You know you're not in central New York when a strange car odor is diagnosed as a 'palm rat' nest in the air blower. Two hundred dollars and an entire day in the garage later, the technician suggested placing moth balls strategically under the hood. Our car sat idle for ten days before we arrived, but evidently this is not an unusual occurrence!
The underground cable line was severed (hopefully not from the above-mentioned palm rat) and dealing with the company was a nightmare. I'll never complain about Time-Warner again. After countless phone calls, new cable was laid and, eventually, a crew even came back to bury it.
Our internet service was finally set up mid-week and now I'm eagerly anticipating delivery of a new washing machine. I won't go into how spectacularly the old one failed.
All that waiting around without cable or internet meant plenty of reading time and I finished several books:
Euphoria by Lily King (audio)
Most readers love this, but it didn't do much for me.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This could be the first post-apocalyptic novel I've ever enjoyed.
West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan
A favorite author, but not a favorite book
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
I really liked this read/listen combination. The readalong added to my enjoyment. #CarrieAlong
What am I reading now?
The Warden by Anthony TrollopeThis is actually a reread. I plan to read all the Barsetshire novels this year to mark Trollope's Bicentenary.
A walk on the beach, another cup of coffee, and some blog reading is on tap this morning. My FIL will be here later for a Chicken Piccata dinner and then it will be time for Downton Abbey! What do you think of the season so far?
The week ahead//
I should be able to get back to blogging as usual this week and look forward to catching up with everyone.
What are you up to today?
This post will link to It's Monday, What Are You Reading? hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.