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April Photo a Day Challenge

>> Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tomorrow is April 1st. That means it't April Fools Day and also an excellent time to join or continue with Photo A Day.

This is my monthly reminder and review post about Photo a Day. I do this for a couple of reasons. It's partly to try and recruit more of my friends to participate and partly to share my favorites of my photos from the previous month. The Photo a Day Challenge is hosted by Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim. I've been doing this daily photo thing since the middle of March of 2012. On March 15th I completed a full year and posted my 365th daily photo. That's proof that this is easy. If I can stick with it for a full year then pretty much anyone can.  It seems like every month more and more of my online and in person friends join in. I love seeing everyone's photos and how creative folks can be with the daily prompts.

It's not hard and you can participate in so many ways. Looking back through my photos after a few months is fun and I like that it's turned out to be a bit of photo journal with all the little daily memories both small and significant that end up being included.

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

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

April Photo a Day
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How to play!

Playing along with photo a day is super easy:
♥ Check out the April photo a day list.
♥ Each day look at the daily prompt and take a photo according to whatever the prompt is. For example for day 1 the prompt is PLAY. It’s Easter Monday so I hope everyone can find some time for a little fun. Pick anything symbolises PLAY and snap it. It’s a great opportunity to get creative. Be inspired by a little creativity and see what you come up with.
♥ Once you've taken the photo it’s time to share it. There are loads of places you can share it. See below for more details.
♥ Check out other people’s photos. You can browse through them on my Facebook page. Or on Instagram or Twitter just search for the #FMSphotoaday hashtag to see them all.

Where to play?

There are loads of places to be social and share your photos with the #FMSphotoaday community:

♥ Instagram: Just upload your photo, use a fancy filter, add a caption and the hashtag #FMSphotoaday and then share.
♥ Facebook: There are a few options here. You can simply share on your own personal page, among your own friends. Or you can upload to my page’s wall, or I’ve created a Facebook group for 2013. You can join it here:
♥ Blog: If you have a blog, you could share each day or do a wrap up of all the photos at the end of the month.
♥ Tumblr: Add your daily photos to your Tumblr feed.
♥ Flickr: You can get their app {for free if I remember correctly} and share your photos there, or upload on their web version. We also have a photo a day group here.
♥ Twitter: You can share on Twitter by uploading the photo and sharing the hashtag #FMSphotoaday. Easy.

To keep this easy for me, I only use photos from my phone. Between Instagram and a few other photo applications I have plenty 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 love using ShutterCal too. It gives me several ways to review my daily photos. Montly collages or scrolling through them all. It's a bit of a visual journal. You can see all of my Photo A Day photos in a calendar format. I think this is my favorite way to scan through my past photos. If you decide to use Shuttercal, be sure to let me know or link up with me there.

The most important thing to remember about this is don't overthink it. For me, using only photos from my phone makes it low pressure so I don't feel like I have to have a perfect shot. That helps me to just relax and have fun with it. Even with the photo prompts that are repeated it's fun to try to come up with something different. Sometimes a prompt that was used a couple of months ago can spark a totally different meaning depending on my mood or circumstances that day.

If you've been participating I hope you'll continue or give it another try if you've gotten out of the habit. 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 March Photo a Day Challenge. Click on the individual photos if you want to see a larger version.

March 3rd - key
March 7th - fear
March 15th - explore
February 18th - shoes
a sign
March 19th - a sign
March 24th - up


Weekend Update March 31, 2013

>> Saturday, March 30, 2013

Weekend Update

Since my last update:
I finished reading The Silver Linings Playbook. I liked it a lot. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie when we finally make it to the top of the library holds list. I know the movie differs from the book and I’m curious to find out in what ways.

I started reading A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate by Susanna Calkins. It’s the first in a planned series of mysteries set in later 1600’s London. The main character is a maidservant. It’s a bit slow so far, but the story is progressing. I’m intrigued but not necessarily in love with it at this point so I’ll have to see how the remaining two-thirds go.

I also started reading Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Little House Read Along is skipping that book and going straight to On the Banks of Plum Creek for the April book but I can’t re-read the series without reading about Almanzo’s childhood.

