The Sunday Salon [10.26.14]

I am back after an involuntary blogging leave caused by my amazing ability of killing every macbook charger that finds its way into my life. Of course, I go missing all of the time, so maybe you didn’t notice.

Life, of course, goes on even when computers do not. Yesterday, we went to the Festival of Reading, saw RL Stine and Aasaf Mandvi, and wandered around St. Pete a bit. Today I am participating in a 4-hour Yogathon to benefit The Children’s Heart Foundation.

As for reading, it’s been a little slow-going. I just finished Anna Dressed in Blood and now I am reading Rooms and listening to Her Fearful Symmetry. Apparently I am embracing the ghost stories this October.

Anyway, I have nothing scheduled for this week, but hopefully I’ll pop in with a post or two.

 

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The Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

Popping in for a Top Ten Tuesday post today. These are the top ten places books have made me want to visit (whether fictional or real).

Hogwarts

I am still waiting for my letter. I don’t care if I’m 31.


Scotland

I’m crediting Jeri-Smith Ready for this one.


1920s Paris

I’m just gong to go hang out with Dorothy Parker, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Don’t mind me.


Regency England

I’m going to go looking for Mr. Darcy. But I’ll settle for Colin Firth.


Boarding School

Too many boarding school books to give any single one credit for this dream.


Ancient Ireland

I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland, but Edward Rutherford made me want to go to pre-St. Patrick Ireland.


Deep Valley, Minnesota

Betsy-Tacy makes turn-of-the-century Minnesota seems warm and inviting.


The Hundred Acre Wood

One of my very first literary travel dreams. It has never faded.


The Book World

I don’t necessarily want to risk my life as often as Thursday Next, but I wouldn’t mind hanging out with some literary characters (probably not Hamlet).


Imperial Russia

I’ve got a thing for Russian classics. But I also have a thing for warmth, so maybe not.

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Where would you like to visit?

The Sunday Salon: September in Review [10.12.14]

Seeing as it is October 12, it is probably time to quickly recap September. It was a busy month yet again, despite the absence of airports and hotels. I read a little, I blogged a little, I worked a lot, I parented a lot, I watched my college football team fall apart, and that’s about it.

I shared my favorite Gilmore Girls episodes; gave a one star review; shared a photo of Vanderbilt Beach; listed the books I am most looking forward to this fall; read and reviewed my first comic book; bloggiesta-d; hid Green Eggs and Ham; reviewed the last book in a recommended series; and shared another one of Evan’s current favorites.

I read these:

Time is just flying. Pretty sure Evan will be 16 next week.

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The Sunday Salon [9.28.14]

After spending all day yesterday in sick toddler hell (13 hours of puking and a lethargic little boy who just kept saying, “I don’t want to be sick anymore”), I am ready for a peaceful Sunday.

The upside of staying home all day yesterday and having a child who just wanted to lie on the floor and stare into space was that I got quite a bit of reading done and I think I will finish One Plus One today. I finished American Gods on audio earlier this week, so this is a pretty successful reading week for me. I managed to post a bunch this last week. Can I keep the pace going?

Other than that, it was an uneventful week for me. I am looking forward to a visit to Michigan at the end of this week – we’re dropping E off with grandparents once we get there and taking a weekend for ourselves on Lake Michigan to go to a wedding. We have yet to both go away without E (we have only done so separately) and we are staying with some old friends that unexpectedly moved to the area. There are so many aspects of this trip that I am looking forward to.

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday.

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The Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

It’s been ages since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday post, but here you go: the top ten books I am anticipating this fall, in order of publication. Looks like I’d be golden if I could read a book a week (which I can’t).

1. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins | August 14

This one actually came out in August, so maybe it shouldn’t count. But it’s still high on my fall list as I’ve been waiting for it for so long.

2. Chasing Before (The Memory Chronicles) by Lenore Appelhans | August 26

Another August book. I am excited to see Lenore’s next installment in this series.

