Sunday Salon ~ July 12th, 2009

Happy Sunday fellow book bloggers.  I hope you have had a great couple of weeks.  My schedule has been so busy that my blogging, unfortunately, has fallen to the way side.  I have been trying to keep up with my Google Reader feeds but that has been difficult too.  I have been relieved to learn that there are at least a few of you out there in the blogesphere who have had an equally busy summer so far and their blogs have suffered the same fate.  I have been reading though so that’s good.  I was reading The Accidental Tourist but last week I received a book for review, Two Years, No Rainby Shawn Klomparens for TLC Book Tours, and have had to put The Accidental Tourist on the back burner.  The book for review is really good so far and I’m hoping to find the time this week to get it finished so I can write my review by next Monday. 

Next weekend has us going to Williamsburg, VA for a friend’s wedding and then the following Wednesday we fly out to Seattle for my cousin’s wedding.  So the next couple of weeks will be very very busy for us.  It’s hard to believe that Hubby, Rocky and I moved back to the States from Okinawa two months ago today!  The house is coming along nicely and we now have a concrete basement floor.  Woo Hoo!!  There is a possibility that we could have our pre-dry wall meeting before we fly out to the Pacific Northwest but more than likely it will be after we return two weeks from tomorrow.  I have been thinking about our bookshelves and the ones that will go in my office.  Since I am doing a cream on white office with red accessories, I am thinking about either painting my bookshelves red or finding a nice red striped wallpaper to apply to them.  What do you think? 

So, what have you been up to lately?  Reading anything worth while or is it killing you just to try to finish the chapter?

Sunday Salon ~ June 28th, 2009

I hope your weekend was a good one!  Mine was nice and relaxing.  Read a little bit, ate out, caught a flick with Hubby and went to a great little concert with a couple of girlfriends. 

I’m reading The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler.  I downloaded a free sample onto my Kindle last week and started reading that at the end of the week and just had to find out what was going to happen to Macon.  What a great read so far!  Hubby and I went down to our lot site and discovered that the builders started working on our house last week.  The foundation/basement has started and the concrete should be poured this week.  It was so cool to see that progress has started to finally show.  We went to a recommended Korean BBQ joint near the future house but learned they aren’t open for lunch so we went to Red Lobster.  It was really delicious and the establishment was really nice and new’ish.  Last night we saw “The Hangover” and boy was it a doozy.  Funny, outrageous and just plain wrong at points.  We really liked it. 

Today I stopped by my folks house in Maryland on my way out to Annapolis to meet up with two girlfriends of mine, Rebecca and Alison.  We used to do theatre together back in the ’90’s and have reconnected thanks to Facebook.  They thought I would enjoy one of their favorite east coast singers, Toby Lightman.  They were totally right with their assumption.  She ROCKED!!!!!  It was an acoustic show with a total of three acts performing.  The show was at The Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD.  If you live in the DC area it is a great venue for intimate performances.  They have great headliners and the room is cozy (though a bit chilly), comfortable and has fantastic sound.  The first singer/songwriter was Kentavius Jones and he was brilliant.  His voice was gorgeous and sensual and his songs were smooth and rich.  Second up was Luke Brindley.  He was very very good and could make his guitar produce sounds I never would have thought could be made by a single instrument.  Toby Lightman was the headliner and I really could have listened/watched her perform for many hours more.  Her voice was so beautiful, rich, strong, soft, emotion filled and enjoyable to listen to.  All three performers were incredible guitarists in their own right as well. 

Here are a  few videos of Toby Lightman.  Enjoy!!

Friday Finds ~ June 26th, 2009

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Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  While browsing book blogs,  Amazon.com, Washington Post.com, NPR.org, various other places on the Internet, and getting recommendations from friends, these are the books that either made it to my wish list this week or I downloaded the samples onto my Kindle from Amazon.com.

   

  

  

 The Accidental Tourist ~ Anne Tyler
The Angel’s Game~ Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Book of Night Women ~ Marlon James
Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement~ Rodney Rothman
Eve: A Novel of the First Woman ~ Elissa Elliott
The Kindly Ones~ Jonathan Littell
Let the Great World Spin~ Colum McCann
Lost & Found~ Jacqueline Sheehan