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Show us your Books: July 2019

Friends, I feel as if I am having a minor midlife crisis. I’ve completely checked out of my usual life for the summer.

Things I am doing:
Spending time puttering in the garden
Thinking about NEXT year’s garden
Posting Instagram stories about the garden
Doing crossword puzzles
Doing jigsaw puzzles
Mixing fruity cocktails for myself
Listening to music as the dogs run around
Going out and enjoying outdoor summer activities – parades, concerts, beach/boardwalk
Going blonde again

My very tiny carrots and me.

Things I am not doing:

And everything is completely fine. I’m happy and smiley and got a little bit of a tan going, but the last 3 times the SUYB linkup comes around I feel guilty because I’m only dropping in for that these days and not writing about my tan or the garden or the dogs or the fact that WM is refinishing old furniture LIKE A BEAST. Or that we have an aquarium now with EIGHT fish and Harry-the-fish-who-lived has a friend named Fred in his little tank. And then I log into Goodreads and see this:


And omg whoo boy do I feel like a slacker.

Anyway, I’m here now. With the books I’ve read. As always I use the Goodreads ratings scale which is:

  • One star: did not like it
  • Two stars: it was ok
  • Three stars: liked it
  • Four stars: really liked it
  • Five stars: it was amazing

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

After an interminably long time in the holds list I got this book and … it’s okay? I get that Nick is our romantic lead but I thought he was a complete asshole and could have nipped a LOT of drama in the bud by just talking to Rachel like 2 adults. “Bee Tee Dubs my Gran is SUPER RICH and has ladies in waiting and a giant secret-ish palace.” And Rachel could have done a bit on her part by letting him know what she was experiencing. But this is all on Nick. Despite my griping it was a fun read because of the description of the food and the excess.

Three stars and I bet the movie is more fun.


The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George

This was on my list and it was on a table at Barnes and Noble during one of the every-other-weekends that I get paid so I picked it up. Jean Perdu is our heartbroken protagonist. He’s mourning the woman who left him 20 years prior. He has named himself a literary apothecary and owns a bookstore that’s based a boat — his superpower is prescribing just the right book to a person to fit their personality or mood. After opening his heart ever so briefly to a woman in his building, he DRAMATICALLY FLEES on his boat to find himself, to find what happened to his ex-lover, and to find the author of his favorite book. Along the way he picks up male passengers who are also looking for SOMETHING. It was a nice enough escape, but all of the women except one were complete manic pixie dream girls — pixie maniaque filles de rêve since this is a French book.

Trois etoilles.

Evvie Drake Starts Over – Linda Holmes

I’ve been following Linda Holmes and her work since her days of recapping at Television Without Pity. I was so excited about this book that I preordered the Kindle version in February. It arrived as I was 30% through a book about math and statistics. So…just in time.

Evvie Drake is a young widow in a small town in Maine. Dean Tenney is her best friend’s friend – a former major league pitcher who develops “the yips” and ends up retiring in disgrace. Dean needs a place to stay to get out of the limelight. Evvie needs the rent money because her house is too large for just her. And… yeah.

I really liked this book. This is a story about actual adults! Who talk to each other and make mistakes and figure things out and fail and try again! Real people! Evvie and Dean are the anti-Nick-and-Rachel! I finished this book on the train on Tuesday and I sniffled a little that it was over.

FOUR STARS and a giant homerun for a first book.

In Book Limbo:

Given my book goal crisis, do I just take the DNFs on these 2 and move on?

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking – Jordan Ellenberg
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – Caroline Criado Pérez

Neither book was bad at all, and I usually am 100% into nonfiction like that but I just couldn’t plow through either of them.

Currently Reading: This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class by — Elizabeth Warren. I have Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls sitting in hard copy on my end table after that.

And thus, I humbly submit my book roundup, 5 days late.

All of my book lists and reviews are on Goodreads.

This a part of the Show us Your Books linkup from Jana Says and Life According to Steph. If you want to read more bloggers gush about the books they’ve read this month, click the button below and have fun!

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May 2019

(subtitle: where the hell have you been?)

Hi there! Heck of a month, eh? I can’t quite explain WHY I haven’t been blogging, I just haven’t. Things have been great though! See?

Nephew A’s 5th birthday party was at a local farm, which offered stunning views…

It’s hard to stick to my “don’t show the kids” rule because they’re quite cute.

Mom and I went to the Phillies annual Mother’s Day tribute game. It was in the 50s with a cold, cold rain. The Phils won and neither of us caught pneumonia though so all’s well that ends well.

Mom: this was the best time! Me: (develops chilblains)

After years being buried in stacks of books, this handsome face received his Master’s Degree!

He’s the cutest!

I’m simultaneously proud of him and wondering what to do with him around the house all the time.

He’s the greatest.

Snapchat turned me into a fairly attractive dude.

how YOU doin?

Speaking of date-able dudes, this weekend WM and I celebrated twelve years of cohabitation. He arrived the Friday before Memorial Day in 2007 and the very next day we went to Collingswood Mayfair.

And we’ve gone every year since!

He built me a potting table in the garage out of an old door.

He did this in just an hour and half.

The garden is doing well. The tomatoes are so tall I had to stake them this weekend. And I should have my first radish in a week or so.

before I staked them.

I’ve been spending my evenings outside when the weather is nice. Our two goobers are all too happy to join me. Even Ollie, who is as good as he was 2 years ago (minus half his teeth and some functioning in his face) and it makes my heart swell with happiness.

Happy Ollie!

Twelve years ago WM arrived to me, Max, Misty, and Charlie. Ollie was the dog that began to blend us into the family we are now. Including this also-happy dude.

Happy Murphy!

I went to a Memorial Day barbecue where I only knew one person (the organizer) and ended up with new friends! No pictures because I didn’t want to be that person.

Which brings me to today, Memorial Day. We went to Iron Hill for lunch and I’ve been outside since we returned, with no concerns except my Apple Watch which keeps telling me to get up (nah, I’m good) and the children behind us who have been outside screaming from 7:58am to 6:55pm since Saturday morning. I’d LOVE for them to discover Fortnite or join the swim club or a sport or watch JoJo Siwa vids inside for a few hours each night.

This is my very favorite time of year. The entire summer is yawning ahead of us. My first Summer Friday is this week and I think I’m going to head to Margate for the day. Happy summer!

My unfiltered, no makeup summerface.

Home sick

I went to Savannah and came home with what turned into an ear infection and bronchitis!

“shoo, sick woman! leave my fair city! – Savannah’s Waving Girl Statue

I have pictures to share and stories to tell but for now I’m sleeping, watching You’ve Got Mail (my sick day tradition), and spending quality time with Halls cough drops.

It’s Nephew A’s FIFTH birthday (whaaaaaaaaaat?) and my plan is to sleep hard today so I can be human for some cake later. Definitely a shower first.

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