I delayed writing this because I am not in a celebratory mood. Over the weekend, one of our two cats escaped from the house and hasn’t been seen since. We are so sad to be missing our lovely Luna!
It was a long weekend for Canada Day and I took an extra day off to make some progress on my home inventory. I spent about 24 hours on it over 4 days. Thankfully it was raining buckets outside so I wasn’t distracted. I am doing the detailed stuff now, such as jewellery, home décor and keepsakes. I have also made a list of the things that Link didn’t bring along when leaving home, in the hopes that the list will be reviewed and decisions made – not by me! I had hoped to be finished the inventory by the end of June, but it will carry on.
Since Canada Day (July 1) was at the end of a June weekend, I’ll note it this month. I always look forward to it because there are fireworks over the harbor and an outdoor concert. The weather was iffy so the fireworks were postponed until next weekend. However, the concert went ahead and we got to see Tokyo Police Club with Paper Lions – a cool show –which I would have paid for if it were at a different venue!
No other concert news, except we bought tickets to see Joe Satriani in October. Our next show will be Rush in two weeks’ time. I’m glad it’s not outdoors!
It’s been a slower month for reading. I finished two books from the end of May: The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (nonfiction), and The Heart Broke In by James Meek (literary fiction).
This month’s new books were:
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
This was a quick read about modern India, chosen by my book club. And I actually made it to the book club meeting, for a change! The book kept me wrapped up from beginning to end because it had a strong plot. The main character had questionable morals (if any). I haven’t been to India, so I don’t know if its critique of the culture rang true, but it “felt” true – the mark of a talented writer. If you like books in which the characters have to deal with corruption – as in The In-Between World of Vikram Lall – then you’ll like this one.
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
It is just a coincidence that I read two books naming tigers in the title! This is the author’s first novel. It is quite distinctive in that it is set just after the war in the Balkans, and focuses on a young doctor delivering medical supplies to an orphanage, while trying to figure out a family mystery. The narrator, Natalia, goes deep into the folklore of the former Yugoslavia, so the book is an immersive experience. Critics loved the book but reader reviews are divided. I found it engaging because of the setting and the family loyalties.
I am currently reading How Music Works by David Byrne, an established author who was once known as a member of the Talking Heads.
I was out to one movie this month, which was Star Trek 2. I had enjoyed the first reboot movie in 2009. This one focused on its action-filled plot rather than the character development of the last one, which most people might prefer. I thought it was optional, but fun.
Otherwise, Rom and I have been watched Metal Evolution on DVD, which, just like it sounds, is an 11-episode series on the history of heavy metal. It’s by Sam Dunn, who also did Metal: a Headbanger’s Journey and Global Metal, among others (yes, I have seen them all!) I also watched the first few episodes of the TV show Community, which someone recommended to me as a fan of Big Bang Theory. I liked it, but won’t be committing to watch the whole series.
A couple of special occasions this month: For Father’s Day, we had an extended family meal at a local fish restaurant (by request from Dad). On another weekend, we attended a traditional church supper at my parents’ church, the one I attended as a child. I like to show support for my parents by going to some events that are meaningful to them, and I get to chat with old family friends and neighbours, too!
As noted previously, June is the month that Rom first visited Canada, and it was also our anniversary, so we went out twice! I mentioned we’d seen a wooded hollow full of lady’s slippers:
The local strawberries have only just hit the stores, so I will be gorging on them for a couple of weeks.
Finally, I am celebrating my new volunteer job as a treasurer! I have never taken on this role before but since I like calculations, spreadsheets, and reports, it is just right for me. And the budget is only one-sixth the size of the one I manage at work!
Now I am hoping there will be a little window in our onslaught of rain that we can call summer!