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There's been a lot going on over here this past week, both at work and at home. I'm looking forward to when I can read a lot in a sitting. Life I've been pretty distressed by all the gun violence news this week. Not that it has ever not been so distressing, but coming out of the pandemic and pretty much hearing about some shooting or the other almost every day, has just shown that nothing has changed in this world. Adam Toledo and Indianapolis this week. And apparently, there is still no way this can be controlled. Ugh, so frustrated.  When I wasn't worrying about the news (or trying not to), I've been busy picking paint colors. The husband and I have been talking about painting our house, or just the upstairs, or just the downstairs, or the basement, or.. for the better part of the past four years. We finally decided to go ahead with it - that is, paint the entire house. It's a massive undertaking, especially considering the painter is going to be here tomorrow

The Sunday Salon -- July 25, 2010


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Well, this is the first of two moves, I guess. My apartment lease has run out, so I'm moving to a friend's place for 20 days, before I move out of Blacksburg. I came here with just three huge bags, but in my two years here, managed to double my stuffs. So it's a hard task even thinking of packing looking at everything around me. I'm lucky I'm not moving across the country but just a couple of hours away. Else, I'll be giving away most of these things and fedexing the rest. :shudder: So today's going to be a really busy day. Packing, plus a lunch party!

Although I expected to have a light last week, it didn't turn out that way. I ended up with a few more thesis-related tasks, but I have finally (for sure this time) wrapped it up. 11 more days to go! Because of all the work, I didn't get much time to read, only finishing The Color Purple by Alice Walker (which I loved). Within the next four days, I have my eye on one more book, One Vacant Chair by Joe Coomer. I still haven't been able to get back to a proper reading or blogging schedule, and I'm not sure when I can. But hopefully today in between breaks, I can wring it. If not, there are whole days from tomorrow onwards.

And, since I promised you pictures from my lunch with three bloggers, Kathy, Jaime and Jennifer, here they are!

Jaime, me, Kathy, Jennifer (left to right)

Jaime, Jennifer, me (left to right)

What's happening in the blogosphere? I haven't been up-to-date with most of you, and will hopefully get to it only tomorrow. 


Comments

samantha.1020 said…
Wow, it sounds like you've got a busy day ahead of you. I've always wanted to read The Color Purple so I'm really glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Hope moving goes okay for you...
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Good luck with the move! Moving is so filled with physical and emotional exhaustion. I always used it as an opportunity to get rid of stuff I realized I didn't need :-)
Tales of Whimsy said…
Good luck with the move. I'm moving too and it's so stressful.

PS Great pictures! You look so cute!
bermudaonion said…
Moving is such a pain - I hope all goes well with it and that your books all make it in good shape.

I should have asked the waiter to take another picture - I look like I'm half asleep.
Ana S. said…
Best of luck with your move! Also, I loved The Color Purple too :) And how fun that you got to hang out with fellow book bloggers!
Marg said…
I love hearing about blogger meet ups! Sounds like so much fun.
Moving is not fun, but hopefully it will go smoothly and you'll love your new place.
Ash said…
I'm in the middle of moving right now as well! My first big move is coming up in six days and it's going to take quite awhile to get everything settled even though I'm only going an hour and a half away- I'm stressed and excited!
Lisa said…
What a fun lunch! I really have to put out a call to find bloggers in my area!

I loved The Color Purple, too! I had first seen the movie and once I read the book, I was even more impressed by what a great job they did with the movie. Both are so compelling.
Good luck with moving! I know how much work it can be. And I hope you get some time to read and relax soon, Aths!
erisian said…
moving day? did the Rats of Nihm help you before the tractor got there?

i sure hope you did not have any trouble with the cat.