The Sunday Salon – July 27th Edition

The Sunday Salon

A quiet Sunday morning - this is indeed a rare occurrence these days. So, my goal is to take full advantage of it, and relax. If the dogs can sleep all day and all night, then I think I should try to do that too. Right?

The weather this summer has been absolutely gorgeous, humid but not terribly hot. This means we have been spending as much time on the motorcycle as possible. Trips to various small towns in the area, rides around town, rides to run errands – we’ve done it all. Last weekend, Jim and his riding buddies even drove around Lake Michigan, 1000 miles in 18 hours as part of the Iron Butt certification program. In two weeks, three couples plus Jim and I will be heading to Sturgis, SD. We are going the last weekend of the rally to experience it without the extremely high prices. We are ALL looking forward to getting away and to some beautiful riding.

Connor has been staying busy with work this summer. So far, he’s built a fence, tore down a bathroom, laid flooring, reshingled a roof, and who knows what else. He complains about having to work every day, but I think it is all a front. He comes back tired and bruised, but he is always so talkative in the evenings. That tells me he secretly loves it. Plus the money is an added incentive.

Holly has been a busy little bee around the house and playing with friends during the day. Dance classes keep her occupied during the evenings. It helps that her best friend lives a half-mile away, so they are forever meeting up at parks or one another’s houses. I know it has helped Holly tremendously with keeping the summer doldrums at bay. Our neighbor has also hired her to take care of their dogs when they are away in the evenings. She loves going over there to feed them and play with them for a bit. She also gets paid for this, a bonus in her mind since I know she would do it for free.

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your way of looking at things, summer is just about officially over for us. Next week starts marching band season. Connor must attend the week-long band camp and then starts marching band practice in earnest. Holly auditions for her dance studio’s competition team on Saturday. Fall class sign-ups are only two weeks after that. This week is school registration. We have dates for fall sports meetings, cross-country practice, school pictures, technology meetings, annual check-ups for eyes, teeth, and body. Plus, Connor already has homework for one of his classes this year. Is it any wonder why I like the winter months so much?

Work continues to beat me up as there is a hiring freeze. This means that there are no plans to fill the empty role in our department. Long hours and busy days are going to be the norm for the indeterminate future. The week we leave for Sturgis is going to be particularly painful, as two of us scramble to finish all of the reports before I head out of town. I’ve already committed to working while on vacation to meet deadlines and such, but the more I can finish before I leave, the less work I have to do while in South Dakota.

I’m getting dinged that I have to go pick up Connor now. I guess that means it is time to enjoy my quiet Sunday and mentally prepare myself for another long week. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and their summer. Have a great day and happy reading!

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Book Review – California by Edan Lepucki

California by Edan Lepucki

Title: California Author: Edan Lepucki ISBN: 9780316250818 No. of Pages: 400 Genre: Science Fiction Origins: Little, Brown and Company Release Date: 8 July 2014 Bottom Line: Interesting but not life-changing Synopsis: “The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they’ve left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now…

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Book Review – Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen

Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen

Title: Evergreen Author: Rebecca Rasmussen ISBN: 9780385350990 No. of Pages: 352 Genre: Historical Fiction Origins: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group Release Date: 15 July 2014 Bottom Line: Beautiful and evocative Synopsis: “It is 1938 when Eveline, a young bride, follows her husband into the wilderness of Minnesota. Though their cabin is rundown, they have a river…

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Book Review – The Young World by Chris Weitz

The Young World by Chris Weitz

Title: The Young World Author: Chris Weitz ISBN: 9780316226295 No. of Pages: 384 Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction Origins: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Release Date: 29 July 2014 Bottom Line: Decent Synopsis: “Welcome to New York, a city ruled by teens. After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the…

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Book Review – The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Title: The Good Girl Author: Mary Kubica ISBN: 9780778316558 No. of Pages: 352 Genre: Suspense Origins: Harlequin MIRA Release Date: 29 July 2014 Bottom Line: Excellent thriller Synopsis: “Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters…

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It’s Monday, July 21st! What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading?

Hosted by Sheila from Book Journey, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Finished Last Week: Did Not Finish: Within the first ten pages of starting this novel, I knew it was not for me. The…

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Book Review – Prototype by M. D. Waters

Prototype by M. D. Waters

Title: Prototype Author: M. D. Waters ISBN: 9780525954248 No. of Pages: 384 Genre: Science Fiction Origins: Dutton Adult Release Date: 24 July 2014 Bottom Line: Love, love, love Synopsis: “Emma looks forward to the day when she can let go of her past—both of them. After more than a year on the run, with clues…

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Book Review – The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Title: The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) Author: Deborah Harkness ISBN: 9780670025596 No. of Pages: 576 Genre: Fantasy Origins: Viking Books Release Date: 15 July 2014 Bottom Line: This will go down as one of the best books of 2014 for me. Synopsis: “After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second…

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Book Review – Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Title: Illusive Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones ISBN: 9780316254564 No. of Pages: 416 Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction Origins: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Release Date: 15 July 2014 Bottom Line: Forgettable Synopsis: “The X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of “super” criminals. When the MK virus swept across the…

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Book Review – The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier

The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier

Title: The Butcher Author: Jennifer Hillier ISBN: 9781476734217 No. of Pages: 352 Genre: Thriller Origins: Gallery Books Release Date: 15 July 2014 Bottom Line: Meh Synopsis: “A rash of grisly serial murders plagued Seattle until the infamous ‘Beacon Hill Butcher’ was finally hunted down and killed by police chief Edward Shank in 1985. Now, some…

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