Our new treadmill should be here in a couple of weeks, so I spend part of the week working in the basement, decluttering and reorganizing to make room. It felt good to get rid of some stuff that we no longer use. I washed tons of stored bedding, bagged up a bunch of twin-bed sheets and mattress pads to donate to the nearest homeless shelter, and boxed up some other stuff for the local thrift store. I’ll keep working at it during the coming week.
I have also been thinking about where to hang some of the art we had been storing, though I won’t hang it until I get the needed supplies (picture hooks, some poster frames for some bookish posters, and craft paper to help me position everything just right before I put nails in the walls.) I’m not sure why I have delayed putting up these particular pieces; we certainly have art and photos on the walls already, just not everywhere we could display them. I think it’s that that my perfectionism and my anxiety work against each other. I’m always worried that I won’t “get it right” when it comes to decorating, so I end up procrastinating and avoiding it altogether. Silly, huh? I’m trying to get over that. If I don’t love how it looks when it’s up, I can always move it, replace it, or take it down again.
This afternoon is our monthly virtual get-together with Mr. Bookwyrm’s side of the family; I’m looking forward to checking in and seeing how everyone is doing. Three of our nieces and nephews have started the new school year (one teacher, one grad student, one college student.) We’re hoping for the best for all of them, but we are concerned given the number of schools that have already had to pull back to online classes and, in some cases, send students home.
ETA: I’m an idiot. I should never write a post when I’m exhausted. I mixed up Memorial Day and Labor Day, and said tomorrow was Memorial Day — oops! Well, I guess it just illustrates how the last six months have been: every day feels and looks the same, so it’s hard to keep track of where in the week (and month, and year) you are.
Last Week on the Blog
- Sunday Post – 8/30/2020 – this post
- Sunday Post – 9/06/2020 – this post
This Week on the Blog
- Someone to Romance, by Mary Balogh – review, tentative
- News & Notes – 9/12/2020 – tentative
- Sunday Post – 9/13/2020 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished Hideaway by Nora Roberts, which I really enjoyed, and started rereading her Inn Boonsboro trilogy (The Next Always, The Last Boyfriend, and currently The Perfect Hope.) I DNF’d The Hoarder in You, a book about decluttering for people who aren’t hoarders that starts by looking at people who are. It just wasn’t working for me right now, and my borrowing term was up. (I borrowed the ebook from the library.) I still need to finish The Language of Ghosts (Heather Fawcett; ARC) and get back to An Extraordinary Union (Alyssa Cole). (Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)
Listening: I am just finishing up Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton. I love the book; it’s my umpteenth time reading it, but the first time I have listened to the audiobook. The narrator is all right, but occasionally throws me out of the story by mispronouncing words, and her British accents aren’t entirely convincing. Still, I’m enjoying it. Next up is probably Binti (Nnedi Okorafor); the book and the narration both got really good reviews, so I’m very much looking forward to it.
Watching: Through most of the week, we watched yet more of Aerial America. Tonight, we plan to watch the American Shakespeare Center‘s production of Twelfth Night via on-demand streaming. (If you are interested, it is streaming through Sept. 8, and Othello is on through Sept. 14. Their productions are usually excellent, and I highly recommend them.)
Added to the Hoard
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
Kindle: Son of the Shadows; The Red Scrolls of Magic; Time’s Convert; The Deadly Hours; The Bodies in the Library; An Oxford Murder; Unquiet Spirits. Audiobooks (Audible, Libro.fm, or Chirp): Binti; Daughter of the Forest. (Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)