Pushing Forward Back July/August 2019

July (which I know isn’t over today, but close enough) was mostly work, work, work as I had two back-to-back six day work weeks, and while I said that because I don’t work that long of days, that I’d still have time to read as many books, watch as much TV and movies, and listen to as much music as I wanted, I didn’t really do that. However, I did…

  • Read two books, both during the 24in48 Readathon on July 20 and 21: Bruno, Chief of Police, by Martin Walker and The Essential Haiku: Versions of Bashō , Buson, & Issa, edited by Robert Hass. I probably will finish the second Bruno mystery, The Dark Vineyard, this afternoon.
  • Watched Season 3 of Stranger Things, more of the second half of Season 6 of Drunk History and a lot of different seasons with The Office with my wife; more CSI and CSI Miami by myself. I just finished Season 8 in each of the latter ones. We enjoyed Stranger Things, but as with many – at least of these limited run – shows, I liked the first season the best (the epitome of examples, for me: Daredevil on Netflix).
  • Listened to lots of chill music, including this mix by Philadelphia musician Ulla Straus:

On the personal front, I was approved by our insurance company for three gel shots for my left knee, two of which I had this month and the third and final one, next week. I also started physical therapy again and hope to be able to get into a regular routine (after some initial miscommunication and misunderstanding among our insurance company, our doctors’ offices, and ourselves).

August isn’t as heavy on the work front. The major events include celebrating my mom’s 75th birthday with a Southern Gospel concert in a nearby town and my wife and I going on a day trip to Seneca Lake in upstate New York for wine and whiskey. In addition, I would like to…

  • Read more Bruno mysteries. I also have On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, checked out from our library.
  • Watch Season 2 of Derry Girls (Netflix) with my wife. We loved the first season and are looking forward to this one.
  • Listen to the new albums by Sleater-Kinney and Bon Iver, The Center Won’t Hold and i, i, respectively. I also am intrigued to hear the debut album from 20-year-old Clairo (Clairo Cottrill), Immunity, out this coming Friday, Aug. 2. I’ll leave you with the first single she released from that album:

How was your month of July? 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 most looking forward to in August? Share in the comments.

Addendum: I also wrote a post this past month in where I was being honest here again, but I lied. I said I wouldn’t be using bullet point lists anymore here on the blog, but as you can see from today’s post, that’s not true. The main thing, though, is I’m still keeping it short here.

22 thoughts on “Pushing Forward Back July/August 2019

  1. Great news about your knee!
    In answer to your questions:
    How was your month of July? – Busy as heck! July is one of our busiest times at work.
    Read any good books – YES! Namely All The Bright Places and Miracle Creek
    seen any good movies and/or TV shows, – Yes! The last episode of Stranger Things was worth slogging through all the other episodes of season 3. Watching the final season of OITNB right now and still loving it
    Listened to any good music? – Pianists Rousseau and Yiruma
    What was the highlight of your month? – We had a week where it was cool enough to sit on the back patio in the morning.
    What are you most looking forward to in August? – My one-week staycation the week of the 19th.


  2. Tho month, I read Bel Canto, which I L-O-V-E-D!!!! I also read Miracle Creek and I have lots of thoughts about it.

    I watched season 3 of Stranger Things, which I think is my favorite of the three, and I am wrapping up the much loved Call the Midwife on Netflix. Not sure when they will update the new season. I have loved that show!


  3. I know what you mean about some series. We stalled in season 2 of Stranger Things, but I’m going to try to give it a go again.


  4. The upcoming lake/wine/whiskey trip sounds very good. And your mom’s 75th birthday should be a blast.

    I’ve read some good books this July. The Summer Demands and this book I am finishing today, The Friends We Keep are all about adulting and contain a lot of angst. I am drawn to this type of book these days.

    I mentioned how much I liked Once Upon a Time in Hollywood so you already knew that. I watched Hidden Figures yesterday when it came on TV and it was really good.

    Later I am headed out into this 105 degree heat for this BBQ but only one of my students is going. I will try to find shade although this is a new park and no mature trees anywhere to be found.


  5. I’ve read a few good books in the last month, binge watched The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek: Voyager. I don’t listen to music very often, only occasionally when I stream a 80’s Spotify playlist while I do the housework.
    I have no real plans for August, my daughter has a school trip to the snow though..I’m excited on her behalf!

    Have a great reading week:)


      1. She is going to Perisher, Australia doesn’t have many places where skiing is available. It’s about an 800km trip one way from here..and she hasn’t experienced snow before, so it’s a big deal.
        Hmm my favourite book this month, a tie between The Blue Rose by Kate Forsyth and Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson.


        1. Wow. That’ll be cool. Never experienced snow? I live in Pennsylvania and have never NOTexperienced snow. 🙂 I read one Joshilyn Jackson. I think maybe her first and liked it.


  6. You had a good month, I think. I’m sorry you had to work so many days, though; that probably cut into your other activities. August sounds like it will be better.

    My sister-in-law had a lot of success with the shots. Let’s hope it works just as well or better for you.

    I always love how you share music. I haven’t listened to new music since the sixties I think, so it’s lovely to find something new and fresh.I honestly don’t know how to find new music like this.

    I finished Citizen and The Heart’s Invisible Furies yesterday, but not in time to post reviews. I’ll do that next week. For now, all I’ll say is thank you, especially for Heart’s Invisible Furies.

    Have a lovely week!


    1. It wasn’t that bad working, plus I get some extra pay. Can’t complain there. I’m hoping the shots work out too. I find new music from mainly one source; Pitchfork, but I don’t go along with everything they like. I prefer electronic music, which is what I mostly listen to.


  7. I hope the gel shots work as well for you as they have for my sister. She says it takes a few weeks for the effects to kick initially but, once they do, it’s a world of difference.


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