Friday Five November 13

1. So I recently received a POS coupon when I was shopping at Vons for a free reusable shopping bag from Shutterfly. Now, to be honest, I usually just toss the extra non-grocery-type coupons/ads, but this one caught my eye, and I thought, what the heck! So I logged into the website, chose a reusable grocery bag design I liked, picked a fun photo (this is one my favourite shots from last year's trip to Monterey, which I tentatively titled "Jellyfish Paparazzi"),and placed the order. The coupon code took care of the price of the bag, but I believe I still had to pay for shipping, tax, etc. Still, it wasn't too bad! And, I think it turned out really cute! I guess it pays to check out those store coupons after all!

2.  This past weekend I went though a couple boxes of old stamping magazines and a manila folder full of snippets I'd cut out of magazines, and photographed all of them so I could just get rid of the magazines and bits of paper. I couldn't believe all the random crap I had! It was so nice to toss all the miscellaneous junk! Some of magazines, though, I will try to sell on eBay, because, who knows, someone might like some old issues of Rubberstamp Madness!

 3. I also went though 2 boxes of stamped cards I created over the years, photographed the designs, and shredded them. I don't know why I was keeping all those; it was stupid, really! I feel so much better that they're all gone! I mean, I still have a picture of the design, if I ever want to check to make sure I don't make a duplicate (or if I DO, I have the design to copy!), so there was no point in keeping the actual card. I did, however, keep a bunch of my old Christmas cards (nearly 20 cards!) I've made over the years, and plan to use them up this year for various Christmas card exchanges. So, I apologize in advance is you happen to get a duplicate card from me, but I didn't keep track of who has received what in the past 15 or so years!

4. Last Sunday I broke a tooth, so I got to spend Tuesday afternoon at the dentist getting a temporary crown attached. Yay! Except, no, not really, duh, it sucks. I mean, My dentist is a really cool guy and all, but I prefer to see him for a few moments just a couple times a year, thankyouverymuch! Anyway, I get my permanent crown December 1st, which, thankfully won't be as painful an appointment as this was!

5.  So, that's all for this week! Happy Friday the 13th, y'all! Try not to walk under any ladders, spill any salt, or break any mirrors! Cheers! 

Teaser Tuesday: Bear Daughter by Judith Berman


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm.  Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read.

•Open to a random page.

 •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. (I tend to go over this limit a LOT!)

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


 My teaser today comes from page 33:

At first Cloud heard only a faint wind hushing in the firs. Then she realized she was not alone. Nearby, children wept quietly. 

Hope you all have a great week! Cheers!

Teaser Tuesday: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm.  Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read.

•Open to a random page.

 •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. (I tend to go over this limit a LOT!)

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser this week comes from page 195 of  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

"A non-ransacked house," August said, once they'd resumed walking. The suitcase wheels were stiff and Kirsten didn't like the sound they made on the road, but otherwise the suitcases were perfect. "I never thought I'd see another one."


Teaser Tuesday: Catching up with September Reads


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm.  Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read.

•Open to a random page.

 •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. (I tend to go over this limit a LOT!)

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Hello, fellow readers!! Since I took the month of September off from the internet - a wonderful and well-deserved break from the madness! - I have three teasers to share with you this week.  Enjoy!

1. Nightbird by Alice Hoffman, page 53 on my nook:

"And more importantly, we have a secret that binds us together," Julia said solemnly. I looked at her and she nodded. "I saw James."

2. When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord, page 144 on my nook:

I knew that repetitions of three had power to them. And if you could summon Bloody Mary by uttering her name three times in a mirror, then I reckoned you could summon a lost girl in a similar way. 

3.  Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, page 94 - 95

But Mr. Fogg, far from being discouraged, was continuing to search, resolved not to stop if he had to resort to Macao, when he was accosted by a sailor on one of the wharves. 

"Is your honour looking for a boat?"

I hope everyone has a terrific week! Cheers!

Massive September Update

As you probably already know, I've been off-line for the past month, taking a voluntary and very necessary break from the madness that is the World Wide Web. It was nice - refreshing, relaxing, and utterly enjoyable! Sometimes I think I could step off the internet forever, and not regret it for a moment. Go back to, say, 1997, before I started reading strangers' online journals and getting sucked into their lives - their tragedies and triumphs, traumas and dramas, loves and hates, break-ups and make-ups - and get back to living in the real world. But, I'd miss it all, I know, because I missed it during the past 30 days. Mostly because a lot of these people are not strangers anymore, but real-life friends I've met and spent quality time with. People I care about. Also, I think I might miss writing about my own life, which I've found to be fun as well as a useful resource. It's nice to know that whenever I'm trying to remember something that's happened (when was the last time it rained, what wineries were at the last Art and Wine Tour, and when did we landscape the backyard, anyway?), I can look it up right here on this blog!

