the friday 56


*Grab a book, any book. 

*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's ok.) 

*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) 

*Post it. 

I'm finishing up You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle.

From page 311:

"Are you serious?  Would you really give me a job here?"

Leon grins.  "Of course!  If you want one, that is."

"Hell yeah, I do!  What would I be doing?  I don't know much about restaurants, but I can learn.  I'll learn how to cook anything you want.  I'll listen to cooking audiobooks and become a gourmet chef.  Or I can be a hostess!  I think I'd like that.  I could show people to their seats and give children crayons for their kids menus and say, 'Welcome to Fireside, my name is Naomi!'"


three on thursday

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Thing one: The kids have been off the wall this week.  Chatty, unfocused, yet nice, funny, and polite.

Thing two: I can't wait for my manicure this weekend!  I need some pampering.

Thing three: I hope I can stay awake for the 2-hour Big Brother episode tonight.  I'm sleepy now.


unraveled wednesday


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I just started listening to A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson and am knitting dishcloths--I think they're going to be included in holiday gifts this year.  (Rav link) 

w.w.w. wednesday


 Welcome to WWW Wednesday! Hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

• What are you currently reading?   Cultivating Genius by Gholdy Muhammad and A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

• What did you recently finish reading?   The Break-Up Book Club by Wendy Wax

• What do you think you’ll read next?  I'm not sure.


ten things tuesday

Ten random things in random order:

1)  I finally made an appointment with my hair goddess--she's going to make me curly and fabulous again!

2) I have a fabulous new nail color to try at my manicure on Saturday.  Fall, here I come!

3)  I've been trying to deposit a small check using the bank's mobile app but it isn't working.  

4)  I started listening to an audiobook last night and I'm intrigued by the premise.

5)  I'm still waiting for my Certification Committee contract.  I'm curious how much the stipend will be.

6)  Even though the kids at school have been really squirrely this week, my chattiest class worked on the assignment with little talking.  I needed a day to hear myself think.

7)  At the end of my first class today, I encouraged the kids to show me pictures of their pets and we ended up having show and tell.  They promised that our next remote day would include their pets.

8)  Morning duty is not fun.  I'm stationed at the main entrance, making sure everyone is fully masked and taking their temperature on the screener.  I greet every single person and have been grunted at for my efforts.  I'm hoping to get actual words by our last day this week.

9)  I love knitting dishcloths.  I can't seem to stop.  If you need a dishcloth, send me a message--I can hook you up!

10) I absolutely love today's outfit--rust pants and a blue blouse that has fall flowers on it--in coordinating rust.



I am...

Reading:  You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Listening to:  my neighbors are coming and going and the screen door slams

Loving:  I'm making some dirty rice and it smells so good!

Thinking:  mentally organizing some things I have to do this week

Feeling:  annoyed and hangry because of a ridiculously long, tedious, and pointless faculty meeting after school

  I have lesson plans written for the next two weeks

Grateful for:  living alone--I would have been awful company when I got home

Weather:  it is 66° and partly cloudy

Enjoying:  I added some corn and red and yellow peppers to my rice it's delish!

A quote I want to share 


finished reading

A book about books and a book group!  I loved the many characters and how they took turns moving the narrative along.  I loved the world of books and how friendships develop through the book group.  There are four main narrators, each at different points in their lives and they grow and develop throughout the book.  My only complaint is that the book is long for the premise.

From the publisher:
On paper, Jazmine, Judith, Erin and Sara have little in common – they’re very different people leading very different lives. And yet at book club meetings in an historic carriage house turned bookstore, they bond over a shared love of reading (and more than a little wine) as well as the growing realization that their lives are not turning out like they expected.

Former tennis star Jazmine is a top sports agent balancing a career and single motherhood. Judith is an empty nester questioning her marriage and the supporting role she chose. Erin’s high school sweetheart and fiancĂ© develops a bad case of cold feet, and Sara’s husband takes a job out of town saddling Sara with a difficult mother-in-law who believes her son could have done better – not exactly the roommate most women dream of.

With the help of books, laughter, and the joy of ever evolving friendships, Jazmine, Judith, Erin and Sara find the courage to navigate new and surprising chapters of their lives as they seek their own versions of happily-ever-after.

sunday stealing

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Not Quite 5,000 Questions

1. Who do you take for granted?  welp, the school secretaries 

2. Short, knee, or ankle skirts? (if a man, have you ever worn kilts?) knee or calf

3. Do you wear a hat? I wish I was a hat person... I love hats but I hate the sensation of something on the top of my head

4. Who's your favorite cartoon character? Snoopy

5. Does break dancing impress you? yes

6. Are you a miracle? in a metaphysical sense, yes

7. Have you ever eaten tofu? yes

8. Does the moon have an effect on your mood? not mine per se, but I notice it with my students

9. Many people will say that the Harry Potter books are pure fluff with no literary value. Do you agree? I thought the Harry Potter books were sophisticated for children's series

10. What are you doing next Wednesday? I have a meeting of the Library Board of Trustees after school

11. Why do so many people think Elvis is still alive? because rumors of his death seem so preposterous (dying on the toilet)

12. Are your hands cold? not right now
13. Have you ever given blood? yes--I even received a gallon pin

14. What SCI-fi books do you read? it's not my preferred genre

15. Have you ever belonged to a sorority or a fraternity? no



PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.

unconscious mutterings


Week 900 - September 5, 2021

I say ... and you think ... ?  

  1. Lizard :: eeek!
  2. Group :: therapy--my Breakfast Club friends
  3. Resurfaced :: repurposed
  4. Wine :: is fine--especially white zinfandel or rose
  5. Q :: The James Bond movie franchise
  6. Ache :: getting older
  7. Tweet :: twitter
  8. Dolly :: Parton
  9. Infatuation :: misheard lyrics--when Rod Stewart's song was popular, one of my friends thought he was saying flatulence 
  10. Surgery :: last December I had my gallbladder removed--my first ever surgical procedure




saturday 9

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Jose Cuervo

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 
1) In this song, Shelly West sings that she woke up late on a sunny morning. How's the weather in your part of the world? today is a perfect day--sunny, light breeze, 70

2) She wonders if she started any fights while under the influence. Who's the last person you quarreled with? my local sister
3) OK, margaritas for everyone! Shelly sings that she likes hers with salt. What's your order? Classic or strawberry? Salt or sugar on the rim? I like a margarita with salt on the rim

4) Jose Cuervo was a real person. He was one of the first to put tequila in bottles instead of barrels. Since bottles are easier to ship, it was a good decision. Tell us about a recent choice you're glad you made.  I had a bonus afternoon off yesterday and went to the laundromat instead of procrastinating that chore--what a great decision!

5) This week's featured artist, Shelly West, decided upon a career in music while still very young. She went on the road and sang backup for her mom, country music legend Dottie West, when she was still in her teens. When Sam was in her teens, she really didn't give her professional future that much thought. How about you? Did you already have career ambitions when you were in your teens? oh, I was adamant that I would not become a teacher
6) In 1983, the year this song was popular, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Do you ever fantasize about being an astronaut?
not even a little

7) Also in 1983, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was born. The NFL season is just kicking off. Do you have high hopes for your team this year? not especially

8) In 1983, Motorola introduced the first cell phone. Do you have an easy time adapting to new technology? yes, I like to be an early adapter

9) Think of the last potato chip you had. Was it plain, sea salt, barbecue, sour cream and onion ...?
plain, that's my favorite