Oh, hey. The past few weeks have flown by and I'm not sure how that happened. What have you all been up to? Something fun, I hope!
Summer hibernation continues here at Boogaloo Acres. Temps have "only" been in the mid-90s most days lately, but still...ugh. The outdoors is a steamy, uncomfortable place. A stack of books, occasional evenings at friends' houses, and the Olympics have been occupying most of my non-working hours. When the Olympics are over, I'll get back to True Blood and try to get caught up on the current season. We don't have cable, but I don't let a little thing like that stop me. ;)
Spending so much time indoors has prompted the urge for another household purge. This might need its own post sometime soon. For now, suffice it to say that it involves cardboard boxes, eBay, and spending a lot of time in the closet.
Oh, also, I started a new knitting project as part of our Summer Games Challenge at work, but I can't tell you much about it because it's a gift for someone who might hypothetically be a reader of this blog. But it's nice, I'm pleased with it, and it's about halfway done.
What else? I read Erik Larson's book The Devil in the White City, which had been on my to-read list for several years but I kept forgetting about it. It's a fascinating story about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and a series of murders that took place nearby. I knew almost nothing about the fair before reading this book, so it was cool to learn about all the various products, inventions, etc., that debuted at the event and went on to become normal parts of our lives. It's kind of a true crime book that also made me care about topics as wide-ranging as landscape architecture, medical cadavers, and belly-dancing music! I recommend it.
I've also been practicing my mandolin, trying to get faster. That up-down-up-down picking action is some tricky business. But I persevere!
So, you're pretty much caught up now, and I'm just babbling. But I have a few ideas for new posts now, so watch for some more coherent blogging soon.