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Guts / Ghosts / Pashmina | Thoughts

I've recently read a ton of graphic novels and memoirs - some I loved and others not so much but were still a thrill to read. Guts by Raina Telgemeier I am always on the lookout for Raina Telgemeier's comics, so when I found Guts available at my library's Overdrive catalog last year, I had to request it right away. Her comics are always delightful, designed for the middle-grade audience, and written very well. Guts is a continuation of her Smile nonfiction graphic memoir series (see Smile and Sisters ) and recounts a period in her childhood when she experienced IBS for the first time. When Raina wakes up one night with an upset tummy, she just assumes it's a stomach bug as her mom is also showing the same symptoms. But when it doesn't go away soon but is instead influenced by the daily highs and lows of being a middle grader - good friends, not so good ones, and then the bullies, she realizes there's something else going on. If you have not read the previous

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Do you somedays feel like you suddenly have time for all the hobbies and projects that have been on your wishlist for years? Yeah, I've been feeling it. Whether I'm actually indulging them is a different thing. Since I feel like I now have too much time, I'm putting off doing some of them.

Life last week

Honestly nothing much has been happening lately. We are enjoying the beautiful weather outside, our rose bushes are in bloom, and our vegetable plants are growing in their vegetable bed. Work's still chugging along, the kids are growing, my father-in-law is still unable to travel back to India, two months past his original return date (though we are very glad to have him with us), and we are sorely missing all the fun things we could be doing outside. 

It's unseasonably colder this weekend but still wonderful to be outside. Last week, the husband started an early morning jog and I joined him towards the later part of the week. Since the stay-home started, I've put on more pounds than I want to find out, so I desperately need to get into some healthy eating and movement habits. My challenge has always been a lack of uninterrupted time but early morning is a beautiful time to be getting out and about, so I'm hoping it will stick. Of course, it has now been interrupted by the weekend, but looking forward to it this week.

Yesterday, we cleaned the walkway near our deck, where grass and weeds have been slowly taking over. After removing the grass and mulching the area, it looks as good as new. Encouraged now by the ease of the project, I'm eyeing a couple of areas in our backyard where I'm hoping to remove grass and grow some gardens. I'll probably wait until early Fall to do this - I need to think this through anyways.

Looking forward to

Nothing still. I've been both reading a lot and taking care of my town in Township. I think I ought to slow down either or both, so I can take care of several life things that need attending. It's hard though - it isn't often that I'm reading a lot so I almost don't want to lose the momentum. I could stop the game but ha, that won't be happening either.

I really want to tackle couple of rooms upstairs where paper clutter has been taking hold. One of them is where I work and since it was never designed as an office room, treating it as one is getting harder day by day. I'm not sure how long the remote work will continue so I'm debating the merits of doing anything only for the work expectations to change. When we bought this house, we decided to use what could have been the office room as a playroom instead so that the kids have a place to play. Besides, both the husband and I prefer lounging with our laptops (when we aren't working).

Reading

Last week, I finished the March graphic novels and all I can say is Read it! Sadly, there were several times, I had the sense that some of the things still haven't changed. As someone in the book said (in the 60s), it's hard to believe the various injustices and discriminations that continue to happen.



Right now, I am in between two books. I came across Suzanne Collins' The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes while browsing through the Costco book stacks. Although I wasn't in a hurry to read it since learning that it is about Snow in his youth, I couldn't pass up the book when it was right in front of me. I'm about 100 pages in and it's not a pageturner like the other Hunger Games books. Or maybe I'm just much older now. 

I've been picking up If I Had Your Face whenever I am looking to read something on my phone. I'm still not very sure where this is going but reading about the lives of the different girls in this book is ... interesting. It feels almost like watching a soap opera actually but without a very compelling plot. Yet.

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Over the last three months, what one new habit or hobby or interest have you taken up that you didn't have time for in the past? 

Linking with The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz and The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

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