On audio I’m still listening to Year Zero by Rob Reid and narrated by John Hodgman. I think I’m about halfway through but I’m not sure. It’s harder for me to gauge progress in a downloaded audio book than in one I rip from cds. This one is all kinds of wacky but fun. Aliens attempting to negotiate music rights because human music is the most blissful art form they know. Or they might just destroy Earth instead. Hodgman is excellent as the narrator of this one.

As for a graphic novel, I’m re-reading Saga before I have to return it to the library because it’s just that good.

Other than books and reading:

Last Sunday we ran the 5k portion of the Hop Hop Half and 5k. It was a chilly but dry morning on a mostly flat and nice course. It was mostly bike path along the Columbia River near the airport.

Sunrise at the Hop Hop 5k

Pretty sunrise as we arrived and a nice view both directions on the course.

Hop Hop 5k mimosas

After the race they gave us mimosas in commemorative champagne flutes (glass even, not plastic). When we were choosing a glass and saying something along the lines of “I’ll take this one because it’s got more in it.” The volunteer said “You can come back and get refills”. Well, Alrighty then.

Run Oregon Easter Bunny
Post Race Egg Decorating
The Easter theme continued with post race egg decorating and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. We’ll be watching for this race next year. We know we got lucky with the weather. It could have been wet and/or very windy. Even if the weather isn’t as good next time, it’s a nice course and mostly flat which is hard to do in the Portland area.

Spring seems to be finally happening around here. I’m glad.

Plum tree

I even caught the Easter Bunny out for a practice run while I was out walking the other day.

Easter Bunny?

My flowering cherry tree in the front yard is looking pretty good this year.
Flowering Weeping Cherry tree

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

>> Friday, March 29, 2013

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Series: #2 in the Little House series
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: originally 1935, this edition 1963
Pages: 335
Source: library

The Short Version:
The Ingalls family moves from the Big Woods of Wisconsin to the Prairies of the Indian Territory near Independence Kansas.

Why I Read It:
I’m thoroughly enjoying revisiting this series thanks to Lisa at Books. Lists. Life who organized the Little House Read-along.

The Book:
The Ingalls family leaves the Big Woods of Wisconsin and sets out in a covered wagon. After an adventurous trip and some dangerous times for the family dog, Pa Ingalls finds a spot he’s happy with for the family’s new home. They settle in, build a log cabin and begin to create a new home for themselves.

They get to know their neighbors and have some encounters with the Native Americans in the area and find themselves in danger from a prairie fire.

My Thoughts:
I am not going to worry about spoilers with this series.

Somehow in my memory of this series the whole moving to Indian Territory and then having to leave because it wasn’t really open for homesteading when Pa Ingalls plunked his family down on the prairie got completely lost. I had totally remembered going from the Big Woods straight to Plum Creek.

As the scenes of the book played out I remembered most of them individually but the background story of being in the Indian Territory and later having to leave wasn’t part of that memory.

I’m just going to post a few random thoughts that ran through my head as I read this

The scenes with the Indians and particularly Ma’s comments are now good opportunities for parents and children to discuss when reading this together. What may have been common attitudes at the time can be an excellent learning experience for today’s children. Historical fiction or (fictionalized autobiography in this case) is a wonderful gateway to teaching children about history and sparking their interest in learning more.

Poor Jack the Bulldog.

Pa is kind of a hothead. His reaction and anger when told that the land he’d assumed he could use was going to be set aside for the Indians was rather ironic.

Mr. Edwards of the books is so not big burly Victor French of the TV series.

Being out on the prairie all alone with neighbors not in sight took a lot of courage.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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Wordless Wednesday #180

>> Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms
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Touring my TBR Spreadsheet and Shelves – Reading Journals

>> Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Touring my TBR Spreadsheet and Shelves

Today I’m talking about something that is not on my bookshelves. A book or reading journal.

Are you a book journaler? I’m not. Actually I’m not a successful book journaler. The whole reason this blog even exists is because I liked it better than keeping a written book journal at the time I started it.

