You ever have one of those work weeks where every day feels like a Friday? That was me this week. I was constantly moving my mouse into the corner of my computer to verify what day of the week it actually was.
At least it's Friday today.
Here's what else I looked up this week.
I have a weakness for pictures of royals and pictures of weddings. A few weeks ago, I opted to grab a trio of royal wedding albums from our public library as my secondary reads.
Royal Wedding: Souvenir Album
Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding Album
William & Catherine: Their Romance and Royal Wedding in Photographs
David Elliot Cohen
I try not to talk about the weather in all of my introductions, but it's so hard not to talk about the weather right now. Summer warmth arrived in DC yesterday. Today, we could even hit 90. Normally I bask in the heat (convinced I'm part cat), but not so much this year. The cicadas are coming...
Aside from anticipating the arrival of Brood X, here's what has my attention at the moment.
I am a big fan of Jessica Valenti's work. I decided to go through her entire publication list and add missing titles to my TBR. Also, still on my royal fashion and hand-lettering kick.
ou can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.
For the past few weeks, I spent many evenings typing up a reading list for this website. It was a lot of data entry and linking. I started tracking what I read back in the summer of 2003. I don’t know why I started tracking but I’m glad I did. Going through this list has been a joyful version of “this is your life” - in books!
Every title was a glimpse back at a specific point in my life. For some titles, I not only remembered the book but I could recall where I read it and how I felt. Over 15 years of tracking is a lot of memories to fall into.
Doing this project showed me how reading changes with our stages of life. In college, my books were heavy on assigned texts and romance novels - you know, to lighten things up. Post college, I expanded my non-fiction reading since I no longer had to read books for class. Then there were the book club reads, hobby binge sprees, and the “hey, this must be popular for a reason” picks. Then there was the move to pregnancy and parenting books - with a lot of YA to take a break from all the adulting.
I am always curious about what books other people are reading. If you're the same, head on over to my reading list page. Books are listed in reverse chronological order.
Since I began tracking, I've read 961 books totaling 300,419 pages. I might need to get myself a cupcake when I hit 1,000.
If you ever need to find an icon for something, I highly recommend The Noun Project. I just spent 30 minutes finding some great things to put in a slide deck.
Here are the rest of the things I looked up this week:
In a team meeting today, we realized we need to start talking summer projects. I am so not ready for that. It seems like just yesterday we had our Christmas tree up... but no, it's nearly May.
Our public library started offering a weekly email of new titles. I am simply unable to not sign up for such a list. Hence, the burst of new books on my TBR list.
You can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.
On Friday, we ate lunch inside a restaurant for this first time in months. We thought the risk of eating inside was low because the restaurant had ceiling fans going, the doors open, very few people, and the tables were over 10 feet apart. It was both a scary and enjoyable experience. I miss restaurants. I miss going out. I miss seeing people. At the same time, I also do relish being near other people right now.
We had the kiddo with us and she surprised us by acting like a dream. She didn't make a mess, fuss, or try to run away. Then, we realized that this was all new to her. The last time we were able to eat inside is probably before her memory kicks in. She was looking around taking everything in. She loved waving at the restaurant staff and announcing "Bus!" each time one drove by. She even ate her first french fry.
I can't wait until we can start letting her explore the world again. At her age, she knows no different, but I want her to realize that there is so much more to see and do. Fingers crossed we are nearing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Several times a week I think, "Oh! I should look that up later!" and then I never do. Then I get frustrated that I can't remember what I wanted to find. Then I forget all about it and it happens all over again. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this.
Anyway, here is what I did remember to look up this week.