Pushing Forward Back June/July 2018

Pushing Forward Back June_July 2018
At top is a photo from my sister of my mom holding a photo of me when I was a baby. At bottom left, I took my dad out for ice cream for Father’s Day. We were joined by my nephew Jonathan. At bottom right, Kim and I got a bathroom selfie before the wedding of her sister Tracey last Saturday. Photobombing us is her sister Debbie.

Back at June

June was a pretty good month on the personal front, especially for three weekends in a row. First, on Saturday, June 9, I celebrated my 49th birthday. Then on Sunday, June 17, I went and visited my dad (and mom), who lives about 60 miles away, for Father’s Day. I also was grateful to be able to see my sister, brother-in-law, 11-year-old nephew, 3-year-old niece, and their new almost 6-month-oldest cockapoo/Shetland sheepdog puppy. Finally on Saturday, June 23, Kim and I (along with family and friends) celebrated with her sister Tracey as she got married near Cleveland, Ohio.

Blogging-wise, it wasn’t a good month, but then again, I was busy with other things. Highlights on the blog this past month were 25 Things I Want To Do Before I Turn 50 and My Library Checkout June 2018. If you look at the list and wonder how I’m doing so far on doing some of those things, not great, but hey, I still have time to turn that around. We also got Hulu again and are enjoying watching especially older shows like ER, CSI, and My Name is Earl.

Musically, the two big albums this month were Kanye West’s ye and Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Everything is Love — at least for everyone else. Spinning again and again, though, on my virtual turntable was Father John Misty’s God’s Favorite Customer. I just couldn’t, and can’t, get enough of this album:

Forward to July

This month starts off on a high, with three days off for both of us. Kim has her normal three days off: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and I took vacation days for Tuesday and Thursday, having Wednesday already off as a holiday for The Fourth of July. After traveling last weekend, we have no plans of going anywhere, but it will be nice to have the time off together. I have a feeling we’ll be getting together with our neighbors for a cookout on the Fourth too, but we’ll see. If not, I’m sure we’ll still have burgers and hot dogs on the grill.

Other than that, I only can think of one other thing that I have planned: the 24in48 Readathon on Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, for which I’ve signed up. For more information or to sign up, click on the link.

At the end of the month, I’m looking forward to this movie:

So how was your month of June? 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 July? Share in the comments.

8 thoughts on “Pushing Forward Back June/July 2018

  1. My opinion of Tom Cruise has dimmed over the years but his action flicks are pretty good and this new one looks very good.

    Music. I am all over the place with music. I have been listening to two Spotify playlists. One called The Hawaiian Party which is a mix of old Don Ho and more modern luau music. Now and then there is some jazz in there. I also like this playlist called Happy Days which is all stuff from the 60s like The Beach Boys, The Supremes, etc. I LOVE it.

    Movies. My church’s At the Movie’s series showcased Hidden Figures last Sunday. Of course, now I feel the need to read the book and see the movie. The clips shared during the service were very good.


    1. I bought the Hidden Figures book last year on ebook, but I still haven’t read it. I haven’t seen the movie either. I guess I need to read and see it too. 🙂


  2. I am reading a pretty good historical book called ‘Lincoln’s Last Trial” about Abraham Lincoln’s last trial before he became president. It’s a very interesting book with a lot of historical facts weaved in to a type of narrative and a little bit of guessing to comments Lincoln may have made. I didn’t realize Lincoln was a lawyer (apparently I slept through history class) and all of the murder trials he defended. In between I’m reading a book by UK Comedian Miranda Hart about her and her dog. she’s a total goof ball but sometimes that’s needed.


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