Happy Sunday morning everyone! I am pleased to announce that I THINK I am home now for awhile. Well, at least until Thanksgiving (when we go to St. George Island). That means I can unpack my jewelry and try to get into a routine in earnest. Now it is all about the to-do lists!
I started off my week by wrapping up SIBA11. It officially ended on Monday afternoon, Heather and I said goodbye to Kathy and Swapna (very sad - I miss my girls!) and had an early, leisurely dinner at Magnolia's downtown. I think I passed out by 9:30 from utter exhaustion. We hit the road first thing Tuesday morning, and made it home by mid-afternoon. I was greeted with big hugs from my kids. Apparently my husband was driving them crazy, and perhaps I'm not so bad after all? I've decided to recap SIBA11 with two posts: one covering the authors, coming tomorrow, and one covering the books, which will come the following Monday.
Short digression: oh the books, people, the books! My shelves were threatening to collapse before SIBA, but now it is out. of. control. I have informed my husband that I must have bookcases for Christmas. I must have many of them, and they must be all the way to the ceiling. The chaos and disarray must stop.
The rest of the week was spent catching up, which seems to be the theme of my life. I even skipped golf on Thursday so I could get a grip on things. Saturday was dedicated (as usual) to football, church, and then one last stab at Magical Dining Month at Capital Grill with friends.
Now is when I hang my head and tell you what a loser I've been when it comes to reading. And with all these wonderful books staring at me accusingly. I'm STILL reading "Dominance" by Will Lavender, a week and a half later, not because it isn't a good book but because I'm distracted. I think once I finish this guy (hopefully in the next day or two) I'm going to knock out some of my shorter books to make myself feel better.
On audio I have two books going. Because of uploading issues, I am listening to my next Heathrow Literary Society book, "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan, only in the car with the actual discs. On my iPod, I'm listening to "The Snowman" by Jo Nesbo, narrated by Robin Sachs who is SUBLIME. To an audio/Nesbo addict, this is like the stars and moons aligning. I cannot get enough.
A couple of other random thoughts...did you guys see Jenners' post about being a book hoarder? Then Heather came up with the idea of setting it to the music of Fiddler on the Roof's "If I Were a Rich Man"? And who best to make a song parody than Fizzy Jill? Take a look at this. It will make your day.
Second random thought...have you heard of Club Read? It is a totally unique event sponsored by SIBA where you spend 24 hours with dozens of authors, eating, drinking, talking. Total immersion, total dream-come-true kind of thing for a reader. So if you are looking for something fun to do the weekend of October 15th, check this out! Myself, I shall be serving Polish chili (recipe yet to be determined) at a Chili Cookoff fundraiser for my daughter's 8th grade class. So please think of me when you are rubbing elbows with all those amazing authors.
So what is up for today? My daughter has horseback riding lessons, then she wants to go shopping (!?). Maybe a movie? Doesn't sound too promising for reading does it? We will see. Have a good one!