Sunday, August 27, 2017

Dear Sunday: a new routine

Dear Sunday is my weekly post participating in the Caffeinated Book Reviewer series. This week I'm also doing a brief Stacking the Shelves and have also linked up with  tyngas reviews
Whew! This past week was the start of the semester, thus the start of both the class I'm taking, and the classes I'm teaching. Annnd on Monday was the solar eclipse! I had a college friend drive 6 hours to stay with me because he wanted to see the totality. Even though I was not the one who drove 12 hours in two days, I have to say, being in the totality was totally worth it (ha ha ha). Right before the totality, it looked like simply a cloudy day (we were beset by clouds but luckily they didn't obscure the totality). To be honest, everything but the actual totality was a bit of a let down-- it merely looked like it was going to rain rather than a magical once-in-a-lifetime event. But the totality? Man. I spent the way-too-short 2.5 min gawking, freaking out, and repeatedly hitting my friend going 'ohmygosh look over there! Did you see that? And that??' And then, suddenly, it was all over.

The next solar eclipse has a path of totality going through my hometown in seven years, so I'm already planning on going home to see that. Seven years, though! Assuming I do two post-doc positions, in seven years I should be 2-3 years into my actual real life career job! That's absurd. Anyway. Let's move away from the existential crisis and talk about books (story of my life, amiright??).
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If you remember, last week I showed off three books I had just picked up at the library and I was trying to figure out which one to start first. Well, before I could decide, this digital library hold came in and was automatically downloaded onto my Kindle...so the decision was made for me. I'll post a review of this book on Thursday so stay tuned!             

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems
  • Review: The Secret by Julie Garwood
That about sums it up! What about you? How was your week? Did you get a chance to see the solar eclipse? 

14 comments:

  1. So glad you got to see the totality! I don't think it was much where I'm at because I didn't even notice when it happened (was working...) but I do love half the world away from you so maybe it really wasn't all that much here :)

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    1. Yeah, it's crazy how narrow the path of totality is! Hopefully you'll get to see the next eclipse :)

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  2. Since we weren't in the "path," I didn't even try to see it. I didn't have the glasses, either. So it's good that I stayed indoors.

    Enjoy your week, and those are great photos of your cat and your walk.

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    1. Yeah, before the eclipse, I thought that even if you weren't in the path of totality it would be super cool. However, I was surprised that didn't look all that different from a normal day.

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  3. Glad you had a good eclipse experience! It wasn't totality here but it was still interesting, if a tad bit underwhelming. Still, something to definitely experience.

    Love the pics! We have a cat that looks just like that. :)

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    1. I know-- I can't believe I was underwhelmed! But I agree, pre-totality was a bit underwhelming.
      Awww, aren't fluffy black and white cats the best?

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  4. We were not in the path of totality, but had a good time anyway. Glad you did too. Love those old Julie Garwood books.

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    1. Glad you had a good time! If you like Garwood you might not want to read my review this Thursday....

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  5. LOL, looking ahead always feels absurd. We were close to totality, and enjoyed watching it. Hope the week ahead is wonderful!

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  6. We weren't in the path of totality for the eclipse, but we were pretty close. It didn't get dark at all where we were, colors seemed a bit duller and the sunshine wasn't as intensely warm. We had the glasses, though, so we could see what was going on. It was pretty cool!

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    1. Yeah, I definitely noticed the quality of light changing, even if it didn't get that dark. It was special to use the glasses and see this huge black disk in front of the sun!

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  7. I'm glad you liked it! I wish I could've seen that ~ I looked at some pictures and it's amazing.

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    1. Aren't the photos amazing? I hope you can see the next one!

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