If you are looking for a new desktop wallpaper to download, here’s a free digital download of a pretty desktop calendar that you can use for the month of August! There’s also a download for a smartphone wallpaper if you prefer! Keep reading to get your August 2018 desktop calendar or just scroll past all the text and download the file.
What I did in July
At the end of June and beginning of July, I worked a lot. Like maybe too much. But then again, I am very aware that come February/March, there is less work, so I took the attitude of “suck it up, buttercup” and I just ploughed through, head down. I think I did pretty well, except for a few isolated pity parties. Plus I knew I was going to take a week off at some point midway through the month, so I had something to look forward to. I spent a glorious week traveling in Nova Scotia, just driving around, eating lobster, reading, and doing very little. I barely picked up my phone at all, except to post on Instagram once and a while, so I was basically “unplugged” for the entire week. I didn’t bring a laptop, which was liberating, and I did a good job of hoping on a plane and leaving everything behind, for once. I took a dip in the ocean (for about 5 seconds total because the water was FREEZING!), I hung out in the hot tub, I sat on the porch, I read books… I ate a lot of ice cream too, as you might expect if you know me.
When I got home from vacation, having rented a new car for a week to drive around Nova Scotia, it sunk in that it was time for me to face the fact that I needed to replace my old VW Golf, so I signed up to buy a new one. I am sad to be saying good-bye to my old car, but I am excited to be able to do little things like charge my phone. I kid you not: right now I cannot charge a phone in my car. Come to think of it, I can’t do something as simple as open the trunk door because the door is stuck. Sigh. I wasn’t exaggerating when I said it was getting old!
Reading list: What I read in July
Given I took a full week off, I had time to read. Here’s what I read:
- The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (buy it on Amazon): This was hands down my favourite book this month and I devoured it. A story of war, spies, payback, and also a girl’s attempt to reconnect with her long lost childhood friend who she lost touch with just before the second world war. This one will tug at your heart strings.
- Little Fires Everwhere by Celeste Ng (buy it on Amazon). I adored Celeste Ng’s previous novel Everything I Never Told You (Amazon)and though I enjoyed her latest, I preferred the first. Everything I Never Told You really marked me and broke my heart at times, whereas Little Fires Everywhere just didn’t move me the same way. Still a good read, nonetheless!
- Less by Andrew Sean Greer (buy it on Amazon): I love narrations and Less is the story of Arthur Less who seems to experience a series of unfortunate events as he travels the world to avoid hearing about and attending his ex-boyfriend’s marriage to somebody else. This wasn’t my favourite book, but it was quite funny at times.
- Coming To My Senses by Alice Waters (buy it on Amazon): Since I decided to read and share with you at least one “food-related” book each month, I felt it was important to read Alice Waters memoires. In case you aren’t familiar with her, Alice Waters pioneered the farm-to-table movement and she is the chef/owner of Chez Panisse, which happens to be where David Lebovitz worked as a pastry chef years ago. Alice Waters didn’t have a typical path considering how famous she is in the food world and yet that didn’t stop her from having such a huge impact on the industry and restaurants. I find it so fascinating to get a glimpse into the life and history of people who have had such a great impact on the world. I haven’t had the chance to eat at Chez Panisse though it has been on my list for years. I didn’t realize Panisse was a reference to a character in French author Marcel Pagnol’s books, which I read when I was much younger. Made me want to revisit these books.
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (buy it on Amazon): this book is captivating and heartbreaking, as it tells the story of what two generations of a family went through during China’s cultural revolution and the reign of Mao Zedong. The author does a great job of depicting the repressive impact the revolution had on the arts and music, and the troubles of living during that time as a gifted scholar. I found it fascinating (and sad) to read how different characters handled the circumstances of the revolution differently, either joining in, hiding, fighting, committing suicide…
August 2018 desktop calendar and Smartphone wallpaper
If you are looking for a new desktop wallpaper image, I made this August 2018 desktop calendar (and Smartphone wallpaper) just for you! This digital download can be used as a free desktop background for your computer (or smartphone). Simply click the size of the image you need below and the image will open. Then download that image by right clicking on it to save it to your computer (or do what you’ve got to do to save it to your phone). Find the file in your folder of Downloads (or Photos) and right click on the image title to set the image as your wallpaper/desktop image. Note the file may have also been saved to your desktop depending on the settings of your computer.
Image source & recipe: Peach Jarlsberg socca pizza
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