Sunday Salon: June 29, 2014
Just got in from a hot and muggy walk this morning, and am currently debating whether to venture out for Sunday brunch at a new restaurant in town, Pinstripes. Severe weather is expected this afternoon (which should cool things off), so I anticipate some major reading is in my near future.
Reading: I managed to finish three (yes 3!!) books this week. Now, most of them I started a while ago, but the rainy weather combined with a relatively free schedule allowed me to fit more reading into my life. I did make reading a priority during my nighttime routine, which helped greatly – and I look forward to maintaining this consistency in the future.
I plan to have Book Reviews written later this week, but the books I read include:
- Still Writing by Dani Shapiro (really enjoyed this … 4 out of 5 stars)
- Show Your Work by Austin Kleon (even better than his first book, Steal Like an Artist)
- The Walk by Richard Paul Evans (the first of five books … good, but not sure I will read all of them)
Instead, I completed an assignment my writing coach gave me: read something just for the fun it. I typically choose books on writing – or books within the genres I have interest in writing (memoir, travel, cozy mystery, or Middle Grade). This week, however, I read the first book in The Walk series by Richard Paul Evans – and I did simply read without analysis, highlighting or margin notes. It was relaxing, enjoyable and I wonder why I have denied myself this pleasure for so long.
I will begin writing again this week – perhaps today. I have several ideas that have been percolating and I am anxious to begin fleshing them out.
Blogging: While I have not focused on writing projects, I have maintained a consistent blog schedule; I feel as though I have found a rhythm…
- Travel Tuesday: where I outlined future travel articles so I can (finally) begin writing without worry of context
- Writing Wednesday: where I discuss scarcity vs abundance mentality. Joy is found in the latter.
- Photo Friday: where I shared my enthusiasm for Blurb photo books, and basked in the glow of completing Le 21eme Arrondissement: Olathe, KS
- 10,000 Steps: where I noted the existence of pathetic fallacy in real life, where my shadow taught me about light and dark, and where I commented on the neighborhood construction, how I feel like a caged rat, and ultimately how thinking outside the box provided the way out.
Artist Date: I spent about three hours with a good friend working on our Blurb books. We encouraged one another through frustrations and provided constructive feedback when needed. She is nearly done with her 100-page book of a recent trip to New York City … and I completed a 39-page book (19-double page spreads) comparing my ordinary Midwest neighborhood to the streets of Paris, France.
In addition, I spent a couple of hours with my granddaughter and her aunt (my youngest) at the pool. I stayed out of the frigid water, but did manage to take a few pictures, which I promptly edited and uploaded to my Flickr account.
Other interests: I will be attending my first school Board meeting tomorrow night.
As many of you know, I recently retired from teaching in May – and while I was ready to say good-bye to grading literary essays and research papers – I wasn’t quite ready to say farewell to the school that I love. I completed the Board member application in March, interviewed in April, and was appointed to a three-year term in May. I am looking forward to serving Christ Prep and its administration and staff in this capacity.
I am not sure how we will celebrate the 4th of July. All of our grown children have plans (as it should be) so it will just be Geoff and I. We both enjoy fireworks but are not necessarily fond of the crowds. I’m not sure whether we will venture out… or choose to watch them inside the comfort of our own home.
What plans do you have for this upcoming special holiday weekend?
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