Wednesday, May 30, 2007


School is out! I'm probably as glad as the kids are. Sometimes it's just nice not to have to worry about homework and routine. I am planning things to do though so these kids don't try to kill each other, and I don't go insane. Today, I was checking out the community theater's summer workshops for my youngest son. That'll be good for him. I'm lining other things up, too...swimming, art classes. Later in the summer, we'll do the beach or Sea World.

And, ah...summer reading. I'm finishing up Bad Boys of Summer while just starting The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc. Good stuff.

Sunday, May 27, 2007


Okay, so this probably doesn't count for #8 in my Life List--plant flowers--but I figure it's close enough, for now anyway. My youngest son had ordered this Wild & Wacky Plant Lab from a book order and it came in Friday. It came with enough stuff to plant mimosa and bean seeds. I helped him plant some of the mimosa seeds Saturday. If they even sprout, I'll be pleasantly surprised. I don't have much of a green thumb. Mimosa is an indoor plant, best kept by a window that gets the most light. Unfortunately, we haven't had much sun lately--it keeps raining. And if I hadn't dropped my camera and broke it last week, I'd post a picture of the planting cups.

Reading: The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc by Loraine Despres
Listening to: Live-Throwing Copper
Last movie watched: Shrek 3

Thursday, May 10, 2007


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Sometimes it's difficult to capture in a review all the wonderful things that made a book work, so I can only hope I did it justice.

My review of Jill Smolinski's The Next Thing on My List from TCM Reviews.

It’s hard enough trying to make time to do all the things we’d like to do in our own lives, but what if you felt responsible for taking on someone else’s wishes, dreams because they couldn’t do them? Would it spur you forward to finish? Would it make you stop along the way and realize things about yourself that you otherwise might not have considered?

That’s what happens to June Parker in The Next Thing on My List. June works for L.A. Rideshare, a carpooling agency. When June is involved in a car accident following a Weight Watchers meeting and her passenger, Marissa Jones, dies, she ends up with the list of 20 things Marissa wanted to do by her 25th birthday. In an attempt to honor her friend, she sets out to complete the list--a list which varies from getting a massage, to riding in a helicopter, to changing someone’s life. Along the way, she discovers more about herself and changes her own life in the process.

Smolinski crafts a laugh-out-loud funny, heart warming story that will have you cheering for June from the first page to the end. The characters are believable, all flawed in their own way, and lovable.

This book not only entertained me, but also inspired me to start my own life list.