This is that time of year when we Texans start to suffer from heat exhaustion. In June and even July, we’re still gung-ho. But the heat builds and builds, and by the end of August, it’s not so much that it’s hot. It’s that it’s been hot for so long.
I sound whiny, I know. But August and September are droopy months around here. We’re all just dying for some relief.
Here’s hoping for some cooler weather some time soon!
Books I Read:
To see all the books I read in the first half of August, click here.
Here’s what I’ve finished since then:
I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh
Wow! This is a fantastic thriller with lots of Gone Girl-esque twists and turns. I listened to this book on Audible and I never wanted to turn it off. A real page-turner with an intricate plot, shady characters, and lots of mystery. Let’s just say that what you think this book is going to be about. . . well, that’s not what it’s about! 5/5 stars
Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
This is a beautiful novel. Set in India in the 1980s, it’s the story of two cousins, their family secrets, and the lengths to which they will go to care for one another. Lovely, strong female characters drew me into the story and kept me turning pages. Similar to Before We Visit the Goddess, which I loved! 4/5 stars
The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
As a member of the She Reads blog network, I received an advance copy of this novel by Marybeth Whalen. It was a fun little book. Likable, realistic characters, a southern setting, and lots of neighborhood drama make it easy to read. It deals with some dark topics, but manages to stay lighthearted in mood — think Liane Moriarty. I did take my rating down a notch in the end because the ending was a little too predictable for my taste. Still, if you’re a fan of Moriarty, this’ll be right up your alley. 3.5/5 stars
What I Watched:
So I mentioned it in Sunday’s High Notes, but I’m totally loving Netflix’s Jane the Virgin right now. It makes me giggle and feel fluttery inside. That Rafael. . . . mmmmm. . . .
I means he’s all like this:
And then he goes and flashes this smile:
And then again with his shirt off:
Aaaaaaaand I’m done for. Sorry, Jane. Not sure what you were thinking at first but there’s no way Michael can compete with that!
Other Stuff I’m Into:
It’s old news now, but I’m back in the classroom full-time. I’m teaching six piano lab classes a day at a middle school magnet campus in our local school district. I’m enjoying it, but it’s a lot of work and I’ve been pretty dog-gone tired. Hence the low quota of books this month.
Oh, and there’s probably a blog post coming about it, but just wanted to give you fair warning. Years ago when I did my student teaching I swore up and down that I would never — NEVER — teach middle school.
And God has a sense of humor.
If there’s one thing about teaching that I love, it’s laminating stuff. Boy do I love to laminate.
But at our school, teachers aren’t allowed to laminate. We have to turn the stuff in and let the aide do it for us. Which requires planning ahead and all that jazz.
3. Meal planning and prep
Out of desperation, I planned out a whole month’s worth of meals and spent about an hour on Sunday chopping veggies, browning meat, and getting stuff ready to make meals this week. So far it’s working great. It helps me get my rear in the kitchen when I know the prep work is already mostly done.
Probably a blog post coming about this, too.
Just FYI: I plan all my menus using the Plan to Eat website and app. It’s a fantastic resource that keeps all my recipes organized and generates a shopping list based on the recipes I have planned. It also makes it super easy to import recipes I find on the web and have them all in one handy place. I love it!
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