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Welcome to my weekly update for May 22, 2022!
Whew! It’s been a busy six weeks. Since my last update on April 3, we had some repair work done on our RV (we stay in it while my husband is working at different hospitals around the country). We had to move into an Extended Stay hotel for a couple of weeks during that time. Then we wrapped up my husband’s work assignment in Charleston, SC and went home to Asheville, NC for about a week. After that, we hit the road in our RV and drove almost 2000 miles (about 3000 km) to our summer location–Billings, Montana! We’ve been trying to get to Montana or Wyoming for the summer since we started traveling with my husband’s job in 2019. We love national parks and we’ve never visited Yellowstone or any of the other gorgeous parks in this area. Billings isn’t necessarily the best basecamp for any of them, but that’s what road trips are for, right? We’re certainly a lot closer than we’ve ever been before!
All images © Jennifer G. at Introverted Reader 2022
I don’t even know where to start with my pictures. We’ve covered a lot of ground since my last update!
- Botany Bay near Edisto Beach in South Carolina. Driftwood beaches are rare (in my experience) in the southeast so this was a sight we haven’t seen since leaving the Pacific Northwest in 2020!
- Looking Glass Falls in North Carolina. This beautiful waterfall is beside a busy road that leads to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway runs through Asheville but it’s been a while since we drove on it. It was nice to get up there while we were home.
- I took plenty of pictures out the RV windows while we were driving to Billings. This red farm house and the field of yellow flowers really spoke to me. I don’t know what the flowers are. This was taken in southern Illinois, so if you know, feel free to chime in.
- There were random sculptures beside I-90. I don’t know why. This skeleton leading his/her pet Tyrannosaurus rex caught my imagination!
- The first decent picture I took of the snow-covered peaks
- The city of Billings lies between two sets of sandstone cliffs with snowy mountains in the distance
- Pictograph Cave State Park. Fun fact: Pictographs are made with paint, petroglyphs are carvings. It seems obvious when you actually pay attention to the root words but I hadn’t put that together for myself.
Navigate Your Stars by Jesmyn Ward: Book Review (Hint: This is a great choice if you want an inspirational book for the new grad in your life.)
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky: Book Review
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Keep in mind that these are all the books I’ve read since my last update on April 3.
The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera, read by Frankie Corzo 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Shady Hollow (Shady Hollow #1) by Juneau Black, read by Cassandra Campbell 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (Note: That cute cover looks like it represents a book for middle grade readers. I would classify this as a cozy mystery for adults because of murder and adultery, even if the characters are woodland creatures.)
When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash 🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian, read by Rebecca Lowman 🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Book Collectors: A Band of Syrian Rebels and the Stories That Carried Them Through a War by Delphine Minoui, translated by Lara Vergnaud, read by Nikki Massoud 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Toward a Better Life: America’s New Immigrants in Their Own Words—From Ellis Island to the Present by Peter Morton Coan 🌟🌟🌟🌟
All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West (Link to my review on GoodReads) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Robinson Crusoe (Robinson Crusoe #1) by Daniel Defoe, read by John Lee 🌟🌟
Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande 🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 🌟🌟🌟
Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus, read by Ray Porter 🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1) by Robert Jordan
The Last Child (Johnny Merrimon #1) by John Hart, read by Scott Sowers
There’s a reserved seat on The Eye of the World struggle bus with my name on it. I started this monster on April 17 and I’m only 75% finished! I’ll be surprised if I even finish it this week.
I will be choosing a new audiobook soon. I’ll probably choose something for the Monthly Key Word Challenge. The words for this month are Thorn, Catch, Black, Under, City, Cloud, Sing, Legacy. Any recommendations for good audiobooks with those words in the title?
What did your week look like?