September 4, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with our blog friends and let them know what's up. Should you wish to join us, make sure to leave a link to your What's Up Wednesday post in the widget at the bottom of this page.

WHAT I'M READING
While my husband and I were away this weekend, we spent a fair amount of time in the car (longer than anticipated, actually). Todd had some audiobooks on his iPod, so we listened to Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (this particular novella is fantastic narrated) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone(narrated by Stephen Fry--awesome!). I'm not usually a fan of audiobooks, but since there was much to look at out the windows on our road trip, it was nice not to have my nose wedged in a book. I'm just about to start Eleanor & Park, which I'm really looking forward to. And, as I'm sure you will not find surprising, I'm still plugging away at War and Peace  and A Fine Balance.

WHAT I'M WRITING
In a word: Nothing. I was away for a week straight and had zero time to write. I'll get back to it soon, but at this point I'm not in a rush. Mostly I feel like I want to recuperate after all of the roadtripping we've been doing lately. It will happen when it happens.

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1.  Carrie-Anne
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3.  Robin Moran
4.  Liz Parker
5.  Dawn Allen

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    WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
    The beauty in nature. I know this probably sounds like a repeat of last week's post, but check out this gorgeous spot in Alberta:

    Beautiful Lake Louise, Alberta (one of my favourite places in this province)

    WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
    After we got back from my sister's place in Saskatchewan (which was lots of fun, by the way), we headed out the very next day to Canmore, Alberta. If you're familiar at all with Banff National Park, it's very close to there. Every Labour Day weekend, they host Highland Games. I've been before, but this year was the most fun I've had yet mainly because my husband came too, as well as members of my pipe and drum band. There was not a cloud in the blue, blue sky and temperatures soared. On Labour Day, Todd and I decided to head to Lake Louise (which, despite being born and raised in Alberta, Todd informed me he'd never been to).

    Our plan was to return home via a very picturesque highway, but we took a wrong turn and accidentally ended up in Golden, British Columbia, an hour into the next province over. Whoops! Good thing it was such a nice day and the scenery so darn pretty!


    Pictured above: Canmore, AB; the Canmore Highland Games; Lake Louise, AB; and Bow Lake, AB.
    (It's difficult to fully capture the turquoise/teal of the water in all the lakes around the mountains.)

    This was a very  busy week all around what with all of the roadtripping we did, so I'm looking forward to a slower week ahead. 


    WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?


    * We didn't quite finish it, so I'm reading the rest in book format. (Yay!☺)


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    1. Ooooh WOW look at those beautiful pictures! *dreamy sigh* So inspiring. That's it. I need to go to Canada!

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      1. I've been to the mountains and Lake Louise in particular so many times, and yet it still wows me every single time. I could sit and stare at it all for hours on end. And you should totally come to Canada! :-)

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    2. Glad you guys enjoyed the highland games! We really should head to Canmore for that one year too. Seeing your pictures is making me want to go back to Lake Louise. And you're right, photos just don't do the colour of the water justice. Places like that make me proud to be Canadian. :)

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      1. They were so much fun this year and the weather couldn't have been nicer. In fact, it was almost too nice. (Hot!) You guys should definitely come one year. I never get tired of them. Honestly, I've been to Lake Louise so many times (this was Todd's first time, weirdly enough), and yet I'm still amazed by it every time we go. It's just so stinking pretty. It's crazy because all of the lakes around the mountains are that colour. All the way home, every lake we saw was brilliant turquoise/teal. (Because the glaciers grind up the limestone into silt that makes the water appear that colour. Nifty!) And you're totally right about it making a person proud to be Canadian. I feel the same way. :-)

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    3. I could stare at those photos for ages. Beautiful!

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      1. Me too! I've been there tons of times, and yet I'm still amazed by it. And the nice thing is it's only a couple of hours away from where we live! :-)

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    4. The pictures are beautiful! I grew up about an hour from the Canadian border (Montana) and they made me homesick even though the mountains look a bit different then the ones I know.
      That lake is gorgeous!
      I didn't do any writing this week either. Hopefully next week!

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      1. My kids saw the pics and asked it they were from MT too lol. They loved it up there.

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      2. Montana is so, so pretty! We've been (years ago, though), and I'd love to go back again. I distinctly remembering being on the Going-to-the-Sun Road that crosses through Glacier National Park. It was kind of scary (so high up!), but totally breathtaking.