I looked at what seemed like a gazillion different pre-printed or formatted reading journals and didn't find anything I liked. I wanted to record what I read and my thoughts and digitally worked best for me. This blog started as my reading journal and has become much more.

As time goes on however, I find myself itching to put thoughts on paper in addition to all my digital records. In some ways it's just as notes and in others it's for formulating content for my reviews as I read.

I think my desire to get back to handwritten notes as I read is a result of the fact that I rarely read one book at a time now. I used to be strictly a monogamous reader. I'd read one book at a time and when it was finished move along to the next.
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Now I typically have anywhere from two to five books I’m in the middle of. There’s always at least one print and one audio book but lately I've also got a couple of chunksters or graphic novels that I’m reading sections of here and there. I want to be able to make notes as I go and sticking to purely digital formats like Google docs or phone apps just doesn't have that elegant feeling of putting pen to paper. Lately I've started keeping notes in a small spiral bound notebook and I like it. I’m going to go with this format for now but if I develop a habit for this I might look for some other style of blank book or notebook.

Do you take notes while you read? What format works well for you? Do you use a notebook or journal? Do you use post-its?

If you do keep a reading journal or notes what do you include?


Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear

>> Monday, March 25, 2013

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear
Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear

Genre: Mystery
Series: #10 in the Maisie Dobbs series
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 352
Source: egalley provided by the publisher

The Short Version:
Maisie Dobbs is at a crossroads in her career and personal life at the same time she is investigating a baffling case.

Why I Read It:
I have been a fan of the Maisie Dobbs series from the first book and am constantly on the lookout for the next in this wonderful series.

The Book:
The setting of London between the two world wars is a big part of my attraction to this series. It is a time of change for so many reasons. The economic issues, the changing role of women, the treatment of veterans and immigrants, the beginnings of signs of trouble to come in Germany are all parts of the world of Maisie Dobbs.

Maisie can drive me nuts at times and I usually find myself siding with her long time friend Priscilla when she sometimes not so gently gives Maisie a piece of her mind.

The murder case is at times the secondary story in this book because as much as Maisie’s circumstances have changed over the past few books, she is still facing major changes. Some of these are of her own doing and others are not. There are holdovers of storylines from the previous book and while I highly recommend this series, I do not recommend starting with this one or approaching it as a standalone.

Maisie has come a long way in ten books and where she’s headed now, only Jacqueline Winspear knows. I’ll be looking forward to finding out,

4 stars Rating 4/5


Weekend Update March 24, 2013

>> Sunday, March 24, 2013

Weekend Update

Since my last update:
I’m still reading The Silver Linings Playbook by Michael Quick. I’ll probably finish I today. I haven’t seen the movie and wanted to read the book first. I’m really enjoying the book and even though I already know the movie is different, I’m looking forward to seeing it once we make it to the top o fhte holds list at the library.

My current audiobook is Year Zero by Rob Reid and narrated by John Hodgman. I’m enjoying the heck out of this one It starts out with aliens visiting a New York copyright lawyer to navigate the world of music rights and only gets crazier from there.

I haven’t started a new graphic novel yet but probably will once I finish reading The Silver Linings Playbook. I also need to read Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder so that I can move on to the April book for the Little House Read Along.

Other than books and reading:

Last week I mentioned that I’d received my first order from Postal Pix of prints of my phone and Instagram photos.

Postal Pix on wall
I found a greata deal on frames and put a few up in our family room. I’m pleased with the results and will periodically swap out the photos I have on display.

This is what we’re up to today. The Hubster is running the 5k and I’m doing it with a mix of running and walking .
Hop Hop Half and 5k

I’m just looking forward to the mimosa after the race. It’s all about the rewards. Besides, the race shirts are too cute.
HHop Hop Half and 5k Shirts

Our neighbor’s plum tree is finally in bloom. I am amazed at how thick the blossoms are on this tree in the spring.
Plum Blossoms

And Abby is still a mess . . .