So, anyway, in no particular order, here's what I've been up to the past month:

Over Labour Day weekend, my mom and I chopped down all the overgrown grasses and shrubs in the back yard to get ready for the upcoming El Nino storms. Now all I need to do is add some more rocks along the garage, clean out the gutters and have them checked, and probably clean out the dry creek bed one more time.

I put up nearly 160 rubber stamps for sale on ebay. I sold just about half of them so far.

I purchased a new bed - a Tempurpedic Flex with an adjustable base. I didn't fall in love with it at first, but I'm growing used to it. I really like the adjustable base! It's so much more comfortable to watch TV in bed and use my laptop now!

My mom and I  went to the Fall Art and Wine Tour in Atascadero on the 11th, and this one time I decided to not bother taking any pictures since I wasn't going to do a full blog post anyway, and we'll just walk around, enjoy the wine and the art, and of course, it was the one time there were not only several brand-new wineries and tons of food, but also a poetry reading at Socrates Coffeehouse, a DJ at the 805 Board Shop, and the wine tasting at The Carlton Hotel  had two wineries, and was up on the patio, which is gorgeous!! le sigh!

This past August marked my 10 year anniversary at the Court. Honestly, I cannot believe I've been working here 10 years! To commemorate this milestone, I got my 10 year pin, and a new employee badge photo, as well as a brief ceremony with refreshments with the management teams, along with a couple other long-term employees. It was nice, but I do wish it would've been held up in the office where I work along with all the people I have been working with all these years! It would have been a lot more special. I am pleased with my new pin and employee photo, though! The picture is a great improvement over the older two!


So, by the second week of September, the express bus I usually take into work was full near to capacity before it even reached my stop (and Cal Poly hadn't even started yet!). Instead of looking forward to riding the bus where I can relax and read a book, I was dreading dealing with all the damn people! Friday the 11th, was by far the worst ever, so, that following Monday I decided to try the bus that comes just before it, and found that bus was quite lovely, very nearly empty for the majority of the trip, and even though it's not an express, it still got me to work on time. Win, win!The only changes I had to make to my usual morning routine was to drink my coffee and protein shake faster, and not linger around the TV watching the local news. No problem, since I can get my news online, down my protein shake PDQ, and have coffee when I get to work. I may (or may not I haven't decided yet) go back to my usual express bus around the holidays when the schools are on break, and things usually calm down after that anyway, because a good chunk of students flunk out or graduate, and in the past I've found the Winter, Spring and Summer quarters have, in general, fewer students riding for whatever reason.

 9/14/15: OMG, it RAINED! Just a little - not even an inch, but still. Rain! In September!

I got my monthly pedicure in this lovely, fall-like colour from OPI called Go With the Lava Flow. It didn't hold up as well as OPIs usually do, as I ended up with a couple chips just two weeks in to the month. It's still a pretty colour, though!


Random Fun Sign outside Terry's Bar and Grill Whiskey and June.


 Also, in September, I upgraded to the iPhone 6s. I wasn't going to bother until I heard the 6s has a 12 megapixel camera! My old 5s only had 8.  I did have some trouble getting everything moved over to the new phone, and I probably should've gone in to Verizon and had one of the techs do it, but in the end, I got all my photos and contacts, and that's all that really matters. As for the music and the apps, maybe it's a good thing that I'm starting over. This way I'll have less crap on my phone (and all my music is on my iPod anyway)!


So, that's about it! I hope everyone had a great September! Let me know what you've been up to in the comments - Cheers!

Taking a Break from the Web

As I mentioned in last week's Friday Five, I have recently been contemplating taking some time off from the internet. At first I was just going to skip visiting Twitter, and even reduce my Facebook viewing, as the posts and comments on those two platforms tend to upset, and stress me out the most, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought, oh, hell, why just take a break from ALL of it?!?

