Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Show Hole

Okay, so I guess I'm not currently in a Show Hole (remember the Amazon commercials?), but an audiobook hole.  I finally finished listening to all the Harry Potter books on Audible and now I'm stuck.  I don't really know what to start next!  I am reading a paper book and an ebook, so I have those covered for now, but I don't have an audiobook.  I'm listening to NPR on my commute, but I'd really rather have a book.  I checked out Overdrive to see if I could borrow something from my TBR list, but either there is no audio version available or they are already checked out by someone else and I have to wait.  Do you listen to audiobooks?  What have you listened to that you would recommend?  I need to know!

P.S. I have no idea why I fought reading the Harry Potter books all these years, they are amazing and I'm glad I listened too them this year.  I can't wait until the next books is out this weekend.  Jim Dale does an amazing job narrating, if you get the chance, listen to the audios.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Zoo 2 by James Patterson and some baby updates

Last year I read Zoo by James Patterson and watched the first season of the television show it inspired.  I enjoyed the version of a post-apocalyptic future and even though the book and television show were VERY different, I liked them both on their own.  The television should have recently started it's second season, but I haven't watched any yet.  I'll likely let a few episodes air and then watch them all online when I've got some time to burn.

Zoo 2 the book was written as a Book Shots version.  This is my first experience with Book Shots, but I think I liked it.  At only 160 pages, Zoo 2 was written more like an episode of a television show.  It doesn't have a ton of descriptive writing, but just enough that you can visualize what is happening and use your imagination to fill in the blanks.  It ended with enough information that you didn't feel like it wasn't finished, but also left it wide open to make this a much longer series.  I will likely continue the series if more are written in the future.

Confession:  it actually took me more than a week to finish this short book, but not for lack of desire to read it.  It has been really hectic in my world!  Who knew twins could cause so much more work before they ever even make their appearance to this world?!?  We've been remodeling to create room for the little angels by turning our bedroom into the nursery and moving our stuff to the man cave (sorry you have to lose your man cave, honey).  Princess has been begging for about a year to repaint her bedroom as it hasn't been updated since she was 2.  I thought it was a great idea to do both rooms at the same time.  I thought this because I know nothing about remodeling and renovation...  We took up the carpet to install tile flooring as these were the last two rooms with carpet remaining and I hate carpet.  Both rooms required paint.  Our bedroom was a dark chocolate brown so we had to paint on a couple layers of primer in order to paint the walls pale peach for the babies.  This is MUCH more work than I had expected and our house is still a disaster, but we should be in better shape by the end of next weekend.  I hope to be showing off some great after pictures in the next couple weeks.  In the mean time, here are some progress pics.  Roll your eyes at me, I really should have known this would be more work that I had originally thought...

MIL helping remove carpet

So. Much. Stuff.

Can't even get into Princess' room

The most patient and giving man in the world making sure things turn out the way I wanted