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For those of you who don't know me, I am a mom of 3, married to a great guy (he introduced me to LT) and besides books, I love TKD, working in glass, and chocolate. I have had an eclectic "career" in nerve regeneration research, advertising, the NBA, and editing. Now I work with my husband cleaning industrial processed water and stormwater, getting it up to EPA standards. I do the marketing and the financial stuff.
There are more books coming in than going out and I am making but a small dent in the TBR piles; I haven't given up hope yet though! I can't because books are everywhere. Some are under the window in my bedroom, some are stacked by my night table, in the study, downstairs in the bookcases, and then there is the Kindle....I know you all understand. Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way. ; )
The Nickel Boys (213 pages) by Colson Whitehead
If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name (281 pages) by Heather Lende
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (K) (417 pages) by Claire North
Treasure Island (A) by Robert Louis Stevenson
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje with Mark
Lost Children Archive (400 pages) by Valeria Luiselli
Dementia Reimagined (310 pages) by Tia Powell, MD
The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey with Brynn
The Parents' Guide to Climate Revolution by Mary DeMocker
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra with Morphy
The Mars Room with Twin
A Visit From the Goon Squad (340 pages) by Jennifer Egan
December--Pachinko (Twin and Ellen and Morphy will already have read)
Read in September / ??? pages / Total Read
Involuntary Witness (Guido Guerrieri Book 1) (290 pages) (K) by Gianrico Carofilgio 3.0
Read in August / ??? pages / Total Read
57. The Immortalists (350 pages) by Chloe Benjamin,RL Bookclub #1
56. Finding Dorothy (352 pages) by Elizabeth Letts, RL Bookclub #2
55. Matchmaking for Beginners (K) by Maddie Dawson
54. Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain (K) (275 pages) by Sarah Vallance
Read in July / ??? pages / Total Read
53. Roses of May (A) by Dot Hutchison 3.75
⭐️ Where the Crawdads Sing (370 pages) 5.0
51. A Killer in King's Cove (410 pages) by Iona Whishaw 4.0
⭐️ These Truths by Jilll Lepore, Part 4 (518-789, 271 pages) FINISHED!! 4.5
49. Big Sky (Jackson Brodie Book 5) (401 pages) (K) by Kate Atkinson 4.0
48. The Dispatcher (128 pages) by John Scalzi 4.0
Read in June / 2,190 pages / Total Read 16,232
47. Divide Me By Zero (352 pages) by Lara Vapnyar
⭐️ Circe (400 pages) (A) by Madeline Miller 4.5
45. Less (272 pages) by Andrew Sean Greer, RL Bookclub DNF
44. Inheriting Edith (320 pages) by Zoe Fishman 3.0
43. Magpie Murders (494 pages) by Anthony Horowitz 4.5
42. In the Midst of Winter (352 pages) Isabel Allende 3.0
Read in May / 2,621 pages / Total Read 14,042
41. E is for Evidence (208 pages) by Sue Grafton
40. Half-Moon Investigations (290 pages) by Eoin Colfer 3.75
⭐️ A Spark of Light (366 pages) by Jodi Picoult 4.25
38. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (K) (304 pages) by Kathleen Rooney 4.0
37. Fluke (321 pages) by Christopher Moore 3.75
36. The Library Book (326 pages) by Susan Orlean -- RL #1 bookclub April 4.0
⭐️ Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave (400 pages?) (A) by Darynda Jones 4.5
34. Everything I Never Told You (306 pages) by Celeste Ng RL Bookclub 4.0
33. A Mind of Her Own (A) (100 pages?? not in print) by Paula McLain 3.5
Read in April / 1,433 pages / Total Read 11,421
C) These Truths Part 3 (109 pages)
32. The Orphan Daughter (A) by Cari Noga DNF (read 150)
31. Irma Voth (215 pages) by Miriam Toews with Twin
30. The Chemist (A) (528 pages) by Stephanie Meyer 3.0
29. The Great Believers (K) (431 pages) by Rebecca Makkai -- RL #2 bookclub April 3.75
⭐️ Favorite(s) of the month
Very Good 3.5
Don't Bother 1.5
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer
Books Freed = 115
Catalogued 34/50 shelves
C) These Truths Part 3 (308-517, only read 100 pages)
28. I'm Fine and Neither Are You (266 pages) by Camille Pagan 3.5
27. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (306 pages) by Darynda Jones 3.75
26. Her Royal Spyness (348 pages) (K) by Rhys Bowen 3.5
25. The Twin (343 pages) by Gerbrand Bakker 3.0
24. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (321 pages) (A)(Charley Davidson #11) by Darynda Jones 4.0
23. The Sympathizer (Pearl Ruled at 50 pages) by Viet Thanh Nguyen
⭐️ Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (337 pages) by Gail Honeyman 4.5
