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currently aug 1 2016

Briefly | It’s vacation week! Amidst all of the packing and preparing and planning for a move later this month, my family’s six day trip to Portland, Oregon for my cousin’s wedding sort of snuck up on me. I think this will be the longest trip I’ve taken with my entire family since high school, which should be interesting for everyone.

Reading | My reading this week has been pretty sporadic, thanks in part to the late evenings I spent watching the Democratic National Convention. Watching Bill and Hillary Clinton made me curious to understand more about their relationship, so I headed to my local library and picked up For Love of Politics by Sally Bedell Smith, a biography of their years in the White House. Smith wrote a wonderful biography of Queen Elizabeth, and so far this one has been quite interesting too.  

Watching | The boyfriend and I went to see Ghostbusters last night — I thought it was a lot of fun. It wasn’t my favorite of the Melissa McCarthy/Kristen Wiig/Paul Fieg comedies, but it was awfully nice to watch an action comedy that didn’t objectify or demean women in any way.

Blogging | I am not doing super great on Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge for this year, but I appreciated the recommendations you all left for books to fill in my (many) remaining tasks.

Loving | I’ve been making basic overnight oats for breakfast for the last week, and I’m pretty much sold on them as a great summer breakfast option. The basic recipe — Greek yogurt, oats, milk, chia seeds, vanilla, and honey — is even better with fruit mixed in. I’d love your best suggestions for other recipes.

Hating | My car got rear ended earlier this month when I was in the Twin Cities, and getting it resolved is taking much longer than it feels like it should. There’s no major damage, and no dispute over responsibility, so it could be much worse… I’m just getting impatient.

Anticipating | Vacation! In addition to my cousin’s wedding reception, we’ve got lots of other activities planned. Personally, I am most psyched about a pilgrimage to the Powell’s flagship store on Thursday. Awesome!

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  • Sarah's Book Shelves August 1, 2016, 6:35 am

    I love Bedell Smith’s books about presidential marriages…I think I read the one about the Kennedys?

    Enjoy your trip!

    • Kim August 13, 2016, 12:28 pm

      Yeah, I think she did a Kennedy book too… the title is escaping me. I like her a lot as a biographer.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) August 1, 2016, 8:23 am

    Oh no, don’t you hate when something like that happens in a new car? I’m glad everyone’s okay and the damage wasn’t too bad. I can’t wait to see what you think of For the Love of Politics – it sounds perfect for my mom. Have a wonderful trip – Portland’s on my bucket list!

  • Kailana August 1, 2016, 7:36 pm

    Have a great trip! Sorry to hear about your car!

  • Unruly Reader August 1, 2016, 10:33 pm

    Photos! Please take photos at Powell’s! I’m eager to live vicariously.

    • Kim August 13, 2016, 12:29 pm

      I’m working on a post for Book Riot about the visit. It was so great!

  • Bryan G. Robinson August 3, 2016, 10:55 am

    Hope you’re enjoying your time with family in Portland so far…and oooh, Powell’s tomorrow. Have fun.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End August 3, 2016, 6:47 pm

    I hope you’re having fun in Portland! I’ve never been to New Portland but I assume it’s worse and lamer than OG Portland in Maine (though still undoubtedly very nice). :p

    I really enjoyed Lady Ghostbusters. It was fun and goofy and pretty much exactly what I wanted. Kate McKinnon is a treasure.

    • Kim August 13, 2016, 12:30 pm

      Until this trip, I don’t think I realized there was a Portland, Maine, so when people were asking which state we were going to I was confused! Shame on me. Clearly, Portland, Maine should be on our travel list too!

  • Michelle August 3, 2016, 7:16 pm

    Have a fun vacation!

  • iliana August 5, 2016, 7:53 pm

    I hope you are having a wonderful vacation. Thank you so much for the link on the overnight oats. I’m going to have to try out some of those recipes!