Thursday, May 19, 2022

Cat Thursday


Welcome to the weekly meme (hosted by Michelle at True Book Addict) that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite lolcat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats!

This week is just some kitty love. I love showing of my fur babies.


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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Week-In-Review: Happy May!

G's surgery was the last of the day and was pushed back two hours due to an anesthesia machine breaking...needless to say, it was a very long day at the hospital. And the surgery ended up being a bit more intense as well so more recovery time than expected. There was also a difficulty in find an open pharmacy after hours and the on-call surgeon forgot to send one of the medicines into the said pharmacy...so yeah, it was a very long day.  But he has been a trooper and dealing with the pain and discomfort with humor and a good attitude! Looks like everything is healing up normally as well.

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G waiting for surgery while playing video games

Mother's Day was really relaxing. G made me a heart treasure map where I had to find little heart notes that led me to the big Heart Note/letter for me. It was very sweet. Breakfast by the DH and G made me coffee. DH and I caught up on some TV and then we headed out for delicious sushi for dinner. I cannot complain...well, the weather was terrible but that's Spring in Utah for you. I even made some loaf cake that turned out delicious. Super simple and yummy.


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My first loaf cake and it was yummy!

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The spring trees are so pretty this time of year!

We're heading into the home stretch for G's last weeks of 7th grade! I can't believe he's almost done. He went on a couple of field trips this week and it was a much-needed break for him at school.

This weekend we're heading down to my mom's house to celebrate Mother's Day a week late but better late than never! We've also been doing a ton of spring cleaning and repairs. We even installed a new kitchen faucet. It's so nice. Never thought I'd say that about a kitchen faucet.

I'm planting a few flowers in pots as well this evening. I should have pics up for those next week. I hope I don't kill them too quickly!😬 May all your plantings go well!

Currently Reading 

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media by Jacob Mchangama




Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind
 by Judson Brewer

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science by Sean Kean

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse #8) by James S.A. Correy

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava#1) by Roshani Chokshi-- This is a reread with G. We got behind on this series so we are rereading and then catching up!

Read


Persepolis Rising
(The Expanse #7) by James S.A. Correy/ 2017 / 608 Pages / Paperback / Sci-fi

My Thoughts: 

This one takes place 30 years after number six! It sets off the final trilogy of the series and it's good. I'll be sad once I'm done with all nine! Definitely future rereadings.


Six Crimson Cranes
 by Elizabeth Lim/ 2021/ 464 Pages/ Hardcover/ Own/Fantasy, Young Adult

My Thoughts:

Japanese folklore and myth take center-stage in this fantasy novel. I read this one out loud to G and we both really enjoyed the challenges, characters, and intrigue. There will be at least one more to finish this off. There's even a bit of romance. G didn't seem to mind so I'll take the win!


Movies Watched:


Unmask the truth

The Batman (2022). Directed by Matt Reeves. Starring: Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz

My Thoughts:

I'll be brutally honest, I did not like this movie. Emo Batman did not work for me. The Bat and the Cat; I did not like the sound of that.

How far would you go to be remembered?

Jamie Marks Is Dead
(2014). Directed by Carter Smith. Starring: Morgan Saylor, Noah Silver, and Cameron Monaghan.

My Thoughts:

I think this one premiered at Sundance back in 2013 or 2014. So it's a fun little horror indie. It's gems like this one that make me happy I have a Shudder subscription.

Jamie Marks is found in the woods. Gracie and Adam start to see his ghost. Gracie decides to have nothing to do with him but Adam feels like he can help him move on somehow, especially since he didn't notice him much when he was alive. But paying attention to ghosts and their troubles comes with a cost. Brilliant storytelling. Lots of layers here. One worth a rewatch. And it's not scary per se. Really a coming of age story told with ghosts...

It's also based off of the book "One for Sorrow" by Christopher Barzak from 2007. I'd like to read it soon and see how they differ.

Evil only a mother could love

The Twin (2022). Directed by Taneli Mustonen. Starring: Teresa Palmer and Steven Cree

My Thoughts:

It's a mess. Tries to pull a provocative twist which doesn't make any sense. Not my favorite but I don't necessarily regret those 105 minutes...

Nothing is random

Coherence
(2013). Directed by James Byrkit. Starring: Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon.

My Thoughts:

Now this was a weird and creepy, what the hell is going on sci-fi movie! A little indie gem that came out a few years ago. I didn't even realize it had Xander from "Buffy" until I started watching it! 

Weird stuff starts happening to a group of friends at a dinner party as a comet passes by Earth. And I mean really weird stuff. Like pay attention to all the details type stuff. This one is a must-see again to see if I can figure it out...My brain is still hurting from this one!

