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The Sunday Salon #39

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Listening To: Enjoying the last of the Christmas music, although our local radio channels just play the same 20 Christmas songs over and over.  I have to retreat to my iPod.  I really wish we had Sirius in the cars.  The Indie Christmas channel is just awesome.

Book finishedThe Selfish Gene, Batman: Earth One Preview, The Magician King, The Son of Neptune

ReadingNone; taking a break for family activities and Christmas.  Will resume my reading with the start of 2013.

On the Nightstand: January 2013 reads

From the kitchen: Since I’m at my mom’s house, I’m not cooking.  But I did make sure to stop by the store and pick up some interesting wine for us.  I’ll let you know if it was any good.  And I’m planning on making an appetizer of baked brie, caramel, and pecans for Christmas Eve dinner.

On the Web: Reading all the year end book blogger posts and getting ideas for next year’s reading challenge.  I think I’ve finalized my list.

Watching: Whatever my mom and stepdad are watching, which means a lot of sports and reality shows.  I may have to retreat into my bedroom and pop on some scifi or Doctor Who just because.  Maybe the boys’ will join me for some Doctor Who.

Wondering: If we will have a white Christmas?  It’s been awhile since it snowed on Christmas and didn’t just turn into slush or sheets of ice.

From Nature: I’m really not liking the cold.  I want to go back to my climate of 50s in December.

Shopping Scores: I finished my Christmas shopping on Thursday, just in time to miss the crazed last minute shoppers and trying to do it with the boys around.  I did have to enter Toys R Us and the mall, but it wasn’t that bad.  I entered the mall right where I needed to go (I actually remembered where the store is) and got in and out within 15 minutes.  Pretty good time.

Project: The boys and I have tie dye shirts and Christmas cards to make.  We’re planning on doing them today, but who knows.  I wonder how this will go.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Sunday Salon

 

The Sunday Salon #38

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Listening To: After the Not So Silent Night concert last week, I finally downloaded the Imagine Dragons cd.  And I absolutely loved it!  I’m so disappointed that I missed them performing at the concert.  Anyway, the cd has been put into regular rotation.

And of course, I am have been playing the crap out of Christmas music.  Although I make sure to do it when J’s at work.  I only have a few weeks left before it becomes awkward.

Book finishedActive Liberty, Blue, Minigami, The Green Book, The White Pearl, Suite Francaise

ReadingThe Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins.  I hope to finish it before leaving for Christmas…

On the Nightstand: Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, The Magician King by Lev Grossman, and January 2013 reads.

Making Lists: My TBR list for 2013.  I’m determined to read from my personal hoard instead of the library or buying new books.  I am well over 100 books so far…

On the Web:  I’m loving all the Best Of lists and Christmas carol posts.  The Holidays are such a fun time in the blogging community.

Crafting: I had a fun intimate card class on Thursday.  My last for 2012.  We made two adorable Christmas cards (I seriously am stealing the abstract tree idea) and two Christmas crafts (stocking stuffer and wine bottle label.

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And I finally got around to making some romance/love/Valentine’s Day cards to sell in the shop.  I really love the “Love You” with the typewriter one…

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Watching: Stargate Universe S2, Lie to Me S2, The West Wing S5, and J got me to start Star Trek S1.

Wondering: How am I going to shove all this crap into my suitcase?  It’s the same question that I had a few weeks ago.  I know I’ll figure everything out by Tuesday, but I still get nervous right before traveling.

From Nature: The cooler temperatures and grayer skies are pushing me into the winter depression…  But it’s not that bad.  I will still take temperatures in the 50s over the 20s any day.  I’m just a bit cold… I really need a new large sweatshirt (something from the men’s department).

Shopping Scores: Christmas gift shopping of course.  I won’t reveal what they are, but I am excited to say that I am almost finished.  I just need to grab a gift for my family secret santa and one more thing for the boys.  J and I exchanged gifts last night as we won’t be seeing each other for the holidays.  He loved his two new shirts (Spanish Inquisition and the Winchester Tavern) and the summer sausage pack.  He got me a beautiful little dragonfly necklace with blue and purple crystals.  I love it!  Now I need to go pack it to take with me to Indiana.

Project: Packing…  It’s a process for me.  I usually start about a week in advance collating things to take.  Then I have to pull almost all of my clothes from the closet to start making outfits.  I finally narrow those down to a manageable number (8 shirts, 3 pairs of pants, two dresses, underwear, socks, couple of sweaters, pjs, and accessories).  I’m in the last stretch.  I’m down to getting my carry on together.  It’s a process like every time.

