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just finished reading

I read this for a book group. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have finished it. It was predictable. The characters were flat and cliche. I wasn't interested in the setting or the plot. I gave it a "meh."

From the publisher:
On the bottom of the icy sea off Nantucket lies the battered remains of the Italian luxury liner, Andrea Doria. But few know that within its bowels rests a priceless pre-Columbian antiquity—a treasure that now holds the key to a puzzle that is costing people their lives. For Kurt Austin, the leader of a courageous National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA) exploration team, the killing begins when he makes a daring rescue of a beautiful marine archaeologist. The target of a powerful Texas industrialist named Halcon, Nina Kirov was attacked off the coast of Morocco after her discovery of a carved stone head that may prove Christopher Columbus was not the first European to discover America.

Soon Kurt and Nina embark on a deadly mission to uncover Halcon's masterful plan—an insidious scheme that would have him carve out a new nation from the southwest United States and Mexico, and ride to power on a wave of death and destruction. With Austin's elite NUMA crew attacking the murderous conspiracy from different sides, an extraordinary truth emerges; that Columbus may have made a fifth, unknown voyage to America in search of a magnificent treasure. And that the silent, steel hull of the Andrea Doria not only holds the answer to what the explorer may have found—but the fate of the United States itself.

always learning

What have you learned today?

I learned a lot about using Google Classroom and Drive. We had a department workshop day from 8:30-1. And now I need a nap.

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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 is currently on your TBR pile?

The two books I'm going to read next are Cinnamon & Gunpowder by Eli Brown and The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. Both are book group selections.


simple pleasure

Simple pleasure:

This picture has two: puppies and naps!

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sunday stealing

Thank you, Bud, for allowing me to host Sunday Stealing. I appreciate my time at the helm but am glad you're back!

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The "Doing Questions Like It's 2003" Meme

1. Tell us about your pets. If you don’t have one, share why you don’t. my landlord doesn't allow pets--however, I get to pamper my parents' dog, Maggie, and treat her like she's my dog

2. Name three things that are close to you. tv remote, iPhone, tissue box

3. How was the weather for your summer? it was perfect--rainy overnight, no days above 85 degrees, and mostly sunny

4. What was the last film you saw? Did you like it? I saw Florence Foster Jenkins and thought it was great fun.

5. Tell us about the last trip that you took. I took a road trip to central Maine last weekend--my bestie had a meeting to attend so I was unsupervised for several hours and I went all over Target, had a pedicure, and hit up the mall

6. Where do you buy groceries? Why? Graves' Shop'n Save and I am loyal to that store because they were very good to me when I worked for them for 9+ years

7. Tell us something that you did today. Or will do if you haven’t had your morning coffee yet. I went to get morning coffee at Dunkin'

8. Have you pulled an all-nighter? one of the saddest parts of getting older is that I can no longer pull all-nighters. I used to regularly stay up all night reading or listening to music but now I just can't do it

9. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi & Coke? I think Pepsi is sweeter than Coke, and I prefer the tang of Coke

10. Tell us about your siblings. How many and what do they do? I have three older sisters: local sister works at the hospital in the pharmacy, Pennsylvania sister has a daycare, Virginia sister is the liturgy specialist for her diocese

11. What’s the oldest thing that you own? I have a chest of drawers that is considered antique


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.

Email your secret in this format to: frank@postsecret.com


rainy days are made for...

The best part of a rainy day:

And a nap.  Definitely a nap.

