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It's the Island Life | Weekly Snapshot

By the time this post is published, we will all be back home, but right this moment, as I type this up, we are enjoying our last day at Daufuskie, a secluded island near Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA. We were lucky to score a cottage (without having to break the bank) with front-row access to the beach, something that has always been on my bucket list and that I was thrilled to cross off.  This week has been very refreshing and just what I needed - a getaway, a break from it all, a retreat with family with no thoughts of work, to-do lists, and chores getting in the way. The island sure runs on its own time. The streetlights aren't turned ON at night to avoid attracting turtles too far from their ideal nesting place. There's the alligator crossing time at night when they go from pond to pond visiting friends (and hence tourists are advised to stay home when it's dark). There are very few cars - instead the preferred mode of transportation is via golf carts, which can go o

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There's been a lot going on over here this past week, both at work and at home. I'm looking forward to when I can read a lot in a sitting.


I've been pretty distressed by all the gun violence news this week. Not that it has ever not been so distressing, but coming out of the pandemic and pretty much hearing about some shooting or the other almost every day, has just shown that nothing has changed in this world. Adam Toledo and Indianapolis this week. And apparently, there is still no way this can be controlled. Ugh, so frustrated. 

When I wasn't worrying about the news (or trying not to), I've been busy picking paint colors. The husband and I have been talking about painting our house, or just the upstairs, or just the downstairs, or the basement, or.. for the better part of the past four years. We finally decided to go ahead with it - that is, paint the entire house. It's a massive undertaking, especially considering the painter is going to be here tomorrow and we are still confirming colors. I have a general idea of what colors I want, so it's really the details that need to be worked out (like, which shade of dark blue out of 50+ available options do we go for, and do I want to pair it with light blue or light gray). All the places I've lived in for the past decade were all just various shades of beige. I've been dying to snuff out all that beige and go gray, so I'm beyond excited to realize that I may, for the first time in a decade-plus, not have to be enclosed by beige walls. Now, if there weren't 50 shades of gray to choose from...

This week while the painting is going on, we are also going to do some minor redecorating of the guest rooms, in merry preparation of having them occupied soon by visiting family, so I expect to continue to be busy this week. 


When I was reading last week, I spent much of my time with Something Unbelievable. I'm enjoying this book tremendously and would have finished by now, if other things were not going on. Hopefully, very soon.

Once that is done, I do need to go back to Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead, which I had to put aside because Something Unbelievable was getting very interesting. In the meantime though, these two picture books deserve special mention - Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o and The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson were both extraordinary. 

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