"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 10, 2013

Sunday Salon...March 10

The Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University, Steven Holl architect.
Weather: today it is drizzling rain.  Yesterday it was gorgeous---over 60 degrees and sunny. All the neighbors were out working on their yards.  We planted dahlias and deadheaded the hydrangeas  I should have pruned the roses but that was asking a bit much.

Yesterday: We went to the Lenten Prayer service at Seattle University, a beautiful service of music held in Chapel of St. Ignatius. My daughter is in the choir. It was a very moving service. My older daughter and her husband attended with us.  After the service we went to the Cheesecake Factory for dessert. I had Mango Key Lime with a coconut macaroon crust. OMG.  So filling. I was only able to eat half. By the time we got home it was 12:30 AM and after we adjusted the clocks ahead an hour for daylight savings time, it was after 1:30 AM by the time my head hit the pillow.

Today: I am determined to make a big dent in the book Prodigy, either that or abandon it.
Tete-a-tetes, small daffodil-type bulbs
Crocuses at the base of one of our street trees.

Evidence of Spring in the yard: the crocuses are in full bloom, the daphne is starting to open up and smell delightful, and the tete-a-tetes are blooming. I even noticed that the clematis is starting to bud. All the photos were taken in my yard.

Daphne, not such a lovely plant the scent of the flowers is heavenly.

Reading: I didn't complete any books this week but I sure have a lot I'm in the middle of:

  • Emma by Jane Austen. I have less than 50 pages to go. 
  • Prodigy by Marie Lu, less than half finished.
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, listening to the audiobook, 3/4 completed. LOVE IT!
  • Dead to You by Lisa McCann, 1/4th finished. I stopped listening to it in favor of TFIOS but will get back to it this week.
  • Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Just getting started.

In the library: I started a small competition between TAs. They each get to feature five of their favorite books.  If anyone checks out their selection, they get a point. Then they can put up a new book. The TA with the most points wins a prize. This runs through March. I am calling it Lucky Choice.

From the kitchen: New England boiled dinner: Corned Beef, steamed cabbage, and boiled potatoes... a family favorite. We got a REALLY good corned beef this year. It was really stringy (which sounds bad, but is good.)

Scripture of the day: Isaiah 61:1,2
 "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."

I'm praying for: a blogging friend, Laurie, who is experiencing almost debilitating depression. And for a student who has to move in with her father because her mother is in the hospital due to drug addiction. The Lenten prayer focus of the week is for children who live in unstable homes. It is weird how this links up with the scripture.

Favorite quote of the week: 
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” 
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars


  1. Love the emerging flowers. I too listened to The Fault in Our Stars on audible. I was very taken by the story. Funny and beautifully written. I thought mature teenagers would be an appropriate audience. I used to teach English in a private school for Learning Disabled students and some of my students might have had a hard time with the subject matter. I would have loved to have taught it-- but very selectively.

  2. I love the competition amongst your Library TAs! Adding a competition to anything really will motivate them. I am so glad you liked The Fault in Our Stars, I think it is so well done!

  3. Oh, my gosh...I can't believe how many flowers are already in bloom where you are! We just have a few snowdrops so far.

    Love your contest idea - sounds like fun!

    Glad you are enjoying TFIOS - I liked it, too (along with the rest of the world - lol)

    We are saving our New England Boiled Dinner for next Sunday - our annual St. Patty's Day tradition. I just found out my Dad and his wife will be visiting (unfortunately, for a funeral), so that will work out well for our Sunday dinner.

    Enjoy your books this week!



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