Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday Post #38/Sunday Salon #11

Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly Sunday Post link-up, and Deb at ReaderBuzz is expanding Sunday Salon from a FB group to a link-up as well.

What I Read
3 really good books and one great one! I finished the Last Policeman series (great and satisfying ending, and an amazing number of meandering plot paths come together). I finished listening to and reading On the Come Up (go me for finishing a book I was juggling last week), and I read The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, which I just bought for my classroom. It was weird in a good way, but the ending kind of cheats.

Darius the Great is Not Okay is way more than okay. Something about this book really moved me. It feels slow, but never boring. It's definitely one of the best books I've read this summer.

What I'm Reading/What's Next
Still slogging away at Outrage and The Paris Wife. I keep getting distracted by shiny new books! I also still have literally 46 books checked out from the public library AND well over that number I brought home from my classroom, so clearly, choice is not a problem.

Three Things
  • We went on a family outing up the Columbia River Gorge. It was too hot to do the hike we'd planned--we made it about 20 minutes before my face was stop sign red. So we did a short hike in the trees and then sank our feet into the creek by a smaller waterfall. 

  • I spent an afternoon at my sister's doing arts and crafts.

  • I attended a funeral for a high school friend's dad in the morning and had dinner with a different high school friend I'd been out of touch with for awhile in the afternoon. They both look WAY BETTER than I do--strong, slender, great skin and stylish hair. They've also both gotten divorced recently. You can't tell people's struggles by looking at them. 
I love summer. I hope you're having a good one. 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sunday Post #37/Sunday Salon #10

Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly Sunday Post link-up, and Deb at ReaderBuzz is expanding Sunday Salon from a FB group to a link-up as well.

What I Read
I read The Girl Who Drank the Moon, which is an OBOB book and was on my summer bingo sheet, and Countdown City, the second book in the Last Policeman trilogy. I liked both of them very much. I've also been deep in some crafting books of various types, especially this one and this one.

What I'm Reading/What's Next
Okay, I'm kind of a mess here. My kid and I started listening to a thriller series in the car, and then I got the next book on ebook loan from the library, so I'm reading that. (She got the downloadable audiobook and has already finished the trilogy!)  I read A Moveable Feast (my first official Classics Club read!!!!) and then wanted to read The Paris Wife, so I also checked out that ebook. I'd started listening to On the Come Up on Scribd when I was in the car by myself, and I love the Last Policeman trilogy so much I also started the final book. So that's two ebooks, one audiobook, an one physical book. I need to focus. Oh-I'd also started A Very Large Expanse of Sea (final entry in a summer bingo row!) but am finding it too romance focused for my taste. Will they or won't they? I'm pretty sure they will. 

Three Things

  • My daughter and I just watched all four Hunger Games movies this week. I'd never seen the very last one. They really did a good job adapting them, in my opinion, and got some really great actors involved as well.
  • I've been out of town and away from wifi for most of the last ten days. A trip to the beach with my husband's family backed right up to a few MORE days at the beach with a friend and my sister. Life is tough.
  • I'm officially fifty now, so I'll stop bombarding you with photos and lists (for now...). Personally, I'm having one of the best summers in years. The country and the world, not so much. 

daughter and cousin just past sunset

me and the Winemaker

"Ghost forest" --trees that sank into the sea 300 years ago.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Month of Wendy: Giveaway Number Four

It's finally my birthday! But the month is still going strong, so we'll be able to squeeze in another giveaway today, and a final grand prize next Wednesday.

Quick recap: Megan S. won the right to choose books for my classroom library, and Nicole of Feed Your Fiction Addiction won a donation for a local teacher who has a literacy project on Donors Choose. We're trying to help this 3rd grade teacher add more selections to her classroom book clubs, and honestly, if she doesn't get more support by August 8th, it's not going to happen. So feel free to head on over and donate to her yourself! Early Wednesday morning I'll pick a winner who'll get to pick books for our local Little Free Library. 

This week's winner will get $25 donated in their name to RAICES. I'm sure I don't have to explain why helping immigrant families and children at our southern border is important to me.  
  • Week five (July 31) one grand prize winner will receive EACH of these prizes spread out over the next year. So they'll choose another $25 worth of titles for my classroom, get $25 donated to a local Donors Choose project, pick $25 worth of titles for the Little Free Library, and have $25 donated to RAICES in their name. 
Further rules: You can only win once, but the grand prize drawing will combine everyone who enters it AND all previous entries. Also, I'll be sending you a small bookish token if you win--postcard, sticker, button, or bookmark.

AND if you choose to essentially match any of my giveaways yourself (e.g. you donate $25 of books to a Little Free Library, or to Donors Choose, or to RAICES), and send me proof of that before August 31st, my kid and I will make you a bookmark and sticker. I'd really love to see more support for the classroom project in Nicole's town! 

It feels silly to have to say this given the "prize" I'm giving, but please, no giveaway accounts.

Let's play!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Fifty Years in Pictures: Parts 5a and 5b/ 5

Wendy in her Thirties: Love, Travel, and Hiking

We got married in my parents' living room.

The best part of this picture is my death grip on the last bite of mom's homemade breadstick.

Meeting up with my best Latvian friend for the first time in almost a decade.

On an evening Salsa cruise, because we were two dancing single women who weren't asleep by nine.

This was my very first Facebook profile pic. Still love it.

Driving the short bus to take my school's hiking club on an adventure.

Oh y'know, just snowshoeing halfway up the mountain for fun. What are YOU doing today?

Wendy in her Forties: Motherhood and Exhaustion

My dad in his 80s.

Twin Day--I matched my coffee cup

Rallying for school safety

Presenting with the BookLove group at NCTE

Monday, July 22, 2019

Fifty Years in Pictures: Part 4/5

Wendy: The Travel Years
Late teens and twenties
Look at all those bangs.

Hiking with my niece and nephew.


My college roommates introducing me to cross country skiing.

Made a lifelong friend on my exchange program in college.

First morning home from freshman year of college for winter break.

College graduation

Sometime in our twenties, before we started the camping tradition.

With a niece again.

Brunch on the mountain

Pretty sure that's the night we were sworn in for Peace Corps. No idea what we're doing. 

The duck shoes really sell this outfit.