21. Fatal Remedies (272 pages) (A) by Donna Leon 3.0
20. Stitches: A Memoir (333 pages) by David Small 4.0
19. Freedom Road (377 pages) (K) by William Lashner 3.0
Read in February / 3,570 pages / Total Read 6,225 pages
B) These Truths Part 2 (151-307, 156 pages)
18. I Will Never Leave You (K) (338 pages) by SM Thayer 2
⭐️ The Snakes (438 pages) by Sadie Jones 4.25
16. Noir: A Novel (A) by Christopher Moore (PR after 1 1/2 hrs or 100 pages)
⭐️ The Fire This Time (224 pages) by Jesmyn Ward with Twin 4.5
14. One Good Turn (541 pages) by Kate Atkinson, Jackson Brodie #2, 4.0
13. Preacher (436 pages) by Camilla Lackberg #2, 3.75
12. Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot (Pearl Ruled at 71 pages)
11. Start without Me (288 pages) by Joshua Max Feldman, LTER, 3.5
10. Nerve (313 pages) by Dick Francis (Thank you Mamie!) 3.5
9. Rock Needs River (K) (185 pages) by Vanessa McGrady 3.0
8. Once Upon A River (480 pages) by Diane Setterfield 3.75
Read in January / 2655 pages
A) These Truths (150 pages -- Section One) by Jill Lepore 4.25
7. A Ladder to the Sky (384 pages) by John Boyne, INDIEspensable #77 4.0
6. How To Be A Woman (320 pages) (A) by Caitlin Moran 4.0
⭐️ Sometimes I Lie (264 pages) (K) by Alice Feeney 4.25
4. Pavillion of Women (316 pages) (K) by Pearl S. Buck 3.75
3. Ice Princess (420 pages) (K) by Camilla Lackberg 3.5
2. Becoming (448 pages) by Michelle Obama 4.0
1. The Curse of Tenth Grave (353 pages) (A) by Darynda Jones 4.0
RL Book Club #1
✅ February - Becoming by Michelle Obama
✅ April - The Library Book - Susan Orlean
✅ June - In the Midst of Winter - Isabel Allende
✅ August - The Immortalist - Chloe Benjamin
October - There There - Tommy Orange
December - Choose books!!
RL Book Club #2
✅ January - Becoming by Michelle Obama
February - The Audacity of Hope by Barrack Obama
✅ March - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
✅ April - The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
✅ May- Everything I Never Told Youby Celeste Ng
✅ June - Less by Andrew Sean Greer
✅ September - Finding Dorothy
Literary Arts 2019-2020
October 24, 2019 -- Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer
November 14, 2019 -- Rules of Civility and ✅ A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles
January 15, 2020 -- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
February 20, 2020 -- ✅ The Library Book by Susan Orlean
May 7, 2020 -- The Nickel Boys and ✅ The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Four-month LT Group read
These Truths by Jill Lepore
✅ Jan Part 1 (1-150 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/301417
✅ Feb Part 2 (151-307, 156 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/303118
✅ March Part 3 (308-517, 209 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/304319
✅ April Part 4 (518-789, 271 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/305408#
Powell's Indiespensable Readers Challenge
Hubby signed me up for this. Over the years I have received 80 installments, but I haven't read all the books yet. Not even close! In an effort to catch up -- I want to read 12 this year. The complete list (such as it is) can be found here:
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
October--There, There by Tommy Orange
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra with Morphy -- Month TBD
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
✅1. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
✅2. The Fire This Time in February
✅3. The Snakes by Sadie Jones
✅4. Stitches by David Small
✅5. The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker
✅6. Irma Voth by Miriam Towes with Twin
✅7. Divide Me By Zero by Lara Vapnyar
8. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
And another effort to read off my shelves...
a -- One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
b -- Pavillion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
c -- Involuntary Witness by Gianrico Carofiglio
e -- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
f -- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
h -- Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
j -- The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
k -- A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw
l -- Less by Andrew Sean Greer
m -- How To Be a Woman Caitlin Moran (Crazy & Katie's Fault)
o -- Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
s -- Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman
w -- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I can't resist buying new books!!
I seem to manage to read around 50% of my newbies.
Let's see how I do this year!!
