Archive for June, 2012

Sunday Salon: Happy Father’s Day!

Thinking about my Daddy today. He died last year. He lived to be 85 years old and enjoyed his life until probably the last 6 months or so when he was really sick, so, that’s comforting to me. Anyway, love you Dad, wherever you are! Happy Father’s Day!

And now, on to books.  Wild (Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition): From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail [Kindle Edition] What a can’t-put-it-down book that was!

I just discovered the joys of hiking last year so I was totally living every step along the trail with author Cheryl Strayed. Even as she was getting ready to head out to the trail that first day and her backpack was so heavy she couldn’t lift it I had to smile. I remember the very first time I set out on The Big Parade, a two-day stair walk across Los Angeles, I was carrying so much water in my backpack I nearly died within the first 30 minutes of walking. Somehow I managed to survive for a whole 6 miles, which is pretty impressive considering I had lived a sedentary life up until then and had done no training. I just put on some shoes and said “Let’s see how far I can go.”

This book jumps back and forth between Cheryl’s 1100 mile journey on the Pacific Crest Trail and her pre-trail life and troubled childhood. It’s about her spiritual and physical struggles.

Cheryl is my hero. As much as I love hiking, I would never be brave enough to walk off into the wilderness by myself. The thought of coming face to face with a bear or mountain lion on the trail is scary enough, but what I’d mostly be terrified of is what evil-minded humans I might run into. As we learn in the book, the bears, snakes, and mountain lions are more easily dealt with than finding yourself alone with two human males carrying bows & arrows sitting next to you talking about your body as if you’re not even there. That is the only time I felt real terror for Cheryl.

As for Les Miserables, I’ve finished Part I – Fantine and have started Part II – Cosette.

I have so much catching up to do on my blog, but I’m cooking up some Indian food before heading out to Long Beach and San Pedro later so I don’t think it’s going to happen today.

Have a good week everybody!


Sunday Salon: June 10, 2012

Got my notice this week that my last day of work will be July 27th. I’ve known it was coming for a long time, but now it’s official and real. Ugh.

As for reading, I’m on a roll! I’ve been reading Oprah’s Bookclub 2.0 selection, Wild, at lunch via the Kindle app on my phone, and my personal reading challenge with my friend in Germany, Les Miserables, every evening.

My Mom is finally out of her reading slump thanks to Richard Paul Evans and his Walk series. She read the second book in the series, Miles to Go, but her library didn’t have the first book, The Walk. She lives in a town in Northeastern Arkansas that is so small they don’t have a used book store so she drove down to a darling used bookstore in Batesville, but they didn’t have the book either.

Bookstore Kitteh

I didn’t have any luck finding it at my local used bookstore, Iliad, either so I ended up ordering it for her via Amazon. I have Prime so shipping is free and she’ll have it by Tuesday. Oh well, at least we both tried to patronize our local businesses.

Iliad didn’t have any of the Games of Thrones series either, which I’m really eager to read. One of the employees said when copies come in they never make it onto the shelves because it’s in such demand. Fine. Amazon it is then.

I did leave Iliad with two books. I added a hardcover of Pride & Prejudice to my Classics TBR pile and a hardcover of Linotte: The Early Diary of Anais Nin 1914-1920, which I see is $45 from Amazon sellers but I only paid $7.50 at Iliad. Sweet! According to reviews, I see that this is her unedited early diary.

So, all in all a happy bookish week.