        Hope you have a great week, Sarah! :-)

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    5. Sounds like you had a wonderful time exploring the province! And you're right, the writing will happen when it happens. I hope you like Eleanor & Park - it's one of my top reads of 2013 so far! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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      1. We had such a great time, even when we took that wrong turn! We really couldn't have asked for nicer weather or a prettier view. I'm pretty tired now, though. This has been a very busy month all around. I think once I've slowed down and caught my breath, I'll be ready to dive back into writing.

        I'm super excited about ELEANOR & PARK. I've heard nothing but awesome things about it! Have a great week, Sara! :-)

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    6. Those pictures are GORGEOUS. I can see why they inspire you. I could sit and stare at the lake all day. :) Also, LOVED Eleanor and Park! Enjoy! And so glad you had such a great week!

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      1. You know, I've been to the Canadian Rockies and Lake Louise in particular tons of times, but it never fails to wow me every single time I go. The best part is all of that is only a couple of hours away. We really should head out there more often. And the cool thing is, all of the lakes in the mountains are that beautiful turquoise/teal because they're all glacier lakes (the glaciers grind up the limestone and make it that colour). So there are plenty of beautiful spots to camp out and just stare. :-)

        I can't wait to get into ELEANOR & PARK. I've heard only great things about it! Have a wonderful week, Alison! :-)

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    7. WOW, look at that water!!! So beautiful. I want to dive into my computer monitor and swim in it.

      Your road trip sounds like an absolute blast! Even the getting lost part. :) Those are sometimes the best parts. When you take a wrong turn and end up somewhere unexpected.

      Also, if you are ever in need of more road trip audio books, you should check out Libravox.org. (Free public domain audio books)

      Hope you get to rest, relax and recoup this week! :)

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      1. Trust me, you really don't want to swim in this water. It is seriously frigid because it's glacier water. :-) We definitely had a good laugh about the wrong turn. Hard to be really bummed about it when it was such a beautiful drive and a beautiful day.

        Thanks for the audiobook link! I've never really gone looking for audiobooks, but my husband definitely has. I have to say, it sure made the roadtrip more enjoyable.

        Have a great week, Kris! :-)

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    8. Wow--awesome pictures, Jaime! Thanks for sharing. I haven't listened to many audio books, but I know it's a great way to keep up reading when you don't have time to sit and focus on a page of text (digital or other). I think it would be like music for me--I probably can't listen to an audio book while doing something that requires a lot of concentration or imagination. I've listened to some of the Stephen Fry Harry Potter books (courtesy of my family who sent them for the kids), and while Jim Dale does a good job (from what I've heard, which isn't much), Fry's narration is the best. Kudos to Scholastic in the US for getting a Brit to read HP, though. It would have been wrong having someone like Morgan Freeman, or Robin Williams doing the audio books. :)

      Have a great week of R&R, Jaime. I hope you feel refreshed and inspired when you get back to writing.

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      1. Thanks, Colin. We had a wonderful time, even when we got lost. Hard to be angry when the weather is beautiful and so is the view! I'm not usually an audiobook person, but it ended up being the perfect thing for our road trips. Stephen Fry does such a great job narrating. Though, it was definitely interesting hearing his different pronunciations of words like Griffindor, Malfoy, etc. (Different even than the English actors in the movies.) Robin Williams? Haha! That would be just terrible. "Good morning, Hogwarts!" Eek. I haven't heard the Jim Dale narrated ones, but now I'm curious.

        Have a great week, Colin! :-)

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    9. I finished the ELEANOR & PARK audiobook last week and loved it. I jumped right into Rainbow Rowell's new book FANGIRL right after it. Rowell is turning into one of my new "I have to read all of her books" authors!

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      1. I'm hoping to get to ELEANOR & PARK today, and I'm pretty excited about that. I've heard only awesome things about it! Actually, the same goes for FANGIRL. I love it when you find an author whose books are instabuys. That's the best! :-)

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    10. Canada is so beautiful. My husband and I honeymooned there, and I have longed to go back since. I love your slideshow. It makes my urge to return all the stronger.

      I have NEVER listened to an audiobook, but Harry Potter narrated by Stephen Fry is something I can totally get behind.

      Have a great week!

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      1. What part of Canada did you visit? I'm sure Canada would love to have you back. ;-) It's crazy, I've been to the mountains tons of times (they're only a couple of hours away), and yet I'm still amazed by them every time I visit. And that teal/turquoise water? All of the lakes in the mountains are that colour. Talk about eye candy.

