Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday Salon: A Memorial Weekend

Happy Sunday, and Memorial Day Weekend to those here in the States. I'm happy to say that it has actually been quite a lazy weekend, but eventful to some degree! My poor wireless router went down Friday night, which had me at Best Buy in my grubby clothes to look for a new one. I then spent the next six hours proving the guy there (who said I needed to pay Geek Squad to come install it) wrong, by hooking and setting it all up BY MYSELF...thank you very much. Yes, it took me forever, but it's up and running. I am now the proud owner of a new, 10X the power, wireless router than before. :) That will come in handy when I move into my new townhome this fall, as I'll be setting up the main computer upstairs.

As for books, this has seemed to be a pretty productive reading week, thanks to things slowing down with the end of the school year. My online job wrapped up this past week, and I'm in the middle of Finals for my kids at school. Since our grades are due the last day of finals, I don't really do a "real" test. That would just be too hard to get graded and in by 2 pm, so I do reading surveys at the end of the year, and have kept them over the past several years to compare reading trends. It's quite interesting. As always, you get the kids who are happy to say they won't be reading until next fall, and then you get the others who eagerly give you a run down on all the books they're planning on reading once school lets out. Either way, it's interesting to see the trends.

Once school gets out, I'll be packing up, mailing boxes, and gearing to head to HAWAII!!! I'm nervous to leave mid-building on my new townhome, with so much to be decided on, but am looking forward to a tropical summer. My Kindle is totally stocked, full of books and series I've been wanting to read. I've kept my eye on prices, and picked up new books whenever they were free or within a $4 range. (Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my Kindle??? See Kindle: Amazon's 6 for more information!)

This past week I read and reviewed three books: Deep Dish, The Stand, and Living Dead in Dallas. Each book was completely different from the next, but interesting in their own rights. Right now I'm in the middle of My Brother Michael, which is set in Greece, and is taking me back to my own trip through Greece and Turkey. Man, I love that region! I even told my financial adviser the last time we met, that my entire goal for retirement was to be able to spend several months a year in Greece! Besides that, I'm picking away at lots of books. I REALLY want to dive into book two of Sharon Lathan's series, Loving Mr. Darcy, but am trying so hard to hold off long enough to let it be the only thing I have to do. I'm so looking forward to escaping into its pages, that I've had to put the book away so that I won't be tempted to crack it open and read it too quickly! Besides, I'm nervous that I have to wait so long for book 3! (Picture above is of me at the library at Corinth. I can't believe they let you stand up there!)

Well, I do have a few other things that I'm reading, here and there, but am really just clearing things out so that I can leave in a week and a half. No library loot for me for awhile! Anyway, until next time...bye!


  1. Hawaii! Lucky you! You'll have a great summer for sure :)

  2. So, you'll be in Hawaii all summer? Wow, how fun! Get TONS of reading done! :)

  3. Good for you proving the Best Buy guy wrong! :)

  4. Hawaii, wow! That sounds like it will be great trip. I hope you have fun.

    I was always one of those kids who was like, "Here's what I'll be reading this summer, blah blah blah blah...." But I guess that's not really much of a surprise. :)

  5. Enjoy your summer in Hawaii!!

    True, not everything needs to be done by Geek Squad - it is where they make money. They tried to sell us some software/installation stuff when we bought my laptap a couple of weeks ago - we said no. The software already came in the box!!

  6. I have no idea how I have never happened upon your blog before - but I am so glad you Tweeted me! We have similar taste in books, I also love my Kindle, and I am a high school English teacher as well.

    I look forward to following all your posts (and with just a touch of envy as you head off to Hawaii!)

  7. Thanks all! I am pretty excited about going over to see my mom in Hawaii & enjoying those great beaches. :)

    You all are right too about not needing Geek Squad! I'm enough of a "geek" that I could figure it out all by myself. :)

  8. Happy (belated) Memorial Day weekend to you!

    I've been taking a break in Santa Barbara since school had wrapped up last week. Turned in the grades and finished the syllabus for summer class.

    I was the kid who couldn't wait for summer to start because I'd have all the time to read non-school-related books.

    Have a great time in Hawaii! Aloha!

  9. Now that I know what you look like, Becky, I can so see it:

    You decked out in a floral bathing suit, lying on a sandy beach with palm-leaf umbrella shading, cute Hawaiian cabana boy nearby ready to replenish the slushy drink, cobalt blue waves lapping the shore, "Loving Mr. Darcy" open on your lap - watch out for coconut oil stains - and a wide, happy smile upon your face. Someone walks by and asks what you are reading. You gush on, waxing eloquent about the stunning love story between Lizzy and Darcy. Before you know it all the women on the beach have gathered around for an impromptu book club! After their husband/lovers get VERY lucky that night due to the high romance in the air and surging hormones, every book store in the area is sold out of Sharon Lathan's books. The tide swells and....

    OK, you get the picture! Hey, a girl can dream, right? Have fun in Hawaii and enjoy my novel. :)

  10. Ooh, I adore My Brother Michael. It's my dream to get to Greece someday.