back to work on January 2nd.

My new audiobook is Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas (narrated by Lorelei King). I’ve heard good things about both the print and audio versions of this book. Interestingly enough it’s the third book I’ve started this year related to the American internment of Japanese during World War II. The other two were both written by Julie Otsuka (Buddha in the Attic and When the Emperor Was Divine).

I still haven't picked up a new graphic novel yet, but I've got the second and third in the Fables series out from the library and as soon as The Hubster finishes the second Fables book I’m diving into those.

Other than books and reading:
We had our usual low key Christmas and it was very nice. My brother and The Hubster’s sister came over and spent the day with us and we did stockings for everyone. Dinner was yummy.

The Hubster grilled lamb and we had the best mashed potatoes The Hubster has ever made.

After Christmas our relaxing vacation plans took a slight detour. The Hubster had some vision problems and a visit to our eye doctor on Thursday afternoon led to a visit to an eye surgeon and surgery that night to repair a detached retina in his left eye and some preventative laser treatment in his right eye to hopefully keep that retina from doing the same thing. It was stressful and scary and we’re still feeling rather unsettled as we wait to see how much of his vision in his left eye really does come back in the next few weeks. Luckily we’re still on vacation and had nothing planned other than watching football and relaxing. That fits perfectly with his recovery needs right now and it’s nice that we didn’t have to add trying to organize time off work into the mix of everything else on Thursday. My message here is don’t take changes in your vision lightly. These things need to be addressed sooner rather than later.

Looking through this week’s photos:

No home repair project in our house is complete without some feline assistance.
As usual, Abby is reading the instructions (the laptop is on the washing machine) and Howie is ignoring them.

This is pretty much how I plan to spend my time between now and when I go back to work on Wednesday.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Thoughts of Joy 12/29/2012 3:23 PM  

Whoa!!! I'm sorry to read about your husband's eye problems, but what great news that it was caught before permanent damage took place. I'm sending speedy and complete healing thoughts his way! :)

Thoughts of Joy 12/29/2012 3:25 PM  

Oh yes - I'm spending the next few days just like you!

Jan 12/29/2012 6:28 PM  

I am now reading "The Ridge" and have "Tallgrass" on my bedside table.

Bryan 12/30/2012 5:14 AM  

Relaxing here too for the next few days: going to see The Hobbit later tonight with my wife and then reading the rest of the time (for the most part). I really enjoyed the Walt Longmire series, probably one of my favorite new series this year. Sadly, though, I gobbled them all up in a matter of a week or two, and have to wait until the next one comes out.

Les 12/30/2012 5:46 AM  

As Joy said, it's great that your husband's eye condition was caught in time. I'll keep him in my thoughts and hope for a speedy recovery. Thanks for the reminder to get my eyes checked. It's been a couple of years...

It's been 5 years since I listened to Tallgrass, but I still remember quite a bit. That happens more often than not when I listen to an audio rather than read the printed version. Anyhoo, as I recall, it was quite good. Better than When the Emperor Was Divine, imho.

I have Miss Dreamsville in my stacks for January. I'm looking forward to some light reading in the coming weeks. December is not the best time of year for us...

I have PW's cookbook and will have to try those mashed potatoes. We had the Marlboro Man's Favorite Sandwich last night. It's become a favorite, as well as the Migas (which we had for breakfast on Christmas morning).

Enjoy your time off. I plan to curl up with my book and a cup of hot tea later this morning.

Susan 12/30/2012 9:43 AM  

I'm so glad you were able to get your husband's eyes looked at and corrected so quickly. I have to watch out for the same symptoms (I'm diabetic).

I think a lot of us had very relaxed Christmases this year, we certainly did too. Only us, and so I was in no hurry to get the Christmas dinner ready by a certain time, and we just did what we wanted all the way through the holidays so far. I love your relaxing ideas too :-) Perfection!

Have a happy 2013, and lots of reading in the year to come.

SuziQoregon 12/31/2012 9:28 PM  

Joy: thanks - it was pretty scary but we were glad to have a good surgeon and his team. Glad you're doing the same as I am through New Years.

Jan: Oh my we're really in sync these days aren't we?

Bryan: Sounds like you've got an enjoyable few days off - enjoy!

Les: Thanks - scary stuff but we're hopeful that it was caught in time and all will be OK. I'm really enjoying Tallgrass so far. And yes - you definitely need to try the mashed potatoes. My Sister in Law has requested them for next Thanksgiving.

Susan: Yes we were lucky glad we could get him in and we're hopeful for a good outcome. Happy 2013 to you too!

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