        I've never really listened to audiobooks either. I'm all about the tactile experience of reading an actual book. (Which makes reading books on my Kindle kind of suck.) But I have to say, if you're ever going to listen to an audiobook, HP is probably the best one. Especially narrated by Stephen Fry. He does such a good job! Hope you have a wonderful week, Rebekah! :-)

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    11. I haven't done any writing either. I just started back at work so I'm getting back into the swing of things. Early mornings and running around assessing all the new children.

      Like you said, it'll just happen. Can't force writing when you're not feeling it. Get a good rest! =D

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      1. I think this time of year is just so busy what with the inevitable transitions that seem to happen once the summer months are done. I mostly just need to catch my breath after a very busy month, and a particularly busy week. I hope work is going well! I realized yesterday (the first day of school), that this is my fourth school year not teaching. I'm thinking about getting my foot back in the door by subbing, but that's a long time to be away!

        And as for writing, we'll get back to it when we're ready. Have a great week, Robin!

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    12. ELEANOR & PARK -- yay! I hope you love it, Jaime! Your photos are lovely, as always. I particularly like the one of Lake Louise, and the boys in their awesome kilts. Best of luck getting back into the swing of writing. It'll come when it comes, and then you'll be unstoppable. (At least, that's what I tell myself when I've lost momentum!)

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      1. Thanks, Katy. I could honestly stare at Lake Louise for hours and never get bored. The cool thing is all the lakes in the mountains are that beautiful teal/turquoise colour. And a lot of them are quieter than this particular one.

        Thanks for the encouragement writing-wise as well. I have a feeling once I get back down to it, I'm just going to write like a crazy woman. Until then, I'm content to read some great books, spend time with Todd, and just catch my breath after a busy month. :-)

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    13. Nature is awesome at being inspiring. I still need TL read Eleanor & Park.

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      1. It really is. Especially when it's so pretty! :-) I'm hoping to get to ELEANOR & PARK today at some point. Can't wait!

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    14. It looks so beautiful there, those pictures are amazing :) Don't feel bad about not getting any writing done, being away always sets me back.

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      1. It really is breathtaking! And the cool thing is that all of the lakes in the mountains are this beautiful turquoise/teal colour because of the glaciers. I honestly never tire of it. :-)

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    15. OH. MY. GOSH...

      Jaime, those PICTURES... are SICK!!!! Seriously gorgeous. And the highland games??? Jealous! I've always wanted to go to one of those!!!!!! And you're so cute and pretty. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      1. Isn't it beautiful? I've been tons of times (that neck of the woods is only a couple of hours away), but it still amazes me every time I visit. All of the lakes are that pretty, too, because of the glaciers. You should definitely check it out sometime! :-)

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    16. Those pictures are making me very jealous, and I just got back from a road trip to Colorado. I think the Canadian Rockies may be prettier than the US Rockies, they probably aren't they just seem more novel because they are in a different country (for me).

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      1. I would love to see Colorado sometime. And I can personally vouch for the American Rockies being just as gorgeous. I've been into Montana before and it's equally breathtaking. Though, that said, I'm a bit partial to the Rockies here in Alberta because it's home. :-)

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    17. Ooh, I love all the pictures! And I agree - nature is very inspiring :)

      I hope you enjoy a week of not road tripping! I love traveling, but it can be exhausting, especially with so much back to back. Definitely take a break :)

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      1. Thanks, Stephanie! I felt like I was taking pictures like a crazy person. Honestly, I never tire of that view, which is good because it's only a couple of hours away from her.

        Today was especially relaxing after being away for the week. Exactly what I needed!

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    18. The pictures are like postcards!

      Sometimes unexpected roadtrips are the best ones - glad you and the hubby had such a great time.

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      1. Thanks, Jennifer! I don't think it's possible to take a crappy picture in the mountains with that view. I never tire of it even though I've been there tons of times. :-)

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    19. What a beautiful picture of the lake.

      Eleanor and Park is so good ooh you'll enjoy.

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      1. It's so pretty I could stare at it for hours. All of the lakes in the mountains are that gorgeous turquoise/teal colour, too.

        I started and finished ELEANOR & PARK today and it was every bit as good as everyone has been saying. :-)

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    20. I have been swooning over your pics on IG. Such gorgeousness!

