Katie Commits to Nothing in 2019, Part 5
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Hello Old Friends and Welcome New Ones!
I'm Katie, and I've been with the 75ers since 2011. I live just outside New York City with my husband, "The" Wayne, and our cat, Leonard. I work from home for a global engineering association, which allows me to scratch my travel itch a few times a year. In addition to reading and traveling, I enjoy taking advantage of all that my current location has to offer, from bars and restaurants to theater and museums to seasides and mountainsides. I lived 12 years in "exile" in Texas and am glad to be back in the northeast :)
My only "goal" for this reading year is to not have any goals. I am hoping to read more of the 3500 books I currently own rather than shiny new ones, but I'll just be happy with a year of excellent reads, regardless of where they come from.
(audio) (print) (Kindle)
2019 BOOKS COMPLETED
Off my shelf (pre-2019): 4
Off my Kindle (pre-2019): 2
16. Lucky Suit by Lauren Blakely (audio) (3.5 stars)
15. Enlightening Delilah by M.C. Beaton (audio) (3 stars)
14. The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut (4 stars)
13. The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie (4 stars)
12. Murder in an English Village by Jessica Ellicott (audio) (2.5 stars)
11. The Garden Party by Grace Dane Mazur (4 stars)
10. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda (audio) (3 stars)
9. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld (4 stars)
8. The Governess Game by Tessa Dare (4 stars)
7. Blood on the Forge by William Attaway (4.5 stars)
6. Boo by Neil Smith (audio) (3 stars)
5. The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwan (3.5 stars)
4. Good Neighbors by Ryan David Jahn (4 stars)
3. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh (audio) (3.5 stars)
2. By the Book by Julia Sonneborn (3 stars)
1. Going Back by Penelope Lively (3.5 stars)
DID NOT FINISH
1. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail
My Ratings (revised, once again, as I continue the fruitless search for the perfect scale...)
2 stars = below average
3 stars = average
4 stars = above average
5 stars = perfect *for me*
(Anything below 2 stars is unlikely to be finished)
A Book You Should Read
(A new, regular feature on my threads...)
Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan
I remember really enjoying this fun re-telling of P&P set in contemporary London. Nathan wrote smart rom-coms - I enjoyed every one I read, but this was probably my favorite. Unfortunately, she died at a relatively young age from breast cancer in 2006.
Happy new thread, Katie. Hope you're feeling better and are ready and raring to face the week. >:-)
Happy new thread! >4 katiekrug: Making a note of this one as Austen retellings are one of my favorite reading projects!
Morning, Katie! Happy new one! I am torn about the recommended book this time, as I have always been disappointed by P&P retellings.
>18 vivians: - Hi Vivian! The Nathan would be good filler in between some heavier reads...
Hi Katie and happy new thread.
From your last thread, I liked Malkovich’s The A.B.C. Murders. It was interesting in a stand-alone-type-of-mystery with an interesting detective who happened to be named Hercule Poirot. There’s very little of the ‘real’ Poirot in Malkovich but it was good entertainment and for some strange reason I was not angry at the interpretation – I guess it didn’t threaten my preconceived notions of Poirot from reading the books forever and repeatedly and without having watched any movie/TV series adaptation ever except for the execrable Branagh Murder on the Orient Express. Branagh I completely dismissed.
I liked that it was a 3-episode series instead of a 3-hour movie. The lighting was atmospheric (read: dark) and without the repartee between Poirot and Hastings there wasn’t much liveliness, but it moved along at a reasonable pace for the time period, I thought.
Happy new thread Katie.
>4 katiekrug: BB right there. I love P&p retellings or spin offs, some are good, some not so good, but all usually fun to read.
>23 fairywings: - Hi Adrienne! I do enjoy a good P&P spin-off/re-telling/homage, as long as the writing is good. Some of them are pretty badly written, but not the one I highlighted above :)
Snow day today! Just kidding. I work from home. But all the local schools are closed, and The Wayne is working from home. It just started flurrying, and we are supposed to get 3-5 inches of snow and sleet. Not a lot, but the sleet can be dangerous, so I'm glad The Wayne decided not to venture into the city and then force me to pick him up later in the day when the conditions get worse...
