Pushing Forward Back May/June 2018

If you are reading this in a feed, please go to my blog to see my featured image of the highlights from May 2018.

Back at May

Like April, the month began and ended with similar weather, but instead of snow, it was late summer-like weather for Pennsylvania with highs in the 80s, almost 90 degrees Fahrenheit. In between, we had a visit from my ex-college roommate, I visited my mother for Mother’s Day, we went to see Avengers: Infinity War. I ended the month by going to a fly-in breakfast with neighbors, and then we celebrated Memorial Day with a picnic with the same neighbors.

I read three books:

  1. Pago Pago Tango by John Enright
  2. Pines, the first in the Wayward Pines series, by Blake Crouch
  3. Still Life, the first Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, by Louise Penny.

The best of the lot was Pines, which also was a TV show that was just canceled this past month. I’m already looking forward to the next two books in the series, which I already bought on ebook.

Kim and I watched a lot of this and that this past month, some of which can be found on our What We’re Watching Wednesday posts. The highlight TV-wise, far and away, was this:

Movie-wise, and no, I’m not kidding, the highlight for me was this (as suggested by my sister):

You don’t have to see the first one either. It was okay, but this second one was classic, and again, no, I’m not kidding.

On the music front, this was my favorite album from May:

Forward to June

June has a lot happening, including my 49th birthday on June 9 and one of Kim’s sister’s is getting married June 23 in Ohio and we’re going. In between is Father’s Day, and my sister and I are planning to take my father to a car museum that isn’t far from where he lives and to a diner in the same town. I live about an hour and a half from my parents, and the museum is about another hour away.

Books? As I mentioned in my last Library Checkout post, I have several books on hold and actually since that post, I’ve discovered at least three others on hold at another library (our home library where I work). TV and movies? We’re looking forward to the second seasons of Glow and Luke Cage on Netflix; the movie Lady Bird on Amazon Prime, which we already have seen but would like to see again. Music? Yesterday, already were a few big releases with Father John Misty (Joshua Tillman), Kanye West, and Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin) all dropping new albums. So far, I’ve heard Father John Misty’s album and liked it on a first listen, but want to hear Ye’s and Lopatin’s album. I am no fan of West’s politics, but I loved Yeezus, because it was unlike anything I had heard up until then and am willing to give anything he puts out a listen.

Along with my birthday, I’ll be doing some special posts, of course, including a “bucket list” of things I want to do before I turn 50. So stay tuned for those in the next month too.

So how was your month of May? Read any good books, seen any good movies and/or TV shows, listened to any good music? What was the highlight of your month? What are you looking forward to in June? Share in the comments.

Here is the caption for the photo in the featured image: From top left, and then clockwise to right, my neighbor Mike at the grill on Memorial Day; Kim, my ex-college roommate Joe, and I play a card game; I grab Deadpool’s butt; Blake Crouch’s Pines was my favorite book of the month; my sister’s family’s new dog Zooma, whom I got to see on Mother’s Day at my parent’s; and Paddington 2, my favorite movie of the month, as recommended by my sister.

10 thoughts on “Pushing Forward Back May/June 2018

    1. The second one was much better, in our opinion, and but the first had its moments. Nicole Kidman wasn’t one of them. Hugh Grant as the villain in the second one was outstanding.


  1. I read The Pines trilogy, it wasn’t bad. Haven’t seen the TV show. We recently watched Death Wish with Bruce Willis and enjoyed that remake,


  2. I liked Pines a lot and have the two follow-up books in electronic form but I think I’ll have to reread Pines before moving on. It’s been a while. Blake Crouch is really good at ramping up tension.

    I think my favorite of the month would have to be Mad Boy by Nick Arvin. It’s a great book, set during the War of 1812. Loved the MC, a little boy named Henry. And, the way his mother is killed . . . I kept that out of the review because it’s so surprising (and kind of funny) that I didn’t want to ruin it for anyone.

    I’ve been wanting to see Paddington 2. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.


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