The Sunday Salon: School’s Out! (almost)

Sunday Salon

I come to you a tad late today. I had to hit the market this morning (not my favorite thing to do) and after getting dinner in the Crock Pot and helping The Girl make Sweet Potato Chips (a recipe she saw on the Disney channel), starting a load of laundry and completing paperwork for The Boy’s Cross Country summer camp, I finally have a moment to myself. Sort of.

If you don’t count the numerous Otter Pup interruptions (she sits on my head while reading) or the numerous questions The Girl has about summer camp, then I guess I have a moment to myself. At this point, I’ll take what I can get!

The Boy finished school last Friday. He is now a 10th grader! The Girl won’t be out until June 13th and she’ll be a 5th grader! Amazing! She still seems so little to me. I am anxious for the school year to end as I have school papers coming out of my ears! I cannot wait to weed through them. Plus, the summer reading program starts in a couple of weeks and for once, The Girl is excited about it!

What have we been doing? Last night, we had the opportunity to see John Mauceri at the Valley Performing Arts Center, which happens to be at the campus where I work. The venue is really very nice and the concert was great. This time, the kids came with us and we all had a really good time. Except the very last performance where The Girl fell asleep. It was very late for her though so I expected that.

We were a little nervous about going because the Powerhouse fire seemed to have changed direction, but right now it’s burning away from us. Let’s hope it stays that way. It’s burned about 20,000 acres so far and isn’t expected to be fully contained until Friday! The air quality is just horrible right now. One thing that you have to get used to when living in Southern California are the brush fires. We haven’t seen rain in 6 months and it’s only going to get worse.

Powerhouse Fire - Daily News
Image Credit: Daily News

Okay, that’s all I have. I am cooking beef tips in the Crock Pot for dinner. We’ll have them with these smashed parmesan potatoes I saw on Pinterest. You bake ’em, you smash them, butter them up and then top them with parmesan, and then pop them back in the oven a bit to crisp up. Sounds pretty good to me.

I am reading In the Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve for a tour next week. I am also listening to Life Itself by Roger Ebert. I am enjoying both but deep, deep down…I am wanting something a little bit trashy. Not sure where that is coming from. Trying to shake myself of it and quick!

What’s up with you?

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21 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: School’s Out! (almost)”

  1. Sounds nice! I’ve actually had several hours (!) to myself today! I’ve pretty much goofed off the whole afternoon with my blog and reading other people’s blogs, but it’s been really relaxing to sit for so long after a very busy four weeks. I was planning to write some reviews, but haven’t done that!

  2. OMG! We must have ESP, because I have been wanting something trashy to read lately, too! LOL! I think it has to do with all the seriously depressing books I’ve been reading lately. I need something light and fun. I’m thinking the new sequel to THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA or a Kinsella book. Either way I’m itching for something quick and easy.

    Your din sounds delicious, especially those smashed potatoes!! YUM!

  3. Love smashed potatoes of just about any variety! I just started reading Where’d you go, Bernadette? which, 105 pages in, is proving to be rip-roaring funny, deceptively smart, and just trashy enough. it’s definitely a quick read. Next in the queue is Life after Life.

    1. The Bernadette book is definitely on my list! I just picked up He’s Gone bu Deb Caletti. I wasn’t feeling that great last night and thought I’d read a chapter or two. I ended up reading nearly 100 pages! I could not put it down. I hope it stays that way. 

    1. We might have had a 2 minute sprinkle here and there but nothing significant. We are in a severe drought and with the 110 degree temps that we get in the summer, I am totally dreading it. 

  4. Yes, glad too (like Florinda) that fire is moving away from you. What kind of music is John Mauceri? *Sorry I’m too tired to Google right now* šŸ™‚

    1. John Mauceri is actually a conductor. He was the founder of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and is known for conducting orchestras for Operas as well as musical projects for Broadway and Hollywood. The show included pieces from Hollywood (Psycho theme, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). All of the pieces had a mix if violence and tranquility. Very odd pieces but energetic to listen to.  A plus was that he gave us the background before each piece and he is a great public speaker so very interesting to listen to. The link below has a video clip of when he visited our university back in March and the name of the show we attended on Friday was:  Paris and Hollywood: Celebrating ‘The Rite of Spring without Actually Playing It” http://www.johnmauceri.com/

  5. Whew, glad the fire is moving away from you! The end of the school year is such a hectic time… and I know what you mean about all those papers!! The smashed potatoes sound heavenly.

  6. The Otter Pup sits on your head while you’re reading? I’m having fun trying to imagine that. Sam just lays his head across my iPad when he figures I should stop reading and pay attention to him.

    I’m glad the fires are moving away from you. I hope it stays that way. We have a lot of trouble with fires as well out here because it gets so dry in the summer. When they’re raging I can’t even go outside.

    Hope you have a great week Ti!

    1. I often read while lying on my stomach. She climbs up on my head and lays her head there. Like I am giving her a piggy back ride or something. Impossible to read with her like that. She has also learned to nudge the book out of my hands with her head. 

    1. This fire won’t be out for days. It’s burned over 29,000 acres and is only 20% contained. They said by this weekend they hope to have it 50% contained. It’s tough when the weather is 90+ degrees with no humidity at all. 

  7. If you do pick up something trashy, you must tell me immediately! šŸ™‚

    Marc graduated Sunday and I still have school until the 13th!! Those fires sound and look horrible! We’ve had rain almost every day for the past two weeks. Wish I could send some your way!

  8. I am not a fan of going to the market either. Ugh. But it must be done if we want to eat . . . I haven’t seen much mention of the fire in the news of late (but then, I haven’t really been paying attention to the news) so am not sure the status of the fire. I hope it’s contained or nearly by this point. Fire season got an early start this year. I hate to think what we’re in store for this summer.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, Ti!

  9. I have one more day with students, then a pupil-free day on Friday. Then it is SUMMER! I hope they contain the fire soon, we’ve already had a crazy number of fires and it’s a long fire season ahead.

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