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Image: The Sunday Salon Button

For a four-day work week and a quiet house, it has been quite the exciting week. For one thing, I confirmed on Friday that someone has been stealing packages off of my front porch. I had suspected something when I stopped receiving books around the first of the month. Then, I ordered some clothes from Old Navy and was tracking the package. I was a bit confused when the tracking said that the package was delivered on Wednesday but I still had not received anything. I talked to my mail carrier on Friday morning and found out that she had delivered two packages on Wednesday and two on Thursday. I did not receive any of them. Grrr. So, I filed a report with the police and have made arrangements that the only time my mail carrier is to deliver packages is if we are at home. It isn’t ideal, as the post office isn’t necessarily close, but at least I can guarantee that I am getting them all. If I ever find out who was doing this, there is going to be hell to pay!

Image: Gretchen post-op
Not happy and still drugged.
The day after…and much more alert.

As if that wasn’t enough, after a 60-minute wait and a 30-minute appointment with the vet, it was determined that the lump we thought was a cyst on Gretchen’s back may actually be something worse and that it needed to be removed immediately. So, on Friday, when my blood was still boiling at the just-discovered thefts, I dropped Gretchen off for surgery. She came through with flying colors, so I was able to pick her up Friday night. It will be another seven to ten days before we receive the pathology reports. She will be eight years old later this year and cancer is extremely common in her breed, so all we can do is keep our fingers crossed that it was that fatty cyst we thought it was.

Yes, the family is still gone but they will be beginning their journey back north later today. When I come home from work tomorrow, my family will be whole again. The peace and quiet has been wonderful, but I do miss that sense of contentment knowing that all my loved ones are safe and sound under one roof. I’m glad they could get away, as Jim was about ready to go insane from stress thanks to work. We have all been able to take a step back, reflect and relax. It was necessary, but I can’t wait to hug and kiss my babies again!

On the blogging front, did you see that the sign-up form for Armchair BEA is now live. For those who will not be able to head to NYC at the end of May but still want to network, get the latest and greatest information about the publishing industry and enter some amazing giveaways, go add your name to the rapidly-growing list!

This week, I was able to post reviews of the following:

I also continued my popular Trends in Blogging series with my comments discussion, and I was even able to get Connor’s thoughts on The Tomorrow Code.

With the kids gone and thanks to a three-day weekend, I was finally able to accomplish some major reading. I finished Blake Butler’s There Is No Year, The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure, My New American Life by Francine Prose, Devotion by Dani Shapiro, and Veronica Roth’s Divergent. Today, since the weather is still gloomy and rainy, I hope to finish Doc by Mary Doria Russell. It’s been a great weekend.

Speaking of which, I need to wash the sheets for my family’s return and dive back into Doc. It’s a fascinating historical novel on Doc Holliday, immensely readable and oh-so enjoyable. Have a great Sunday. Happy Easter to those who celebrate it. Happy reading!

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