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What I’ve Been Up To and What I’ve Been Reading

Palm Desert Sunny
Palm Desert when it's sunny!

Out by me, the kids have what is called “fall break” but this year, The Boy’s break was only two days long so we headed to Palm Desert for a weekend getaway. We also went to celebrate The Girl’s 7th birthday which is later this week. Usually this is the perfect time of year to visit. The temps are usually cooler but the skies are still blue and the sunsets are brilliant.

Well…not this time. It started with a flash flood on the way there (no pics of it) and then there was a lot of lightning which made swimming difficult even though it was a warm 95 degrees. We spent a lot of time shopping and eating, which may sound wonderful but it wasn’t the plan. Even with the rain I didn’t really get to spend much time reading. My tote bag was full of books as was my Kindle, but there were only two books that I read from and that was only once the kids crashed. I didn’t make much progress in either one of them.

Oh, and did I mention that there was no Wi-Fi? To be honest, it was nice to take a break from all of the devices that keep me connected during a normal week but I missed you all. I worried about your out-of-state moves, your four-legged friends, your kids, their kids, your health issues, etc. I’m glad to be back so I can re-connect with all of you.

On a reading note, here is what I must read within the next few weeks, and if I left one or two out it’s not surprising as I am going from memory (which is not always good).

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver ( loving it)

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (so, so hard to get through)

Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch (loved his first book, Finn so I am looking forward to this one)

Everything is Going to Be Great by Rachel Shukert (a memoir of Shukert’s grand tour of Europe)

The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell (Zombies!! Lots of zombies!)

Sunset Park by Paul Auster (loved Invisible, this one comes out 11/9/10)

The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy (a delicious collection of short stories)

Black Hills by Dan Simmons (love Simmons but having a hard time getting into this one)

In addition to all of this reading, I have to write a paper on the poems from lit class. Yep, the lit class that I missed this week because of my weekend getaway. Don’t you worry. I’ll get it all done. I always do.

Hope your week is going well so far.

The Sunday Salon: 105 Degrees is not Fall!

The Girl in Pink Mask

My body is telling me it’s time for Halloween, Pumpkin Lattes, spice-scented candles and cool, breezy afternoons but instead, good ole Mother Nature is blasting us with 105 degree heat! It’s like an inferno out there!! But, that didn’t stop us from checking out all of the Halloween stores. Gosh, there are so many of them this year. Do you think it’s a sign that the economy is finally turning around? I swear, there is a store on every corner this year.

The Girl in Mask #2

I love masks, but I can’t wear them over my glasses. Aren’t these pretty? I could wear them and stumble around blind as a bat but as entertaining as that might be to watch, it probably wouldn’t be all that much fun for me.

In other news, the Girl has lost quite a few teeth recently. Thank goodness because picture day had her with two horribly twisted “snaggle” teeth. I can’t wait to see how the pics turned out. I thought about having her skip them but these are memories after all. Right?

The Boy in Hideous Mask

The Boy is going to be a scarecrow, a horrible disfigured one but the mask hasn’t come yet so he tried this one on for fun. Isn’t it horrible? I am thinking Stephen King’s IT.

The Hub

The Hub just HAD to get in on the fun. I hate these masks the most. They show just enough eye detail to really freak you out. I had a mask on at one point too but The Hub cut my head off in the pic. He is always doing that so no, I do not have a photo of me in a mask.

Sunday Salon Button

However, another blogger did scare me quite a bit when she suggested that I read A Suitable Boy with her. It’s nearly 1500 pages long. What’s even more scary is that I just may do it. However, I went to the bookstore yesterday and they only had one copy and it was all tattered and torn. It’s not available for my Kindle either so I may need to order it.

A Suitable Boy Book Cover

I am off to a BBQ and for some time by the pool, but to be honest with you, I can’t stand it when it’s this hot. I would be just as happy staying in my nice, cool house with a book in my lap. What am I reading? Well, I just started Wolf Hall. Wish me luck!