Saturday, April 23, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mondays - 03/28/16

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been and plan on reading over the week. Recently taken over, this meme is managed by my Kathryn at the Book Date.


My week:
A stressful, rollercoaster week due to an family member's health. Thankfully, we seem to have gotten a reprieve due to a pacemaker placement. Spent a very low-key Easter with the family, feeling grateful.

Current reads:
• Hammer Head - Nina MacLaughlin

Torment Saint, the life of Elliott Smith - William Todd Schultz
• Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (still rereading) - J.K. Rowling

Finished reads:
• And I Shall Have Peace There - Margaret Roach
• Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America - Brian Benson


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Moon Over Manifest - Vanderpool

Moon Over ManifestTitle: Moon Over Manifest


Author: Clare Vanderpool
PublishedGenre: Children's Fiction
Rating
3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.

Book Source: Library

 
Recommended if you like: Children's Fiction, Historical Fiction


 
What Its About:  




Abilene Tucker is a young girl, just twelve, when her father sends her off to live with an old friend, Pastor Shady Howard, in his "hometown" of Manifest, Kansas. Gideon Tucker is a hobo who rides the rails and never settles in one place and its just too dangerous for a twelve year old girl to be living that lifestyle.
But Manifest, Kansas ("A Town with a rich past and a bright future") doesn't quite live up to its nameIt's the Depression, and the only thing scarcer than water is the funding for a "bright future". Abilene feels abandoned by the father she loves dearly and sets out to discover any sign or clue of her father's past and why he has sent her here. But no one in her new town seems to have any stories or information to share about Gideon Tucker. At least, that is how it first appears.  However, with the help of new friends, of all ages and nationalities, Abilene finds not only her father in Manifest, but herself as well.
 
The Bottom Line: 
A sweet and entertaining book for children with just the right mix of mystery and emotions.  A pleasure to read.
 



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday Tunes - 03/22/16


A good lyric is like a great book...



Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)
Don McLean, Artist & Writer





Starry, starry night.
Paint your palette blue and grey,
Look out on a summer's day,
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills,
Sketch the trees and the daffodils,
Catch the breeze and the winter chills,
In colors on the snowy linen land. Now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
they did not know how

perhaps they'll listen now.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Mondays - 03/21/16

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been and plan on reading over the week. Recently taken over, this meme is managed by my Kathryn at the Book Date.


My week:
Relatively calm this week, as its spring break. I got the opportunity to take Thursday and Friday off, which was awesome! I got some reading done, but honestly did mostly errands (this is what you do when you commute to work via train and no longer have a car for post-work trips). 

Current reads:
• And I Shall Have Peace There - Margaret Roach

Torment Saint, the life of Elliott Smith - William Todd Schultz
• Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (still rereading) - J.K. Rowling


Coming up this week:
I honestly have no clue!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sunday Salon - 03/19/16

The Sunday Salon.comSUNDAY POST
The Sunday Salon is now a Facebook group.
The Sunday Post
is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba@Caffeinated Book Reviewer.




Life:
And, she's back!
After so many weeks, I am sure that you were all sure that I had finally given up on the blog. But no, not me. I clearly don't know when to give up, so I am back once again!
After realizing that having a keyboard for my iPad would be extremely helpful at work, I decided to finally go get one. Then, my fish died. The one that I have had for a good ten years (honestly!) and talked about in this post:  
 
R.I.P. My beautiful friend.  
Hubby "buried" him by releasing his body into a nearby lake, so he has hopefully gone off to fishy-heaven.  And, in a bout of retail therapy, I bought not just a keyboard, but a new iPad, a mouse (turns out the only way to get that to work is to jailbreak, no thanks), and a new cover. Long story short, I had to go back THREE times to finally get a keyboard that worked, but I did...and here it is. Impressed? Well, I am. And, obvious benefit, it will make blogging much easier!
So, what is up with me?  
Work is busy as usual, though we have finally gotten  a student to help with things. As well, it is the middle of the semester, the mid-semester lull, so I am finally getting caught up. And, the big news at work is finally official: The Boston Conservatory (my company) will be merging with Berklee School of Music. By the middle of this year, we will all be Berklee employees. Exciting, stressful, wonderful, and more than a little scary. Everyone is hoping they still have jobs when this is done, but only time will tell.
The kitties are doing great. Still playful and adorable, though more and more adult every day. Sigh, they grow up so quickly! 





Blogging:
I've got a lot of catching up to do here, reviews and posts and blog upkeep, oh my!

