Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.
We had a tiny bit more snow, but also a few sunny days above freezing. However, our north facing backyard is still filled with snow!
The last two weeks in pictures
I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the Iowa Caucus and what a fiasco that was. It was my first caucus (we moved to Iowa three years ago) and I volunteered to help people sign-in. It was very interesting since it’s so different from just voting for a candidate, but it was also chaotic. We were in a middle school gymnasium and it was very loud. The precinct captain didn’t have a sound system so it was very hard to hear what anyone was saying.
After we finished caucusing we went home and that’s when we heard there was some kind of problem though on Monday night no one knew what the problem was. Now almost a week later and Iowa has provided numbers, but news organizations have found some inconsistencies and still don’t feel confident to call a winner. My takeaway from this is that maybe Iowa needs to just vote and do away with the caucus system!
Elf and Olaf
Elf and Olaf (Olie) are getting along better. Olaf was neutered this week. He’s five months old so I’m glad he hadn’t started spraying. He weighs almost nine pounds!
Now that the caucuses are over life is getting back to a more normal level. We went out one evening to a cabaret performance. The singer was great. We also got away one evening and played dominoes at our local brewery. Lots of fun though my husband beat me even though (because) he drew 22 tiles and then was able to block me several times!
We had lunch at our botanical garden cafe. Again, lots of fun! The botanical garden dome is wonderful in the winter since it’s warm and all the plants are green and growing! Some are blooming and there’s even an area with cactus! On the way to the botanical gardens and along the Des Moines River is the Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens with an Asian pavilion as the main feature. Ray was an Iowa governor (1969-1983) and the first public official anywhere in the United States to offer the Vietnamese “Boat People” a safe haven as well as sending food and medicine to Cambodia and helping keep the Tai Dam of Laos intact as a people and a culture by making it possible for them to resettle in Iowa.
In January I read 16 books–much higher than my average of 7 or 8! Several of the books were short so that factored in, but I also read some very good ones which I flew through. In February, I’ve already abandoned two books–one at 36% and the other at 25%–because I decided they just weren’t what I wanted to read right now. They were depressing me and I want to enjoy my reading.
Last two weeks
- Sunday Post: A musical, a deer and more snow
- Can’t Wait Wednesday: Peace Talks by Jim Butcher
- Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
- They Call It Puppy Love Challenge 2020–Sign-Up Post
- February 2020 books on my list
- Can’t-Wait Wednesday
- Sunday Post
What I’m reading
- A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris
- Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
What I read recently
- Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard
- A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
- Girls of the Dark by Katherine Pathak
- House of Teeth by Dan Jolley
- Blind Search by Paula Munier
- The Island by Ragnar Jonasson
Books I got recently
Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan (ebook, purchased)
Some of the Best from Tor.com:2019 Edition by Elizabeth Bear, Siobhan Carroll, John Chu, Greg Egan,et al (ebook, purchased)
The World of Cork O’Connor by William Kent Kreuger (ebook, purchased)
Girls of the Dark by Katherine Pathak (KindleUnlimited)
Fashion Goes to the Dogs by Peggy Gaffney (KindleUnlimited)
The Body on the Beach by Anna Johannsen (KindleUnlimited)
A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris (ebook/library)
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (audiobook/library)
What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Are you planning anything for Valentine’s Day?