Friday, May 24, 2019
kay's week - 5.24.19
Happenings this last week...
I've been busy this last few days with the usual pursuits and a few family things. May is a big month for family birthdays and we've been together with relatives more than once. Add to that Mother's Day and seems like there's a meal at someone's house or out each week. One more on Sunday and then a break. I enjoyed a late Mother's Day Lunch with my daughter last Friday. She's often working on Mother's Day and so it was nice to get to chat and try a new salad place with just the two of us.
Yoga continues and my WW friends are showing up at the class more and more. We joked with the teacher that we weren't exactly staging a coup, but...ha! Not sure that yoga will suit all my friends, but I'm glad to encourage them to try something new (and the free class allowed helps with that). As for myself, I do feel stronger already in my arms and shoulders - able to hold positions longer. And more flexible in my hips.
My library volunteering life has also been busy. Summer is coming and that's always a challenge for libraries everywhere. Summer reading programs and just more people walking in the door. I volunteer at two local libraries and my main job at one of them is assisting with processing new materials. That has meant a lot of kid stuff especially in the last few weeks. My tasks at the other library (my former workplace) are all over the map. When I walk in the door I never know exactly what their staffing levels will be for the day and what they will need me to assist with. I do shelving and process holds mostly, but I can step up in other ways as well.
God Save Texas Tuesday. As I had suspected, it was an interesting time talking about various aspects of the book. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had done a read/listen of it - the author narrates and does a decent job - and that I had agreed mostly and enjoyed parts and disagreed with a few conclusions. The book group as a whole was OK with it, though there were several that became so angry with some of the government and political aspects that they were unaware of, it colored their experience. A couple of people wished that there had a been more discussion of Texas history (I would have liked that too) and some thought that it was too scattered and had little focus. It was indeed filled with a lot of vignettes and took the reader from one side of the state to the other and from north to south. I was glad that I read it and might check out other books by the author.
In upcoming days...
The book group I mentioned above will be discussing Naomi Alderman's book, The Power, in June. We also received the schedule for the rest of 2019 at the meeting. Some good books to come. I volunteered to lead the discussion in July when the group will be reading The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. I've read other books by the author and have had this one on my list for a while. Have you read it or other books by Lisa See? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
I'm hoping to have 3 posts talking about our Colorado trip. I've been a bit slow getting my thoughts together about them. Maybe next week or maybe later in the summer. I'll be out again for a bit, but when I return, I'll try to share a little more about my reading.
Hope everyone has a very nice Memorial Day weekend!