Friday, May 18, 2018

Sunday Post #246


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So... Memorial Day is coming up here in the US. Really? A week away. Clearly someone is tampering with the timeflow or something. The East Lansing art festival is this weekend so I may be there on Saturday- not sure yet. Other than that May has been a pretty good reading month so far- I've had several good reads including Menagerie and my review of that will be on Wednesday. Also Movies That Suck this past week was Before I Fall, which was surprisingly good! This week will be The Birds, and I won't be calling it Movies That Suck because that movie is actually pretty awesome.      

Reviews coming include Sky in the Deep and The Lies They Give. Also I'll be continuing my reviews of Star Trek: The Animated Series and Jonny Quest, as well as the occasional discussion post. And another Sexy Lyrics post is on the way.         

Blackfish CityThe Underwater Ballroom SocietyMenagerie (Menagerie, #1)The Lies They TellSky in the DeepStrange New World (Brave New Girl, #2)Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)

Song of the week  


PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 

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NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

Survive the Night

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And... my comic of the week was 

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92 comments:

  1. I love the Starfire pic. And I can't believe May is almost over either. Nice new arrivals this week, Greg. And I agree, The Birds is awesome. I watched it again about a week ago.

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    1. I like that one also. And I loved watching the Birds again. :)

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  2. You have me wanting to reread the Hobbit. Yes we seem to be in a bit of a time-warp. I do hope the three day weekend moves slowly. In fact I would like summer to move at a snail's pace so I can embrace the sun and warmth.

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    1. I know, that artwork makes me want to revisit too! I hope you have a good three day weekend- I'm looking forward to it too!

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  3. Thanks... now I just want to stay up all night and watch LOTR and The Hobbit. I think I saw the first movie on Netflix...

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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  4. Lzzy Hale is great covering Pat Benatar's Heartbreaker. I think I may actually this cover more than the original. I've never read the Hobbit or watched the movie, I did buy it for my daughter. Have a great day Greg.

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    1. Isn't she? I lobe how veratile she is. And yes I might like the cover more too! Have a nice weekend.

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    2. Now I have to go over to YouTube to listen to more of Lzzy Hale. Have a great week Greg.

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  5. I love the Hobbit/LOTR themed art! The retro style doesn't quite "fit" as well as it does for Star Wars though, but I do think some of the more traditional, painted ones look amazing. That one with Gandalf and the eagle gives me chills.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I like that one too! That was one was new to me... and I agree w/ you about the art style...

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  6. Hi Greg! Another great wrap-up post as always! I agree, The Birds is a masterful film; I've seen it many times over the years because I love Hitchcock movies.

    Thanks for sharing views of The Shire. I wish I could visit there, ha. Makes me want to dig out my LOTR dvd trilogy today... enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Hi Rita! Thanx- hope you are well. I love the Birds- a favorite.

      I know! I think I'd love to go on a tour of Shire!

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  7. I can't believe it is almost Memorial Day. Crazy! I am glad to hear Before I Fall was good. I have wanted to read Menagerie for so long! Hope you have a great week!

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    1. I know! Where is the year going? Menagerie was good, and Before I Fall was too!

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  8. I can't believe Memorial Day is only a week away. We're hosting a big BBQ, and there's so much I need to get done first! Have a great weekend!

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    1. I know! Good luck with the BBQ- sounds good :)

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  9. One of the books I got this week was Sky in the Deep and I can't wait to read it!!

    My STS

    Happy Reading! ♥

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    1. Ooh I'm just finishing it and it started slow for me but then got better!

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  10. I hope you enjoy the Memorial Day. I wish we had that over here too :P And the year is definitely flying too fast.

    And nice haul. I hope you enjoy your new reads.

    My STS: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/05/stacking-the-shelves-24/

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  11. If you go I hope its fun and all for you Greg! That kitchens and modern art Hobbiton are so stellar they shined above the rest... but really this is such a good collection. I love checking out the art you find. :D I'm interest in your Sky in the Deep review!

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  12. Did you hear the new Lord of the Rings series on Amazon is going to be on Aragorn's life before meeting Fordo?

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  13. Time has indeed been speeding fast :) you've hauled some cool stuff! And I love the Pinterest finds, as always :) have a great week!

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  14. I like the cover on Menagerie. I know, I can't believe Memorial Day is almost here and the start of summer. Enjoy your weekend!

