friday 5

  1. What’s something you have a love-hate relationship with?
  2. money
  3. What’s an issue you’ve teeter-tottered on?
  4. the candidate conventions
  5. What was the topic of your most memorable back-and-forth with someone?
  6. morals
  7. In personal and professional relationships, which end of the give-and-take do you seem to do more of?
  8. personally, getting; professionally, giving
  9. Which of your recent days was the most up-and-down?
  10. I had an emotional day a week ago, Tuesday


booking through thursday

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What genre do you avoid reading and why? From the archives.

I avoid Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I don't like the made up names and places. I'm surprised I enjoyed Harry Potter, but I loved it! I don't read much religious based fiction. I don't read many historical romances, I prefer the rom-com style chick lit. I used to read a lot of horror fiction but I haven't read much in the past decade.

happy days are here again!

It is time, once again, for the August Happiness Challenge! Thanks to The Gal Herself!

Here's a brief explanation of the Challenge:
"Each day in August you are to post about something that makes *you* happy. Pretty simple. And, it doesn't even have to be every day if you don't want it to be. It's a great way to remind ourselves that there are positive things going on in our lives, our communities, and the world."


yarn along

Join in every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting and reading too!

Knitting Azzu's Shawl, the first of my Christmas knitting, while listening to Tana French's Broken Harbor.

w.w.w. wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived here on Taking on a World of Words.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek and listening to Broken Harbor by Tana French.

• What did you recently finish reading? I read Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline. I'm listening to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda!

• What do you think you’ll read next? The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood for my book group.


ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is 10 Ways to Beat the Heat.

I'm not a fan of hot, sweltery summer; nor a fan of frigid winter. I keep telling myself this won't last.

1) Sit by the fan.

2) Go someplace air conditioned, like the movies.

3) Knit by the fan.

4) Read by the fan.

5) Nap.

6) Drink lots of water.

7) Enjoy iced coffee.

8) Ice cream!

9) Go for a drive.

10) Put a cool washcloth on the back of my neck.


just finished reading

There are a lot of story lines that are dealt with head on: a sibling in prison, a love of literature, PTSD from serving in a war, family dynamics, and finding yourself. It's set in 1987, which allows for a bit of innocence because of the lack of technology. And the LGBTQ aspects of the story are beautifully handled.

I loved the characters of Ari and Dante. Actually, all the characters are complex. I loved that the parents weren't idiots, absent, or stereotypes.

From the publisher:
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

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: What’s your most favorite “chunky” book? (over 500 pages)

Stephen King's The Stand and 11/22/63 are two favorite chunkies.


sunday stealing

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The Beach Boys' Meme

1. SURFER GIRL : “I have watched you on the shore, standing by the ocean drawer, do you love me do you surfer girl” Were you ever interested in someone (other than a celebrity) who did not return your interest? oh, of course

2. BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL : “So be true to your school now, just like you would for your girl or guy…” Looking back, how do you feel about your high school days? I had an awesome tribe of friends

3. FUN FUN FUN : “…and she’ll have fun fun fun till her daddy takes the T-Bird away…” What was the worst punishment you received as a teenager? oh, uhm... being grounded from the telephone and going out

4. I GET AROUND : “Round round get around, I get around” Where did you go on your last long trip? define long... probably Central Maine

5. HELP ME RHONDA : “You gotta help me Rhonda, help me get her off of my mind” What do you do to cheer up after a personal tragedy such as a lost job, power outage or broken relationship? I buy yarn or books or both

6. CALIFORNIA GIRLS : “I wish they all could be California girls. The west coast has the sunshine and the girls there get so tan, I dig a French bikini on Hawaiian island dolls, by a palm tree in the sand” Where are the best boys found? who knows?

