MONDAY POTPOURRI: WEEKEND STUFF & REMEMBERING 9/11…

Yesterday was a day of enjoying appetizers and a drink at a nearby restaurant, and then heading to the movies.  I saw Home Again, with Reese Witherspoon…and it wasn’t mind-blowing, but there were pretty scenes, like the homes of the characters.

While munching and drinking, though, I started reading my NetGalley review book The Best Kind of People, by Zoe Whittall, a story that tells about a local schoolteacher who is arrested, leaving his family to wrestle with the possibility of his guilt, in this exquisite novel about loyalty, truth, and happiness.

 

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I didn’t get far into the book, just far enough to watch the teacher be arrested…and I was eager to keep going, but the movie was starting.

Then when I left the theater, I had to go to the grocery store.  At home, I put away my goodies and turned on Netflix to continue watching Nurse Jackie.  I loved that series when I saw it on Showtime, and it was great seeing it again.

Then my Blu-Ray player froze.  I tried rebooting it, but nothing.

This morning I went online and tried a few other things, like unplugging everything…and it’s back.  Whew!  Meanwhile, I finished watching some episodes last night by hooking my laptop up to my bedroom TV.   And contemplated having to do that from here on out…because I’m not buying another Blu-Ray.

My next purchase will be a Smart TV, so I don’t have to deal with these individual electronics.

So…I am glad it is working again, as I’m not ready for that purchase.  But it was cozy watching in my bedroom…once I moved the laptop and hooked everything up.  My bedroom has been completely rearranged since I took this photo (below), but the idea of it is the same.

 

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So…the weekend is over and a new week looms.  Today is September 11, so many people are remembering that day sixteen years ago.  So many things have happened in the world since then…and not so many good things.  But we do have to go on.

What does your week look like?  What about your weekend?

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: QUIRKINESS, ETC.

Welcome to another quirky day.  Above, see my DIL Gabi, up a tree.  Yes, and she’s not even a little bit scared.  My son Craig was afraid for her, however, since he can’t imagine doing such a thing himself.

Speaking of quirky…here is Fiona in a new photo…and it took me a moment to see her “friends.”  Do you see them?

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Now I’m off to continue reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo…not at all quirky, but definitely intriguing.

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What are you doing today?  I know that I’m not the least interested in the solar eclipse…not on the path, and not going there.  Enjoy!

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: A SURPRISING SUNDAY….

My plan for yesterday came together beautifully! 

Yes, I feared that going out of the neighborhood to a movie theater that is not near any restaurants might make the whole experience less than enjoyable.

I was wrong!

I stopped at a restaurant along the way (Chili’s), where the server was wonderful about customizing my salad.  Their menu selection was a huge salad…so, instead, she fixed up a small salad with grilled chicken and dressing on the side (See the photo above).

At the theater, I found another surprise.  I hadn’t been to this theater in years (two or three?), and now they have seat selection, wide aisles, and reclining seats.  Yes, many theaters are changing over, but I expected my neighborhood one to change before others.

The movie.  Wow!  Sam Elliott did not disappoint, and what could have been a morose story about an aging actor (Lee Hayden) who hasn’t done anything memorable in years…turned into a musing journey, with humorous moments, and flashbacks to the past that unfolded in a surreal kind of kaleidoscope.

The film revealed a lovely setting on the California coast line and a home that overlooks it all…and a few views of the city (LA, probably).

I always enjoy Laura Prepon (from OITNB), with her snarky wit, and it was great to catch a glimpse of Katharine Ross (from The Graduate) as the ex-wife.  Krysten Ritter (from Breaking Bad, etc.) was perfect as the disillusioned daughter who has felt abandoned by her father, and is now reluctant to reconnect.

A Sundance movie…that explains a lot about how enjoyable it was, IMO.  Anything with Redford’s prints on it can’t be disappointing.

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So after a wonderfully delightful day, I went home to watch several episodes of Offspring, Season 6.   With a quirky dysfunctional family, this Australian show has been addictive for me since its beginning.

What does your week hold for you?  Just to tempt you, here’s the dessert I had yesterday…after my salad.   I took the Debbie Macomber book along, as my Kindle power needed charging…and I didn’t have time to do it before I left.

 

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: MUSINGS….

Visit The Purple Booker to participate in this fun event.

 

 

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

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 WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: What is your favorite spot to read during the summer?

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I was scrolling through Amazon titles earlier and stumbled upon the newest book coming from Chris Bohjalian:  The Flight Attendant, to be released on March 18, 2018.  Yes, a long wait!  But well worth it, I think.

