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Katie Commits to Nothing in 2019, Part 5

This is a continuation of the topic Katie Commits to Nothing in 2019, Part 4.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1katiekrug
Feb 11, 8:56am Top


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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.

2katiekrug
Edited: Feb 15, 8:30pm Top



(audio) (print) (Kindle)
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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

3katiekrug
Edited: Feb 11, 8:57am Top



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)

4katiekrug
Edited: Feb 11, 9:03am Top

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.

5katiekrug
Edited: Feb 11, 9:02am Top



And with that, this thread is open for business!

6richardderus
Feb 11, 8:57am Top

6/5 Hi.

7figsfromthistle
Feb 11, 9:02am Top

Happy new one!

8katiekrug
Feb 11, 9:03am Top

>6 richardderus: - Hi!

Coffee?

9katiekrug
Feb 11, 9:03am Top

>7 figsfromthistle: - Thanks, Anita!

10richardderus
Feb 11, 9:17am Top

>8 katiekrug: Oh GAWD yes, it's a double-pot day over here. TYVM

11Helenliz
Feb 11, 9:24am Top

Happy new thread, Katie. Hope you're feeling better and are ready and raring to face the week. >:-)

12cbl_tn
Feb 11, 9:30am Top

Happy new thread! >4 katiekrug: Making a note of this one as Austen retellings are one of my favorite reading projects!

13katiekrug
Feb 11, 9:32am Top

>10 richardderus: - YVW.

>11 Helenliz: - Feeling a bit better, Helen, though now I'm left with a nasty cough. That's usually the last stage of my colds, so hopefully it will be outta here in the next couple of days!

>12 cbl_tn: - I hope you like it Carrie!

14Crazymamie
Feb 11, 9:50am Top

Morning, Katie! Happy new one! I am torn about the recommended book this time, as I have always been disappointed by P&P retellings.

15drneutron
Feb 11, 9:55am Top

Morning! Happy new thread!

16jnwelch
Feb 11, 9:57am Top

Morning, Katie. Happy New Thread!

17katiekrug
Feb 11, 10:03am Top

>14 Crazymamie: - Hi Mamie! I'm a sucker for those re-tellings but I understand if you often find them disappointing. Take a pass - there are plenty of good books out there :)

>15 drneutron: - Morning, Jim and thanks!

>16 jnwelch: - Good morning, Joe!

18vivians
Feb 11, 10:08am Top

Your threads are flying by! I'm going to check out the Nathan.

19katiekrug
Feb 11, 10:30am Top

>18 vivians: - Hi Vivian! The Nathan would be good filler in between some heavier reads...

20ffortsa
Feb 11, 12:37pm Top

Hi, Katie. Sorry you're not quite quits with that cold.

21karenmarie
Feb 11, 2:03pm Top

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.

22katiekrug
Feb 11, 2:55pm Top

>20 ffortsa: - Thanks, Judy. Just left with the awful post-nasal drip-induced cough. Blech.

>21 karenmarie: - It's interesting to hear everyone's different reactions, Karen. I agree with you about the Branaugh version.

23fairywings
Feb 12, 1:07am Top

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.

24katiekrug
Feb 12, 9:04am Top

>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 :)

25katiekrug
Edited: Feb 12, 9:33am Top

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.

26ChelleBearss
Feb 12, 9:31am Top

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!

27katiekrug
Feb 12, 9:33am Top

Hi Chelle! I'm glad I have nowhere to go, too :)

28richardderus
Feb 12, 9:35am Top

>25 katiekrug: Hey there, Kickassness. I'm pretty sure The Captives is all about me...so permaybehaps not my best idea for a read. I'll see what you have to say before deciding.

29Crazymamie
Feb 12, 9:37am Top

Morning, Katie! Hooray for not having to go out - I'm not going anywhere, either.

30katiekrug
Feb 12, 9:46am Top

>28 richardderus: - Ha! I'll let you know...

>29 Crazymamie: - Hooray for hermiting!

31richardderus
Feb 12, 1:55pm Top

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.

32katiekrug
Feb 12, 2:40pm Top

Poor you! But crullers!

33MickyFine
Feb 12, 3:17pm Top

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.

34katiekrug
Feb 12, 3:49pm Top

Oh, give it a try, if you can find a copy, Micky!