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Audiobook – The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters

>> Friday, March 22, 2013

The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters

The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters

Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: #11 in the Amelia Peabody series publication order, #13 in story chronology order
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2000 Recorded Books (Book originally published 1999)
Length: 15 hours, 23 minutes
Read by: Barbara Rosenblat
Source: Library

The Short Version:
In 1911 Egypt the extended Peabody-Emerson family may be too wrapped up in various intrigues and emotional dramas to actually get any archaeological excavation accomplished.

Why I Read It:
This is one of my go to audio series and I was due for another visit with Amelia Peabody and her family

The Book:
From the publisher:
The Land of the Pharaohs harbors more secrets than any tomb can hide.

In Egypt for the 1911 archaeological season, Amelia Peabody and her family are not anticipating trouble, but it finds them nonetheless. Their young friend David is accused of selling ancient artifacts, and it's up to the Emersons to expose the real culprit. But the body of an American discovered at the bottom of their excavation shaft and a child of mysterious antecedents are sparking twin crises that threaten to tear the family apart. Amelia brings her estimable powers of deduction to bear, but she might not survive long enough to unravel more than one perplexing puzzle—because suddenly someone is shooting bullets in her direction . . . and coming too close for comfort!

My Thoughts:
Note on series order: I read this one out of publication order because I’m reading the series in order of the story. You can find the chronology here.

I’m hesitant to say anything that will give away much related to ongoing storylines because there are some crucial things that happen in this book that will affect characters in future books.

I really enjoy the way that real people, events and places are such an integral part of these books. Howard Carter (who discovered King Tut’s tomb) as well as other prominent real people are integrated into the stories. It was fun to hear his financial sponsor Lord Carnarvon mentioned because we’d recently watched a special about Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey is filmed) and it’s the ancestral home of Lord Carnarvon. I love how all those little threads of unrelated information all meet up in the oddest of places and ways.

The mysteries in this one are typical of this series. There’s always trouble and or deaths that may interfere with the planned excavation and potentially endanger one or more members of the family. Amelia is sure she can figure out the truth and her husband is his usual blustery and gruff but with a soft side self. The younger generation of the family is really becoming more primary than secondary characters. As they have grown over the course of ht series it’s fun to see them taking more prominent roles.

As always there were plenty of moments that had me giggling as I was driving around listening to this. Typically these involve Amelia’s observations or wild theories but sometimes it’s just her general upbeat outlook.
The girl's eyes followed him with a dog-like adoration. I let out an inaudible sigh. So it was to be Ramses with this one. All the new female servants fell in love with my husband or my son, or both. It was only a minor inconvenience, since Emerson never noticed and Ramses was too well-brought-up to misbehave -- not in my house at any rate! -- but I did get tired of stumbling over misty-eyed females.
Ramses and Emerson had begun unpacking the boxes of books we had brought with us but had stopped midway as men always do, leaving books on the floor, on the chairs, and on the tables.
I went first to the little shelter I had caused to be set up nearby. I always make it a point to arrange a rug and a few chairs and a table and other modest comforts in a shady place so that we can retire to it for refreshment and occasional rest periods. Unnecessary discomfort is inefficient as well as foolish.

"Unnecessary discomfort is inefficient as well as foolish” may be my new motto,

Barbara Rosenblat narrates these books perfectly. She’s just seriously enough to be believable as the self-confident (sometimes overly so) Amelia. At the same time there’s just a hint of a wink in her voice to let the listener know that she’s smiling as she’s reading certain sections.

This continues to be one of my favorite series to experience via audio but you really need to start at the beginning with Crocodile on the Sandbank.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5 for the book

4 stars Rating 4/5 for the narration

SoundBytes is a weekly roundup of audio book reviews hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books.


Where in the World Are You Reading? - Bookishness Around Town

>> Thursday, March 21, 2013

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. Sadly this is the last month for this meme. It's been fun.

Trish is this month's host and the theme for March is Bookishness Around Town. You can read Trish's full post here
The Where in the World Are You Reading for March is a bit of an open topic: Bookishness Around Town. If you didn't participate in one of the earlier months and would love to show us your bookstores, go for it! Libraries or places where you love to read? Statues or bookish memorials around town? As long as it somehow ties into Bookishness or Reading, fit this month in however you wish and feel free to include bits that you've included in past months.
It only took me about three seconds after reading Trish’s post for me to decide what I was going to do for this month. It was that suggestion of “statues or bookish memorials around town”.

