Sunday Salon ~ Valentine’s Day 2010

Happy Valentine’s Day Sunday Saloners!  I Love Ya!!  This weekend has been great so far.  The snow isn’t falling and the roads are clearing by the minute, as long as the sun keeps shining, here in the DC area.  I’m reading a fabulous book (I’ll get to that in a sec) and today Hubby and I are celebrating nine years together.  We had our first date on Valentine’s Day 2001.  It was a Wednesday evening and it was the only free night we both had that whole week so unknowingly we booked our date for Valentine’s Day.  I wore blue and Hubby wore a sports jacket, which led everyone in his office to think he had an interview that day.  In a way, I guess he did!  We went to a bar and had appetizers and drinks and talked for two hours straight.  It was awesome and we fell into easy conversation.  Hubby had our second date set up before the first one concluded and laid a fabulous and memorable kiss on me because, as he told me later, I looked like I wanted to be kissed.  And they say, the rest is history.

This past week I read Dear John by Nicholas Sparks and reviewed it HERE.  It was a good story and appropriate to read in the week leading up to the annual day of love.  Now I am reading a book that just came out on Tuesday.  It’s The Postmistress by Sarah Blake and it is sooooo good!  It is historical fiction set in London and Massachusetts during WWII.  Three women are the focus of this book and the people that fill their days and their hearts.  The descriptions of the Blitz in London are horrific and greatly written as are the scenes between two new lovers in Massachusetts.

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I am thrilled that Sarah Blake is a Washingtonian and has numerous readings/signings scheduled in the area.  On the last Sunday of the month I am taking my dear friend and fellow book devourer Library Love to Ms. Blake’s event at Politics and Prose in DC for LL’s birthday.  Though I am reading The Postmistress on my Kindle right now I will buy a copy of the book to be signed.  I like the book that much so far!  I just couldn’t wait to read it so while the snow fell last weekend I pre-ordered the book to be downloaded on it’s release date. 

Do you have an electronic reading device?  If you do do you still buy some books in regular old book form?  Do you buy the book for the shelf and if it’s a big one, like say Stephen King’s new 1000 page Under The Dome, read it on the e-reader anyway?  You have a collection going ya know.  I use my Kindle the same way I use my iPod.  I have all of Madonna’s and Dave Matthews Band’s albums on CD  but I burn them to my computer and than download the tunes to my iPod.  If  a book is just too cool to not have on my shelf, and the cover is too gorgeous to not look at and touch, I will buy the book and read it instead of buying it on my Kindle.  Those critics and companies are right!  The MP3 player and e-reader has changed the way I listen to music and read books and I LOVE it!

Sunday Salon ~ December 7th, 2008

It’s been a busy weekend for me in the kitchen.  We had dinner guests over this evening and one of the dishes on the table was a Triple-Chocolate Peppermint Trifle.  I got the recipe from the December issue of Martha Stewart Living and let me tell you what, that thing was awesome to eat but a pain to make.  In all the excitement I forgot to take a picture of my own creation so here is the pic from the magazine and MarthaStewart.com

I also made Snickerdoodles again for my little friend Madi since she really liked them when I brought some over to her house a couple of weeks ago.  Now she has her own box of cookies to enjoy.  In addition to those yummy eats, I made Peppermint Bark and I think I could give Williams~Sonoma a run for their money this season.  I used a recipe by Paula Deen but added a good dose of Peppermint extract to the white chocolate. 

This Wednesday I am participating in a cookie swap and have to make six dozen cookies.  I have chosen to make Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies.  The recipe is a bit time consuming because you have to chill the dough so many times but it will be worth it.  I start that challenge tomorrow. 

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In the mean time I have been reading Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched The World by Vicki Myron.  I won a copy through Library Things Early Reviewer Program earlier this fall.  This book is so great and touching that I have already cried at least once per chapter.  I’m not very far along yet, and don’t see myself really having any good reading time in the next few days, but I try to read a chapter a night before fading off to sleep.  Let’s just say that my dog, Rocky, has been getting even more hugs on top of the plethora I give him each day because of Dewey. 

Well, as you can tell by the looks of this blog, I am in full Christmas mode here in Okinawa.  I’ve got the Christmas tunes synced on my iPod and I created two different Christmas playlists on my iTunes program and I have some favorite holiday internet raidio stations picked out on iTunes radio.  One of my favorite versions of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” is sung by Jewel and her Mother.  I’ve included it for you below.  Enjoy!

