August 26, 2015

Current Little Pleasures

Claudia read a book I recommended!

All-City Girls' Chorus started for Maya this week.  She's official--and, yes, I may be slightly more excited about her membership than she is.

Ricki and the Flash.  Worth seeing just for Rick Springfield and Meryl Streep as a couple.

I'm back to active status on Postcrossing, and Maya and I are enjoying tracking the locations for the senders and receivers of my cards.

My favorite season, fall, is almost here.  College football.  Apples and apple cider.  Pumpkins and sunflowers.  Cooler weather, but not cold.  Bonfires and s'mores.  Sweaters.  Changing leaves. 

We closed on the sale of our house on August 17, and we don't purchase our new house until September 30.  We're really lucky to be able to stay with my mom in the (LOOOONG) interim.  Her house isn't quite made to hold four people/three generations, though.  Sometimes I really do feel like a participant in a Bravo reality TV show--minus the wardrobe and make-up stylists and massive paycheck.

August 17, 2015

Outgoing Mail--August 1-15, 2015

Letters to Jenn in Texas, Barbara in South Carolina, Claudia in California, my sister in New Mexico, and Wanda in Canada.

Cards and letters to my niece in New Mexico, Penny in Canada, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, and Claudia in California.

Card to Sue in North Carolina.

Postcards to Tina in South Carolina, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, my sister in Iowa, my sister in New Mexico, my niece in Iowa, Becky in Oregon, Jenn in Texas, and Joel in Arizona.

Recent Reads

Damaged and the Saint by Bijou Hunter (2014).  The most recent release in Hunter’s Damaged series is probably my favorite book of the series.  After living through a nightmare as a child, Harlow is probably the least likely of the Damaged heroines to form a romantic relationship.  Then hired killer Saint, survivor of his own life-altering experience in a Mexican prison, comes into Harlow’s world.  Although part of a series of intertwined characters involved in a motorcycle club, this book, as specifically Harlow and Saint’s story, can be read as a standalone.

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (2015).  Released after Haruf’s death, this book is a return to the small-town Eastern Colorado characters and community he captures so evocatively in one of my all-time favorite books, Plainsong.  This time around in fictional Holt, an older couple starts a relationship based on loneliness, age, and proximity that turns into something sweet and wonderful.

The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford (2015).  Told in the alternating viewpoint of a detective investigating a murder, Jack, and one of the prime suspects, Dana, the friend of the murder victim.  Due to bipolar disorder-related memory issues, Dana doesn’t even know whether she killed her friend.  Throw in some issues with Jack’s son and also Dana’s husband, and who know what will happen at the end of this mystery?

August 11, 2015

Current Little Pleasures

Attending orientation at Maya's middle school last night.  Sixth grade starts tomorrow. 

Back-to-school shopping.  I love all the pens, notebooks, etc.

Moving being the perfect reason to donate/toss/recycle what we don't need or enjoy.  We still have a lot of stuff in storage even though we decluttered a lot, but downsizing brings feelings of relief.  We had way too much stuff.

Rita's Italian Ice.  So far, my favorite flavor is cotton candy.  I think it's just as well, though, the store is located near our current house, not our new house!

Blue Bloods, a TV show my mom has me watching.

I love birthdays.  We had the chance to celebrate Herb's birthday over the weekend, though his actual birthday is August 6.