Sunday Salon Chit Chat
All systems are go. Our architect and contractor are working out details with subcontractors and gave us homework to start picking out the rock siding for the columns on the front of the house. I had it in my head that river rock or irregular rectangular rock would look good. John likes stacked stone and even asked customers for their opinions and they agreed with him. Generally, he lets me make the final decision as he usually ends up agreeing with me. No, I don't always have to be right, I told him. He patiently waited for me to come around to his viewpoint. After photo shopping different styles onto a picture of the house, I came to the conclusion he was right and stacked stone created a more clean look. Miracle of miracles, we passed the first test in husband and wife decision making 101 with the new building without a major argument. *grin*
My sister and brother in law came by on Sunday and dropped off the box of stuff I'd collected from Dad's house. A couple months ago, we had a packing party and relieved dad of lots of knick knacks and such. I was pretty conservative and didn't take a whole lot. Happy to say I now have another crafty birdhouse to add to my collection as well as a few books hubby will enjoy reading.
Speaking of reading, I read through the whole of Fire Up Your Writing Brain and highlighted plenty of sections in which I'll go back and write down to remember. And which is something they talk about in the book. Hand writing contributes to better memory as well as reading literary books and learning new things. Keep your brain engaged and challenged and it will reap dividends. However, I'm just not ready for a reread of War and Peace. Some day soon however.
I finished Anne Stuart's Wild Fire as well as Seanan McGuire's One Salt Sea, #5 in her October Daye series. I'm currently reading Daniel O'Malley's The Rook which is a dusty book in my nook virtual pile. Thoroughly enjoying it and don't know why it took me so long to read. I may dive back into the world of a Wheel of Time with #8 The Path of Daggers. Given than August's birthstone is Peridot or Sardonyx, it will suit perfectly.
James curriculum is rolling in for the 12th grade and now I get to have the fun of sorting through, outlining and figuring out the schedule. Always Fun!
I'm sort of surprised, but not overly so with the choice for the new Doctor in Dr. Who. Never expected a woman to be chosen. James and I had a big debate over it. He's excited and I'm skeptical and since the head writer and producer is also new, we'll have to see what course direction the show takes. I'm going to be my perpetually optimistic self and wait patiently for the Christmas special.