Friday Random iPod Ten ~ July 4th, 2008

Happy Friday & Happy Independence Day!  Here are the first ten songs my iPod chose when I hit Shuffle this afternoon.

Penny To My Name ~ Eva Cassidy’s TIME AFTER TIME
Prospero’s Speech ~ Loreena McKennitt’s THE MASK AND MIRROR
My Sharona ~ The Knack on the REALITY BITES SOUNDTRACK
Leave Me To Bleed ~ Erasure’s THE TWO RING CIRCUS
This Way ~ Jewel’s THIS WAY
Found Someone New ~ Susan Tedeschi’s JUST WON’T BURN
Express Yourself ~ Madonna’s THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION
False Alarm ~ KT Tunstall’s EYE TO THE TELESCOPE
Right Here Waiting ~ Richard Marx’s GREATEST HITS
Tonight The Heartache’s On Me ~ The Dixie Chicks’ WIDE OPEN SPACES

Friday Random iPod Ten ~ June 27, 2008

Happy Friday!  Here are the first ten songs my iPod chose when I hit Shuffle this afternoon.

Pale September ~ Fiona Apple’s Tidal
For The Last Time ~ Vince Gill’s Let’s Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye
Mud On The Tires ~ Brad Paisley’s Mud On The Tires
Oh Mother ~ Christina Aguilera’s Back To Basics
Nothing New ~ Ashlee Simpson’s Autobiography
Save Me ~ Aretha Franklin’s The Best of Aretha Franklin
Drops of Jupiter ~ Train’s Drops of Jupiter
Looking Over My Shoulder ~ Emerson Drive’s self titled cd
I Told You So ~ Keith Urban’s Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing
The Reason ~ Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love

Friday Random iPod Ten ~ June 13th

Happy Friday!  Here are the first ten songs my iPod chose when I hit Shuffle this evening:

Cut That Line ~ Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings’ Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Dust Bowl – 10,000 Maniacs’ Blind Man’s Zoo
Mea Culpa – Enigma’s Love Sensuality Devotion-The Greatest Hits
If You Leave – Train (self titled album)
Oh Lonesome You – Trisha Yearwood’s Hearts In Armor
When The World Ends – Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Live at Radio City Music Hall
Dangerously In Love – Beyonce’s Dangerously In Love
When I Get Low I Get High – Ella Fitzgerald’s That Old Black Magic
One Day Too Long – LeAnn Rimes’ Family
Not Even The Trees – Hootie & The Blowfish’s Cracked Rear View

Friday Random iPod Ten ~ June 6th

Here are the first ten songs that came up on the “Shuffle Songs” setting on my iPod today. 

Miss You ~ Eric Clapton from “Complete Clapton”
Ask The Lonely ~ Journey from “Journey’s Greatest Hits”
No Woman, No Cry ~The Fugees from “The Score”
Rain, Tax (It’s Inevitable) ~ Celine Dion from “A New Day Has Come”
In The Mood ~ The Puppini Sisters from “Betcha Bottom Dollar”
My Poor Old Heart ~ Alison Krauss & Union Station from “Lonely Runs Both Ways”
Worlds Apart ~ Jars of Clay from their self titled album “Jars of Clay”
Steel Bars ~ Michael Bolton from “Michael Bolton’s Greatest Hits”
Scott’s A Dork ~ Reel Big Fish from “Why Do They Rock So Hard?”
Jeremy ~ Pearl Jam from “Ten”

Friday Random iPod Ten

After browsing some of your blogs I came across Verbatim via The 3 R’s and found something that is right up my alley.  The post is titled “Friday Random iPod Ten” and it’s a list of, you guessed it, ten songs randomly picked from your iPod/iTunes library.  Here’s Mine!

1.  Missing You ~ Alison Krauss & John Waite
2.  Take It Easy ~ The Eagles
3.  It’s Like That ~ Mariah Carey
4.  Athens ~ Pat McGee Band
5.  Like A Prayer ~ Madonna
6.  Cute As  Bug ~ Lyle Lovett
7.  Connected ~ Stereo MC’s
8.  Musicology ~ Prince
9.  Hard To Handle ~ The Commitments
10.  Heartbreaker ~ Pat Benatar