I don't think I've commented on my current read - The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut. It's about a counselor in a women's prison whose new patient is an old high school classmate. She's in for murder. The perspective switches between the two, and I'm not really sure where it's going, but it's pretty good.
I'm almost done with my current audio - Enlightening Delilah - which is a Heyer-esque Regency romp. Not bad for audio, but no great shakes either.
Happy new thread!
We also have a snow/ice day today and all our local schools and libraries are closed. It's pretty yucky outside and I'm glad that we have nowhere to go!
Morning, Katie! Hooray for not having to go out - I'm not going anywhere, either.
Goddesses. Winter's steel jaws are back around my feet and ankles after yesterday's hoofin' around. Ow. And Rob scolded me for doing too much when he'd've gone to the PO for me at the least. The crullers he handed me in exchange made the grouching tolerable.
Happy new thread, Katie. Psyched I made it before you cracked 50 posts. I'm wavering on the P&P retelling and you might hit me yet.
I have completed the LT Valentine's Day treasure hunt and collected my 18 hearts. Only minimal use of hints and Google :)
>35 katiekrug: I've been frustrated by the previous hunts and given up in despair, but last night I took a peek and saw one that I knew off the bat. And then I had to try a few more. I ended up with 15 by the end of the evening, with a bit of Googling but not toooo much.
Happy New Thread, Katie! I hope your having a good week and enjoying those current reads.
>36 BLBera: - I enjoyed it way back when, Beth!
>37 BLBera: - I love those hunts. They're a nice distraction from work :)
>38 lauralkeet: - I used a little Google-fu, and some of the hints on the Talk thread devoted to it. But I got at least 3/4 on my own, I think...
>39 msf59: - Thanks, Mark! So far, so good :)
>40 alcottacre: - Any time, Stasia! I'll definitely read the next in the series from Denfeld.
>41 katiekrug: I got into double figures with a bit of googling, the last 4 or 5 I needed the hints to get.
Happy hump day.
Our winter weather didn't amount to much. A couple of inches of snow and sleet/freezing rain. It's already almost 40F so everything is melting... Regular work day today, and then I was going to go to yoga but my preferred instructor seems to be taking the entire month off, so I think I'll take the opportunity to join the new gym that opened in our town. It's cheap and designed for non-gym rats - similar to the one I went to in Dallas, I think.
The Wayne has a team-building activity tonight - ax-throwing (WTF?) at some place in Brooklyn, so I expect he won't be home until after 9 or 10...
I'm almost done with The Captives, and I'm eager to see how it concludes. This one has been a pleasant surprise - random library choice FTW!
Ax. Throwing. Did he become a lumberjack or a Viking since we last met? 😀
Though it does sound like fun!
Apparently it's the new hipster thing to do. Which cracks me up because he is so totally not a hipster :D
>43 katiekrug: Not just Ax throwing, but DRUNKEN Ax Throwing. That place is a bar, as well.
>50 ELiz_M: Suggest the rest of us take cover!
I saw an item on it on the News, I think it was part of a series looking at how
I can think of a few people I could well have axed during a team building exercise that involved sharp impliments...
So I'm gone for two days and come back to find you're 53 posts into a new thread -- and The Wayne is going to get drunk and start throwing axes!! HELP!
>54 Helenliz: The first place I ever experienced ax-throwing in a bar was in Toronto, actually, so I'm not entirely sure it's an American invention. The appeal rather escapes me.
>56 katiekrug: If it's anything like the one here in Iowa City, there's a limit to how many drinks you can have before you start tossing axes.
>57 rosalita: there's a limit to how many drinks you can have before you start tossing axes. Ha! Words to live by.
Axe throwing? Wow. I will remember to look grateful the next time someone mentions the (blessedly sport free) work bbq.
>4 katiekrug: That's the second P&P related Book Bullet today, Katie! Thanks! And the library has this one. (To be fair, the other one won't be out for a couple of months) Oh, and happy new thread!
