Getting a barbecue was one of the best decisions we’ve made as homeowners. This is the first time I’ve done chicken on it, and it didn’t dry out at all, which I was worried about. A little over-seasoned, but that’s easily fixed for next time.
I intend to keep barbecuing until the snow forces me to stop.
Larissa and I watched The Book Thief on Netflix. It was really good, even if I was only half paying attention. (I was also busy discovering how much I like the new champion Braum in League of Legends.) I’d like to read the novel to see how the narration by the character of Death is used.
Uh oh. When I’m at work in the morning and my brain feels slow, I’m at the point where I’m thinking, Guess I need some caffeine. I suppose that officially makes me a coffee drinker. How disappointing.
At least I have a cool mug.
Recently I’ve been expanding into a new nerd arena. Specifically, I have begun to collect comic books.
A few years ago DC Comics did a big reset of all of their comic titles with an event called the New 52. Every character was set back to square one. Most of the familiar elements, relationships, and villains have been retained, but you can start at issue #1 and know what’s going on, rather than buying issue #438 and feeling like you’re coming aboard in the middle of a story.
So that’s great for me, since I was looking for a “jumping-on point”. It meant that I had a little bit of backlog to catch up with, but not so much that it would be too overwhelming (or expensive).
I picked two titles to start with, The Flash (my favourite superhero) and Batman (because he’s Batman). I’m collecting them as the trade paperbacks come out, because it’s cheaper than getting them one issue at a time, and they’re easier to store on a shelf. So far I have the first three volumes of The Flash and the first two volumes of Batman.
I’m considering branching out into a third title, but I’m not sure what to choose. The options I’m considering are:
- Justice League (big team-ups are exciting),
- Action Comics (Superman is another favourite of mine), or
- Aquaman (well reviewed, a character I’m less familiar with).
I’m leaning towards Action Comics, because I read the first issue and liked it, but we’ll see.
At a recent garage sale I also grabbed half a dozen younger-audience Batman comics to share with Calvin and Victor as they grow up, so that could be fun!
I started my new job with the Government of Alberta this week, and I’ve got a lot to be thankful for so far:
- I’ve got a spacious new office with a massive desk (but no window, unfortunately). It has a nice big whiteboard in it, too, which is awesome because I love whiteboards.
- Everyone I’m meeting seems really friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.
- I got a new shoulder bag so I no longer have to wear a backpack to work and end up with a sweaty back! Check it out:
I’m so stylish now. Right? Right?
Things are good.
Whew. August is turning out to be a busy month.
We just got back home on Sunday after a one-week cruise to Alaska with my family. Now I’m in my final week of my current job, looking forward to starting my new job with the Government of Alberta on Monday.
Not only that, but Larissa and I are doing some upgrades to our basement suite while we search for a new tenant.
So there’s a lot going on, and it’s all pretty exciting. But I’m looking forward to September, which should be a bit more relaxing!
Ten-word review of Wuthering Heights, with a few chapters left to go:
Several relationships in which men are evil, women are fools.