The Sunday Salon: Still Hot!

Sunday Salon

It is still warm here. I like sunny days and blue skies but this is getting to be a bit ridiculous. Triple digits. Still. A little humid. Still. I am so ready for some 70 degree weather. I m anxious for cool weather walks, soup and the holiday drink menu at Starbucks but I guess I am going to have to wait a bit longer to enjoy them.

Today, is a “do nothing” day. I did all of my errands yesterday so that I could be totally useless today and not feel guilty. This morning I made cinnamon rolls and some pasta sauce is simmering away for tomorrow’s dinner. Tonight’s dinner is roasted chicken with fingerling potatoes. Simple. Easy. Good. Right now I am just sitting on the couch staring at the Otter Pup. Look what she did to those pillows. Tsk tsk.

Some updates:

The Boy and Girl completed the first round of auditions for The Music Man last week. I’ve no idea how they did because auditions are closed. The callback list will be posted late Tuesday afternoon and the second round of auditions is the very next day. Let’s hope they get a callback. The Boy is battling a cold right now, so we are trying to knock it down before he has to go back. Singing with a cold is very difficult. I hope he is over it by then.

This past week was back to school night at the high school and parent conferences at the grade school. Both kids are doing well. I am proud of them. I always brace myself when going to those conferences because you just never know but all is good.

Speaking of school…

You might remember me struggling with the short story class I signed up for. Well, I was willing to do the work, but after three weeks and no interaction from the teacher (online class) I decided to drop it. I do not approve of teachers who run their classes on auto-pilot. Seriously! They are getting paid to teach! Anyone can list the assignments for the semester. I don’t consider that teaching so I dropped it. I am still reading the stories on my own though.

What I am reading:

I just started Peter Geye’s new book, The Lighthouse Road. I adored his last book, Safe from the Sea so I am really looking forward to this one.

I also started American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis as part of the Dueling Monsters read-along/challenge. So many of you have emailed, saying that you have it on your shelves. If that’s the case, then what are you waiting for? Get it out and join us. As we read, we’ll be talking trash on Twitter using the hashtag #monstermash. It will be fun.

Okay, that’s it for me. Off to read! Happy Sunday to you all!

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27 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Still Hot!”

  1. Be careful, I remember that I became addicted to San Peligrino after reading American Psycho. Bateman brought it up so often that I found myself craving it!

    I have had some online teachers that were uber-involved and one that did pretty much like you described. That type sucks:(

    1. Reading American Psycho now is particularly hard because the bottled water thing is still here, but not as trendy as before. All of the Evian, Perrier, San Pellegrino name dropping seems ridiculous now, but I remember how cool it was to be drinking it back in the 90’s. Designer water. Ha.

  2. It sounds as though you have this day running exactly the way you wanted to run it…we drove about an hour to this amazing little town that has a Sunday folksie kind of Farmer’s Market…dogs and singers and free flowing Ice Wine…it was fun…we bought the most amazing breads…and devoured a spinach cheese croissent on the spot…it’s a long drive but so worth it…oh…tons of veggies for about 20 dollars and apples beyond belief…and one cute little Dutch Crumb Apple Pie…
    Fingers are crossed for all of the tryouts…

  3. Jees, I had no idea Peter Geye had a new book coming out. Maybe I need to contact Net Galley, now that I have a Kindle! I don’t think I could reread American Psycho, it freak me out bad the first time. Sorry about your class, lousy teachers give school a bad name:)
    Have a great week, Ti.

  4. Lousy online teachers give all of us a bad name…I’m glad you dropped the class if it was going to be like that 😦 When I teach online, it’s actually more taxing BECAUSE of all the one on one attention I give to my students. I’m appalled at those who think it’s all about uploading a cartridge and letting it run itself. Like you said, that’s not teaching.

    1. I used to do distance learning classes and it was a ton of work. You have to do more to keep the students engaged. This teacher spoke on the subject at a conference I attended and from the sound of it, she had it down to a science. Maybe this was not the norm for her. Maybe there was some sort of emergency or something but I mean, we didn’t even get anintroductionfrom her! All of the assignments for the entire semester were posted and that’s it.

  5. I’m sorry the short story class didn’t work out, but sounds like it was more of a pain in the butt, and what kind of teacher doesn’t interact with students. ANNOYING.

    I will be reading Geye’s latest too and am so excited about it.

  6. Sounds like a great day, no plans. WT made me dinner tonight, a new recipe. All veggies… Looking forward to eating it the next few days.

    I’m reading love Anthony by Lisa Genova, love her writing so I’m hopeful that I will enjoy it. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

  7. I can understand your frustration in not getting feedbacks, no interactions at all with the instructor? I’d drop it too. Hope you’ll continue on your pursuit in writing.

  8. It’s getting chilly over here, we turned the heating on this weekend, and I’m already thinking about Xmas!

    Goo luck for the audition results – let us know how it goes 🙂

  9. I can’t believe that it’s still so hot there! Temperatures have cooled down a bit for us, but it seems like you are in the middle of a heat wave! I hope the boy and girl did well at the auditions, and that they both get called back. My fingers are crossed!

  10. What is with the extra long summer this year?! Like you, I am anxious for the cooler weather to come. It is Autumn, after all.

    Fingers crossed the kids get call backs and your son’s cold passes quickly!

    I bought a copy of American Psycho yesterday so I can join in. Just not sure I’ll be able to get to it for another week or so. 😦 I am already enjoying reading the Twitter conversations.

    1. I am plowing through American Psycho. I can’t put it down. I will probably finish it tonight or tomorrow. So glad you can join us. It’s wild!

  11. wow!! Our weather has certainly turned. I have the woodstove going right now because it has been getting down into the low 30’s. I hope that your weather breaks soon so that you can enjoy that soup and Starbucks coffee!!! Sending positive vibes for the kids and the results of their drama tryouts!

  12. It’s cold here! Like cold cold for the Fall. I woke up to 40F today morning, and that’s not nice for a Monday morning, when you are still debating whether to wake up and go to work or crash and pretend to be sick. Hope your kids both make it!

    1. I try not to talk about the weather all the time but now I am hearing that next week will be 103 degree temps again. I’m not sure what is going on but all of the pumpkins that the lots set out way too early this year, will be rotten in a week. BTW…the kids did get callbacks for multiple roles. They auditioned again last night. I have to wait until Tuesday to see the final cast list.

  13. Otter pup looks like she has a good view there through the window, nice! Our new pup is getting up on the couch too (I can’t help it; my husband wants to ween her to the dog pillow on the floor) but she is small & likes to be up there with us & sleeps better there too!
    Good luck to the kids for a Music Man callback. That would be great.
    Since it’s not fall weather yet in SoCal, check out the fall colors at http://www.thecuecard.com/ Cheers.

    1. We treat our pup like part of the family so she is always on the couch and in our laps. But, we draw the line at people food. She gets none from us. It’s great because since she doesn’t know what it is, she never begs for it either. She has special treats to mimic stuff we are eating, like bacon, but this way…she stays healthy and we don’t have a dog begging and whining for stuff at the table. How is your pup doing? Sounds like she is fitting in just fine.

  14. That doesn’t sound like fall weather at all. Hope you get some proper fall weather soon. And Romeo sits just like that. It is place to survey all that is going on.

  15. Three weeks with no feedback?? You were so right to drop this – what’s the point of taking a class when you’re not being taught anything?

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