Happy new thread, Katie. Did the new gym work out ok? I hope the Wayne had a pleasant evening with his ax throwing coworkers. The mind boggles!
I think we are all need to be reassured that The Wayne arrived home without any axe related injuries.
Put it this way, it's not a team building idea I'm going to be suggesting any time soon!
>63 ronincats: - I hope you like it, Roni! What was the other P&P-related BB?
>64 Familyhistorian: - Hi Meg! I ended up meeting a friend for dinner so didn't get to the gym. I'll go tomorrow. The Wayne did have fun :)
>65 Helenliz: and >66 susanj67: - The Wayne and
Morning, everyone! Nothing much going on here. Work-work-workity-work. And it's cleaning lady day so hurray for that.
I finished two books yesterday, so will write up some comments on those in a bit.
We're not doing anything much for Valentine's Day - Chinese take-out, a bottle of wine, and maybe a couple of episodes of 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' :)
Morning, Katie! Your Valentine's Day plans sound perfect to me. Birdy is making heart-shaped pancakes as I type - she is a Pancake Diva. She has chocolate hazelnut syrup to put on top.
Hooray for The Wayne's hidden talents!
That Birdy is a gem - you should keep her around :)
The Wayne was quite proud of his ax-throwing prowess...
>70 katiekrug: just as long as he doesn't bring his new found prowess home with him. Do you have an axe in the shed???
The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut
This is a hard book to describe. I thought it was going to be a suspenseful thriller, but instead it's a slow-burning psychological study. Frank is a therapist at a women's prison in New York State. One of his new patients is a former classmate whom he had a crush on in high school; she doesn't seem to recognize him but that doesn't stop him from becoming re-obsessed with her. The story is told from Frank's perspective and from Miranda's, and includes a lot of backstory about Miranda's childhood and family life. The climax of the story is a bit hard to believe - okay, very hard to believe -, and overall, the novel was uneven but it kept me turning the pages and staying up a bit past my bedtime on multiple nights, so I'll call it a win.
>71 Helenliz: - LOL, Helen! We probably have an ax around here somewhere, but I expect it's buried in the garage somewhere...
Enlightening Delilah by M.C. Beaton
This was a frothy Regency-era romance in the vein of Georgette Heyer, but not of that caliber. It was entertaining enough on audio, and short, and that's really all I have to say about it. *shrug*
>75 katiekrug: I read that as "Lucky Slut"! I confess I was a bit verschmeckeled that you'd absorb something with that title.
>76 richardderus: - Oh, I don't know, "Lucky Slut" totally sounds like something I'd read *grin*
>80 katiekrug: Right? It isn't scheduled to be published until June (perils of being a collections librarian, you're excited about books months before you can get your hands on them) and I'm already looking forward to it. I'm such a word nerd.
How can this be #85 in thread #5 already!?!?! Well, that is easy, Kim. Katie is well-read, funny, full of shenanigans, and talks about exciting things like ax throwing!! What's not to like.
Ax-throwing for team-building? Are they gonna rob and pillage? Honestly, I am SO glad to be retired, I can't tellya.
Yay for Friday! We had a nice evening last night with our Chinese takeout and wine. We watched trash TV, including Project Runway All Stars which is always fun with The Wayne because he gets really into it and offers surprisingly insightful critiques. He also brought me flowers, thanks to Twitter bringing in a florist to be on-site so non-planners like him could nab last minute Valentine's bouquets. Heh.
No big plans for the weekend other than... wait for it.... organizing the kitchen pantry. So exciting, I know. We might go see a movie if we feel so moved. I want to see The Lego Movie 2 but might wait a few more weeks to have less chance of annoying kids dominating the audience.
Lucky Suit by Lauren Blakely
A funny and sweet romance novella which, given its length, included surprisingly well-developed characters who seemed very real. It made me want to try one of Blakely's full-length novels.
>88 katiekrug: The Wayne did good. Gorgeous posies.
I've got so many romance books on The List at the moment, I'll wait until you read a full-length Blakely before I consider that a hit.
