“My wife, the rare library card holder.” This is how Joey described me as we drove to the Denver Public Library a few weeks ago. That’s right, I DO go to the library still and I kind of LOVE it. As soon as I walk in, I feel such a sense of inner peace. This is my place and these are my people. But being a library goer also means waiting for the books you want to read, having to return books when you haven’t finished them yet, and the worst… waiting weeks then getting slammed with three books at the same time. Book time management is the name of the game.
I was lucky enough to be able to check The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters out with plenty of time to spare before January Book Club and actually finished it weeks ahead of time. Gold star for me! I also made it through this one pretty quickly, though that doesn’t necessarily mean I liked it.
I’ll spare you the recap and just say that my biggest issue with this book was that it seemed to have a split-
personality plot disorder. Meaning, it was headed one direction for the first half of the book, then BAM! took a turn in the middle and went a different path entirely. Our meeting was really interesting because it was pretty divided between those who were really into the first half of the book and not so into the second half and those who felt the exact opposite. (Or those who just straight hated the whole thing, start to finish…).
As for me, I’m choosing to focus on the redeeming factors. The historical fiction aspect — it takes place in post-WWII England — and the actual writing, which I thought was well done and especially descriptive. Sarah Waters was such an expert in the way she described the house that most of the plot took place in. You could just picture it so clearly and it wasn’t until after our meeting that I realized how big of a roll that house played. If only the plot had been a little more focused and the ending hadn’t wrapped up a little too cleanly to be realistic.
Have you read The Paying Guests?
What are you reading right now?
Do you have a library card?
If someone were to ask “how was your weekend?” I’m positive, I would gush “WONDERFUL!” And then rattle off a list of small things, that on their own don’t amount to much, but all together made the weekend so perfect. And that’s what life is really all about, right? A compilation of small occurrences that add up to something big and beautiful. Life is so so good.
Warning: I watched a lot of things and ate a lot of things this weekend. Proceed with caution.It was a toss up between Friday night dinner and a movie, or living the homebody life and doing that leftovers and Netflix thing. Guess which one won! We found two of the Oscar-nominated documentaries to watch, shared a maple walnut cookie in our pajamas and everything was just as it should be. We liked What Happened, Miss Simone? much better than Cartel Land but let’s be real, neither of them were Making a Murderer :P
This is why I don’t make waffles. The batter was SO runny and I knew better, but I poured it in anyway. I think half of it leaked out as soon as I closed the lid and the rest completely stuck to the top and bottom of the waffle maker. For the record, this did not stop Joey and I from picking pieces of the massacred waffle out and eating it with our fingers. Flavor (sesame-honey!) was spot on. I used the leftover batter to make the world’s flattest pancakes. It was sad, but also delicious.
60° in January? Yes please! We took ourselves out for a run — the first outdoor run of the year, to be exact — and the weather could not have been more perfect. The way we were talking and taking it slow, you would have thought it was our first run in years. Now I’m just longing for spring weather and lots more outdoor running opportunities. Too bad it’s supposed to snow ALL DAY today…Read More »
Wait, you didn’t think I was going to leave it at that, did you? I actually plan on dragging out our trip to Hawaii for as long as possible by recapping it island by island then posting a big old travel guide (with hotel, tour group and restaurant recommendations!) at the end. Partly because I wanna keep reliving this vacation and partly because when I’M travel planning, reading recommendations from other people is so so helpful. And without further adieu, Oahu!
We flew (direct!) from Denver to Honolulu and were transported to Waikiki and serious story, I returned from the airport bathroom to find Joey, Lori and Adam all laughing because the woman ushering us to our bus had apparently called me a teenager. This is my real life.
We stayed near Waikiki Beach and I’ll be honest, it is crowded and touristy. I’ve seen worse though and when you can walk to the beach and have your
wedges toes in the sand in five minutes, you forget about all of that. Also, it took all of 30 seconds for me to fall in love with Hawaiian sunsets. We walked down the beach and grabbed dinner at Duke’s. Plus umbrella (or backscratcher?!) drinks for all! On the walk back to our hotel, we found some shave ice because: when in Hawaii!
The next day we were up and at ’em for a full day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Our bus driver was… quite the character. I don’t even think I can go there because it would take too long but I don’t think any of us will forget “Cousin Ken” any time soon. As for the cultural center, it’s more or less a theme park, divided into areas for each Polynesian island/culture, where they do scheduled performances throughout the day. Though we all had fun, we agreed that we could have skipped the all day activities and just came for the luau and post-dinner show (front row seats, hi-ya!). I drank from an actual coconut and later on from a full pineapple, so I was happy.Read More »