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Sunday Salon

 

The Sunday Salon #37

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Listening To: Instead of the usual listening to, I wanted to highlight what we did last night.  J’s boss gave him two free tickets to Live 105’s Not So Silent Night.  Awesome seats!  We traveled up to Oakland, finally got into the arena and took our seats.  Because of crazy traffic, we missed seeing Imagine Dragons (I really do like them).  But we did see:

  • Grouplove — Decent live, but their songs are really hit or miss with me
  • Tegan and Sara — No real stage presence, but I love their music
  • Passion Pit — Horribly mixed sound, it just didn’t sound right at all
  • M83 — My second favorite band of the night… and I’ve only heard a little bit from them before this
  • The Killers! — OMG!  So much better live than I thought they would be.  A nice selection of old and new songs.  I loved them.

Here are some pictures: Grouplove, rest are The Killers

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I posted a video of Tegan and Sara and two of The Killers on my Facebook page

Book finishedWith the no pressure Book Drunkard Readathon, I finished a ton of books this week!

  • Arthurian Romances
  • Note Quite What I was Planning
  • Chocolate
  • Social Q’s
  • The Boys Vol. 12
  • Words Words Words
  • Sprezzatura
  • Click
  • The History of Egypt

ReadingActive Liberty by Stephen Breyer

On the Nightstand: The Book Bash Club Readathon starts tomorrow.  I want to read at least five books this week to lessen my load for the trip back home.  I am focusing on reading physical books, so I can save my iPad reads for the planes.  I had tons of momentum reading last week, just hope I can keep it up for this coming week.

The White Pearl by Kate Furnivall, The Green Book, 350 Inspiring Ways to Decorate with the Color Blue, Minigami, Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Making Lists: Christmas gifts still to buy (only a few left) and tentative packing list for my trip back to Indiana.

On the Web: Attempting to clean out my Google Reader, but actual reading keeps getting in the way.

Crafting: None this week, although I have a meet and greet today.  I also want to send out my Christmas cards this week.  And I need to make a few for my holiday card exchange buddies.  Plus, I told mom I would bring more love and romance cards for the shop when I return to Indiana.  I need to get those done.  Finally, I’m looking forward to my final stamp class of 2012 on Thursday.

Watching: Downtown Abbey S3 (yes, I have it early and it’s wonderful), White Collar S4 (caught up to the fall break), The West Wing S4 (slowly getting through this series), many cheesy Christmas movies (thank you ABC Family and Hallmark)

Wondering: Again, how am I going to pack all this crap in one suitcase?  (and leave room for returning presents?)

From Nature: A bit on the chilly side for the area (40 degrees waking up, up to low 60s), but still way better than the Midwest.

Shopping Scores: Nothing this week, although I am determined to get a decent purse before I leave for Indiana.  I need to make a Target run next week.  And maybe some skinny colorful pants?  And maybe a new lightweight sweater or dress?  Watching people at the concert last night, I was coveted some of the clothes I saw…

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Sunday Salon

 

The Sunday Salon #36

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I didn’t post last Sunday as I was visiting family back in Indiana.  I’m back home and ready to blog a bit more…

Listening To: Instead of music, I’ve been listening to podcasts these past two weeks.  Specifically I’ve been enjoying the archives of The Ood Cast.  All Doctor Who, All the Time!  They are the right mix of geek and weird.  The podcasts were especially nice during the plane rides when my eyes were too tired to read.

Books finished:

  • Othello
  • Pericles
  • As You Like It
  • Cymbeline
  • The Martian Chronicles
  • Poems of Emily Dickinson
  •  Mythology
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
  • Bridge of Scarlet Leaves
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Reading????  Check back with me in 5 minutes

On the Nightstand: Suite Francaise by irene Nemirovsky, Arthurian Romances by Chretien de Troyes, The Firemaster’s Mistress by Dickason, The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Making Lists: Grocery list.  There was a strange hodge podge of food in the house when I came back, so I had to eventually go to the grocery store.  Now we have stuff to actually make food.

Around the house: I came home to a very clean reorganized house thanks to J.  Amazing!  And thank goodness because we had people over on Wednesday night for a going away party.  After a lovely dinner out, we came back to play Ticket to Ride and Apples to Apples.  I do love me some board games!