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  15. I don't understand how May is almost over either. My brain cannot compute. Very curious about your thoughts on Sky in the Deep, and Lies They Tell (I've heard muxed stuff about the latter). Love The Kitchens picture, and the Hobbiton one! And the cover of Starfire, it looks so fun and the colors are fabulous!!

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  16. I love all of this images they are all glorious. You did, however, make me want to watch The Hobbit. Which is a good thing of course. I also can't belive Memorial day is here along with May being almost over. Time definitely is flying pretty fast. I you have a wonderful weekend. πŸ’‹ xoxo

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  17. Oh I love the art from Pinterest this week. I can wait to read your thoughts on The Birds. It's one of the few Hitchcock movies I haven't watched though I do have it recorded. Have you read the story it was (very loosely) based on? It's by Daphne du Maurier and worth the read if you can find it. It definitely scared me! Have a great week!

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  18. Just finished The Lies They Tell which reminded me of a darker Dawson's Creek. Am curious what you think of it!

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  19. Oh, Survive the Night looks really interesting. I love the cover at least. Have a great weekend. - Katie

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  20. Oh, I love love love all the Hobbit illustrations! Have a great week :)

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  21. Greg, how did you like The Lies They Tell and Rachel Vincent's new book? Looking forward to your reviews.

    I love the illustration of Shire Bagend...so cosy looking, which I desperately need as winter is upon us here in Australia.

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  22. I can't even keep up with holidays anymore lol. An art festival, how fun! I vote you should go, if you're able :-) That's awesome that it's been a good reading month for you! Oh man, I really want that reading nook in the last artwork!

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  23. Some great covers for you and I love the cover of the comic as well! Have a lovely week!

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  24. Time's running away...it's already end of May again. It feels like winter is dragging on, then spring is here and all of a sudden it's already getting cold again. Ack.

    Lovely books!

    Lzzy covering Pat Benatar is really good! Amazing voice too.

    Have a great week!

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  25. Those pics have made me wanna re-read The Hobbit. I read it when I was in 5th grade. It is such an incredible story.
    The days are flying by. I was hoping to get to this point in the year. I think the older you get, the faster time moves for you. My birthday is Monday and I will well into my 40s. Ugh!
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  26. Oh! I didn't know you were reviewing Jonny Quest! I need to check out your reviews of that series! Love the Starfire pic at the end! Hope you have a great week!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays and Cover Spotlight!

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  27. Johnny Quest! My kids and I loved that show! May is going by way too fast! At least my husband has a 3 day weekend. Hope you have a happy Sunday!

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  28. Ooo... I love those pics - the ones of Hobbiton especially. I would LOVE to travel to NZ and see the locations! In the meantime, I'm glad you're on a roll with the reading Greg and hope you have another great week:)

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  29. This year is FLYING by and I have nothing to show for it. I can't even believe we are almost at the half way point. I feel like I will never catch up. I am sort of looking forward to next weekend but we will be at the shore so the traveling is a bit annoying. Wish it was a long weekend at home.

    Before I fall was ok but I LOVED the Birds! I need to come and check out that post! :)

    I just got Sky in the Deep, I hope you enjoyed it

    I love the images, I almost want to make the kitchen my desktop wallpaper. I did that with another one you shared. It was a pirate ship restaurant. Such a great image. It's my favorite.

    I hope you have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading!

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  30. I'm kind of curious about the story in this book and might take a look at it if time allows.

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  31. Where did May go! It seems like the months just speed on by anymore. I like The Birds and when I see a huge flock of birds I always think of that movie! :) Maybe you could call it My Movie Opinions: Movies that Suck, or Don't Suck, or Surprised me. :)

    Have a great week and happy reading!
    Stormi
    Week in Reviews

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  32. The Birds is a genius movie, so glad you are not giving it the "suck" label. OMG, Heartbreaker takes me back...to grade school. Still a fantastic song.

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  33. I used to love watching Jonny Quest! That cartoon was just so cool when I was a kid.
    Have a great rest of May!

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  34. Love The Hobbit artwork! I haven't read those books or watched the films in ages. You're tempting me to do a re-read/re-watch, lol.

    And yes, what the heck is happening with the time? It's almost June but yet it somehow still feels like the year just got started.