2019 22/57 Read
✅ Becoming by Michelle Obama, G*
✅ One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson (Thank you, SS Paul!) G*
3. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith (Thanks, SS Paul!) G*
✅ A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne, INDIEspensable #77 *
5. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne, INDIEspensable #77 *
✅ How To Be A Woman by Caitlan Moran* (Crazy & Katie's Fault) AC*
✅ Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption by Vanessa McGrady AP*
8. Smoke and Summons (Numina Book 1) by Charlie Holmberg AP*
✅ Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel Kathleen Rooney
✅ Nerve by Dick Francis (Thank you Mamie!) G*
11. Happiness by Aminatta Forna (Thank you Paul!) G*
12. Self-Care for the Self-Aware by Dave Markowitz
13. Empathipedia by Dave Markowitz
✅ Fluke by Christopher Moore
✅ Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (Reba got this one, too)
✅ A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
✅ Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
18. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
19. A Killer In King's Cove by Iona Whishaw (Thanks, Twin!)
20. Reader, I Married Him edited by Tracy Chevalier (And this one, too!)
21. Audacity of Hope by Barrack Obama
✅ The Library Book by Susan Orlean
23. Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley, INDIEspensable #78 *
✅ The Snakes by Sadie Jones, INDIEspensable #78 *
25. The Bold World by Jodi Patterson, ARC *
26. Freedom Road by William Lashner *
27. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
28. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
✅ Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
30. Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Wendy Vanderah AP*
31. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
32. Calypso by David Sedaris
✅. I'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan AP*
34. Lost Children Archive by Valeria Lyiselli, INDIEspensable #79 *
✅ Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones AC*
✅ Trouble with the Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones AP*
37. How Music Works by David Byrne
38. brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, INDIEspensable #35 missing book acquired
39. The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugani AP*
40. The Orphan Daughter by Cari Noga
✅ Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman
42. The Parent's Guide to Climate Revolution by Mary DeMocker
43. Dangerous Subjects by Kenneth R. Coleman
44. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottleib
45. Dementia Reimagined by Tia Powell, MD
✅ Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
47. Divergent by Veronica Roth AP*
✅ In the Midst of Winter by Isabelle Allende
49. Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett INDIEspensable #80 *
✅ Divide Me By Zero by Lara Vapnyar INDIEspensable #80 *
51. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
✅ Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain (275 pages) by Sarah Vallance, AP*
53. What You Did by Claire McGowan, AP*
54. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
55. Transcription by Kate Atkinson
56. Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit by Amy Stewart
57. Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
58. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
59. Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell
60. Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett
61. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
62. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris
63. Robin (Williams) by Dave Itzkoff
64. My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
65. Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age by Mary Pipher
* = Free (which means I didn't buy it so I don't have to feel guilty!)
I=INDIESpensable (Gifts from my Hubby)
AC=Audible monthly credit
AP=Amazon Prime Kindle Read
Favorites from 2018:
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Queen of the Tearling (the whole series! -- done) by Erika Johansen
First Grave on the Right (the whole series!!) by Darynda jones
Beartown by Fredrick Backman
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrew Cummins
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
Please come here and spend it in person.
BTW - did you read In the Midst of Winter twice in June? Just asking.
Ha! Good catch. No, it just felt like it. Fixed.
Happy new thread! May July be a good one.
P.S. Love your topper too!
>18 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks! Glad you like the topper and glad you stopped by. Both.
>19 RebaRelishesReading: I am glad you came by to see it! : )
>20 kidzdoc: Hi, Doc! I am already way behind on your new thread...I'll get there soon!
>21 jessibud2: Exactly. In reality, only two more days left, but I am just going to pretend it's already July.
Then I am going in to catch up on some stuff at work -- between all my health stuff and supervising the interns, I am so behind! I am actually looking forward to some peace and quiet to sort through emails and papers and then it won't be hanging over my head and I can actually enjoy the Fourth of July hoopla!!
Happy Saturday everyone!
Seeing Powell's up there made me sigh. Can't wait until we get back your way. I told our daughter she has to see this bookstore.
I'll be interested in your thoughts on Lost Children Archive. I had to return my copy to the library unread. June was not a stellar reading month for me.
Happy new thread, Kimmers.
I'm not moving yet - but have been thinking about it. Not sure what to do with *bookcase full* of school books I don't use any more.
Glad to read on your previous thread the knee is progressing with help of PT.
Love the topper, as we all are ;-)
Love the Powell's Books image, so cool!
ETA: yay! June is over!!! Bring on July, which I hope is much more fruitful for you.
>31 ronincats: HI Roni!!
>32 PaulCranswick: Hello to another Ltd Edition, Paul!
>33 Familyhistorian: Thanks. So far, so good. Day one of July was just fine. : )
>35 EBT1002: It will not be hard for July to be better than June. LOL I am confident. *runs and hurriedly knocks on wood*
I think you should start LCA right about now! ; )
>36 banjo123: Hi. We are due for a Powell's meetup soon, dontcha think?
>37 richardderus: That's me for sure. And that makes you Limited Edition Man.