Crafting: Nothing.  But I’m definitely ready to get back into it.

Watching: I finally finished Heroes after what seems like years.  I kept getting stuck in Season 3, but I’ve finally moved through.  It definitely picked up in the last season, so not all bad.  Coming back to California, we caught up on basically a month’s worth of tv shows.  Next up: to finish Stargate Universe.

From Nature: I seem to have brought the gloom and rain back from Indiana.  But at least it’s in the 60s.

Shopping Scores: I didn’t go out on Black Friday but I did shop from the comfort of my couch.  I snapped up a few things for mom, J, and the boys.  Plus, I got penny prints from Snapfish and a Groupon for Toys R Us.  Very happy with my haul.

Picture: What I did over Thanksgiving break…

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Posted by on December 2, 2012 in Sunday Salon

 

The Sunday Salon #35

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I’m writing this Sunday Salon on Saturday as I will be traveling all day Sunday.  I’m heading back east in case you missed the post yesterday.  Going to see the family and enjoy the holiday week.  I will probably not post next week since I will be deeply entrenched in family activities.

Listening To: I finished going through our iTunes account for possible 101 Favorite Songs.  I narrowed down the list.  I’ve actually gotten it down to 101 (with some major culling rules).  Now I’m separating them out into categories for easier posting.  Besides listening to those songs, I updated my computer’s iTunes account.  Basically I wiped everything to the server and then pulled about 2400 songs that I really love for traveling.  Plus I updated my iPod for traveling music.  So I should be set with tons of Mumford, Florence, Lumineers, Lady Antebellum, Josh Groban, etc.

Book finishedThe Jewel of St. Petersburg, An Offer You Can’t Refuse, Flower Fables

Reading: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

On the Nightstand: The iPad is loaded with Shakespeare, fantasy, and science fiction ready for traveling.  First up: As You Like It.

Making Lists: Final packing lists.  I’ve had all my clothes packed for a few days.  I just had to get my media, tech, and toiletries.  Thankfully I only have four Apple products to take (as opposed to J’s mountain of tech) and two cords.  And because of the iPad, I only have to bring two physical books (for take off and landings).

On the Web: Getting excited for 2013 reading challenges.  People are finally putting out their sign up posts.  Now I have to decide which ones to do and which ones to pass on…

Watching: I’ve made it a point to finish some series and get caught up on others before starting anything new.  I finished S8 of Weeds and with that the series.  I was okay with the ending, but the reunion of tons of former characters felt a little cheap.  J and I finished S2 of Fairly Legal and then found out it was canceled.  Boo!  I am really going to miss Leo, but I guess the ending was okay.  We are making our way through S4 of The West Wing and S2 of Stargate Universe (last season).  Plus, I am resolved to finish finish Heroes.  I kept getting stuck in the third season.  I finally made it out and started S4.  So far, it’s much better than S3.  I might actually finish this during the Thanksgiving break as I can watch it on Netflix instant streaming.

Shopping Scores: I have resolved to wait until after Thanksgiving to do any major holiday shopping.  Plus I need the boys’ Christmas lists.  So far, I am doing really good not spending any more.  Although I am eyeing Stampin’ Up’s current deals.  Hmm….

Picture: Proof that it actually rains in Sunnyvale…

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2012 in Sunday Salon

 

The Sunday Salon #34

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Listening To: I made it all the way through our music.  I’ve narrowed the list down to ~350 songs, which need to be narrowed to 101 songs.  This is the really hard part.  But I did update my iTunes account with music to take with me (and updated the iPod).  So I will have some great music to listen to next week while traveling.

Book finishedThe Goose Girl, The Girl from Junchow, and Jane Eyre

ReadingThe Jewel of St. Petersburg by Kate Furnivall

On the Nightstand: Some Shakespeare, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Magician King

Making Lists: Final vacation packing lists.  Getting ready to throw everything in my luggage.

Around the house: I finished organizing my craft stash and cleared a ton of room.  Very proud of myself.

From the kitchen: I made some yummy chili using random canned goods from the pantry.  It turned out lovely and just in time for slightly cooler temps.  I even made enough to throw a container of it into the freezer for next week or after I get back from vacation.  I also made a batch of salsa beef for tacos (extra spicy) for multiple meals.