35katiekrug
Feb 12, 3:49pm Top

I have completed the LT Valentine's Day treasure hunt and collected my 18 hearts. Only minimal use of hints and Google :)

36BLBera
Feb 12, 7:17pm Top

Happy new one, Katie.
>4 katiekrug: This sounds like fun.

37BLBera
Feb 12, 7:17pm Top

>35 katiekrug: I'm impressed. I only got 11.

38lauralkeet
Feb 13, 6:56am Top

>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.

39msf59
Feb 13, 7:03am Top

Happy New Thread, Katie! I hope your having a good week and enjoying those current reads.

40alcottacre
Feb 13, 7:13am Top

>4 katiekrug: Adding that one to the BlackHole. Thanks for the recommendation, Katie.

I finished The Child Finder the other day and, like you, thought it was very good, but not great. I am looking forward to the next installment of the story.

41katiekrug
Feb 13, 9:18am Top

>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.

42Helenliz
Feb 13, 9:20am Top

>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.

43katiekrug
Feb 13, 9:22am Top

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!

44katiekrug
Feb 13, 9:23am Top

>42 Helenliz: - Happy hump day to you, Helen!

45drneutron
Feb 13, 9:48am Top

Ax. Throwing. Did he become a lumberjack or a Viking since we last met? 😀

Though it does sound like fun!

46katiekrug
Feb 13, 9:50am Top

Apparently it's the new hipster thing to do. Which cracks me up because he is so totally not a hipster :D

47richardderus
Feb 13, 10:00am Top

Hipsters are learning to throw axes.

I despair.

48Crazymamie
Feb 13, 10:15am Top

Ax-throwing. WOw!

Morning, Katie!

49katiekrug
Feb 13, 10:16am Top

>47 richardderus: - Well, The Wayne is also learning, so he can save us from the hipsters :)

>48 Crazymamie: - Morning, Mamie!

50ELiz_M
Edited: Feb 13, 10:42am Top

>43 katiekrug: Not just Ax throwing, but DRUNKEN Ax Throwing. That place is a bar, as well.

51katiekrug
Feb 13, 10:47am Top

Oh, lord help us!

52BLBera
Feb 13, 11:53am Top

Ax throwing. Hmm.

53katiekrug
Feb 13, 12:12pm Top

Maybe it'll come in handy during the Zombie Apocalypse, Beth?

54Helenliz
Feb 13, 12:25pm Top

>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 odd different the Americans are: look, they do axe throwing as a team building exercise.
I can think of a few people I could well have axed during a team building exercise that involved sharp impliments...

55RebaRelishesReading
Feb 13, 12:27pm Top

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!

56katiekrug
Feb 13, 12:31pm Top

>54 Helenliz: - Hopefully, The Wayne is too new to (a) get axed by any colleagues and (b) know any well enough to want to ax them :)

>55 RebaRelishesReading: - LOL, Reba! One hopes they limit the alcohol at such establishments... but who knows?

57rosalita
Feb 13, 12:46pm Top

>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.

58katiekrug
Feb 13, 12:58pm Top

>57 rosalita: - Well, thank goodness for that!

59jnwelch
Feb 13, 2:55pm Top

>57 rosalita: there's a limit to how many drinks you can have before you start tossing axes. Ha! Words to live by.

60charl08
Feb 13, 3:12pm Top

Axe throwing? Wow. I will remember to look grateful the next time someone mentions the (blessedly sport free) work bbq.

61BLBera
Feb 13, 4:28pm Top

>53 katiekrug: Good point. Off to buy an ax.

62katiekrug
Feb 13, 4:59pm Top

>59 jnwelch: - Indeed, Joe :)

>60 charl08: - Yes, count your blessings, Charlotte!

>61 BLBera: - *snork!*

63ronincats
Feb 13, 9:37pm Top

>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!

64Familyhistorian
Feb 13, 11:24pm Top

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!

65Helenliz
Feb 14, 1:43am Top

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!

66susanj67
Feb 14, 5:20am Top

I am also checking in for an axe update...

67katiekrug
Feb 14, 8:57am Top

>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 his bloody stump all his limbs returned home safely! Apparently it was great fun, and he was really good at it. Must be thanks to his Swedish viking forebears... :)

68katiekrug
Feb 14, 9:01am Top

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' :)

69Crazymamie
Feb 14, 9:21am Top

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!