7. SLOOP JOHN B : “I wanna go home, please let me go home, ya ya. Well this is the worst trip, I’ve ever been on…” What is the worst trip you’ve ever been on? probably the return journey from my oldest niece's Pennsylvania wedding, the weather was crappy and we were tired of each other

8. WOULDN’T IT BE NICE : “I guess the more we talk about it, it makes it harder just to live without it, but let’s talk about it…” What is your biggest wish? adventure

9. IN MY ROOM : “There’s a place where I can go and tell my secrets to. In my room. In my room.” What is your favorite thing about your own personal room or space in your home/office? it's mine

10. GOD ONLY KNOWS : “You never need to doubt it, I’ll make you so sure about it. God only knows what I feel about you” When was the last time you told a significant other or close relative that you loved them? I told my Breakfast Club that I love them last week

11. GOOD VIBRATIONS : “My baby has good vibrations, she’s giving me excitations…” When do you get good vibrations? when I wake up knowing I'm on vacation

12. KOKOMO : “We’ll go to Kokomo. We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow. That’s where I wanna go…” What is your favorite warm weather destination? visiting my sisters in VA and PA, although I have very fond memories of Aruba

13. DO IT AGAIN : “Let’s get back together and do it again…” If you could go back in time and gather up your school friends, what would you do again? oh, my! Just having the whole gang together again would be a riot! We really had fun!

finished reading

I love this author. She writes about real people. Flawed people. And in this book, the setting of Bangor, Maine, is evocative of the actual city. Maybe that's why I felt connected to the people. I thought it was interesting how Kathryn becomes frozen in time, unable to process the loss of her best friend. It shades every relationship and situation she is in, even after ten years.

From the publisher:
On the night of her high school graduation in 1986, Kathryn Campbell's best friend, Jennifer, vanished without a trace. It's been ten years since then, but Kathryn still feels the conspicuous void in her life - and the nagging, guilty sense that she has failed her friend.

When a divorce sends Kathryn reeling back to the Maine town where she grew up, the young journalist finds herself face-to-face with her past. At twenty-eight, she's been living for far too long on memories and questions; now she needs to take a hard look at her own life at the same time that she is delving into the mystery of what happened to her friend.

As she explores the seemingly random series of events that led up to Jennifer's disappearance, a pattern slowly begins to take shape. All the puzzle pieces are at her fingertips - it's a matter of whether Kathryn can put them together in a way that makes sense. As she faces her own fear and grief, she is finally able to come to terms with the ways in which the loss of her friend has shaped her life and the lives of those who knew her. In the process, Kathryn realizes that if she is ever going to understand the circumstances of Jennifer's disappearance, she is going to have to expose herself to the same risks and dangers. Ultimately, Kathryn's quest to find out the truth becomes a quest to save her own life as she races against time to keep Jennifer's fate from becoming hers.


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.


saturday 9

Surf City

1) When the song was written, "Surf City" was a fictitious town.* Tell us a song that is set in a real place. the first thing that came to mind is "Oklahoma" where the wind comes sweepin' down the plains

2) In the song, Jan and Dean sing about riding around in a 1934 station wagon, which means the car was 29 years old when the song was recorded. How old is your vehicle? I've owned it for three weeks and it's a 2014

3) Are you good on a surf board? I have never tried

4) When you spend time out in the sun, are you careful about applying sunscreen? very, I'm a fair-skinned red heard

5) Dean's original partner was Arnie Ginsburg. When Dean was drafted into the Army, Arnie didn't feel like waiting so he abandoned show business and went back to college. Today he holds several patents. What is something you wish someone would invent? self cleaning apartment

6) Jan was a perpetual student who juggled college with recording. He not only graduated from UCLA, he completed two years of medical school at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Have you ever considered going back to school? I have, but I won't

7) In 1966, Jan was sidelined by a serious car accident. During the years that he was unable to perform, partner Dean became a graphic artist. He designed logos and album covers for Steve Martin, Diana Ross and others. Do you feel you respond most to words, pictures, or music? probably pictures, I've been moved to tears while visiting museums

8) In 1978, CBS made a TV movie about Jan and Dean. If they approached you about a made-for-TV movie of your life, who would you like to play you? Melissa McCarthy

9) Random question: Growing up, how did you learn about the birds and the bees? (From books/the web, from parents, from your friends...) my older sisters and their friends

*Huntington Beach changed it's name to Surf City in the 1990s.