|Photo by Rachel Edson|
Family wedding photo: The above photo was taken after my nephew's wedding last month. All my siblings and their spouses were present but a few of the nieces and nephews weren't able to make the celebration. Welcome to the family Alyssa and Tati!
Portland: As I mentioned already, I drove to Portland today to meet up with one of my best girlfriends from high school days. She lives in Singapore so a long drive on a Sunday to see her is totally worth it. We ate brunch at a French restaurant with delightful ambiance and pastries.
x1.25: The Pierce County Public Library System subscribes to a cool service called Hoopla. Members can download movies, books, and audiobooks. The catalog of audiobooks isn't huge but has a fairly big collection of books in which I want to listen. I've already listened to one book through Hoopla: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, which I loved. A very cool feature on Hoopla allows the listener to speed up the rate the book is played. I clicked x1.25. At first it was like listening to mice but when my brain adjusted I was able to listen to 14 hours of narration in under 12 hours. Cool.
D.R.S.: Yesterday Don and I attended a day-long seminar by the Department of Retirement Systems for the State of Washington. We have begun the process of THINKING ABOUT retirement. Eek! There is so much to think about. We went in thinking we'd retire in two to three years and left thinking it would be more like five. Sigh.
Books completed this week:
- Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer---Sometimes the stories we tell ourselves, the ones that form our memories, are not accurate.
- The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Watson---my third book in the Magical Realism genre of the year. (Audiobook)
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell---an audiobook by a favorite author. Progress: on disc 7 of 7.
- Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King---she drinks a pulverized bat and now Glory can see into the future and what she sees is very disturbing.
For your listening enjoyment: Besame Mucho by Pearl Django. What a treat.