Saturday, May 17, 2008

Blink - Malcolm Gladwell

By the author of The Tipping Point, Blink is about rapid cognition. In other words, using one's intuition to make decisions. He used many interesting examples from business, current-events, history and sports to demonstrate when, what he calls 'thin-slicing' works well and when it doesn't.

The Human Stain - Philip Roth

Chosen by Farzaneh for book group, this is another great book by Philip Roth. A tenured professor is asked to step down because he allegedly uttered a racial slur. Unfortunately, it was untrue. The book describes how his life falls apart after he leaves his job. It is very reminiscent of the other two Philip Roth books I've read; American Pastoral and Everyman. He seems to enjoy writing about men who come to the end of their life and find that life doesn't turn out as well as expected. A bit depressing.

Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

Loaned to me by a friend, this is the first Agatha Christie book I've read in a very long time. An extremely quick read; two days on the bus. Very fun, fast paced. It was a nice change from the wordy book I just finished, The Human Stain.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Farmer's Market

Today was the season opener Farmer's Market in Beaverton. It was packed! This time of year, the offerings are mostly greens: lettuce, kale, chard...and early ASPARAGUS! Bought two large bunches and plan to freeze some.

Spring in Beaverton

There is nothing more beautiful than spring in Oregon. The backyard is in bloom.

The Bathroom's Finished

Before & After...

Well almost finished. We have a slight leak in the toilet that we've yet to figure out. And...we haven't decided what to do about the white cabinet. Tempted to antique it, but would like to be done. Just need to put the knobs back on.