Welcome to another Coffee Chat in which we share some bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts.   Link up at Bookishly Boisterous.


Good morning!  It is Tuesday, and I usually write this post on Thursday…but I woke up in a state, frustrated over a DMV issue…and then it was resolved.  I felt freed from the angst.

The problem began with my car registration, which was a mess because of the smog certificate issues….they took a couple of days to work through.  I sent off my late fee check, since I had missed the deadline.  And then waited.  Almost a month passed, with the check not making its way into my account.  Calls to the DMV.  No satisfaction.  Then, blissfully, the check went through today.  I felt freed!  I had planned to go to the field office today.  Luckily I don’t have to do that!

  • Do you ever feel frustrated, and then something happens and you get a reprieve from whatever anxiety is sitting on your shoulders, creating muscle pain with underlying emotional distress?
  • Afterwards, do you then want to celebrate?  I did, and it’s Book Release Day, so I had to find some books to download.  That’s how I celebrate when I’m at home.  Later I might go out for a martini.  LOL
  • What did  I download?  Well, two books I’ve been hearing about:  All Your Perfects, by Colleen Hoover;  and Her Pretty Face, by Robyn Harding….






  • Today I’m reading (and loving) Our House, by Louise Candlish, a NetGalley review book out on 8/7.  What an interesting premise:  a divorcing couple have a “birds’ nest” custody arrangement, with the kids staying in the house, and the parents moving in and out.  Then something unexpected happens.
  • Yesterday, I finished Castaway Cottage, a review book by Joanne DeMaio…(click for my review).
  • Tonight, The Bold Type is on, and I’m loving this series.  Three friends working in New York for a magazine…we watch their frustrations, their partying, and their love connections.  Does it sound boring and predictable?  Not so much.  I was surprised at how much I am enjoying it.
  • On Sunday, I watched the second episode of Sharp Objects.  I enjoyed the book, but with Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson starring, the miniseries is even more fascinating.
  • I have an episode of Dietland waiting on my DVR.  I originally started watching because Julianna Margulies (from The Good Wife) is on the show…but she plays a really nasty character.  The primary character is Joy Nash.    Check it out here
  • I’ve been watching a lot of Amazon Prime movies…and not really discovering anything to watch on Netflix.  Sigh.  I’m eager for the fourth season of Better Call Saul to arrive on AMC (in August).
  • As you can tell, I am addicted to books, movies, and shows.  But later today, I may have that celebratory martini.
  • While browsing on Facebook, I found some photos of my great-niece who just celebrated her third birthday.  Is she three already?  Here she is with her mom, my niece Emily:


How is your week shaping up?  What creates anxiety? What gives you pleasure and/or relief?



  1. Hmmm…what could be better than book buying…TV watching and an icy martini? I guess you aren’t going to watch Thor on Netflix…sigh. I think you would get a mad crush on him…heeheehee…have you tried Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix…it’s food and travel by the guy who wrote Everybody Loves Raymond!

    Southern Charm? Blue Bloods? Regal and stately Patricia on Southern Charm kind of reminds me of you!

    Enjoy your day!

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  2. I hate an issue like that with what you have been through with the car, so happy it has been resolved. I know it niggles, at the moment I am waiting on a quote for a bookcase being built and I think did we just decide to go ahead with it, or do they take a long time to give a quote and I wish I had clarified before he left but it was clear in my head and I never thought to ask! I guess I’ll have to check in a few days if I hear nothing!

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    • Oh, yes, I do hate issues that add anxiety and keep us waiting. I hope you get your bookcase resolved.

      With my car, I also didn’t realize that DMV would get so fussy about deadlines…we used to have a thirty-day reprieve on paying the fees….and I was only two days late because of the smog cert! In the future, I will start getting ready days ahead.

      Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn, and enjoy that bookcase!


  3. Hi Laurel-Rain. I’m glad you worked out your DMV issues. I know that can create angst.
    We have such similar book choices. When I see your books I wonder if you have a copy of my tbr list!
    Anxiety for me is seeing all of the backed up emails from my favorite bloggers!! Just kidding, but my emails do get out of hand. I get more anxious over my health—trying to keep up with a good diet and exercise, neither of which I’m particularly great at. 🙄 Especially in summertime because it’s so hot here the only pleasure you get is staying inside with the sun blocked out and eating!! 🤦🏽‍♀️ I also worry about getting sick or losing my mind, which I wonder about at times. 😂
    Well anyway, hopefully the heat issues will get better in the Fall. It can’t come soon enough. Reading brings me pleasure, and eating unfortunately.
    Enjoy your day!! 😊

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    • Ah, yes, a good diet and exercise, the items on the list that sometimes (a lot of times!) get short shrift. After I’ve done my exercise, I feel better…but then I still lag about doing it again the next day. Sigh. Sometimes I skip a day! Yikes!

      I tell myself that I need a cook and a dietician, and a trainer…all to help me deal with these things. LOL. If only.

      Enjoy your week, Laurie, and thanks for stopping by.

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      • There you go again. Are you reading my mind Laurel-Rain? I complain to my husband that I need a cook and a maid so I can get more of the important things accomplished instead of expending so much time and effort on mundane things. 😔
        Exercise definitely makes me feel better after I’ve done it, but I hate it while I’m doing it, except walking outside. I really enjoy that but it’s just too hot right now.

        Take care Laurel-Ann. 😊

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  4. We’re dealing with DMV issues at the moment. We’re buying my late father’s car and the title is in the trust’s name so there are special forms I guess. I’m caring for my mother so I’ve handed it all over to my husband. He’s up to the challenge 🙂 Enjoy that martini (if you haven’t already)!!

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    • Thanks, Mary, I didn’t get out for that martini yesterday…it was so hot, and I didn’t want to move off the couch. Plus, I was loving my book (Our House). Of course I can take it with me! Maybe today.

      Dealing with financial issues can be trying…although I didn’t think about a trust presenting challenges. Everything I own is in a trust, too…my #2 son will be the one facing it.

      Enjoy your week, and thanks for stopping by. Take care!


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