And, so, I am.  Just as in September 2012 (or was it 2013? I can't remember, now.) when I took a break from the internet, I will go online to check my eBay items, emails, receive and send texts from my trainer and/or physicians, do research, and make necessary purchases, but no Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

I know from experience that the first week will be difficult. Just like stopping any addictive activity cold-turkey, there will be withdrawals and temptations. However, I believe it will also be freeing and relaxing. If I remember correctly, the last time I did this little experiment, I ended up quite enjoying myself, so I'm actually looking forward to doing it again. I hope to get some yard work done, go through my closets again and purge more unwanted, unused items, do some stamping, and get some work done around the house.

So, for everything or anything that happens in September that I will miss: Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Congratulations, My Sincere Condolences (really hope we don't need THAT one!!), Get Well Soon (ditto!), Great News, Great Job, TGIF, LOL, That's Hilarious, and Cheers!

Friday Five - August 28

TGIF! Happy Friday to you all! Here are some random thoughts from my brain:

1. I feel a month of no internet coming on. I did this a couple years ago - I think it was 2012 - where I took the month of September off from surfing the internet, blogging, and social media. I allowed myself email (for family emergencies), texts (from my trainer and/or medical appointments), and eBay (in case I sold anything), and I believe I was allowed to do research and/or make necessary purchases online. Everything else, however, was a no-no: No Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or blogging. I think it might be time to do this again.

2.  I also feel a social media purge coming. At the very least I'm going to take some time very soon to go through my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds, and remove any stagnant friends and/or people who's posts or comments on certain topics offend me. Life is just too short to be upset or stressed out everyday because of what people are saying or doing online. 

Honestly, I believe the stress and emotional upset from constantly seeing offensive or hurtful posts and comments is one of the main reasons I feel the need to spend some time away from the internet. That and reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (and listening to the audio version) has inspired me to reduce ALL the clutter in my life - not just the stuff in my house, but the stuff online as well!

3.  Speaking of online stuff: OMG, I can't believe I forgot The August Break this year!! It's one of my favourite photography projects and one I usually look forward to every year! I just don't know where my mind is at this year! Sheesh!

4.  So, I need a new mattress. My mom and I were going to buy new mattresses last weekend, but I really didn't feel like it, and neither did she. Mom opted to have me order a new mattress topper for her, and I figured I'd be just fine with what I have for a few more years, because really, it's not that bad! However, this past week I've been achy and sore, and I'm tossing and turning a lot more, and I think I just really need a new mattress! I just hate shopping for them! Gah!

5. And finally, your Friday Photo: a sunrise over Santa Margarita, taken about a week or so ago out of the bus window on the way to work. Have a great weekend, everyone! Cheers!

Friday Five - August 21

Another week down ... hoo, boy is this year flying by! Already we're talking about Halloween and Holiday plans at work, and kids are already going back to school! Un. Real.

Anyway, here's five random things for you:

1.  You've probably heard about our local wildfilre. As of this morning, it has burned 3,500 acres and they hope to have it fully contained by next Wednesday. And, while some residence of Santa Margarita were evacuated for a couple days, I believe everyone is home now, and school has even started! I think we got really lucky on this one, and I sincerely hope this is all the fire this county will see!

2.  Tonight is favourite A-Town activity: Hot El Camino Cruise Night. They close off part of the main drag, people line the sidewalks on either side with lawn chairs, umbrellas, coolers, and even picniks, and watch as gorgeous classic cars and hot rods cruise up and down the street. I'll get to enjoy a little bit of it because they're closing my regular bus stop at 4 today, so I'll be walking from the only bus stop in town (by the Grocery Store Formerly Known as Albertson's) back to my car. Sure, I could've probably just driven today, but I really didn't want to, and besides, it's only about a half-hour walk, and I can use the exercise!

3. Last weekend mom and I stopped by Buckets of Books in Atascadero and I was able to find the last two books for my 2015 Classic Books reading challenge: Around the World in 80 Days, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. I'm excited to start them both! I'm contemplating next year's titles already, and am considering reading 1 novel by each of the Bronte sisters, and then maybe reading two biographies of historical figures. I dunno, but the thought just came to me and I liked it!

4. This weekend I have a 3-day weekend, as I'm taking Monday off. I have a doctor's appointment in the morning, and then mom and I are going mattress shopping. So here's my question: Do any of you have a mattress that you absolutely LOVE and would love to recommend? I'm considering the Tempur-Flex, but I guess I'll just have to try different mattresses to see which one I really like best.

5. And, finally, for fire fighter fans, an admittedly blurry shot taken out of the window of the bus on the way home of a couple of fire fighters along the Cuesta Grade earlier this week. This part of the Grade is done burning now, so all you see now is black soil and charred foliage. Fingers crossed we'll see no more of this! Have a great weekend, everyone, and I'll see you next week! Cheers!