And a shout out to Friday the 13th. I rewatched it, Friday the 13th, with a friend who had never seen it before! It was so fun.

TV Watched:

Finished up Star Trek: Picard on Paramount+. Started watching Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which is pretty fun. They're going back to the one and done episode arcs like the Treks of old. So yeah, really digging the new series with Christopher Pike, Spock, and Uhura.

Watching Under the Banner of Heaven on Hulu. I read the book a few years ago and am really enjoying the dramatized version of it. This one happened in my neck of the woods. 

And of course, the NBA Playoffs...basketball all the time right now.



Joining up with Deb from Readerbuzz and her Sunday Salon.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Cat Thursday-- Cats and Their Beds


Welcome to the weekly meme (hosted by Michelle at True Book Addict) that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite lolcat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats!

Bored Panda has posted a few lists of cats and their crazy beds. This last one is from about a year ago. All pretty funny and pretty darn cute. Check out their list for cute picture overload.

Dollhouse bed!

Mom, cat's in my bed...

Cup holders can be cozy

Paper towels are quite comfy






Thursday, May 5, 2022

Cat Thursday: Window Time


Welcome to the weekly meme (hosted by Michelle at True Book Addict) that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite lolcat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats!

We got new blinds in our bedroom so now we can actually raise them up again! Nala has been enjoying this immensely. Lots of window time.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Cat Thursday: Spring Cleaning

 


Welcome to the weekly meme (hosted by Michelle at True Book Addict) that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite lolcat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats!

Tis that time of year again for cleaning and and organizing!





May your cleans be as springy as these kitties!

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Week-in-Review: Spring Has Sprung and Where Did April Go?

Our dear neighbors shipped out to Florida last month. We packed them all in tight. DH is a master packer. He packed their truck in tight even when they got a smaller truck than they were planning on! It really is something you need to do to help the grieving process when friends and family move far far away. Getting in there and packing and moving helps. It's so hard to see friends move 😭. But I'm happy for them and their new adventures.

We had a really warm weekend (a few weekends ago! ha), like unusually so. My flowers are coming in! I love my hyacinths and my tulips are almost full bloom. My crocuses didn't fare so well this year...They may not come back next year. 

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Weird angles on some of these but oh well! I am no photographer but they are still pretty.

We also went on Spring Break. Somewhere local. My friend and her husband had some extra time share points they let us use. So we got away for about a week and just relaxed and got some sun and good food.


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We hiked, played games, puzzled, ate good food, watched movies, and just relaxed. One of the best spring breaks in a long time!

Tig Notaro came to Salt Lake last weekend so me and friends went and it was amazing! I don't leave the house often and I'm so glad I did. We hit a bar after and danced and laughed and had a great time. It was was wonderful to get out again. So glad I forced myself to do it. I ended up having the best time. COVID has wreaked havoc in so many ways and this felt like a small victory and a way toward recovery.

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Also, the energy of youth! I almost felt like I was young again...just dancing and having fun with those in their 20s! So much fun. I can't do that every week, never could. But yeah, every once in awhile is rejuvenating.


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Happy Easter. Egg coloring and basket goodies!

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This week includes finally getting our new bed! It's been on back order for months. We are so excited!!!! But this week also includes minor surgery for G...My momma heart is worried but I know it'll be OK. G is excited to see how long he can withstand the anesthesia....😅 Whatever keeps him from worrying as well...

Currently Reading 

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media by Jacob Mchangama


Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind
by Judson Brewer

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science by Sean Kean

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim (with G)

Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) by James S.A. Correy

Read

Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System that Keeps You Alive by Philipp Dettmer/ 2021 / 368 Pages / Hardcover / Science, Biology

My Thoughts: 

Wow! Dettmer is quite the writer. He's an autodidact and those people amaze me. He has a YouTube science channel as well. I learned so much about the immune system and why and how vaccines work and all the different mechanisms of how our immune systems work together and how they fail. I can't recommend this book enough. Clear (ish) and Simple (ish...I mean it's still complex ideas but he knows how to explain for the lay person very well!)

Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse #6) by James S.A. Correy/ 2016/ 536 Pages/ Paperback/ Sci-fi

My Thoughts:

Loved the ending of this story arc. The next three books in the series take place decades in the future and constitute an almost separate trilogy. Exciting and satisfying.

The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1) by Julia Quinn/ 2000/ 384 Pages/ Scribd audiobook/ Historical romance

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this. I ended up reading (OK listening) to the first four books of the series. I liked Quinn's character-building, which you don't always get in historical romances...The duke has a history and it truly takes love to overcome his trauma and grief. Overall, my favorite so far. And I just love the Netflix series.

