Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday Salon: Happy Women's Day

 Good morning and Happy Mother's Day to everyone out there!  I know that not everyone has birthed a child, and some have lost their mothers, but I believe motherhood is a state of mind and therefore should be celebrated by every woman.  I know many women who mother animals, their husbands and their neighbors' kids, so maybe we should call it Women's Day instead.  Brunch for everyone!

Sadly my husband is not here to help us celebrate this year, as he is over with his parents in Poland.  I am glad he was able to spend some time with them, but I did inform him that he wasn't off the hook.  He very sweetly sent me a gift card for the Ritz spa.  It is never quite the same without him home.  I kind of live like a heathen...I don't cook, I do less cleaning, I binge-watch TV.  And of course that is always when creatures fall in my pool or skimmer and must be dealt with.  I'll spare you the details but this one was either a rat or a baby opossum, only identifiable by the long nasty tail.  Ugh.  It will be nice to get him home.  (And if you are a creepy wack-job and think this would be a great time to rob me, think again.  I'm armed, territorial and a dead-eye shot.  Just had to say that.)

Progress is being made on my wall that was destroyed in that car crash a month or so ago.  They finally released the accident report and I was able to get the driver's insurance information, so I'll get some estimates next week and hopefully get repairs started soon.  It isn't pleasant driving past that every day.  I'm still kinda traumatized over that.

My son wrapped up his last volleyball game of the season, and is also wrapping up his time at the school he has attended since he was 2 1/2.  He's got a couple of finals next week, and then it is all about the retreat, the class trip to Busch Gardens, and graduation.  The blink of an eye people.  My baby is going to high school.

My husband and I always have a standing invitation to a fundraiser for the Orlando Science Center called "The Science of Wine" which is run by my friend that owns the wine store and his wife (who works at the Science Center).  It was held last night, and since my husband wasn't around I took my BFF, and we had a ball.  Lots of food and wine, and I scored a giant basket of food goodies and a Coach backpack!  Happy Mom's Day to me!

I had a particularly enjoyable week of reading.  I had an express package delivered to me Monday containing Rainbow Rowell's "Landline", which I proceeded to read in two days.  While it was a very easy read, I was a little disappointed after the brilliance of her other books.  It just seemed like she wasn't on her game.  I still had fun reading it though.  I'm now progressing with "The Girl on Legare Street" by Karen White, which is an easy read as well.

On audio I listened to "Orange is the New Black", and really enjoyed it.  I'd been hearing about it for years, but I guess I was finally motivated to read it because I wanted to watch the new TV series that is based on it.  (After I finished the book I binge-watched the entire first season.)  Turns out the show diverts quite a bit from the book, but still addictive.  I have just started "Cinder" by Marissa Meyer, which is a futuristic re-telling of Cinderella.  After being immersed in women's prisons, it feels silly but I'm going to ride it out because everyone seems to have loved it.

So today I'm going on a long walk, then the kids and I are going to brunch at Roy's, and then I'm going to float in the pool.  I'm mildly interested in a pedicure and a trip to Barnes & Noble, but I'm not sure if I'll make it.  My day will be capped off by another episode of Game of Thrones tonight!  Hope everyone has a wonderful Women's Day!

  


19 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Happy Women's Day to you! Last week was a rough one around here but we got through it unscathed. This week must be better!

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

Happy Mother's day to you Sandy! You are one of the most hard-working, loving, dedicated moms I have EVER met and your kids are so lucky to have you. Enjoy your day!!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Happy Mother's Day to a GREAT mom!!!

Iliana said...

Happy Mother's Day, Sandy! My husband goes to visit his family twice a year and I usually don't get to go twice so I understand how it is to be without the guys. I end up watching a lot of chick-flicks and yes, eating cupcakes :)

Enjoy your day and woo-hoo on winning the prize package yesterday. how fun!

Carrie said...

The Science of Wine - that's a science exhibit I could get excited about!

That's a bummer that Landline wasn't as brilliant as her other books, but expectations are very high after the other ones.

Melody said...

Happy Women's Day, Sandy! And woohoo for winning that prize!!

Ahh... I'm hoping Landline will be better read than her others but that doesn't mean we will stop reading her books huh. Let's hope her next book will be a hit!

Hope you've a great week!

booksatvioletcrush.com said...

Happy Mother's day Sandy!

I'm the same when my husbands not there. I didn't know 'Orange is the new Black' was based on a book. I should look it up.

JoAnn said...

Hope you had a Happy Women's Day and a nice float in the pool!

Ti said...

Well. even though The Hub wasn't around, it still sounds as if you had a pleasant Mother's Day. That's good.

I am anxiously waiting for this semester to end. I know summer school is around the corner but for some reason, I just feel the need to get through this freakin' school year.

My daughter almost had to go to summer school because at the parent teacher conference they said she was working a little behind her grade level. She always does this. She started Kindie at 4 and is always behind at the first conference so I pleaded her case ans they said they'd watch her. Now she is ahead of her level so so squeaked out of summer school. Thank goodness. The Teen is not going to be happy with three classes but he did that to himself.

cleemckenzie said...

I just found your blog at Beth Hoffman's terrific site. I'll make a note of "listening" to Orange is the New Black. I have it on my TBR list and haven't gotten around to it. Perfect time of year to listen to words while I'm outside.

Sorry to hear about that wall. That must have been awful for you. Well, it still is, but perhaps soon to be mended.

Literary Feline said...

Haha! I love your little warning to possible intruders. :-)

I hope your husband is having a nice visit with his family. I used to love the rare weekends when my husband would spend with his family out of town and I could stay home and be lazy, eat junk, and do whatever I wanted. Now I panic at the thought--leave me with the toddler, all by myself over night?! Please no! Which is silly because I know Mouse and I would be just fine. And single parents do it all the time.

I am glad you are enjoying your reading. I have Cinder in my TBR pile. I haven't read Orange is the New Black, but I liked the first season of the show.

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's--Women's Day!

Trisha said...

I've been putting Cinder off since before all bloggers gushed about it. It's a book I just can't pick up for some reason, so I can't wait to hear what you think about it.

Amy said...

Happy Belated Mother's Day!

Interesting to hear your thoughts on OITNB the book...I wanted to read it after watching the show but then kind of forgot about it!

Beth F said...

I keep meaning to read Cinder, but for some reason it keeps getting pushed aside. Hope this week has gone well.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Great post! I may need to try The Orange Is The New Black on audio!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

"I'm armed, territorial and a dead-eye shot." You just crack me up :) I loved "Orange" on audio too, but wasn't a huge fan of Cinder. Happy Mother's Day!!! (belatedly)

stacybuckeye said...

Brunch for everyone - I love it!

Kathleen said...

I really enjoy your Sunday posts and look forward to reading them, even if I get a bit behind. :)

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