Teaser Tuesday: The Whisper by Aaron Starmer


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm.  Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read.

•Open to a random page.

 •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. (I tend to go over this limit a LOT!)

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Hello, all, and happy Tuesday! This week I'm reading The Whisper by Aaron Starmer. It's the second of The Riverman Trilogy, and it's super good!

My teaser (more than two sentences, sorry for cheating!) comes from page 88 on my nook:

Broken icicles as thick as tree trunks covered the floor of the cavern. Cracked and splintered bones lay scattered throughout. A penguin stood a few feet from Alistair, his black wings crossed like arms across his white chest. The penguin winked and smiled, and Alistair scooted away on his butt and heels of his hands. "It's okay," the penguin whispered. "Forget your worries."

So, what is everyone reading this week? Do you have a favourite beach or summer book this year? I hope everyone has a terrific week! Cheers!

Friday Five - August 14

So, this week was slightly better than last for a few reasons:

1. I rid myself of TONS of unnecessary items in my bathroom last weekend. You can read all about it here. I'm really enjoying having less stuff sitting on my bathroom counter. I still have quite a bit (leave-in-conditioners and other sundry hair treatments, as well as face creams), but I'm quickly using the stuff up, and vow to NOT BUY ANYMORE until I'm absolutely, completely OUT of something!

2. We had some unwanted excitement at the bus stop Tuesday evening when two thugs decided to beat the living daylights out of each other. It started off with first guy mouthing off, dropping F-bombs right and left at this other guy, and for a few moments I thought it was just two guy-friends messing round, because, you know, that's how guys are sometimes. But apparently, the two were not buddies, and The Other Guy took great offense, and punched F-bomb Guy in the face. Blood everywhere! Then it was on, punches were thrown back and forth, and they even started spitting blood-tinged saliva at each other. Thankfully, right about then our driver returned from his break, and when he saw what was happening, he quickly ushered us on the bus, saying, "Let's get you folks, outta here!" As we were waiting at least two people called 911, and within a couple minutes three patrol cars arrived, and the officers separated the two. We took off about then so the last I saw of the brawlers one was being patted down by an officer, and the other was talking to two other officers, and we were safely away! It was a pretty scary experience (one I hope to NEVER repeat!), and I'm just so thankful neither of them was armed!

3.  I finally wore a new pair of shoes I bought a few weeks ago. I've been wearing them around the house trying to stretch them out. They're better, but I still had to use some moleskin on my heels because they rub, and I knew before I left the house I'd get blisters. Still, if they make it through the day without totally killing my feet, I'll buy a pair in black as well!

4.  This weekend we're going to hit our favourite used books store to drop off more books we're finished with as well as pick up some new titles. I'm hoping to find The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, as they're the last two books on my Classics list for this year.

5. Finally, this week went by FAST!! I swear I missed a day in there - Wednesday, maybe? - because all of a sudden it's Friday! Not that I'm complaining, mind you, I'm just surprised. And thrilled! So, what are your weekend plans, if you have any? I hope you all have a super fun time, and I'll see you next week! Cheers!

Lightening the Load - Bathroom Edition

I don't know about you guys, but I had a VERY successful weekend! As I've mentioned several times before, my mom and I are working to remove excess stuff from our house. While we didn't have a ton of stuff, we did have a lot, or rather, I should say, I had a lot, since most of the excess stuff is (was) mine. Since reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and watching marathon sessions of Hoarding: Buried Alive on TV,  I have become inspired to reduce the clutter in the house, and my mom - always the neat-freak - is more than happy to help!

So this weekend, I decided to finally tackle my bathroom which was packed with excess and mostly unnecessary stuff. I really wish I'd taken before pictures of the place before I started pulling everything out and dumping TONS of stuff, but I did manage to get a before snap of all my makeup:  

 As well as an after snap post-purge:

I know I still have a lot of cosmetics (15 mascaras?!? yes, but that's actually down from 23!), but I made a deal with myself that I will spend the remainder of August using each and every item here at least once, and if I don't like it immediately, I'll dump it immediately. And from now on I can only buy what I need cosmetically, not just what's shiny and new. Of course, if I see something new and decide I MUST HAVE IT, then I have to throw out the old one I have at home, even if I'm still using it and love it.

