I got back from Seattle last Wednesday and had to readjust back to EST after having just started to adapt to PST, so that was a little rough. I seem to be mostly on schedule now though, so I thought I'd compile some of my favorite pictures from the trip for you.
I have to say, it was pretty exciting finally seeing the Pacific Northwest and getting to experience a place that is now the farthest I've ever been from my house without leaving the U.S.
I meant to put this up yesterday, but the days just get away from me sometimes! I'm really not prepared for all the fall/winter holidays to be on my doorstep already. Good grief, Charlie Brown!
In that sense, I do apologize that December's book is not a short one, but having read it before, I think you'll find it an enjoyable one. This book was recommended to me by my friend Adinah and it's the first in a series that I really want to get moving on. I've only read this first book so far, but I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a great imagining of Sherlock Holmes in his later years and any doubts I had at first quickly disappeared.
Crazy enough, it's come around to the time of year again when we should all throw in our thoughts about doing the book club for another year. I'd love to hear your feedback about whether you're still liking the selection of books we generally end up with, if your schedule leaves you enough time to get through them each month and so on.
I'll be traveling for work again next week and then Thanksgiving will be upon us before you know it (along with my anniversary, Christmas and a million other things to keep me occupied, I'm sure!) So it would be great if we could discuss now because if we do move forward into 2016, that'll give us a month to mull over what books we want to select and then give me time to get the list posted sometime in December.
As of yesterday, I've started on the last two work trips I have this year. Currently, I'm in Washington, DC (well, technically Arlington, but I flew into DC and it's like a few minutes from my hotel) and then next week, I'm flying to Washington state!
I'm far more excited about trip #2, except for the length of the flight. The show I'm at now is in the same hotel every year, so I've been here before and also this trip has not gone smoothly in any way. I'm hanging in there though.
Purple Fig Ladies, do you realize we're about to close Year 3 of this book club?! I don't know if I've ever kept any personal projects going this long. I guess that's the power of reading and the awesomeness of all of us! Right? (I mean, what else could it be?)
Anyway, hopefully everyone had a chance to read this month's book. It was certainly a fast read, which I guess was your reprieve leading up to Outlander. Mwahahahahaha! Actually, I don't know why I'm laughing maniacally. It was Andee's pick.
I won't say we've had our first cold day yet (cool though, definitely!), but I'm still pretty excited about the advent of Fall. There's something about this time of year that I think is the essence of how most Northerners feel about Spring. To me, the Florida Spring is nice, but too quickly bleeds into the heat and humidity you're stuck with all Summer too. But Fall...
In Fall, the dry air starts to push its way in, you feel excitement and hope about when you're going to get a cold day. The holidays are coming. All the motivation and energy that I almost didn't realize I was missing for the last six months just smacked me awake these past two weeks. I'm read to Get Things Done!
Prepare yourselves for this month's book -- it's a doozy! I'm thinking it'll probably be a quick read (well, not in the sense of finishing in a day, but in that I think it'll be engaging). Hopefully that's the case since I have two work trips this month, but maybe I'll find some solid reading time on my 6-hour flight to Seattle!
Let's hope the cool weather sets in soon. Today it feels breezy out, but definitely still warm. Come on, winter!
I finally braved it! One of the walls in my house has recently been painted. It took 17 months to get here and it feels like a raving success!
Which room did I paint? Or which wall, specifically? I painted an accent wall in our home office. Ever since we rearranged the office a while back, my desk faces out from one of the walls, so I decided to paint the one that is behind me while I'm working. Come see!
Family & friends! I am so sorry to have neglected you these long weeks. I can't express how busy work and life have been lately. But to make up for it, I'm going to publish 3 posts in 3 days (even if one of them is just the book reminder for next month).
Let's catch up with each other a bit, okay? Okay! I think I may have mentioned I was going to Amelia Island for a show the third week of September (Yes? No?). I ended up taking off a day while I was there so I could drag Adam with me and do fun, vacation-y things. Here are the results!
As I mentioned earlier this month, I recently finished reading It by Stephen King. I must say, coming off of that tome (1,100-1,400 pages depending on which edition you pick up), it was a delight to breeze through this 200-some page mystery by Agatha Christie.
I am not ashamed to admit is the first book of hers that I've read, although now that I've finished it, I'm not sure why it took me so long to try one. It was absolutely delightful. Easy enough to read, with subtle hints at the solution, and that wonderful air of British politeness that always makes me feel so cheery. I'm not alone in that, right? Anytime I read something English, I hear the accents in my head and feel like I must be a genius among geniuses.