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  35. I know! It seems like this year is flying by. I had to double check the calendar when I saw all the Memorial Day signs going up in store. It just doesn't seem real that it's already almost summer.

    I love the cover for the Starfire comic. I wonder if any of my local comic shops have it in. :)

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  36. I want that little reading nook in the picture!

    And yes, I saw an advertisement for Memorial Day and I was like WHAAAAT???

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  37. I still need to read Sky in the Deep. I started it, but just stopped. (Not in a bad way for the book, my head has just been all over the place in terms of what am I in the mood to read.)

    Shire pictures! *^-^*

    I have read Before I Fall. It was ... okay. It's an interesting concept, but I didn't love the writing. I still kind of wished the ending had been changed, but I get it.

    Time is racing through. I feel like it was just February! SLOW DOWN!

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  38. Love The Birds! I actually went and visited Bodega Bay last October and saw the church and school the movie was filmed at. If I Stay was pretty good, but I don't think they're making the sequel. :( You must be on a Lord of the Rings kick with all the pics you posted. I love the pic with the reading nook and lights, also the one with the lady on her laptop by her aquarium window and the cat in the background. Neat! I can't believe we're already to Memorial Day either. Hope you enjoy the Art Festival! :)

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    1. That is so cool that you've been there! If I was in the area I'd stop in too, I'm sure.

      I think I was on a Lord of the Rings kick when I put this one together. Sometimes that happens! And yes that reading nook I NEED. I would love to look out my window and have that aquatic view too!

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  39. I love the image In Blue...I can visualize myself blogging there. LOL

    I never tire of The Birds. In fact, I still hide my head when watching it.

    I have some photos taken at Bodega Bay when I used to live in SF...it looks so calm and peaceful there. LOL

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  40. The Birds is a pretty good movie. Could you imagine if birds were as big as in that picture?

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  41. If you go to the art festival, I hope you have a blast! There's a very popular outdoor one down here each spring and—I kid you not—for the last 5+ years they've had torrential rains during the fest. I feel so bad for the organizers that just can't catch a break.

    I'm really curious to read your review of Sky in the Deep. Lots of bloggers have enjoyed it, but I was sad to find out it was a miss for me. And I'm really happy to see so much LOTR artwork featured this week :) I'm not a particularly big fan, but one of the cable networks has been airing all of them back-to-back recently and it's been nice to drop in and watch bits and pieces :)

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    1. I love the art festival, used to go every year, but didn't make it this time. :( Still I feel so bad for the organizers of that TX festival- that would be awful!

      Sky in the Deep... *sigh* lol. I liked it but it took me forever to get into- it seemed so cliched at first, so vaguely Vikng-esque but with no real world connection, that I was thinking it was going to be a dud. It did turn around for me but it wasn't quite what I was expecting.

      Glad you liked the LoTR art. I'm more a book fan than a fan of the movies, but there are certain sequences of the movies that were done well, I thought.

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  42. Time is just flying by anymore. I can't believe that Memorial Day is just around the corner. Crazy! Glad you enjoyed Menagerie. I loved that book and am looking forward to Sky in the Deep. Have a great week, Greg!

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    1. I can't either. Sky in the deep is one I'm just finishing and after a slow start I like it!

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  43. I can't believe Memorial Day is next week. It doesn't seem possible. There was so much I wanted to get done this month and it feels like all I've been doing is working and running around. Ugh. I'm hearing good things about Spectacle. I hope it's good. I hope you have a great week, Greg!

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    1. I can't either! Spectacle should be pretty good if Menagerie was any indication!

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  44. I love the Spectacle cover! I'll have to go and see what it is about. πŸ“š

    All the Shire art is putting me in the mood for my The Hobbit re-read. πŸ‘

    Have a wonderful week. 🌞

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    1. The Spectacle is lots of urban fantasy creature- at least I assume based on the first book. And if you re- read the Hobbit and want a re- read buddy I'd be interested!

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    2. Absolutely on the re-read! After this month tell me when, although it feels kind of like a fall read to me. :)

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  45. As fast as May has been, I'm definitely ready for it to be over. I really enjoyed the book Before I Fall but still need to watch the movie. I need to read Menagerie still. I'm pretty sure I own a copy. Happy reading!

