The Sunday Salon: Not Exactly As Planned

Sunday Salon

On Friday, the regular school year ended for The Teen. I say “regular” because his sign-language class begins at the community college on June 16th and health and P.E. (yes, P.E. since he dropped the last quarter of track) begins on July 1st. It’s been a rough, rough year for a lot of reasons and the very end of the semester caused me a lot of grief. As a parent, you can’t help but be concerned when things don’t go as planned. I really hope that some lessons can be learned from this past year because if we have another year like this last one, I will lose my mind.

As for The Girl, her last day is June 17th. Her track/award picnic has been rescheduled three times and now it conflicts with The Teen’s baptism! Not sure how we are going to fit it all in. Plus, I am all emotional over the baptism since it is being done at a church different from our own. I am open-minded and all that but I can’t help but feel a little divided over this decision and one made at such a young age. I’ll leave it at that.

As usual, the weekend flew by. After chores and church and the dreaded market, I have maybe an hour or so to read later. Maybe. The Tony Awards might affect that. With all the theater productions these kids have done it’s hard to not watch that one. The Girl will have to watch it tomorrow though because it comes on so late here.

What am I reading?

I have to finish All Day and a Night for a book tour. I think it’s pretty good so far and I am a little over halfway done. Of course, I am also reading Mr. Mercedes. I ran right out and got it on release day but have read maybe twenty pages. I just haven’t had the time this weekend but it’s sitting on the shelf staring at me and it’s killing me that I cannot get to it until later.

What am I cooking?

I am baking some BBQ chicken (to keep it moist) and made a potato-cheese casserole that we’ll have with salad and baked beans. I also made a gluten-free cake with chocolate icing.

What am I watching?

We watched Frozen for the first time yesterday and just watched it again. It was that good. I had no desire to see it at all but after just ten minutes of watching it, I knew I was going to watch the entire thing. We also watched Loser, which is a sweet, funny comedy that I like to watch every now and then. Later, the Tony Awards.

I hope you all had a nice weekend. I have been off of Facebook and Feedly so I haven’t had a chance to see how you are all doing but I am thinking of you all.

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29 Responses

  1. I’m surprised your kids get out of school on different days. As far as I know, all the schools get out on the same day. Here’s to a great summer and a better year next year!

  2. Why is it that the weekends go so darn fast?! Here it is Sunday night and I want nothing more than to read, but I still have tons to do…. Tuesday is my last day of school and I am looking forward to having a bit of a break, even though having three kids home with me doesn’t seem like much of a break!

  3. My beautiful sister-in-law, thank you for motivating me to read. I’m loving all the books and stories. As always I love & miss y’all.

    • I am so glad that you’ve taken up reading. It’s the cheapest therapy out there. I’d be lost without it.

  4. Sounds like you have a lot of your plate, once again, Ti.

    I had preordered the eBook of Mr. Mercedes, and then canceled it before its release and just added my name to the list for the library audio –I really do like King’s audios. Hope you enjoy that one.

    •  I ended up buying a copy because the library had me at like number 40 but within the day they sent me an email saying it was available.  I guess they bought more copies. 

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  5. Sounds like life is pretty crazy right now. Hope you manage to squeeze in a little down time…Good Luck!

  6. I’ve been meaning to watch Frozen for a while now – you’ve motivated me to get to it. And Mr. Mercedes! I need to see how the wait list is looking for it at the library.

    • Since you guys are involved in theater, you will appreciate Frozen. It’s very theatrical in nature. I could easily see it becoming a musical.  Beautiful imagery and all of the songs are are really well done. 

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      • Dylan was at an audition this past weekend and some of the kids were singing songs from Frozen. I think he’ll really enjoy it.

        • Beside Idina Menzel being one of the voices, I am wondering if anyone from Wicked worked on the movie. The songs had a definitely “wicked” feel to it. Lots of duets and harmony and almost the same tune with one of the songs. 

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  7. Life is very hectic…I think of you often and hope you are calm…I made grilled chicken, too..I have been doing halves…we rub them with a rub…and bake them…and then grill them to sauce them…I made a potato salad, too, with a mustard, caper, vinaigrette dressing…we loved it! Take care…I guess you have to sometimes let him make his own way…

    • Thank you. I really wish he would make his own way because me having to tell him to do stuff all the time is taking its toll.

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  8. Just to say from the perspective of 12,000 miles away and many years since my girls were in School, the issues are much the same, not always easy but like all things they to will pass and the lessons you learn will stay with you and help someone else, trying to balance life and keep all happy is a work of art! Books keep us sane and can you please tell me what a potato/cheese casserole is? Sounds yummy.

  9. Your schools are in session much longer than ours here in Florida. And my grandkids got out of their school in North Carolina weeks ago. Hope you find some time to read soon. I’m loving THE VACATIONERS by Emma Straub. Perfect summer read.

  10. I am totally overwhelmed with my Feedly feed so am abandoning it and just visiting favorite blogs and commenting on a few posts each. I have got to get back in the habit of commenting! Now that it’s summer it should be easier again.

    I am sorry the year is ending in a crazy way for you but it will feel good when it’s done. Then you can deal with all the summer insanity. See? Don’t you feel better already? :-)

  11. I am sorry it’s been such a rough school year for you. Hopefully this coming one will be better. It’s hard when you know what needs to be done, but the other person, the one who has to actually do it, is on a different page.

    I really liked Frozen too. My daughter refuses to watch it again, but she likes the music. Go figure.

  12. Hey, we had barbecued chicken yesterday too! :)

    I have to get off Facebook sometimes myself…not this weekend, of course, but this week as the library where I work has its book sale, when I return on Wednesday, it’s going to be busy, so I won’t have a lot of time for many other things. Anyway, enjoy your time off Facebook and hopefully get some reading in of Mr. Mercedes this week.

    • Of course, I am back on FB as of today but won’t be too much this week. I seem to visit in spurts. Either I am on there lots, or hardly on there.  I actually read more of Mr. Mercedes than I thought. I think I am on page 60 or so now. It’s this other book I have to finish first that is currently putting a crimp in my King reading.

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  13. I don’t like it either when things go as planned. Especially when I am very invested in the matter. I hope the hectic”ness” dies down. Is summer usually much funner for you or more hectic?

    • Now that The Teen is a teen, much more hectic. We get no break at all over summer now. 

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  14. You are strong to allow the kids to make their own religious choices….I wish more parents could do that. I can imagine how busy you are. I hope that things slow down for a little bit soon

  15. You sound busy. Do you have time for sleep? Hope life improves

    • I do sleep! But not nearly long enough. On average, about 6 hours a night. I am always busy. I realize that with active kids this is my lot for the next 8 years. 

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  16. Oh, sweetie. I really hope things improve next year. One of these days, our boys will wake up. I firmly believe that.

  17. We watch Frozen frequently around here. My daughter loves it. In fact, after she took a big spill this morning, we put it in again for her to watch while she iced her poor little face.

    Good luck with everything that is going on this weekend. I’m thinking of you!

  18. You know I got all of my grey hair from my oldest (well, quite a bit of it from Miss H, too but he was the worst). High school was a tough few years; some days I wasn’t sure I would make it. Fortunately, we all survived and even like each other these days.

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