70katiekrug
Feb 14, 10:25am Top

Morning, Mamie!

That Birdy is a gem - you should keep her around :)

The Wayne was quite proud of his ax-throwing prowess...

71Helenliz
Feb 14, 10:28am Top

>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???

72katiekrug
Feb 14, 10:29am Top



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.

4 stars

73katiekrug
Feb 14, 10:29am Top

>71 Helenliz: - LOL, Helen! We probably have an ax around here somewhere, but I expect it's buried in the garage somewhere...

74katiekrug
Edited: Feb 14, 10:43am Top



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*

3 stars

75katiekrug
Feb 14, 10:45am Top

I'm now listening to Lucky Suit, an Audible Originals rom-com novella, and in print, I'm focusing on Part 2 of These Truths before starting something new.

76richardderus
Feb 14, 1:08pm Top

>75 katiekrug: I read that as "Lucky Slut"! I confess I was a bit verschmeckeled that you'd absorb something with that title.

Happy Sunshine!

77katiekrug
Feb 14, 1:26pm Top

>76 richardderus: - Oh, I don't know, "Lucky Slut" totally sounds like something I'd read *grin*

78ChelleBearss
Feb 14, 1:38pm Top

Happy Valentine's Day!! ❤️💚💗💙

79MickyFine
Feb 14, 2:01pm Top

>77 katiekrug: Heh. I just put Wordslut on The List. How can one resist a book by a feminist linguist?

80katiekrug
Feb 14, 2:15pm Top

>78 ChelleBearss: - Thanks, Chelle!

>79 MickyFine: - What a great title!

81MickyFine
Feb 14, 3:35pm Top

>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.

82katiekrug
Feb 14, 3:42pm Top

But a poetic one, so double bonus ;-)

83ronincats
Feb 14, 8:16pm Top

>67 katiekrug: Mary (bell7) just finished an ARC that will be out in May titled Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev. She really liked it. See here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/300898#6734608

84katiekrug
Feb 14, 8:32pm Top

>83 ronincats: - Ah, yes. I made note of that one, too!

85Berly
Feb 14, 8:46pm Top

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.

: )

86laytonwoman3rd
Feb 14, 8:52pm Top

Ax-throwing for team-building? Are they gonna rob and pillage? Honestly, I am SO glad to be retired, I can't tellya.

87katiekrug
Feb 15, 9:11am Top

>85 Berly: - Kim, I have everyone tricked into thinking I'm fun and worth following. They'll learn soon enough... ;-)

>86 laytonwoman3rd: - No, it was a machine learning team, so they'll just program and create algorithms and turn the robots into their mercenaries. Heh.

88katiekrug
Feb 15, 9:19am Top

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.

89katiekrug
Feb 15, 10:40am Top



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.

3.5 stars

90MickyFine
Feb 15, 11:58am Top

>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.

91katiekrug
Feb 15, 12:24pm Top

>90 MickyFine: - It's not a Must Read (or Must Listen, in my case), but it was free from Audible and a pleasant diversion :)

92richardderus
Feb 15, 12:24pm Top

>88 katiekrug: Twitter, for all that they routinely put me in jail for being leftist, done good by their folks.

>89 katiekrug: *snigger* Lucky SUIT SUIT SUIT not that other thing SUIT *muffled hoot*

93katiekrug
Feb 15, 12:46pm Top

>92 richardderus: - I have to say, they do some cool stuff for their employees.

"Jane, you ignorant SUIT!"

94richardderus
Feb 15, 1:09pm Top

HA!! Perfect.

95katiekrug
Feb 15, 3:07pm Top

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!

96katiekrug
Feb 15, 3:08pm Top

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...

97DeltaQueen50
Feb 15, 4:17pm Top

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.

98lkernagh
Feb 15, 6:37pm Top

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.

99katiekrug
Feb 15, 10:18pm Top

>97 DeltaQueen50: - It is nice to have that confirmation, Judy! Well put.

>98 lkernagh: - I think it's always fun to do something different, Lori. The Wayne had a blast. Nothing wrong with wine and chocolate for Valentine's Day - or any day, really!