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      1. I love visiting the mountains just so I can stare at them and the gorgeous lakes there. The nice thing is, it's only a couple of hours away. :-)

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    21. Amazing photos! Looks like a fantastic trip. And as much fun as traveling is, I know it's always nice to get home, too. :) Have a great week!

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      1. Thanks, Kitty! It's always a great trip when we head to the mountains. Even better because it's only a couple of hours away. But it's also nice to be home and to just relax. I definitely needed that!

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    22. Your pictures are gorgeous. It looks like you guys had a really great time.

      I also love that you said you were in no rush to get back to writing. I agree that a break is a break, and trying to struggle to come up with word count when it just doesn't want to happen is stressful and counterproductive to the break. Enjoy yours!

      I have E&P on my TBR pile. Let me know how it is!

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      1. Thanks, Valerie! We had a great time, but then we always do when we head to the mountains. I'm always amazed at how beautiful it is.

        You're so right about struggling to come up with a word count and how stressful that can be when you're not feeling it. That's exactly where I'm at right now, so I'm relishing this break.

        I started and finished E & P today. Such a good book!

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    23. That photo is beautiful! Sounds like an amazing trip. :) And I love that you're giving yourself some time to chill. Maybe all that beauty (and the audio books!) will help inspire you! :)

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      1. Thanks, Bridgid! It really was an amazing trip. It always is when we head to the mountains. They're only a couple of hours away, which is really nice. And all of the lakes up there are that beautiful turquoise/teal colour. So pretty!

        I did nothing but read all day today and it was WONDERFUL. Exactly what I needed. :-)

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    24. Beautiful photo! I'm sad that RSW is over, but I'm glad to still be doing the What's Up Wednesday! posts. Even if I forget and do them Thursday morning.

      I think Rafflecopter threw out all my entries. Says I have no entries, and I know I had several. I swear that it would always show me the amount of entries I had afterward. I'm not upset that I lost or anything (I'm sure other people will benefit more, because I'm short on time right now) but I do want to get this figured out. Happened with my 12x12 entries a couple of months ago. I know it's completely off topic, but if anyone knows what's going on I'd like to know, thanks!

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      1. Once a contest is over, the Rafflecopter widget always says a person has 0/0 entries earned. That's what I've seen every time I've entered a contest, anyway.

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      2. Thank you Jaime! I kept thinking that I had no entries in these contests that I entered. I don't mind when I don't win, but not being entered in the first place is annoying! Thanks again for all your "What's Up Wednesday!" work!

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    25. That picture is perfection! I feel like experiencing the view in real life would turn any day into a 10/10.

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      1. I could honestly stare at Lake Louise (and the other lakes that are the same colour) for hours on end. The nice thing is, it's only a couple of hours away from here, so we can visit any time. :-)

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    26. I love all of your pics. The scenery looks so gorgeous! Road trips are so fun.

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      1. Thanks, Ghenet! I'm always amazed at how beautiful it is even though I've been there several times. Road trips are definitely fun, but so is coming home. (Totally exhausted right now.) :-)

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    27. I love audio books (I tend to listen at work...I can do numbers and listen to books at the same time, so it's a win!) I read all the potter books but would definitely consider listening with Stephen Fry as the narrator! Looks like you had a lovely trip :) The country side is enough to inspire anyone. Thanks for sharing.

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      1. I have a hard time focusing when I'm just listening to something. I think I'm more visual, so reading works better for me. Still, it's hard not to stay engaged when there's a narrator like Stephen Fry and the story is HARRY POTTER. :-)

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    28. All of your pictures are so pretty! I'm glad you had such a good time. My husband and I always talk about doing roadtrips, but we haven't done one. Some day we'd like to do one up the east coast in the fall to see the leaves change colors.

      I totally get the need to recuperate, and I know that once you're ready to get back to writing, that recharged will be worth it. Have a good weekend!

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      1. Thanks, Liz! :-) My husband and I don't often do roadtrips either, but for whatever reason we did two back to back in the same week. Crazy! I grew up in Eastern Canada, so I really miss the fall colours now that I live out West. We mostly get bright yellow and that's it out here. And that's if it doesn't turn brown first. So a trip up the east coast would be fantastic!

        Hope you're having a good weekend!

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    29. Congrats, winners!!! :)

      Are you going to keep doing the WUW posts?

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      1. WUW and RSW are two separate things. Or rather, RSW was only a part of WUW during the summer months. So yep, we're still doing them! :-)

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