>90 MickyFine: - It's not a Must Read (or Must Listen, in my case), but it was free from Audible and a pleasant diversion :)
>92 richardderus: - I have to say, they do some cool stuff for their employees.
"Jane, you ignorant SUIT!"
I took half an hour this afternoon and walked to the library to return a book and then to the post office to mail my nephew's birthday card, and then took the long way home. It's all sunshine-y and warmish (55F) out. Lots of puddles from melting snow :)
I started a new audio on the walk - Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Obama's former Deputy Chief of Staff. I'm enjoying it a lot already, especially for her insight early on into being a woman in politics - apparently her experience in the upper echelons wasn't much different from mine in the land of the peons!
And of course, I *just* got a notification that a book I requested is ready for pick-up from the library. Never fails... I have two more on request, so I'll wait to see if anything else arrives int he next day or two...
Sounds like you had a lovely Valentine's Day, Katie. My Hubby came through with flying colors as well. It's always nice to get confirmation that we made the right choice in our partners.
Hi Katie, stopping by to get caught up.
>43 katiekrug: - Oh, axe throwing! My niece has done that and said it was a lot of fun (and a great workout!) A nice change from all those Escape/Panic Room setups.
>88 katiekrug: - Lovely V-Day gift! Due to the crazy winter weather that has slammed the island for the past week - Even though Victoria is part of Canada, we just are not equipped for any snowfall - flowers were going at an insane premium so I said I was perfectly happy with wine and chocolates.
>35 katiekrug: Congrats! I had to beg for help on #18 on the talk thread, but eventually got it.
>67 katiekrug: I’m glad that The Wayne returned intact.
>72 katiekrug: … almost a book bullet, but I dodged at the last second.
>88 katiekrug: Yay for Valentine’s Day Flowers and Organizing the Kitchen Pantry. (It’s something I need to do again myownself.)
>100 karenmarie: - Morning, Karen! Thanks for catching up. I'm actually kind of excited about the pantry organization. If the zest for organization continues, I may do some Kondo-ing of my clothes, as I have entirely too many...
Happy Saturday, Katie! Hooray for Chinese takeout, wine, and trash tv. Of course, now I am wanting the Chinese.
The Chinese was excellent, Mamie. It took us a while but we finally found some high quality Chinese takeout (no delivery, alas).
I had a bit of a sleep-in this morning and am now enjoying some coffee and LT. Next I'll do the NYT crossword to keep my streak alive :) And then I might get dressed and do something productive. Or not.
I started Dream When You're Feeling Blue last night. It's about a family in Chicago during WWII. So far, so good. Berg's usual smooth, if not super profound, story and writing...
>104 katiekrug: I might get dressed and do something productive.
Whoawhoawhoa there, Miss Lady, no need to go crazy!
Much more The Thing. (Clearly I'm still reading Heyer.)
>105 richardderus: - Still in my pajamas, but The Wayne is making noises about running some errands soon, so..... ?
>106 katiekrug: ...so wave bye-bye and remind him to bring home some pizza.
LOL. I don't mind running errands with him. We see so little of each other during the week, it's a chance to spend some time together :)
>88 katiekrug: That's great that Twitter does that! I never get flowers as Nate hates spending money on them because they die. I sometimes get a plant on Mother's Day. I got wine and chocolate for Vday so I won't complain :)
Hi Katie! Just catching up on threads a bit now I'm home. One of my librarian friends heard about my recent read of Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors and she's going to send me a whole list she has going of Austen-inspired reads :D
So we were having lunch after running some errands and decided it was too nice a day to waste, so we caught a train to the city and walked around SoHo and NoLita a bit - went to a bookstore and then had drinks at a tiny Italian place. Then we took the subway to Koreatown and had an excellent dinner before catching the train home. All in all, a very nice late afternoon/evening.
>114 katiekrug: went to a bookstore
You are being surprisingly reticent here. Show us the book haul!
>116 katiekrug: thanks Katie. Saturdays in that part of NYC can be a bit nuts, but I'm glad you came away with a couple goodies.