First order of business, I need to update my TBR page. I haven't touched it in months as Shelfari is going away. Is anyone as bummed as I am about Shelfari?!?! Amazon, yuck! Goodreads, blah! Shelfari good! 

But what choice do I have? 

I sucked it up and updated my old (barely used) Goodreads page. It was a RIDICULOUS amount of work as my whole Shelfari book list did not transfer over easily. Lots of extra typing and lost all my followers.  I was not a happy camper! Though to be fair, it could have been much worse. 

And surprisingly, Goodreads has actually gotten better. It has a few key things that they never used to have (and Shelfari did), like the ability to export an Excel spreadsheet of your lists...a Godsend with a list of more than 10,000+ books. So that's a good start, though they still have an ugly set up. Shelfari always looked like an actual bookshelf, pretty!  What matters, I suppose, is it's finally done. Please feel free to visit me over thereand maybe even follow me?!

Well, I could go on and on, but that's going to be it for now.
Have a great week everyone!!

Shannon
 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tuesday Tunes - 02/16/16


A good lyric is like a great book...



Amazing Grace
Rhema Marvanne, Artist
John Newton, Writer



Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

[2x]
My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Will be forever mine.
You are forever mine.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Tuesday Tunes - 02/9/16


A good lyric is like a great book...


Leader Of The Band
Dan Fogelberg, Artist & Writer




An only child alone and wild
A cabinet maker's son
His hands were meant for different work
And his heart was known to none
He left his home and went his lone
And solitary way
And he gave to me
A gift I know I never can repay
A quiet man of music
Denied a simpler fate
He tried to be a soldier once
But his music wouldn't wait
He earned his love through discipline
A thundering, velvet hand
His gentle means of sculpting souls
Took me years to understand
The leader of the band is tired
And his eyes are growing old
But his blood runs through my instrument
And his song is in my soul
My life has been a poor attempt
To imitate the man
I'm just a living legacy
To the leader of the band
My brothers' lives were different
For they heard another call
One went to Chicago
And the other to St. Paul
And I'm in Colorado
When I'm not in some hotel
Living out this life I've chose
And come to know so well
I thank you for the music
And your stories of the road
I thank you for the freedom
When it came my time to go
I thank you for the kindness
And the times when you got tough
And, papa, I don't think
I said, "I love you" near enough
The leader of the band is tired
And his eyes are growing old
But his blood runs through my instrument
And his song is in my soul
My life has been a poor attempt
To imitate the man
I'm just a living legacy
To the leader of the band
I am the living legacy
To the leader of the band

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Tuesday Tunes - 2/2/16



A good lyric is like a great book...

New York, New York
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Artists
Dwight Myers, Edward Ferrell II, Donald Earle De Grate, Richard Hailey, Joel Hailey, Writers