I’ve been wanting to head over to the other side of town to visit this for ages but never had a convenient reason (excuse). Thanks to Trish, for giving me a reason to go and take my camera with me. This first picture should give you a hint . . .

Klickitat Street

Did you guess Beverly Cleary's Books?

The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden, located on the west side of Grant Park in northeast Portland, consists of three bronze statues grouped around a splash fountain. The figures represent three beloved characters from children's author Beverly Cleary's books: Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Henry's dog Ribsy. Portland artist Lee Hunt created the statues. Granite plaques around the fountain are engraved with the titles of Beverly Cleary's books that are set in Portland. The sculpture garden was dedicated on October 13, 1995.
Cleary grew up in the neighborhood and played in Grant Park as a child, and many of the events in her books take place in the park and on neighboring streets. Klickitat Street, where Henry and his friends live, is located a few blocks north of the park.
Creating the sculpture garden took five years of fund-raising efforts. Co-chairs Heather Johnson, Doris Kimmel, and treasurer Jan Whelan led those efforts and managed the building of the site. Children all over the United States held penny drives to raise money, and contributions came from every state as well as several Canadian provinces. The sculpture garden is one of the few memorials in the United States dedicated to a children's author.

The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden

I devoured Beverly Cleary’s books when I was a kid and knew that the neighborhood she portrayed in the books was based on this neighborhood in NE Portland. I remember when the Sculpture Garden was dedicated but hadn’t actually been over there until now.

It’s showing some signs of age but it’s still a cool depiction of some favorite characters. The nearby elementary school has been renamed Beverly Cleary School. The fountains weren’t on when I was there this week but they’ll be back on in June.

There are statues of Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby and Henry’s dog Ribsy. It makes me sad that there’s not a statue of Beezus. I always felt most connected to Beezus.

There are tiles with book titles and quotes about the characters depicted in the statues. My photos of those didn’t turn out so I put the quotes in as captions.

Henry Huggins always reminded me a little bit of my brother. I think it was because of the paper route.
Henry Huggins Statue
“It was a warm night and the tennis courts and swimming pool were floodlighted . . . He passed the playground where he heard the children's shouts and the clank and clang of the rings and swings.”
--- Henry Huggins

Henry Huggins Statue (detail)

I love that Ramona is portrayed running with her rain boots on and her unfastened raincoat flying.
Ramona Quimby Statue
"Only grown-ups would say boots were for keeping feet dry. Anyone in kindergarten knew that a girl should wear shiny read or white boots on the first rainy day, not to keep her feet dry, but to show off. That's what boots were for -- showing off, wading, splashing, stamping."
-- Ramona the Pest

Ramona Quimby Statue (detail)

The Ribsy statue is well worn from kids sitting on his back. I've seen many photos of kids on this statue.
Ribsy Statue
"People liked Ribsy and Ribsy liked people. Ribsy was what you might call a well-adjusted dog."
-- Ribsy

Ribsy Statue (detail)

I hope you enjoyed a little tour of Beverly Cleary's Portland.

Check out the link to Trish's post above and see what other bookishness folks have found around town.


Wordless Wednesday #179

>> Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Relocating Sea Turtle Eggs 
(to protected area)
Ixtapa, Mexico

Relocating sea turtle eggs

Sea Turtle Conservation Information
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Y: The Last Man Vol 2: Cycles by Brian K. Vaughan

>> Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Y: The Last Man Vol 2: Cycles by Brian K. Vaughan

Y: The Last Man Vol 2: Cycles by Brian K. Vaughan with art by Pia Guerra

Genre: Science Fiction (Graphic Novel)
Series: #2 in the Y: The Last Man series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 128
Source: Library

The Short Version:
The only surviving male after a sudden plague is on the run with a bodyguard and a scientist who is trying to find out what happened and why he is still alive before some crazies kill him.