 

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police – she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home – Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, The Flight Attendant unveils a spellbinding story of memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home.

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Summer reading is best accomplished indoors, with the AC on, since it’s very hot here.  Here’s a place I’ve enjoyed reading lately:  in my office, curled up, with the TV on in the background (muted).

 

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What are you musing about today?

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: DREAMING OF THE BEACH….

After my weekend at the beach for my daughter’s wedding, I started remembering other beach getaways, like this one (above) last summer.  My youngest son and his wife have been living there in the far north for almost three years, and now are on their third residence.  The most recent one is a cottage a block away from the beach.  Quaint, but cozy, I am feeling it, and planning my own trip up north. 

In this view, we can see a cozy living room, with a glimpse of the kitchen on the right.  They always seem to pick houses with nice big kitchens.

 

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Another view of the kitchen:

 

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Their guest room is now in use, but soon it will be available, I’m told.  I don’t think I want to go until summer, however, since then I will be eager to escape the burning hot Central Valley sun.

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Meanwhile, I am reading away, sometimes beach books, but today I’m just beginning A Separation (e-book), by Katie Kitamura.

 

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This is her story. About the end of her marriage. About what happened when Christopher went missing and she went to find him. These are her secrets, this is what happened…

A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: it’s time for them to separate. For the moment it’s a private matter, a secret between the two of them. As she begins her new life, she gets word that Christopher has gone missing in a remote region in the rugged south of Greece; she reluctantly agrees to go look for him, still keeping their split to herself. In her heart, she’s not even sure if she wants to find him. As her search comes to a shocking breaking point, she discovers she understands less than she thought she did about her relationship and the man she used to love.

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The writing style of the author is a bit confusing, since she doesn’t seem to use quotation marks for dialogue.  But I’m getting used to it.

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What are planning/reading on this Monday?

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: A RECLUSIVE DAY…

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It’s Monday, and it’s a holiday, but that doesn’t affect me much these days.  However, it means there will be no mail delivery…so I can stay home all day long!  Except…I do need a couple of things from the store.

My bed is made….so I guess I won’t be crawling back into it…although I was very tempted to do so today.

Maybe I’ll just run over to Target, just around the corner, instead of that extra mile to Save Mart.  LOL.

I love getting new bedding…not long ago, I got some new sheets I enjoy...

 

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…and now I have the quilt, at the top of the post.  It is also reversible.  I didn’t have to go out and shop for it, either.  I found it on Amazon.

Am I turning into a recluse?

Probably not completely, as I’ve posted several photos of me eating at The Elephant Bar, Marie Callender’s, etc.

 

 

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Earlier in the month, I went to my daughter’s house to celebrate Noah’s fourteenth birthday.  Now all of my grandchildren are either teenagers or twenty-somethings (Millennials).

 

 

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When did we start identifying people by the era in which they come of age?  Well, I do love being a Baby Boomer, which makes me feel special and privileged..LOL; except when I see those ads on TV that warn us we might be silent carriers of Hep C.  What’s that all about?

Enough said.

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Reading.  I am loving The Orphan’s Tale, and even though I had heard raves about it from other bloggers, I wasn’t so sure.  I am not really into circuses.  But the era pulled me in.  So I’m almost finished…and I’m glad I ignored my biases about the Big Tent.

 

 

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So back to reading…and catching up on DVR movies.  What are you enjoying this week?

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: OVERCOMING HOLIDAY RELUCTANCE…

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Welcome to a “snowy” Christmassy Monday!

This blog has a history of rain and snow themes.  Check out the URL.  The snowy cabin above belongs to my niece Amy, who lives with her husband and three kids in the mountains nearby.  Where it snows.

With Christmas coming soon, I had thoughts of not decorating.  I usually bring out the decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving…and I didn’t do that.  But does that mean I’m not going to share my Christmas decor?

No…today I decided that I would bring out a couple of things.  So I grabbed a bin and started.  But, unbeknownst to me, the spirit of Christmas enveloped me, even as I slowly brought the holiday to life.  While I didn’t go all out, I did just enough.  For me.  So I won’t have a giant chore to do afterwards, putting everything back.

The dining room nook features one of my miniature trees that has the framed photos of the grandchildren.  And take a peek at the gingerbread bear on the middle cupboard.

 

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Now check out the long view, with another tree on the dining room table by the window.   This one has Coca Cola ornaments, in addition to Elvis and Betty Boop, and other 1950s mementos.