>39 johnsimpson: Health is improving and I am being a good doobie and not overdoing. Yet. : ) Worked most of Saturday, but did manage to make it to the movies and see Dark Phoenix (pretty good!). Then yesterday, I pretty much lounged. Today was work again and then I am playing hooky tomorrow to have fun with my daughter for her birthday. We are both getting massages! C A N N O T W A I T!!!
>40 FAMeulstee: Yes, PT is going well. Flexibility seems to be great. Now just working on strength. Hoping to start hopping/jumping stuff next week. Hopefully, I will be good to start low level TKD classes again in August.
Jackson Brodie Book #5--Can't wait!! And I started watching the series. : )
Bill and I just finished watching the Jackson Brodie series, and I'm almost finished with a re-read of Case Histories. I think I'll continue with the series and eventually get to Big Sky. What do you think of the series?
And a great day to everyone else as well. : )
Here's to a better July!
I'm looking forward to reading Big Sky. It's been a long time since we've had a new Jackson Brodie!
>54 laytonwoman3rd: July is off to a great start, thank goodness. Had a great day at a friend's house on the lake yesterday. Sunshine, rriends, boat ride, lots of great food and drink, and fireworks. A wonderful Fourth of July. : )
>55 Familyhistorian: I will pass on your good wishes to my daughter!! Thank you.
>56 karenmarie: I think the series is lots of fun! It's been long enough, I probably should go back and read from the beginning again, but I am too impatient. : )
>59 tymfos: Happy Fourth! Or Fifth, as the case may be! And another Jackson Brodie fan. Happy reading when you get to it, and in the meantime, too.
>60 charl08: I had a very fun Fourth. It wasn't at my house, so very nice and low key for me. I just had to bring some dishes to the potluck. My pleasure! How about you? Did the kids enjoy the fireworks? I was out on a walk this morning and passed this mom picking up the leftover fireworks stuff and it made me miss the days when the kids ran around the driveway with their lit sprinklers in hand. So cute and fun.
>61 mstrust: I did, I did!! How about you? Knowing you , I am sure you did. ; )
I just finished The Dispatcher by John Scalzi. It's an audio quickie, less than three hours, which sometimes I don't like because the plot isn't that good, but this one really was.
For unknown reasons, in the near future, when people are murdered, the reappear in their homes, naked but unharmed. Their lives seem to be set back 10-20 hours. This changes everything. Botched surgeries, the mafia. Everything.
Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher—a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to murder/save people by dispatching them so they can reappear and have a second chance. But then a fellow Dispatcher goes missing and Tony is compelled to help find him.
>65 Berly: This sounds good - I'll have a look on Audible. I keep falling asleep in the middle of the very long crime novels and having no idea what I've missed in the plot when I listen again (thank goodness for the timed sleep feature, which has at least - when I remember - made this a little less difficult to track).
>65 Berly: I've had Scalzi on my radar for awhile and this "sounds" like a good way to get started!
I am loving Big Sky. I think today might be a reading day. :)
And, yes, the timed sleep feature is a must. That way I only have to backtrack a little bit to find where I drifted off to sleep. You should give this Scalzi a try.
>67 Carmenere: Hello there! Thanks for popping in. It was so nice to have a long weekend. But I have decompressed so much that now I don't want to go to work tomorrow. ; ) Did yo have any fun?
>69 BLBera: Just finished Big Sky today and it did not disappoint.
As usual, Brodie seems to pop up in all the wrong places at the right time. There are several mysteries happening at once here: a kidnapping, a murder, sex trafficking and a cold case, oh, and a wedding. There seems to be far less of Jackson Brodie in this book; but the other characters were quite good and so I didn't mind at all. A very fun read!
I'm glad you liked Big Sky. What's not to like, right? It's Jackson Brodie after all. I hope we don't have to wait as long for the next installment.
*gives up and trudges off the get the darn thing*
Have a lovely weekend, Kimmers. xx
Hope things are going well, Kim! Have you more time to read with Wimbledon over? What a doozy of a final, huh?
Nice to see what all you've been up to, Kim.
As is the case with most everything, I'm a few scandals behind. Reading Watergate: A Novel by Thomas Mallon. Very interesting view of the event from the perspective of those enmeshed in it; it is quite sympathetic to the small fry who did get fried.
>76 richardderus: And? Have you dispatched The Dispatcher yet?
>77 Familyhistorian: Had the last of the dental work done, so maybe now I can enjoy what's left of July!!!
>79 PaulCranswick: Hi and happy next weekend to you!! What's your reason for falling behind on the reading? ; )
>80 ffortsa: See >81 bell7:. (Thanks!) I usually set mine for 15 min because I am out way before 30 min at bedtime. I love it because if I fall asleep I don't have to backtrack much to find my place.
