The Sunday Salon: Father’s Day 2014

The Fam

It’s been a great weekend so far. Due to the fact that none of us enjoy crowds, we celebrated Father’s Day on Saturday by visiting the George C. Page Museum and the La Brea Tar pits. A few years ago, when they added the underground parking structure, they found not only fossils but a near complete mammoth skeleton. Can you believe it? Had they not developed that one section, they never would have known about it. Part of it was on display. I should say, parts of it were all over the museum. They haven’t had the chance to put him back together again.

After the tooling around the museum we hit The Grove for some window shopping and a nice lunch at Maggiano’s. UCLA graduated yesterday too but we managed to slip lunch in before the crowds hit. Our timing could not have been better because when we left, that place was packed.

Today, we relaxed with coffee and then hit church. The Hub was not feeling it but when he got there, he volunteered to sing a song (Take Me Out to the Ball Game) and won an all day retreat package from the church! Breakfast, music, teaching and then a VIP bus ride to Dodger stadium which includes the all-you-can-eat pavilion! He’s pretty happy right now.

Now, we are all back home and just doing our own thing.

The Girl still has two more days of school and summer school starts for The Teen tomorrow. Mid-week, summer day camp begins for The Girl. She’s excited.

Sunday Salon

What am I reading?

I am reading Mr. Mercedes and a little over half way done. I am really enjoying it and don’t want to rush through it too fast, but I am way behind on my book club book, The Goldfinch so I may have to pick up the pace.

What am I cooking?

Tonight? I am not sure. We just had a big lunch and I have stuff to make spaghetti tonight but I am not sure anyone is in the mood for it.

What am I watching?

It was a free HBO weekend for us so I recorded some movies, Moonrise Kingdom and Oblivion. I am thinking we will be in the mood to see Oblivion later. I am not a Cruise fan but he makes some pretty good action flicks.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and to you single moms…happy day to you as well!

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.

The Sunday Salon: Almost Done!

Sunday Salon

Hello there! I am in a good spot this weekend. One, I don’t have to hit the grocery store and two, we have absolutely nothing going on so we’ve all be resting up. It’s amazing how your outlook on life changes with just a little bit of rest.

Last week was hellish and I never want to repeat it. End of the school-year stresses, DRAMA, and just too much going on. This week has a lot going on too but I am hoping it goes a little smoother.  I’ll be dividing my time between summer school orientation, doctor’s appointments, an award ceremony, book club and rehearsals. Let’s hope The Girl gets a part in Grease! She finds out on Wednesday. Oh, and I can’t forget the upcoming track party. See how I almost forgot it?

Right now, I just finished watching church online. I was a little sluggish this morning but the message was awesome so I am glad I tuned in. I really wish I had attended the live service though. The guest band was awesome. Anyway, I’ll be sure to attend in-person next week.

What am I reading?

Folks, I am a reading machine. I have reviews scheduled through June. Unheard of for me! I am trying to finish The Tenant of Wildfell Hall for book club this Thursday. It’s really good and I am enjoying it but it’s a little slow. The only thing that I sort of forgot, was my book tour for June (All Day and a Night). I plan to start it today, if possible.

All Day and a Night

What am I cooking?

I just made cinnamon rolls for the family and I made some sausage and eggs for myself. Of course, I also made loads of coffee and I am about to enjoy cup #3. Later, we may go out for burgers or order in.

What am I watching?

I picked up a $5 copy of Hot Tub Time Machine yesterday so I may throw that in to enjoy later. Right now, I am not in much of a mood to watching anything. I’d rather hang out with a book. It’s too pretty out to just sit in front of the TV.

Anyway, that’s my weekend. School is almost out. The Teen’s last day is this Friday and The Girl does not get out until June 17th but her camp starts on June 16th. Go figure. I know it won’t seem like summer with The Teen taking THREE classes this summer between independent learning and the local college but he has no choice if he wants to continue all his activities next year.

What’s your day look like?

