Weekly Update for November 22, 2020

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Welcome to my weekly update for November 22, 2020!

We’ve been cautiously exploring the San Diego area now for a few weeks. San Diego County was returned to the most restrictive coronavirus tier last weekend so our options are a bit limited. Luckily, my husband’s cousin and his wife are nearby so we’ve been spending time with them. Everyone needs a circle, right? We’re all comfortable with the precautions each of us is taking. We visited the San Diego Botanic Garden and Cabrillo National Monument last weekend. Masks on, of course.

We haven’t made firm Thanksgiving plans yet because my husband is on call the whole weekend. I hope the rest of you who celebrate have a wonderful, healthy holiday!


Review: Out of the Silence: After the Crash by Eduardo Strauch with Mireya Soriana, translated by Jennie Erikson–3 Stars

Review: Hiking Oregon’s History by William L. Sullivan–4 Stars

For Nonfiction November, I asked for recommendations for exciting nonfiction titles about geographical explorers and their expeditions.

Ten Characters I Would Name a Pet After–I made myself laugh a few times with this topic!


Turn Coat (The Dresden Files #11) by Jim Butcher

Viva Jacquelina! Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Over the Hills and Far Away (Bloody Jack #10) by L. A. Meyer, read by Katherine Kellgren

Currently Reading:

Hounded by Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne

No Country for Old Gnomes (The Tales of Pell #2) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne, read by Luke Daniels

True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News by Cindy L. Otis

Don’t ask me how I ended up reading two books by the same author (Kevin Hearne) at the same time. That’s normally something I wouldn’t even consider doing. It just slipped by me somehow. Let’s blame it on 2020 brain.


Rebecca on Netflix–I’ve always loved this book but I don’t think I’ve seen the older movie or the mini-series. I like Lily James and Armie Hammer so I enjoyed the movie well enough. It hit all the highlights of the book and built enough suspense that my husband was pretty wide-eyed at one point as he asked what on earth was going on. He did lose some interest by the end though.

Up Next:

I was apparently first on the list for Barack Obama’s new memoir, A Promised Land but I had just started so many other new books, I skipped my turn for a couple of weeks. I’ll be wrapping my current reads up and sticking to lighter fare until then.

What did your week look like?

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  1. I watched Rebecca too but didn’t like it much, I prefer the book but I’m a huge Daphne du Maurier fan and I have to agree that this adaptation was simply visually gorgeous ! It seems our lockdown restrictions here will go diminishing, but I’m all “wait and see” and fearing a 3rd wave. Oh well ! Have a great week, I hope your husband won’t be called 😉

  2. I’m glad you’re able to at least kinda explore San Diego! Their zoo is one of my favorites, it always feels like it has a lot of space (though I haven’t ever really looked it up to see how much is real space and how much is good planning).

    1. We visited the zoo in 2018 when we visited for work/vacation. It is awesome! I’m trying to figure out whether visiting the Safari Park is worth it right now. If you want to do any “safaris,” you have to pay some hefty money for a private car. But I think they’re doing a Christmas event so I might take that route. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. My brother has just started rereading the Iron Druid Chronicles again which brought up orange marmalade since it is apparently a favorite of the main character. I read the first couple some years ago and should reread them and finish out the series soon. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  4. My dad was stationed in San Diego during WWII and he has good memories of it. I’m glad you have a circle there to rely on.

    I completely missed the name a pet prompt this week. I was exhausted after the long drive from Arizona home to Texas.

    I hope to watch Rebecca soon. I read the book in high school. This movie looks like a fresh approach.

    1. It’s been so nice to see family here in San Diego.

      That is an exhausting drive from Arizona to Texas! We spent a few nights in Big Bend to break up our drive from Austin to Newport Beach, California. Maybe you can revisit the pet prompt on a week that has a topic that doesn’t interest you. I had fun with the pet theme!

      I hope you enjoy Rebecca if you decide to watch it!

  5. You guys should go to Torrey Pines State Reserve and hike down to the beach. It’s a gorgeous (and very easy) hike/walk. Julian is super nice this time of year, too. Several places to get great apple pie.

    1. We spent Saturday morning in La Jolla so we were getting close to Torrey Pines. I hope to actually get there soon. We’re going to be tied down to Oceanside for the next 4 weeks though. My husband’s work schedule fell so that he’s on call 3 weekends in a row so we have to be within a 30-minute drive of the hospital. Ugh. I haven’t even heard of Julian so I’ll look it up. It is apple pie season, after all!

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