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text 2020-04-09 00:49
Reading progress update: I've read 220 out of 272 pages.
Blue City - Ross Macdonald

Though this isn't my first Ross Macdonald novel, it is my first one that isn't in one in his Lew Archer series. Instead his central character is John Weather, a World War II vet returning to his hometown after over a decade's absence to find that his father has been murdered and the town controlled by a gangster working with Alonzo Sanford, the local political boss.


While the novel is definitely a product of its era, there are some passages that are uncomfortably relevant today, such as this one containing a point Weather is making to Sanford:

"The trouble is that corruption isn't something you can have a little of. It's like cancer; inject it into a political organism and it's bound to spread. It's almost an axiom that power that has been taken out of the hands of the people is bound to grow progressively more corrupt."

Observations like that are just one reason why I keep turning to Macdonald's novels.

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text 2020-04-05 16:33
Social Distancing: Completion (Almost) of Day 21

I hope everyone is okay!


I am feeling much better and think the 72 hours I was on forced isolation last weekend definitely helped with things. 

My job is busier than ever. I’ve had to actually set up a home office instead of just plopping myself on the couch like I usually do during telework days. All praise the IT guys who helped me figure out what equipment was compatible with my work laptop.



Next up is replacing my grandmothers bedroom bench with an office chair. I ordered a cushion from purple to help with my stiffness and back for now, but I really need a chair to support my back. I’ve managed to narrow it down to three choices and will probably end up ordering one by next week.  

I feel very lucky I don’t need groceries or any supplies. Since I know a lot of people are having issues finding food I promised myself to only go shopping for essentials every three weeks. I have a huge pantry so I made sure that was fully stocked. 



I have been doing virtual workouts via my gym and it’s actually been fun and working. I have group chats going with my gym buddies so we let each other know what sessions were going to participate in. The only fly in the ointment is I had to buy equipment for use at home. And there seems to be some ridiculous price gouging going on with weights right now so I just bought a step package that included dumbbells and some yoga blocks and strap for a virtual yoga class that I joined that will start in the next week. 


How are you all coping? What changes have you made to your daily routine or homes?



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text 2020-03-31 11:18
Know the Right Way of Buying a Pet Stroller

It's always nice to go on a nice walk with your dog. This is because when you are out with your furry friend, you play with him and spend a good time with him. But this is not the case when your dog is sick or is too old to walk. In this case, you must take proper care of your dog because then your dog would not be able to go on evening walks with you. However, you cannot keep your dog inside the house all day long because that will make your fur ball sad and you would never want to break your fur baby’s heart by keeping him from the one thing that he loves the most i.e. going out.

Well, now you must be thinking about what you can do. Don’t worry because we have the answer. You can buy a pet stroller sky blue for your dog. A pet stroller will not just keep your dog safe and protected but will also help him to heal faster. But, you cannot buy a pet stroller that you see first at the market. And if you want to buy a pet stroller that is worth your time and money, you must consider certain things before making a purchase.


· Before buying a stroller, check the size of your dog. If you do not want to buy a stroller that makes your fur baby uncomfortable because it's too small to hold him measure the size of the dog and then buy a stroller.


· The next thing that you can consider is the material used. Make sure that the stroller that you are purchasing is made of strong material.


At last, you should look for the right store to buy 3 in 1 dog carrier. And for this, you will find nothing better than HPZ™ PET ROVER™ because this online store is known for its amazing pet stroller. The store offers four different kinds of strollers that can hold weight up to 75 lbs, 50 lbs, and 35 lbs. The best thing about the stroller of this online store is that they come with amazing features like rubber-free pump wheel, convertible compartment, reversible handlebar, aluminum gold frame, expandable front end, and more. HPZ™ PET ROVER™ also offers different kinds of pet stroller accessories like mini fans, stroller hook, waterproof cover, thermal insulated cup holders, and more.




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review 2020-03-29 23:35
Blue (Once Upon A Rhyme #3)
Blue - Elizabeth Rose
Raven Birchfield's life isn't getting any easier.  After dealing with a possession by Mary of the nursery rhyme Mary, Mary Quite Contrary and helping her best friend Candy through a possession by Little Miss Muffet, it seems that it is her brother Johnny's turn.  After Raven's mom forgets about Johnny's birthday, Raven rushes to find him a present.  After sifting through her Aunt Bestla's things, Raven finds a blue bomber jacket that she knows Johnny will adore.  Raven figures out just a little too late that the jacket is connected to Little Boy Blue and her brother has turned into an overconfident, boastful, thief.  To top it off,  Raven and Johnny's father who left on Johnny's seventh birthday has return inexplicably and their mother accepts him back with no questions.
Blue is the third book in the Once Upon a Rhyme series and should definitely be read after Mary, Mary and Muffet in order to get to know the characters and how the nursery rhyme possessions work. Blue follows the same pattern as the first two books; however, now Raven has a better understanding of how things work and a friend she can trust with the craziness.  Blue's possession was a little different since his evil characteristics weren't shown outright. Raven and Candy liked Johnny a lot better as Blue and so did he, but Blue's possession was the darkest and had the most potential for harm.  I'm still confused about how a bomber jacket is tied to a 16th century historical figure as well as why the graveyard exists.  Although, the intrigue has built up with the return of Raven's father as well as the growing connection that Raven's classmate Dex seems to have with everything.  
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
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text 2020-03-27 18:46
Social Distancing: Completion of Day 12

So I haven't been feeling the best since Wednesday. My doctor called me back in today since they wanted to see me since I have a shortness of breath and a cough. No fever (thankfully) but a slightly elevated temperature.


I can't get tested for COVID-19, but they know I have a virus (yeah me!). 


So am now on orders to be in for the next 3 days. So going to get a lot of book reading done.

Take care all!

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