Other items I purged that I neglected to document were my nail polishes (I wish I'd at least counted all the ones I had, but I narrowed it down to one small plastic shoe bin from that same one PLUS  a slightly larger plastic bin), dozens of gels, creams, and lotions designed to make me look younger, several bottles and tubes of expired OTC medications, five boxes of hair colour I would probably never use anyway, and a few bottles of half-full shampoos and conditioners which I gave to my mom. Seriously, she hasn't had to buy shampoo or conditioner since she moved down here, as I always give her the stuff I'm done with (usually because I've either found something new I want to try, or I just don't like it).

In the end I threw out four kitchen-size trash bags full of stuff. It felt SO good to be rid of all that useless crap! Every time I throw stuff out it feels like weights lifting off my shoulders, and this purge was particularly satisfying, because I'd been dreading going through my bathroom, and in fact, had been putting the project off the past three months! But, phew! it's done now, and while I still need to keep working on my closets and drawers, our next (and I believe last) big purge will come with the kitchen. Not sure when we'll get to that, though, but there's really no hurry, since none of that stuff is in the way.

So, I know it's a little late for "Spring Cleaning", but is anyone else feeling the urge to purge out there? Anyone else terrified of ending up on Hoarders if they don't get their act together, or is that just me? Anyway, I hope everyone has a terrific week, and I'll see you soon! Cheers!

Friday Five - August 7th

Well, this first week of August has been incredibly dull. However, here are a few of the highlights:

1. Things have been cray cray at work this week; lots of nutty, crazy people, and weird stuff keeps coming up. I think we're still feeling the effects of the Blue Moon we had at the end of last month. Hopefully we're done with it and next week can be calmer.

2. I know I said I wasn't going to go to the Central Coast Writer's Conference (it was just last week, wasn't it?) this year, but I ended up talking myself into it yesterday. There are really only two sessions I'm interested in, but I wound up curious enough about them to sign up. There really wasn't much else except a couple of the other sessions on topics I've had before (YA, and World Building), but with different people this time, so maybe the information will be different as well. Who knows? Still, I'm hoping it'll be fun, and I won't end up regretting it!

3.  I went through a few more dresser drawers as well as my closet again this past weekend, and ended up with a full garbage bag of Goodwill stuff as well as a couple smaller bags of actual garbage. There was a lot more stuff I probably could've (SHOULD'VE) gotten rid of, but I was just not able to. At least not yet. I'm currently listening to the audio version of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and getting a lot of inspiration from it. I really DO want to get rid of most of my stuff! I really DO want to have very few things to have to deal with and have ONLY things which "spark joy" and that I can and will use. I just need to stop forming emotional attachments to things, which, for me, is hard.

4. I finally got my toes done this week! This is Paz-itively Hot by OPI.

5. And, finally, surprise! my iris has suddenly bloomed! In August! All I can think is the rain we got a few weeks ago rejuvenated it! Typically, the irises bloom between February and April, sometimes May. This spring I don't think they came out at all, so this was a lovely and welcome sight!  I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Cheers!


A Few of My Favourite Things - July 2015

Good-bye, July, and hello, August! About the only exciting thing I did during the month of July was hang out with two of my BFFs on 4th of July. We had a great time visiting, and enjoyed great wine, food, shopping, and bevvies! The other fun thing was hanging out with my family for a BBQ one lovely Sunday afternoon where there was also great food, fun conversation, and delicious wine. The rest of July was a continuation of tidying and organizing, and, of course, yard work. You could say I was in a bit of a rut. Every time I though about spending a Saturday in, say Cambria or Pismo Beach, some project or other came up. Kind of a bummer, but still, it's nice to get so much stuff done!

So anyway, here's a few other things I enjoyed during the month of July: 

Cosmetics: I started using L'Oreal's Youth Code Skin Illuminator Tinted Moisturizer instead of foundation, and I love it! It comes out of the tube white, but quickly changes colour to match your skin tone. It's creamy and smooth and blends beautifully! It's magic!

Fragrance: I'm still really enjoying Live Joyously by Philosophy. Back in June, I planned to switch back to the remainder of the Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Summer from a few years ago, but I just keep grabbing Live Joyously instead!

Fashion: I got into a massive rut fashion-wise last month, pretty much wearing the same five or six tops the whole time as well as the same few pairs of black pants and basic blue jeans (Fridays only, of course!). But I couldn't help it! I love my floral and coral and red tops! They're T-shirt style, so they're super comfortable and go with everything! And black pants just always look professional.  I am trying to mix it up a bit more in August, however, by wearing more maxi-skirts and dresses, white pants and jeans, and some different tops I've found in my closet. Wish me luck!

