Author: pburke

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Record of a Spaceborn Few
by Becky Chambers

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Started Nov 15, 2020
Finished Nov 27, 2020

A Closed and Common Orbit
by Becky Chambers

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Started Nov 2, 2020
Finished Nov 8, 2020

Back to Reality

A couple weeks ago we took a much-needed vacation to Ithaca, New York. Ithaca is a small city in a remarkably beautiful setting on Lake Cayuga. All around the lake, including right through the city, rivers have cut their way through the rock to form waterfalls that cascade through forested gorges. It really is a special place, and we have now visited three times.

Since I’ve become a parent, vacations have become less about relaxing and more about having fun while trying not to do too much. I think we struck a good balance with this trip. We did less than we might normally have, partially due to being cautious about COVID, and partially because the weather was mostly rainy. But we still did a lot, more than we have in months, which was greatly appreciated by our stir-crazy daughter.

Halloween yesterday was a blast and almost felt like the before-times. Things were a little different due to the pandemic, but people made the best of it. We set candy out on a table in our front yard so trick-or-treaters could help themselves; Others had clever ideas like sending treats down a chute or delivering them by a longer grabber pole. Our little witch loved it all so much she was crying when the night was over. Such is childhood.

Now we’re back to reality for a bit. The election looms. Work continues.

I added a couple more reviews about books I’ve read recently:

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
by Becky Chambers

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Started Oct 4, 2020
Finished Nov 1, 2020

The Halloween Tree
by Ray Bradbury

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Started Oct 24, 2020
Finished Oct 24, 2020

Reading notes

I’ve been reading more in an effort to avoid the relentless 2020 news cycle. I added a page to track my progress, and have added some notes about a few of the books I’ve read recently:

The Way of Kings
by Brandon Sanderson

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Started Jul 25, 2020
Finished Sep 23, 2020

Bónus Poetry
by Andri Snær Magnason

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Started Sep 17, 2020
Finished Sep 17, 2020

My Journey to Iceland
by Satu Rämö

Started Sep 11, 2020
Finished Sep 15, 2020

Wanderlust

I’m itching to get back to traveling. Since that’s not in the cards, I’m remembering some of my favorite recent trips and documenting them on the new Travel page.