Filling in the Blanks ~ 03/18/2014

BlanksIn an attempt to breathe some new life into blogging, I’ve been thinking about ways I could mix things up. I need some things I could post on a regular basis that could be quick and fun. One thought that kept recurring was to post the answers to a weekly list of questions. This feature had several names before I settled on calling it Filling in the Blanks. These basic sentences will largely remain the same, but I may mix things up from time to time by adding new blanks. If there is something you’d like to know about me on a weekly basis, by all means let me know. I can’t make any promises, but I’m here to please. If you’d like to fill in your own blanks, feel free to do so. Now let’s fill in some blanks:

I’m reading Hidden by Catherine McKenzie.

I had a good handful of April releases to read, but this is the only one that’s stuck. It’s an interesting look at life and love after a man dies unexpectedly leaving his wife and mistress to pick up the pieces.

I’m listening to Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett and narrated by Amy McFadden.

I am listening to this audiobook as it has been nominated for an Audie award in the Literary Fiction category. I’ve not gotten far into it because it’s just not working for me. Amy is a hermit who used to be an author in her youth. She supposedly keeps up with the modern world via the internet, but I find it unlikely that this character’s voice would be so modern simply from that alone. It took me quite some time to fully grasp Amy’s age because she comes of as so much younger. The narrator also has a youthful voice which hasn’t been helpful for me. It’s not a long audiobook, so I’m hoping that this will all make sense by the end, but for now I feel that the tone of the book is off for the protagonist and that the audiobook itself was cast based on the writing, not on the main character. It’s just not working for me.

Toad the Wet Sprocket has been rocking my world.

Prompted by the sight of a coworker wearing flannel, I watched a couple of Toad videos. A friend let me know that they were actually going to be in the area at the end of May. Fear has been on repeat ever since.

I’m crafting nothing yet again.

There’s something about the promise of spring that diverts my attention away from all things crafty.

I’m thinking about the lack of a good modern, collective place for audiobook news and reviews.

For all of the momentum surrounding audiobooks right now, a lot of the non-blogger coverage feels like 1984 and/or geared toward librarians. I wish there was something more for audiobook lovers like me.

My weight loss journey looks like in maintenance mode and I’m okay with that.

There’s been a lot going on at home and at work. I’ve realized that I’ve been maintaining what I’ve lost and that’s okay. The more I think about it, the more I realize that this is practice for the rest of my life. I want to lose more weight eventually, but getting used to making choices that keep me where I am right now isn’t time or effort lost.

I’m loving my Quarterly Box from Book Riot. Here’s a screenshot in case you’ve missed my post last week. It still makes me smile.


I’m looking forward to my trip to Las Vegas on Thursday..

My best friend will be turning 40 this June and we’re going to Las Vegas to celebrate. Since we’re traveling during Lent, we gave up female strippers, paying for sex, and David Copperfield for Lent. Anything else is fair game. We’ll be staying at the Monte Carlo and seeing Penn and Teller on Saturday night. Since I’ll be on two very late night flights, I’ve created my own Red Eye Reading Pinterest board to plan my reading while I’m gone. It’s going to be a great time.

General Note: My blogging next week may very well be nonexistent as I’ll be in Las Vegas during my prime scheduling time. If you don’t hear from me, I hope you have a wonderful week.


  • At 2014.03.18 07:34, Sandy said:

    Hey I actually have the CD of Toad the Wet Sprocket. Loved it then and love it now! Have fun in Vegas…it is almost impossible not to. You know I got married there right? I have fond memories 🙂

    • At 2014.03.18 08:20, Karen White said:

      It would be fun to see your Filling in the Blanks from Vegas – like the oddest person you saw, best show, best moment with your friend…

      I love the idea of a collective audiobook spot…perhaps a corner of Book Riot??

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      • At 2014.03.18 09:19, Leah @ Books Speak Volumes said:

        I love this idea! I recently did some brainstorming on ways to add quick, regular content, too. I decided on doing a “literary links” post of five bookish news stories each week, a mid-month reading update, and a “five awesome upcoming releases” post each month. It’s made the blogging load so much easier!

        • At 2014.03.18 10:35, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

          I hope you have a blast on your trip!!

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