Crafting: I finally finished the spring break scrapbook pages.  I felt like that task would never end, but thankfully they’re completed.  Now I need to order prints of the journey west to start that section.  I also finished the stationary sets that are traveling to Indiana to sell.  I especially love the owls!  I may just have to keep one of those for myself.

Saturday morning we had a great little class making four all occasion cards.  I especially love the flowers with the little dots of red glitter.  So cute!

Watching: This past week we finished The West Wing S3 and Stargate Universe S1.  I started Weeds S8.  Plus, we watched a ton of newer movies.  My favorite was Safety Not Guaranteed.

Wondering: How do I stuff all of these things into my suitcase?  This is going to get interesting…

From Nature: The cooler temps and partly cloudy days got me in the mood for chili and coffee.  Yummy!

Shopping Scores: I finally found a corner rounder and smaller scoring board for cheap on Amazon!  Much needed crafting tools.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2012 in Sunday Salon

 

The Sunday Salon #33

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Listening To: I’m finally into the L’s.  Still rediscovering some great music.  My current new (again) favorite is KT Tunstall.  I especially love her acoustic album.  Great soundtrack for crafting and reading.

Book finished: Snow Crash.  Only one this week, I’m really slacking.

ReadingThe Girl from Junchow by Kate Furnivall (I read the first book in the trilogy months ago.  Been meaning to get to the other two…)

On the Nightstand: The Jewel of St. Petersburg by Kate Furnivall (If I get through and like Girl from Junchow); The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Making Lists: Blog ideas and updates.  I got a list of to be completed blog posts through Thanksgiving.  I also am compiling a list of maintenance tasks and future post ideas.

From the kitchen: I actually cooked this week!  It’s been awhile.  I made chicken broccoli pesto penne.  It fed J and I for two meals.  Plus I went to the grocery store.  My plan is to make and freeze a few meals before I leave for Thanksgiving.  That way I have food now and once I get back.  Now I just need to go and cook this stuff…

On the Web: Checking out a few new blogs.  Trying to catch up on my Google Reader.  I did a huge clean out during Bloggiesta, but since then I’ve added a ton of new blogs.  I routinely have ~600 unread posts on any given day.  That’s crazy, but I love reading/skimming them.

Crafting: Saturday was a crazy day for crafting.  I went to a Holiday class in the morning.  We made two cute cards (especially love the pumpkin!) and two gift ideas.  I’m thinking of making coaster sets for Christmas or to sell in the shop.

Saturday night was meet and craft.  We each brought our own projects to work on and socialize.  I love these events.  I get a ton done and don’t feel like a shut in.  I finished a few more stationary sets for the shop/gifts.  The hard part is paring down my supplies to a small pile to take to the event.  I choose my papers/color combos and cut the paper before going, so that freed up space.  Plus, I stuck with one type of project.  If I finished, then I finished.  I don’t need five project options for these nights.  I got four out of seven sets completed.

Watching: We finished watching Reaper.  I’m a bit disappointed at the ending.  There really should have been a third season, but oh well…  I also sped through Downton Abbey S3 (that have aired so far).  OMG!  I won’t give away the spoilers, but I can’t believe they did that!  I don’t like!  J and I also got back into watching The West Wing S3 and Stargate Universe S1.

Wondering: How I am going to fit all this crap into my suitcase for Thanksgiving?  I may have to rethink my packing.

From Nature: It’s weird to be walking around in crops, sandals, and short sleeves in November.  My body is loving it, but my head is all confused.  I keep expecting the temperature to drop 50 degrees…

Shopping Scores: After much searching, I finally found a pair of brown high heels that are cute, cheap, and I can walk in.  I happened to be in Target the other day and what did I spy?  A pair of two-tone brown mary janes on clearance!  And they had my size still! Sold!  While, there I also grabbed a skirt and a sweater (both on clearance). I can wear the two together for a fun dressy holiday outfit.  I might even take them to Thanksgiving…

From Target 

From Target 

From Target — Clearanced, no longer on website (Merona Melvas)

Project: I wrapped up redoing my US History notes.  My student is doing better in class and decided to stop the tutoring sessions.  So, I don’t really need to have any of this stuff out anymore.  I finished the notes through Chapter 8 (Settling the West) and put everything into one curriculum box.  I love that I reduced my pile!  One less box to worry about.

Picture: The boys’ Halloween costumes from this week.  A’s an angry bird in case it’s not apparent.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Sunday Salon