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons #2) by Julia Quinn/ 2000/ 354 Pages/ Scribd audiobook/ Historical romance

My Thoughts:

The second one isn't quite as good as the first one but overall I enjoyed the character development of Anthony and Kate and their similar ideas on taking care of family first and eventually finding a way to do that as well as find love for themselves. A strong love story. But it was hard to read after watching the second season of the TV series! They made Kate so much better! Overall, though, still enjoyable.

An Offer from a Gentleman (Bridgertons #3) by Julia Quinn/ 2001/ 390 Pages/ Scribd audiobook/ Historical romance

My Thoughts:

Wowser. This one was awful. I love Benedict in the TV series but he's awful in this! Julia Quinn does a retelling of the Cinderella storyline and it does not work at all. Let's just say Benedict uses his station to coerce and blackmail the woman he ends up falling in love with...Basically he kidnaps her as well and stalks her the whole book...yuck. I've heard they are not going to do Benedict's story for the third season...maybe they'll come up with something else for him. Please! I don't know what Quinn was thinking...


Romancing Mister Bridgerton
(Bridgertons #4) by Julia Quinn/ 2001/ 370 Pages/ Scribd audiobook/ Historical romance

My Thoughts:

I really wanted to get to this one...This is where Pen and Colin finally fall in love! It's not quite as "romantic" as the first two but still very satisfying and I really enjoyed seeing how Colin finally falls in love with Pen who's been pining for him since her youth. Can't wait to see it in the Netflix series as well.

I can only take so much romance so I'm taking a break before I read the last four in the series. I plan on getting to those this summer, though.



Movies Watched:

The mission that changes everything begins...

No Time to Die (2021). Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Starring Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, and Ralph Fiennes.

My Thoughts:

An excellent end to the Daniel Craig series. It's really the only Bond movies I'll watch. Though, I do have a love for the one Timothy Dalton was in back in the day! I love him.

Where will your dreams take you?

Sing 2
(2021). Directed by Garth Jennings. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, and Taron Egerton.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed the first Sing a lot more. The story was better and they had more endearing characters as well. This one was all over the map and two characters were written out which was very disappointing. But not a bad way to spend a couple of hours.

When the past lets you in, the truth will come out

Last Night in Soho
(2021). Directed by Edgar Wright. Starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this thriller. Quite the fancy psychological thriller. The last fourth of the film was a tad predictable but still really enjoyed this! Praise is well-deserved.

An ancient evil has awoken

The Cellar
(2022). Directed by Brendan Muldowney. Starring Elisha Cuthbert and Eoin Macken.

My Thoughts:

I was expecting a bit more from this indie Irish horror. There were some interesting ideas here but the story was slow and when it did get going it was a major let-down. Oh well.

The multiverse unleashed

Spider-Man: No Way Home
(2021). Directed by Jon Watts. Starring Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei.

My Thoughts:

Really fun movie. We had a great time catching up again with the Marvel world. And I loved the nod to the other past Spider-Mans...Toby McGuire and Andrew Garfield. I loved the Toby McGuire series so I'm really glad they were able to bring that all together one last time. 

The plot was absolutely ridiculous...but overall, I didn't care and just went with it and had fun.

TV Watched:


Currently watching Star Trek: Picard (Paramount+), Moon Knight (Disney+), Life and Beth (Hulu), Slow Horses (Apple TV). Also slowly watching the PBS series on Benjamin Franklin.

Finished the second season of Bridgerton which was lovely. Sometimes you just need a good escape and Bridgerton is lush and gorgeous and I have no shame!

If you have Apple TV watch Severance! Such an interesting show. Check it out.

Watching lots of NBA playoffs as well.


Joining up with Deb from Readerbuzz and her Sunday Salon.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Cat Thursday: Spring Kitties

 


Welcome to the weekly meme (hosted by Michelle at True Book Addict) that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite lolcat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats!

We had a very warm weekend and my cats loved it! They got out and got dirty and enjoyed the sun. Then Nala came back in and puked up all the grass she ate...oh, Nala... 

May we enjoy the sun as much as these two!

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Cat Thursday -- Stepan Is Safe

 


Welcome to the weekly meme (hosted by Michelle at True Book Addict) that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite lolcat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats!

Image source @giantcat9 Twitter

Image source Washington Post article

What is happening in Ukraine is devastating. But I was pleased to hear about the cat influencer Stepan. He's OK. His followers were worried when his account on Instagram and TikTok went silent for nearly two weeks. When Stepan and his staff Anna and her two sons were back online, they were safe in France.

It's actually a story on the connected world of influencers. And how many can reach out to their followers to find safe haven. Please check out the whole article.

So happy to see Stepan safe and other cats and animals being rescued during this horrific time.