Tuesday, September 22, 2015

rolling along

And here is Tuesday. I have a feeling this week will roll along and before I know it Saturday morning will be here. Good. Good. Good. While we have the vast majority of things completed for the national meeting, it seems that little things are being added to the list each day. Rather over all of it. I'm ready to switch gears. I guess that is why laying out one of the affiliate's newsletters wasn't too awful yesterday. Their crazy, they have their own brand, didn't get to me for a change.

I've been reading a historical novel about Empress "Sisi" of Austria. Needed to give the urban fantasy a rest for a bit. I'm really enjoying this book and may search out the author's debut novel, a story about Benedict Arnold's wife.

Okay, we are walking today! It is 53 outside this morning and since I woke at 4:30 a.m. I have plenty of time to get moving.

Enjoy the day.

Monday, September 21, 2015

rainy days and mondays

Always get me down.....especially when I over sleep.

Have a good one.

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Ahhhh, Thursday. So glad to see you! Had a lovely call from the oldest last night. She was walking home from a lab and wanted to chat as she strolled across campus. She sounds good. Stressed and busy, but good. She also said she played soccer on Monday night and was still sore from that experience. Her team didn't win, but she had fun.

I'm reading the second Nathaniel Cade, vampire to the President, book. Enjoying it just as I did the first one. Our e-library only has three titles for this series, so I think that must be it. I will investigate further, just in case.

The weekend draws near as does our speech tournament. Saturday will be devoted to that and Sunday to getting everything else from the weekend completed.

Enjoy the day and the weekend!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

midweek meltdown

The heat is creeping back into the area and while I'll need a jacket this morning for our stroll, I would imagine by the time I leave for work, the air is going to feel a bit sticky. UGH. Ready for fall.

Speaking of fall and things that come with fall, the boss brought me a Pumpkin Spice Latte yesterday. Delish. Such a treat.

That's it! Happy Hump Day.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I slept past 5:00 and I'm so sleepy! Ugh. Guess the cool weather has triggered my trained response for daylight savings time.

When we walked out to get the paper this morning, the air smelled of wood smoke. Guess the firepits are being put to good use now. Unfortunately, the heat returns starting tomorrow.

Fall is coming, and from the smell of it, the neighborhood is ready.

Monday, September 14, 2015

reading update

While I'm working my way through older series that I now have access to via the TN READS program (yippee!!!!), I have also started two new series. Kim Harrison's "Drafter" was such a good read. Twisty turny plot, cool characters, mind bending timelines, and Harrison's crisp voice all rolled into one delicious novel. Fun Stuff. I also, while placing holds on several books in the READS portal, stumbled on a series by Chris Farnsworth about a vampire who is blood bound to the office of the Presidency. I'm tearing through the first book. I believe there are two more about Nathaniel Cade and his handler, Zach. Looking foward to them! All of this reading, due in part to the access I have to our expanded ebook offerings, has bumped my yearly totals up in a quick fashion. And, it is moving the library stats on ebook checkouts as well. In the last reporting period, 1,000 more titles were checked out!! That is awesome.

Productive weekend around here. The cooler weather inspired me to get my fanny in the kitchen and cook some meals for the week. Speaking of cool weather, I will need a jacket this morning, It is below 60 out right now. Wowsa.

Football results were mixed: the Tide rolled, the Irish eeked out a victory but lost their QB for the season, and the Vols lost a heartbreaker.

Had a nice time at the neighbors. Always fun to visit and share a meal with them. Why we don't do it more often was a topic of conversation. Seems so hard to schedule at times. Next time it will be at our house.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

new series

I was so excited to pick up the first book in the new Kim Harrison series from the library. I'm about 5 chapters in and all is well! Wished I could have stayed up late and kept reading, but I stopped myself and went to bed.

In other news, the rain finally arrived. With a vengeance. And flood warnings. So far this morning it has been dry. No rain falling although the humidity is making the air quite thick.

We have quite the weekend to do list. One thing, we all need flu shots. I guess flu and even pneumonia are already making the rounds at the high school. Lovely. I texted the girls to remind them to get the shot and to be sure to get the quad and not the trivalent injection. That extra strain will be important this year.

Okay, off we go. And it is Thursday!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


It was a wonderful weekend and I was sad to leave. But, now I'm back and the work to get ready for the national meeting continues as does the upcoming tasks for the speech and debate season.

The weather might cool down some over the next few days, a much needed break. I think I'm really ready for fall.

I did swing by the library yesterday after work and picked up a book I had on hold. Kim Harrison's latest is on my nightstand and reading will commence once I get home today.

Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, September 3, 2015


Here we are. It is Thursday! The countdown to the weekend is on and I'm already thinking of what to take to T-town. I guess we will be cooking in one night, pot roast has been requested. LOL.

Enjoy the weekend. Happy Labor Day!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ready for fall

Last week was a tease of the fall weather to come. I guess that means this week is a flashback to the humid days of summer. It is sticky, muggy, warm, and gooey outside. Yuck. I'm ready for crisp, clear, grab a sweatshirt weather.

It will get here. I know that. Eventually, in a few weeks. I need to look at the forecast for T-town. Rain? Dry? Hot? Average?

Guess the daughter's roomie is going home for the long weekend, so we'll have the apartment to ourselves. Need to check with the other daughter about meals. Do they want home cooking (or is that apartment cooking by Mom) or to dine out? I did learn there will be no morning coffee as they don't have a coffee pot. WHAT?! lolz. Shouldn't be too shocked as I didn't drink java until I was a sleep deprived mom of two under two.

May have to get a Starbucks to go box and keep it for the weekend.

Speaking of coffee, mine is ready as is the paper.

Happy Hump Day.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Woke with a headache this morning. Ouch.
In other news, the long awaited new series from Kim Harrison debuts today. Even though I'm very tempted to just buy the e-book, I think I'll wait until I can get it for free through the library. They do have a way to recommend titles for purchase, so I may do that.

Okay, off we go. Headache or not, the walking is going to happen this morning.