Book: I spent the majority of July reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau, and I really enjoyed it! It's a beautifully written book with a lot of details and descriptions. It was a tough read, though, because of those very things (and because, let's be honest, I'm used to reading lighter, fluffier fare!), but it was so very worth it! I highly recommend digging into a lovely piece of classic literature every once in a while!

TV: Loving SyFy Fridays: Defiance, Killjoys, and Dark Matter - three awesome shows! Also found cleaning and organizing inspiration from marathons of Hoarding, enjoyed new show The Whispers, and loved returning favourites The Last Ship, Rizzoli and Isles, Major Crimes, Falling Skies, and Under the Dome.

 Other stuff: If you're a regular reader, you already know we had a fabulous thunderstorm in July which gave us nearly three inches of most-welcomed rain! We don't get these kinds of storms often here, so it was kinda fun!

Well, that's about it! I hope everyone had a wonderful July, and that August is shaping up to be pretty awesome, too! Cheers!

Teaser Tuesday: Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm.  Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read.

•Open to a random page.

 •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. (I tend to go over this limit a LOT!)

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Well, I finally finished Walden last week. It was as wonderful as I remembered! Once I got past the first part, which was all about the costs of materials and building the cabin and growing beans, that is. Once he got into actually living in the woods by Walden pond, I started to enjoy it even more.  

Anyway, this week I've started reading Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. I was very excited to discover this book was being published, as I was a fan of To Kill a Mockingbird back in the day, (I thought I had reread that not too long ago, I can't seem to find it, so maybe I'm just dreaming! ), and have decided to go ahead and read it despite all the controversy surrounding its publication. So far, I'm enjoying the book, and think it's going to be a pretty quick read. Yes, it reads more like a "rough draft" than a finished manuscript, but that doesn't take away from the story, which is interesting, but since I haven't finished it, I have no idea whether or not it'll be satisfying. I am going into this not even trying to compare it to To Kill a Mockingbird, but instead reading it as though I know nothing about any of these characters except from this novel.

So, here's my teaser from page 102 on my nook:

She touched yesterday cautiously, then withdrew. I don't dare think about it now, until it goes far enough away. It is weird, she thought, this must be like physical pain. They say when you can't stand it your body is its own defense, you black out, and you don't feel anymore. The Lord never sends you more than you can bear -

Has anyone else out there read this book yet? If so, I'm curious: what did you think? If not, was it because of the controversy? Because there's still some uncertainty as to whether or not Harper Lee even wanted it published? Let me know that, too! Hope you're all having a terrific week, and I'll see you next time! Cheers!

Friday Five -

1.  I'm so excited! Finally after months of searching, I found my doctor! I'd been seeing her previously when she worked at the now-defunct Central Coast Healthcare. After that place went out of business in April (or, rather, moved to a different location under a different name, and associated with a different medical organization), I couldn't find her. She didn't go with them, and I was afraid I would have to find a brand new doctor all over again. Anyway, I saw a new clinic opening up in Atascadero, and when I went to check it out, there was her name on the banner! Yay! I made an appointment right away, and look forward to getting some stuff taken care of. Or at least looked at!

2.  So, I got my printer/scanner/copier set up last weekend, but haven't had a chance to print any new pictures yet. Actually I don't even have any really good new pictures to post, as I haven't been anywhere in ages! But soon. Hopefully, soon!

3. And, speaking of not going anywhere, I think I've decided to not attend the Writer's Conference this year.  I know, shocking, right?! I think I've gone every year since 2009 at least! There are a couple sessions that sound interesting, but over the past few years, I've taken sessions that sounded interesting, and while they were in some ways, in others they didn't really stick to the topic, or didn't discuss the topic in the way the description lead me to believe it would. I don't know. Maybe I'm a little bored with it in general. I don't know. It always seems very inspiring when I'm there - and even a while afterwards - but after a while, the rosy glow fades, and I'm left feeling just as lost as I was before.

4.  So, in an effort to jump-start my purging and organizing, I downloaded the audio version of Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It's pretty awesome, and I'm hoping to get rid of some more stuff this weekend! To anyone out there who wants to get tidy and organized, I highly recommend this book!

5.  And, finally, here's the latest inspirational sign from The Backyard:

Have a great weekend, everyone, and I'll see you next week! Cheers!