Here’s a post that is way outside of my normal wheelhouse. I have occasionally looked at various subscription boxes and thought they looked interesting, but for the first time in my life I actually subscribed to one, and it arrived yesterday.
Children of the Fleet, by Orson Scott Card: It’s been quite a while since OSC really impressed me with a book, and this is yet another disappointment. It’s basically Ender’s Game, only not remotely close to the brilliance of that novel. It’s set at Fleet School, which is what Battle School has morphed into after the 3rd and final Formic War. The story features a completely unlikeable main character, Dabeet, and I had to really push myself to keep reading. Sad after the greatness of the original quartet, and even the first couple Shadow novels were quite enjoyable. Continue reading “November 2017 Books”
Tour, Day 12
We left Schaumburg and headed to Ottawa, IL for an afternoon concert. The band was playing in a gymnasium, which was actually a lot of fun. There’s definitely a different vibe for gym concerts. The gym was hung with championship banners, the majority of which featured the high school’s band program rather than its athletic department. Domingos was conducting, and our friends Karl and Angie were able to attend as well as their daughter and Karl’s parents and grandmother. Continue reading “Wrapping up Tour”
Tour, Day 11
Lexi and I met up for a fun girls-only lunch on Saturday. We decided to go to Weber Grill since the wait at Egg Harbor Cafe was ridiculously long. I was able to get a fairly healthy chicken dish and subbed out the included mashed potatoes for a second vegetable side of green beans. It was tasty and I was happy to eat a lot of vegetables after a fairly unhealthy diet so far on tour!
On Maintenance Day, we headed in to Chicago to do a food tour. We woke up to 17° and snow in Schaumburg, and it snowed most of the morning as we made our way in to the city.
Tour, Day 8
Since we weren’t leaving Tinley Park, IL until early afternoon, we decided to try a nearby Italian restaurant, Gatto’s, for lunch. I had a bowtie pasta dish with sausage, and Domingos had the meatball sandwich. Continue reading “Into Illinois”
Tour, Day 6 continued
Although we were staying in Fort Wayne, the evening’s concert was in Wabash, over an hour away. It took place in the lovely Honeywell Center.
Tour, Day 5:
We had to leave the hotel on the earlier side to go straight to an afternoon performance in Findlay, Ohio.
Tour, Day 4 (Continued)
I left Youngstown ahead of the band because I wanted to detour a bit to visit a Trader Joe’s. I took my time and also went in a Target, so I arrived at the North Olmsted (a Cleveland suburb) hotel just after the band got there. By the way, here’s a random storefront in Youngstown that made me laugh:
It’s not exactly a name that makes me want to go buy my bras there. Continue reading “North Olmsted, OH: Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon”
Tour, Day 3
Not much happened on day 3 of tour. We worked out, we packed up, we hit the road, we quickly realized that if Domingos was coming with me he absolutely couldn’t be driving because of the flood of work emails and calls and texts (cue a super-fast Chinese fire-drill right before the toll plaza). We checked in to our hotel in Youngstown, Ohio, I practiced, and we left for the concert. Super exciting!