New York New York, big city of dreams
And everything in New York ain't always what it seems
You might get fooled if you come from out of town
But I'm down by law and I know my way around
Too much, too many people, too much (aha-ha)
Too much, too many people, too much, Raaah!
A castle in the sky, one mile high
Built to shelter the rich and greedy
Rows of eyes, disguised as windows
Looking down on the poor and the needy
Miles of people, marching up the avenue
Doin' what they gotta do, just to get by
I'm living in the land of plenty and many
But I'm damn sure poor and I don't know why
Too much, too many people, too much
Too much, too many people, too much!
A man's on a ledge, says he's gonna jump
People gather round, said, "He won't he's just a chump"
'Cause he lost his job, then he got robbed
His mortgage is due and his marriage is through
He says he ain't gonna pay no child support
Because the bitch left him without a second thought
He got nothing to eat, no shoes on his feet
She even left his clothes out in the street
He keeps hearing noises when he's at home
He always hears voices when he's all alone
His wife took the kids, the car and the crib
In this man's world, so much for Women's Lib
New York New York big city of dreams
But everything in New York ain't always what it seems
You might get fooled if you come from out of town
But I'm down by law, and I know my way around
Down in the Village, you might think I'm silly
But you can't tell the women from the men sometimes
They're sugar and spice and everything nice
But when you get 'em home ain't no telling what you find
Right next door is a little old man
I seen him eating dog food out of a can
He says, "I got to eat, when I can't afford meat
I barely can stand, on my own two feet
I got a bad habit and I just can't break it
Something's on my mind and I just can't shake it
I need some time, and I want some space
I gotta get away from the human race"
Too much, too many people, too much (aha-ha)
Too much, too many people, too much! Raaah!
Staring at a skyscraper reaching into heaven
When over in the ghetto I'm livin in hell
Just play ball or be an entertainer
'Cause niggaz like me can't read too well
Nobody loves me, nobody cares
I dreamed about a life but I'm livin in a nightmare
Paranoid schizo, set back, snowbound
Bad news psycho, heart attack, breakdown!
Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh
Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh
Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh
Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, Huh, Hee, HUH!
If only I could sleep just ten more minutes
I might find the strength to make another day
If I didn't have to get up and do my thing
I would probably sleep my whole life away
I messed up a nice dream, somethin' bout ice cream
Whipped cream, fruits and a cherry on top
Now I gotta get up and face the world, huh
The pressure is on, It ain't never gonna stop
I sho' gotta learn to use my mind
I don't wanna be kissing nobody's behind
Just standin' on line lookin' like a jerk
Gotta get off my butt and do a full day's work
I ran into a pothole, got into a car crash
Should'a been thinking and tried to fake whiplash
A crowd gathered round, they're callin' me fat
Who you lookin at with a face like that?
New York New York big city of dreams
Everything in New York ain't always what it seems
You might get fooled if you come from out of town
But I'm down by law and I know my way around
On 42nd Street, lookin for some action
Women standing on the corner selling satisfaction
One young punk just leaning on the fence
Tryin' to make a dollar out of fifteen cents
Really is a prankster, tried to be a gangster
Real big wheel when a gun is in his hands
Just did a stick-up, just got picked up
One dead punk, killed by the man
New York New York big city of dreams
And everything in New York ain't always what it seem
You might get fooled if you come from out of town
But I'm down by law and I know my way around
Too much, too many people, too much (haha ha ha)
Too much, too many people, too much! Huh!
A baby cries and a mother dies
And the tears fall from the doctor's eyes
Because in this room, on this day
The Good Lord has giveth, and taketh away, huh!
The gift of life really means a lot
And in the ghetto your life is all you got
So you take to the streets, trying to exist
In the trash and slime of a world like this
What you watch on TV tells you what life is supposed to be
But when you look outside the only thing you see
Is the poverty stricken reality, Heh!
Abandoned places, angry faces
Much hate and hunger throughout the races
You say, "I'm grown and I'm on my own
So why don't everybody just leave me alone!"
Now you stay at home, talking on the phone
Doin ninety miles an hour in the fifty mile zone
They never took the time to tell you 'bout sex
So you had to learn about it in the discotheques
Nine months later, the baby is there
And the Nigga that did it said, "I don't care!"
You don't have enough money to help feed two
So you have to choose between the baby and you
The sky was crying, rain and hail
When you put your baby in the garbage pail
Then you kissed the kid and put down the lid
And you tried to forget what you just did, Huh!
The muffled screams of a dying baby
Was enough to drive the young mother crazy
So she ran in the rain trying to ease the pain
Huh huh, And she drove herself insane
New York New York big city of dreams
But everything in New York ain't always what it seem
You might get fooled if you come from out of town
But I'm down by law and I know my way around
Too much, too many people, too much (haha ha ha)
Too much, too many people, too much! HUH!
New York New York big city of dreams
But everything in New York ain't always what it seem
You might get fooled if you come from out of town
But I'm down by law and I know my way around
Too much, too many people, too much (haha ha ha)
Too much, too many people, too much

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday Tunes - 1/26/16


A good lyric is like a great book...

I Wonder What Would Happen To This World
Harry Chapin, Artist & Writer



Oh well, I wonder, yes, I wonder
What would happen
What would happen to this world?
Well, I wonder what would happen to this world?
Now if a man tried to take his time on Earth
And prove before he died
What one man's life could be worth
Well, I wonder what would happen to this world?
And if a woman, she used a lifeline
As something more than
Some man's servant mother wife time
Well, I wonder what would happen to this world?
Oh well, I wonder, yes, I wonder
'Bout what would happen
What would happen to this world?
Well, I wonder what would happen to this world?
As I look around us there's such strange things
There's muggers and there's jugglers and we are led by clowns
If an answer ever found us, would we change things?
Or are we just a people rotten ready for the ground
And if our future lies on the final line
Are we brave enough
To see the signals and the signs
I wonder what would happen to this world?
We see the people, we see them marchin' down
Do we join the parade
Or do we try and turn around
Well, I wonder what would happen to this world?
Oh well, I wonder, yes, I wonder
'Bout what would happen
What would happen to this world?
Well, I wonder what would happen to this world?
Disciple children walk the streets, selling books and flowers
Can they be last ones with a semblance of a dream?
If we say that no one's out there and we say we're goin' nowhere
And we avoid the question, is this all that it means?
Oh, if a man tried to take his time on earth
And prove before he died
What one man's life could be worth
And I wonder what would happen to this world
Oh well, I wonder, yes, I wonder
'Bout what would happen
What would happen to this world?
Well, I wonder what would happen to this world?
Yes, I wonder what would happen to this world?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tuesday Tunes - 1/19/16


A good lyric is like a great book...