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  46. The Lies They Tell seems like it would be an interesting read. I haven't seen the movie Before I Fall but it's one that I want to watch. May is flying by but not so good for me on the reading front. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. I can't wait to get to The Lies They Tell. It's still a book or two however... Before I Fall was pretty good.

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  47. I haven't seen The Birds. Hitchcock movies aren't really my thing but I hope you enjoy!

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    1. Thanks! I like an occasional Hitchcock, they have an old school suspense :):)

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  48. I like The Birds. All that squawking gets annoying fast, though. I love that drawing with the fish out the window. That would probably drive the cat crazy.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Oh my gosh right? That squawking... even watching it I was like enough already with the birds. :) But it's fun. And yes a cat would go berserk w/ a view like that! My cats *shakes head*

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  49. The cover of Strange New World is intriguing.

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  50. I'm really, really looking forward to the holiday weekend. I can't believe May is almost over, though! I'm very curious about the adaptation of Before I Fall. I thought the book was pretty good, but the movie wasn't really on my radar until now. Hope you have a great week, Greg!

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  51. I haven't read Rachel Vincent yet but her books have been on my TBR for quite some time :)

    Megan - Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest

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  52. Menagerie and Spectacle are crazy good. I loved them. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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  53. I loved Sky in the Deep - I can't wait to see your thoughts on it. :)

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  54. Always so much to see in your Sunday Posts, I really enjoy them. Happy Reading!

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  55. I can't believe May is almost over. This year is running on by like it has somewhere to be. I look forward to seeing your thoughts on Menagerie and Sky in the Deep, Greg. Have a great week!

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  56. It does feel like someone is playing with the time flow, making it speed up faster and faster. It's crazy!

    I really love all the images you shared, especially the ones dealing with LOTR.

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  57. I want to read The Lies They Tell. I have a few credits on Audible that I need to use up. I got a few romance novels with their 2 for 1 deal. But, I think I want The Lies They Tell. Anyway, yes May...Where did it go??

    Have a great week!

    Mary

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  58. It's really just crazy how fast this year is going. I was just sitting here this morning thinking no way it's almost Memorial Day but there it is sitting on the calendar. lol Yay for having a good reading week! Hope this one is fab, too!

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  59. I LOVE your pictures this week! So many fantastic ones!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  60. I love Benetar's Heartbreaker. Have a super week, Greg.
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

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  61. I love that cover of Starfire. Gotta see if Hoopla has that one. That's also a great cover of Heartbreaker. That is a song I imagine being pretty hard to do because it's such a classic and let's be honest, Benatar's rang is awesome. Have a wonderful week Greg and I REALLY need to re-read Menagerie so I can move on to Spectacle.

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  62. That art festival sounds like fun, and hope you get the chance to attend. I always marvel at all the cool stuff Pinterest has that I've been missing out on, and I thank you for bringing it to my attention. Hugs and Happy Monday!

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  63. I'm excited to see your thoughts on Sky in the Deep (which I loved)! I know nothing about Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, but all the art you shared are so beautiful. And I hope you enjoy the art festival if you end up going!!

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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  64. I remember loving the Jonny Quest series and watching the Star Trek animated series too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  65. Lots of Hobbit pictures, I'm in love with those! I hope you had a nice weekend, Greg!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

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  66. Oo so many good looking books here. I love Rachel Vincent. And the East Lansing art thing sounds pretty cool!

    I can't believe it is Memorial Day already either. I think it is because it was so cold for so long! Lol.

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  67. The art festival sounds fun; we have one here that we need to check out and would probably ride our bikes to since some of the main roads are closed off. Yeah, time is flying by! My youngest is going to her first, pool birthday party of a classmate this weekend; she is so excited!

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  68. I adore the Hobbit. It was my first big kid fantasy book. My weekly update

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  69. Did we see each other at the art fair in EL and not even know it? We went at just the right time and did not get rained on, it began to rain while we were in our favorite eatery, El Azteca. Memorial Day already? We usually have our pool open by now. Have a great week.

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  70. I'm pretending Memorial Day is a month away! I'm not ready!!!

    I love all the LoTR art.

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  71. GREG! Hi! Hope you've been so well and I have much to catch up on.

    I can't wait to see what you thought of Sky in The Deep! I'm interested to compare thoughts.

    Love all the pics as usual.

    I hope you have been keeping really well. How are you doing with recovery post op? I know it's been a while, but I just wanted to check in!

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