The Sunday Salon: All About The Monsters

Godzilla Movie Poster
Some movies, you just have to see in a theater and Godzilla is one of those movies. Because of my extreme irritation with most movie goers (texting, talking and overall rudeness) we like to go to a theater where you pay a little more but can reserve your seats ahead of time.  I cannot do 3D and the only showing that worked for us ended up being in a really tiny theater, only eight rows but every single person in there was there for one thing, the movie! So, it was an awesome experience. Big screen, small audience and all of us riveted. That’s how it should be.

The movie was everything I expected it to be and yes, I expected some cheesy bits and some humor and some ridiculous moments but the monsters looked really good and the fighting was good too. I would have liked to have seen more of Godzilla and the acting was sort of lacking all the way around but if you are a fan of monster movies, you will enjoy this one.

A word of caution. My daughter is ten and had no problem with Godzilla at all but the preview that they showed before the movie was a very scary horror movie. I forget the name of it but that trailer kept her up half the night! She could not go to sleep and had a really had time with it.  So, beware of the trailer.

Sunday Salon

Now, for my Sunday. We hardly ever go anywhere during Memorial Day weekend. We are usually too wiped out to do much and that is absolutely the case this weekend.  We are heading to church within the hour and then afterward, I have to hit the market because we are out of everything and you can’t grill your dinner if you don’t have anything to grill.  I keep waiting for one of those contraptions from The Jetsons when you just punch in what you want and it magically appears but I guess the technology isn’t there yet.  I SO wish it was.

This week, The Girl auditions for Grease, The Teen will hopefully finish his summer school enrollment and then I can have some inkling at what we are looking at for summer.

What am I reading?

I am about halfway through with The Vacationers. It’s very readable but it’s not wowing me in any way.  I am about to start The Fever and then I really have to read my book club book for next month, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall which I started but then put down.

I am also reading Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret with my daughter. We take turns reading it out loud. It’s very mild compared to what I remember. We are almost done though and she can’t wait for us to start another book.

I am listening to a HORRIBLE audio book right now. I am giving it some time because it has to get better. It’s Rick Springfield’s Magnificent Vibration. I am not feeling it at all. However, I love him to pieces so I am giving him the benefit of the doubt and will stick with it a bit longer.

What am I cooking?

I think we will grill burgers tonight and then tomorrow, steaks and those scallops I talked about the other day.

What am I watching?

I was watching some Adam 12 the other day and I recorded Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble concert on PBS which I want to watch at some point. Other than that, whatever everyone is in the mood for. No agenda this weekend.

Well, gotta get ready for church but I hope you all have a nice, relaxing weekend.

The Sunday Salon: Where Was I?

Sunday Salon

It is almost 4:30pm on a Sunday and I am just now sitting down. I can’t really say the weekend has been filled with activities, because that’s not really it at all. It’s just that I am still feeling a bit off and when you are feeling off, you just can’t do stuff the way you normally do. I spent half of Saturday in urgent care because the leg, after the fall I took a few weeks ago, still wasn’t right. But everything is okay in that department. I just need a little more time to recover.

My entire weekend has been filled with half-finished thoughts. I get up to do something and then decide that I just don’t have the energy to accomplish the task. With the exception of the cleaning frenzy on Friday night, I haven’t done much of anything. Well, I did drag myself to church but no one else wanted to go with me.

This afternoon I am trying to get some reading done but every time I do, I end up falling asleep or like right now, find myself with a headache. I curse my body sometimes.

What am I reading?

I am reading Cutting Teeth for a book tour and I really need to start Landline since there is a list of people waiting to read it after me. I promise to get it read within the next few days.

What am I cooking?

Plain, old chicken and rice. I am not feeling food lately although iced coffee sure sounds good.

What am I watching?

I watched Arthur (Dudley Moore) last night but haven’t watched anything since. The Girl picked it. It’s a great movie and I try to watched it a couple of times a year.

I REALLY wanted to see Godzilla this weekend but it didn’t work out. I don’t think you’d know it from this blog but I love monster movies. Give me a bag of popcorn and bring on the destruction. Yah!

What are you up to this weekend?


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