3. The Jewel (Jewel Series) by Amy Ewing | September 2

Pretty cover. Sold.

4. The Children Act by Ian McEwan | September 9

New Ian McEwan always makes the TBR.

5. Party Games: A Fear Street Novel by RL Stine | September 13

I don’t think words can describe how much I adored the Fear Street series when I was younger. I no longer like being scared one bit, but I won’t be able to resist this one.

6. Made for You by Melissa Marr | September 16

I haven’t finished the Wicked Lovely series and I did not love Carnival of Souls, but Melissa Marr but I’ll give this one a shot.

7. Rooms: A Novel by Lauren Oliver | September 23

Lauren Oliver is another automatic add to my TBR.

8. The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control by Walter Mischel | September 23

I was a psych major. I can’t help it.

9. On Immunity: An Inoculation | September 30

Recommended by Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves for those of us who prefer science to internet logic.

10. Yes Please by Amy Poehler | October 28

Amy Poehler needs no explanation.

What books are you looking forward to this fall?

New Mexico in Photos – Part 3 [Wordless Wednesday]

Today I am sharing few more pictures from New Mexico (because I am not actually taking any other pictures these days). I bought a macro lens that I use as a walkaround but I’d really like to use for actual macro photography. For some reason, I can’t get my lens, which is designed for macro photography to autofocus when I zoom too close to my subject (which I thought was the point…). So this is the best I could get. Maybe I need to manual focus?

Any macro tips for me?

 

New Mexico in Photos – Part 2 [Wordless Wednesday]

 

Last week, I shared some of the scenic views from our hike at Bandelier National Monument.  Today, I am sharing photos with my lovely family in them as well.  Ben, Evan, Ben’s parents, and I went on the hike together and I snapped these along the way. We don’t all get to hang out very often, so these adventures are previous memories indeed.

 

 

(Self-timer success! Although…where is Evan?)

Ben gets Photo Credit on this one.

We all had a fabulous time on the hike. Next Santa Fe post: macro shots.

The Graduate [Wordless Wednesday]

I shared one graduation photo on Sunday…

… but here are a few more.

Evan was pretty content playing on the lawn for most of the ceremony and Ben was looking pretty happy up there in his gown.

As the ceremony went on, Evan became a little more interested in what was going on.

And when Ben stood up to receive his diploma and hood…

…Evan thought he needed a buddy…

…and then he thought he would stay up there.

We’re all a bit proud of our graduate.

 

TSS: June in Review

It’s hard to believe the year is half over and it’s time to wrap up June. Well, I’m a day early. But I won’t finish a book by tomorrow. So here I am.

Books/Blogging

YOU GUYS. I had my best reading month all year! I finished 5 books and it was amazing. I am sticking with YA for awhile to keep this up.

  • The One by Kiera Cass
  • Siren’s Song by Heather McCollum
  • This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
  • Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Roburn
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wicker

Look for those reviews soon…

I also reviewed:

And shared:

Health

I am actually going for a run this morning. A real, legit run. I got injured in early April so it’s been nearly 3 months since I’ve gone on one. And I have suffered for it. But I’m excited to hit the pavement again. Despite the humidity and heat.

I tried to do that ab challenge in June that everyone was doing – and I made it much further than everyone else I knew – but I gave up around Day 22. It just got too hard. Thinking about doing a yoga challenge in July to stay active while I can’t actually get to the gym or dance class.

Evan

Evan is a handful. Ben left and he seems to be pretty terrified that I am also going to leave. Other than daycare (where he has always been comfortable with me dropping him off), he barely lets me leave the room. Ben’s sister is here this weekend helping me out (she was getting me ice cream as I typed this), which is great, we’re going to see Ben next weekend in Minnesota for a wedding (where I plan on promptly handing Evan over to someone and then running away), my mom will be here the weekend after that, then just one more weekend on my own before we head to New Mexico for Ben’s graduation. I can do that. Right?

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