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Finally some books | Weekly Snapshot

Wow, I've been in a blogging blackout for quite a bit. Honestly, it feels extremely unmooring being out of it for this long. The good news is, I have a few posts planned out and am hoping to spend some time today and tomorrow trying to get caught up. At least that's the plan, we'll see what tries to come in the way of that. Renovation updates Not a whole lot to report here. The work in the kitchen had to be paused while we wait for new island cabinets and granite to come along. I am hoping for some progress on the granite this week - if that happens, we will be able to start using everything except the island and that will be a huge win for me. At this point, I am trying to get the house as ready as it can be before my parents travel from India. It will be extremely tight.  Most of the recent work has been in the master bathroom. It's coming along nicely, albeit a little slower than we hoped.  Life We were expecting to have visitors over the Thanksgiving week as our ren

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 only so fast, and so this adds to the air of the place feeling slower than the rest of the world. Everything is within a few minutes of each other.

Our view from the front door

After a week of fun and relaxation, I'm feeling fully recharged, pumped up, and ready to dive back into the "normal" world. 

I've been more absent than not from the blog for the past few weeks. It's been a series of one thing after another - mostly life but also some work. We had friends over during the week of the Memorial Day holiday, and then had tons to do before we left for our vacation. The weeks leading to the end of the school year were just as busy with something coming up each day. In addition, I had a ton of unrelated paperwork all come through at around the same time. Plus work was busy every day for most of those weeks. It was rough. Extremely. I'm not expecting things to be any different once we are back but it helps that we got some much-needed and much-appreciated break.


After not reading much of anything for weeks, I read two books while on vacation and started a third. I found Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri on the National Book Award winner list and all I can say is that it definitely deserved the award. Nothing really happens in the book - it's a series of flashbacks into the past and observations of passersby - but this slim book still manages to say a lot.

Elizabeth Acevedo has been on my list for a while so I'm glad to have finally gotten to one of her books - Clap When You Land. Written in verse, it tells the story of two girls who lose their father in a plane accident. So much heartbreak and so much beauty as they try to find themselves and each other. 

Right now, I am reading Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, another book I have been meaning to read for a while.

I'll hopefully be back next week with more updates and book reviews but in the meantime - How are you doing? What have I missed over the last month?

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