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The Sunday Salon: Love Spring. Hate Spring Forward.

Today is just gorgeous! That’s why this post is coming to you so late. I’ve been out and about soaking up the sun and loving every minute of it. EXCEPT, I do not love Spring Forward at all. I’ve been battling a tiny head cold all weekend and although it’s just a head cold, I am going in for a test that will have to be canceled IF I cannot ditch the cold so waking up to the sun, streaming into my bedroom window was a bit jarring to my NyQuil induced state. I do feel much better though, now that I’ve adjusted to the time change a bit. It will take me all week to feel like normal though.

After doing a few chores around the house, my family and I drove to Old Town Pasadena and had a lovely brunch at Russell’s. It was really good! I had breakfast while everyone else had lunch but it was really nice to just sit down and enjoy a nice, leisurely meal. You see, people were still stumped by the time change so waiting for a table only took about ten minutes. That’s the plus side to Spring Forward.

We did some window shopping, sampled a sweet treat (or two) and then headed to Vroman’s Bookstore. Sigh. Going to Vroman’s is like dying and going to heaven. I picked up a few items:

Ethan Frome (for book group later this year. It’s scheduled for much later this year but for some reason I had to buy it today).

The Dead and the Gone (Hello! This is the follow-up to Life as We Knew It. Had to have it since book three comes out soon).

Rules (My son starts junior high in August and this is the book that they need to read over the summer!).

The Book Thief (This is my club’s pick for April. I won’t be there for the discussion since I have open house that night,  but I’ll read it anyway as I’ve always wanted to).

Someone at a Distance (Yes! It’s a Persephone Book! I’ve not read any of Whipple’s work so I was excited to find this).

I think I scored! I mean, they weren’t on sale but when you walk into a store and find everything on your list, you sort of feel good about it.

We just finished dinner so I’m about to curl-up with the last 20 pages of The Help. That is, if I can tune-out Miley Says Goodbye which has been seen in this house FIVE times since we got home. You’d think that the “goodbye” in the title would actually mean GOODBYE but nope. I’m not that lucky.


I also want to take a moment to thank Kristin from Always with a Book,  for the awards that she’s passed to me:

I am horrible with the rules for each award but I always appreciate getting them. Thanks so much for sharing them with me!

The Sunday Salon: ‘Tis the Season

Sunday Salon

I woke up this morning and stumbled to the front door to get the paper. It took all of 5 minutes for the kids to come tearing down the stairs to check out the Christmas circulars that are already appearing everywhere. I now have two wish lists in my hands. I’m not sure I’m ready for it all. This is my favorite time of the year but work furloughs have really put a stop to my spending. I’m getting a bit anxious over finances and with each addition to the wish list, my heart beats a little bit faster. It’s a tad stressful.

That said, I am just now out of the shower and trying to put my day together. Most of the morning has been spent helping with homework and tidying up. After I make myself presentable, I may just plop down and read. What to read though? I just finished Saving Sammy which I will be reviewing later this month for a book tour. I just started New Moon. I am seeing the movie Thanksgiving weekend so I’d like to get the book read before then. Then there is my book club pick for December, The Turn of the Screw. To be honest, it’s not doing it for me.  I just got The Things that Keep Us Here which looks really, really good but it doesn’t officially come out until February so I want to read/review it closer to its release date. I also have Her Fearful Symmetry which I keep forgetting about. Perhaps I will start that.

Yesterday I posted another Confessions of a Reader post in which I confess to being a cover snob. I may make these a monthly feature instead of a weekly feature. I’m still kicking it around in my head and will decide within the next day or so. Yesterday I also created a button for Moby Dick Monday where I, and a few other bloggers will be reading Moby Dick together. We are reading 4 pages a day and then posting updates each Monday. I will post a kick-off post on Monday, November 16th. If you want to join in on the fun, let me know. For those that have already decided to do it with me, I’ll send you the button within the next day or so.

Right now I have a roast in the crock-pot and I’ll serve it with garlic mashed potatoes and braised carrots.It smells really good.

This week I am looking forward to participating in the Green Books Campaign. I’ll be reviewing a cookbook and including a recipe for you to try. Should be fun!

What are you doing today?