Saturday, 9 December 2017

Sunday Post 80, It's Monday, what are you reading? 65


The Sunday Post - a chance for bloggers to have a chat and a catch-up - is hosted by Kimba, here: https://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/ and It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn, here: https://bookdate.blogspot.co.nz/

Let's see ... mostly I've been working, I think. The job is going well, though, and I seem to be settling in okay. (I tend to underplay things because I'm naturally superstitious about ... everything - lol).

The Santa parade was on here last Saturday, so I took spawn to that. It was hot and humid, but I found a shady spot and parked myself. Spawn found a school friend to pass the time with, and every so often he'd come and tell me what he'd seen. Last Sunday I went to Murder on the Orient Express with a friend, and I have to say, as dubious as I found Kenneth Branagh's Poirot, I did enjoy the movie.

I've got all the Christmas shopping done - it's been a lean year, so I've not got anything for J - I'm not sure if I'll manage to or not. However, spawn is taken care of and while it's not a lot of stuff, I've managed to get him what he asked for, so hopefully he'll be happy on the day. We tend to have a quiet Christmas with just the three of us, which is nice. If not, we'll likely go to my sister's for Christmas dinner. I like Christmas but I'm not one for decorating the whole house with Christmas lights and a tree in every room. Our tree isn't even up yet because of the cats - lol.

As for reading, I have finished a couple of books - Some Kind of Wonderful by Barbara Feehy and Afternoon Tea at the Sunshine Cafe by Milly Johnson. I enjoyed both of them though they didn't particularly wow me.

I still have Hamilton on the go, and I'm about 3/4 of the way through Fire and Water, an M/M romance novel by Andrew Grey. I'm not sure what's up next - either Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King, or It Devours, the new Night Vale novel.

I have a tradition every year at the end of the year - I re-watch the LOTR movies and start a new cross-stitch project. These are the choices for this year's project. I'm leaning towards the Nefertiti pattern, but the skin tones are very pale and she has blue eyes. So if I chose that one, I'd want to change the skin tone colours.

And of course starting something doesn't mean I'll finish it - I have quite a few starts. But it's about the journey for me.

How about you? How's your week? What are you reading?

18 comments:

  1. That sounds like a fun tradition, watching the LoTR movies! I haven't watched them myself in a while. And I did kinda want to see Murder on the Orient Express, so I'm glad it was good.

    I still have a ton of shopping to do *sigh*

    Hope you have a nice week! :)

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    1. I'm looking forward to visiting old friends with LOTR :)

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  2. I love your tradition! Ha, my Mom has so many starts it cracks me up. Hope your week is a good one!

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    1. It's a fun tradition for sure but I have many many many starts - lol

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  3. I’ve mostly been working, too. Congrats on getting the Christmas shopping done. I have one more gift I need to get. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. It feels good to have it out of the way. Thanks, you too! :)

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  4. I think Christmas is all about kids and it sounds like your son will have a good one. We're not much for decorations either - just a tree decorated by a seven year old, which means the decorations are mainly at the bottom of the tree!

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    1. That's my thinking too. As long as he has a good day, that's all that matters.

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  5. I am not a big decorator for any holiday though I do hope to get the tree up and decorated this week. Shopping is done, I think, but wrapping still needs doing. I liked your tradition. I should watch LOTR again. I have the DVDs. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. I should get the tree up soon-ish at least. LOTR is one of my fave books and movie series. :)

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  6. Here it's been cold and windy. There are fires in the southern and middle bits of the state. Come see what I'm reading.

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    1. I hope you're safe where you are!

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  7. It sounds as though you know what is important in your life and what is not. A quiet sane Christmas is the best kind! Enjoy!

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    1. It's a work in progress, I think. Thank you :)

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  8. I love Cross stitching, too, your choices are interesting!

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  9. LOTR is also our go-to Holiday movie marathon. Thanks for sharing the books you've read over the week! :)

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    1. It's a good way to spend the holidays for sure. :)

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