What happened to August?

The older I get, the faster time passes.  Perhaps that is normal, but I feel like I missed all of August!  We did some fun things.  I followed Scott to Park City, Utah for a weekend of riding bikes–he rode with his friend, Drew and I hiked, read, and caught up on “me” time.  It was lovely.  Then we both got sick and recovered.  That was August.

I have lots to update.  We finally ended our relationship with the City of Austin with our final remodel inspection.  I do not miss them.

To accomplish the final inspection, we built a railing on our front steps and porch.  We have some stone work left to do and then I will show off the final results.

We also have a huge punch list to complete the remodel.  We need to finish painting, hang some interior doors, build a few barn doors, redo a screened door, build a deck, do landscaping, hang curtains, and a few other fun projects that we are having a hard time starting.

In the meantime, I am one book shy of my 10-book reading goal for the summer. Jane, my niece, decided she would make it a competition.  I think she read 13 or 14 books, so she kicked my tail.  She is eight and fierce.  But I do have a few reviews to share.

In the Unlikely Event61LGf0TJ-FL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_ is a Judy Blume book written for grownups.  But it still felt a little elementary.  It was an interesting read about a town in New Jersey close to the Newark airport where 3 plane crashes occurred within a few months.  The characters and story line are a bit predictable, but it was a nice, easy read.

Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home4177MUapjLL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_ is a charming book about a 28-year-old woman who had a brain aneurysm while running on a treadmill.  She was working towards her PhD  in Yiddish Literature and is a lover of food.  The book chronicles her recovery and the part food played in it.  She is a lovely person with a precious husband.  I appreciated her ability to share her own life stories in a way that made me reflect on my own.  And her recipes are inspiring!  She uses some ingredients that I rarely use.  Her plum tart and almond cake are amazing!  I am not a huge fan of most memoir/recipe books but this one was worth reading. The only thing missing for me in the book was God’s provision through her recovery, but I don’t think the author is overly spiritual–at least she did not talk about it in the book.  She also blogs here.

51lPLBb4nyL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_And lastly, I listened to Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee.  Reese Witherspoon reads it and did a beautiful job.  I loved the story.  I found myself grinning as I listened.  I am still trying to figure out the take away from the book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It is nostalgic and more of the same from Mockingbird.  I hiked the mountains of Park City while I listened, which was quite a treat.

Since then, I have started a few books–Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love.  It is great so far.  And I am reading some adoption exploration books.  More on that in future posts.


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