Book Review: Outlander

What’s the title? Who wrote it?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

How’d you read it?

Why are you reading this book?
I saw a few folks writing about either the book or the TV show so it got on my radar that way. Then I saw the physical book for sale at Costco but told myself I had plenty of other books to read. I caved three days later, when I had finished my last book and didn’t find anything on my bookshelf and/or Kindle very exciting.

What is the first line?
People disappear all the time. Ask any policeman. Better yet, ask a journalist. Disappearances are bread- and- butter to journalists.

Describe the book in haiku form:
ring of stone. magic.
she’s English, saved bysome  Scots
one is hunk named Jamie

What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
xxx keep and loan out to friends/recommend they download xxx
keep to read again & again & again
throw it away/delete from the Kindle

Anything else you’d like to say?
She gets sent back and time and does remarkably well for herself, despite the fact all she knows about that time period if from her husband’s rambling. The romance is corny but not too much it’s distracting.

(This is book 2 of the 15 I want to read this year.)

On Turning 30

I have this little notebook I take with me everywhere I go to write down ideas or blog posts and, knowing it was late August, I dutifully wrote down “On turning 30.” No notes about what sort of thing to write or what point I’d be trying to get across, just “On turning 30.” Well, that’s not helpful.

It’s a title for a blog post that should have some great, sweeping purpose. Things I’ve learned. Things I’ve done. Things I wish I’d done. Why turning 30 is a really big deal. Why turning 30 just means another birthday party and another year has passed.

But, if I’m honest, I’ve got nothing that important to say to guide anyone else on how to react to turning 30.  That said, I feel like this next year is going to be particularly amazing, so why not shift my focus towards the future?

In my usual style, I made a list of what I want to do. Nothing too crazy (you’ll notice skydiving and moving to Paris did not make the list), just some things I’d like to make every effort to accomplish this next year. I’ll call it my “30 while 30” list; and, please, someone keep me accountable for actually checking some things off this list.

  1. Volunteer as block coordinator and really commit
  2. Read 15 books
  3. Go to a MLS or other professional-level soccer game
  4. Open a cookbook to a random page and make whatever comes up (with Matt’s help)
  5. Start a compost bin
  6. Host a board games night
  7. Visit 3 of the memorials in DC
  8. Send a friend in need a care package
  9. Go kayaking
  10. Sew a skirt for myself
  11. Make a snow angel
  12. Send 15 handwritten letters
  13. Get certified in CPR
  14. Learn to drive a stick shift
  15. See a financial planner
  16. Journal every day for a month
  17. Make Christmas cards for my friends and family
  18. Have family photos taken
  19. Start a holiday tradition
  20. Visit 10 breweries or wineries or distilleries
  21. Decorate my office
  22. Go fruit/veggie picking
  23. Take portraits of 25 people
  24. Knit myself a sweater (that I actually wear)
  25. Watch airplanes at Gravely Point
  26. Fill all notebooks in the house before buying new ones
  27. Get an allergy test
  28. Document a “day in my life” in photographs
  29. Help fund a Kickstarter project
  30. Make a pie on Pi day