Why I Read It:
The first volume of this series quickly got me hooked and I checked out the next two from the library.

The Book:
This volume 1 is a compilation of issues 6-10 of the comic series.
From the Publisher:

It's 2002, and a plague of unknown origin has killed all of the male mammals on Earth-all except an amateur escape artist named Yorick Brown and his surly helper monkey, Ampersand.

As the last remaining &-chromosome carriers on the planet, Yorick and his pet hold the fate of humanity in their hands. To ensure the survival of the species, they've teamed up with a gun-toting government agent and the world's premier bioengineer to discover the secret behind the plague. But while they ride the rails across a radically transformed America, the man-hating Daughters of the Amazon are right behind them-and an unplanned stopover in the seemingly utopian town of Marrisville, Ohio may mean the end of the line for the Last Man.

My Thoughts:
I am becoming a big fan of Brian K. Vaughan. His stories are interesting and have quite a bit of humor which I enjoy. The artwork in this series is not as visually stunning as the art in Saga but it tells its part of the story adequately.

Yorick is kind of a doofus at times but he’s also pretty funny. The time setting of this story in the ‘possible near future’ makes it interesting to me to see how Vaughan and Guerra portray the way present day people could possibly react to the scenario they imagine. To me that makes it less of a science fiction story and perhaps more of something I can read in with a ‘how in the heck would I react’ mindset.

It’s a fun series in a “what if” kind of way and the mix of action, humor and occasional interesting takes on feminism, relationships and gender roles keeps things interesting. I already have the next in the series out from the library and will be reading it soon.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5


Weekend Update March 17, 2013

>> Sunday, March 17, 2013

Weekend Update

Since my last update:
I actually finished some books this week. I finished Envy the Night by Michael Koryta. It doesn't have the supernatural elements of some of his standalones and is more of a straight up crime fiction type of suspense thriller. I really enjoyed it but I also admit that I’m predisposed to like anything he writes.

Last night I started The Silver Linings Playbook by Michael Quick. I haven’t seen the movie and wanted to read the book first. I've just barely started it but I’m enjoying it already. My only complaint is that the library copy I got is the movie tie-in cover. I hate movie tie-in covers. I don’t like images from the movies to interfere with my brain creating images based on what the author tells me. I’ll get over it. I just had to publicly pout for a minute.

Yesterday I had a road trip for a get together with some friends so I had a lot of audiobook time. I finished listening to The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters. This is such a fun series. I highly recommend the audio versions to just about anyone. It’s light historical fiction set in Victorian era Egypt and England. Amelia Peabody and her family are such great characters and Barbara Roseblat performs all of them wonderfully. (they do need to be read in order).

My new audiobook is Year Zero by Rob Reid and narrated by John Hodgman. It starts out with aliens visiting a New York copyright lawyer to navigate the world of music rights. I've heard that this one is a bit of a wild ride and from the first hour or so I can tell I’m in for an interesting listen.

I finally got caught up on writing my graphic novel reviews so I can give myself permission to start another one. I think I’m going to re-read Saga though before I have to take it back to the library. I've got the 4th book in the Fables series on my shelf for my next graphic novel after that.

Other than books and reading:

I got my first order from Postalpix yesterday and I have to say I’m pleased. It’s a reasonably priced way to get prints of phone and Instagram photos. Now that I’m taking so many photos that way I want to be able to display some of my favorites without spending a fortune.

I’m going to get a handful of 5x7 and 5x5 frames to put up on some shelves we have and rotate what photos I have out. I got 16 prints for $19 (including shipping) and I’m quite pleased with the quality.

As mentioned I had a road trip yesterday. The weather was a little bit of everything but on the way home the mix of showers, clearing and time of day meant lots of rainbows. No pot of gold though.

While I was gone yesterday The Hubster revived the cats’ favorite scratching post. They had pretty much shredded this one in less than a year and we hated to toss it out and buy a whole new one. It wasn't easy to find but he managed to hunt down a source where he could buy the woven sisal fabric and he replaced the fabric yesterday for a lot less than a new scratching post would have cost and without having to dispose of an old one.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


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