Friday, July 19, 2013

3 Friday Fragments (books, costs, heat)

Friday Fragments is hosted by Unknown Mama for bloggers to post a list of short things on their minds that aren't really enough for a whole post to give Mrs. 4444 a break for the summer. Here we go:

What To Do With Books You Have Read

Beth Ann from It's Just Life shared a new way to pass on books to others in her post "Releasing Books Into the Wild" that I haven't heard of before called  Personally, I use's not just paperbacks and when you post books that someone wants, you send it to them and get credits to use for a book you would like that someone else posted.  The one sending the book pays the postage.

High Costs

If you think things are expensive here in the U.S. just read "The World's Most Expensive Cities" at CNNMoney and you will soon feel better. For example, they list common items in U.S. dollars such as bread, wine, cigarettes, gas and a 3-course dinner with wine for four. The city who had the most expensive price for a loaf of bread was Coracas at $9.40! In Sydney, a pack of cigarettes is $15.48! For the 3-course high end dinner for four, it costs over $1,000 in Zurich, Paris and Geneva!

Hot Enough

We enjoyed being off this week and are so glad Gerard didn't have to work in that hot warehouse during this heat wave--it's been over 90 every day this week! We spent the mornings helping in our VBS and fortunately, our church is air-conditioned. In the afternoons we mostly stayed inside unless walking our dog except for Monday when we do play miniature golf.

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Lin said...

Whew! I'm glad you didn't have to work in that heat! While it is blazing outside, my office is FREEZING! I don't like that contrast--it's hard on the 'ol bod.

I like the book swap idea! I've sort of eliminated that with my Kindle, but now I pay for all my books. My mom gives me gift cards which helps ease the guilt.

I think Chicago tops the country in the high price of gas. Lucky me.

BeadedTail said...

I hope the wages in those expensive cities are higher so people can afford it! It's good that Gerard didn't have to work in the heat and hopefully it'll cool down by the time your vacation is over.

Joanna Jenkins said...

This has been a brutally hot summer in so many parts of the country. I hope things cool down a bit and I'm so glad this was a vacation week for Gerald.

I usually pass books onto friends or I donate them to the Senior Center. But more and more, I download them on my iPad-- but feel a bit cheated by not being able to pass the good ones on.

Happy Friday Frag. jj

Sandee said...

All my books go to my friends in our yacht club. We share them all. Works for us.

I'm glad hubby didn't have to deal with the heat all week.

Have a terrific day. :)

Kathy said...

I'm stopping by from FF. I enjoyed reading yours.

I'll have to check out the book swapping sites you mentioned. Both are new to me.

After hearing those prices, paying $3.00 for my next loaf of bread won't seem quite as painful...

Traci Marie Wolf said...

Wow!!! And I thought San Diego was expensive.

I remember not having a very good fan and living upstairs in a place with almost no breeze. Hell is a good word for it. We would go to the library to get out of the heat.

Doreen McGettigan said...

It has been over 90 here in Philly for the past 10 days, close to 100 most days. I have been recovering from surgery so I was stuck in a cool house for most of the time.
I went for a motorcycle ride yesterday and found myself praying for green lights.
I am so glad you two were off !
My dogs are SO tired, they don't even want to go out to swim, they prefer the air conditioning. They are pretty smart:)
Have a great weekend.

Kay said...

Woa, is that hot!!!

Thank you for the heads up on the book swap/exchange. That sounds like a lovely place to send books. I will have to check that out. My daughter is devouring books this summer. It's wonderful, but our little library in AK does not have a huge selection of age appropriate items for her.

Claudya Martinez said...

That's a great way to swap books.

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