The best laid plans…

This past week went somewhat as planned. In my last Sunday Salon post, I said that I’d begin with the month by buying a new lawnmower, which I did. However, I didn’t get to my first mow of the season as rain and work interfered. We still are continuing to watch the final season of Game of Thrones, but I didn’t finish All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot last weekend as planned. Maybe that will happen Sunday evening as this afternoon (Saturday) I’m writing this post, then going to a Free Comic Book Day event at our library (a busman’s holiday of sorts) to pick up some comics for my nephew and niece as well as enter them for a chance for a few of the prizes.

I’ll be away Sunday morning:

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So I plan on catching up on your posts Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and responding to comments that you leave here.

Tonight, just to reacquaint myself with the last Avengers movie, when my wife goes to work at 8 p.m. (12 hour shift until 8 a.m. as an emergency dispatcher), I’m going to watch it. I know. I know. Really I should watch Captain Marvel to be properly up to speed, but this will have to do. I’m not that much of a geek when it comes to these things. To be honest, while I’m looking forward to this “last” one, I am looking forward to it ust being over, which same goes for Game of Thrones.

With a few exceptions, I think I almost prefer the short season shows, the way a lot of shows are done in Great Britain: one, two, three or four seasons, then done. This coming Wednesday, Kim and I are highlighting our favorite short season shows in our weekly feature “What We’re Watching Wednesday.” This past Wednesday, we restarted the feature with a short review of “the latest incarnation of the Tick.”

Next Sunday, I also am away for most of the day as I visit my mom (and Dad), who live about 60 miles away from us, for Mother’s Day. The following Sunday, I plan return to my normal Sunday morning routine of Sunday Salon blog reading and commenting in the morning as I don’t plan on going anywhere. Then I’ll end the month with a four-day weekend as the library where I work is closed for three days and I am taking a vacation day on the Tuesday after. Last week I mentioned that I’d be working that day, but plans changed.

Two of the days that I am off, Kim and I can be together as it is among her normal three days off; she works four days (Friday, midnight to 8 p.m.; Saturday, midnight to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m., to Sunday, 8 a.m..; and Sunday, 8 p.m., to Monday, 8 a.m.). As I said in my last Sunday Salon post, it will be nice to have a chance to…

How was your past week? Read, watch, or listen to anything good? Share in the comments.

I’ll leave you with Father of the Bride, the new double album from Vampire Weekend, because I couldn’t decide on just one track from this album that only was released Friday and I already love:

Pushing Forward Back February/March 2019

February started, as expected, with cold and it’s ending with more cold to end the month, plus more to come to start March. It also began with my not watching the Super Bowl and reading instead during The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon. I dabbled in a few books, finished two: All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot and Calypso by David Sedaris, both of which were excellent.

The following weekend, I said that I would try to read more political nonfiction this year, then the next weekend, because of the current political climate, I reneged on that and said I wanted to escape into fiction again. Since then, I finished one more book for the month: Crocodile on the Sandbank, the first Amelia Peabody, by Elizabeth Peters, which also was very good.  

Sandwiched between those two weekends, that week included a work week that was split up by two days off, one expected (Valentine’s Day) for a vacation day, the other unexpected as a snow day from work. Kim and I celebrated with wine, TV, and movies: Letterkenny, Drunk History, Orlando, Romeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge.

This past week, I picked up two books that I might read: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens that I own, and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman that I checked out from the library. I probably will get to Eleanor Oliphant first since it is a library book. On the home and work front, changes are coming. At home, Kim and I are ditching Facebook and Instagram at the end of Lent, in April, which I might or might not write more about here this coming Sunday (I probably will touch on it at least, if not write a whole post on it). At work, all I can say at this point is that changes are coming and once they are publicly announced there, I will be at liberty to mention it here.

Oh, yeah, I also picked up a toilet seat at Lowe’s. 🙂 See photo above.

March begins with, hopefully, quiet contemplation as I am taking a vacation day Ash Wednesday that I plan, if it can be worked out, on bookending with a day off Good Friday. It also begins cold, at least according to initial forecasts for the weather, with temperatures dipping into the 20s and teens. I’m hoping by the end of the month it will warm out and that I’ll be able to walk to work on days where I don’t need to use the car for other things.

Books, movies, and music? To be honest, besides Eleanor Oliphant, I only have one other title, a movie, in my sights for March: Captain Marvel. Kim has zero interest in it, because she’s done with superhero movies, but I still plan on seeing it.

I’ll leave you with a little chill music from Guido’s Lounge Cafe on Mixcloud:

So how was your month of February? 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 March? Share in the comments.

Of Crocodiles, Crawdads, and (trying to be) Being Completely Fine

I told you last week that I would let you know what I decided to read last Sunday afternoon and so here I am telling you: I read Crocodile on the Sandbank, the first Amelia Peabody mystery, by Elizabeth Peters. It wasn’t what I expected and while it started slow, by the end of the book, it picked up and earned a five-star rating from me. That makes a perfect 7-for-7 for me so far for the books I’ve read this year. To see what most of them are, visit my Goodreads 2019 shelf. The only one not included there, because I’m reading it as part of a compilation, is All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot.

So now what will I be reading this afternoon? I’m still not ready to jump back into nonfiction, especially political nonfiction, so I will be escaping again into fiction. I have two choices this afternoon: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I didn’t plan it this way, but both were selections for Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club, which started last year. I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I read The Library Book by Susan Orlean for my First Book of the Year, it also was the book club’s selection for January.

I probably will read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine first since I have that one checked out on ebook from our local library district. Someone donated a print copy of Where The Crawdads Sing at our library for our book sale, but unfortunately the copy isn’t in great shape (a few torn pages in the front, but still readable). I grabbed it since I had it on hold in ebook at the Free Library of Philadelphia and I didn’t want to have to wait several weeks to get it. Now I can read it whenever I want.

As for life otherwise, work at the library has been busy, especially with a change that is coming in the Spring, but which I can’t discuss yet completely since it hasn’t been announced publicly. All I will say is that as a result of this change, work has been slightly stressful and I’ve been trying to remember my One Word for 2019: Breathe. This album has been helping me through:

For more about the album, see Pitchfork’s review of it.

So how about you? What did you read this past week? What are you planning to read this coming week?