Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel has been on my 'to read' list ever since both Anne and Shea gave it a good review (and they always have the best book reviews). I've been part of a "Trashy Book Club" in which we choose books that are, you guessed it, trashy. For instance, when it was my month to choose, I selected a lovely little book titled Stepbrother With Benefits. (Just Book 1. There's an entire series. Apparently, there are many many benefits to having this particular stepbrother).
Well this month, Station Eleven was chosen and we must have strayed from the club's original purpose because this book is definitely not trashy. It's excellent. This may be one of my top books recently. It scared the crap out of me and made me want to stock up on bottled water and toilet paper.
While waiting for this season's Orange Is The New Black to premier, I started watching PBS's The Bletchley Circle on Netflix. I love a good detective series with smart females and I always enjoy hearing about how women played an important role in World War II. It is about a group of friends who first knew each other during the war when they were part of a top secret code breaking outfit. Ten years later, they use their special talents, intelligence and determination for justice to solve crimes. I loved it. Netflix has just two short series and I highly recommend it.
Of course, now I'm in the middle of OITNB and WOW!
Bought and Sold
Although my initial review of ThredUp was mediocre, I've since become a repeat seller and customer. ThredUp is an on-line resale website. You can order a bag which they'll send you. You fill it up with your gently used women and children's clothing and send it in, postage paid by them. (So easy, you just drop it off at the post office and walk away). About a month later you get a little bit of a credit to shop the site. You won't get much, but it does add up.
|Phone case and Bag not from ThredUp....but they do sell handbags, including designer.|
At first, I'll admit that I was disappointed by the amount I received from my first bag, but once I started sorting and sending in the clothes my kids had outgrown, my account started to grow and I started buying a few things. I found that green dress (tags were still attached) for $4 and its red twin. I'm now finding great deals on clothes for the kids. There's a really good app as well. It gets a little addictive.
I mentioned that when I got into my PiYo workouts, I quit my monthly membership at my yoga studio. I'm still not a member, but after a couple of months, I missed being part of a class and the heat and the music and the vibe. I've gone back a couple of times and just paid the drop-in price.
I love it. I do. I love saving the money, but I miss the classes sometimes. I go to Core Power Yoga which is starting to spread all over the place. I have nothing but good things to say about them. I still do PiYo in my living room once a week or so.
It's summer and so all of the blockbuster hits are out and coming out. There's a few of those I want to see, like Bad Moms (but seriously? They want us to believe that Mila Kunis is a dowdy mom of a teenager who can't get a date? really? really?) and Ghostbusters and Finding Dory with the kids (waiting until the dollar theater for that one). But if you're in the mood for a smart witty independent film, I highly recommend Maggie's Plan.
The cast was spot on, but Julianne Moore steels the show. I don't know if I've ever mentioned this before but Greta Gerwig is one of my favorite actresses ever since Greenberg.