My weekend

Hey readers! I just wanted to check in with what I’ve been up to.

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Friday night my honey and I went to a play. We went to see Pillow Talk at our local theater. I’ve never seen the movie, but here’s the description:

“In their first romantic comedy together, Doris Day and Rock Hudson are utterly charming as an uptight interior decorator and an amorous playboy who are forced to share a party line.”

The play was well done, with a cute set and great casting. The acting was first rate, especially the secondary characters. It was so funny! After the play we went out for pie.

Today I went to the library and got two new audiobooks, Nation by Terry Pratchett and The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. Then I went to Sodalicious.

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Sodalicious is a soda pop/dessert drive thru restaurant here. I’m kinda addicted. I go there almost every day. My favorite is either diet Dr. Pepper with caramel flavor shot and half & half, or a Coke Zero with raspberry puree and half & half. Then I undo all the calories I save by drinking diet soda by getting a sugar cookie. Oh, well!

Plus I got two new pairs of shoes, one pair of athletic shoes and one of black loafers. Just in time. It rained most of the day, and my only shoes were either sandals or boots. Time for some new shoes! Hope your weekend was good too.

 

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Feel Good Friday

Johannes_GutenbergToday’s post is all about reasons for readers to feel good.

Let’s start with this guy. His name was Johannes Gutenberg. He was born around 1400 and sometime later, decided to try his hand at coming up with  a new way of making books. So he invented new ink, new movable type, and a printing press that combined everything. Thanks to him, people could afford to buy books. Before that, everything had to be written by hand. After he came along, you could print multiple copies of a book in the same time it took you to finish one chapter! So blame him for your out of control TBR list!

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Next, I want to thank this guy – Andrew Carnegie. He wasn’t the first to come up with the library idea, but he sure made it big in the United States. Over 2500 libraries were built all over the world thanks to money he donated. I don’t know if I’ve ever been to an actual Carnegie library, but thanks to him, politicians realized that a library was a positive thing for a community. They began to plan on building them for their towns. And libraries today are more relevant than ever, serving not just as sources of free books, but as meeting places and centers of community outreach.

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Finally, I want to thank Sesame Street. For me personally, Sesame Street has been a big part of my life. When I was little, I was in a car accident where I broke my leg and had to be in a body cast. With nothing else to pass the time, I watched TV and thanks to Big Bird and the gang, I learned how to read. By the time I started kindergarten, I already knew how to read some basic words. It just took off from there, and I’ve been reading ever since.

There you go! That’s my Feel Good stuff for Friday. Have a great weekend!

Trip to the Art Museum

My husband and I went out on Saturday. First we had lunch at a Dominican restaurant we hadn’t tried before, and then we went to the Springville Art Museum. Even better, they were having their annual Quilt Show!

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Check out all the individual feathers on this owl! It reminded me of Hedwig, of course. Just amazing detail.

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Being a Utahn, I loved this quilt of the canyon. The texture is incredible, and the quilter made her own pattern.

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This quilt had all these little medallions on it, each one different, and each only about 4″ across. The quilt said every piece was individually cut.

Of course, we saw some art too.

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I love the bright colors and the happy feeling of this painting.

Happy Weekend!

I am so looking forward to this weekend. I’ve been sick for what feels like ages and I’m *finally* feeling better, so I am hoping to get out of the house this weekend. I’m planning to go to the library and claim some of my prizes from the summer reading program and turn in my overdue books. Then I’m taking my husband out for a treat on Saturday. Sunday I might go visit my sister and Monday is a holiday here in Utah so we are planning a picnic or something.

Then I have a few reviews to post. I just finished Conspiracy by Lindsay Buroker. I also have two books by Robin Hobb that I haven’t reviewed, but I don’t even know where to begin! So many feels! I downloaded the 3rd in the trilogy, but I might not start it until Sunday or else I’d just stay indoors all day and read. (And that would be bad because….)

Hope you have a good weekend and happy reading!

Throwback Thursday

Today I thought it would be fun to do a throwback to an earlier year and do a list of things about that year. I asked one of my kids to pick a number between 1 & 47  and she picked 33. That

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‘s the year 2002, so in the year 2002 here are a few things about me and what I was reading!

  1. That was the year of the Salt Lake Olympics!! My family as a group did not have tickets to any of the events, but my daughter did get to go with her class to the Biathlon at Soldier’s Hollow. She saw the Cross-Country Skiing. She mainly remembers it being so cold and the skiers moving too fast to see!
  2. OK, that fact wasn’t really about me, but this one is – Provo had a town Olympic Fair and we went to that. We got to go inside an ice castle and sit in an ice throne. We also got up REALLY early to see the Olympic Torch go by. My kids barely remember that, but again, remember it being super cold and being dressed up in so many layers they could hardly move.
  3. In honor of the Olympics, here are a few books I can recommend – Going for the Gold by Emma Lathen, also about the Winter Olympics, this time set at Lake Placid, a fictional mystery, featuring a banker whose firm  has invested heavily in the event. Also The Boys in the Boat, about a group of working class boys who competed against rich kids and made it to the Olympics in Berlin. And finally, Unbroken, a biography of Louis Zamperini whose Olympic training made it possible for him to survive in a Japanese war camp during WWII. Those two are both non-fiction.
  4. Besides the Olympics, I was a busy mom with three little kids at home, aged 10, 8, and 5. And what did we love? HARRY POTTER. Harry was everything at our house. We had HP birthday parties, Halloween, we read the books aloud, read them to ourselves, played with the trading cards, the kids played them at recess, we got the Legos, we were obsessed. (Unlike now, of course. Who am I kidding? We’re still obsessed.)
  5. LOTR – That was the other book I was reading that year. I watched the movie The Fellowship of the Ring with my husband at the theater – which was a big deal, because I think we got a sitter and that was still pretty rare – and then I went home and borrowed his copy of the book. I loved the world Tolkien set up in LOTR, and I admire so much his ability to create characters, language, myths, gods, everything you need to really create a living world. He was extraordinary. Yes, he could have put a few more women in there and given more equal roles to the ones he did have, but he accomplished an amazing thing.
  6. Also this year, my husband had been laid off, so I was working one regular job and trying to sell books online and do mystery shopping. I was always tired. It is not my favorite time of life to look back on. But I was busy with a website, Bookcrossing.com. It’s a site designed to let you identify books with an ID number, release them in a public place, and then track where they wind up. But you can also trade them, and kind people send us books for my son’s birthday that year. He got Hardy Boys books, Thomas the Tank Engine, and some How Things Work books, all designed for a busy boy like him.

That’s my post for today and I’m tagging Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, Sarah at TheCritiquingChemist, and Jeyran at Review Tales. Pick your own year and tell us what you were doing and what you were reading. Have fun!