>117 lauralkeet: - I'd been wanting to get to that bookstore for almost a year. For my birthday last year, Liz in Club Read (Hi Liz!) who's become a RL friend, gave me gift cards to 4 bookstores, including McNally Jackson, and it was the last one I hadn't yet been to.
Grocery store today, THEN organizing the pantry finally. We are trying a new recipe for dinner - lemon dill chicken. For Christmas, I gave The Wayne a little hydroponic herb grower, and it is going gangbusters. We are over-run with fresh dill, two kinds of basil, and thyme.
Morning, Katie! Yesterday sounds delightful - I love days that just kind of unfurl like that. I am crossing my fingers that the cookbook The Wayne picked up has delicious recipes that you can share. And hooray for fresh herbs - let me know how the lemon dill chicken turns out.
>118 katiekrug: You went to McNally! Almost as good as the bookstore is their pen and fancy notebook stores around the corner/down the street. And yeah, that is a rather cramped store (but beautifully arranged!) even when not a weekend.
"overrun with fresh dill" Oooohh.....that sounds divine. I love that smell. Can you share where you got this hydroponic herb thingie and what it's called?
>119 katiekrug: Fresh dill!! I adore fresh dill. And lemon dill chicken is delish. One can do the same thing with pork roast, in case you're looking to branch out.
>123 laytonwoman3rd: - It's this one, Linda. He's threatening to get another one...
>124 richardderus: - Thanks for the tip, RD! Dill is probably my favorite herb. I love it on fish, but The Wayne doesn't eat much seafood.
It sounds like you're having a wonderful weekend, Katie. It's snowing here. Again. The herb garden sounds like a great idea.
You clearly don't need me hanging around and taking up valuable space. My wife and I are quite content to take it easy on the weekends, especially after taking it easy all week. What are ya gonna do? We have our priorities.
These Truths is consuming the weekend's reading time.
>125 katiekrug: Thank you...I must find room on my counter for that. I've tried just growing herbs, both inside and out without the greatest success. Maybe this is my solution.
>126 BLBera: - Well, we were having a great weekend until I discovered part of the carpet in the basement was wet. It looks like a pipe inside the wall is leaking. I'm waiting on our landlord to respond to my text...
>127 weird_O: - Hi Bill! We like to take it easy, too. Until we don't and need a break from doing not much of anything :)
>128 laytonwoman3rd: - I was a little skpetical of it, Linda, but it's been great. You can also get different seeds for it, depending on what you want to grow. This one came with thyme, dill, Thai basil, Genoese basil, and mint. It takes up less space than I expected (I am bad at estimating space/measurements). It sists on the top shelf of our baker's rack.
>116 katiekrug: I can't seem to visit Manhattan without going to McNally Jackson. Last time, it was summer and I must have spent 30 minutes lost in their "summer reading guide" posted on the wall. It was a sort of matrix plotting books on two axes (this would be more meaningful if I could only remember what the axes were, but it was intended to help you choose from their recs).
>121 ELiz_M: pen and fancy notebook
Wait, what?! I did not know about this. I also need to make a return visit to CW Pencil, which I just adore.
>130 lauralkeet: - I'll have to go back this summer and see if they do another summer reading guide...
As I mentioned in >129 katiekrug: to Beth, I discovered wet carpet in our basement this afternoon. It wasn't the whole basement, but enough to freak me out. The Wayne investigated a bit, while I got in touch with our landlord (who is fabulous). They are now cutting a hole in the wall. It looks to be the main drain pipe (greeaaat) which is old and may have a failing joint. This should be fun... *eye roll*
>132 katiekrug: Eeuw. I hope you can get it fixed soon. Lucky you have a good landlord.
>132 katiekrug: ugh, but kudos to the landlord for getting right on it (and on a holiday weekend, at that).
Water does not appear to be coming from the main pipe, which is good. But it may be coming from under the slab, which is bad. We have a lot of stuff in the basement - half of it is our office, and the rest is used for storage. Luckily, the Wayne is off tomorrow and can move some stuff because I think the carpet is going to have to be taken up to investigate the leak source. Not sure what I'm going to do about work. I can use my laptop anywhere, obviously, but I have two big monitors at my desk which makes working so much easier... Oh well, not the end of the world, really. And certainly a first world problem.
