Five Things on Friday: July 21, 2015
I'm late with this (and nearly everything else in my life at the moment) so I'll keep this edition brief.
What I'm Reading: I finished Life As We Knew It, and have the other two in the series on hold at the library (along with half the catalog). Still reading After Perfect by Christina McDowell, and also started Safekeeping by Karen Hesse, which is yet another in my current string of apocalyptic YA novels. Main character Radley returns home from volunteering in Haiti to find an America transformed by the recent election of the American Political Party and the assassination of the president. It is written in a very spare manner and is quite absorbing. Also, two books on Tiny Houses that my son gave me as a belated birthday present. I'm determined to build one!
What I'm in Awe Of: The #ShellNo protestors who dangled from a Portland bridge for 40 hours earlier this week, in order to stop the passage of the Fennica out of dock to Alaska. I'm also amazed at the courage of a hardy band of kayakers who paddled right in front of the ship to try to stop it. And I'm proud to live in a city where such protests are considered important, no matter how much traffic they disrupt.
What I'm Complaining About: The heat. Again. It was 103 yesterday, and is forecast to be 102 today. This is our second intense heat wave this summer and I'm tired of it.
What I'm Shopping For: A new computer. Maybe this one. Mine is six years old and freezes all the time. Plus it gets slow and balky as I'm working. I'm going smaller and less complicated. And, I'm also switching back from a Mac to a PC. I know, gasp. But I just can't see that spending good money on a Mac was worth it.
What I'm Doing This Weekend: Moving my office downstairs. I have a lovely new desk and rug and curtains and I'm excited. If I remember, I'll post photos when its done. And no, I'm not adding a sandbox, as in the photo above, but I am going to the beach next week so I thought it appropriate. And kinda cute.
That's whats up with me this week. What's going on with you?
Images from commondreams.org, ronnieb, bitrebels.com, and some random computer shopping site.