Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday salon: randomness of the soul



Happy Sunday!  Sorry things have been a bit quiet around here lately.  My humanities class has been quite time consuming, involving a lot of writing and with only four weeks left, things will continue that way for a bit more. Besides our weekly class assignments, I am in the process of figuring out my outline for my Final Project which is due June 19th and involves a lot of reading.  My final project paper is on George Bernard Shaw and the role his socialism played in his writings or something to that affect.  But at the end of all this is the end of the Rainbow - my Bachelor's degree.  So digging in.  If postings or visits and comments to your blogs are a bit scanty, you'll know why.
Edwaert Colyer "quiet life with manuscripts"
Amidst the class stuff, we're still plugging away with 5th grade lessons. Due to various illnesses and vacations, we still have 10 weeks left to go which puts us at the end of July.  I was starting to panic because we weren't going to finish some of the subjects and I thought I screwed up somewhere.  Then I realized we had switched curriculum midyear with English and Spelling and picked up studying California History mid way.  *Breath*   So some things will carry over into 6th grade.  


I've gotten back into a reading groove again and recently finished "Janeology" by Karen Harrington and "The Preacher's Bride" by Jody Hedlund, two authors who are also blogging friends.  Will be reviewing them soon. (hopefully)  Both were books that once I started reading them, didn't stop until finished.  Excellent and if you haven't read them, check them out.  


I actually finished two reading challenges:  Literary Escapism's New Author Reading challenge with 15 books and Books and Movies Ireland Reading Challenge - Shamrock Level with 2 books.  I have more Irish books on the shelves but don't know when I'll get to them.  I have one more book to go and I will have finished BethFishRead's What's In A Name Challenge.  Yeah!  Which just leaves me with Jenner's Take a Chance Challenge, Becky's  A to Z challenges for author and Title (up to J on both) and my  Blogging Authors Reading Challenge (halfway done - just haven't updated)  Those will take the rest of the year. 


Writing wise, I am still plugging away with Morning pages and my current WIP Red Thief.  Took a 3 week break for some odd reason, but finally getting back into the groove.  My goals for this round of ROW80 are going to change for the next 4 weeks to incorporate my final class project.  It will be taking priority over everything else and I won't have time to check in every Wednesday and Sunday.  It will be sporadic at best at this point.    There are still a number of folks hanging in there so go cheer them on here.

Another neat thing happening in the blogosphere this week which I unfortunately won't be able to participate in as much as I want to is the ARMCHAIR BEA running concurrently with the BEA conference occurring in New York this week.  What's on the agenda:  

Monday, May 23: Who are you, and how do you Armchair?
Tuesday, May 24: Giveaways Galore!
Wednesday, May 25: Work the Network!
Thursday, May 26: Nurturing Relationships
Friday, May 27: Blogging about Blogging!  


Be sure to check out Armchair BEA central for daily happenings.  

Thursday I'll be hosting a TLC Book Tour stop for Mariah Stewart's "Home Again."  Finally, Steffie and Wade's story in her Chesapeake Diary series. 

And before I forget, we are in the 21st week in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks.  This week theme is T is for Trevor - Trevor Williams, quintessential irish author whose 83rd birthday is May 24th.  Be sure to check it out.   

Phew!  I think we're all caught up now.  Have a wonderful week and will catch you on the flip side. 


When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."
  ~Erma Bombeck

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5 comments:

  1. That is so awesome that you're almost to your Bachelor's Degree!! yay for you!

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  2. Best wishes as you finish your Bachelor's degree! Congrats. Love to hear about books that can't be put down.

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  3. Hey, welcome back! Great job on completing the reading challenges.

    I started back on ROW80 on Wednesday. We finally got all our moving done. Whew! Haven't done well with all three of my goals, but I sure did rock the journaling part. I've been journaling every day since Wednesday! Now to just add in the other stuff. I'm incredibly busy this week. Doing a week long read-a-thon, armchair BEA, and I have a blog tour review and guest post at the end of the week. Lucky I'm not working right now!

    Will you get your degree after this semester? It's a good idea to incorporate your class project into your goals. That's writing too, after all.

    Have a great week, Robin!

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  4. Hello!

    I know how you must feel because I'm also in the middle of typhoon similar to yours.
    I'm working on three essays on education,liguistics,and English grammer.Phew....

    As for books, I just started reading "The Bell Jar"(Sylvia Plath).Although one page has 5 or 6 new words or phrases, I keep turning pages. I hear she killed herself after this book had been published. sad.

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  5. Wow, congrats! Glad it's all going well. :)

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