>81 bell7: Exactly!!
Oh, the men's finale made me so sad. I wanted Federer to win and he had it within a point and then lost his grip. Oh well, it was a phenomenal match and they both played amazingly. Longest Wimbledon match on record now, isn't it?
>83 weird_O: Are you reading scandals or causing them? LOL Love your peek-a-boo image.
>84 johnsimpson: Thanks for the happy weekend wishes! It has been a very good, much-needed social weekend. Hubby and I went out for dinner on Friday at a favorite place downtown and then we went over to his parents place and stayed until 11:30pm!! Unheard of late night for them, but so much fun catching up.
Then yesterday, I spent the entire day reading Where the Crawdads Sing (yes, it is amazing like everyone says) until at 5pm I went over to a friend's new house for cocktails. I am super excited--she is just a few minutes away now and I love her new abode. And then she and my family went out to see The Lion King remake. It was very good--I was blown away by the computer generated (CG) imagery, so much detail!! I still like the original version better, but glad I went.
Today I am being very unproductive and I am proud of it. : )
>86 karenmarie: Happy Sunday!! Doing pretty well. I plan to spend today doing nothing and I am pretty excited about it. LOL Hope all is well with you, too
Your weekend does sound excellent.
I did get some time with my girls, my daughter and Scout. They will be gone all next week, so I'll probably go into withdrawal.
I love/hate when I get a book bullet on my own thread!! Thanks for sharing your enthusiam. LOL
>93 BLBera: I was sorry about Serena, too, but you know I am a Federer fan. ; )
So glad you got some time with your girls!! If you have withdrawal symptoms, just give me a call. Speaking of calls, I am waiting for my sister to let me know whether she can get time off for when I want to come out and visit in the beginning of September. I will keep you posted....
The Dispatcher languishes in purchasing Purgatory because for $6 I can get a real (used) book. I'm most often unwilling to spend more than $5 because that's the point below which I can't get a real (used) from Ammy. It's a hangover from the times when I could hold any book for any amount of time. Now I buy Kindlebooks of large tomes in preference to tree books; easier on the hands. I just hold my nose and pay through it simultaneously...IF the library holds line is immense or the county system simply won't get a book as well as if it's a kitten squisher.
>96 Caroline_McElwee: Right? LOL. I managed to carry through on my plans on Sunday. It was lovely and much needed.
>98 richardderus: Big swivel yesterday, but more on that later. I still made it back to LT!
I think I can send anyone one free audio book. Not sure you would want to spend it on the Dispatcher (not because it isn't good--it is!--but because it is so short. I will try to give you a call and see which of my audio books you might like. Smooch.
So, July hasn't been much better than June for me, which is why I have been largely MIA here. Health stuff. Yesterday I wound up in the hospital with an allergic reaction. I ate Domino's pizza for lunch at work with the crew last week and I was fine. But apparently they have changed their recipe and now use Palm Oil in their crusts, which I cannot do. So yesterday, we again treated our interns to free lunch and I only had one piece of veggie pizza (my favorite) and then I started to feel horrible, but I couldn't figure out what was going on. My hubby called them and asked about ingredients. Sigh. The dreaded Palm Oil. I left work and went home, thinking I could fight off the reaction with some Benadryl and sleep. But after two rounds of that, the pain just kept getting worse and then I started to wheeze, so that meant an Epi Pen injection and off to the ER. They managed to turn me around pretty quickly and I only spent about 4 hours there and was home by midnight, thank goodness.
No more Domino's pizza for me. Bummer. But the important thing is I am still alive!! : )
ETA and your post was appropriately 101!
But that involves copious mouth-rinsing, not an Epi Pen. *smooch*
>100 Berly: Please do call, but no worries on the audiobooks since I'm not having trouble sleeping. They conk me out inside 10min. Last year I listened to all ~5hrs of The Man in the High Castle according to the book company but I remember zip! I was deep in Dreamland before whatever that baritone's name is was fully launched into the story and mellifluating his honeyed syllables into my willing earholes.
>103 BLBera: Perfect!! Thanks, Twin. : )
>104 weird_O: After the whole hormone change thing (that women go through at my age), I seem to be more sensitive to food allergies, which sorta sucks, but looking on the bright side it is also making my shy away from a lot of junk food, so that's good.
>106 mstrust: I have always been allergic to all nuts and coconut, but I have had to add sesame seeds, sunflower (which is also in everything!), and poppy seeds over the years. And now palm oil. I can't believe it is in pizza and Regal Cinemas just starting using coconut oil on the popcorn. I am going to have to start bringing my own!! : )
>107 RebaRelishesReading: I like your colorful language. : ) I am now rooting for August. LOL
I will definitely call you soon, just for the fun of it! Probably not tonight as it's getting late your time and I am pooping out. But smooches in the mean time.
