This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!
I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.
Last week–home and blog
We had a wonderful celebration for my husband last weekend. It was low-key with lots of conversation and laughs. We played croquet and board games and, of course, ate too much food!
The All-American Sport
By Monday evening–July 4–everyone, but our kids had left. We all went to a minor league baseball game that evening. Before the game they had a naturalization ceremony for about two dozen people. That was very moving. The people becoming U.S. citizens were from all over the world.
The baseball game was lots of fun. Our local team won! After the game there were fireworks which were lots of fun to watch.
Our two children who live out-of-town left by Thursday and my husband drove over to eastern Iowa to visit his dad. (That’s one of the perks for us living in Iowa is that we will get to visit his dad more often and help out with doctors’ appointments as well as just visit.) I decided to stay home and try to get some things done around the house. The house seemed very quiet!
We had an offer on our house in Maryland a week or more ago, but were going back and forth with counter-offers so we didn’t know if we would come to an agreement. Well, we did and now the house is a pending sale. Yay!
I always hold my breath until the house actually sells since we have had offers fall through in the past with other homes we’ve sold. This sale is contingent upon the sale of their home so that’s always a little “iffy.” But we are hoping for the best!
I had planned to spend some time on the internet both on my blog and taking care of other business I had put off when we had a houseful of visitors. While we had lots of people in our house–with lots of them using the internet–our internet ran slow and was sometimes didn’t work at all. I thought it was just lots of people trying to all log on at once. I was going to check into it with my internet provider after everyone left.
However, after everyone left it got even worse. I would have internet for a few minutes and then it would crash. The cycle repeated over and over before I gave up. Finally on Friday after about two hours chatting with tech support we all decided the router was bad and that I should go pick up a new one at their office. After I got that working that has seemed to solve the trouble, but I didn’t get much done on the internet this week!
As I mentioned above the internet didn’t work much of the time this last week. I had gotten a Sunday Post completed before last weekend and posted that, but wasn’t able to complete anything else this week.
What I’m reading
- No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron
- The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
What I read last week
- Borrowing Death by Cathy Pegau
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library
Strawberry Yellow by Naomi Hirahara
Staying at Daisy’s by Jill Mansell
Interesting on the internet
Free Sync Audio books
Sync is back again for the summer (May 5 – Aug 17). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. Each set of books are only available for one week.
The Sync books available this week (July 7 – 14):
- Symphony for City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson; Read by M.T. Anderson
- The Young World by Chris Weitz; Read by Spencer Locke, Jose Julian
The Sync books available next week (July 14 – 21)
- Fat Angie by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo; Read by Angela Dawe
- On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta; Read by Rebecca Macauley
To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.
Note: Some of the books have international restrictions, but some are available even if you live outside the U.S.
Next Week–home & blog
My husband is back home this week and we have lots to do so we will be busy around our house and doing administrative stuff outside the house. Having the internet available again is a relief. I never realize how much I depend on it until I don’t have it. I hope to get more reading and posts completed, but we’ll see how that goes.
- Top Ten Tuesday
- Waiting on Wednesday
- Sunday Post
What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?