 

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The table between the two sofas showcases the little “fake” Poinsettia.

 

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In this view of the dining room table, catch a glimpse of the Candy Cane bear on the other cupboard.

 

 

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Warm the hearth with Christmas Nutcrackers.

 

 

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The wreath brings the holiday to my decorative metal wall hanging.

 

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Let’s all get into the spirit…even those of us, like me, who started out somewhat reluctantly.  What do you like to do to bring your home into the season?

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: ANOTHER DAY OF MUSING…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s time to muse!  Join Jenn and the gang at Books and a Beat.

Here are some topics:

 

  • 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)

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I finally started reading Flight Patterns, by Karen White, which I’ve had for a while…but for whatever reason, other books got ahead of it in the queue.

 

 

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Glass and coauthor of The Forgotten Room tells the story of a woman coming home to the family she left behind—and to the woman she always wanted to be…

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Sometimes going home is painful, but it can also be a healing time.  I have always enjoyed Karen White’s books, since the very first ones I read a few years ago, the Tradd Street books.

Have you read her?  What did you think?

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Liberty is standing guard over my bookshelves….she is my mascot.

 

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: MUSINGS

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Welcome to Monday, a new beginning, and a time to muse about books.  Join Jenn, at Books and a Beat, and check out these topics:

 

  • 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: Name a book that was turned into a movie, and completely desecrated (in your opinion).

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I am currently reading a NetGalley e-ARC that will be released tomorrow!  Usually, I am more ahead of the game, but I had written down the wrong release date.  At any rate, it is a quick read because I can’t seem to put it down.

All Is Not Forgotten, by Wendy Walker, is “a powerful novel that blends suspense and rich family drama…it is, in a word, unforgettable.” –William Landay, author of DEFENDING JACOB

 

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Blurb:  It begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where everything seems picture perfect.

Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, struggles to pretend this horrific event did not touch her carefully constructed world.

As Tom and Charlotte seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

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The story is told from an interesting perspective, an omniscient one, if you will.  It takes a while to get used to this, and the narrator is unknown to us for a good portion of the book.

Check it out!

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Here is Libby, My Book Mascot:

 

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: COMPULSIVE BOOK BUYING DISORDER

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The new header here (above) tells a story about me, my compulsions, my obsessions, etc.

The stuff of this blog.

While I do try to get as many review books as possible, to cut down on the compulsive book buying disorder…sometimes the books I want are just not available to me unless I buy them.

Of course, I could wait until they show up in the library.  Right?  Wrong.  I must read them as soon as possible!

A strange malady, this one.  Since I can download a new book…or ten…in any given month, and not read any of them for several months.

Which is why I am participating in Kathryn’s (Book Date) reading challenge:  Read the Books You Buy.  So that I can focus on reading the ones I bought that are lingering on my shelves.  So far this year, I have read and reviewed 15 books from those shelves.

 

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Another fact:  This year, I have read FIVE books purchased in January and February.  The others have all been purchased some time between June to December 2015.

One of the ways I deal with my book buying urges is to bookmark them on Amazon instead of immediately buying them.

But then, at the beginning of each month, when I have more money in my account…I start downloading them.  Tomorrow, I plan to download this one, from a favorite author:

Somewhere Out There, by Amy Hatvany.

 

 

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What happens when two sisters who were torn apart when their young mother abandoned them—and grew up in tragically different circumstances—reunite thirty-five years later to find her? For readers who love Jodi Picoult, acclaimed author Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping, provocative new novel.

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From another favorite author, Lisa Scottoline, I have bookmarked Most Wanted, coming out on April 12.

 

 

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Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never anticipated. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor.

Two months pass, and Christine is happily pregnant. But one day, she is shocked to see a young blond man on the TV news being arrested for a series of brutal murders—and the blond man bears an undeniable and uncanny resemblance to her donor.

Delving deeper to uncover the truth, Christine must confront a terrifying reality and face her worst fears. Riveting and fast-paced with the depth of emotionality that has garnered Lisa Scottoline legions of fans, Most Wanted poses an ethical and moral dilemma: What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a serial killer?

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Okay, now could you resist either of these books?  I love every book by these authors…and the rest of my bookmarked tomes are offerings from several other favorites.  Some I hope to get from NetGalley or Vine…but if I can’t, guess what I’ll be doing!  BOOK BUYING!

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Do you have a similar compulsion?  Do you obsess about books you want to read?

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