Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Sunday Salon: Goodbye July

Outside my window: Hey, I'm actually writing on Sunday this time, and I think I see, out my window, the afternoon thunderclouds arriving. They are subtle today, unlike some other days this week. Just barely threatening.

I am listening to: We have a Pandora station blasting at the moment... I think it's a Kristen Chenoweth station, because we are getting lots of Broadway, Glee songs, Disney songs, and even Josh thrown in here and there. It's a really fun station.

I am watching: Yesterday we finally got to Super 8! In the nick of time too, because I think it's out of the theaters soon, and I really wanted to see this on the big screen. It was really fun! What awesome kids they got for this movie! They did such a great job. I wish Kyle Chandler had had a bigger part, but he was great too. The special events were amazing, and it was fun to be at a movie that was equal parts funny, scary, and heartwarming.

I am thinking: nothing much really. Ummm, I must be thinking something. I'm hungry? I should be reading? Is it time for a nap yet? See.... not really thinking much today.

I am grateful for: haircuts. Boy, can they sure make a difference!

I am reading: MIDDLEMARCH! It makes me crazy to have these little check ins every week and I'm still on the SAME book! This week I'll be starting The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson for a read along. So then I'll have the both going. It's crazy.

I am photographing: These new books that I got at a sale yesterday ($3 per brand new hardback!) :

and I went to Costco and got this one book by local author Heather Dixon:

Meanwhile, I just keep reading and reading and reading these big fat books while I stare at these stacks and wish I could jump right in to one of them.

Oh, and I also filmed the girls doing the National Dance Day dance, if you want to go see that and give them a nice lovely comment! Here's the link.

I am listing: Blog stuff,  mostly. I seem to always be listing blog stuff.

I am creating: I can't think of any creations this week. Gosh, I need to create something!

On my iPod: I finally got some Boston on there. But that was a post for a different day.

I am hoping and praying: that we survive summer.

Around the house: I got a new Swiffer and mopped/swiffered under our kitchen island, which sits up above the floor just enough to get crap caught under there, but just low enough that you can't get a broom or mop under it. But the Swiffer seemed to work okay. So we'll try that for now. Are you so impressed? :)

From the kitchen: Oh, I've been whipping things up there this morning! A strawberry pie for dinner, and some really yummy rolls that I'm craving, and pork chops are in the crock pot. Dinner is later this afternoon, but I'm already starving.

Some of my favorite things: strawberry pie, and going to movies, and chatting about books and blogging with book blogging cousins, and reading big fat books. I guess it's been a good week!

The children this week: Toto got a Herbst appliance in her mouth and it has NOT been fun so far. Hopefully things will settle down be normal soon. Click here if you want to know what I'm talking about! It yanks her jaw forward to correct the overbite... an overbite she didn't have until they started doing the orthodontic work! Love it when that happens! And at the moment, her back teeth don't meet together, which means she basically can't chew anything. And the elastic she has to wear at night kills her, so she is not sleeping well, which means neither am I. Yeah, it's been fun.

Oh, and the new/old car that we got last week... already in the shop! Love it when THAT happens too! Not. So the children this week may be back to their fighting for the cars routine.

Plans for the week: First week of August? Wow. I think this week I'll just go to work, and try to read a lot, and maybe clean out some cupboards that are making me crazy, and watch more Dr. Who if I find time, and figure out a project for bored kids.

On this date: Last year I was stressing over my book stacks, as usual. In 2007, I did a post about NOT reviewing the last Harry Potter book. Interesting now that things are really over.

Thanks to Ibeeeg of Polishing Mud Balls for the inspiration for this post's layout.


  1. Busy week for you. I think I may try War and Peace again. Only 1,000,000 pages to go!

    Here's my Sunday Salon for this week:
    Sunday Salon: How to Read, Use, and Abuse Beautiful and Pointless Novels Like a Professor

    And a reminder: Today is the last day for you to throw your hat into the ring for my July Giveaway! Win a $25 Amazon gift card!

  2. Yay! I'm glad you saw Super 8 And seemed to have the same opinion as me.

    I remember feeling that way about STILL reading Middlemarch! Boy, it's nice to be done!

    Hmmmm, I want to know what all these books you got are.

    I almost got Entwined at Costco too! I opted for The Soldiers Wife instead.

    That pie looks soooo good. :( Whimper.

  3. Has she already had braces? I had a similar deal after my braces. I did not wear it like I should (I can't tell if that one is removable, mine was, like a retainer.) Anyway, I didn't wear it and now my teeth are crooked again. And I still have the overbite.



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