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Snapshot: April 28, 2015

Time: 9:47 pm

Feeling: Tired. It’s been tough juggling daily visits to see my mom in the rehab facility where she’s staying and all the regular every day things I normally do. And the end result seems to be tiredness. It’s not even 10:00 yet and honestly, the night owl me is nowhere in sight. I could pop into bed right now and drift off to a blissful sleep! But I’ve got a deadline coming up on Thursday, so no early bedtime for me, unfortunately.

I’ve been in a frazzled-but-don’t-know-I’m-frazzled state, more or less. I realized this today, when I got back from taking Dylan to dance and realized I didn’t make the bed this morning. You know how there are some things you just automatically do, out of habit, like brushing your teeth, or taking off/putting on your contacts? Making the bed right after I brush my teeth is one of my habit things, and I don’t think I’ve forgotten to do so for years. Until today.

Eating: A falafel dinner I picked up from a place downstairs when Dylan and I got back from his dance class. It’s so lovely having a number of places close by where I can pick up food for dinner.

Drinking: I had a glass of wine with my dinner. It was good!

Reading: I’m reading Lowcountry Boneyard, by Susan M. Boyer, for an upcoming blog tour. I’m liking it so far—a nice southern mystery, complete with a ghost (or guardian spirit, as she calls herself) to help (or hinder, depending on your point of view) our detective.

I also managed to get through more of Dune, although not enough, unfortunately, to participate much in last night’s Twitter chat for the readalong. I’m hoping I’ll be able to make the next Twitter chat but my goodness, Dune is a chunkster at over 800 pages (if you count the appendices). I figure I’ll just a read a bit at a time and see how it goes.

Listening: I finished Unleashed, an Andy Carpenter mystery by David Rosenfelt, and started started Dog Tags, an earlier book in the series. They’re fun, relaxing easy listening reads. I’m waiting for Hounded, the most recent in the series, from the library and once I’ve listened to that, I’ll have read them all so far.

Writing: No writing to speak of. But I got this fun idea today, which was nice.

Working: Finishing up an index on planning law (yes, my life is so very exciting). I’m also doing orientation later this week for that book marketing position I mentioned a while back. I’m hoping to post about it soon, once I settle into the work.

Curious about: There’s this Japanese cheesecake place on Bay St. near Dundas in Toronto that opened a few months ago and I really really want to find a moment to check it out. Only I’ll need more than a moment. Even when we were in deep freeze, there was always a long line-up outside the place.

Here’s what the line-up looked like this afternoon when we passed by:

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See the pink sign? That’s where they’re all headed. Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake.

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It must be really good cheesecake!

Reading Journal: Audiobooks

This has been such a hectic and tiring week, and the only reading I’ve been doing is with audiobooks. I find I turn to stories in audio when I’m feeling tired—not tired enough to sleep, but too tired to focus on a print book or ebook. Mind you, since I often decide to lie in bed when I do this, I sometimes (okay, often) fall asleep while listening. Which leads to a lot of rewinding back to the point in the story that I actually remember.

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Ever since about book 15 (Motive is book 30), I’ve always chosen to listen to Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series. This series is like a comfort listen for me, and I’m always happy when a new Alex Delaware mystery is released.

Unfortunately, Motive doesn’t make it anywhere near my list of top Kellerman reads (most of those would be books from earlier in the series). And I found one thing about the book particularly disappointing. If you haven’t read the series before, Alex Delaware is a child psychologist who consults on murders with his buddy, homicide detective Milo Sturgis. Part of the reason I’ve enjoyed this series so much is because of Milo. A gruff bear of a man, he’s a gay cop whose fortunes within the LA police department have been like a roller coaster ride.

For some reason, in Motive Alex has suddenly become the expert detective of the duo. There are way too many scenes where it’s Alex who suggests to Milo how to proceed with a particular lead or talk to a recalcitrant witness. It all makes Milo seem like a rather dim-witted cop, which he most certainly isn’t. It’s not like Alex’s suggestions are brilliant insights fueled by his expertise in psychology. They’re suggestions I’d have expected Milo to make. And to make matters worse, all Milo does is nod his head and then implement Alex’s suggestions.

So yes, I wasn’t too impressed with this one.

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I’m also listening to two Andy Carpenter mysteries. This series by David Rosenfelt are fun reads, often with some nice twists at the end.

This will give you an idea how tired I’ve been—I was in the middle of Leader of the Pack when I got sidetracked by Motive, but when I finished Motive, I forgot I was still in the middle of Leader of the Pack and started on Unleashed instead.

And the really funny thing is, I’d been wondering why I couldn’t remember how things ended for Joey Desimone, the guy Andy Carpenter was trying to get out of jail in Leader of the Pack. Turns out, I couldn’t remember it because I hadn’t finished it!

Have you listened to any good audiobooks lately? I’m always looking for audiobook recommendations!