Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Sunday Salon - Of Parties and Books and a Tantrum

What the HECK IS GOING ON HERE!!! Note: if you'd rather skip my Sunday morning rant and the recap of G's bday party I totally respect that. Skip on down to "here are the books." 

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It's Sunday, I'm working today (yay). I'm kicked out at Starbucks with my laptop for several hours (slated 9am-2pm). Have already finished a round of bi-weekly reports for Day Job. Now I'm grading a gazillion papers for my remaining online classes. A bit ago, a huge, loud, ridiculous family came in and pulled up the three tables to my right and proceeded to be obnoxious for an hour. *hisssss* I realize it's a public place and all, but none of the other talkers in the joint have felt the need to be quite so oblivious.

Anywho, I get over the Starbucks-loud-family fiasco and I'm faced with a brand new BLOGGER INTERFACE!!! Change + me = temper tantrums. I'll probably eventually love it, but today is just not the day to whip out a new look on me, Blogger.  It seems I now have to scroll a page down to actually see my dashboard, but I can quickly and easily change my interface language to Bengali. SWEET! *sarcasm....dripping sarcasm*

Moving on.

Yesterday was a most successful birthday party for Mr. G. We had family and friends come out to a rather large, impressive park nearby. There was a splash area, a lake with a fishing dock, plenty of room to fly kites, and a balance of shade and sunshine. We had cake and some other munchies and generally enjoyed ourselves. And easy clean up. Very important!

HERE ARE THE BOOKS!

While I was absolutely zonked last night, I managed to make some time to knock off another 50 pages or so of A Discovery of Witches. I read some more this morning before I came out to grade, too, so I feel sure I'll finish today barring any weird incidents (knock on wood). The action is really picking up in this last section, and I'm loving it! The book is not without some annoyances, but we'll talk about that later.

I think a big chunky paranormal romancey novel was just what I needed to bust the slump. Hopefully, I'm gonna keep this roll going with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon next. I've never tried it, but I think now is the time.


I feel much better now that I've vented. What are you reading today? 

27 comments:

  1. Outlander is one of my all-time favorites. I seriously am in love with Jamie Fraser. I always warn people, though, to keep going through the first 100 pages until Claire goes back in time. I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it but kept going and like I said...it's definitely in my top 5 books ever. If you don't fall in love with Jamie...well, there is something wrong with you. :) And since you're a fellow Scorpio/book lover/all around great person, you're gonna love him!

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    1. LOL, Tammy! Heather F. (CapriciousReader) actually threatened to DISOWN ME if I don't fall in love with Jamie. I already have a crush on Matthew from A Discovery of Witches, so all these new fictional men in my life are a delight.

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    2. Too funny. When I read that you were going to read Outlander, I remembered how much Tammy and Heather (and Cindy?) raved about it. I still haven't read it, but I will...someday!

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  2. Greyson’s party sounds awesome - and I bet he loved it! He’s old enough that he’ll probably remember it too.

    I can totally relate to your Starbucks experience. I’m Extremely Sensitive to noise, which is why I have a hard time working in coffee shops, even though I like the idea of it :)

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    1. Becca, I hope he remembers it. He had so much fun in the splash area. He'd get just close enough to get a little bit of water spray and run screaming back to me. lol

      I'm usually pretty good with coffee shops. The mixers and general customer-work chatter are all white noise. However, I'm much more sensitive to people chatting right next to me. That messes with my calm. lol

      Of course, it doesn't hurt that I'm SO SICK OF GRADING.

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  3. They changed gmail too and it's made me cranky. Happy birthday to the adorable Greyson!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy!

      Yes, I realize Google is trying to streamline all of their platforms but they're so streamlined they're boring and actually hard to read. I changed my gmail theme and it helped a lot.

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  4. I've never read any Gabaldon and wouldn't know where to start. And I'm with you on loud obnoxious people, I am quite quiet and considerate of others so it bugs me when people aren't considerate of me!

    I'm read Before I Go To Sleep and it's impossible to put down.

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    1. Outlander is the first in the biggg long series, so it's a good place to start! I have no idea if she's written any other series. And I agree...I try my best to be considerate and it blows my mind when others are oblivious.

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  5. This morning I finished up The Realm of the Gdds by Tamora Pierce. I agree that some fun fantasy/paranormal/whateveryawanttocallit is great for busting a reading slump!

    I've got 50 pages left of a book that's taken me over a month to read, so I just may try to knock that out today.

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    1. MJ, I don't usually read a lot of parananormal/fantasy/sf, but I'm not opposed. When I do pick it up, it usually blows my hair back with all the fun!

      Hope you managed to polish off those 50 pages today!

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  6. I don't know why they have to keep changing things...on Blogger, on gmail, on Facebook....

    And I hate loud, noisy and obnoxious people sitting nearby at public places.....

