I didn’t end up doing a pre-vacation post last Sunday, just because I literally stayed up until 5:30 a.m. reading Cress the morning we would leave. So my last hour at home after two hours of sleep and breakfast was spent packing for the next 5 days that I’d be out of town. Nevertheless, I wanted to do a vacation recap complete with some reading updates and pictures I took!
We left around 9 a.m. Monday morning after breakfast from McDonald’s. (I love the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuits!) Then we drove for about 4 hours all the way to Port Aransas, TX where we decided to spend a few days at the beach there. It’s less populated than the beach to which we usually would go (South Padre Island), so that was a major perk. The only downside is the water is less clear and cold and the sand can have a lot of shells which make it scary to walk with bare feet.
We chilled at the beach most of the afternoon and evening. I didn’t take the book I was reading because I didn’t want it to get all sandy and the point of the beach was to enjoy the water. So what ended up happening which might have changed my life for ever, or at least the rest of the summer, was I started playing Pokémon Go! I had downloaded the app earlier in July but never much used it at home because it didn’t suit my lifestyle. But I discovered it was great for vacation!
After my shower Monday night, I managed to finish Cress! It was by far my favorite book in the series and Cress is my favorite protagonist thus far. I immediately decided to order Winter from Amazon so that it would arrive when I got back home. After the struggles on trying to read with the T.V. on, which is non-negotiable with my parents, I did not really plan to read anymore this week even though I had brought some other random books literary fiction (Mr. Fox and The Kitchen Boy) in case I had the time.
Tuesday was spend almost entirely at the beach, except for the food scavenging at lunch and dinner. I did a lot of walking around with my mom, dipping my feet in the water, and looking for seashells (a lot of which still had living things inside them!)
I spend most of my time, however, catching Pokémon and learning how things worked. I accidentally ended up discarding an Incense the first time I tried to use it. I also discovered how PokéStops worked after learning the hard way that Poké Balls are not infinite.
We went to the beach one last time before we left Port Aransas to go to La Feria to visit family for the second half of our vacation. Both of my grandmothers live there so we end up splitting our time driving from house to house, with visits to uncles and aunts interspersed between.
Wednesday was my paternal grandma’s 81st birthday and the true reason for this trip was to see her. My maternal grandmother has been slowly deteriorating over that past few years with dementia, and she’s practically already gone. So it’s really been important for us to go see them both while we still can. Here’s a picture of my paternal grandmother’s house and my dad trying to pull down a large tree branch.
(He was successful and did not hurt himself! The branch did end up taking down the laundry line and one of its poles though. I can tell he was very proud of himself after that. )
Thursday we unexpectedly ended up driving to South Padre Island before lunch! It was either that or go to the outlet mall and the beach won as it was hot and no one really felt like shopping! My parents had been in the midst of the FitBit Workweek Hustle challenge with some other family members, which meant they were more motivated than normal to walk. Which worked out in my favor as I was so addicted to Pokémon Go at this point!
Here’s some of the pictures I got of the beach. Notice the differences in sand and water from the Port Aransas pictures?
We left pretty early on Friday because we wanted to beat the Friday rush hour traffic in Houston. It was a six hour drive so I read most of it. Thursday morning after breakfast, my parents had taken me to Target where I bought Fairest, the bridge book between Cress and Winter in the Lunar Chronicles series, and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry which I learned about from one of the people I follow on Goodreads. It was a random purchase I might return after I’ve read it if I don’t like it and it’s still in good condition.
I finished Fairest on the road and it was kind of disappointing. It was the worst written of all the books in the Lunar Chronicles because of the jumps in time that allowed for more story telling than story showing than normal. Also, I just could not integrate this new side of Levana to what I’ve seen in the first three books. Her psychological journey in this book was not satisfying for me in the slightest. I can’t wait to get Winter soon so I can see if Fairest was worth reading.
It is Saturday night as I write this post and I’ve just gotten out of the shower! My allergies have been horrible since getting back, so I didn’t manage to get much done today as I was asleep for most of it. I did go on my regular evening walk tonight which is roughly 2 km long and a good workout. I’m almost halfway through The Kitchen Boy, which I started last night before bed. It’s a short historical fiction novel about the life of the Romanov family as they are held captive in Siberia. I’m really appreciating the historical detail, even though the novel’s pace is quite slow.
I’m still playing Pokémon Go here and there, but we ran out of data on Friday and we don’t get more until August 12th (so ridiculous) so I don’t want to get caught playing outside the house because my dad thinks the game is the reason for running out of data. (It’s YouTube that’s actually responsible.)
So I’m going to try to post more regularly on the blog this week. I had wanted my Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising book reviews go up while I was on vacation, but I never ended up finish them! They should go up eventually though, as I will be prioritizing them. As for the Lunar Chronicles books, I’m thinking I’ll do a collective series review as soon as I finish Winter, which should be this week as it’s already been shipped!