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The Sunday Salon: Post Promotion and Beyond

Kid #1 & #2 Promotion

This past week has been a busy one. On Friday, my son graduated (they call it promotion out here) from 6th grade. There was a ceremony to prepare for, so I took a few days off of work to just focus on that. It was a good move considering my “sick-in-bed” post last week.I needed a few extra days to regroup and prioritize.

Today, I am in a much better place but not until after a few emotional outbursts from the graduate. It seems that he considers himself a “man” now and his attitude took a nosedive which put a damper on all of the festivities. Frankly, all of it turned me into a blubbering idiot and I swore I would never be that but you know what? There’s a first time for everything.

The "Man"

I love the kid, but he sure can be a little…difficult.

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Now that promotion is behind us and school is out, I can think “summer” and you know what that means? Summer camp, swimming, vacay and READING. Yeah, I still have to work but the pace is so much slower during the summer session that it’s actually kind of nice. A good time to catch-up on all of those projects that are half-done.

Right now I am reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. It’s good, but a tad slow for me. I’m hoping it picks up soon because I keep catching myself skimming. I’m still working on my summer reading list but it’s coming together. I think I’m done with it but I keep moving things around. I will probably post it within the next couple of days.

I’m also thinking of my next read-along venture. In July, Lisa from Lit & Life is thinking about doing a read-along for The Space Between Us, which I will definitely be a part of. I really enjoyed The Weight of Heaven so I can’t wait to read another book by Umrigar.

In August, I am thinking about doing a read-along for Orwell’s 1984.  Any interest?

As for today, I plan to just relax and let the day unfold. What do you have planned?

BTW…the title of this post is a nod to everything Toy Story because it is EVERYWHERE! Three aisles of toys at Target. I can hear the $Cha-Ching$ from here.


The Sunday Salon: Summer is Almost Here!

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I have been dealing with a ton of health issues lately. Some of it is lupus related, some not. All in all, it’s meant spending the entire weekend in bed. BUT, since I was in bed all that time I managed to finish The Passage and Wuthering Heights so I am a very happy camper. I haven’t written up my review of The Passage yet, but I must tell you that it was FANTASTIC. You must pick it up this summer.

My next book will be The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. You may have heard me say this before, but the publisher was kind enough to send me the book ages ago, but I’ve been waiting to read it with a friend so I put it off until now. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it. Finally!

As for my TBR (to-be-read) list, I’ve put a huge dent in it. I am practically all caught-up with my reading commitments. I can comfortably say, “Hello Summer!” and finally sit down and create my summer reading list. I can’t wait.

This is the last week of school for my kids and also promotion week for my son who is promoting from 6th to 7th. There are lots of end-of-the-year parties to attend and last-minute details to deal with since summer camp begins right after. Sorting through which swimsuits still fit, which ones to toss, you get the idea.

Tonight we are ordering pizza and watching the Laker game. What do you have planned?