>109 BLBera: Fine day today. Just a little wiped out. Should be good to go again by tomorrow. Also on a little Prednisone, which also gives me a quick energy high for the first few days.
>111 BLBera: Twin, you keep threatening to move to Portland. Hurry up!! : )
So much of the rain forest was destroyed to cultivate it.
That looks like a great Literary Arts Line-up!
So sorry about the palm oil reaction. I think here they would have had to flag up the change in recipe: after a few court cases linked to labelling the shops/ restaurants are very hot on this right now.
I do wish they could just say something when someone orders over the phone indicating that change in ingredients have been made, and they should especially make notice on their website. We order online most of the time and that shouldn't be too hard to do.
I hope you're fully recovered from the palm oil-pizza crust episode. Onward to August!
>125 richardderus: Still macabre but less skeevy and a repeat of the Quantico FBI agents. I enjoyed The Roses of May, an easy summer read.
Tonight I am spending the night with my MIL at her appt. My FIL and wonderful hubby and his brother are all meeting up in WI to see some sort of amazing airplane show this weekend. They are super excited to have a guys weekend together. My MIL has Alzheimer's and can't be left alone at this point, but is has not been a hardship at all. We spend the whole night talking and she shared so many wonderful stories about her life, her marriage and her kids. Loved it!
Tomorrow my SIL is joining us and we are having a girls weekend. Not sure exactly what that will entail; kinda depends on my MIL's energy level, but it will be nice no matter what.
Happy weekend to all!!
I'm just going to leave this here...(as seen on Netgalley)
Here's the list in the meantime:
Sorry to hear about the allergy challenges. Scary stuff to go through, especially when you thought you knew it wouldn't be an issue :(
Hope you have a great weekend.
Wishing you a good start into the new week.
>137 bell7: Wimbledon definitely has the longest sets before tie breaks are called. What a match that was!! Djokovic has been playing great and he was the better player that day. Earned it!!
>138 Ameise1: I don't like palm oil at all for a variety of reasons, but it was just a surprise that Domino's had changed their recipe. It is much easier to check the ingredients on store-bought stuff than in a restaurant.
>139 streamsong: Exactly!! Like I need more pizza I can't eat! LOL : )
I found her curled up on the floor.
I had a small heart attack, but she responded immediately when I called her name, so I think at that point she was just asleep. However, since she had a huge black eye and couldn't remember how she wound up on the floor, (Alzhiemer's) I had no way of knowing if she tripped and knocked herself out or just couldn't get back up to bed on her own and fell asleep. She was nowhere near her walker. So, off to the hospital we went. Did bloodwork, EKG, CT scans, the whole works. Everything turned out to be ok, save the black eye, and best guess is she just tripped. Phew! What a night/day. And now my FIL has to figure out whether (yes!) he needs to have even more care for her, just to keep her safe. Aging is not an easy thing.
Happily, my FIL, Hubby and his brother trusted me and my SIL to take care of things here and managed to still have a fun time at the airshow. : )
>144 jessibud2: So glad she turned out to be OK. Her eye is slowly looking less dramatic.
>145 streamsong: The ER has to do all that stuff because we had no idea what precipitated the fall or whether she was ever knocked out or not. Also she has constant back pain, but it seemed to be higher up on her neck than usual and that could have been a fracture. Better safe than sorry!
>146 richardderus: Right?! So glad I went to check on her. And my blood pressure was fine once she responded and I knew she was alive. Hospitals I am used to.
>147 BLBera: I need less excitement in my life. : )
>148 Caroline_McElwee: I am thinking a little wine and a book tonight.
Okay. Enough with trauma. Last night I saw the Backstreet Boys!! Had a great time with my girls and one of their friends. The BSB played about 2/3 oldies and 1/3 songs off their new DNA album. They even did an accapella song which was AMAZING! I can't believe when the band started 26 years ago that the oldest member was 21 and the youngest was 12. How did that ever work?!?!
"Hey, I am gonna go off to the bars."
"Hey, I am gonna go do my homework."
Crazy. : )
Have a lovely weekend.
MIL continues to do well and I can't imagine having to work with someone half my age when I was 21.
>153 thornton37814: I am enjoying Finding Dorothy, which is for my RL bookclub next week. And I am sure I will enjoy the rest of my newbies when I get to them. I also got a package in the mail today....see below.
>154 Dianekeenoy: I am so glad you liked both those books--they are both for my RL bookclubs this month!! Yay, now I am very excited to read them. I am so sorry you keep spending holidays in the ER with your father. Sigh. What can you do?
