Nothing scheduled today, I guess it’s time for laundry.
The sun is out again today but we are not quite to the weekend yet☀️
Rainy day 🌧
Where has the summer gone?
Today would have been a wonderful day to be at camp, but alas it was not to be. Instead we are packing up for our next move (with several more still scheduled).
Packing day tomorrow.
A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher 📚
As you may have noticed, book reviews have been few and far between this summer, as I have simply not been able to sit down and read with any regularity. I have started several books only to neglect them until the overdue reminder guilt becomes too much to bear and I give up and return them to the library halfway read. I have started listening to audio books during my daily walk, but so far only works I’ve read several times before.
Given my continuing lack of dedication I decided to try this strange little YA novel by an author I’ve not read before, and found it sufficiently brief and the characters interesting enough that I kept coming back to read another chapter. It is the first-person narrative of young Mona (who keeps pointing out that she is 14 years old), a wizard in a world where magic is both unusual (most people don’t have the talent) and limited, in that the few who do have powers can only affect a specific target, such as water, or dead horses, or (in Mona’s case) dough and baking.
The story takes place in a city which reminds me of the setting of several Miyazaki films, with the fantastic interlaced with the mundane, and the characters have distinct personalities, but I felt that the plot was a bit uneven and unconvincing, showing Mona as both terribly naive and tremendously competent in turn, rather than a logical progression from baker’s assistant to master wizard. There are a number of striking and sometimes dark scenes, but they don’t seem well connected.
But for a light summer read that doesn’t demand too much it was just about right.
Up (2009) 🍿
The long weekend is ahead but not quite here, plus it’s moving time again.
Fall is coming.
I have been reading about at-home antigen tests and now I am worrying that my ragweed allergy symptoms are actually mild COVID despite being fully vaxed. Would it be wrong to buy some test kits? A negative result is not a guarantee.
This looks interesting www.macrumors.com/2021/08/3…
It’s going to be a very long week.
Not a great start to the weekend.
Tme Bandits (1981) 🍿
We are getting things done, but for every task we complete two more spring up.
Fortunately the storm was weaker than feared, and we were outside the impacted area, this time. Still not unpacked.
Still not unpacked.
Moved but not unpacked, plus big storm coming 🧳 ⛈
Worried about the storm hitting New England tomorrow.
Today is more Friday than usual.
We have to pack up and move again this weekend, not looking forward to this.