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saturday 9

One Night in Bangkok

1) This song is from the play Chess. It's been said that the most successful players are fluid in their thinking. Do you consider yourself flexible or set in your ways? I am a flexible thinker

2) Nigel Short, a real-life chess grandmaster, used to wear a t-shirt that said, "He who cares, wins." Do you always play to win? Or do you play board/card games or sports for the fun of it? I am a freakishly competitive person when it comes to board or card games

3) The singer is in Bangkok for an important tournament. He maintains that he doesn't mind missing the sights and dismisses Bangkok is just another "crowded, polluted stinking town." Do you find big cities exciting? Or do you think of them as noisy and dirty? After the excitement of being in a big city wears off, I find them noisy and dirty

4) Air pollution has reached serious levels Bangkok. Do you suffer from allergies, asthma or another condition that could be aggravated by pollution? nope

5) To reduce traffic, commuters travel through Bangkok on ferries that make regularly scheduled trips up and down the Chao Phraya River. When was your last boat ride? It was a ferry to Chebeague Island to visit a dear friend

6) Round trip airfare between ATL and BKK is $1750. If we gave you a travel voucher for that dollar amount, how would you spend it? I would head to Europe--I want to see Italy and a return trip to Ireland

7) The Holiday Inn Express in Bangkok has a McDonald's onsite. When you go somewhere new, do you find it comforting to be surrounded by what's familiar? Or would you prefer to try new things? I find it comforting to see the familiar but I like trying new places, I rarely go to the same place twice when visiting a city

8) One of Bangkok's most popular restaurants is DID, which stands for Dine in Dark. The dining room at DID is 100% light free -- cell phones must be stored in the lobby to avoid distracting from the experience -- so customers eat their four course meal without seeing it. This heightens the diner's sense of taste and smell. When you prepare a meal, do you put a great deal of care into its presentation? I do not often prepare full meals, so no, I don't put any effort into it

9) Random question: Think about your last professionally prepared meal. Did you dine in, carry out, or have it delivered? I had carry out--a ceasar salad with grilled steak


3 good thoughts

Three good thoughts:

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friday 5

  1. What would you like right now to be coated with?
  2. a snuggly warm blanket
  3. What’s something you recently slathered on something else?
  4. I slathered peanut butter on bread
  5. What’s something you purchased recently whose purpose is to cover something?
  6. I bought a shirt
  7. What do your current bed linens look like?
  8. they are red and white paisley
  9. Under what circumstances did you last wear some kind of gloves?
  10. it was winter


no worries

One thing not to worry about:

I about came unglued today. A colleague kept my student after class to work on a quiz making the student miss half of my class. And I lost my shit. Seriously. I wanted to say something snarky to the student when he finally made it to class, but I realized it wasn't his fault he was late--it was my colleague's fault. I was so wound up about it. I couldn't believe the arrogance and thoughtlessness. I mean, we're about to go on a two-week break from school and everyone wants to finish up content.

Which is a long-winded way of getting to the prompt: I will not worry about losing my shit because I did not take my frustrations out on my students. I did not speak about the situation with my classes. I did not gossip about it.

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booking through thursday

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In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. But how about books? Does where a book is set affect your reading choices? Are you more or less likely to read books set in places you know or love?

I do have a fondness for books set in Ireland--so I tend to add them to my TBR rather than skipping over them. Otherwise, I like books set on planet Earth. I'm not fond of sciency-fiction set in alternate realities or on other planets.

Thinking about this some more, I read Maine authors to support them. Think Cathie Pelletier, Elizabeth Strout, Stephen King, and a few others.


yarn along

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

Knitting a test knit called End Of Summer Infinity Cowl and listening to Born Standing Up by Steve Martin.


A way to relax:

Knitting. Reading. Playing on the internet. Watching TV.

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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 Serpent by Clive Cussler (for my library book group) and listening to H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

• What did you recently finish reading? I finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne (and was mildly disappointed).

• What do you think you’ll read next? I need to re-read Cinnamon & Gunpowder by Eli Brown for my book group.

what really matters

What really matters...

Being true to myself. It has taken me a very long time to accept that this is the physical body I'm in. I'm not going to fight with myself because of my weight or my stature. Physically, I am who I am. Emotionally, I've worked hard to get to where I am now. I've learned a lot about what makes me happy and not so happy--and what to do with those feelings. And I've learned what works for me when I get stressed and anxious.

Being independent and fierce is what really matters.

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