“They say Taupe is very soothing.”

Another line from one of our most oft-quoted movies. The other one is Month Python…Holy Grail. This quote is from Ocean’s Eleven. So many great quotes!

And today I got to use this one because we are finally getting paint on the walls in the office. It took 8 million years to decide on a color. In the end we let our 6 year old daughter pick it. It’s called Cottonwood, but it’s pretty much Taupe.

Also, we had to take time out to buy a car. It was Mike’s car that was on it’s last tires, so he decided he wanted a Mazda3. We researched and shopped and researched some more and finally decided to go get one. It was an only mildly painful car buying experience, but then again, it wasn’t my car that was getting traded in. I’m sure Mike was in more pain. We got exactly the car Mike wanted. Then he gave it to me.

Not that I’m complaining because it is a seriously sweet car, but I feel faintly guilty about taking the car he picked out. He says he would feel more guilty driving around in the car with more safety features when the kids are with me more often.

He did say we had to take the CRUEGRL tag off the back of mine, though. :)

I just finished Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin. Half the time, I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Sci-fi uses so many words in made-up languages that it distracts me from the story. It was pretty good as far as I can tell.

Light at the end of the tunnel.

So the roof is fixed. The ceiling is replaced. The mold is all gone. Now we just have to repaint the office and move all the stuff back in. We have a computer in our bedroom, so I will take this time to do my July roundup.

Books read: 14
Fiction: 12
Classics: 1
YA: 1
Mysteries: 1
Library books: 6

Best book of the month: a tie – The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff and The Other by David Guterson.
Best non-fiction: Strapless by Deborah Davis
Best book that had been sitting on my shelf for years: Hidden Latitudes by Alison Anderson
Best book written by a personal friend: The Black Hand by Will Thomas. (Okay it’s the only book I read this month written by a personal friend, but it’s still a good book.)
The Winner of the “Late-to-the-Party” award: Atonement by Ian McEwan. I really shouldn’t have avoided this book for so long.
Best book with a frustrating ending: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz.

Also read: The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie, Books: A Memoir by Larry McMurtry, Odds and Gods by Tom Holt, The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline, Savvy by Ingrid Law, The Dead Father’s Club – Matt Haig, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

So far this month, I haven’t had a lot of reading time. Apart from the repairs to the house (grr) we are trying to shop for a car. I hate car shopping. I think it’s because I do actually know about cars, but since I’m a girl, the salesfolk want to show me the pretty one. When we go shopping, the salesman is talking to Mike (who couldn’t care less about engine size and torque and fun stuff like that), but I’m the one asking the questions. It’s so infuriating. Mike likes plenty of masculine stuff (Ultimate Fighting Championship being one of them, blech) but auto ratings isn’t on the list. It’s annoying. *stepping down off soapbox*

If I ever get a free minute, I will try to blog something. Unless I spend it reading. :)

So Sorry.

Our roof over our office rotted out and now we have mold growing in the ceiling. I am seriously allergic to mold.

So I am having trouble spending any amount of time at my computer right now. As soon as the office is livable, I’ll be back.