    Here's MY SUNDAY SALON POST

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    1. Laurel, I'm usually pretty progressive and open to change when it comes to my online life, but yesterday was just not my day for it. Couldn't deal! lol

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  7. I've been avoiding the new blogger interface for a really long time, and it won't even let me revert to the old editor! I can revert to draft, but I hated draft! I liked the old editor I started with four years ago. I hate the way the new editor (and draft) handles pictures. :( And it messed up spaces and paragraphs and everything else. I have to check and fix my formatting a gazillion times for each post. I originally went to wordpress when Blogger tried to force Draft on us back 18 months ago, and now, I've been back to Blogger since September, having found a workaround to avoid Draft, and now I'm stuck with this crap. Ugh. So yeah, I feel you!!

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    1. Trish said she reverted to the old, so I'm gonna have to look around and do that myself. The new one isn't horrible, but it's just so....boring. White. Hard to read. Small/thin type. Ugg!

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  8. People...they're the worst. I can't even imagine why I chose a job which involves so many of them. Well, I do love my students. But, that's probably because they don't write eight page papers. Bad family at Starbucks! Let's put their names on the board! ;)

    As to Blogger changing its interface you're the second person to have mentioned it today, and I don't know what's going on! Mine looks totally the same! Why is it always, "Bellezza, party of one"? Glad you can easily tranlate to Bengali, though. That's a relief!

    Haven't read A Discovery of Witches although it's taking over the reading world. Liked, but only liked not loved, Outlander. Spent a few hours reading Fifty Shades of Grey just to see what my fellow colleagues are talking about, and I am here to tell you that is one pornographic piece of filth. Ick! Can't imagine the success it's having, and I even like a good steamy scene in a novel...

    Sorry to be so rambling here. Just sharin' my random thoughts. xo

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    1. LOL! "Let's put their names no the board!" :) Oh, don't get me started on irritating cafe guests. I have a few "regulars" that I'd like to ban from our cafe. Seriously, people. The entire store does not want to hear your conversation, whether it be face-to-face or on a cellphone. And switching over to speaker phone on a cell phone is NOT cool! Grrrrr.

      It took me a few days to settle into the new interface on Blogger, but I'm fairly happy with it. I like the ease at which I can change the location of my photos (left, center, right), as well as the size of said photos, without having to upload them a second time. I'm sure there will be a few stumbling blocks (I'm not too thrilled with the color palette for the fonts), but I'm getting the hang of it.

      Bellezza, Fifty Shades of Grey is our hottest (no pun intended) seller. I don't see the attraction, but it may just keep Barnes & Noble afloat. ;)

      My current "can't-put-down" read is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It's almost as good as Mo Hayder's Gone.

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    2. LOL, Bellezza! You know I love your random. I love my students, too, but it is markedly different when they're online. I don't love 'em any less, but I can't give them a "come to Jesus" talk about MLA quite as effectively in the online environment.

      I had never heard of Fifty Shades of Grey until you mentioned it. I have been woefully behind in my bloggy reading, so I had no clue. Doesn't sound like my bag so much. Sounds like the groundwork for erotica. I like a little more storyline between my love scenes. lol

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    3. Les, I can only imagine. If I were in your business I'm almost certain I'd drop kick someone right out of the cafe. We have a gentleman here in the office who plays music all day, has a booming voice that carries, AND TALKS ON SPEAKER almost exclusively. Really?!

      I hadn't heard of Gone Girl. Will have to look that one up. And as I was telling Bellezza, Fifty Shades of Grey is new to me. Hadn't heard of it at all until these posts!

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  9. I'm one of the few Outlander holdouts, so you'll have to let me know if it's worth it (all those sequels...ack!).

    And I LOATHE loud talkers in public places...some people just don't get that I'm not interested in them.

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    1. The amount of sequels is a little scary -- as is the size of each individual book. But, I just started this one last night, and I've already knocked off 100 pages. That's a lot for me!

      And yeah, I'm not interested in most people in public, so if they all stopped being loud, I'd be in heaven.

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  10. What's worse than a family of loudmouths in a public place? A single loud speaker on a cell phone who is talking as if there is no one else around.
    GRRRRR

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    1. LOL, you are so right, Barbara!

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  11. Loud people = ugh. I'm sure that those people truly don't see the others around them but there's nothing more frustrating than settling in with a book at starbucks only to have a couple sit right next to you and begin a gabfest.

    I'm not big on the new dashboard so I changed back to the old one. Will keep it until forced otherwise.

    Happy birthday little G man!! :)

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    1. You're so right, Trish! And I need to look and see how to change back to the old dashboard -- would just make my life easier.

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  12. Oh, boy, can I relate to the annoyance about all that "streamlining" going on. I don't think changing buttons with nice, clear words stating their purpose to buttons with symbols is "streamlining". I think it's more like "insanity". I've changed back to the old Blogger dashboard. Just click on the little cog in the upper right and it'll give you a drop-down menu with the option to return to the old interface, thank the Lord.

    Google mail is no longer letting me return to the old look, so I changed my theme to make it slightly easier to read. I have no idea what all those new buttons mean, but I suppose figuring out the changes is about to be forced on me.

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