August 30, 2009

The Sunday Salon

Welcome friends! Let me break down my week for you.

I am halfway through The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I actually think I like the movie better. The details of Henry's and Clare's lives together are starting to bother me. I'm also slowly going through a nonfic ARC called Pay Attention, Say Thank You: Seven Rules and Practices for Joyful Living. Couldn't we all use more joyful living? And I got my reviews up for The Weight of Silence (dud) and Homer & Langley (enthralling). Check them out down below.

Reading plans for the coming week: finish the Time Traveler's Wife and read Things Worth Remembering.

Non-Bookish News
Our first day of school is tomorrow. We homeschool so it means less time for goofing off with Facebook and blogs but a more steady schedule. We have spent a very lazy summer and I am ready to get back into the swing of things. You can expect to hear about our weekly learning adventures at the end of each week. I'm excited.

My daughter bought herself a Star Wars Cookbook last week so she has been busy trying out the recipes. Last night we tried the Wookie Cookies which are chocolate chip cookies using semisweet and milk chocolate chips plus a little Cinnamon. They were wonderful. I am so happy that she found this book because it is getting her in the kitchen. I have been trying to get her cooking for a year or two with little success. Now that it's her idea and her choice of recipes she is taking off. Yay!

A couple months ago I mentioned that I was going to start FLYing. I managed through the baby steps with little trouble and was soon living in a cleaner, less cluttered home. I tell you, Swish and Swipe has revolutionized my bathrooms. I no longer gag at the thought of cleaning my toilets because they get a quick wipe down everyday. They have never been so clean and smelled so nice. Ever. This coming week we are working on the Front Porch/Dining room. Since my dining room is used for 3 meals a day plus it is the center of our homeschool there is usually very little to do there. I'll take the time to work on my living room instead.

Something Extra
There was a reference to a poem in Homer & Langley by Fernando Pessoa. I chased it down and found these couple of lines that I had a nice laugh about. I can relate. You can read the rest of the poem here.

"I'm me, and what the hell can I do about it!"

"If I could only put up with myself and the selves inside me."


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Ti said...

I plan to buy Time Traveler's Wife as a present to myself when my bday hits next week but I'm interested in hearing what you think of the book thus far. It got a lot of hype when it first came out and even more so now that the movie is out.

Good luck with school starting. Less FB? Wahhh.

I practice a lot of the Fly Lady's recommendations and it really keeps my house in a presentable state.

Dani in NC said...

I read the book a couple years' ago and enjoyed it, but I've run across a couple people recently who think the way Henry met Clare was a little creepy. Is that what is bothering you about the book?

bermudaonion said...

I saw The Time Traveler's Wife this week and liked it, but didn't love it. After seeing the movie, I thought I wanted to read the book, but now I'm not sure - I'll look for your review.

Lisa said...

I loved TTW.

I'm interested in your review of the joyful one, I could use some joy! (well, I have joy, but could always use more)

Debra Hamel said...

But how long does it take you per day to do the Fly Lady stuff? I remember looking into it years ago and being put off by it because, as I remember, it seemed to me to minimize the work required. That is, it's all well and good to say that you have to shine your sink every day. But that presupposes that you've done all the dishes. But that work isn't mentioned.