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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday Salon...Sept. 15

Autzen Stadium before UO v Tenn game
Weather: Overcast and sprinkling periodically.

Yesterday: Don and I went to our first U of O football game of the season at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. We were with my parents, sister and brother-in-law, a cousin and his wife, a niece and her friend, my aunt, my brother-in-law and his friends. We were a large party. Our team, the Ducks, won handily. After the game we gathered for a meal and a birthday party for my dad. He will be 85 years old this week.

Today: Before we drove home we had a wonderful breakfast with my sister and her husband.They made us scrambled eggs from their own chickens, and tomatoes from their garden. I really should have a vegetable garden since I am so jealous of people who have their own produce. Delicious.

Weeding books: My parents had to collapse a bookcase so they are now busy sorting through the books of their marriage determining what they will finally part with. My sister and I looked through them before they would be given away to the book sale. It is really sad, with the exception of a very few special books, how quickly books become out-of-date. Even books about timeless places like Yellowstone didn't interest me since the photos are so dated. As a book lover this struck me as very sad.

This past week: We finally finished checking out textbooks to students. On Monday I start my introduction to the library sessions with all freshman English classes. About time!

Currently reading:
  • Please Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. A YA gem about a disturbed, suicidal teen. This is quite eye-opening.
Books completed this past week:
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I am as excited about this book as I was about Hunger Games when I first read it. Will this be the IT book of the year? I think so.
  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King. This is the first book in King's very popular Dark Towers series. We listened to this audiobook on our way to Oregon and back.

A big bummer: Two years ago we had hardwood floors installed on our whole first floor. This past week we discovered that our dishwasher has been leaking for a few weeks. Now we have the blowers and dehumidifiers running to dry out the floor. Next step will be getting a new hardwood floor in the kitchen and a restaining of the whole first floor.  Ugh.

It was a busy week. I hope to blog more this coming week.

What do you have on your calendar for the week? I have book club Tuesday, and my daughter heads back to college next week-end.


  1. Oooh...Leonard Peacock sounds sooo good! And I already wanted to read 5th Wave (as does my son), but after your rave reviews, I am even more eager to get my hands on it.

    Sounds like you had a nice weekend - we had houseguests (my dad and his wife) and had a nice weekend as well.

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  2. Oh, NO! Leaking water is horribly destructive. What a huge pain, especially now that you're back to school. I'm assuming the Ducks have their usual strong team. :)


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