>156 banjo123: It was no fun at all that my MIL's excitement happened on the very first time I was entrusted to watch out for her. But there was really nothing I could have done since she tumbled while I was asleep in the other room. We are looking at methods to keep an eye on her at night too, from an in-house attendant to weight change activated monitors that let you know if someone leaves the bed and doesn't return within a specified time. Yikes.
>157 ChelleBearss: I thought the BSB were totally fun. I am not sure I was their biggest fan, but I certainly loved hearing them again and I was so surprised my kids knew their stuff as well as I did!!
>158 figsfromthistle: I hadn't been o a concert in a few years, so that alone was fun. Man, next time I have to remember to bring ear plugs! The bass was literally pulsing through me. : )
And I am super excited because Colson Whitehead (Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad) is one of the speakers for Literary Arts next season. Yay!! Both books sound fascinating.
From Wikipedia--The Intuitionist is a 1999 novel by Colson Whitehead. It falls broadly into speculative fiction.
The Intuitionist takes place in a city (implicitly, New York) full of skyscrapers and other buildings requiring vertical transportation in the form of elevators. The time, never identified explicitly, is one when black people are called "colored" and integration is a current topic. The protagonist is Lila Mae Watson, an elevator inspector of the "Intuitionist" school. The Intuitionists practice an inspecting method by which they ride in an elevator and intuit the state of the elevator and its related systems. The competing school, the "Empiricists", insists upon traditional instrument-based verification of the condition of the elevator. Watson is the second black inspector and the first black female inspector in the city.
The story begins with the catastrophic failure of an elevator which Watson had inspected just days before, leading to suspicion cast upon both herself and the Intuitionist school as a whole. To cope with the inspectorate, the corporate elevator establishment, and other looming elements, she must return to her intellectual roots, the texts (both known and lost) of the founder of the school, to try to reconstruct what is happening around her.
Whitehead's latest novel. From Amazon--As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."
In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.
The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.
Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.
I still see pictures. ????
Can I join the Nickel boys read? I have a copy waiting!
I'm so sorry you are encountering so many old favorites you have to avoid.
Also, I want to read Pachinko, and A Gentleman in Moscow *still*!!!
>161 Berly: and already I contradict myself! I have read The Intuitionist! I recall it being odd, but really compelling.
Lucky you, getting your own copy of The Nickel Boys. I am currently on a long wait list from the library. I know you'll share some of the nuggets from the Whitehead lecture coming up.
Why are they changing to palm oil when we're all trying to reduce using it? Although, in my case I confess, it's a bit more theoretical than actual practice.
Why do pastas need oil in them, anyway???? Grrrr.
>151 Berly: none of the images are working (not on my thread, either), but >161 Berly: The Nickel Boys sounds really good.
I hope you are well.
Trying to catch up a bit –
>142 Berly: sorry about your MiL’s fall, so glad you checked on her when you did even though you had a small heart attack when you saw her on the floor.
>161 Berly: The Intuitionist is now a BB for me….
>167 Berly: Sorry about the allergic reactions and having to check ingredients all the time.
>168 charl08: Yes, I'd love to read Nickel Boys with you! When do you want to start it? I won't see him talk in person here in Portland until May 2020, but I can't wait that long. Twin, are you in, too?
>169 Familyhistorian: I had such a great time at BSB!! This summer has been just packed full. Later on I will post some more pictures of fun stuff.
>170 ffortsa: IT's definitely sad to have to give up so many old favorites foods, but that's the way it's going. Happy to see that Triscuits still use canola oil!!
>172 tymfos: I am now so sensitive I am reacting to foods that I can normally get by on. And of course, eating out these past weeks with family has been a challenge. Two of my nieces are vegan and we went to a Tiki restaurant and I couldn't eat a thing! Nuts and seeds in everything. Even half the drinks were coconut. LOL I had a glass of red wine (safe!) and ate when I got home. They loved it, which was the important thing. : )
>173 LovingLit: Let me know when you want to read Pachinko!! Sometime this fall? (My fall, lol.)
>175 vikzen: Still having reactions, but at least no hospital visits or Epipens. A small improvement I will take!
>176 Donna828: Don't hold your breath on the Whitehead notes...I don't see him until next May!!! But, yes, then I will post some thoughts. ; )
>177 ronincats: I just have to be more diligent reading ingredients and assume responsibility because the food manufacturers certainly are not.
Also, I started seeing my Acupuncturist again on a weekly basis. She is the one who helped me get over my egg allergies decades ago and it is already helping.
>179 Dianekeenoy: Hey, thinking of starting to read Nickel Boys soon with Twin and Charlotte. You in?
