Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Sunday Salon: Readathon Wrap Up and Etc.

Outside my window:  Sunday morning. Clear, blue, bright and beautiful. Wow, we have been having some awesome weather lately. 

I'm listening to:  one of those Sunday morning talk shows is on in the background. They make me crazy. I swear, they all think they know everything, and really they know nothing.

Song of the week: 
I've been on an Enrique kick this week. Specifically this song which I love to crank and sing along as loud as possible:

TV Talk: Nothing amazing to discuss this week really. The Vampire Diaries continues to be intense as usual. I'm loving seeing the role switch with the brothers. I watched several Dr. Who episodes, and several Merlin episodes. Love them both so very very much! Discussed Prison Break with my co-worker and now I'm yearning to watch at least some of those too. Watched a House episode just because Wentworth Miller was on it! Watched Terra Nova, but it was boring this week. Survivor is kinda boring too.

Books I'm Reading: Still working on Under the Dome. Just a few hundred pages left. Also about halfway through Interview with the Vampire. And now, nearly done with The Demon King, my main readathon book from yesterday. But no, I STILL didn't finish it! Loving it though. Wonderful fantasy.
Books I finished: no finished books this week.
Books I started:   just The Demon King.
Books I want to start: The Night Circus, The Iron Daughter
Books I bought this week: none this week! Though The Iron Knight came in the mail!

Other bookish business: YAY for the readathon! Even though I fail miserably at it. Some of you people with your "I've just finished my SIXTH book!" make me crazy! How the HECK do you do that? I read all day long, but really only actually read maybe five or so hours. Only about 400 pages worth. But it was fun to just relax and read all day long no matter what I accomplished or didn't.

 Also, this week, I went and listened to Marilynne Robinson, author of Pulitzer Prize novel Gilead. That was interesting. She read a lot, which was fine, but I wanted more just talking to us too.

Favorite things of the week: The readathon of course. Having the college son home for the weekend.  The weather, so perfect. 

Recipe of the week: 

Caramel Popcorn
24 cups popped corn (this ends up being about 1 cup unpopped I think)
Melt in pan 1 cup butter, 2 cups brown sugar and 1/2 cup light corn syrup. Boil for five minutes. Then add 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 baking soda. Pour over pop corn, then spread it on a cookie sheet (a couple of them actually) and bake at 250 for an hour, stirring every 15 min. Cool and eat!

And no, this is NOT sticky (someone asked me that yesterday) and is perfect for reading books at the same time.

Around the house: I cleaned the fridge!! AND the pantry! Believe me this is epic. Take note. The fridge is so sparkling that it hurts our eyes. 

Family matters: College son does like where he's at and doesn't know where he wants to go. College daughter is so very very busy, all with a massive cold this week. Junior son played all fall break weekend with his buddy, including a "sleep over" where sleep didn't happen until 5:00 a.m. Young daughter did NOT read with me this readathon!! What's up with that?

So, that's about all I have to report for this week. Have a great one everyone!


  1. I get a little intimidated by the readers that finish a ton of books too! I finished three, but they were all pretty short reads, and two of them were YA.

  2. Yeah I wasn't that impressive during the read a thon so need to to be intimidated by me. Looks like you had a fun weekend and I am drooling over that caramel corn!

  3. You just had to show a picture of it! And gave me the recipie! Ahhhh! ;)

    That's so weird that she didn't read with you.

    Did you stop watching Supernatural? :(

  4. I have started Interview with a Vampire, too, but it seems to be going slow with me so far. I am hoping I can get going at some point a bit faster!

  5. mmmm. thank you for the recipe. soon my whole family will be thanking you! maybe I will work on it while I clean my fridge--it's due.

    we've discovered Sweet Genius (on Food Network), which encouraged the daughter to introduce us to several more cooking contest shows: like Iron Chef America. Am glad my favorite shows are getting going again, though. Really can't wait for Bones to get started--course, this gives me an extra hour to put a dent in my book pile.


  6. Reviews: THREE! See, in the past I've done two at the most. Short ones. Two SHORT ones! :)

    Amused: Yes, very fun, despite not accomplishing mush.

    Jenny: Yes, still watching Supernatural, just had a little break from it. Watched an episode today. Gah, that's crazy stuff!

    Kailana: Yes, it's not as intense as I expected. But stuff is happening now, half way in. I'm anxious for them all!

    L: I hope you enjoy it! And Bones? I can see me trying that one some day....

  7. The Caramel Popcorn looks very yummy.

    I wish I could do a read-a-thon but I am always working. It sounds like a fun concept.

    Have you started Night Circus? I am very curious about that book.



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