booking through thursday

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What book would you love to see turned into a movie?

(Yes, with the understanding that it would be everything you hoped it could be, doing justice to the story, the characters, the writer’s vision, and so on. Not a hatchet-job horror.)

The most recent book I finished, Still Life With Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen, is my choice. I liked the book's setting and characters. And because the main character is a photographer I felt like it was a visually rich book.

finished reading

I really liked this book. It's the story of Rebecca Winter, age sixty, reflecting on her life as a once-renowned photographer. Her life is at a crossroads and she takes an unexpected path. Although I am not at all like Rebecca, I understand her. I appreciated how the setting caused her vulnerability. How a somewhat jaded and formerly feted woman is lost in the wilds. I liked the secondary characters, too. And I'm not sure which romance I appreciate more--the dog, Jack, or Jim.

This is the June selection for my book group and I'm looking forward to discussing it. There's much to talk about.


doctor, doctor, gimme the news...

I don't know how I've managed this--but I'm down 13 pounds since December. My blood pressure is great. My blood work is great. I'm great.

w.w.w. wednesday

MizB at A Daily Rhythm has made some changes to her weekly meme line up and W.W.W. Wednesdays is no longer a weekly meme. But I love this meme and am going to continue it on my own.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading Still Life With Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen and finally started The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizingby Marie Kondo. and I'm listening to As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes.

• What did you recently finish reading? A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall, it was a confection of a book!

• What do you think you’ll read next? I'm not sure!


ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is 10 Things You Did This Weekend.

1) Friday, after school I went to the track meet qualifying event thing. I don't know what it's actually called, but they were qualifying for states. I snapped quite a few photos with my students.

2) Saturday morning I had a manicure.

3) I did my weekly marketing after the manicure.

4) And I gassed up the car and checked the oil. After brushing off the snow. I know, right? Snow in May????

5) I went to lunch at my favorite cafe, Cafe Sorpresso and had a fabulous meal.

6) I finished reading a book.

7) Sunday I went on a little road trip with my niece for lunch at Grammy's restaurant.

8) I got my laundry done.

9) Took care of my neighbor's cat all weekend.

10) Monday I hung out with my parents for a few hours, it was warm enough to sit on the screened in porch!


musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• I’m currently reading…
• Up next I think I’ll read…
• I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
• I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I can’t wait to get a copy of…
• I wish I could read ___, but…
• I blogged about ____ this past week…

This week’s random question: Where is the strangest place you’ve ever read a book? OR… Where is the strangest place you’ve ever found a crazy-good book, unexpectedly?

When I was in Barcelona, I discovered a small bookstore in the old part of the city; the only book in English was Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire. I spent the rest of the day at a cafe with my nose in the book. Not only was it better than I expected, it was atmospheric and the book truly came alive for me.


sunday stealing

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Sunday Stealing: Very Much Questions Meme

1. What was the last clothing item that you bought? This pair of Land's End shorts

2. If you could stay one age forever, what age would you choose? I enjoyed being 30

3. When you say “lol”, are you really laughing? usually

4. What is the most interesting thing you’ve done in the past year? probably hand-knitting everyone's Christmas gifts, I started early!

5. If you started a business, what would it be? personal shopping

6. Do your friends/family/coworkers know about your blog? I don't try to keep it secret or anonymous, but I don't blather on about it

7. How long does it take you to write an average blog post? 20 minutes or so

8. How do you keep up with the blogs you follow? I try to visit them every day

9. What is your bedtime? usually around 9 or 9:30 with lights out

10. Introvert or extrovert? introverted extrovert

11. What is your biggest wish? that the next few weeks aren't too stressful

12. What is the best job you ever had? this one

13. Dog person/cat person/both/neither? dogs

14. If you had $1,000 to spend any way you wanted, what would you do with it? I would take a trip for my birthday

15. How do you “dress” your toast? I like it buttered with either mixed fruit jelly, strawberry jelly, or marmalade

16. How do you feel about snow? I am not a fan

17. What was the worst job you ever had? working at a garage, when I would have to measure the underground tanks with a huge dipstick

18. What song can you not stop listening to? Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

19. Love your name or hate it? love it

20. How did you choose your blog/twitter handle? my students christened me with it


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.


just finished reading...

A fluffy confection of a novel. There really isn't much to complain about because there's not much to it. It's fun. I would say it's a YA.

From the publisher:
An irresistibly sweet romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints.

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together.

Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it.

no joke

saturday 9

Battle Hymn Of The Republic

1) This recording was made live at St. Patrick's Cathedral, during Sen. Robert Kennedy's funeral. (Hear it here.) While both of Bobby's older brothers were decorated war heroes, he served too -- enlisting in the Navy in 1943. Are you a veteran? Are there veterans in your family? (We are grateful and want to hear about it.) my brothers-in-law were both stationed at Loring Air Force Base (nearby). One served six years, the other retired a couple of years ago. I am proud of both of them.

2) Memorial Day also kicks off the summer season. What's your favorite picnic food? potato chips

3) Name a scent that reminds you of someone special in your life. the scent of clove reminds me of my mother, as does Merle Norman cosmetics; Youth Dew reminds me of my grandmother; Drakkar Noir reminds me of "the one that got away"

4) When was the last time you had your hair cut or trimmed? about a month ago

5) Crazy Sam runs on Dunkin'. Are you loyal to a particular brand of coffee? I am loyal to Dunkin'

6) If money was no object, what home improvement would you like to make this summer? I would have the whole place painted and redecorated, it would be nice to have some new furniture

7) What was the last thing you bought purely for your own enjoyment? lunch today

8) When was the last time you rode a bike? oh, dear lord, I have no idea

9) Sam worries that many of her song selections reflect her decidedly Baby Boomer sensibilities. Is there a song or a performer that you'd like to see featured in a Saturday 9 this summer? Annie Lennox, Elvis Costello, Jason Mraz, Talking Heads, Billy Joel, John Denver, Adele, Sam Smith, Bon Iver, Ed Sheeran, Florence & the Machine, Imagine Dragons, The Fray, and Hozier... phew!


friday 5

Mail Order

  1. What is your most recently mail-ordered item?
  2. I just got a sweater I ordered online, does that count?
  3. What’s a catalog you’ve always wanted to order from but never have?
  4. jjill
  5. What is physically the largest item you ever mail-ordered?
  6. I think it was my luggage set
  7. What catalogs do you still receive in the actual mail?
  8. I get several clothing catalogs--like Land's End and LL Bean
  9. What are some obscure or unusual catalogs you’ve received?
  10. nothing comes to mind other than Bas Bleu