|Bird's nest on our porch. If you look carefully at the first photo you can see the nest peeking out of the top of the wreath.|
Update on my father: My mom was finally able to get my dad into a care facility and the physical therapy has begun. When I spoke to my mom on Friday, she sounded relieved and said that she thought dad was doing well, even walking a few steps with minimal assistance.
Update on my health: I seem to be emerging from the malaise that settled over me with this cold/allergies/cough thing I have been struggling with for
Good news: Carly, our soon-to-be graduate, made a trip out West this week to interview for a position in Tacoma and to visit a site in San Francisco where she'd already been offered a job. With a little salary negotiation, she accepted the job in San Fran. We are so proud of her.
Long, lost friend: I drove down to Vancouver to visit two college friends on Monday. I haven't spent much time with Jan since some time in the early 1980s, over thirty years ago. It was so good to reconnect. And what has taken us so long? We live only two hours apart? Anne Marie and I reconnected last year at this time, and it is always nice to spend time with her. Love you both!
Flower pots planted: for Mother's Day, Don usually gives me a day of planting flowers in the pots after a visit to a local nursery. Since we will be gone for Mother's Day this year, Don and I went out yesterday and bought enough plants to fill up ten pots and then we spent the afternoon planting them. For those of you who don't live in the PacNW, it always seems so late when we can finally get the plants set out, but our nights are usually quite cold, so our soil doesn't warm up enough to plant annuals until mid-May, and sometimes that is too early. Thanks, Don, for my Mother's Day gift!
Book overload: Hilariously four books and six audiobooks all arrived at the library after being on hold for months. I am not sure why this always seems to happen but now I am facing an untenable situation to try and read/listen to too many books in a short three weeks. The list:
- Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Baglieu. I should finish this one first since it is a graphic novel about famous/not-so-famous women throughout history. I hope to be a judge for the Cybils again and it is likely that this will be one of the books under consideration. Print.
- Thunder Head by Neal Shusterman. Sequel to a Printz honor book, Scythe, I have been waiting for this book for two months. Now that it is here will I have the fortitude to just dig in and read it? Print.
- The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan. I've heard wonderful things about this YA novel. Print.
- Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi. Another potential Cybils nonfiction selection. Of the four print books, this is the least interesting to me, at least on the surface. Print.
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Kate Arden. Many bloggers have recommended this book. I placed it on hold months ago, and now it has arrived with a batch of other audiobooks. I'm guessing this one will go back on my hold list. Audio.
- Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood. I can't even remember anything I've heard about this book other than it is authored by one of my favorites. Audio.
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This is a re-read for me but one I need to listen to again for an upcoming book club. I am actually around 50% completed. Audio.
- Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. I actually requested this book a week ago when I had nothing in the wings for a next audiobook. This book is on my Classics Club list but since it isn't in demand, I will send it back and request it again some other day. Audio.
- Less by Andrew Sean Greer. The recent Pulitzer Prize winner and an upcoming book club selection. This book is up next. Audio.
- The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty. See note on Stranger in a Strange Land. Same. Audio.
Books completed this week:
- Devotions: Selected Poems of Mary Oliver. I've been working on this 400+ page poetry collection since January. Loved every minute. Print.
- Sgt Pepper at Fifty: The Mood, the Look, the Sound, the Legacy of the Beatles' Great Masterpiece. I bought this last year in the midst of my own personal Beatlemania stage. Not especially well-written but I did learn quite a bit. Print.
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. A YA book written in verse about a young Dominican-American who has a hard time communicating with her mother. Print.
- Gulp: Adventures of the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach. I started this book three years ago and finally got back to it. Interesting and gross information about everything related to digestion. Did you know that it is likely that Elvis died of constipation? Audio.
Best guitar solo EVER? Who knows. Maybe it is. I am not sure how I avoided seeing this video taken at the Rock and Roll Hall of Frame ceremony honoring George Harrison in 2004 after his death. It features so many famous people, several now dead themselves. Keep watching all the way to the end for Prince's solo. OMG. So good.