100karenmarie
Feb 16, 8:07am Top

‘Morning, Katie!

>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.)

101katiekrug
Feb 16, 9:28am Top

>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...

102Crazymamie
Feb 16, 9:29am Top

Happy Saturday, Katie! Hooray for Chinese takeout, wine, and trash tv. Of course, now I am wanting the Chinese.

103katiekrug
Feb 16, 9:42am Top

The Chinese was excellent, Mamie. It took us a while but we finally found some high quality Chinese takeout (no delivery, alas).

104katiekrug
Feb 16, 9:45am Top

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...

105richardderus
Feb 16, 10:10am Top

>104 katiekrug: I might get dressed and do something productive.
Whoawhoawhoa there, Miss Lady, no need to go crazy!
Or not.
Much more The Thing. (Clearly I'm still reading Heyer.)

106katiekrug
Feb 16, 11:04am Top

>105 richardderus: - Still in my pajamas, but The Wayne is making noises about running some errands soon, so..... ?

107richardderus
Feb 16, 11:09am Top

>106 katiekrug: ...so wave bye-bye and remind him to bring home some pizza.

108katiekrug
Feb 16, 11:38am Top

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 :)

109richardderus
Feb 16, 3:06pm Top

>108 katiekrug: You love him enough to get dressed on a weekend?! OMG

110ChelleBearss
Feb 16, 6:04pm Top

>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 :)

111bell7
Feb 16, 7:34pm Top

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

112drneutron
Feb 16, 8:13pm Top

>109 richardderus: definitely true love! 😀

113katiekrug
Feb 16, 8:51pm Top

>109 richardderus: and >112 drneutron: - He's worth it :D

>110 ChelleBearss: - They die, but wine and chocolates get eaten. Circle of life!

>111 bell7: - Oooh, please share the list when you get it!

114katiekrug
Feb 16, 8:57pm Top

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.

115lauralkeet
Feb 16, 9:28pm Top

>114 katiekrug: went to a bookstore
You are being surprisingly reticent here. Show us the book haul!

116katiekrug
Feb 16, 9:35pm Top

>115 lauralkeet: - The place was so packed, it was a bit hard to get around. I picked up a Europa Edition - Mad Boy by Nick Arvin, historical fiction set during the War of 1812, and The Wayne got a cookbook for doing Indian in the InstantPot.

117lauralkeet
Feb 17, 7:11am Top

>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.

118katiekrug
Feb 17, 9:57am Top

>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.

119katiekrug
Feb 17, 9:59am Top

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.

120Crazymamie
Feb 17, 10:14am Top

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.

121ELiz_M
Feb 17, 10:33am Top

>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.

122katiekrug
Feb 17, 11:36am Top

>120 Crazymamie: - Morning, Mamie! I will definitely let you know how dinner turns out. And I'll share any good recipes we discover from the cookbook :)

>121 ELiz_M: - Ooh, fancy notebooks! Definitely going there next time. Not that I don't have a million notebooks already, but I can't resist...

123laytonwoman3rd
Edited: Feb 17, 11:52am Top

"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?

124richardderus
Feb 17, 12:00pm Top

>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.

125katiekrug
Feb 17, 12:08pm Top

>123 laytonwoman3rd: - It's this one, Linda. He's threatening to get another one...

https://www.homedepot.com/p/AeroGarden-Harvest-Elite-Stainless-Home-Garden-Syste...

>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.

126BLBera
Feb 17, 2:04pm Top

It sounds like you're having a wonderful weekend, Katie. It's snowing here. Again. The herb garden sounds like a great idea.

127weird_O
Feb 17, 2:29pm Top

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.

128laytonwoman3rd
Feb 17, 3:27pm Top

>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.

129katiekrug
Feb 17, 3:43pm Top

>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.

130lauralkeet
Edited: Feb 17, 4:14pm Top

>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.

131katiekrug
Feb 17, 4:38pm Top

>130 lauralkeet: - I'll have to go back this summer and see if they do another summer reading guide...

132katiekrug
Feb 17, 4:40pm Top

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*

133richardderus
Feb 17, 4:42pm Top

>132 katiekrug: DREADFUL!!

134BLBera
Feb 17, 6:05pm Top

>132 katiekrug: Eeuw. I hope you can get it fixed soon. Lucky you have a good landlord.