The Dance

Garth Brooks, Artist
Tony Arata, Writers



Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared 'neath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn't I a king
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
Hey who's to say you know I might have changed it all

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain but I'd have had to miss the dance!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Mondays - 1/18/16

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been and plan on reading over the week. Recently taken over, this meme is managed by my Kathryn at the Book Date.

My week:
Busy week helping the in-laws move to a new home after 50+ years. Also went to my first summer fair for work, which required getting up at 5:30a.m., which took me more than a day to recover from. Enjoying the long weekend and trying to get some last minute Bloggiesta efforts done.


Current reads:
• Torment Saint, the life of Elliott Smith (still) - 
William Todd Schultz
• The Oregon Trail (still) - Rinker Buck
• Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (still) - J.K. Rowling
Coming up this week:
More of the same. Hoping to finish at least of one of these!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Salon - 1/17/16

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Salon.com
The Sunday Salon is now a Facebook group.
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Life:

Howdy Doody!
Popping in to say high and update. All is well on the northern-eastern front.
Work is very busy. I don't get any time to do personal stuff, like blogging, like I used too in the old job as my new position really is the combination of what is typically three separate full-time jobs. More than one person has indicated that when they saw my job description, they just laughed. No one thought it was possible. It's not, but I am doing my best to keep up. And we have made some adjustments  which have enabled the role to manage more and hands-on less duties, so I am surviving. My bosses tell me repeatedly that I have been doing a really great job and am making a difference for them. So that is really, really nice to hear - especially after my recent situation. This is definitely what I am used too!
Changes are still in the works there...but it's not been officially announced yet, so I can't share just yet. But I will when the time is right.
The past couple of weekends have been extra busy. My in-laws moved out of their home of like 50+ years, to a condo not far from hubby and I (about 5 minutes). We've spent a few days, along with my sister-in-law and her family (who have been helping prepare for months) moving them, unpacking boxes, finding slippers, pillows, and toothbrushes, etc. It must be incredibly hard for them... 
But it's a cute condo, closer to us than they were originally to any family, which is good. They still have a lot of unpacking to do, but they can eat, sleep, shower, dress, and watch TV/read. It's a start. We spent today making the place look less like a storage shed and more like a home, emptying as many boxes as we could and removing them, cleaning up, helping to fix closets, unpack boxes of bathroom build up (if you've ever moved, you know how this type of stuff multiples without your realizing it!). In their eighties, they can only do so much on their own, but hopefully they can now begin relaxing and settling in a bit.  We'll likely be back next weekend, and several after that until every box is unpacked and removed. And I was actually able to give them a "coupon-care-box" of goodies I have stocked piled in my basement (detergent, soap, trash bags, dish soap, etc, etc). Yeah for couponing!
Other than that, hubby and I are just going to spend tomorrow's holiday snowed in (by all two anticipated inches) reading and relaxing with the kitties.
Blogging:

Unfortunately, after the longer commute and overtime, I am usually wiped out at night. So it's hard to motivate to do just about anything. Despite that, I did start a blog project this week. Not realizing it was Bloggiesta weekend, I didn't sign up...but the project, which I'm hoping to finish tomorrow really is fitting. And, I did manage to preset a bunch of posts. Now I just have to remember to complete and publish them!  And I really, really have to get some reviews done!  Honestly, the more I can do on my iPad, the more likely it will be published. If I have to turn on a computer...well, not likely.
Anyway, things are still chugging along here. I hope all is well where you are and that you are looking forward to spring as much as I am!
Have a great week everyone!!

Shannon
 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tuesday Tunes - 1/12/16



A good lyric is like a great book...

