The Perfect Sunday

Really, truly, yesterday was the perfect Sunday. I did just enough to feel productive but still little enough to feel like I didn’t do anything at all, striking that perfect balance.

Friday I was hectic, crazy busy all day long (like 7am to midnight all day long) and then Saturday was our family’s Mother’s day. It was a lovely day celebrating my favorite person in all the world, so really, this should be about my terrific weekend, but it all culminated in a wonderful Sunday.

While I was gone on Sunday, my awesome dad went over to my house and proceeded to finish another project I began. A few months back, I had the idea to buy a hammock swing. When it is nice outside, I read. Outdoors. All summer. Reading outside is one of my favorite things in the world and there is such a small window of time when it is actually possible. I have patio furniture, but it’s not super comfortable. For three summers, I’ve sat in hard, uncomfortable chairs for hours at a time, reading books. For some reason, it never occurred to me to fix this, before this year. I started hunting, and wasn’t finding what I wanted. Of course, I didn’t really know what I wanted, so maybe that is why.

Then, randomly, I saw something about a hammock swing, I don’t even remember where anymore. But that seemed like a great idea, to me. I was then on the hunt for the perfect swing. It had to be a good size, able to support my weight, and affordable. A taller order than you might guess. Then I finally found this swing at Overstock. I’ve had it in my garage for some time. I’ve been asking my dad to come and set it up. About a month ago, he came over for a different purpose and took a look at it, to get an idea of what he needed to do. I’ve not said anything or bothered him about it, but I was getting nervous. It is getting nicer outside and I wanted it up so I could use it as much as possible.

Well, Friday was the day. He didn’t even tell me, he just went over and did it. When I got home Friday, there was some work happening in the back yard, so I couldn’t really try it out, and I had shit to do anyway. I eventually got to relax in the new chair at about 9pm.

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Trying out the new chair, yes, it’s dark outside.

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The view I was enjoying FROM the new chair. It was so beautiful, at least for the five minutes I got to sit there while my food was cooking.

And then Saturday, as mentioned, I was gone all day, celebrating the awesomeness that is my mom.

Which brings me to my perfect Sunday. I popped out of bed and the sun was shining. I ran downstairs and went outside and sat in my swing. Just because I could. I just sat there for a bit, soaking in the warmish air and sunshine, swinging away.

Then it was inside to throw a meal in the crockpot. I made something to eat for brunch and then watched a movie. Then I cleaned up the kitchen, threw some laundry in and went outside with a new book. Picked up five of them at the library on Saturday morning, so I was excited to dig in. I read the first one outside in my swing. I then changed the laundry over and checked on my food and started another book. After finishing that one, I went back in and ate dinner, picked up my house, washed the crock pot and a few pans from Fridays cooking spree and went back outside around 7:30 to start book #3. I couldn’t read for long, because the light was starting to fade. Maybe an hour? And it was cooling off considerably, but essentially I spent almost the entire day in my new swing, reading in the sunshine. It was EXACTLY what I envisioned when I bought it and I am so happy it lived up to my expectations.

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That’s book #1. You can only partially see the swing, but you can clearly see my happiness and joy radiating out.

I love that it has a cup holder for my water. It also has a footstool, but that works better for lying back and napping than for reading.

Overall, I 150% love my new hammock swing and honestly wish I would have thought of it years ago. My neighbors both came out during the day yesterday and commented on my new furniture. Both thought it was a great idea, and it is. So, many, many thanks to my dad and Alice for getting it up in time for the nice weather!

If you know me, come check it out, I promise, you will want one, too!

Books, Books, Books – November Edition

We are nearly to the end of the year and I’m clearly slacking, here it is, the 19th of December and I never posted my November list. This is the latest I’ve gone, for sure. November was a slower month for me, reading wise. There’s just so much left to do this time of year and it always makes me feel like time is running out. It’s odd.

Without further ado (mostly because I’m in a hurry as I type this), here is my list for November.

November: (13 books)

1. Cursed – Jennifer L. Armentrout

2. Run To You – Rachel Gibson

3. Storm – Brigid Kemmerer

4. Elemental – Brigid Kemmerer

5. The Iron Traitor – Julie Kagawa

6. Spark – Brigid Kemmerer

7. Allegiant – Veronica Roth

8. Born at Midnight – C. C. Hunter

9. Awake at Dawn – C. C. Hunter

10. Taken at Dusk – C. C. Hunter

11. Whispers at Moonrise – C. C. Hunter

12. Chosen at Nightfall – C. C. Hunter

13. The Sum of All Kisses – Julia Quinn

There you go. What was good? Everything by C.C. Hunter. This was a new paranormal series I discovered completely by accident and I loved. I hunted those books down and read them in under a week, the entire five-book series. It was really enjoyable. The Brigid Kemmerer books are a series, too, the fourth one is due out in 2014. I really liked the first two, the third was just okay…so I need the final installment to judge the series. But they are worth the read.

Allegiant is the final installment of the Divergent series, of which they are making a movie pretty soon. I, surprisingly liked this one. I loved the first, hated the second, so I didn’t know what to expect. I liked it far more than I thought I would and respected the ending she came up with, but as Chuck Shirley once said, “endings are hard.  Any chapped-ass monkey with a keyboard can poop out a beginning, but endings are impossible.”

The rest were perfectly decent books, nothing bad this month at all, but nothing really earth shattering either. I’m midway through December, so I already know at least half of what the future holds, but heading into the home stretch, the yearly total sits at 154 books.

See you in the new year!

Vince Flynn

Last Thursday night, I took a break from my house and spent an evening at Border’s in Woodbury. One of my favorite authors, Vince Flynn, was there to promote his new novel, American Assassin. He did a 15 minute talk and then a 20 minute Q&A before signing copies.

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I’ve read every book he’s written and I just love them. He writes an ongoing series about a main character and his job working for the CIA and fighting terrorism. In this new book, he decided to write the beginning and tell us HOW this character came to have this job and his beginnings. I am so excited for this book I can barely stand it. For one, I don’t buy hardcover books, I get them from the library so I can read them right away and then I buy the paperback if it is something I want to own. But, I wanted it signed, so I bought the expensive hardcover. Now, it is signed and personalized to me from Vince Flynn.

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That’s him, looking up to answer a question as he signs my book. Awesome, right?

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In that one, he was greeting the person after me in line, I had stepped aside to snap another photo of him. (He’s so handsome…for an author).

It was fun and very informative, as he talked about the book of his they are making into a movie. It just happens to be my very favorite of the series so far, Consent to Kill. I am sure it was many people’s favorites, as it was an excellent book. Right now they are in the process of casting who will play the main character. He was telling us about how they go about casting and the actors that are interested. Now I can’t wait to find out who “wins”.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. And, though I am dying to read the new book, I’ve been so busy lately I don’t feel I can give it my full attention. Therefore, I decided that once I am moved in and settled, it will be the first book I read in my new home.

What a great use for a Vince Flynn book! Now I will always have a special relationship with this series of books and this new (personalized!) book in particular.

Can’t wait!