135lauralkeet
Feb 17, 6:22pm Top

>132 katiekrug: ugh, but kudos to the landlord for getting right on it (and on a holiday weekend, at that).

136katiekrug
Feb 17, 7:20pm Top

>133 richardderus: - Indeed!

>134 BLBera: - Thanks, Beth. We are lucky in our landlord. He only lives a couple of blocks away :)

>135 lauralkeet: - I was worried he was out of town at first, but he texted me back about an hour after I contacted him.

137katiekrug
Edited: Feb 17, 7:23pm Top

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.

138nittnut
Edited: Feb 17, 9:30pm Top

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!

139jessibud2
Feb 17, 9:51pm Top

I am also currently dealing with a wet basement. Not fun

140DeltaQueen50
Feb 17, 9:52pm Top

Sorry about the water problems, Katie, I hope you can identify the source soon. I find it's always worse not knowing.

141Helenliz
Feb 18, 3:52am Top

Hoping the water issues are resolved speedily. Why do things like that always happen at the least convenient time?

142susanj67
Feb 18, 8:46am Top

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 :-)

143katiekrug
Feb 18, 9:13am Top

>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...

144karenmarie
Feb 18, 9:29am Top

Hi Katie!

Sorry about the water in the basement problems, glad that your landlord seems responsible.

145richardderus
Feb 18, 10:41am Top

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.

146vivians
Feb 18, 10:43am Top

>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.

147katiekrug
Feb 18, 10:48am Top

>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...

148charl08
Feb 18, 11:17am Top

More sympathy from me Katie. Thanks for the (ice) hockey tip. The bookshop sounds really good, even if it was busy.

149RebaRelishesReading
Feb 18, 12:37pm Top

>114 katiekrug: Sounds like a wonderful day! >119 katiekrug: I've been thinking about growing some herbs in the window of our kitchen in NY and hydroponic sounds like a good way to go. Any advice or info about where/what to buy? Just found the answer at >125 katiekrug: :)

Ugh to your water problem! I hope it can be resolved quickly and relatively painlessly.

150katiekrug
Feb 18, 3:06pm Top

>148 charl08: - Thanks, Charlotte. I'll put the shop on the list for your NYC visit :)

>149 RebaRelishesReading: - Thanks, Reba. It's such a pain in the neck (the water issue, not the herb garden). Update below...

151katiekrug
Feb 18, 3:11pm Top

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!

152jessibud2
Feb 18, 4:00pm Top

>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! ;-)

153katiekrug
Feb 18, 4:07pm Top

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!

154ELiz_M
Edited: Yesterday, 6:48am Top

>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....

155lauralkeet
Yesterday, 7:04am Top

>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.

156scaifea
Yesterday, 7:15am Top

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.

157katiekrug
Yesterday, 7:38am Top

>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).

158alcottacre
Yesterday, 7:51am Top

>154 ELiz_M: I love the look of that store! Too bad we do not have one down here.

Hey, Katie!

159jessibud2
Edited: Yesterday, 7:54am Top

>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!

160katiekrug
Yesterday, 8:57am Top

>158 alcottacre: - It looks fabulous, doesn't it, Stasia?

>159 jessibud2: - I can totally see that, Shelley...

161RebaRelishesReading
Yesterday, 11:41am Top

"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.

162katiekrug
Yesterday, 12:31pm Top

>161 RebaRelishesReading: - Thanks, Reba. It could be so much worse... as I keep telling myself when I start to stress out :)

163katiekrug
Yesterday, 12:32pm Top

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?

164Oberon
Yesterday, 2:13pm Top

Yay? I would be happy to go to Egypt in your place. Just saying.

165katiekrug
Yesterday, 2:26pm Top

>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.

166charl08
Yesterday, 3:36pm Top

>165 katiekrug: Ouch. Hope it all goes smoothly, Katie.

167Oberon
Yesterday, 5:53pm Top

>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.

168brenzi
Yesterday, 6:24pm Top

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.

169msf59
Yesterday, 9:42pm Top

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.

170ronincats
Yesterday, 9:49pm Top

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...

171katiekrug
Yesterday, 10:00pm Top

>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 :)

172katiekrug
Yesterday, 10:02pm Top

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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