Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
First I am happy to report I finally finished the Barack Obama book.
This is what I wrote about this book when I was gave up on it in October:
This is on my reading list as well, and I will get through it, but I had to put it down for now. It is over 700 pages (and this is Volume 1 of 2!) and I could only get to page 161 and decided to return it to the library. The book is good and I want to read it, but it's a little dry. It basically just tells the story of Obama's campaign and then presidency and it's occasionally written like a speech where he gives examples about the single mother from South Side Chicago, or the second generation farmer in Iowa, and the public school teacher in California, you know what I mean? He tries to relate everything back to the people of America (you can probably hear his voice saying these things). So yeah, it's good, and will probably get more interesting after he becomes president (he's only just won the Democratic nomination by page 161) but it's not exactly a page turner, no offense Mr. President.
Then Dave's dad lent me his copy so I was able to pick it up again without worrying about returning it to the library. Mostly the book tells about different crises that Obama dealt with during his first term - the economic crisis, healthcare reform, Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the environment - and how he worked to make decisions, figure out how to balance the different issues, and about the politics that played into it as well. It was sort of like a text book on recent history. Every so often there would be a little nugget of something behind the scenes or a funny personality quirk about another world leader and those were the parts I loved the most. I wanted to know more about conversations he had with people and interactions with staff and his family. But it wasn't that sort of book. The two parts that I did really find interesting was about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the killing of Osama Bin Laden, more exciting than economic stimulus to me.
The next book I read was The Lies that Bind Us by Emily Giffin. I have read all of her other books and this one was exactly what I needed it to be. I bought it at the airport when I went to Timmins and then read it when I was in my hotel room. I finished it quickly and then gave it to a colleague to give to his wife.
This book was about a woman who had just broken up with her boyfriend and then meets another guy out at a bar. They have an instant connection and it takes us through their relationship, with various "lies" that are told (or truths omitted) along the way. It took place around the time of 9/11 so that put an interesting spin on it as well and that's always a topic that interests me. I would recommend this for a quick read.
I was able to fit one more book in this month, a quick read by Jill Santopolo called Everything After.
I've read this author's other two books and liked them. They are a bit heavier than a beach read but easy to digest. I really don't feel like I can say too much about the plot without giving it away, so I will just say that I enjoyed that the main character was a psychologist because she could diagnose her own motivations and those of her husband. She was also a musician and I was fascinated by the way the author described how music existed in her life as well as how she could just write a song like that! It didn't turn out exactly the way I thought it would, but I was happy with it.
I'm putting together my reading list for 2022 and I'll be sharing that next month. Leave your suggestions if you have any. My favourite books tend to focus on some tragedy and bonus points if they are Canadian.
Friday, November 26, 2021
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
What's Up Wednesday
Sunday - Leftover red lentil curry
Monday - Tacos
Tuesday - Slow Cooker Roast Beef, Baked Potatoes, Carrots
Wednesday - Leftover Roast Beef
Thursday - Thai Salad Bowls with tofu
Friday - Out
Saturday - Pizza
What I'm reminiscing about...
Thinking back to last year at this time when we had accepted our fate that there would be no Christmas events and no visiting family. Although we are still wary that cases will increase again (like we are seeing in Europe), we are cautiously optimistic that social events and travelling will continue as planned.
What I'm loving...
That the kids have their appointments for COVID vaccines on Friday! We even got them at the same place at roughly the same time. Signing up was painless.
(This was last week for our flu shots.)
What we've been up to...
Dave has been taking a break from drinking this month and I was supposed to have been doing the same, however with my various work events, I have not been a diligent teetotaler. I may add on a couple of extra days into December but my work Christmas party is on the 4th so the clock runs out then! We just thought we should try to be a bit healthier this month since the month of December is typically a free for all, and we wanted to do what we could in preparation for Hawaii in January.
What I'm dreading...
Knowing that the month of December will be a busy one at work as we wrap up year end and then I'm going on vacation. It's always hard to get things off your desk so you can go away!
What I'm working on...
Getting some Christmas gifts ordered. I started looking around and then remembered about Black Friday so I will keep my eye out for when the deals start (and some of them already have).
What I'm excited about...
The new Pixar moving coming out in March, Turning Red. It takes place in Toronto! Check it out, the CN Tower is on the poster.
What I'm wearing...
Ick, nylons! I got to avoid wearing nylons all last winter since I was working from home but they are back. They aren't that bad, I just hate that they get runs in them so easily!
What I'm watching/reading...
We are between shows right now but I think we will start The Shrink Next Door (Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd).
I completed my reading list finally so I picked up a few random books at the library this week.
What I'm listening to...
I dipped my toe into the Christmas music this week (after writing about that on Monday) and although I'm not full Mariah Carey yet, I have been enjoying some "Christmas Peaceful Piano" on Spotify, and also my favourite Christmas album from last year, The Pianoman at Christmas, by Jamie Cullum.
What I'm doing this weekend...
We will start decorating the house, E has a birthday party to attend, and we will view Week 1 of Advent on our church's YouTube channel on Sunday morning. There are also still some leaves to rake up.
What I'm looking forward to next month...
Christmas!! Parties to attend and host, food to make, family to visit with, movies to watch, and more!
What else is new...
Not much else!
Linking up with Shay.