"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday Salon... March 18

Weather today... Rain, sun, snow, hail. It is actually quite ridiculous.

In the school library this week: The state HSPE (High School Proficiency Exam) was held on three days, plus an additional make-up day on Friday. The library was the room used for students who needed a longer time to finish it. We had to lock out all other students, teachers, and classes.  It was actually quite boring. Watching students take tests.

I'm reading: 1. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, the Printz Award winner for 2012; 2. The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta

I'm listening to: Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones. Set on Bougainville, an island that is part of Papua New Guinea. The teacher, Mr. Watts, reads Great Expectations to his class. The main character, Pip, plays an important role in the life of Matilda, the story's protagonist.

Book finished this week: The Final Four by Paul Volponi. A fictionalized account of a semifinal game in the NCAA basketball tournament. Read my review here.

Bookish event: I attended an author event at the Garfield Bookstore last night where six new/upcoming YA authors answered questions and read from their books.  Unfortunately, the event was very poorly attended. I enjoyed myself but felt sorry for the organizers of it since I'm sure they made no money on it at all.

Scripture lesson in church: Isaiah 43:18,19
18 “Forget the former things;
   do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
   Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? 

I'm praying for: My friends. Two of my friends have lost their mothers in the past few weeks. Two other friends' husbands are currently being treated for cancer. Moral of the story, aging sucks!

Around the house: The new washer and dryer are installed and we've spent most of Saturday catching up on laundry! They are both front loaders and we have been amusing ourselves watching the laundry tumble around.  Ha!

From the kitchen: Corned beef and cabbage and second day, Rueben sandwiches.

Musical event of the week: The University of Puget Sound Adelphian Choir and RHS Concert choir shared a concert at our church. It was an excellent event.

A favorite quote this week: "Don't give up. Don't ever give up!" ---Jimmy V.


  1. I've been longing for corned beef and cabbage....I guess I'll have to keep imagining it, as it's rainy and dreary, and to get some, I'd have to leave the house.


  2. Love Reubens--hate cancer and parents dying. :(

    1. I pray for you and your hubby every day. It is just so rotten what you are going through right now.

  3. So sorry to hear about all that your friends are going through! I'm off to read your Volponi review, I really enjoy his books

  4. :( That's sad that the book event didn't get a good turn out. At least you were there participating, right? ;)


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