Rock And Roll Heaven
The Righteous Brothers, Artists
Alan O'Day and Johnny Stevenson, Writers




If you believe in forever
Then life is just a one-night stand
If there's a rock n' roll heaven
Well you know they've got a hell of a band, band, band Jimmy

Gave us rainbows and Janis
Took a piece of our hearts and Otis

Brought us all to the dock of a bay
Sing a song to light my fire, remember Jim
That way, they've all found another place, another place to play

If you believe in forever
Then life is just a one-night stand
If there's a rock n' roll heaven
Well you know they've got a hell of a band, band, band Jimmy

Remember bad bad Leroy Brown, hey Jimmy
Touched us with that song
Time won't change a friend we came to know and Bobby

Gave us Mack the Knife
Well look out, he's back in town
They'll all be there together
When they meet in one big show

If you believe in forever
Then life is just a one-night stand
If there's a rock n' roll heaven
Well you know they've got a hell of a band, band, band Jimmy

There's a spotlight waiting
No matter who you are 'cuz everybody's got a song to sing
Everyone's a star
(Everybody's got to be a star)

If you believe in forever
Then life is just a one-night stand
If there's a rock n' roll heaven

Well you know they've got a hell of a band, band, band Jimmy


Friday, January 08, 2016

2015 End of Year Book Survey (abbreviated)

Source: perpetualpageturner.com 

I guess, since I have done a Recap in months, I should catch up!


2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 41
Number of New Reads: 37
Number of Re-Reads: 4 (All Harry Potter)
Genre You Read The Most From: Memoir

Complete listing of  New Book Reads in 2015:


January:

1. Last Night At The Viper Room
2. The Book Thief
3. Almost Perfect

February:
4. Ham: Slices of Life
5. Singing To A Bulldog
6. Landlines

March:

7. Newtown: An American Tragedy
8. The Room
9. Called: Hello, My Name Is Mrs. Jefferson. I Understand Your Plane Is Being Hijacked. 9:45 Am, Flight 93, September 11, 2001

April:
10. Moloka'i

May:
11. Love Life
12. Etched in Sand
13. Working Stiff

June:
14. Gone Girl
15 .The Choir Boy
16. We Should All Be Feminists
17. There Was A Little Girl
18. Mud Season

July:19. Find Me
20. Aquarium
21. A Man Called Ove
22. Not My Father's Son

August:
23. Quiet Please: Dispatches From A Public Librarian

September:
24. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
25. Off Balance
26. Cleaning House
27. Still Alice

October:
28. Singular Intmacies
29. The Undertaker's Daugheter
30. We Were Liars

November:
31. Ghost Boy
32. The Girl Who Chased The Moon
33. Rapture Practice
34. All The Bright Places

December:
35. Fishbowl
36. Deep Down Dark
37. The Art of Racing In The Rain

As always, some months were better than others. But wow, July...what happened?!?!


Survey Says:


1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Memoir: Last Night At The Viper Room, I am a child of the '80's.
Fiction: The Book Theif, took me a while to get to it but it did not disappoint

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Landlines and The Room. I had heard lots of good stuff and, well...eh.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 

Called, the actual story about the day was SHORT. A good portion of the book was just stories other other family members, which in my opinion is a whole other book.
 
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I don't really do this. If someone asks, I'll offer suggestions...but I don't push books. Everyone's interests (and tolerances) always seem so very different.

5. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

The Book Thief

6. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Gone Girl. Just....wordless.

7. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?


I failed every challenge this year. Oh well, here's hoping 2016 is more productive!

Monday, January 04, 2016

Monday Mailbox - 01/04/16



Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

The great thing about being an avid reader is that everyone wants to give you books for Chistmas. The bad thing about being an avid reader is that no one knows which books to get you, because you might already have read what they buy....so they don't buy you any.

But sometimes, they buy you gift certificates instead which is awesome!

I got three this year and when I went to put them in my wallet I discovered that I had multiple that still had balances on them from previous years (how is that even possible?!?). So, I went shopping!


After hitting a local bookstore, I went online for some ebook bargains:

- A Little History of the World by Gombrich, EH
- Turner House by Flournoy, Angela
- A Call of the Farm by Bilow, Rochelle
- Men We Reaped - ward, Jesmyn
- A Walk to Beautiful by Wayne, Jimmy
- Coming Clean by Miller, Kimberly

And of course over vacation I visited my favorite cheap media store...


And when I was done, I still had a sizable chunk left, so more shopping is in my future!!



Mondays - 01/04/16

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been and plan on reading over the week. Recently taken over, this meme is managed by my Kathryn at the Book Date.

My week:
A wonderful winter break! Restful, great food, awesome presents...and lots of glorious reading!!

Current reads:
• Torment Saint, the life of Elliott Smith - William Todd Schultz
• The Oregon Trail - Rinker Buck
• Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (still rereading) - J.K. Rowling
Coming up this week:
A return to work after a too short break - early mornings, lots of groaning - and missing hubby while he travels for work.