Monday, October 20, 2008

The Sunday Salon: A Day Late AGAIN!!

IMG_3885I'm thinking this should be alternately the Sunday Salon and the Monday Salon. But Monday Salon does not flow as well, does it?

What a week it was! I went from having a quiet week last week to a crazy one! The first few days were good and 'normal' with school basketball tryouts for my girl, school, work, etc. I was able to finish The Red Sea by E.A. Benedek (very good!) for her tour stop at the end of the month. I read the next (for me) in the Molly Murphy series, In Dublin's Fair City by Rhys Bowen. I posted my review for Why the Wind Blows. And then the craziness started!

The kids had fall break this weekend, so no school on Thursday or Friday. So we decided the kids and I should go to Ohio this weekend rather than hubby coming home.(We've got to sell this house!). We packed, got the house ready for Sunday's open house, and left after lunch on Thursday, heading to my sister's.

IMG_3814bwOn the way there, my friend Julie calls and says that another friend and book club member got tickets to Oprah's show next Friday (10/24). What??!!! She is supposed to talk about her latest book club book - The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - and is inviting book clubs to join her. So, lots of phone calls over the next day or so trying to figure all this out. Who's going, what do we have to do, etc. Long story short, we are heading to Chicago on Thursday night, going to hang with Oprah on Friday morning, see Wicked Friday night and head home on Saturday. With a bit of shopping and sight-seeing thrown in for good measure. I am very excited!!!

Needless to say, this changed my reading choices for the week. I went out on Friday and bought the book. IMG_3889cI've gotten through about 200 pages so far (of 562!!!) and it's pretty good. Will be interesting to see where it goes. Who's read it? What did you think? If I get to submit a question for the author (dreaming here but you never know), what should it be?

We did have a fun time at my sister's, seeing my two nephews (the little guys in the pictures), going to COSI and playing (my goofy kids are the other two pics). We also drove the kids around the suburb we are looking at moving to, but they were WAY bored with that. The highlight of that part of the weekend was stopping at the local library. My boy is obsessed with listening to Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey on cds. And while we were at the library, he found out there were cartoon movies of Odyssey! So, we have to move NOW to be able to rent those from the library. LOL My girl also enjoyed the library, exploring the reference section and the past copies of newspapers, national geographic, etc.

IMG_3886aI'm also trying to come up with a system for tracking the books I am requesting and receiving. I have received a ton of books the past two weeks and some of them I am not quite sure who sent them. Or if there is a specific 'thing' I am supposed to be doing with them. Some of the books have a name on the packing slip that I know. But others not. Anyone else have trouble with that? How do you handle it? I am thinking I'll just start writing down when and where I request a book. Then if it shows up, then I'll have a starting place to figure out when I need to read and for what. Thoughts?

I'll keep you updated on my progress on the book and our trip throughout the week. Unfortunately we are not allowed to take cameras or cell phones to the studio - not sure how I can go without taking a picture of at least the studio, though! I am still working on that.


Anonymous said...

What an exciting week! I hope you have the time of your life in Chicago. I am jealous! I finally had start keeping a "Book Log", using Excel, to keep track of what I've requested or agreed to read. I'm not too good with Excel, so I had to get my sweet hubby to set it up for me. Good luck selling your house.

sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

Michele - it sounds like you had a fun time with family this weekend :)

I'll look forward to reading about your experience in Chicago "hanging" with Oprah! Enjoy the book ...

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

You can either do what bermudaonion suggests and make an excel spreadsheet (which is very efficient and handy) or just get a cheap little notebook to write in and keep track of what you've requested, received, reviewed, etc. As long as your method works for you, it's great!

Can't wait to hear about your Oprah adventures!!!

Shana said...

Michele, I can't wait to hear all about Chicago.

Great pics of your kids and nephews.

I keep a spreadsheet of when I receive a book, when I need to have the review done, etc.

Luckily I've only received one book that I can't figure out who sent or why. It's frustrating though! I've had to do some thinking on a few but eventually figured it out.

My book requesting days are over for the next few months until I catch up on my backlog of review copies :)