Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer has arrived!!

McCullough's most recent masterpiece!

Well, it has been a cold, wet fall, winter and spring here in the GORGEOUS Pacific Northwest, but I think summer has finally arrived! We've had several beautiful days, even getting up to the 80s, which is warm for us this time of year, and we've been loving it!!

I haven't been blogging a lot - sorry - because I've been busier than heck and have been falling back on the old standards in the house (risotto, BLTs, wieners and beans, soups, etc...) because they are fast and easy!

But school is almost out! 7 DAYS LEFT! And my 1/2 marathon is right around the corner on the 25th! So, I hope to get back to more cooking very soon.

In the meantime, here's what I've been doing...

I'm currently reading David McCullough's The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, which is absolutely thrilling! Frankly, anything by the Pulitzer-winning McCullough is thrilling! I hope to read all of his work someday! But reading it has turned me on to James Fenimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans and several other wonderful novels. I've seen the movie, but never read the book. Today, I reserved like 5 of his books at the library and can't wait to go pick them up and start reading.

Additionally, went to a Borders up here that was closing and picked up about 15 books for under $20, and I'm slowly working my way through those, mostly non-fiction, but a couple Anne Perry's (one of my favorite mystery novelists, along with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie). I've been listening to Sherlock Holmes at work - two different versions. One is read by Edward Hardwicke who played Watson in my most favorite of all Sherlock Holmes film/tv versions, where the fabulous Jeremy Brett brilliantly plays Holmes.

The FABULOUS Jeremy Brett - the quintessential Holmes!!

The other is an old-time radio version that I pick up by podcast for free, and it is acted out over radio drama. They are both fabulous and they pass the hours at work exceedingly well! Additionally, I've been catching up my favorite Poirot episodes that record on PBS - seeing Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot come to life every week for 45 minutes is an absolute joy for me!


So, that's about it for me...the boys and I will head to Oklahoma the day after school lets out to spend a week with my mother, all three of my sisters and all their kiddos. The menfolk are all staying at their respective homes, so poor Andy will spend Father's Day alone, but our supper club has planned a fun paintball adventure for the husbands on Father's Day, so he'll have a ball!

Hope you're all doing well!

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