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I think I can say that Fall is finally here. Or at least the crisp Fall air is finally here. The colors not so much. We still haven't gotten around to any Fall activities, and at this point, I'm not sure when or if we'll do them.  Renovation updates We are almost at the halfway point into our ground floor renovation. The flooring is almost done, cabinets are ready to be setup, appliances are here. It's exciting to be on the other side of the renovation when things are getting finished. There's still easily 2.5 weeks worth of work left in the kitchen, and another 2-2.5 weeks for the master bathroom, so mid-November is likely when we are done with the renovation. Assuming no delays.  Flooring coming along All of us are pretty exhausted at this point. Walking up and down the stairs to pick items from the makeshift pantry and then cook on the main floor gets old very fast. I have been able to work from home without issues and I'm grateful for that. I've set up m

One for geeks and one for parents, both fun | Quick Reviews


The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy
I'm not sure how I ran into this book. But as soon as I did hear of it, I wanted to read it. There is a lot of awesome geeky stuff out there, in books, movies, and on TV, and I generally enjoy many of them when I do read/watch them. So, when I saw this book, I wanted to see what more I can add to my list, and also what people generally thought of the ones I do like. I was also looking for where to start with certain series like Doctor Who and Star Trek. (I am big about starting a series in order, even where it's not necessary.)

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy definitely had a ton of recommendations but not much of it was new to me. The recommendations were also not very diverse. They were all mostly women/girl-friendly but beyond that? Meh. Some of it is probably not the author's fault because there isn't a whole lot out there that can be considered diverse.

I liked what the author did with this book - there are several recommendations on how to be more of a fangirl and how not to feel embarrassed by it. She also asserts that there is nothing bad about being a fangirl nor is there a way to be one. This is very good advice because fangirls are not always taken seriously - most times, people thinking squeeing is all we do. To me, this book was more a fun geeky read with some good information but I did wish there was more in this book.



Sh*tty Mom
I saw this one initially on Litsy. Twice. I am a sucker for funny parenting books. I can not bring myself to read the serious ones - I find myself disagreeing a lot with some of the advice. But the funny ones feel human. Normal. And mostly forgiving because who is a perfect parent?

Sh*tty Mom is a mix of humor and some good advice, which is actually a very interesting combination. Every chapter starts on a funny anecdotal tone, followed by suggestions on how to cope. A lot of the book is to be taken with a pinch of salt. Although there is nothing offensive in the advice that's doled out, it's important to read the book with a readiness to guffaw and not criticize.

I enjoyed and liked this book a lot. I wouldn't say that I loved it though. I found myself wishing for longer essays as I read this book. All chapters in this book are very short - a minute or two of reading. I wanted at least some of them to be longer because they were wonderful. Still, this book made for a good bedtime reading.


I borrowed these books from the good old library.

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