Ugh to water problems! We just finished spackling the ceiling post upstairs toilet flood, and maybe sometime in the next month we will paint said ceiling. Was also fun getting the heating bill after my husband ran heaters, fans and a dehumidifier for 2 weeks plus cranked the heat up to 74 degrees upstairs. Good luck!
Sorry about the water problems, Katie, I hope you can identify the source soon. I find it's always worse not knowing.
Hoping the water issues are resolved speedily. Why do things like that always happen at the least convenient time?
Sorry about the basement, Katie. I hear you on the big screen issue too. I had to spend nearly a day reviewing files last week and typing into a giant Excel spreadsheet on a Surface Pro (about 14 inches). It nearly drove me MAD. How I missed my big screens.
I hope they can diagnose and fix it fast. Or that The Wayne moves your screens upstairs :-)
>138 nittnut: - Hi Jenn. Ugh to house stuff. Thanks for the good wishes!
>139 jessibud2: - My sympathies, Shelley.
>140 DeltaQueen50: - Judy, you are right about not knowing the cause being the worst of it.
>141 Helenliz: - Thanks, Helen. It's a holiday weekend here, but that means The Wayne is around to help deal with it. He has today off. I don't :-/
>142 susanj67: - Hi Susan. I am working at my desk now, while I can. We'll see what the rest of the week brings...
Sorry about the water in the basement problems, glad that your landlord seems responsible.
I wish you a visitation from the Spirit of Washington and Lincoln today as you sing your Presidents' Day hymns and sacrifice your Presidents' Day play money on the Mattress of Sanctity.
>114 katiekrug: I've been a city kid my whole life and have never been to that bookstore (hangs head in shame). Must remedy that. Sorry to hear about the wet basement.
>144 karenmarie: - Thanks, Karen! The landlord is coming back with his contractor sometime this morning.
>145 richardderus: - Snork! I'd sing hymns if I had the day off, but since I don't, I'll keep up my standard grumbling :)
>146 vivians: - It's a good one, Vivian. Fiction is arranged by region, which I like. Thanks for the commiseration...
More sympathy from me Katie. Thanks for the (ice) hockey tip. The bookshop sounds really good, even if it was busy.
>114 katiekrug: Sounds like a wonderful day!
Ugh to your water problem! I hope it can be resolved quickly and relatively painlessly.
Our landlord and his contractor came over this afternoon and to make a long story short, they are going to rip up the entire basement slab and re-lay it. Apparently, back in the day when the house was built, they just poured concrete on dirt to make basement floors. Eventually, of course, these crack, and allow water to seep up, which is what happened to us. These days, they lay gravel and put in French drains and then pour concrete slabs, providing excess water a place to go. So sometime in the near future, we'll have to move everything out of the basement (and there is A LOT of stuff down there!). I'll move my office to either the spare room on the 3rd floor or into the guest room on the 2nd floor. Our landlord will provide a POD to put the other stuff in. My biggest concern is how long this project will take, since it means no access to the washer and dryer!
>151 katiekrug: - Lucky you, getting such fast action. I am still waiting for our property manager to decide on a contractor. it's been over 3 weeks since I first noticed water in my basement.
Just make sure you do all the laundry the day before they arrive to start work! ;-)
We really have lucked out with our landlord, Shelley. It's a relatively small town and he's lived here forever and owns the local Shop Rite grocery store so is a real part of the community. And the house is beautiful so I'm sure he wants to protect his investment! I knew he'd be a good one when he and his wife came by right after we moved in and brought a huge gift basket with bottles of wine, chocolates, and gift cards (to Shop Rite, of course!) :)
It's a huge hassle but it's nice being able to let someone else handle it. All I have to do is follow orders!
