The Sunday Salon ~ I’m Back!

January 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Posted in Books, LIfe, Reading | 17 Comments
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The Sunday Salon.comAfter a week of computer frustration, I am back! This afternoon I actually felt like picking my laptop back up and getting back to work again. I’ve missed you guys!

While I’ve been away, I have been getting some things accomplished. I got rid of all my half.com books. I sold them all for $10 and then promptly bought The Reader. Yes, it’s true that the last thing that I need is a book. Still, what a nice trade against boxes filling the back of my Grand Caravan? With the room I’ve made, I’ve been able to able to box up my sprint and summer clothes and put them on the top shelf of my walk-in closet. My clothes will no longer be wrinkled the moment they’re hung up. This also is making more room for my my stamping supplies. I’m not finished organizing the space, but I’ve made some great progress.

I’ve also been reading. Since the New Year, I’ve read My Lady of Cleves, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Etta, and Tomato Girl. My Lady of Cleves and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are both books off of my Just for the Love of It Reading Challenge. Because I’ve also joined the January is ARC Reading Month, I will be reading ARCs the rest of the month. It felt good to be reading non-ARCs. It’s re-energized me for the rest of the month. Etta and Tomato Girl are books off of my 2009 ARC Reading Challenge. I’m well under way. I’m currently reading Mermaids in the Basement for an upcoming book tour and author interview. This is another one for the ARC Reading Challenge. But that’s not all! I forgot about my first read for the War through the Generations Reading Challenge ~ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I’m listening to it on my Zen Creative (which I LOVE) and enjoying it.

I’ve got a lot of reviews to catch up on now that I no longer get hives touching a computer after work. First up will be my last book of 2008 ~ Loving Frank. Loving Frank is the first book we read in my Facebook Historical Fiction Lovers Book Club. 64 people have signed up and I’m really happy about that. The book for February is Soul Catcher by Michael White. If you want to join in on the fun, there is plenty of time. Most of all, we’d be happy to have you.

The New Year is a time to make resolutions. As someone who is overweight, my resolution is either to lose weight or, when I’m feeling more confident, to learn to love myself. This year I wasn’t sure what I wanted. Over the past 11 days, I decided that I wanted to live healthy – and doesn’t that accomplish both? I joined SparkPeople (Lithousewife is my username). It’s a really cool free site where you can set your goals and meet others getting healthier. Best of all, there is a Bookworm community for those who want to devour more books while easting less. 🙂 You know that’s right up my alley. I’m watching the first episode of this season’s The Biggest Loser and it is very, very motivating.  I look forward to giving you updates on my healthy me challenge as the year progresses.

I hope that all of you are doing well. I will be back on the blogs tonight – right after I do a Wii Fit workout.

Oh Dear, It’s THAT Time of Year

August 29, 2008 at 4:59 pm | Posted in LIfe | 11 Comments
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As excited as I am about attending the National Book Festival in less than a month, fall is not the best time of year for me. It seems like it kicks in earlier and earlier each year, but with the shortened days come darker moods and quicker overreactions. I think that I’ve probably been this way most of my life. It became extremely noticeable beginning the Labor Day weekend that Steve Irwin died. I first started noticing it a couple of weeks ago. The official name for this is Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD. Just great. Whoever came up with that name ought to be shot.

As much as I love a long weekend, this holiday is my least favorite. It signals that it’s time for me to do the exact opposite of what I feel like doing (hibernate) and sit under my natural light lamp each day and make sure to get outside while there is sunlight and get some fresh air.

I’m trying to look at this very positively and use this time for some self improvement.

First of all, having to sit under my Ott Light for a half hour gives me the perfect planned excuse time to read. 🙂

Second, getting exercise is not only good for your waist-line (or finding it), it’s a natural mood enhancer, and I don’t do enough of it. With fall will come less humidity and cooler temperatures. No more excuses to avoid moving. To help provide more incentive to get outside walking, I’m looking for an MP3 player with more space than my current 1 Gig Sansa (with 2 Gig chip). I want to load my audio books on it so I can get even more reading time in to my day.

Thirdly, The Biggest Loser family edition starts on September 16 and I’m going to try to get a mini TBL going with my mother and sisters. We are now pretty spread out (Virginia, Southern Indiana, Chicago, and Grand Rapids), so this will give us something to bond over, even if it is slightly competitive. To my beloved sisters out there: if you’re reading this, I’ll be giving you a call very soon…

Finally, I’m going to make it a priority to get rid of the stuff that’s hanging around the house weighing me down. My babies aren’t babies anymore, so there’s no reason to hold on to the strollers, baby swing, baby slides, bottles, crib, toddler beds, clothes, shoes, etc… I also have over 350 books that I’ve had on sale on half.com for over a year. They’re taking up valuable shelf space. Those books that I’ll never conceivably read will be put on sale. If I really get organized, I might put them up for grabs here. Please don’t hold your breath, though. 😉

Do you have any plans for your fall?

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