Sunday, August 6, 2017

Weekely Update (Weekly Wrap-up Edition)

Not much has been going on recently.  But a few small things that were good.


I don't think I mentioned that I got shades for my skylights a few weeks ago and I LOVE them.  I have two skylights in my bedroom and is so bright and so hot up there throughout the day.  I should have done this years ago.


After I had the skylight shades put in, it was still hot upstairs and I realized that there was something wrong with my AC.  They came by and said I had a leak in a coil.  So now it is nice and cool in my house.  So pleasant.

I finished reading The Handmaid's Tale.  After everyone was telling me how good the book was, I was really not impressed.  The whole idea bothered me and it was really never made clear why and how it came to that point.  I didn't have any empathy for the characters either.  It would be like The Hunger Games and just showing the game and not explaining the whole situation and not getting to know the characters.  I reluctantly watched the Hulu series this weekend, again because everyone said how great it was.  I ended up really enjoying the series.  It took a lot of liberties from the book and really got into the characters.  It also gave more of an explanation how a society could get to that point.  I recommend the series, but don't read the book.


Because I have been working a lot, it's been hard for me to get out on the bike while working 10 hour days.  I'm still getting to the gym a couple times a week.  I have also started another 30 day challenge.  I like this one as it doesn't seem to get to so many reps that I just don't have time for it.  If this goes well that site has a few others that look very interesting.


I still haven't had the want to run yet, though I can feel it building a little.  After I saw a 10k sticker on someone's car I thought it would be fun to do a 10k this fall.  We will see how the next month takes me.  I officially decided not to sign up for the Richmond Half.  While maybe a run or two in the next few weeks sounds fun, the thought of following a scheduled just doesn't sound like fun right now.  I'm hoping just to find my way back naturally.  It's there, but not like it was.  I know at some point it will be, for now it's not.  Going slow is what is best for me now so I don't completely lose my love for it.

For the past few months, I had had a cat come to visit us nightly on my back deck.  My cats love seeing her and sit and watch her.  They even wait for her by the door, looking out for her each night.  I haven't seen her in the past month.  I didn't know if something happened or if I had just not seen her around.  A week ago she started coming by again.  I broke down and started feeding her some treats that my cats won't eat.  I didn't realize how many nose and paw prints I had on these windows till I took this picture.  I have since cleaned them so that they have a better view of each other.


My cats love sitting and watching her.  She is the black blob on the right outside.


We have been very busy at work as we have a huge project going live in a couple of weeks.  A lot of moving parts which means a lot of testing going on.  While things have been good, I was asked if I'd like to change positions.  It would be a 50/50 split of my time, but this new position is what I want to do with my career, so it's a good move.  I'm excited for the opportunity.

I saw the trailer for "Ready Player One" this weekend.  It's based on a book that is based in the future, but has a lot of 80's pop culture references.  I loved this book and the trailer looks amazing.  I can't wait for it to come out next year.


Have you seen or read "The Handmaid's Tale"?  Have you read "Ready Player One"?  How is your training going?


Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.

11 comments:

  1. Aww, I think its so cute how all the kitties look out the door for their "friend" to stop by.

    I may look into :Ready Player one! Have a good week!

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    1. They can't wait for her to stop by. It's so cute.

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  2. I did not know there was such a thing as shades for sky lights! I need to check that out for my bathroom it gets too hot

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    1. So worth it. I wish I had done it years ago.

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  3. I haven't read or watched the Handmaid's Tale since it's not something that would interest me. I'm waiting for the third season of Outlander, but I've given up on the books. I was well and truly stuck in book 5 and didn't want to finish it.

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    1. I wouldn't have read the book as, like you, am not interested in themes like that. But everyone insisted how good it was. I disagree with that, but the series is very good. While the subject isn't pleasant, they frame it with a good story line. Kinda like how the Hunger Games is a horrible subject, but if you frame it correctly, it is very good.

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  4. Shades for sky lights? Sign me up! I have them in my house too. My French doors are covered with dog nose and paw prints. Will you adopt the kitty? Good luck with the new opportunity at work.

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    1. I say no now. She runs off if I go outside to feed her, so I don't think she will want to come in. I'm happy to feed her and have her as an outside friend to mine.

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  5. That's funny that your cats love having a visitor! My cats both freak out when outside cats come by. They get so angry, I'm not sure why. They've torn the screen out of our window multiple times because they're trying to get at the other cats. I loved Ready Player One! I hope the movie's as good as the book.

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    1. My old lady cat does that every so often. I think she is jealous of outside kitties as her brothers were kittens that I found outside. But at the same time, every evening she is looking out the window waiting for the outside kitty to come by. It's adorable!

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  6. I have not read Handmaid's Tale but have seen the series and enjoyed it, so I was planning on trying to read the book - so I'm very interested to have read what you thought. I can't imagine the book having not gone into detail about how the world became that way! That that seems like a necessary plot point. I'll have to look into Ready Player One! My training is going alright but it's feeling a bit forced right now - I'm hoping by cutting back I won't feel as burnt out!

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