>130 lauralkeet: Goods for the Study, 234 Mulberry Street:
>151 katiekrug: Amazing! I live on the top floor of my building and had water damage in the kitchen wall for 5 months (steadily getting worse) and after a dozen of phone calls, a certified letter to both the management office and the address where the money goes, and a visit from the management company, it wasn't until I filed a complaint with the city that that they finished fixing the roof and my wall. :/
I only had to live with the disruption of repair for 5 days. I can't imagine having to displace so much stuff for weeks.
ETA: There are services that will pick up your laundry and deliver it to you washed and folded. You did say the Wayne was making more money at the new job....
>154 ELiz_M: ooh .... that's lovely. My daughter lives in Brooklyn; I'll have to see if she's been there. I might have to check it out on my next visit.
Yay for great landlords! We had one when we first got married and rented a cute little 1950s bungalow. The owner was so kind and we've stayed friend with him and his family.
>154 ELiz_M: - Definitely checking that place out next time I'm in the neighborhood.
I may look into a laundry service if ours is out of commission for more than a week. I'm just afraid I'll like it too much and never go back!
>155 lauralkeet: - Hi Laura!
>156 scaifea: - It sure makes a difference to not have to fight with the landlord (not that I would really know, as I've never had a problem, but I can imagine it could be a big stressor).
>154 ELiz_M: I love the look of that store! Too bad we do not have one down here.
>154 ELiz_M: - HA! I looked hard at that picture and at first glace, could have sworn they were shelves and shelves of children's rain boots! :-) Wondered what all the fuss was about!
"OH NO" to your basement problem. Having to move everything out of there sounds like a huge pain but glad you have a good landlord so at least you don't have to fight to get it fixed.
>161 RebaRelishesReading: - Thanks, Reba. It could be so much worse... as I keep telling myself when I start to stress out :)
Well, after a comedy of errors, including the run around from a ridiculously awful Egyptian government website, I finally got my visa for Egypt, so I guess I actually have to go now. Yay?
>164 Oberon: - I would be more excited if I hadn't been before, and if I had the time to do something after the work portion is over... In 2007, I did get to Luxor and then a river cruise down to Aswan with stops at Edfu and somewhere I can't remember the name of (bad Katie). I love Egypt. I don't love having a 10.5 hour layover in London, getting in at 2:30am, working for 5 days, and doing it again in reverse :)
I'm a brat.
>165 katiekrug: Hopefully you will at least make it to the museum or something while there even if you don't get to do full on site seeing.
Sorry to hear about the water problems Katie. I think the power of water is one of the most underestimated problems in the world. I don't mean hurricanes and other natural disasters but normal everyday water problems like you're experiencing. Flooded basements, leaky roofs, faulty plumbing. Ugh.
Over a 100 posts behind? WTH? Trying to slowly make the rounds, after my epic weekend in MN. Glad to attend another Meet Up, with Rachel and Erik. Meet Ups never get old, do they? I am hoping to get to D.C. for ALA, at the end of June. It would sure be nice to get a sizable group together.
Good luck with the basement project, Katie.
Could they coordinate the basement repairs with your trip, Katie? Probably takes longer than your trip though, huh? Pits, but it is a lovely house...
>166 charl08: - Thanks, Charlotte.
>167 Oberon: - I'm certainly going to try, Erik!
>168 brenzi: - I think you're right, Bonnie. It can certainly cause a lot of havoc!
>169 msf59: - Hiya, Mark! I'll probably have to miss ALA in DC, as I have a work trip at the end of June, followed by vacation. It would have been nice to go, and easy to get the train down. Alas.
>170 ronincats: - Roni, I'd feel guilty leaving The Wayne to deal with everything on his own. If it just happens that way, that would be okay by me, but I don't want to try to engineer it that way :)
I finally went to my new gym and had some quality time with my audio book on the treadmill :) Then when I got home, I was uncharacteristically seized by the desire to cook, so I FINALLY made the lemon dill chicken recipe I mentioned last week. It turned out great - the sauce is really flavorful and came together beautifully. It's a reasonably easy dish to make, so I will definitely add it to the rotation.
This is the recipe: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/252591/lemon-dill-chicken/.
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