The Sunday Salon – June 10, 2012

Woo hoo – we are on summer break! Amidst some last minute scrambling to do paperwork for Nan’s high school credits that I had forgotten and left until the last minute, we finished up our studies for the school year. We are ready to enjoy our summer – if the weather ever cooperates, that is. Our local newscasters are calling this month June-uary. We have broken records in our area for both amount of rainfall and how cold it is – our nights have been in the 40s, our days reach all the way up to the high 50s! (That was sarcasm, in case you missed it.) We are still running the heater occasionally, which is definitely not normal for June.

But, really, I can’t complain, since I have the next two and a half months off of homeschooling. I have lots of plans for the summer – plans that include doing some deep cleaning of the house, organizing books, getting back into an exercise routine by spending afternoons at the pool, homeschool prep after our new books arrive, and lots and lots of reading. Kevin has plans, too, which means we will do come camping and spend some days at the lake. Our summer plans start this Friday, with Noah’s 14th birthday party: seven boys ranging in age from 10 to 14, playing video games until their brains are fried.

Today after church, we are going to my folks’ house to celebrate an early Father’s Day. We do this every year, as my dad always has to leave on the real Father’s Day. He’s the director of a summer camp for kids in the foster care system, and the camp always starts the Monday following the holiday. He gets there a day early to get everything ready. Today’s celebration will be extra fun, as my sister and her husband and kids are still there. Afterward, we’re bringing my nephews Peter and Andrew home for a sleepover. 🙂

I have been reading this week, but only managed to finish one book – Blackout by Mira Grant. It’s the last book in her Newsflesh Trilogy, and it ended with a bang! My review should go up later this week. If I get any time to read today, I have plenty to choose from.

In print:
~ The Annotated Emma by Jane Austen & David M. Shapard
~ The Yard by Alex Grecian
~ Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris
~ The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

On audio:
~ When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
~ Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

What are you doing today? Reading anything good?

On the blog this week:
~ To book bloggers who blog at
~ Book Review: Being Flynn by Nick Flynn
~ Armchair BEA Day 2: My ten favorite reads of 2012 so far
~ Armchair BEA Day 1: In which I interview myself

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14 Responses to The Sunday Salon – June 10, 2012

  1. Here is a link to my Sunday – not on the Book Trunk, but on my original blog, which was just called ChrisCross53, because I didn’t know what to call it and didn’t want to use my name … but I’m trying to get it up and running again, alongside The Book Trunk…

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    YAY! It is such a good feeling to know you have a few months ahead of you where you can relax. Especially for you, since you are the teacher! My son has been frying his brains over here too.

  3. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    Woot! Enjoy your break!!

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow

    Sounds like you have lots of summer plans…it’s always good to have a break from the usual routines.

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Yard. Hope you’re enjoying it.


    • Laurel-Rain Snow
      Twitter: laurelrainsnow

      Oh, and I almost forgot…I think it’s wonderful that your dad does the summer camp for foster kids. I spent three decades as a social worker, and anything extra for foster kids is so beneficial.

      • CarrieK
        Twitter: booksandmovies

        Laurel-Rain – yes, I’m pretty proud of Dad for that. 🙂

  5. Nose in a book
    Twitter: Nose_in_a_book

    Happy summer break! I hope it starts feeling like actual summer at some point.

  6. Patti Smith
    Twitter: PattiRSmith

    I’ve got to get serious about an exercise routine this week…we’ve definitely enjoyed some downtime so far; now it’s time to get serious :p

  7. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Twitter: bookjourney

    I have to look at your ten favorite reads!