>180 figsfromthistle: I still don't think it would be that hard for companies to put a Change of Ingredient notice on their website or make note of it in BIG RED letters at the top of the ingredient list. Right?
>181 ChelleBearss: Winning the allergy war right now. Not really up to TKD yet. Big excericise and adrenaline can set things off again. If I can make it a week or so without a problem, I'll try to head back in. Just walking right now.
Images still work fine on my end. WTH?!!?
>183 johnsimpson: I will gladly accept all hugs and rest wishes. Thank you. : )
>184 EBT1002: SOOOO busy with family visits and a few reactions thrown in. Collapsed this weekend and SLEPT! -- starting to feel like a human being again. I will say more about all the fin things we did later. OMG!
>186 richardderus: I was not doing BIG LADY stuff. I was being the cool Aunt and did lots of fun kid stuff. But LT time and reading time went out the window. So much fun, but glad I have some time to recoup. Smooches.
>188 humouress: Yes, I am back!! And mostly healthy. Still had more reactions these past few weeks, but no hospital visits or Epipens, thank goodness.
I had so many adventures. I will try to post pictures tomorrow. And make the LT rounds. : )
Thank you to ALL my visitors and friends. I have missed you tons.
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell
Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris
Robin (Williams) by Dave Itzkoff
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age by Mary Pipher
Funny you should mention acupuncturists - we had a conversation about them yesterday. A former Army guy my husband works with got wounded in Afghanistan years ago, and the only thing that truly gives him relief is acupuncture. Apparently the VA just figured out that it's a valid therapy (you know, that weird non-Western medicine mindset). So I just might look into what's available out here.
>194 Berly: Very nice haul.
Debbi swears by her acupuncturist, and goes regularly.
She and I both just finished They Called Us Enemy, and thought it was excellent.
I don't have a preference re the shared reading, whenever suits!
I'm going to be on a fat-free diet for another couple of months, and between that and my own (small number of) allergies, eating out is perilous. I can manage the hot table in the excellent deli downstairs, and may even be cooking more as the veggies come in to our Greenmarket. Next year I should be back to ice cream!
I hope your system settles down very soon, and you're back to kicking and punching as usual.
and Advanced Allergy Therapeutics......
One treatment and still eating eggs 20 years later!! Whoohoo! You should be able to search for practitioners in your area. : )
Yay Debbi for embracing acupuncture! Glad it works for you, too.
>199 Dianekeenoy: >200 charl08: Great!! I plan to start Nickel Boys this weekend. Join me!
>201 ronincats: Definitely winning the allergy war and had so much fun with family. I will be leaving next Wednesday to see more family in MN and WI. Hoping to meet up with my Twin (BLBera) on Sunday 9/8.
>203 ffortsa: I have one more week to eat at home safely and then it will be restaurants again in Mpls. Crossing my fingers!! Good luck on your dieting efforts. Fat-free sounds difficult.
>204 EBT1002: I love acupuncture for not only allergies, but all kinds of other difficulties--pain being one of them. My acupuncturist told me if my plantar fasciitis returns (not that it is completely gone but it is ignorable at this point) that she could probably help. Good luck with yours.
>205 banjo123: This summer has been the most jam-packed one ever! So much fun, but no down time at all! Taking it really easy this week, so I can be "rested" for my family visit next week.
Glad the acupunture is helping. I was wondering about eating out? We can just do the bookstore thing if we can't find a place with food you can eat without dying. ;)
I want to read Nickel Boy but don't know if I can get to it this weekend. I have a HUGE pile of library books that have to go back, papers to grade...
Scout starts kindergarten today!
I have to finish up another book first, so I can wait a little on Nickel Boys, but I will probably bring it with me on the plane.
Congratulations, Scout!! I am sure she will have a great time. : )
Enjoy your trip to the midwest. Here's hoping you experience no more sneaky food while you're there!
Nice to see you back posting, Kimmers.
Have a great weekend.
Have a great time.
I have used NAET for soy allergy, and it was amazing. I have been trying to find someone here who does it so we can try it with Mr. E, who is allergic to NC. No luck so far, but hopeful.
>214 ffortsa: Hope you find some allergy relief. It has definitely worked for me and for pain relief. I have not tried it yet for PF, but my acupuncturist says she can help. We'll see....
>215 ronincats: Pictures! Promise!
>216 PaulCranswick: Still enjoying the weekend--hope you are too! :)
>218 Dianekeenoy: Plan to start today!
>219 nittnut: Good luck finding a practitioner. You might also look for the Advanced Allergy Theraputics methodology. They both have worked equally well for me.
>220 Familyhistorian: Thank you! I leave on Wednesday. : )