Okay, so… the choice is yours: weather news; or no weather news during this intro-chit-chat?
Argh, dammit… here goes. It’s bloody hot. We need rain. My grass is brown. And did I mention it’s been bloody hot?
In related news, I think there’s a career awaiting me as a weather girl. 🙂
What I read
‘Twas an okay reading week. Despite the hot weather. 😉 My reading plans went out of the window with the arrival of two new books, both of which leapt to the top of my TBR pile.
JD Robb’s In Death series are my comfort reads. I’ve read them all (some several times) and own most so Echoes in Death kicked off my reading week. I then read Lisa Gardner’s Right Behind You (the 7th in the Quincy / Rainie series). I’d missed the one before (I think) and it really doesn’t matter.
And finally I got to Love, Lies and Linguine by Hilary Spiers, which I’m still trudging through.
What I wrote
I struggled with a post I wanted to write about routines and ‘to-d0’ lists. And my voice in general, before finally churning out something about my arbitrary ‘no reading during the day’ rule. Amongst other things, including guilt over only working part-time and not feeling like a productive member of society. Or something.
And I reviewed some books:
Rattle by Fiona Cummins – a creepy and macabre thriller
The Girl Before by JP Delaney – a twisty psychological thriller
Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham – which was an accidental re-read so I just reviewed it in Goodreads (and on NetGalley)
Echoes in Death by JD Robb – which I loved.
What I did
I did a bit of entertaining and had a former work colleague (from my old life in the full-time workforce) over. She and her husband retired here a few years ago. I’m not great at keeping in contact but we try to catch up every 2-3 months. I also caught up with my local bestie and delightful godson.
And I bought some plants! I’m trying to do something with my study and had decided some greenery might help.
What I plan to do
On the work front I need to start doing some travel planning. My part-time job requires me to visit communities across my region a couple of times a year. The longest trip is about 3.5hrs each way but most are about 2hrs each way. It means I need to sort myself out on the audiobook front as it’s a great way to pass the long drive to and fro!
I’m also hoping this week to try a couple of new things: namely a different yoga class (power yoga) at my yoga studio AND… something called ‘dancing in the dark’.
I’m struggling to do enough / any cardiovascular exercise but used to love Body Jam (dance) type gym classes. I don’t enjoy Zumba: the music or monotonous dance steps; but I gather this involves a dark room filled with people dancing about in an uncoordinated fashion. (A bit like my nightclubbing of the 1990s!)
I’m not sure how I’ll go as I’m not great at having to go ‘out’ and do things at night. Longer-term readers may remember my ill-fated Italian language classes last semester. I think I went to 4/8 classes and at least it was something I went to straight from work. These classes are in a nearby town at 7pm!
Anyway, no doubt you’ll hear all about it next Sunday! In the meantime, do you have any exciting plans for the week?