Pushing Forward Back August/September 2019

August was full of mostly medical appointments for me, 10 in all, among them, doctor appointments, physical therapy sessions, and a community multidiagnostic blood analysis. But I was able to…


  • The Dark Vineyard, the second Bruno, Chief of Police mystery, by Martin Walker
  • Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
  • Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The first three were with the help of Dewey’s 24 Hour Reverse Readathon on the first weekend of the month. The best of the four, far and away, was Gay’s memoir, although I enjoyed a reread of Travels with Charley and a first read of The Death of Mrs. Westaway.


  • The Orville: I decided to give it a try and was so pleasantly surprised by it that I convinced my wife to start watching it with me.
  • What We Do In The Shadows (the TV show): We binge-watched the first season last week and loved every minute of it. If you haven’t seen the movie on which it is based, see it first. If you like that, you’ll love this.
  • This Way Up: A short British show, from Irish comedian and writer Aisling Bea, about a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown.

We watched all three on Hulu, with our favorite far and away What We Do in the Shadows. We still have to get back to more of The Orville.

Oh, yeah, we also watched Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music, The Director’s Cut, on August 15, the 5oth anniversary of the start of Woodstock. We were going to go to a local venue where they were going to show it, but then opted to just watch it at home, via streaming, on Google Play Movies. It was great.

Listen To

  • the new album i, i by Bon Iver, which “dropped” early on Aug. 9 instead of being released on Aug. 30 as initially scheduled.
  • the first album from Raphael Saadiq in eight years, Jimmy Lee, named for a brother who overdosed in the 1990s. I first discovered Saadiq as a member of Tony! Toni! Toné! and then his last album, Stone Rollin’, and am glad I’m rediscovering him.
  • the new album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, by Lana Del Rey, which dropped yesterday.

I’m still deciding which I like best, but because I’ve listened to it so much already, it’s probably i, i.

We were supposed to go on a day trip to Three Brothers Winery on Seneca Lake, but that didn’t work out for August. But we were able to visit with my parents, sister, brother-in-law, nephew and niece one Saturday for a picnic before they went to a Southern Gospel concert. And on my own, I had a day in a nearby town, where I had a cheesesteak from a local food truck and got several pairs of shorts and some shirts at Goodwill, with all of the clothes for under $20.

September should be less medical appointments for me as I am done with physical therapy. However, I still have at least two. I have a six-week follow up for my left knee after getting three gel injections at the end of July and start of August. I also have a colonoscopy as I just turned 50 in June…and a test for my prostate.

I am starting the month off with a four-day holiday weekend as the library is closed Monday and I took off Tuesday as a vacation day during which we are going to take that day trip to Three Brothers Wineries on Seneca Lake that we didn’t in August.

The week before I went on my 50th birthday wine trip in June, Three Brothers sent me a private message on Instagram that they’d send me a free gift since I had tagged them in a post that the winery was one of the wineries we were going to go to. Unfortunately, I didn’t see the message until that weekend, but they mailed me the following week a gift of two free flights for each of their three wineries. If we don’t go this weekend, I have a feeling we won’t go this year so we’re doing it.

As for the rest of my plans for not only this weekend, but this month, here is what I want to…


  • Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen, which I started last weekend after committing to getting real during my #fakereadathons and will be continuing this weekend.
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot.

I think I’ll keep it to that short list, although I might get to more, but we’ll see.


  • The Middle, which I just discovered via IMDb TV on Amazon Prime and my wife and I are enjoying watching even with the commercials.
  • Good Omens, which we still have yet to watch. We both loved the book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
  • Mindhunter, Season 2: Even though my wife doesn’t like shows like Criminal Minds, she did like this one in its first season and so did I, so hopefully we’ll get to this this month.

Listen To

I’m not really sure yet, beyond delving into Lana Del Rey’s new album, from which I’ll leave you with this track:

How was your month of August? 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 September? Share in the comments.

15 thoughts on “Pushing Forward Back August/September 2019

  1. You really did have a lot of appointments in August. I would internally combust with that many appointments. I just don’t do well these days with too much scheduled. Age? Wisdom? Who knows?

    A winery trip sounds lovely. This weekend when we celebrate my bday with really good pizza, my son asked if we could get wine too. This is weird for me. He is 21 now but it is weird to be drinking with him. LOL. He insisted on his 21st that we both get a Mai Tai and we did but that was weird too.


  2. Now it’s been almost a year, but I think I remember that you were leery about reading Westaway or anything more by Ruth Ware after The Woman in Cabin 10, the same way I was? And I told you that it was very different and so much better than Cabin? If I’m remembering the wrong person, I apologize! But if I’m remembering correctly, how did it go?


    1. I think I liked The Woman in Cabin 10, though not loved. I think I might have not been as interested in the one that after that, The Lying Game. However, I did like this one, despite the use of italicized flashbacks, which I almost always hate.


  3. I’m currently (as I type) watching Diagnosis on Netflix, which is about crowdsourcing diagnosis’s for elusive illnesses. It’s fascinating.
    Sadly my brother in law was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer last week, so good for you in getting tested.

    Have a fabulous time on your trip!


  4. I hope that you and your wife finally get to go to the winery. It sounds like it will be delightful.

    I’d completely forgotten about The Orville. I must remind myself to take a look at it after we get home from Utah next week. I haven’t heard anything about The Middle. Maybe we will take a look at that, too. I thought Good Omens was one of the best books I ever read, but I’ve heard lots of negative about the series.

    I’ll probably wait until Coates comes to Houston in a couple of months until I read his new book. I probably should read the Michelle Obama book, but I’m so burned out on politics that I don’t feel up to it right now.

    I hope you have a lovely holiday weekend!


    1. Weather is looking good for Tuesday. Hope you are having a good time in Utah. I’d heard opposite about Good Omens, but we’ll see and let you know. I’m pretty burnt out on politics too, so we’ll see on that too. 🙂


  5. Sounds like you’ve been having a lot of good times lately!
    The only book I’ve read that you mentioned isTravels with Charley, which I loved!


      1. My Mom can’t stand Patricia Heaton in anything but I love her in everything. Which reminds me, I need to add her NEW series to my TV Time app so I don’t miss the premiere.

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