Machine of Death edited by Ryan North, Matthew
Bennardo, and David Malki
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by
Loving Frank by Nancy
Gone Girl by Gillian
Divergent by Veronica
Lean In: Women Work
& the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Persepolis by Marjane
Of those, I recommend
Gone Girl the most, although it did make several people totally crazy, which I also
understand. It’s got a plot that won’t let you go, though. No denying that.
Next month we’ll discuss
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed
America by Erik Larson. I've already read it, which is good, because I've got a
huge pile of other books to wade through.
For my Work Book Club we
attempted The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and
Religion by Jonathan Haidt. Because everyone knows that discussing politics and religion at work is a good idea! But it worked out fine, in that I don’t think anyone finished it. It was very dry. I’ll
try to finish it sometime, maybe. We also discussed Lean In, so that was a win
for me, since I discussed it with both groups.
Holy moly, there's a lot of my purple asparagus this year. And it's mostly just me that eats it. And weeks left of the 4-week harvesting period! Just made a double batch of this Cream of Asparagus soup for tonight. I'll report back on how it turned out after dinner. (Note that the recipe leaves out garlic. Typo, probably.) And I just had the most delightful salad. I can't quite pin down what made it so good. It was:
A little Romaine lettuce
A chopped hard-boiled egg
Some blue cheese crumbles
Fresh from the garden organic gorgeous thick purple asparagus cut lovingly into tender beautiful chunks
It's a very nice time of year. Planted 27 tomato plants and 15 pole beans today. Cukes, herbs, whatnot went in yesterday. Still having trouble with the potatoes being eaten by chipmunks, and something is eating my beet leaves. This means war, vermin. Edited to add: The soup was fantastic! N couldn't get enough of it. Naturally, the kids hated it, but oh well.
I made an abundance of resolutions this year. I don't know what possessed me. I'm not going to talk about all of them. This is more of an overview.
and volunteer work
Work on the new
school vegetable garden. This has turned into quite the time suck. I organized
volunteers to build the raised beds, shed, and benches. I've got nearly the
whole summer covered for watering. I procured the seeds. When I look at my email
sent folder, I’m a little shocked at the level of work I've put into this
thing. Think happy non-raining thoughts tomorrow at 3:15 when the students are
supposed to move dirt and mulch around! We already had to postpone once. For the
record, there are other parents also putting in huge amounts of time and
effort. It’s really quite a project.
triathlon fundraiser. I got two people to sign up. I was hoping for more, but
hey, two. I’m still sending out my own fundraising emails.
Grow one new
vegetable at home. Kale! Lemon cucumbers! And while we’re on the subject, I’d
like to mention that my fruit trees are all blooming out of control this year,
including the pear tree and Russian quince. Let’s hope I actually get to eat
some of it this year. Garden in general is looking great. Lots of work still
ahead, putting in my tomatoes are all that.
Good Reads, I’m slightly ahead of schedule, having read 17 books since the
first of the year.
Big trip planned.
Me Me Me
Buy some new
clothing. Got some great stuff at a rummage sale. That probably doesn't count.
triathlon training is going well. I can run 4 miles now, which is more than the
race requires. A first for me. Biking is fine, swimming is fine. No complaints.
Does take a lot of time, though. Exercising.
probably should buckle down here a little.