Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunday Salon: Summertime

This has been a busy summer for me and my family. I haven't been blogging as much as some of you may have noticed, my postings have been less frequent. I haven't been reading as much as I usually do but the books that I have read have been wonderful. Even my book club seemed to take a mini hiatus due to our schedules and we had a wonderful friend move out of state. It just won't be the same without her and we have to regroup our book club now.

My son is transitioning to the middle school (6th grade) this year so that will be a whole new experience. He was in a local theater camp this summer and had a great part as the Evil Stepfather in Twinderella. It was a whole new experience for him as this was the first time he had a speaking part and had to learn lines, music and he had a solo. He had his share of nerves and we hope the stage jitters will ease a bit as he does this more often. He has announced that next year he wants to mainly focus on technical theater. He may be more comfortable behind the scenes.

I will be starting a new part time job in a new to me area as a school based Occupational Therapist. I've been going to conferences this summer,  studying and preparing myself for the transition. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I read a quote yesterday on author Claire Cook's Facebook Wall and it hit home for me:

"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." - 
                                                                      ~Georgia O'Keeffe
I found this to be inspiring that someone as successful as Georgia O'Keefe could work through her fears and not let her feelings stop her success.

I'll continue to maintain my blog as I transition to a new routine but I may be blogging and reading a bit less. I've cut back on my blog tour and review committments as it was too stressful to meet so many deadlines. I'm focusing on catching up on the books I've accepted for review and ones that I want to read. I haven't been visiting my blog friends as much this summer and commenting on your posts and I miss keeping up with everyone. I plan to work in more time to visit and comment.

I'm currently reading The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier and it's a wonderful story and the character is the same age as me but we are at different stages of our lives. I'm enjoying this book! I'm also listening to The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith on CD. This is the 9th novel in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I enjoy this series as it follows the same characters and their adventures and especially the narrators authentic dialect. This is a perfect cozy mystery series to indulge in.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, Happy Reading!


  1. You have been busy! Tell your son that lots of well-known entertainers get stage fright after years and years in the spotlight. Good luck with the new job.

  2. Great quote, Bonnie. Thanks for posting it. You will definitely have a busy schedule. I'll just keep your blog in my reader and watch for your posts to come through.
    What a great opportunity for your son (theatre camp). My youngest daughter was on stage crew all four years of high school and one semester of college. She loved it - painting sets, building sets, lighting, sound, etc.
    I read The Season of Second Chances when it was first released (ARC). I really enjoyed it - especially with a main character in my demographic :-) I'm hoping Diane Meier will keep writing because her first novel was a good one.

  3. Thanks for stopping by Bonnie, and good luck with the new job. Enjoy what is left of summer.

  4. I like that quote. Fake it till you feel it, as a friend likes to say.

    It will become quite busy for me, starting tomorrow. I've just decided to start posting my reviews, one at a time. I've never done that before, and I hope it doesn't become too cumbersome.

  5. Hi Bonnie! Good luck at your new job! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  6. My son started middle school as well (7th) and it's been a bit of a change for all of us. Especially his sis who is so used to him being around to help her at school.

    Good luck with your new position. I'm sure you will do quite well. Everyone is a little bit anxious when they try something new but you're trained and ready. Good luck to you!

  7. I just read this quote by O'Keefe a few days ago. I think perhaps I should start taking a few more risks (?)

    Best of luck with your new career change. It sounds like a great opportunity!

  8. That's awesome that your son is enjoying theatre. I always wished I had gotten into something like that in school. I hope he does well with his transition into middle school.

    Congrats on the job. I know you'll do well.

    I owe you an email and it is coming believe it or not. I'm just so far behind lately.

  9. Good luck at your new job. When you have time for a cup of coffee and catching up let me know. I'll be around. No more trips planned til after the babe is born.


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