Over the past week I’ve been trying to figure out if I want to get out of a wordpress.com url and get my own. I’ve changed the title of the blog, but not the URL so far, as I’ve been wondering, should I just get myself a “.com” address instead! When I first started this blog, ages ago, I had used ‘olduvai’ as a name to hide behind but I don’t want that anymore. If you are on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve changed my username there to real.life.reading which I think reflects better on how I feel about reading and Instagramming (and blogging) these days. So I have to ask, those of you who have made the switch from a free host (i.e. blogspot or wordpress) to your own website, how was that transition? Any tips to give someone who is pretty much clueless about websites? What web hosting service do you use? And then the thing is, I keep wondering, do I really want to pay for something that is a hobby and will never make me any money? (Also, see Andi’s piece about book blogging and money-making).
Then I also wonder, does my very inconsistent blogging require an actual website? I keep going back and forth on all this!
Anyway, let’s see what I did last week….
Oh, the husband was away in Orange County, just for one night. His return flight was delayed (of course) so he ended up getting back around 9pm. And the five-year-old was really upset by that and he kept crying and crying, even after Daddy got home. Poor thing.
I went down to the city (SF that is) to pick up my passport from the Singapore consulate. I got to wander around the Ferry Building a bit, bought some books from Book Passage, sat outside in the sun to watch the boats come in, the traffic on the Bay Bridge, and have a really expensive (but SO GOOD) mocha. Then I headed back on the Bart, normally a 45-minute ride, and I had planned it so that the Husband could pick me up from the station and then get the kids from preschool which was a few minutes’ drive away. Of course, the train I was on went out of service, there was a medical emergency at some station, then there was police activity at another! The 45-minute ride ended up being 1 hour 15 minutes long. I’m just glad I don’t have to do this everyday although the Husband has to.
Also made chwee kueh, a popular breakfast item at hawker centres in Singapore. The white part is a steamed cake made of rice flour. The topping is a sweet-savoury preserved radish and dried shrimp. Easier to make than I expected!
The Song Poet – Kao Kalia Yang
I won this from a Library Thing giveaway, and it is so moving and beautiful. Yang and her family are Hmong. She tells the story of her father, Bee Yang, who escaped Laos and brought his family to the US. In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of their people, their history and tragedies, folk tales and more.
The Summer Guest – Alison Anderson
This is for an upcoming book tour. But I must say, it is SO GOOD.
Yes Please! – Amy Poehler
Another great audiobook! This one has not just Poehler but also Kathleen Turner, Seth Myers, and best of all, Patrick Stewart reads a plastic surgery haiku (it is seriously worth listening to just for that alone but if you just want to listen to Patrick Stewart, you can go ahead and do that right at this link. Seriously, go). I have to admit I have never seen Parks and Rec, and have only seen a few episodes of SNL (I grew up in Singapore, late night TV there didn’t really include things like SNL).
Chocolate swiss roll
It promises to be a cooler week so maybe some oxtail stew, some oven-roasted chicken drumsticks, some noodles for sure as we always resort to noodles when there’s nothing else on hand.
Who Slashed Claire’s Throat? – Maryse Conde (my thoughts)
As you wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride – Cary Elwes
Mr Splitfoot – Samantha Hunt